Rental (i.e., Leasing) Patents (Class 705/307)
  • Patent number: 10756896
    Abstract: A system and method may be used to recover access to an account. A recovery challenge may be received from a submitter, including an escrow deposit, and the recovery challenge may be broadcast to other users. During a monitoring period, the system may monitor for a recovery response proving ownership of the account. If a recovery response is received then the submitter of the recovery response may maintain ownership of the account and receive a portion of the escrow deposit. If no valid recovery response is received during the monitoring period, then ownership of the account may be transferred to the submitter of the recovery challenge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Jeff Pickhardt
  • Patent number: 10549721
    Abstract: A number of techniques are disclosed for making it more convenient and efficient for customers to conduct various rental vehicle transactions. As an example, a technique for performing an automated pickup of a rental vehicle using a mobile device is disclosed. As another example, a technique for performing an automated return administration of a rental vehicle using a mobile device is disclosed. As another example, a technique for permitting customer to select a particular rental vehicle for a rental vehicle transaction using a mobile device is disclosed. Also disclosed is a technique for permitting a customer to keylessly start a rental vehicle using a machine-sensible item such as his/her mobile device without requiring the customer to possess a smart key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: The Crawford Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan S. Johnson, Dave G. Smith
  • Patent number: 10387854
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the present invention provide for one or more server computers communicatively coupled to a network and configured to: receive, from a sub domain registration settings control panel displayed on a client computer, a profit to be paid to a registrant if a sub domain associated with the domain name is registered, and store the profit to be paid in a database. The server(s) may also render a sub domain registration control panel and receive: a sub domain registration request; and an IP address directing HTTP requests to the sub domain and automatically insert the IP address into an A record or NS record in a zone file for the domain. The server(s) may then select the profit to be paid from the database and update a registrant user profile to include the profit to be paid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GO DADDY OPERATING COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Arnold Blinn, Andrew Low Ah Kee
  • Patent number: 10311706
    Abstract: An apparatus including a building automation system that protects a secured geographic area, a plurality of non-overlapping geographic zones within the secured area, at least one portable Bluetooth device carried by an authorized human user within the secured area, a Bluetooth receiver associated with each of the plurality of zones that detects the portable device proximate the zone and a security controller that arms and disarms at least one of the plurality of zones based upon the detection of the portable device proximate the at least one zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ADEMCO INC.
    Inventors: Satheesh Babu M, Dharmalingam Vediappan, Viswanathan Krishnan
  • Patent number: 10168164
    Abstract: In some implementations, a navigation application can integrate third party services into the navigation application in an easy to use and convenient manner. For example, the navigation application can receive user input indicating that the user is interested obtaining transportation from a ride hailing service. In response to receiving the indication, the navigation application can invoke an application extension for a third party ride hailing application. The navigation application and ride hailing application can then communicate to provide the ride hailing service through the navigation application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Shelby, Eric Albert, David Hodge, Curtis Galloway, Tara Teich, Sam Iglesias, Maria D. Ioveva
  • Patent number: 10085062
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for a media guidance application that recommends media content to a user based on the media content likely to be available to the user at a given location and providing media guidance data for receiving the media content from a content provider at the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Milan Patel, Imran Khaliq
  • Patent number: 9858737
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for enabling a temporary user to gain temporary access to a locked space of a vehicle. The vehicle is configured to communicate with an intermediate system adapted to remotely control functionality of the vehicle. The intermediate system is configured to receive, from a user device associated with the temporary user, a request message to open a remotely operable lock of the locked space and further configured to, based on the request message, transmit an unlock message to the vehicle to open the lock. The request message from the user device includes access parameters to enable the lock to be unlocked, the access parameters received by the user device from a permission message transmitted by an owner device directly or indirectly to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Staffan Davidsson, Johan Maresch
  • Patent number: 9830475
    Abstract: An integrated collaboration platform with various communication and collaboration tools includes an analytic engine to perform communication and mood analysis of conversations among other analyses. The platform enables a method for contextual communication, in an embodiment. The method for contextual communication involves receiving an indication of sending a message from a sender to a recipient, understanding the topic of the message, analyzing various parameters associated with the sender and the recipient, and suggesting a list of messages, information, alternate communication channels, desired moods for the receiver at the time of receiving the message, and timing of delivery of the message for a desired response from the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SageSurfer Inc.
    Inventor: Anupam Khandelwal
  • Patent number: 9760850
    Abstract: Deep learning is used to identify specific, potential risks to an enterprise (of which litigation is the prime example) while such risks are still internal electronic communications. The system involves mining and using existing classifications of data (e.g., from a litigation database) to train one or more deep learning algorithms, and then examining the internal electronic communications with the trained algorithm, to generate a scored output that will enable enterprise personnel to be alerted to risks and take action in time to prevent the risks from resulting in harm to the enterprise or others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: INTRASPEXION INC.
    Inventor: Nelson E. Brestoff
  • Patent number: 9661105
    Abstract: A virtual assistant system includes a mobile device to receive an input command corresponding to a function to be performed at one or more external services, to translate the input command into a semantic atom representing the command, and to transmit the semantic atom, and an assistant server configured to receive the transmitted semantic atom, the assistant server including a plurality of plugins, each plugin corresponding to a respective one of the external services and configured to generate a proprietary language command corresponding to the received semantic atom for each external service in which the function is to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Wand Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Vishal Sharma, Elhum Amjadi
  • Patent number: 9349234
    Abstract: A system for vehicle to another party communications that includes a vehicle personality module adapted to create a vehicle personality and a communications system that utilizes the created vehicle personality for one or more communications instead of a user's profile. The one or more communications are associated with one or more of an identifier and an icon representing the vehicle personality, with this identifier and/or icon sent with at least one communication and displayable to the recipient of the communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: AutoConnect Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Publication number: 20150149367
    Abstract: A rental casket distribution system includes a distribution system administrator in communication with a supplier network, a distributor network and a service provider network to provide rental caskets to service providers for temporary use by a client deceased. A rental casket order is received by the administrator and dispatched to a selected distributor for fulfillment and delivery of a rental casket kit to a service provider. The rental casket kit is assembled to include a returnable, reusable rental casket and may further include one or more of a non-reusable casket insert, casket lining, pillow, and overlay. The rental casket may be customized by the distributor prior to delivery to the service provider. A rental casket price includes a rental casket deposit and a rental fee. The rental casket deposit may be partially or fully refunded as determined by the condition of the rental casket upon return to a distributor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Thacker Caskets Inc.
    Inventor: Carl Justin Thacker
  • Publication number: 20150127559
    Abstract: A system and method for setting up (instantiating) and managing a book sharing system in a communication network. The system provides a software application that permits multiple users to participate in book sharing, and funds management. Method of book sharing include pre pay method, and a post pay method. The Book Sharing method shares the cost of books between all the users of the book, including all past users of the book. Pre pay book sharing adds a book to book sharing system and the first user pays for total cost of the book. As additional users use the book, the total cost of the book is divided among all the users of the book. In the post pay book sharing system, the total cost of the book is divided in the estimated number of users for the book. As the users are added, they pay for the book sharing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Vinay Kumar Asthana, Atul Chopra
  • Publication number: 20150120581
    Abstract: The present invention relates to computer implemented frameworks and methodologies configured to enable processing and management of data relating to lease applications. Embodiments of the invention have been particularly developed thereby to increase efficiencies for parties on each side of a lease application. While some embodiments will be described herein with particular reference to that application, it will be appreciated that the invention is not limited to such a field of use, and is applicable in broader contexts. In particular, it should be appreciated that various aspects of technology described herein, whilst described by reference to the example of lease applications, find utility in other fields including education, healthcare, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Stuart RUTHERFORD
  • Patent number: 9020852
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for an appliance system. The system includes an appliance, and a processor connected to the appliance such that the processor places the appliance in one of an enabled state and a disabled state. The processor is configured to track usage of the appliance and to place the appliance in a disabled state when the usage of the appliance exceeds a threshold amount. The system also includes a data receiving device configured to receive a code, wherein upon receipt of a valid code, the processor is configured to adjust the threshold amount to allow additional usage of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: D.Light Design, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas Ricket
  • Publication number: 20150112875
    Abstract: A system and method for recording lease information in an attribute database is herein disclosed. In this embodiment, the method can comprise the steps storing in a data store a shape within a geographic region, and providing a database management console to a user. The shape is linked with one or more attributes. The database management console can comprise an ownership tab. The ownership tab can comprise one or more ownership listings associated with the shape. Further, the ownership tab can comprise one or more lease creation buttons. Each of the lease creation buttons next to one of the ownership listings. Additionally, the method can comprise the steps opening a lease creation form upon a user clicking one of the lease creation buttons. The lease creation form comprising a plurality of form inputs. Furthermore, the method can comprise the step of inputting into one of the inputs the ownership listing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: eQuisition, LLC.
    Inventors: James Norman Burgin, Heather Womble, Robert Gould
  • Publication number: 20150074004
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a bicycle rental system and method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Joon Kyu SONG
  • Publication number: 20150074003
    Abstract: Cloud-based media can be locally cached at a vehicle in which a user will travel. The media may be accessed by an authorized user during an authorized period that can be based upon vehicle status, such as vehicle speed or altitude. When the authorized period expires, the media stored at the vehicle can be deleted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Tickner, Richard Zarek Cohen
  • Publication number: 20150057837
    Abstract: A mobile travel information system and method are disclosed for providing a variety of travel-related information and services to a traveler via a personal electronic device. A custom application installed on the personal electronic device provides, for example, itinerary management, navigational assistance, local recommendations, driving condition alerts, etc. The system may interface with airline, hotel and car rental reservation systems and obtain data from a variety of sources, so as to function as a mobile personal concierge for a traveler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: HERTZ SYSTEM, INC.
    Inventor: Robert D. MOORE, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150032644
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a monolithic floor for use with a hot slag bucket. The monolithic floor improves the lifespan of the bucket when used with hot slag by reducing warpage caused by heating and cooling and thus significantly reduces the cost of owning and operating the hot slag bucket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph R. Zeno, Robert J. Willoughby
  • Patent number: 8914159
    Abstract: A method of controlling power to a plurality of devices on an energy network, wherein each device has an identifier which uniquely identifies the device on the network, the method comprising: forming a group of devices from said plurality of devices; and controlling the power of other devices in said group in accordance with the state of the power supplied to a first device in said group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Philip Marivoet, Yoeri Apts, Alfred Spiessens, Christopher Rutherford, Chris Minnoy, Hamish Guthrie
  • Publication number: 20140358801
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems, methods and devices that accurately and objectively manage tracking the quality of rental property, and in particular the quality of rented units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Jeff Pierce, Cheri Garcia
  • Publication number: 20140351107
    Abstract: Described embodiments include a battery manager system and a method. The battery manager system includes an asset database that includes records related to at least two rechargeable traction battery pack systems and a management criteria respectively assigned to each rechargeable traction battery pack system. The system includes a compliance module configured to evaluate a fraction battery pack status report pertaining to an identified rechargeable traction battery pack system of the at least two rechargeable traction battery pack systems (hereafter “the identified rechargeable fraction battery pack system”), the evaluation with respect to the management criteria assigned to the identified rechargeable fraction battery pack system. The system includes a manager module configured to generate a management instruction responsive to the evaluation of the battery status report. The system includes a communication system configured to communicate with the identified rechargeable traction battery pack system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: William D. Duncan, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare
  • Publication number: 20140351151
    Abstract: An optimal lease period of data is determined for each client by a centralized entity by using a variety of factors. The variety of factors include at least access characteristics of the data, historical access patterns of the data, and system configurations and policies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lawrence Y. CHIU, Paul H. MUENCH, Sangeetha SESHADRI
  • Patent number: 8893304
    Abstract: A registration flow to facilitate lending of digital content at an authorized location to an authenticated electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Barnes and Noble, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkateswaran Ayalur, Kelson Khai Dinh Tran, Chih-Yu Chow
  • Publication number: 20140330730
    Abstract: A maintenance management side manages machine information and the installed number of machines such as a copier, a printer, a facsimile, a digital multi-functional apparatus, and a scanner, and exchanges the usage number for each machine for a point value, based on the machine information and the installed number of machines. A service is provided to the user based on the point value. In addition, the service to the user can be utilized through each machine provided at the user side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Kanae AMEMIYA
  • Publication number: 20140310187
    Abstract: A web application to match prospective tenants and commercial real estate spaces by creating a broker-generated searchable prospective tenant database which affords users the ability to create a plurality of prospective tenant listings on a single account. Additionally, a web application to receive prospective tenant information to create useful prospective tenant listings that make up this searchable prospective tenant database. Additionally, a web application to display prospective tenant listings that intersect with search attributes and search geographic areas. Additionally, a web application to display prospective tenant listings associated with a broker's account accessible on that broker's broker profile page.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Alexander Solomon Baumol, Sufyan Nouri Sigg
  • Publication number: 20140304175
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for leasing blocks of time for a commercial object. The system comprising listing one or more available blocks of time for leasing the commercial object into a web based system. The listing of one or more available blocks of time for leasing the commercial object being entered into the web based system by an owner of the commercial object. A prequalification is set for one or more independent contractors to bid on the leasing of the listed available blocks of time for the commercial object. The prequalification being set by the owner of the commercial object. One or more independent contractors are accepted as prequalified based on the set prequalification. The leasing of one or more of the available blocks of time for the commercial object are bided on via the web based system. The bidding being done by one or more of the accepted prequalified independent contractors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: CASPER & FRIENDS, INC.
    Inventor: Gary Casper
  • Publication number: 20140278607
    Abstract: A number of techniques are disclosed for making it more convenient and efficient for customers to conduct various rental vehicle transactions. As an example, a technique for performing an automated pickup of a rental vehicle using a mobile device is disclosed. As another example, a technique for performing an automated return administration of a rental vehicle using a mobile device is disclosed. As another example, a technique for permitting customer to select a particular rental vehicle for a rental vehicle transaction using a mobile device is disclosed. Also disclosed is a technique for permitting a customer to keylessly start a rental vehicle using a machine-sensible item such as his/her mobile device without requiring the customer to possess a smart key.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: The Crawford Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan S. Johnson, Scott Stephens, Dave G. Smith, Neil Fitzgerald, Derik Reiser
  • Publication number: 20140279575
    Abstract: Systems and methods for statistically analyzing effects on car hire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Edward BRANDT
  • Publication number: 20140278555
    Abstract: A number of techniques are disclosed for making it more convenient and efficient for customers to conduct various rental vehicle transactions. As an example, techniques are disclosed for capturing and analyzing images of driver's licenses to assess a validity for the driver's licenses in support of various rental transactions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: The Crawford Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan S. Johnson, Scott Stephens, Dave G. Smith, Neil Fitzgerald, Ryan C. Flynn, Jerome V. Schmitt, Tom McAliney
  • Publication number: 20140258142
    Abstract: To provide a battery leasing system with which an initial investment for a battery installed inside or outside a home of a user can be reduced, ideally to zero. To provide a leasing system in which the battery is installed at the user's home with an initial investment of a leasing company and the user pays a predetermined charge to the leasing company. The amount of the predetermined charge collected from the user is a portion of money saved by energy conservation. This leasing system can easily increase homes with the battery capable of being as an emergency power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: SEMICONDUCTOR ENERGY LABORATORY CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Shunpei YAMAZAKI
  • Publication number: 20140258141
    Abstract: A digital media lending system and computer implemented method is disclosed. The system includes a usage restriction system operable to apply usage restrictions to digital media items and a user interface arranged to receive a user input by a user requesting loan of a digital media item. The usage restriction system is arranged to apply usage restrictions to the requested digital media item in dependence on historic activities of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Bibliotheca Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Chadbourne
  • Publication number: 20140247348
    Abstract: A virtual rent-a-car system and method with an in-car device and related systems and methods are disclosed for providing customer service interactions, tools, and entertainment to a vehicle rental customer. The functions of the in-car device include, for example, navigational assistance, local recommendations, driving condition alerts, itinerary management, vehicle comfort controls, and entertainment media play controls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Hertz System, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Moore, JR., Nicolas Oxley Johnson, Arnaud Lejeune, Thierry Lucet, Thierry Lemoult, Guillaume Remond, Scott Alan Gaines
  • Publication number: 20140250019
    Abstract: An availability notification for a device can be provided to a mobile device. The availability notification can be provided based on a configuration established by a subscriber of a mobile device as well as a characteristic of the mobile device. The subscriber can interact with an interface provided by the network provider to establish the configuration. Additionally, the subscriber can reserve the device via his or her mobile device. For example, a reservation interface may be provided to the subscriber via his or her mobile device that includes reservation options that can be selected by the subscriber to reserve the device. The reservation interface can further include the availability notification that indicates the device is currently available.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Mark Edward Causey, Scott Andrus, Adrianne B. Luu, Kevin W. Jones
  • Publication number: 20140244519
    Abstract: A vehicle rental transaction system and method which provide a vehicle lot owner with a choice of options for vehicle security and customer convenience. The vehicle rental transaction system includes a computer for identifying a customer as part of a rental transaction involving a vehicle, and for sending a wireless message to the vehicle containing instructions for preparing the vehicle for the customer. Example instructions include, but are not limited to, unlocking doors and a trunk of the vehicle, adjusting power seats and power mirrors in accordance with customer preferences, adjusting climate control settings in accordance with the customer preferences, adjusting radio station settings in accordance with the customer preferences, and adjusting GPS settings in accordance with the customer preferences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Maney
  • Publication number: 20140201090
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a battery lease and exchange system for a vehicle owner to make a stop at a battery refueling station where the battery on the car that has already had a low capacity is quickly removed and another battery that is fully charged is installed such that the battery “refueling” process may be executed quickly without being limited by the speed of recharging the batteries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Shwu-Jian Liang
  • Publication number: 20140201091
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a quality control audit system and process to an admission and reexamination system for auditing files for individuals entering or living in public or subsidized housing or using a voucher program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Rachel Kimball, Peter Papanikolaou, Boris B. Lee, Yiyan Chen
  • Publication number: 20140180933
    Abstract: A hybrid distribution system and method for distributing/temporarily renting playable media items, such as movies in a digital format. The distribution system includes a first option in which a title is delivered in a ranking order identified by the subscriber and based on an allocation priority associated with the subscriber for such title. Alternatively the subscriber can be given a second option to gain access rights to the first title from a third party. In this manner a content provider can manage different types of demand through a combination of dedicated and third party inventory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Media Queue, LLC
    Inventor: John Nicholas Gross
  • Publication number: 20140172727
    Abstract: A method, device, and system of a short-term automobile renting system and method are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of a dispatch server includes associating a user with a ride request system and determining that the user has requested to be picked-up at a geo-spatial location associated with a pick-up address of the user. The geo-spatial location is determined based on any of a current geo-spatial location of a mobile device through which the user requests the pick-up and/or a manually entered address in the mobile device of the user that is communicatively coupled with the dispatch server in this aspect. A private vehicle is automatically dispatched in the geo-spatial vicinity of the geo-spatial location associated with the pick-up address of the user using a processor and a memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Raj V. Abhyanker, Warren H. Myer
  • Patent number: 8751406
    Abstract: A maintenance management side manages machine information and the installed number of machines such as a copier, a printer, a facsimile, a digital multi-functional apparatus, and a scanner, and exchanges the usage number for each machine for a point value, based on the machine information and the installed number of machines. A service is provided to the user based on the point value. In addition, the service to the user can be utilized through each machine provided at the user side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kanae Amemiya
  • Publication number: 20140143160
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rental service provider messaging system comprised of a system database configured to receive registration details of rental service providers. The database is configured for the registered rental service providers to enter details of clients required to contact the rental service provider. The client details include particulars of predetermined acceptable government-issued identification associated with that client and is also configured to be searched by any registered rental service provider when initially engaging with a client for any recorded entries for that client. The search includes the particulars of details of predetermined acceptable government-issued identification of the client. The database is also configured to electronically message the registered rental service provider that listed the client on the database if the client is revealed in the database search.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth James Hough
  • Publication number: 20140143159
    Abstract: A transactional flow to facilitate lending of digital content at an authorized location to an authenticated electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: barnesandnoble.com llc
    Inventors: Alexandr Feldman, Kelson Khai Dinh Tran, Venkateswaran Ayalur
  • Patent number: 8719155
    Abstract: A vehicle rental transaction system and method which provide a vehicle lot owner with a choice of options for vehicle security and customer convenience. The vehicle rental transaction system includes a computer for identifying a customer as part of a rental transaction involving a vehicle, and for sending a wireless message to the vehicle containing instructions for preparing the vehicle for the customer. Example instructions include, but are not limited to, unlocking doors and a trunk of the vehicle, adjusting power seats and power mirrors in accordance with customer preferences, adjusting climate control settings in accordance with the customer preferences, adjusting radio station settings in accordance with the customer preferences, and adjusting GPS settings in accordance with the customer preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Q. Maney
  • Publication number: 20140122346
    Abstract: An integrated leasing method, system, apparatus, and a computer readable medium for leasing a space including a small fraction thereof separately by aggregating multiple tenants and for providing one place to bid for and commensurate an entire transaction related to the leasing. A method, a system, an apparatus, and a computer-readable medium for leasing a space including receiving space location and space related information, which comprises information regarding at least one component within the space, processing by a computer the at least one component based on a user request, and outputting the result of said processing. The component includes at least one of a seat, a section, and an amenity related to the space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: JONES LANG LASALLE IP, INC.
    Inventor: JONES LANG LASALLE IP, INC.
  • Publication number: 20140114866
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method, a device and a system of automotive sharing by users of a neighborhood social network using a radial algorithm. In one embodiment, the automotive listing broadcast data is radially distributed as a notification data through an on-page posting, an electronic communication, and/or a push notification delivered to (1) a set of recipients 114 through an internet protocol (IP) based network associated with users and/or their user profiles around an epicenter defined at a set of geospatial coordinates associated with the automotive listing broadcast data generated through a computing device or (2) a set of persons, businesses and organizations through a cellular network using the radial algorithm in addition to the set of recipients 114 through the IP based network associated with users and/or their user profiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Raj V. Abhyanker
  • Patent number: 8706534
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for expediting how rental vehicle reservations can be booked by employing deep-link uniform resource locators (URLs) that encode aspects of a rental vehicle reservation transaction to relieve users of a need to enter reservation data themselves when booking a rental vehicle reservation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Crawford Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Fitzgerald, Hugues Belanger, Kelli Boruff, Paul Tucker, Jeffrey Lee Everson
  • Patent number: 8706404
    Abstract: Systems, devices, features, and methods for routing to a fuel or gasoline station before returning a rental vehicle are disclosed. For example, one method comprises identifying a selected destination to be a rental service return location associated with a rental vehicle. An option to obtain gasoline before returning the rental vehicle to the rental service return location is offered. Upon selection of the option, a gasoline station along a route to the rental service return location is identified. Route guidance to the gasoline station is provided. Route guidance from the gasoline station to the rental service return location is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Navteq B.V.
    Inventor: Aaron I. Crane
  • Publication number: 20140108271
    Abstract: A improved tract-based lease data management systems is described that allow for rendering maps of database entities with reduced data entry. The invention includes methods for linking, unlinking, detecting invalidating changes, and rebuilding database entity geographical representations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Klawinski
  • Patent number: 8700538
    Abstract: A network based distribution system and method is disclosed for permitting subscribers to exchange playable media items, such as movies in a digital format. The exchange system includes a number of components that interoperate to improve a subscriber's experience, including an intelligent queue monitor which works on his/her behalf to identify potential items of interest for the subscriber. The system can thus automatically exchange for desirable titles, including other titles from other subscribers, under a set of programmed directives from the user, and/or in response to supply/demand requirements of other subscribers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Media Queue, LLC
    Inventor: John N. Gross