Patents by Inventor Eckart Walther

Eckart Walther 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: 9984164
    Abstract: Computer systems and methods allow users to annotate content items found in a corpus such as the World Wide Web Annotations, which can include any descriptive and/or evaluative metadata related to a document, are collected from a user and stored in association with that user. Users are able to annotate and view their annotations for any document they encounter while interacting with the corpus, including hits returned in a search of the corpus. Users are also able to search their annotations or to limit searches to documents they have annotated. Metadata from annotations can also be aggregated across users and aggregated metadata applied in generating search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventors: Eckart Walther, Qi Lu, David Ku, Kevin Lee, Chung-Man Tam, Ali Diab
  • Publication number: 20180067994
    Abstract: Computer systems and methods incorporate user annotations (metadata) regarding various pages or sites, including annotations by a querying user and by members of a trust network defined for the querying user into search and browsing of a corpus such as the World Wide Web. A trust network is defined for each user, and annotations by any member of a first user's trust network are made visible to the first user during search and/or browsing of the corpus. Users can also limit searches to content annotated by members of their trust networks or by members of a community selected by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventors: Qi Lu, Eckart Walther, David Ku, Chung-Man Tam, Kevin Lee, Zhichen Xu, Ali Diab, Kenneth Norton, Jianchang Mao
  • Patent number: 9852187
    Abstract: Computer systems and methods incorporate user annotations (metadata) regarding various pages or sites, including annotations by a querying user and by members of a trust network defined for the querying user into search and browsing of a corpus such as the World Wide Web. A trust network is defined for each user, and annotations by any member of a first user's trust network are made visible to the first user during search and/or browsing of the corpus. Users can also limit searches to content annotated by members of their trust networks or by members of a community selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventors: Qi Lu, Eckart Walther, David Ku, Chung-Man Tam, Kevin Lee, Zhichen Xu, Ali Diab, Kenneth Norton, Jianchang Mao
  • Patent number: 9489463
    Abstract: Computer systems and methods allow users to annotate content items found in a corpus such as the World Wide Web. Annotations, which can include any descriptive and/or evaluative metadata related to a document, are collected from a user and stored in association with that user. Users are able to annotate and view their annotations for any document they encounter while interacting with the corpus, including hits returned in a search of the corpus. Users are also able to search their annotations or to limit searches to documents they have annotated. Metadata from annotations can also be aggregated across users and aggregated metadata applied in generating search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventors: Eckart Walther, Qi Lu, David Ku, Kevin Lee, Chung-Man Tam, Ali Diab
  • Publication number: 20160239503
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating search results including searching by subdomain and providing sponsored results by subdomain is provided. A search system according to embodiments of the present invention analyzes search queries to determine if they are to be routed to subdomains and presents results include sponsored hits sponsored on a subdomain by subdomain basis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Inventors: Ali Diab, Scott A. Gatz, Shyam Kapur, David Ku, Chuck Kung, Phu Hoang, Qi Lu, Lynne Pogue, Yuan Kui Shen, Norman Shi, Thai Tran, Eckart Walther, Jeff Weiner
  • Patent number: 9323848
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating search results including searching by subdomain and providing sponsored results by subdomain is provided. A search system according to embodiments of the present invention analyzes search queries to determine if they are to be routed to subdomains and presents results include sponsored hits sponsored on a subdomain by subdomain basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Diab, Scott A. Gatz, Shyam Kapur, David Ku, Chuck Kung, Phu Hoang, Qi Lu, Lynne Pogue, Yuan Kui Shen, Norman Shi, Thai Tran, Eckart Walther, Jeff Weiner
  • Patent number: 9262530
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating search results including searching by subdomain and providing sponsored results by subdomain is provided. A search system according to embodiments of the present invention analyzes search queries to determine if they are to be routed to subdomains and presents results include sponsored hits sponsored on a subdomain by subdomain basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Diab, Scott A. Gatz, Shyam Kapur, David Ku, Chuck Kung, Phu Hoang, Qi Lu, Lynne Pogue, Yuan Kui Shen, Norman Shi, Thai Tran, Eckart Walther, Jeff Weiner
  • Publication number: 20150186930
    Abstract: A technique for determining the effectiveness of an offer includes analyzing views, clicks, acceptances and satisfactions of the offer. Transaction data is retrieved to determine whether criteria of the offer has been satisfied. As a result, a total cost per transaction may be determined for an advertisement campaign that incorporates the offer. Further, detailed queries may be issued to identify areas in which the offer needs improvement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey Winner, Geraud Boyer, Amit Kumar, Eckart Walther
  • Publication number: 20150112959
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating search results including searching by subdomain and providing sponsored results by subdomain is provided. A search system according to embodiments of the present invention analyzes search queries to determine if they are to be routed to subdomains and presents results include sponsored hits sponsored on a subdomain by subdomain basis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Ali Diab, Scott A. Gatz, Shyam Kapur, David Ku, Chuck Kung, Phu Hoang, Qi Lu, Lynne Pogue, Yuan Kui Shen, Norman Shi, Thai Tran, Eckart Walther, Jeff Weiner
  • Publication number: 20150012559
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating search results including searching by subdomain and providing sponsored results by subdomain is provided. A search system according to embodiments of the present invention analyzes search queries to determine if they are to be routed to subdomains and presents results include sponsored hits sponsored on a subdomain by subdomain basis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Ali Diab, Scott A. Gatz, Shyam Kapur, David Ku, Chuck Kung, Phu Hoang, Qi Lu, Lynne Pogue, Yuan Kui Shen, Norman Shi, Thai Tran, Eckart Walther, Jeff Weiner
  • Patent number: 8886627
    Abstract: Inverse search systems and methods operate on identifiers of content items in a corpus such as the World Wide Web In an inverse search, the user submits a query that includes an identifier of a target content item in the corpus and receives information (metadata) about the target content item being returned to the user. Many types of metadata can be returned, including ratings or other metadata related to the target content item obtained from users, popularity data specific to the target content item, information about previously submitted forward search queries that led to the target content item being identified as a hit, and metadata extracted from the target content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Diab, David Ku, Kevin Lee, Qi Lu, Nam Nguyen, Eckart Walther
  • Patent number: 8849796
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating search results including searching by subdomain and providing sponsored results by subdomain is provided. A search system according to embodiments of the present invention analyzes search queries to determine if they are to be routed to subdomains and presents results include sponsored hits sponsored on a subdomain by subdomain basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Diab, Scott A. Gatz, Shyam Kapur, David Ku, Chuck Kung, Phu Hoang, Qi Lu, Lynne Pogue, Yuan Kui Shen, Norman Shi, Thai Tran, Eckart Walther, Jeff Weiner
  • Publication number: 20140289232
    Abstract: Computer systems and methods incorporate user annotations (metadata) regarding various pages or sites, including annotations by a querying user and by members of a trust network defined for the querying user into search and browsing of a corpus such as the World Wide Web. A trust network is defined for each user, and annotations by any member of a first user's trust network are made visible to the first user during search and/or browsing of the corpus. Users can also limit searches to content annotated by members of their trust networks or by members of a community selected by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Qi Lu, Eckart Walther, David Ku, Chung-Man Tam, Kevin Lee, Zhichen Xu, Ali Diab, Kenneth Norton, Jianchang Mao
  • Patent number: 8788492
    Abstract: Computer systems and methods incorporate user annotations (metadata) regarding various pages or sites, including annotations by a querying user and by members of a trust network defined for the querying user into search and browsing of a corpus such as the World Wide Web. A trust network is defined for each user, and annotations by any member of a first user's trust network are made visible to the first user during search and/or browsing of the corpus. Users can also limit searches to content annotated by members of their trust networks or by members of a community selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo!, Inc.
    Inventors: Qi Lu, Eckart Walther, David Ku, Chung-Man Tam, Kevin Lee, Zhichen Xu, Ali Diab, Kenneth Norton, Jianchang Mao
  • Publication number: 20140114947
    Abstract: Computer systems and methods allow users to annotate content items found in a corpus such as the World Wide Web. Annotations, which can include any descriptive and/or evaluative metadata related to a document, are collected from a user and stored in association with that user. Users are able to annotate and view their annotations for any document they encounter while interacting with the corpus, including hits returned in a search of the corpus. Users are also able to search their annotations or to limit searches to documents they have annotated. Metadata from annotations can also be aggregated across users and aggregated metadata applied in generating search results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Eckart Walther, Qi Lu, David Ku, Kevin Lee, Chung-Man Tam, Ali Diab
  • Publication number: 20140108387
    Abstract: Inverse search systems and methods operate on identifiers of content items in a corpus such as the World Wide Web In an inverse search, the user submits a query that includes an identifier of a target content item in the corpus and receives information (metadata) about the target content item being returned to the user. Many types of metadata can be returned, including ratings or other metadata related to the target content item obtained from users, popularity data specific to the target content item, information about previously submitted forward search queries that led to the target content item being identified as a hit, and metadata extracted from the target content item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Diab, David Ku, Kevin Lee, Qi Lu, Nam Nguyen, Eckart Walther
  • Patent number: 8612417
    Abstract: Inverse search systems and methods operate on identifiers of content items in a corpus such as the World Wide Web In an inverse search, the user submits a query that includes an identifier of a target content item in the corpus and receives information (metadata) about the target content item being returned to the user. Many types of metadata can be returned, including ratings or other metadata related to the target content item obtained from users, popularity data specific to the target content item, information about previously submitted forward search queries that led to the target content item being identified as a hit, and metadata extracted from the target content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Diab, David Ku, Kevin Lee, Qi Lu, Nam Nguyen, Eckart Walther
  • Patent number: 8612925
    Abstract: A zero-footprint remotely hosted phone application development environment is described. The environment allows a developer to use a standard computer without any specialized software (in some embodiments all that is necessary is a web browser and network access) together with a telephone to develop sophisticated phone applications that use speech recognition and/or touch tone inputs to perform tasks, access web-based information, and/or perform commercial transactions. For example, in preparation for a sales pitch for selling hosting services, a non-programmer can develop a short application appropriate to the target customer. After the pitch, access to the demonstration could be given to the target customer to allow them to more fully develop the application. When the target customer is satisfied with the application, they can have their application live for their actual (as opposed to test users) at a suitable phone number simply by having the hosting provider configure the appropriate access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jeff C. Kunins, Hadi Partovi, Brandon William Porter, Matthew Talin Marx, Angus MacDonald, Patrick McCormick, John Giannandrea, Andrew Clarke, Tom Thai, Eckart Walther, Daniel Joseph Howard, James Robert Everingham
  • Patent number: 8521734
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for ranking a result set. The method according to one embodiment comprises selecting an item from the result set, selecting a user profile from one or more user profiles and selecting one or more items of personalized information from the selected user profile. A rank is calculated for the item on the basis of the selected one or more items of personalized information and the selected item in the result set is ranked in accordance with the calculated rank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Eckart Walther, Qi Lu, David Ku, Zhichen Xu, Chung-Man Tam, Pavel Berkin, Dan Rose, Jiangchang Mao
  • Patent number: 8396853
    Abstract: Inverse search systems and methods operate on identifiers of content items in a corpus such as the World Wide Web In an inverse search, the user submits a query that includes an identifier of a target content item in the corpus and receives information (metadata) about the target content item being returned to the user. Many types of metadata can be returned, including ratings or other metadata related to the target content item obtained from users, popularity data specific to the target content item, information about previously submitted forward search queries that led to the target content item being identified as a hit, and metadata extracted from the target content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Diab, David Ku, Kevin Lee, Qi Lu, Nam Nguyen, Eckart Walther