Patents Examined by Ramsey Refai
  • Patent number: 8607163
    Abstract: Media content obtained from a content source (11) comprises a plurality of content items (31) which are accessible by an interactive menu structure (60, 65). A preview presentation mode automatically presents a portion of each of a set of the content items (31) to the user in a sequence which represents a navigation path through multiple levels of the menu structure. This shows a user a preview of content items available for presentation without requiring the user to manually navigate various branches of the menu structure. The menu structure can be explored automatically, or a script (33) can specify which items are to be presented. The script (33) can be supplied by the content source (11) or can be obtained from a separate source. During the preview presentation mode information about the current item, or the current position within the menu structure, can be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Michael J. Plummer
  • Patent number: 8601381
    Abstract: Providing a customizable online environment for a user on a client. An instruction is received from the user for assigning a background image for the online environment. The online environment is to be rendered on a display of the client. One or more graphical elements are identified on the background image. A profile is received from the user, and the profile includes a plurality of user-customizable data each having properties associated therewith. Graphical representations are provided for the plurality of user-customizable data. Each of the graphical representations depends on and visually indicates the properties associated with each of the plurality of user-customizable data. The provided graphical representations are rendered onto a position of the background image on the online environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Asta Roseway, Carolyn J. Fuson, Jeffrey S. Davison
  • Patent number: 8595632
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method to monitor user trajectories within a virtual universe. A method for monitoring a user trajectory of any avatar in a virtual universe may include recording an activity of an avatar within a virtual universe, and then rendering the recording as a visible path. The activity may include movement, duration at a coordinate, time between coordinates, and/or angle of positioning of the avatar. The invention, for example, reminds an avatar a reminder as to where he/she has traversed in the past; shows paths that their team or family members have traversed; and/or gives an indication of popular paths taken by avatars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, Brian M. O'Connell, Clifford A. Pickover, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 8589800
    Abstract: Examples of methods, systems, apparatus, and machine-readable storage media are provided to facilitate access and control of a remote desktop of a remote machine by a web browser at a client device through a transcoding server without installing proprietary plug-ins or protocols on the client device. A transcoding server may translate user input requests from a web browser into input calls compatible with a remote desktop display protocol. The transcoding server may receive remote desktop drawing commands from the remote machine and translate the remote desktop drawing commands into web browser drawing updates compatible with the web browser. A transcoding server may communicate with a web browser via HTTP and communicate with a remote machine via a remote desktop display protocol. A web browser may be an HTML5 browser. A transcoding server may send drawing coordinates to the web browser via an HTTP header and may use long polling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Wyse Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Stevan Kominac, Jeremy Michael Stanley, Curtis Schwebke
  • Patent number: 8589803
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an avatar engine having a controller to retrieve a user profile associated with a user, present the user an avatar having characteristics that correlate to the user profile, detect one or more responses of the user during a communication exchange between the user and the avatar, identify from the one or more responses a need of the user, establish a communication session with a second avatar engine responsive to the identified need of the user, engage in a communication exchange with the second avatar engine in relation to the identified need of the user, and identify one or more results from the communication exchange. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Horst Schroeter, E-Lee Chang, Linda Roberts, Darnell Clayton, Madhur Khandelwal
  • Patent number: 8584024
    Abstract: Avatar cloning in a virtual world may include receiving an input indicating that a user desires to access a cloning feature and allowing a cloned avatar to be cloned from the user's avatar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: William Bruce Nicol, II, Brian Ronald Bokor, Peter Frederick Haggar, Daniel Edward House, Andrew Bryan Smith
  • Patent number: 8584027
    Abstract: A graphics development framework for designing physics-based graphical user interfaces is described herein. According to one embodiment, visually linkable patches are displayed in a first window of a graphics development framework, where the patches represent a graphics composition which when rendered, animate a physical movement of a graphics object of the physics-based GUI. A feedback patch is displayed to visually provide a feedback from an output of the composition to an input of the composition, such that a subsequent physical movement of the graphics object is determined based on a previous physical movement of the graphics object, without requiring a user to program source code of the displayed patches. A result of rendering is instantly displayed in a second window of the graphics development framework, simulating the physical movement of the graphical object. Other methods and apparatuses are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Quennesson, Alessandro Sabatelli
  • Patent number: 8578273
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for presenting digital images over a display in a slideshow presentation. The slideshow has an appearance of the images being hand-placed and for providing a more human feel to the presentation of digital images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Mark D. MacKenzie
  • Patent number: 8555196
    Abstract: A system and method for arranging windows on a screen. The user interface program, called the Graphical User Interface (GUI), provides a user friendly system and method of viewing and/or interacting with computer application programs. The GUI prepares and presents a visual display. The arranging of active and inactive windows on the screen is configured according to prescribed formulas. The GUI also provides the user with a two or three dimensional spatial orientation of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Software Rights Archive, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Egger, Shawn Cannon, Ronald D. Sauers
  • Patent number: 8549424
    Abstract: Methods and systems for text disambiguation and context designation in incremental search are provided. A method for selecting items in response to ambiguous keystrokes entered by a user and unambiguous metadata associated with a previously selected search result includes receiving ambiguous keystrokes, selecting and presenting a first subset of items and metadata associated with the items presented based on the ambiguous keystrokes. The method also includes receiving a selection of one of the items from the user, and, in response to a locking operation received from the user, locking in fixed relation at least one of the ambiguous keystrokes to at least one metadata term associated with the selected item. The method further includes, subsequent to receiving the locking operation, selecting and presenting a second subset of items based at least in part on the locked metadata term, and presenting the second subset of items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Veveo, Inc.
    Inventors: Rakesh Barve, Sashikumar Venkataraman, Murali Aravamudan, Manish M. Sharma, Pankaj Garg, Sankar Ardhanari
  • Patent number: 8533618
    Abstract: A method of changing the states of multiple Boolean state items displayed in a computer system user interface window draws a box around a plurality of Boolean state items displayed in the window. Each of the items displayed in the window initial state, which is either of the two Boolean states. In response to drawing the box, the method changes the initial state of at least some of the items within the box to a final state, which is the opposite Boolean state. The change of state may be according to a default behavior. The user may change the default behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Ilya Skuratovsky
  • Patent number: 8499243
    Abstract: An information processing device (100) includes a command management unit (101) storing a command in association with a parameter, an instruction receiving unit (104) receiving a user operation performed on an icon displayed on a display screen, a display control unit (10) causing an object icon identifying an object to be displayed in a first display area of the display screen, and an instruction generation unit (115) generating an instruction which is a group of the command and the parameter. The display control unit (10) further causes a command icon identifying a command executable on an operation target object to be displayed in a second display area, and causes a parameter icon identifying a parameter associated with the selected command to be displayed in a third display area. When at least two command icons are selected, the instruction generation unit (115) generates an instruction such that at least two commands identified by these two command icons respectively are executed in order of selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Yuki
  • Patent number: 8484580
    Abstract: A content presentation device including a presentation screen production unit for producing display data related to a presentation screen on which images representative of a subset of contents among a plurality of contents together with a mutual relationship among the subset are shown, based on presentation data stored in a presentation data storage memory, the presentation storage memory storing plural kinds of presentation data based on any of which display data about the presentation screen is produced; and an instruction determination unit for determining whether a switching instruction for switching the presentation screen is input while the presentation screen is displayed, the switching instruction designating one of the contents represented by one of the images shown on the presentation screen, where the presentation screen production unit displaying an image representative of the one of the contents designated by the switching instruction at a predetermined position of the presentation screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuo Ishii
  • Patent number: 8479255
    Abstract: A registry for a service oriented architecture (SOA) comprising a plurality of processing objects. The registry may include a plurality of non-formalized operation requirements for the plurality of SOA objects, a plurality of technical assertions for the plurality of SOA objects, and a plurality of links, linking each non-formalized operation requirement to at least one technical assertion of the registry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Software AG
    Inventors: Björn Brauel, Harald Schöning
  • Patent number: 8477154
    Abstract: A method of using a Graphic User Interface (GUI) for interactive virtual inspection of modeled objects. The method includes acquiring a three-dimensional model of a modeled object and displaying a first view of the modeled object for a user to identify locations of interest on a surface of the modeled object visible within the first view. The user enters information to create a markup tag that annotates the location of interest, and the markup tag is automatically associated with the location of interest on the modeled object. A second view of the modeled object is displayed including the user identified location of interest and the markup tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Fredrick M. Davis, Yakup Genc, Sergey Kabanov, Robert E. Shannon, Xiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 8473852
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described that allow coordinated users to employ avatars to observe and control a plurality of buildings—their building support systems and functions from a virtual world environment. Embodiments coordinate building supervisory personnel (specialists), building monitoring and control equipment, and repair (worker) personnel in a virtual world that is controlled by specialist avatars. Operations personnel perform building operation decisions in response to current situations in a virtual world using their specialist avatars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Corporation
    Inventor: Steven A. Russell
  • Patent number: 8443305
    Abstract: A geometric instrument for analyzing curves and charts is described herein. The instrument is utilizable to facilitate review of land surveys, including ALTA surveys, title surveys, boundary surveys, topographical surveys, etc. The instrument allows users thereof to quickly and thoroughly review land surveys and data relating thereto, for instance, for title insurance purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Millman Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Deron J Millman
  • Patent number: 8438495
    Abstract: A design application can provide a mechanism for quickly and intuitively designing wireframes by automatically generating containers and margins. For example, a graphical user interface can be provided in which a parent container is defined and surrounded by a boundary (“wirebox”), which may (or may not) include margins defined between the wirebox and container perimeter. Responsive to input data representing a user gesture, such as clicking and dragging at a wirebox boundary, the parent container can be divided into two or more containers. In some embodiments a tree structure with memory locations (e.g., folders) corresponding to the containers can be defined alongside and in response to definition of containers in the wireframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Anant Gilra, Eugene Jude
  • Patent number: 8429530
    Abstract: A graphical user interface made up of icons representing individual files and collectively forming the shape of a “v” is described along with methods of using and creating the graphical user interface. The v-shaped interface is useful to display detailed information about many of the items in a list and facilitates manipulation of list order and selection of the active file in the list. The interface further permits the use of a representative icon associated with the list as a whole. Manipulation of the representative icon can cause modification or replacement of the entire playlist represented by the icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Neuman, William Martin Bachman
  • Patent number: 8413077
    Abstract: An input apparatus includes: a motion signal output section to detect a movement of an object for controlling a movement of an image displayed on a screen and output a motion signal corresponding to the movement of the object; a control command generation section to generate a control command corresponding to the motion signal for controlling the movement of the image; an operation signal output section to detect a user operation unintended for the control of the movement of the image and output an operation signal based on the operation; an operation command generation section to generate an operation command based on the operation signal; and a control section to control the control command generation section to generate, in temporal relation with a generation timing of the operation command, the control command with a sensitivity of the movement of the image with respect to the movement of the object changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Yamamoto, Toshio Mamiya