Patents by Inventor Clifford Kushler

Clifford Kushler 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: 10438251
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosed innovations provide systems and methods for automatically locating and retrieving digital supplemental materials and counterparts of rendered documents. These systems and methods are especially useful when the provider or copyright holder of the digital document charges a fee for access to the digital materials. Some embodiments solve the technical problem of allowing a user to access restricted digital content associated with a rendered document via a search string captured from the rendered document. Some embodiments further provide automatic intermediation to gain access to protected digital materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Patent number: 10423862
    Abstract: A system for processing a text capture operation is described. The system receives text captured from a rendered document in the text capture operation. The system also receives supplemental information distinct from the captured text. The system determines an action to perform in response to the text capture operation based upon both the captured text and the supplemental information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Patent number: 10318995
    Abstract: A system for processing text captured from rendered documents is described. The system receives a sequence of one or more words optically or acoustically captured from a rendered document by a user. The system identifies an electronic version of the rendered document and associated an action. The system then performs the associated action with respect to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Publication number: 20190156162
    Abstract: A system for processing a text capture operation is described. The system receives text captured from a rendered document in the text capture operation. The system also receives supplemental information distinct from the captured text. The system determines an action to perform in response to the text capture operation based upon both the captured text and the supplemental information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Patent number: 10275455
    Abstract: A system for processing text captured from rendered documents is described. The system receives a sequence of one or more words optically or acoustically captured from a rendered document by a user. The system identifies among words of the sequence a word with which an action has been associated. The system then performs the associated action with respect to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Publication number: 20190087656
    Abstract: A device for capturing rendered text is described. The device incorporates one or more visual sensors that receive visual information as a part of capturing rendered text. The visual sensors are collectively capable of capturing both text that is permanently printed on a page, and text that is displayed transitorily on a dynamic device. The device further incorporates a visual information disposition subsystem for disposing of visual information received by the visual sensors. The device further incorporates a package that bears the visual sensors and the visual information disposition subsystem, and is suitable to be held in a human hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Patent number: 10115041
    Abstract: A system for processing a text capture operation is described. The system receives text captured from a rendered document in the text capture operation. The system also receives supplemental information distinct from the captured text. The system determines an action to perform in response to the text capture operation based upon both the captured text and the supplemental information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Publication number: 20180096203
    Abstract: A system for processing data captured from rendered documents is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Patent number: 9919209
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method for enhancing documents, including using a graphical capture device, are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Publication number: 20170364746
    Abstract: A device for capturing rendered text is described. The device incorporates one or more visual sensors that receive visual information as a part of capturing rendered text. The visual sensors are collectively capable of capturing both text that is permanently printed on a page, and text that is displayed transitorily on a dynamic device. The device further incorporates a visual information disposition subsystem for disposing of visual information received by the visual sensors. The device further incorporates a package that bears the visual sensors and the visual information disposition subsystem, and is suitable to be held in a human hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Patent number: 9811728
    Abstract: A system for processing data captured from rendered documents is described. The system provides a way for authors and publishers to add value to printed documents using associated supplemental material. The system can use text scanned from a document and context to identify an electronic document that corresponds to the scanned document. A user can then access supplemental material associated with the digital document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Patent number: 9799060
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosed innovations provide systems and methods for automatically locating and retrieving digital supplemental materials and counterparts of rendered documents. These systems and methods are especially useful when the provider or copyright holder of the digital document charges a fee for access to the digital materials. Some embodiments solve the technical problem of allowing a user to access restricted digital content associated with a rendered document via a search string captured from the rendered document. Some embodiments further provide automatic intermediation to gain access to protected digital materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Patent number: 9773167
    Abstract: A device for capturing rendered text is described. The device incorporates one or more visual sensors that receive visual information as a part of capturing rendered text. The visual sensors are collectively capable of capturing both text that is permanently printed on a page, and text that is displayed transitorily on a dynamic device. The device further incorporates a visual information disposition subsystem for disposing of visual information received by the visual sensors. The device further incorporates a package that bears the visual sensors and the visual information disposition subsystem, and is suitable to be held in a human hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Patent number: 9760938
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods for implementing transaction applications using a handheld document data capture device are described herein. The handheld device captures information from a rendered document. The captured information is processed to identify an electronic document corresponding to the rendered document. Information captured from the rendered document by the handheld capture device is used to perform a transaction. In one embodiment, a portable scanner is used to select items from a catalog. Information scanned from the catalog is used to identify the catalog, the items to be purchased, and complete an order via the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Publication number: 20170249507
    Abstract: A facility for initiating a purchase is described. The facility receives a text sequence captured by a user from a rendered document using a handheld text capture device. The facility identifies in the received text sequence a reference to a distinguished product. In response to identifying the reference, the facility presents to the user an opportunity to place an order for the established product. If the user accepts the presented opportunity to order the distinct product, the facility orders the distinct product on behalf of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Patent number: 9721193
    Abstract: Character recognition is described. In one embodiment, it may use matched sequences rather than character shape to determine a computer-legible result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Publication number: 20170192960
    Abstract: A system for processing text captured from rendered documents is described. The system receives a sequence of one or more words optically or acoustically captured from a rendered document by a user. The system identifies among words of the sequence a word with which an action has been associated. The system then performs the associated action with respect to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Publication number: 20170193575
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosed innovations provide systems and methods for automatically locating and retrieving digital supplemental materials and counterparts of rendered documents. These systems and methods are especially useful when the provider or copyright holder of the digital document charges a fee for access to the digital materials. Some embodiments solve the technical problem of allowing a user to access restricted digital content associated with a rendered document via a search string captured from the rendered document. Some embodiments further provide automatic intermediation to gain access to protected digital materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Patent number: 9684902
    Abstract: A facility for initiating a purchase is described. The facility receives a text sequence captured by a user from a rendered document using a handheld text capture device. The facility identifies in the received text sequence a reference to a distinguished product. In response to identifying the reference, the facility presents to the user an opportunity to place an order for the established product. If the user accepts the presented opportunity to order the distinct product, the facility orders the distinct product on behalf of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Publication number: 20170140219
    Abstract: A system for processing data captured from rendered documents is described. The system provides a way for authors and publishers to add value to printed documents using associated supplemental material. The system can use text scanned from a document and context to identify an electronic document that corresponds to the scanned document. A user can then access supplemental material associated with the digital document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser