Patents Examined by Ba Huynh
  • Patent number: 8438487
    Abstract: Method and apparatus facilitate browsing of web pages or other electronic content stored over a network of remote and/or local storage devices. Browsing is performed without repeated intermediary clicking and page downloads. Pre-browsing of the category structure is provided via rolling the cursor from category to category, and level to level, to view each category's sub-categories, without clicking on a category or downloading web-page(s) linked to the category. When the user selects the content linked to a particular category, the user invokes the link-token corresponding to the content to retrieve the content. A dynamic tracking-string with an embedded one-click nested/cascading category browsing apparatus facilitates returning and/or changing path during browsing and examination of electronic media, and allows the user to review more than one path along the category structure while the browser is at a page linked to any category at any level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: Catherine Lin-Hendel
  • Patent number: 8434021
    Abstract: A centralized User Interface (UI) comprising a supplementary UI and a desktop UI is employed to bring in enterprise constructs into the desktop application. The supplementary UI is generated and dynamically positioned based on selections on the desktop application UI. Summary information associated with data that is to be synchronized or transferred between the desktop application and an LOB application is presented in the supplementary UI along with controls that enable a user to bind additional items to be synchronized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Maarten W. Mullender, Sangya Singh, Eric Danas, Jay Hilwig, Karen MacCubbin
  • Patent number: 8413064
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computer-implemented method for graphically indicating a progress of multiple parts of a task involves 1) dividing the task, as a whole, into a plurality of work units, and 2) as the task is executed, and for each of the work units, separately indicating, via a graphical user interface, whether work was performed for each task part during each work unit. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: JDS Uniphase Corporation
    Inventor: Samuel M. Bauer
  • Patent number: 8407601
    Abstract: Regulating user interface controls includes identifying a grouping from among different groupings and providing a set of user interface controls corresponding to the identified grouping. The groupings can correspond to the maturity levels (e.g., kids and teenagers) of different network service provider users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Wassom, Renee Schaefer, Cory Chandler
  • Patent number: 8392848
    Abstract: A relativity controller is a scroll bar/window combination that provides a way to see data in relation to both the context of its wholeness and the salience of its contents. To accomplish this, the linear density or other appearance of the scroll bar (acting as a ruler or scale) varies with the density of the document salience (as indicated by different kinds of annotations or marks). It also provides a way to zoom between perspectives. This is usable on many different data types: including sound, video, graphics, calendars and word processors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: MONKEYmedia, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Justin Gould
  • Patent number: 8381126
    Abstract: A relativity controller is a scroll bar/window combination that provides a way to see data in relation to both the context of its wholeness and the salience of its contents. To accomplish this, the linear density or other appearance of the scroll bar (acting as a ruler or scale) varies with the density of the document salience (as indicated by different kinds of annotations or marks). It also provides a way to zoom between perspectives. This is usable on many different data types: including sound, video, graphics, calendars and word processors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: MONKEYmedia, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Justin Gould
  • Patent number: 8381122
    Abstract: A back surface is axially disposed from a viewing surface, and one or more side surfaces extend from the back surface to the viewing surface. An application content frame for an executing application is generated on the back surface. One or more application control elements for the execution application are generating on the one or more side surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John O. Louch, Imran A. Chaudhri, Christopher Hynes, Timothy Wayne Bumgarner, Eric Steven Peyton
  • Patent number: 8381133
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention provide context menus useful in, e.g., a computing device receiving user input via a stylus. Icons representing actions performable on an object are displayed in a context menu for the object. Additional aspects of the invention include cascading menus that also minimize hand and/or wrist motion, as well as placement of menus based on user handedness and/or stylus orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Marieke Iwema, Leroy B. Keely, David Switzer
  • Patent number: 8370763
    Abstract: A method and system for creating an electronic-calendar entry from a note-entry application is described. The note-entry application includes a function to create the calendar entry directly in a calendar application. The system may include an interface to allow the user to modify and confirm the calendar entry before its creation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L. P.
    Inventors: Darryl Cynthia Moore, Edward Michael Silver
  • Patent number: 8370745
    Abstract: A relativity controller is a scroll bar/window combination that provides a way to see data in relation to both the context of its wholeness and the salience of its contents. To accomplish this, the linear density or other appearance of the scroll bar (acting as a ruler or scale) varies with the density of the document salience (as indicated by different kinds of annotations or marks). It also provides a way to zoom between perspectives. This is usable on many different data types: including sound, video, graphics, calendars and word processors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: MONKEYmedia, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Justin Gould
  • Patent number: 8370746
    Abstract: A relativity controller is a scroll bar/window combination that provides a way to see data in relation to both the context of its wholeness and the salience of its contents. To accomplish this, the linear density or other appearance of the scroll bar (acting as a ruler or scale) varies with the density of the document salience (as indicated by different kinds of annotations or marks). It also provides a way to zoom between perspectives. This is usable on many different data types: including sound, video, graphics, calendars and word processors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: MONKEYmedia, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Justin Gould
  • Patent number: 8359550
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for displaying information topics that are available via an online help system. The methods and systems store information for given topics in a respective folder associated with a given topic, detect the selection of one of the folders associated with a topic of interest, search files at a hierarchical level in the selected folder to identify files of a predetermined type, locate HTML metatags that pertain to the display of help information, merge data associated with the HTML metatags into a HTML template file to generate an HTML file containing data associated with each of the located HTML metatags, and provide a table of contents for the topic of interest associated with the selected folder using the generated HTML file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon R. Meyer, Albert R. Howard, Jr., Kevin Knabe, Richard B. Hoiberg
  • Patent number: 8341546
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for visualizing a change caused by scrolling in a scrolling direction of a section of a text and/or graphic displayed on an optical display means. A visible marking is thereby displayed at a first position within the displayed section. A visible marking is displayed at a second position within a section displayed during the scrolling prior to or as soon as the first position is no longer within the section displayed during the scrolling in response to the scrolling. In particular with small screens, which are increasingly used for displaying information, which can be visually captured, for example in personal digital assistants, which are referred to as PDAs, or in mobile cellular telephones, the method makes it possible to increase the capability of capturing the displayed information and to thus increase the field of application of these devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Marco Winter
  • Patent number: 8327271
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for testing and analyzing websites via a test-enabled web browser. In the representative embodiment a user controls a test-enabled web browser via a set of pull-down menus, thereby choosing between alternative testing and analysis functional capabilities, selecting files in which to store recordings (scripts), choosing files into which to place test results and messages, and setting various parameters that affect how the testing and analysis functions are performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Software Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward F. Miller
  • Patent number: 8327295
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus, including a direction detection unit that detects a drawing direction of a locus drawn in an input process of a gesture when the gesture is input, a gesture search unit that searches for the gesture matching the drawing direction of the locus detected by the direction detection unit from among a plurality of predetermined gestures, and an auxiliary information display unit that displays a search result by the gesture search unit in a screen as auxiliary information each time the drawing direction of the locus is detected by the direction detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuo Ikeda, Ken Miyashita, Tatsushi Nashida, Kouichi Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8321801
    Abstract: A user-activatable dashboard (also referred to as a unified interest layer) contains any number of user interface elements, referred to herein as “widgets,” for quick access by a user. In response to a command from a user, the dashboard is invoked and the widgets are shown on the screen. The user can activate the dashboard at any time, causing the dashboard to temporarily replace the existing user interface display on the user's screen. Once the dashboard has been activated, the user can interact with any or all of the widgets, and can configure the dashboard by adding, deleting, moving, or configuring individual widgets as desired. When the user wishes to return to the normal user interface he or she was working with, the user issues a command causing the dashboard to be dismissed. Once the dashboard has been dismissed, the previous user interface state is restored, allowing the user to resume normal interactions with the operating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran A. Chaudhri, John Louch, Andrew M. Grignon, Gregory N. Christie
  • Patent number: 8316314
    Abstract: A novel software application method, as integrated with various scientific instruments, is introduced herein that allows new capabilities to be added to the language at runtime without, if desired, having to re-compile the application. As part of the software capabilities, the macro programming language presented herein enables automated connection between inputs and outputs of action statements within a script with visual feedback for configuration verification. As another aspect, the macro programming language of the present invention provides for automation of different spectroscopic applications, which if desired, also allows for the automatic generation of a configurable user interface connected to the intent of the macro.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Thermo Electron Scientific Instruments LLC
    Inventors: Ricky T. Wirch, Gary Neal Giss
  • Patent number: 8316309
    Abstract: A computer-implementable method enables a user to customize navigation of User Interface (UI) resources that are displayed on a computer User Interface (UI). A computer receives, from a user, an input of user-created metadata. This user-created metadata is associated with one or more UI resources that are depicted on a UI. In response to a user inputting specific metadata, the computer retrieves one or more UI resources that are associated with the specific metadata that has been input by the user. These retrieved one or more UI resources are displayed on the UI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Velda Bartek, Joseph A. Bohn, Kathryn H. Britton, Samar Choudhary, Shikha Srivastava
  • Patent number: 8316312
    Abstract: A method, display system, computer software product for controlling an icon appearance are disclosed. A display controller of the display system displays an icon control window on a display screen of the display system for changing an icon appearance of the display system conveniently. The control window includes at least one sample icon for a user's preview, and the sample icon's appearance is automatically updated upon receiving inputs for a new icon appearance from a user. When the user is satisfied with the updated sample icon's appearance and enters an execution command, the display controller finally changes the icon appearance of the display system by changing corresponding display properties according to the user inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hong-Ki Kim, Seok-Hwa Jeong, Ju-Ho Yun
  • Patent number: 8296666
    Abstract: This application relates to information analysis and more particularly to a system and method for interactive visual representation of information content and relationships using layouts and gestures. A visualization tool is provided which facilitates both ad-hoc and more formal analytical tasks as a flexible and expressive thinking environment. The tool provides a space focused on ‘Human Interaction with Information’ and enabling evidence marshalling. Capabilities of the tool include put-this-there cognition, automatic analysis templates, and gestures for the fluid expression of thought and scalability mechanisms to support large analysis tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Oculus Info. Inc.
    Inventors: William Wright, David Schroh, Pascale Proulx, Alex Skaburskis, Brian Cort