Patents by Inventor Ashley Hall

Ashley Hall has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20100318513
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems, methods, and user interfaces for browsing a collection of content items saved by a user or by one or more buddies associated with a given user. The method of the present invention comprises saving one or more content items and one or more associated keywords as specified by a user. An interface is generated that displays the one or more saved content items and the one or more associated keywords, as well as the one or more buddies associated with a given user. A user indication of the selection of a given keyword or the selection of a given buddy by the user is received. The one or more displayed content items are filtered according to the selected keyword, buddy, or combination of selected keyword and buddy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Norton, Chung-Man Tam, Jianchang Mao, Zhichen Xu, Adrienne Bassett, Ashley Hall, Nathan Arnold
  • Patent number: 7797287
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems, methods, and user interfaces for browsing a collection of content items saved by a user or by one or more buddies associated with a given user. The method of the present invention comprises saving one or more content items and one or more associated keywords as specified by a user. An interface is generated that displays the one or more saved content items and the one or more associated keywords, as well as the one or more buddies associated with a given user. A user indication of the selection of a given keyword or the selection of a given buddy by the user is received. The one or more displayed content items are filtered according to the selected keyword, buddy, or combination of selected keyword and buddy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Norton, Chung-Man Tam, Jianchang Mao, Zhichen Xu, Adrienne Bassett, Ashley Hall, Nathan Arnold
  • Patent number: 7761436
    Abstract: A method for sharing content with a user includes receiving from a user a first set of keywords for annotating an annotated user; receiving from the user a second set of keywords that designate whether annotated content annotated by at least one keyword included in the second set of keywords may be shared with the annotated user; storing in a data store a first association of the first set of keywords with the annotated user, and a second association of the second set of keywords with the annotated user; receiving a keyword selection for a select keyword and an identifier for the annotated user; and displaying on the client system content annotated by the select keyword if the annotated user is annotated by at least one keyword in the first set of keywords, and if the select keyword is included in the second set of keywords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Norton, Chung-Man Tam, Jianchang Mao, Zhichen Xu, Adrienne Bassett, Ashley Hall, Nathan Arnold
  • Publication number: 20100131902
    Abstract: Search assistance is provided to users that submit search queries to search engines. In one implementation, a partial search query input by a user to a search engine is received. The partial search query is predicted to be a navigational query. A web address is selected based on the predicted navigational query. A search assistance list that includes the selected web address is generated. The search assistance list is displayed to the user in response to the received partial search query. In another implementation, a plurality of suggested search queries is determined for the received partial search query. A suggested search query of the plurality of suggested search queries having a highest relevance to the user is determined. A search assistance list is generated and displayed to the user. The suggested search query having the highest relevance to the user is prominently displayed in the search assistance list.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos Teran, Tom Chi, Don Chennavasin, Ashley Hall
  • Patent number: 7685209
    Abstract: An annotation method for annotating content includes displaying a set of suggested keywords on an editing interface page configured to receive one or more annotations for the content. A request is received via the editing interface page to annotate the content with at least one keyword from the set of suggested keywords. Association information is generated that associates the at least one keyword with the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Norton, Chung-Man Tam, Jianchang Mao, Zhichen Xu, Adrienne Bassett, Ashley Hall, Nathan Arnold
  • Publication number: 20100057698
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards systems, methods and computer program products for assisting search request by presenting suggestion of one or more vertical segments to produce a more focused result. A vertical segment may be selected by the user, the selected vertical segment being associated with one or more query terms and a search is performed on an index associated with the vertical segment. A search engine generates a search result and returns a list of search result pages for presentation to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Raj Gopal Prasad Kantamneni, Ashley Hall, Tom Chi
  • Publication number: 20100030765
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing source attribution for a document are provided. A source attribution generator includes a source determiner and an attribution information generator. The source determiner is configured to determine a source for a section of content received in an electronic document by accessing a network-based search index. The attribution information generator is configured to generate attribution information that indicates the determined source in the electronic document, and to provide the generated attribution information to be included in the electronic document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Liang-Yu Chi, Ashley Hall
  • Publication number: 20100030763
    Abstract: A system and method is described that maintains a record of research performed by a user of an information retrieval system in a manner that reduces the amount of work required by the user to maintain such a record. The system and method obtains information implicitly generated through the interaction of the user with the information retrieval system while performing research and uses such information to automatically construct a research document for the user about a particular research topic. The research document or a means of access thereto is then presented to the user. The research document is configured to maintain both the implicitly-generated data recorded by the system as well as data explicitly provided or collected by the user, such as retrieved document content and user notes, in a manner that is highly-organized and easy to access, augment, and maintain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Liang-Yu Chi, Ashley Hall
  • Publication number: 20100030736
    Abstract: A system and method is described herein that automatically detects when a user of a search engine is conducting a research session about a particular topic and then presents the user with access to one or more research-related tools responsive to detecting that the research session is being conducted. The research-related tool(s) may include one or more tools used for collecting, organizing and sharing content about the particular topic. The automatic provision of access to the research-related tool(s) responsive to detection of the research session can advantageously improve the experience of the user conducting the research session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Liang-Yu Chi, Jon C. Maddox, Ashley Hall
  • Publication number: 20100030813
    Abstract: Systems and methods for updating a document are provided. A document content updater is configured to determine a web-based source for a section of content that is contained in an electronic document. The document content updater is further configured to determine for the section of content an update that is included in a copy of the web-based source contained in web-content downloaded by a web crawler. The document content updater is further configured to provide the determined update to be included in the electronic document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Isabelle Peyrichoux, Ashley Hall, Liang-Yu Chi
  • Publication number: 20100031190
    Abstract: A system and method is described that allows a user to copy information from documents accessed via an information retrieval system into a target document, such as an electronic research document, in an easy and organized fashion. In accordance with one implementation, the system and method allows a user to access a variety of source documents via a single research document and to copy content from any of the source documents into the research document in a manner that does not require the user to manage a large number of windows displayed on his/her computer. In a further implementation, the system and method allows the user to insert copied content into the research document in a manner that automatically ensures proper attribution or association of the copied content with the source document from which it was copied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Ashley Hall, Liang-Yu Chi, Isabelle Peyrichoux
  • Publication number: 20090089311
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards systems, methods and computer program products for maintaining a record of a user search history. According to one embodiment, a method for maintaining a record of a user search history comprises receiving a plurality of user search queries, storing the user search queries and providing a plurality of search results related to the user search queries. User interaction with the plurality of search results is monitored and the interactions with at least one of the search results are stored. A history module comprising the user search queries and the user interactions is displayed to the user on a display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Liang-Yu Chi, Ashley Hall, Swati Raju
  • Publication number: 20090089687
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards systems, methods and computer program products for displaying additional hyperlink details for a content item in response to a user selection of the content item. The method of the present invention comprises determining if a user has enabled additional page details and determining if additional page details exist for the selected content item. If the additional page details exist, the additional page details are then displayed to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Julien Lecomte, Ashley Hall
  • Publication number: 20090089312
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to system, methods and computer program products for generating a graphical module for the display of a query-specific content. The method according to one embodiment comprises receiving a query, determining a category identifier for the query and retrieving a category template corresponding to the category identifier for the query. At least one template query is performed, the template query corresponding to a request for data specified by the category template, and a template module is generated that comprises the data retrieved by the template query. The template module is combined with a search results page responsive to the query for display to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Liang-Yu Chi, Ashley Hall, Swati Raju
  • Publication number: 20090089652
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards systems and methods for providing contextual commands for affecting plurality of items in a search results page. The method of the present invention comprises displaying a search engine results page (SERP), said SERP comprising a plurality of search result resources and access to contextually relevant commands. At least one resource identifier is transmitted to a content provider with a request for a subsequent SERP and the subsequent SERP is modified based upon the at least one resource identifier. The subsequent SERP is provided and displayed on the end user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Liang-Yu Chi, Ashley Hall
  • Publication number: 20090089267
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards systems, methods and computer program products for controlling a user history module. According to one embodiment, a method for controlling a user history module comprises providing a history module to a user, the history module comprising a plurality of search queries and a plurality of selected search results, and monitoring user interaction with the user search history panel. A predetermined operation is performed on the history module in response to a user interaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Liang-Yu Chi, Ashley Hall, Swati Raju
  • Publication number: 20080297521
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards systems and methods for dynamically modifying the appearance of a resource based on skins. The method of the present invention comprises building a user skin library based upon user selected skins and receiving requests to change the appearance of a resource from a user. Upon receiving a request, the present invention dynamically updates the appearance of a resource based upon a selected skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Liang-Yu Chi, Ashley Hall
  • Publication number: 20080301113
    Abstract: The present invention relates to providing vector terms for use in formulating search requests in response to a user query. The method according to one embodiment comprises receiving a search query from a client and identifying links to one or more content items corresponding to the search query. One or more term vectors are then generated corresponding to the content items and one or more vector terms are selected from the term vectors. The links to the one or more content items and selected vector terms are combined to form a final result page.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Liang-Yu Chi, Swati Raju, Ashley Hall, Peter Anick
  • Publication number: 20070156636
    Abstract: A method for sharing content with a user includes receiving from a user a first set of keywords for annotating an annotated user; receiving from the user a second set of keywords that designate whether annotated content annotated by at least one keyword included in the second set of keywords may be shared with the annotated user; storing in a data store a first association of the first set of keywords with the annotated user, and a second association of the second set of keywords with the annotated user; receiving a keyword selection for a select keyword and an identifier for the annotated user; and displaying on the client system content annotated by the select keyword if the annotated user is annotated by at least one keyword in the first set of keywords, and if the select keyword is included in the second set of keywords.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2006
    Publication date: July 5, 2007
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Norton, Chung-Man Tam, Jianchang Mao, Zhichen Xu, Adrienne Bassett, Ashley Hall, Nathan Arnold
  • Publication number: 20070055652
    Abstract: Providing a speculative search result for a search query prior to completion of the search query. In response to receiving a search query from a client node, a speculative search result is provided to the client node for the search query prior to receiving an indication from the client node that said search query is completely formed. The speculative search result may be displayed on the same web page on the client node as the search query, while the search query is being entered by the user. As the user further enters the search query, a new speculative search result may be provided to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2005
    Publication date: March 8, 2007
    Inventors: Stephen Hood, Ralph Rabbat, Mihir Shah, Adam Durfee, Alastair Gourlay, Peter Anick, Richard Kasperski, Oliver Bayley, Ashley Hall, Shyam Kapur, John Thrall