Reservation, Check-in, Or Booking Display For Reserved Space Patents (Class 705/5)
  • Patent number: 9965808
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for managing cash in transactions for an entity's accounts. In an embodiment, a system comprises a processor configured to render an interactive graphical user interface (GUI) for a cash in center on a display device. The GUI includes plurality of selectable, actionable user interface (UI) elements. The cash in center displays past, unconfirmed and ‘confirmed’ Cash in transactions, which can be edited, deleted, and scheduled (or re-scheduled) by selecting UI elements. A UI element is selectable to add new customers and new Cash in transactions. In embodiments, methods employ the Cash in center to add, edit, project, and delete Cash in transactions such as incoming transfers, credits, customer payments, and receivables. The methods and system also enable entities to place Cash In transaction in a confirmed status to indicate that an incoming customer payment, credit, or transfer is being processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Kunz, Michael Golden, Michael Kirch, Darcel Steber, Janet Hoyt, Peter Bird, Francisca Barros, Daniel DeRuntz, Islam Elsedoudi, Anna Engström, Michelle Kwasny, Scott Mackie, Stacey McCullough, Pierre-Alexandre Poirier, Todd Vanderlin, Colin Raney
  • Patent number: 9965157
    Abstract: A personal display system with which a user may adjust the configuration of displayed media is provided. The personal display system may include an electronic device operative to provide media to a personal display device operative to display the media. Using one or more optical and digital components, the personal display device may adjust displayed media to overlay features of a theater, thus giving the user the impression of being in the theater. In some embodiments, the personal display device may receive a user selection of a seat in the theater, and may adjust the media display accordingly. In some embodiments, the personal display device may detect the user's movements using one or more sensors and may adjust the displayed image based on the user's movements. For example, the device may detect a user's head movement and cause the portion of media displayed to reflect the head movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: John G Tang
  • Patent number: 9965511
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments, there are provided mechanisms and methods for query optimization in a database system. These mechanisms and methods for query optimization in a database system can enable embodiments to optimize OR expression filters referencing different logical tables. The ability of embodiments to optimize OR expression filters referencing different logical tables can enable optimization that is dynamic and specific to the particular tenant for whom the query is run and improve the performance and efficiency of the database system in response to query requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Collins, Jaikumar Bathija
  • Patent number: 9956480
    Abstract: A server device is provided that includes a registration unit configured to accept information identifying a target application for pre-registration and information identifying a user from a terminal device and register the accepted information, and a providing unit configured to provide registration information to a management service for performing a verification with respect to the information identifying the target application and the information identifying the user accepted from the terminal device after the target application is released. The registration information may be provided in a batch or each time the verification is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SEGA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kurosawa, Manato Ito
  • Patent number: 9953539
    Abstract: A method for providing a demand-responsive transportation system includes receiving mobility trace data of collaborative individuals. Clusters of individuals are generated and mobility-activity models for the clusters are defined. Non-collaborative individuals are assigned to the clusters using a combinatorial optimization problem. An Origin-Destination (OD) demand is determined from the clusters. Non-collaborative individuals are re-allocated to different ones of the clusters using an approximation function that learns from an observed OD and the mobility trace data. The mobility-activity models are trained based on the re-allocation of the non-collaborative individuals to different ones of the clusters. An OD database (OD-DB) is maintained to be queried with a geographic location and time so as to receive information from the OD-DB about the current OD demand for the geographic location and time. Control actions are issued to vehicles in a fleet of the transportation system based thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Konstantinos Gkiotsalitis, Francesco Alesiani, Nitin Maslekar
  • Patent number: 9953382
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for providing travel itinerary filters. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a flight query including a plurality of parameters; determining a plurality of itineraries that satisfy the parameters of the flight query; clustering the plurality of itineraries into a plurality of clusters, wherein the clusters depend upon values of particular features of the plurality of itineraries that satisfy the flight query, and wherein each cluster is generated to have particular values for one or more features of a plurality of features; generating one or more filters corresponding to one or more of the clusters, wherein each filter has the particular values of the one or more features identified by the corresponding cluster; and providing the plurality of itineraries that satisfy the flight query and the one or more filters for filtering the plurality of itineraries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Hugh Michael Robinson
  • Patent number: 9947014
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for monetizing future location of users includes identifying indicator(s) retrieved from log data or an electronic declaration that indicate a possibility that a user will be at a specific location in the future; generating a probability that the user will be at the specific location in the future based on the indicator(s); and charging an advertiser a cost for an impression to which to serve a location-specific advertisement targeted to the user, the cost charged being greater when the probability is greater that the user will be at the specific location in the future. The method may be extended to targeting a group of users that expect to be at the same location at the future point in time. Monetization of future locations may depend on the quality and/or quantity of the log data and declarations of future locations and on a number of users in a group of users if monetized according to the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventors: Suresh Kumar Krishnareddy, Ashootosh Chand
  • Patent number: 9934489
    Abstract: A centralized web-based system and method for managing appointments having a user interface that interacts with one or more users to display one or more items based on user input, a management module connected to the user interface and configured to receive data related to scheduling an appointment, determine one or more possible appointments based on the data, present the one or more possible appointments, receive a user selection from the one or more possible appointments, and schedule the appointment based on the user selection, and one or more databases configured to store appointment information, wherein the one or more databases are connected to the management module and wherein the data comprises a date and time slot and at least one of a facility, a service, and a servicer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: BOOKER SOFTWARE, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Ellis, Daniel Lizio-Katzen
  • Patent number: 9922382
    Abstract: A travel reservation system having a common object model for representing disparate travel products and services. In general, the system may provide efficient integration relationships between the travel reservation system and various third-party travel providers by using a single common model and interface structure, regardless of the type of product or service being offered. The system may include translators for converting travel products and services conforming to the common object model into a corresponding provider-specific model, and vice versa. In some implementations, the use of the common object model may allow the system to provide a set of query results covering multiple different product types in response to a single query input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: NAVITAIRE LLC
    Inventors: Martin J. Drefs, Jefferson Bridger Walsh
  • Patent number: 9918130
    Abstract: A user profile server stores a particular user profile corresponding to a user who belongs to a plurality of separate loyalty programs, and the particular user profile includes a plurality of different loyalty program user identifiers each identifying the user on a respective one of the separate loyalty programs. The user profile server communicates user a preference included on the particular user profile to a first controller via the computer network and communicates the user preference included on the particular user profile to a second controller via the computer network. The first controller is associated with a first hospitality location where the user is identified according to a first loyalty program user identifier included on the particular user profile, and the second is controller is associated with a second hospitality location where the user is identified according to a second loyalty program user identifier included on the particular user profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Guest Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter S. Warrick, Arnon Levy, Lindsey M. Carriere, Darren T. Ziebart, Joseph A. Kullos, Diego Fontes, Andrew T. MacMillan
  • Patent number: 9916184
    Abstract: Methods and systems for data relocation in global storage cloud environments are provided. A method includes locating a data server near a travel location of a user based on one or more travel plans of the user. The method further includes transferring data of the user from a home data server near a home location of the user to the data server near the travel location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bhushan P. Jain, Sandeep R. Patil, Sri Ramanathan, Matthew B. Trevathan, Ujwala P. Tulshigiri
  • Patent number: 9910825
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention relate to systems and methods used to search for information (e.g., from multiple sources). In one example (which example is intended to be illustrative and not restrictive), such systems and methods may select a subset of available relevant Internet information sources, such as suppliers and/or purchasers of goods, services, and/or commodities. In another example (which example is intended to be illustrative and not restrictive), a system and method are provided for determining when to launch an information search and for determining the set of information sources to search.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Kayak Software Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew S. Garman
  • Patent number: 9911101
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for statistically determining buffers for time variances for scheduled operations. Buffers for a particular operation can be based on a statistical analysis of past instances of the specific operation, and a buffer can be applied based on a selected statistical confidence interval. The statistical analysis can include determining a Gumbel distribution for time variances for a particular operation. Once buffers have been determined for the various operations, itineraries of operations can be prepared such that the scheduled times plus the buffer times for the operations in an itinerary do not exceed personnel limits of the personnel who may be assigned to the itineraries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Alejandro Oswaldo Hernandez Romero, Michael J. Woicekowski, Oleksandr Basanets
  • Patent number: 9908697
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mobile robot able to move inside a self-storage site comprising a plurality of outer walls defining said inside space and a plurality of storage boxes arranged in said inside space, said mobile robot comprising an entry module configured to allow a user to enter information relative to the location of a storage box, and a distributor of at least one locking means configured to lock said box once it is rented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: KINGBOX
    Inventors: Nicolas De Roquette Buisson, Matthieu Besozzi
  • Patent number: 9912756
    Abstract: A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for automatically saving and presenting a state of a communication session are presented. The communication session may be established between a client device of a user and an application server of a content publisher. In some embodiments, the method may include determining that the communication session includes a typical process flow of the user. Session data representative of a state of the communication session may then be selected and stored in response to performance of a particular operation that is at least similar to an operation included in the sequence of operations of the typical process flow of the user. The method may further include generating and presenting an interface that includes an element that allows a user to return to the saved state of the communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9898315
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing demand for virtual computing resources are disclosed. A demand forecasting service can obtain and analyze historical demand data for purposes of predicting future demand. The analysis includes identifying untargeted demand corresponding to requests for virtual machine instances that can be fulfilled by any availability zone of a set of zones. The demand forecasting service may provide predictions of future demand including information regarding future untargeted demand, thereby enabling efficient allocation of computing resources among various availability zones to meet the future demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiao Yu Li, Charles Ian Ormsby Cary
  • Patent number: 9880720
    Abstract: A personal display system with which a user may adjust the configuration of displayed media is provided. The personal display system may include an electronic device operative to provide media to a personal display device operative to display the received media. Using one or more optical and digital components, the personal display device may adjust displayed media to overlay features of a theater, thus giving the user of the personal display device the impression of being in the theater. In some embodiments, the personal display device may receive a user selection of a seat in the theater from which to watch the media, and may adjust the media display accordingly. In some embodiments, the personal display device may detect the user's movements using one or more sensors and may adjust the displayed image based on the user's movements. For example, the device may detect a user's head movement and cause the portion of media displayed to reflect the head movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Fadell, John G Tang
  • Patent number: 9864483
    Abstract: The present document describes methods and apparatuses for managing and viewing calendar event items in an electronic calendaring application. For example, calendar event items may be viewed in an “agenda” view. A calendar event item may have a date and include any information relating to a corresponding calendar event. According to some example embodiments, a list of calendar event items and a list of dates are each displayed in a navigable format. The list of dates may include at least dates in a date range defined by the dates of the calendar event items. A navigation position of the list of calendar event items and a navigation position of the list of dates may be coordinated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jacou Sarrazin, Vitaliy Igorevych Belitsky
  • Patent number: 9858820
    Abstract: A transportation services providing method and an user device and a server using the same are provided. The transportation services providing method includes following steps: providing a service platform connecting with at least one community website; collecting a status message, related to an event information and posted on the community website, so as to show the collected status messages on the service platform; obtaining an event location of the event information; and establishing a transportation service link on the status message, where the transportation service link provides a transportation service interface indicating the event location and a plurality of transportation requirement settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: National Taipei University of Technology
    Inventors: Shih-Chia Huang, Ming-Kai Jiau, Sheng-Kai Chou
  • Patent number: 9858538
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to techniques, systems, and apparatuses to provide electronic concierge services and information to one of more users, as well as perform other operations related to planning one or more activities. Concierge services may include providing information about activities, recommending activities, arranging travel, and other related tasks. The electronic concierge may access and use personal information about the user (or group of users) to determine the activities that may be of interest to the user, and possibly to a group of users. The personal information may include transaction history, user settings, past user activity, social network information, and/or other types of information. The electronic concierge may receive other inputs such as a time period to undertake activities, a number of participants, an identity of the participants, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesper Mikael Johansson, Michelle Jacques Anschell, Charles Ray Kelley, Shalini Pothuru, Samuel Max Rossoff, Brad Ruppert
  • Patent number: 9852465
    Abstract: The present invention is an applications gateway that offers multiple functions and features for specific geographic venue locations, while providing easy access to advertising, purchasing, and redemption opportunities for that specific geographic venue location. Venue locations can be stadiums, shopping malls, amusement parks, open air spaces where people can congregate, and/or buildings, which most often require the presence of a concentration of people. The venue location may correlate to the location of the hand-held mobile unit or it may be a remote geographic venue location not near the location of the hand-held mobile unit. Access to the gateway application is through a hand-held mobile unit, which can include a mobile phone, smartphone device, or portable computer having a wireless radio transmission connection. (e.g. iPhone, Droid, iPad, Slate, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Connect720 Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Wohlwend, Peter J. Walsh, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9836897
    Abstract: A lockbox access apparatus comprising a wireless communications device having a stored program configured to: cause the wireless communications device to communicate an access request to a lockbox; and receive lockbox identifying information from the lockbox. The wireless communication device is further configured to: record biometric identifying information of an individual; take entry from a user of non-biometric identifying information of the individual; and transmit the lockbox identifying information, the biometric identifying information, and the non-biometric identifying information to a remote destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventor: Teri Lynné Briskey
  • Patent number: 9836742
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an interactive computing system configured to provide a network-based application that can provide offline functionality. A user computing device, such as a mobile device, access a network-based application through an interactive computing system. The network-based application can be configured to provide transaction information sufficient to conduct a transaction with a point-of-sale terminal when the network application is not in communication with the interactive computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: STARBUCKS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lincoln C. Mongillo, III, Christopher J. Barrows, Todd M. Parker, Patricia A. Toland
  • Patent number: 9836706
    Abstract: A system and methods provide for the automatic and computer-assisted generation of vectorized venue maps for event venues, including the outline, location, and label of each section in the venue, each row within each section, and in some cases, each individual seats in each row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: SeatGeek, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Towfiq, Alan Wada, Yacin Bahi
  • Patent number: 9830387
    Abstract: A method for managing the exchange of information is provided, wherein the method includes receiving at least one information location identifier, wherein the at least one information location identifier may be associated with at least one information portal and associating with at least one network browser. The method further includes generating an information location identifier template responsive to the at least one information portal and communicating with the at least one information portal to identify resultant information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: KNAPP INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: James Walter Haddock
  • Patent number: 9832077
    Abstract: Cluster management software comprises a plurality of cluster agents, with each cluster agent associated with an HPC node including an integrated fabric and the cluster agent operable to determine a status of the associated HPC node. The software further includes a cluster management engine communicably coupled with the plurality of the HPC nodes and operable to execute an HPC job using a dynamically allocated subset of the plurality of HPC nodes based on the determined status of the plurality of HPC nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: James D. Ballew, Shannon V. Davidson, Anthony N. Richoux
  • Patent number: 9830666
    Abstract: A technique of tracking insurance funds using an interpretive representation of accounting information includes obtaining a plurality of accounting entities. It further includes deriving, based on the accounting entities, a plurality of funds-source entities and a plurality of funds-use entities. It further includes, in response to an allocation scheme, creating a set of tracking entities that allocate the funds-source entities to the funds-use entities, wherein each tracking entity connects one funds-source entity and one funds-use entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Guidewire Software, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Carl Hamilton
  • Patent number: 9820094
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a social-networking system may receive, from a client system of a first user of an online social network, an indication that the first user is traveling to a first geographic location, and identify one or more second geographic locations within a threshold distance from the first geographic location. The second geographic locations may be determined based on a travel-recommendation model. The travel-recommendation model may include aggregated user information from the online social network associated with the first user and aggregated travel information from the online social network associated with one or more second users of the online social network who have traveled to the first geographic location. The social-networking system may generate travel recommendations based on the identified second geographic locations, and then send, to the client system of the first user, one or more of the travel recommendations for display to the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ying Zhang, Wei Zhang, Nicolas Scheffer, Richard Calvi, Xiaohua Yan
  • Patent number: 9807547
    Abstract: A vehicle-share relationship management system is presented herein. The vehicle-share relationship management system includes a short-range wireless communication (SRWC) module, mobile computing device, vehicle communication platform (VCP), and remote entity. The SRWC is located in a vehicle and configured to communicate with the mobile computing device and at least one vehicle system. The VCP is located within the vehicle, the VCP configured to communicably couple with the SRWC module and configured to generate one or more data transmissions. The remote entity configured to receive the one or more VCP data transmissions. Moreover, the SRWC module collaborates with the vehicle system and mobile computing device to generate one or more notices, the SRWC module subsequently collaborates with the VCP to transmit the one or more notices to the remote entity. In response to the one or more notices, the remote entity communicates one or more notifications to the VCP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Christopher L. Oesterling, Paul H. Pebbles, Julia Steyn
  • Patent number: 9799070
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system and method for managing financial information. According to an embodiment, electronic purchase data is received from an electronic payment source. The received electronic purchase data is generated into one or more visual representation formats using a transformation server. Once the visual representation has been generated, the visual representation format is rendered using a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Expensify, Inc.
    Inventors: David Barrett, Witold Stankiewicz
  • Patent number: 9800676
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for providing location-based service, which can be implemented on an electronic apparatus. The method includes receiving, by the electronic apparatus, a service request from a first device, wherein the service request includes a service requested by a service requester and a location data corresponding to a location of the service requester; retrieving, by the electronic apparatus, a list of service providers matching the service request; transmitting, by the electronic apparatus, the list of the service providers and associated information corresponding to each service provider to the first device; receiving, by the electronic apparatus, information associated with one service provider selected by the service requester; transmitting, by the electronic apparatus, the service request to a second device of the selected service provider for confirmation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Tsung-Han Lee
  • Patent number: 9798984
    Abstract: Features are disclosed relating to a collaborative ticketing system that manages various aspects of ticketing for events (e.g., movies, concerts, sporting events, and the like) using knowledge about the contacts, friends, and other social connections of system users. The collaborative ticketing system may generate dynamic ticket offers that are based on the number of friends, invited by users, ultimately obtaining tickets. The collaborative ticketing system can also streamline the procurement of concessions and other event-related items by allowing users to pre-purchase such items (e.g., in connection with ticket offers), and then pick up the items at the event venue with little or no wait. In addition, users can preview event-related content (e.g., movie trailers) for event providers (e.g., movie studios), and answer questions or otherwise provide feedback about the event-related content in return for special offers, rewards, and other considerations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Atom Tickets, LLC
    Inventors: Ameesh Paleja, Alexander Rouse, Matthew Bakal, Geoff Shaevitz, Michael Burns
  • Patent number: 9792574
    Abstract: Computationally implemented methods and systems that are designed for receiving one or more package delivery directives that direct a transportation vehicle unit to deliver one or more packages; receiving one or more end user transport directives that direct the transportation vehicle unit to transport one or more end users; and verifying that the one or more end user transport directives do not conflict with the one or more package delivery directives such that transport of the one or more end users by the transportation vehicle unit in accordance with the one or more end user transport directives will not violate one or more package delivery obligations of the transportation vehicle unit to deliver the one or more packages in accordance with the one or more package delivery directives. In addition to the foregoing, other aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 9785945
    Abstract: A system and a method for determining whether a refund has been issued by at least one of multiple parties having potential responsibility for issuing a refund. Issuance of multiple refunds to a claimant or claimants, or chargebacks to acquirers when a refund has been issued is prevented. The system includes an electronic storage device that has a database of data concerning transactions, including data as to whether a refund has been issued, an access path that allows access to and supplementing of data concerning a transaction, and a processor for assembling the data concerning the transaction so that access is provided to the multiple parties granted selected access to the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Peter Groarke, Peter Corrigan
  • Patent number: 9773035
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method and a system for generating an annotated search index. The method is executable at a server. The method comprises retrieving a portion of a historical search session for a first search query, the portion including a first resource and a second resource, both the first and the second resource being relevant to the first search query; generating an association parameter for the second resource, the association parameter being based on a first historical parameter and a second historical parameter; and, responsive to the association parameter for the second resource being above a predetermined threshold, associating the second resource with one or more of the first resource and the included search terms, thereby generating an annotated search index for the included search terms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: YANDEX EUROPE AG
    Inventor: Vyktor Vitalyevich Ploshykhyn
  • Patent number: 9773178
    Abstract: Techniques are described for vehicle or entity tracking. In one example, techniques include receiving a first set of data, said data comprising video or images from a first mobile data source, determining that said first set of data matches a second set of data in a first data source, the second set of data corresponding to a vehicle or entity being tracked; requesting a third set of data, said data comprising video or images from a second mobile data source, and determining a confidence level based on how well said first and third data sets match said second data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hernan A Cunico, Asima Silva
  • Patent number: 9760959
    Abstract: A lowest rate on a multi-night lodging stay is achieved by obtaining lodging rate information for a first lodging location from a plurality of lodging rate sources. The information is correlated with each night of a window during which a consumer is available to travel. A block of nights within the window having the lowest lodging rate is identified. Then, a plurality of lodging reservations corresponding to the identified block are generated, wherein at least two of the lodging reservations correspond to different nights of the multi-night lodging stay and are placed through different lodging reservation systems. A block having the lowest total cost of travel can also be identified by considering the cost of other travel related expenses in conjunction with the lodging rate for the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Reservation Counter, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel A. Nelson, Ryan Williams, Ryan McCoy, Neil Valentine, Steven Dalley, Bradley P. Pace
  • Patent number: 9760940
    Abstract: The present invention is an applications gateway that offers multiple functions and features for specific geographic venue locations, while providing easy access to advertising, purchasing, and redemption opportunities for that specific geographic venue location. Venue locations can be stadiums, shopping malls, amusement parks, open air spaces where people can congregate, and/or buildings, which most often require the presence of a concentration of people. The venue location may correlate to the location of the hand-held mobile unit or it may be a remote geographic venue location not near the location of the hand-held mobile unit. Access to the gateway application is through a hand-held mobile unit, which can include a mobile phone, smartphone device, or portable computer having a wireless radio transmission connection. (e.g. iPhone, Droid, iPad, Slate, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Connect720 Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Wohlwend, Peter J. Walsh, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9762685
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for executing tasks selected based on locations of user devices. A first user device associated with an access right to a resource can be identified. The location of the first user device can be determined at a time before a defined time period. Further, a protocol execution condition can be detected. Upon detecting the protocol execution condition, executing a protocol. Executing the protocol can include determining a distance between the first user device and a resource location. Whether the distance between the first user device and the resource location is less than or equal to a distance range of the resource location at a time prior to the defined time period can be determined. In response to determining that the distance is not less than or equal to the distance range, accessing a plurality of tasks, selecting a task, and executing the task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: David Scarborough, Dennis Denker, Adam Sussman, MyDung Tran Nackman
  • Patent number: 9747558
    Abstract: A method for inspecting an e-ticket on a mobile communication device of a user, including rendering the e-ticket on a display of the mobile communication device, wherein the e-ticket includes a ticket information area for displaying user related information, and a ticket validation area for displaying inspection related information when at least one predefined condition is met, enabling a ticket inspector to execute a checking gesture in the ticket validation area when the ticket inspector ascertains one or more predefined identifiers in the ticket validation area, displaying a confirmation code in the ticket validation area, upon execution of the checking gesture, enabling the ticket inspector to execute a confirmation gesture in the ticket validation area when the displayed confirmation code matches a predefined confirmation code, and marking the e-ticket as used upon execution of the confirmation gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: W-Zup Communication Oy
    Inventors: Mika Petteri Parikka, Jussi Severi Palovaara, Tommi Tapani Kolehmainen, Samuel Petri Santeri Jouttijärvi
  • Patent number: 9739626
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for generating journey options in response to a journey request from an origin to a destination. Routes from the origin to the destination are selected as candidates to fulfill the journey request. Delay-related statistical information is derived from delay-related data for past journeys. A minimum connecting time at a connection between first and second segments of each route is estimated based on the statistical information. Journey combinations are determined from the routes based on origin departure time, destination arrival time, and schedule information for the first and second segments of each route. For each route in each journey combination, a determination is made whether the schedule information for the first and second segments satisfies a condition related to the minimum connecting time. Each journey combination for which the condition is satisfied by each route comprising the journey combination is selected as a journey option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: AMADEUS S.A.S.
    Inventors: Cedric Lamoriniere, David Benque
  • Patent number: 9741031
    Abstract: A portable device includes a data capture unit and a wireless communication circuit in communication with a control circuit. The data capture unit is configured to receive product information from a product identifier. The wireless communication circuit is configured to communicate with a vendor server storing an electronic catalog that includes a product associated with the product information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Siddharth Pandey
  • Patent number: 9734511
    Abstract: There are provided a system, a method and a computer program product for assigning a workspace. The system receives one or more reservation request for the workspace, associated with one or more facilities including one or more workspace areas. Each workspace area includes one or more workspaces. The system receives inputs including one or more of: weather condition data, occupancy rates data, and date data, associated with the one or more facilities. The system predicts an energy cost for each workspace area. The system determines a user desirability value for the each workspace area. The system determines a minimum cost for operating the one or more facilities, which satisfies the received reservation request. The system selects one or more workspace area in the one or more facilities according to the determined minimum cost and the received reservation request. The selected workspace area has maximum user desirability values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas A. Wood
  • Patent number: 9727846
    Abstract: Arrangements described relate to associating a meeting room with a meeting. A meeting invitation being accessed by a first recipient can be identified, wherein the meeting invitation is sent to a plurality of recipients. A location associated with the first recipient of the meeting invitation can be identified, and whether the location associated with the first recipient is similar to a location associated with a sender of the meeting invitation can be determined. Responsive to determining that the location associated with the first recipient is not similar to the location associated with a sender of the meeting invitation, the first recipient can be prompted to reserve a meeting room at the location associated with the first recipient. Responsive to receiving from the first recipient an indication of the meeting room being reserved, an association between the meeting and the meeting room can be created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Juilee S. Hapse, Priyanka K. Joshi, Shradha R. Nayak
  • Patent number: 9727858
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for the generation and use of merchant-customizable token formats that define tokens that represent credit card and other payment numbers in online transactions. The tokens, which are used instead of the card numbers themselves for security, can be specified by the token format to have a certain number of characters, have certain fields reserved for major card identifiers, use encryption and/or randomization, be alphanumeric, and have other formatting. The customized tokens can be used with legacy equipment that uses longer or shorter card numbers than the standard sixteen-digit payment card number format and can be less likely to be recognized as related to card numbers by identify thieves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Visa U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Lisa Anderson, Seamus Cushley, Fergal Downey
  • Patent number: 9721221
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computer-implemented method for estimating an ability of a worker in a process for integrating work results of multiple workers for the same task includes acquiring, for each of one or more tasks, a work result of a preceding-stage worker and a work result of a succeeding-stage worker that works based on the work result of the preceding-stage worker. The method also includes estimating multiple parameters of a probability model in which an ability of the succeeding-stage worker conditioned by a quality of the work result of the preceding-stage worker is introduced as a conditioned ability parameter, based on the multiple work results obtained for each of the one or more tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Toshinari Itoko, Masatomo Kobayashi, Shin Saito, Toshihiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9723010
    Abstract: A system, method and program product for providing passenger screening. A method is disclosed that includes: providing a third party service to collect profile information from a user and provide the user with a unique ID; submitting the unique ID from the user to a reservation system when the user books a reservation; passing the unique ID from the reservation system to a government agency; submitting the unique ID from the government agency to the third party service and returning associated profile information to the government agency; checking the associated profile information against a watch list within the government agency and generating a screening level for the user; and communicating the screening level to a screening agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Glenn M. Kerr
  • Patent number: 9723698
    Abstract: A remote control system and method for lighting apparatus may include at least a remote-controlled lighting apparatus and an intelligent communication device. The lighting apparatus comprises a lighting unit, a first central processing unit (CPU) and a first communication unit, and the intelligent communication device comprises a second CPU, a second communication unit and at least a button and a storage unit. The storage unit is configured to store a control program, the Universally Unique Identifier of the lighting apparatus and at least an operating command of the lighting apparatus corresponding to the sequential key-in signal. When activated, the control program can execute the operating command stored in the storage unit corresponding to the sequential key-in signal input by a user, and send the operating signal to the lighting apparatus through the second communication unit to remotely control at least a lighting unit of the lighting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventors: Min-Chuan Wan, Sheng-Hung Wang, Chih-Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 9721278
    Abstract: Techniques for dynamically pricing perishable goods. The objective is to sell all items before any remaining items become worthless. The method comprises: monitoring a time parameter T corresponding to period T0 to Tn; if T<Tn, periodically updating current price Pcurrent for an item; in response client's interest, offering a temporarily fixed price Pfreeze=Pcurrent for a freeze period ?Tfreeze; updating Pcurrent in response to offering the fixed price Pfreeze; accepting a purchase order for the item at Pfreeze if purchase order received within the freeze period ?Tfreeze; rejecting the purchase order after the freeze period ?Tfreeze; updating Pcurrent in response to receiving an accepted and/or rejected order; and repeating at least some of the above acts until T equals maximum time Tn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: ECONOMEMETICS AB
    Inventor: Anders Goran Ekholm
  • Patent number: 9722982
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that facilitates business interaction. During operation, the system identifies a non-registered entity associated with an interaction within a commerce network. Next, the system enables, for the non-registered entity, access to an artifact associated with the interaction without requiring authentication of the non-registered entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventor: Calum G. Murray