Patents Assigned to America Online, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20120198013
    Abstract: A stand-alone icon (i.e., an icon that is not part of an application interface) is provided to facilitate communications across a network between users of at least one communications program. The icon represents a contact or a set of contacts. Status information regarding the contact or set of contacts is received and displayed using the icon or in response to an operation performed on the icon. The icon additionally may provide an interface for performing actions related to the contact or set of contacts. The actions may generally include, for example, retrieving profile information about the contact, setting an alert to indicate that the contact's network/login status (e.g., login, logout, or idle) has changed, or performing communications with the contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: America Online, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. QUILLEN, Ira Rosenblatt
  • Patent number: 8135539
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for displaying a map for a route in a ground-based vehicle. The map includes a variable road network map showing finer detail for geographic features near the route and less detail for geographic features farther from the route. The map is displayed based on the travel direction of the ground-based vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: America Online, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Nesbitt
  • Publication number: 20090313377
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for transferring one or more files by connecting to a communications system host; sending, to a client connected to the communications system host, a request to transfer one or more files; when a client permits access to the one or more files, establishing a direct socket connection from the client and bypassing the communications system host; and initiating the transfer of the one or more files from the client over the direct socket connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: AOL LLC, a Delware Limited Liability Company (formerly Known as America Online, Inc.)
    Inventor: James Crawford
  • Publication number: 20090248816
    Abstract: Personalizing communications for a first communication platform includes accessing status information for communication sessions by a communication identity that leverage a first communication platform other than an instant messaging platform. A participant list associated with the communication identity and the first communication platform is passively configured to persistently reflect a list of participant identities from communication sessions in which the communication identity recently participated using the communication platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: AOL LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company (Formerly Known as America Online, Inc.)
    Inventors: Barry Appelman, James A. Roskind
  • Publication number: 20090177797
    Abstract: Enabling a host system to communicate with and to identify at least one client device that communicates with the host system through a network address translator device includes enabling communications from a first client device through the network address translator device. A data packet is received that includes a payload portion and an attribute portion, where the attribute portion includes a destination address that indicates a destination for the data packet and a nearest source address. A portion of the received data packet other than the nearest source address is examined for a host-assigned identifier that identifies a client device that communicated the received data packet. The received data packet typically is processed in accordance with predetermined host system controls accessible to the host system for the first client device identified, such as host-enabled parental controls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: AOL LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company (Formerly Known as America Online, Inc.)
    Inventors: Richard Rodriguez-Val, Richard A. Watson, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090083428
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for leveraging narrowband connectivity (such as dial-up communications or other types of low bandwidth communications) to provision or configure broadband connectivity between a broadband access provider and a broadband device, such as a DSL modem or a cable modem. Specifically, because narrowband connectivity does not require advance configuration or provisioning by the host system of connectivity parameters for an access-seeking device, a modem at an access-seeking device may be leveraged to establish a narrowband connection between that device and a host system and to enable an exchange or negotiation of connectivity parameters necessary to enable future broadband connectivity. Thus, once established, the narrowband connection may be used as a conduit for communicating required provisioning information between the broadband-enabling host and the access-seeking device to enable broadband connectivity by the device in the future.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: AOL LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company (Formerly Known as America Online, Inc.)
    Inventors: Patrick Meenan, David Clyde Chiles, Jeffrey J. Damick
  • Publication number: 20090019376
    Abstract: A stand-alone icon (i.e., an icon that is not part of an application interface) is provided to facilitate communications across a network between users of at least one communications program. The icon represents a contact or a set of contacts. Status information regarding the contact or set of contacts is received and displayed using the icon or in response to an operation performed on the icon. The icon additionally may provide an interface for performing actions related to the contact or set of contacts. The actions may generally include, for example, retrieving profile information about the contact, setting an alert to indicate that the contact's network/login status (e.g., login, logout, or idle) has changed, or performing communications with the contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: AOL LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Corporation (formerly known as America Online, Inc.)
    Inventors: Scott A. Quillen, Ira Rosenblatt
  • Publication number: 20090016499
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of transmitting electronic messages in a computer environment. The preferred embodiment receives an electronic message addressed to a telephone number and determines an instant message identifier associated with the telephone number. In response to the determination that an instant message identifier associates with the telephone number, it is further determined whether an instant message receiver is available to receive messages addressed to the instant message identifier. In response to a determination that an instant message receiver is available to receive instant messages addressed to the instant message identifier, the electronic message is forwarded as an instant message addressed to the instant message identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: AOL, LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company (formerly known as America Online, Inc.)
    Inventors: Keith C. Hullfish, Charles A. Carey, Michael R. Longe, Joe Parr
  • Publication number: 20080256088
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and system for distributing personalized content to potentially large numbers of recipients. A pool is selected, from among all content available for distribution, of those content elements that will be made available for simultaneous distribution, and personalized content is selected for distribution from that pool. The content of the pool can change with new selections over time. For each individual recipient, content elements in the pool are examined to determine if they are predicted to be of sufficient interest to that recipient for distribution, and if so, those content elements are distributed. If not, successive content elements in the pool are examined, relaxing the standard for sufficient interest, until at least one content element is found and distributed to the individual recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Applicant: AOL LLC, a Delaware Limited Company(Formerly Known as America Online, Inc.)
    Inventor: David BILL
  • Patent number: 7437594
    Abstract: The invention relates to the backup of a user session on a network. When the user at a client, such as an ISP, makes a request on the network, this request is routed by a load balancer to a primary host server on the network. The selection of the server is done by the load balancer in such a manner as to distribute the load on the system evenly and prevent overloading of one particular server. Once the user request has been routed, user specific information such as a session identification code or a password is provided to the primary host server and the session is set up. A single session must comprise of at least one application process on the selected primary host server. On commencement of the session, the load balancer designates at least one other server on the network to act as primary backup server for the user session set up on the primary host server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: America Online, Inc.
    Inventors: George Mount, Ramachandra Srivatsa
  • Patent number: 7430720
    Abstract: Graphic screen names are used instead of using text screen names in a Web chat room or an instant messaging system so that screen scrapers cannot generate an e-mail list for spam by extracting the screen names from the Web chat room or instant messaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: America Online, Inc.
    Inventors: Morgan Hua, Jai Rawat
  • Publication number: 20080163384
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of protecting content includes receiving a request from a user to access the content. The user is enabled to perceive the content based on the request received from the user. The user is prevented from capturing the content when perception of the content is enabled. The method may be performed by a Java applet running in a network environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: AOL LLC, A Delaware Limited Liability Company (Formerly Known as America Online, Inc.)
    Inventor: Gary Crance
  • Publication number: 20080154582
    Abstract: An electronic dictionary may be created by receiving a data request action for a word appearing in an electronic document, accessing information regarding the context of the word derived from within the electronic document in which the word appears, storing the definition of the word along with the context information for the word, and enabling access by the user to the definition and the context information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: AOL LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company (formerly Known as America Online, Inc.)
    Inventor: Carl BRUECKEN
  • Publication number: 20080092063
    Abstract: A user interface that enables user perception of status regarding communications that leverage an instant messaging platform may be rendered on a display. The user interface includes an instant messaging application user interface that enables perception and selection of instant messages for an instant messaging user, and a status indicator that provides a perceivable indication to the user of statistics regarding concurrent instant messaging sessions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Applicant: AOL LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company (Formerly Known as America Online, Inc.)
    Inventors: James Canfield, Kenneth Carbone, David Colburn, Linda Myers, Thomas Van Lenten, Gregory Willis
  • Publication number: 20080089609
    Abstract: Images may be registered using temporal (time-based) and spatial information. In a film implementation, because film is a sequence of frames, using information from neighboring frames may enable a temporally smoother visual experience. In addition, it may be beneficial to take advantage of the fact that consecutive frames are often shifted similarly during the photographic process. Distortion measures may be used that discount candidate transformations that are considered to be too far from one or more preferred transformations, such as, for example, an optimal transformation from another frame or block or a currently-optimal transformation from the same frame/block. Composite color images may be processed to provide registration of underlying components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Applicants: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., AOL LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company (formerly known as America Online, Inc.)
    Inventors: Keren Perlmutter, Sharon Perlmutter, Eric Wang, Paul Klamer, Leng Chua, Christopher Cookson, Massimiliano Gasparri
  • Publication number: 20080065723
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for transferring electronic data to a user of a communications system by establishing a connection between a client and a host; receiving electronic data from the host in response to a data request transmitted from the client; and at the client, simultaneously executing multiple instantiations of the browser application in response to the electronic data received from the host. The client includes a browser application configured to render data encapsulated in a standard Internet content format. Each instantiation of the browser application is configured to exchange messages with at least one other instantiation of the browser application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Applicant: AOL LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company (formerly known as America Online, Inc.)
    Inventors: David Corboy, John Marshall
  • Publication number: 20080059456
    Abstract: Expert domains for a query category represent domains from which a high percentage of search results for queries associated with the query category are retrieved. The expert domains are identified by establishing a base statistical model that indicates frequencies of appearance for domains in search results retrieved for queries corresponding to multiple categories. In addition, frequencies of domain appearance are determined for search results retrieved for queries associated with a category. Domains that appear more frequently in the search results corresponding to the category are identified as expert domains for the category. A user may be allowed to customize expert domains related to one or more categories by adding or removing expert domains for the category.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Applicant: AOL LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company (Formerly Known as America Online, Inc.)
    Inventors: Abdur Chowdhury, Gregory Pass, Gerald Campbell
  • Publication number: 20080059148
    Abstract: The disclosed system translates into different languages HTML documents available through the World Wide Web. HTML documents are translated by machine translation software bundled in a browser. Alternatively, documents are retrieved as needed, translated, and stored on a Web server so user requests are serviced with a document that has been translated from a different language. The disclosed invention expands usage of the Internet for non-English speakers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Applicant: America Online, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary Flanagan, John Lammers
  • Publication number: 20080025347
    Abstract: Latency in a real-time electronic communication is dynamically managed. A communication delay arising from a receiving data buffer is measured and a latency adjustment necessary to adjust the size of the communication delay to within a predetermined range and an optimal range for a size of the communication delay are determined. Using these parameters, the number of samples for an audio playback data block passing through the receiving data buffer is modified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Applicant: AOL LLC, A Delaware Limited Liability Company (formerly known as America Online, Inc.)
    Inventors: John Mantegna, Shuwu Wu
  • Patent number: 7324964
    Abstract: A system for use in an online merchant system which includes a system for homogenizing the format of received commerce item information from at least two distinct online entities, an aggregate database for storing the homogenized commerce item information, and a user interface that accesses the aggregate database for query and retrieval of competitive commerce item information from the online entities and displays it within a user's Web browser window. The system comprises a method and apparatus for associating a commerce item information tag with each separate unit of commerce item information that is received to the online merchant system, the commerce item information tag enabling recording and reporting commerce metrics related to the commercial activity of a commerce item for sale through the online merchant system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: America Online, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin L. Gronberg, C. Wade Chambers