Patents by Inventor Gary W. Flake

Gary W. Flake 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: 10217294
    Abstract: A three dimensional (3D) model of an object or environment may be created from images and other information of the object or environment. The 3D model may be created by aligning the images. The 3D model may include surfaces that are based on surfaces of the object or environment. The 3D model may be displayed, exported, modified and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Blaise Aguera Y. Arcas, Brett D. Brewer, Steven M. Drucker, Karim T Farouki, Gary W. Flake, Stephen Lawler, Donald J. Lindsay, Adam P Sheppard
  • Publication number: 20180052843
    Abstract: A facility for extracting visual contents of a page is described. The facility renders a page including visual contents, the rendered page including an extraction control. In response to user input activating the extraction control, the facility (1) selects a proper subset of the visual contents of the page that are specified by a publisher on the page for extraction using the extraction control, and (2) transmits a representation of the selected subset of visual contents for storage independent of the page.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: Gary W. Flake, Thomas J. Montgomery, Gregory T. Pascale, Kenneth J. Perkins, Mark R. Dawson
  • Patent number: 9753926
    Abstract: A facility for extracting visual contents of a page is described. The facility renders a page including visual contents, the rendered page including an extraction control. In response to user input activating the extraction control, the facility (1) selects a proper subset of the visual contents of the page that are specified by a publisher on the page for extraction using the extraction control, and (2) transmits a representation of the selected subset of visual contents for storage independent of the page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: Gary W. Flake, Thomas J. Montgomery, Gregory T. Pascale, Kenneth J. Perkins, Mark R. Dawson
  • Patent number: 9746912
    Abstract: Systems and methods that provide for a virtual reality entertainment system that supplies immersive entertainment and creates a sensation for a user similar to having guests in a remote location to be physically present as virtual guests. Such virtual reality entertainment system can supply a graphic and/or audio; wherein interconnected computers, video and audio processing devices, supply a live interaction between a user and a guest(s). Although guests are only present virtually (e.g., electronically present with other objects/user within the environment) such virtual invitation enables a user and guests to concurrently experience the entertainment together (e.g., a live sporting event, spectator game). In a related aspect, the subject innovation can implement holographic avatars, and a plurality of communication interfaces, to imitate (and/or transform) a relationship between the user and the virtual guests/surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, William H. Gates, III, Gary W. Flake, Thomas F. Bergstraesser, Arnold N. Blinn, Christopher W. Brumme, Lili Cheng, Michael Connolly, Daniel S. Glasser, Alexander G. Gounares, James R. Larus, Matthew B. MacLaurin, Debi P. Mishra, Amit Mital, Ira L. Snyder, Jr., Melora Zaner-Godsey
  • Publication number: 20170206714
    Abstract: A three dimensional (3D) model of an object or environment may be created from images and other information of the object or environment. The 3D model may be created by aligning the images. The 3D model may include surfaces that are based on surfaces of the object or environment. The 3D model may be displayed, exported, modified and so on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventors: Blaise Aguera Y. Arcas, Brett D. Brewer, Steven M. Drucker, Karim T Farouki, Gary W. Flake, Stephen Lawler, Donald J. Lindsay, Adam P Sheppard
  • Patent number: 9659406
    Abstract: A three dimensional (3D) model of an object or environment may be created from images and other information of the object or environment. The 3D model may be created by aligning the images. The 3D model may include surfaces that are based on surfaces of the object or environment. The 3D model may be displayed, extorted, modified and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Blaise Aguera Y. Arcas, Brett D. Brewer, Steven M. Drucker, Karim T Farouki, Gary W. Flake, Stephen Lawler, Donald J. Lindsay, Adam P Sheppard
  • Publication number: 20160292294
    Abstract: A portion data structure representing a portion extracted from a formatted source document is described. A portion data structure contains a first subtree of nodes that is modeled after a second subtree of a complete hierarchical representation of the formatted source document. Explicit formatting attribute values are specified for nodes of the first subtree only where a value calculated for the formatting attribute in a node of the first subtree differs from a value calculated for the formatting attribute in the corresponding node in the second subtree at a time when the node of the first subtree descends from a reset node specifying standardized formatting attribute values. The contents of the portion data structure are usable to display the portion extracted from the formatted source document in a context other than the formatted source document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventor: Gary W. Flake
  • Patent number: 9430583
    Abstract: A portion data structure representing a portion extracted from a formatted source document is described. A portion data structure contains a first subtree of nodes that is modeled after a second subtree of a complete hierarchical representation of the formatted source document. Explicit formatting attribute values are specified for nodes of the first subtree only where a value calculated for the formatting attribute in a node of the first subtree differs from a value calculated for the formatting attribute in the corresponding node in the second subtree at a time when the node of the first subtree descends from a reset node specifying standardized formatting attribute values. The contents of the portion data structure are usable to display the portion extracted from the formatted source document in a context other than the formatted source document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Flake
  • Patent number: 9396269
    Abstract: Architecture that monitors interaction data (e.g., search queries, query results and click-through rates), and provides users with links to other users that fall into similar categories with respect to the foregoing monitored activities (e.g., providing links to individuals and groups that share common interests and/or profiles). A search engine can be interactively coupled with one or more social networks, and that maps individuals and/or groups within respective social networks to subsets of categories associated with searches. A database stores mapped information which can be continuously updated and reorganized as links within the system mapping become stronger or weaker. The architecture can comprise a social network system that includes a database for mapping search-related information to an entity of a social network, and a search component for processing a search query for search results and returning a link to an entity of a social network based on the search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher A. Meek, Eric J. Horvitz, Joshua T. Goodman, Gary W. Flake, Oliver Hurst-Hiller, Anoop Gupta, Ramez Naam, Kenneth A. Moss, William H. Gates, III, John C. Platt, Trenholme J. Griffin, Bradly A. Brunell
  • Patent number: 9253047
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates re-locating a web application associated with a network service utilizing a portion of serialized data. The network service can be any collection of resources that are maintained by a party (e.g., third-party, off-site, etc.) and accessible by an identified user over a network (e.g., WAN, Internet, etc.). An interface component can receive a portion of serialized data with transparent structure related to an application specification. A hydrate component can create a web application independent of a network service based at least in part upon the serialized data, the web application has state within the network service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Debi Prasad Mishra, Amit Mital, Gary W. Flake, Matthew B. MacLaurin, Alexander G. Gounares, Ira L. Snyder, Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer
  • Publication number: 20150310662
    Abstract: A three dimensional avatar of a person may be created based on a plurality of images of a person in a physical environment. The three dimensional avatar may have dimensions that are scaled based on dimensions of the person. The three dimensional avatar may be imported into a virtual environment, such as a virtual gaming environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Inventors: Blaise Aguera Y. Arcas, Brett D. Brewer, Steven M. Drucker, Karim T Farouki, Gary W. Flake, Stephen Lawler, Donald J. Lindsay, Adam P. Sheppard
  • Patent number: 9141704
    Abstract: Architecture that monitors interaction data (e.g., search queries, query results and click-through rates), and provides users with links to other users that fall into similar categories with respect to the foregoing monitored activities (e.g., providing links to individuals and groups that share common interests and/or profiles). A search engine can be interactively coupled with one or more social networks, and that maps individuals and/or groups within respective social networks to subsets of categories associated with searches. A database stores mapped information which can be continuously updated and reorganized as links within the system mapping become stronger or weaker. The architecture can comprise a social network system that includes a database for mapping search-related information to an entity of a social network, and a search component for processing a search query for search results and returning a link to an entity of a social network based on the search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher A. Meek, Eric J. Horvitz, Joshua T. Goodman, Gary W. Flake, Oliver Hurst-Hiller, Anoop Gupta, Ramez Naam, Kenneth A. Moss, William H. Gates, III, John C. Platt, Trenholme J. Griffin, Bradly A. Brunell
  • Patent number: 9135657
    Abstract: A method embodiment includes receiving data indicative of a person accessing at least one of a first network-available electronic content or a second network-available electronic content. Also, receiving data indicative of an involvement with respect to possible matters of interest between the person and a third-party. The involvement being independent of the person activating a link to a site owned by the third-party that is included in the first network-available electronic content or in the second network available electronic content. Further, assessing a behavioral influence by the first network-available electronic content and/or the second network-available electronic content on the indicated involvement with respect to the possible matters of interest between the person and a third-party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Gary W. Flake, William H. Gates, III, Alexander G. Gounares, W. Daniel Hillis, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, Craig J. Mundie, Christopher D. Payne, Richard F. Rashid, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150186931
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments, there are provided mechanisms and methods for facilitating smart advertising on curated content-based networking websites in an on-demand services environment in a multi-tenant environment according to one embodiment. In one embodiment and by way of example, a method includes receiving a request for advertisement on a website, where the request may be received from an advertising organization. The method may further include estimating one or more factors relating to the advertisement, computing, based on the estimation, expected revenue relating to the advertisement, and placing the advertisement on the website based on the expected revenue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Inventor: GARY W. FLAKE
  • Patent number: 9038912
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates servicing a portion of a trade card via a web service. A web service can provide a portion of data to enhance a trade card, wherein the portion of data is at least one of a portion of trade card document-specific data, an intelligent gadget, or a feed driven component. A build component can leverage the web service to utilize the portion of data with the trade card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Tomasz Kasperkiewicz, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Brett D. Brewer, Steven Drucker, Karim Farouki, Gary W. Flake, Stephen L. Lawler, Donald James Lindsay, Adam Sheppard, Richard Stephen Szeliski, Jeffrey Jon Weir, Julio Estrada
  • Patent number: 9007648
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter relates to an architecture that can provide configurable entities in connection with electronic archival of print-based media. In accordance therewith, print-based media can be archived electronically (e.g., by imaging or scanning the print-based media) in a remastered form that provides for displaying the original work with readily modifiable entities, such as advertisements. Media or entities can be selected based upon the original advertiser, the original product, or another element or feature of the print-based media, and can also be selected based upon a profile associated with the media consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gary W. Flake, Eric J. Horvitz, Lili Cheng
  • Patent number: 8949977
    Abstract: A computationally-implemented method comprises obtaining at least a portion of data from a data source, determining a content of the data, determining an acceptability of an effect of content of the data at least in part via at least two virtual machine representations of at least a part of a real machine having at least one end-user specified preference, at least one of the at least two virtual machine representations operating at least in part on an individual core of a multi-core system, and displaying at least one data display option based on the determining an acceptability of a content of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Gary W. Flake, William H. Gates, III, Roderick A. Hyde, Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, Richard F. Rashid, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8943420
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter relates to an architecture that can enhance an experience associated with indicia related to a local environment. In particular, the architecture can receive an image that depicts a view of the local environment including a set of entities represented in the image. One or more of the entities can be matched or correlated to modeled entities included in a geospatial model of the environment, potentially based upon location and direction, in order to scope or frame the view depicted in the image to a modeled view. In addition, the architecture can select additional content that can be presented. The additional content typically relates to services or data associated with modeled entities included in the geospatial model or associated with modeled entities included in an image-based data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Flora P. Goldthwaite, Brett D. Brewer, Eric I-Chao Chang, Jonathan C. Cluts, Karim T. Farouki, Gary W. Flake, Janet Galore, Jason Garms, Abhiram G. Khune, Oscar Murillo, Sven Pleyer
  • Publication number: 20150025953
    Abstract: A method embodiment includes receiving data indicative of a person accessing at least one of a first network-available electronic content or a second network-available electronic content, perhaps in a Web 2.0 environment. Also, receiving data indicative of an involvement between the person and a third party. The involvement being independent of the person activating a link to a site owned by the third party that is included in the first network-available electronic content or in the second network available electronic content. Further, assessing a behavioral influence by the first network-available electronic content and/or the second network-available electronic content on the indicated involvement with respect to the possible matters of interest between the person and a third party. Also, facilitating delivery of a benefit to an owner of the first network-available electronic content and/or an owner of the second network-available electronic content in response to the assessed behavioral influence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Gary W. Flake, William H. Gates, III, Alexander G. Gounares, W. Daniel Hillis, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, Craig J. Mundie, Christopher D. Payne, Richard F. Rashid, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150026679
    Abstract: A computationally-implemented method includes obtaining data from a data source, determining an acceptability of an effect of the data on at least a part of a real machine at least in part via one or more virtual machine representations of the at least a part of the a real machine, and controlling at least one operation of the at least one real machine based on the determining an acceptability of a content of the data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Gary W. Flake, William Gates, Roderick A. Hyde, Edward K.Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, Richard F. Rashid, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, JR.