Patents Examined by Steven B Theriault
  • Patent number: 9563267
    Abstract: The invention enables users to virtually attach information to situations in the real world, and also enables users to quickly and easily find out desired information. An IR sensor receives an IR signal transmitted from an IR beacon, and supplies the received signal to a sub-notebook PC. A CCD video camera takes in a visual ID from an object, and supplies the inputted visual ID to the sub-notebook PC. A user inputs, through a microphone, a voice to be attached to situations in the real world. The sub-notebook PC transmits position data, object data and voice data, which have been supplied to it, to a server through a communication unit. The transmitted data is received by the server via a wireless LAN. The server stores the received voice data in a database in correspondence to the position data and the object data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junichi Rekimoto
  • Patent number: 9552141
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for operating data processing systems. One exemplary method of operating a data processing system which includes a display device includes receiving an input from a user, the input specifying an object to be represented in a user configurable portion of a window which is displayable on a display device, and displaying the window with the user configurable portion wherein the user configurable portion is present in an open interface window or a save interface window. Other methods are also described, and data processing systems are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Bas Ording, Donald Lindsay
  • Patent number: 9542081
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for operating data processing systems. One exemplary method of operating a data processing system which includes a display device includes receiving an input from a user, the input specifying an object to be represented in a user configurable portion of a window which is displayable on a display device, and displaying the window with the user configurable portion wherein the user configurable portion is present in an open interface window or a save interface window. Other methods are also described, and data processing systems are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Bas Ording, Donald Lindsay
  • Patent number: 9524027
    Abstract: A communication device comprising a microprocessor readable computer readable medium is provided that includes microprocessor executable instructions to provide single- and multi-thread views of messages sent and received by a communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Z124
    Inventors: Sanjiv Sirpal, Mohammed Selim
  • Patent number: 9507415
    Abstract: The invention enables users to virtually attach information to situations in the real world, and also enables users to quickly and easily find out desired information. An IR sensor receives an IR signal transmitted from an IR beacon, and supplies the received signal to a sub-notebook PC. A CCD video camera takes in a visual ID from an object, and supplies the inputted visual ID to the sub-notebook PC. A user inputs, through a microphone, a voice to be attached to situations in the real world. The sub-notebook PC transmits position data, object data and voice data, which have been supplied to it, to a server through a communication unit. The transmitted data is received by the server via a wireless LAN. The server stores the received voice data in a database in correspondence to the position data and the object data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junichi Rekimoto
  • Patent number: 9507503
    Abstract: A user-activatable dashboard (also referred to as a unified interest layer) contains any number of user interface elements, referred to herein as “widgets,” for quick access by a user. In response to a command from a user, the dashboard is invoked and the widgets are shown on the screen. The user can activate the dashboard at any time, causing the dashboard to temporarily replace the existing user interface display on the user's screen. Once the dashboard has been activated, the user can interact with any or all of the widgets, and can configure the dashboard by adding, deleting, moving, or configuring individual widgets as desired. When the user wishes to return to the normal user interface he or she was working with, the user issues a command causing the dashboard to be dismissed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran A. Chaudhri, John Louch, Andrew M. Grignon, Gregory N. Christie
  • Patent number: 9501142
    Abstract: The invention enables users to virtually attach information to situations in the real world, and also enables users to quickly and easily find out desired information. An IR sensor receives an IR signal transmitted from an IR beacon, and supplies the received signal to a sub-notebook PC. A CCD video camera takes in a visual ID from an object, and supplies the inputted visual ID to the sub-notebook PC. A user inputs, through a microphone, a voice to be attached to situations in the real world. The sub-notebook PC transmits position data, object data and voice data, which have been supplied to it, to a server through a communication unit. The transmitted data is received by the server via a wireless LAN. The server stores the received voice data in a database in correspondence to the position data and the object data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junichi Rekimoto
  • Patent number: 9467347
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods that employ scalable vector graphics (SVG) to view and effectuate an industrial device from a remote Web interface. The systems and methods can be utilized to retrieve an SVG XML markup language-based file associated with the device and execute the SVG file via basic ASCII drawing commands. Thus, a faceplate of an industrial device and/or other device-related information can be represented via SVG syntax and stored with the device. A user can employ a Web browser from a remote location (e.g., via a Web client) to retrieve the SVG file, wherein the file can be loaded within the Web browser and/or an open source software package. The SVG file can be executed to render an interactive graphical faceplate that can depict LEDs, alphanumeric displays, inputs/output, etc., trending mechanisms (e.g., graphs, charts, etc.), and capabilities to load parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: David M. Callaghan, Brian A. Batke
  • Patent number: 9430118
    Abstract: Embodiments include a method that includes receiving a destination Internet address for a destination web page into a graphical web browser that is displaying a current web page having a current Internet address on a display. The method includes determining a relationship between the destination Internet address and the current Internet address. The relationship is determined by determining differences between the current Internet address and the destination Internet address. The method also includes determining a spatially-oriented traversal animation based, at least in part, on the relationship between the destination Internet address and the current Internet address. The method includes animating bringing the destination web page onto the display using the spatially-oriented traversal animation. The method also includes displaying the destination web page after the spatially-oriented traversal animation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher S. Alkov, Denise A. Bell, Brian Farrell, Travis M. Grigsby, Jana H. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 9411487
    Abstract: A graphical user interface provides a display of multiple items of information in a manner such that the user can comprehend the relationship of various items to one another over a wide span. To achieve this result, at least some information containers are allocated a reduced amount of area in which to be viewed by the user. At least one container continues to be displayed in full view, however. In one embodiment, the containers are displayed in an overlapping arrangement. In a column view, for instance, the column containing the object that was last clicked upon, and the column showing the contents of the selected object, can be displayed in full view. The other columns may be only partially visible, due to the overlapping arrangement. However, the user is presented with enough information to comprehend the relationship of objects at different levels. When the user moves a cursor over a container with a reduced viewing area, the display changes to show that container in full view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Bas Ording
  • Patent number: 9377485
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a handheld measurement system for receiving measurement data. The handheld measurement system generates a measurement image derived from the received measurement data. The handheld measurement system also generates a plurality of option images that each correspond to a particular option. A touch screen is coupled to the measurement device, and the touch screen displays the measurement image and the option images. The displayed option images are selectable, and the measurement device is configured to modify the measurement image in response to a selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: David Lawrence Epperson, Glen Howard Vetter, Joseph V. Ferrante
  • Patent number: 9360995
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for storing and restoring digital data. A method includes receiving, a first user input requesting that a backup interface be displayed, displaying the backup interface, the backup interface including a display area for presenting at least a first visual representation of an earlier version of a current view and a visual representation of the current view, the earlier version including a first element, receiving, while the backup interface is displayed, a second user input requesting that the current view be modified according to the earlier version, at least with regard to the first element, animating the modification of the first element as moving from the visual representation of the earlier version to the visual representation of the current view, and modifying, in response to the second user input, the current view according to the earlier version, at least with regard to the first element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Hart, Mike Matas, Pavel Cisler, Kevin Tiene
  • Patent number: 9360990
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a technique for providing location-based functionality comprises providing functionality, wherein the functionality uses information provided by a location-aware device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventors: Aaron T. Emigh, James A. Roskind
  • Patent number: 9336499
    Abstract: Previewing content included in an enterprise database associated with an enterprise system is disclosed. A first indication is received for an overlay object associated with an object from the enterprise database that is being displayed. an action list is dynamically determined associated with the object being displayed using a first method to retrieve actions from the enterprise system that are associated with the object being displayed. The action list is provided to the overlay object. Content associated with the object is dynamically determined using a second method to retrieve content from the enterprise system. The content is provided to the overlay object. The overlay object is displayed to preview the content included in the enterprise database and to provide the action list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Workday, Inc.
    Inventors: Khurram Mahmood, Michael Bonadio, Lance Christmann
  • Patent number: 9304837
    Abstract: Configurations for a cellular user interface are provided. In one embodiment, a client configuration includes a viewer and a content development kit. A content server distributes cellularized content among several client viewers. Connectors in a scheduled configuration regularly acquire updated content from data sources. An integration server interfaces between the connectors and the content server for distributing content. A monitoring agent assists with content updating upon detecting source changes. A registration server enables cell content update in client viewers through the content server. Cells in the cellularized environment include a visual proxy component and a metadata component. The visual proxy component can be configured for displaying different content at various levels of detail. The metadata component enables intelligent organization and display of content through queries, channels, and data updates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Open Text S.A.
    Inventor: Anthony Carmen Gallo
  • Patent number: 9292181
    Abstract: Various techniques and procedures related to filtering objects in a virtual application within a multi-tenant system are provided. One approach involves providing a first graphical user interface element enabling indication of a first filtering criterion and a second graphical user interface element enabling indication of a second filtering criterion within the virtual application being accessed over a network from a client device. After indication of the first filtering criterion and the second filtering criterion, a filtered set of objects is identified based on the first filtering criterion and the second filtering criterion. At least a portion of the filtered set of objects may then be presented within the virtual application on a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: David Park, Neelav Rana, Donovan Schneider, Marko Koosel
  • Patent number: 9262059
    Abstract: A display device that incorporates a supplemental flexible display that is stored within a main body of the display device is presented that is able to optimize the operation of the display device by controlling an application that is displayed on the supplemental flexible display. The display device is optimized by relating certain applications as being optimized to be displayed for certain display sizes, where the display size is determined by a pulled out length of the supplemental flexible display. This is done because a display size may have a significant impact on the effectiveness of certain applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jihwan Kim, Jihyun Kim
  • Patent number: 9262045
    Abstract: A plurality of indicia are downloaded during the rendering of a web page retrieved from a server. Each of the indicia corresponds to a respective one of a plurality of text entries in a database in communication with such server or any other server on the network. A predetermined number of the downloaded indicia are then displayed in a first region of a web page. One of the indicia currently displayed at a selected location within the first region is visually enhanced. Next, the respective one of the text entries corresponding to the indicia that has been enhanced at the selected location in the first region is downloaded and then displayed in a second region of the web page. So that all such indicia are displayed, each one of the indicia currently displayed in the first region is replaced with another one of the indicia not currently displayed in the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Vendio Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Gheorghe Adrian Citu, Razvan Vlad Lazar, Christina Kaing Liu, Christian Andrew Williams, Valentin Bucsa
  • Patent number: 9262076
    Abstract: User experience of the performance of a computing device is improved through an operating system that processes inputs from a soft keyboard to provide information that can be used to accurately determine keys a user intended to strike while typing. For each detected tap, the operating system provides a probability that one or more keys were the intended target for the user. These probabilities may be computed from probability distribution functions that are dynamically determined based on user and/or system factors, such as typing rate and keyboard style or layout. Other components may use the probabilities to select a key corresponding to a detected keyboard tap as representing the intended user input. The selection may be made based on the probabilities alone or in combination with contextual factors that yield an overall probability that a detected tap arose from a user targeting a specific key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Reed L. Townsend, Mudit Agrawal, Andrey Borissov Batchvarov, Fei Su
  • Patent number: 9213471
    Abstract: Displaying a preference by a user of a content contribution is disclosed. A preference event by the user is detected. A plurality of detected events is stored. In response to a query from a client, at least a portion of the stored detected events is stored. At least a portion of the received events is displayed in an interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: R. Kevin Rose, Michal Jan Migurski, Shawn Paul Allen, Eric W. Rodenbeck