eBay Patent Grants

Systems and methods for providing an enhanced user experience at a venue or event

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9733271
Systems and methods for providing an enhanced user experience at an event or venue are provided. The systems and methods provided herein provide venue-specific location-based services to the user through the user's mobile device. Such services include allowing a user to order merchandise and concessions from their seat using their mobile device and delivering the ordered items to their seat. Such services also include determining a user's seat location from a scanned code on the user's…

Generating and displaying an actual sized interactive object

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9734553
Methods and systems generate and project an actual sized image of an object. An object or a representation of an object may be pre-processed. The pre-processing of a representation of the object may include determining pixels that belong to the object and pixels that belong to a background of the image. The pre-processing may include calculating a bounding box for the object. The projection may include determining an area of projection suitable for the bounding box of the object. The…

Method and system of bidding in a vehicle

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9734640
A method of dynamically altering a user interface based on safety level is provided. A user interface is provided to a user in a vehicle with the user interface including a selectable option to wirelessly place a bid on an electronic auction. The selectable option is based, at least in part, on an auction parameter. A safety level score is then determined for the vehicle. The auction parameter is then dynamically altered based on the speed of the vehicle, resulting in a change to the…

Method and system to transmit data

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736220
In some embodiments, a publication system comprises at least one module which provides, at a publication platform accessible by users via a network, a posting portal to receive entry of data relating to an item or commentary for posting on the publication system. The posting portal includes an interface having a first user interface element to receive the item data or commentary from a user for inclusion in a posting. The module also provides an upload application associated with the…

Method and system for sharing metadata between interfaces

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736269
A system communicates a client application and a web application and receives configuration data operable within the web application and the client application. The system distributes the configuration data to the client application and the web application. The distributed configuration data is then used to configure the client application and the web application.

Systems and methods for representing search query rewrites

Granted: August 8, 2017
Patent Number: 9727607
Various embodiments include systems and methods for generating query rewrite records which may be used to generate standardized query rewrites for a search engine. Such records may identify rewrite triggers as well as constraints and other metadata flags which may be associated with certain rewrites in query rewrite identification (QRIL) records. In certain embodiments, such records may be analyzed with other QRIL records or rewrite information to prevent rewrite conflicts and to…

Sharing item images based on a similarity score

Granted: August 8, 2017
Patent Number: 9727615
Techniques for sharing item images based on a similarity score are described. For example, a machine receives an input item listing for an item from a user device. The machine accesses an existing image that may be associated with one or more existing item listings. The machine identifies a degree of similarity between the input item listing and the one or more existing item listings. The machine generates a similarity score for the existing image based on the degree of similarity. The…

Gift card conversion and digital wallet

Granted: August 8, 2017
Patent Number: 9727856
A method and a system convert the value of a gift card for use with a mobile device. The value of the gift card is determined from an issuer of the gift card. The value of the gift card is stored in a digital payment account in a storage device. The digital payment account stores values of gift cards from issuers. A financial transaction corresponding to the issuer of the gift card is performed on the digital payment account. The value of a first gift card from a first issuer of a first…

System and method for link of upper shopping mall and independent shopping mall using API method

Granted: August 8, 2017
Patent Number: 9727870
The present invention relates to a link system and link method of an upper shopping mall and an independent shopping mall of API (application programming interface) link method, in particular, to a technology that builds and manages an independent shopping mall having an independent domain address and an user interface besides the upper shopping mall which is registered together with the other sellers. According to the present invention, provided is a link system of an upper shopping…

Source image providing multiple item views

Granted: August 8, 2017
Patent Number: 9727957
According to example embodiments, an Image View Aggregator identifies a frontal view of an item within an image. The Image View Aggregator identifies at least one reflection view of the item within the image. Each reflection view of the item having been captured off a corresponding reflective physical surface. The Image View Aggregator extracts the frontal view of the item and each reflection view of the item from the image. The Image View Aggregator generates a representation of the…

Complementary item recommendations using image feature data

Granted: August 1, 2017
Patent Number: 9721192
An apparatus and method to facilitate finding complementary recommendations are disclosed herein. One or more fashion trend or pleasing color combination rules are determined based on data obtained from one or more sources. One or more template images and rule triggers corresponding to the fashion trend or pleasing color combination rules are generated, each of the rule triggers associated with at least one of the template images. A processor compares a first image attribute of a…

System and method for image quality scoring

Granted: August 1, 2017
Patent Number: 9721292
A system receives images of objects. The system identifies a category for each of the objects, and extracts features from the images. The features relate to a quality of the image. The features of the images are stored in a database according to the category of each object, such that each set of features is associated with its corresponding image. The system displays the images on a network-based publication system, and receives data relating to the displayed images. The data is…

Methods and systems for recalling second party interactions with mobile devices

Granted: August 1, 2017
Patent Number: 9723126
Systems and methods are presented for identifying individuals through facial recognition, voice recognition, or the like, recalling past recorded conversations with the identified individuals, and recording and inventorying conversations with the individuals with mobile devices. In some embodiments, a method is presented. The method may include identifying, at a device, an individual through facial recognition, voice recognition, or a unique RFID. The method may also include recording a…

Finding products that are similar to a product selected from a plurality of products

Granted: July 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9715510
A system and method, which may be an offline method, extracts relevant image features about listing items in a network-based publication system for enabling image similarity searching of such listing items. When a seller lists an item, an image of the item is uploaded and may be sent to a picture processing service, which generates several digests. The digests are compressed data structures each representing a particular image feature such as edge, color, texture, or words. These digests…

Multi-dimensional search

Granted: July 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9715533
Example methods and systems are directed to providing multi-dimensional search results. A source (e.g., a closed captioning stream) may provide a series of keywords. The series of keywords may be used to generate a series of searches. The results from the searches may be presented as part of a user interface in a grid. For example, one row may be presented for each keyword, with the row for the keyword containing the results from searching using that keyword. Alternatively, one column…

Image-based listing using image of multiple items

Granted: July 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9715701
Example embodiments of a system and method for image-based listing of an item, using an image of multiple items, are generally described herein. In some example embodiments, an image-based listing system includes an identifying module to identify a portion of an image of multiple items, the portion of the image depicting the item; a tagging module to associate tag information with the portion of the image, the tag information being associated with the item; and a listing module to list…

Proactive re-routing of vehicles using passive monitoring of occupant frustration level

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9709417
Aspects of the present disclosure include a navigation system and computer-implemented methods for proactively re-routing vehicles based on an analysis of input component data obtained from the navigation-enabled devices. The navigation system scores the input component data to obtain a measure of frustration (e.g., a feeling of being upset or annoyed) of the user of the navigation-enabled device. The navigation system may provide a detour suggestion for display on the navigation-enabled…

Systems and methods to detect and neutralize malware infected electronic communications

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9710645
Systems and methods to detect and neutralize malware infected electronic communications are described. The system may receive a request for interface information from over a network from a client machine. In response to receiving the request the system may generate the interface information to include at least one input mechanism to receive user information from the user and countermeasure information for utilization on the client machine to detect whether the interface information is…

User interface provisioning system

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9712627
Systems and methods for providing a user interface include collecting user activity data that includes navigation details provided from each of a plurality of user devices in navigating through a user interface. User interface use profiles are determined using the user activity data and include information on the likelihood of at least one subsequent navigation detail based on at least one present navigation detail. A new user navigation detail is received from a new user device…

Super geo-fences and virtual fences to improve efficiency of geo-fences

Granted: July 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9712968
A system and method for using super geo-fences and virtual fences to improve efficiency of geo-fences is disclosed. A server system stores geo-fence data for a plurality of geo-fences and receives a request for updated geo-fence data from a client system. The server system selects one or more geo-fences and generates a super geo-fence that encompasses all the selected geo-fences. The server system determines a super geo-fence reduction factor. The server system reduces the size of the…