Patents Examined by Sahera Halim
  • Patent number: 10320888
    Abstract: Examples described herein involve selecting a group coordinator device for a zone group. An example implementation includes: receiving an instruction to form a zone group comprising the first media device and the second media device; comparing a first one or more communication parameters corresponding to a network connection of the first media device to a second one or more communication parameters corresponding to a network connection of the second media device; identifying the first media device as a group coordinator of the zone group based on at least the indication that the first media device communicates with the router over the first communication frequency band; and configuring the first media device to provide data indicating audio content and audio content playback timing information to the second media device to facilitate synchronous playback of the audio content as the group coordinator of the zone group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Hrishikesh Gossain
  • Patent number: 10277546
    Abstract: An information processing system is implemented by an information processing apparatus and terminals connected to the information processing apparatus. The information processing system includes a destination determiner that determines a destination terminal of the terminals based on the right of a sender terminal of the terminals that has sent a message, a message generator that generates a message adapted for the destination terminal based on the message sent from the sender terminal, a transmitter that sends the message generated by the message generator to the destination terminal, and a display unit that is provided in each of the terminals and displays the message sent from the transmitter in a display format corresponding to the right of the each of the terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaki Arai
  • Patent number: 10277487
    Abstract: Described are methods and system for maintaining network service levels. In general, the system identifies, using records of network incidents, a first plurality of network incidents occurring over a first portion of a measurement period and a second plurality of network incidents occurring over a subsequent second portion of the measurement period. The system then determines a plurality of remaining incidence tolerance limits based on an impact of the first and second pluralities of network incidents on corresponding sets of incidence tolerance limits for the measurement period, generates severity metric values for at least a subset of the second network incidents based on aggregate impact characteristics of one or more of the second plurality of network incidents weighted by remaining incidence tolerance limits associated with each of the second network incidents in the subset of the second network incidents, and selects one or more network incidents for remediation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Kakadia, Muhammad Naeem
  • Patent number: 10200319
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention, a computer receives, on a first computer, a request to locate a topic. The computer determines a second computer to query for the topic. The computer queries the second computer for the topic. The computer receives identification information of participants of an instant messaging conversation corresponding to the topic. The computer stores, on the first computer, the identification information of the participants and indexing the stored identification information by the topic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Albert A Chung, Venkata V. Gadepalli, Richard E. Osowski, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10164927
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of unsubscribing a recipient of an electronic message may comprise identifying and extracting an unsubscribe Universal Resource Indicator (URI) from the electronic message and carrying out a dynamic unsubscribe scenario if the extracted unsubscribe URI does not match a known unsubscribe URI pattern. The dynamic unsubscribe scenario may comprise instructions that are selectively executed depending on contents of a single unsubscribe form in a webpage pointed to by the extracted unsubscribe URI. These instructions may comprise finding and filling in a single input field in the webpage that is relevant to unsubscribing with an electronic address of the recipient or finding and updating a user interface element that is relevant to unsubscribing. The single unsubscribe form with the filled in single relevant input field or updated user interface element may then be submitted and a determination may be made whether an unsubscribe confirmation message was generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: VADE SECURE, INC.
    Inventor: Sebastien Goutal
  • Patent number: 10164931
    Abstract: A machine may be configured to personalize the content presented to a member of the social networking service visiting a web site. For example, the machine accesses a member identifier associated with a visitor to a web site. The member identifier identifies a particular member of a social networking service. The machine accesses member data associated with the member identifier in a database associated with the social networking service. The machine identifies one or more attributes associated with the particular member based on the member data. The machine selects an item of content for presentation to the particular member visiting the web site based on the one or more attributes associated with the particular member. The machine causes presentation of the item of content in a user interface of a widget included in the web site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Saad Hameed, Steven Curtis McClung, Anja Dinah Neupert
  • Patent number: 10129226
    Abstract: A hardware module for an embedded system comprises a network adapter, a memory and a processing device. The memory stores a shared key and a key identifier (ID) associated with the shared key. The processing device is to connect to a local area network (LAN) using the network adapter. The processing device is further to receive a first notification from a computing device that is also connected to the LAN and determine whether the computing device has access to a copy of the shared key based on the key identifier (ID). Responsive to determining that the computing device has access to the copy of the shared key, the processing device is to use the shared key to generate a session key for a session with the computing device. The processing device may then encrypt communications to the computing device using the session key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ayla Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Jigar Vora, Marko Kiiskila, Daniel Myers, Joseph R. Eykholt, Adrian Caceres
  • Patent number: 10108758
    Abstract: Described herein is a method and system that provides access to numerous connected devices in a device bank and allows remote interaction and control of aspects of the connected devices using a remote management system. In an embodiment, the method comprises the configuring of one or more connected devices in the device bank to mimic an end user's connected device configuration and environment in order to resolve an issue with the end user's connected device. In other embodiments, the connected devices in the device bank can be used by end users such as developers to test and diagnose new applications and by remote support technicians to train themselves on connected devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: AetherPal Inc.
    Inventors: Deepak Gonsalves, Pooja Chengappa, Ramesh Parmar, Subramanyam Ayyalasomayajula, Mahadevan Viswanathan, Byung Joon Oh
  • Patent number: 10079739
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for handling logs includes the steps of: accessing a log definition by an application, wherein the log definition describes a log message format including a first parameter and a second parameter, and assigns parameter identifications P1, P2 for the first parameter and the second parameter, respectively; the application generating a log message in the log message format, wherein the first log contains a combination of the parameter identification P1 and a value of the first parameter and a combination of the parameter identification P2 and a value of the second parameter; a log disseminating program, using the parameter identification P1, sending the value of the first parameter to a first recipient associated beforehand with the parameter identification P1; and the log disseminating program, using the parameter identification P2, sending the value of the second parameter to a second recipient associated beforehand with the parameter identification P2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Durney, Jui Hsiang Huang, Jeffrey C. H. Liu, Joey H. Y. Tseng
  • Patent number: 10044661
    Abstract: An approach for delaying social media messages is provided herein. A first computing device receives user preferences. The first computing device detects a social media message of a user. The first computing device determines that the user is not in the physical location. The first computing device determines whether to delay the posting of the social media message based on a comparison of the content of the social media message with the received user preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kelly Abuelsaad, Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Soobaek Jang, Daniel C. Krook
  • Patent number: 10044650
    Abstract: Discussed herein are dynamically generated, customized electronic messages based on, for example, data representing attributes of an electronic message to be generated for an intended recipient; and, in response to receiving the data, sending custom content triggering data based on the attributes, where the custom content triggering data represent at least a dynamic portion of customized content to be added subsequently into the electronic message while the electronic message is rendered for display to the intended recipient; generating the electronic message content, which includes the custom content triggering data; and sending the electronic message to the intended recipient; and, in response to receiving the custom content triggering data, determining attributes of the electronic message based on the custom content triggering data; and generating the dynamic portion of customized content based on the electronic message attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventor: Mohit Gupta
  • Patent number: 10033570
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a distributed map reduce network. An aspect includes receiving a description of a map reduce job comprising a time deadline. Another aspect includes selecting a set of candidate nodes from a plurality of nodes of the distributed map reduce network, wherein the set of candidate nodes are selected based on cost value. Another aspect includes determining an amount of time required to perform the map reduce job by the set of candidate nodes. Another aspect includes, based on the determined amount of time not meeting the time deadline: selecting a particular node of the set of candidate nodes for replacement based on the geographical location of the particular node; selecting a next node of the plurality of nodes based on the cost value of the next node; and replacing the particular node in the set of candidate nodes with the next node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gabriel Alatorre, Divyesh Jadav
  • Patent number: 9996094
    Abstract: Coupling a first and second nodes, and a monitor node together within a facility via network; via the monitor node, broadcasting whether a non-system device consumes a resource; via the first node, transmitting data and status via the network for generation of schedules, and operating a first device within an acceptable operating margin to maintain a first environment by cycling on and off according to the schedules; and via a network operations center external to the facility, generating the schedules to control peak demand of the resource, where one or more run times start prior to when otherwise required to maintain local environments, and coordinating run times for the first device and a second device, where coordination is based on a global schedule, an adjusted first descriptor set characterizing the first environment, and an adjusted second descriptor set characterizing a second environment, and data broadcast by the monitor node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: ENERNOC, INC.
    Inventors: Randy C. Willig, Jeffrey P. Mathews
  • Patent number: 9977448
    Abstract: Coupling first and second nodes together within a facility via a network; via the first node, transmitting data and status via the network for generation of schedules, and operating a first device within an acceptable operating margin to maintain a first environment by cycling on and off according to the schedules; and via a network operations center disposed external to the facility, generating the schedules to control peak demand of a resource, where one or more run times start prior to when otherwise required to maintain corresponding local environments, and coordinating run times for the first device and a second device, where coordination is based on a global schedule, an adjusted first descriptor set characterizing the first environment, and an adjusted second descriptor set characterizing a second environment, a first device activation schedule and a second device activation schedule directing the first and second devices to cycle on and off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: ENERNOC, INC.
    Inventors: Randy C. Willig, Jeffrey P. Mathews
  • Patent number: 9946287
    Abstract: An apparatus including a first node and a network operations center (NOC). The first node is within the facility and is coupled to a second node via a demand coordination network. The first node has a node processor coupled to a first device, and transmits data and status via the network for generation of schedules, and operates the first device within an acceptable operating margin to maintain a first environment by cycling on and off according to the schedules. The NOC generates the schedules to control the peak demand of the resource, where one or more run times start prior to when otherwise required to maintain corresponding local environments. The NOC coordinates run times for the first device and a second device, where coordination is based on a global schedule, an adjusted first descriptor set characterizing the first environment, and an adjusted second descriptor set characterizing a second environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: ENERNOC, INC.
    Inventors: Randy C. Willig, Jeffrey P. Mathews
  • Patent number: 9942164
    Abstract: A mobile information terminal determines whether or not access to a site which is specified by a signal is permitted when the signal transmitted from a transmission source is received, based on identification information. When it is determined that access to the site is permitted, the terminal changes a state of the identification information to a state in which access is not permitted by accessing the site. When it is determined that access to the site is not permitted, the terminal receives an instruction on access to the site while the signal is received. When the instruction on access is received, the terminal accesses the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaaki Yasunaga, Akihiko Fujiwara, Mika Hirama, Tetsuya Nobuoka
  • Patent number: 9853981
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for handling potential service load interruptions. The utilization of resources, such as servers in a service infrastructure of a SaaS provider, are monitored. If the utilization of a resource exceeds a threshold, then the resource is identified as having an excessive service load leading to a potential service load interruption. When a request is received from a user requesting to access such a resource, one or more action items to be completed by the user are generated and presented to the user. “Action items” refer to any activity that is required by the user to be performed thereby providing the SaaS provider additional time to address the potential service load interruption in an appropriate manner. Additional action item(s) will be presented to the user until the SaaS provider addresses the potential service load interruption, at which point, the request will be serviced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Aaron J. Quirk
  • Patent number: 9826065
    Abstract: Technology is disclosed for enabling scene-based variable compression (“the technology”). In some embodiments, the technology can receive an indication of a compression level for a first content type, wherein the compression level specifies a tolerance level for lossy compression; receive a request for content, the content having at least two portions, wherein a first portion has first content of the first content type and the second portion has second content of a second content type, a first compression method associated with the indicated compression level and a second compression method associated with a different compression level. The technology can transmit the content, wherein the first portion of the content was compressed using the first compression method and the second portion was compressed using the second compression method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Shmuel Ur
  • Patent number: 9817420
    Abstract: An apparatus, including a plurality of devices, a network operations center (NOC), a facility consumption monitoring device, and a plurality of control nodes. Each device consumes a portion of the resource when turned on, and performs a corresponding function within an acceptable operational margin by cycling on and off. The NOC generates a plurality of run time schedules that is based upon modeled unmonitored consumption within the facility, and that coordinates run times for the each of the plurality of devices to control the peak demand of the resource. Each of the control nodes is coupled to a corresponding one of the devices. The plurality of control nodes transmits sensor data and device status to the NOC for generation of the plurality of run time schedules, and executes selected ones of the run time schedules to cycle the plurality of devices on and off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: ENERNOC, INC.
    Inventor: Randy C. Willig
  • Patent number: 9817421
    Abstract: An apparatus, including a plurality of devices, a network operations center (NOC), and a plurality of control nodes. Each device consumes a portion of the resource when turned on, and performs a corresponding function by cycling on and off to maintain a level of comfort. The NOC generates a plurality of run time schedules that coordinates run times for the each of the plurality of devices to control the peak demand of the resource, where activation of one or more of the plurality of devices is substituted in order to maintain a level of comfort. Each of the control nodes is coupled to a corresponding one of the devices. The plurality of control nodes transmits sensor data and device status to the NOC for generation of the plurality of run time schedules, and executes selected ones of the run time schedules to cycle the plurality of devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: ENERNOC, INC.
    Inventors: Randy C. Willig, Morgan Jones