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Patent MarketPlace: E-Commerce Patents for Sale

Geographical Searching of Businesses, Individuals and Organizations (Cockatoo): U.S. and Chinese Patent

A foundational element to doing a search on the Internet is to locate a nearby business – a restaurant, gas station, movie theatre, retail store or other establishment. It is especially helpful when the website you are visiting can automatically determine where you are geographically located so it can refer you to the location that serves your area. A lawn equipment dealer in Indiana is of no value to the web surfer in Atlanta looking for a new garden tractor. This foundational patent addresses that foundational issue.

The technology covered by this portfolio establishes a database of businesses, organizations or individuals, then uses geographical location identifiers to determine each entity’s location. For each entry, the system registers contact details and a description of the goods or services offered by a specific business, organization or individual. The system can also add credentials for any business, organization or individual, and it can – as just two examples – include the specific brands that a retail store sells, or include the payment options – credit cards, checks, Paypal, etc. – a retail establishment accepts. It can even track what organizations a business belongs to, and it can include financial data on a business.

But isn’t this all being done right now on the Internet? That’s why we call it a “foundational” patent. It has over 100 Forward Citations, so the technology covered by this patent is foundational to much of the current Internet and e-commerce technology in use today. In addition to U.S. Patent No. 8,065,291 for an "On Line Geographical Directory" this portfolio includes Chinese Patent 1222901. The company that acquires this portfolio will own the foundational technology on which Internet searches for retails businesses is based!

Secure Payments with Biometric Authentication (BPS): Seven U.S. Patents Plus U.S. Patent Application

Processing secure transactions is a greater challenge than ever before, and the use of biometrics to insure a secure transaction is now a common practice. This portfolio covers biometrically securing the use of checks, credit cards, debit cards and smart cards – as well as tokens such as digital currency – to authenticate a transaction. If requested, it can transmit both the details of the transaction and biometric data about the user for double verification. This is not just an extensive portfolio, it is also foundational – the original patent in the portfolio has a 1998 Priority Date and 141 Forward Citations!

The portfolio covers both in-person (“bricks”) and internet-based (“clicks”) transactions. Included are transactions made with mobile devices as well as the use of third parties to facilitate the transactions as intermediaries between retailers and financial institutions. While the older patents have 1998 Priority Dates, the newest patent is enforceable through 2033! That’s 35 years of patent protection!

Patent No.Patent Title
6,728,397Check Verification System
7,231,068Electronic Transaction Verification System
7,349,557Electronic Transaction Verification System
8,485,442Electronic Transaction Verification System with Biometric Authentication
8,678,273Electronic Transaction Verification System
9,141,951Electronic Transaction Verification System with Biometric Authentication
9,846,875Electronic Transaction Verification System with Biometric Authentication

The foreign properties included in the portfolio are detailed in the Prospectus. This portfolio also includes U.S. Patent Applications 20170186012 and 20180096346. Claim Charts are available upon request. Acquirers of this portfolio include payment processing services, merchant services providers, large online e-commerce vendors, amusement parks and other paid-attendee venues, contractors involved in fraud reduction, biometric equipment manufacturers that want to add an extra level of security to all of the transactions they process or authenticate, and participants in the blockchain seeking more secure digital currency transactions.

Natural Language Processing for Pull Advertising (Richfield): Two U.S. Patents

Imagine being able to reach a prospective buyer for your products and services just when that buyer is ready to make a buying decision! For example, when Jeff mentions that his tires are worn, he learns about a special on tires from your company. Shortly after Sarah mentions that she is considering taking a singles cruise for her upcoming vacation, information about your company’s cruise packages shows up. When Fred expresses a need for dental implants to repair facial injuries he incurred in an auto accident, information about your company’s affordable dental services appears!

Rather than waste time advertising to people who do not need tires, are not thinking vacation, and have no interest in dental implants, why not advertise to just those prospects who are ready to make a buying decision? The technology covered by this portfolio – originally used to diagnose chronic illnesses from heath statements – is far more accurate and selective than the current “bag of words” method, but it has the same computational efficiency. Imagine how much more effective every one of your advertising dollars would be if your marketing only addressed interested prospects for your products and services.

The ability to do exactly this exists, and it is covered by this patent portfolio. It creates a technology that scans forum, blog, and social media postings across the Internet and identifies those who have expressed a problem – like where to go for a good deal on tires, who offers the best singles cruises, or where to go for dental implants. From the data that is gathered and parsed down to the needs of the user, personalized replies are produced that contain pertinent and useful information about exactly what the prospect is seeking. Replies can be routed through selected intermediaries in a way that establishes a personal relationship between the prospect and the intermediary based on common experiences with the same problem.

Patent No.Title
8,788,263Natural language processing for analyzing internet content and finding solutions to needs expressed in text
9,805,018Natural language processing for analyzing internet content and finding solutions to needs expressed in text

The company that acquires this portfolio will be able to offer its client highly pinpointed and incredibly efficient marketing services with an excellent lead-to-buyer conversion ratio!

Audio/Video Search Engine (Fiero): U.S. Patent No. 8,060,498

Ever since search engines first appeared in the 1990s, the search process has been pretty much the same. You enter text and the search engine brings back a list of all the content it has indexed that includes that text. But what if you want to search for something by a different criterion – like audio or video? The invention covered by this patent creates a search system to find information, websites, or products or services via an audio or video search. And, it not only returns a list of results, but it includes a call-to-action – a telephone number to call, a link to click on for product information, an order form, etc. An audio/video search is to 20-year-old text search what Windows is to DOS! Users of this audio/video search engine will listen to or view the search results instead of simply reading them.

U.S. Patent No. 8,060,498 for a "Broadcast Network Platform System" is an especially robust patent; it has 17 Claims and a 2002 Priority Date. This patent would be a critical acquisition for any search engine that is prepared to move beyond simply text searches, and also provide audio and video search capabilities that would benefit both users and advertisers.

Shopper-Friendly E-Commerce Shopping Cart
(i-CueDesign): Three U.S. Patents

Everyone who shops online has the same problem. You find something you want to buy, so you click on the “Buy Now” or “Add to Cart” button. After what feels like forever, the “View Cart” page finally pops up showing your product selection. However, if you are not done shopping, you need to get back to the catalog by clicking on the Back Arrow of your browser or the “Continue Shopping” button in the cart. That will take yet more time, and it may – or may not – get you back to where you were! It would seem that 25 years after the launch of the Internet someone would have come up with a better system. Well, someone did. The inventions covered by this portfolio take online shopping to the next level by creating a Shopping Cart that records each purchase selection as it’s made, but does not take the customer off the page where he or she is shopping. The shopper sees an instant graphic message that a product has been added to the Shopping Cart and only goes to the “View Cart” page when he or she is ready to check out. Now isn’t that what every e-commerce website wants: Customers who can shop uninterrupted with no distractions!

Patent No.Title
7,346,555Method and apparatus for client-in-charge business transaction processing
8,489,920Method and apparatus integrating navigation and saving the writable state of applications
9,092,262Method and apparatus integrating navigation and saving the writable state of applications

This portfolio will enable any e-commerce website or online payment processing firm to leapfrog the technology of all of its competitors, and create a next-generation, buyer-friendly shopping experience!

Proactive Identity Theft Prevention (Page): U.S. Patent No. 7,540,021

The fastest-growing crime in America today is identity theft. They even make movies about it. Instead of reacting to identity theft after the crime has occurred, isn’t there a way to proactively seek out and stop identity theft? There is, and it is a patented invention. It is done with a software spider search robot (or “bot”) that searches for and finds transmitted personal information, then turns that data into a bit-keyed (or encrypted) array that cannot betray any information about the user. The bot can search for data along any predefined parameter – for a single individual, for example, or for a defined group such as customers of a specific merchant. The system BOTH pro-actively protects potential victims AND ensnares ID theft perpetrators.

U.S. Patent No. 7,540,021 for "System and Methods for an Identity Theft Protection Bot" would be a critical acquisition for any business in the ID theft protection industry, or any large provider of credit to consumers that wants to offer its customers an added level of security against ID theft. The acquirer of this patent will be able to leapfrog the technology of its competitors and enjoy a strategic competitive advantage. This patent has a 2000 Priority Date, so it precedes virtually all of the anti-ID theft technologies in use today. There is extensive Evidence-of-Use documentation that is available upon request.

Point-of-Sale Consumer Finance Purchase Option (Hills): U.S. Patent No. 8,788,353

This intriguing patent creates an opportunity for consumers purchasing larger ticket items from virtually any retailer or medical facility to have access to instant decisions for alternate financing of their purchase. The system presents the purchaser with an alternative to running up a large balance on his or her credit card. It creates a paperless application that is sent to prime, near-prime and sub-prime lenders. The invention covered by this patent works with credit card terminals or handheld devices, or via the Internet for telephonic or online transactions. This patented technology enables financing sources to reach potential customers at the point of purchase at exactly the time and place that they need financing of a major purchase!

U.S. Patent No. 8,788,353 for a "System and method for presenting a financing instrument at a point of sale" would be a critical acquisition for any business supplying POS equipment or services seeking to differentiate products or services, or short-term financing companies seeking to affordable acquire new borrowers.

Secure Internet Transactions (Svigals): Four U.S. Patents

This portfolio covers an e-commerce or data-exchange secure communication system with multiple advantages:

Patent No.Title
8,453,223Method, device and system for secure transactions
8,806,603Dual device system for secure transactions
8,997,188System for enabling a smart device to securely accept unsolicited transactions
9,009,807Smart device lockout

This portfolio would be a strategic acquisition for any financial institution, payment processing provider or e-commerce retailer.

Cross Promotion QR Codes: Two U.S. Patents

The use of QR codes by both online and conventional resellers (“clicks and bricks”) has grown dramatically. The inventions covered by these two U.S. Patents relates to cross promotion of products and services using either QR codes or any visible or invisible URL so that customers and prospects can be linked to multiple products, services, videos and other promotions. The assignee of these patents will be able to more effectively and efficiently promote multiple products or brands!

Patent No.Title
8,261,972Stand alone product, promotional product sample, container, or packaging comprised of interactive quick response (QR code, MS tag) or other scan-able interactive code linked to one or more internet uniform resource locators (URLs) for instantly delivering wide band digital content, promotions and infotainment brand engagement features between consumers and marketers
8,272,562Promotional hang tag, tag, or label combined with promotional product sample, with interactive quick response (QR code, MS tag) or other scan-able interactive code linked to one or more internet uniform resource locators (URLs) for instantly delivering wide band digital content, promotions and infotainment brand engagement features between consumers and marketers

This portfolio will give its new assignee a critical strategic advantage in the e-commerce space! These patents would be a key acquisition for manufacturers of QR, MSTAG and AURASMA code labels, tags and scanners, as well as code reader app developers. Ad agencies, retailers, service providers, packaging companies and other consumer products companies would also benefit from this technology.

Item Data Management (iTaggit): Portfolio of Five U.S. Patents and Three Patent Applications.

The patents in this portfolio cover methods and systems for managing item data for physical objects. This includes:

Patent No.Title
7,523,132Data Tag Creation from a Physical Item Data Record to Be Attached to a Physical Item
7,859,550Item Data Management over a Data Network for Physical Items in the Control of a User
8,005,874Data Tag Creation from a Physical Item Data Record to Be Attached to a Physical Item
8,065,385Transferring Information and Records Via a Data Structure for a Physical Item in the Control of a User
8,156,105Rapid Item Data Entry for Physical Items in the Control of a User in an Item Data Management Server
Application Title
20070182760Processing and Determining Valuation over a Data Network for a Physical Item in the Control of a User
20080288332Designating a Parting Price for a Physical Item in the Control of a User

Enterprises that would benefit from this technology include department stores, specialty retailers, big box stores and online retailers.

Mobile E-Commerce (Wenshine): U.S. Patent No. 7,925,515

This patent covers technology that both improves the purchase process and optimizes security, packet transmission and packet processing when using a portable device. The portfolio introduces an improvement over previously used electronic payment methods, and provides more robust security when making payments via a portable device.

U.S. Patent No. 7,925,515 for a "Method, system and device for enabling the public to access organizations’ directories" would be an ideal acquisition for a cell phone manufacturer, cellular services provider, or payment processor to create a new level of convenience for its customers.

More Effective Online Advertising (MakeBuzz): Two U.S. Patents

This portfolio covers technologies critical to effective online advertising. U.S. Patent No. 7,295,996 for "Automated web ranking bid management account system" addresses methods that determine the effectiveness of a search term by collecting and analyzing data relating to the number of impressions, the number of clicks, and the sales generated by a search term over a given period of time. It also tracks competitive behavior and monitors the web for competitor’s bids on an advertiser’s search term, enabling advertisers to continually monitor and adjust bids and eliminate bid gaps. U.S. Patent 7,363,254 goes farther by covering a method that gauges the efficiency of a search term by tracking an online order or sale back to the marketing campaign. This enables advertisers to more efficiently manage their bids and avoid over-bidding, producing significant cost-savings for advertisers.

Likely acquirers of these technologies include search engines, Internet marketing companies, social networks and PR management companies.

Automated Insurance Processing (Seifert): U.S. Patent No. 8,095,393

This patent incorporates a universal electronic insurance application form that is automatically created and sent and received electronically. This universal electronic insurance information form includes a set of common insurance census information required by health insurance carriers so they can compute and provide health insurance quotes, and the form is used to obtain group health insurance rate quotes automatically from multiple health insurance carriers.

U.S. Patent No. 8,095,393 for a "Method and system for automated processing of insurance information" would be an invaluable acquisition for any health insurance broker or underwriter that services businesses, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies and other large employers.

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