For Cost/price Patents (Class 705/400)
  • Patent number: 10290012
    Abstract: Price for one or more products is optimized by considering competitor and/or consumer behavior relating to the products. A control set is generated to include one or more products. Also, a test set is generated to include one or more products of the same type as products in the control set. A feature of the products in the test set is changed while the feature of the products in the control set is maintained. Competitor and/or consumer response to the change is measured. Based on the response, a recommendation is generated with respect to the feature of the products in the test set. According to one implementation the recommendation may be a recommendation to lower the price of the products in the test set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Home Depot Product Authority, LLC
    Inventors: Xingchu Liu, Lukas Bouvrie
  • Patent number: 10289132
    Abstract: An approach for generating programming for a system is disclosed where a user answers initial hardware and configuration questions and an application controlled by a processor generates a program using multi-associational data model for execution by a system controller, points list, point cross reference list, sequence of operation, commissioning checklist, functional tests, and flowchart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: Jan L. Baker
  • Patent number: 10286325
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to providing players pricing of in-game virtual items associated with their experience and their progress in the game. For example, the first player and the second player may have similar triggers, similar in-game events, and actually have different prices and currencies inside each story depending on each player's progress in the game, thus creating an individualized experience that may alter from player to player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventor: Tim Ernst
  • Patent number: 10289721
    Abstract: Techniques are described for estimating and managing an amount of data change for query processing. Embodiments of the present disclosure may generally receive a query to be executed and calculate an estimated amount of data change for the received query. If the initial estimated amount of data change for the received query does not exceed a threshold amount of data change, embodiments of the present disclosure may submit the query for execution. If the initial estimated amount of data change for the received query does exceed a threshold amount of data change, embodiments of the present disclosure may halt the execution of the query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric L. Barsness, Daniel E. Beuch, Brian R. Muras, John M. Santosuosso
  • Patent number: 10284490
    Abstract: An indicator can be received from a client device. The indicator can indicate an agreement by a user of the client device to share device resources of the client device with an entity distinct from the client device and distinct from the user of the client device. Responsive to receiving from the mobile device the indicator indicating the agreement of the user of the of the mobile device to share the device resources of the mobile device with the entity, a level of a quality of service provided by a communication network to the mobile device can be increased. The mobile device can be allowed to enter sleep mode only after a particular duration of time in which use of the device resources has been shared or when a charge level of a battery providing power to the mobile device falls below a threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELEAND
    Inventors: Jonathan Dunne, Paul B. French, James P. Galvin, Jr., David W. Malone, Patrick J. O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10284491
    Abstract: An indicator can be received from a client device. The indicator can indicate an agreement by a user of the client device to share device resources of the client device with an entity distinct from the client device and distinct from the user of the client device. Responsive to receiving from the mobile device the indicator indicating the agreement of the user of the of the mobile device to share the device resources of the mobile device with the entity, a level of a quality of service provided by a communication network to the mobile device can be increased. The mobile device can be allowed to enter sleep mode only after a particular duration of time in which use of the device resources has been shared or when a charge level of a battery providing power to the mobile device falls below a threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND
    Inventors: Jonathan Dunne, Paul B. French, James P. Galvin, Jr., David W. Malone, Patrick J. O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10275563
    Abstract: A system and method for modeling a lighting control system for an enterprise is provided comprising an application (App) on a mobile device, or laptop, or personal computer, or other like device, that can communicate electronically with a webpage accessible by the internet or local area network or wide area network, wherein the webpage represents a program, and the program provides for the receiving, storing, and processing of lighting control system specified information on a space-by-space basis, and further wherein a unique part number for the space-based lighting control system can be generated for the particular space, such that delivery of individual, but substantially integrated space-based lighting control systems, can be delivered to the spaces for installation in the enterprise location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: CRESTRON ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: William Schafer, Evan Robert Ackmann, Doug Jacobson, Nathan Dietrich, Dennis Stanisljevic, Claudia Barbiero
  • Patent number: 10255624
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer readable medium for usage billing of one or more hosted applications serving one or more clients. The hosted applications are contained within one or more isolated environments or run without isolated environments. The system may include usage billing based on one or more of resources open, amount of data flowing through resources, number of open files, number of transactions, number of concurrent users, number of processes, CPU utilization and memory usage, The system may further include a management interface where administrators may add, remove and configure isolated environments, configure client policies and credentials, and force upgrades. If using isolated environments, the isolated environments may be isolated from other applications and the host operating system on the clients and applications within the isolated environments may run without performing an application-installation on the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC
    Inventor: Allan Havemose
  • Patent number: 10248712
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to a computing device for selecting a set of representative items from a set of items using a maximum-set-coverage selection strategy. The computing device may derive an associated collection of elements from the set of items. The computing device may determine a marginal utility value for the item based on elements related to the review. The computing device may similarly determine the marginal utility value for each item in the set and may select the item in the set having the highest marginal utility value. The computing device may remove elements related to the selected item from the associated collection of elements, determine updated marginal utility values for the items based on the remaining elements, and select another item having the highest updated marginal utility value. The computing device may repeat the above process until a number of items that is desired has been selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Weiwei Cheng
  • Patent number: 10229440
    Abstract: A price calculator may receive a pricing request for at least one item, the at least one item priced in accordance with a pricing schema including a plurality of price components. The price calculator may include a parallel price calculator configured to retrieve a parallel calculation flow handling procedure corresponding to the at least one item and designating at least two price subcomponents common to the price components. The price calculator may then calculate the at least two price subcomponents for the price components in parallel, using the parallel calculation flow handling procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Prajesh K, Baris Yalcin
  • Patent number: 10223647
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for dynamic modification of interruptibility settings of network-accessible resources are disclosed. A system includes a resource manager and a plurality of resource instances, each of which has an interruptibility setting. In response to an instance acquisition request, the resource manager allocates an instance with a first interruptibility setting, allowing the resource manager to revoke the client's access to the instance without a notification. In response to an approval of an interruptibility upgrade request, the resource manager modifies the interruptibility setting to a second setting that allows the client to retain access to the instance for at least a specified time. Respective billing amounts for the client's use of the instance are determined for each of the interruptibility settings used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: David John Ward, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10198718
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for managing waste. The system may have a first portal configured to receive input indicative of a customer service opportunity, a second portal configured to receive input indicative of a vendor's acceptance of the customer service opportunity, and a central processing unit in electronic communication with the first and second portals. The central processing unit may be configured to determine, from a list of registered vendors stored in memory, a shorter list of vendors capable of accommodating the customer service opportunity. The central processing unit may also be configured to offer the customer service opportunity to at least one vendor on the shorter list of vendors via the second portal, to receive an acceptance from the at least one vendor via the second portal to accommodate the customer service opportunity, and to automatically generate at least one contract based on the acceptance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: RUBICON GLOBAL HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Philip Rodoni
  • Patent number: 10191919
    Abstract: An approach is provided for processing status information for one or more points of interest to determine the changes for generation of various representations for presenting in a user interface. The approach involves processing and/or facilitating a processing of status information associated with one or more points of interest to determine one or more point-of-interest changes. The approach also involves causing, at least in part, a generation of one or more representations of the one or more point-of-interest changes, one or more transitions between the one or more point-of-interest changes, or a combination thereof. The approach further involves causing, at least in part, a presentation of the one or more representations in at least one point-of-interest user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: Antonio Haro, Craig Barnes
  • Patent number: 10185917
    Abstract: Decision systems and processes implementing digital personas are presented. A digital persona is a digital representation of an entity in accordance with a specific set of rules, preferences, or priorities with respect to a defined situation or opportunity. A digital persona may interact with a universe, which can be a set of conditions and information that an artificial intelligence engine implementing the digital personas can perceive. The digital personas can learn, via the artificial intelligence engine, from actions of a user, events in the universe, other personas, or a multitude of other factors. In some examples discussed, the artificial intelligence engine may include a persona artificial intelligence engine and an evolutionary artificial intelligence engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: LF Technology Development Corporation Limited
    Inventors: Alex Greystoke, Shy Blick
  • Patent number: 10180844
    Abstract: The concepts described herein include a storage access system including two access paths using different path configurations resulting in the ability to do a two part boot from the same boot memory. The two storage access paths address the boot memory using a globally unique identifier. The first storage path is a slower path that transfers instructions from the boot memory to configure the second storage path used to transfer the operating system from the boot memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jon K. Aimone
  • Patent number: 10176259
    Abstract: This invention discloses how Virtual Database Technology can be used to make disparate data appear to be (or act as) the sort of uniform data one expects to find within a single relational database. In particular, we show how to process queries similar to those one might use in a database, even though the underlying data may be missing some of the capabilities that are required by normal databases. Whereas traditional databases require that all the tuples in a table be stored, our approach allows queries over tables where the tuples are generated as required from the data sources, and may not be stored anywhere. We show how such facilities can be used as a new foundation for Internet search.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Donald Newton Cohen, Krishnamurthy Narayanaswamy
  • Patent number: 10163269
    Abstract: Certain embodiments involve enhancing personalization of a virtual-commerce environment by identifying an augmented-reality visual of the virtual-commerce environment. For example, a system obtains a data set that indicates a plurality of augmented-reality visuals generated in a virtual-commerce environment and provided for view by a user. The system obtains data indicating a triggering user input that corresponds to a predetermined user input provideable by the user as the user views an augmented-reality visual of the plurality of augmented-reality visuals. The system obtains data indicating a user input provided by the user. The system compares the user input to the triggering user input to determine a correspondence (e.g., a similarity) between the user input and the triggering user input. The system identifies a particular augmented-reality visual of the plurality of augmented-reality visuals that is viewed by the user based on the correspondence and stores the identified augmented-reality visual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Gaurush Hiranandani, Chinnaobireddy Varsha, Sai Varun Reddy Maram, Kumar Ayush, Atanu Ranjan Sinha
  • Patent number: 10165424
    Abstract: An automotive near field communication (NFC) application that includes a process which is implemented as a mobile software application and uses near field communication tags to store and retrieve automotive vehicle information is disclosed. The process does not need a user to access the VIN and then manually enter or scan the VIN. In this process the VIN is written to an NFC tag using an NFC enabled mobile device and placed on the vehicle. A user can bump, touch, or place the NFC enabled mobile device on the NFC tag to retrieve the VIN. The application is configured to generate a vehicle value or vehicle report based, in part, on vehicle information received from the NFC tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: NextGen Pro, LLC
    Inventors: Srinivas Kakarala, Kartikeya Kakarala
  • Patent number: 10140327
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for a feature clustering of users, user correlation database access, and user interface generation system. The system can obtain information stored in different databases located across geographic regions, and determine unique users from the different information. The information can be included in unique records in the databases, with each record describing a particular user, and with each user described with imperfect identifying information. The system can analyze the different information utilizing machine learning models, and can associate each record with a particular unique user. The system can obtain identifications of items associated with each user, and determine the propensity of the user to disassociate with one or more items, or determine likelihoods of future association with different items not presently associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Palantir Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Elkherj, Xavier Falco, Pierre Cholet, Giulio D'Ali' Aula, Andrew Ehrich
  • Patent number: 10135244
    Abstract: The invention relates to the supplying power by means of a switching device (COM) connected to a plurality of facilities (A, B, C) by means of cables capable of transporting power (IeA, IeB, IeC). Said method comprises in particular the connection (120) of one of the cables (IeA), connected to one of said facilities (A), referred to as the requesting facility, to at least another one of the cables (IeB, IeC), connected to at least another one of said facilities (B, C), referred to as supply facilities, by means of the switching device, in accordance with at least one negotiation message consistent with a telecommunications signalling protocol, exchanged between energy-management device (EGEA, EGEB) installed in said demand and supply facilities. Following said connection, an amount of power is transported (130) from the at least one supply facility to the requesting facility, via the cables connected by means of the switching device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Orange
    Inventor: Bastien Lamer
  • Patent number: 10134065
    Abstract: A billing charge calculation method for use in a sheet manufacturing apparatus that manufactures a sheet using a material including a fiber, includes: acquiring a quantity of output of the manufactured sheets; and calculating a billing charge according to the quantity of the output of the sheets, in which, in the calculating of the billing charge, a charge that includes a quantity-based charge which is obtained by multiplying the quantity of the output of the sheets by a charge per unit quantity is calculated as the billing charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiaki Yamagami, Seiichi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10120756
    Abstract: A method for execution by a dispersed storage and task (DST) processing unit includes obtaining audit records for an audit object and determining when the audit object is complete. When the audit object is complete, aggregating the audit records of the audit object within the audit object by generating the audit object to include the audit records; generating identifier (ID) information and generating integrity information. Fields of the audit object are populated with the audit records, the ID information, and the integrity information and a name of the audit object is determined for storage of the audit object and the name of the audit object in a dispersed storage network (DSN).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason K. Resch, Wesley B. Leggette
  • Patent number: 10108976
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for a retail energy marketing system including a server interacting with a remote display device, a sponsor, an energy market organization, and a set of financial services companies. The server executes an application for servicing customers while interacting with the remote display device and a sponsor application for sponsors to set up advertising and incentives for the retail energy marketing system. The server also executes a database, an ESI ID lookup application for validating customer eligibility for services and an accounting application for EMO energy usage transactions, EMO invoice transactions, customer bills, customer payments, treatment operations, customer incentives and sponsor commissions. A remote display device is placed at a retail location where customers can sign-up for energy services, view and print their billing and payment histories, and pay their bills. In return for using the remote display device, customers may receive incentives from the sponsor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: BLUENET HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: John Burke
  • Patent number: 10104841
    Abstract: A system and method of tracking the position and status of plants or plant parts in a greenhouse or other growing area using identification tags such as RFID tags is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Ning Wei, Douglas Beatty, Tyler Spurgeon
  • Patent number: 10108846
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including medium-encoded computer program products, facilitate determining information about an object included in an image. In one aspect, a method includes: identifying an image; identifying a specific object included in the image; identifying data associated with the image; determining both a dimension of the specific object and a construction material of the specific object using the identified data; and outputting the dimension and the construction material of the specific object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Look, Patricia Anne Vrobel, James Awe, Negar Arabani, Mark Thomas Davis
  • Patent number: 10104412
    Abstract: A method and a related electronic device for selecting, from a plurality of candidate video frame sets, a candidate video frame set to be inserted in a video frame slot of a given video content. It comprises obtaining the plurality of candidate video frame sets according to ranking values of a sorting parameter associated with each of the candidate video frame sets, thereby obtaining a list of candidate video frame sets and for each candidate video frame set of the list, determining a processing cost for inserting the candidate video frame set and applying the processing cost for obtaining an updated candidate video frame set ranking value according to the sorting parameter. The list is then sorted according to the updated ranking values of the sorting parameter and a selection of a candidate video frame set of the sorted list according to the updated ranking value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Gilles Straub, Christoph Neumann, Nicolas Le Scouarnec
  • Patent number: 10095537
    Abstract: A technology is described for a load time updatable driver. An example method may include presenting a driver interface to a computing instance launched in a computing service environment that enables the computing instance to interact with a virtualized resource, where the driver interface is an interface to driver functionality that enables the computing instance to interact with the virtualized resource via a hypervisor. Context information for the computing instance may be obtained and the context information may be used to identify a driver image for the virtualized resource that enables the computing instance to interact with the virtualized resource. The driver image for the virtualized resource may be obtained and the driver image may be loaded into computer memory and registered with the driver interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Amit Neogy, Yisheng Lai, David Matthew Buches, Jonathan N. Scott, Murtaza S. Ghiya
  • Patent number: 10095989
    Abstract: A system for determining product pricing for a product category receives a non-linear problem for the product category, in which the non-linear problem includes a demand model. For a plurality of pair of products in the product category, the system determines coefficients for a change in demand of a first product when a price of a second product is changed. The system then generates an approximate Mixed Integer Linear Programming (“MILP”) problem that includes a change of demand based on a sum of the determined coefficients. The system then solves the MILP problem to obtain a MILP solution, which provides the product pricing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Vakhutinsky, Ngai-Hang Zachary Leung
  • Patent number: 10083469
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing automated data processing as a function of database entries that correspond to one or more products, such as experiences and including those performed via video and/or social media electronic communication(s), are disclosed. According to exemplary innovations, computer implemented methods of performing automated data processing herein may involve a platform that provides and processes experiences and products via GUIs, graphical indicia, and access rights as a function of product type identifiers and/or Boolean flags. Additional processing performed via the platform may include, e.g., as also performed as a function of the product type identifiers and the Boolean flags, automatically generating differing GUIs as well as scheduling and managing fulfillment of the experiences, wherein processing regarding the various information being generated for, displayed to, and transacted between the customer and the individual (i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: TRAINA INTERACTIVE CORP.
    Inventors: Trevor Dow Traina, Joseph Peter Vierra, Jennifer Chih-Ting Chen, Mitchell Paul Galbraith
  • Patent number: 10074144
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems, methods and computer program products for an a la carte amenity, special service, food/beverage and accommodation feature search and booking engines. Aspects of the present invention allow customers to identify, via arbitrary search, amenities and/or special services (including food/beverage) available at lodging facilities, restaurants clubs/lounges/bars, dwellings and travel accommodation venues. Customers are thereby presented with goods and services matching or related to their query items and are permitted to select and common desired feature options and book, reserve or purchase their selection; optionally including the booking of an accommodation such as a room or table at a restaurant as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Keith Fishberg
  • Patent number: 10043522
    Abstract: It is provided a method, an apparatus, and a system for processing a numerical value in sending information using sound waves. The method mainly includes: generating intermediate values from the numerical value which is to be converted into a short link, wherein a number of the intermediate values is equal to a number of characters included in the short link, the numerical value and the short link have a relationship as 10.^(M?1)<X.^N; obtaining characters each corresponding to a respective one of the intermediate values from a preset mapping table between the intermediate values and the characters; joining together the characters to obtain the short link; and transmitting the obtained short link using sound waves. Therefore, the application range of sending information using sound waves can be extended, and the usage of sending information using sound waves can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventor: Weifeng Zhao
  • Patent number: 10037503
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a system and a method for managing supply of service. The system may include at least one processor that performs the operations including receiving a plurality of orders for a service; marking a locus based on the plurality of orders, the marked locus relating to a first number of orders of the plurality of orders, the first number of orders sharing a first characteristic, and the marked locus relating to a first location; and identifying at least one provider of the service to whom information relating to the marked locus is to be delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lingyu Zhang, Bo Zhang, Pengcheng Feng, Mingcong Sun
  • Patent number: 10032230
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for auditing of transactions involving the sale of travel services by an indirect seller. An auditing module receives data defining a transaction proposed by the indirect seller. The module compares a quoted price for the transaction to a correct price for the transaction to determine if there is a pricing discrepancy. If a discrepancy exists, the module classifies the transaction and searches a business rules database maintained by a travel service provider for business rules relevant to the classification. The audit module further queries a historical sales deviation database to retrieve seller history data, and selects the relevant business rule having the best match to the seller history data. The audit module then determines whether to allow or block the transaction, issue a warning, or suggest an Agency Debit Memo based on an action defined by the business rule having the best match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: AMADEUS S.A.S.
    Inventors: Ilaria Pasquini, Simon Cognet, Anais Sandamiani, Mehdi Lefouili, Matteo Aragone
  • Patent number: 10031828
    Abstract: Techniques for optimizing power and computational density of data centers are described. According to various embodiments, a benchmark test is performed by a computer data center system. Thereafter, transaction information and power consumption information associated with the performance of the benchmark test are accessed. A service efficiency metric value is then generated based on the transaction information and the power consumption information, the service efficiency metric value indicating a number of transactions executed via the computer data center system during a specific time period per unit of power consumed in executing the transactions during the specific time period. The generated service efficiency metric value is then compared to a target threshold value. Thereafter, a performance summary report indicating the generated service efficiency metric value, and indicating a result of the comparison of the generated service efficiency metric value to the target value, is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Rodriguez, Richard Henry Donaldson, II, Dean Harold Nelson, Serena Anne De Vito, Braden Carter, Christopher Narancic
  • Patent number: 10033597
    Abstract: Cloud computing has emerged as an extremely popular implementation option for a wide range of computing services. However, provisioning services into the cloud is an extremely difficult technical challenge. This is due in part to the regular emergence of new cloud service providers, as well as the routine changing and reconfiguration of the disparate computing platforms, services, assets, supported technical components, and other features offered by the service providers. An analysis architecture determines how to map a particular technical component into the execution environment of any particular service provider with the aid of translation scripts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Patrick Francis Cimprich, Michael Gerald DeLuca, Jack Q. W. Cantwell, Sean David Peterson, Marshall J. Wells
  • Patent number: 10033598
    Abstract: Cloud computing has emerged as an extremely popular implementation option for a wide range of computing services. However, provisioning services into the cloud is an extremely difficult technical challenge. This is due in part to the regular emergence of new cloud service providers, as well as the routine changing and reconfiguration of the disparate computing platforms, services, assets, supported technical components, and other features offered by the service providers. An analysis architecture determines how to map a particular technical component into the execution environment of any particular service provider, including translation through a reference type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Patrick Francis Cimprich, Michael Gerald DeLuca, Jack Q. W. Cantwell, Sean David Peterson, Marshall J. Wells
  • Patent number: 9979630
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for routing a service request to an appropriate web service. A first service request is routed from a first web service to a second web service. Routing factors associated with the second web service are monitored. A determination is made as to whether the routing factors indicate that the second web service is no longer appropriate for handling service requests. If the routing factors indicate that the first web service is no longer appropriate for handling service requests, then a second service request is routed from the first web service to a third web service. The first web service, the second web service, and the third web service are included in a composite service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Marc Mercuri
  • Patent number: 9971345
    Abstract: There is a provided manufacturing process management support device that has an input means for inputting information indicative of the fact that work related to a manufacturing process is performed, and is capable of increasing the reliability of result information. A handy terminal 10 is used to input relevant information at the start of work for adjusting a machine that processes a processing target, at the completion of such adjustment work, and at the completion of processing work. The results of these inputs are supplied to a support tool execution server 50 through a factory result collection PC 20 and a progress server 30. The support tool execution server 50 calculates the percentage of inputs actually made and causes a display 52 to display the calculated percentage, thereby making it viewable by factory workers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: OSG CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Shiiki, Masahiko Ide
  • Patent number: 9973383
    Abstract: Methods and systems enable optimized placement of wavelength shifters in optical networks. The wavelength shifters may include O-E-O regenerators for a single wavelength and all optical wavelength shifters for one or more wavelengths. An auxiliary graph is used to represent various links in a provisioned optical path. By applying cost values to each of the links, different types of optimizations for network resource utilization may be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Inwoong Kim, Xi Wang, Paparao Palacharla, Tadashi Ikeuchi
  • Patent number: 9967917
    Abstract: A mobile terminal device is connected to a network using a packet routing function of another mobile terminal device. Communication between respective mobile terminal devices can be performed in each of a plurality of tethering connection systems. When performing tethering communication, a mobile terminal device having tethering function becomes a master device and a mobile terminal device having no tethering function becomes a slave device. When both mobile terminal devices have tethering function, one mobile terminal devices becomes the master device and the other becomes the slave device. Before starting the tethering communication, state information for calculating an expected battery operating time of each mobile terminal device is acquired. A tethering connection system and a master-slave relationship are selected to maximize the expected operating time based on the remaining battery level and the expected power consumption of each mobile terminal device when starting the tethering communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichiro Seto, Toshinari Sumikawa, Yasumichi Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 9957844
    Abstract: A power generation system includes a first on-off valve that, with respect to a maintenance target device including at least one of a circulation pump, an evaporator, an expander, and a condenser in a medium circuit through which a medium with a boiling point lower than that of water circulates, is on an upstream side in a flow direction of the medium in the medium circuit, and is capable of shutting off the flow of the medium; a second on-off valve that is on a downstream side in the flow direction of the medium in the medium circuit, and is capable of shutting off the flow of the medium; a port that is communicable with the medium circuit between the first on-off valve and the second on-off valve; and a third on-off valve that is in the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Kobayashi, Toyotaka Hirao, Taichi Tateishi
  • Patent number: 9947038
    Abstract: An online content management system determines a new account configuration to offer to a user, including the price and/or size of a user's quota of storage space in an account on the online content management system, based on usage characteristics of the account. An account management module tracks account usage. The account management module analyzes the account usage and applies a model to predict the willingness of the user to pay for a new account configuration. Responsive to the results of the prediction, the new account configuration is offered to the user. The user's feedback on the offered new account configuration is tracked. If the user accepts the offer, the user's account details are updated accordingly. If the user rejects the offer, this feedback may be added as input into future predictions of that user's willingness to pay for a new account configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Dropbox, Inc.
    Inventor: Chris Barton
  • Patent number: 9946972
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided for optimization of mixed-criticality systems. A plurality of strategies is received that are in a fixed order of criticality. For each strategy in the plurality of strategies, a multivariate objective function and a multivariate constraint in a multivariate decision variable is obtained. A number of strategies of the plurality of strategies that are feasible in combination are maximized. A solution that is feasible for the number of strategies that are feasible in combination is generated such that the objective of a least-critical strategy that is feasible in combination with the other strategies in the number of strategies is optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Jakub Marecek
  • Patent number: 9934518
    Abstract: Various embodiments may be generally directed to techniques and an apparatus to generate a plurality of rate indices from the historical rate information for one or more products, each of the rate indices associated with a different lead time, and determine a rate index from the plurality of rate indices associated with an optimal lead time based on a maximum correlation between the rate index and a reputation index, the reputation index based on the historical reputation information for the one or more products. In addition, a multiple linear regression model comprising one or more parameters may be generated using the rate index, the reputation index, and one or more indicator values, the multiple linear regression model may be used to determine a reputation impacted rate for a product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: SAS Institute Inc.
    Inventors: Betsy Enstrom, Andrew Ness
  • Patent number: 9892568
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for determining the cost of operating a vehicle over a defined period of time. The method proceeds by establishing, on a database, a schedule of anticipated future repairs for a plurality of vehicle types, the repair schedule including the cost of the repairs and the approximate mileage at which the anticipated future repair(s) are expected to become necessary. A processor, in communication with the database, receives information identifying a particular of vehicle, and the present mileage associated with that particular vehicle. Using the vehicle type information, the vehicle's present mileage information and the repair schedule, the processor then computes the approximate total future repair costs for maintaining the vehicle over a defined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Innova Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Ieon C. Chen, Michael Nguyen, Robert Madison, Keith Andreasen
  • Patent number: 9870297
    Abstract: Techniques for optimizing power and computational density of data centers are described. According to various embodiments, a benchmark test is performed by a computer data center system. Thereafter, transaction information and power consumption information associated with the performance of the benchmark test are accessed. A service efficiency metric value is then generated based on the transaction information and the power consumption information, the service efficiency metric value indicating a number of transactions executed via the computer data center system during a specific time period per unit of power consumed in executing the transactions during the specific time period. The generated service efficiency metric value is then compared to a target threshold value. Thereafter, a performance summary report indicating the generated service efficiency metric value, and indicating a result of the comparison of the generated service efficiency metric value to the target value, is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Rodriguez, Richard Henry Donaldson, II, Dean Harold Nelson, Serena Anne De Vito, Braden Carter, Christopher Narancic
  • Patent number: 9858322
    Abstract: A programmatic interface is implemented, enabling a client of a stream management service to select a data ingestion policy for a data stream. A client request selecting an at-least-once ingestion policy is received. In accordance with the at-least-once policy, a client may transmit an indication of a data record one or more times to the service until a positive acknowledgement is received. In response to receiving a plurality of transmissions indicating a particular data record, respective positive acknowledgements are sent to the client. Based on a persistence policy selected for the stream, copies of the data record are stored at one or more storage locations in response to one particular transmission of the plurality of transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Marvin Michael Theimer, Gaurav D. Ghare, John David Dunagan, Greg Burgess, Ying Xiong
  • Patent number: 9852483
    Abstract: A plurality of forecast weather groups in a period comprising a plurality of days including a forecast target day for forecasting the electric power demand, and a plurality of actual weather groups in a period in a plurality of days in the past are set as the target period, and the similarity between the forecast weather group and the plurality of actual weather groups is calculated, a trend of a subsequent electric power demand is predicted based on the comparison of the plurality of calculated similarities whereby the electric power demand of a forecast target day is known.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Sawa, Shigeki Mori, Jun Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9853868
    Abstract: Cloud computing has emerged as an extremely popular implementation option for a wide range of computing services. However, provisioning services into the cloud is an extremely difficult technical challenge. This is due in part to the regular emergence of new cloud service providers, as well as the routine changing and reconfiguration of the disparate computing platforms, services, assets, supported technical components, and other features offered by the service providers. An analysis architecture determines how to map a particular technical component into the execution environment of any particular service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Patrick Francis Cimprich, Michael Gerald DeLuca, Jack Q. W. Cantwell, Sean David Peterson, Marshall J. Wells
  • Patent number: 9846599
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for managing a database cursor threshold. One embodiment provides a method that includes setting a database cursor threshold, for a first database job of a plurality of database jobs, to a first value. Generally, the cursor threshold defines the maximum number of database cursors that are permitted to be open at a time in a database system. One or more system resources of the database system are monitored, and upon detecting that a current state of the one or more system resources satisfies predefined criteria, embodiments set the database cursor threshold to a second value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shawn J. Baranczyk, Rafal P. Konik, Roger A. Mittelstadt, Brian R. Muras