eBay Patent Applications

SMART MATCH AUTOCOMPLETE SYSTEM

Granted: September 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170277770
Aspects of the present disclosure include a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and computer-implemented methods for providing suggestions of additional input to users entering user input into a data input field. In some embodiments, the method includes receiving initial user input entered via a data input field of a user interface rendered on a client device, and identifying a dominant category corresponding to the initial user input. The…

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTENT DISTRIBUTION IN ONLINE MARKETPLACE APPLICATIONS

Granted: September 28, 2017
Application Number: 20170278119
A method and apparatus for facilitating access by users at remote locations to an online marketplace. In an embodiment, one or remote platforms are provided at remote locations. Data in a data warehouse at a central location in the marketplace may be analyzed for content expected to be of interest to the users at the remote locations. Such content may be stored at a remote platform for easier access by users who normally may access that remote platform. New content in the data warehouse…

PAIRABLE SECURE-ACCESS FACILITIES

Granted: September 21, 2017
Application Number: 20170270729
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…

INTELLIGENT AUDIO OUTPUT DEVICES

Granted: September 7, 2017
Application Number: 20170257072
An audio output device may include one or more audio sensors configured to detect ambient sound and noises around the audio output device. The audio output device may include a controller configured to analyze the detected sound and noises and may adjust audio settings of the audio output device accordingly. In an embodiment, the controller may analyze and recognize that the detected noise is another person's attempt to get the user's attention or to talk to the user, such as audio sound…

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SEARCH TERM PRIORITIZATION

Granted: August 31, 2017
Application Number: 20170249684
A query for product search includes multiple search terms. A priority among the multiple search terms may be determined based on past queries and the results of the past queries. Using the priority of the search terms, better and relevant search results may be returned for the query. Further, the priority of the search terms may be used to implement search term expansion, search term reduction, and search term substitution to suggest relevant alternative queries to a user to improve…

AUTHENTICATION DATA-ENABLED TRANSFERS

Granted: August 24, 2017
Application Number: 20170243178
Some embodiments may provide a method comprising receiving an identification of an entity from a network-based commerce system and receiving authentication data associated with the entity from the network-based commerce system, a combination including the authentication data and the identification being operable to facilitate a transfer of value affecting a first account associated with the entity, the transfer of value further affecting a second account associated with the network-based…

MULTI-DIRECTIONAL AND VARIABLE SPEED NAVIGATION OF COLLAGE MULTI-MEDIA

Granted: August 17, 2017
Application Number: 20170235450
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 METHODS FOR MULTIMEDIA "HOT SPOT" ENABLEMENT

Granted: August 17, 2017
Application Number: 20170235712
A method for creating a multimedia presentation element, comprises selecting a presentation element icon; adding information to a presentation element box defined by a presentation boundary within a first multimedia element of the multi-media presentation having a plurality of multimedia elements, the presentation element boundary resulting from the selection of the presentation element icon; and associating the presentation element box with the first multimedia element such that the…

PERSONALIZED, REAL-TIME AUDIO PROCESSING

Granted: August 3, 2017
Application Number: 20170221500
An apparatus and method for real-time audio processing employs a gaze detection sensor to detect a direction of a user's gaze and output a gaze signal corresponding to the detected direction of the user's gaze. A digital signal processing unit responds to a plurality of signals corresponding to a plurality of sounds received at the apparatus, and the determined direction of gaze to identify a signal of interest from the plurality of signals using the gaze signal. The signal of interest…

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN INTERACTIVE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE VIA WEBCAM

Granted: July 27, 2017
Application Number: 20170213072
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…

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATIC MEDIA POPULATION OF A STYLE PRESENTATION

Granted: July 13, 2017
Application Number: 20170199847
A method for automatic media population of a style presentation comprises collecting presentation media; positioning the collected presentation media on a storyboard; and selecting a style presentation; wherein the selection of the style presentation results in the automatic population of the style presentation with the presentation media positioned on the storyboard is described herein.

WIRELESS BEACON DEVICES FOR USE IN TRACKING USER LOCATIONS DURING GROUP TRAVEL

Granted: July 13, 2017
Application Number: 20170201862
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…

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMPUTING FEATURES THAT APPLY TO INFREQUENT QUERIES

Granted: July 6, 2017
Application Number: 20170193072
In various example embodiments, a system and method for computing a query feature score that can be used by a machine learning algorithm to rank search results is described. A query is received. The assigned probabilities for the arbitrary query is retrieved. The assigned probabilities is based on a probability model for a query feature. A score is computed for the query feature based on the assigned probabilities for the arbitrary query.

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO CALCULATE SESSION-BASED PRICE DEMAND ON E-COMMERCE SITE

Granted: July 6, 2017
Application Number: 20170193579
In various example embodiments, a system and method for computing price demand of a query that can be used by a search system to rank search results. Computing a user event aggregation by contribution for each of the past user sessions to produce updated session-based sets of user events based on a condition related to a general-specific relationship between two queries in a past user session. Computing a user event aggregation of queries from multiple sessions to combine the updated…

USER INTERFACE FOR IDENTIFYING TOP ATTRIBUTES

Granted: July 6, 2017
Application Number: 20170193581
In various example embodiments, a system and method for identifying top attributes are presented. Text content from an electronic document describing a product is extracted. A plurality of attributes associated with the product are identified using the extracted text content. A descriptor word proximate to each of the plurality of attributes in the extracted text content is detected. A weight is assigned to each descriptor word proximate to each of the plurality of attributes. The…

USER INTERFACE PROVISIONING SYSTEM

Granted: July 6, 2017
Application Number: 20170195441
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…

GUIDED LISTING MACHINE WITH AUTHENTICITY SUPPORT

Granted: June 8, 2017
Application Number: 20170161810
Systems and methods change a user interface for the purpose of guiding a user in supplementing a product listing with an image to evidence the product's authenticity. Example embodiments include a machine-implemented method for accessing at least one database to retrieve an authenticity criterion mapped to a product and at least one reference image that depicts adequate detail of a product specimen to fulfill the authenticity criterion. The machine can further cause a user device to…

INTERACTIVE PRODUCT REVIEW INTERFACE

Granted: February 16, 2017
Application Number: 20170046775
Systems and methods for creating and presenting interactive product review interfaces are presented. The system processes a purchase request for a product from a user. The system then identifies one or more user feedback questions for the product. For each particular user feedback question, the system generates user feedback graphics based on stored user feedback associated with the particular user feedback question. The system transmits the one or more selected user feedback questions…

NEAR-IDENTICAL MULTI-FACETED ENTITY IDENTIFICATION IN SEARCH

Granted: November 24, 2016
Application Number: 20160342600
Example embodiments described herein disclose systems and methods for near-identical multi-faceted entity identification within search results from an online marketplace. The online marketplace may be or include a group of one or more server machines configured to provide one or more online marketplace services, including the near-identical multi-faceted entity identification system. A user device may accordingly request and receive, from the online marketplace, a set of item listings…

DYNAMIC GENERATION OF USER INTERFACE ELEMENTS

Granted: October 6, 2016
Application Number: 20160291807
In various example embodiments, a system and method for dynamically generating user interface elements and associated values are presented. An item listing and profile data are accessed. A set of user interface elements are dynamically generated based on the item listing and the profile data, with each user interface element configured to perform an action on the item listing. A set of values are dynamically determined, with each value being associated with a user interface element of…