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Methods and systems for proxy voting

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Methods and systems for proxy voting


One embodiment of the present invention relates to electronic voting methods and systems that help simplify the management of institutional proxies. In one example, the methods and systems manage the process of meeting notifications, voting, tracking, mailing, reporting, record maintenance and/or vote disclosure rules enacted by the SEC. In one specific example, this may be done for thousands of publicly traded securities custodied at various banks, brokers and global custodians. In another example, a system (and corresponding method) may be provided for integrating, organizing and displaying (e.g., via a website) information in a language of preference for each user of the system. The information may comprise meeting, agenda and/or ballot information and the users of the system/method may be voting entities empowered to cast votes via the system.
Related Terms: Proxy Notification Notifications Website

Inventor: Robert Niebanck
USPTO Applicaton #: #20130007594 - Class: 715234 (USPTO) - 01/03/13 - Class 715 


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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130007594, Methods and systems for proxy voting.

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RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 13/117,663, filed May 27, 2011, which is a continuation of U.S. Pat. No. 7,953,589, issued May 31, 2011, which claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Appln. No. 60/773,529, filed Feb. 15, 2006, which are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

One embodiment of the present invention relates to electronic voting methods and systems that help simplify the management of institutional proxies.

In one example, the methods and systems manage the process of meeting notifications, voting, tracking, mailing, reporting, record maintenance and/or vote disclosure rules enacted by the SEC. In one specific example, this may be done for thousands of publicly traded securities custodied at various banks, brokers and global custodians.

In another example, a system (and corresponding method) may be provided for integrating, organizing and displaying (e.g., via a website) information in a language of preference for each user of the system. The information may comprise meeting, agenda and/or ballot information and the users of the system/method may be voting entities empowered to cast votes via the system.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

There are various patents related to personalized/customized content delivery based on localization (e.g., languages). The following are a few examples: U.S. Pat. No. 7,149,964, issued Dec. 12, 1006 in the name of Cottrille et al.; U.S. Pat. No. 6,623,529, issued Sep. 23, 2003 in the name of Lakritz; U.S. Pat. No. 6,557,005, issued Apr. 29, 2003 in the name of Buget; U.S. Pat. No. 6,429,995, issued Dec. 10, 2002 in the name of Atkin et al.; and U.S. Pat. No. 6,345,293, issued Feb. 5, 2002 in the name of Chaddha.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIGS. 1-3 are website pages showing “login” screens (presented, respectively, in English,

Japanese and German) according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIGS. 4-6 are website pages showing “home” screens (presented, respectively, in English, Japanese and German) according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIGS. 7-9 are website pages showing “Meeting List” screens (presented, respectively, in English, Japanese and German) according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIGS. 10-12 are website pages showing “Ballot List” screens (presented, respectively, in English, Japanese and German) according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIGS. 13-15 are website pages showing “Vote Ballot” screens (presented, respectively, in English, Japanese and German) according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 16 shows a flowchart relating to building a language specific html page from a jsp template according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 17 shows a diagram of a computer device for presenting information associated with a website according to another embodiment of the present invention; and

FIG. 18 shows a diagram of a computer device for presenting information associated with a website according to another embodiment of the present invention.

Among those benefits and improvements that have been disclosed, other objects and advantages of this invention will become apparent from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying figures. The figures constitute a part of this specification and include illustrative embodiments of the present invention and illustrate various objects and features thereof.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

OF THE INVENTION

Detailed embodiments of the present invention are disclosed herein; however, it is to be understood that the disclosed embodiments are merely illustrative of the invention that may be embodied in various forms. In addition, each of the examples given in connection with the various embodiments of the invention is intended to be illustrative, and not restrictive. Further, the figures are not necessarily to scale, some features may be exaggerated to show details of particular components. Therefore, specific structural and functional details disclosed herein are not to be interpreted as limiting, but merely as a representative basis for teaching one skilled in the art to variously employ the present invention.

Advisors and managers are typically required to comply with SEC regulations regarding their proxy voting procedures and record keeping. One embodiment of the present invention provides an Internet tool that helps such advisors and managers achieve compliance and streamline voting. In one example, the present invention may help advisors and managers to manage, track, reconcile and report proxy voting through electronic delivery of ballots, online voting, and SEC compliant reporting and record keeping (proxy information may, in one example, be provided through an automated electronic interface based on share positions provided directly to a system operator by various custodian bank(s)/broker(s)).

One embodiment of the present invention provides a system for integrating, organizing and displaying (e.g., via a website) information in a language of preference for each user of the system (see FIGS. 1-15 for examples of such displays according to various language preferences). In one example (which example is intended to be illustrative and not restrictive), the information may comprise meeting, agenda and/or ballot information. In another example (which example is intended to be illustrative and not restrictive), the language of preference for each user may be expressed by the user each time that the user signs on to the system. In another example (which example is intended to be illustrative and not restrictive), the language of preference for each user may be expressed by the user once, such as at the time of a first sign-on. In this latter example, the language of preference may then be used for that user for subsequent sign-ons (or until changed by the user). In another example (which example is intended to be illustrative and not restrictive), the users of the system may be voting entities empowered to cast votes via the system.

Referring now to FIGS. 1-3, website pages showing “login” screens (presented, respectively, in English, Japanese and German) according to an embodiment of the present invention are shown. Of note, various graphical user interface elements incorporate the specific languages associated with each webpage. For example, FIG. 1 shows use of text entry box labels in English (see, e.g., “Institution ID”, “User ID”, “Password”), use of a command button caption in English (see, e.g., “Login”), use of a check box label in English (see, e.g., “Save Login Info”) use of a tab element caption in English (see, e.g., “Login”) and use of various text labels in English. FIGS. 2 and 3 show the corresponding elements in the respective languages.

Referring now to FIGS. 4-6, website pages showing “home” screens (presented, respectively, in English, Japanese and German) according to an embodiment of the present invention are shown.

Again, various graphical user interface elements incorporate the specific languages associated with each webpage. For example, FIG. 4 shows use of various text labels in English and use of a tab element caption in English (see, e.g., “Home”). FIGS. 5 and 6 show the corresponding elements in the respective languages.

Referring now to FIGS. 7-9, website pages showing “Meeting List” screens (presented, respectively, in English, Japanese and German) according to an embodiment of the present invention are shown.

Again, various graphical user interface elements incorporate the specific languages associated with each webpage. For example, FIG. 7 shows use of a drop-down list box in English (see, e.g., “All”), use of a command button caption in English (see, e.g., “Apply”), use of text labels in English associated with the columns of the table, use of various table data in English, use of tab element captions in English (see, e.g., ““Meeting List”, “Meeting Lookup””) and use of various text labels in English. FIGS. 8 and 9 show the corresponding elements in the respective languages.

Referring now to FIGS. 10-12, website pages showing “Ballot List” screens (presented, respectively, in English, Japanese and German) according to an embodiment of the present invention are shown.

Again, various graphical user interface elements incorporate the specific languages associated with each webpage. For example, FIG. 10 shows use of drop-down list boxes in English (see, e.g., “Accounts” and “All”), use of a command button caption in English (see, e.g., “Apply”), use of text labels in English associated with the columns of the table, use of various table data in English, use of tab element captions in English (see, e.g., ““Ballot List”, “Meeting Details”) and use of various text labels in English. FIGS. 11 and 12 show the corresponding elements in the respective languages.

Referring now to FIGS. 13-15, website pages showing “Vote Ballot” screens (presented, respectively, in English, Japanese and German) according to an embodiment of the present invention are shown.

Again, various graphical user interface elements incorporate the specific languages associated with each webpage. For example, FIG. 13 shows use of drop-down list boxes in English (see, e.g., “Quick Vote”), use of radio button captions in English (see, e.g., “For”, “Against”, “Abstain”), use of check box text labels in English (see, e.g., “Show Contrary To Policy”), use of a hyperlink in English (see, e.g., “Comments”), use of text labels in English associated with the columns of the table, use of various table data in English, use of tab element captions in English (see, e.g., ““Vote Ballot”, “Meeting Details”, “Ballot List”) and use of various text labels in English. FIGS. 14 and 15 show the corresponding elements in the respective languages.

Of note, one embodiment of the present invention may use “message tokens” to identify various script items that need to be displayed. These message tokens may refer, for example, to specific rows in a translation database (wherein there is a column in the database for every language that the system needs to support). In this configuration, the application logic may be consistent for all applications across a given website (for example), but the language of the presentation can be tailored to the preference of any particular user at any particular time. To give one specific example of such tailoring of language preferences (which example is intended to be illustrative and not restrictive), the message token “pe.common.label.account” may call up “Account” to the screen if the language preference was English, the appropriate Japanese characters to the screen if the language preference was Japanese, and “Depot” to the screen if the language preference was German (the system would recognize that the content of the field was the account regardless of how it was described to the user).

In another embodiment of the present invention a method (e.g., a data processing method) may be provided. This method may include, but not be limited to: (a) tabularizing text elements into message tokens composed of a hierarchical string of descriptors including, but not limited to: application; page specific/common; content type; context; content key; (b) interpreting the message tokens to locate the row in a translation sheet database that identifies the interpretation of the text element in any supported language; (c) combining the message token and language preference indicator to select the column and row in the database to select the appropriate display; and (d) displaying the appropriate language on the application screen.

Again, in one specific example (which example is intended to be illustrative and not restrictive), the method may provide meeting, agenda and/or ballot information which may be used by voting entities in the language of their choice.

In other examples (which examples are intended to be illustrative and not restrictive), the invention may provide for the translation of any fixed body of information to be displayed electronically, statically, dynamically and/or interactively. Generic applications (e.g., global applications and/or help screens) can be developed independent of the language of presentation and additional languages can be added as needed (e.g., by inserting another column in the database).

Referring now to FIG. 16, an example of building language specific html from a JavaServer Pages template is shown. More particularly, as seen in this FIG. 16, the following steps may be employed: JSP page issues a request for a language specific string by locale (language preference) and key (message token) Translation sheet program looks to see if that language is already loaded. If it is, the program drops through, picks up the text associated with the language specific key from the cache and returns it to the requesting JSP page. If the language specific key is not loaded in the cache, the program gets the language specific key value pairs from the database and creates a hash map of the locale specific keys and values that is then loaded into cache for rapid access. If no language specific text is in the database corresponding to the language specific key provided, the program will bring in the “English” text and present English as the default language for that particular message token to the JSP page for presentation. The remainder of the page will be in the user selected language if available. If there is no “English” text and no language specific text for the locale of choice, the system will generate an error message string of “???message token???” and return it to the JSP page for presentation.

Referring now to FIG. 17, a computer device for presenting information associated with a website according to one embodiment of the present invention is shown. As seen in this FIG. 17, data storage interface 1701 (which may comprise, for example, a direct connection and/or a network such as the Internet and/or an intranet) is arranged and configured to be coupled between database 1703 (which may comprise one or more physical databases) and input mechanism 1705 (which may comprise, for example, a website, a dedicated terminal, and/or any other desired input mechanism).



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Application #
US 20130007594 A1
Publish Date
01/03/2013
Document #
13607247
File Date
09/07/2012
USPTO Class
715234
Other USPTO Classes
704/8
International Class
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