Patents by Inventor Barry Appelman

Barry Appelman 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).

  • Patent number: 10341289
    Abstract: Organizing a participant list includes maintaining a participant list of users of an electronic communications system to be used by a first user of the electronic communications system. Communications strengths between the first user and each of the users included in the participant list are determined. The users included in the participant list are organized based on the corresponding communications strengths. Communications strengths may be determined for users included in a group within a participant list, and the users within the group may be organized within the group based on communications strength. An additional group in the participant list in which some or all of the users included in the participant list are organized based on communications strength may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Barry Appelman, Edmund J. Fish
  • Publication number: 20190166077
    Abstract: Providing supplemental contact information for an individual referenced in an electronic message typically includes receiving an electronic message, examining the electronic message, detecting an identifier for a referenced individual contained in the electronic message, and making supplemental contact information for the referenced individual available to a recipient of the electronic message. The supplemental contact information may include information that is in addition to information contained in the electronic message. The supplemental contact information may include at least one of an e-mail address, a screen name, a telephone number, a facsimile number, and a mailing address, each of which is associated with the referenced individual.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventor: Barry Appelman
  • Patent number: 10298524
    Abstract: Transferring instant messaging sessions includes receiving a selection, from a user within a user interface, of at least one instant messaging session from among multiple instant messaging sessions to transfer from a first instant messaging controller on a first device to at 5 least a second instant messaging controller on a second device, where the user is signed on concurrently to the first instant messaging controller on the first device and the second instant messaging controller on the second device. At least a portion of the selected instant messaging session is transferred from the first instant messaging controller on the first device to the second instant messaging controller on the second device and the transferred portion of 10 the instant messaging session is made perceivable on the second instant messaging controller on the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: James A. Odell, Barry Appelman, W. Karl Renner
  • Patent number: 10158588
    Abstract: Providing supplemental contact information for an individual referenced in an electronic message typically includes receiving an electronic message, examining the electronic message, detecting an identifier for a referenced individual contained in the electronic message, and making supplemental contact information for the referenced individual available to a recipient of the electronic message. The supplemental contact information may include information that is in addition to information contained in the electronic message. The supplemental contact information may include at least one of an e-mail address, a screen name, a telephone number, a facsimile number, and a mailing address, each of which is associated with the referenced individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: Barry Appelman
  • Publication number: 20180337965
    Abstract: Social network information may be shared across online service providers. Thus, one online service provider M that maintains a membership separate from a second online service provider N may nevertheless use the social network maintained by the second online service provider N to tailor content and/or services based on such social network information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Barry APPELMAN, Steven GREENBERG
  • Patent number: 10122658
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for transferring electronic data between users of a communications system include a host system structured and arranged to receive and deliver messages of various types between users of the communications system. The host system includes an instant messaging network; a mail gateway; and a configuring network in communication with both the instant messaging network and the mail gateway. The instant messaging network enables instant messaging communication between users of the communications system and has the capability to monitor whether a certain user is capable of receiving an instant message at a particular moment. The mail gateway receives and delivers e-mail messages to users of the communications system. The configuring network is dedicated to automatically configuring instant messaging communication between an intended recipient of an e-mail message and the sender of the e-mail message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Barry Appelman, Larry L. Lu, Alisa Clemmons, Peter Weck
  • Patent number: 10111057
    Abstract: An incoming message and an indication of a sender-specified destination for the incoming message are received. In addition, a determination is made as to whether a mobile telephone number is known by the sender to be associated with the sender-specified destination. If a mobile telephone number is known by the sender to be associated with the sender-specified destination, a first message that is based on the incoming message is sent to the mobile telephone number. Furthermore, a second message is sent to the mobile telephone number that indicates that the first message was sent to the mobile telephone number based on a determination that the mobile telephone number is known by the sender to be associated with the sender-specified destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Barry Appelman
  • Patent number: 10033669
    Abstract: A graphical user interface on a display device of a computer enables communications using a computer service. The graphical user interface includes a list of potential message recipients selected by a user as significant to the user. The graphical user interface also includes a mobile device identifier associated with one or more of the listed potential message recipients and a user account identifier associated with one or more of the listed potential message recipients. At least one of the listed potential recipients includes a mobile device identifier as the only available conduit for data delivery to the potential message recipient using the computer service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: James A. Odell, Barry Appelman, Andrew L. Wick, Alan Keister, Raine Bergstrom, Xiaoyan Yin, Barbara McNally, Keith C. Hullfish
  • Publication number: 20180198753
    Abstract: transciever Announcing new users of an electronic communications system includes receiving an indication of a new user of an electronic communications system. The new user has an identifier for the electronic communications system. Existing users of the electronic communications system that are known to the new user are identified. The identified users are sent a message notifying the identified existing users of the identifier of the new user. The identified existing users may be enabled to add the identifier of the new user to participant lists used by the identified existing users. The new user may be enabled to add identifiers of the identified existing users to a participant list of the electronic communications system used by the new user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: Barry APPELMAN, Edmund J. FISH
  • Patent number: 10021151
    Abstract: Social network information may be shared across online service providers. Thus, one online service provider M that maintains a membership separate from a second online service provider N may nevertheless use the social network maintained by the second online service provider N to tailor content and/or services based on such social network information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Oath Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Appelman, Steven Greenberg
  • Publication number: 20180139590
    Abstract: An incoming message and an indication of a sender-specified destination for the incoming message are received. In addition, a determination is made as to whether a mobile telephone number is known by the sender to be associated with the sender-specified destination. If a mobile telephone number is known by the sender to be associated with the sender-specified destination, a first message that is based on the incoming message is sent to the mobile telephone number. Furthermore, a second message is sent to the mobile telephone number that indicates that the first message was sent to the mobile telephone number based on a determination that the mobile telephone number is known by the sender to be associated with the sender-specified destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventor: Barry APPELMAN
  • Publication number: 20180115502
    Abstract: Transferring instant messaging sessions includes receiving a selection, from a user within a user interface, of at least one instant messaging session from among multiple instant messaging sessions to transfer from a first instant messaging controller on a first device to at 5 least a second instant messaging controller on a second device, where the user is signed on concurrently to the first instant messaging controller on the first device and the second instant messaging controller on the second device. At least a portion of the selected instant messaging session is transferred from the first instant messaging controller on the first device to the second instant messaging controller on the second device and the transferred portion of 10 the instant messaging session is made perceivable on the second instant messaging controller on the second device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventors: James A. Odell, Barry Appelman, W. Karl Renner
  • Patent number: 9948599
    Abstract: Announcing new users of an electronic communications system includes receiving an indication of a new user of an electronic communications system. The new user has an identifier for the electronic communications system. Existing users of the electronic communications system that are known to the new user are identified. The identified existing users are sent a message notifying the identified existing users of the identifier of the new user. The identified existing users may be enabled to add the identifier of the new user to participant lists used by the identified existing users. The new user may be enabled to add identifiers of the identified existing users to a participant list of the electronic communications system used by the new user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Oath Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Appelman, Edmund J. Fish
  • Publication number: 20180077254
    Abstract: Informing a user of a large scale network dynamically of other network users includes determining dynamically an online context of the user. Other users presently within the online context of the user are identified and trait information is stored that is related essentially only to the user or to the other users in a users store associated with the online context. The user is informed dynamically of the other users based on the stored trait information, such as, for example, an age or other demographic identifier, or information indicative of an expertise, interest, preference, user type and/or other quality of the user or of the other individual.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Barry Appelman, Terry Christian Buonviri, Andrew Ivar Erickson, Thomas Jarmolowski, Robert Eugene Weltman
  • Patent number: 9900274
    Abstract: Transferring instant messaging sessions includes receiving a selection, from a user within a user interface, of at least one instant messaging session from among multiple instant messaging sessions to transfer from a first instant messaging controller on a first device to at 5 least a second instant messaging controller on a second device, where the user is signed on concurrently to the first instant messaging controller on the first device and the second instant messaging controller on the second device. At least a portion of the selected instant messaging session is transferred from the first instant messaging controller on the first device to the second instant messaging controller on the second device and the transferred portion of 10 the instant messaging session is made perceivable on the second instant messaging controller on the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Odell, Barry Appelman, W. Karl Renner
  • Patent number: 9894018
    Abstract: A graphical user interface on a display device of a computer enables communications using a computer service. The graphical user interface includes a list of potential message recipients selected by a user as significant to the user. The graphical user interface also includes a mobile device identifier associated with one or more of the listed potential message recipients and a user account identifier associated with one or more of the listed potential message recipients. At least one of the listed potential recipients includes a mobile device identifier as the only available conduit for data delivery to the potential message recipient using the computer service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: James A. Odell, Barry Appelman, Andrew L. Wick, Alan Keister, Raine Bergstrom, Xiaoyan Yin, Barbara McNally, Keith C. Hullfish
  • Patent number: 9872157
    Abstract: An incoming message and an indication of a sender-specified destination for the incoming message are received. In addition, a determination is made as to whether a mobile telephone number is known by the sender to be associated with the sender-specified destination. If a mobile telephone number is known by the sender to be associated with the sender-specified destination, a first message that is based on the incoming message is sent to the mobile telephone number. Furthermore, a second message is sent to the mobile telephone number that indicates that the first message was sent to the mobile telephone number based on a determination that the mobile telephone number is known by the sender to be associated with the sender-specified destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Appelman
  • Publication number: 20170339079
    Abstract: Personalizing communications for a first communication platform includes accessing status information for communication sessions by a communication identity that leverage a first communication platform other than an instant messaging platform. A participant list associated with the communication identity and the first communication platform is passively configured to persistently reflect a list of participant identities from communication sessions in which the communication identity recently participated using the communication platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Barry Appelman, James A. Roskind
  • Publication number: 20170339080
    Abstract: Personalizing communications for a first communication platform includes accessing status information for communication sessions by a communication identity that leverage a first communication platform other than an instant messaging platform. A participant list associated with the communication identity and the first communication platform is passively configured to persistently reflect a list of participant identities from communication sessions in which the communication identity recently participated using the communication platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Barry Appelman, James A. Roskind
  • Patent number: 9769104
    Abstract: An electronic message may be reconfigured to effect an enhanced notification using an input interface to receive at least one electronic message created by or on behalf of a message source for delivery to an intended recipient. A matching engine determines whether the electronic message corresponds to a predetermined definition of an enhanced notification. An enhancement engine reconfigures the electronic message to the enhanced notification if stored information related to the intended recipient indicates that the intended recipient is subscribed to receive the enhanced notification. Reconfiguring the electronic message may include reconfiguring the message to provide special handling, routing or presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Barry Appelman, Muhammad Mohsin Hussain