Bill Preparation Patents (Class 705/34)
  • Patent number: 10664807
    Abstract: Provided are devices and methods for retroactively changing time sheets. In one example, the method includes detecting a change to an attribute associated with a time sheet stored in a database, splitting the time sheet into a first portion of time before the attribute changed and a second portion of time after the attribute changed, retroactively applying the change of the attribute to the second portion of time and preserving the attribute for the first portion of time to generate modified time sheet data, and updating the time sheet stored in the database based on the modified time sheet data to implement the retroactively applied change. Accordingly, the system described herein may automatically identify and process retroactive changes to a time sheet that has already been submitted and stored in a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Hagen Eck, Johannes Fenzl, Yulia Kosolapova, Ute Heinemann
  • Patent number: 10661661
    Abstract: In a server, when a control portion receives second charging-method information indicating an external charging method corresponding to a vehicle, from the vehicle through a communication unit, the control portion extracts a charging apparatus compatible with the vehicle, by referring to first charging-method information indicating an external charging method corresponding to the charging apparatus and a second charging-method information DB. The control portion controls the communication unit such that the communication unit transmits positional information of the extracted charging apparatus to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takahiro Misawa
  • Patent number: 10628388
    Abstract: Exposing existing database server attributes that are used for load balancing, accounting, log filtering, problem determination, and end user identification as tenant identifiers. An example of such attribute is the values in existing client information fields that are available to applications for passing additional information to the database server via connections. These values are then used by the database server for enhanced operational functions of load balancing, accounting, log filtering, problem determination, and end user identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vinayak Joshi, Pallavi Priyadarshini, Parameswara R. Tatini, Maryela E. Weihrauch
  • Patent number: 10628114
    Abstract: To provide an information processing system and information processing method that control display of information input with a receiver of a captured image. In a case where a first Ghost and a second Ghost receive an image (first person view) captured by a Body and first information generated in accordance with input to the first Ghost and second information generated in accordance with input to the second Ghost are transmitted to the Body, a control unit 509 performs control such that an integrated image obtained by integrating the first information and the second information is displayed and output to a display unit 503.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shunichi Kasahara, Junichi Rekimoto
  • Patent number: 10625614
    Abstract: A vehicle charging system is disclosed. The vehicle charging system includes a powerline communication module of a vehicle that is configured to transmit a power request signal via a communication network and a powerline communication evaluation module that is configured to determine one or more communication characteristics of the communication network. The vehicle charging system also includes an adjustment module that is configured to reduce a charging rate provided by a charging station based on the one or more communication characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan S. Fremerman, Nicholas J. Hainer, Michael A. Assenmacher, Jonathan J. Stec
  • Patent number: 10621288
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for an interoperable hierarchical model for conducting multiuser CAx OPERATIONS may include (1) storing a model of an engineering object in a plurality of data nodes that are interconnected with a plurality of dependency references that specify one or more parent nodes for each non-root node of the plurality of data nodes, the plurality of data nodes and the plurality of dependency references corresponding to a directed acyclic graph, (2) indicating an operational order for each data node that has a common parent, and (3) executing in the indicated operational order a CAx-related function for each data node. Various other methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: BRIGHAM YOUNG UNVERSITY
    Inventors: Kelly Eric Bowman, Joshua Coburn, Charles Greg Jensen
  • Patent number: 10614440
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for group bill payment comprising creating a secure group bill payment account associated with a plurality of group members. The group bill payment account may be configured to receive information via a network from the plurality of group members; permit a group member to manage the group bill payment account following an authentication process; and transmit a group payment to a provider. Systems and methods may further comprise receiving instructions from a group member to create a rule for requesting payment, the bill being from a provider and associated with group members; receiving the bill issued by the provider; determining a charge based on the bill and the rule; sending a payment request based on the charge; receiving a deposit into the group bill payment account; transmitting a group payment; and sending a notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Abdelkader M'Hamed Benkreira, Joshua Edwards, Michael Mossoba
  • Patent number: 10614377
    Abstract: A method for model management includes receiving data on which to base a model, evaluating the received data against a plurality of existing models and data associated with each of the plurality of existing models, determining whether any of the plurality of existing models can be used as the model or as a basis to develop the model for the received data, and providing a user with the existing models that can be used as the model or as a basis to develop the model for the received data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Kasisto, Inc.
    Inventors: Guillermo Averboch, Sasha Caskey, Yi Ma, Sathish Pammi, Robert Stewart
  • Patent number: 10605517
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance includes a refrigerated inner space and a refrigeration appliance door for closing the refrigerated inner space. The refrigeration appliance door includes a dispenser area with a drink dispenser device on an exterior of the refrigeration appliance door. The refrigeration appliance door has a dispenser door and the dispenser door is constructed to close the dispenser area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: BSH hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Max Eicher, Christoph Becke, Christine Hartwein, Boris Angele
  • Patent number: 10600085
    Abstract: Systems and methods of managing and communicating privacy and marketing preferences are described. In particular, a system for managing and communicating comprises a central user preference center that is configured to store at least one privacy and marketing preference dataset of a user in association with account information identifying an account of the user. The central preference center is configured to publish at least one privacy and marketing preference dataset of a user to at least one entity preference center, and the at least one entity preference center is configured to communicate the user's entity preference center privacy and marketing preference dataset to the central user preference center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Alan Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10592183
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to identifying a plurality of available printers associated with a printer sharing service, displaying, from the plurality of available printers, a sorted list of the plurality of available printers and a cost per page for each of the plurality of available printers, receiving a selection of a first printer of the plurality of available printers, and causing the first printer to print a print job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Anil Datta Kumar B, Ramesh Kumar Veerthineni, Sekhar Muni Sirigiri
  • Patent number: 10592075
    Abstract: A method for delivering media content in full motion video to users via a network in a collaborative media production process is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: DAX PFT, LLC
    Inventor: Joshua C. Kline
  • Patent number: 10587701
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a method for registering with a service layer. The method includes the step of forming a registration group of one or more applications. The method also includes a step of receiving a request to join the registration group, from the one or more applications based upon a review of criteria. The method also includes a step of receiving a registration preference from the one or more applications. Further, the method includes the step of performing service discovery on a network based upon the registration preference of the one or more applications in the registration group. The present application is also directed to a device for registering with a service layer. The present application is further directed to a computer-implemented method for moving from a current service layer to a new service layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Convida Wireless, LLC
    Inventors: Michael F. Starsinic, Dale N. Seed, Nicholas Podias, Quang Ly, Hongkun Li, Richard P. Gorman, Zhuo Chen, Donald A. Fleck, William Robert Flynn, IV
  • Patent number: 10559036
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are selection systems and methods for selecting a disability insurance package from a plurality of disability insurance packages, and for recommending the selected disability insurance package to a client. A selection system can include a query unit, a scoring unit and a recommendation unit. The query unit can present two or more prompts related to disability insurance, each prompt being associated with two or more response choices. A client can select a response choice for each prompt, and the query unit can receive the selected response choices. The scoring unit can associate point values with each of the selected response choices and can calculate a response score by combining the point values. The recommendation unit can select a disability insurance package corresponding the response score resulting from the user's responses to the prompts. Other embodiments of selection systems are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO.
    Inventors: Barry Higgins, Teresa M. Hoffman, Eric L. Major
  • Patent number: 10528528
    Abstract: Exposing existing database server attributes that are used for load balancing, accounting, log filtering, problem determination, and end user identification as tenant identifiers. An example of such attribute is the values in existing client information fields that are available to applications for passing additional information to the database server via connections. These values are then used by the database server for enhanced operational functions of load balancing, accounting, log filtering, problem determination, and end user identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vinayak Joshi, Pallavi Priyadarshini, Parameswara R. Tatini, Maryela E. Weihrauch
  • Patent number: 10521214
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for upgrades and synchronization of applications installed on a device, such as a mobile device. In one embodiment, a device may include applications purchased and downloaded via a content management system. The device maintains a list or database of applications that are authorized for each device. This list is also replicated in a remote cache that is maintained by an archive host. The device may then synchronize and upgrade these applications across multiple platforms, such as one or more computers that can be coupled to the device or the archive host. The archive host allows for files of the application be provided back to the device. Upon installation, the device can then confirm the authorization and identity of the newly installed application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Cooper, Dallas De Atley
  • Patent number: 10504075
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems, methods and devices for electronic bill presentment and payment (EBPP) include receiving one or more instructions from a biller at a remote computer server. The remote computer server implements an electronic bill presentment and payment (EBPP) workflow configuration module and provisions, using the EBPP workflow configuration module, one or more configuration parameters for the biller based on the one or more received instructions. In addition, embodiments include configuring, dynamically an EBPP workflow based on the one or more received instructions and provisioned configuration parameters using the EBPP workflow configuration module. The configuring of the EBPP workflow includes generating a state machine implementing the EBPP workflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Aliaswire, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Rodriguez, Hossein Mohsenzadeh
  • Patent number: 10503870
    Abstract: The invention is direct to a payment bridge system for a service provider and in particular a health care provider like a doctor or dentist. A practice management software is installed on the service provider's computer system for managing the service provider's business including managing patient or customer data, issuing invoices and handling payments. The system has a secure gateway network connecting with a secure network provider and a credit card processing system, connected to the secure network provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Retriever Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Dominick Colabella, Michael Peluso
  • Patent number: 10474645
    Abstract: Running a transaction against a database that allows the transaction to be automatically retried when the transaction fails such that certain transaction failures that cause the transaction to be automatically retried are not visible to an entity that receives data as a result of the execution of the transaction. A first set of statements of a transaction is identified by identifying statements that will cause a change in the database state. A second set of statements is identified, that result in data being generated to be sent to the entity. The method further includes executing the first set of statements to change the database. The method further includes running the second set of statements separately from the first set of statements to generate data to be sent to the entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Craig Steven Freedman, Michael James Zwilling, Erik Ismert
  • Patent number: 10468919
    Abstract: Embodiments discussed herein refer to electric vehicle charging ports having integrated contactless communication units (CCUs). The electric vehicle charging ports include male and female connector assemblies that can be coupled together in a manner that enables consistent and reliable operation of contactless communications and power transfer. The connector integrates power and alignment such that when two connector assemblies are coupled together, power connections are made in combination with establishing contactless communications links between counterpart CCUs in both connector assemblies. The fixed alignment of the connector assemblies ensures that contactless communication channels, spanning between the connector assemblies, are aligned to enable consistent and reliable operation of contactless communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: KEYSSA SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Roger D. Isaac, Alan Besel
  • Patent number: 10467218
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include a computer-implemented method performed in a SALESFORCE application development platform. The method includes obtaining data items in the SALESFORCE application development platform. Each data item can include key-values for keys common to the data items and can include a data-item value. The method includes storing each of the data items in an in-memory multi-dimensional dataset of the SALESFORCE application development platform. The multi-dimensional dataset can have a dimension for each of the keys. The method further includes enabling an interrogation process in the SALESFORCE application development platform to read data included in the multi-dimensional dataset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: FinancialForce.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Paul Willcock, Bradley West Slater, Carolina Ruiz Medina
  • Patent number: 10453087
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include systems and methods for providing customer service. The system may include one or more memory devices storing software instructions. The system may also include one or more processors configured to execute the software instructions to receive customer data and location data from a client device. The one or more processors may also execute the software instructions to identify a customer and a merchant based on the received data. The one or more processors may also execute the software instructions to determine an applicable customer service option based on at least the identified merchant and the identified customer, the customer service option including at least an option to activate a credit card secondary benefit, and transmit a notification to the client device, the notification including the customer service option when the identified customer is eligible for the determined customer service option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Moshe Benjamin, Lawrence Douglas
  • Patent number: 10430887
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses and computer-readable media for receiving data from one or more sensors associated with one or more home devices of a user, such as appliances, home systems, etc. and/or one or more sensors associated with a vehicle of the user, and/or receiving data associated with a lifestyle of the user are presented. In some examples, the data may aggregated and analyzed to assess risk associated with the user in order to determine or adjust an insurance rate or premium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Carolyn Parker, Robert H. Johnson, Nicholas A. Suizzo, Rothana Srey, Sean P. Willett, Regina Madigan, Nan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10425530
    Abstract: A mobile core network with distributed data services is provided. The mobile core network includes distributed mobile cores associated with mobile data service (MDS) agents at distributed data centers. A central MDS agent is host at a central data center providing legacy mobility management entity (MME) functions. The central MDS agent and the MDS agents at the distributed data centers coordinate with each other for synchronizing context information, such as subscriber data, session context data and metrics data of UEs, so that the context information is available at the central data center and the distributed data centers when or before it is requested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaippallimalil Mathew John, Frank Mademann, Fenqin Zhu
  • Patent number: 10417605
    Abstract: Techniques for performing processing and providing notifications for potentially missing items of an order are described herein. Some implementations analyze data regarding previous orders to predict a level of risk that a current order will be delivered without an item. If an order is associated with a relatively high level of risk, a courier may be informed to check an order for an item when retrieving the order from the merchant. The courier may receive a notification to check the order when the courier arrives at the merchant's location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Xingjie Liu, Jevin Bhorania
  • Patent number: 10410274
    Abstract: An electronic invoicing system provides a web-based portal with respective views for a suppliers submitting electronic invoices and a user of an enterprise submitting and/or reviewing electronic invoices. The portal displays a user interface on a screen that enables a supplier or user to retrieve or create information related to an electronic invoice, purchase order or requisition number using a text fields and icons. An administrator is able to enter information to be provided to the suppliers via a home screen of the web-based portal, and the system includes software tools enabling the information to be published on the home screen of the portal without web-based programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Versata, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy S. McEneny, Sr., Erick W. Schutz, Joseph E. Fallon, Aleksandr Shmulker
  • Patent number: 10405187
    Abstract: A receiver receiving data includes: a first receiver configured to receive data in a first frequency band; a second receiver configured to receive second data in a second frequency band, the second frequency band being a subset of the first frequency band; and a data selector configured to select the frequency of operation of the second receiver from within the second frequency band in accordance with information representing the physical geographical location of the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Europe Limited
    Inventors: David Rowland Williams, Stephen Beck, John Nicholas Wilson, Gholam Hosein Asjadi
  • Patent number: 10397240
    Abstract: A scaling policy associated with a notification received by one or more computer systems is obtained. A first request is submitted, to a software container service, for a first current capacity of a resource. An amount by which to adjust a capacity of the resource is calculated, based at least in part on the scaling policy and the first current capacity. A second request is submitted, to the software container service, to adjust the capacity of the resource by the amount. A third request is submitted, to the software container service, for a second current capacity of the resource, and whether the second request has been fulfilled is determined based at least in part on a comparison between the second current capacity and the amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Thomas Lewis, Kai Fan Tang, Farzad Moghimi, Ahmed Usman Khalid, Stephan Weinwurm
  • Patent number: 10380518
    Abstract: A system monitors request processing operations and flags process defects (for example, a request that has become orphaned, stuck, or vanished from a processing queue.). The system uses knowledge of how a business process is expected to behave to how it is actually behaving to detect exception instances. The system can detect individual process instances behaving unexpectedly as well as patterns across instance sets. In some cases, the system maintains one set of information (for example, in a database) for requests that have been input to the system, and a second set of information for requests then being processed. The system may compare the two sets of information and identify differences between the sets of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Maximus
    Inventor: Randall Riefel
  • Patent number: 10380692
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses and computer-readable media for receiving data from one or more sensors associated with one or more home devices, such as appliances, home systems, etc. are presented. In some examples, the data may be used to determine whether the home device is operating within an expected range. The data may also be used to determine an insurance rate or premium for a user associated with the home device(s). In some arrangements, the data may be used to determine an age of a home device, as well as a likelihood of failure of that device. This information may be used to determine or adjust insurance premiums or rates and/or provide incentives to users to repair or replace the home device(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Carolyn Parker, Robert H. Johnson, Nicholas A. Suizzo, Rothana Srey, Sean P. Willett, Regina Madigan, Nan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10372882
    Abstract: A media server is disclosed, and comprises one or more non-transitory computer-readable memory devices upon which at least one set of instructions are stored, one or more processors, a request module, an authentication module, a filtering module, a publishing module, and a commercialization module. The request module is electronically coupled with the one or more non-transitory computer-readable memory devices for requesting data associated with media content from one or more remote electronic devices electronically coupled with the media server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph Schuman
  • Patent number: 10373245
    Abstract: Disclosed is an integrated health plan computer system that enables on-line billing related transactions. The integrated health plan computer system may include a server to couple the integrated health plan computer system to a billing entity user through a network. A billing module operable with the integrated health plan computer system and the server is utilized to enable on-line billing related transactions for the billing entity user through the network. The billing module includes an invoice presentment module to perform invoice presentment transactions for the billing entity user and to display results of the invoice presentment transaction to the billing entity user. The billing entity user may be a group administrator, a broker, or an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Cognizant TriZetto Software Group, Inc.
    Inventors: David Smith, Jeffrey Cohen
  • Patent number: 10373222
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing customer requests to access purchasable items using financial assessments are described. A customer using a mobile device can identify a good of interest and transmit a request to access and test it. A financial institution computing system with a database of customer financial information can generate a financial assessment of the customer and the customer's identified good, which can then be used to determine whether the customer's request should be granted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.
    Inventors: Bipin M. Sahni, Balinder Mangat, David Hatch
  • Patent number: 10360546
    Abstract: A method supplying AC power and billing a customer using frequency regulation credits. The method includes using an AC frequency measuring device, measuring a current AC frequency on an AC power line; using a power consumption measuring device, measuring a current power consumption on the AC power line over a period of time equal to a sampling interval; calculating a power consumption moving average of a last N power current power consumptions measured, where N is a positive integer greater than 1; generating credits or debits based on the current power consumption, the current AC frequency and the power consumption moving average; adding the credits or debits to a frequency regulation credit; and for each next sampling interval repeating measuring the current AC frequency, measuring current power consumption, calculating the power consumption moving average, generating the credits or debits, and adding the credits or debits to the frequency regulation credit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Julianne F. Haugh, Anne R. Sand
  • Patent number: 10354000
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method comprises determining, that a first document corresponds to a particular template that provides field specification data for identifying one or more fields from a document; generating a first electronic validation form as a graphical user interface from the first document using the particular template; sending a second notification of the first electronic validation form via email to the sender device, the notification comprising a first option for confirming invoice data in the first electronic validation form, at least some of the invoice data inline or as an attachment, and a second option for updating the invoice data in the first electronic validation form; uploading, in response to a selection of the first option, the invoice data into an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system; causing, in response to a selection of the second option, presentation of the first electronic validation form by the sender device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Coupa Software Incorporated
    Inventors: Donna Wilczek, Gabriel Perez, Robert Bernshteyn, Raja Hammoud, David Williams
  • Patent number: 10353419
    Abstract: Apparatus comprising an energy source (102) configured to provide energy to an energy-consuming device (106). The energy source (102) can be embedded within an item of furniture. The apparatus also includes a communication resource (104) configured to be in communication with a remote sever (108) in order to authorize delivery of a predetermined amount of energy by the energy source (102) to the energy-consuming device (106).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: INTELLIGENT ENERGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Julian Anthony Hughes, David Edgar, Daniel Ninan
  • Patent number: 10349240
    Abstract: A method and system for responding to demand-based charging in a communication network, such as a 5G wireless communication network. Service providers and/or infrastructure providers adjust network usage pricing dynamically based on demand. Customers such as Virtual Network operators respond to pricing adjustments by adjusting their network usage, service requirements, and/or by re-negotiating the pricing structure. Network usage can be adjusted by controlling network traffic generated in response to activity of end-user devices of the Virtual Network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nimal Gamini Senarath, Hang Zhang, Sophie Vrzic
  • Patent number: 10346847
    Abstract: A dynamic personalizable automated finance management system that provides a financial management platform that enables users to easily generate a plurality of customized rules or conditions associated with one or more accounts thereby creating account plans that intelligently and passively execute the transfer of funds among accounts. The rules with a plan are able to define if, how much, when and where to transfer money to and from the accounts based on user entered criteria or triggers upon which the rules/conditions are based.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Paymation, Inc.
    Inventor: Khellar Sean Crawford
  • Patent number: 10348086
    Abstract: A process/method is provided for the management of electric distribution system operations, including accurate and efficient communications and interfaces between the transmission, distribution and residential distribution systems, managed by a distribution system operator responsible for energy balance and reliability through control on a local distribution area, namely between end use customers and the transmission node of the electrical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Open Access Technology International, Inc.
    Inventors: Sasan Mokhtari, Ali Ipakchi, Farrokh Albuyeh, Abdolhossein Rahimi, Behnam Danai, Khashayar Nodehi Fard Haghighi, Ilya William Slutsker, David Heim
  • Patent number: 10346771
    Abstract: A method for providing an energy map may include receiving an indication of status for each of a plurality of individual entities with respect to corresponding priorities defined for each respective individual entity, correlating received indications of status to respective group priorities, providing a representation of a plurality of the group priorities, and mapping an amount of energy associated with the group priorities by providing a graphical representation of a respective amount of resources associated with the group priorities based on the received indications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: LEADLINE LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Thean
  • Patent number: 10333324
    Abstract: According to the present invention, in a charger for charging a secondary battery, in order to solve the problem that when usage fees are settled before the start of charging to prevent the nonpayment of usage fees, the possibility arises that the usage fees will be refunded, the usage fees of the charger are settled before the charging is completed. The charger (200) has: a power supply unit (210) that supplies electric power to a secondary battery; and a settlement unit (220) that settles the usage fees for using the charger after the supply of electric power to the secondary battery has started but before the termination of charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuaki Kondo, Daisuke Shigematsu
  • Patent number: 10333305
    Abstract: A management device includes a surplus power calculator configured to compute a measurement value or an estimated value for a surplus power which is power output from the power generator excluding the power consumption of the electrical appliance; and a scheduler configured to create an operation schedule for a designated appliance scheduled to operate during a period different from a surplus power period when the surplus power is available so that the designated appliance uses the surplus power during the surplus power period to operate; the scheduler also configured to shift the operation period of the designated appliance when a potential usable power is greater than an increment in the power consumption resulting due to shifting the operation period of the designated appliance, where the potential usable power is the surplus power with a potential feed-in power excluded therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Imai, Hiromasa Takatsuka, Masayo Ikuta, Taiji Yoshikawa, Kazuki Kasai
  • Patent number: 10325125
    Abstract: Techniques are provided to estimate the location of an RFID tag using tag read information, such as a tag read count or a tag read rate, and an opportunity metric, such as an inventory cycle duration, inventory cycle rate, or inventory cycle count. A tag tracking system determines read information for a tag in a zone and an opportunity metric associated with the tag and the zone. The tag tracking system then computes a success rate based on the tag read information and opportunity metric, and uses the success rate to estimate the location of the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Impinj, Inc.
    Inventors: Alberto Pesavento, Thomas G. Anderl, Robert J. Ascani
  • Patent number: 10320804
    Abstract: A system that includes a switch, a network authentication server (NAS), and a threat management server. The threat management server receives a port lease request for the endpoint device identifying a port and the endpoint device. The threat management server determines whether the endpoint device has previously failed authentication with the NAS. In response to determining the endpoint device has not previously failed authentication, the threat management server selects a first port lease duration when a device identifier for the endpoint device is present in the port lease. The threat management server selected a second port lease duration that is a shorter amount of time than the first port lease duration when the device identifier for the endpoint device is not present in the port lease request. The threat management server activates a port lease for the selected port lease duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventor: Rahul Isola
  • Patent number: 10321285
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for supporting customer charging in 5G networks are provided. Monitoring functions are instantiated at selected network locations for tracking access to network services. The monitoring functions provide charging information for use in customer billing. A customer can enter a service level agreement with a particular customized method of charging for service usage, and the monitoring functions can be customized to provide charging information according to the service level agreement. Charging can vary based on factors such as time of day, network congestion, service traffic characteristics, and geographic location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nimal Gamini Senarath, Hang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10320699
    Abstract: A computer implemented system and method, and a computer program product, for allocating virtualized information technology resources across an enterprise. For example, a method may include accessing hierarchical enterprise information, which is information identifying a plurality of hierarchically arranged organizational units of the enterprise. The method accesses virtualized resource information, which is information identifying virtualized resource available to the enterprise. The method also accesses virtualized resource allocation information, which is information identifying one or more of the plurality of hierarchically arranged organizational units and information identifying one or more virtualized resources allocated to each of the identified one or more of the plurality of hierarchically arranged organizational units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: VCE IP Holding Company LLC.
    Inventor: Adrian J Sandham
  • Patent number: 10311387
    Abstract: A demand response system and method. The demand response system includes a power rate reception unit for receiving information about charge rates for a unit of power from an external power trading server. An amount-of-power used reception unit receives information about amounts of power used by a customer from a gateway, a first data generation unit which generates first data including information about charge rates for a unit of power for respective time spans, a second data generation unit which generates second data including information about amounts of power used by the customer for the respective time spans, and a third data generation unit which generates third data including information about index power charges for the customer for the respective time spans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KT Corporation
    Inventors: Ho-Seok Seo, Yoon-Kee Kim
  • Patent number: 10303500
    Abstract: A method and associated system. In response to a request to deploy a virtual machine in a computing environment, a virtual machine resource usage pattern having attributes matching a subset of attributes in than ordered sequence of attributes is selected from at least one virtual machine resource usage pattern stored in a virtual machine resource usage pattern library, based on an ordering of the attributes in the ordered sequence of attributes, wherein the virtual machine resource usage pattern library stores usage patterns for virtual machines previously deployed. A node on which the virtual machine is to be deployed is selected, based on the selected virtual machine resource usage pattern and predicted runtime resource requirements of the virtual machine to be deployed based on historical running data of virtual machines. The virtual machine is configured for being deployed on the selected node. The virtual machine is deployed on the selected node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Li Long Chen, Randy A. Rendahl, Xiao Yang Zhu, Lin Zhi Zou
  • Patent number: 10296384
    Abstract: An approach for deploying workload in a multi-tenancy computing environment is provided. The approach generates, by one or more computer processors, a tenant ID and a plan ID for a tenant based, at least in part, on a tenant registration request. The approach stores, by one or more computer processors, the tenant ID and the plan ID into a shared system record. The approach receives, by one or more computer processors, a request to update a first tenant service plan. The approach determines, by one or more computer processors, one or more resource pools supporting a second tenant service plan based at least in part, on an association between the tenant ID and the plan ID. The approach deploys, by one or more computer processors, one or more resources from the one or more resource pools supporting the second tenant service plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yong Li, Jean-Claude Mamou, David T. Meeks, Xiaoyan Pu
  • Patent number: 10296889
    Abstract: Various techniques are provided for carrying out peer-to-peer financial transactions using one or more electronic devices. In one embodiment, a request for payment is transmitted from a first device to a second device using a near field communication (NFC) interface. In response to the request, the second device may transmit payment information to the first device. The first device may select a crediting account and, using a suitable communication protocol, may communicate the received payment information and selected crediting account to one or more external financial servers configured to process and determine whether the payment may be authorized. If the payment is authorized, a payment may be credited to the selected crediting account. In a further embodiment, a device may include a camera configured to obtain an image of a payment instrument. The device may further include an application to extract payment information from the acquired image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gloria Lin, Amir Mahmood Mikhak, Taido Lantz Nakajima, Sean Anthony Mayo, Michael Rosenblatt