Patents Examined by Joseph J Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10218666
    Abstract: A method of collecting and indexing data by appending a tracking identifier (generated directly or indirectly by a tracking company) into a data file, wherein the data file is acquired from a computer system operated by a user. The data file could be data collected by a form made available through a website hosted by a web server. Additional data collected from other sources (stored as a record), such as a computer system operated by an agent, would be associated with the collected data file by an inquiry management company. The collected data and associated records are forwarded to a computer system that tracks online users and visitors. The process can marry computer collected data (other than the data file) about website activity with other activities that are independent of the website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Dorin Rosenshine
  • Patent number: 10205910
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that enable a 3D telepresence. In an exemplary method, a 3D image stream is generated of a first participant in a virtual meeting. A virtual meeting room is generated. The virtual meeting room includes a virtual window, and the 3D image stream is reconstructed in the virtual window. The first participant thus appears as a 3D presence within the virtual window. The virtual meeting room may also include virtual windows providing 3D views of other participants in the virtual meeting and may further include avatars of other meeting participants and/or of the first meeting participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: PCMS Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Seppo T. Valli
  • Patent number: 10194118
    Abstract: An apparatus for video communication connected to a local processing device executing a video conferencing software for communicating with a remote location, the apparatus being configured to be locally wirelessly connected to a plurality of mobile devices each comprising a display and a video camera, to receive a plurality of video signals related to a plurality of participants in a video conference generated by the video cameras of the plurality of local mobile devices, to generate a video stream based on said plurality of video signals received from the plurality of local mobile devices, to transmit the video stream to said local processing device, to receive from the local processing device an output signal representing a content displayed by a display of the processing device when executing the video conferencing software and to share with the plurality of local mobile devices the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Huddle Room Technology S.R.L.
    Inventor: Stefano Spattini
  • Patent number: 10187522
    Abstract: Implementations of the present application relate to caller preview data and call messages based on caller preview data. In some implementations, a method includes sending, by a caller device, a call request to one or more callee devices, and establishing a connection to at least one callee device prior to receipt of an acceptance of the call request by the callee device. At least a portion of caller preview data is transmitted to the callee device over the connection prior to the receipt of the call acceptance. In response to determining that the at least a portion of the caller preview data has been transmitted for a particular time period without receipt of the acceptance of the call request, information is transmitted to instruct a call message to be stored on the callee device, where the call message includes at least a part of the caller preview data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Alan Lee Rogers, Richard Yuan-Ching Lo, Matthew Thomas Austin, Justin Uberti, Heidi Rafael Sales, Koa Metter, Anton Volkov
  • Patent number: 10182095
    Abstract: A video call method and system may use a two-way transmission of a visual effect or an auditory effect. A server may manage and store content that includes visual information or auditory information as an effect to apply to a video call in association with an effect identifier. A server may receive, during the video call, an effect identifier and may transmit the visual information or audio information associated with the effect identifier to a reception-side electronic device together with a data packet for the video call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Line Corporation
    Inventor: Keum Ryong Kim
  • Patent number: 10171773
    Abstract: Disclosed aspects relate to dynamic video image management. A set of dynamic image quality factors may be collected with respect to a dynamic video image. A set of display parameter values may be determined based on the set of dynamic image quality factors. The set of display parameter values may be of a set of display parameter values for a set of computing assets. The set of display parameter values may be determined to benefit the set of dynamic image quality factors with respect to the dynamic video image. The set of computing assets may be configured using the set of display parameter values. The set of computing assets may be configured to benefit the set of dynamic image quality factors with respect to the dynamic video image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ilse M. Breedvelt-Schouten, Jana H. Jenkins, Jeffrey A. Kusnitz, John A. Lyons
  • Patent number: 10158828
    Abstract: An online system customizes video conversations between users of the online system. During a video conversation, the online system presents a composite view to the participating users. The composite view may include visual representations of the users, a background graphic, or other types of graphics such as masks and props that the users can wear or interact with in the environment of the video conversation. The visual representations may be generated based on a live video feed of the users or include avatars of the users. The online system can determine the graphics based on information about the users. For instance, the online system determines a background graphic showing a location that the users have each visited. Upon viewing the background graphic, the users may be encouraged to interact with the background graphic or other graphics included in the composite view, which can promote an engaging video conversation experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Duane Clark, Brendan Benjamin Aronoff, Stephane Taine
  • Patent number: 10142469
    Abstract: A computer aided prioritization (CAP) system may receive, from the emergency event reporter device, an emergency event including a priority selected from a set of event priorities and a type of event selected from a set of event types associated with the selected event priority; determine, based on the emergency event and without querying the emergency event reporter device for additional information, whether the emergency event indicates a higher priority emergency event to be handled by a computer aided dispatch (CAD) system or a lower priority emergency event to be handled automatically by a computer aided event module (CAEM); and selectively route the emergency event report to at least one of the CAD system and the CAEM according to the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Tools/400 Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Klaban
  • Patent number: 10142592
    Abstract: A smart mirror comprises at least one large touchscreen-enabled smart mirror mounted on at least one frame, wherein the smart mirror is configured to support large-screen video chat, wherein the other participant to the video chat is provided full-size on the smart mirror's screen. When not in use as a video chat device, the present invention may utilize one or more cameras to create a mirror effect on the smart mirror's screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: James Van Ness
  • Patent number: 10142521
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method that includes receiving an audio video stream, decoding the audio video stream to yield decoded video and decoded audio, transmitting the decoded video on a video cable to a display, transmitting a signal, such as, for example, a signal on an audio channel of the video cable, identifying an impulse response based on a received signal responsive to the transmitting of the signal, identifying a delay amount based on the impulse response and transmitting the decoded audio to a loudspeaker according to the delay amount. The cable can include an HDMI cable with the audio return channel (ARC) capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Bjørn Winsvold, Lennart Burenius
  • Patent number: 10142589
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and computer system for receiving, at a computing device, a call from a first telephony device using a telephone number associated with a second telephony device and a web-based user account. An indication of the call is received at the computing device where the web-based user account is signed into. An input is received at the computing device to accept the call. A conferencing application session associated with the web-based user account is initiated at the computing device between the first telephony device and the computing device based upon, at least in part, receiving the input to accept the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Jawad, Michel Ossesia, Tomas Lundqvist, Kathryn Cushing, Jordanna Chord, Tobias Jungen
  • Patent number: 10134414
    Abstract: A videoconference apparatus at a first location detects audio from a location and determines whether the sound should be included in an audio-video stream sent to a second location, or excluded as an interfering noise. Determining whether to include the audio involves using a face detector to see if there is a face at the source of the sound. If a face is present, the audio data from the location will be transmitted to the second location. If a face is not present, additional motion checks are performed to determine whether the sound corresponds to a person talking, (such as a presenter at a meeting), or whether the sound is instead unwanted noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Polycom, Inc.
    Inventors: Jinwei Feng, Peter Chu
  • Patent number: 10122848
    Abstract: Implementations of the present application relate to caller previews for video calls. In some implementations, a method includes sending, by a caller device, a call request to a callee device and determining an identifier associated with the callee device. The method determines whether the identifier is associated with an address book of the caller device, and/or is in an outgoing call record of the caller device. An acknowledgment is received from callee device, and, upon receipt of the acknowledgment, a connection is established with the callee device. Based on determining that the identifier is associated with the address book and/or in the outgoing call record, at least a portion of a caller video is transmitted over the connection with the callee device. The caller video is transmitted prior to receipt of an acceptance of the call request from the callee device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Heidi Rafael Sales, Rebecca Michael, Koa Metter, Jason Cornwell, Alan Lee Rogers, Richard Yuan-Ching Lo, Anna Maria Jansson, Matthew Thomas Austin, Tyler Bahl, Minjae Lee, Justin Uberti, Amit Fulay
  • Patent number: 10122971
    Abstract: A method of aggregating displays of performances into an aggregate site on a network is provided. The aggregated performances originate from at least one performance site on a network. The method includes the steps of selecting a performance criterion; observing at least one performance originating from at least one performance site on a network, the performance being associated with a link; determining when at least one performance meets the performance criterion; establishing an aggregation link to the link associated with the performance meeting the performance criterion; and providing the aggregation link to an aggregate site on a network such that the performance is accessible on the aggregate site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Gregory A. Piccionielli
  • Patent number: 10116458
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating family communications in a controlled-environment facility. In some embodiments, a method may include receiving a request for an electronic communication between a resident and a non-resident of a controlled-environment facility, identifying that the non-resident is the resident's child or parent and, in response to the identification, enabling a family counseling provider to access the electronic communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Keiser, Ted Hull, Matthew Richard Smith
  • Patent number: 10104340
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for collective contribution video creation and messaging wherein story-based communications are created among multiple users. The disclosed method uses a program or application wherein a virtual object is used to authorize a particular user to make the immediate post to the applicable story communication. The possession of the virtual object also indicates that any user that does not have possession of the virtual object is unable to presently contribute to the group storyline. Once the user in possession of the virtual object submits his or her content, the virtual object is made available. Any user inside the story seeking to gain control may then attempt to obtain the virtual object. The present disclosure aids users in creating story timelines of their contributions, as well as promoting full contribution from all group members in messaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: BITON, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Jacobs, Anthony Pernice
  • Patent number: 10104222
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for customizing a telephone are disclosed in which preferred communication services are conveniently accessible to a user, in which a telephone is tailored to the specific requirements of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: TP Lab Inc.
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Shin Cheung Simon Chiu
  • Patent number: 10104341
    Abstract: Implementations relate to providing animated user identifiers. In some implementations, a computer-executed method includes determining that a video call over a communication network is connected between a first device associated with a first user and a second device associated with a second user. The method stores a set of multiple images that are received by the first device as part of the video call, and forms a motion clip including the set of multiple images and indicating a sequence of the set of multiple images for display. The method assigns the motion clip to a user identifier associated with the second user, and causes display of the motion clip to visually represent the second user in response to the user identifier being displayed in at least one user interface on the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Koa Metter, Alan Lee Rogers, Jason Cornwell, Richard Yuan-Ching Lo, Rachel Ilan Simpson, Matthew Thomas Austin, Justin Uberti
  • Patent number: 10091366
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for the virtualization, aggregation, and distributed processing of facsimile communications. The Remote FAX Interconnect known as etherFAX® is a system and method that allows for the reception and delivery of information based on cloud computing infrastructure to or from one or more facsimile systems using Internet/web based communication protocols such as HTTP(S) as the transport between a facsimile capable application or hardware and the remotely accessible etherFAX® services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: etherFAX LLC
    Inventors: Robert N. Cichielo, Paul J. Banco
  • Patent number: 10091467
    Abstract: In a battery-powered audio/video recording and communication device having a camera, the length of a preset interval (the interval between instances of the device sending a request to a network to check whether any user requests to access the camera have been received) may be adjusted upward or downward in order to balance the competing interests of reducing latency (e.g. reducing the delay that the user may experience when trying to access the camera) and conserving battery life. The present embodiments advantageously balance these competing interests by initially setting the length of the preset interval to be relatively short to reduce latency, but automatically increasing the length of the preset interval as the battery charge is depleted, thereby extending battery life. The present embodiments also advantageously enable the length of the preset interval to be increased after the battery is recharged, thereby reducing latency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Modestine, Joshua Roth