Patents by Inventor Jeffrey L. Robbin

Jeffrey L. Robbin 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: 11221996
    Abstract: Improved techniques and apparatus for managing data between a host device (e.g., host computer) and a client device. The data being managed can, for example, pertain to portable computer programs, such as widgets. The managing of the data thus can involve transfer of portable computer programs (e.g., widgets) between the host device and the client device. In one embodiment, the transfer of portable computer programs between a host device and a client device can be referred to as synchronization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Robbin, David Heller, Christopher R. Wysocki, Timothy Wasko, Gordon Freedman
  • Patent number: 11221752
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a device performs character recognition based on spatial and temporal components of touch input detected on a touch-sensitive surface. In some embodiments, a device provides feedback about handwritten input and its recognition by the device. In some embodiments, a device presents a user interface for changing previously-inputted characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Howard, Ryan S. Dixon, Joshua McGlinn, Jonathan Lochhead, Benjamin W. Keighran, William M. Bachman, Elbert D. Chen, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Jennifer L. C. Folse, Lynne Kress
  • Patent number: 11175929
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to user interfaces for enabling an activity using a computer system. In some embodiments, exemplary user interfaces for invoking an activity associated with an application are described. In some embodiments, exemplary user interfaces for customizing displayed content based on circumstances under which the content was invoked are described. In some embodiments, exemplary user interfaces for managing applications that were used to enable activities are described. In some embodiments, exemplary user interfaces for managing settings for applications used to enable activities are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yongjun Zhang, Reza Abbasian, Darin Adler, Ada Chan, Dana J. Dubois, Steven Falkenburg, Craig M. Federighi, Kenneth Arthur Abraham Ferry, Christopher Patrick Foss, Sam H. Gharabally, Brian Erik Goldberg, Nicholas Stephen Doherty, Heena Ko, Keith P. Kowalczykowski, Grant Paul, Jeffrey L. Robbin, James S. Savage, Matthew Sibson, Gurshamnjot Singh, Caelan G. Stack, Luming Yin, Charles H. Ying, Mark M. Xue, Hengliang Zhang, Xiaoyue Zhang, Patrick L. Coffman
  • Patent number: 11172249
    Abstract: Aspects include systems, computer readable media and methods for remotely updating properties of Audio/Visual (A/V) performance nodes that can receive A/V content through a wireless network from a central content source. The central content source can maintain information about properties of such nodes, providing such information to a device configured with remote control software, upon request. The remote control device can accept user inputs relating to properties updates, indications of such being provided to the central content source for distribution to nodes whose properties were updated. Examples of updatable properties include on/off toggling, and volume controls. Updating such properties can be protected by passwords. The central content source can be configured as software executing on a personal computer operable to communicate over the Internet for obtaining access to streaming and/or downloadable A/V content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Cannistraro, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Amandeep S. Jawa
  • Publication number: 20210318893
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to user interfaces for enabling an activity using a computer system. In some embodiments, exemplary user interfaces for invoking an activity associated with an application are described. In some embodiments, exemplary user interfaces for customizing displayed content based on circumstances under which the content was invoked are described. In some embodiments, exemplary user interfaces for managing applications that were used to enable activities are described. In some embodiments, exemplary user interfaces for managing settings for applications used to enable activities are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Inventors: Yongjun ZHANG, Reza ABBASIAN, Darin ADLER, Ada CHAN, Dana J. DUBOIS, Steven FALKENBURG, Craig M. FEDERIGHI, Kenneth Arthur Abraham FERRY, Christopher Patrick FOSS, Sam H. GHARABALLY, Brian Erik GOLDBERG, Nicholas DOHERTY, Heena KO, Keith KOWALCYKOWSKI, Grant PAUL, Jeffrey L. ROBBIN, James S. SAVAGE, Matthew SIBSON, Gurshamnjot SINGH, Caelan G. STACK, Luming YIN, Charles H. YING, Mark M. XUE, Hengliang ZHANG, Selina ZHANG
  • Publication number: 20210318783
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for intelligently managing a playlist of digital media provide an intelligent dynamic queue that is configured to manage the playback of digital media. The queue can transition between passive playback mode, active playback mode, and mixed playback mode. The queue can handle the playback of the songs in the queue according to the playback mode and/or a queue status field that is associated with each song in the queue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2021
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Inventors: Christopher John Sanders, Anne Jones, Jeffrey L. Robbin, William Martin Bachman, Timothy B. Martin
  • Publication number: 20210288932
    Abstract: Users who are experiencing a shared content stream can exchange messages. Each user device can present a graphical user interface that includes controls to interact with a shared content stream being received and presented at the user device; a control to begin composing a message to other users who are receiving the shared content stream, and a display area to display previously received messages associated with the shared content stream. A message can be associated with a shared content stream, e.g., by providing a tag that identifies the content being played at the time the message was sent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: Shaun C. Lind, William Martin Bachman, Alexander C. D. Fringes, Monika E. Gromek, Ofer Morag, Steve S. Gedikian, Jeffrey L. Robbin
  • Publication number: 20210247877
    Abstract: An electronic device provides, to a display, data to present a user interface that includes a plurality of user interface objects, and a current focus on a first user interface object of the plurality of user interface objects. While the display is presenting the user interface, the electronic device receives from the user input device an input that corresponds to a gesture detected on the touch-sensitive surface of the user input device. The gesture includes a movement of a contact across the touch-sensitive surface followed by a lift-off of the contact from the touch-sensitive surface. The electronic device, in accordance with a determination that the gesture satisfies movement criteria, provides, to the display, data to move the current focus in the user interface from the first user interface object to a second user interface object of the plurality of user interface objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Inventors: Marcos Alonso Ruiz, Nicole M. Wells, Justin T. Voss, Blake R. Seely, Matthew D. Ricketson, Henrique D. Penha, Grace H. Hwang, Graham R. Clarke, Jeffrey L. Robbin, William M. Bachman, Benjamin W. Keighran, Jennifer L.C. Folse, Jonathan Lochhead, Joe R. Howard, Joshua K. McGlinn
  • Publication number: 20210181907
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an electronic device. The electronic device generates for presentation on a display a user interface including a plurality of groups of icons. A plurality of the icons have been grouped based at least in part on metadata of applications associated with the icons. The electronic device receives input selecting a respective icon. In response to receiving the input selecting a respective icon, the electronic device invokes an instance of an application associated with the respective icon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventors: Elbert D. CHEN, Joe HOWARD, Joshua MC GLINN, Jonathan LOCHHEAD, Benjamin W. KEIGHRAN, Marcel VAN OS, William M. BACHMAN, Jeffrey L. ROBBIN, Jennifer L. C. FOLSE, Lynne KRESS
  • Patent number: 11036282
    Abstract: Proximity based systems and methods that are implemented on an electronic device are disclosed. The method includes sensing an object spaced away and in close proximity to the electronic device. The method also includes performing an action in the electronic device when an object is sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steve P. Hotelling, Brian Q. Huppi, Joshua A. Strickon, Duncan Robert Kerr, Imran Chaudhri, Greg Christie, Jonathan P. Ive, Peter J. Kennedy, Anthony M. Faddell, Jeffrey L. Robbin
  • Patent number: 11029817
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for intelligently managing a playlist of digital media provide an intelligent dynamic queue that is configured to manage the playback of digital media. The queue can transition between passive playback mode, active playback mode, and mixed playback mode. The queue can handle the playback of the songs in the queue according to the playback mode and/or a queue status field that is associated with each song in the queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher John Sanders, Anne Jones, Jeffrey L. Robbin, William Martin Bachman, Timothy B. Martin
  • Patent number: 11025569
    Abstract: Users who are experiencing a shared content stream can exchange messages. Each user device can present a graphical user interface that includes controls to interact with a shared content stream being received and presented at the user device; a control to begin composing a message to other users who are receiving the shared content stream, and a display area to display previously received messages associated with the shared content stream. A message can be associated with a shared content stream, e.g., by providing a tag that identifies the content being played at the time the message was sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Shaun C. Lind, William Martin Bachman, Alexander C. D. Fringes, Monika E. Gromek, Ofer Morag, Steve S. Gedikian, Jeffrey L. Robbin
  • Publication number: 20210126960
    Abstract: A remotely controlled device receives touch input data from a remote controller that includes a touch screen. The remotely controller device interprets the touch input data in combination with a current context of the GUI to determine an appropriate command for the current context of the GUI, and updates the GUI in response to the appropriate command. Further, the remotely controlled device sends information via a bidirectional communication protocol to the remote controller informing the remote controller of a context displaying a keyboard, and the remote controller is configured to display a keyboard on its touch screen in response to the information sent via the bidirectional communication protocol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Rainer Brodersen, Alan Cannistraro, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Gregory Charles Lindley
  • Patent number: 10986148
    Abstract: A network media device is described that pulls multimedia data from one or more sources (e.g., a multimedia website or a multimedia server computer) at a first time, stores it to long-term storage within the device and transmits the stored multimedia data to one or more designated multimedia playback devices at a second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Robbin, David Heller
  • Patent number: 10963130
    Abstract: An electronic device provides, to a display, data to present a user interface that includes a first group of user interface objects and a second group of user interface objects. A current focus is on a first user interface object of the first group of user interface objects. The device receives an input that corresponds to a request to move the current focus to a user interface object in the second group of user interface objects; determines a projection of the first user interface object based on a direction of the input; identifies one or more user interface objects that overlap with the projection of the first user interface object in the direction on the display that corresponds to the direction of the input; and moves the current focus to a second user interface object of the one or more identified user input objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Marcos Alonso Ruiz, Nicole M. Wells, Justin T. Voss, Blake R. Seely, Matthew D. Ricketson, Henrique D. Penha, Grace H. Hwang, Graham R. Clarke, Jeffrey L. Robbin, William M. Bachman, Benjamin W. Keighran, Jennifer L. C. Folse, Jonathan Lochhead, Joe R. Howard, Joshua K. McGlinn
  • Patent number: 10958707
    Abstract: The present system and method is particularly useful for remotely controlling a device having one or more menus via a remote touch interface having at least an unstructured primary input area. A user can provide inputs to a touch interface without needing to view the interface and yet still achieve the desired response from the remotely controlled device. The primary input area of the touch interface may or may not have a background display, such as on a touch screen, but the primary input area of the touch interface should be unstructured and should not have independently selectable items, buttons, icons or anything of the like. Since the touch interface is unstructured, the user does not have to identify any selectable buttons. Instead the user can input a gesture into the interface and watch the remotely controlled device respond. The system does not provide any other visual confirmation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Rainer Brodersen, Alan Cannistraro, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Gregory Charles Lindley
  • Patent number: 10949052
    Abstract: A streaming media service can permit artists or other users to create and upload “posts” to the service. Posts can include text, references to content items in the catalog of the streaming media service, and/or non-catalog media content items that are created by the artist and uploaded as part of the post. Posts can be presented to users as they browse the catalog of the streaming media service and/or in a dedicated feed. The rendering of a post on a user device can include graphical user interface controls that allow the user to access content items referenced by or included in the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Taylor G. Carrigan, Shaun C. Lind, Ofer Morag, Monika E. Gromek, William Martin Bachman, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Thomas Alsina, Justin G. Wismer, Ryan D. Walsh, Steve S. Gedikian, Michael Trent Reznor, Brendon E. Manwaring
  • Patent number: D916109
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William Martin Bachman, Taylor Gerard Carrigan, Jai Chulani, Ronald Dennis Lue-Sang, Jeffrey Ma, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Jim Young
  • Patent number: D926807
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William Martin Bachman, Taylor Gerard Carrigan, Alexander C. D. Fringes, Monika E. Gromek, Brendon Manwaring, Ofer Morag, Jeffrey L. Robbin
  • Patent number: D928821
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William Martin Bachman, Alexander C. D. Fringes, Monika E. Gromek, Jeffrey L. Robbin