Bill Preparation Patents (Class 705/34)
  • Patent number: 10241534
    Abstract: Models of a distribution network grid are automatically updated in response to real-time location data of uniquely identified temporary devices. Current geographical coordinates are determined within a distance tolerance that is selected as a function of a type of device indicated by the identity indicia. The geographical information system model is updated with a location of a unique identity of the device at the determined current geographical coordinates within the distance tolerance if unique identity of the device not already present within the geographical information system model, or if it is present and a displacement distance from the determined current geographical coordinates of the temporary device to existing geographic coordinates that are stored in the geographical information system model in association with the unique device identity exceeds a specified distance margin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gopal K. Bhageria, Kevin M. Monagle, Jean-Gael F. Reboul, Matthew B. Trevathan
  • Patent number: 10229393
    Abstract: A mobile device includes a client application configured to process and display a push notification specifying an appointment reminder originating from a server acting as an appointment manager. The client displays a menu of available options for conducting additional appointment-related transactions, such as confirmation, rescheduling, or cancellation of the appointment. Based on the user selection, the client conducts a user-interactive transaction with the server to complete the requested appointment service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: James K. Boutcher, Michael T. Mateer
  • Patent number: 10223717
    Abstract: An example method of wirelessly providing power to a receiver by a transmitter includes: (i) receiving, by a transmitter management device, information defining charging criteria, (ii) detecting a client device connected to the receiver, and (iii) in response to the detecting, determining whether the charging criteria are satisfied. The method further includes, in accordance with a determination that the charging criteria are satisfied, transmitting RF waves to form three-dimensional pockets of energy for providing power to the client device. The method also includes sending, to the transmitter management device that is remote from the transmitter, information (i) about an amount of power delievered to the client device, (ii) about a wireless utilization level of the transmitter, and (iii) about the location of the client device, wherein the transmitter management device generates a bill that is based on the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael Leabman
  • Patent number: 10210356
    Abstract: An Internet of Things (IoT) enabled multi signal diffusion integrated system smartly tracks assets in different environments, using a combination of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technologies. The system includes an electrical plug embedded with one smart tracking device, or XenGraft. XenGraft has two different modes known as battery mode and non battery mode. XenGraft comprises different modules which are BLE module, RFID module and Power Sensor module. Each of these modules perform functions like finding asset locations, scanning for RFID signals, or tracking the current operational status of the assets. In non battery mode XenGraft communicates information towards a remote system server by a proprietary hop-by-hop communication architecture, via any local Wi-Fi network, or via any traditional cellular communication networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Nippon Sysits Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Thamanoon Vechvittayakhlung
  • Patent number: 10204365
    Abstract: A system and method for the management of services offered to subscribers by service providers are provided. A service management component manages service plan options that are provided by one or more service providers and that are made available to subscribers. The service management component processes requests from one or more service provider components to dynamically update service plan information. Such requests may include requests to add or delete service plans, add or delete features to a service plan, add or delete rule sets associated with a service plan, and the like. In this embodiment, the service management component maintains various data stores associated with available service plans and with current subscriber information that facilitate a mapping of updated service plan options to subscribers. Accordingly, the service management component manages a framework that allows the management of the mapping information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Sheida Saedifaez
  • Patent number: 10198757
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods and devices for creating an electronic invoice file using a baseline electronic purchase order file. The methods and devices can receive data representing an electronic purchase order file, comprising a plurality of fields of information. The methods and devices can also confirm that the received electronic purchase order file, was received from a valid retail trading partner, the format of the received electronic purchase order file is consistent with the format of the baseline electronic purchase order file, and the fields of the received electronic purchase order file are consistent with the fields in the baseline electronic purchase order file, in a single step, by applying a hashing function to the data representing the baseline electronic purchase order file and received electronic purchase order file. The methods and devices can also create an electronic invoice file, using a plurality of fields from the electronic purchase order file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Slocum, Kyle Reed, Ramesh Janjyam, Gregory Voss, Ian Cross
  • Patent number: 10181149
    Abstract: An electronic invoicing system performs an integrated method of processing both purchase order based electronic invoices and electronic invoices not associated with a purchase order or transaction receipt. A portal is provided by the system. The portal has respective views for a supplier submitting non-PO based type electronic invoices not associated with a purchase order or transaction receipt, and a user of an enterprise submitting and/or reviewing non-PO based type electronic invoices not associated with a purchase order or transaction receipt. An administrator of the enterprise configures electronic invoice types and processing parameters specific to said electronic invoice types not associated with a purchase order or transaction receipt. A submitted non-PO based type electronic invoice of a configured electronic invoice type is processed in accordance with the processing parameters configured by the administrator for that electronic invoice type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Versata, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy S. McEneny, Sr., Erick W. Schutz, Joseph E. Fallon, Rita J. Carol
  • Patent number: 10176509
    Abstract: An electronic invoicing system includes an integrated method of searching both purchase order based electronic invoices and electronic invoices not associated with a purchase order or transaction receipt. A portal is provided. The portal has respective views for a supplier submitting purchase order based electronic invoices and electronic invoices not associated with a purchase order or transaction receipt, and a user of an enterprise submitting and/or reviewing electronic invoices. The supplier can search for both purchase order based and non-purchase order based invoices in a single criteria screen and interface in the portal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Versata, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy S. McEneny, Sr., Erick W. Schutz, Joseph E. Fallon, Aleksandr Shmulker, Rita J. Carol
  • Patent number: 10171961
    Abstract: System and method for authorizing transactions, such as payments or money transfers. A source entity may initiate a transaction with a target entity via a first communications channel. In initiating the transaction, the source entity may indicate that the transaction is to be performed through a transaction authorization service. The target entity may send a transaction initiation message to the transaction authorization service. In response to receiving the transaction initiation message, the service may authorize the transaction with the source entity via a second communications channel. To authorize the transaction, the source entity may provide a PIN number or other identifier via the second communications channel. After receiving and validating the response from the source entity, the transaction authorization service may inform the target entity that the transaction is authorized. The target entity may then complete the transaction with the transaction authorization service and the source entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Yuen, Chih-Jen Huang, Gerald Yuen
  • Patent number: 10157067
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the technical field of network communications, and discloses a system optimizing method and apparatus. The system optimizing method comprises: judging whether programs running in the system meet a preset optimization rule; displaying programs that meet the preset optimization rule in a first class of a program list and displaying programs that do not meet the preset optimization rule in a second class of the program list, wherein states of the programs in the first class are selected by default and states of the programs in the second class are not selected by default; and performing optimization processing for programs in the program list whose states are selected according to a triggered optimization instruction, wherein the optimization instruction includes the states of the programs in the program list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING QIHOO TECHNOLOGY COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jin Liu, Jixin Yang, Liang Li, Haiyang Wang, Zhen Ding
  • Patent number: 10152449
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for managing user-defined capacity reservation pools for network-accessible resources are disclosed. A system includes a plurality of resource instances of a provider network, and a resource manager. In response to a pool assignment request from a client specifying a pool identifier of a reserved instance pool created on behalf of the client, the resource manager assigns one or more resource instance reservations of the client to a pool with the first pool identifier. In response to an instance activation request from the client, the resource manager identifies a particular pool created on behalf of the client from which to select a particular resource instance reservation for activation, and activates the particular resource instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: David John Ward, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10127567
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to apply household-level weights to audience measurement data at a household-member level are disclosed. An example method to determine demographics of populations to measure media audiences of populations includes determining demographics for members of a first household of a sub-population. First demographics of a first member of the first household are different than second demographics of a second member of the first household. The example method includes calculating a first household-level weight for the first household based on a demographics distribution of the sub-population and aggregate demographics of a population.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Michael Sheppard, Jonathan Sullivan, Peter Lipa, Alejandro Terrazas
  • Patent number: 10120856
    Abstract: Modifying image templates based on recognition of fields (zones). A template is created based on a first form and, upon application of the template to a second form, fields of the template are modified to align with fields of the second form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Srinivas Jandhyala, Krishnan P. Rajagopalan
  • Patent number: 10111620
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for providing enhanced motion tracking using a transportable inertial sensor. Configurations disclosed herein utilize a first inertial sensor mounted to a device to determine a frame of reference, and a second inertial sensor mounted to an object to determine movement of the object within the frame of reference. Configurations disclosed herein determine if the frame of reference is established. If it is determined that the frame of reference is established, the first inertial sensor and the second inertial sensor are used to detect movement of the object within the frame of reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Quentin S. Miller
  • Patent number: 10117103
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a network sharing method and apparatus. The method comprises: a network element obtaining configuration information of resource sharing, the configuration information comprising: configuring a sharing type of a shared resource of the network element, configuring division of a share of the shared resource of the network element, and configuring a sharing party corresponding to the share of the shared resource of the network element; and the network element controlling the shared resource of the network element according to the configuration information. By means of the present invention, a share of a shared resource of a network element can be configured, and a carrier or a PLMN or a user equipment in a shared network can be accurately controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Zhao, Lan Zou
  • Patent number: 10091652
    Abstract: According to a first aspect of the present disclosure, a relay device for use in near field communication (NFC) transactions is provided, said relay device comprising a communication unit, wherein said communication unit comprises an NFC controller and a wireless communication controller which are operatively connected to each other through a physical interface, said NFC controller being arranged to establish communication with an NFC-enabled device that is external to the relay device, and said wireless communication controller being arranged to establish communication with a wireless device that is external to the relay device, wherein the communication unit is arranged to relay transaction data between the NFC-enabled device and the wireless device. According to a second aspect of the present disclosure, a corresponding method for facilitating near field communication (NFC) transactions is conceived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Piotr Polak, Jan René Brands
  • Patent number: 10076967
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to detect communication signals from an access point. The processor is also configured to determine an access point affiliation with a wireless charging pad based on data included in the communication signals, the data also providing charging pad compatibility characteristics. The processor is further configured to determine vehicle compatibility with the charging pad based on the compatibility characteristics and responsive to a vehicle being compatible with the charging pad, connect to the access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hanan J. Ahmed, John Scott Turik
  • Patent number: 10074222
    Abstract: A secure short-distance-based communication and validation system validates users in a validation area. The system may include multiple zones in the validation area and beacons in each zone. A run-time mobile device identifier and keys that may be location-specific, device-specific and time-specific are generated and utilized for secure communication between mobile devices and a zone computer in a zone. The validation area may be in a vehicle, and validation may include deducting a fare.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Sunil Raina, Avishek Somani, Alden Cuddihey, Scott Thomas Butler, Douglas Arthur Michael Archibald
  • Patent number: 10061601
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method receives configuration information for a set of components of an extensible application. A component in the set of components includes extending information if the component is an extension of another component and hosting information if the component is hosting a set of extension points. A computing device dynamically generates an extension structure at runtime of the application from the configuration information. The extension structure is generated by connecting components together based on the extending information and the hosting information of the set of components. A navigation request to a target component is received and a path of components to the target component is determined using the extension structure. The path of components is traversed until the target component is loaded and the target component is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Shraddha Vijay Marathe, Imran Q. Sayed
  • Patent number: 10057431
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a charging method and device. The method includes: obtaining, by a radio access device located in an access network, first information, where the first information includes or is used to indicate a type of service data borne on a radio interface of the radio access device and a type of the radio interface; and sending, by the radio access device, the first information to a charging network element located in a core network, so that the charging network element performs charging by using the first information. The method provided in the embodiments of the present invention can implement service data charging without requiring a wireless local area network access gateway, thereby simplifying a communication process between network elements and reducing management costs of a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Binsong Tang, Tianle Deng
  • Patent number: 10050962
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, methods, and computer program products are provided for determining a user's authentication requirements/credentials for function requiring authentication based on determining a location along an authentication continuum. The location along the authentication continuum defines the degree of authentication/credentials required to access the function and is determined based on a current state of the user and/or function attributes. The more or less that is known about the current state of the user the more or less likely the user is the user that is attempting to access the function and, thus, the authentication requirements required to access the function can be adjusted according (increased or decreased).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: David M. Grigg, Peter John Bertanzetti, Charles Jason Burrell, Carrie Anne Hanson, Joseph Neil Johansen, Michael E. Toth
  • Patent number: 10015167
    Abstract: An extensible key management system includes a developer services portal for accessing an application. The system may identify initiation via the developer services portal of an association of the application with an external API of a third party provider service and automatically obtain a sub-key for the external API from the third party provider service on behalf of a developer of the application. The sub-key may be obtained in accordance with authorization provided by a master key previously provided from the third party provider service. The system may map an association between the sub-key, the application and the external API and store the association. Upon receipt of a service call message resulting from a request from a user device executing the application, the system may identify and replace a developer API key included in the service call message with the sub-key based on the stored association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Steven O'Kennedy, James Daniel Dickerson, Jeremy Light, Bogumil Swiecki, Ian James Harris, Amit K Mallick
  • Patent number: 10014691
    Abstract: An energy management system (EMS) is connected to a distribution grid upstream of substation transformers and provides a demand response (DR) program signal to the distribution grid. The program signal specifies a target load adjustment. A plurality of DR RCE (Demand Response Remote Communication Equipment) are connected to phases of the distribution grid downstream of a corresponding substation transformer. Each DR RCE controls an operation of a plurality of endpoint devices. A plurality of FANG devices, each connected to phases of the distribution grid downstream of a corresponding substation transformer, receives the DR program signal via the grid. Each FANG device selectively controls power to its endpoint devices in response to a received DR program signal. As a result, the FANG device reduces the total power applied to its endpoint devices in response to the DR program signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Aclara Technologies LLC
    Inventor: David Haynes
  • Patent number: 10015322
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods, computer-readable media, and computer systems for processing transactions are described. A provider contract associated with a particular account is identified. In response to determining that the identified provider contract is associated with a periodic activity, a rating request is created that is associated with the particular account. The created rating request associated with the particular account is added to a queue of consumption items for processing, so that the created rating request, when processed, triggers an action corresponding to the determined periodic activity at an external system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Georg Lang, Christofer Hofsaess, Artur Kaufmann, Joerg Luther
  • Patent number: 10007654
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for form processing is provided, requiring little to no data entry. Upon receiving an electronic notification containing a form, a validation server extracts an electronic contact address from the electronic notification. The validation server then applies a template associated with the sender's electronic contact address to a document to extract information necessary to generate an electronic form comprising machine parsable data. The sender is then granted access and prompted to validate the electronic form. The sender entity validates the electronic form by making any necessary changes or revisions and by submitting the editable web form. The form's parsable content is then stored directly as data in a database. In some embodiments, the validation server may accept the electronic validation with additional revision information. In these embodiments, the revision information may be applied to future forms received from the sender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Coupa Software Incorporated
    Inventors: Donna Wilczek, Gabriel Perez, Robert Bernshteyn, Raja Hammoud, David Williams
  • Patent number: 10009416
    Abstract: A capability for perfect application capacity analysis for elastic capacity management of a cloud-based application is presented. The capability for perfect application capacity analysis for elastic capacity management of a cloud-based application may support use of perfect application capacity analysis to identify opportunities for improvements in elastic capacity management of the cloud-based application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventor: Eric J. Bauer
  • Patent number: 9998510
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein for preventing users from lying in a social interaction system by requiring every social interaction to be mediated through software that directly accesses hardware and software components in a user's electronic device. By requiring that every interaction to be through the social interaction system (i.e. the social interaction system has direct access to the hardware components) the users using the social interaction system are more likely to become aware of the other users actual identity before meeting them in person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Walter Partos
  • Patent number: 9986005
    Abstract: A media playback method and apparatus, and a recording medium for storing program sources of the method, and the media playback method of playing media in a media device in sync with at least one other media device are provided. The method includes determining a media playback time based on a communication delay time with each of other media devices with which a communication channel is established, generating a media playback command message for each of the other media devices based on the determined media playback time and the communication delay time with each of the other media devices, transmitting the media playback command message to the other corresponding media device, and performing media playback at the media playback time. The present invention has an advantage of playing back the same media in multiple media devices, synchronously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-Man Sim
  • Patent number: 9986395
    Abstract: A telecommunications service provider agrees to a pre-paid plan including phone, text and data services, which it provides to a user through her mobile device. The provider's computer system then sends a notification to the user's mobile device that refers to benefits and contains a launch prompt. When the launch prompt is selected by the user, an application program is automatically launched in the mobile device, or a browser in the mobile device is automatically navigated to a website, which prompts the user to identify herself using minimum personal information (e.g., first and last name, date of birth and postal code.) In response, the mobile device is then signaled by the computer system of the telecommunications service provider to display to the user an offer of i) a pre-bundled group of, or ii) an individually selectable variety of, products or services (the benefits.) Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: ROK MOBILE INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventor: Jonathan Kendrick
  • Patent number: 9984359
    Abstract: A method and system for obtaining payment from a customer that includes receiving a collection request at a payment facilitation device from a payment collection request device of a merchant, storing the collection request in a collection request repository, determining, using the collection request, a location of the customer, and determining, using the location of the customer, that an in-person payment device of a collecting entity is located near the location of the customer. The method also includes transmitting a notice of collection request to the in-person payment device and receiving a payment request from the in-person payment device at which the customer made a payment via the in-person payment device after the notice of collection request was received by the in-person payment device. Additionally, the method includes transmitting, based on the payment request, a payment to a merchant account associated with the merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Akaash Patnaik, A. Premasis Patra
  • Patent number: 9978046
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for displaying a plurality of bill due dates, the method comprising: displaying an account identifier for each bill in the plurality of bills; showing a timeline with a due date indicator for each bill in the plurality of bills, the timeline disposed proximate to the account identifier; and wherein each of the account identifiers and timelines are disposed along an axis relative to the other account identifiers and timelines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Connexive, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Claude Lefebvre, Lucas Wiman
  • Patent number: 9957626
    Abstract: A hydrogen production system that achieves highly-efficient hydrogen production even when hydrogen is produced by using the plurality of cell stacks is provided. A hydrogen production system includes a plurality of cell stacks provided within a reaction containment, the cell stacks generating hydrogen by high temperature steam electrolysis by supplying steam to the plurality of cell stacks, a first flow path guiding the steam to each of the cell stacks, a second flow path causing a carrier gas containing air as a main component to flow into the reaction containment, and a flow regulation device provided at an inlet of the steam in each of the cell stacks, the flow regulation device regulating a flow rate of the steam caused to flow into each of the cell stacks to be uniform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Yuko Kawajiri, Hisao Watanabe, Ryoji Yoshimura, Seiji Fujiwara, Hiroyuki Yamauchi, Masafumi Komai, Masahiko Yamada, Tsuneji Kameda, Masato Yoshino, Takatoshi Asada, Shigeo Kasai
  • Patent number: 9958169
    Abstract: A ground source heat pump integrated controller includes a main module that has pre-integrated multiple main machines, pumps and valves according to the rated load of the main module, and a number of extended modules that have pre-integrated multiple main machines, pumps and valves according to a rated load of the extended modules. The main module and extended modules both are provided with a plurality of analog contacts and digital contacts, and the extended modules are connected, via the analog and digital contacts, to the main module according to the rated load of the ground source heat pump system. The advantage of the ground source heat pump integrated controller lies in that after system load is calculated according to floor area, multiple extended modules are connected to one main module, which increases the capacity of the main module and thus meets the requirement of system load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING HECHUANG SANZEN ENERGY TECH. STOCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: HongXia Li, BaoXiang Chen
  • Patent number: 9953473
    Abstract: Various system and method for creating profiles of fuel quality are described herein. A system to create profiles of fuel quality comprises a receiving module arranged to receive vehicle performance data of a vehicle, the vehicle performance data describing the vehicle's performance over a time period; an association module arranged to associate the vehicle performance data with fuel used by the vehicle during the time period; an analysis module arranged to analyze the vehicle performance data with respect to the fuel to calculate a performance metric of the fuel; and a storage module arrranged to store the performance metric in a performance database at the computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Tim Plowman, Alexandra C. Zafiroglu, Jennifer Healey
  • Patent number: 9954972
    Abstract: Cloud-aware industrial devices feed robust sets of data to a cloud-based data analyzer that executes as a service in a cloud platform. In addition to industrial data generated or collected by the industrial devices, the devices can provide device profile information to the cloud-based analyzer that identifies the device and relevant configuration information. The industrial devices can also provide customer data identifying an owner of the industrial devices, contact information for the owner, active service contracts, etc. The cloud-based data analyzer leverages this information to perform a variety of custom analytics on the data and generate reports or notifications catered to the particular industrial assets' optimal performance and business goals of the owner's industrial enterprise, as well as perform real-time decision making and control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan L. Asenjo, John Strohmenger, Stephen Thomas Nawalaniec, Bradford Henry Hegrat, Joseph A. Harkulich, Jessica Lin Korpela, Jenifer Rydberg Wright, Rainer Hessmer, John Dyck, Edward Alan Hill, Salvatore T. Conti
  • Patent number: 9924495
    Abstract: Provided are methods and devices for transmitting or receiving Device-to-Device (D2D) broadcast information, and a transmission system. The method for transmitting the D2D broadcast information includes that: classification information of service information to be transmitted is acquired; control information corresponding to the classification information is acquired, wherein the control information is used for indicating resource scheduling information used during transmission and/or retransmission of the service information; and the service information and the control information are transmitted in a broadcast manner according to a preset rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: ZTE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wenhuan Wang, Jin Yang, Shuanshuan Wu, Ming Yuan, Shuanghong Huang
  • Patent number: 9910613
    Abstract: New storage volumes are registered to a data storage environment. Registering new storage volumes is controlled based on the performance requirements of the storage volumes compared to the capacity of the data storage environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Vinay Pundalika Rao, Mark S. Lewis, Anna Povzner
  • Patent number: 9898765
    Abstract: Functionality is disclosed herein for charging for the use of software products based upon billable units defined by a software provider. The software product identifies the occurrences of the billable units as the software product is executing. The software product also sends billing data to a billing service identifying an occurrence of a billable unit, or billable units, such that an invoice may be created that charges for use of the software product based, at least in part, on the occurrence of the billable units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Price Jones, II, Brian M. Matsubara, II
  • Patent number: 9898337
    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: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yong Li, Jean-Claude Mamou, David T. Meeks, Xiaoyan Pu
  • Patent number: 9894600
    Abstract: A method, system, and medium are provided for adaptively providing network access to mobile devices. The mobile devices have a first interface for a wireless access network and a second interface for a personal area network. The wireless access network connects the mobile devices to a base station, and the personal area network connects the mobile device to other mobile devices that are part of the personal area network. Wireless access conditions are generated by the base station and communicated over the wireless access network to mobile devices that generate network access requests. Additionally, the mobile devices may transmit the wireless access conditions over the personal are network to other mobile devices that are within a predetermined distance. The mobile devices detect that the wireless access conditions in the wireless access network have degraded and adaptively select alternate routes to complete the network access requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Ahsan Habib, Brian Douglas Mauer, Lyle Walter Paczkowski, Pallavur Ananthakrishnan Sankaranaraynan, Matthew Carl Schlesener
  • Patent number: 9881050
    Abstract: A method and system for populating a second electronic device of a user with applications from a second application platform said second electronic device is operating with, using applications installed on a first electronic device of said user, said first electronic device operating with a first application platform. The method is carried out by an application recommendation node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: ORANGE
    Inventors: Srinivas Chervirala, Satya Mallya, Wencheng Li
  • Patent number: 9870597
    Abstract: Systems and methods for allowing landlords to combine information from a retail electric provider into landlord billed utilities and items, are described herein. In one aspect, residency information for a unit associated with a resident is received. Resource consumption or usage information associated with the unit is received from one retail electric provider. A consolidated data set is generated based on the resource consumption or usage information for the unit from both the retail electric provider and landlord provided services such as rent, water, trash and sewer. Under this process, a resident may choose to have the electric account remain in the landlord's name and then be billed for such retail electric charges on the same bill as the landlord provided utilities and services. In some implementations, the community will collect funds for the utility bills from each resident and will use such funds to pay the utility provider directly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Conservice, LLC
    Inventors: David Jenkins, Greg Cole, J. Matthew Miller, Rich Seeley, Marc Treitler, Mike Lee, Brett Kraus
  • Patent number: 9870485
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting sensitive user input leakages in software applications, such as applications created for smartphone platforms. The system and method are configured to parse user interface layout files of the software application to identify input fields and obtain information concerning the input fields. Input fields that contain sensitive information are identified and a list of sensitive input fields, such as contextual IDs, is generated. The sensitive information fields are identified by reviewing the attributes, hints and/or text labels of the user interface layout file. A taint analysis is performed using the list of sensitive input fields and a sink dataset in order to detect information leaks in the sensitive input fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Zhichun Li, Xusheng Xiao, Zhenyu Wu, Jianjun Huang, Guofei Jiang
  • Patent number: 9854109
    Abstract: The invention relates to printing and other output of documents using data processors, and particularly to methods, apparatus, and computer programming useful for controlling output processes. In various aspects the invention provides systems, methods, and computer programming useful for minimizing the number of command inputs required from a user to complete printing or other output of multiple documents. In other aspects, the invention provides systems, methods, and computer programming useful for printing documents using content data received from users or other sources, together with previously-provided form data, according to predetermined formats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: The Toronto-Dominion Bank
    Inventors: Dean Constantin Nicholas Tseretopoulos, John Jong-Suk Lee, Sarabjit Singh Walia, Gregory Richard Harper, Thomas M. Kerigan, Robert Trojan, Jeffrey A. Martin
  • Patent number: 9853759
    Abstract: Systems and methods for accepting payments for goods and services provided by a merchant. In one embodiment a method can be implemented by obtaining digital content; offering said digital content to a wireless telephone user; receiving payment information from said user for purchase of said digital content; processing said payment information so as to confirm payment for said digital content; and then downloading said digital content to said wireless telephone of said wireless telephone user. Optionally, the transaction may be staged by the consumer, or others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignees: First Data Corporation, The Western Union Company
    Inventors: Peter Rae, Nancy Loomis, Ken Algiene, Keith W. Dively
  • Patent number: 9851213
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a big data-based method or system for recommending electric vehicle (EV) charging stations with the shortest charge waiting time, which comprises a driving information receiving unit for receiving a charging station search request, and information about estimated discharge time and a current location from an electric vehicle; a charging station information receiving unit for receiving power consumption data from charging stations in real time; a charge waiting time calculation unit for receiving the power consumption data from the charging station information receiving unit, and, in response to a charging station search request, calculating charge waiting time of the charging stations on the basis of their power consumption; and an optimal charging station providing unit for receiving the information about the estimated discharge time and current location from the driving information receiving unit, and receiving the charge waiting time from the charge waiting time calculatio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: I-ON Communications Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Cheol Oh, Kyoung Seok Paik
  • Patent number: 9854123
    Abstract: Distribution of electronic documents is described, including receiving an electronic document to be distributed, identifying whether a destination identifier is associated with a destination account among a known group of customer accounts, routing the electronic document, and calculating a fee associated with delivery of the electronic document based on whether the destination account is among the known group of customers and a set of billing rules. The set of billing rules may specify a discounted fee for routing an electronic document to each of a known group of customer accounts. In other aspects, the set of billing rules may specify a discounted fee for routing an electronic document to a first group of the known group of customer accounts and specify a standard fee for a second group of the known group of customer accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Xpedite Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Francis Toscano, Samuel N. Kamens
  • Patent number: 9842355
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems, methods, and computer-readable media related to biller-initiated electronic billing activation. A biller system associated with a biller may receive entity information associated with an entity requesting to establish a biller account with the biller. The biller system may generate the biller account. The biller system may generate an electronic billing activation request. The biller system may transmit to a service provider system associated with an electronic bill presentment and payment (EBPP) service provider, the electronic billing activation request and receive a confirmation of processing of the electronic billing activation request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: FISERV, INC.
    Inventor: Todd A. Weiss
  • Patent number: 9829943
    Abstract: A remote monitoring method is provided for a remote monitoring system including a first communicator connected to a server that performs a charging process depending on a state of a power supply of an electrical apparatus and a second communicator connected to the first communicator via a wireless communication network and that monitors the state of the power supply of the electrical apparatus. When the second communicator detects turning-off of the electric power of the electrical apparatus, the second communicator transmits on-information indicating the change in the state to the first communicator via the wireless communication network, and maintains the electrical apparatus in the on-state as long as the wireless communication continues. However, if an occurrence of an interruption of the wireless communication is detected, the second communicator turns off the electric power of the electrical apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasushi Yokomizo, Hitomaro Tougou
  • Patent number: 9824375
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing payments. An invoice is generated based on a first invoice detail from a first participant and the generated invoice is displayed to a second participant. The system receives a modification of the first invoice detail from the second participant along with a comment associated with the modification. The first invoice detail, the modification, and the comment are stored to the computer readable memory and a payment between the participants is facilitated based at least in part on the modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: TEXTURA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick J. Allin, Charles C. Cherry, William H. Eichhorn, John W. Smith