Patents by Inventor Christopher M. Amidon

Christopher M. Amidon 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: 9886727
    Abstract: Methods and Devices are disclosed for performing automatic check-ins for a user associated with a mobile device. In some embodiments, the process is completely automated with no user intervention once the process has started. In some embodiments, the user is prompted for confirmation before the check-in is generated. The automatic check-in is performed based on detecting a social context which includes a current location of the user of the mobile device and applying rules. The rules may include an action part, a condition part, and qualifier part. The rules and the individual parts of the rules may be independently editable by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ikorongo Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Curtis, Hugh Svendsen, Michael W. Helpingstine, Christopher M. Amidon
  • Patent number: 9734507
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for simulating recommendations for unavailable users in a social media recommendation network. In general, the social media recommendation network is formed such that each user in the social media recommendation network sends and receives recommendations from their friends. When one of the users in the social media recommendation network is unavailable, a recommendation simulator operates to simulate recommendations from the unavailable user. When the user once again becomes available, the recommendation simulator ceases simulation of recommendations from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Napo Enterprise, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Richard J. Walsh
  • Patent number: 9515885
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for processing a request for crowd data for a large geographic area. In one embodiment, a central system, which includes one or more servers, operates to obtain current locations for users of mobile devices and form crowds of three or more users based on the current locations of the users. In order to provide access to crowd data for crowds for a large geographic area, the central system receives a request for crowd data from a requesting device, establishes a bounding region for the request, and identifies one or more starting points within the bounding region for the request. Crowds are identified, crowd data for the crowds is generated, and the crowd data is returned to the requesting device in an iterative manner for a series of two or more outwardly radiating, concentric geographic regions centered at the one or more starting points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: WALDECK TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Jennings, Christopher M. Amidon, Ravi Reddy Katpelly
  • Patent number: 9507785
    Abstract: A media broker comprises a communication interface and a controller associated with the communication interface configured to divide at least one media item into a plurality of media item content layers, assign a priority to each of the plurality of media content item layers and direct one or more media storage devices to store the plurality of media content layers. The controller is configured to subsequently determine when space is needed. In response to determining that space is needed, at least one of the plurality of media content item layers is selected based upon the priority of the at least one of the plurality of media content item layers and deleted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: ELOY TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Kunal Kandekar, Christopher M. Amidon, Hugh Svendsen
  • Patent number: 9445158
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for enabling a distributed group of users to collaboratively select a media item for a collaborative playback session. In one embodiment, a distributed group of users for a collaborative playback session is formed, where the distributed group of users includes a number of users located at a number of geographically distributed user sites. Each user site includes one or more media controllers having access to media content and one or more renderers that operate to render the media content. A distributed aggregate guide that includes a listing of media content accessible to the media controllers at all of the user sites is generated and utilized by users at the user sites to suggest media items for the collaborative playback session. Based on the suggestions of the users, a media item for the collaborative playback session is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: ELOY TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Kunal Kandekar, Scott Curtis
  • Publication number: 20160196025
    Abstract: A media device includes a communication interface communicatively coupling the media device to one or more other media devices and a display, and a controller associated with the communication interface. The controller is adapted to access one or more templates comprising a layout of a graphical user interface (GUI). The controller further identifies one or more available media devices from which media content may be streamed, a respective utilization of the media devices and one or more media content streams available from each of the media devices and determine, based upon the template and the one or more media content streams, at least one of the media content streams to display. The controller then acquires and outputs the at least one of the media content streams for display in accordance with the layout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Scott Curtis, Hugh Svendsen
  • Publication number: 20160100049
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for initiating communications with contacts based on a communication specification. According to an aspect, a method may include receiving a communication specification. The communication specification may include identification of one or more contacts, a communication persistence parameter, a geographic location, an event, a date, and a communication channel. The method may also include determining one or more contacts based on the communication specification. Further, the method may include initiating multiple communications with the contacts via at least one communication channel. A communication channel may be a telephone call, an email, a text message, an instant message, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Scott Curtis, Kunal Kandekar, Ravi Reddy Katpelly
  • Patent number: 9288540
    Abstract: A media device includes a communication interface communicatively coupling the media device to one or more other media devices and a display, and a controller associated with the communication interface. The controller is adapted to access one or more templates comprising a layout of a graphical user interface (GUI). The controller further identifies one or more other media devices from which media content may be streamed and one or more media content streams available from each of the one or more media devices and determine, based upon the template and the one or more media content streams, at least one of the media content streams to display. The controller then acquires and outputs the at least one of the media content streams for display in accordance with the layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: ELOY TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Scott Curtis, Hugh Svendsen
  • Publication number: 20160043445
    Abstract: A user-controlled application-based power management function is provided for a battery-operated device. In general, for each of a number of applications of the battery-operated device, a power management function enables a user of the battery-operated device to provide a desired amount of usage of the application for each of one or more tasks. For each task, an estimated amount of battery life to provide the desired amount of usage of the application for the task and whether the estimated amount of battery life is available is determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Inventors: Ravi Reddy Katpelly, Christopher M. Amidon, Hugh Svendsen
  • Patent number: 9253804
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for enabling recipient control of communications. According to an aspect, a method may include receiving a communication request identifying a proposed timing of a communication and/or a proposed communication channel for the communication. The method may also include receiving selection of an actual timing and/or an actual communication channel for the communication. Further, the method may include initiating the communication based on the selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: MODENA ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Scott Curtis, Ravi Katpelly
  • Patent number: 9247297
    Abstract: Systems and devices are disclosed for monitoring and controlling usage of media content by blocking usage of media segments. In one embodiment, usage data defining usage, or consumption, of the media content is obtained. A pattern in media segments in the media content based on the usage data is detected when the media segments satisfy at least one defined criterion and are consumed at least a predefined threshold amount. Usage of at least one of the media segments is blocked. In one embodiment, one or more additional media segments accessible to the one or more media devices that are similar to the at least one of the one or more media segments for which usage is blocked at the one or more media devices is identified. Usage of at least one of the one or more additional media segments at the one or more media devices is blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: ELOY TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Ravi Reddy Katpelly, Christopher M. Amidon, Kunal Kandekar
  • Patent number: 9213230
    Abstract: A system and method for collaboratively providing configurations for a media environment are provided. In general, configuration events from a number of media environments are collected and provided to a Collaborative Configuration System (CCS) server. Based on the configuration events, the CCS server generates and provides recommended configurations to a media environment. The recommended configurations may be generated prior to or after receiving a request for recommended configurations from the media environment. In one embodiment, the recommended configurations are provided as a recommended configuration profile providing a set of configurations to be applied at the media environment. In another embodiment, the recommended configurations are provided as a CCS track associated with a particular media presentation. The CCS track includes configuration changes to be applied to the media environment for a number of time slices of the media presentation during playback of the media presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Alfredo C. Issa, Richard J. Walsh, Gary W. Black
  • Patent number: 9215735
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for initiating communications with contacts based on a communication specification. According to an aspect, a method may include receiving a communication specification. The communication specification may include identification of one or more contacts, a communication persistence parameter, a geographic location, an event, a date, and a communication channel. The method may also include determining one or more contacts based on the communication specification. Further, the method may include initiating multiple communications with the contacts via at least one communication channel. A communication channel may be a telephone call, an email, a text message, an instant message, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: MODENA ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Scott Curtis, Kunal Kandekar, Ravi Reddy Katpelly
  • Patent number: 9208239
    Abstract: Cloud-based systems and methods for aggregating media collections of users are disclosed. In one embodiment, in order to generate an aggregate media collection catalog of a first user, a cloud-based media aggregation system identifies one or more second users that have an identifier that is the same as an identifier of the first user for purposes of media collection aggregation. The media aggregation system then aggregates media collection catalogs of the one or more second users with a media collection catalog of the first user to thereby provide an aggregate media collection catalog of the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: ELOY TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Harold Sutherland, Hugh Svendsen
  • Publication number: 20150326938
    Abstract: A method and system for displaying program representation. Program rating information derived from a plurality of identified users regarding a plurality of programs is obtained. The plurality of identified users are identified based on at least one of likes and dislikes of the plurality of users of one or more of actors, series, programs, and genres. A social rank of the programs is determined based on the rating information and on rankings of each of the plurality of identified users for the plurality of programs. For each user of the plurality of users the rankings of the user are weighted based on a viewer's level of interactions with and degree of separation from the user. A plurality of program representations representing corresponding ones of the plurality of programs are displayed to the viewer, wherein a differentiating visual characteristic of each of the plurality of representations is based on the ranking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Inventors: Scott Curtis, Christopher M. Amidon, Gregory M. Evans
  • Patent number: 9172117
    Abstract: A user-controlled application-based power management function is provided for a battery-operated device. In general, for each of a number of applications of the battery-operated device, a power management function enables a user of the battery-operated device to provide a usage parameter for the application defining a desired amount of usage of the application for each of one or more tasks. For each task, the power management function determines an estimated amount of battery life that is sufficient to provide the desired amount of usage of the application for the task and determines whether the estimated amount of battery life is available. If the estimated amount of battery life is available, the power management function allocates an amount of battery life corresponding to the estimated amount of battery life to the application for the task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Domingo Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Ravi Reddy Katpelly, Christopher M. Amidon, Hugh Svendsen
  • Patent number: 9122645
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for tagging images or albums shared by a group of users. More specifically, a virtual group is defined, where each user in the virtual group has an associated image collection. The image collection of each user, or a select portion thereof, is made available to the other users in the virtual group. A number of group tags forming a tag vocabulary are defined for the virtual group, and the users in the virtual group are enabled to tag their own images, images shared by other users in the virtual group, or both using the group tags. Using the group tags, the images shared within the virtual group can be efficiently sorted, searched, and organized. Permissions may be defined to control access to and visibility of the group tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Cheryl Adams
  • Patent number: 9104758
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for searching social networks. A device is encountered that sends a query. The query comprises a search packet. A content search is performed according to a query parameter described by the search packet. The content search is then repeatedly performed according to a duration parameter described by the search packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Richard J. Walsh, James Evans
  • Patent number: 9099086
    Abstract: An Internet radio station program discovery service is provided. A plurality of Internet radio station programs is obtained. For each Internet radio station program of the plurality of Internet radio station programs, the Internet radio station program is dynamically categorized by mapping a dynamically identified topic of the Internet radio station program to a content classifier. A User is enabled to discover an Internet radio station program of interest from the plurality of Internet radio station programs based on the dynamic categorizations for the plurality of Internet radio station programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Lemi Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Alfredo C. Issa, Richard J. Walsh, Christopher M. Amidon
  • Patent number: 9098167
    Abstract: A system and method for representing content available from a hosting user are provided. In general, content representations that are descriptive of content made accessible by the hosting user are presented in association with a content representation host representing the hosting user according to a layering scheme. The content representation host may be, for example, an avatar in a virtual environment, a custom webpage of the hosting user, an identifier of the hosting user in a peer-to-peer (P2P) network, an identifier of the hosting user in a mobile network, or the like. Based on the content representations, other users are enabled to quickly and easily determine whether content of interest is accessible from the hosting user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfredo C. Issa, Richard J. Walsh, Christopher M. Amidon