Inventory Management Patents (Class 705/28)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 9836627
    Abstract: The invention provides a temporary installation of a system of RFID-based terminals and user-worn RFID devices within an event interrogation zone. At an event, terminals are located within, and associated with, vendor booths erected in the interrogation zone. User RFID devices are issued to users wishing to enter the interrogation zone. Each user RFID device includes an element worn by the user, and an attached or embedded RFID tag with a stored unique UserID. Products for sampling have unique ProductIDs. The terminals are programmed for: (1) retrieving the UserID when the user enters the vendor booth; (2) retrieving a ProductID of a product sampled by the user; and (3) retrieving the UserID when the user leaves the vendor booth. The UserID and timestamps of entry, departure, and ProductIDs of products sampled are communicated to a server. The system allows tracking of products sampled and user behavior during an event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Intellitix Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Serge Grimaux
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9834379
    Abstract: A method, device and system for picking items in a warehouse a method of controlling picking of items in a warehouse is provided. The method comprises: receiving, at processor of a mobile device, using a communication interface of the mobile device, location sensitive data associated with at least one item to be picked within the warehouse, the mobile device comprising the processor, the communication interface and a display; and, rendering, at the display using the processor, instructions for picking the at least one item in the warehouse, the instructions including the location sensitive data, the instructions updated to emphasize different subsets of the location sensitive data based on a current location of the mobile device relative to a location of the at least one item in the warehouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jordan K. Varley, Jaeho Choi, Mark Thomas Fountain, Kevin B. Mayginnes, James Morley-Smith
  • Patent number: 9830570
    Abstract: A method and system for providing item delivery notification consistent with the invention includes sending a first notification to a recipient at a recipient notification address, the first notification indicating that an item has been placed in a delivery system directed to the recipient at a first address. Next, the method involves sending a second notification to a sender at a sender notification address if the item is successfully delivered to the recipient at the first address, the second notification indicating that the item has been delivered. Then the method involves sending a third notification to the sender at the sender notification address if the item is not successfully delivered to the recipient at the first address, the third notification indicating that the item has not been delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
    Inventor: Christine R. L. Ray
  • Patent number: 9818002
    Abstract: In various embodiments, approaches for the placement of inventory in a materials handling facility are described. A virtual representation of a plurality of storage locations in a materials handling facility is maintained in a computer system. Each one of a plurality of inventory items is assigned to a corresponding storage location in the virtual representation. A first portion of the inventory items is stocked, and a second portion of the inventory items is unstocked. Each of the assignments is associated with a profit value. An event related to a change in state of the materials handling facility is input into the computer system. Each one of the second portion of the inventory items is reassigned in the computer system to a corresponding storage location in the virtual representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Michael Yunes, Alexei A. Kudriavstev, Xiao Yu Li, Long X. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9818079
    Abstract: An order management system including a server including a processor, a network interface for communicating with at least one medical device having an associated plurality of consumables, data storage means for storing relationship information for each consumable, current inventory for each consumable, usage history for each consumable, and an order management module including program instructions that, when executed by the processor, are configured to calculate consumable order information based on the relationship information, current inventory, and usage history for each consumable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: William G. Ginster, II, Joseph P. Napoli
  • Patent number: 9805536
    Abstract: Various systems and methods that may relate to referral and/or delivery services are described. Some embodiments may include syndicating service providers for orders to a plurality of providers, in store delivery options, mobile device ordering, price arbitrage and/or other elements. Various other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Howard W. Lutnick, Colin Sims, Ari Friedman, Mark A. Miller
  • Patent number: 9798907
    Abstract: A register for counting and tracking items in a bag comprises a manifest and an RFID reader. The RFID reader is used to query a plurality of RFID tags attached to items contained in the bag. The register creates reports counting and/or identifying changes to items contained in the bag while the bag is routed and/or items in the bag are processed for a customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: DUFL, INC.
    Inventors: William H. Rinehart, Albert J. McGowan, Michael M. Gordon
  • Patent number: 9785893
    Abstract: This disclosure describes, generally, methods and systems for creating dynamic subsets of larger equipment parts lists (EPLs). For example, a method may include receiving a search request that includes an associated failure code and a target asset. The method might further include providing an EPL for the asset type, and retrieving sub-lists of the EPL based on previous search requests which are associated with the failure code for the asset type. The method may further predict which one of the plurality of sub-lists has the highest probability of being associated with the failure code for the asset type and might present the predicted sub-list of the EPL to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jon Riksheim, German A. Bogomolni
  • Patent number: 9785903
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the presentation manager is configured to provide an interface requesting information regarding a proposal from a digital device over a network and receive the information from the digital device. The business object manager is configured to instantiate a business object based on the received information and store the instantiated business object within a data structure residing in a computer readable medium. The business rule manager is configured to generate a business rule associated with the business object, the business rule comprising instructions to perform an operation, the instructions being conditional based on the instantiated business object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Versaic Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Grant Soloway
  • Patent number: 9779381
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for simultaneous computation of optimal order point and optimal order quantity. The system includes one or more memory units and on ore more processing units, collectively configured to receive initial inputs, initialize a first, at least second and final locations and the initial inputs and compute a first baseline inventory performance of the first level. The system is further configured to compute at least a second inventory performance of the at least second level and perform optimization iterations by simultaneously determining a change in inventory performance for the first and the at least second level when the re-order point (R) is incremented by a specified R increment value and when the re-order quantity is incremented by a specified Q increment value. The system is further configured to report the reorder point and reorder quantity for the first, the at least second, and the final location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: JDA Software Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Chandrashekar Srikantiah Konanur
  • Patent number: 9779373
    Abstract: Disclosed are various implementations for generating one or more visualization regions in a user interface indicative of a state of a fulfillment center. A visualization region may be generated comprising one or more visual identifiers, labels, and metrics describing one or more stages in a fulfillment process. In response to a manipulation of a portion of the visualization region, a predefined action may be initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Udit Madan, David Daniel Glick, Lubos Bosak, Nathan Ryan Bosch, Robert Dreaper McDonald, Jr., Hao He, Steven Michael Hood, Michael Ellsworth Bundy
  • Patent number: 9779432
    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: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas Justin Shearer, Matthew Allen Todd
  • Patent number: 9767430
    Abstract: In response to a mobile computing device querying information for a product within a retail store, program code may instruct a camera of the mobile computing device to capture an image as part of a query for the product. The program code may also collect information for the query of the product, which includes information from the barcode and the mobile computing device. The program code adjusts a calculation of an approximate location of the product via use of distance vectors that are within the information that is collected for the query the product. The program code generates a query object to perform the query. The program code defines an optimal arrangement of products within the retail store. The program code updates an electronic planogram based on the optimal arrangement of products. The program code retrieves product information that is customized for an end user, based on the query object generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Robyn R. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9767387
    Abstract: A device may receive a set of images for an object recognition operation to identify one or more objects in the set of images after the set of images are combined into a stitched image. The device may combine the set of images into the stitched image. The device may determine reliability scores for the set of images. The reliability scores may be determined based on a difference in images of the set of images, and the reliability scores may predict a quality of the stitched image that includes an image, of the set of images, to which the reliability scores correspond. The device may determine whether a result of the object recognition operation is likely to satisfy a threshold based on the reliability scores. The device may selectively perform the object recognition operation based on whether the result of the object recognition operation is likely to satisfy the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Ayan Chaki, Vinay Kumar, Prosenjit Banerjee
  • Patent number: 9766616
    Abstract: A method of identifying an article on a production line, the production line comprising a plurality of articles along its length, the relative positions of the plurality of articles along the length of the production line being predetermined, the method comprising: receiving location information of an object which executes the same motion with respect to at least a first subset of the plurality of articles on the production line; for at least a second subset of the plurality of articles, determining from the location information the location of the object at a predetermined interaction between the object and the article; and identifying an article of the plurality of articles at a specified location of the object in dependence on (i) a known location of any one article of the plurality of articles at any one time, and (ii) the locations of the object at the predetermined interactions between the object and the at least second subset of the plurality of articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ubisense Limited
    Inventor: Peter Joseph Steggles
  • Patent number: 9754235
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a system and method for authoritative item identification based on facility operations are described. Embodiments may include an authoritative item identification component configured to, for each particular item of multiple items in inventory of a materials handling facility, determine multiple identifiers for the particular item, where one or more of the multiple identifiers are electronically obtained from a unit of the particular item during operations of the materials handling facility. The authoritative item identification component may, for each of the multiple identifiers, determine a quantity of instances in which that identifier was electronically obtained from a given unit of the particular item. The authoritative item identification component may, based on a statistical analysis of the quantities, determine one of the multiple identifiers as being an authoritative identifier for the particular item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Priya Padmanabhan, Samir Kumar, Alexander C. Prater, Prajakta Vaidya, Eric Young
  • Patent number: 9747288
    Abstract: A reliable and scalable data repository service can be supporting cooperative transactions. In an example, multiple data producers may use the data repository service to upload data in one or more transactions. Data contained in one transaction may be treated as an atomic unit. In an embodiment, the data repository service manages multiple candidate transactions associated with an election transaction such that at most one candidate transaction may begin and/or commit a given time. During a commit of a candidate transaction, the data uploaded during the candidate transaction may become associated with the election transaction. The data repository service may maintain metadata associated with each of the candidate transactions. In response to a request for data associated with the election transaction, the metadata may be used, in conjunction with a user-specified isolation level, to locate the data uploaded some of the candidate transactions for the election transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathaniel Jonah Beckford, Seung Hyok Choi, John Kenneth White
  • Patent number: 9747627
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and systems are provided that allow a user to upload inventories, view inventories in the proximity of the user, and/or facilitate transactions over a user device in a simple manner. In an embodiment, a method for transactions comprises loading, by a server at a remote location, an application on a user device of a user, wherein the application allows the user to upload an inventory comprising one or more items and/or services offered for sale by the user, as well as to view on the user device other inventory offered for sale by one or more other users as the user comes into proximity of the one or more other users, and wherein an inventory list maintained at the user device is constantly updated with the other inventory viewed by the user device. The method also comprises receiving, by the server at the remote location, transaction information associated with conducting a transaction in connection with the inventory list over the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Eric Stuart Wright
  • Patent number: 9734278
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques for implementing electronic designs with automatic connectivity information extraction. These techniques traverse at least a portion of an electronic design, classify or categorize circuit component designs encountered during traversal into multiple categories, extract connectivity information for the at least the portion of the electronic design based in part or in whole upon one or more criteria, and devising the at least the portion of the electronic design with at least the connectivity information. A connectivity data structure may be constructed with the extracted connectivity information. A plurality of circuit component designs categorized into the same category may be grouped into a single element in the connectivity data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Cadence Design System, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Markus Purri, Guilherme Henrique de Sousa Santos, Chung-Wah Norris Ip, Marcus Vincius da Mata Gomes