Patents by Inventor Christopher D. Espinosa

Christopher D. Espinosa 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: 10255449
    Abstract: To perform a restricted action, such as access a restricted content item, a subordinate user account can transmit a permission request to an authorizing user account. The permission request can request authorization from the authorizing user account to perform the restricted action. The permission request can be transmitted to one or more client devices of the authorizing user account, and enable to the authorizing user account to remotely select to approve or deny the permission request, thereby either granting or denying the subordinate user account from performing the restricted action. In addition to approving or denying a permission request, an authorizing user account can also be enabled to ignore a permission request, thereby allowing the authorizing user account to respond to the permission request at a later time. Further, in some embodiments, an authorizing user account can select to deny all further permission requests to perform the restricted action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Espinosa, Christopher John Sanders, David L. Neumann, Gregory Quirk, James C. Wilson, Maria D. Ioveva, Michael Chu
  • Publication number: 20150350221
    Abstract: One or more user accounts can be linked together to form a group of linked user accounts. A shared calendar can be assigned to a group of linked user accounts. A shared calendar can be a unique calendar assigned to the group of linked user accounts that can be accessed by each member of the group of linked user accounts to schedule appointments, reminders, etc. A shared task list can be assigned to a group of linked user accounts and accessed by each member of the group of linked user accounts. Members of the group of linked user accounts can add tasks to the shared task list that can then be viewed by the other members of the group of linked user accounts. This can allow a family to add tasks to the shared task list that can then be completed by other members of the family.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher D. Espinosa, Lestat Ali, Claire Marie Tokar, Edward Voas, Guyerik Bready Fullerton, Kevin Edwin Ridsdale, Maria D. Ioveva, Scott Joseph Adler
  • Publication number: 20150350220
    Abstract: One or more user accounts can be linked together to form a group of linked user accounts. A designated primary user account in the group of linked user accounts can be enabled to modify control settings for the subordinate user accounts in the group of linked user account. The control settings can dictate restrictions on the subordinate user accounts. For example, the control settings can define restrictions on the type of content that can be accessed, purchases that can be made, storage space allocated to the subordinate user account, etc. In some embodiments, the primary user account can be enabled to establish a set of control settings for a client device associated with the group of linked user accounts. The set of control settings can dictate restriction on content accessed by the client device and usage of the client device such as restrictions on phone calls, messages, data usage, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher D. Espinosa, Christopher John Sanders, Maria D. Ioveva
  • Publication number: 20150347769
    Abstract: To perform a restricted action, such as access a restricted content item, a subordinate user account can transmit a permission request to an authorizing user account. The permission request can request authorization from the authorizing user account to perform the restricted action. The permission request can be transmitted to one or more client devices of the authorizing user account, and enable to the authorizing user account to remotely select to approve or deny the permission request, thereby either granting or denying the subordinate user account from performing the restricted action. In addition to approving or denying a permission request, an authorizing user account can also be enabled to ignore a permission request, thereby allowing the authorizing user account to respond to the permission request at a later time. Further, in some embodiments, an authorizing user account can select to deny all further permission requests to perform the restricted action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher D. Espinosa, Christopher John Sanders, David L. Neumann, Gregory Quirk, James C. Wilson, Maria D. Ioveva, Michael Chu
  • Publication number: 20150348032
    Abstract: A computing device provides methods and workflow for setting up a shared family account on a content storage system, including the creation of accounts for child family members. A computing device supports the creation of a family account using an account on the content storage system associated with an adult family member acting as a family organizer. The family organizer can designate a specific account as a purchase account for allowing other family member to purchase content from content servers associated with the content storage system. The family organizer can invite other adult family members to join the shared family account. The family organizer can create new accounts on the content storage system for child family members, and can designate access and purchase restrictions for such child family members. Family members have access to shared storage content, as well as services such as family calendar, group messaging, and device location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Maria Dimitrova Ioveva, Christopher John Sanders, James Christopher Wilson, Michael Kuohao Chu, David Lawrence Neumann, Gregory T. Quirk, Christopher D. Espinosa, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Joseph Michael Rossell, Monika E. Gromek, Daniel E. Pu, William Martin Bachman
  • Patent number: 8966238
    Abstract: The described embodiments include an electronic device that performs configuration operations. During operation, an administrative electronic device receives an indication that an electronic device that is presently checked out to a user is to be checked in. The administrative electronic device then requests a backup file with information from the electronic device, wherein the information comprises information about one or more changes made to the electronic device since the electronic device was checked out. Next, the administrative electronic device receives the backup file from the electronic device. The administrative electronic device then restores the electronic device to an initial state, wherein, in the initial state, changes made to the electronic device since the electronic device was checked out are reversed to return the electronic device to the initial state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Todd R. Fernandez, Maxwell O. Drukman, Christopher D. Espinosa, Andreas W. Wendker
  • Publication number: 20130238889
    Abstract: The described embodiments include an electronic device that performs configuration operations. During operation, an administrative electronic device receives an indication that an electronic device that is presently checked out to a user is to be checked in. The administrative electronic device then requests a backup file with information from the electronic device, wherein the information comprises information about one or more changes made to the electronic device since the electronic device was checked out. Next, the administrative electronic device receives the backup file from the electronic device. The administrative electronic device then restores the electronic device to an initial state, wherein, in the initial state, changes made to the electronic device since the electronic device was checked out are reversed to return the electronic device to the initial state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Todd R. Fernandez, Maxwell O. Drukman, Christopher D. Espinosa, Andreas W. Wendker