Inventory Management Patents (Class 705/28)
  • Patent number: 10204315
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for automated tracking of inventory levels in storage bins. In one embodiment, among others, an adjustable bin divider may comprise a supporting base that has a receiving slot at an end, the receiving slot comprising a slide channel that extends along a top portion of the supporting base; a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag that is attached to the supporting base; and a radio frequency (RF)-blocking slide divider that comprises a first panel with an RF shield and a second panel that has a narrowed end, the first panel being connected to the second panel at the narrowed end, the first panel being inserted in the receiving slot, the narrowed end fitting within the slide channel of the receiving slot, wherein the RF-blocking slide divider conceals the RFID tag from detection from an RFID reader at a position along the slide channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: STANLEY INDUSTRIAL & AUTOMOTIVE, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher White, William Coulter, Harold Bolich, Wan-Chun Liao, Teddy Bostic
  • Patent number: 10200913
    Abstract: An information distribution apparatus includes a memory and a processor. The memory is configured to store connection information used to allow one of a plurality of terminals or a group of terminals among the plurality of terminals to be coupled to the information distribution apparatus. The processor is the processor configured to receive an access request from a first terminal among the plurality of terminals. The access request requests to access the information distribution apparatus. The processor is the processor configured to notify the first terminal of first connection information used to allow the first terminal to be individually coupled to the information distribution apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Naoki Nishiguchi, Tatsuro Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10192077
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a combined reading apparatus for identifying a product. According to a first aspect of the present invention, a combined reading apparatus may include: a plate panel configured to recognize Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag information, configured such that an antenna adapted to transmit and receive a Radio Frequency (RF) signal to and from an RFID tag is included therein, and formed in a plate shape having predetermined lengths in a horizontal direction and a height direction; a connection bar coupled to one side of the plate panel, configured to support the plate panel, and configured to extend from the plate panel in the horizontal direction; a grip formed in a bar shape so as to be held by a hand, spaced apart from the plate panel, and coupled to the connection bar; and a control unit configured to control the RF transmission and reception of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HANMI IT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Hoon Lim, Sung Ki Lim
  • Patent number: 10187616
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a system and method for an unmanned aerial inventory system for maintaining an inventory record of shipping vessels at a storage facility. According to certain embodiments, the aerial inventory system includes an unmanned aerial vehicle having a detector and a transceiver. The detector is configured to detect an identifier of the shipping vessel. The transceiver is configured to transmit information relating to the identifier detected by the detector. The system may also include an operator device having a processor and a display. The operator device may be configured to receive information transmitted from the transceiver relating to the detected identifier and control the display of at least a portion of the information on the display. The operator device may further be configured to control at least a portion of a flight path of the unmanned aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: James W. Shondel
  • Patent number: 10176437
    Abstract: The methods, systems, and computer program products described herein provide optimized provisioning of replacement parts for service calls through the use of machine learning. In some aspects, historical hardware maintenance tickets may be processed to generate symptoms vectors identifying sets of symptoms associated with the hardware maintenance tickets. The symptoms vectors and corresponding parts usage records of the historical hardware maintenance tickets may be used train a decision model to predict a probability that a particular part will be used to fulfill the new hardware maintenance ticket. The predicted probability may be used by the system when generating a parts provisioning plan for the new hardware maintenance ticket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Chang Sheng Li, Qi Cheng Li, Shao Chun Li, Soumitra Sarkar, Xin Zhou
  • Patent number: 10169729
    Abstract: A system includes transportation vehicles within a facility, an equipment controller, and a communication unit. The communication unit receives signals indicative of component locations within the facility, vehicle locations within the facility, and/or allocation requests for at least one of the components. The equipment controller schedules enactment of the allocation requests based on designated times associated with operations involved in the enactment of the allocation requests and monitors capacities of the transportation vehicles to carry the components within the facility while the transportation vehicles enact the allocation requests. The equipment controller generates signals for movement control of the transportation vehicles in order to combine the components for the allocation requests in at least one of the transportation vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: David Bell
  • Patent number: 10163115
    Abstract: An MD management device manages action statistics associated with each of a plurality of shelving units. Action statistics for one shelving unit indicate actions that store visitors make near the shelving unit. An information terminal device acquires, from the MD management device merchandising information for each shelving unit. Merchandising information for one shelving unit includes a value of statistics for the shelving unit. The information terminal device displays a store screen including one or more shelving unit icons each representing one of one or more shelving units located in a store. Further, the information terminal device displays a graphic item in the vicinity of each shelving unit icon. The graphic item is displayed in a display state that is in accordance with the value of statistics for the corresponding shelving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Kento Ogawa, Toru Tanigawa
  • Patent number: 10157392
    Abstract: Certain embodiments provide a computer-executed method for generating a future sales estimate for an item. The method includes programmatically accessing, from a dataset via a network device, an inventory residence time period of an item. The method also includes programmatically accessing, from the dataset via the network device, prior performance data associated with the item. The method also includes programmatically executing an inventory valuation engine to generate a future sales estimate for the item based on the inventory residence time period and the prior performance data. The method further includes executing a notification generation engine to adjust a notification policy defining a frequency or other characteristic of electronic marketing communications indicating the item transmitted to consumer devices based on the future sales estimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: Zahra Ferdowsi, Rajesh Girish Parekh
  • Patent number: 10152687
    Abstract: Building and maintaining an accurate and up-to-date inventory of applications deployed throughout an organization are described. In one aspect, an application directory facilitates automated and standardized entry of information on an application. The application directory provides a series of browser-rendered interfaces that collects data about the application. These different types of data are organized according to a logical data model that defines multiple hierarchical levels of data types and relationships amongst the hierarchical levels. The collection of registered applications forms an inventory that may be used to manage these assets. In another aspect, the application directory allows authorized users to manage the inventory of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC
    Inventors: Perry Fotinatos, James M. Bessette, Melvin Lew, Syed Husain
  • Patent number: 10147150
    Abstract: Described are methods and systems for retrieving and serving the regulatory history of a property. For example, an identification of data sources for permits and approvals is stored in a computer system. Property identifiers from the data sources are stored in the computer system. The system identifies the types of permit and approval data available from each of the data sources for each of the property identifiers. A determination can be made of the completeness of the regulatory history available for each property associated with each of said property identifiers. The system receives a request for the regulatory history of at least one of the properties associated with the property identifiers. A web page may be populated with a list of the regulatory history for the property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Charles C. Carrington
  • Patent number: 10149002
    Abstract: A video content provider may maintain its own servers for organizing and distributing its video content as digital files. The video content provider names the digital files according to its own file naming scheme and stores the digital files at particular file locations according to its own file storage scheme. A video-broadcast system analyzes a broadcast schedule to determine attributes of scheduled video content. Using the attributes, the video-broadcast system derives identifying information that the video content provider uses in the file paths and the file names of its digital files. The video-broadcast system uses this identifying information to generate the file paths and the file names for the digital files stored on the video content provider's servers. By automatically generating the file path and the file name for video content from attributes provided by the broadcast schedule, the video-broadcast system can efficiently and consistently retrieve the correct digital files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Allan Propst, Dana A. Lasher
  • Patent number: 10142170
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a log processing method and client, the method includes: acquiring a log processing instruction, the log processing instruction including a user's identifier; controlling an operating state of a log record switch of the user corresponding to the user's identifier according to the log processing instruction, the operation state of the log record switch including an on state and an off state; when the operating state of the log record switch of the user is the on state, recording a log of the user; when the operating state of the log record switch of the user is the off state, not recording a log of the user. This avoids the overall performance of the system from being affected due to the logs of a large number of users who are being recorded by the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Beijing Qihoo Technology Comapany Limited
    Inventor: Xinrun Zhang
  • Patent number: 10134003
    Abstract: An inventory, disposition, and order management system and method utilizes multiple data sources to obtain complementary and augmented product data to determine an enhanced set of product data that reflects product inventory and disposition history information in a supply chain. The system and method can utilize the complementary and augmented product data to formulate recommended orders to achieve product dealer sales goals. The system and method compare the product data obtained from the data sources and reconcile any discrepancies. In at least one embodiment, the product data includes product identification data, product inventory data, product configuration data, and product disposition history data. Obtaining data from multiple sources allows the system and method to develop more accurate and complete data through an audit and reconciliation process as opposed to data obtained from a single source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Versata Development Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Loyens, David R. Middleton, Rahul Subramaniam, Aditya P. Kulkarni, Asif Ahmed Sheikh
  • Patent number: 10136259
    Abstract: An inventory tracking system includes a plurality of emitters that each emit a wireless signal and are placed at known locations relative to a plurality of storage areas in a warehouse, including a first storage area for storage of a specified item. The system further includes a mobile device that travels with a material handler. The mobile device: receives a first wireless signal from a first emitter that is one of the plurality of emitters; calculates a first distance between the material handler and the first emitter based on the first wireless signal; determines that the material handler is located at a stocking location for the first storage area based on the first distance and the known location of the first emitter; and sends a message indicating that the material handler is at the stocking location for the first storage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: INTERMEC, INC.
    Inventors: Erik Todeschini, Mehul Patel
  • Patent number: 10127615
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for intentionally delaying an execution of an executable instruction by determining if a current executable instruction is received from a predefined source for which all executable instructions are to be intentionally delayed. When so, the system sets a sequence time associated with the instruction equal to a receipt time plus a delay time. The system saves the instruction in an intentional delay queue for future execution. When the current executable instruction is received from a source that is not the predefined source, the system determines if a condition for immediate processing of the current executable instruction is present. When so, the system executes the instruction immediately. Otherwise, it performs an intentional delay determination that determines whether the current executable instruction has been intentionally delayed. When the current executable instruction has been intentionally delayed, the system executes the instruction immediately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven I. Givot
  • Patent number: 10129266
    Abstract: A computer implemented method of providing candidate information comprises: obtaining a challenge code from a verification service at a first device associated with an ID candidate; capturing the challenge code from the first device at a second device associated with an ID checker; verifying the challenge code between the second device and the verification service and, if the challenge code is verified, providing the candidate information from the verification service, such that the candidate information is accessible to the ID checker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Lawrence Lok-Lun Cheng, Jeremy Goldstone
  • Patent number: 10127575
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein attempt to capture the impact on both the promoted items and other related products. The systems and methods analyze attached sales impact only for items that are more likely to be purchased with the featured product. The systems and methods also allow for measuring a cannibalization impact by analyzing the impact on potential cannibalized products and items that are more likely to be purchased with the cannibalized products. By aggregating the promoted impact and cannibalized impact, including the items with strong co-selling relationships, a full picture of the promotion can be obtained. Further, combining the item-level results into custom groupings can allow for further business insights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Predictive Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William V. Weidman, Jarred D. Brown, Evan L. Newkirk, Eve D. Hanson, Guillaume Vanderschueren
  • Patent number: 10122915
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for providing an indication about a distance between a retail unit and an electronic device, comprising: acquiring from an image sensor in a retail establishment, at least one image of a product on a store shelf; accessing in a memory that stores a plurality of templates associated with a plurality of differing products, a template associated with the product on the store shelf in the at least one acquired image; comparing at least one dimension associated with the product in the at least one acquired image with at least one dimension associated with the accessed template; based on the comparison, determining whether a distance between the image sensor and the product on the store shelf is within an acceptable range for additional image processing; and providing a notification to a user of the electronic device to adjust the distance between the image sensor and the product on the shelf when the product is outside of the acceptable range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: TRAX TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS PTE LTD.
    Inventors: Hilit Maayan, Daniel Shimon Cohen, Jacob Greenshpan
  • Patent number: 10121185
    Abstract: A physical item with an affixed identification tag may be distributed to a user of a mobile computing device with an included reader device capable of reading an identifier stored on the identification tag. An association between the physical item and the identifier may be stored. When the mobile computing device is brought into proximity with the tagged physical item, a further association between user and identifier may be stored. The user's mobile computing device may be caused to display a digital application store user interface customized based on associations between the identifier, the physical item, and the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Tina Ram Orooji
  • Patent number: 10121032
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling at least one security device based on the behavior of at least one tag. The methods comprise: generating sensor data relating to movement by at least one sensor disposed in a first tag; analyzing the sensor data to determine if an item to which the first tag is coupled is being handled in an unusual, abnormal or nervous manner; determining if an enterprise system has lost communicative contact with the first tag coupled to the item that is being handled in an unusual, abnormal or nervous manner; and causing an operational state of the security device to change in response to the loss of the communicative contact between the enterprise system and the first tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Melwyn F. Sequeira, Hubert A. Patterson, Mohammad Mohiuddin
  • Patent number: 10121121
    Abstract: Interposer assemblies may be inserted between a traditional shelf and traditional supports for the shelf. Each of the interposer assemblies may be configured to generate signals corresponding to changes in loading on the traditional shelf, and information regarding the changes may be determined to identify items placed onto or removed from the traditional shelf, and locations at which the items were placed or from which the items were removed. The interposer assemblies may include one or more load cells, such as strain-gage load cells, and analog signals generated by the load cells may be processed to determine a mass of an item placed on the shelf or removed therefrom. The item, and a location corresponding to the item, may be determined based on the mass and according to standard equilibrium procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Samuel De Bonet, Nicholas Charles McMahon, Jacob Alex Siegel
  • Patent number: 10108892
    Abstract: A wireless tag apparatus and related medication compliance monitoring techniques are disclosed. In some embodiments, the apparatus may include a motion detector configured to detect at least one of a movement of and an impact to the apparatus. The apparatus also may include a sensing circuit configured to scan, in response to the detection by the motion detector, a sensor array associated with a medication dispenser external to the apparatus to determine whether contents of at least one medication compartment of the medication dispenser have been expelled. The apparatus further may include a transmitter configured to transmit, in response to the detection by the motion detector, a signal including data pertaining to whether the contents of the at least one medication compartment have been expelled, wherein the signal is a radio frequency signal. In some embodiments, the apparatus may be configured for use, for example, in monitoring medication compliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: VYPIN, LLC
    Inventor: Robert W. Sengstaken, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10102495
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically determining that delivery of an untagged item occurred are described. Data is received, from a gateway device located on a vehicle on which the untagged item is transported, where the data includes data collected by the gateway device from a set of devices external to the gateway device. A determination of whether the vehicle stopped is performed based on a first part of the data pertaining to the movement of the vehicle. Automatic determination of whether offload of cargo from the vehicle occurred, is performed based on a second part of the data, which is consistent with activity indicative of the offload of cargo from the vehicle as opposed to data collected based on a tag on an item. Responsive to determining that the offload of cargo from the vehicle occurred, a report including information to be used as proof of delivery is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Samsara Networks Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Julia Zhang, James Michael Rowson, John Bicket
  • Patent number: 10103956
    Abstract: A network monitor is used to determine resource (e.g., CPU, memory, storage, or network) utilization of one or more virtual machines on one or more corresponding servers. Using resource utilization data for an original configuration of the virtual machines on the servers, the described system and methods simulate reconfigurations of various VMs on servers, determines resource utilization of the simulated reconfigurations, and proposes a reconfiguration that results in lower resource utilization across the one or more corresponding servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Virtual Instruments Corporation
    Inventors: Francis Niestemski, Nicholas York
  • Patent number: 10083197
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to a method and apparatus for storing data for a batch of manufactured items. The method comprises defining in a processor, using a lower limit identifier and an upper limit identifier, a range of unique item identifiers for the batch, wherein each manufactured item in the batch is allocated a unique item identifier falling within the range. The item identifiers are stored in allocated storage space. If an upper limit identifier is specified for each time interval, an amount of storage specified for all manufactured items during a production time period is calculated as a sum of a first product and a second product, the first product being a product of a production time and a size allocated to each upper limit identifier, and the second product being a product of the production time, a total number of manufactured items, and a percentage of unused identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Erwan Fradet, Alain Sager, Patrick Mauroux, Patrick Chanez, Philippe Chatelain
  • Patent number: 10083419
    Abstract: A barcode scanner device 200 is formed as a wrist watch with a main body 210 and strap 220 and includes a camera 211 to capture an image of a barcode 11. The scanner 200 generates an inventory request message sent by a communication interface 215 to a local server 30 based on the captured barcode. In a capture mode, live camera images may be displayed on touch-screen display 212 while capturing the barcode with guides and feedback for the user. In a display mode, inventory data from database 32 may be accessed in a large data field on the touch screen display 212.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: ASDA STORES LIMITED
    Inventors: Philip Alexander Stout, Michael Patrick Amos
  • Patent number: 10078810
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing personalized delivery services by a carrier providing a package delivery service. For example, a consignee may indicate a delivery preference to be applied to delivery of a package, such as indicating a specific location where the package is to be left upon delivery, if the consignee is not present to accept the package. In one embodiment, the consignee may be notified by the carrier of the scheduled delivery of the package prior to a first delivery attempt, and may be linked to the carrier's web site to indicate a delivery preference. Alternatively, the delivery preference may be indicated by the consignee proactively accessing the web site. After conveying a delivery preference, the carrier's systems communicate the delivery preference at the appropriate time to a portable computing device which informs the delivery personnel of the consignee's delivery preference. Other embodiments allow the consignor to indicate delivery preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lee Klingenberg, Joe Rizzo, Sumeet Pradeep Shroff
  • Patent number: 10079998
    Abstract: A commodity promotion system includes output unit that presents a customer with information, commodity presence/absence determination unit that determines presence or absence of the target article on the basis of signal strength information of the RF tag, commodity information storage unit that stores commodity information list in which the tag information of the RF tag, commodity presence/absence information indicating presence or absence of the target article, output unit ID information of the output unit, and output information indicating information to be presented are associated with one another, and commodity pickup determination unit that detects that the target article has changed from a presence state to an absence state, on the basis of a determination result of the presence or absence of the target article and the commodity presence/absence information in the commodity information list and outputs the output information associated with the tag information to the output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichiro Nakase, Wataru Hattori
  • Patent number: 10078811
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining an improved location of a node in a wireless node network based on context data are described. A network device, such as a master node or server, accesses a first type of the context data related to a proximate environment of the node being located. The first type of the context data includes signal degradation information for a second node (similar to the first node) in a similar environment to the proximate environment of the first node. Based upon this first type of context data, the network device adjusts a communication distance related to the first node, such as a transmission distance or receiver sensitivity range distance. The network device then determines the improved location of the first node based upon the adjusted communication distance that accounts for signal degradation known to affect the similar second node in the similar environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: FEDEX CORPORATE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Ole-Petter Skaaksrud
  • Patent number: 10078679
    Abstract: Resolving a discrepancy between disparate data sources is disclosed. Listing data for an item for sale is received from a plurality of disparate data sources. The listing data is compared with reliable listing data from a reliable data source. It is determined whether there is a discrepancy between the listing data and the reliable listing data. In the event there is a discrepancy between the listing data and the reliable listing data, at least a portion of the listing data is filtered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Trulia, LLC
    Inventors: David Shefferman, Alex Parr
  • Patent number: 10074067
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing personalized delivery services by a carrier providing a package delivery service. For example, a consignee may indicate a delivery preference to be applied to delivery of a package, such as indicating a specific location where the package is to be left upon delivery, if the consignee is not present to accept the package. In one embodiment, the consignee may be notified by the carrier of the scheduled delivery of the package, and may be linked to the carrier's web site to indicate a delivery preference. Alternatively, the delivery preference may be indicated by the consignee proactively accessing the web site. After conveying a delivery preference, the carrier's systems communicate the delivery preference at the appropriate time to a portable computing device which informs the delivery personnel of the consignee's delivery preference. Other embodiments allow the consignor to indicate delivery preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lee Klingenberg, Joe Rizzo, Sumeet Pradeep Shroff
  • Patent number: 10075332
    Abstract: A floor tile for a data center floor includes a memory device and a tile management controller coupled to the memory device. The tile management controller receives configuration information for a server rack located on the floor tile and stores the configuration information in the memory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS, LP
    Inventors: John R. Palmer, Syed S. Ahmed, Jinsaku Masuyama
  • Patent number: 10062109
    Abstract: A payment system can determine when a business need for a merchant is expected to occur. The payment system can also determine whether the merchant is eligible for financing for a financing amount. Once a determination is made that the merchant is eligible for the financing, the payment system can send the merchant a notification describing the expected business need along with an offer for the financing, which may be presented in an interface on a merchant device. The merchant can accept the offer for the financing by sending an acceptance to the payment system. Upon accepting the offer, the merchant is provided the financing amount, for example, in the form of an electronic deposit in a financial account of the merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventors: Ariana Poursartip, John Bryan Scott, Kevin Teh
  • Patent number: 10055697
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for allocating slots to a plurality of products in order to facilitate optimization of space in a warehouse that includes a rating assigning module for assigning a slot priority rating and a product priority rating. The slot priority rating is assigned to each slot whereas the product priority rating is assigned to each product of a plurality of products to be placed in the plurality of slots present in the warehouse. A metadata retrieving module for retrieving metadata from a tag associated to a product of the plurality of products. In one aspect, the metadata indicates the product priority rating being assigned to the product. A slot determination module for determining a slot from the plurality of slots in order to place the product. A slot allocation module for allocating the slot, as determined, for placing the product thereby facilitating the optimization of space in the warehouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: HCL TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Madhusudhan R M, Ashar Pasha
  • Patent number: 10055319
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of a computing device for validating the configuration of components of a component assembly. The computing device serves a boot image executable by a component of the component assembly. Expected configuration data associated with the component is identified by the computing device, and actual configuration data associated with the component is obtained by the computing device. The computing device determines a validation response for the component assembly based at least in part upon a comparison of the expected configuration data and the actual configuration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Klein, Michael David Marr
  • Patent number: 10049549
    Abstract: Various embodiments include, for example, a wireless device that includes a short-range wireless transceiver to communicate RF signals including a beacon signal to identify the wireless device and to facilitate the association of the wireless device with the plurality of mobile communication devices in proximity to the wireless device. Each corresponding one of the plurality of mobile communication devices includes a mobile communication device processor that executes a student application, downloaded from an app store associated with the operating system of the corresponding one of the plurality of mobile communication devices that facilitates location of the corresponding one of the plurality of mobile communication devices. Attendance data is stored indicating that a student associated each corresponding one of the plurality of mobile communication devices is in a classroom associated with the wireless device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: THL Holding Company, LLC
    Inventor: John W. Howard
  • Patent number: 10051406
    Abstract: A charging device includes an integrated broadband transceiver that is operable to communicate wireless signals at a power level that is below a spurious emissions mask. The wireless signals are communicated over a designated frequency spectrum band via one or more antennas. The wireless signals convey data between the charging device and a communication device via one or more usable channels within the frequency spectrum band utilized by the integrated broadband transceiver. Concurrent with the communicating, charging of the communication device occurs. One or more usable channels within the frequency spectrum band utilized by the integrated broadband transceiver may be detected. The charging and the communication of the wireless signals occurs currently on the same ones or different ones of the one or more antennas. The detected one or more usable channels may be aggregated and utilized for the communication by the integrated broadband transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Maxlinear, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Ling, Timothy Gallagher
  • Patent number: 10044667
    Abstract: A method and device for providing access and control of a peripheral device through a support service provider thereof over a social networking platform includes receiving from the support service provider a servicer registration request specifying a type of peripheral devices to be serviced by the support service provider; establishing a public social network identity for the support service provider based on the request; receiving from a first user a first owner registration request specifying a first peripheral device controlled by the first user; and upon a determination that the first peripheral device is of the type of peripheral devices specified in the servicer registration request: creating a respective social network identity for the first peripheral device on the social network platform; and establishing a social network relationship between the public social network identity of the support service provider, the first user, and the respective social network identity of the first peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Danqing Sun
  • Patent number: 10037512
    Abstract: Methods and systems that provide for enhanced and simplified calendar event creation in a calendar application are disclosed. First, the method begins with a user inputting into a device a description of a new calendar event. Second, the method uses the description to extract a title field that is then used to scan for a list of similar calendar events from a database of historical calendar events. Third, the method presents the list of similar calendar events to the user. Fourth, the user selects one of the similar calendar events to help pre-fill some or all of the fields of the new calendar event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth S. White, Viktor Miladinov
  • Patent number: 10038857
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the invention relate to managing an inventory of items within a storage container. A storage container can house one or more items for distribution among one or more users such as, for instance, employees. The storage container discussed herein provides authentication of a user, tracking of the inventory each user removes or returns, video/image capture of user during access of the storage container, wireless tracking of items housed within the storage container, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: 3 STRIKE, LLC
    Inventor: Leonard M. Bashkin
  • Patent number: 10032210
    Abstract: Various systems and methods that may relate to referral and/or delivery services are described. Some embodiments may include receiving from a user on a remote device an order for delivery of a plurality of items. Each item comprises an unique identifier. Embodiments also may include determining a location of the user; identifying at least two providers located within a radius of the user, in which each provider is capable of delivering the requested items; computing for each provider a total cost of delivery of the requested items; receive a request for a first provider to deliver the requested item; and facilitate delivery of the items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Howard W. Lutnick, Colin Sims, Ari Friedman, Mark Miller
  • Patent number: 10032120
    Abstract: A communication system for workforce management is formed of a system controller managing a plurality of badges associated with workplace devices and employees within the workplace. The controller receives event indicators from the badges. These event indicators are analyzed by the controller to determine whether a task should be created and performed by at least one of the workplace devices and/or at least one of the employees. Task lists and device assignments are dynamically updated in response to current workplace conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Collins, Eric R. Buhrke, Noel S. Massey
  • Patent number: 10026060
    Abstract: An asset within a repository can be identified. The asset can be an electronic file. The asset can include an asset content and an asset metadata. The asset content can include a static content and a dynamic content. The asset can be semantically disassembled into one or more assemblies. The assemblies can each include an asset data and an assembly data. The assembly data can include an assembly identifier, an assembly rule, or an asset data source. A data container format associated with the asset content can be determined. The data container can be a computing data structure. The asset content can be dynamically presented within a different data container format in accordance with the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Romelia H. Flores, Leonard S. Hand, Jeffery R. Washburn
  • Patent number: 10019606
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to a method and apparatus for storing data for a batch of manufactured items. The method comprises defining in a processor, using a lower limit identifier and an upper limit identifier, a range of unique item identifiers for the batch, wherein each manufactured item in the batch is allocated a unique item identifier falling within the range. The item identifiers are stored in allocated storage space. If an upper limit identifier is specified for each time interval, an amount of storage specified for all manufactured items during a production time period is calculated as a sum of a first product and a second product, the first product being a product of a production time and a size allocated to each upper limit identifier, and the second product being a product of the production time, a total number of manufactured items, and a percentage of unused identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Erwan Fradet, Alain Sager, Patrick Mauroux, Patrick Chanez, Philippe Chatelain
  • Patent number: 10019771
    Abstract: In an example of a method for enabling after-hours vehicle pick up, a server recognizes that a service payment request is outstanding for a serviced vehicle. In response to the recognizing, the server transmits an ignition block command to the serviced vehicle. The ignition block command triggers a powertrain control module of the serviced vehicle to enter a disengaged state that electrically prohibits the powertrain control module from providing tractive power to a vehicle drive wheel. At the server, a notification of a payment acceptance is received from an infotainment unit of the serviced vehicle or a mobile communications device associated with the serviced vehicle. In response to receiving the notification, the server transmits an ignition enabling command triggering the powertrain control module to enter an engaged state that electrically enables the powertrain control module to provide tractive power to the vehicle drive wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Wahaj Ahmed, Steven S. Sauerbrey, Huong T. Chim
  • Patent number: 9998442
    Abstract: A device comprising: a display; a communication interface; and at least one processor configured to: receive from an external device, via the communication interface, authentication information associated with a user of the external device; transmit the authentication information to a server; transmit a request for content to the server when the device is successfully authenticated by the server based on the authentication information; receive the content from the server; and control the display to display the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong-woo Jung, In-sik Myung, Ye-seul Hong
  • Patent number: 9996807
    Abstract: A method is provided for qualifying and analyzing business intelligence. At a first part of a data management system receives first, second and third streams of data. The first stream is client provided source data, the second is public source data and the third is data management system internal data previously collected and managed source data in the data management system. The three streams of data are organized into items and their attributes at the data management system. The source data is transformed at a data warehouse where it becomes normalized. Logic is applied to provide multi-dimensional analysis of transformed source data relative to a scale for at least one business intelligence. The data warehouse includes updated data from the multi-dimensional analysis. A user interface communicates with the data management system to create statistical information that illustrates impact over time and value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: RoundHouse One LLC
    Inventors: Mark Raymond Miller, Natan Goore, Signo Uddenberg
  • Patent number: 9984547
    Abstract: A managing method includes establishing a relationship between basic information of each object of a plurality of objects and each positioning tag of a plurality of positioning tags, wherein the basic information of each object comprising status information of the each object. Position information is obtained from each positioning tag and the status information of each object is obtained at every predetermined time. Once at least one object of the plurality of objects is determined not located in a predetermined area and the at least one object is in an approved state, the positioning tag corresponding to the at least one object is controlled to transmit an alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xue-Qin Zhang
  • Patent number: 9984353
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for detecting incorrect storage of medicament packages in a pharmacy order-picking device. Such incorrect storage can occur in the event that manual removal of medicament packages becomes necessary due to a malfunction. The pharmacy order-picking device comprises a series of shelves comprising a plurality of shelf compartments and at least one movable operating device in front of the row of shelves, wherein the operating device has a gripping device as well as a sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: CAREFUSION GERMANY 326 GMBH
    Inventors: Christoph Hellenbrand, Dennis Reif, Andreas Klapperich
  • Patent number: 9984351
    Abstract: Techniques are described for automatically and dynamically determining how to handle items being returned from customers while the items are in transit. Various factors may be considered to determine appropriate item return handling, including by assessing current conditions at the time of the determination. In addition, the dynamic item return handling may include selecting one of various potential return destinations for each item being returned and one of various types of return routing for the return. In some situations, the item return handling is performed for an item being returned from a customer while the item is at an intermediate shipping location, such as a selected location to which the customer was directed to send the item. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Felix F. Antony, Donald Kaufman, Weiling Yang, Jeffrey D. Evarts