Patents Examined by Thomas Lett
  • Patent number: 9785385
    Abstract: A method is disclosed. The method includes receiving print job data at a printing system, tracking resource objects in print job data while the print job data is rasterized to generate rasterized print data and updating a count of resource objects for print job data confirmed as printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Robert Frederic Jessen
  • Patent number: 9785741
    Abstract: A method for providing a remote user with an experience in an environment, comprising building a three-dimensional (3D) model of the environment, capturing one or more video feeds of at least a portion of the environment using one or more cameras in the environment, mapping the one or more video feeds onto one or more planes in the 3D model, providing a view of the mapped one or more video feeds on the one or more planes in the 3D model through a display device viewed by the remote user, capturing a gestural input from the remote user, and applying the gestural input to the portion of the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Lenchner, Vinay Venkataraman
  • Patent number: 9779531
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed towards systems and methods for modifying and scaling content within a digital image. For example, systems and methods described herein involve identifying source content to add to a destination image. The source content includes one or more detected objects. The systems and methods further involve scaling the source content based on a size of one or more detected objects within the destination image. Additionally, the systems and methods involve displaying the source content within the destination image while preventing portions of the source content from interfering with one or more protected regions corresponding to the one or more detected objects within the destination image. In this way, the systems and methods enable adding source content to a destination image while minimizing manual modifications to blend the source content into the display of the destination image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Nishant Kumar, Phaneendra Angara
  • Patent number: 9773343
    Abstract: A method for realistic and real-time rendering of complex scene in internet environment, comprising: generating sequences of scene-object-multi-resolution models, a scene configuration file, textures and material files, and a scene data list file; compressing the sequences of scene-object-multi-resolution models, the scene configuration file, the textures and material files, and the scene data list file and uploading the compressed files to a server; downloading, at a client terminal, the scene-object-multi-resolution models, the scene configuration file, the texture and material file, and the scene data list file in ascending order of resolution and rendering the scene simultaneously; dividing, in rendering the scene, a frustum in parallel into a plurality of partitions, generating a shadow map for each frustum, filtering the shadow maps to obtain an anti-aliasing shadowing effect; and the shadow map closest to a viewpoint is updated on a frame-by-frame basis and updating frequency decreases for the shadow m
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Inventors: Xiaopeng Zhang, Guanbo Bao, Hongjun Li, Weiliang Meng
  • Patent number: 9767603
    Abstract: In order to process 3D input image data for a display of images on at least one display unit, the 3D input image data are provided scene-by-scene in accordance with an associated 3D image scene. The 3D input image data are each fed to a scene processing unit for management and processing. The 3D input image data are processed scene-by-scene in the scene processing unit, wherein at least two 3D image scenes are at least partially superposed and a whole 3D scene is formed and managed. Several 3D output scenes are derived from the whole 3D scene, for which 3D output scenes the superposition occurs in accordance with different perspective locations of observation and 3D output image data are produced in the process. The 3D output image data are fed to at least one rendering unit, which is associated with the display unit, for the production of target image data adapted to the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Schuldt, Tilmann Ochs, Timo Lotterbach, Sven Von Beuningen
  • Patent number: 9763175
    Abstract: A method of managing mobility of a mobile terminal in a communication network comprising a plurality of access points and an access points discovery server adapted for providing the mobile terminal with a list of access points selected from among the network access points is disclosed. In some embodiments, the method comprises the following processes, implemented by the access points discovery server: reception of a quality of service class determined by an item of equipment for application of quality of service as a function of a service accessed by the mobile terminal and generation of the list of access points by selecting at least one access point compatible with the quality of service class determined by the item of equipment for application of quality of service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Orange
    Inventors: Sanaa El Moumouhi, Benoît Radier
  • Patent number: 9760846
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide a computer-implemented method and system for the assignment of roadside assistance service providers such as tow trucks to distressed vehicles/drivers requiring roadside assistance. The methods and systems may include a roadside assistance service provider system with a collection module, an assignment module, and a feedback module. The collection module collects roadside assistance service provider information and historical statistics from real-world information and stores the information in a database that may then be analyzed using particular rules and formulas. The assignment module assigns particular roadside assistance service providers to particular distressed vehicles/drivers based on one or more characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Jennifer A. Brandmaier, Jason Balabas, Tao Chen, Christopher J. Lieggi, Robert A. Spinneweber
  • Patent number: 9750084
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for desynchronizing notifications across multiple electronic devices are provided. The method includes receiving, by a primary electronic device, a notification, transmitting, by the primary electronic device, the notification to a companion electronic device with which the primary electronic device is synchronized, and desynchronizing a providing of the notification at the companion electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhiyun Li, Andrew Mast, Rajesh Yengisetty
  • Patent number: 9743235
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, including detecting, by a first client device, a presence of a mobile customer in a particular geographic location, with detecting being through a direct device communication between the first client device and a second client device that is associated with the mobile customer; in response to the mobile customer presence detection, updating a local registry of the first client device with a customer identifier of the mobile customer; and retrieving, from a server device, customer information about the mobile customer; generating, based on contents of the local registry, a list of customers who are presently located in the particular geographic location; and rendering on a display device of the first client device at least one of the list of customers or the retrieved customer information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: MicroStrategy Incorporated
    Inventor: Benjamin Reyes
  • Patent number: 9741041
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides apparatus, systems, and methods for service representative and remote location document communication. One or more embodiments include a memory, and a processor configured to execute executable instructions stored in the memory to identify a remote location of a customer, identify a type of device available to be utilized at the remote location, and provide to the device at the remote location instructions for capturing information from a document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: David P. Dixon, Robert J. Haines, John P. Hyltin, Peter H. McKenna, Bharat Prasad, Brady Carl Stephenson
  • Patent number: 9734532
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide a computer-implemented method and system for the assignment of roadside assistance service providers such as tow trucks to distressed vehicles/drivers requiring roadside assistance. The methods and systems may include a roadside assistance service provider system with a collection module, an assignment module, and a feedback module. The collection module collects roadside assistance service provider information and historical statistics from real-world information and stores the information in a database that may then be analyzed using particular rules and formulas. The assignment module assigns particular roadside assistance service providers to particular distressed vehicles/drivers based on one or more characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Jennifer A. Brandmaier, Jason Balabas, Robert A. Spinneweber, Christopher J. Lieggi, Tao Chen
  • Patent number: 9712965
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for timing message notifications to be provided to mobile device users based on their respective geographic locations with respect to a targeted content area. The timing of message notifications may be controlled in order to optimize the chances of delivering targeted content to a mobile device user based on the current geographic location of the user's device relative to a targeted content area. As the particular client application may not be actively executing at a time when the user's device happen to be located within a targeted content area, a general message notification sent to the user's device, which may be displayed at any time, may increase the likelihood that the user will launch the client application when it is not already executing at the device and thereby, allow targeted content to be delivered to the user's mobile device at the appropriate time and location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AOL Inc.
    Inventor: Bryce Barrand
  • Patent number: 9699163
    Abstract: A method of managing files in a Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV)-embedded image forming apparatus and an image forming apparatus that performs the method. The method includes receiving a connection request from the WebDAV client to manage at least one of a file and a directory stored in a storage unit of the image forming apparatus; receiving login information from the WebDAV client, authenticating the received login information of the WebDAV client, receiving a WebDAV command to control the at least one of the file and the directory from the authenticated WebDAV client, and executing a process with respect to the at least one of the file and the directory with reference to the received WebDAV command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hyun-wook Park
  • Patent number: 9699336
    Abstract: A function setting device includes a first operator and a second operator. The first operator is operated for selecting one function item from among plural function items forming a first menu and for setting the selected function item and for then selecting one function value from among plural function values of the set function item forming a second menu and for setting the selected function value, the second menu being provided for each function item. One function item is assigned to the second operator. The second operator sets the selection of the assigned function item when the second operator is operated for the first time and selects one function value from among plural function values of the set function item forming the second menu every time the second operator is operated for a subsequent time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahisa Koga, Guodong Wang, Takeshi Ichimura, Tomohito Takagi
  • Patent number: 9693049
    Abstract: A projection mapping video pipeline is provided including a system comprising: a lookup table generator; a memory and a communication interface, the memory storing: a three-dimensional (“3D”) model of a physical object; and a mapping of the 3D model onto unwrapped two-dimensional (“2D”) surfaces of the 3D model; the lookup table generator configured to: receive projector data defining a location, an orientation and lens characteristics associated with a given projector, relative to the physical object; generate a lookup table from the 3D model, the mapping and the projector data, the lookup table comprising a respective mapping of projector pixels to the unwrapped 2D surfaces of the 3D model, respective to the given projector; and, transmit, using the communication interface, the lookup table to a given control device in communication with the given projector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: CHRISTIE DIGITAL SYSTEMS USA, INC.
    Inventor: Jordan Evalds Huxley Priede
  • Patent number: 9692241
    Abstract: A method of operating an electronic device is provided. The method includes determining whether a specific event has occurred, when the specific event has occurred, determining whether a battery level is less than a set level, and when the battery level is less than the set level, changing a path of an electric current introduced from a power supply from a first path to a second path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung-Hun Kim, Ji-Woong Oh
  • Patent number: 9684673
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for processing observation data. Processes and capabilities include: obtaining images and metadata associated with the images; encoding the images and the metadata to generate encoded tiles; storing the encoded tiles in an encoded tiles database; receiving a request for a map tile; searching the encoded tiles database and obtaining the encoded tiles that are relevant to the request; merging data from the encoded tiles into the map tile; and outputting the map tile. The images and metadata may be obtained from Earth observation platforms, including satellites or aircraft. The map tiles may include spectral content, data source identification, acquisition date/time, sensor characteristics, sun angles, calibration parameters, a cloud mask, a snow mask, a land mask, a water mask, and a missing data mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Urthecast Corp.
    Inventors: Keith Dennis Richard Beckett, George Tyc, Daniel Lopez, Nathan David Weisiger, Stanley Erik Maciejewski
  • Patent number: 9684946
    Abstract: A method of making an image of a scene (including a scene made by the method) generally corresponding to that perceived by the human brain via the human eyes, the method including the steps, in any suitable order, of: capturing, recording, generating, or otherwise representing a scene consisting of the entire field of view, or part thereof, visible to a human observer from a given ‘Viewing Point’ (VP) when fixating on a given region within the scene, progressively enlarging the image towards the area of the scene, and progressively compressing the area of the scene corresponding to the peripheral field of vision to thereby produce a modified image of the scene generally corresponding to how the scene would appear to the human perceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: CARDIFF METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Robert Christian Pepperell, Alistair Henry Joel Burleigh
  • Patent number: 9678694
    Abstract: Mobile devices enable users to access data and documents in a convenient portable format. The disclosed method and system enables management of permissions associated with documents to be transferred/moved onto a mobile device for review or reference by making the transfer simple and straight forward so that it may be easy for non-technically literate users using a printer driver metaphor on a sending device such as a personal computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Martin Chakirov
  • Patent number: 9679395
    Abstract: At least one example embodiment discloses an imaging apparatus that may receive input images with different viewpoints, obtain information associated with the input images, and generate a new viewpoint image based on the received input images and the obtained information and thus, reduce an information loss of the new viewpoint image for the input images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Ju Jeong, Ji Won Kim, Dong Kyung Nam, Du-Sik Park, Yang Ho Cho, Hyo Seok Hwang