Business Or Product Certification Or Verification Patents (Class 705/317)
  • Patent number: 10664848
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to secure documents that are capable of being in an activated or deactivated state. When in the activated state, the document may be redeemable; when in the deactivated state, the document may not be redeemable. The document may be issued in the deactivated state and may require activation before being used. In order to activate the document, a user may log into an account associated with the document and scan a code printed on or embedded in the document. Using their account, the user may issue an activation command. This activation process ensures that, at the time the document is transferred, it is either in the presence of the user or the user is aware of the location of the document, and that the user wishes to authorize the transfer. Thus, even if the document is stolen or misplaced, it cannot be used without the requisite authorization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Phillips, Kurry Tran
  • Patent number: 10652361
    Abstract: Responsive to a request to access heterogeneous repositories, a REST server queries a resource registry to find resources that match mapping information contained in the request. The resource registry returns resource registry tables containing the matching resources. The resource registry tables implement a unified data structure of a resource registry model and are generated at runtime by the resource registry mapping REST service configuration parameters to the fields of the unified data structure. The REST service configuration parameters are added to an extension SDK for REST extension developers to enhance REST service configuration for extension applications. The REST service configuration parameters are configured at implementation time and loaded/scanned into the REST server at runtime. The REST server iteratively evaluates the resource registry tables until all the matching resources have been evaluated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Open Text Corporation
    Inventors: Wei Zhou, Muhua Chen, Wei Ruan, Chen Wang
  • Patent number: 10650060
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a method, including: receiving a request to create a new document identifying an intended state of use for the new document; accessing, from a web-based data repository, a plurality of modules for the document type; populating the new document using the plurality of modules; accessing at least one modifiable module having default parameters intended for use within a section of the new document and modifiable for the intended state of use; modifying the at least one modifiable module based upon indication of a gap between the at least one modifiable module and the intended state of use, wherein the gap is determined based on the laws and regulations of the selected intended state of use, wherein the modifying comprises incorporating the information related to the gap into the modifiable module; and finalizing the new document by inserting the modified module into the section of the new document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Hartford Fire Insurance Company
    Inventors: Candice R. Alexander, Jonathan M. Schantz
  • Patent number: 10621592
    Abstract: Methods for authenticating a product. Identity data corresponding to a product may be received. The product may be authenticated using the identity data and ownership data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: TRUSTED.COM, LLC
    Inventor: Bekim Veseli
  • Patent number: 10623567
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer readable medium are disclosed for facilitating management of consent related information for an agent in a contact center. Upon receiving a request from a party to modify consent for receiving future communications, the agent may select an icon on their computer to manage consent. In one embodiment, one or more telephone numbers and their associated consent status is displayed to the agent. The agent may modify the consent status for a telephone number associated with the party. In another embodiment, the agent may select an icon that modifies the consent related information to reflect that consent has been revoked for all numbers and channel types thereof associated with the party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Noble Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Andy E. Perdue, Karl H. Koster
  • Patent number: 10581921
    Abstract: A client-side user agent operates in conjunction with an identity selector to institute and exercise privacy control management over user identities managed by the identity selector. The user agent includes the combination of a privacy enforcement engine, a storage of rulesets expressing user privacy preferences, and a preference editor. The editor enables the user to direct the composition of privacy preferences relative to user identities. The preferences can be applied to individual cards and to categorized groups of attributes. The engine evaluates the proper rulesets against the privacy policy of a service provider. The privacy preferences used by the engine are determined on the basis of specifications in a security policy indicating the attribute requirements for claims that purport to satisfy the security policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC
    Inventor: Gail-Joon Ahn
  • Patent number: 10572640
    Abstract: A system for a dynamically evolving cognitive architecture for the development of a secure key and confidence level based data derived from biometric sensors and a user's behavioral activities. The system comprises one or more processors, one or more sensors, one or more databases, and non-transitory computer readable memory. The non-transitory computer readable memory comprises a plurality of executable instructions wherein the instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to process operations comprising creating a set of policies based on user data sets and inputs, creating a faceted classification, establishing a Trust Level, processing sensor data, comparing data to one or more databases, correlating data, updating Trust Levels, updating security keys, and storing the keys in memory. In certain embodiments, the stored data is used to create a usage schema independent from a user's actual identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Personnus
    Inventors: Samuel Yan, S. Keith Muma, Richard Huang, Dan Alan Preston, Trinitie Marie Vance
  • Patent number: 10560862
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed and include receiving a first reporting signal from a vehicle-to-everything communication system. The first reporting signal includes data indicating (i) a noise measurement of a communication channel and (ii) a location associated with the noise measurement. The method includes determining the location is associated with a noisy region in response to a value of the noise measurement exceeding a first threshold value. The method includes generating an entry based on the first reporting signal in response to the value of the noise measurement exceeding the first threshold value. The method includes storing the entry in a database that includes a plurality of additional entries. The method includes generating an alert based on at least one of the entry and the plurality of additional entries. The alert is configured to indicate a presence of noise at a location associated with one of the entries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Brian C. Gallagher
  • Patent number: 10432620
    Abstract: Instead of requiring key exchange between a trusted biometric application in a TEE and an external application outside of the TEE that provides access to a secured function, the trusted application is preconfigured with security data such as (in a first implementation) authentication credentials (e.g. a PIN) or (in a second implementation) a cryptographic key. This security data is then used to authenticate a biometric validation obtained by the trusted application to the external application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Patrik Smets, Mehdi Collinge
  • Patent number: 10417603
    Abstract: Wireless presence is used as a theft prevention mechanism for packages. When a package is shipped, the package includes a wireless security device. When the package is delivered to its final destination shipping address, the wireless security device is activated and programmed with a security credential. The security credential, though, is based on information obtained during an initial purchase. The wireless security device may thus only be deactivated by a recipient participating in the initial purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Mario Kosseifi, Joseph Thomas
  • Patent number: 10412192
    Abstract: Examples of techniques for jointly managing a cloud and non-cloud environment are disclosed. In one example implementation according to aspects of the present disclosure, a method includes: receiving a request to be executed on one of a cloud resource and a non-cloud resource using one of cloud orchestration and non-cloud orchestration, the request comprising a plurality of tasks; scheduling the first task for execution on the cloud resource by a cloud orchestration device using a joint cloud and non-cloud management device; scheduling the second task for execution on the non-cloud resource by a non-cloud orchestration device using a non-cloud management device; and scheduling the third task for execution on the non-cloud resource by the non-cloud orchestration device using the joint cloud and non-cloud management device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mickey Iqbal, Hans-Juergen Kunde, Birgit M. Pfitzmann, Marcel Schlatter, Gerhard A. Widmayer
  • Patent number: 10397364
    Abstract: Disclosed in some examples is a method comprising determining a first set of high ranking skills, the first set containing skills possessed by a member of the social networking service based upon the member's user profile; determining a second set of high ranking skills, the second set containing skills for a second member of the social networking service based on the second member's user profile; determining a third set of high ranking skills, the third set being the intersection between the first and second set of high ranking skills; and suggesting one or more of the skills in the third set of high ranking skills to the member for endorsement of the second member with respect to that skill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Vinodh Jayaram, Peter N. Skomoroch, Matthew T Hayes, Adam Nash, David Michael Breger, Prachi Gupta, Elliot Shmukler, Avery Randolph Moon
  • Patent number: 10395322
    Abstract: A method for correlating energy usage data and water usage data to a waste scoring system is described. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving energy usage data and water usage data from a plurality of users, identifying at least one user group from the plurality of users based on predetermined parameters, and calculating average energy usage and average water usage for each of the user groups. The energy usage data and water usage data received for an individual user may then be compared to the calculated average energy usage and calculated average water usage for at least one of the user groups, and a general waste score may be calculated for the individual user. In some cases, a plurality of sub-waste scores may be calculated indicating factors of energy usage and factors of water usage for the individual user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Dallin West, Jeffrey David Whitlock, Ryan Beck
  • Patent number: 10346410
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided that retrieve raw data from issuers, reorganize the raw data, analyze the reorganized data to determine whether the risky or malicious activity is occurring, and generate alerts to notify users of possible malicious activity. For example, the raw data is included in a plurality of tables. The system joins one or more tables to reorganize the data using several filtering techniques to reduce the processor load required to perform the join operation. Once the data is reorganized, the system executes one or more rules to analyze the reorganized data. Each rule is associated with a malicious activity. If any of the rules indicate that malicious activity is occurring, the system generates an alert for display to a user in an interactive user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Palantir Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Saperstein, Eric Schwartz, Hongjai Cho
  • Patent number: 10339537
    Abstract: A system and method for automated regulatory compliance checking for organizations is disclosed. The present subject matter discloses a method for generating queries to extract relevant data from an organization that with respect to the regulatory rules and subsequently performing automated compliance checking for the organization. In an embodiment, the system captures regulatory rules provided by a regulatory body for an organization and extracts logical specification of rules from the semantic model in DR-Prolog language. The system further extracts a conceptual data model from the semantic model and obtains mapping between the conceptual data model and plurality of physical database. The system generates queries and translated the queries on to physical database schema to extract relevant data from the organization. The extracted data is transformed into ground facts in DR-Prolog and compared with logical specification of rules to perform automated regulatory compliance checking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Deepali Kholkar, Sagar Sunkle, Vinay Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 10339488
    Abstract: The disclosure generally describes methods, software, and systems, including a method for defining and using models. A model definition language is provided for defining models. The model definition language includes elements of a meta-model. The elements define, for a model, a root element of the model and plural participant instances of the model. Each participant instance is linked with the root element. Each participant instance defines at least one of plural participants of the model. Each participant instance is an instance of a participant class. A relation port for the model defines plural relations and flows among the plural participants. Each relation is defined by a relation instance being of a relation class and defining a relationship between participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Anis Charfi, Heiko Witteborg
  • Patent number: 10320877
    Abstract: Provided are systems and methods for indicating deployment of application features. In one embodiment, a method is provided that includes determining available features of a current deployment of an application for receiving machine-generated data from one or more data sources of a data system, determining un-deployed features of the current deployment of the application, wherein the un-deployed features comprise one or more of the available features that is configured to use input data from a data source and wherein the input data is not available to the feature in the current deployment of the application, and causing display of a deployment graphical user interface (GUI) that comprises an indication of the un-deployed features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Splunk Inc.
    Inventors: Vijay Chauhan, Liu-Yuan Lai, Wenhui Yu, Luke Murphey, David Hazekamp
  • Patent number: 10296501
    Abstract: Techniques for determining and representing the veracity of data stored in a data repository and results of queries directed to the stored data by utilizing information lineage that is indicative of the veracity of the stored data. For example, in one example, one or more data repositories are maintained. The one or more data repositories comprise metadata representative of the veracity of one or more data sets stored in the one or more data repositories. In response to a query to at least one data set of the one or more data sets stored in the one or more data repositories, a result of the query for the at least one data set is returned in combination with corresponding metadata representing the veracity of the at least one data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Todd, Nikhil Sharma, Said Tabet
  • Patent number: 10217157
    Abstract: Personalized services often utilize individual profiles, such as social network profiles, product purchase histories, or browsing histories. However, personalization may exhibit or imply a familiarity level between the service and the individual that is beyond the individual's comfort level. Presented herein are techniques for adapting personalized services to request supplemental individual information only within a current familiarity stage that has been established by the individual with the service, and only to provide a requested usage of a service. Such solicitation may inform the individual of the intended usage of the requested information. Usages that may involve more sensitive information may be predicated upon requesting and receiving individual consent from the individual to advance to a higher familiarity stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Margaret JoAnn Novotny, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Jeffery David Howard
  • Patent number: 10191664
    Abstract: A memory system includes: a first memory device including a first memory and a first memory controller suitable for controlling the first memory to store data; a second memory device including a second memory and a second memory controller suitable for controlling the second memory to store data; and a processor suitable for executing an operating system (OS) and an application to access a data storage memory through the first and second memory devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SK Hynix Inc.
    Inventors: Yong-Woo Lee, Min-Chang Kim, Chang-Hyun Kim, Do-Yun Lee, Jae-Jin Lee, Hun-Sam Jung
  • Patent number: 10116797
    Abstract: Techniques for benchmarking pairing strategies in a contact center system are disclosed. In one particular embodiment, the techniques may be realized as a method for techniques for benchmarking pairing strategies in a contact center system comprising: cycling, by at least one processor, among at least two pairing strategies; and determining, by the at least one processor, a difference in performance between the at least two pairing strategies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Afiniti Europe Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Zia Chishti
  • Patent number: 10083565
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, an ATM system validates a user having a multi-digit PIN code. During different access events, either at the same ATM machine or at different ATM machines, the ATM machine presents to the user different sequences of one or more representations of the user's PIN code that identify different subsets of digits and/or different orders of digits to be provided by the user for validation. This makes it more difficult for third parties to steal a user's PIN code because no single access event involves all of the digits in the user's PIN code and/or the proper order of the digits in the user's PIN code, and different access events involve different sequences of the PIN code. In a distributed ATM system having a centralized banking subsystem, the correct PIN code is never provided to an ATM machine for any one access event, thereby further improving system security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Global Payments Gaming Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew J. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10055709
    Abstract: A received item has a machine-readable timecode placed thereon. A storage area that contains this item is correlated with that timecode to provide correlated information. That correlated information is used to automatically determine when to move that item from that storage area to a display area. So configured, an item received at a product-receiving area of a retail shopping facility can have a label placed thereon, the label bearing a current time. After placing this labeled item in a non-public storage area of the retail shopping facility a handheld code scanner can help correlate a particular timecode/item with a particular machine-readable location code in the non-public storage area. That correlated information is used to automatically determine when to move that item from the non-public storage area to a retail display area of the retail shopping facility. So configured, earlier-received items can be reliably moved in this manner before later-received items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventor: Roger L. Snelgrove
  • Patent number: 10013707
    Abstract: A method of routing advertisement based content requests through an advertisement gateway comprises receiving, on an electronic device, an advertisement content, rendering the advertisement content in a test environment, intercepting at least one outbound request for secondary content initiated by the execution of the advertisement content, where the outbound request is directed to an external source address other than an advertisement gateway, rewriting the advertisement content to direct the outbound request to the advertisement gateway address, creating a revised advertisement content based on the rewriting, and executing the revised advertisement content on the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Robert H. Burcham, Jason R. Delker, Geoffrey A. Holmes, Richard A. Rofail
  • Patent number: 9996840
    Abstract: An item can be authenticated based on a first, second, third, and fourth identifier, wherein the identifiers are incorporated into various parts of product packaging. In some embodiments, the first, second, and fourth identifiers can be a QR code, a bar code, a serial number, any RFID tag, or a combination thereof, and the third identifier can be an image type, for example, a type of animal, and image location, for example, a quadrant. The identifiers can be scanned or inputted manually by a user. When the four identifiers are authenticated, the product is deemed to be authentic, whereas when the four identifiers are not authenticated, the product is deemed to be counterfeit. In some implementations, a user can authenticate the items using a smart phone, smart phone app, tablet, tablet app, website, web-based application, and/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Covectra, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Wood, Richard Smith, Terrence P. O'Neill, Ronald Guido
  • Patent number: 9959507
    Abstract: A device may receive sensor data from a sensor device located on a particular farm. The device may identify an alert, associated with the particular farm, based on the sensor data and using a model. The model may be created based on imagery data and numeric data relating to a group of farms. The device may determine, using the model, a recommended course of action to address the alert, and provide, to a user device associated with the particular farm, the recommended course of action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Ankur Mathur, Paul M. Barsamian, Daniel P. Garrison, Pramila Mullan, Juan C. Mendez
  • Patent number: 9930023
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide indirect and temporary access to a company's IT infrastructure and business applications. The methods/systems involve establishing an access control center (ACC) to control the access that technical support personnel may have to the company's IT infrastructure and business applications. Thin client terminals with limited functionality may then be set up in the ACC for use by the technical support personnel. The thin client terminals connect the technical support personnel to workstations outside the ACC that operate as virtual desktops. The virtual desktops in turn connect the technical support personnel to the IT infrastructure and business applications. An ACC application may be used to automatically establish the connection between the thin client terminals and the virtual desktops and the virtual desktops and the IT infrastructure and business applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Associate (USAA)
    Inventors: Christopher Thomas Wilkinson, Edward Allen Francovich, Jeremy Ryan Scott, Steven Dale Sternitzke
  • Patent number: 9923846
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process that enables nearly real-time exchange of instant simultaneous messages between the users of a digital communication network. Instant Simultaneous Messaging enables “real” simultaneous exchange of contents between the users over a subject. This simultaneous exchange ensures that each user can access other users' contents with exactly the same order, e.g. privilege. Therefore, none of the users within a simultaneous conversion can be affected by other users' messages. The purpose of instant simultaneous messaging is to heal herd mentality by enforcing novelty/originality to the contents that are exchanged between the users. Therefore, while users are communicating over a subject simultaneously, a given user can not learn or get affected by other users' opinions before disclosing its own. The present invention provides a method and its apparatus for Instant Simultaneous Messaging between a sending user and a target user over a digital communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: Sadegh Heyrani Nobari, Mozhdeh Vahabi Barzi
  • Patent number: 9904905
    Abstract: Document-based user interfaces controlled and managed by a system. A business management application that runs on a platform of the system determines data entry, by a user, in a document creation application. The business management application further interacts with the data using a web services application interface, and invokes a rule that enables behavior of the document creation application being controlled by the system. Further, the business management application assigns regulatory controls to the document creation application until completion of an approval process and subsequently relinquishes the rule on completion of the approval process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Apttex Corporation
    Inventor: Kirk Krappe
  • Patent number: 9898509
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided that retrieve raw data from issuers, reorganize the raw data, analyze the reorganized data to determine whether the risky or malicious activity is occurring, and generate alerts to notify users of possible malicious activity. For example, the raw data is included in a plurality of tables. The system joins one or more tables to reorganize the data using several filtering techniques to reduce the processor load required to perform the join operation. Once the data is reorganized, the system executes one or more rules to analyze the reorganized data. Each rule is associated with a malicious activity. If any of the rules indicate that malicious activity is occurring, the system generates an alert for display to a user in an interactive user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Palantir Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Saperstein, Eric Schwartz, Hongjai Cho
  • Patent number: 9894526
    Abstract: Operating state information is received at an on-board telematics control unit (TCU) from an on-board diagnostic (OBD) system of a vehicle. The TCU transmits an indication of vehicle state over at least a wireless data link component of a communications network for delivery to a mobile computing device. The mobile computing device receives the indication of vehicle state and utilizes the indication of vehicle state at a mobile application program. In one example, the mobile application program presents vehicle state information via a graphical display of the mobile computing device. In another example, the mobile application program augments a functionality of the mobile computing device responsive to the indication of vehicle state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Moj.io Inc.
    Inventors: Damon Giraud, Narayan Sainaney
  • Patent number: 9774594
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus include computer programs encoded on a computer-readable storage medium, including a method for providing content. Login credentials provided by a user are received when communicating through a first user device, and a temporal identifier is created for the user and provided to the first user device. Prior to expiration of the temporary key, login credentials provided by the user on a second different user device are received. The temporal identifier is re-created for the user and provided to the second different user device. A first request is received from the first or second different user device. The temporal identifier is stored and an identifier associated with the device. A second request is received from the other device. A device identifier for the first and second different user device are linked in association with the temporal identifier. The linking is used to respond to the second request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Gatto, Venu Vemula, Daniil Khidekel, Lukasz Bieniasz-Krzywiec, Sissie Ling-le Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9760099
    Abstract: Systems, computer readable media, and program product/code for providing enhanced energy efficiency and reduced greenhouse gases for an eco-industrial park with retrofit in mind and eco-industrial park retrofit with retrofit in mind, are provided. An exemplary system includes a computer configured to perform the operations of identifying hybrid inter-time zones inter-area matching solutions through selecting best energy efficient routes, generating technically viable energy efficient eco-industrial parks alternatives, identifying best generation and allocation of energy utilities, and synthesizing a combined heat and power utility system that satisfies the eco-park demands during each time zone as well as rendering its best operating scenario at each specific time-zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Mahmoud Bahy Noureldin, Abdulaziz M. Alnutaifi, Mana M. Al-Owaidh
  • Patent number: 9722959
    Abstract: A method of storing data items included in an email message for access by a user in conjunction with an accessing by the user of a profile of a member of the social-networking system is disclosed. An email message from an additional user of a social-networking system is received by the user of the social-networking system. A data item included in the email message is identified upon which a correspondence between the data item included in the email message and a profile of a member of the social-networking system may be determined. An additional data item included in the email message is stored such that the additional data item is accessible by the user of the social-networking system in conjunction with an accessing by the user of the profile of the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Prasad Kamalakar Gune, Annabel Fang Liu, Pierre Yannick Monestie, Alex Martin Bain
  • Patent number: 9641982
    Abstract: The present invention describes a method and system how to get the location information to a mobile device indoors or outdoors. The method and system includes that one or several nodes capable to communicate with short-distance communication network having two or more pieces of location information in their identification are placed into the area where the mobile device capable to communicate with short distance communication network should get the location information. Method and system also includes in the mobile device an application which is able to detect, analyze and deduce the location based on the pieces of location information got from the node or nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: BT-WAY OY
    Inventor: Anne Kontturi
  • Patent number: 9600563
    Abstract: Systems and methods for use in association with a master entity index system may allow data records to be grouped together into various entities, where each of the entities may represent a logical or physical item. These entities may also be associated with one another in a manner such that relationships between entities may likewise be represented. In one embodiment, an interface may be provided for use in conjunction with the master entity index system such that these various entities and relationships may be better managed, manipulated or visualized. This interface may allow a user to search for or otherwise obtain an entity, where a representation of this entity and one or more associated entities may be presented to the user along with representations of the relationships between these entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aaron D. Ford, Richard G. Grashel, II, Scott Schumacher, David Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 9600638
    Abstract: The present invention enables execution of predetermined content usage control processing without depending on a framework of a content playback program (application). Upon content playback processing, a flag which sets information of determination as to whether or not it is necessary to refer to a management information file such as a token or a usage control information file associated with content is recorded in a content file including encrypted content to be stored in a recording medium. Upon the content playback processing, a playback apparatus acquires the content file including the encrypted content stored in the recording medium, refers to a flag recorded in the content file and determines whether or not it is necessary to refer to the management information file based on a setting of the flag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Motoki Kato, Hiroshi Kuno, Takamichi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9558283
    Abstract: Personalized services often utilize individual profiles, such as social network profiles, product purchase histories, or browsing histories. However, personalization may exhibit or imply a familiarity level between the service and the individual that is beyond the individual's comfort level. Presented herein are techniques for adapting personalized services to request supplemental individual information only within a current familiarity stage that has been established by the individual with the service, and only to provide a requested usage of a service. Such solicitation may inform the individual of the intended usage of the requested information. Usages that may involve more sensitive information may be predicated upon requesting and receiving individual consent from the individual to advance to a higher familiarity stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Margaret JoAnn Novotny, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Jeffery David Howard
  • Patent number: 9537853
    Abstract: Techniques are described for providing customizable sign-on functionality, such as via an access manager system that provides single sign-on functionality and other functionality to other services for use with those services' users. The access manager system may maintain various sign-on and other account information for various users, and provide single sign-on functionality for those users using that maintained information on behalf of multiple unrelated services with which those users interact. The access manager may allow a variety of types of customizations to single sign-on functionality and/or other functionality available from the access manager, such as on a per-service basis via configuration by an operator of the service, such as co-branding customizations, customizations of information to be gathered from users, customizations of authority that may be delegated to other services to act on behalf of users, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Sirota
  • Patent number: 9491198
    Abstract: A request handler may be configured to receive an enforcement request for enforcement of an obligation required as a condition for a previously-granted first resource access request. n obligation enforcer may be configured to enforce the obligation, based on the enforcement request, and a compliance manager may be configured to obtain certification of execution of the obligation from an obligation certification service, and to provide the certification as a basis for granting a second resource access request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Laurent Gomez, Slim Trabelsi
  • Patent number: 9485265
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided that retrieve raw data from issuers, reorganize the raw data, analyze the reorganized data to determine whether the risky or malicious activity is occurring, and generate alerts to notify users of possible malicious activity. For example, the raw data is included in a plurality of tables. The system joins one or more tables to reorganize the data using several filtering techniques to reduce the processor load required to perform the join operation. Once the data is reorganized, the system executes one or more rules to analyze the reorganized data. Each rule is associated with a malicious activity. If any of the rules indicate that malicious activity is occurring, the system generates an alert for display to a user in an interactive user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Palantir Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Saperstein, Eric Schwartz, Hongjai Cho
  • Patent number: 9443300
    Abstract: A method for analyzing a bondline in a structure is provided. The method includes obtaining, from a first side of the structure, by at least one computing device, at least one first internal image of the structure that includes at least a first pattern associated with the bondline, wherein the structure is in a pre-loaded state and obtaining, from the first side of the structure, by the at least one computing device, at least one second internal image of the structure that includes at least the first pattern, wherein the structure is in a loaded state. Additionally, the method includes comparing, by the at least one computing device, the at least one first internal image with the at least one second internal image, and determining, by the at least one computing device, at least one stress and/or strain-related property of the bondline based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gary E. Georgeson, Anish Poudel, Tsuchin Chu, James A. Grossnickle
  • Patent number: 9436814
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described to provide a fail-safe licensing system. An example system may include a quorum detection module of an instance of a software program configured to query a licensing queue corresponding to the software program for messages to determine a number of active instances of the software program. Based on a comparison of the determined number of active instances and a maximum number of allowed instances of the software program, the quorum detection module may be configured to determine whether the instance of the software program is authorized. In response to a determination that the instance of the software program is authorized, the quorum detection module may generate a unique instance identification tag and post a message to the licensing queue, where the message includes an indication that the instance of the software program is active and an indication of the generated unique instance identification tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Ezekiel Kruglick
  • Patent number: 9436768
    Abstract: System, methods, and computer-readable medium allow pushing content items based on traffic features. A target text is obtained and analyzed lexically. Features, including traffic feature, are extracted from the target text. Based on a pre-trained hierarchical classification model considering traffic feature, the features extracted from the target text are classified hierarchically to obtain a hierarchical classification of the target text. Based on the hierarchical classification of the target text, one or more are selected among a plurality of content items. The selected content items are obtained and pushed to a terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Pan Yang
  • Patent number: 9398454
    Abstract: A method for registering an in-vehicle head unit to receive wireless communication services. The method comprises determining by the head unit that a motor vehicle in which the head unit is installed has been turned on and, while the motor vehicle remains turned on, the head unit completing a first stage of registration during which a reference to a web site is created, wherein the reference is valid for a predefined period of time after completion of the first stage of registration. The method further comprises creating a subscription account to provide the wireless communication services to the head unit during a second stage of registration, wherein the second stage of registration is based on accessing the web site using the reference before expiration of the predefined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Robert H. Burcham, Ashish K. Singh
  • Patent number: 9342784
    Abstract: Embodiments of a method system and computer readable media are provided. In some embodiments, a system for analyzing application environments is provided. The system includes a difference module, residing in at least one computer. The difference module is operable to extract differences between a source environment for an application and a target environment for the application. The system includes a rule-based module, residing in the at least one computer. The rule based module is operable to cooperate with the difference module in applying a plurality of rules to the differences to produce a plurality of weighted differences, each rule of the plurality of rules operable to apply a weight to an environmental difference, the weight quantifying impact, risk, or relevance, of the environmental difference to operability or failure of the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: VCE Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Sampath Rajagopal, John James Mulqueeney, Jr., Jonathan Streete
  • Patent number: 9286374
    Abstract: Systems and methods for use in association with a master entity index system may allow data records to be grouped together into various entities, where each of the entities may represent a logical or physical item. These entities may also be associated with one another in a manner such that relationships between entities may likewise be represented. In one embodiment, an interface may be provided for use in conjunction with the master entity index system such that these various entities and relationships may be better managed, manipulated or visualized. This interface may allow a user to search for or otherwise obtain an entity, where a representation of this entity and one or more associated entities may be presented to the user along with representations of the relationships between these entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Dea Ford, Richard Gary Grashel, II, Scott Schumacher, David Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 9250077
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and computer program products for producing a representation of a ground-transportation network from timetable information of transportation services. By means of a computer, routing locations are determined from the timetable information. The routing locations include end points of the transportation services. Tuples of directly-connected routing locations are formed. Network paths are generated by linking the directly-connected routing locations. The entirety of these paths forming the representation of the ground-transportation network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: AMADEUS S.A.S.
    Inventors: Marco Comi, Mike Galliera, Claudi Sanchez, Joel Cordesses
  • Publication number: 20150142681
    Abstract: Techniques for determining the legitimacy of a problem report are provided. Report data indicating a reported problem is received at a computer processor. Image data associated with the reported problem is identified, and metadata associated with the image data is identified. The legitimacy of the reported problem is determined based on the metadata in view of the report data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Haim Schneider
  • Publication number: 20150142680
    Abstract: A communication device for assisting a user with compliance with a set of regulations includes: a display device, an input device, a transmitting device, a receiving device, a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium, and a processing device. The transmitting device is configured to transmit at least a user identifier associated with the communication device. The receiving device is configured to receive customized content based on the user identifier associated with the communication device. The non-transitory computer-readable storage medium is configured to store a program. The processing device is configured to execute the program. The program comprises a plurality of connected modules to assist a user with compliance with a set of regulations, the plurality of modules including at least a reporting module, a training module, a spending module, and an information module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Valli BALDASSANO