Bill Distribution Or Payment Patents (Class 705/40)
  • Patent number: 9749391
    Abstract: In a bill payment and presentation system, a method for electronically routing billing information over a communications network is provided, using an open financial exchange communication protocol. The method provides for a centrally located mainframe system and a switching system for coordinating the routing of messages between customer service providers and biller service providers. In particular, the method collects at the CSPs and at the BSPs mainframe application files comprising the messages, forwards these files in batch mode to the mainframe system and converts with a switching system these mainframe files into web-enabled addresses, allowing for the effective transmission of financial billing information in flat-file and/or Internet-based form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Robert G. Trende, Paul J. Mila, Cathleen Conforti, Patrick J. Leathrum, Clifford A. Kinnunen, Jr., Brian D. Lock, Matthew T. Holton, Jeffrey M. Stark
  • Patent number: 9721268
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to systems, methods and computer program products for providing supplemental account information in digital wallets. An exemplary apparatus is configured to: receive a request to provide a digital wallet on a user's mobile device, authenticate at least one payment credential for use within the digital wallet; receive access to an application programming interface configured to push offers to digital wallets, wherein the application programming interface is associated with at least one database maintained by the digital wallet provider; receive, via the application programming interface one or more offers from the at least one database, wherein the offers include at least one incentive for processing payments using the at least one payment credential associated with the digital wallet; and present, to the user on a display of the mobile device, the one or more offers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Laura Corinne Bondesen, Jason P. Blackhurst, Scott Lee Harkey, William Blakely Belchee, Tammy L. Brunswig
  • Patent number: 9721244
    Abstract: A two way authentication method, including receiving by an authentication server first encrypted data from a merchant computing device, receiving by the authentication server second encrypted data from a customer computing device, determining by the authentication server if the first encrypted data matches the second encrypted data, if the first encrypted data matches the second encrypted data, authenticating the customer computing device, if the first encrypted data does not matches the second encrypted data, not authenticating the customer computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Maher Pedersoli
  • Patent number: 9715704
    Abstract: A system and method for assisting ordering and payment processing of an order invoice associated with a product selected by a customer. The system comprises collecting product data about the product and generates the order invoice information for use by at least an accounting system of the merchant. The system receives symbology information in an aggregated barcode associated with the order invoice, the symbology information including at least a portion of the order invoice information encoded using a coding scheme of a barcode. The system provides an image of the aggregated barcode to the customer for use in generating a transaction request for settlement of the order invoice, and receives a transaction response indicating transaction approval or transaction denial of the order invoice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Riavera Corp
    Inventor: Mark Itwaru
  • Patent number: 9712664
    Abstract: Systems and methods discussed herein are employed in a cross-platform notification system configured to send a series of notifications to devices and/or subscription services associated with an account where a payment is due. These notifications may be sent to an increasing number of devices and/or subscription services as time passes from when payment was due, and the iterations of notifications may take up progressively more of a graphical user interface and/or be displayed for an increasing period of time until a final notification is sent, after which point access to telecommunications services and subscription services, except for emergency functions, accessed through the telecommunications service provider are no longer available to users associated with the overdue account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Michael P. McMullen, Mark D. Peden, Raymond Reeves
  • Patent number: 9707483
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and computer-readable storage medium for efficiently collecting doobers. A game area may be presented in a graphical user interface on a display device. The game area may include a game character associated with a first player, regions and objects within the regions. The character may move within the regions and interact with the objects. One or more doobers may be presented in the game area, and the doober(s) may be identified as collected by the first player in response to one or more inputs to the graphical user interface by the first player. The doober(s) may be marked as collected if an input is within a particular distance from the doober(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventor: Seth John Sivak
  • Patent number: 9706051
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a communications module that establishes a telephonic connection between a customer service representative of a company and a customer through an electronic device. An identification module receives an identifier that alerts the customer service representative and/or a computer system of the company that the customer has a customer profile that includes information to identify the customer. The identifier is received in conjunction with the telephonic connection. The customer profile is stored previous to the telephonic connection. An ID request module sends a request to the customer to provide identifying information via the electronic device of the customer. The identifying information is input to the electronic device by the customer using an electronic, non-verbal technique. An ID confirmation module receives an identification confirmation in response to the identifying information input by the customer matching the information to identify the customer in the customer profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: TELEPERFORMANCE, SA
    Inventors: Alan Truitt, Dev Mudaliar
  • Patent number: 9703983
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and apparatus for securing personalized or sensitive information appearing in digital images. Digital images containing information to be secured is processed and divided into a plurality of image cells. At least one image cell from the plurality of image cells is selected and redacted or altered to render the information to be secured with the selected image cells indecipherable. The invention also provides methods and apparatus for transmitting or streaming unredacted image cells alone or in combination with redacted image cells for secured viewing on a user browser or computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: The 41st Parameter, Inc.
    Inventors: Ori Eisen, Raz Yalov
  • Patent number: 9705672
    Abstract: Disclosed are a key management method and system. A master key is remotely downloaded to avoid the problem that the master key is not issued to a merchant until the master key needs be downloaded on a POS terminal, so as to reduce logistics costs and maintenance costs. When a key is remotely downloaded, a KMS system uses a symmetric algorithm to encrypt the key to be transmitted to ensure that the encrypted key can only be decrypted by a corresponding POS terminal, thereby ensuring the security of data transmission. During bidirectional authentication, an application program of the POS terminal can only contact an encrypted text form of the key instead of a plain text key needing to be remotely downloaded to the POS terminal, thereby ensuring security in reproduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIAN LANDI COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenlong Su, Luqiang Meng, Chengyong Yao, Ruibing Chen
  • Patent number: 9706382
    Abstract: Structures and protocols are presented for signaling a status or decision concerning a wireless service or device within a region to a communication device (smartphone or wearable device, e.g.) or other wireless communication participant (motor vehicle having a wireless communication capability, e.g.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 9697066
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for processing data quality exceptions in a data processing system, the data processing system having access to one or more data sources and having access to multiple technical support systems, the multiple technical support systems having one or more predefined technical tasks. The method comprises providing a predefined grouping rule for assigning data quality exceptions to exception groups, and associating each exception group using at least one technical task; receiving a first description of at least a first data quality exception in a data set of the first data source; using the grouping rule for assigning the first data quality exception to at least a first exception group using the first description, and for associating the first exception group with a first technical support system; routing by the exception engine at least part of the first description to the first technical support system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mike Grasselt, Albert Maier, Sergej Schuetz, Thomas Schwarz
  • Patent number: 9697188
    Abstract: A method of delivering content of a webpage to a web browser on a device communicating with a network through a proxy server includes embedding a first nested browsing context in a parent browsing context of the web browser where the parent browsing context is associated with a first domain and the first nested browsing context is associated with a second domain; sending a request for content from the first nested browsing context to the second domain through the proxy server; and receiving at the first nested browsing context the content from the second domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Instart Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Hariharan Kolam, Brian Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9686820
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products for transferring data between mobile devices having heterogeneous wireless communication interfaces includes identifying one or more intermediate mobile devices from social network databases upon detecting an initiation of data transfer from a first mobile device to a second mobile device, wherein the first and second mobile devices have heterogeneous wireless communication interfaces, and wherein the intermediate mobile devices have wireless communication interface compatibility to form an ad hoc wireless network with the first and second mobile devices for transferring data from the first to the second mobile device; implementing the ad hoc wireless network based on availability of the intermediate mobile devices; and transferring the data from the first to the second mobile device through the ad hoc wireless network, wherein said transferring includes hopping the data through each of the intermediate mobile devices from the first to the second mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Malolan Chetlur, Vijay Ekambaram, Vikrant Nandakumar, Ashok Pon Kumar Sree Prakash
  • Patent number: 9679253
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for managing and upgrading components in an infrastructure are provided. Records relating to components may be retrieved from a database and separated into subsets based on conditions of those components, the types of those components, deterioration models of those components, and/or other factors. Future condition values may be calculated for each subset, and likelihoods of failure of components may be determined for each subset based on those future condition values. The estimated condition values may be used in order to determine an optimal approach to maintaining, refurbishing, and/or replacing the components in the infrastructure. Computational efficiency is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Copperleaf Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Gnocato, Nicholas James Malcolm, Stanley Thomas Coleman
  • Patent number: 9674373
    Abstract: Systems and methods that generate a partial Charging Data Record (CDR) when charging transfers from a primary charging function to a secondary charging function due to a failure. In one embodiment, the system receives an interim accounting request for a session from a secondary charging function after charging was transferred from the primary charging function. The system then opens a new partial CDR for the session based on the interim accounting request. The system receives a prior partial CDR for the session from the primary charging function, parses the prior partial CDR to identify a CDR timestamp, and records a start time in the new partial CDR based on the CDR timestamp. The system parses the interim accounting request to identify an accounting timestamp for the session, records an end time in the new partial CDR based on the accounting timestamp, and closes the new partial CDR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent
    Inventors: Ranjan Sharma, Maryse Gardella
  • Patent number: 9665855
    Abstract: Machine, methods, and program product for facilitating electronic inventory tracking and management of products through messaging over a payment network, are provided. An example includes an inventory management computer in communication with a merchant POS apparatus or terminal over an existing financial services payment network and configured to receive and process purchase transaction data associated with a product being purchased, for use by a product provider. The computer can include electronic inventory management program product configured to perform various operations including receiving a purchase transaction message sent through the payment network, storing purchase transaction data, and notifying a product provider of the purchase transaction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: METABANK
    Inventors: Jason Brooks, Mike Wells
  • Patent number: 9659326
    Abstract: A system and method for debt presentment and resolution through an Intranet or Internet content provider is disclosed. Said system and method include a plurality of “transaction communities” which are electronic forums allowing interaction between a plurality of debtors and creditors through means of electronic mail (e-mail) or other electronic communication means. The Internet/Intranet based software application allows said debtors to access and input information related to a particular debt with any Internet browser software. Said debtors are provided with the URL (Universal Resource Locator) for said content provider along with a unique identification code from the collection agency(s) through mail correspondence or other communication means. Upon said user entering said URL and entering said identification code, said user may then proceed to choose from a variety of settlement options listed on the HTML (HyperText Markup Language) page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Collections Marketing Center, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott L. Evans
  • Patent number: 9659443
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for electronically transferring currency from a source user account to a target user account in relation to a game application. A payment service provider may receive a request to transfer an amount of currency from the source user account to the target user account to be used for the game application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Lucy Ma Zhao
  • Patent number: 9652915
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided that include biometric identification intrusion and access control. The apparatus features a monitoring system, a visual input device, and an audible input device. The visual and audible input devices are coupled to control circuits of the monitoring system, which can implement an authentication process responsive to both visual and audile inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Steven J Howe, Kwong Wing Au, Sharath Venkatesha, Ryan Andrew Lloyd, Kenneth L. Addy
  • Patent number: 9648451
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a request for a list of nearby user devices, where the list of nearby user devices will be sent to a merchant device, where the merchant device is associated with a merchant, where the merchant operates a plurality of merchant devices, and where the merchant device is included in the plurality of merchant devices; receiving a respective location for one or more user devices, where each user device is associated with the merchant; determining, for each of the one or more user devices, whether the user device is nearby the merchant device, based on the respective location, to the merchant device than the other merchant devices in the plurality of merchant devices; generating the list of nearby user devices based at least on the determination; and sending the list of nearby user devices to the merchant device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventor: Bob Lee
  • Patent number: 9639885
    Abstract: Implementations for recovering e-commerce orders are described herein. An e-commerce order is submitted to an order processing system, by an order check-out module of an online transaction system. The e-commerce order includes order information that is provided to the order check-out module by a client device. The check-out module determines that the order processing is delayed or failed and, based at least on a status of the order processing being delayed or failed, initiates an order recovery action to be performed by an order recovery engine. Once the order recovery action is initiated, the order check-out module is made available to handle a new order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Brabec, Chunhui Li, Toan Van Nguyen, Vipul M. Sagare
  • Patent number: 9628591
    Abstract: A method of implementing a packet transport protocol between a source and a receiver may include receiving input from a source system including data fields indicating whether the source system will allow packet transport to be handled by the receiver. The method may also include receiving input indicating that a packet from the source is required by the receiver. The input can include a first timing requirement indicating at time when the packet is required at the receiver, and a selection between first and second protocols that mandate, respectively, that packet transport is handled by the receiver in the first protocol and by the source in the second protocol. The method may also include determining, based on the data fields, whether the source will allow use of the selected protocol. The method may also include transmitting a request for the packet, in which the request includes a second timing requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Snigdha Vinjamur Dharmavaram, Chun Yu Tsui, Suman Guha
  • Patent number: 9613115
    Abstract: A program generation system is described that generates a program based on a plurality of input-output examples. The input-output examples include input items and corresponding output items. The program generation system can include three component modules. A parsing module processes the input items and output items to provide a plurality of input parts and output parts, respectively. A transformation module determines, for each output part, whether the output part can be produced from a corresponding input part using one or more converter modules selected from a collection of candidate converter modules. A formatting module generates formatting instructions that transform selected output parts into a form specified by the output items. These three modules provide a generated program that embodies logic learned from the input-output examples; the generated program can be subsequently used to transform new input items into new respective output items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sumit Gulwani, David P. Walker
  • Patent number: 9600847
    Abstract: Fueling transactions (and other types of transactions) may be verified for legitimacy and validity by recording audio, video and/or images of the transaction as it occurs. The recordings may then be indexed according to one or more transaction parameters such as a driver identifier, a vehicle or transportation unit identifier, an invoice number, a fueling station and the like. A carrier associated with a driver and/or vehicle or other transportation unit may specify which transactions are to be recorded. Accordingly, the fueling station may automatically determine whether to record a transaction upon receiving a transaction initiation request. Transaction recordings may be made based on transaction recordation parameters defined by a carrier and stored and indexed based on transaction storing parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Epona LLC
    Inventor: Ernest Blas Betancourt
  • Patent number: 9596237
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for providing a more seamless purchasing experience using a mobile device. The mobile device acquires data, such a barcode image, an image of an object or text, or audio data. A non-limiting example of a barcode is a Quick Response (QR) barcode. The acquired data is then used to obtain a network address of a payment website or webpage, which allows a user to make a purchase for a given product or service. The mobile device then launches the payment website or webpage. A user can enter into the mobile device, through the payment website or webpage, a supplemental ID used for authenticating the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: SALT TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Simon Law, Dennis Poon, Richard Burnison, Jerry Bokser
  • Patent number: 9591066
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for automated data reconciliation processing is presented. The system receives a data movement request with a first status indicator and appends a unique request code to the data movement request. The system causes presentation of the data movement request at a client device and receives a movement response from a second server via a network. The system modifies the first status indicator of the data movement request to a second status indicator to provisionally reflect the receipt of the movement response and verifies the indication of movement from a receiving entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Xero Limited
    Inventors: Dinesh Katyal, Matthew John Vickers
  • Patent number: 9591127
    Abstract: An automated calling system authenticates and subsequently communicates via a telephone network with a person such as a current or prospective customer. The communication may be in regards to an account having an adverse account status (e.g. a payment delinquency, an overdrawn checking account, being over the credit limit on a credit card, excessive transactions on one account, suspicious or fraudulent transactions on an account, and so on).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Charlie Aziz Simon, Jacob Mine Mou
  • Patent number: 9584484
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for providing secure support to virtual appliances delivered to customer sites without passwords or enabled ports for service. A virtual appliance may be established on a first device. The virtual appliance may comprise a self-contained virtual machine with a pre-installed operating system and may be established with no root password enabled and a remote access port disabled. An administration tool may receive from a requestor a request to enable maintenance for the virtual appliance. The administration tool may generate, responsive to the request, a random password. The administration tool may enable, responsive to the request, the remote access port. The virtual appliance may wait for a connection to the remote access port for a predetermined period of time. The administration tool may transmit the random password to a service of a second device remote to the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Citrix Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Frost, Haihua Huang
  • Patent number: 9576287
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for processing payment events. One of the systems includes one or more processing engines configured to periodically retrieve information from a payment event feed that comprises a list of payment events in an order, and a server configured to perform a sequence of steps for a payment transaction, the sequence of steps including receiving a request for authorization of the payment transaction from a merchant, receiving an indication that the payment transaction has been authorized, and sending authorization to the merchant for the payment transaction without receiving acknowledgment that the one or more transaction processing engines have received the request for authorization, wherein the server is configured to record completion of each step in the sequence of steps as a payment event in the list of payment events to generate the payment event feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexey Kalinichenko, Simo Leone, Abhay Kumar, Austin Broyles, Matt Mihic
  • Patent number: 9569603
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for easily restricting a use right and improving use convenience in a mobile terminal are provided. The method includes displaying a profile list for selecting a set operation mode of the mobile terminal from the displayed profile list; setting an operation mode of the mobile terminal as the selected operation mode, when the set operation mode is selected from the displayed profile list,; and displaying a screen associated with the selected operation mode, wherein the set operation mode includes an open mode to use all functions of the mobile terminal and a limited mode to use only set functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Joo Park, Se Hwan Park
  • Patent number: 9547858
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a system comprises a plurality of data centers communicatively coupled by a network. The data centers include an assigned data center and a second data center. The assigned data center receives a request for a session, determines the session passes authentication, and communicates session information to the second data center indicating the session passes authentication. The assigned data center also receives a first message comprising a first portion of transaction information and communicates synchronization data for replicating the first portion of transaction information at the second data center. The second data center receives a second message comprising a second portion of transaction information. The system facilitates a financial transaction in real-time based on the first portion and the second portion of transaction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Kiran Arun Karkhanis, Edison M. Castro, Vasantha Kumar, Louis Tevere
  • Patent number: 9544797
    Abstract: Systems and methods that enable scalable, cost-effective payment reconciliation between owners of devices at least temporarily connected in or to a particular low-power, ad hoc mesh network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: Paul Berenberg
  • Patent number: 9544308
    Abstract: A system, method and a computer-readable medium for authenticating a user in a live manner in non-face-to-face transactions, including a user downloading an authentication application from a server to a pervasive computing device, and after downloading the application, having an icon residing on the display of the device. When the authentication application is activated by the user, biographical and multi-biometric information of the user is requested by the application, and subsequently submitted to an authentication engine residing in a secure network cloud. The authentication process further includes, verifying by the authentication engine all of the requested information, compliance with government regulations such as CFT/AML, and the 4th Data Protection Principle. Users have the ability to check their biographical data through a system called, RITE, forming part of this application. Memorised IDs and passwords are not required. The aliveness of the user is verified at each transaction request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventors: Ronald Henry Minter, Edward Tomes, Pasteur Lutashubanyuma Ntake, Rama Rama Mwikalo
  • Patent number: 9542675
    Abstract: Systems, architecture of the systems, and methods for generating alert message are disclosed. A user enrolls in an alert messaging service. Information that the user provides during an enrollment process are sent into a database. the user performs a transaction using a portable consumer device. Transaction data are sent to a computer apparatus. The computer apparatus accesses the database containing alert customization data. An alert message is generated based on the transaction data and the alert customization data. The alert message is sent to a user device. The systems, resources and processes responsible for performing the transaction and providing the alert messages are separated so that the transaction processing and alert generation are performed in parallel by systems in communication with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Ayman Hammad, Mark Carlson
  • Patent number: 9536226
    Abstract: Methods and systems for leveraging one's social network in the context of an opportunities marketplace are described. One aspect of the invention involves integrating social networking features into an online marketplace, or exchange. Accordingly, one aspect of the invention involves facilitating an opportunity search in a manner that provides social networking information with the results of the search.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Josh Elman, Allen Blue, James Duncan Work, Eric Ly
  • Patent number: 9519933
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention are directed to computer systems for facilitating payment for an item that is sent from a consignor to a consignee. In particular embodiments, the computer system facilitates an automatic, electronic transfer of payment for the item at a designated time that, for example, may be defined in relation to the delivery of the item to the consignee. For example, payment for the item may be electronically transferred to the consignor's bank account via a clearinghouse server at a designated time after delivery of the item, by a common carrier, to the consignee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Rodney Darensbourg, Derrick Johnson, Thomas Turney
  • Patent number: 9519426
    Abstract: A plurality of memory allocators are initialized within a computing system. At least a first memory allocator and a second memory allocator in the plurality of memory allocators are each customizable to efficiently handle a set of different memory request size distributions. The first memory allocator is configured to handle a first memory request size distribution. The second memory allocator is configured to handle a second memory request size distribution. The second memory request size distribution is different than the first memory request size distribution. At least the first memory allocator and the second memory allocator that have been configured are deployed within the computing system in support of at least one application. Deploying at least the first memory allocator and the second memory allocator within the computing system improves at least one of performance and memory utilization of the at least one application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Arun Iyengar
  • Patent number: 9508057
    Abstract: A method of one embodiment facilitates the updating of account information. First account information associated with a payment account of a user is received by an interface, and the first account information is stored by a memory. Payee system information associated with a payee system, wherein the payee system stores one or more portions of the first account information, is also received by the interface and stored by the memory. A processor automatically determines that an update event has occurred, the update event associated with updated information comprising one or more updated values for one or more respective portions of the first account information, wherein at least a portion of the first account information stored on the payee system changes based on the update event. In response to automatically determining that the update event has occurred, the interface automatically communicates a payee update message comprising the updated account information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: David Joa, Timothy J. Bendel
  • Patent number: 9501307
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing a communication path are disclosed. Information can be received via a first communication session based on a first messaging protocol. The first communication session can be terminated at a virtual machine of a group of virtual machines. A dynamically bound communication path to a resource can be selected based on a dynamically reconfigurable routing table for the group of virtual machines. A second communication session can be initiated, at the virtual machine, via the selected dynamically bound communication path. The information can be transmitted to the resource via the second communication session based on a second messaging protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Sudhir Borra, Douglas Makofka
  • Patent number: 9503306
    Abstract: A domain name may be transferred from a donor account to a recipient account at a registrar using a donor mobile device and a recipient mobile device that may be in close proximity to each other. An application on the donor mobile device may send a donor request to an application on the recipient mobile device identifying the domain name. The application on the recipient mobile device may send either an accept or a reject of the donor request to the application on the donor mobile device. If accepted by the application on the recipient mobile device, the application on the donor mobile device may send a request to the registrar to move the domain name from the donor account to the recipient account. The registrar, after verifying or confirming the domain name transfer request, may transfer the domain name from the donor account to the recipient account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Go Daddy Operations Company, LLC
    Inventors: Philip Bienert, Chris Blanton
  • Patent number: 9495143
    Abstract: Enforcing access control to individual extensions of services in a multi-tenant cloud environment by initializing objects for the extension based on public and private configuration files with service access rules that are merged is described. This allows third party vendors to specify payment rules for their own extensions while securely keeping the core extension configuration files. Tenants of the multi-tenant cloud environment can pick and choose which services to purchase, and the cloud environment automates the process of accessing the service using the third-party developer's tenant access list rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Mellor, Andrew H. Jones, Charles Lattimer
  • Patent number: 9477995
    Abstract: A system and method allow a customer to perform self-checkout at a real-world non-virtual store or restaurant or other business establishment that the customer is visiting. The customer pre-defines an electronic payment method. The customer visits the business establishment, and the system generates a unique user-specific code that is a function of the time, the location, and the specific customer. The code is displayed on the mobile device of the customer, which is then shown to an employee of the business establishment, which then enters the unique code into a Point of Sale terminal; thereby generating an association between an ongoing open tab of the customer, and the mobile device of the customer. The customer is able to perform self checkout of the open tab, without requiring action on behalf of the business establishment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Quick Check Ltd.
    Inventors: Tal Zvi Nathanel, Shlomit Kugler, Israel Erez Spatz
  • Patent number: 9471879
    Abstract: Provided are techniques for dynamic mathematical validation using data mining. As text is being received, a mathematical statement is identified in the text based on context of the text. A mathematical solution to the mathematical statement is identified in the text based on the context of the text. It is determined that the mathematical solution is incorrect using data mining. In response to determining that auto-correction is to be performed, the mathematical solution is corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Trudy L. Hewitt, Francesco C. Schembari
  • Patent number: 9471878
    Abstract: Provided are techniques for dynamic mathematical validation using data mining. As text is being received, a mathematical statement is identified in the text based on context of the text. A mathematical solution to the mathematical statement is identified in the text based on the context of the text. It is determined that the mathematical solution is incorrect using data mining. In response to determining that auto-correction is to be performed, the mathematical solution is corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Trudy L. Hewitt, Francesco C. Schembari
  • Patent number: 9465929
    Abstract: A method and system for authenticating a user to access a computer system. The method comprises communicating security information to the computer system, and providing the computer system with an implicit input. The method further comprises determining whether the security information and implicit input match corresponding information associated with the user. The method further comprises granting the user access to the computer system in the event of a satisfactory match. When authenticating the user, the method and system consider the possibility of the user being legitimate but subject to duress or force by a computer hacker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: James McKeeth
  • Patent number: 9462138
    Abstract: Method and system for crediting cellular accounts with airtime comprising exchanging funds within a mobile telephone based money transfer system account for airtime. Crediting a plurality of cellular accounts with the airtime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: VODAFONE IP LICENSING LIMITED
    Inventors: Peter Cornforth, Jason Downing, Gregory Reeve
  • Patent number: 9454526
    Abstract: The APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR A CHART OF ACCOUNTS SIMPLIFIER (hereinafter “CAS”) implement efficient and scalable monitoring, regulation, and allocation of computational processing, data, labor, and/or the like resources within an enterprise. In some embodiments, the CAS may facilitate, in various implementations, report generation through the use of universal variables and economical interface features. In one embodiment, a report generation request may be received. A subset of transactions may be selected based on accounting Classes/Subclasses and business Categories/Subcategories. Report breakdown may be determined based on accounting Classes/Subclasses and on the report configuration details, and the report may be displayed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: IQor Holdings Inc., IQor US Inc.
    Inventors: Vikas Kapoor, Abhilash Madhavarapu
  • Patent number: 9436938
    Abstract: A payment service is configured to support purchase transactions generated by merchant point-of-sale (POS) devices, wherein each purchase transaction may comprise multiple transaction requests such as authorization requests and capture requests. Each transaction request may be sent to a different one of multiple data centers of the payment service. Upon successfully receiving an acknowledgement from one of the data centers for a transaction request, the POS device designates that data center as the primary data center. Subsequently, all transaction requests for that transaction identify the primary data center, even when the transaction requests are sent to other data centers. At the payment service, the data centers synchronize requests such that the primary data center is informed of all authorizations and is made responsible for performing the capture of the transaction. This allows the primary data center to detect duplicate authorizations and to prevent duplicate captures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Abraham Botros, Theodore Wenjung Mao, Kathryn Spradlin, John Pongsajapan, Jonathan Andrew Wolter, Jiang-Ming Yang
  • Patent number: 9430798
    Abstract: A method, system, and program product, the method comprising: (1) aggregated account information FDIC aggregated deposit accounts held in a plurality of banks; (2) client account information: (1) obtaining a client available deposit amount, Di; (2) determining, a bank number tier, Ti, for the client account, from among a plurality of tiers based, at least in part, on a level of funds associated with the respective client or relative to tier ranges, wherein each tier has a number of banks associated therewith or a function for computing the number of banks associated therewith; (3) allocating the client available deposit amount, Di, across a number of banks, NT, equal to the number associated electronically with the tier, Ti; and generating data to transfer funds to or from one or more of the banks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: ISLAND INTELLECTUAL PROPERY LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Bent, Bruce Bent, II, Rebecca Gareis Bent, David Edgar Gareis
  • Patent number: 9426273
    Abstract: A program manager operating on a smartphone transmits information of an onboard apparatus and a program ID list of the smartphone to the server. The server determines the possibility of an expansion of one or more programs, and the difference between charge/free provisioning of the program. If a function expansion condition of the program is met, the server transmits it to the smartphone. The program manager of the smartphone inquires as to possibility/impossibility of expansion, and a password (when there is a charge), and transmits the authentication information and the password (if there is a charge), which are produced from an onboard apparatus ID, a random number, secret data unique to the onboard apparatus, etc., to the server. The server transmits function expansion data to the smartphone, when succeeding the authentication, and the program management portion executes the function expansion of the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Shimizu, Takashi Matsumoto, Takaaki Sekiguchi, Mitsunori Maru, Qingzhu Duan, Haruhiko Sawajiri