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8255285 Proposing a bid value to a user  
A computer-implemented method for proposing a value to a user includes mapping a plurality of factual cost values for an item type according to amount, each of the factual cost values reflecting an...
8255287 Target price sale apparatus and method  
A method and apparatus are disclosed for offering and selling items based on a non-public target price. The target price is initially established in advance for a given item and is not known to...
8249938 Fuzzy evaluation of responses to provide degree of satisfaction  
The present invention provides a system and method for evaluating offers that are received in response to a request of a user. The system and method of the present invention use fuzzy logic to...
8249943 Auction based polling  
A system and method for auction based polling is provided. Parameters related to a poll are received from a first user. Parameters related to a poll are received from a first user. A query is...
8249937 Tier-based dynamic incentive arbitration in an on-demand computing environment  
A system for allocating resources which are anticipated to be available in an on-demand computing at some time in the future, wherein a producer trending agent (PTA) lists resources according to a...
8239279 Auction method involving pre-sale of auction currency drafts  
A computerized system and method for conducting electronic online auctions, which includes the presale of auction currency drafts for subsequent use at a specific auction site. The system includes...
8239331 Auction verification  
An auction verification subsystem provides verification, without revealing actual bid values, that bid values remained sealed prior to a closing time for the auction and that an announced winning...
8239273 Integrated pay per click and pay per call listings  
A response subsystem includes a plurality of listings, with at least one listing associated with a first type of per-hit fee and at least one second listing associated with a second type of per-hit...
8234364 Internet connection system  
In an internet connection system for connecting a terminal in each of a plurality of predetermined locations to internet accessed by the terminal, each location, in which a terminal in...
8234379 System and method for facilitating distribution of limited resources  
A method is provided for distributing limited resources. The method comprising the following steps. A plurality of limited resources about to expire on a given day is determined. The plurality of...
8234276 Computer-implemented method and system for managing keyword bidding prices  
A computer-implemented method and system for managing keyword bidding prices are disclosed. An example system embodiment includes an automatic keyword bidding module, operably coupled with a...
8234182 Systems for providing customized or personalized memorabilia in association with vendor bidding  
A system and method for providing customized or personalized memorabilia to end users, wherein the system allows the price for the customized or personalized memorabilia to be established by...
8229792 Real-time sales system  
The invention resides in a system (10) for real-time on-line sales comprising a database (11) for storing details of products, prices and other information. The database (11) is accessed by...
8229796 Automated direct bids to purchase entertainment content upon a predetermined event  
An automated direct transaction and delivery system for digital content (“ATDDC”) provides for automated detection of missing digital content or resources required for a player or participant to ...
8224711 Method and apparatus for creating contextualized auction feeds  
A method and apparatus is disclosed herein for generating contextualized live auction feeds. The method of generating contextualized live auction feeds comprises receiving context data from a user....
8224710 Method and system for bidding on multiple auctions  
A method and system for bidding on multiple auctions. The multiple auction bidding system allows a user to define various models for bidding at multiple auctions. The bidding system then...
8224708 Method and computer-readable medium for automated dynamic pricing of products with parameter-driven state transitions  
The pricing of a product is programmatically managed by defining a plurality of pricing states for the product. Each pricing state has a pricing mechanism associated therewith. A pricing mechanism...
8219458 Method and system for computer-based auctioning of basic generation services  
A system for conducting a computer-based, simultaneous, multiple round, descending clock auction for basic generation services includes a web server for receiving bid data for one or more users for...
8219459 Method and system for computer-based auctioning of basic generation services  
A system for conducting a computer-based, simultaneous, multiple round, descending clock auction for basic generation services includes a web server for receiving bid data for one or more users for...
8219460 Method and computer medium for facilitating a buyer-initiated feature within a business transaction  
A system and method for conducting electronic business between buyers and sellers is provided. The system and method disclose a means for at least one buyer to request and receive online bids from...
8219457 Custom user definable keyword bidding system and method  
A system and method allow a user or business entity to create customized rules for bidding on keywords to/from a search engine. A bid automation engine allows a user or business entity to specify a...
8209228 Method and system for reporting fraud and claiming compensation related to network-based transactions  
A method and system that allows a user to report fraud and submit a request for compensation related to a transaction completed over a network-based transaction facility. For example, a method can...
8209227 System and method for competitive pricing and procurement of customized goods and services  
An apparatus and method for selecting a lowest bidding vendor from a plurality of vendors of a customized good or service, including receiving a set of vendor's attributes from each of the...
8204821 Simulation auction for public offering  
The invention provides a method and system to estimate demand, pricing, allocation and aftermarket demand for public offerings via a simulation auction using collaborative forecasting. The...
8200547 Real time electronic commerce telecommunication system and method  
An auction system and method, which identifies at least one lot to be auctioned, having a plurality of units within the lot and associated auction parameters; transmits a remaining quantity of...
8195524 Items ratio based price/discount adjustment in a combinatorial auction  
In a combinatorial exchange, rules can be input for processing bids and a desired exchange objective can be defined. A subset of the rules can be used to determine if an allocation of the bids...
8195652 Preferred placement service for domain registration websites  
Methods of the present inventions allow for providing a preferred domain position on a registration website. An exemplary method may comprise the steps of receiving data from registrars regarding a...
8195523 Method and system for computer-based auctioning of basic generation services  
A system for conducting a computer-based, simultaneous, multiple round, descending clock auction for basic generation services includes a web server for receiving bid data for one or more users for...
8190489 Bid modification based on logical connections between trigger groups in a combinatorial exchange  
In a combinatorial exchange, rules can be input for processing bids and a desired exchange objective can be defined. A subset of the rules can be used to determine if an allocation of the bids...
8190732 Method and apparatus for providing information associated with service providers using a social network  
A method and apparatus for providing information associated with service providers using a social network is described. In one embodiment, a method of providing indicia of familiarity with the...
8190490 Overconstraint detection, rule relaxation and demand reduction in a combinatorial exchange  
In a combinatorial exchange, a set of rules can be input for processing of bids received in connection with the exchange. At least one bid can be received from each of a plurality of exchange...
8190507 Cash-out methods and systems yielding enhanced time-deferred value  
A method of exchanging assets within a wagering establishment computer-based marketplace layer including the acts of accessing a wagering establishment marketplace layer using a peripheral device,...
8181858 Information banking  
A method for conducting a financial transaction can be used by a person using a mobile device to conduct the transaction. The mobile device receives information related to the person that can be...
8185441 Method of auctioning license plates to generate revenue  
The method of auctioning license plates provides for the public auctioning of state-issued, motor vehicle license plates. The method includes the step of first establishing a market value data set...
8180684 System and method for selling wellhead production assets  
A system for selling wellhead production assets is provided. The system includes a bid request system that displays one or more bidders, such as approved oil refinery operators, and receives one or...
8180685 Methods and systems for electronic commerce facility client-based presentation offer management  
A method, system and computer readable medium for facilitating interactive electronic commerce transactions over an electronic commerce network between a plurality of sellers and a plurality of...
8170924 Real time auction with end game  
A real time auction system operates in a non real time mode, and an end game mode in which the users are placed in a forum. In both modes the users are capable of placing bids along with times when...
8165921 Dynamic exchange method and apparatus  
In a live, expressive combinatorial exchange, each of plural bidders can submit a bid. Based on the submitted bids, an allocation of the bids is determined that is optimal for the type of exchange...
8160932 Artwork-trading system and artwork-trading program for trading artworks created by artist over network  
An artwork-trading computer system includes a primary auction for trading an artwork put up by an artist for the first time and a secondary auction for the following reselling. A server judges...
8160933 Method and system to automate payment for a commerce transaction  
A method and system to automate payment for a network-based commerce transaction provide a buyer an option to enable an automatic payment service, wherein automatic payment service automatically...
8156011 Cenotaph facility and method including auctioning of items associated with honoree  
A cenotaph memorial facility comprising a plurality of walls containing crypts is dedicated to an honoree who is not interred within the facility. The facility may comprise a large external...
8156010 Multimodal context marketplace  
A method and system for trading of rights to associate information services with multimodal contexts is described. Also described are methods for associating financial transactions with trading of...
8156001 Facilitating bidding on images  
Techniques are described for facilitating bidding on images. The techniques may include receiving bids includes presenting a first image and a bid associated with the first image. The first image...
8144619 Multifactorial optimization system and method  
A method for providing unequal allocation of rights among agents while operating according to fair principles, comprising assigning a hierarchal rank to each agent; providing a synthetic economic...
8140424 Method and system to implement seller authorized buying privileges within a network-based shopping facility  
A method that commences by receiving a bid for a particular sales listing from a first bidder that is not pre-approved to bid on the particular sales listing. The method continues by restricting...
8135626 Bid gateway architecture for an online advertisement bidding system  
An online advertising system integrates third party agents to permit the third party agents to participate in auctions to bid on a per opportunity basis. An advertising exchange module receives...
8135650 Method and apparatus for a cryptographically assisted commercial network system designed to facilitate buyer-driven conditional purchase offers  
The present invention is a method and apparatus for effectuating bilateral buyer-driven commerce. The present invention allows prospective buyers of goods and services to communicate a binding...
8135625 Electronic data processing system for internet auctions  
The invention relates to an electronic data processing system for conducting auctions over a data network. A component of the system consists of an auction server, which is connected to the data...
8131598 System and method of selecting freight forwarding companies  
A system and method for selecting freight forwarding companies are provided wherein bids for shipping lanes and the like are received well in advance of a freight move. Bids are submitted on...
8126799 Method of bidding to drive competition in an auction  
A method of bidding to drive competition in an auction, including receiving a plurality of bids from a plurality of bidders, distinguishing the bidders according to a subset of a parameter,...