Patents by Inventor Evan Spiegel

Evan Spiegel 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: 10990697
    Abstract: A method executed by a computer includes receiving an image from a client device. A facial recognition technique is executed against an individual face within the image to obtain a recognized face. Privacy rules are applied to the image, where the privacy rules are associated with privacy settings for a user associated with the recognized face. A privacy protected version of the image is distributed, where the privacy protected version of the image has an altered image feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Murphy, Evan Spiegel
  • Patent number: 10963529
    Abstract: A social media platform provides a map-based graphical user interface (GUI) for accessing social media content submitted for public accessibility via the social media platform supported by the map-based GUI. The GUI includes a map providing interactive location-based searching functionality in that selection of a target location by the user in the GUI, such as by tapping or clicking at the target location, triggers a search for social media content having geo-tag data indicating geographic locations within a geographical search area centered on the target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Amitay, Jonathan Brody, Timothy Jordan Garcia, Leonid Gorkin, Andrew Lin, Walton Lin, Evan Spiegel, Nayana Samaranayake
  • Publication number: 20210092087
    Abstract: A messaging server system receives a message creation input from a first client device that is associated with a first user registered with the messaging server system. The messaging server system determines, based on an entity graph representing connections between a plurality of users registered with the messaging server system, that the first user is within a threshold degree of connection with a second that initiated a group story in relation to a specified event. The messaging server system determines, based on location data received from the first client device, that the first client device was located within a geo-fence surrounding a geographic location of the specified event during a predetermined event window, the geo-fence and event window having been designated by the second user, and causes the first client device to present a user interface element, that enables the first user to submit content to the group story.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventors: Nicholas Richard Allen, Jacob Andreou, Evan Spiegel
  • Patent number: 10958605
    Abstract: A server includes a processor and a memory storing a multiple channel message thread module with instructions executed by the processor to identify when participants at client devices are viewing a common message thread. An alternate channel communication prompt is supplied to the client devices. An alternate channel communication is delivered to the client devices in response to activation of the alternate channel communication prompt by at least one participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Spiegel, Robert Cornelius Murphy
  • Patent number: 10958608
    Abstract: A server maintains a gallery of ephemeral messages respectively comprising visual media content, such as user-provided photographic content or user-provided video content. Each ephemeral message is posted to the gallery by a user for viewing by recipients via recipient devices. At least some of ephemeral messages are augmented by the user with user-provided drawing content and/or text content. In response to a gallery view request from any of the recipient devices, the ephemeral messages in the gallery are displayed on the requesting device in automated sequence, each message being displayed for a respective display duration before display of the next message in the gallery. The gallery has a gallery availability parameter, such as a gallery timer, with the gallery being made unavailable for viewing upon expiry of the gallery availability parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Allen, Donald Giovannini, Chiayi Lin, Robert Murphy, Evan Spiegel
  • Patent number: 10952013
    Abstract: Systems, devices, media, and methods are presented for selective location-based identity communication. The systems and methods identify a current location of a mobile computing device and detect a selection of a user interface element associated with the current location. The systems and methods cause presentation of a set of display elements corresponding to the current location and detect selection of a display element of the set of display elements. The systems and methods modify a display characteristic for the current location of the mobile computing device within a set of mobile computing devices based on the selection of the display element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Brody, Walton Lin, Andrew Lin, Evan Spiegel
  • Patent number: 10949049
    Abstract: A server has a processor and a memory storing a multiple channel message thread module with instructions executed by the processor to identify when participants at client devices are actively viewing a common message thread at the same time to establish a participant viewing state. An alternate channel communication lock prompt is supplied to the client devices in response to the participant viewing state. An alternate channel communication is delivered to the client devices in response to activation of the alternate channel communication lock prompt by at least one participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Spiegel, Robert Cornelius Murphy, Chamal Samaranayake
  • Patent number: 10944710
    Abstract: A server maintains a gallery of ephemeral messages. Each ephemeral message is posted to the gallery by a user for viewing by recipients via recipient devices. In response to a gallery view request from any of the recipient devices, the ephemeral messages in the gallery are displayed on the requesting device in automated sequence, each message being displayed for a respective display duration before display of the next message in the gallery. A user interface via which the gallery is viewable includes indicia of a current value of a time for which the gallery will remain available for viewing via the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Allen, Donald Giovannini, Chiayi Lin, Robert Murphy, Evan Spiegel
  • Patent number: 10911575
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and managing stories and sub-stories presented to a user's client device are described. In one example embodiment, a server system communicates a portion of a first story to a first client device based on a first client device association with a user segment assigned to the first story. The server system receives a first selection communication associated with a first piece of content of the first story, accesses a second story based on the selection, and communicates a portion of the second story to the first client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Maria Pavlovskaia, Evan Spiegel
  • Publication number: 20210006526
    Abstract: A server has a processor and a memory storing instructions executed by the processor to maintain an ephemeral gallery of ephemeral messages. An ephemeral message is posted to the ephemeral gallery. The ephemeral message has an associated message duration parameter and a gallery participation parameter. An ephemeral message is removed from the ephemeral gallery in response to the identification of an expired gallery participation parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Nicholas Allen, Donald Giovannini, Chia-Yi Lin, Robert Murphy, Evan Spiegel
  • Publication number: 20210006528
    Abstract: A server has a processor and a memory storing instructions executed by the processor to maintain an ephemeral gallery of ephemeral messages. An ephemeral message is posted to the ephemeral gallery. The ephemeral message has an associated message duration parameter and a gallery participation parameter. An ephemeral message is removed from the ephemeral gallery in response to the identification of an expired gallery participation parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Nicholas Allen, Donald Giovannini, Chia-Yi Lin, Robert Murphy, Evan Spiegel
  • Publication number: 20210006527
    Abstract: A server has a processor and a memory storing instructions executed by the processor to maintain an ephemeral gallery of ephemeral messages. An ephemeral message is posted to the ephemeral gallery. The ephemeral message has an associated message duration parameter and a gallery participation parameter. An ephemeral message is removed from the ephemeral gallery in response to the identification of an expired gallery participation parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Nicholas Allen, Donald Giovannini, Chia-Yi Lin, Robert Murphy, Evan Spiegel
  • Patent number: 10887269
    Abstract: A messaging server system receives a message creation input from a first client device that is associated with a first user registered with the messaging server system. The messaging server system determines, based on an entity graph representing connections between a plurality of users registered with the messaging server system, that the first user is within a threshold degree of connection with a second that initiated a group story in relation to a specified event. The messaging server system determines, based on location data received from the first client device, that the first client device was located within a geo-fence surrounding a geographic location of the specified event during a predetermined event window, the geo-fence and event window having been designated by the second user, and causes the first client device to present a user interface element that enables the first user to submit content to the group story.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Richard Allen, Jacob Andreou, Evan Spiegel
  • Patent number: 10887308
    Abstract: A method of presenting an interactive user interface includes presenting member data within a social network interface, the member data being presented at a fixed position within the social network interface. A plurality of posts, arranged in a temporal order or according to category, are also presented within the social network interface. Further, a privacy bar interface element is presented at a first position within the social network interface. An action, as applied to a touch display of a client device, is detected, the action being to move the privacy bar interface element from the first position to a second position relative to the plurality of posts within the social network interface, and to divide the plurality of posts within the social network interface into a first subset of posts and a second subset of posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventor: Evan Spiegel
  • Publication number: 20200285923
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using facial patterns for information access via optical harcodes are provided. In example embodiments, a computer accesses an image. The computer determines, using facial recognition, that the accessed image includes a face. The computer determines, using the face, an orientation of the image. The computer decodes, based on the determined orientation of the image, data encoded within the geometric shape. The computer may then access a resource based on the decoded data. In some aspects, a graphical output may be presented on a display device indicating the accessed resource.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Evan Spiegel, Kirk Ouimet
  • Publication number: 20200288270
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining that geolocation data from a computing device corresponds to a geo-fence associated with a plurality of galleries and providing user-selectable gallery information comprising indicia for each of the plurality of galleries corresponding to the geo-fence to the computing device. The systems and methods further provide for receiving a first message comprising a photograph as the background for the message in response to a second message in a first gallery of the plurality of galleries, and adding the first message to the first gallery associated with a selection of the indicia for the first gallery in the plurality of galleries of the of user-selectable gallery information. The first message is accessible by other computing devices accessing the gallery information to view the first message comprising the photograph as the background of the first message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Nicholas Richard Allen, Robert Cornelius Murphy, Evan Spiegel
  • Publication number: 20200267227
    Abstract: Systems and methods for causing display of a messaging achievement pictograph based on messaging activity are provided. In some example embodiments, a message activity communication is received by a messaging activity service from a client device, the messaging active communication causing and adjustment to a message activity score and the message activity score transgressing a first threshold activity score. Responsive to the message activity transgressing the first threshold activity score, an achievement pictograph is displayed on the client device. In some example embodiments, the pictograph may be ephemeral and removal of the pictograph may be triggered by a designated time or by the message activity score transgressing a second threshold activity score. In some example embodiments, a notification is generated that notifies a user of the display or removal from display of the achievement pictograph.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Chamal Samaranayake, Nathan Boyd, Jonathan Brody, Nicholas Richard Allen, Evan Spiegel
  • Publication number: 20200252360
    Abstract: A server includes a message thread module with instructions executed by a processor to maintain a message thread between a first user and a second user. Each entry of the message thread is deleted after a display period unless an indication regarding the entry is received during the display period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventor: Evan Spiegel
  • Patent number: D904985
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Spiegel, Mathias Andreas Hintermann, Tanatip Arunanondchai, Lauryn Morris
  • Patent number: D917881
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Spiegel, Jinwoo Kim, Tanatip Arunanondchai, Mathias Andreas Hintermann, Lauryn Morris