Inventory Management Patents (Class 705/28)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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: 9979726
    Abstract: A system for detection and mitigation of client-side initiated security attack(s) to a web application is disclosed. A server component (SC) of the system is configured to intercept at least partially a web application code and/or data exchanged between a web server and one or more web browsers running on client devices respectively. The SC installs a script in the web application code intercepted from a web server before forwarding a transformed web application code to the a web browser. The CS when executed in a web browser of a client, causes the web browser to execute a loop which sweeps the document object model (DOM) structure of the webpage. Further, the CS sends a report containing the DOM structure and/or details on data to the SC. Using the received reports, SC concludes if tampering occurred at the client-side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: JSCRAMBLER S.A.
    Inventors: Antonio Pedro Freitas FOrtuna dos Santos, Rui Miguel Silvares Ribeiro, Filipe Manuel Gomes Silva
  • Patent number: 9971980
    Abstract: The purpose of the invention is to provide a standard work time updating method and system in which a work time is declared by a worker without requiring an observer or the like and the reliability of the updated data of standard work time can be prevented from being degraded due to a worker's false or erroneous declaration. To achieve this purpose, for example, the standard work time updating system is configured as follows. When a reliability determination unit (24) determines that a work time required for work and declared by a worker is not departed from a predetermined range in the work time data distribution of the work stored in a database, a standard work time for the work is updated to a standard work time calculated from the declared work time, and otherwise, the standard work time is not updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yosuke Fujitomi, Ichiro Saito, Shigemi Yamane
  • Patent number: 9973037
    Abstract: An object identification system includes a guided surface waveguide probe that produces a guided surface wave from which object identification tags obtain electrical power to operate, each tag associated with an object; and a plurality of receivers deployed at strategic locations to receive return signals from one or more of the tags as the tags move with the associated objects during a lifecycle of the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James D. Lilly, Kenneth L. Corum, James F. Corum, Joseph F. Pinzone
  • Patent number: 9941931
    Abstract: A system for tracking a product from origin to destination is disclosed. The system includes a probe that comprises two plates, a power source and a processor. The power source is controlled by the processor to produce an oscillating output at the plates. Using the oscillating voltage, the probe interrogates a device through capacitive coupling. The device includes a control unit, a memory unit, and first and second materials physically associated with the device for communication using capacitive coupling. Information associated with the device is transferred from the device to the probe through capacitive coupling between the first and second materials and the first and second plates, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: PROTEUS DIGITAL HEALTH, INC.
    Inventor: Mark J. Zdeblick
  • Patent number: 9937531
    Abstract: The present publication discloses a method and system for delivering goods from main system (S1) via subsystem (S2) to an end address (D1-Dn) of the customer (3). According to the invention the end address (D1-Dn) of the customer (3) is enquired (4) from the customer via telecommunications network by a multiple choice enquiry (4), the end address (D1-Dn) selected by the customer is received (5) and the goods are delivered to the selected end address (D1-Dn).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: BookIT Oy Ajanvarauspalvelu
    Inventor: Jukka Salonen
  • Patent number: 9934521
    Abstract: A system operable to monitor the consumption of a commodity at the premises of a consumer may comprise a billing system interfacing with suppliers and retailers of the commodity to facilitate the purchase and distribution of the commodity. The billing system may include a payment structure that can alleviate the burden of consumers having to pay for an entire delivery of the commodity—the consumer is only responsible for paying for the amount actually consumed during a time period at a prevailing price during that time—as well as significantly reduce a retailer's working capital required to float the purchase of the commodity before it is paid by its consumers. Such a billing system and payment structure may eliminate or reduce the need for a retailer to borrow against receivables to pay for such purchases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Philip J. Baratz
  • Patent number: 9934485
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed to track wire or cable inventory in an inventory storage environment using an application on a mobile device. During a material intake phase, an identifier of a wire or cable reel is stored in association with a physical location of the reel, a length of a wire or cable, and a type of the wire or cable. During a material retrieval phase, a target location corresponding to the physical location of the wire or cable reel is received in response to a search query. The wire or cable reel is located using a GPS receiver based on the target location when the mobile device is located farther than a threshold distance from the target location, or using a Bluetooth radio interface, without the GPS receiver, based on the target location when the mobile device is located closer than the threshold distance to the target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: ANIXTER, INC.
    Inventors: Michael C. Barron, Peter Bordonaro
  • Patent number: 9929780
    Abstract: Capturing physical inventory in a data center includes: establishing a proximity-based data communications connection with a service processor of a server, the server installed at a location within a server rack; retrieving an identifier of the server via the proximity-based data communications connection; capturing, with a camera of the mobile computing device, a digital image of the server in the server rack; identifying, from the digital image, the location of the server within the server rack; and storing the identified location of the server within the server rack in association with the retrieved identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Antonio Abbondanzio, Patricia M. Genovese, Gregory B. Pruett
  • Patent number: 9922055
    Abstract: Disclosed below are representative embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems for managing and classifying assets in an information technology (“IT”) environment using a tag-based approach. The disclosed tag-based classification techniques can be implemented through a graphical user interface. Embodiments of the disclosed tag-based classification techniques can be used to allow a user to easily and quickly select and perform actions on groups of one or more assets (e.g., monitor policies, perform upgrades, etc.). For example, the tag-based classification techniques can automatically classify assets into “tag sets” (or “tagged sets”) based on node properties or user-selected criteria or conditions (e.g., criteria or conditions that are established in a user-created tagging profile or rule). The tagged assets can then be further filtered to identify even deeper relationships between the assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Tripwire, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Whitlock, Mark A. Little, Julie Booth, Chyna Trople
  • Patent number: 9921724
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, systems, and computer program products for presenting data on a mobile device in communication with an on-demand database system. In some implementations, a mobile device receives information identifying one or more data objects stored in the on-demand database system based on captured behavioral data for a user of the mobile device. The captured behavioral data may be based on interactions with the one or more data objects. The mobile device provides the information for display in a user interface for a mobile application. The mobile device provides for display a subset of a plurality of information items in the user interface, the plurality of information items provided from the on-demand database system, the subset determined based on the identified one or more data objects and based on user input received via the user interface. In some implementations, the user input comprises a selected type of data object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: Craig Villamor, James David Vogt, Jason Schroeder
  • Patent number: 9912547
    Abstract: A communication network operation center (NOC) network inventory data platform. The platform comprises a processor, a non-transitory memory, a data store, and a plurality of applications and logic modules. The logic modules collect data from element management systems associated with network equipment. The applications convert the data to data structures and transcode the data structures in a common data format. The applications store the transcoded data structures in an inventory database. A NOC management application presents a network management view based on the inventory database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: David N. Douberley, Justin L. Ford, Matthew D. Kurtz, Kevin Murphy, Todd M. Szymanski
  • Patent number: 9911091
    Abstract: A method of managing a supply chain comprises providing at a customer interface module a plurality of order fulfillment options to a customer, and receiving from the customer a selection of a particular order fulfillment option. The method also includes receiving a first order from the customer, and receiving a first inventory status from a first distribution center. A first distribution center sends a first product to the customer in response to determining that the particular order fulfillment option comprises a fill-partial order fulfillment option, and a duration between the time that the first product is directed to be sent and the time when the first product is actually sent is determined. An alert is generated if the duration is greater than a predetermined duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Hari Pothukuchi, Noni Gonzalez, Ernesto Solera
  • Patent number: 9911048
    Abstract: In some embodiments, systems, apparatuses, and methods are described herein including a shelf assembly that utilizes the accumulated weight of products stocked thereon to compress a compression member disposed within the assembly. An electronic imaging device can be mounted proximate to the assembly and can be oriented to capture an image of the compression member to determine whether a particular shelf needs to be restocked and avoid having to manipulate or remove products from a shelf to determine a current stock level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Matthew A. Jones
  • Patent number: 9904826
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for implicitly confirming movement of an item in a materials handling facility. In one embodiment, a radio-frequency identifier (RFID) having an antenna directed at a plurality of storage locations is activated. Each of the storage locations has a corresponding RFID. A particular storage location of the plurality of storage location is determined based at least in part on an observed signal change of one of the corresponding RFIDs. An action is then initiated based at least in part on whether the particular storage location is an expected storage location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Allan Scott Bathurst
  • Patent number: 9892458
    Abstract: A payment processing system for processing point-of-sale transactions and extending financing to merchants for invoice payment is disclosed. The payment processing system receives a request from a first merchant to generate an invoice for a second merchant. The payment processing system calculates financing terms for payment of the invoice, wherein the financing terms include repayment terms designating a portion of each transaction processed by the payment processing system for the second merchant to withhold for payment of the invoice. The payment processing system may advance payment of the invoice to the first merchant and take repayment from the portion of the withheld portion of transactions or transmit the withheld portion to the first merchant for payment of the invoice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Justin Shearer, Matthew Allen Todd
  • Patent number: 9886678
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and distributing graphic representations of planograms used for the configuration, maintenance, and compliance confirmation in the display of merchandise and advertisements, are disclosed. Based on predefined merchandizing agreements, planograms are designed to define specific configurations of products and advertising collateral in specific locations. By referencing an identifier associated with a location, a corresponding planogram can be retrieved and used to generate a graphic representation of the planogram. The graphic representation of the planogram can be adjusted and superimposed onto a live or captured image of the location to indicate where objects should be placed or rearranged. Each object specified in the planogram can be visually represented as a picture superimposed in a position over an image or live view of the location captured by a client computing device by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Sui Yan
  • Patent number: 9886806
    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: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Strike, LLC
    Inventor: Leonard M. Bashkin
  • Patent number: 9881131
    Abstract: Devices, systems, methods and arrangements are implemented in variety of manners. In a specific instance, a computer arrangement implements the following operations for a transaction involving a plurality of merchant offerings that are parseable by merchant offering identifiers. For a plurality of identified buyer accounts from which monetary payables (e.g., cash, credit and/or debit limits) are tracked, stored data sets are accessed that are indicative of types of merchant offerings to be associated with particular ones of the plurality of buyer accounts. Payment is facilitated for the items as a function of at least one of the plurality of buyer accounts. Payment is tracked for the items as a function of the merchant offering identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: U.S. Bank National Association
    Inventor: Mark Dickelman
  • Patent number: 9858547
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems of sorting products at a retail sales facility include receiving identifying information associated with a product at the retail sales facility using an inventory management electronic device, obtaining a demand for the product from a time products identical to the product were delivered to the retail sales facility, calculating whether the demand for the product supports moving the product onto a sales floor of the retail sales facility or storing the product in a stock room of the retail sales facility, determining a characteristic for the product, and outputting, when the demand supports storing the product in the stock room, an indication to a worker at the retail sales facility that the product is to be stored in the stock room at a location selected based on the determined characteristic for the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Jones, Nicholaus A. Jones, Robert J. Taylor, Marc A. Fletter, Daniel R. Shields
  • Patent number: 9852460
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing search results based on time obtain an item are discussed. In an example, a method can include receiving a search query, generating search results, calculating a time to obtain for each listing in the search results, and arranging the search results for display. The search query can include a current location of a mobile device. The search results can include a plurality of listings, with each listing including a location. The locations representing either a physical location proximate the current location or a delivery time to the current location. The search results can be arranged for display in various manners according to the calculated time to obtain for each result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Howard, Jack Phillip Abraham, Shannon B. Vosseller, Michael George Lenahan, Ben Lucas Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9846527
    Abstract: A system, computer-readable storage medium, and computer-implemented method for assigning a task based on content presented in a data feed are presented. A data feed that includes a set of content items is presented. Each of the content items included in the data feed may include a graphical user interface element capable of invoking task assignment functionality with respect to each content item. A task based on a content item presented in the data feed may be created and assigned to a selected user in response to receiving a selection of the graphical user interface element. The method may further include generating an individual status report for the user that includes every task assigned to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Hull, Anand Kishore Bollini, Roland Schemers, Clayton Schubiner, Christopher J. Fong, Wing Lun Ting, James Richards
  • Patent number: 9846857
    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: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: ASDA STORES LIMITED
    Inventors: Philip Alexander Stout, Michael Patrick Amos
  • Patent number: 9841314
    Abstract: System, methods, and computer program products are provided for enhanced freight tracking and monitoring. The system may track the location of a freight shipment within a carrier's transportation network from the time it is picked up by a carrier from a consignor until it is delivered to a consignee, provide for weight determinations and shipping re-classifications of the freight shipment during transport, and provide real-time status information and reports to the carrier, consignor, and/or consignee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: William Mark Moir, Scott Christopher Vandy
  • Patent number: 9836253
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a connector to which a cartridge containing printing material is connectable and a controller. The controller stores a subscription status indicating whether a user is subscribed to a specific service, acquires first information indicating a residual quantity of the printing material, transmits the first information to a sever, and determines whether the user is subscribed to the specific service. Under the specific service, a new cartridge is delivered by transmitting the first information. When not subscribed to the specific service and the residual quantity is a first threshold value or less, the controller notifies the user that the residual quantity is low. When subscribed to the specific service and the residual quantity is a second threshold value or less, the controller notifies the user that the residual quantity is low. The second threshold value is below the first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keitaro Tomono