Patents by Inventor Francis Luu

Francis Luu 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: 10761672
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes determining whether a user of the mobile computing device is currently actively using an application on the mobile computing device; and if the user is not currently actively using an application on the mobile computing device, then automatically and without user input providing for display to the user on the mobile computing device a user interface (UI) including a number of interactive elements that each correspond to one of a number of social-networking functionalities provided at least in part by a social-networking system remote from the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Neel Ishwar Murarka, Philip Fung, Niv Seker, Adam Mosseri, Francis Luu, Carl Phillip Sjogreen, Cory Rudolph Ondrejka, Bret Steven Taylor
  • Patent number: 10715566
    Abstract: News feed stories are ranked so that new stories appear above previously viewed stories for users of a social networking system. Top news stories are selected by the social networking system based on a ranking algorithm that incorporates an analysis of affinities for interests, users, and entities in the social networking system based on user interactions. Other new stories are provided after the top new stories in a chronological order. For each user of the social networking system, a view state is recorded that includes the order of news feed stories provided to users. Based on the view state and received user input, the social networking system may determine whether to provide new news feed stories to a viewing user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Schacht, Francis Luu, Lars Seren Backstrom, Mark Tonkelowitz
  • Patent number: 10708324
    Abstract: News feed stories are ranked so that new stories appear above previously viewed stories for users of a social networking system. Top news stories are selected by the social networking system based on a ranking algorithm that incorporates an analysis of affinities for interests, users, and entities in the social networking system based on user interactions. Other new stories are provided after the top new stories in a chronological order. For each user of the social networking system, a view state is recorded that includes the order of news feed stories provided to users. Based on the view state and received user input, the social networking system may determine whether to provide new news feed stories to a viewing user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Schacht, Francis Luu, Lars Seren Backstrom, Mark Tonkelowitz
  • Patent number: 10635297
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, a computing device provides for presentation to a user a user interface, the user interface including a plurality of related interactive elements. The computing device may receive touch gesture input from the user selecting one of the plurality of related interactive elements. The touch gesture input may have a duration of at least a pre-determined amount of time. The computing device, in response to the touch gesture input, may rearrange the plurality of related interactive elements, rearranging including stacking the plurality of related interactive elements for presentation to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis Luu, Christopher Tice
  • Patent number: 10572098
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving user input on a graphical user interface of a first computing device to provide location information associated with the first computing device to a second computing device. The current location of the first computing device is accessed, and the current location is sent to one or more second computing devices, the current location being displayed in a graphical user interface of the second computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Bridge, Francis Luu, Nathan Borror
  • Patent number: 10484533
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes, during an incoming call from a second user, displaying a notification interface comprising an indication of the incoming call; during the incoming call, detecting a gesture input from the first user; and in response to the detection of the gesture input, transitioning to a messaging interface that includes one or more previous communications between the first user and the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Bridge, Francis Luu, Nathan Borror
  • Patent number: 10346499
    Abstract: A social networking system provides a personalized set of bookmarks to a user based on the user's interactions with the bookmarks and/or the items associated with the bookmarks. The personalized set of bookmarks is grouped by category, and the categories are ordered in accordance with rankings for the categories. The rankings for the categories are determined based on the highest ranked item from each category of item, and the ranking of the items is determined based on the user's interactions with the bookmarks and/or associated items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Kao, Bo Zhang, Francis Luu, Ming Hua
  • Patent number: 10338773
    Abstract: In one embodiment, one or more communications are received by a computing device, where each communication is associated with an application on the computing device. Based on the received communications, a set of interactive elements are determined, each interactive element corresponding to a particular received communication. A subset of the interactive elements are determined based on the application associated with the communication corresponding to the interactive element, or the age of the communication corresponding to the interactive element. The subset of interactive elements is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Neel Ishwar Murarka, Philip Fung, Niv Seker, Francis Luu
  • Patent number: 10291571
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a client computing device receives a notification for a user associated with the client computing device and, without user input, displays the notification on a screen of the client computing device. The display of the notification may fill at least substantially a display area of the screen. The display of the notification may also include content of the notification, an indication of a source of the notification, and a user-activatable element associated with a social action for the user to take in response to the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis Luu, Brandon Marshall Walkin
  • Publication number: 20190138159
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving user input on a graphical user interface of a first computing device to provide location information associated with the first computing device to a second computing device. The current location of the first computing device is accessed, and the current location is sent to one or more second computing devices, the current location being displayed in a graphical user interface of the second computing devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Henry Bridge, Francis Luu, Nathan Borror
  • Patent number: 10264033
    Abstract: News feed stories are ranked so that new stories appear above previously viewed stories for users of a social networking system. Top news stories are selected by the social networking system based on a ranking algorithm that incorporates an analysis of affinities for interests, users, and entities in the social networking system based on user interactions. Other new stories are provided after the top new stories in a chronological order. For each user of the social networking system, a view state is recorded that includes the order of news feed stories provided to users. Based on the view state and received user input, the social networking system may determine whether to provide new news feed stories to a viewing user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Schacht, Francis Luu, Lars Seren Backstrom, Mark Tonkelowitz
  • Patent number: 10249007
    Abstract: In one embodiment, user information for a user of a social-networking system is retrieved. Device information is determined for a device associated with the user. Based on the device information or the user information, content associated with the user is retrieved. Using the retrieved content, a content board is composed for use in a cover feed displayed on the device The content board may comprise a background image. Finally, the content board is sent to the device. In one embodiment, updated information for content associated with the user is retrieved. The updated information may be associated with content that was included in a previously-provided content board. Using the updated information, an update to the previously-provided content boards is composed. Finally, the updates may be sent to the previously-provided content boards to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Neel Ishwar Murarka, Niv Seker, Adam Mosseri, Francis Luu, Carl Philip Sjogreen, Cory Rudolph Ondrejka, Bret Steven Taylor, Luke St. Clair, Daniel Weaver, Joshua Van Dyke Watzman, Daniel Schafer, William S. Bailey, Philip Fung
  • Patent number: 10209852
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a request to provide location information associated with a first user. The location of the first user is determined, and the location of the first user is communicated to a second user, the location of the first user being displayed on a graphical user interface of a mobile computing device associated with the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Bridge, Francis Luu, Nathan Borror
  • Patent number: 10185458
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving user input on a graphical user interface of a first computing device to provide location information associated with the first computing device to a second computing device. The current location of the first computing device is accessed, and the current location is sent to one or more second computing devices, the current location being displayed in a graphical user interface of the second computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Bridge, Francis Luu, Nathan Borror
  • Patent number: 9959007
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes displaying one of a number of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) of one or more applications as a card on top of a card stack. One or more of the cards in the card stack corresponds to a GUI of a home screen of the computing device. Each of one or more of the cards in the card stack corresponds to one of the GUIs of an application. The application controls presentation of their GUIs as cards in the card stack. The method also includes receiving user input to display another one of the GUIs as the card on top of the card stack; and, in response to the user input, displaying the other one of the GUIs as the card on top of the card stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Neel Ishwar Murarka, Brandon Marshall Walkin, William Joseph Flynn, III, Michael Matas, Francis Luu, Richard Kenneth Zadoronzy
  • Publication number: 20170257483
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes, during an incoming call from a second user, displaying a notification interface comprising an indication of the incoming call; during the incoming call, detecting a gesture input from the first user; and in response to the detection of the gesture input, transitioning to a messaging interface that includes one or more previous communications between the first user and the second user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Inventors: Henry Bridge, Francis Luu, Nathan Borror
  • Patent number: 9749462
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes, during an incoming call from a second user, displaying a first interface that includes one or more previous communications between a first user and the second user. The previous communications includes a communication thread that aggregates communications of a first communication type and a second communication type. The method also includes, during the incoming call, updating the communication thread in the second interface in response to an additional communication between the first and second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Bridge, Francis Luu, Nathan Borror
  • Patent number: D826968
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristina Varshavskaya, Francis Luu, Jacob Andrew Brill
  • Patent number: D831065
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Marshall Walkin, Francis Luu, William Joseph Flynn, III, William Tyler
  • Patent number: D831687
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristina Varshavskaya, Francis Luu, Jacob Andrew Brill