eBay has been granted a patent for a system and method that standardizes user interface elements across applications. The technology identifies similar elements in different apps and adjusts parameters to match the most frequently used interface, enhancing user experience. 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 January 2024 was 55%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Standardizing user interface elements across applications

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

The granted patent (Publication Number: US11886681B2) discloses a method implemented by a computing device that involves receiving a user profile with the location of a user interface element, detecting movement of the element to a new location, updating the user profile, and adjusting the location of a corresponding user interface element in a different application to match the updated location. The system includes a memory component and a processing device to execute these operations, ensuring consistency in the location of user interface elements across different applications based on user preferences.

Furthermore, the patent covers scenarios where the user profile includes login credentials or authentication tokens, allowing for personalized settings to be maintained across applications. The method also accounts for adjustments based on the positioning of user interface elements selected by other users, ensuring a collaborative and adaptable user experience. Additionally, the system ensures that moving the user interface elements does not disrupt the functionality of other elements within the application. Overall, the patent aims to streamline user interactions by automatically adjusting the location of user interface elements based on user preferences and actions, enhancing the overall user experience and efficiency in navigating different applications.

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