Patents Examined by Steven B Theriault
  • Patent number: 9201574
    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: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: R. Kevin Rose, Michal Jan Migurski, Shawn Paul Allen, Eric W. Rodenbeck
  • Patent number: 9191450
    Abstract: An example method is provided that includes determining a plurality of user interaction indices associated with a corresponding plurality of gated media content segment presentations, and identifying at least one subsequent media content segment based, at least in part, on at least two of the plurality of user interaction indices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ariff Sidi, Skarpi Hedinsson, Giuseppe Manzari, Ely Liu
  • Patent number: 9182897
    Abstract: The methods and devices of the various aspects provide a visual indication in a graphical user interface that a document boundary is or will soon be reached, and a mechanism for wrapping the list on the display so that it appears to snap to the other end of the list (i.e., from beginning to end if scrolling up, or end to beginning if scrolling down) when sufficient user input is applied. The displayed snap to the end or beginning of the list may also be implemented in response to a momentum list scroll initiated by a flick gesture when the momentum scroll would otherwise scroll the list a threshold distance beyond a list boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sean S. Rogers, Samuel J. Horodezky
  • Patent number: 9177049
    Abstract: This application relates to information analysis and more particularly to a system and method for interactive visual representation of information content and relationships using layouts and gestures. A visualization tool is provided which facilitates both ad-hoc and more formal analytical tasks as a flexible and expressive thinking environment. The tool provides a space focused on ‘Human Interaction with Information’ and enabling evidence marshalling. Capabilities of the tool include put-this-there cognition, automatic analysis templates, and gestures for the fluid expression of thought and scalability mechanisms to support large analysis tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Uncharted Software Inc.
    Inventors: William Wright, David Schroh, Pascale Proulx, Alex Skaburskis, Brian Cort
  • Patent number: 9165478
    Abstract: A method and system for use in a user system, for accessing information related to a physical document. An electronic copy of an existing physical document is identified and located. The electronic copy of the physical document is an exact replica of the physical document. One or more pages of the physical document are identified. A selected part of the physical document is identified using the position of points on the identified one or more pages of the physical document and in response, data related to the selected part of the physical document is retrieved from the electronic copy of the physical document. The retrieved data is presented visually to a visually impaired person or orally to a blind person on the user system, which enables the visually impaired person to see or hear, respectively, the retrieved data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Fernando Incertis Carro, Sharon M. Trewin
  • Patent number: 9152228
    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: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Junichi Rekimoto
  • Patent number: 9142253
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes displaying, within a user interface in a digital media system, a media pane and a tools pane, displaying, within the media pane, a thumbnail group representing a media item, the thumbnail group including one or more thumbnails, displaying, within the tools pane, a tool configured to assign a keyword, enabling a user to select a segment of the media item, and enabling a user to assign a keyword to the selected segment by activating the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Randy Ubillos
  • Patent number: 9143721
    Abstract: Content preparation systems and methods are disclosed that generate scenes used by an interactive role performance system for inserting a user image as a character in the scene. Original media content from a variety of sources, such as movies, television, and commercials, can provide participants with a wide variety of scenes and roles. In some examples, the content preparation system removes an original character from the selected media content and recreates the background to enable an image of a user to be inserted therein. By recreating the background after removing the character, the user is given greater freedom to perform, as the image of the user can perform anywhere within the scene. Moreover, systems and methods can generate and store metadata associated with the modified media content that facilitates the combining of the modified media content and the user image to replace the removed character image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Noo Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Gentile, John Gentile, Scott Wilker, Kevin Clement, Mark Waldrep
  • Patent number: 9143881
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices that provide interactive services relating to an information presentation to user equipment (UE) are presented. A presentation management component (PMC) provides at least a portion of the information presentation to one or more UEs, which can be integrated with the PMC, to facilitate enabling one or more UE users to use interactive services in relation to a tour of a point(s) of interest associated with the PMC. The interactive services comprise, for example, broadcast communications to desired UEs in a tour group, UE clustering, customized tour recommendations, whiteboard feature, note-taking functions, “slow down” option, and “raise hand” option. Respective UEs in a group are configured to be a master UE, sub-master UE, or slave UE, wherein the master UE at least partially controls communications of the other UEs in the group, and the sub-master UE at least partially controls communications of UEs in a sub-group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Fan, Thomas Barrett, Jennifer K. Lam
  • Patent number: 9135733
    Abstract: To provide an image editing technique that enables a user to perform movement and magnification of an image with a single operation, and to perform trimming while grasping image composition in printing, the image editing method includes a step of instructing to move an arbitrary point of an image displayed in an image display area among image data; a step of calculating an image movement amount and a magnification ratio in response to the instruction to move the arbitrary point; and a step displaying a predetermined area of the image data in the image display area on the basis of the image movement amount and the magnification ratio, which are calculated in the calculating step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kentaro Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9124546
    Abstract: Systems and methods for throttling display of clustered electronic messages are disclosed. In some implementations, a method includes, at a computing device detecting occurrence of one or more cluster throttling trigger events for a first message cluster, of a first cluster type, in an email application. The method further includes updating a set of properties for the first message cluster in accordance with the one or more cluster throttling trigger events and comparing the updated set of properties for the first message cluster to one or more cluster display throttling rules associated with the first message cluster. The method further includes, in accordance with a determination that the set of properties for the first message cluster satisfies the one or more cluster display throttling rules, refreshing display of the first message cluster within a listing of electronic messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Sharp, Xander Pollock
  • Patent number: 9110570
    Abstract: A method includes performing an analysis or synthesis operation on a graphical model representation, producing a report from the analysis or synthesis operation and generating associations representing elements of the graphical model representation with corresponding elements in the report and using these associations as a way to reposition viewer based on actions to the graphical model representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: THE MATHWORKS, INC.
    Inventor: William J. Aldrich
  • Patent number: 9104291
    Abstract: A method, display system, computer software product for controlling an icon appearance are disclosed. A display controller of the display system displays an icon control window on a display screen of the display system for changing an icon appearance of the display system conveniently. The control window includes at least one sample icon for a user's preview, and the sample icon's appearance is automatically updated upon receiving inputs for a new icon appearance from a user. When the user is satisfied with the updated sample icon's appearance and enters an execution command, the display controller finally changes the icon appearance of the display system by changing corresponding display properties according to the user inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hong-Ki Kim, Seok-Hwa Jeong, Ju-Ho Yun
  • Patent number: 9098516
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a multi-dimensional file system are provided. Instead of the limited parent-child relationships provided by traditional folder tree file systems, embodiments of the present disclosure may provide file system relationships in an arbitrary number of dimensions to provide greater flexibility in organizing files, navigating the file system, and/or launching executable instructions. A user may navigate among files by traversing links between neighboring files, and/or may access specific files by specifying a location of the specific file in the multi-dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: DS Zodiac, Inc.
    Inventor: John David Jones
  • Patent number: 9086688
    Abstract: A control system, a safety system, etc., within a process plant may each use one or more state machine function blocks that can be easily integrated into a function block diagram programming environment. Such a state machine function block may include one or more inputs, which may cause a state machine implemented by the state machine function block to identify a next state as well as one or more transition actions to perform in accordance with transitioning from a current state to the next state. Configuration data associated with the transition actions may be retrieved from a database based on the current and next states of the state machine and at least one of the inputs. The state machine function block may also include one or more outputs that are generated based on the state transition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Gary K. Law, Godfrey R. Sherriff
  • Patent number: 9081471
    Abstract: Popup modal windows are provided that allow for expanded views of information corresponding to a widget displayed on a page through an interface. Such a widget can include a grid, long edit box, spreadsheet, or any other such element, such that the widget has a viewable extent larger than can be displayed on a region of the page corresponding to the widget. A user opens a modal window for a widget and resizes and/or move the modal window in order to alter the viewable extent of the widget which is displayed. Edits can be accepted into the widget via the modal window and then be reflected in the view of the widget on the page after the modal window is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Eamon Gaffney, Rene Garcia-Oineza
  • Patent number: 9081485
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of providing a teleforum. The method includes generating simultaneous outbound invitation calls to multiple invitees and transmitting a message to each invitee, inviting him or her to become a teleforum participant. Teleforum participants who accept the invitation are connected to the teleforum in a listen-only mode. During the teleforum, a teleforum participant may request active participation in the teleforum. The method also includes allowing the participant to actively participate in the teleforum. Active participation may include but is not limited to such activities as: speaking to the teleforum, asking a question, responding to a poll, making a donation, providing information, leaving a message, being transferred to a subconference, receiving feedback from participants, leaving a voicemail, volunteering for future activities or receiving media transmitted outside of the teleforum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Broadnet Teleservices. LLC
    Inventors: Brian Brown, Lorin Jurow
  • Patent number: 9081498
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method comprising, at an electronic device having a display and means for receiving user input, said method comprises: displaying on the display, while maintaining at least a portion of the graphical user interface on the display, a menu containing one or more functions selectable by the user; and further comprising, altering at least a portion of the graphical user interface on the display so as to reduce the obscuration of the graphical user interface by the menu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Simon Martin Thorsander, Per Åke Daniel Johansson, Nils Roger Andersson Reimer, Robert Simon Lessing, Jonas Ove Arbsjö, Charles Anton Nilsson Boman, Ahmed ElSaeed Mohamed Gad Eldessouki, Andreas Pal Drén
  • Patent number: 9069448
    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 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: David Park, Neelav Rana, Donovan Schneider, Marko Koosel
  • Patent number: 9038001
    Abstract: A system and method enable automatic importation of data from an external data source into an electronic workspace in the form of a visual hierarchy. To display data from a data source, data is retrieved from the external data source, and a visual presentation format for the data is created based on characteristics of the data (e.g., the field to which the data is assigned in the data source, the type of data, the value of the data, etc), where the visual presentation format is hierarchical. The data is then displayed in an electronic workspace in the form of visual hierarchy that is accordance with such visual presentation format. In the electronic workspace, a user can manipulate and supplement the data without affecting the data source, unless there is a trigger event that causes modifications to the data to be written back to the data source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Mindjet LLC
    Inventors: Michael B Jetter, Michael S Scherotter, Christopher C. Holmes, Stefan Funk, Petro Hizalev, Steven Bashford