Patents Examined by Stephen Alvesteffer
  • Patent number: 9571431
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing IM conversations is provided. In response to idle time and, preferably, read message status, particular current conversations are removed from a list of current conversations. The removed conversations may be moved to an archive which may be automatically maintained in response to size constraints. An archive interface is facilitated to review conversations, save all or portions thereof, delete, etc. The archived conversations are preferably associated with the contact for the conversation to show a history of conversations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard Dietrich Klassen, Craig Dunk, Lawrence Edward Kuhl, Christopher R. Wormald
  • Patent number: 9454269
    Abstract: Methods and devices for presenting a virtual keyboard are provided. More particularly, in connection with a multiple screen device, a virtual keyboard can be presented in a first mode using portions of both of the screens. In a second mode, the virtual keyboard can be presented using all of one of the screens. Movement between the different modes can be effected by rotating the device between a dual portrait orientation, corresponding to the first mode, and a dual landscape orientation, corresponding to the second mode. More particularly, with the screens of the device in a landscape orientation, one screen can be devoted to present the virtual keyboard while the other screen remains available to present other information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Z124
    Inventors: Sanjiv Sirpal, Robert Csiki
  • Patent number: 9423933
    Abstract: An item display method and apparatus that provides an easier and faster way to locate a desired item on a display. The method and apparatus receive a user gesture on display screen, and display one or both of items of a first category and items of a second category according to the user gesture. Items of the first category and items of the second category are displayed in various ways according to associated user gestures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 9418456
    Abstract: A data visualization system comprising: a data retrieval module arranged to retrieve data from a data storage module in communication with the data visualization system, wherein the retrieved data includes data sets for representation in a tree map; a tree map generation module arranged to generate a tree map based on the retrieved data, wherein the tree map generation module is further arranged to: i) sort the retrieved data sets according to the size of the data sets; ii) define an area for generating multiple rectangles, each rectangle representing one of the data sets, wherein the area is defined to allow the data sets to be spatially arranged within the area; iii) accumulate data points for data within the data sets to generate a rectangle that has dimensions that fall within pre-defined parameters; iv) generate a rectangle for each data set; and v) orientate the rectangle such that its orientation is only changed if the rectangle does not fit in the available area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: New BIS Safe Luxco S.à r.l
    Inventor: Andrew John Cardno
  • Patent number: 9411424
    Abstract: An input device includes an input unit for inputting a predetermined motion image signal, a motion detector for detecting a motion on the basis of the motion image signal inputted into the input unit, a video signal processor for outputting a predetermined video signal, and a controller. The controller controls the video signal processor so that, when a motion detector detects a first motion, the video signal processor outputs a video signal to explain a predetermined second motion to be next detected by the motion detector after the detection of the first motion to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: HITACHI MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Matsubara, Tomochika Ozaki, Tatsuya Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 9400601
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for providing a page flipping mode in electronic touch sensitive devices. The user can engage the page flipping mode by performing an activation gesture, which causes the device to display a magazine page flipping mode or a fast page flipping mode. The page flipping modes may show paginated content such as an opened book or magazine in a single stack or side-by-side layout. The fast page flipping modes may show a single page lying relatively flat or somewhat curled with the edges of subsequent pages visible at the right edge of the page. A page flipping gesture may prompt an animation showing one or more pages folding up to display subsequent pages to the user. In some cases, the number of pages being flipped and/or the speed at which the pages are flipped, is dependent upon the speed and/or length and/or duration of the page flipping gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Nook Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jaireh Tecarro, Chen-Je Huang, David Jara, Saj Shetty, Matthew Pallakoff
  • Patent number: 9400594
    Abstract: The present invention will provide a system that organizes content based on time, location, involved entities, and events, and relates this information to the user in an easy to read and intuitive display. This is accomplished by utilizing a data acquisition module, a link generation module, a conflicts module, a graphical data intersection module, a data filtering module, a mapping module, a presentation module, and a data integration module. These modules allow for a user to input events information into an easy to manipulate multiple interactive timeline display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventor: Shmuel Zarcheany
  • Patent number: 9395878
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to manage zones of a playback system are disclosed. An example method includes displaying a plurality of zone icons, including a first zone icon and a second zone icon, each of the zone icons representing zone player(s) operable to play back multimedia content in a local area network, wherein the first and second zone icons are currently located in a first zone group region, and wherein the zone players associated with the first and second zone icons are members of a first zone group, the first zone group synchronously playing back a first multimedia content; receiving a first drag and drop input to select the second zone icon and drag the second zone icon from inside the first zone group region to outside the first zone region; and, based on the first drag and drop input, causing the zone player(s) associated with the second zone icon to be disassociated with the first zone group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Reimann, Joni R. Hoadley
  • Patent number: 9395877
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to manage zones of a playback system are disclosed. An example method includes displaying a plurality of zone icons, including a first zone icon and a second zone icon, each of the zone icons representing zone player(s) operable to play back multimedia content in a local area network, wherein the first and second zone icons are currently located in a first zone group region, and wherein the zone players associated with the first and second zone icons are members of a first zone group, the first zone group synchronously playing back a first multimedia content; receiving a first drag and drop input to select the second zone icon and drag the second zone icon from inside the first zone group region to outside the first zone region; and, based on the first drag and drop input, causing the zone player(s) associated with the second zone icon to be disassociated with the first zone group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Reimann, Joni R. Hoadley
  • Patent number: 9398078
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of enabling participation by a first client and a second client in a communication session in a multi-dimensional virtual environment, the multi-dimensional virtual environment having first and second avatars respectively associated with the first and second clients and a plurality of objects distinct from the avatars. The method includes receiving from the first client a first annotation associated with a first object of the plurality of objects, transmitting the first annotation to the second client for display at the second client in association with the first object, receiving from the second client a second annotation associated with a second object of the plurality of objects, and transmitting the second annotation to the first client for display at the first client in association with the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Mendes da Costa, Niniane Wang, Joey Chiu-Wen Liaw
  • Patent number: 9389691
    Abstract: A method and a device are disclosed, whereby the device can be a first electronic device. The first electronic device is adapted to be coupled to a second electronic device. The method comprises outputting, with the first device, a request to communicatively couple with a second device in response to a gesture performed with the first device. The second electronic device and method of operating it are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Dan Zacharias Gärdenfors, Mathias Lewin
  • Patent number: 9384298
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for previewing search results determined in response to search queries input into a browser toolbar search box are provided. Descriptors of search results determined to match the input search query are presented in a search results window that overlays a first portion of the browser web page. Upon receiving an indication that the user desires to view one of the presented search results, a preview of a web page associated with the indicated search result is presented overlaying a second portion of the browser page. If the user determines from the preview that the indicated search result does not provide the desired information, s/he may move the mouse pointer to a different search result. In response, a web page associated with the second indicated search result is presented overlaying the second portion of the browser page for the user to preview.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Hastings French, Nathan Deepak Jhaveri, Igor Avramovic
  • Patent number: 9383896
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to manage zones of a playback system are disclosed. An example method includes displaying a plurality of zone icons, including a first zone icon and a second zone icon, each of the zone icons representing zone player(s) operable to play back multimedia content in a local area network, wherein the first and second zone icons are currently located in a first zone group region, and wherein the zone players associated with the first and second zone icons are members of a first zone group, the first zone group synchronously playing back a first multimedia content; receiving a first drag and drop input to select the second zone icon and drag the second zone icon from inside the first zone group region to outside the first zone region; and, based on the first drag and drop input, causing the zone player(s) associated with the second zone icon to be disassociated with the first zone group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Reimann, Joni R. Hoadley
  • Patent number: 9377318
    Abstract: A method comprising receiving an indication of a navigation conveyance mode invocation input, determining a navigation conveyance mode identified by the navigation conveyance mode invocation input, and entering the navigation conveyance mode is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Veli-Pekka Tapio Uotinen
  • Patent number: 9367935
    Abstract: An energy management system has a control center at a utility company and logic resources that provide a real time assessment of a potentially compromising situation that can effect the utility company. At least one situational dashboard panel is provided. The logic resources enable users to dynamically create their own dashboards from large overviews, regional schematic displays and station one-line displays that assist in assessing the potentially compromising situation of the utility company.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: ALSTOM TECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventors: Gennaro Castelli, Michael Hackett, Michael Quinn Howard, Lawrence Edmund Jones, HulChu Su Shung, Heath Daniel Brand
  • Patent number: 9361942
    Abstract: In some implementations, a user can play a music track from a dynamically generated playlist. The user can provide input indicating that the user likes or dislikes the music track and the playlist can be adjusted based on the user input. In some implementations, information can be presented to the user so that the user can preview changes to the playlist before the changes are made to the playlist. In some implementations, a user can adjust playlist criteria (configuration) by adjusting specific music characteristics. In some implementations, a user can adjust playlist criteria by manipulating a list of representative music tracks. In some implementations, a user can compare the user's playlist to playlists of other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sharon E. Friesen, Jorge S. Fino, Jason A. Skinder
  • Patent number: 9355375
    Abstract: A current use context can be extracted based on concrete data related to a currently displayed user interface feature in a business software architecture user interface environment. Relevant related business objects and transactional data for concrete instances of a process or scenario relevant to the current use context can be identified and a specific business object instance can be determined from a plurality of business object instances related to a specific current instance of the process or scenario relevant to the current use context. At least one target user interface feature associated with the process or scenario can be pre-populated with at least one parameter specific to a current data entry state of the specific current instance of the process or scenario and displayed via a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventors: Holger Knospe, Joachim Fessler, Marianne Brosche, Jochen Mayerle, Ulrich Keil
  • Patent number: 9354772
    Abstract: Provided is a method for the movement of an image object. In the method: A. determining the direction of movement of an image object to be moved, and a module X corresponding to same; B. moving the module X along the direction of movement by one unit; determining whether or not an overlap exists between the module X and another module; if no overlap exists, making the post-movement state as a movement result, and terminating the process; if an overlap exists, restoring the module X to the original position; determining a minimum mirror area comprising the module X; flipping the minimum mirror area; C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: CHINA MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yang Liu
  • Patent number: 9354791
    Abstract: Methods provided herein are directed toward presenting images, and more specifically, to presenting images through the removal of obstructions. Methods may include causing display of an image of a first scene at a first position, the first scene including at least one object; causing detection of a selection event; and in response to detection of the selection event, causing display of a pre-recorded image of a second scene recorded at a second position, where the at least one object is between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Jerome Beaurepaire
  • Patent number: 9342224
    Abstract: A creator can specify one or more navigation paths through an album of pictures on a social networking web site. Each navigation path has a name and specifies a sequence in which a number of the pictures are to be viewed by a viewer. The viewer can select by name the desired navigation path through the album. A navigation path through the album can also be determined from content in which the viewer is interested from a profile of the viewer on the social networking web site. A navigation path can be determined from users on the social networking web site that are associated with the viewer on the web site. A navigation path can be determined from analysis of an interaction history of the viewer on the social networking web site, apart from the viewer's profile and the viewer's associated users on the web site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Barry Alan Kritt, Sarbajit Kumar Rakshit, Anthony Cappa Spielberg