Google Patents

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Google Patents by Type

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  • Publication number: 20170085672
    Abstract: Systems, methods performed by data processing apparatus and computer storage media encoded with computer programs for maintaining a user interest profile corresponding to a user and containing information describing visits to publisher sites (e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: GOOGLE INC.
  • Publication number: 20170085505
    Abstract: Implementations generally relate to configuring presence and notifications in persistent conversations. In one implementation, a method includes receiving a presence state associated with a user and causing the presence state to be selectively displayed to one or more target users. The method also includes determining that an event has occurred for which a notification is to be sent to the user, and selectively delivering the notification to the user based on the configured presence state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin David Eidelson, Ujjwal Singh, Heradon Douglas, Eric Barndoller
  • Patent number: 9602918
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for reusing audio streams in an audio mixing environment such that processing resources are not wasted on encoding the same audio streams multiple times. Instead, processing resources are conserved without comprising audio quality. The methods described herein are particularly useful when a participant transitions from using a shared encoder to using the participant's own encoder, and when the participant transitions from using the participant's own encoder to using a shared encoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Lars Henrik Ellner, Turaj Zakizadeh Shabestary, Niklas Enbom
  • Patent number: 9602909
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a wireless communication earpiece. The wireless communication earpiece comprises an earbud and an electronics portion. A manual selection of one of a left ear and a right ear position of the earbud is conveyed to the electronics portion by one of an electrical and mechanical means. In some embodiments, a right antenna element is electrically coupled (activated) to a transceiver when the right ear position is selected and a left antenna element is activated when the left ear position is selected. In some embodiments, an antenna element is coupled to the transceiver and the antenna element is rotated to a right side (activated) of the earpiece when the right ear position is selected and the antenna element is rotated to a left side (activated) of the earpiece when the left ear position is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Vijay L. Asrani, Peter Nanni
  • Patent number: 9603065
    Abstract: This disclosure sets forth methods and devices for communication between mobile devices and base stations with active and dormant states. In an embodiment, a base station transmits system information during an active state of the base station with at least one system-information message. The at least one system-information message includes a SystemInformationBlockType1 (“SIB1”) message with a first update-indicator field. The base station selects an update value that indicates whether the system information has changed since a previous transmission of a previous SIB1 message. The base station transmits at least one dormant-state message during a dormant state of the base station with the selected update value in a second update-indicator field of the at least one dormant-state message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Ravikiran Nory, Sandeep H. Krishnamurthy, Ravi Kuchibhotla, Robert T. Love, Vijay Nangia, Ajit Nimbalker
  • Patent number: 9600011
    Abstract: Various arrangements of controlling a temperature of an enclosure are presented. A setpoint temperature may be received by a thermostat from a user via an energy management device. The setpoint temperature may indicate a desired temperature of the enclosure. The thermostat may be operated in accordance with the setpoint temperature. Energy consumption associated with the thermostat may be monitored. The monitored energy consumption may be compared to an energy usage profile. Based on such a comparison, at least one adjustment to the operation of the thermostat may be determined that will reduce energy consumption associated with the thermostat as compared to the energy consumption associated with operating the thermostat in accordance with the setpoint temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jason C. Weaver, Bradley A. Kayton
  • Patent number: 9599477
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a vehicle for maneuvering a passenger to a destination autonomously. The vehicle includes one or more computing devices that receive a request for a vehicle from a client computing device. The request identifies a first location. The one or more computing devices also determine whether the first location is within a threshold outside of a service area of the vehicle. When the location is within the threshold distance outside of the service area of the vehicle, the one or more computing devices identify a second location within the service area of the vehicle where the vehicle is able to stop for a passenger and based on the first location. The one or more computing devices then provide a map and a marker identifying the position of the second location on the map for display on the client computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Anne Kristiina Aula, Brian Douglas Cullinane, Daniel Jules Switkin, Jennifer Arden, Renaud-Roland Hubert
  • Patent number: 9603003
    Abstract: A method includes collecting roaming connectivity information for a plurality of wide area networks from a plurality of mobile devices, independently of the wide area networks, receiving the roaming connectivity information at a server and relating the connectivity information to the wide area networks and to a plurality of geographic locations to create a roaming network connectivity information database, generating a list of candidate wide area networks to serve as roaming networks for a specific mobile device and a given location based on the roaming connectivity information, and sending a preferred roaming list to the specific mobile device, the preferred roaming list including the list of candidate wide area networks. The method may include receiving location prediction information from the mobile device, and generating the list of candidate wide area networks based on a predicted location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Krishna K. Bellamkonda, Nischal Y. Patel, Brett L. Robertson, Daniel P. Rose, Dean L. Thorson, Malhar D. Vaishnav
  • Patent number: 9599281
    Abstract: Technology for securing a line, such as a fiber optic line, to a structure, such as a utility pole. In one aspect, the technology provides a mount for securing to a pole. The mount may include a body; a connector that is connectable to an apparatus by pressing together the connector and a corresponding connector of the apparatus; an arm movably attached to the body; an extension operable to move the arm into locking engagement with the body such that the body and arm encircle the pole, and to tighten the body and arm about the pole through movement of the arm; and a locking mechanism for locking the mount in a tightened position about the pole by locking the body and arm in a tightened position about the pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David Frank Lish, John Toccalino, Ben Warren Segura, David Anthony, Fabien Villeneuve
  • Patent number: 9600080
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and devices for non-line-of-sight radar-based gesture recognition. Through use of the techniques and devices described herein, users may control their devices through in-the-air gestures, even when those gestures are not within line-of-sight of their device's sensors. Thus, the techniques enable users to control their devices in many situations in which control is desired but conventional techniques do permit effective control, such as to turn the temperature down in a room when the user is obscured from a thermostat's gesture sensor, turn up the volume on a media player when the user is in a different room than the media player, or pause a television program when the user's gesture is obscured by a chair, couch, or other obstruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Ivan Poupyrev
  • Patent number: 9599989
    Abstract: In an example method, a vehicle configured to operate in an autonomous mode could have a radar system used to aid in vehicle guidance. The method could include a plurality of antennas configured to transmit and receive electromagnetic signals. The method may also include a one or more sensors configured to measure a movement of the vehicle. A portion of the method may be performed by a processor configured to: i) determine adjustments based on the movement of the vehicle; ii) calculate distance and direction information for received electromagnetic signals; and iii) recover distance and direction information for received electromagnetic signals with the adjustments applied. The processor may be further configured to adjust the movement of the autonomous vehicle based on the distance and direction information with adjustments applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Brown
  • Patent number: 9600726
    Abstract: This application discloses a method of provisioning an electronic device. The electronic device proactively broadcasts an advertising packet that includes a device identifier associated with the electronic device. A server receives the device identifier via a client device, and issues a link approval response when it verifies that the electronic device associated with the device identifier is available for provisioning in association with a user account. In response to the link approval response, the electronic device and the client device establish communication via a short range wireless link. The client device encrypts at least a portion of network credentials of a secure wireless network using a password key generated at the server, and provides the encrypted network credentials to the electronic device. The electronic device decrypts the encrypted network credentials using a key generated at the electronic device, and accesses the secure wireless network using the decrypted network credentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Kirkby, Hiro Mitsuji, Eden Sherry, Lawrence W. Neal
  • Patent number: 9600034
    Abstract: According to an example embodiment, a base may include a frame, a keyboard enclosed by the frame, and a mount hingedly attached to the frame. The keyboard may be configured to wirelessly communicate with a computing device. The mount may include at least one magnet configured to retain the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Kiple, Ji Heun Lee, George Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9600041
    Abstract: A heat management apparatus for an electronic device that includes a heat spreader. The heat spreader has a top surface and a bottom surface. A first portion is coupled to the electronic device. A second portion extends away from the electronic device. The heat spreader has a heat conductivity of at least approximately 100 Watts per meter Kelvin (W/mK). In some configurations the heat spreader may comprise a woven graphite material or a graphene material with a heat conductivity of at least approximately 1000 W/mK.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Roger W. Ady, Alberto R. Cavallaro, David Kyungtag Lim
  • Patent number: 9600069
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods are provided for substantially continuous biometric identification (CBID) of an individual using eye signals in real time. The apparatus is included within a wearable computing device with identification of the device wearer based on iris recognition within one or more cameras directed at one or both eyes, and/or other physiological, anatomical and/or behavioral measures. Verification of device user identity can be used to enable or disable the display of secure information. Identity verification can also be included within information that is transmitted from the device in order to determine appropriate security measures by remote processing units. The apparatus may be incorporated within wearable computing that performs other functions including vision correction, head-mounted display, viewing the surrounding environment using scene camera(s), recording audio data via a microphone, and/or other sensing equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Nelson George Publicover, Lewis James Marggraff
  • Patent number: 9600270
    Abstract: Methods and systems for updating components on a computing device are described herein. A computing device may perform an example method, which may include receiving, at the computing device, a notification of an update corresponding to an existing component on the computing device. Responsive to receiving the notification, the computing device may receive inputs from sensors of the computing device, which may provide information indicative of a given state of use, time of day, and location associated with the computing device. Based on a weighted combination of the inputs, the computing device may determine whether to update the existing component on the computing device and update the existing component. In some instances, the computing device may use information provided by another computing device to determine whether or not to initiate an update process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Poiesz, Andrew Abramson
  • Patent number: 9600273
    Abstract: Systems and methods for making source code annotations available across software code repository commits are disclosed. An example method for creating an incremental blame structure for determining which annotations should be shown begins with receiving a commit including at least one file that has been updated with respect to a parent commit. Then, parent file revisions for the at least one file should be identified. An example method determines the differences between the at least one file and the identified parent file revisions and traces an origin of each line in the file based on the determined differences. An identifier of the line and the line's origin may be added to the incremental blame data structure of the file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Neubeck, Evgeny Gryaznov
  • Patent number: 9600297
    Abstract: In some implementations, this technology includes systems and methods for creating, incorporating, or providing multiple personas (e.g., based on an interest, hobby, identity, profession, or the like) for users of an online community, e.g., a social network. The multiple personas have an interaction context including profile data, connections, groups, and applications that are specific to each persona type. User connections, user content, and user applications for a particular user are determined based on a particular persona type and its context. In addition, user communications are associated with a persona type. A persona type may be selected by a particular user or a user group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Orkut Buyukkokten
  • Patent number: 9600177
    Abstract: An electronic device (100) includes a display (102). The electronic device can also include a user interface (110) to detect gesture input. One or more control circuits (116), operable with the display and the user interface, can detect a predefined gesture input (401) and alter a timer (122) controlling a duration in which the display is in an operational mode. This allows a user (300) to make a quick gesture to extend the time the display will be active without interaction so that the user can read long documents or other items without the display turning OFF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Boby Iyer, Craig J Detter, John Hamilton O'Leary, Andre Luiz Silva Bazante, Dale F Zalewski
  • Patent number: 9600227
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for enabling screen-specific user interfacing with elements of viewable screens presented by an electronic device are disclosed. In one aspect, a method includes the actions of identifying a character sequence representing a first input that is received while displaying a viewable screen having at least one selectable viewable element. The actions further include accessing an electronic file that provides a text representation of one or more of the at least one selectable viewable element. The actions further include comparing the character sequence to the text representation. The actions further include selecting, within the viewable screen, a selectable viewable element whose text representation matches the character sequence. The actions further include triggering any action linked to the selecting the selectable viewable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Sanjeev Kumar P.V., Amit Kumar Agrawal, Satyabrata Rout, Vishal Shashikant Patil
  • Patent number: 9600229
    Abstract: A method for receiving processed information at a remote device is described. The method includes transmitting from the remote device a verbal request to a first information provider and receiving a digital message from the first information provider in response to the transmitted verbal request. The digital message includes a symbolic representation indicator associated with a symbolic representation of the verbal request and data used to control an application. The method also includes transmitting, using the application, the symbolic representation indicator to a second information provider for generating results to be displayed on the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Gudmundur Hafsteinsson, Michael J. LeBeau, Natalia Marmasse, Sumit Agarwal, Dipchand Nishar
  • Patent number: 9600251
    Abstract: Embodiments of enhancing API servicing schemes are disclosed. A set of proxy code associated with servicing the API requests of an application is analyzed during development time to determine if any portion can be modified to improve the service scheme, prior to executing the set of proxy code in a runtime. After the set of proxy code is deployed in a runtime environment, performance data associated with the current service scheme is collected and periodically used to determine whether the service scheme for the API requests of the application is to be updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Kumar Srivastava
  • Patent number: 9600258
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for providing suggestions to install native applications, the method including accessing a website on an application running on an electronic device, the website comprising metadata, obtaining, from the metadata, a unique identifier of a native application for downloading from a server, transmitting, to a server, a request for identifying information of the native application, the request including the obtained unique identifier, receiving, from the server and in response to the transmitting, the identifying information, displaying within a user interface at least part of the identifying information and a graphical component for installing the native application, receiving user selection of the graphical component, and initiating, in response to receiving the user selection, an inline installation of the native application between the server and the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Vinod Kumar Ramachandran, Grace Kloba
  • Patent number: 9600721
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes detecting, at a wearable computing device, a first direction of a first stare, wherein the wearable computing device includes a head-mountable display unit, identifying a target based on the detected first direction, and based on a determination that a first time duration of the first stare is greater than or equal to a first predetermined time threshold, identifying information relevant to the target and displaying the identified information on the display unit. Subsequent to displaying the identified information, the method includes detecting a second stare that is directed at the target or at the displayed information, and based on a determination that a second time duration of the second stare is greater than or equal to a second predetermined time threshold, identifying additional information relevant to the target, and displaying the additional information on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Ricardo Prada Gomez, Alejandro Kauffmann
  • Patent number: 9600723
    Abstract: A method for localizing the attention of a user of a first-person point-of-view (FPPOV) device is disclosed. The method includes receiving a plurality of images of an event, each image having been captured by one of a plurality of reference cameras during a first time duration. The method further includes receiving a first user-captured image captured by the FPPOV device during the first time duration. A first image of the plurality of images is selected as a best-matched image, based on the first user-captured image, for capturing a region-of-interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Caroline Rebecca Pantofaru, Vinay Bettadapura, Krishna Bharat, Irfan Essa
  • Patent number: 9600724
    Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure include actions of receiving image data, the image data being provided from a camera and corresponding to a scene viewed by the camera, receiving one or more annotations, the one or more annotations being provided based on one or more entities determined from the scene, each annotation being associated with at least one entity, determining one or more actions based on the one or more annotations, and providing instructions to display an action interface including one or more action elements, each action element being selectable to induce execution of a respective action, the action interface being displayed in a viewfinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Teresa Ko, Hartwig Adam, Mikkel Crone Koser, Alexei Masterov, Andrews-Junior Kimbembe, Matthew J. Bridges, Paul Chang, David Petrou, Adam Berenzweig
  • Patent number: 9600458
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for styling elements of a web document at a time of rendering the web document. In one embodiment, a method comprises: performing steps on a processor. The steps comprise: identifying a rule associated with a property of an element of the web document; determining whether the rule is to be grouped with multiple elements of the web document; generating an overriding rule when the rule is associated with multiple elements of the web document; and updating a style sheet based on the overriding rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Eric Guzman, Jose Antonio Marquez
  • Patent number: 9600417
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for caching data not frequently accessed. One of the methods includes receiving a request for data from a component of a device, determining that the data satisfies an infrequency condition, in response to determining that the data satisfies the infrequency condition: determining a target cache level which defines a cache level within a cache level hierarchy of a particular cache at which to store infrequently accessed data, the target cache level being lower than a highest cache level in the cache level hierarchy, requesting and receiving the data from a memory that is not a cache of the device, and storing the data in a level of the particular cache that is at or below the target cache level in the cache level hierarchy, and providing the data to the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Yoo, Liqun Cheng, Benjamin C. Serebrin, Parthasarathy Ranganathan, Rama Krishna Govindaraju
  • Patent number: 9600450
    Abstract: A system for and method of displaying non-rectangular images in electronic content on an electronic device in accordance with exemplary embodiments may include identifying, using a template identification computing apparatus, an image shape template associated with a non-rectangular image that is part of electronic content to be displayed on the electronic device, determining, using a boundary region determination computing apparatus, a boundary region of the image shape template, placing, using an image placement computing apparatus, the non-rectangular image inside the boundary region of the image shape template and on the electronic content, flowing, using a text flow computing apparatus, text that is part of the electronic content outside and along the boundary region of the image shape template, and transmitting, using a communication computing apparatus, the electronic content along with the non-rectangular image to the electronic device via a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Brady Duga, John Rivlin, Vincent Le Chevalier, Garth Conboy
  • Patent number: 9602860
    Abstract: A computing system device with processor(s) and memory displays a video monitoring user interface on the display. The video monitoring user interface includes a first region for displaying a live video feed and/or a recorded video feed from the video camera and a second region for displaying a event timeline. The event timeline includes a plurality of equally spaced time indicators each indicating a specific time and a current video feed indicator indicating the temporal position of the video feed displayed in the first region. The temporal position includes a past time corresponding to the previously recorded video feed from the video camera and a current time corresponding to the live video feed from the video camera. The current video feed indicator is movable relative to the equally spaced time indicators to facilitate a change in the temporal position of the video feed displayed in the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Jason N. Laska, Greg R. Nelson, Greg Duffy
  • Patent number: 9600474
    Abstract: A language translation application on a user device includes a user interface that provides relevant textual and graphical feedback mechanisms associated with various states of voice input and translated speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander J. Cuthbert, Sunny Goyal, Matthew Gaba, Joshua J. Estelle, Masakazu Seno
  • Patent number: 9600496
    Abstract: A system and computer-implemented method for associating images with semantic entities and providing search results using the semantic entities. An image database contains one or more source images associated with one or more images labels. A computer may generate one or more documents containing the labels associated with each image. Analysis may be performed on the one or more documents to associate the source images with semantic entities. The semantic entities may be used to provide search results. In response to receiving a target image as a search query, the target image may be compared with the source images to identify similar images. The semantic entities associated with the similar images may be used to determine a semantic entity for the target image. The semantic entity for the target image may be used to provide search results in response to the search initiated by the target image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Maks Ovsjanikov, Yuan Li, Hartwig Adam, Charles Joseph Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 9600501
    Abstract: A server system having one or more processors and memory sends, to a first database, a first request for data based on first data-retrieval criteria. The first database is schemaless and operates in accordance with first database processing capabilities. The server system receives, in response to the first request, a first set of data from the first database, where the first set of data is selected by the first database in accordance with the first data-retrieval criteria. The server system generates a second database from the first set of data selectively retrieved from the first database. The second database has an associated schema and operates in accordance with second database processing capabilities different from the first database processing capabilities. The server system provides access to the first set of data in the second database in accordance with the second database processing capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Alfred R. K. Fuller
  • Patent number: 9600836
    Abstract: Merchants create ecommerce-enabled ad units advertising items offered by the merchants. The ad units contain functionality enabling customers to purchase the items by interacting with the ad units. The ad units have associated bid prices that the merchants agree to pay for sales through the ad units. The merchants provide the ad units to a broker. The broker publishes the ad units on web pages provided by publishers as comparison shop ad units that contain multiple ad units and functionality for navigating among them. A customer receiving a web page interacts with an ad unit to purchase the item. During the interactions, the broker dynamically updates the ad unit to conduct the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google, Inc.
    Inventors: David Chung, Rajas Moonka, Gokul Rajaram
  • Patent number: 9600531
    Abstract: Embodiments for presenting search content is provided herein. An embodiment includes, receiving an input string in a browser input receiver, presenting a list of identifiers and search queries, wherein at least a portion of each of the identifiers and search queries match the input string, and presenting one or more search results associated with a selected search query on a display or providing a HTTP request to retrieve content associated with a selected identifier, and presenting the content on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Brian Rakowski, Glen Murphy, Ben Goodger, Peter Andrew Kasting, Arnaud Weber
  • Patent number: 9600543
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method includes receiving an indication of a request from a user to view a stream associated with the user, generating a request for one or more items visible to the user for display within the stream, the request including a search query identifying search criteria including one or more tokens, the one or more tokens including at least a user token identifying the user, receiving one or more items in response to the request, the one or more items including at least one of the one or more tokens and further being visible to the user and providing the one or more items for display to the user within the stream in response to the request. Other aspects can be embodied in corresponding systems and apparatus, including computer program products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Lucian Florin Cionca, Andre Rohe, Yonatan Zunger, Sangsoo Sung, Mohit Oberoi, Daniel Belov, Harish Rajamani, Jinan Lou
  • Patent number: 9600558
    Abstract: Managing placement of object replicas is performed at a first instance of a distributed storage system. One or more journals are opened for storage of object chunks. Each journal is associated with a single placement policy. A first object is received comprising at least a first object chunk. The first object is associated with a first placement policy. The first object chunk is stored in a first journal whose associated placement policy matches the first placement policy. The first journal stores only object chunks for objects whose placement policies match the first placement policy. For the first journal, the receiving and storing operations are repeated for multiple objects whose associated placement policies match the first placement policy, until a first termination condition occurs. Then, the first journal is closed. Subsequently, the first journal is replicated to a second instance of the distributed storage system according to the first placement policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Kesselman, Alexandre Drobychev, George Datuashvili
  • Patent number: 9600645
    Abstract: This patent specification relates to apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for providing home security/smart home objectives. More particularly, this patent specification relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate with each other and/or with a central server or a cloud-computing system to provide any of a variety of useful home security/smart home objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Shigefumi Honjo, Scott A. McGaraghan, Michael Plitkins, Maxime Veron, Isabel Guenette
  • Patent number: 9600768
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed for determining whether a driving environment has changed relative to a detailed map stored by an autonomous vehicle. An autonomous driving computer system of the autonomous vehicle may determine whether the driving environment has probably changed based on the location of one or more objects detected in the driving environment. The autonomous driving computer system may include various object models, each object model being associated with an object type, and where each object model defines one or more probability values that a given object type is expected (or not expected) to be found at a given location. By aggregating the various probability values resulting from the detection of objects in the driving environment, and then comparing the aggregated probability values with one or more probability threshold values, the autonomous driving computer system may predict or determine whether the driving environment has probably changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: David I. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 9600769
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems for constructing a personal knowledge graph for a user based on data contained in existing e-mail messages of the user, and using the personal knowledge graph to provide the user with contextually-relevant content and/or contact suggestions while the user is composing an e-mail message. A personal knowledge graph is constructed based on relations/connections between users and content identified from data contained in e-mail messages sent and/or received by the user. Such relations include content-content relations, user-content relations, and user-(content)-user relations. When a user is composing an e-mail message, the system responsively processes, analyzes, and indexes composing e-mail message data. The composing e-mail message data is used to fetch relevant information from the user's personal knowledge graph and generate one or more content and/or contact suggestions for presentation to the user alongside an e-mail message composing view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Yifang Liu, Clemens Buehling
  • Patent number: 9600831
    Abstract: A system for user association attribution may include one or more processors and memory. The one or more processors may receive information pertaining to relationship events that each correspond to a participant and one of several entities in a social network, allocate, for each relationship event, attribution values to touchpoints accessed by the corresponding entity prior to the relationship event. The processors may further determine a weight for each of the attribution values allocated to each of the touchpoints, where the weight for each of the attribution values is based at least in part on each of the relationship events for which each of the attribution values was allocated, generate an aggregate attribution value for each of the touchpoints based at least in part on the weighted attribution values allocated to each of the touchpoints, and provide, to the participant, each aggregate attribution value generated for each of the touchpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Linus Chou, Jonathan Klem, James H. Koh, James E. Stewart, Eric W. Ewald, Andrey Petrov, Carolyn R. Marshall, Paul Sliwowski, Paul J. Baker, Maciej Babinski, Jige Yu, Jacob B. Matthews
  • Patent number: 9600833
    Abstract: A duplicate keyword selection engine facilitates identification and selection of duplicate keywords that are associated with advertisements and advertising campaigns. The selection engine selects duplicate keywords from one or more sets of duplicate keywords. The duplicate keywords can be selected based on selection criterion specified by the advertiser. The selection criterion for selecting duplicate keywords for inclusion in set of duplicate keywords can be a relative attribute value that a keyword must have relative to attribute values of other keywords in the set of duplicate keywords to which the keyword belongs. For example, the selection criterion can require a duplicate keyword to have a highest attribute value relative to attribute values of the other keywords in the set of duplicate keywords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Hiller, Igor Tandetnik, Art Komninos, Theodore Power, Ritcha Gupta Ranjan, Ilan Caron, Michael Loose
  • Patent number: 9600520
    Abstract: A method for managing prospective search queries is provided. A first prospective search query is received. A first sample data set is determined based on a union of the first prospective search query and a second prospective search query. An indication that the first prospective search query is not mutually exclusive with the second prospective search query is provided if the first sample data set matches the second prospective search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Jeyappragash J Jeyakeerthi
  • Patent number: 9600927
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining the shape of an object based on shadows cast by the object are described. An example method may include receiving a plurality of images of an object casting a shadow. Each image may include a shadow cast by the object as the object is illuminated by a light source that moves over a plurality of positions. The method may further include determining, by a computing device, respectively for each image of the plurality of images a two-dimensional (2D) silhouette of the object and a respective position of the light source relative to the object. According to the method, a three-dimensional (3D) object data model of the object may be generated by the computing device based on the 2D silhouette of the object and the respective position of the light source relative to the object for each image of the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Arshan Poursohi, Thor Lewis, Anthony Gerald Francis, Jr.
  • Patent number: D781623
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Victoria A. Spielmann, Yaniv Ashkenazy, Adam Kalderon, Adam Zerbib, Vitaly Korsunsky, Yaniv Lupashko
  • Patent number: D781624
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Victoria A. Spielmann, Yaniv Ashkenazy, Adam Kalderon, Adam Zerbib, Vitaly Korsunsky, Yaniv Lupashko
  • Patent number: D781844
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Felix Jose Alvarez Rivera, Lawrence Lam
  • Patent number: D781896
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Priya Mandawat, Jiaqi Yu, Martin Edward Williams, Lowell Trott, Sunil Kosalge, Jonathan R Diorio, Austin Lee, Ellen Faulkner
  • Patent number: D781919
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Kristen Beck, Michael Jon Sundermeyer, Micah Thomas Collins
  • Patent number: D782069
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Lachlan McGrath, Joshua Hanson, Adam Jan Tolsma