|MPANION, INC. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20120245995||METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENABLING LOCATION BASED ADVERTISEMENTS WITH PAY FOR PERFORMANCE - A system for offering mobile location based advertisements based on a pay for performance method is presented. The system serves and tracks advertisements and business locations searched and viewed by a user, and can determine if the user visited the business location and performed a transaction at the location in a specified timeframe of the advertisement. The advertising costs are determined based on cost per action models such as a cost per visit (CPV) or a cost per transaction (CPT). Additionally, a system to verify user visits, advertisement codes and transactions in a local business environment is presented, which can also be used for sending an electronic receipt of the transaction to the user's mobile device.||09-27-2012|
|20120009900||LOCATION BASED PRESENCE AND PRIVACY MANAGEMENT - A method and system for providing location based presence status and enhancing location privacy management in a mobile, instant messaging or social networking environment. A user specifies or saves their favorite locations (e.g. home, work, school, or particular business or point of interest locations), and specifies or selects names and/or categories to be shared for each user-specified location. In addition, the system provides multiple sharing levels for sharing multiple types of location contextual information. When user's current location corresponds to user-specified locations, location based presence status is provided to specified contacts according to the sharing level settings, and provides user the option to share location contextual information without sharing location coordinates of the user. When user is driving, location based presence status is updated accordingly, and when user is at other business or POI locations, corresponding location contextual information is shared based on user's settings for each sharing level.||01-12-2012|
|20110183645||RICH PRESENCE STATUS BASED ON LOCATION, ACTIVITY, AVAILABILITY AND TRANSIT STATUS OF A USER - A method and system for determining and sharing rich presence status of a user is presented. Multiple types of presence status options are associated with user's status based on location, activity, availability, transit status, and user's text updates, which the user can selectively share on their mobile device with different groups of users, and make one or more aspects of their presence status broadly available to everyone. Also a system to determine status based on auto-updates and manual updates is presented.||07-28-2011|
|20110159884||REAL-TIME LOCATION AND PRESENCE USING A PUSH-LOCATION CLIENT AND SERVER - A system for providing real-time always-on location is presented for maintaining the current location of a mobile device, while saving the battery by managing the GPS in a power-saving mode while the device is considered to be stationary. The system also provides a real-time location in an indoor environment where a GPS signal may not be available. Additionally, methods for driving detection are also presented.||06-30-2011|
|20110113100||SYSTEM FOR SHARING FAVORITES AND ENABLING IN-NETWORK LOCAL SEARCH BASED ON NETWORK RANKINGS - A system for sharing user's favorite locations within their social network, based on the locations added on their mobile device is presented. Additionally, a system and method for optimizing local search based on users' favorite locations and aggregate statistics of users for determining network ranking is presented. Users can perform an “in-network” search to determine recommended locations within their social network, and also share preferences for planning meeting locations.||05-12-2011|
Patent applications by MPANION, INC.