Diverse goods arbitration system and method for allocating resources in a distributed computer system

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PATENT NO 5640569
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A diverse goods arbitration system and method allocates computer resources among bidding requesters. Bid slates are transmitted to an arbiter by users (requesters) requesting use of specified portions of the available computer resources. Each bid slate may contain a plurality of bids, each bid representing a requested set of resources and a bid price. The arbiter selects combinations of bids from the bid slates, where each bid combination consists of no more than one bid from each of the received bid slates. The arbiter rejects all bid combinations whose constituent bids exceed an established maximum allocation level for any computer resource. It then selects as a winning bid combination the bid combination having the highest total bid price. Computer resources are then allocated for a next time period based on the winning bid. Costs are allocating to each successful requester in accordance with a predefined opportunity cost function. In particular, for each successful requester, the arbitration process is repeated while excluding that successful requester's bid slate from the set of bid slates considered, resulting in the selection of a second winning bid that excludes the successful requester. The successful requester is then assessed a cost corresponding to the difference between the winning bid's total bid prices, excluding the price in the successful requester's granted bid, and the total bid prices associated with the second winning bid.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
HE HOLDINGS, INC. DBA HUGHES ELECTRONICSLOS ANGELES, CA10
SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.SANTA CLARA, CA1489

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hardy, Norman Portola Valley, CA 11 1262
Hibbert, Christopher T Mountain View, CA 7 842
Miller, Mark S Los Altos, CA 56 2113
Tribble, E Dean Los Altos, CA 9 1126

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* 2005/0033,648 Automated listing management 25 2002
8719041 Method and system for customizing a network-based transaction facility seller application 5 2002
8078505 Method and system for automatically updating a seller application utilized in a network-based transaction facility 17 2002
7941348 Method and system for scheduling transaction listings at a network-based transaction facility 19 2002
* 2003/0229,545 Method and system for automatically updating a seller application utilized in a network-based transaction facility 15 2002
9189813 Method and system for updating information on a merchandise catalog page 0 2002
7983977 Method and system for performing a progressive auction 6 2002
7870055 Method and system for providing simultaneous on-line auctions 11 2002
7509323 Method and system for communicating selected search results between first and second users over a network 3 2002
* 2003/0131,006 Method and system for communicating selected search results between first and second users over a network 17 2002
* 2003/0088,503 Method and system for performing a progressive auction 0 2002
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6778993 Generic attribute database system 16 2002
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* 2004/0204,967 Method and system to facilitate an online promotion relating to a network-based marketplace 5 2003
7136863 Generic attribute database system 16 2003
7904346 Method and system to adjust a seller fixed price offer 9 2003
7593866 Introducing a fixed-price transaction mechanism in conjunction with an auction transaction mechanism 19 2003
* 2005/0027,641 Introducing a fixed-price transaction mechanism in conjunction with an auction transaction mechanism 41 2003
* 2005/0015,308 Method and system to adjust a seller fixed price offer 35 2003
9189568 Method and system to display and search in a language independent manner 3 2004
7761518 System and method to control sending of unsolicited communications relating to a plurality of listings in a network-based system based on an identifier of the sender of the unsolicited communication 2 2004
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8364602 Automated cross-cultural conflict management 1 2004
9390449 Network-based sales system with customizable and categorization user interface 1 2004
* 2005/0114,229 Network-based sales system with customizable and categorization user interface 194 2004
7493281 Automatic notification of irregular activity 4 2005
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7650307 Method and system to enable a fixed price purchase within a multi-unit online auction environment 7 2005
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7797222 Method and apparatus for holding an online live auction to combine features of both the Internet and traditional, real world auctions 2 2005
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7499979 Thumbnail image virtual address space 20 2005
* 2006/0101,131 Thumbnail image virtual address space 12 2005
8108277 Sales system with buyer price selection 5 2006
* 2006/0129,476 Sales system with buyer price selection 13 2006
7418483 Aggregation of reduced-sized images 26 2006
* 2006/0206,795 AGGREGATION OF REDUCED-SIZED IMAGES 5 2006
7756776 Administrative notes in network-based commerce facility 1 2006
* 2007/0055,681 Administrative notes in network-based commerce facility 1 2006
7536402 System and method for handling item listings with generic attributes 2 2006
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8799218 Business channel synchronization 1 2006
7873562 Methods and machine readable mediums to enable a fixed price purchase within an online auction environment 15 2006
* 2007/0088,654 METHODS AND MACHINE READABLE MEDIUMS TO ENABLE A FIXED PRICE PURCHASE WITHIN AN ONLINE AUCTION ENVIRONMENT 7 2006
7895082 Method and system for scheduling transaction listings at a network-based transaction facility 16 2006
7853486 Method and system to adjust a seller fixed price offer 21 2006
* 2007/0112,644 Method and system to adjust a seller fixed price offer 12 2006
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7870058 Dual purchase process within an online auction environment 15 2007
* 2008/0015,971 DUAL PURCHASE PROCESS WITHIN AN ONLINE AUCTION ENVIRONMENT 13 2007
8140424 Method and system to implement seller authorized buying privileges within a network-based shopping facility 3 2007
7797548 Method and system for maintaining login preference information of users in a network-based transaction facility 4 2007
* 2008/0072,062 METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MAINTAINING LOGIN PREFERENCE INFORMATION OF USERS IN A NETWORK-BASED TRANSACTION FACILITY 5 2007
8386366 System and method for creating a customer account 2 2007
8374948 System and method for receiving a bid 2 2007
* 2008/0103,938 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECEIVING A BID 12 2007
* 2008/0097,896 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING A CUSTOMER ACCOUNT 16 2007
8078182 Method and system for communicating user interfaces between first and second users over a network 1 2007
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8612296 Read-only user access for web based auction 0 2008
* 2009/0030,813 Read-Only User Access for Web Based Auction 9 2008
7912925 Information presentation and management in an online trading environment 4 2008
7890383 System to monitor irregular activity 1 2009
* 2009/0150,202 SYSTEM TO MONITOR IRREGULAR ACTIVITY 3 2009
8140510 System and method for handling item listings with generic attributes 1 2009
7827075 Periodically reloading image in order to obtain any changes to the images 11 2009
* 2009/0187,565 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HANDLING ITEM LISTINGS WITH GENERIC ATTRIBUTES 1 2009
8775398 Method and system for determining an order of presentation of search results 1 2009
* 2010/0306,205 METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING AN ORDER OF PRESENTATION OF SEARCH RESULTS 4 2009
8751326 Introducing a fixed-price transaction mechanism in conjunction with an auction transaction mechanism 2 2009
* 2010/0049,622 INTRODUCING A FIXED-PRICE TRANSACTION MECHANISM IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN AUCTION TRANSACTION MECHANISM 2 2009
8626651 Automatic restitution of transaction fees, punishment of non-paying bidders, and management of appeals 3 2009
* 2010/0100,483 AUTOMATIC RESTITUTION OF TRANSACTION FEES, PUNISHMENT OF NON-PAYING BIDDERS, AND MANAGEMENT OF APPEALS 5 2009
8463694 Method and system to enable a fixed price purchase within a multi-unit online auction environment 0 2010
8266016 Method and system for listing items globally and regionally, and customized listing according to currency or shipping area 8 2010
8639829 System and method to facilitate translation of communications between entities over a network 3 2010
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8050981 Administrative notes in network-based commerce facility 0 2010
8527392 Method and apparatus for holding a two-stage live auction for on-site and on-line bidders 1 2010
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8260681 Method and system to detect outlying behavior in a network-based marketplace 0 2010
* 2010/0332,346 METHOD AND SYSTEM TO DETECT OUTLYING BEHAVIOR IN A NETWORK-BASED MARKETPLACE 0 2010
8291233 Method and system for maintaining login preference information of users in a network-based transaction facility 1 2010
* 2011/0023,098 METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MAINTAINING LOGIN PREFERENCE INFORMATION OF USERS IN A NETWORK-BASED TRANSACTION FACILITY 2 2010
8010406 System to monitor irregular activity 1 2011
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8209228 Method and system for reporting fraud and claiming compensation related to network-based transactions 4 2011
* 2011/0106,661 METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REPORTING FRAUD AND CLAIMING COMPENSATION RELATED TO NETWORK-BASED TRANSACTIONS 5 2011
8386328 Automated listing management 3 2011
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8732027 Method and system of facilitating a transaction 0 2011
8255478 Aggregation of reduced-sized images 2 2011
* 2011/0229,050 AGGREGATION OF REDUCED-SIZED IMAGES 3 2011
8255286 Publishing user submissions at a network-based facility 12 2011
9053504 Method and system to automatically qualify a party to participate within a network-based commerce transaction 2 2011
8150894 Method and system for communicating user interfaces between first and second users over a network 1 2011
9092792 Customizing an application 2 2011
9008704 Method and system for communicating user interfaces between first and second users over a network 0 2012
8442871 Publishing user submissions 11 2012
8438050 Method and system for filing a complaint related to network-based transactions 2 2012
8732037 Method and system for providing a record 4 2012
8800016 Method and system for maintaining login preference information of users in a network-based transaction facility 1 2012
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8812545 Taxonomy based database partitioning 2 2013
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9736269 Method and system for sharing metadata between interfaces 0 2014
9514128 System and method to facilitate translation of communications between entities over a network 0 2014
9058094 Method and apparatus for facilitating user selection of an item category in an online auction 1 2014
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9477985 Method and apparatus for facilitating user selection of a category item in a transaction 0 2015
9595056 Method and system to automatically qualify a party to participate within a network-based commerce transaction 0 2015
9477773 Automated selection of images for web pages 0 2015
9342812 Taxonomy based database partitioning 0 2015
 
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8930256 Keyboard trading system 0 2003
8566212 Electronic systems and methods for providing a trading interface with advanced features 1 2003
8131625 Customizable trading display of market data 1 2003
* 2005/0108,079 Customizable trading display of market data 12 2003
8131626 Customizable trading display of market data 4 2004
* 2005/0108,653 Customizable trading display of market data 27 2004
8219480 Systems and methods for protecting against erroneous price entries in the electronic trading of financial and other instruments 0 2005
* 2006/0218,072 Systems and methods for protecting against erroneous price entries in the electronic trading of financial and other instruments 11 2005
8229832 Systems and methods for establishing first on the follow trading priority in electronic trading systems 0 2006
8121929 Apparatus and methods for automatic trade execution in a trading system 0 2007
8117109 Systems and methods for establishing first on the follow trading priority in electronic trading systems 1 2007
8725623 Systems and methods for controlling traders from manipulating electronic trading markets 0 2008
* 2008/0133,401 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING TRADERS FROM MANIPULATING ELECTRONIC TRADING MARKETS 8 2008
8738501 Controlling traders from manipulating electronic trading markets 0 2008
* 2009/0099,973 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING TRADERS FROM MANIPULATING ELECTRONIC TRADING MARKETS 6 2008
 
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8401923 Method for a ticket exchange across different systems of record 0 2012
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