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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,...
8116916 Homogeneity based diversity prediction method for transformer selection  
A method, system, and computer program product for selecting a transformer size for an industrial or commercial facility. A plurality of end-use connected load data for the facility is entered via...
8117074 Scaling offers for elemental biddable resources (EBRs)  
This invention describes the use of a Chip Conversion Factor (CCF) to scale offers for EBRs. The CCFs are a multiplier that will be applied to offers received for the EBRs. In general, the CCF can...
8117060 Geographic demand distribution and forecast  
A computerized method and a system for providing geographic demand distribution and forecast are provided. Example embodiments may include receiving a criterion to identify an item and searching a...
8117083 Method and system for dynamically extending the duration of an auction  
This is a method for use in conducting online and/or proxy-based auctions. This method achieves the best possible price in a timely manner, by more closely simulating the mechanics of a...
8112320 Multi-attribute web content auctions  
Embodiments may provide for multi-attribute auctioning. Bids and offers which comprise non-price attributes may be received by an auction service, such as web content bids and offers for space on...
8108265 Method of direct-to-consumer reverse logistics  
A method of reverse logistics using an auction to sell products directly to consumers from a store instead of using a third party reclamation company. One or more methods of auctioning one or more...
8108277 Sales system with buyer price selection  
A networked sales method is disclosed that includes presenting price choices to a user for an item on a sales screen via a network. Available supply and sales activity level information about...
8108264 Target price sale apparatus and method  
A method and apparatus allows 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 potential...
8099331 Method of facilitating value-based bartering over the internet  
A method, apparatus, and system of facilitating value-based bartering over the internet are disclosed. In one embodiment, a system of e-commerce includes a computer network, a server to host a...
8095429 Method and system for providing an on-line auction  
Methods and systems for providing an on-line auction are disclosed. Online auctions are popular methods of buying and selling items. Some of these auctions relate to “Dutch Auctions,” where the sub...
8095428 Method, system, and medium for winning bid evaluation in an auction  
An internal auction system may allow a seller to enter a scheduled auction. The scheduled auction may be a simple scheduled auction and a conditional scheduled auction. The internal auction system...
8095449 Method and system for generating an auction using a product catalog in an integrated internal auction system  
A seller may use an existing product catalog in a seller business information management system to generate an auction and populate auction parameters to expedite and facilitate the auction...
8095401 Bounce back method, system and apparatus  
A customer whose conditional purchase offer (CPO) has been accepted may receive a bounce back offer from a vendor (supplier-partner) of other services or products. The bounce back process...
8090623 Method and system for conducting an auction over a network  
A method and system for enabling a user or bidder to purchase an option on auction merchandise or services in an online auction are provided, thus allowing the option winner to purchase the...
8088001 Casino gaming exchange market  
In a cashless gaming environment, a gaming patron has accounts and may accumulate winnings as well as different types of awards. Methods for efficiently exchanging the awards are disclosed. A...
8086499 Method and system for conducting an auction having a plurality of online bidders and site bidder  
A method, system, server processing system and/or computer program product of conducting an auction having an online bidder and a site bidder, wherein a server processing system is in communication...
8086653 Conditional purchase offer management system  
A conditional purchase offer (CPO) management system is disclosed for receiving CPOs from one or more customers, such as airline passengers, and for evaluating the received CPOs against a number of...
8082184 Consumer driven price marketplace  
An online marketplace is established where sellers compete by offering to sell a mass quantity of a specific product, referenced by a unique product ID. A successful sale is determined at a time...
8073745 Auction variation  
A method of marketing items comprising: publicizing an auction to sell at least one item, accepting a preset number of price bids for the items, applying at least one cancellation rule to...
8069090 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....
8065194 Selecting prospective bidders to whom to promote an online auction based upon bidding history  
A facility for identifying users to whom to promote a selected auction is described. The facility maintains a representation of bidding histories of a plurality of users. At a point at which...
8065193 Method for making money on the internet  
A method for making an online posted comment more conspicuous relative to other online posted comments. The method can include the steps of publishing internet content online by an internet content...
8050978 Method and system for an electronic marketplace for information products  
In one embodiment, a method for an electronic auction transaction includes organizing by a computer each of a plurality of task requests into one or more respective groups. Each task request...
8050982 Systems and methods for transacting business over a global communications network such as the internet  
A business process is described for conducting business transactions over the Internet, allowing buyers an opportunity to reduce the price of a product/service based on the buyer's performance...
8046294 Bidding in online auctions  
The invention is directed to systems, methods, and an apparatus for bidding in online auctions. Bids for advertising include an amount that is a function of an expected value-per-click and a...
8046269 Auction based procurement system  
A method and system for performing an auction by determining a request for an item based on at least one of (i) an item to purchase, (ii) a performance specification of the item to purchase, and...
8041621 Automated ticket selling system having a maximum price setting  
According to the present invention, a buyer may submit a listing containing a description of an item desired to be purchased, such as an airline ticket, to an operator of an automated selling...
8041599 Method, system, and program product for selecting a brokering method for obtaining desired service level characteristics  
Under the present invention, a set (e.g., one or more) of requests (e.g., from a single bidder or multiple bidders) for an elemental bidding resource (EBR) is received. Market conditions for the...
8036949 Real-time, interactive, competitive method of on-line auction utilizing an auctioneer  
The present inventive device provides a new method of real-time, interactive, competitive, live on-line auction using an animated auctioneer. The animated auctioneer initiates the auction, actively...
8027879 Exclusivity bidding for mobile sponsored content  
In embodiments, the present invention provides a method and system for receiving a bid for an exclusive sponsored content item to be presented on a mobile communication facility, the bid including...
8027880 Acquisition option in auction configuration  
A configuration is configured to allow purchase of an item available in an auction. The configuration transmits to a bidder a plurality of bids for use in an auction. Each bid is given a...
8024274 Practical secrecy-preserving, verifiably correct and trustworthy auctions  
A system and method for conducting verifiably correct auctions that preserves the secrecy of the bids while providing for verifiable correctness and trustworthiness of the auction is disclosed....
8024228 Concealed performance bid  
System(s) and method(s) for offering one or more items, for sale or for purchase, for a specified period of time during which participants bid to purchase or sell the items. The system provides...
8019666 Auction method and apparatus  
An automatic system for determining outcomes to an auction process represents the auction by a directed graph and uses a K best solutions algorithm to determine the K best solutions. The system...
8015073 Increasing market efficiency of ticket supply systems  
The present invention describes a configurable risk-driven contracting service for limited capacity advanced-scheduled events for which tickets are sold. In the invention, multiple batches of...
8010415 System for interactive participation by remote bidders in live auctions  
A distributed auction system allows remote bidders to interactively participate by computer in live auctions conducted on-site by an auctioneer. A client program that runs on the computers of the...