OpenTable Patent Grants

Context-based queryless presentation of recommendations

Granted: September 20, 2016
Patent Number: 9449106
Techniques for context-based queryless presentation of recommendations are described. Without receiving an explicit query, an inferred query is determined based on a first set of context signals associated with a recommendation triggering event. Items matching the inferred query are selected based on a second set of one or more context signals associated with the recommendation triggering event. One or more results items identifying the one or more matching items are caused to display. A…

Computer system and method for analyzing data sets and providing personalized recommendations

Granted: July 19, 2016
Patent Number: 9396492
Embodiments of the invention relate to a computer-implemented method and system for providing personalized recommendations for a target user based at least on stored data about the target user. The method comprises obtaining a plurality of feedback data from a plurality of users, wherein the feedback data comprises an indication of a media object, a response obtained from target user related to the feedback data, and at least one demographic data element associated with the target user.…

Method and apparatus for quickly evaluating entities

Granted: November 24, 2015
Patent Number: 9195769
Embodiments of the invention relate to methods and systems for evaluating entities for a target user, the method comprising obtaining, at a server computer, entity data from a plurality of data sources. The entity data is then stored in an entity database. The method further comprises merging the entity data from the plurality of data sources, mapping the entity data to a corresponding entity, and differentiating the entity. Then a relevance is determined associated with the entity data…

Method and apparatus for category based navigation

Granted: November 17, 2015
Patent Number: 9189551
Embodiments of the invention relate to a category based navigation system obtaining user data related to a plurality of users relevant to the primary user. The method further comprises obtaining entity data associated with an entity in a plurality of entities. The category based navigation system then determines one or more entities relevant to the primary user, and determines an initial order of relevance of a set of relevant entities. The method further comprises categorizing and…

Mobile payments integrated with a booking system

Granted: February 3, 2015
Patent Number: 8949142
In an embodiment, a data processing method comprises, using a merchant booking computer, associating a reservation record with a location identifier, wherein the reservation record comprises a user identifier; using a service provider computer system, matching a transaction ticket stored in a point-of-sale (POS) computer of a merchant to the location identifier of the reservation record, based upon obtaining one or more POS data values from the POS computer, and obtaining ticket data…

System and method of accelerating response time to inquiries regarding inventory information in a network

Granted: October 7, 2014
Patent Number: 8856117
A method and system for distributing access to inventory items available at vendor locations includes user stations transmitting user inquiries on a communications network. Network-connected location servers access a set of inventory availability information associated with inventory items available at their respective location, for example, tables at a restaurant. The host server receives user inquiries regarding availability of items associated with at least some of the location…

Computer based guest monitoring and identification system and method

Granted: September 9, 2014
Patent Number: 8830030
A guest monitoring and identification system is shown. The system comprises an RFID carried by a guest and includes therein programmed predetermined data identifying a guest. An activating transmitter transmits a monitoring signal over a designated area to be traversed by a guest having the RFID. A receiver receives from the RFID a transmitted data signal containing the programmed predetermined data identifying the guest. A guest identification and service information processor receives…