Patents Examined by Tran A. Quoc
  • Patent number: 7412645
    Abstract: An architecture integrates spreadsheet functionality into tables commonly used in word processing programs and HTML documents. The architecture presents a table user interface (UI) that resembles a table when not being edited and adds spreadsheet elements to the table when being edited. Underlying the table UI, the architecture separates data handling functions from presentation functions. The architecture includes a table appearance manager to manage how the table appears in a document including such characteristics as table resizing, selection, cut, copy, paste, split, merge, table formatting and so on. The architecture also has a spreadsheet functionality manager to manage the spreadsheet functions for the table, such as recalculation, formula handling, sorting, referencing, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew J. Kotler, Alexander G. Gounares, Oliver G. Fisher, Richard J. Wolf, Vinod Anantharaman, Matthew D. Morgan, Christopher Matthew Franklin
  • Patent number: 7366979
    Abstract: An apparatus for annotating a document is presented. The invention allows the addition of verbal annotations to a digital document such as a movie script, book, or any other type of document. In an embodiment, the invention the stores audio comments in data storage as an annotation linked to a location in the document being annotated. The invention may be implemented in a variety of smart mobile devices, including automotive entertainment systems, cell phones, and other portable computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Copernicus Investments, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Spielberg, Samuel Gustman
  • Patent number: 7356763
    Abstract: A system for recording a real-time slide presentation to generate a low bit-rate multimedia data object including a plurality of synchronized overlayed replayable bitstreams including at least a bitstream corresponding to an image of each of a plurality of slides of the slide presentation, a bitstream corresponding to symbolic representations of presenter's interactions with points of interest within each slide, and a bitstream corresponding to a presenter's audio associated with each slide is described. The plurality of bitstreams can be linked so as to make the multimedia data object browsable on a presenter interaction event-by-event basis. Interaction events can be linked to the audio bitstream and/or to a video clip bitstream. Video clips can be recorded during the real-time presentation such that when replaying the multimedia data object, a video clip is synchronized and replayed dependent on presenter interaction events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: I-Jong Lin, Ramin Samadani
  • Patent number: 7296221
    Abstract: An originator accesses a client system to select a form, then enters data to be associated with a particular instance of the form. When the originator requests printing of the partially completed form, the print command is intercepted by a driver in the client system, which communicates with a form-processing application in the center, which assigns a unique identifier to the form and associates the identifier with the form in a data base. The form is then printed for the originator, who sends the form to a user. The user completes the form, including markings such as a signature or handwritten information and returns it to the center. After extracting the identifier from the returned form and verifying the form, the center automatically routes and/or indexes and/or forwards the image of the form to the proper location(s), and may also automatically enter the extracted data, properly indexed, into a data base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Call-Tell LLC
    Inventors: Varda Treibach-Heck, John J. Hagen, Jr.