Processing Of Requisition Or Purchase Order Patents (Class 705/26.81)
  • Patent number: 10311095
    Abstract: Example embodiments include User Experience Analysis (UEA) system and method. The system and method are employed to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze user experiences, in order to provide electronic content recommendations. The system and method may be employed to provide user specific content recommendations that are based on a determined value-congruence, or relevancy, between electronic content and the recommendation profile generated for the user. The recommendation profile may be determined based on qualitatively and quantitatively analyzing positive appraisal sensations. The positive appraisal sensations may be associated with the user's physiological and/or psychological responses to predetermined content consuming experiences presented to the user, according to the embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Renée Bunnell
  • Patent number: 10275822
    Abstract: A system architecture of a gift transaction system is disclosed. The gift transaction system can include a buyer interface module, a recipient interface module, a merchant backend interface module, a store front interface module, a curation module, a reminder module, an analytics module, or a media plug-in interface module. A method of operating the gift transaction system under the system architecture includes: providing an embedded widget on a website to determine gift intent to initiate a gift transaction by a buyer account for a recipient account; generating a gift buyer interface for a first client device to personalize a gift package including a gift item; generating a gift recipient interface for a second client device to customize the gift package; and communicating with a merchant backend system to complete the gift transaction to ship the gift package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Loop Commerce, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Erez, Alex Sirota
  • Patent number: 10269013
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment, a method of registering online payment transaction details in an online banking system is described, the method comprising receiving data associated with an online payment transaction from a user, and storing data defining the online payment transaction after verifying the user's identity. In an initial mode of operation, the system enforces a restriction on the online transaction, and in a subsequent mode of operation, the system removes the restriction. A two-stage method of registering a user for access to an application on a mobile handset is also provided, whereby access is initially restricted until subsequent re-authentication of the user using a different channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: BARCLAYS SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventor: Jeremy Goldstone
  • Patent number: 10255640
    Abstract: Methods of preparing retail establishments are disclosed. An area for a retail location may be chosen and an individual may be selected to manage the retail location. The selection of the area may include an evaluation of geographical factors. From the area, a retail location may be selected based on an aggregate score of a set of characteristics of the retail location. The individual may remotely select the layout and furnishing of the retail location and may remotely monitor the progress of the preparation of the retail location. In an embodiment, the individual may be prepared to manage the retail location at a centralized location that is distinct from the area where the retail location is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Sharon Rossmark, Kevin Littlejohn
  • Patent number: 10242394
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product offers vending machine merchandise located within a vending machine network by performing the following process: a host server receiving from a first user, located at a merchandise vending machine, a request to retrieve an item; in response to receiving the request, the host server locating the item; the host server communicating the request to a second user belonging to a friendship network of the first user and notifying the second user that the item is located at a merchandise vending machine; upon receiving from the second user an acceptance to the request, the host server notifying the first user that the acceptance of the request was received; and in accordance with terms and conditions of the second user acceptance of the offer, the host server transmitting a temporary code to the first user for retrieving the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Amir Dabiri
  • Patent number: 10223691
    Abstract: The UNIVERSAL ELECTRONIC PAYMENT APPARATUS, METHODS AND SYSTEMS (“UEP”) transform touchscreen inputs into a virtual wallet mobile application interface via UEP components into purchase transaction triggers and receipt notices. In one implementation the UEP provides, via a user device, a product information search request; and obtains, in response to the product information search request, information on a first product for sale by a first merchant and a second product for sale by a second merchant. The UEP generates a single purchase transaction request, using the information on the first product for sale by the first merchant and the second product for sale by the second merchant. The UEP provides, via the user device, the single purchase transaction request for payment processing. Also, the UEP obtains an electronic purchase receipt for the first product for sale by the first merchant and the second product for sale by the second merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Edward Katzin, Julian Hua, Gregory Kenneth Storey, Michael Mori, Abhinav Shrivastava, Amit Bhargava, Andrew Beck, Ayman Hammad, Ben Pfisterer, Diane Salmon, Igor Karpenko, Jennifer Schulz, Miroslav Gavrilov, Peter Ciurea, Patrick Faith, Phillip Kumnick, Saurav Chatterjee, Sebastian Badea, Shaw Li, Shipra Jha, Stacy Pourfallah, Susan French, Tenni Theurer, Theodore Harris, Thomas Purves, Vanita Pandey, Victoria Graham, Prakash Hariramani
  • Patent number: 10217155
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a product cross-selling method and system for providing first product information provided by a product provider to a retailer, respectively providing a product cost and a sales commission to the first product provider and the retailer when a first product mapped to the first product information is sold via the retailer, providing second product information provided by the retailer to the first product provider and respectively providing product cost and sales commission to the retailer and the first product provider when a second product mapped to the second product information is sold via the first product provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: GOODS FLOW CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tae Jin Jung
  • Patent number: 10176455
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems of managing products at a retail sales facility include scanning a product in a stocking cart at the retail sales facility using a hand-held electronic device including a processor. At least two of the following three functions may be performed based on the scanning of the product. First, the stocking cart may be audited by comparing scanned data to data contained in an inventory management database. Second, a determination of whether the item is on a pick list may be made, which may include determining a demand for the scanned product to arrive at a decision whether to store the product in the stock room or place it on a shelf on the sales floor. Third, if the item is to be stored in the stock room, a determination of whether identical items are stored in bins in the stock room may be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Marc A. Fletter, Matthew A. Jones, Daniel R. Shields, Robert J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10169807
    Abstract: A method selectively modifies an existing production order based on a change request. An order configuration module (OCM) receives order specifications for a second order that replaces and/or modifies a first order, while the first order is being fulfilled. The OCM generates hash tag pairs respectively associated with various characteristics of the orders. For each hash tag pair, the OCM compares a first hash tag associated with the first order with a second hash tag associated with the second order, using an established pattern. If the hash tags match, the OCM includes within a second production order, an unchanged production specification corresponding to the first hash tag. If a match does not occur, the OCM initiates an order reload, which provides, within the second production order, new production specifications that are associated with the second hash tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ivory Wellman Knipfer, Jason Scott Lee, Antoine George Sater, Matthew H. Zemke
  • Patent number: 10152733
    Abstract: Methods and systems for wireless transmission-based incentives driving social media engagement are provided. An incentive structure may be stored in a database in memory regarding one or more incentives each based on a defined benchmark of social media activity. Information associated with a wireless transmission-based tag may be via a wireless transmission reader. A product/service associated with the information read from the wireless transmission-based tag may be identified. Such identified product/service may further be associated with product/service-specific information stored in a product/service database. A template for a social media communication may be provided based on the product/service-specific information associated with the identified product/service. Such social media communication based on the template may be shared with one or more social networks. Activity related to the social media communication may then be detected as having met the defined benchmark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Digiprint IP LLC
    Inventors: Avery Levy, Barry Rudolph
  • Patent number: 10147123
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed which facilitate providing a marketplace for acquisition of service images to be executed in a hosted computing environment. Service image providers submit service images for inclusion in the service image marketplace. Providers may further specify pricing and usage conditions associated with the service images. Customers browse and select service images for hosting on either the marketplace hosted computing environment, or an alternate hosted computing environment. If necessary, customers may submit payment information. The service image marketplace may monitor usage of hosted service images and bill customers according to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Manine R. Golden, David Zipkin, John Daniel Thimsen, Andrew S. Tyra, Terrance D. Hanold
  • Patent number: 10140588
    Abstract: A method performed by a computing system configured to synchronize a source bill of material with a target bill of material includes, in response to a determination by the physical computing system that a revision has been applied to a source node from a tree structure representing the source bill of material since a corresponding target node from a tree structure representing the target bill of material was last updated, calculating a change from the source node to the target node with the physical computing system, and updating, with the physical computing system, the target node with the revision if the calculated change matches a stored difference derived from a revision history associated with the source bill of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alan Potter Boyd, Amaresh Rajasekharan
  • Patent number: 10140648
    Abstract: Order information indicating a purchase order is received from an ordering device. Whether a display terminal corresponding to the ordering device from which the order information has been sent exists or not is determined using a table which manages ordering devices and display terminals in association with each other. Message information indicating acceptance of the purchase order indicated in the order information received is transmitted to the corresponding display terminal. It is determined whether status information indicating that the message information was displayed on the display of the corresponding display terminal has been received from the corresponding display terminal or not. A cancellation period during which a process for canceling the purchase order indicated in the order information is accepted is started upon reception of the status information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Aso, Rinako Kamei, Hiroko Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 10136244
    Abstract: In a machine to machine (M2M) communication system, a common service entity hosts a registration for a remotely hosted application entity, stores a point of access address corresponding to the remotely hosted application entity, and thereby facilitates M2M communication between the remotely hosted application entity and another M2M node. The communication may be performed over the Mca interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventor: Rajesh Bhalla
  • Patent number: 10133995
    Abstract: In some examples, a service provider may determine, for a time of day and a day of a week, orders received by individual merchants of a plurality of merchants over a past period of time. The service provider may further determine, for the time of day and day of the week, based at least in part on the orders received over the past period of time, a first merchant predicted to receive an order. Based at least in part on a pickup location of the first merchant, the service provider may send a communication to a first courier device associated with a first courier of a plurality of couriers. For example, the communication may include location information for a recommended location to which the first courier is to move to be in position for picking up an order from the merchant that is predicted to receive the order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Lee Reiss, Ajit Kalidindi Varma, Jeffrey Frank Iacono, Richard David Din
  • Patent number: 10096056
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems, methods and computer readable media for facilitating delivery of a digital notification of a physical product to inform a recipient of the identity of the physical product. A digital notification may inform the recipient of the identity of a physical product ordered for the recipient by a sender. A digital unwrapping trigger may be utilized to ensure that the recipient is authorized to view the identity of the digital product. For example, the digital notification may not identify the identity of the physical product until a particular date has passed (e.g., a holiday or birthday), until the recipient performs a certain task, or until the recipient meets a certain goal. In response to the trigger occurring, the digital notification may be enabled for viewing of the identity of the physical product. The physical delivery of the product may be coordinated with delivery of the digital notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventor: J. Gray Sandridge
  • Patent number: 10032151
    Abstract: Credit card fraud prevention techniques are disclosed in which the authorization of a payment card may be performed using information obtained from a mobile device (e.g., a smart phone) associated with a user who initiates a point-of-sale payment card transaction. In one implementation, a device may receive a request for authorization of a payment associated with a payment card; and obtain location information relating to a location of a mobile device associated with a user of the payment card. The device may determine, based at least on a location of the point-of-sale terminal and the location of the mobile device, whether to authorize the request for authorization of the payment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Priscilla Lau, Lalit R. Kotecha, Kumar Sanjeev, Mingxing S. Li
  • Patent number: 9996821
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems of managing products at a retail sales facility include scanning a product in a stocking cart at the retail sales facility using a hand-held electronic device including a processor. At least two of the following three functions may be performed based on the scanning of the product. First, the stocking cart may be audited by comparing scanned data to data contained in an inventory management database. Second, a determination of whether the item is on a pick list may be made, which may include determining a demand for the scanned product to arrive at a decision whether to store the product in the stock room or place it on a shelf on the sales floor. Third, if the item is to be stored in the stock room, a determination of whether identical items are stored in bins in the stock room may be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Marc A. Fletter, Matthew A. Jones, Daniel R. Shields, Robert J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9977790
    Abstract: Techniques for obtaining geographically-relevant product inventory information, in real-time, from heterogeneous data sources are described. Product inventory information, including the volume of available products in specific geographical locations, is obtained from at least three different sources. First, one or more data feeds may be received. Second, a data obtaining module uses one or more APIs to obtain product inventory information from one or more third-party inventory management systems. Finally, a structured data mining module uses a web crawler, at the direction of a crawler configuration, to systematically obtain product inventory information from various third-party websites. Accordingly, a user's search query is processed to provide geographically relevant product inventory information in near real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: eBay, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Phillip Abraham, Aaron Adelson, Matthew Barto, Theodore James Dziuba, John Evans, Neville Newey, Justin Van Winkle
  • Patent number: 9971639
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided in which generation of an error is identified while a function of a program is performed. A message is displayed relating to existence of a solution corresponding to the error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Kyong-Yong Yu
  • Patent number: 9965786
    Abstract: A system and method for ordering a print product using a mobile computing device is provided. The system includes a photofinisher configured for receiving a print order from the mobile computing device and producing the print product based upon the print order. Further, a print product ordering module is configured for allowing the print order to be completed using the mobile computing device, wherein the print order includes the digital image and the print product selected using the mobile computing device. A wireless local area network is configured for placing the mobile computing device in communication with the photofinisher when the mobile computing device is located within a range of the wireless local area network. The print order completed using the mobile computing device is communicated to the photofinisher when the mobile computing device is located within the range of the wireless local area network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM North America Corporation
    Inventor: Charles L. DuBois
  • Patent number: 9947291
    Abstract: A system for a multi-computer control according to an exemplary embodiment may include: an integrated process server to receive, from one or more computer terminals, display information including video data and terminal identification information through a physical layer transceiver, multiplex and serialize the received display information, transmit the multiplexed and serialized display information to a user process terminal, and transmit a received user input signal to a corresponding computer terminal; and the user process terminal to mix the display information and the multi-control interface, display, on a display device, the execution screens of the activated computer terminals, and transmit the user input signal to the integrated process server along with corresponding terminal identification information, wherein the display information is received from the integrated process server, and the user input signal is received from an input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Yong Seok Choi, Hyuk Je Kwon
  • Patent number: 9934546
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for providing integrated management of a workflow for moving industry quotes. A processor can be configured to execute workflow management software to manage a plurality of moving industry quote workflows. Each moving industry quote workflow may correspond to a move transaction. The moving industry quote workflows may correspond to a plurality of workflow types, and each workflow type may comprise an associated plurality of interrelated tasks for different aspects of managing a moving industry quote workflow. Users can interact with a plurality of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) to perform the interrelated tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: UNIGROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Rahul Arun Deshpande, Casey Patrick Ellis, Paul Holway, Randall Clay Poppell
  • Patent number: 9928539
    Abstract: The present invention is an applications gateway that offers multiple functions and features for specific geographic venue locations, while providing easy access to advertising, purchasing, and redemption opportunities for that specific geographic venue location. Venue locations can be stadiums, shopping malls, amusement parks, open air spaces where people can congregate, and/or buildings, which most often require the presence of a concentration of people. The venue location may correlate to the location of the hand-held mobile unit or it may be a remote geographic venue location not near the location of the hand-held mobile unit. Access to the gateway application is through a hand-held mobile unit, which can include a mobile phone, smartphone device, or portable computer having a wireless radio transmission connection. (e.g. iPhone, Droid, iPad, Slate, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Connect720 Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Wohlwend, Peter J. Walsh, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9892433
    Abstract: Provided are methods, computer readable storage media, and systems for facilitating and receiving a donation of prescription medications through a peer-to-peer model. Exemplary methods include the steps of receiving registration information and a formulary from a recipient, receiving registration information from a donor, connecting the donor and recipient through communication of registration information, and verifying that the donor and recipient both approve a donation. Further methods include donation and recipient records for reconciling a medication donation. Other exemplary methods include the steps of providing a formulary to a medication donor, receiving registration information from a donor, approving the donor for donating a medication from the formulary, and receiving a donated medication, with further methods for reconciling and dispensing a donated medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SIRUM
    Inventors: Adam S. Kircher, George J. Wang, Kiah J. Williams
  • Patent number: 9886705
    Abstract: A demand-side platform (DSP) may bid on advertising opportunities (e.g., provided by a supply-side platform (SSP)) on behalf of an advertiser wishing to place an advertisement, such as part of an advertisement campaign. A target advertisement may be selected based upon various criteria, and a bid for the target advertisement to run during the advertising opportunity is made in a manner that satisfies one or more goals of the advertisement campaign while also being beneficial to the DSP. For example, the target advertisement may be selected from a reduced problem space where merely advertisements corresponding to a target advertising opportunity class are evaluated, where the target opportunity class corresponds to an opportunity class of the advertising opportunity. Win rate modeling data, inventory cost modeling data, user response modeling data, and/or other information may be used to select the target advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: EXACLIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventors: Jian Xu, Chunming Wang, Ming Chang
  • Patent number: 9884721
    Abstract: A shipping order allocation apparatus creates a group composed of shipping orders; acquires a time to start picking for the group; acquires blocks where articles included in the group are stored and calculates a total worktime for the picking of the group; determines whether the picking work for the group is completed by the earliest shipping time limit among shipping time limits of the shipping orders in the group, the time to start the picking, and the total worktime for the picking; calculates an evaluation value of the group for which the picking work is determined to be completed by the earliest shipping time limit, based on the blocks storing the articles included in the group; and determines whether to include the group in a result of allocation to groups, based on the evaluation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: HITACHI TRANSPORT SYSTEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Issei Suemitsu, Satoshi Nagahara
  • Patent number: 9864942
    Abstract: A portable table number device, comprising a housing having a bottom side with an outer edge arranged to rest on a table surface, said housing comprising a power source, an RFID reader arranged to detect an RFID table ID tag on or under said table surface, computer memory means comprising a table number device ID, wireless communication means arranged to wirelessly communicate a detected RFID tag table ID by said RFID reader together with said table number device ID to an external table number receiving device, a surface proximity sensor, such as a light sensor or micro-switch arranged in a recessed portion of said housing within said outer edge, said surface proximity sensor having a first state wherein no proximate surface is detected and a second state wherein a proximate surface is detected, said second state occurring if said bottom side of said housing is placed on said table surface, and power management means arranged to keep said RFID reading device in a sleep mode wherein no or relatively little pow
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Almos Technologies Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Steve Rakoczy, Steven Thomas McGuinness
  • Patent number: 9842361
    Abstract: A user and a merchant register an account with a payment processing system and each receive a unique identifier. When the registered user enters a search query for a product, the search engine system locates a product that matches the search query and that is associated with a registered merchant. The search engine system then confirms that the user and the merchant are registered, and creates a unique product identifier for the product. After associating the unique product identifier with the product, the search engine presents the product to the user with a direct purchase option. If the user selects a direct purchase option, the search engine system communicates with the payment processing system and merchant system to facilitate and verify the purchase transaction. The merchant then provides the product to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Whang
  • Patent number: 9836719
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems of managing products at a retail sales facility include scanning a product in a stocking cart at the retail sales facility using a hand-held electronic device including a processor. At least two of the following three functions may be performed based on the scanning of the product. First, the stocking cart may be audited by comparing scanned data to data contained in an inventory management database. Second, a determination of whether the item is on a pick list may be made, which may include determining a demand for the scanned product to arrive at a decision whether to store the product in the stock room or place it on a shelf on the sales floor. Third, if the item is to be stored in the stock room, a determination of whether identical items are stored in bins in the stock room may be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Marc A. Fletter, Matthew A. Jones, Daniel R. Shields, Robert J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9830373
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer-readable storage device for transferring data from a database management system to a data analytics system is described herein. In one aspect, a database management node storing a data partition of a database table that is distributed across a plurality of database management nodes of a database management system receives a data transfer request from a data analytics node of a data analytics node cluster. The data transfer request may include a data transfer policy for splitting the data partition onto the data analytics node cluster. A data split may be identified from the data partition. The data split may be a subset of the data partition. The data split is communicated to the data analytics node according to the data transfer policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: ENTIT SOFTWARE LLC
    Inventors: Shreya Prasad, Indrajit Roy, Vincent Xu, Sunil Venkayala, Dan Huang, Kyungyong Lee
  • Patent number: 9779445
    Abstract: Exemplary methods and systems herein provide a central marketplace for a requestor to request a product or service from an internal inventory or external vendor, receive approval for the request, and have the approved request fulfilled. In one embodiment, a computer-implemented method comprises method for requesting a product or service comprises presenting, by a computer, a catalog to a graphical user interface of a requestor of a corporate entity, wherein the catalog comprises a product or service selected from a database storing records for an internal inventory of the corporate entity and a plurality of databases affiliated with external vendors that are not a parent, subsidiary, or related to the corporate entity; and receiving, by a computer, a selection from the requestor of a product or service of the catalog. The catalog can be synchronized in real-time or periodically with the external vendors' products and services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventors: Gary Hoberman, Kyung Bae, Jason Gelinas, Francis Donohue
  • Patent number: 9773245
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques for initiating item fulfillment at least partly in response to the users performing gestures on touchscreens of client devices. For instance, a user may operate a client device that renders content associated with an item offered by an offering service. The user may thereafter request to acquire the item by performing a gesture on a touchscreen of the client device. The offering service may receive the request and a representation of the gesture and, in response, may determine whether or not to initiate fulfillment of the item at least partly with reference to the received representation of the gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Imran S. Patel, Umesh Kumar, Gabriel E. Yeung, Craig R. Brookes, Tamal Saha
  • Patent number: 9727651
    Abstract: A dynamic research system and associated methods are disclosed for assisting an at least one user with dynamically and automatically researching an at least one subject across a plurality of data sources. In at least one embodiment, upon a new instance of a browser application being opened on the user device, a navigation display is overlaid onto a user interface of the browser application. Additionally, for each of the at least one data source, upon determining that an at least one page of said data source contains data related to the at least one subject, a graphical element associated with said at least one page of said data source is generated and displayed in the navigation display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Charlie Contacts Corp
    Inventors: Aaron Robert Frazin, Christopher John Curtis
  • Patent number: 9710402
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to transfer a newly generated encryption key for a newly paired device to the device and utilize the encryption key to create and encrypt a new virtual storage space corresponding to the device and accessible using the encryption key on a memory connected to the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Omar Makke, Manpreet Singh Bajwa, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, Perry Robinson Macneille
  • Patent number: 9704146
    Abstract: Method, systems, and apparatus for generating a storefront for a merchant, comprising: receiving a single indication to generate an online storefront for a point of sale system of the merchant, where the point of sale system includes inventory data of a plurality of items for sale; identifying the plurality of items for sale from the inventory data from point of sale system; and generating one or more resources for each item of the plurality of items for sale, where the one or more resources include details of the item, where the details are obtained from the inventory data, where the one or more resources are accessible from a web domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Ben Morgan, Vanessa Erica Slavich, Brielle Alyse Rajkovich, Mathew Wilson
  • Patent number: 9697563
    Abstract: A mechanism for providing electronic commerce data onto publisher's site. The mechanism also provides ability for a consumer to interact with that data to complete a purchase from within the publisher's website or application. A method includes retrieving merchandise data from a plurality of merchants and storing at least one group of merchandise data formed based on the merchandise data and content on a publisher site. The method also includes embedding the group of merchandise data on the content of the publisher's website and generating a merchandise frame in view of the embedment. The method further includes rendering the merchandise frame directly onto the publisher site. The method further includes rendering a universal check out frame on the publisher's site, which provides the user the ability to check out from multiple retailers within a single universal check out on a publisher's site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: 72LUX, INC.
    Inventor: Heather Marie Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 9690765
    Abstract: The Common Point Authoring system functions to provide Livestock Informational Objects via the use of a centralized repository of uniquely identified, immutable Livestock Informational Objects. This system automates the authoring, maintenance, and distribution of the Livestock Informational Objects by using an Internet-based paradigm and a centralized repository of uniquely-identified, immutable Data Elements. The Common Point Authoring system provides a set of software modules that the manufacturers can use to author, maintain, and distribute Livestock Informational Objects and their customers, as Members of the system of Livestock Informational Objects, can use to retrieve, maintain, and distribute the Livestock Informational Objects. The system's interconnectivity allows for the use of an Internet-based paradigm for the purchase and sale among Members of the system of Livestock Informational Objects as commodities, and for reducing the burden costs among Members of compliance with government regulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: PARDALIS, INC.
    Inventors: Steven L. Holcombe, Marvin L. Stone
  • Patent number: 9659275
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems of managing products at a retail sales facility include scanning a product in a stocking cart at the retail sales facility using a hand-held electronic device including a processor. At least two of the following three functions may be performed based on the scanning of the product. First, the stocking cart may be audited by comparing scanned data to data contained in an inventory management database. Second, a determination of whether the item is on a pick list may be made, which may include determining a demand for the scanned product to arrive at a decision whether to store the product in the stock room or place it on a shelf on the sales floor. Third, if the item is to be stored in the stock room, a determination of whether identical items are stored in bins in the stock room may be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholaus Adam Jones, Marc Ashley Fletter, Matthew Allen Jones, Daniel R. Shields, Robert James Taylor
  • Patent number: 9659271
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for enhancing protection of privacy of purchaser contact details in connection with shipment of parcels. A shipping label can be generated that includes at least one contact detail that hides an actual contact detail associated with a purchaser. A carrier tasked to ship and/or deliver the product to an address designated by the purchaser can use the at least one contact detail to contact the purchaser. The attempts to contact the purchaser can be logged, and the contact details are expired when no longer needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan J. Shakes
  • Patent number: 9646466
    Abstract: Proximity-triggered notifications/alerts are communicated to bank customers as a result of a previously abandoned/canceled ATM transaction that has subsequently been pre-queued for completion. In this regard, the present invention recognizes when the customer is proximate in location to a financial institution channel suitable for completing the transaction and sends the customer an alert, which is typically received by the customer via a mobile communication device. The alert indicates that the previous abandoned ATM transaction has been pre-queued for completion and provides the customer with the location of the nearest financial institution channel suitable for completing the transaction. In specific embodiments of the invention, pre-queuing of the transaction for completion provides for the customer to complete the transaction from the last existing point in the transaction completed by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nathan Dent
  • Patent number: 9613131
    Abstract: An approach for adjusting ranked search results based on user data is provided. An approach includes: receiving a search query from a search user; generating a ranked result set based on the search query; generating an adjusted ranked result set by adjusting the ranked result set based on a skill rating of the search user; and providing the adjusted ranked result set to the search user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Adam D. Braham, Doyle J. McCoy, Jeffrey A. Schmidt, Gregory J. Watts
  • Patent number: 9576021
    Abstract: Methods and system for item matching are described. In one embodiment, compatibility-based text for an item may be accessed. A compatibility identifier may be identified based on the compatibility-based text. The compatibility identifier may be associated with an item cluster. The compatibility identifier may be used to identify a plurality of matching items. A result may be provided based on identification of the plurality of matching items. Additional methods and systems are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Aditya Arora, Gurudatta Horantur Shivaswamy, Brian M. Johnson, Richard D. Henderson, Swati Agarwal, Jennifer M. Dante
  • Patent number: 9547938
    Abstract: Techniques for augmenting an image of an object captured and displayed in real time with associated content are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method for augmenting the image includes receiving information defining a sampled frame of a video being captured by an electronic device in substantially real time, determining information representative of an object captured in the sampled frame based on the received information, causing the determined information to match stored information defining a plurality of items to locate an item matched to the captured object, retrieving content associated with the matched item, and providing the retrieved content for display with the captured image on the electronic device. The retrieved content may be rendered in an overlay element that overlays the captured image displayed on the electronic device. The rendered content is configured to enable a user to interact with the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: A9.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Gurumurthy D. Ramkumar, William F. Stasior, Bryan E. Feldman, Arnab S. Dhua, Nalin Pradeep Senthamil
  • Patent number: 9532110
    Abstract: Systems and methods that facilitate user commentary are described. In some embodiments, a method receives program content from a content source and identifies data describing the program content. The program content is communicated to a first device for presentation to a user. The data describing the program content is communicated to a second device for presentation to the user substantially simultaneously with the presentation of the program content on the first display device. A user commentary is received from the second device. The user commentary is generated by the user and associated with the program content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, Jack Phillip Abraham, Shannon B. Vosseller, Jonathan Conradt
  • Patent number: 9530107
    Abstract: A method and a system for providing a service are provided. In the method for providing the service, a user terminal receives customized information among individuals or group members. The method includes: obtaining tag information by reading a tag attached to an object, the tag information containing a tag code and service data; obtaining service access information from an Object Directory Service (ODS) server when the tag is tagged in a situation, the service access information corresponding to at least one of the obtained tag information and identification information; and receiving a customized information service corresponding to the user terminal by accessing a service providing server in accordance with the service access information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: KT Corporation
    Inventor: Moon-Soon Kang
  • Patent number: 9465888
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for allowing a user to suggest information about content that can be utilized in processing subsequent searches. The suggested information may be different from a fixed set of information about an item, such as keywords, attributes or characteristics of an item, generally provided by a manufacturer or seller of the item. Users can submit to a service the information that they feel is relevant to the item, such as a brief explanation of relevance and a detailed explanation that would help other users to make a decision about the item. The submitted information may be associated with the item information and stored in a data store and utilized as additional attributes of the item for a search. In addition, when a user requests detail information about an item, the user-submitted information may be displayed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Graeme Smith, Matthew J. Round, Andrew Birkett, Elinor Trotter, Michael Davidson, Gregory Huczynski, Jason King, Haakon Sorensen, Jason Kilar
  • Patent number: 9449095
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for revising search queries. One of the methods includes receiving an original search query submitted by a user of a user device; determining that the original search query is similar to a first search query of a plurality of search queries previously submitted by the user; selecting a first term that appears in the first search query and not in the original search query, wherein selecting the first term comprises determining that the first term appears in at least a threshold number of other distinct search queries of the plurality of search queries previously submitted by the user; generating a revised search query by adding the first term that appears in the first search query to the original search query; and obtaining search results for the revised search query from a search engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Navneet Panda
  • Patent number: 9449313
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods to facilitate customer to supplier funds transfer via premium messages. In one aspect, an apparatus to electronically transfer funds from a customer to a supplier includes: a server component connected to a network; and a database coupled to the server component. The server component is configured to: transmit a plurality of premium rate mobile terminating text messages to the mobile cellular telephone to effect a payment from the customer to the supplier after the customer has placed an order with a supplier; populate the database with an identification of the telephone number of the customer; populate the database with at least one transaction record related to the premium rate text messages; and facilitate access to the transaction record by the customer via the telephone number of the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Boku, Inc.
    Inventor: Glyn Barry Smith
  • Patent number: 9430796
    Abstract: An advertised product is associated with an option to directly purchase the advertised product. A payment processing system receives an input from a user device of a selection on the user device of the option to directly purchase the advertised product. In response to receiving the input from the user device to directly purchase the advertised product, a time-out period for modifying the selection of the option to directly purchase the advertised product is provided. When the payment processing system determines that the time-out period for modifying the selection to directly purchase the advertised product has expired, the payment processing system automatically completes a purchase of the advertised product on behalf of the user. If, however, the payment processing system receives a modification input from the user before the time-out period expires, the payment processing system ceases the automatic purchase transaction and processes the received modification input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Wai Kei So