Coordination Of Plural Reservations (e.g., Plural Trip Segments; Transportation And Accommodation, Etc.) Patents (Class 705/6)
  • Patent number: 10636106
    Abstract: A budget information device may include a memory and a processor cooperating with the memory for importing and storing different financial databases into the memory. Each different financial database may include numerical data and textual identifiers. The processor and memory may be for processing the numerical data and textual identifiers from the different financial databases. The processor and memory may also be for providing a GUI to a user, the GUI including views for respectively accessing the numerical data and textual identifiers for each of the different financial databases. Each view may include a cross-reference feature for accessing numerical data and textual identifiers associated to numerical data and textual identifiers in a current view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Spider Data Services, LLC
    Inventors: Anna J Mattson, Sherri R. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10593208
    Abstract: The network system triggers registration of the start of a transport journey in response to a communication of a transport user device and a transport provider device with each other, performs a continuous coordinated proximity monitoring to verify the identity of a transport user and a transport provider vehicle, and triggers registration of the end of the transport journey through communication of the transport user device and the transport provider device with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Carma Technology Limited
    Inventor: Sean O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10565804
    Abstract: The present invention relates in general to parking availability systems and methods of parking, and more specifically, to a parking system that manages individual parking spaces in real-time. Notably, the present invention gives a parking asset owner flexibility to adjust parking prices for individual parking spaces within a parking facility in real-time depending upon dynamic market conditions such as demand, convenience, and location. The purpose of the invention is to offer parking consumers a choice in parking price tiers to encourage turnover and maximize revenue streams for the parking asset owner. Additional benefits of the present invention to the parking asset owner include improved service to customers, obtaining LEED credits, reducing harmful carbon emissions, mitigating transportation demand, saving time through stream-lined parking operations, and eco-friendly solutions to parking problems not solved by traditional parking models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Park Green, LLC
    Inventors: Warren C. Vander Helm, David L. Vogel, Michael T. Holm
  • Patent number: 10558987
    Abstract: Optimizing customer lifetime value (LTV) techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a simulator is configured to derive a prediction model based on data indicative of user interaction online with marketing offers. The prediction model may be produced by automatically classifying variables according to feature types and matching each feature type to a response function that defines how the variable responds to input actions. The classification of variables and/or corresponding response functions per the prediction model may consider dependencies between variables and dependencies between successive states. An evaluator may then be invoked to apply the prediction model to test a proposed marketing strategy offline. Application of the prediction model is designed to predict user response to simulated offers/actions and enable evaluation of marketing strategies with respect to one or more long-term objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Georgios Theocharous, Assaf Joseph Hallak
  • Patent number: 10510095
    Abstract: A method executed by a computing device includes receiving a search criteria and location data from a user device in communication with the computing device, determining a user location based on the location data, and determining a geographical density of entities about the user location. The method optionally includes selecting one or more access mechanisms based on the search criteria and the geographical density. Each access mechanism, when executed by the user device, causes the user device to access a resource identified by the access mechanism. The method also optionally includes transmitting search results containing the one or more selected access mechanisms from the computing device to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eric J. Glover, Michael Harris, Patrick La Victoire
  • Patent number: 10506396
    Abstract: An interactive method for public transport information is provided, including: allowing a server to acquire stop information of at least one passenger from a terminal, the stop information includes first stop information that the at least one passenger is going to get on at a first stop, and second stop information that the at least one passenger is going to get off at a second stop; and allowing the server to send the stop information of the at least one passenger to buses going to stop at both the first stop and the second stop. An apparatus and a system are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BOE OPTICAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Kejun Shen
  • Patent number: 10489871
    Abstract: A computer-based system for unobscuring and/or unconstraining demand is disclosed. Via use of the system, actual airline seat bookings may be restated in an unobscured and/or unconstrained form, facilitating improved demand forecasts for subsequent seat bookings. In this manner, seat protects may be better allocated to align with actual demand, thus increasing revenue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Tracy, James Fox, Julianne Bowles, Michael Costello, Daniel Muzich, Thomas Trenga
  • Patent number: 10482771
    Abstract: A system for determining a dispatch includes an input interface, a processor, and an output interface. The input interface is to receive a request for a first pickup including a first pickup location and a first destination. The processor is configured to determining a driver to dispatch to the first pickup location. The output interface is to provide a first pickup indication to the driver to go to the first pickup location. The input interface is further to receive a first pickup arrival indication indicating the driver arrived at the first pickup location. The output interface is further to provide a first destination indication indicating to the driver to go to the first destination. The input interface is further to receive a request for a second pickup including a second pickup location and a second destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Lambert, Logan Green, Frank Taehyun Yoo, Marc Haumann, David Dryjanski, Lev Popov
  • Patent number: 10446038
    Abstract: A system for determining a dispatch includes an input interface, a processor, and an output interface. The input interface is to receive a request for a first pickup including a first pickup location and a first destination. The processor is configured to determining a driver to dispatch to the first pickup location. The output interface is to provide a first pickup indication to the driver to go to the first pickup location. The input interface is further to receive a first pickup arrival indication indicating the driver arrived at the first pickup location. The output interface is further to provide a first destination indication indicating to the driver to go to the first destination. The input interface is further to receive a request for a second pickup including a second pickup location and a second destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Lambert, Logan Green, Frank Taehyun Yoo, Marc Haumann, David Dryjanski, Lev Popov
  • Patent number: 10439678
    Abstract: Provided are a method and system for transferring data between a plurality of devices. The method of transferring data from a first device to a second device includes: selecting at least one content; acquiring relevant information about the selected content; storing the acquired relevant information; and providing the second device with the stored relevant information when a communication channel is formed between the first device and the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-woo Ko, Ho-dong Kim, Hee-won Jung
  • Patent number: 10417584
    Abstract: A system and method are provided which obtain a travel itinerary for a user, the itinerary identifying a trip, including a scheduled flight to a destination. A scheduled flight is monitored to detect when the scheduled flight arrives at the destination. Upon the scheduled flight arriving at an airport of the destination, one or more notifications are sent to a mobile computing device of the user. Information can be provided with the notifications for an on-demand ground transportation service. The information may include a location at the airport where the user can be picked up in connection with receiving the on-demand transportation service, and a timing indicator to indicate when the user should make a request to receive the on-demand transportation service based on a real-time determination of a number of available service providers in a vicinity of the airport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard David Jaffe
  • Patent number: 10359291
    Abstract: This disclosure relates a processor determining a network map of a transport network by. The processor optimises for each of multiple sets of nodes a travel cost of trips with a start node and an end node in that set. This way, the processor selects from each of the multiple sets one node as a hub. The travel cost is based on whether the start node or end node is the hub. The processor then optimises for each node a direct travel time between that node and a hub to select an optimised hub for that node. Finally, the processor determines a network map comprising the selected hubs connected by a first transport mode and the remaining nodes connected to the selected hub by a second transport mode. Passengers need to change less often at the hub because the hub is placed at the most popular destination or origin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: National ICT Australia Limited
    Inventors: Phillip Kilby, Matthew Robards
  • Patent number: 10346491
    Abstract: Implementations are directed to providing an exemplar electronic document (EED) with actions including receiving input that is at least partially representative of a subject, receiving a plurality of stored subjects, each including data representative of a respective stored subject, and provided in a knowledge graph, processing the input based on semantic comparison between the input and each of the stored subjects to provide a set of semantic differences, each semantic difference representing the input and a respective stored subject, processing a profile in view of each of a plurality of other profiles to provide a set of semantic correlations, each semantic correlation representing the profile and a respective other profile, and providing the EED based on the sets of semantic differences and semantic correlations, the EED including at least a portion of the input, and respective portions of each of a plurality of stored subjects based on respective scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Freddy Lecue, Caroline Brazil, Dadong Wan
  • Patent number: 10347369
    Abstract: Medical services are offered by various facilities near a patient's residence. The number of facility options continues to grow and the patients can now receive various different health care services. One example method of operation provides receiving updated patient information at a patient profile server, identifying a patient medical profile stored in memory associated with the updated patient information, and updating a patient status based on the updated patient information received, and modifying a patient schedule associated with the at least one patient status and storing the patient schedule in the patient medical profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Dudzinski, Jil M. Fisher, Troy G. Hottovy, Pamela Ann Mortenson, Craig A. Webster, Michelle Mason Winston
  • Patent number: 10332041
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The methods include, for instance: a travel planning system, via a user interface, receives requirements for a trip from a user; collects preference information of the user for the trip; searches available travel options based on the requirements and the preference information; builds an itinerary based on the searched travel options by use of a balance combination of relative weights for sources of the preference information; applies external data relevant to the itinerary; obtains a response to the itinerary from the user; and either adjusts the itinerary or makes reservations respective to the travel options in the itinerary, depending on types of a response from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jason A. Gonzalez, Stephanie Bianchi McCaffrey, Tassanee Kraipon Supakkul, Abby Nicole Tisdale
  • Patent number: 10332039
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The methods include, for instance: a travel planning system, via a user interface, receives requirements for a trip from a user; collects preference information of the user for the trip; searches available travel options based on the requirements and the preference information; builds an itinerary based on the searched travel options by use of a balance combination of relative weights for sources of the preference information; applies external data relevant to the itinerary; obtains a response to the itinerary from the user; and either adjusts the itinerary or makes reservations respective to the travel options in the itinerary, depending on types of a response from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jason A. Gonzalez, Stephanie Bianchi McCaffrey, Tassanee Kraipon Supakkul, Abby Nicole Tisdale
  • Patent number: 10327034
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems for exchange of video content are provided. A media outlet device is provided with a media outlet application, and a user device of a user is provided with an interactive media application, the interactive media application enabling communications with the media outlet device via the media outlet application. Video content is recorded and encoded on the user device. An interactive map is displayed on a user interface of the media outlet device. The interactive map shows a current location of the user device. The purchase of the video content from the user is enabled via the user interface. The purchased video content is communicated from the user device to at least one of a central server and the media outlet device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: TVU Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Shen, Matthew Richard McEwen, Shiwen Yao
  • Patent number: 10291504
    Abstract: Techniques for monitoring performance of a computer system are provided. Bucket data is stored that indicates that multiple buckets are associated with a particular type of request. Then, multiple requests are received, where a first request and a second request indicate the same type of request. Based on the bucket data, the first request is assigned to a first bucket and the second request is assigned to a second bucket. The assignment may be further based on a complexity determined for each request. First performance data is generated while processing the first request and is aggregated with second performance data that was generated while processing one or more third requests that are assigned to the first bucket. Third performance data is generated while processing the second request and aggregated with fourth performance data that was generated while processing one or more fourth requests that are assigned to the second bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sanjay Sachdev, Alexander Easton, Sean Peng
  • Patent number: 10275810
    Abstract: Systems and methods that process natural language travel requests are described herein. According to some embodiments, methods for processing natural language travel requests may include: (a) decoding itinerary components from a natural language travel request, (b) determining a node type for each of the itinerary components, (c) ascertaining dependencies between each of the itinerary components based upon respective node types, (d) generating an unconstrained schedule using the itinerary components and respective dependencies therebetween, and (d) allocating available inventory to each of the itinerary components according to the unconstrained schedule to fulfill the natural language travel request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Amgine Technologies (US), Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan David Miller, Harold Roy Miller, Steven Mark Seider
  • Patent number: 10262467
    Abstract: The present invention relates in general to parking availability systems and methods of parking, and more specifically, to a parking system that manages individual parking spaces in real-time. Notably, the present invention gives a parking asset owner flexibility to adjust parking prices for individual parking spaces within a parking facility in real-time depending upon dynamic market conditions such as demand, convenience, and location. The purpose of the invention is to offer parking consumers a choice in parking price tiers to encourage turnover and maximize revenue streams for the parking asset owner. Additional benefits of the present invention to the parking asset owner include improved service to customers, obtaining LEED credits, reducing harmful carbon emissions, mitigating transportation demand, saving time through stream-lined parking operations, and eco-friendly solutions to parking problems not solved by traditional parking models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Park Green, LLC
    Inventors: Warren C. Vander Helm, David L. Vogel, Michael T. Holm
  • Patent number: 10202048
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to preemptively controlling one or more vehicle systems of a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes, in response to (i) detecting that a present traffic level along a route of the vehicle satisfies a congestion threshold and (ii) detecting that a type of roadway on which the vehicle is traveling is a highway, determining whether the vehicle is traveling in a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane by identifying whether a number of passengers in the vehicle satisfies an HOV threshold. The method includes adjusting the one or more vehicle systems within the vehicle according to whether the number of passengers satisfies the HOV threshold to cause the vehicle to operate efficiently while traveling along the route with the present traffic level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua D. Payne, Shannon Alicia Wrobel, Heraldo F. Stefanon, Takanori Aoki
  • Patent number: 10197410
    Abstract: According to one exemplary embodiment, a method for real-time carpool matching is provided. The method may include receiving a plurality of carpool requests having a plurality of carpool route segments. The method may include determining at least one carpool match in real-time based on the plurality of carpool route segments. The method may include assigning each carpool match a viability value. The method may then include assigning a selected carpool match automatically for a user associated with the determined at least one carpool match, based on the assigned viability value associated with each carpool match within the at least one carpool match. The method may further include choosing a driver from a plurality of carpool participants, whereby the plurality of carpool participants is based on the selected carpool match. The method may also include sending the selected carpool match to the plurality of carpool participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shang Q. Guo, Canturk Isci, Jonathan Lenchner, Maharaj Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 10180326
    Abstract: A staying state analysis device measuring a stay frequency of moving objects in a target area and generating a heat map visualizing a state of distribution of the stay frequency includes: a position information sorter sorting pieces of position information of the moving objects according to a degree of possibility that the pieces of position information may include an error due to a missing part that may be in traffic lines of the moving objects; a missing part position detector detecting a position of the missing part in the traffic lines based on at least two groups of pieces of position information sorted by the sorter; a corrected distribution information generator generating corrected distribution information representing the stay frequency of the moving objects corrected based on a result of detection by the missing part position detector; and a heat map generator generating the heat map based on corrected distribution information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Youichi Gouda, Yuichi Matsumoto, Hiroaki Yoshio
  • Patent number: 10152740
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for generating recommendations. In response to receiving a request, the system generates a plurality of suggested recommendations for both a first bound and a second bound of a trip. The system stores the suggested recommendations corresponding to the first bound and the second bound in a memory, where the suggested recommendations corresponding to the second bound coincide to a subset of the suggested recommendations corresponding to the first bound published for display. The system publishes the suggested recommendations corresponding to the first bound for display to a user. In response to receiving an input that indicates a selected recommendation for the first bound, the system determines whether the selected recommendation is one of the subset of the suggested recommendations corresponding to the first bound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: AMADEUS S.A.S.
    Inventors: Muriel Isabelle Becker, Guillaume Bertello, Benoit Dougoud, Matthieu Delost, David Pauchet
  • Patent number: 10147119
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are related to leveraging mobility management techniques implemented in mobile networks to distribute advertisements to mobile devices. In certain embodiments of the present disclosure, based on the location of a mobile device, an advertisement is provided for a service associated with the location of the mobile device, wherein the advertisement includes a map of a path from the location of the mobile device to a location of a service provider of the service associated with the location of the mobile device. If a user is interested in the service that is offered in the advertisement, they can initiate a purchase procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: DeWayne Allan Sennett, Brian Kevin Daly
  • Patent number: 10140526
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide an object detecting device which is capable of accurately detecting an object even far away, and of shortening processing time. Provided is an object detecting device (100), comprising: a disparity acquisition unit (116) which compares each image of two cameras (112, 113) and computes a disparity for each pixel; a near-far boundary setting unit (118) which, in a single image of one of the two cameras, sets a boundary (Rb) between a near region (R1) which is close to a vehicle (110) and a far region (R2) which is distant from the vehicle (110); a near object detecting unit (119) which detects objects (102, 104) of the near region (R1) on the basis of the disparity; and a far object detecting unit (120) which detects objects (103, 104) of the far region (R2) on the basis of the single image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Kakegawa, Takeshi Shima, Yuji Otsuka
  • Patent number: 10135495
    Abstract: Provided are a method and system for transferring data between a plurality of devices. The method of transferring data from a first device to a second device includes: selecting at least one content; acquiring relevant information about the selected content; storing the acquired relevant information; and providing the second device with the stored relevant information when a communication channel is formed between the first device and the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-woo Ko, Ho-dong Kim, Hee-won Jung
  • Patent number: 10038974
    Abstract: This document describes proximity-based task notification. By notifying a user of an entity at which the user can perform a task when that entity is near to the user, the techniques enable the user to decide, at a time and location likely convenient to the user, whether or not to perform the task now at the entity or wait until a later occasion. If the user wishes to forgo performing the task, the techniques can notify the user again when the entity or some other entity is likely to be convenient to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC.
    Inventor: Darin J. Dishneau
  • Patent number: 10032195
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of a system, method and/or computer program product for creating a fare analytic database, may include: receiving, by at least one processor, fare(s) and fare related data; and creating a graph database of the fare(s) and fare related data; where the creating may include: creating one or more node(s) of the graph database representing at least one component of the fare and fare related data; creating one or more relationship(s) between a plurality of the nodes; and applying at least one property to the node(s) and the relationship(s). A fare analytic engine may further incorporate the database, and the engine may process queries traversing the database for fare and fare related data; and functional programming methods may be used to generate Boolean byte code routines from fare restrictions, according to exemplary embodiments disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: AIRLINE TARIFF PUBLISHING COMPANY
    Inventors: Navid Abbassi, John M. Murphy, Senthil Nagarajan, David Peart
  • Patent number: 10007957
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and computer program products for processing search results. Search results are retrieved from a database of travel itineraries based on search criteria provided by a traveler, and a set of recommended travel itineraries selected from the search results based on a probabilistic profile comprising a plurality of value profiles. A set of near-optimal travel itineraries is defined for each of the value profiles. A probability is determined for each travel itinerary of the search results based on a sum of weights of each value profile including the travel itinerary in the corresponding set of near-optimal travel itineraries, and travel itineraries added to the set of recommended travel itineraries based on the probabilities. An online search may be performed to enrich the set of recommended travel itineraries depending on a distance between the probabilistic profile of the traveler and a probabilistic profile used to populate the cache.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: AMADEUS S.A.S.
    Inventors: Laure Canis, Feten Zmerli
  • Patent number: 9990129
    Abstract: At an electronic device, detecting a compatible external device, where the external device is executing or has executed a first application. The detection may be made wirelessly. The electronic device also receives usage information regarding the first application from the external device. Display an affordance for user selection based on the received information. When the affordance is selected, launch a second application on the electronic device, the second application corresponding to the first application. In some examples, the second application is a different version of the first application. Launching the second application may additionally include bringing the second application to the same state as the first application. For example, if e-mail is being drafted on the external device, the electronic device may launch an e-mail editor showing the draft. In this way, a user can seamlessly transition from the use of one electronic device to another electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Y. Yang, Patrick L. Coffman, Craig M. Federighi
  • Patent number: 9976863
    Abstract: A system for casual driver ride sharing includes an interface and processor. The interface is to receive a request for a ride from a user, wherein the request includes GPS information for the user. The processor is to determine compatibility between the typical route information and the request for the ride; determine a ranked list based at least in part on the compatibility; and provide a ride offer to a driver of the one or more casual drivers based at least in part on the ranked list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: LYFT, INC.
    Inventors: David Dryjanski, Lev Popov, Timothy Brown, Logan Green, Austin Broyles
  • Patent number: 9955286
    Abstract: The invention addresses a novel system and devices for remote control of wearable computers. In one embodiment the remote control is incorporated in a piece clothing or jewelry, for example a ring, a bracelet, a watch. In another embodiment, it is part of a user's mobile device. The system comprises hardware, accompanied by software running on two or more devices, and allowing for device interoperability over a wireless connection, e.g., Bluetooth. The invention further comprises novel software systems which improve usability of remote control devices disclosed herein and in other patent documents. The invention also presents solutions for combining software and device markets which are continuously introducing new products and more complex software systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Natalya Segal
  • Patent number: 9940442
    Abstract: A technique for supporting secondary use of content of an electronic work. This technique includes receiving, from a user terminal, a use request requesting secondary use of the content of the electronic work, in which a secondary use policy of an author of the electronic work is associated with the electronic work; determining whether the use request satisfies the secondary use policy specified by the author; and transmitting, to the user terminal, together with a unique identifier associated with the use request, content of the electronic work based on the determination or edited content based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sanehiro Furuichi, Akira Ohkado, Tomohiro Shioya, Masami Tada, Hiroaki Uetsuki
  • Patent number: 9911096
    Abstract: A computerized system and method are provided for managing an inventory of cargo containers through the loading and pre-shipment inspection process. The computerized system may be an in-house programmed solution for realtime exchange of information in an organized manner between exporter and importer. The data and photographic documentary are automatically compiled into a formatted property inspection report that is automatically uploaded to a cloud-based server system. The photographic documentary is combined with other essential information including booking number, container number, seal number, weight, and company reference number, and made accessible at a web-based interface for turnkey management of an inventory of cargo containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Somil Desai, Saureen Naik-Desai
  • Patent number: 9912658
    Abstract: There is provided a communication terminal including a transmission controller configured to allow transmission of, to a verification target device, authentication information for authenticating the verification target device based on first information acquired from an information processing device, and a verification unit configured to verify validity of the verification target device based on a response to the authentication information and second information acquired from the information processing device, the second information being associated with the first information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Kato, Michihiro Kuromoto
  • Patent number: 9881065
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments that involve selecting supplemental content to be included with search results in a network page. At least one search result is generated by executing a search based at least in part on relevance to a search query. Supplemental content is selected based at least in part upon relevance to the search query without regard to the at least one search result. A subset of the supplemental content is selected in response to determining that the subset is permitted to be presented together in a search results page as defined by at least one compatibility rule. The search results page is generated to include the subset of the supplemental content and the search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Thomas Banti, Thomas Jay Hoover, Alexander Michael Spinelli
  • Patent number: 9870540
    Abstract: A system and method for searching travel services. A server computer receives a travel request from a client device operated by a user. The server computer identifies travel options according to the travel request. The server computer classifies the travel options into predefined groups, the classifying based on at least one of past transactions, input from domain experts, input from semantic analysts, analytics data, user preferences, and company policies. The server computer presents the options via presentation of the predefined groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: DEEM, INC.
    Inventors: Garner Swann, Parthasarathy Sundaram, Jeremy Paul Todd, Rajat Shroff, Alan Todd Kaiser, Nicholas Briggs, David Falk, Daniel L. Pritchett
  • Patent number: 9791281
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The methods include, for instance: providing a cognitive tour guide service to a group of participants for a tour with an initial route planned by participants registration information and environment information along the initial route. During the tour, real time sensory data on the participants health characteristics, change in environment are collected by a cognitive agent accompanying the group to lead the tour are relayed to a cognitive tour guide engine, and real time multi-objective optimization is modeled and performed. The participants are regrouped responsive to their respective enjoyment and circumstances of the environment and, among a set of optimal solutions, a new route for the tour is selected based on participant preference modeled and trained by participant feedback. During the tour, the cognitive tour guide engine continuously optimizes route responsive to incoming real time sensory data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aaron Keith Baughman, Christian Eggenberger, Lars Jenzer, Craig Matthew Trim
  • Patent number: 9779384
    Abstract: Methods and systems for expense management, comprising: automatically detecting whether a credit card line item record created from a receipt record generated by processing an electronic feed of charges has been identified as a travel expense; identifying, based on a date of a charge of the electronic feed on credit card line item records, whether any of the credit card line item records identified occurred within a time period of an existing trip; automatically assigning any credit card line item records identified as an allowable expense and occurring during the time period for the existing trip for which one existing expense report exists, to an existing expense report; and automatically creating a newly created expense report and assigning to the newly created expense report any credit card line item records identified as an allowable expense and occurring during the time period for the existing trip for which no existing expense reports exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: CONCUR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Fredericks, Joseph Dunnick, Valery Gorodnichev, Jeanine Armstrong
  • Patent number: 9746336
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a navigation system, comprising data storage means arranged to store at least digital map data, traffic state information, and places of interest data, and a route planning module operably coupled to the data storage means and arranged to provide access to the digital map data and calculate a route to a destination, a traffic state interrogator operably coupled to the data storage means and arranged to access said traffic state information and to determine traffic status information relevant to said calculated route to the destination, a places data interrogator operably coupled to the data storage means and arranged to access said places of interest data and to determine relevant information portions about places of interest on the calculated route dependent on the determined traffic status information, and a navigation instruction generator operably coupled to the data storage means and arranged to generate navigation instructions including the relevant informa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignees: TomTom Navigation B.V., TomTom Global Content B.V.
    Inventors: Ben Rutten, Lucien Groenhuijzen, Peter van Zuylen
  • Patent number: 9727940
    Abstract: A computer based system for unobscuring and/or unconstraining demand is disclosed. Via use of the system, actual airline seat bookings may be restated in an unobscured and/or unconstrained form, facilitating improved demand forecasts for subsequent seat bookings. In this manner, seat protects may be better allocated to align with actual demand, thus increasing revenue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: American Airlines, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Tracy, James Fox, Julianne Bowles, Michael Costello, Daniel Muzich, Thomas Trenga
  • Patent number: 9639842
    Abstract: A system and method for accommodating disrupted travelers utilizing scoring and optimization techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC.
    Inventors: Tuell Coleman Green, Murali Ande, Steven D. Leist, James Tullos Diamond
  • Patent number: 9639812
    Abstract: A system and method for accommodating disrupted travelers utilizing scoring and optimization techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC.
    Inventors: Tuell Coleman Green, Ande Murali, Steven D. Leist, James Tullos Diamond
  • Patent number: 9628145
    Abstract: Provided are a method and system for transferring data between a plurality of devices. The method of transferring data from a first device to a second device includes: selecting at least one content; acquiring relevant information about the selected content; storing the acquired relevant information; and providing the second device with the stored relevant information when a communication channel is formed between the first device and the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-woo Ko, Ho-dong Kim, Hee-won Jung
  • Patent number: 9612127
    Abstract: A method of determining ride share compatibility. Vehicle data acquisition devices are employed to collect user attribute information relating to a travel route and locations traveled by the operator. The attribute information includes regularity data, frequency data, and duration data. A regression analysis is applied by a processor for using the regularity data, the frequency data, and the duration data, for identifying an importance probability of each of the locations visited by the operator. A match is determined between the operator and a potential travel partner traveling to locations in proximity to the locations traveled by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Fan Bai, Donald K. Grimm, Leonard C. Nieman
  • Patent number: 9509687
    Abstract: There is provided a communication terminal including a transmission controller configured to allow transmission of, to a verification target device, authentication information for authenticating the verification target device based on first information acquired from an information processing device, and a verification unit configured to verify validity of the verification target device based on a response to the authentication information and second information acquired from the information processing device, the second information being associated with the first information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: FELICA NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Shinichi Kato, Michihiro Kuromoto
  • Patent number: 9483942
    Abstract: An application program interface (API) for communicating with a transportation integration network is provided wherein an application can utilize the API to retrieve, store, and otherwise access or modify transportation location tracking data from disparate data stores and then display the data in a single API, website or computer software program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Jeff O'Hara
  • Patent number: 9449288
    Abstract: A system and method for searching travel services. A server computer receives a travel request from a client device operated by a user. The server computer identifies travel options according to the travel request. The server computer classifies the travel options into predefined groups, the classifying based on at least one of past transactions, input from domain experts, input from semantic analysts, analytics data, user preferences, and company policies. The server computer presents the options via presentation of the predefined groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Deem, Inc.
    Inventors: Garner Swann, Parthasarathy Sundaram, Jeremy Paul Todd, Rajat Shroff, Alan Todd Kaiser, Nicholas Briggs, David Falk, Daniel L. Pritchett
  • Patent number: 9405926
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cloud based system for providing data security. The system comprises a processor which receives a data file from a user. The data file is directed to a first file location and encrypted and segmented into a plurality of data blocks. The plurality of data blocks is then assigned with a unique identifier and redirected to a plurality of cloud based storage providers. The plurality of cloud based storage providers are located in a plurality of jurisdictions. Each of the plurality of data blocks is then assigned a second file location. The unique identifier and the file locations of each of the plurality of data blocks is updated in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Paul Lewis