Market Data Gathering, Market Analysis Or Market Modeling Patents (Class 705/7.29)
  • Patent number: 10051127
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for utilizing a caller wait time. When the caller's estimated wait time exceeds a threshold amount of time, an interactive voice response (IVR) system retrieves information (e.g., caller's previous purchases) about the caller. The IVR system then initiates a dialog with the caller to determine their experience with a product or service by prompting the caller with questions derived from the retrieved information. After recording the responses by the caller to the questions, the IVR system generates social media content based on the caller's responses. The IVR system then converts the text of the generated social media content to an audible version, which is provided to the caller to approve the posting of the social media content. The social media content is posted on a social media stream in response to the caller approving the posting of the social media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Thomas J. Evans, IV, Robert E. Loredo, Fang Lu
  • Patent number: 10043511
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The methods include, for instance: collecting various word data from cross-domain sources and subject websites; assessing relevancy of feature vectors from external domains, live content of subject websites, and secondary terms derived from the live contents; expanding a language model for a domain by relevance passing a logistic regression threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Stephen C. Hammer, Christopher Eythan Holladay, David A. Provan
  • Patent number: 10037536
    Abstract: A cloud services composition system allows customers to interactively create service constructs from network function virtualization resources. The network function virtualization primitives are modeled using a standard modeling language. An expert system suggests network function virtualization resources for use in the service construct, based on an expert system learning algorithm. The customer uses a graphical user interface to interconnect the resources and create the service construct. The process may involve collaboration with the network provider. The resulting construct is validated for use in a communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Rittwik Jana, Thomas Kirk, Syed Anwar Aftab, John F. Murray, Mazin E. Gilbert, Shu Shi, Serban Jora, Avi Zahavi
  • Patent number: 10038983
    Abstract: Techniques for determining levels of interest, activity, or occupancy at a physical location can include receiving data corresponding to physical parameters sensed by a plurality of sensors at the physical location. The physical parameters can include temperature, humidity, pressure, sound, distance to an object, visible light, infra-red light, motion of objects, acceleration, magnetic field, vibration, and radio signals. Synthetic variables can be generated based on the received data and can represent a processed or combined value for its corresponding physical parameters. The physical parameters and synthetic variables can be stored in a memory device. One or more indicators for a level of: (i) interest, (ii) activity, or (iii) occupancy at the physical location can be generated based on the received data and the one or more synthetic variables by utilizing a machine learning model and output to a user computing device for display in a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: ORCASENSE, INC.
    Inventor: Rezsa Farahani
  • Patent number: 10037355
    Abstract: Novel methods are described herein to provide an OLAP database system that performs lock-less bulk insertion while maintaining high query performance and minimizing additional storage requirements. Aspects of the claimed subject matter include novel methods for merging two index structures while maintaining query consistency without the use of a versioning scheme by using copies of vertical segments of an index tree page; a method to prepare and merge two index structures that operates within storage constraints; and a method to execute queries concurrently while index maintenance is in progress while still producing consistent results. According to an aspect of the present disclosure, a flexible index merge mechanism is provided that merges data from incremental indices to a primary data index in three phases: a load phase, a copy phase, and a replace phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ramabrahmam Velury
  • Patent number: 10034155
    Abstract: A method includes: obtaining, by a first device associated with a first user, descriptive information from a second device associated with a second user; determining whether the first device has received a user photograph of the second user of the second device; in response to determining that the first device has not received a user photograph: establishing a connection with the second device; receiving a user photograph; determining whether a request for a user photograph of the first user is received from the second device; in response to determining that a request for a user photograph of the first user is received from the second device, transmitting a user photograph to the second device; and terminating the connection with the second device; and displaying, to the first user of the first device, at least one of the user photograph and the descriptive information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Ernesto Nebel
  • Patent number: 10032145
    Abstract: A system and method for sharing revenue associated with a video is disclosed. The method includes generating a popularity score for a first video based at least in part on first popularity data. The popularity score is indicative of present and future popularity of the first video. The method also includes retrieving historical data includes historical popularity and profitability of multiple videos submitted by an owner of the first video, in response to determining that the popularity score for the first video is greater than a predetermined value. The method also includes determining that the first video is eligible to participate in a revenue sharing program based at least in part on the retrieved historical data. The method includes generating a message for a client device associated with the owner of the first video to invite the owner of the first video to participate in the revenue sharing program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Shenaz Zack, Shishir Samir Mehrotra, Lin Shi, Rui Chen, Armand Joseph Dijamco, Yannet Interian, Aaron Kwong Yue Lee, Jeffrey Lee-Chan, Jianliang Zhao, Chetan Hari Narain
  • Patent number: 10019505
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method for creating a data cube in a streaming manner based on a distributed system. The method includes: receiving, by a processing node, a physical node diagram sent by a master node; determining, by the processing node, a structure of a to-be-computed data cube of the processing node according to the physical node diagram; if the processing node receives a query command sent by the master node, performing, according to the structure of the to-be-computed data cube of the processing node, an aggregation operation on a data stream received by the processing node, to generate a data cube; and sending, by the processing node, the data cube to the master node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kun Xu
  • Patent number: 10013659
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments illustrate methods and systems for creating a classifier for predicting a personality type of users. The method includes receiving a first tag for messages, from a crowdsourcing platform. The first tag relates to personality type of users. Further, the messages, tagged with first tag are segregated into a training data and a testing data. Further, parameters associated with set of messages in the training data are determined based on type of messages. Further, classifiers are trained for a personality type. Further, a second tag for set of messages in testing data is predicted using trained classifiers for a combination of parameters. A performance of classifiers is determined by comparing the second tag and the first tag associated with set of messages in the testing data. A classifier is selected from classifiers, which is indicative of a best combination of parameters to predict personality type of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Juan Li, Sumit Bhatia, Chandrima Sarkar
  • Patent number: 10013577
    Abstract: A system for identifying and determining whether a particular cookie may include personal data, in various embodiments, is configured to analyze collected cookies to determine whether the collected cookies may be used to directly or indirectly identify a particular individual. The system may, for example: (1) generate one or more virtual profiles; (2) use the one or more virtual profiles to access a plurality of websites; (3) collect cookie data for the plurality of websites for the one or more virtual profiles; and (4) analyze the cookie data to determine whether a particular website of the plurality of websites utilizes one or more cookies which may potentially include personal data. The system may then generate a report of the analysis, and display the report to an administrator or other individual associated with the particular website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: OneTrust, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Beaumont, John Mannix, Kabir A. Barday, Jonathan Blake Brannon
  • Patent number: 10002140
    Abstract: A service arrangement system coordinates service providers who provide geographical location-based services to users. The location-based services may include transportation of users. For example, a service provider operates a vehicle to transport a user from an origin location to a destination location. To provide an engaging user experience and encourage users to continue using the services, the service arrangement system accurately and expediently determines the origin location and the destination location based on querying available data sources. The service arrangement system can use selection rules for multiplexing, fallback logic, or load-balancing to select a high quality data source from the available data sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Srihari Reddy, Brent Hamby, Aditya Sarawgi, Govind Kabra, Manik Gupta, Jennie Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9986313
    Abstract: A monitoring and response system is provided for monitoring and responding to environmental conditions at one or more sites. The monitoring system includes a plurality of base units, each base unit including at least a processor and a plurality of sensors configured to monitor environmental conditions at the site(s). A central controller is in communication with the base processors at the plurality of base units and is configured to receive and process sensor information from the base units. Base units are configured to be modular and contain customizable, swappable combinations of sensors, sensor arrays, and/or other connected peripherals, and are further configured to be mountable and/or attachable to a wide variety of surfaces and objects disposed around a site such as a construction site. The system further comprises a backend, analytic system for making predictions, taking action, and generating reports responsive to the information received from the base units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: PILLAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Messersmith Schwarzkopf, Matthew Jean-Marie Joseph Joyal, Sean Iacobone
  • Patent number: 9986053
    Abstract: A method for tracking a user's movements between network addresses can include, subsequent to a request for a (current) network address from a user, receiving the network address and an identifier for a region associated with the network address. The method can also include locating a record that contains the identifier for the region and a time that immediately precedes the request for the network address from the user. The record may further contain a prior network address. The method can further include generating an entry for a table that includes the identifier for the region, the current network address, and the prior network address. A server computer or a client computer can generate the entry. Improved accountability and improved user profile accuracy can be obtained with the method. A data processing system readable medium can comprise code that includes instructions for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Open Text SA ULC
    Inventor: Sean M. McCullough
  • Patent number: 9978041
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system are directed towards seeding a user's contacts for their online social network. The invention is arranged to automatically recommend to the user a set of seed contacts that the user may employ to invite to join their social network. The set of seed contacts may be harvested from the user's existing portal activities, as well as other sources. In one embodiment, the invention analyzes portal activity, such as email exchanges with the user, and the like, to determine a frequency of contact with the user. Other sources may include but not be limited to emails, names within an address book of the user, names within an address book of another person, a buddy list, an instant messaging list, an activity, a mailing list, an online discussion group, a membership in a category, chat group, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventors: Mark E. Hull, F. Randall Farmer, Ellen S. Perelman
  • Patent number: 9979807
    Abstract: A method for managing a call log of a communication device (100), wherein the call log has log entries on outgoing and/or incoming calls, wherein each log entry has communication metadata that include at least one connection identifier of the communication partner, date and time of the call and direction of the call and preferably include location information of the communication device at the time of the call, includes the steps: a) generation of a display list with list entries that are derived from the log entries of the call log, and b) provision of the display list for a user of the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bernd Konnerth, Thomas Lederer
  • Patent number: 9965765
    Abstract: This invention relates to a system and method for presenting to a user relevant areas of distributed computer network sites. In particular, the invention disclosed infers and cross reference user mind sets with data stores of potential user goals. The user mind sets indicate a navigational goal of a user over the distributed computer network. In addition, the invention cross-references indicated user goals with data stores of service and service providers providing those services. The invention presents targeted service and service providers to the user across the distributed computer network thereby enabling the user to navigate towards the user goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: PulsePoint, Inc.
    Inventors: Anand Subramanian, Jeremy Sterns, Rajendram Shanthini
  • Patent number: 9965701
    Abstract: There are provided an apparatus and method for generating a heat map that displays crowd density with visual properties such as colors. The image processing apparatus includes at least one processor to implement: an information obtainer configured to obtain an image by photographing a region of interest and location information indicating a location from which the image is photographed; a density map generator configured to generate a crowd density map of the image based on crowd density information estimated from the image; a perspective map generator configured to generate a perspective map that provides distance information indicating a real-life distance between two points of the image based on the location information; and a heat map generator configured to generate a heat map that displays the crowd density information on a map of the region of interest based on the distance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Hanwha Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: YoungHyun Lee, SeungIn Noh
  • Patent number: 9959551
    Abstract: Techniques for providing a messaging plan may be provided. A message that conforms to a channel agnostic format may be received. In an example, a messaging plan that includes a channel for delivering the message may be determined based at least in part on a score determined by a machine learning module utilizing metrics of a user. The message may be provided to the user according to the messaging plan. The messaging plan may be updated for subsequent messages based at least in part on updated metrics of the user received in response to the user interacting with the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Porter Schermerhorn, David John Edwards, Jr., Tegdeep Kondal, Donald Arthur Parsons, Nisarg Shah, Vishal Mangesh Shanbhag
  • Patent number: 9953344
    Abstract: The disclosure herein provides systems and methods for a media enhancement system configured to associate a secondary media signal (for example, the secondary media signal can comprise an advertisement) to a primary media signal (for example, a radio broadcast). The disclosure herein additionally provides systems and methods for a media enhancement system that enables the generating, transmitting, displaying, and/or responding to a plurality of associated and/or unassociated secondary media signals, based on a primary media content from a primary media signal, user characteristics (for example, demographic and/or geographic information), and/or third-party preferences (for example, the goals of advertisers). The secondary media signals can be used to enhance the primary media content already being provided to the user on a user device. The secondary media signals can also be used to create psychological associations or relationships with the primary media content already being provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: STRATOSAUDIO, INC.
    Inventors: Kelly M. Christensen, John Phillip Hansen, Thomas Daniel Mock
  • Patent number: 9953087
    Abstract: A topic feed is generated for publication or distribution to a set of followers or recipients who have elected to receive the topic feed from the user or based on the subject matter content of a topic input in the topic feed. The topic feed is distributed and includes the topic input. Experts in subject matter can be identified based on the user's topic input and/or text in the topic feed that the followers interact with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Mircosoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Ickman, Thomas Matthew Laird-McConnell, William Lawrence Portnoy, Christopher McConnell, Lili Cheng, David Arthur Raskino, Gregory Scott Melander
  • Patent number: 9946775
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting implicit information related to a user are disclosed. The system comprises a network interface for accessing one or more data sources; a plurality of agents for collecting textual content from the one or more data sources; a processing unit for extracting explicit demographic information related to the user and generating implicit demographic information related to the user respective of the explicit demographic information; and a data warehouse connected to the processing unit for storing the generated implicit demographic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Taykey Ltd.
    Inventors: Omer Dror, Niv Mizrahi
  • Patent number: 9946324
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computing system may access an image associated with an online social network, where the image portrays at least a first person. The computing system may determine, for each user in a first set of users, a facial recognition score with respect to the first person portrayed in the image, where the facial recognition score is based on a facial representation associated with each user of the first set of users, where the facial representation associated with each user is compared with the image, and a comparison of a location history of each user with a location associated with the image. The computing system may generate one or more tag suggestions for the first person portrayed in the image based on the determined facial recognition scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Vaccari, Yuntao Jia, Jun Ge, Pierre Moreels
  • Patent number: 9928233
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods and systems are disclosed for organizing user reviews, especially computer app reviews, into clusters and ranking the clusters so that the reviews may be more meaningfully analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Applause App Quality, Inc.
    Inventors: Heidi A. Young, Jason M. Stredwick, Yashas Mavianakere
  • Patent number: 9922126
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to information technology (IT), and more particularly to a system and method for IT infrastructure transformation. In some embodiments, information related to an IT infrastructure is gathered, a current maturity level of the IT infrastructure is assessed using an analytical maturity model, and a transformation roadmap is derived to achieve a desired maturity level of the IT infrastructure based on the current maturity level and the information gathered. In some embodiments, the analytical maturity model is configured to provide maturity ratings based on the information gathered and industry standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: WIPRRO LIMITED
    Inventors: Sriram Bhargav Madhav, Adarsh Hassan Devendraswamy, Arijit Dey
  • Patent number: 9916599
    Abstract: A computer method and system for ranking computer network portal users is provided. The system and method comprise a ranking module which determines rank of an individual in a community of global computer network users. The ranking module determines rank of an individual as a function of user demand. The function of user demand includes any one or combination of number of requests to be connected to the individual user, readership following of the individual user and keywords common between profiles or authored works by the individual user and those of other users. An output member is coupled to receive the determined rank from the ranking module and generates an ordered list of user names ordered by determined rank of individuals. The rank of individuals may be provided to external entities such as fraud detection systems or advertising targeting engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Skyword Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Mihalik, Thomas A. Gerace, David A. Sandborg, Helen R. Feder, Richard A. Meyer
  • Patent number: 9917910
    Abstract: A method and system for delivering a service is provided. The method includes enabling a social application container computer system from an end user device, via an application program interface (API) executing in the social application container computer system invoked by an application running on the end user device. Transaction data describing a transaction request of a user of the end user device is collected from the end user device via the application and the API. Transaction specific context is generated based on the transaction data. User specific context is generated based on user data present in the transaction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Narayanan Alavandar, Ravi S. Arunachalam, Navjot S. Bhogal, Chandan Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 9911131
    Abstract: A method and system for obtaining leads based on data derived from a variety of sources is disclosed. The method is executed by a system that includes a data processing module within a leads management system, among others system components. The data processing module scans one or more external data sources; collects lead data from those sources; analyzes the data collected; identifies attributes of interest about one or more potential quality leads; identifies one or more high quality leads; creates a profile for those high quality leads; stores those profiles in an internal database; and generates a list of one or more high quality leads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
    Inventors: Gareth Ross, Tricia Walker
  • Patent number: 9910860
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to elimination of blocks such as splits in distributed processing systems such as MapReduce systems using the Hadoop Distributed Filing System (HDFS). In one embodiment, a method of and computer program product for optimizing queries in distributed processing systems are provided. A query is received. The query includes at least one predicate. The query refers to data. The data includes a plurality of records. Each record comprises a plurality of values in a plurality of attributes. Each record is located in at least one of a plurality of blocks of a distributed file system. Each block has a unique identifier. For each block of the distributed file system, at least one value cluster is determined for an attribute of the plurality of attributes. Each value cluster has a range. The predicate of the query is compared with the at least one value cluster of each block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mohamed Eltabakh, Peter J. Haas, Fatma Ozcan, Mir Hamid Pirahesh, John (Yannis) Sismanis, Jan Vondrak
  • Patent number: 9904946
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a merchant-customer engagement system include a physical merchant location in which a customer may be tracked to determine products within the physical merchant location that the customer is interested in. A merchant may use a wearable merchant device that is configured to identify the customer via a camera that captures an image of the customer, and that image may be used to retrieve customer account information for that customer. Using the customer account information and the products that the customer is showing interest in, the wearable merchant device may be used to display merchant-customer engagement information next to a view of the customer to allow the merchant to help the customer while utilizing a variety of displayed information about the customer including, for example, past purchases, products browsed in-store and previously browsed online, time spent in an area of the physical merchant location, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Ellison
  • Patent number: 9904712
    Abstract: Systems, methods, interfaces, and software can facilitate identification of law firms and/or legal professionals. For example, an informational retrieval system may include a database comprising information regarding lawyers and a server is configured to: receive a query regarding a legal issue from at least one client access device; associate the query with a corresponding legal context; generate a list of lawyer names contained in the database; calculate at least one legal experience indicator for each of the lawyer names; and rank the lawyer names in the list according to the calculated legal experience indicator associated with each of the lawyer names and according to the corresponding legal context associated with the query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Thomson Reuters Global Resources Unlimited Company
    Inventors: Kevin L. Ritchey, Charles Vanek
  • Patent number: 9906968
    Abstract: Systems for monitoring and managing devices within a monitored system are described. The system can include a gateway device that is connected to the monitored system and configured to determine whether or not it remains connected to the monitored system. The gateway device is coupled to a network and can function to collect data about the monitored and managed devices within the monitored system and send the collected data over the network. The gateway device can also function to manage a managed device within the monitored system by controlling the functioning of the managed device. The gateway device can generate instructions for managing the managed device or receive instructions for managing the managed device over the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ombitron Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Paul Hammann, Ian Johnson
  • Patent number: 9898507
    Abstract: A system may pre-fetch search result information in anticipation of a user request for the search result information. The system may receive a user search query and request initial search results from a server based on the search query. The system may receive the initial search results from the server and render the initial search results for display to the user. In anticipation of a user request for additional search results, the system may request additional search results from the server. The additional search results may then be pre-fetched for potential display to the user in response to a user request to render the additional search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Tania Bedrax-Weiss, Bay-Wei Chang
  • Patent number: 9892468
    Abstract: A monitoring component installed in a network navigation interface, such as an Internet browser, is disclosed. The monitoring component monitors activity of a user performed via the network navigation interface among one or more network resources, such as e-commerce sites, blogs, media hosting sites, and social networking sites. The monitoring component further enables the user to selected at least one monitored activity to be shared with contacts known to the user. An activity service is provided that notifies the contacts of the selected activity and generates recommendations for the user based on the activities reported by the monitoring component. In this manner, users may share activities of interest with their contacts, as well obtain recommendations about items of possible interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Shing Yan Lam
  • Patent number: 9892371
    Abstract: Information may be determined about one or more queues located within an event venue, the information including how many people are in the queue and an average rate at which the queue is moving forward. The queues may each be associated with commercial enterprises such as concession stands. If a particular queue suffers from a low queue population or a low queue movement rate, a queue broadcast may be transmitted using one or more local wireless transmitters which each have a wireless transmission zone that is at least partially within the event venue. The queue broadcast may include queue information and may include an advertisement or perk, such as a discount or special offer for the commercial enterprise associated with the queue, thus incentivizing eventgoers to go to less-crowded or less-popular queues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: PROSPORTS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: John Cronin
  • Patent number: 9881217
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for detecting an interest degree of a crowd in a target position are disclosed. The interest degree detection method includes projecting a depth image obtained by photographing onto a height-top-view, the depth image including the crowd and the target position; dividing the height-top-view into cells; determining density of the crowd in each cell; determining a moving speed and a moving direction of the crowd in each cell; determining orientation of the crowd in each cell; and determining, based on the density, the moving speed, the moving direction and the orientation of the crowd, the interest degree of the crowd in each cell in the target position. According to this method, the interest degree of the crowd in the target position can be detected accurately, even at a crowded place where it is difficult to detect and track a single person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Xin Wang, Shengyin Fan, Gang Qiao, Qian Wang
  • Patent number: 9877162
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating a user location history are provided. One example method includes obtaining a plurality of location reports from one or more devices associated with the user. The method includes clustering the plurality of location reports to form a plurality of segments. The method includes identifying a plurality of location entities for each of the plurality of segments. The method includes determining, for each of the plurality of segments, one or more feature values associated with each of the location entities identified for such segment. The method includes determining, for each of the plurality of segments, a score for each of the plurality of location entities based at least in part on a scoring formula. The method includes selecting one of plurality of locations entities for each of the plurality of segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Mark Wyatt, Renaud Bourassa-Denis, Alexander Fabrikant, Tanmay Sanjay Khirwadkar, Prathab Murugesan, Galen Pickard, Jesse Rosenstock, Rob Schonberger, Anna Teytelman
  • Patent number: 9870361
    Abstract: A system and method directed to geo-located audio, image, text and/or video content which may be characterized as content (audio, image, text, and/or video) that is accessed by one or more content consumers when such content consumers (or the associated content consumer devices) are physically located at a given geographic location and/or within a given vicinity (which may be fixed, predefined and/or programmable before or after uploading the content for access by content consumers) of the geographic location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: VoiceByte Enterprises PTY LTD
    Inventors: Michael Fenech, Stephen Fenech
  • Patent number: 9870543
    Abstract: A consolidated business intelligence platform provides customized business analytics for a plurality of customer databases, each associated with a corresponding plurality of customers. Responsive to a request from a user for a customized business intelligence interface, the system determines a customer of the plurality of customers with which the user is affiliated; accesses a set of customization parameters for the determined customer, the customization parameters including a set of data analytics parameters and a set of data display parameters; and identifies, from the plurality of customer databases, a customer database associated with the determined customer. The system analyzes a dataset from the identified customer database using the set of data analytics parameters, and then formats the analyzed dataset for display based on the set of data display parameters, thereby generating the customized business intelligence interface for transmission to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: GoodData Corporation
    Inventors: Ji{hacek over (r)}í {hacek over (S)}itina, Zdenek Svoboda, Ondrej Valka, Jakub Sedlacek, Zdenek Kostal, Chanakya C. Damarla, Hubert Palan, Oliver H. Plattner
  • Patent number: 9842328
    Abstract: A system includes a transaction-processing kiosk located in a predefined retail space. The kiosk is configured to enable a first human user to execute a current purchase transaction involving at least one of a set of retail items selected from the predefined retail space. The current purchase transaction is executed without participation by a second human, such as a cashier. The system further includes at least one display device having a screen and in signal communication with the kiosk. The at least one display device is configured such that the screen simultaneously displays a predetermined number of descriptions of retail items the subject of purchase transactions with the kiosk that were executed prior to execution of the current purchase transaction by a plurality of different human users. The at least one display device is positioned such that the screen is viewable by all parties present in the retail space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: James F Brinton
  • Patent number: 9842165
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described herein that generally relate to systems and methods for generating context specific terms and performing various actions based on the context specific terms. One example embodiment includes a computer-implemented method for generating context specific terms comprising obtaining a collection of terms from at least one electronic file associated with a given context; comparing the collection of terms with a collection of expected terms to generate candidate terms that are not in the collection of expected terms; determining a relevance for each of the candidate terms; and determining whether to add a given candidate term to a collection of context specific terms for the given context if the relevance for the given candidate term is above a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: D2L Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Pearson, Jeremy Jason Auger
  • Patent number: 9842255
    Abstract: A calculation device includes a processor configured to identify a person in a plurality of images captured in time series respectively, obtain gaze information indicating a direction of a line of sight of the person, identify at least one of a time period in which the person directs the line of sight to a certain object and a number of times that the person directs the line of sight to the certain object, based on the gaze information and a position at which the certain object is placed, estimate a relationship of two or more persons who are identified in one image from among the plurality of images, based on a distance between the two or more persons, and calculate an index value indicating probability that the certain object is utilized, based on the relationship, and at least one of the time period and the number of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Akinori Taguchi
  • Patent number: 9836800
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system may include a processing device to incrementally unlock, for an account corresponding to a member of an electronic social networking system, member actions based on a score. One member action may be unlocked in response to the score reaching a first threshold, and another member action may be unlocked in response to the score reaching a second different threshold. A remote device that is associated with the account may be updated with one or more graphical user interfaces. Each graphical user interface may be to enable a corresponding one of the member actions of that are incrementally unlocked. Other embodiments may be disclosed or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: SOCIAL CONCEPTS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph William Lee, Peter August Grendler, Michael R. Hedlund
  • Patent number: 9836758
    Abstract: A method for creating a control group for campaign measurements includes: storing a plurality of consumer profiles, each profile including data related to a consumer including an account identifier, spend behavior, and microsegment associated with the consumer; receiving a plurality of measurement profiles, each profile including data related to a consumer including a specific account identifier and indication of participation or non-participation in a campaign; associating each consumer profile with a measurement profile where the included account identifier corresponds to the specific account identifier of the measurement profile; identifying a campaign group, the campaign group including consumer profiles, each profile including a common microsegment and spend behavior and associated with a measurement profile indicating participation in the campaign; and identifying a control group, the control group including consumer profiles, each profile including the common microsegment and spend behavior and associa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Serge Bernard, Nikhil Malgatti
  • Patent number: 9836760
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for determining user journeys during presentations of content. The system first determines an average time spent for sessions associated with a presentation of content. Next, the system identifies a representative group of sessions from the sessions by identifying each of the sessions having a respective time spent within a statistical range from the average time spent for the sessions. The system then determines a most common path of events from the representative group of sessions to yield a most common user journey associated with the presentation of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Froimowitz Greenzeiger, Mehul K. Sanghavi, Ravindra M. Phulari, Ryan S. Mehlmauer, Steven C. Bredenberg
  • Patent number: 9838532
    Abstract: An example method of generating contact totals based on customer communication patterns in different time zones may include obtaining information indicative of geographic locations for customers of a contact center. The obtained information may be analyzed to determine locations for the customers based on the information indicative of geographic locations. The time zone behaviors for each of the determined locations of the customers may be determined. The method may include accumulating numbers of the customers contacting the contact center for a sampled time period. Contact totals may be generated based on the accumulated numbers. The accumulated numbers may be stored along with the corresponding time zone behaviors for the determined locations of the customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: INCONTACT, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Douglas Minert, Derek DeHart
  • Patent number: 9817799
    Abstract: A method for providing a web page in a web server accessed by a user device, comprising: obtaining access behavior information to the web page by the user; and providing page contents and page layout adaptor of the web page to the user device so that a updated web page with an adapted page layout is generated by the user device according to the access behavior information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING DTV
    Inventors: Jianping Song, Xiaojun Ma, Jun Xu, Renlei Chen, Yan Xu
  • Patent number: 9804737
    Abstract: Provided herein are method, apparatus, and computer program products for facilitating a learning user interface. The interface may be presented as a plurality of dynamic icons representing a plurality of items. The interface may further be facilitated by receiving a profile identifier and by accessing, via a processor, profile data associated with the profile identifier. The interface may be facilitated by determining, via the processor, a visual bias for at least one of the dynamic icons relative to another of the dynamic icons based on the profile data and may be facilitated by applying the visual bias, via the interface, to the at least one of the dynamic icons. Multiple interfaces may be applied to the same or different screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: David Gomez-Rosado, Tihomir Tsankov Georgiev
  • Patent number: 9805519
    Abstract: Technology is described for performing services on an autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle may detect that a service is to be performed on the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle may select a service center to perform the service on the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle may provide commands to drive the autonomous vehicle to the service center to enable performance of the service on the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Madhusoodhan Ramanujam
  • Patent number: 9805233
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a plurality of radio frequency (RF) tags, each corresponding to one of a plurality of individuals, a memory, and a processor configured to receive a signal from a first RF tag of the plurality of RF tags, the signal including a first tag identification (ID) uniquely identifying the first RF tag, follow a motion of the first RF tag, follow a motion of a first individual of the plurality of individuals, and determine a first likelihood that the first RF tag corresponds to the first individual based on the motion of the first RF tag and the motion of the first individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alanson Sample, Hanchuan Li, Samer Al Moubayed
  • Patent number: 9792597
    Abstract: A product catalog service allows business entities to create and store product catalogs indicating products that are available from the business entities. A product catalog includes multiple product family definitions. Each product family definition specifies attribute names of a product family and, for each attribute name, a set of allowed attribute values. In order to specify a particular product variant, an entity may supply one of the allowed attribute values for each specified attribute name of the product. The product catalogs may be received from multiple business entities. Each product catalog may also be shared with multiple business entities. A merchant, for example, may select products from a product catalog to purchase from another merchant. When creating a product catalog, a business entity may reference product family definitions of other product catalogs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Jen, Shawn Morel