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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...
8010416 Apparatus, system and method for exchanging lead information  
An apparatus, system and method is described for exchanging lead information in a bid process that provides end users, consumers, lead buyers, aggregators and sellers that aggregate the leads...
8005746 Auction methods and systems  
Known auction techniques are modified to provide various benefits. In one arrangement, a pseudo-random function is employed to determine whether a nominally-ended auction should be extended,...
8005719 Method and system to publish a seller fixed price offer  
An auction method presents an auction price-setting process and a fixed price process for purchasing a seller's offering to a buyer. The seller is provided with a mechanism to adjust and publish a...
8001007 Method, and system to publish a proxy bid and a reserve price  
A auction system includes an auction price-setting purchase process and a fixed price purchase process for purchasing a buyer's proxy bid during an auction.
8001009 Method of auctioning license plates to generate tax 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...
7996267 Utilizing a forward looking Nash equilibrium in an ad-words auction  
Systems and methods for facilitating more efficient bidding in an ad-words auction are described herein. An auctioning component can employ a forward-looking Nash equilibrium to facilitate an...
7996277 Method, system and computer medium for processing bids in an auction received over different mediums  
Embodiments of the invention are generally, but not exclusively, related to the area of interactive auctions, particularly to interactive Internet-based auctions that may be simultaneously...
7996298 Reverse auction system, method and computer program product  
A reverse auction system, method and computer program product are provided. A tender is received from a buyer over a network. Such tender includes information relating to a desired good or service....
7991685 Methods and systems for purchase of commodities  
The invention is directed to methods and systems for commodities procurement with concomitant hedging. The invention enables automatic commodity purchase at a desired basis level when a seller's...
7991647 Systems and methods for providing volume-weighted average price auction trading  
Systems and methods for providing traders with an opportunity to trade on the VWAP price are provided. After a trader enters a VWAP auction session, the trader has a predetermined about of time...
7983954 Auction method for real-time displaying bid ranking  
Disclosed herein is a real-time auction method that is based on an auction server for performing a process of an auction and wired and wireless terminals of participants. The method includes the...
7983951 Apparatus to provide liquid funds in the online auction and marketplace environment  
A method, apparatus, and computer readable storage to implement a lending system for use with electronic commerce web sites such as auction sites. A seller may receive a cash loan for items placed...
7980466 Point-of-sale promotions  
A method and system to publish a promotion at a point-of-sale are provided. For example, a preliminary selection associated with a purchase from a user may be received. A promotion may be published...
7983959 Systems and methods for estimating placement positions of content items on a rendered page  
Systems and methods for determining the value of bids placed by content providers for placement positions on a page, e.g., a web page, rendered according to a given context, for instance, the...
7970652 Apparatus and method for remote sellers to initiate auction instances at an auction facilitator system and receive or make payment for items bought and sold with the system by book entry accounting between participant accounts accessible to the system  
An apparatus and method for an internet-based auction and payment system for facilitating participant initiated autonomous auction instances and book entry payment transfers between participant...