Patents Examined by Steven Sax
  • Patent number: 10185931
    Abstract: An instant message is received from an instant message sender and a determination is made that the instant message includes a link to a web page that was selected by the instant message sender. In response to determining that the instant message includes the link to the web page, an image corresponding to the web page is fetched and stored, and a thumbnail image preview of the fetched image is generated. In addition, the thumbnail image preview of the fetched portion of the web page is displayed while at least a portion of the instant message is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy O'Shaugnessy, Sudheer Agrawal
  • Patent number: 10177927
    Abstract: A portable terminal and a method for controlling an external apparatus thereof are provided. The method for controlling an external apparatus of a portable terminal according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes display, when an application to perform chatting with a user of another portable terminal is executed, a chatting screen including at least one icon corresponding to an external apparatus, obtaining, when one of the at least one icon is selected, information regarding an external apparatus corresponding to the selected one icon, and transmitting the information regarding the external apparatus to the other portable terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jee-hyeok Kim, Young-jin Kim
  • Patent number: 10162477
    Abstract: A system for personalized navigation of computer screens. The system can comprise electronic data processors. The system can also include a module configured to execute on the electronic data processors, where the module can be configured to display a plurality of icons retained in a file associated with a particular user on a computer screen. The icons can comprise one or more assigned icons from an assigned icons list and candidate icons from a candidate icons list, where both the assigned and candidate icons are derived from a pool of icons. Also, the module can be configured to assign an icon to a currently displayed screen by utilizing a selection tool and placing the icon in the assigned icons list, where the icon is selected from the candidate icons list. The module can be further configured to return to the assigned screen when the assigned icon is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignees: THE QUANTUM GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Noel J. Guillama, Chester Heath, Jahziel Guillama, Pedro Alejandro Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10146424
    Abstract: A touch screen may emphasize the display of objects near the tip of a user input instrument located near the surface of the touch screen but not touching the touch screen. The objects may consist of words and the emphasis may consist of highlighting. The user input instrument may be a finger of a user or an electronic pen. As the user input instrument is moved, the objects emphasized may change. A user may select objects on a touch screen by entering into object-selection mode and moving the user input instrument along the surface of the touch screen. An initial touch of the user input instrument to the surface of the touch screen may select a nearest object or objects. As the user input instrument is moved along the surface, the selection of objects may change based upon the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: Knut Graf, Deeder M. Aurongzeb
  • Patent number: 10127944
    Abstract: A multimedia authoring and playback system and method in which the playback of multimedia content is presented in one or more windows or displays called “playback displays,” and in which additional windows or displays called “control displays” are included in some embodiments to provide various management and control functions. Included are features for creating, editing and distributing multimedia content, which may be viewed by recipients who play the content (and in some cases may be allowed to modify it); also included are features for programming playback behavior of multimedia content, interconnecting multimedia content, and exploring and navigating through multimedia content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Z. Land, Peter N. McConnell, Michael J. McMahon
  • Patent number: 10110704
    Abstract: A stand-alone icon (i.e., an icon that is not part of an application interface) is provided to facilitate communications across a network between users of at least one communications program. The icon represents a contact or a set of contacts. Status information regarding the contact or set of contacts is received and displayed using the icon or in response to an operation performed on the icon. The icon additionally may provide an interface for performing actions related to the contact or set of contacts. The actions may generally include, for example, retrieving profile information about the contact, setting an alert to indicate that the contact's network/login status (e.g., login, logout, or idle) has changed, or performing communications with the contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Scott A. Quillen, Ira Rosenblatt
  • Patent number: 10102186
    Abstract: A system for providing a graphical interface to a user includes a server platform and an operating system and application software running thereon. The system includes a client device capable of running a standard web browser that accesses the software application on the server platform for displaying information to the user in a display area on the client device. The web browser displays the information without requiring additional software to be installed, downloaded or run on the client device, and without requiring a scripting language to be enabled in the web browser on the client. The application software facilitates user manipulation of unstructured data in the display area for detailed inspection, and facilitates the user selectively causing to display annotations within the display area. The application software facilitates the user inserting annotations within the display area, thereby causing an action to occur in this system or an external system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: KOFAX, INC.
    Inventors: Karl Buttner, Erich E. Orenchuk, Rakesh Shukla
  • Patent number: 10088982
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus employs an operating system providing a first user interface (UI) environment appropriate for a touch panel and a conventional desktop UI environment, and, according to display of a pop-up dialog associated with secure print function of a printer driver in the desktop UI environment, if a toast prompting a user to change display from the first UI environment to the second UI environment is displayed for a predetermined period of time by the OS in the first UI environment, and, if a user's operation on the dialog is not performed for a predetermined period of time in the desktop UI environment, the printer driver deletes the dialog and displays the dialog again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Yuichi Hasama
  • Patent number: 10082948
    Abstract: A shortcut icon display method and a mobile device adapted to the method are provided. The method includes displaying, if a group icon including at least two icons is selected, at least two icons included in the group icon, and performing a function corresponding to a selected one of at least two displayed icons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Youn Seog Chang, Joon Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 10031659
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and controlling method thereof are disclosed, which facilitates a terminal to be used in further consideration of user's convenience. The present invention includes a touchscreen and a controller controlling a system setting based on a user's system setting input, the controller, if receiving an application individual setting input corresponding to a prescribed application, controlling the application individual setting to be applied in case of activation of the prescribed application only. Accordingly, a setting for an overall system and a setting for an individual application are performed discriminately, whereby a convenience enhanced user environment can be provided. And, in performing a setting for an overall system and a setting for an individual application discriminately, a user interface (UI) for facilitating the settings can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Woochang Chun
  • Patent number: 10031897
    Abstract: A system and method for web browsing contemporaneously displays multiple web pages, advertisements, or other applications, preferably within a single window, for a user to view. In a preferred embodiment, a current web page, a past web page, a future web page, and/or an advertisement or other application are contemporaneously displayed in a single window. In this embodiment, the present invention tracks a past web page and renders it in a first panel, renders the current web page in a second panel, and identifies a hyperlink in the current web page to retrieve and render the future web page in a third panel. In other embodiments, a host provides a list of web pages that are to be displayed in the panels. In other embodiments, a user selects a list of web pages that are to be displayed in the panels. In other embodiments, hyperlinks are filtered and/or prioritized to determine which web pages are to be displayed in the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Flash3D LLC
    Inventors: David T. Shuping, William R. Johnson, Robert C. Randa
  • Patent number: 10025464
    Abstract: A presentation document editing system provides master slides that can be associated with one or more other dependent slides in the presentation. When a slide in the presentation is edited, a preview of other slides in the presentation is displayed. When a master slide is edited, any dependent slides are shown in the preview with a visual indicator to distinguish the dependent slides from other slides in the presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Sarah Cooper, Shoshana Holtzblatt, Ajay Dev Surie, Michael Owen Thomas
  • Patent number: 10019435
    Abstract: An example method includes displaying, at a presence-sensitive device, a virtual keyboard, receiving an indication of input entered at a presence-sensitive device indicating a plurality of characters, determining a sequence of at least three character strings in the plurality such that the sequence does not include any space characters, modifying the characters by inserting at least two space characters to demarcate the at least three character strings, and determining at least two suggested character strings based on first, second, and third character strings of the sequence. The method further includes outputting, for display at the presence-sensitive device and at a text-suggestion area of the GUI, the at least two suggested character strings, receiving a selection that indicates a selected character string of the at least two suggested character strings, and outputting, for display at the presence-sensitive device and at the text-entry area of the GUI, the selected character string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yu Ouyang, Shumin Zhai
  • Patent number: 9990038
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and associated software are described herein for enabling a regular user of an end user device, such as a cellular telephone, to customize parameters associated with haptic effects applied to the user by the end user device. In one implementation, among several, a method described herein includes enabling a user of an end user device to access software adapted to design or modify haptic effects of the end user device. The method further includes enabling the user to open a haptic track file and enter or modify parameters associated with the haptic effects of the opened haptic track file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventors: Erin B. Ramsay, Robert W. Heubel, Jason D. Fleming, Stephen D. Rank
  • Patent number: 9971471
    Abstract: A tool-tip presentation system for multimedia files. The tool-tip presentation system can be configured to respond to proximity events associated with a selected entry in a list of multimedia files such as screen captured images or complete audio files. Based upon the selected entry, a corresponding multimedia sample such as a thumbnail image of a screen captured image or an audio sample of the audio file can be retrieved and presented as a tool-tip. In particular, the tool-tip can be displayed in a position which is proximate to the selected entry. In this way, one who interacts with the list of multimedia files need not load each complete multimedia file in the list in order to determine the contents of the multimedia file. Rather, the multimedia sample in the tool-tip can suffice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas R. Haynes, Hung V. Lam
  • Patent number: 9971485
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method displaying, within a user interface, a view pane having a vertical direction and a horizontal direction, displaying, within the view pane, a first frame represented by a bounded region, wherein the first frame represents a container that comprises one or more objects, upon detecting a positioning of a cursor at a position in the poster frame, displaying an object of the one or more objects in the frame, the displayed object varying based on the position of the cursor, upon detecting a selection of the first frame, displaying a second frame, represented by a second bounded region, adjacent to the second frame, and displaying the displayed object in the second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Fagans
  • Patent number: 9973458
    Abstract: Provided is a mobile chatting system for allowing cartoon story-type chatting between chatting users of a mobile terminal on which a cartoon-type chatting application is installed and a mobile terminal on which the cartoon-type chatting application is not installed, which includes: a first mobile terminal on which a cartoon-type chatting application is installed; a second mobile terminal for allowing chatting in a cartoon story form through a web page; a chatting server for relaying chatting between the first and second mobile terminals; and a chatting web server for, when a chatting message is input from the second mobile terminal, displaying the message and the user of the second mobile terminal with a cartoon character on the chatting web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Hong Rae Kim
  • Patent number: 9965168
    Abstract: A portable device and a method for providing a User Interface (UI) mode are provided. The portable device includes a display unit, a sensor unit for sensing a user's motion, and a control unit for controlling, if the user's motion is sensed by the sensor unit, the display unit to release a standby mode of the portable device and to output a UI mode screen corresponding to a type of the motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Ju-il Eom, Kuk-hyun Han, Yong-gook Park, Ji-su Jung
  • Patent number: 9966109
    Abstract: One variation of a method for serving interactive content to a user includes, at a visual element inserted into a document accessed by a computing device: loading a first frame from a digital video; in response to a scroll-down event that moves the visual element upward from a bottom of a window rendered on the computing device toward a top of the window, seeking from the first frame through a subset of frames in the digital video in a first direction at a rate corresponding to a scroll rate of the scroll-down event, the subset of frames spanning a duration of the digital video corresponding to a length of the scroll-down event; and, in response to termination of the scroll-down event with the visual element remaining in view within the window, playing the digital video forward from a last frame in the subset of frames in the digital video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Yieldmo, Inc.
    Inventors: Connor Francis Doherty, David Michael Goligorsky, Shawn Sprockett, Eric (Ge) Wu, Yiming Bao, Firecrow Silvernight, David Sebag
  • Patent number: 9946438
    Abstract: Techniques for enhancing a user's viewing experience include providing new opportunities for viewing information or manipulating data during the viewing experience. The user may take an action that has an intended purpose of changing a mode of play of content displayed at the client device. An event prompted by the user action, such as a pause or rewind of the displayed content, may be an event that triggers at least one extended option associated with the displayed content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: William J. Garrison, Albert F. Elcock