Reservation, Check-in, Or Booking Display For Reserved Space Patents (Class 705/5)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 9716902
    Abstract: A set-top box with an interactive portal and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the set-top box, the set-top box is deployed to provide an interactive portal in a hospitality establishment having multiple rooms, such as a hotel. The set-top box is associated with a room and includes a housing that secures a television input, a television output, a processor, a transceiver, and memory therein in an interconnected bus architecture. The set-top box generates a default interactive portal as well as a guest-specific interactive portal, which is generated from a guest configuration profile having information including guest identification, a guest channel preference presentation, and a guest service preference presentation with guest account information. The guest configuration profile may also enable the creation of a local area wireless network with substantially the same behavior as the guest's home wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Enseo, Inc.
    Inventors: Vanessa Ogle, Thomas R. Miller, William C. Fang
  • Patent number: 9710987
    Abstract: Some embodiments comprises methods of providing a guest with security credentials to gain access to a guest room, the methods comprise: identifying a user; identifying a guest room of multiple guests rooms at a property and with which the user is intended to occupy; acquiring a first security credential intended to be validated by a door lock system of a door to the identified guest room; and causing the first security credentials to be communicated, over a distributed network, to a portable consumer electronic user device associated with the user to be stored on the user device such that the user device is configured to wirelessly communicate the first security credential to the door lock system to gain access to the guest room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventors: Chuck Scoggins, Durga Prasad Koka
  • Patent number: 9704168
    Abstract: Methods and systems for implementing extensible profiles for enterprise applications. Users of the system are able to continuously extend their contact model by adding additional attributes or by adding related custom objects over a period of time. This permits the users of the system to adapt to changing circumstances and needs. Web services are able to perform operations on the extended attributes and objects through the use of profile adapters. Some embodiments also provide the ability to capture data from various sources, such as web surveys, data imports, and web services and write it to the extended attributes/objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Vikash Chauhan, Neelesh Gurnani, Arif Rashid Khan, Solomon Raja Reddy Yenumula
  • Patent number: 9704311
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods relating to security checkpoints. In some embodiments the present invention includes a security checkpoint system that is optimized in one or more of design and decor, audio characteristics, and efficiency in passing customers through the security checkpoint and generating revenue with adverting and sponsorships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: SecurityPoint Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph T. Ambrefe, Jr., Douglas J. Linehan
  • Patent number: 9699186
    Abstract: A schedule recording method includes the following steps: an authentication server receiving triggering information and then acquiring key information from the triggering information, the key information comprising an authentication code; acquiring an authentication window, and searching the authentication window for the authentication code; if the authentication code is found, extracting a time factor corresponding to the authentication code, and generating and storing an authentication code list and/or staff log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Feitian Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhou Lu, Huazhang Yu
  • Patent number: 9697479
    Abstract: A system for upgrading airline seats during an online pre-boarding auction that is accessible through travelers' mobile devices. The auction starts at or after check-in but prior to the boarding of a flight. During the auction, travelers that have confirmed reservations for an airline flight are permitted to bid on one or more seat upgrades through their mobile devices. For example, the travelers may be bidding on upgrades from economy to first class, and the bids may be submitted through bidding applications installed on the travelers' mobile devices. The auction can be a live auction that updates the travelers on the status of the auction and receives bids from the travelers throughout the auction. The auction ends prior to boarding, and the winning travelers are sent upgrade confirmations, such as scannable boarding codes that can be used as boarding passes when boarding the flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: SeatBoost LLC
    Inventor: Kevin M. Stamler
  • Patent number: 9697650
    Abstract: Certain embodiments include a system and method for generating verification of access to a venue. A system includes an access device allowing access to a venue based on authentication data from a patron without presentation of a paper ticket or physical material created for the venue and a verification generation module generating a verification of access for the patron. The verification allows identification of an area and/or a feature to which the patron is allowed access. The access device and verification generation module may be integrated into a single unit. The system may also include a secondary access point for checking the verification to allow the patron access to at least one of an area and a feature of the venue. The secondary access point may check the verification without presentation of a printed material or personalized physical material created for an event at the venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Flash Seats, LLC
    Inventor: Brett A. Nakfoor
  • Patent number: 9691113
    Abstract: A travel information system is a software method of organizing and distributing air-travel related information amongst a plurality of subscribers. The software will begin by receiving updated air-travel information from an airline or an airport. The software will then format this information into a textual message that can comprehended by a user. Next, the software will tag the textual message with a unique designator for the specific airline or airport. Once the textual messages is formatted and tagged, the software will publish the textual message on a middleware broker, which allows a plurality of subscribers to access the textual message. The software will also send the textual message to a specific subscriber if that subscriber inputted a request that matches the unique designator of the airline or airport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Joseph Attar
  • Patent number: 9691037
    Abstract: Methods and systems comprising receiving travel request data; retrieving schedule data associated with the travel request data, the schedule data being further associated with a scheduled travel time; retrieving availability data associated with the travel request data, the availability data being further associated with an available travel time; generating representation data representing the schedule data and the availability data, the representation data representing the schedule data and/or the availability data differently based on a whether an itinerary complies with an organization's travel policies; and sending the representation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: CONCUR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Elliott, Sofia Krasnovskaya, Alan McCloskey, Michael Fredericks
  • Patent number: 9686328
    Abstract: An online address book is configured to include a multi-user input bar to receive search terms intended to match contacts existing in a user's contact list. If a search term does not match any entry in the current contact list the search is extended by the multi-user input bar to include further candidate contacts. Candidate contacts are acquired through social profiles available from a set of networking sites linked-to over the Internet. A candidate contact that does match the search term is added to the contact list with a public profile whose contents are populated with contact data acquired from social profiles available through the networking sites. This practice of profile bookmarking may be applied iteratively across candidate contacts from various networking sites to build an extensive public profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventor: Sachin Rekhi
  • Patent number: 9678627
    Abstract: An event wizard server includes at least one processor that executes the event wizard server application that bidirectionally communicates event planning data with a user of a client device via a network interface. The event planning data includes: event type menu data, event type selection data, event size selection data, location data received from the client device, event budget menu data, event budget selection data, event budget data, event option menu data, event option selection data, event invitee menu data, and event invitee selection data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PLANET SOCIAL, LLC
    Inventors: Kristina Kernick, Bruce Edward Stuckman
  • Patent number: 9679263
    Abstract: The present invention provides a methodology and system for efficiently performing travel reservation queries and presenting significant search results to a user. A travel reservation search engine constructs a first query from one or more constraints. The first query has a threshold probability of returning a first set of search results that will lead to the purchase of a travel reservation. Additionally, if determined necessary by the search engine a second query is constructed from one or more constraints. The second query returns a second set of search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Kayak Software Corporation
    Inventors: Paul M. English, Travis M. Gebhardt, Kristin P. Harkness, Lincoln D. Jackson, Jeff A. Rago, Paul D. Schwenk, Brenda L. White
  • Patent number: 9680950
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for delaying responses to requests in a server are described. Upon receipt, from a client device, of a first request for a resource at a first location, a response that includes a redirection instruction to a second location is transmitted, where the response includes a first number of redirects that the client device is to complete prior to the first request being fulfilled. Upon receipt of a following request including a number of redirects, determining whether the number of redirects has been performed. When the number of redirects has not been performed the transmission of the redirection instruction is repeated with a number of redirects smaller than the first number of redirects until the receipt of a request indicating that the number of redirects has been performed. When the number of redirects has been performed the request is fulfilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: CLOUDFLARE, INC.
    Inventors: Dane Orion Knecht, John Graham-Cumming
  • Patent number: 9665871
    Abstract: A method of generating notifications related to availability of media content is provided. The method includes receiving a watchlist subscription including a request to monitor for availability of media content. The method also includes detecting a change in the availability of media content based on the subscription, and if a change is detected, determining an access right and transmitting a notification of the change in the availability of the media content. The metadata of the media content is used in the subscriptions to determine when to generate notifications. The media content may include a media article, media selection, live content, or a theatrical media release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Redbox Automated Retail, LLC
    Inventors: Imran Maskatia, Jason Rubinstein
  • Patent number: 9659102
    Abstract: The present invention includes systems and methods for providing event information. A one-time use app is downloaded to a user device when a user elects to purchase the app. The app receives event-related information from an event database. The event database receives information from a plurality of sources. The sources are each associated with an application programming interface. The app provides event-related information to the user through purchased options. The app can filter information based on a user profile before providing the information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: PROSPORTS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: John E. Cronin, Joseph George Bodkin, Christopher Michael Huffines
  • Patent number: 9643619
    Abstract: A method and system for applying vehicle settings to a vehicle. The method and system include receiving a device identification (ID) from at least one of: a first portable device and a second portable device. The method and system additionally include identifying a user settings profile that is associated to the device ID. The method and system also include determining if the user settings profile has been updated since a last ignition cycle of the vehicle. The method and system further include applying the user settings profile to control a vehicle system, wherein the user settings profile is retrieved from at least one of: a central user settings data repository, a telematics unit of the vehicle, and a head unit of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Justin E. Sinaguinan