Miscellaneous Patents (Class 705/500)
  • Patent number: 10270721
    Abstract: The examples of the present disclosure disclose a method and apparatus for uploading an attachment, relate to the internet technologies, and solve problems in the traditional art that a user device cannot completely show all the content to upload and that some touch screen devices cannot obtain information inputted by the user properly. The method comprises: uploading an attachment uploading interface, the attachment uploading interface including at least one attachment uploading option; determining an attachment to upload when an attachment uploading option is activated; and generating attachment information corresponding to the attachment to upload and displaying the attachment information on a location where the at least one attachment uploading option is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: Miao Tong, Dengxue Cui, Wenjie Fang
  • Patent number: 10248927
    Abstract: A package shipping processing system has a kiosk housing, with a computer terminal with a display device, an input device, a data processor, and network data communications module included therein. A weighing scale with a platform on which objects for shipment are placed, and in communication with the computer terminal, reports a measured weight of the object. An imaging device is disposed in proximity to the weighing scale and positioned to have a field of view extending beyond the platform of the weighing scale. The imaging device is in communication with the computer terminal to transmit captured image data of the object placed on the platform. The data processor generates dimensional parameters along a plurality of axes based on the image data, and a new shipping record with the dimensional parameters and the measured weight of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Rakesh Tammattabattula
  • Patent number: 9948783
    Abstract: A method for reducing backlog at a call center comprises receiving a request for an agent of a contact center from a device associated with a contact and determining a context for the request. Based on the context, the request may be published to a portal service while restricting agents from servicing the request, and the duration of time that the request is published is monitored. If an interrupt that indicates that an opt-in user would like to handle the published request is received, then a device associated with the opt-in user is communicably coupled to the device associated with the contact. However, if the time that the request is published surpasses a threshold and an interrupt is not received then the request is removed from being published to the portal service and agents of the contact center are allowed to service the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Gráinne Farrell, Adrian Ryan, Conor Tannian, Will Meaney
  • Patent number: 9946363
    Abstract: A projector comprising: an image acquiring unit acquiring projection images; an identification information acquiring unit acquiring identification information of a target device among source devices that provide the projections images; a projecting unit that generates a composite image collectively including the acquired projection images, and projects the composite image on a projection plane; a position coordinates detecting unit detecting position coordinates of a pointing object that operates on the plane; a detecting unit that detects a projection region of a projection image provided by the target device, by using the acquired identification information; a converting unit that, when the position coordinates of the pointing object is in the projection region of the projection image, converts the position coordinates of the pointing object to operating information on a coordinate system of the target device; and a transmitting unit that transmits the operating information to the target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Masafumi Nagao
  • Patent number: 9794125
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bandwidth managing unit (200) configured to manage unidirectional data transfers of data to mobile user entities (100) in a mobile communications network (300), the bandwidth managing unit comprising:—a data transfer detecting unit configured to receive data transfer requests of the mobile user entities (100) in the mobile communications network, each data transfer request requesting a unidirectional transfer of data from a content provider,—a network condition determining unit (220) configured to determine data transfer conditions in the mobile communications network (300) for the different data transfers to the corresponding mobile user entities (100),—a data transfer scheduler (270) configured to determine, for each detected data transfer request, a point in time when the requested data transfer should be initiated, taking into account the data transfer conditions in the mobile communications network (300) for the data transfer to the corresponding mobile user entity (100
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Oliver Speks, Kurt Essigmann
  • Patent number: 9742640
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described for identifying compatible web service policies between a web service and a web service client. A first and second set of one or more identifiers linked to web service policies supported by the web service and web service client may be calculated, respectively. The sets of identifiers may be compared. Using the comparison, a number of common identifiers present in the first set of one or more identifiers linked to the web service policies supported by the web service and the second set of one or more identifiers linked to the web service policies supported by the web service client may be identified. Using the number of common identifiers, a web service policy of the web service compatible with a web service policy of the web service client may be identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Prakash Yamuna, Nickolas Kavantzas
  • Patent number: 9691095
    Abstract: A computerized system collects used vehicle data regarding vehicles available for sale from numerous sources (e.g., as from a vehicle auction system), and modifies and supplements such vehicle data for presentation to the consuming public in a searchable manner such that a single entity (e.g., a specific dealer) can offer all of the vehicles for sale to consumers while accounting for the various costs that will be incurred by the selling entity to successfully complete the sales transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: MCCLUSKEY CHEVROLET, INC.
    Inventor: Keith P. McCluskey
  • Patent number: 9678643
    Abstract: A client device requests a web page via a network, where the web page is identified by an identifier and references a widget. Following receipt of the requested web page, the client device requests the widget referenced by the requested web page and presents, within the requested web page, a presentation of the widget. Thereafter, in response to receiving user information within the presentation of the widget, the client device communicates the user information to a server via a secure connection between the widget on the client device and the server while maintaining user context at the client device in the requested web page, where the secure connection is initiated by the client device and employs a secure communication protocol implemented by the widget.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Thon Morse, Nathaniel B. Forman, Richard J. Stanford
  • Patent number: 9652771
    Abstract: A method for transmitting data between a mobile communication device and a server. The method includes running a mobile application on the mobile communication device. The mobile application is hosted on the mobile communication device through the server as a Software as a Service (SaaS). The method further includes transmitting data associated with the mobile application between the mobile communication device and the server, in which transmission of the data between the mobile communication device and the server is monitored through the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Michelle Fisher
  • Patent number: 9576304
    Abstract: An evaluation information identifying device includes an extracting unit that, when, as a result of determining the presence or absence of a correlation between a supplier of an evaluation target and an evaluator having made a positive evaluation on the evaluation target, it is determined that there is a correlation, extracts evaluation information posted by the evaluator on the evaluation target provided by the supplier as specific evaluation information, and an outputting unit that performs specified processing based on the extracted specific evaluation information. It is thereby determined whether the possibility that the evaluator is an interested party to the supplier is high or low, and the evaluation information by an interested party to the evaluation target or the like is identified. It is thereby possible to provide useful evaluation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Tadahiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9550133
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus (7?) for separating 1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene by fractional distillation of a mixture (31) that contains C9 or C9+ aromatic hydrocarbons, and possibly hydrocarbons with less nine nine carbon atoms. In an aspect of the invention, a first distillation step and a second distillation step are carried out in respective distillation chambers (75, 75?) defined by a cylindrical vertical container 501 and by an inner partition wall (85) of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: SIME SRL
    Inventors: Stefano Favilli, Luciano Scibola
  • Patent number: 9332123
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer readable medium for feedback of survey results comprises a data center, a call center, and a survey platform communicably coupled to the data center and to the call center, wherein the data center receives a communication initiated by an individual, wherein the communication is routed to the survey platform after an event, wherein data related to at least one of: the individual and the communication is collected, wherein the individual is prompted for participation in a survey, if the individual agrees to participate in the survey, the data is routed to the call center, based on the data and information related to the individual, the individual is routed to an agent within a call center, wherein the agent conducts a survey, and wherein results of the survey are dynamically provided to quality control database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: West Corproation
    Inventor: Richard K. Snyder
  • Patent number: 9249347
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a composition comprising HFO-1234yf, or trans-HFO-1234ze, or a mixture thereof; HFC-32; and HFC-152a, HFO-1243zf, or a mixture thereof, wherein said composition is selected from the group consisting of: (I) a first composition, wherein said HFO-1234yf or trans-HFO-1234ze or a mixture thereof is at least 56 weight percent of said first composition; (II) a second composition, wherein said HFC-32 is at most 29 weight percent of said second composition; (III) a third composition, wherein said HFC-152a is at least 56 weight percent said third composition; (IV) a fourth composition, wherein said HFC-32 is at least 56 weight percent of said fourth composition; (V) a fifth composition comprising trans-HFO-1234ze, HFC-32, and HFC-152a, HFO-1243zf, or a mixture thereof; and (VI) a sixth composition, wherein said HFO-1243zf or mixture thereof with HFC-152a is at most 20 weight percent of said sixth composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: THE CHEMOURS COMPANY FC, LLC
    Inventors: Barbara Haviland Minor, Joachim Gerstel
  • Patent number: 9237155
    Abstract: User-specified policies may be efficiently implemented and enforced with a distributed set of policy enforcement components. User-specified policies may be transformed into a normal form. Sets of normal form policies may be optimized. The optimized policies may be indexed and/or divided and provided to the distributed set of policy enforcement components. The distributed policy enforcement may have a sandbox mode and/or verification mode enabling policy configuration verification. With appropriate authorization, substitute data may be used in verification mode to evaluate requests with respect to policies. Evaluation results, relevant policies, and decision data utilized during request evaluation may be collected, filtered and reported at a variety of levels of detail. Originating user-specified policies may be tracked during the policy normalization process to enable reference to user-specified policies in verification mode reports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Cavage, Yunong Xiao, Bradley Jeffery Behm
  • Patent number: 9176575
    Abstract: According to a preferred aspect of the instant invention, there is provided a system and method that allows the user to automatically utilize the embedded location data of digital image files in the production of a multimedia work. The system allows the user to select a transition from among a plurality of provided transitions, wherein the embedded location data of a selected digital image file is then used to adapt the selected transition to a location-based transition, which is then subsequently inserted into the multimedia work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: MAGIX, AG
    Inventors: Tilman Herberger, Titus Tost
  • Patent number: 9104237
    Abstract: An electronic gift (e-gift) giving system includes a first computing device that receives from a second computing device of a giver, e-gift information associated with an e-gift to be given to a recipient and reveal video information from the second computing device. From this information, the first computing device generates an interactive reveal video that, when displayed on a recipient computing device of the recipient, receives one or more user interface input actions and generates one or more tactile feedback actions to be performed by the second computing device in response to the user interface input action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Gift Card Impressions, LLC
    Inventors: Brett R. Glass, Dominique Michelle Pierron O'Hara
  • Publication number: 20150143728
    Abstract: An advertisement element (2) having an underside adapted for positioning on a flat surface and an upper side comprising an advertisement surface with advertisement information, wherein the advertisement surface comprises a plurality of protrusions (12), wherein each protrusion (12) comprises a first display surface (14) with graphics applied to the surface, said surface (14) and graphics being oriented towards a first predefined viewpoint (4) and a second display surface with graphics applied to the surface, said surface and graphics being oriented towards a second predefined viewpoint (6), and wherein the advertisement information comprises a first image (8) composed of the combined graphics on the first display surfaces (14) and a second image composed of the combined graphics on the second display surfaces. A method of creating said advertisement element (2) and a method of capturing advertisement images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Christian Jokum Søndergard, Søren Støvelbaek Larsen
  • Publication number: 20150134571
    Abstract: A food cutting guide comprising a base for supporting and cutting food, said base having first and second planar surfaces, a peripheral edge, and a plurality of cutting grooves formed in at least one of the planar surfaces to facilitate and guide the movement of a food cutting utensil in cutting the food, and at least one centering guide disposed inwardly from said peripheral edge on at least the planar surfaces having said cutting grooves; wherein said at least one centering guide facilitates the placement of the food in the center of the cutting surface; and wherein said plurality of cutting grooves are equally spaced to facilitate cutting equal size slices of food.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Greg T. Getzinger
  • Patent number: 9015058
    Abstract: A system and method for scheduling tablet dosage is described. The system includes a computing device, a filling system, and a plurality of containers. The computing device hosts an application that includes a user interface receiving a prescription order including a designation for each tablet to be ordered. In one embodiment, the system and method also includes an automated inspection module that performs an inspection of each container to identify a first tablet and a second tablet within each container. In another illustrative embodiment, each container includes a pouch with a plurality of different tablets. Additionally, the plurality of pouches may be received by a box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Edge Medical Properties, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Luciano, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9009082
    Abstract: Techniques are described for assessing information supplied by users in various ways, such as to assess the reliability and/or other attributes of the user-supplied information. In at least some situations, the user-supplied information includes votes or other evaluations supplied by users related to items available from an online merchant, such as ratings of usefulness or other attributes of item reviews for the items or of other types of content pieces that are provided by other users. If user-supplied information is assessed as being sufficiently reliable and/or to have other desired attributes of interest, such as based on an automated analysis of the information, the user-supplied information may be used in various ways in various embodiments, such as to rate the quality or other attributes of the evaluated content pieces, and/or to rate quality or other attributes of the content-providing users who provide the content pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Anne R. Marshall, James G. Robinson, Sameer R. Rajyaguru
  • Patent number: 8996380
    Abstract: Systems and methods of synchronizing media are provided. A client device may be used to capture a sample of a media stream being rendered by a media rendering source. The client device sends the sample to a position identification module to determine a time offset indicating a position in the media stream corresponding to the sampling time of the sample, and optionally a timescale ratio indicating a speed at which the media stream is being rendered by the media rendering source based on a reference speed of the media stream. The client device calculates a real-time offset using a present time, a timestamp of the media sample, the time offset, and optionally the timescale ratio. The client device then renders a second media stream at a position corresponding to the real-time offset to be in synchrony to the media stream being rendered by the media rendering source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Shazam Entertainment Ltd.
    Inventors: Avery Li-Chun Wang, Rahul Powar, William Michael Mills, Christopher Jacques Penrose Barton, Philip Georges Inghelbrecht, Dheeraj Shankar Mukherjee
  • Publication number: 20150081595
    Abstract: An improved cemetery experience, whereby the cemetery and accompanying facilities may celebrate and demonstrate the passion and hobbies of the deceased individual, such as a love of special venues, e.g., amusement and entertainment venues. The contemplated themed cemetery may be a stand-alone cemetery that celebrates a common passion of a plurality of individuals, yet still maintains the traditional burial and memorialization process. The themed cemetery memorializes a specific event or a loved location and provides enjoyment to individuals having a common interest with an opportunity for burial and/or memorial with a common theme. The themed cemetery comprises a visual and physical replica of a venue, such as a entertainment facility, e.g., Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Bowl, The Hollywood Palladium, Disneyland, The Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Greek Theatre, Cesar's Palace, The MGM Grand Hotel, The Bellagio, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: David Montgomery
  • Publication number: 20150081506
    Abstract: A tradeable commodity or instrument, a trading system for a plurality of such commodities, a method of trading using such a system and security systems related thereto. The tradeable instrument comprises a secure container constituted by a transparent cover (12), a stone holder pad (14), a set of diamonds (15), a diamond or stone holder (16), a data card (18), a bottom cover (20) and a tamper evident band (22) interconnected into a secure, tamper-evident envelope. The data card (18) incorporates physical and digital security features. In addition, at least one externally readable programmable logic device is incorporated in the tradeable instrument card. The tamper evident band (22) is shrunk onto the tradeable instrument card and includes physical security features in the form of holographic foils incorporated in the band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Isaac Neuman
  • Publication number: 20150081375
    Abstract: One or more regions in a first element that is fixed correspond to indications of a likelihood of satisfying customer demand while optimizing capacity utilization. Customer requirements are stored in a second element that is movable, wherein the one or more regions in the first element are interpreted to determine the likelihood of satisfying customer demand while optimizing capacity utilization, based on the stored customer requirements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Paul D. SLOUP, Jeannette M. HICKS, Troy D. GRISSEN
  • Publication number: 20150047120
    Abstract: A body rotation and securing sling having a flat sheet configured with a plurality of edges dimensioned to accommodate a side laying person's back, torso, hips and upper legs, wherein at least two edges are angled, curved, or slanted to transition between other sets of edges, a plurality of straps configured to reposition and secure the side laying person and, thus to enable a service personnel to reposition a bed ridden person by tugging or pulling on the straps to reposition and roll the laying patient from side-to-side and to secure the side laying person on one side or angled side until time for rotation to the other side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Sue Ann Partridge, Laura Kim Porter, Thomas Josh Porter
  • Publication number: 20150052082
    Abstract: The present invention is a food container, or vessel, having a body shaped in the form of a recognizable feature of a subject, a method of using said food container for promoting a subject having a recognizable feature, a method of using said food container to promote the sale of the food stored therein, and a method of fabricating a food container of the type disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: William Todd Pordy
  • Publication number: 20150026099
    Abstract: A cart for marketing bedding is provided that includes a rack including a plurality of vertical support members and at least one tray positioned between the support members. The tray includes a plurality of compartments. A pillow is disposed in each of the compartments. Each of the pillows has a different configuration. Methods of use are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Eugene Alletto, JR.
  • Patent number: 8935091
    Abstract: High resolution images are imprinted onto precise and consistent lawns and fields by use in combination of a global positioning system; a processor for generating a desired pattern which is translated into patterning instructions; and a patterning implement which is used for generating detailed patterns and for imprinting said patterns on any of natural or artificial lawns and fields, covered areas, and landscapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Pete J. Davis
  • Patent number: 8924311
    Abstract: Methods and systems for recovering, processing, containing, and transporting water obtained from an ice source, i.e., a glacier, ice sheet, ice cap, etc., are described herein. The ice obtained from the ice source holds unique properties and is processed as a beverage for consumption having unique properties. Further, the resulting product is produced and transported with minimal human alteration and reduced energy input as compared to conventional methods for packaging water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: World's Fresh Waters Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Allen Szydlowski, Ian Szydlowski, Mickey Fouts
  • Publication number: 20140370130
    Abstract: A method and product for improving maternal and child health through nutrition. Omega-6 fatty acid and/or omega-3 fatty acid are provided to a woman and/or child prior to, during and/or after pregnancy to improve the health of the woman and her child. The ratios of the omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids vary during various stages, e.g., pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and post-pregnancy. The omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids can be in a variety of forms, such as at least one of highly purified algal oil comprising 70% by weight or more of the desired HUFA, triglyceride oil combined with phospholipid, phospholipid, protein and phospholipid combination, or dried marine microalgae.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Mary VAN ELSWYK
  • Publication number: 20140351174
    Abstract: A method of providing a consumer with a fragrancing system to coordinate with their home décor comprising the steps of: (a) providing a palette of décor styles, wherein the palette comprises at least two décor styles; (b) providing a plurality fragrances, wherein at least one of the plurality of fragrances coordinates with at least one of the at least two décor styles; and wherein the wherein the décor style is shown on the fragrance or the palette with an indicator selected from the group consisting of: primary nomenclature and iconography.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Patricia Penman, David D. Williams, Axel Bayala, Ellen Clark Arnold
  • Publication number: 20140344190
    Abstract: This invention is a unique method to manufacture, package, market, distribute and sell coordinated non-matching items which have traditionally been matched. This invention includes the creation and use of a system for coordinating the non-matching items. It further includes the packaging of the coordinated non-matching products in both traditional and non-traditional quantities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: DELTA GALIL USA INC.
    Inventors: Jonah Staw, Arielle Eckstut, Leslie Jonath
  • Patent number: 8886549
    Abstract: The invention provides novel systems, methods and software for business activity monitoring. In one aspect of the invention, for example, events can be monitored and/or evaluated before the data is stored in a database. This can provide for real-time business activity monitoring and, in some cases, can prevent the database from becoming a bottleneck in the monitoring process. Merely by way of example, a business activity monitor process might be implemented in a middleware layer between an enterprise application and the database that is used to store data for the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Rahul V. Herwadkar
  • Patent number: 8865100
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a method and system for monetizing energy. More specifically, the invention is directed to the economically efficient utilization of remote or stranded natural gas resources. The invention includes importing a high energy density material into an energy market and distributing the high energy density material (HEDM) therein. The HEDM is produced from reduction of a material oxide such as boria into the HEDM, which may be boron. The reduction utilizes remote hydrocarbon resources such as stranded natural gas resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Bruce T. Kelley, Harry W. Deckman, Stephen Mark Davis, Frank Hershkowitz
  • Publication number: 20140305879
    Abstract: A method of supplying water using a natural water pipeline includes withdrawing impaired water from an impaired water body connected to a waterway and treating the impaired water from the impaired water body to produce treated water. The method also includes discharging the treated water into the waterway and conveying the treated water via the waterway to one or more locations proximate to one or more remote operational facilities that withdraws water from the waterway at the one or more locations. The method further includes receiving a monetary value from one or more operational entities operating the one or more remote operational facilities and providing at least a portion of one or more water access rights to the one or more operational entities in exchange for the monetary value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Hydration Company of PA LLC
    Inventors: Brad J. Domitrovitsch, William A. Formica, III
  • Publication number: 20140284249
    Abstract: Various embodiments of rotating display carousels, such as for newspapers, magazines, brochures, etc. are provided with indicia by way of indicia exhibiting elements, such as for advertising, on at least one side thereof. The advertising may be printed or may be electronic. Preferably, the advertising is removable and replaceable on the carousel, allowing for updating, changing and/or rotating of select advertising. An aspect of managing the use of such a carousel is to provide such advertising onto such display carousels, preferably as such advertising relates to a business that is not of the business within which such a display carousel is to be placed. Such advertising may be provided in the form of a sheet of paper or polymeric material with indicia or advertisement print on a display surface along with an adhesive, or other connection system, such as including mechanical devices, magnetic material, hook and loop fasteners, or other fastening or bonding system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Thamert
  • Publication number: 20140279715
    Abstract: Provided is a restaurant comprising a garden, where a food ingredient of an item served in the restaurant is removed from the garden after a customer of the restaurant orders the item, wherein the food ingredient is part of a plant grown in the garden. Also provided is a restaurant that comprises (a) a garden, and (b) a menu listing at least one item that has an ingredient that is part of a plant in the garden and is removed from the garden after the item is ordered, wherein the ingredient is part of a plant. Additionally provided is a method of selling a food by a food vendor. The method comprises selling the food growing in a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Elie H. Gendloff
  • Publication number: 20140279714
    Abstract: Provided is a restaurant comprising a garden, where a food ingredient of an item served in the restaurant is harvested from the garden after a customer orders the item. Also provided is a restaurant that serves an ingredient to a customer before the ingredient is harvested. Additionally provided is a restaurant that offers an item that has an ingredient that is harvested within six hours of the item being served to a customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 1, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Elie Gendloff
  • Patent number: 8832000
    Abstract: A computerized method for optimizing parameters is described. A system can initialize a group of parameters to respective values within a set of allowable models and bound a partition function across a number of variable pairs to generate a plurality of bounds. The system can also determine new values for the group of parameters that minimize a sum of the plurality of bounds. The system can set the group of parameters to the new values and optimize the parameters by iteratively performing the bounding, determining and setting. The system can stop optimizing when a termination condition is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    Inventor: Tony Jebara
  • Publication number: 20140244547
    Abstract: There is a widespread need for an improvement in the overall sanitation level of high traffic public and private establishments, which contain equipment that undergoes constant changing of hands by those who frequent the establishment. Currently, there is little financial incentive for such establishments to incorporate more advanced sanitation and cleaning protocols. The solution can be realized by creating an article of manufacture with antimicrobial properties and providing installation in immediately retrofit form to create financial incentives for the establishment operator/owner and companies whose products are marketed within that establishment. The invention consists of two key components that, together, satisfy a continuing technical and biological problem and provide a valuable advertising vehicle for many companies. The first component is an article of manufacture with antimicrobial properties customized to retrofit onto existing equipment to improve sanitation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew David Zawisza
  • Patent number: 8788351
    Abstract: A point of sale tax reporting system including a smart tax register located at a retailer location. The retailer smart register processes consumer transactions and calculates the amount of sales tax due the retailer by the consumer for each transaction. After the sales tax is paid to the retailer by the consumer, the register either immediately or periodically forwards the amount of the transaction and the amount of sales tax collected by the retailer to a computer and memory located at a remote location, such as a state government taxing authority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Taxvantage LLC
    Inventors: Paul A. Francisco, Frederick J. Petschauer
  • Patent number: 8781862
    Abstract: Included in the terms of a purchase or lease agreement, particularly pertaining to automobiles, a party having a business relationship with the seller or lessor, or the seller or lessor itself, agrees to provide a policy, including at least collision and/or comprehensive coverage, to a qualified buyer. The insurance coverage protects against losses related to the item being purchased or leased for a predetermined period of time. To be qualified, the purchaser or lessor must reside in a particular geographic region and purchase or lease, for example, a particular make and model of automobile. No further characteristics of the purchaser or lessor are considered in obtaining the insurance policy. The sale or lease of the item and provision of the insurance policy may be completed over a computer network, such as the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Disruptive Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert Wallach, Jasper Jackson
  • Patent number: 8768716
    Abstract: A host system generates and manages databases incorporating data gathered from a plurality of client automation systems, such as CNC machine tools. The data may include real-time data, and is captured from the client systems under supervision of software downloaded over a network from the host system to the client systems. The captured data is transmitted over the network to the host, which creates the databases. The databases preferably include a commercial database comprising data associated with customer owners or operators of the client automation system, as well as a technical database, comprising captured data, administrative and other data, organized by customer and client system. Captured data is preferably associated with the date of capture, providing for the creation of a historical database for given client equipment. With customer authorization, others, such as original equipment manufacturers, may access the captured data, for which they may be charged a fee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Volker Kreidler, Knut Lagies, Wolfgang Mutscheller
  • Patent number: 8767033
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the invention, the invention relates to an electronic device that features a display unit, a storage unit and a processor. The storage unit is adapted to store a plurality of widgets. Coupled to the storage unit, the processor is adapted to control downloading of the plurality of widgets upon gaining access as a member to a viewing room, and thereafter, to control operations of the plurality of widgets in providing interactive communications with other members of the viewing room as content is being played back on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sriram Sampathkumaran, William Schupp, Nobukazu Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 8752726
    Abstract: A sleeve containing an insert forming a cup holder is described. The inserts are placed in the sleeve. The sleeve is customizable by varying the color, writing and bar coding. The individual business may also display their logo on the sleeve or insert. These cup holders are personal to the user and can be repeatedly used. This enables the individual business to save money. The sleeve and insert as cup holder can be made up of recyclable material. The user may use a device implanted on or in a sleeve to pay and/or order the product using the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Marcy L. Molz
  • Publication number: 20140164295
    Abstract: Performance Scores can be used to identify police officers whose domestic violence investigations are habitually insufficient, those types of investigations being routinely rejected by prosecutors. By identifying specific areas of investigative weakness, per officers, supervisors are able to design specific remediation training that responds to areas of identified deficiency. P Score data can be used to track officer performance during periods of improvement. Aggregated P Score data can be used to assess entire police agencies for the sufficiency of their response to domestic violence crime. The P Score method fills a vacuum that currently exists in criminal justice, because presently no quantitative method exists to identify problem areas of individual officer's investigative habits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Eric LeRoy Nelson
  • Patent number: 8751412
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an information handling system having at least one hardware component, e.g. motherboard, bearing a unique identifier (component ID) in software-readable form. The method comprises generating a digital identifier (system trackcode) which defines the hardware and software configuration of the item, storing the system trackcode in association with the component ID in a manufacturing database such that the component ID can be used as a key to retrieve the associated system trackcode. During manufacture the component ID is read from the motherboard and used to retrieve the associated system trackcode from the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Roy Meaney, Philip Brisky, Eric Hoxworth, Joseph Tallieu
  • Patent number: 8751309
    Abstract: Techniques for distributing messages to consumers on behalf of promoters. In some embodiments, once a message is provided to a message distribution system to be distributed to consumers on behalf of promoters, the message distribution system may determine the consumers to which to distribute the message based on the personal interest identifiers for the consumers that identify personal interests of the consumers. In particular, in some embodiments, a message distribution system may determine a topic for a message and personal interest identifiers for the message that correspond to personal interest identifiers input by consumers. Once the set of personal interest identifiers for the message has been identified, a set of consumers who have input one or more of those personal interest identifiers is identified. The message may then be made available to the identified set of consumers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Tagzo World LLC
    Inventor: Michael A. O'Hara
  • Publication number: 20140156562
    Abstract: Implementations of the advertising mat of the present disclosure include a plurality of advertisements from businesses. In some implementations, an advertising mat of the present disclosure may include advertisements from local businesses (e.g., within a certain mile radius of the advertising mat). In some implementations, an advertising mat of the present disclosure may include advertisements from any business including local, non-local, wholesale, retail, or any other business. In some implementations, an advertising mat of the present disclosure may include one or more advertisements having respective matrix barcodes (or two-dimensional codes) such as QR (Quick Response) codes. In some implementations, the one or more advertisements may include respective coupons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Randy Taylor, Bobby P. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20140156561
    Abstract: A method for allowing security personnel in screening stations to more quickly identify prohibited articles and to identify and interrogate the screened individual responsible for the prohibited article, thereby improving throughput and reducing human error. If an operator observes articles which raise a security concern, the operator isolates the location of such articles by referencing the compartment in the tray where it is located and optionally whether the article is in a high or low position in the compartment and by referencing a tray's unique identifier. A security tray design is provided to carry out the method which includes discrete delineated compartments, and optionally a unique identifier and an area for displaying the screened individual's identification to connect the individual to a unique tray, to assist in preventing individuals from gaining access to restricted areas with prohibited articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicants: STEELHEAD SECURITY INC., Steelhead Security Inc.
    Inventors: Ressa Gayle Steele, Douglas Albert Ross, Garry Allen Brimson