Patents Examined by Cong-Lac Huynh
  • Patent number: 8555151
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for concurrently accessing network-based electronic content in a Voice Browser and a Visual Browser can include the steps of retrieving a network-based document formatted for display in the Visual Browser; identifying in the retrieved document a reference to the Voice Browser, the reference specifying electronic content formatted for audible presentation in the Voice Browser; and, transmitting the reference to the Voice Browser. The Voice Browser can retrieve the specified electronic content and audibly present the electronic content. Concurrently, the Visual Browser can visually present the network-based document formatted for visual presentation in the Visual Browser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce D. Lucas, David E. Reich
  • Patent number: 8533585
    Abstract: Displaying tabular information in a user interface (UI) on a display screen is enhanced by freezing selected non-adjacent columns (rows). Freezing ensures the display of the selected non-adjacent columns (rows) when scrolling to bring other columns (rows) into the table for display. Border rows (columns) may also be frozen when scrolling. A table in a document navigable by moving a focus to scroll the document may be displayed by a UI control configured to automatically display the frozen border rows (columns). When scrolling a focus in the document at an edge of the display screen to bring the UI control into the display, the UI control aligns a portion of the table with the edge and paints the frozen border row (column). The UI control maintain the display of the border row (column) when scrolling through the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Blackberry Limited
    Inventor: Tomasz Buczek
  • Patent number: 8522140
    Abstract: Methods and computer programs for automatically creating a text layout in a markup language design for a product to be printed. A number of defined text elements are available for user text. The layout is based on the text elements having user text content. Text elements without text content are disregarded. Positioning of the text elements is determined based on the height of the text elements, defined text element spacing distances, and a defined positioning order. Creating a layout may include positioning design elements relative to the text elements. Font sizes and spacing distances are automatically reduced if necessary to create a suitable layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Vistaprint Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Brian D. Hanechak
  • Patent number: 8522141
    Abstract: A method for providing a link in an electronic apparatus capable of reproducing contents, includes storing a first part of a first contents in a link storage area, forming a link between a second part of a second contents and the first part stored in the link storage area, and if the link is selected, displaying the first part while a contents screen including the second part is displayed. Accordingly, a user may easily find related contents from among contents stored in the electronic apparatus as a link is formed between related contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soo-yeoun Yoon, O-jae Kwon, Yoo-tai Kim, Bong-hyun Cho, Gyung-hye Yang, Eun-hee Park
  • Patent number: 8522130
    Abstract: A notepad application enables users to create notes associated with electronic documents. The document, configured for rendering by an eReader browser application, is associated with a table of contents defining a plurality of sections of the document. The notepad application displays a note window associated with a section of the document within a user interface of the browser application. When a user generates a note in connection with the note window by indicating a location within the document, the notepad application adds the note to a note region in a note object that is associated with a section of the document defined by the table of contents. The notepad application then can access the note using the table of contents of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Chegg, Inc.
    Inventors: Yehuda Gilead, Arieh Glazer, Shahaf Shakuf, Shannyn Timrott, Brent Tworetzky, Ohad Eder-Pressman, Vincent Le Chevalier, Charles Geiger
  • Patent number: 8516366
    Abstract: A method and system allows a user to add content to a displayable content container (e.g., web page) that specifies at least one modifiable portion, where the modifiable portion is served by a server operated by one entity, but provided to the server by a service operated by another entity. The modifiable portion is attributable to the one entity and remaining content in the displayable content container is not editable by the users. Other features, such as user authentication mechanisms, are also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: wetpaint.com, inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Hicks, Blake Macurdy, Steve McQuade, Ben Elowitz
  • Patent number: 8468440
    Abstract: A computationally-implemented method comprising retrieving at least a portion of data from a data source, determining an effect of the data, determining an acceptability of the effect of the data at least in part via a virtual machine representation of at least a part of a real machine having one or more end-user specified preferences and providing at least one data display option based on the determining acceptability of the effect of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Gary W. Flake, William H. Gates, III, Roderick A. Hyde, Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Richard F. Rashid, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Mark A. Malamud
  • Patent number: 8433992
    Abstract: An information distribution system reduces the effort required to change an application in conjunction with changes in process content and changes in the receiver type or specifications while also accommodating broadcast processes. A style sheet database stores a plurality of output style sheets, which are information conversion rules including conditional expressions related to information distribution. An integrated device control service acquires output data and receiver information specifying the address of the receiver and the output style sheet corresponding to said receiver. When the output data satisfies the conditional expression contained in the output style sheet, the integrated device control service distributes converted output data, which is the output data converted based on the output style sheet, to the address of the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideo Nakamura, Shoji Ono, Tadashi Furuhata
  • Patent number: 8434002
    Abstract: A system for collaborative presentation documents is provided that is capable of managing slides and elements of the document and modifications to the same using an index based list. Modifications to the document are distributed to multiple users in real time so that the presentation document is updated across all clients to reflect changes by any collaborative user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Fenil Shah, Chris Ouk, Christopher J. Nokleberg, Michael Owen Thomas
  • Patent number: 8433993
    Abstract: Methods and system for rendering context aware multimedia content include identifying a plurality of multimedia content that is uploaded for rendering. The uploaded multimedia content is examined to determine metadata associated with each of the plurality of multimedia contents. Contextual information associated with the metadata is identified and a grouping of the multimedia content into a plurality of groups is performed based on the contextual information. Each of the plurality of groups is then integrated into one or more photo stories. The photo stories are defined and rendered as content rich documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Kilian Quirin Weinberger, Malcolm Slaney
  • Patent number: 8413052
    Abstract: Methods and systems for presenting application modules on a graphical display page are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, content to be displayed on a graphical display page is determined. Then, content features which describe the content that is to be displayed on the graphical display page, and user features which describe characteristics of users are determined. For each application in the plurality of application modules, the probability that specific users will select the application module when displayed on the graphical display page with the determined content is determined based on the content features and the user features. For each application module in the plurality of application modules, an overall score is determined based on the determined probability that the user will select the application module and a commercial value to be paid by a publisher of the application module when it is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Roy, Burke Culligan, David Chaiken, Darshan Kantak
  • Patent number: 8407590
    Abstract: Systems and methods to provide a user-interface graphic are implemented on a client system having one or more processors and memory to store programs. The method includes, while executing a browser application on the client system, displaying a page on a display of the client system; displaying the user-interface graphic over the page at a first position relative to the page. The method further includes receiving a request to scroll the page, responding to the request by scrolling the page, and in response to detecting an end of the scrolling, displaying the user-interface graphic at a second position relative to the page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Zhanna Shamis, Bryan Yeung, Derek Jason Phillips, Robert John Kroeger, Alex Nicolaou, Shyam Sheth
  • Patent number: 8392829
    Abstract: A server device receives modular topics, where each of the modular topics includes a machine-readable and machine-storable work product that includes information related to a single, stand-alone topic. The server device stores the modular topics in a content repository as a topic library. The server device receives selection of topics from the topic library to generate one or more customized pathway pages, where each of the customized pathway pages includes a plurality of links to ones of the stored modular topics. The server device enables access to the modular topics stored in the content repository via the generated one or more customized pathway pages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Renu Bhargava, Susan Aviva Doshay Garrett, Christine Morrison Nay
  • Patent number: 8392817
    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, and where a user can specify who are allowed to participate. 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: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Dov Koren
  • Patent number: 8392832
    Abstract: Methods, systems, devices, and programming structures for providing temporary substitute placeholder content for rich media content in data sets downloaded to wireless communications devices. The substitute placeholder content may be logically related to the rich content for which it substitutes, and may be displayed in the same relative size and location as the rich content ultimately to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Martin Arastafar
  • Patent number: 8375291
    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: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Web Filings, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Howell, Jerome M. Behar, Anna Kwok
  • Patent number: 8375299
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture are disclosed for pasting text into a document as twisties. In one embodiment, a request may be received to paste text into a document. A plurality of twisties may be generated from the text. The plurality of twisties may be inserted into the document, responsive to the request to paste text into the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Steven M. Miller
  • Patent number: 8375286
    Abstract: A method for displaying information on a display screen of a user computer comprises sending a computer readable document from a server computer to the user computer for display on the display screen. The computer readable document includes links that are viewable on the display screen and are selectable to cause subsequent documents to be rendered on the display screen. The computer readable document further includes viewable information regarding selection of the links over a certain time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Allen, James Ivie, Greg Parkinson, Daren Thayne, Michael Wolfgramm
  • Patent number: 8365059
    Abstract: A computerized system and method for changing the textual length of an electronic text content while maintaining the meaning of the electronic text content is disclosed. The system includes an electronic reader, or e-reader, device having an electronic touch screen for displaying an electronic text content and for receiving a user touch gesture for identifying a portion of the electronic text content targeted for a textual length change, and a semantic server programmed to receive requests for a semantic text alternative for a targeted electronic text content identified by way of the e-reader device and to determine a semantic alternative electronic text content for the targeted electronic text content, wherein the determined semantic alternative electronic text has a different textual length than the targeted electronic text content, and for replacing the targeted electronic text content displayed by the e-reader device with the determined semantic alternative electronic text content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Oto Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Richard J. Walsh, Alfredo C. Issa, Michael W. Helpingstine
  • Patent number: 8365060
    Abstract: A system and method for signaling and indicating track relationship information in media files provides a mechanism for signaling the information of layered track groups and the information of multiple description coding (MDC) track groups, as well as a mechanism for signaling track relationship information in an efficient way. In local playback or unicast streaming applications, to select an independently decodable track for a certain media type, the information of alternate track groups is first found via the track relation box, and one track is selected from an alternate track group for the media type. If stream switching is desired, the switching track group information is found via the track relation box. In multicast applications with scalable or MDC streams, the tracks in a layered or MDC group are found via the track relation box and selected among all the layered or MDC groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Ye-Kui Wang, Miska Hannuksela, Imed Bouazizi