Patents Examined by John Heffington
  • Patent number: 9269072
    Abstract: In various embodiments, an attendee of a live online meeting selects screen data from an earlier point in time in the online meeting for playback while the meeting is still ongoing. Automatically generated image thumbnails of the screen data for the online meeting may be employed to navigate to the earlier point in time. Attendees may annotate screenshots associated with the thumbnails, and a summary document may be generated that includes the screenshots and the annotations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Citrix Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Alexandrov, Bernd Oliver Christiansen, Balineedu Chowdary Adsumilli
  • Patent number: 9256356
    Abstract: A method and system for providing feedback for docking a content pane in a host window is disclosed. The method and system include providing a docking map. The docking map includes a plurality of docking areas there within. The method and system also include positioning a thumbnail associated with a content pane over one of the plurality of docking areas. Finally, the method and system include providing a hotspot on the thumbnail. The hotspot indicates that the content pane can be dropped into the one docking area. The feedback enables a user to precisely dock a content pane. In addition, a user can predict the final configuration of the host window. In addition, the docking of the content pane can determine complex configurations within a host window including nested splitters and notebooks whose tabs are oriented in any direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kathleen M. Nojima, Frederick T. Sharp, Chenhong Xia
  • Patent number: 9256342
    Abstract: Methods and systems for interfacing with multi-input devices employ various techniques for controlling the window framing of images. Such techniques provide control, including moving, sizing, and orientating, of one or more displayed window frames in which one or more images are displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: PERCEPTIVE PIXEL, INC.
    Inventors: Philip L. Davidson, Jefferson Y. Han
  • Patent number: 9235452
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed in which bitmap data transmission is improved by using some of the advantages of primitive remoting, thus allowing for the reduction of the bandwidth and processing needed to remote a virtual desktop experience. In an embodiment, rendering is performed and bitmaps are remoted, but metadata comprising shortcuts or hints are provided to assist in the rendering of the bitmap data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Nadim Y. Abdo, Asael Dror, Wilhelm R. Schmieder
  • Patent number: 9182874
    Abstract: A server chassis includes a server, a chassis management controller, and a local interface card. The server includes a controller that is configured to provide a remote user with access to a controller communication portal of the server via a remote access controller graphical user interface, and to send a message from the controller communication portal to a chassis management controller. The chassis management controller is configured to receive the message, to determine that the message is for a local interface card, and to send the message to the local interface card. The local interface card is configured to display the message on a screen connected to the local interface card, to detect a communication request, to display a communication interface at the screen, to receive a reply message via the communication interface, and to send the reply message to the chassis management controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: Babu K. Chandrasekhar, Alaa A. Yousif, Wei G. Liu
  • Patent number: 9170767
    Abstract: A terminal device includes: an image generating unit generates a configuration change image used for changing a configuration of an entire image displayed by a display device which includes an individual image on the basis of image information supplied from one or more terminal devices; and an input unit to which operation information representing an operation relating to a change in the configuration is input. The configuration change image represents an arrangement of the individual image in the entire image and includes an individual-image arranging area divided into a plurality of display target areas and an icon arranging area including the icon of each of the terminal devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Issei Yokoyama, Tomohiro Nomizo
  • Patent number: 9159325
    Abstract: System and methods for audio editing are provided. In one implementation, a computer-implemented method is provided. The computer-implemented method includes presenting a visual representation of digital audio data as a frequency spectrum including a first visual region corresponding to a first time period and a first frequency range in the digital audio data. A first user input identifies a second visual region within the first visual region and corresponding to a second time period and a second frequency range. A second user input specifies one or more frequency modifications to the second visual region. The second time period and the second frequency range corresponding to the second visual region are modified creating a modified second visual region. The modified second visual region is mixed into the first visual region creating edited digital audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Peter Green
  • Patent number: 9141345
    Abstract: A workflow design system provides user interface controls that allow a workflow author to focus on the steps of the workflow before deciding on how to control the flow of the workflow. With the system, an author can change the control flow of a workflow without re-ordering the sequence of steps within the workflow. The workflow design system allows the author to define a sequence of steps and then drag a control block over these steps to capture them within the control block. The author can also later remove the control block without affecting the sequence of steps if his needs change. In addition, the system presents error-handling workflows side-by-side with the main workflow, so that the author can modify the main workflow and notice the effects and any corresponding changes for error handling workflows at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Armour, Evan M. Keibler, Sandy R. Wu
  • Patent number: 9104298
    Abstract: The disclosure herein provides methods, systems, and devices for managing, tracking, and facilitating the ordering and procurement of promotional products. Additionally, the disclosure herein provides methods, systems, and devices for aggregating, managing, and tracking promotional product procurement data in order to allow for the data mining of such information. The disclosure herein provides methods, systems, and devices for enabling the generation of a virtual canvas for creating images sized for editable areas of a promotional product, website, brochure, banner, or the like. The disclosure herein provides methods, systems, and devices for enabling the generation of a virtual canvas for creating a rotatable image of a promotional product having positioned on the promotional product a user defined image. The disclosure herein provides methods, systems, and devices for enabling the generation of a single invoice comprising an invoice amount from a supplier and an invoice amount from a third party decorator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: TRADE ONLY LIMITED
    Inventor: Martin Roy Varley
  • Patent number: 9092115
    Abstract: A visual clipboard system and method are provided, in which drag-and-release operations are employed to move copies of a displayed object onto and off of a predefined clipboard area. When a copy of a displayed object is placed on the predefined clipboard area, the displayed object is visually modified to indicate that the visually-modified copy is docked on the predefined clipboard area, and thus eligible for use in a copy operation. When a copy is removed from the predefined clipboard area and placed in a desired target location, the original appearance of the displayed object is restored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Harris, Andrew Allen
  • Patent number: 9086782
    Abstract: A display-controlling device includes: a display-controlling unit that controls a display unit to display an image indicating an item selected upon receipt of an instruction at a receiving unit, wherein if a first image indicating a first selected item is displayed at a first position, and an item instructed to be selected changes from the first selected item to a second selected item, the display-controlling unit causes there to be displayed, without erasure of the first image, a second image indicating the second selected item at a second position, which position is reached from the first position by movement in the first direction by an amount based on a position of the second selected item as viewed from the first selected item, with simultaneous movement in a second direction other than the first direction by a predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigehiko Sasaki, Kyotaro Tomoda, Akira Ichiboshi, Masahiro Sato, Tsutomu Ishii
  • Patent number: 8959441
    Abstract: A variably displayable mobile device keyboard includes a display for presenting two or more groups of basic images, such that a different keyboard display can be generated by each of these groups of basic images, a filter for filtering one or more groups of basic images so that a single group of basic images will be displayed; and a touch screen transparent to ambient light for selecting a key of the displayed single group of basic images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Israel Fermon
  • Patent number: 8904289
    Abstract: A system for presenting and controlling content on a display device includes a network, a server system coupled to the network and comprising one or more servers, a display device coupled to the network and having a display, and a personal computing device operable to transmit a first message according to a specified format over the network to the server system. The server system stores an association between the personal computing device and the display device. The first message identifies user-selected content and a media player to play the content. The server system is operable, in response to receiving the first message from the personal computing device, to provide to the display device a second message identifying the user-selected content and the media player to play the content. In response to receiving the second message, the display device is operable to obtain a first media player needed to play the content, to load the media player and to present the content on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Touchstream Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: David Strober
  • Patent number: 8893034
    Abstract: A method for generating a multi-frame image rendering of a challenge-response test on a display is presented. The method begins by identifying a pattern with graphical elements, and a display region for rendering an entry object of the multi-frame image of the challenge-response test. Then a foreground sampling window having a non-patterned area defined by the entry object is defined. The foreground sampling window captures graphical elements of the pattern along a first path. In addition, a background sampling window that captures graphical elements of the pattern along a second path is defined. The foreground sampling window is overlaid on the background sampling window at the display region of the display, such that the entry object of the challenge-response test is discernable from the pattern during a period of time when multiple frames are rendered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventor: Simon P. King
  • Patent number: 8875026
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to directed communication in a virtual environment. A method for method for providing directed communication between avatars in a virtual environment in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes: determining a relative location of a first avatar and a second avatar in a virtual environment; and adjusting an aspect of a communication between the first avatar and the second avatar based on the relative location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, John P. Karidis, Brian M. O'Connell, Clifford A. Pickover, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 8863015
    Abstract: A method and system are provided which allows enhanced support to graphical user interface (GUI) displays on multiple monitors. An extended markup language file provides code to configure each GUI. GUI software need not be re-compiled in order to implement changes in the layout of displays or to accommodate additional monitors. Potential display event handling delays are minimized by providing multiple Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) for GUIs. In one aspect, one JVM is provided for each GUI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Almonte, William R Stubbs
  • Patent number: 8856657
    Abstract: A user interface for management of network operations, particularly networked electronic gaming machines, the user interface including operation assignment interfaces, each assignment interface providing information about the respective operation, a calendar interface on which the assignment interfaces are provided, the calendar interface providing at least date and time information, and at least one graphical linking indicator that provides visual relational information of related operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher P. Arbogast, Bryan Kelly
  • Patent number: 8843851
    Abstract: In general, in one aspect, the invention relates to a method for providing online support to a user of a client application. The method includes: initiating a wizard including dialogs for completing a task; displaying a dialog to the user; enabling, based on a network connection being available, a help threshold associated with the dialog; determining, by a computer processor, that the help threshold is exceeded after enabling the help threshold; sending, in response to the help threshold being exceeded, an availability request to an external support server; receiving, after sending the availability request, a confirmation of an available support specialist; displaying an indication to the user that support is available; receiving a support request from the user; opening a chat dialog in response to receiving the support request; and initiating, using the chat dialog, a chat session between the user and the available support specialist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew B. Gotchy, Jason Alexander Poteet, Anne Quinter Smith, Michael Anthony Panian, Zachery Moneypenny, Alexandr Tolchinsky, Rajasivasubramanian Ramanathan
  • Patent number: 8782525
    Abstract: Displaying physical signal routing of a system. A diagram of the system may be displayed. The system may include physical components connected via physical connections and logical components implemented on various ones of the physical components. The diagram may include a plurality of icons connected by wires. At least a first subset of the icons may represent logical elements of the system and wires between the first subset of icons may represent logical connections between corresponding logical elements. User input requesting signal routing information of the system may be received. In response, a signal route corresponding to a first logical connection between a first logical element and a second logical element may be visually indicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: National Insturments Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew C. Curtis, Jenifer M. Loy, Adam K. Gabbert, Jayson P. Ryckman, Jacob Kornerup, Jeffrey N. Correll, Timothy J. Hayles
  • Patent number: 8782528
    Abstract: A system for presenting and controlling content on a display device includes a network, a server system coupled to the network and comprising one or more servers, a display device coupled to the network and having a display, and a personal computing device operable to transmit a first message according to a specified format over the network to the server system. The server system stores an association between the personal computing device and the display device. The first message identifies user-selected content and a media player to play the content. The server system is operable, in response to receiving the first message from the personal computing device, to provide to the display device a second message identifying the user-selected content and the media player to play the content. In response to receiving the second message, the display device is operable to obtain a first media player needed to play the content, to load the media player and to present the content on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Touchstream Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: David Strober