eBay Patent Grants

Multi-directional and variable speed navigation of collage multi-media

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9658754
In accordance with one or more embodiments of the present disclosure, methods and apparatus are provided for flexible and user-friendly navigation of loaded media in a multi-media presentation, such that a user may be able to view and/or edit the presentation. In one embodiment, a method for navigating loaded media comprises loading a page of a collage document to a client device, the page having a plurality of layers with each layer being associated with a media object. The method…

System and method for creating topic neighborhood visualizations in a networked system

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652524
A computer-implemented system and method for creating topic neighborhoods and a visualization for related topic neighborhoods in a networked system are disclosed. The apparatus, in an example embodiment, includes a neighborhood generator configured to receive user input that identifies a topic for association with a neighborhood; create a neighborhood in association with the identified topic; gather neighborhood information using the identified topic as a search term to search from…

Web crawler optimization system

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652538
Techniques for optimizing the performance of a webpage crawler are described. According to various embodiments, historical web crawler performance data is accessed, the data describing a performance of a web crawler during various time periods in one or more prior days. A capacity of the web crawler to fulfill uniform resource locator (URL) crawl requests for an upcoming given time period is then estimated, based on the historical web crawler performance data. Thereafter, a plurality of…

Merchandising media based on ownership audit

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652600
A machine performs an ownership audit on source media files whose media tracks are used, or proposed for use, in a mash-up media file. The machine may access a first group of media identifiers from a user's media library and identify authorized media files that the user is authorized to play or use in a mash-up. The machine may access a second group of media identifiers that identify source media files selected by the user for inclusion in a mash-up. The machine may determine whether all…

System and method for providing an interactive shopping experience via webcam

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652654
A system and method for providing an interactive shopping experience via webcam is disclosed. A particular embodiment includes enabling a user to select from a plurality of items of virtual apparel; obtaining an image of a user via a web-enabled camera (webcam); using a data processor to perform facial detection on the image to isolate an image of a face of the user; estimating the user's position according to a position and a size of the image of the user's face; modifying an image…

Self optimizing and reducing user experiences

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652777
In an example embodiment, a method of dynamically optimizing a user interface on an electronic device is provided. A user interface is presented to a user, wherein the user interface includes one or more elements. User interactions with the one or more elements are then measured. The one or more elements of the user interface are then dynamically modified based on the measured user interaction.

Generative grammar models for effective promotion and advertising

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652787
A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for creating messages using generative grammar models is presented. Consistent with some embodiments, the method may include receiving a request to generate a message, which in an example embodiment is to be published to a social network platform. In response to receiving the request, a generative grammar model defining the structure of the message is accessed. The…

Method and system for providing a shopping cart with feedback information generated by user social network connections

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652796
A system, computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and computer-implemented method for automatically providing item feedback information during the checkout process is provided. Feedback information related to one or more items added to an electronic shopping cart of a user is obtained. A message including the feedback information is provided automatically to the user during the checkout process.

Pairable secure-access facilities

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652918
Systems and methods are provided for providing access to secure-access facilities based on pairing of the secure-access facilities with a user device such as a wearable device. A pairable secure-access facility may be a public storage facility or device such as a locker that includes communications circuitry for pairing with the user device. Once paired with the user device, the locker may operate a locking mechanism to lock the locker when the user device is away from the locker and to…

Presentation of information on multiple devices

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9646101
A computer-implemented method of information presentation on multiple devices is provided. The method may include presenting a first barcode on a webpage. The first barcode may be encoded with first data based on a uniform resource locator of the webpage. The method may also include generating second data based on a user interaction with the webpage and altering a configuration of the webpage based on the user interaction without leaving the webpage. The method may also include…

System and method of site traffic control

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9647950
Systems and methods of site traffic control are disclosed. In some example embodiments, a first request for an online service to perform an operation is received from a first user on a first client device, and at least one overload condition for the online service is detected, or otherwise determined, with the overload condition(s) corresponding to a first request time of the first request. A first token and a first return time parameter for the first user are determined based on the…

Document generation based on referral

Granted: May 2, 2017
Patent Number: 9639509
A document machine may detect a request for provision of a document while that document is available for provisioning. The document machine may update a count of referrals to the document and, based on the count of referrals transgressing a threshold value, generate a substitute document based on the original document. This substitute document may then be provided in response to further requests for the original document after the original document is no longer available for provision.…

Method and system to categorize items automatically

Granted: May 2, 2017
Patent Number: 9639599
Various embodiments disclose methods and systems to categorize automatically a merchant listing. In one example, the method includes determining a first category identifier for the merchant listing by performing a first search to compare the first category identifier with a plurality of category identifiers in a first database. Based on a determination that no match was found as a result of the first search, a second search is performed to compare the first category identifier with a…

Method and system of displaying information related to items offered for sale in a network-based marketplace

Granted: May 2, 2017
Patent Number: 9639883
A system and method for transmitting information related to items offered for sale at a marketplace location includes reviewing a first video stream to identify items displayed in the first video stream which correspond to the items offered for sale at the marketplace location, and generating a second video stream related to and including images of the items for sale at the marketplace location. The method further includes causing the transmission of the second video stream to a user…

Discovery engine storefront

Granted: May 2, 2017
Patent Number: 9639889
A method and a system of online shopping using a digital storefront. For example, a digital storefront having multiple touchscreen display surfaces presents a plurality of tiles to a user, where one or more tiles display images of items for sale and at least one hunch question which may be related to the environment. In further examples, a response is received from the user to one or more hunch questions, and items are recommended for the user and presented to the user in one or more…

Wireless beacon devices for use in tracking user locations during group travel

Granted: May 2, 2017
Patent Number: 9641985
There are provided systems and methods for wireless beacon devices for use in tracking user locations during group travel. A user may take a trip on a vehicle, such as a bus, train, cruise ship, or other large travel vehicle. The users may disembark the vehicle in order to visit a location but plan to travel further on the vehicle. Thus, when the vehicle is attempting to leave the location where the users have left the vehicle, the vehicle may be required to again account for each…

Systems and methods for data mining and automated generation of search query rewrites

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9626430
Various embodiments include systems and methods for data mining of search engine and network operations to automatically identify query events. Data aggregated from such query events and stored as query history data may be processed to identify query ranking mismatches. These identified mismatches may be used with the query history data and target settings to automatically generate query rewrite data. In certain embodiments, this query rewrite data may be used to generate query rewrite…

Methods, system and apparatus for conducting a point of sale transaction

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9626541
A method, system, and apparatus to scan visual codes are described. An image of a first visual code marked on an item is captured and the image of the first visual code is displayed on an electronic screen of the apparatus for a point-of-sale terminal that is enabled to scan the image of the first visual code. A scan signal emitted by the point-of-sale terminal is detected, the scan signal indicating that the image of the first visual code was scanned. A second image of a second visual…

Systems and methods for reseller discovery and analysis

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9626682
Methods and systems relating to a reseller analysis tool are described. In some embodiments, electronic commerce transaction information associated with a plurality of electronic commerce transactions occurring using an electronic commerce system is received at the electronic commerce system. A set of resale transactions from the plurality of electronic commerce transactions is identified using the electronic commerce transaction information, including identifying the set of resale…

System and method for transferring states between electronic devices

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9621631
In various example embodiments, a system and method for transferring the state of a first device to a second device are disclosed. An instruction to transfer a state of a first device to a second device is received. In response, information related to the state of the first device is packaged into a file. A type of connection to be used to transfer the state of the device is determined based on the connections available to the first device and the second device. The file containing the…