Patents Examined by Cong-Lac Huynh
  • Patent number: 9535582
    Abstract: Techniques are provided that allow users to collaborate in relationship to data views, application displays, applications or events. A user can type in a text view related to a specific view in an application display, and the information is shared with other users that take part in sharing that view. A user that expresses an interest in an event is notified about the event and has the capability to interact, in relation to the event, with other users (e.g. by text). The particular form of interaction (and sharing) can be selectively specified. This interaction is comparable to a dynamic bulletin board where the subject is event driven. In the case of an event interest(s), users specify their interest (e.g. in other user application events or system events) and the system automatically alerts them to the occurrence of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventor: Dov Koren
  • Patent number: 9536011
    Abstract: Methods and systems for identifying availability of a content unit are described. Processors receive a request to reserve inventory of a content unit for a contiguous set of time units within a date range. The processors generate a request string including a first plurality of characters corresponding to a position in the request string and having a character value. The processors generate an inventory string including a second plurality of characters corresponding to a position in the inventory string and having a character value. The processors determine a substring of the inventory string that includes an equal number of characters as the request string and each character of the substring has a character value that is equal to or greater than a character value of a corresponding character of the request string. The processors display dates corresponding to the substring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Roman Kirillov
  • Patent number: 9529869
    Abstract: A method, system and program product for analyzing textual information and providing a visual representative of a summary of such textual information in the form of a ranked list of icons. A text to icon engine is used that takes as input a textual document. A plurality of icons are each associated to a specific rule such that when the text to icon engine processes textual input, it will apply the rules associated with the icons and return a value that represents how much the text belongs to a specific icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gianluca Della Corte, Alessandro Donatelli, Antonio M. Sgro
  • Patent number: 9519623
    Abstract: An improved mechanism is provided for presenting and navigating bookmarks in a set of electronic reading material (ERM). In one implementation, when a portion of an ERM is displayed, a graphical element, which represents the contents of the ERM, is also displayed. A current location indicator and one or more bookmark indicators are further displayed on or within proximity of the graphical element to show where, within the ERM, the currently displayed portion is located and where bookmarks are located. This provides a useful graphical overview to a user. In addition, the mechanism may facilitate navigation to a bookmark by enabling a user to select one of the bookmark indicators to navigate directly to that bookmark. The mechanism may also enable a user to navigate sequentially from bookmark to bookmark using a previous bookmark control and/or a next bookmark control. With these capabilities, bookmark presentation and navigation are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Apollo Education Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Johnathan Andersen, Uri Leshno, Holger Buerger
  • Patent number: 9514101
    Abstract: The structure of a digital content item is used to socially connect users consuming the digital content item. The structured representation of the digital content item is determined. This structured representation is analyzed to identify key events within the digital content item. A user's current location within the digital content item is identified. Social communications of the user are filtered responsive to the user's current location and the identified key events within the digital content item. In this way, the user may peruse social media without inadvertently reading communications that give away (e.g., spoil) key events such as important plot points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Salomon Morton, Jeremy Faller
  • Patent number: 9514111
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for providing autocomplete suggestions. A computing device can receive an n-gram of characters. Cached autocomplete suggestions can be identified in a local cache of the computing device. Additional autocomplete suggestions can be requested at a first time. The computing device can prevent presentation of the cached autocomplete suggestions until a presentation event occurs. The presentation event can include (i) receiving the requested additional autocomplete suggestions by the computing device or (ii) the end of a predetermined period after the first time. The computing device can determine that that the presentation event has occurred, and in response, can display one or more autocomplete suggestions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Radu C. Cornea, Nicholas B. Weininger
  • Patent number: 9495347
    Abstract: Systems and methods for extracting table information from documents are provided herein. Exemplary methods may include annotating a document with annotations that identify table cell data included therein, generating a candidate table for each of a plurality of table models using the annotated table cell data, scoring each of the candidate tables, selecting a highest scoring candidate table, and annotating the highest scoring table to produce a final table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Recommind, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Stadermann, Stephan Symons, Ingo Thon
  • Patent number: 9477646
    Abstract: A graphics object can be expressed using procedural language embedded in a markup language document. In an embodiment, a drawing space is specified in markup language. A drawing command to arbitrarily draw a graphics object into the drawing space is specified in procedural language. Interpretation of the markup and procedural language commands results in the rendering of the arbitrary graphics object. In another embodiment, there is a browser comprising a rendering engine, an interpreter, and parser. The rendering engine is configured to interpret a markup language instruction that specifies a drawing space as well as drawing commands in procedural language for drawing an arbitrary graphical object into the drawing space. The parser can then parse the drawing commands and convert them into an execution tree of tree objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Williamson, David Hyatt, John Louch
  • Patent number: 9460062
    Abstract: Techniques for locally rendering an object as an image may be provided. For example, an application may be executed by a computing device to access and retrieve information from a network-based resource and may display the retrieved information to a user of the computing device. In response to identifying (e.g., by way of a user selection or an automated selection) of an object within the displayed information, the application may locally process the object to generate a graphics object. Further, the application may configure the graphics object to support image-rendering operations by, for example, importing properties from the object into the graphics object and storing the graphics object as binary data at a location in a local memory of the application. Subsequently, the application may use the binary data and the location in the local memory to render an image based on the graphics object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: Damien Antipa
  • Patent number: 9418454
    Abstract: Various methods and systems that involve systems generating encodings for the compact rendering of curves in interactive graphical designs are disclosed. One method is conducted by a processor and comprises providing an interactive graphical design to a memory. The method also comprises parsing the interactive graphical design to identify a curve having graphical information. The method also comprises decomposing the curve into a set of at least two curve components. The method also comprises generating a markup-coded representation of the interactive graphical design that includes a set of independent elements for rendering the curve, wherein each of the independent elements in the set of independent elements uniquely corresponds to a curve component in the set of at least two curve components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Axure Software Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Smith, Victor Hsu, Joon Tan
  • Patent number: 9405733
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for analyzing elements of text for comparative purposes. Text is provided to the system in an electronic format readable by the system. The system divides the text data into scenes, which may then be compared against a range of various values across a database of scenes from different texts. Data from one text can be used to identify other texts with similar styles, or identify texts with different styles, and to rank those differences on a spectrum. The system may use data from one text to identify other texts that a user may like, and present information about the text to the user in various forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Stanton, Brandon Zehm, Paul Kreiner
  • Patent number: 9390392
    Abstract: An electronic shipment planner is adapted for electronically presenting shipment and scheduling information to a user. The shipment and scheduling information includes at least one shipment event date. The shipment planner is linked to a shipment data repository containing shipment and scheduling information. A system interface communicates with the shipment data repository. An interactive shipment data link is electronically associated with the shipment and scheduling information, and cooperates with the system interface as commanded by the user to access and retrieve the associated shipment and scheduling information contained in the shipment data repository. A calendar display interface displays the shipment planner to the user in a calendar format, such that the interactive shipment data link is provided on the shipment event date associated with the shipment and scheduling information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: ABF Freight Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Davidson, Corey Goux, Michael Newcity
  • Patent number: 9384292
    Abstract: Map service techniques are described. In an implementation, text is received from an application for processing by one or more linguistic services. Based on service properties of respective linguistic services that are relevant to the application, particular linguistic services are designated to be available for use by the application and one or more other linguistic services are obscured from the application. A communication is formed to communication the text to a designated linguistic service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Dimiter Georgiev, Shenghua Ye, Gerardo Villarreal Guzman, Kieran Snyder, Ryan M. Cavalcante, Tarek M. Sayed, Yaniv Feinberg, Yung-Shin Lin
  • Patent number: 9378189
    Abstract: A layout apparatus includes: an item storage unit that stores items used in a layout; a first database that stores user's personal layout information and evaluation values with respect to each user; a second database that stores layout information and evaluation values of categories with respect to each category corresponding to attributes of the user; and a layout generation unit that generates a layout of a predetermined item using the predetermined item stored in the item storage unit based on at least either the personal layout information and evaluation values of a predetermined user stored in the first database or the layout information and evaluation values of a category corresponding to attributes of the predetermined user stored in the second database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohiro Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 9367533
    Abstract: Consistent with embodiments of the invention, computer-based systems and methods for annotating documents with a special type of graphical icon—referred to herein as a tick mark—are provided. Accordingly, utilizing a document annotation tool consistent with one embodiment of the invention, a user can quickly and easily place a tick mark next to an element of a document (e.g., a word, sentence, paragraph, number, chart, graph or figure) being displayed to visually convey some information about that particular element of the document. A second user, who is viewing the same document subsequent to the first user placing the tick mark, will immediately recognize and appreciate the information conveyed by the placement of the tick mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Workiva Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Howell, Jerome M. Behar, Anna Kwok
  • Patent number: 9361020
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus that can display a page of an e-book according to user input information about reading of the e-book are provided. The includes displaying an opened page of the e-book; detecting a pointing position indicated by a pointer and an amount of position variation of the pointer with respect to the opened page; modifying the opened page based on the pointing position and the detected amount of position variation; and displaying a modified page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Daehyun Ko, Kangsu Park, Heeseon Park, Sunghyun Cho
  • Patent number: 9336188
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating a statistical tree representing an extensible markup language Schema (XSD) is disclosed. Components of the XSD are prioritized according to predefined rules. A root node representing said XSD is created. Pairs of child nodes are generated from the root node. Each pair comprises at least one genuine node, and each pair of generated child nodes is appended to a parent node which is a genuine node. The path to each of said child nodes from a respective parent genuine node is represented with a binary sequence. At least one genuine node is allocated to a corresponding component of said XSD, the allocation being based on the prioritization of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rohit Shetty, Umesh Kumar Balaraj
  • Patent number: 9311281
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and hotspot management computing apparatus that receives a JavaScript Object Notation with Padding (JSONP) request from a client computing device, wherein the JSONP request comprises an identifier associated with a selected hotspot associated with an image of a first web page. A HyperText Markup Language (HTML) fragment is generated based on the identifier, wherein the HTML fragment defines a first description associated with the hotspot and an input element associated with a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) of a second web page including a second description associated with the hotspot. The HTML fragment is sent to the requesting client computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Usablenet Inc.
    Inventor: Enrico Scoda
  • Patent number: 9304983
    Abstract: The present invention is a method, system and framework for generating and processing XForms documents. Utilizing the method, system and framework of the present invention, developers need only write loosely coupled components that implement the minimal application-specific interface code, and the method, system and framework coordinates the generation and processing based on a description of the form's lifecycle. It also allows developers to reuse components created for other integrations that implemented the framework. The advantage of the method, system and framework is to significantly reduce development effort to integrate XForms with a vast number of applications, while all known solutions are specific to a single integration case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert A. Connell, David Cummings, Charles M. Gobeil, Rachna Juneja Singhal, Michael C. Mansell
  • Patent number: 9286407
    Abstract: A method of bookmarking internet resources in an internet browser includes providing to a user an internet resource discovered by a search conducted via the browser in accordance with user supplied criteria; creating, responsive to a bookmarking request from the user, bookmark data having identifying data for the internet resource and an associated resource representation of the internet resource; and creating a hierarchy, for presentation to the user, of representations of internet resources for which bookmarking has been requested and of associated search criteria, each bookmarked resource representation being placed subordinate to corresponding associated search criteria representation in the hierarchy. A user can navigate to a bookmarked representation of a resource of interest via the corresponding associated search criteria representation for selection and subsequent retrieval of the resource of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gillian Curwen, Robert Harris