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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...
7966210 Data distribution method and system  
A method for distributing data among automotive dealers, including selecting the data from the dealers, processing the data, and providing the processed data to the dealers while maintaining...
7966249 Block trading system and method  
In an electronic trading system, a method for facilitating block trading of financial instruments includes establishing a set of tiered block trading ranges, each tiered block trading range having...
7962376 System, method, and computer readable storage medium for informing a user about an item that is available via an e-commerce website  
A user interface for communicating over a voice channel regarding an item that is available at an e-commerce website is disclosed and includes a speaker to communicate at least one audible voice...
7962374 System and method for selling a product multiple times during the life of the product  
A system and method for turning a buyer into a prospective seller in an electronic marketplace. After the buyer enters into a binding agreement to purchase an item, the buyer is provided with an...
7958009 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...
7958013 Method, system and business model for a buyer's auction with near perfect information using the internet  
A methodology, system and business model are disclosed for facilitating a fully automated buyer's auction in which the major types of transaction costs are significantly reduced by providing the...
7958042 System and method for auctioning bids on construction projects  
A computerized multi-stage bidding system and method for bidding on construction projects is disclosed. The system utilizes Internet client-server technology. The system includes input devices for...
7958017 Automatic book purchasing and consolidation method  
A system and method that includes several automatic purchasing features. The method includes establishing purchasing criteria for items to be purchased, and automatically searching marketplaces for...
7953638 Method and apparatus for reaching small markets with a culture specific on-line commerce service  
A method is described that comprises providing a cultural specific on-line commerce experience for an end user by translating an action of the end user into a standard format used by an on-line...
7945483 System and method for sales generation in conjunction with a vehicle data system  
Embodiments of sales generation, including sales generation employing reverse lead generation using vehicle data systems and methods, are presented herein. In particular, in certain embodiments a...
7945481 System and method for a two phase online auction  
A commerce system and methods thereof, comprising a remote server accessible via a network by client computers utilizing client software such as browsers for interfacing with the remote server. A...
7941348 Method and system for scheduling transaction listings at a network-based transaction facility  
According to the present invention, there is provided a method to facilitate propagating a plurality of transaction listings to a network-based transaction facility. An input interface is presented...
7937291 Providing an announcement about transactions of a target merchant to a consumer  
An announcement distributor distributes, or auctions an opportunity to distribute, an announcement to an announcement recipient such as a consumer, issuer, merchant, or acquirer within a payment...
7930237 Method and system for improved online auction  
Methods and systems for improving auction-based online commerce are provided, including methods and systems for facilitating advance, rapid, accurate estimation of shipping costs between a seller...
RE42300 Method for providing vehicle information at a live auction  
Detailed information about a particular used motor vehicle is quickly provided to a potential buyer having a personal digital assistant equipped with a receiving means. To provide the information,...
7917405 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...
7908180 Interactive vehicle auction and sale system  
An online automobile auction, which allows the consumer to participate by using their home or portable computers and accessing the system via an Internet connection. Before the designated time for...
7904343 Systems and methods that facilitate participation in online auctions via an intermediary web site  
Systems, methods and computer program products are provided that can allow users to obtain information about, and participate in, auctions being conducted at a plurality of on-line auction sites. A...
7904347 Systems and methods for conducting an auction  
A method includes receiving, prior to a first time, a first signal indicating that a first user is initiating an auction for an item. A second signal indicating that a second user has purchased a...
7899711 Computer-implemented method for estimating bidder valuation  
A computer-implemented method for estimating bidder valuation. A probability that a bid of a first bidder in an auction is not greater than a first value is determined, wherein a second bidder has...
7899715 Lead marketplace system and method with ping campaigns  
A lead marketplace system and method are provided. The lead marketplace system and method provides an auction for leads.
7895087 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...
7881983 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....
7877298 Method and system for similar auction identification  
Methods, apparatuses and systems directed to the identification of a set of auctions which are similar, or relevant, to a contemplated or model auction. In one embodiment, the similar auction...
7877293 User context based distributed self service system for service enhanced resource delivery  
Disclosed is a method and system of providing user context-based services over computer networks, using mechanisms for collecting and specifying one or more user context elements, each element...
7873562 Methods and machine readable mediums to enable a fixed price purchase within an online auction environment  
A method of allowing a seller in an auction facility to offer buyers the option of buying an offering at a pre-auction seller determined price or using a regular auction process. If a buyer is...
7873545 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...
7870054 Method, apparatus and system for advancing a bidder to a selected rank  
The present invention provides a method for advancing a first bidder to a selected rank in an electronic auction. This method includes calculating, in response to actuation of a bid rank...
7870058 Dual purchase process within an online auction environment  
Methods are provided for a dual purchase process. The method includes enabling, via a first computer system, both an auction purchase process and a fixed-price purchase process for purchase of an...
7870037 Method for graphically presenting auction information  
A method for graphically presenting auction information. Characteristics of an auction for an item are received, wherein the characteristics comprise a target price for the item and a close time of...
7870053 Apparatus and methods for auctioning time and desktop space to product and service suppliers  
Apparatus and methods for auctioning time and desktop space to product and service suppliers are provided. The apparatus and methods obtain bids from various product and service suppliers and...
7870030 Method and system for managing invitations to bid  
A system and method for managing the drafting, submission, and evaluation of invitations to bid for the delivery of one or more products and/or services. An archival database of performance...
7870034 Method and apparatus for multiple variable bidding in an online auction  
A method and apparatus for automatically updating the value of a bid variable or the total bid for a multi-variable bid in an online auction is disclosed. The method includes displaying an...
7870050 System and method for an efficient dynamic multi-unit auction  
The present invention implements an auction in which multiple types of goods may be auctioned in a dynamic process. In a preferred embodiment, the present invention is a system and method for a...
7865406 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...