Directed, With Specific Intent Or Strategy Patents (Class 705/26.62)
  • Patent number: 10127286
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, program, system, and apparatus for searching structured databases is disclosed. This invention teaches the collation of results based on the time that a search is performed by a user by sending individual time-based queries to the database such that only an subset of results is obtained for each query. The time associated with each query is recorded in one or more datasets which correspond to the search being performed, and the datasets are consulted before each additional time-based query such that no time period is queried twice for the same search. By querying based on a subset of results existing in a particular time frame, the invention serves to limit load on a database and a user device while also removing the need for de-duplication of results, presenting the user with a collated list of the most relevant results based on the current time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Big Sky Sorcery, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Seth Davidoff
  • Patent number: 10127566
    Abstract: Computer-based platforms, systems, software, and methods for dynamic recapture of retail sales in showrooming situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: NOW DISCOUNT LLC
    Inventor: Harsh Arora
  • Patent number: 10121188
    Abstract: A method and an associated system for ordering a spectacle lens by a wearer (1), said method involving steps of: selecting (S1) a spectacle frame by the wearer (1); capturing (S2) a picture showing partially a face of said wearer (1) wearing the selected spectacle frame, at a picture capturing side (10) so as a position of said spectacle frame with respect to the wearer face is extractable from said picture; obtaining (S3.1) a three dimensional shape of the selected frame at said picture processing side (20); processing (S3) said picture for obtaining the position of said spectacle frame with respect to the wearer face at said picture processing side (20); and ordering (S6) to a lens manufacturing side (40) spectacle lens complying with said frame shape, said extracted frame position, and wearer data, wherein said wearer data comprises at least a prescription for the wearer (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Essilor International
    Inventors: Eric Leonard, Ahmed Haddadi
  • Patent number: 10121171
    Abstract: Methods, devices and program products are provided which comprise the under control of one or more computer systems configured with specific executable instructions. The methods, devices and program products provide an image of an item for display, and the item is comprised of a plurality of components. The methods, devices and program products receive a selection of a component of interest from the plurality of components of the item, and obtain a component-level rating associated with the component of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Chang, Min Chong, Adam Brent Johnson, John Riley Lynch, Llewellyn James Mason, Francisco Jose Peredo Noguez
  • Patent number: 10078855
    Abstract: An exchange that fulfills natural language travel requests is described herein. According to some embodiments, systems for managing an exchange that fulfills natural language travel requests may include a publishing module that receives a plurality of inventory records from a plurality of suppliers, each of the plurality of inventory records pertaining to an available offering, the offering being defined by a set of metadata attributes, and a pattern recognition artificial intelligence engine that generates equivalent phrases for the set of metadata attributes from each inventory record by applying pattern recognition artificial intelligence to the set of metadata attributes, the equivalent phrases representing possible natural language queries to which an inventory record may correspond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amgine Technologies (US), Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan David Miller, Harold Roy Miller, Steven Mark Seider
  • Patent number: 10041803
    Abstract: A method for facilitating travel reservations is described. The method may commence with receiving a travel-related query from a user and parsing the travel-related query to derive at least one attribute of the travel-related query. One or more further users may be selected based on comparing the at least one attribute of the user with attributes of the one or more further users. The at least one attribute of the user may be ranked based on preference data of the one or more further users. The method may continue with assigning weights to the at least one attribute based on the ranking to create at least one weighted attribute. Feasible travel itineraries may be searched based on the at least one attribute. The feasible travel itineraries may be scored based on the at least one weighted attribute and travel itineraries selected based on the scoring may be presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Amgine Technologies (US), Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Roy Miller, Jonathan David Miller, L. James Valverde, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10037372
    Abstract: An input from a current user selects, for display, a profile for another user. The current user's profile, and the selected profile are compared to identify a difference. A replication tag, corresponding to the difference, is displayed in the display for the selected profile. The information giving rise to the identified difference is replicated from the selected profile to the current user's profile, based on user actuation of the replication tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Oren Ryngler, Anthony J. Lee, Nicholas James Thomson, Michael Aksionkin, Prasant Sivadasan
  • Patent number: 10026111
    Abstract: Buyer, vendor and third party computer systems are disclosed together with a related method for enabling a prospective Buyer to browse a Vendor's website purchase goods or services. The Buyer's computer system automatically extracts purchase information from which the Vendor can identify the Buyer's purchase. The Buyer's computer system may transmit, under control of the Buyer, confirmation to the Vendor that a third party has been instructed to pay the Vendor for the Buyer's purchase. A third party's computer system may transmit to the Vendor confirmation of receipt of an instruction from a Buyer to pay a Vendor for goods or services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Graham Gordon Thomason, Stephen Townsend
  • Patent number: 10013495
    Abstract: Techniques for managing intra-affiliation and inter-affiliation postings are described. Disclosed are techniques for receiving a posting from an account, the account being associated with an affiliation and an account parameter, transmitting one or more affiliation-specific parameters associated with the affiliation to the account, receiving a posting parameter from the account, the posting parameter being selected from one or more affiliation-specific parameters, determining a level of relevancy of the posting to a receiving account based on the posting parameter, the account parameter, and a receiving account parameter, the receiving account being associated with the receiving account parameter, generating an order of postings based on the level of relevancy, and transmitting the order of postings to the receiving account. One or more postings may be displayed at the receiving account based on the order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: UpBreeze Incorporated Limited
    Inventor: Hong C. Leung
  • Patent number: 10013712
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments involving access to guest orders in an electronic commerce application. In one embodiment, a request to access a guest account is obtained from a client. The request specifies a destination network address and an order identifier. A message is sent to the destination network address in response to verifying that the destination network address and the order identifier are associated with the guest account. The message includes a link that facilitates access to an order management function for the guest account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: John Ingram Baker Dugaw, Sarah McIlwain, Bruce K. Ferry, Julian Sell
  • Patent number: 10013633
    Abstract: Various approaches enable a user to capture image information (e.g., still images or video) about an object of interest such as the sole of a shoe or other piece of footwear (e.g., a sandal) and receive information about items that are determined to match footwear based at least in part on the image information. For example, an image analyze service or other similar service can analyze the images to determine a type of shoe included within the images based at least in part on patterns of other distinguishing features of the sole of the shoe. The image analysis service can aggregate the results and can provide information about the results as a set of matches or results to be displayed to a user in response to a visual search query. The information can include, for example, descriptions, contact information, availability, location data, pricing information, and other such information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: A9.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Raghavan Manmatha, Wei-Hong Chuang
  • Patent number: 10007939
    Abstract: Buyer, vendor and third party computer systems are disclosed together with a related method for enabling a prospective Buyer to browse a Vendor's website to purchase goods or services. According to one aspect of the present invention, the Buyer's computer system automatically extracts purchase information from the Vendor's website from which the Vendor can identify the Buyer's purchase. According to a further aspect of the present invention, the Buyer's computer system transmits, under control of the Buyer, confirmation to the Vendor that a third party has been instructed to pay the Vendor for the Buyer's purchase. In a yet further aspect of the present invention, a third party's computer system transmits to the Vendor confirmation of receipt of an instruction from a Buyer to pay a Vendor for goods or services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Graham Gordon Thomason, Stephen Townsend
  • Patent number: 9990832
    Abstract: A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving social media data via a signal, analyzing the social media data based at least in part on a first parameter, identifying occupancy information based at least in part on the analyzing, and assessing a structure occupancy based at least in part on the identifying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Davis, Brandon Bunker, Rongbin Lanny Lin, Shiwei Liu
  • Patent number: 9965896
    Abstract: A display method includes: detecting a specific object from an input image captured by a camera; generating display data for rendering a plan view, a first display component, and a second display component based on a positional relationship between the camera and the specific object, the plan view corresponding to a first plane which is different from a second plane projected on the input image, the first display component being displayed at a camera position on the first plane, and the second display component being displayed at a reference object position on the first plane; receiving a designation of a point on the plane view; converting a designated position on the first plane into another position on depth direction to the second plane; generating positional information indicating three dimensional position of an augmented reality content based on the another position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Ryouta Komatsu, Susumu Koga
  • Patent number: 9947046
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automatically providing dynamic content for facilitating a transaction are described herein. An online marketplace is accessed by a client device over a network. A user identifier associated with the client device is passed to a payment service provider via a merchant system associated with the online market place. Dynamic content is generated by the payment service provider in response to the user identifier and subsequently served to the client device over the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Hugo Olliphant, Ray Tanaka, Alan Tien, Roy Vella
  • Patent number: 9922455
    Abstract: A room planning system, generally at 10, comprises a host site 12 and a local site 14, two-way communication between which is represented by arrows A. On the host site is a host processor 16, which is connected to a database 18. On the local site is a local processor 20 that is connected to user input apparatus, in the form of a keyboard 24 and mouse 26, and to a graphical user interface, in the form of a display 28. The database 18 contains data of a plurality of types of product that are available for the design of a room space. In the example of a kitchen room space, the database contains product details of items such as room fixtures, floor units, wall units, worktops, handles, cornices, plinths, pelmets, sinks, taps, appliances and accessories. The host processor 16 is in communication with one or more local processors 20 via a communications network represented by arrows A, which could be a wide area network, such as the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: The West Retail Group Limited
    Inventor: Mark Pullan
  • Patent number: 9911042
    Abstract: Systems and methods for analyzing image data depicting properties are disclosed According to certain aspects, an electronic device may analyze image data depicting a property to identify a set of attributes of the property. The electronic device may identify, based on the set of attributes, an architectural style of the property. Further, the electronic device may identify at least one additional property having the same architectural style. Data indicative of the at least one additional property may be presented to a user for viewing and assessment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Alexander Cardona, Erin A. Olander, John A. Schirano
  • Patent number: 9911107
    Abstract: Generally, this disclosure describes a method and system for automated check-out and drop-off return of products using a mobile device. A method may include purchasing at least one product of a plurality of products wherein each product is located at a respective associated product location in a store that sells the plurality of products and a point of sale of each purchased product corresponds to the respective associated product location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hong Li, Eddie Balthasar, Taeho Kgil, Anand Rajan, Mark H. Price
  • Patent number: 9904721
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for performing source-side merging of distributed transactions prior to replication, wherein a distributed transaction occurs at a plurality of nodes. A first node includes a database and an audit trail that stores database change events from the database of the first node. One or more other nodes each include a database and an audit trail that stores database change events from the database of the respective node. In use, a transaction is initiated which updates the database of the first node and the database at one or more of the other nodes. The database updates are captured in the audit trails of the respective nodes involved with the transaction. The first node receives and merges the database change events from the audit trails of each of the nodes involved in the transaction. The merged database change events are replicated via a replication engine only from the first node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Gravic, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Holenstein, Bruce D. Holenstein, John R. Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 9881025
    Abstract: A metadata extraction machine accesses an image that depicts an item. The item depicted in the image may have an attribute that describes a characteristic of the item and an attribute descriptor that corresponds to the attribute of the item and specifies a value of the attribute. The metadata extraction machine performs an analysis of the image. The analysis may include identifying the attribute descriptor corresponding to the attribute based on image segmentation of the image. The metadata extraction machine transmits a communication to a device of a user based on the identifying of the attribute descriptor corresponding to the attribute of the item depicted in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Sanjay Pundlkrao Ghatare, Ali Dasdan, Naren Chittar
  • Patent number: 9875463
    Abstract: The A CLOUD-BASED DESKTOP AND SUBSCRIPTION APPLICATION PLATFORM APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS (“CDSA Platform”) transforms service sign up, site creation, application registration data inputs via CDSA Platform components into new site display and Subscription App Store registration confirmation outputs. In some embodiments the CDSA Platform may facilitate generation of cloud-based desktop representations within a web browser. In one implementation, the CDSA Platform may receive a first user input, including identifying user information and a web Site address. In response to the first input, the CDSA Platform may create a new web Site at the received web Site address. In one implementation, the new website may comprise a first desktop representation on a web browser at the web Site address and may present a plurality of application icons on the first desktop representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: INFOSTREET, INC.
    Inventor: Siamak Farah
  • Patent number: 9857177
    Abstract: A mapping service can expose a set of APIs or other interfaces that can enable information from third parties to be incorporated into a mapping application executing on various computing devices, as well as to enable the mapping data to be embedded in applications associated with the third parties. This information can relate to points of interest (POI) that can be provided on a map displayed through the mapping application. In some embodiments the POI can be selected based upon information known about the user, in order to personalize the POI displayed and enable the selection of POI to likely be more of interest to the user. In some embodiments, the user can also select to receive types of POI from the third party providers, which can be incorporated with the mapping data and, in at least some embodiments can still be selected based on information known about the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel S. Gigliotti, Ronald A. Kornfeld
  • Patent number: 9852183
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application relate to an information providing method, system and a computer program product. An information providing method is provided. The method includes receiving an information search request including a search condition, forwarding the information search request to a plurality of processing servers to search for information relating to the search condition, determining a merge attribute based on the found information relating to the search condition, the merge attribute having related attribute values, merging the found information based on the determined merge attribute of the found information to obtain search results, and providing the received search results to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Nan Zheng
  • Patent number: 9846898
    Abstract: Methods and systems for enabling access to listing performance data, used in conjunction with a search engine to order search results, are described. Consistent with some embodiments, a listing performance data engine module processes API commands received from client computing systems. The data engine module processes the API commands to identify and communicate relevant listing performance data that is used by a listing performance algorithm to assign a listing performance score to item listings satisfying a search request. The listing performance data provides sellers who have items listed for sale an insight as to how their item listings are performing in comparison to other item listings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Muhammad Faisal Rehman, Olivier G. Dumon, Ryan McDonald
  • Patent number: 9818143
    Abstract: The present disclosure involves ensuring that items sold by a merchant appear in certain network pages. A network page is automatically accessed in a computing device. The network page is generated by a referral network site that displays at least one offering of an item by at least one competitor merchant. A unique identifier associated with the item is identified from the network page in the computing device. The unique identifier is stored in association with the item in a data store accessible to the computing device. The item and the unique identifier are included in a feed sent from the computing device of a merchant to the referral network site. The feed includes a listing of the item and a plurality of other items, wherein the item and the other items are offered for sale by the merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nagender Parimi, Jeetendra G. Mirchandani, Desai Nishitkumar Ashokkumar, Mohit Gupta
  • Patent number: 9818110
    Abstract: Methods and systems for facilitating online transactions are disclosed. One method includes supplying content for display in a frame of a website, the website hosted by a third-party. The method also includes receiving transaction information from the third-party, and returning a token to the frame, the token including state information based on the transaction information. The method further includes passing the token from the frame to the third-party. The method optionally also includes receiving the token from the third-party and transferring funds from a first account to a second account based on the transaction information and the state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL RELATED SERVICES COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Kerner, Weidong Tang
  • Patent number: 9813505
    Abstract: A device includes at least one of a mechanical component or an electrical component and an Internet enabled embedded system that controls at least one of the mechanical component or the electrical component. The Internet enabled embedded system is configured to establish a connection to a local area network (LAN), provide data to a registration service via the connection to the LAN, receive from the registration service an instruction to implement a specified registration technique, and implement the specified registration technique. The registration service is configured to bind the embedded system to a user account responsive to satisfaction of a criterion of the specified registration technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ayla Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Vishwesh Pai, Sudha Sundaresan, Adrian Caceres
  • Patent number: 9760944
    Abstract: According to the embodiments described herein, an inventory exchange client can include one or more processors communicatively coupled to client memory, a client communication module, and a display. The memory can store machine readable instructions. The one or more processors can execute the machine readable instructions to store inventory information on the client memory. The inventory information can include a product instance. Updated inventory information can be received via the client communication module. The product instance can be updated according to the updated inventory information. The dynamic web page can be populated with identification objects. The identification objects can be associated with the inventory information. A product order request can be transmitted to an inventory exchange server. The product order request can be encoded to initiate a product transaction via the inventory exchange server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Lisa J. Kleinhandler, Christine A. Young
  • Patent number: 9762586
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a system and method for controlling mutual access of smart devices. The method includes creating a home account on a cloud server, and adding smart devices and device information corresponding to the smart devices to a device list under the home account; acquiring, for each of the smart devices, authentication by using the home account and device information corresponding to the smart device; and establishing, for each of the smart devices, a Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) long connection to the cloud server. In the present invention, a unique home account is created on a cloud server, so that smart devices log in to the cloud server by using the unified home account, and the smart devices under the unified home account allow mutual access when being authorized. Therefore, when smart devices in a home access each other, the workload is greatly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SHENZHEN TCL NEW TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Max Wu
  • Patent number: 9755885
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments including systems and methods relating to the rendering of media content items on clients. For example, a media content item is designated in a server to be rendered on a client, where the server is configured to stream the media content item to the client. It is determined whether a copy of the media content item is locally accessible to the client for rendering on the client. When the copy of the media content item is not locally accessible to the client, the media content item is streamed from the server to the client. The server may obtain from the client a license to share the media content item for streaming to a predefined number of other clients when the copy of the media content item is locally accessible to the client and the client has the license.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Scofield, Luan Khai Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9727596
    Abstract: A method for generating a scalable visualization of a hierarchical data structure is provided. The method may include mapping at least one component within a plurality of components to the hierarchical data structure. The method may also include mapping at least one sub-component within a plurality of sub-components to the at least one mapped component. The method may further include mapping at least one variant within a plurality of variants to the hierarchical data structure as an accordion user interface widget. Additionally, the method may include mapping at least one variant component within a plurality of variant components to the at least one mapped variant as an accordion user interface widget. The method may also include mapping at least one variant sub-component within a plurality of variant sub-components to the at least one mapped variant component as an accordion user interface widget.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Maryam Ashoori, Jin Li
  • Patent number: 9721016
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a system and method for searching and reporting on semistructured data that can include dynamic metadata. One embodiment can comprise providing a user interface to a user based on an object type definition for an object type that allows the user to specify search criteria associated with a set of metadata, mapping the user search criteria to a query that comprises at least one structured query constraint and at least one unstructured query constraint, processing the query to search a set of data objects containing semistructured data associated with the object type according to the query and returning a set of results to the user. The search results can be returned to a user based on user-specified reporting parameters. Additionally, the reporting definition can be saved as an object for future execution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Open Text SA ULC
    Inventor: Thomas Robert Gruber
  • Patent number: 9712520
    Abstract: Techniques for authenticating a user may be described. In particular, a network-based document may be provided to a computing system of a user. The network-based document may include code and an identifier of another network-based document. The code may be configured to, upon execution, determine whether the other network-based document was accessed prior to providing the network-based document to the computing system. The other network-based document may be accessible to the user based on an identifier of the user. An indication that the other network-based document was accessed may be determined. For example, the indication may be received from the computing system based on an execution of the code at the computing system. The user may be authenticated based on the indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren Ernest Canavor, William Alexander Strand
  • Patent number: 9697559
    Abstract: A system and method for multi-source transaction processing receives order requests from a client system operated by a user. The order requests may include order placements and order inquiries. For example, an order request may be a placement for a computer system and associated peripherals. The user may have particular fulfillment organization preferences, and different components of the computer system and associated peripherals may be fulfilled by different fulfillment partners. Accordingly, the orders order requests are processed by an order request servicing system to, for example, split the order request into multiple processed order requests and each of the processed order requests is associated with an order request management system and prepared for transmission to the associated order request management system. The order request management systems can utilize the processed order requests to fulfill the order request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Versata Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Igor Postelnik, Jocelyn E. Goldfein, Phil G. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 9672551
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing shared collections are described. For example, a machine receives a textual description of an entry requested to be created within a collection at a network-based system. The textual description is submitted by a user of the network-based system and received from a client device of the user by a server system within the network-based system. The entry, when created, corresponds to an item listed by the network-based system. The machine generates a structured description of the entry based on the textual description of the entry requested to be created. The structured description of the entry includes a name-value pair derived from the textual description submitted by the user. The machine determines that the entry is absent from the network-based system, and creates the entry within the collection by storing the structured description of the entry in a database of the network-based system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Allen Pate, Robert Chatwani, Nancy Dickenson
  • Patent number: 9665862
    Abstract: Receiving payment includes the establishment, at a first server, a transaction record including information identifying a payment amount, a first account to be credited by the payment amount, and a second account to be debited by a debit amount. A financial authorization network performs an authorization analysis on at least the second account. The second account is debited if the authorization analysis is successfully completed, and the first account is directly credited by the payment amount to conclude the transaction. Risk analysis may be performed for each individual. Payment is integrated with shipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Paul J. Matsuda, Sarah E. Perry, Tracy L. Wilk
  • Patent number: 9589259
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a location based system and method for calculating sales and use tax for non-traditional points of sale. The methods and systems include a mobile application, a non-transitory computer readable medium for calculating sales and use tax for businesses that do not have a human readable address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: GEOINVOICE, INC.
    Inventor: Susette M. McNeel
  • Patent number: 9569793
    Abstract: A method of providing dynamic content includes providing a client device with access to an online marketplace over a network. The method also includes facilitating transmission of a user identifier stored by the client device to a payment service provider. The method further includes receiving dynamic content from the payment service provider in response to the user identifier. In addition, the method includes serving the dynamic content to the client device over the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Hugo Olliphant, Ray Tanaka, Alan Tien, Roy Vella
  • Patent number: 9552606
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, systems and methods to mine product recommendations from query reformulation is provided. In example embodiments, a search query is mapped to a particular product. Transition data for the particular product is accessed. The transition data includes values reflecting a number of search transitions between the particular product and other products in session sets of previous queries. One or more recommendations based on the transition data is determined and provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Ravi Chandra Jammalamadaka
  • Patent number: 9542435
    Abstract: A search condition acquisition section acquires search conditions associated with a plurality of elements having a hierarchical structure. A search processing execution section executes search processing for identifying, as search results, pieces of search target data associated with respectively corresponding elements in all the tiers that correspond to the elements included in the search condition. An information output section outputs search result information under the condition that the number of pieces of identified search target data is equal to or larger than a predetermined number N. Under the condition that the number of pieces of identified search target data is not equal to or larger than the predetermined number N, the search processing execution section executes the search processing on elements in all the tiers associated with the search condition changed so as to cancel the association with the element in a lowermost tier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Kinugawa, Teppei Ishiomaru, Shimpei Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9544384
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for pushing an associated user in a Social Networking Service (SNS) network and an SNS network system. The method comprises: respectively collecting a plurality of pieces of user data created by each SNS user in an SNS network; extracting, from the plurality of pieces of user data created by each SNS user, at least one label and attribute belonging to the SNS user; generating a user list consisting of a plurality of SNS users having the same label and the same attribute; and pushing, in a bidirectional manner, user lists having the same label and associated attributes. In the present invention, based on user data created by a user, the SNS system automatically searches for associated users thereof, thereby implementing mutual pushing of the associated users, so that communication between SNS users becomes more efficient and convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jianwei Zhao, Xin Feng
  • Patent number: 9483445
    Abstract: A method and system to provide fonts for electronic publications is described. An example method includes receiving a request for an electronic publication from a user device, retrieving a font identifier of a font from the electronic publication, providing the electronic publication to the user device, determining, based on the font identifier, that at least one font file of the font is not stored on the user device, and providing the at least one font file of the font to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lokesh Joshi, Michael Patrick Bacus, Christopher Allen Suver, Eric Allen Menninga
  • Patent number: 9471380
    Abstract: Computing environments within a grid computing system are dynamically built in response to specific job resource requirements from a grid resource allocator, including activating needed hardware, provisioning operating systems, application programs, and software drivers. Optimally, prior to building a computing environment for a particular job, cost/revenue analysis is performed, and if operational objectives would not be met by building the environment and executing the job, a job sell-off process is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Craig W. Fellenstein, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Joshy Joseph, James W. Seaman
  • Patent number: 9420121
    Abstract: A system rendering theme-based digital assets used in creating and editing image and or text-based projects searchable through a graphics user interface (GUI) includes a server connected to a network, the server having access to least one processor and a data repository, the server including a non-transitory physical medium, and software running from the non-transitory physical medium, the software providing, a first function for tagging each template with multiple tag words relative to template content and function, a second function for forming tag groups from the template tags, a third function for providing a search engine for searching for templates using one or a grouping of the tag words as search input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Interactive Memories Inc.
    Inventors: Aryk Erwin Grosz, Anton Vladimirovich Astashov
  • Patent number: 9383216
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention comprises a method including the step of responsive to receiving a map request from a user that pertains to a specified geographical feature, generating a first view that shows the geographical feature. The method further includes specifying each of one or more preference categories of the user, wherein a user preference is needed for each category, in order to show an additional feature corresponding to each user preference on a map view which includes the geographical feature. The method further includes determining the user preference for each category, wherein at least one of the user preferences is determined from information obtained by accessing an online social network in which the user participates. Each determined user preference is used with one or more search engines in order to acquire information for use in generating each of the additional features for a map view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Divya Gopinath, Rajesh Radhakrishnan, Jennifer A. Watson
  • Patent number: 9361642
    Abstract: A system, method and program product that provides product evaluations. A system is disclosed that includes: a system for identifying a set of products based on an inputted query; a system for collecting structured and unstructured data associated with the set of products; a system for generating a composite feature list from the structured and unstructured data; a system for generating a matrix for each identified product, wherein the matrix provides a set of features and any known limitations and benefits determined from the structured and unstructured data for each of the features; and a rating system that analyzes a usage context in view of the known limitations and benefits to evaluate each product at a feature level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter H. Burton, Donna K. Byron, Manvendra Gupta
  • Patent number: 9332522
    Abstract: An audio-based navigation system for determining a present location or position of a mobile device such as a smartphone within a venue. The system includes a sound system with a first speaker playing first audio content and a second speaker playing second audio content. The first speaker is positioned in a first space in a venue, and the second speaker is positioned in a second space of the venue. The navigation system also includes a mobile device with memory storing a database of fingerprints of a plurality of differing audio content. The mobile device includes a microphone for receiving an audio signal associated with the first audio content or with the second audio content. The mobile device includes a processor(s) selectively running software to determine the mobile device location in the first or second space using either fingerprinting or watermarking module by processing the received audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Giorgio Corbellini, Stefan Mangold, Vladimir Vukadinovic
  • Patent number: 9324082
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for providing information tagging in a networked system is disclosed. The apparatus in an example embodiment includes a tag engine configured to process a database of categorized product listings; to receive a user-provided tag associated with at least one of the product listings; to retain the user-provided tag; and to serve the user-provided tag to a user viewing at least one of the product listings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Scott Johnson, Brian M. Johnson, Badrul M. Sarwar, Benny Soetarman, Rajyashree Mukherjee, Venkat Sundaranatha, Neelakantan Sundaresan, Randall Scott Shoup, Daniel Kramer, Jason M. Heidema, Musaab At-Taras, Alvaro Bolivar, Jean-David Ruvini
  • Patent number: 9235764
    Abstract: A candidate output element configured to output recognition target commodities as candidates of a recognized commodity in a descending order of the similarity degrees calculated by the similarity degree calculation element, a distance measurement element configured to measure the distance from the image capturing section to a commodity photographed by the image capturing section, and a changing element configured to change the number of candidates of a recognized commodity output by the candidate output element according to the distance measured by the distance measurement element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hidehiko Miyakoshi
  • Patent number: 9230273
    Abstract: The new creation and use of entitlement constraint templates methods and systems can be linked to software offerings in a software catalog. Allowing software catalog experts to link contractual entitlement data with software product offerings via constraint templates on such a varying list of constraint types, establishes a highly robust software catalog knowledge base. The result is significant cost savings in terms of time spent inputting entitlement constraint data by contract analysts as well as minimizing errors by those analysts who would otherwise be required to have a very high level of expertise in the software offerings while potentially inputting the same constraint data repeated times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael K. Boudreau, Jamie B. Marsnik, Bradley T. Moore