eBay has been granted a patent for a system that assists users in listing items for sale on an electronic marketplace. The system uses initial user input to determine a product identification technique, prompts for additional input, generates a listing, and displays it to the user. GlobalData’s report on eBay gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on eBay, Dynamic premium pricing was a key innovation area identified from patents. eBay's grant share as of February 2024 was 57%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Assisting users in listing items for sale in an electronic marketplace

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: eBay Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11922474B2) outlines a system designed to streamline the process of listing items for sale on an electronic marketplace application. The system involves a processor and memory with instructions that enable the processor to receive user input indicating an item and its category, extract attributes of the item based on the category, access a database for product identification techniques, prompt for additional user input through the user interface, generate a listing for the item using the identified product, and display the listing for sale. The system offers various product identification techniques such as image recognition, barcode scanning, and optical character recognition, allowing users to provide additional input through methods like scanning barcodes, capturing images of items, or providing category-specific information.

Furthermore, the patent details a method and computer-readable storage medium that follow a similar process of receiving user input, extracting item attributes, accessing product identification techniques, prompting for additional input, generating a listing based on the identified product, and displaying the listing for sale. The method and storage medium also offer options for selecting product identification techniques and receiving various forms of additional user input, such as barcode scans, item images, specific item details, and more. The system's ability to dynamically display prompts as user input is received enhances the efficiency and user experience of listing items for sale on electronic marketplaces, potentially revolutionizing the online selling process for users.

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