Patents by Inventor Donald H. Relyea

Donald H. Relyea 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: 20170310769
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes storing one or more content postings that each include data representative of one or more content instances. Each content posting is associated with one or more first users. The method also includes storing one or more data records associating one or more geographic locations with accessing of the content instances. The method also includes selectively sending one or more of the content postings for display on an access device associated with a second user based on a past geographic location of the access device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9781216
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a content posting from a device associated with a first user, the content posting including data representative of a content instance and an associated geographic location; determining that a second user is associated with the geographic location; and enabling communications associated with the content instance between a client device associated with the first user and a client device associated with the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Publication number: 20170249835
    Abstract: In an exemplary method, a traffic monitoring subsystem receives mobile device attribute data from a plurality of mobile devices over a network, selectively aggregates the mobile device attribute data, the selectively aggregating including identifying anomalous data in the mobile device attribute data and excluding the anomalous data from the aggregated mobile device attribute data, and generating traffic condition data based at least in part on the aggregated mobile device attribute data, the traffic condition data representative of a traffic condition. In certain examples, the traffic monitoring system provides the traffic condition data to at least one of the mobile devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Donald H. Relyea, Michelle Felt
  • Patent number: 9729647
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes storing one or more content postings that each include data representative of one or more content instances. Each content posting is associated with one or more first users. The method also includes storing one or more data records associating one or more geographic locations with accessing of the content instances. The method also includes selectively sending one or more of the content postings for display on an access device associated with a second user based on a past or present geographic location of another access device associated with the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9711044
    Abstract: In an exemplary method, a mobile device provides mobile device attribute data to a traffic monitoring subsystem, receives traffic condition data generated by the traffic monitoring subsystem based at least in part on the mobile device attribute data, and presents, by way of a user interface displayed on a display screen of the mobile device, the traffic condition data for consideration by a user of the mobile device. In certain embodiments, the presented traffic condition data includes at least one of an indication of a number of mobile devices that provided attribute data used by the traffic monitoring subsystem to generate the traffic condition data and an indication of a confidence factor for the traffic condition data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Donald H. Relyea, Michelle Felt
  • Patent number: 9706241
    Abstract: Exemplary multi-screen casting systems and methods are disclosed. For example, systems and methods for casting a graphical user interface display of a mobile device to a display screen associated with a set-top-box device are disclosed. An exemplary method includes a multi-screen casting system establishing a multi-screen display relationship between a mobile device and a set-top-box device, identifying data associated with a graphical user interface display of the mobile device, and transmitting the identified data associated with the graphical user interface display of the mobile device to the set-top-box device for display by a display device associated with the set-top-box device. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Michelle Felt, Nader Gharachorloo, Donald H. Relyea, Manishi Sharma
  • Patent number: 9699496
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a media service user interface system 1) providing a media service graphical user interface (“GUI”) for display, 2) detecting user input to launch a user interface customization mode, 3) launching the user interface customization mode, 4) receiving user input defining a customization of the GUI, 5) implementing the customization, and 6) exiting the user interface customization mode. In certain examples, the GUI may include a main menu bar that includes a set of menu objects representing a set of feature modules of the media service and a menu bar management object, the customization mode may be launched in response to a user selection of the menu bar management object included in the main menu bar, and the customization may be of the main menu bar. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: George M. Higa, Donald H. Relyea, Ruchir Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 9652783
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes monitoring an interaction of a user with a media content access subsystem to determine whether the user is actively or passively interacting with the media content access subsystem, maintaining an interaction profile associated with the user based on the monitored interaction, and controlling a presentation of media content to the user by the media content access subsystem in accordance with the interaction profile. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea, Shadman Zafar
  • Publication number: 20170134510
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes storing one or more content postings that each include data representative of one or more content instances. Each content posting is associated with one or more first users. The method also includes storing one or more data records associating one or more geographic locations with accessing of the content instances. The method also includes selectively sending one or more of the content postings for display on an access device associated with a second user based on a past or present geographic location of another access device associated with the second user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9602459
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes at least one computing device maintaining data representative of a user profile associated with a first user of a first mobile device, detecting that the first mobile device and a second mobile device associated with a second user are located in a geographic vicinity, determining, in response to the detecting that the first mobile device and the second mobile are located in the geographic vicinity, that the second user matches at least one criterion defined within the user profile associated with the first user, and automatically storing, in response to the determining, contact information corresponding to the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Jr., Donald H. Relyea, Michelle Felt
  • Patent number: 9595046
    Abstract: In an exemplary system, a data store includes at least a subset of media content, media content attribute data associated with the media content, user profile data associated with at least one consumer having access to the media content, advertising content, and content matching data associated with the advertising content. An access module is communicatively coupled to an access device and configured to receive a request sent by the access device, the request being for access to a media content instance included in the media content. A matching module is configured to match at least one advertising content instance included in the advertising content to the media content instance based on the media content attribute data, user profile data, and content matching data. The access module is configured to provide the matched advertising content instance to the access device for user presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Heath Stallings, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9587949
    Abstract: A method performed by a user device may include determining a geographical position of the device, receiving a description of the geographical position, receiving a selection of one or more individuals to share the geographical position and the description, and saving the geographical position and the description, on another device, to permit access to the geographical position and the description, on the other device, according to the selection of the one or more individuals. Another method performed by a user device may include determining a geographical position of the user device, receiving reminder information that is tied with the geographical position, receiving a selection of a user in which the reminder information and the geographical position pertains, and notifying the user of the reminder information a next time that the user device is at or within a specified distance from the geographical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Donald H. Relyea, Michelle Felt, Alex Zavatone, Summer Westbrook, Jeff Wayne Kurtti
  • Patent number: 9588677
    Abstract: In an exemplary method, a user interface system receives touch screen input data representative of a touch screen input provided by a user on a touch screen of a remote control device configured to communicate wirelessly with an electronic device that provides a graphical user interface (“GUI”) for display on a display screen, converts the touch screen input to GUI input associated with the GUI provided by the electronic device for display on the display screen, and applies the GUI input to the GUI displayed on the display screen. In certain examples the user interface system converts the touch screen input to GUI input in accordance with a touch-screen-based directional-hop movement mode or a touch-screen-based free-cursor directional movement mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Donald H. Relyea, Andrew Allman, Ryan J. Trees, George M. Higa
  • Patent number: 9591449
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes storing one or more content postings that each include data representative of one or more content instances. Each content posting is associated with one or more first users. The method also includes storing one or more data records associating one or more geographic locations with accessing of the content instances. The method also includes selectively sending one or more of the content postings for display on an access device based on a past or present geographic location of the access device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian Frederick Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9584875
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a request, associated with a user profile, for an integrated video guide for a video service. The integrated video guide is time based, and the video service includes broadcast video content and video service selected video content. The video service selected video content is provided via unicast or multicast. The method includes identifying basic video channels that are provided to all subscribers of the video service, and identifying user selected channels that are provided based on the user profile. Broadcast channels that are included in the user selected channels are identified. Online channels that are included in the user selected channels are also identified. The method also includes presenting the basic video channels, the broadcast channels, and the online channels in a same manner in the integrated video guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Ruchir Rodrigues, Shafiq Kassam, Enrique Ruiz-Velasco, Donald H. Relyea, George M. Higa, Mark W. Phillips, Japan A. Mehta, Arjun Baskaran
  • Patent number: 9578000
    Abstract: An exemplary system includes a media content processing subsystem configured to provide a first interactive graphical user interface to a display for presentation to a user in response to a transmission of an input command, provide an end interactive graphical user interface to the display for presentation to the user in response to a repeat transmission of the input command, and perform an action corresponding to a selected entry within the end interactive graphical user interface in response to another repeat transmission of the input command. The first interactive graphical user interface corresponds to a first content level within a navigation thread and the end interactive graphical user interface corresponds to an end content level within the navigation thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Heath Stallings, Jr., Donald H. Relyea, Brian F. Roberts
  • Patent number: 9571784
    Abstract: Exemplary media content watch list systems and methods are disclosed. An exemplary method includes a media content watch list subsystem maintaining media content watch list data representing a plurality of media content instances available for experiencing by a user, receiving a request for a media content watch list from a media content access device associated with the user, generating the media content watch list based on the media content watch list data and the request, and transmitting data representative of the media content watch list to the media content access device for presentation to the user. The maintaining of the media content watch list data includes updating the media content watch list data based on at least one predetermined non-watch-list-specific operation performed by the media content access device associated with the user. Corresponding systems and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, George M. Higa, Joseph M. Geiger, Jayson Sellers, Donald H. Relyea, Greg A. Johns, Heath Stallings
  • Publication number: 20170017457
    Abstract: In certain examples, a content hub subsystem receives data representative of content from an access device included in a plurality of access devices associated with the predefined group of users, maps the content to the predefined group of users, and provides data representative of the content to one or more other access devices associated with the predefined group of users. In certain examples, the content hub subsystem selects one or more data formats and encodes the content into the one or more data formats for distribution to the one or more other access devices associated with the predefined group of users. Each of the access devices associated with the predefined group of users is configured to generate at least one interactive graphical object representative of the content, and generate and present a graphical user interface including the interactive graphical object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Inventors: James M. Kondziela, Heath Stallings, Donald H. Relyea, Brian F. Roberts
  • Patent number: 9503441
    Abstract: An exemplary system includes a content delivery subsystem configured to receive media content from a content provider and transmit the media content over a network to a content processing subsystem configured to process and provide the media content for presentation to an end user. The content delivery subsystem is further configured to maintain resource data associated with at least one of the media content and the content provider, make at least a subset of the resource data available to the content processing subsystem for inclusion in an end user interface, provide a content customization portal for access by the content provider, authenticate the content provider accessing the content customization portal, receive custom content from the authenticated content provider via the content customization portal, and provide the custom content to the content processing subsystem for inclusion in the end user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Heath Stallings, Donald H. Relyea
  • Publication number: 20160307442
    Abstract: In an exemplary method, a mobile device provides mobile device attribute data to a traffic monitoring subsystem, receives traffic condition data generated by the traffic monitoring subsystem based at least in part on the mobile device attribute data, and presents, by way of a user interface displayed on a display screen of the mobile device, the traffic condition data for consideration by a user of the mobile device. In certain embodiments, the presented traffic condition data includes at least one of an indication of a number of mobile devices that provided attribute data used by the traffic monitoring subsystem to generate the traffic condition data and an indication of a confidence factor for the traffic condition data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Inventors: Donald H. Relyea, Michelle Felt