Patents by Inventor Karen E. Fries

Karen E. Fries 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: 7925975
    Abstract: A user can access a searching component that allows the user to enter search terms to search for commands associated with a computer program. The most likely commands are provided to the user, and a command can be selected for execution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Aravind Bala, Karen E. Fries
  • Patent number: 7444348
    Abstract: A system for enhancing searching of a network has an architecture that supports a search tool component capable of soliciting a search query from a user and of invoking an instance of an Internet browser in which to display search results. A further embodiment of the invention providing at least one search option suggesting changing at least one search parameter and at least one option allowing the user to indicate that their search was successful.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Karen E. Fries, John M. Tippett, Jeffrey Richter
  • Patent number: 6751606
    Abstract: A system for enhancing searching of a network has an architecture that supports a network indexing component capable of indexing terms located in pages on the network and capable of receiving a search query and returning a topic for each term in the query that matches an indexed term. An embodiment of the system further provides for a search tool capable of displaying text associated with assisting a user to perform a search of the Internet and an animation component capable of displaying an animated character. Further embodiments support a search tool component capable of soliciting a search query from a user and of invoking an instance of an Internet browser in which to display search results. A further embodiment of the invention providing at least one search option suggesting changing at least one search parameter and at least one option allowing the user to indicate that their search was successful.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Karen E. Fries, John M. Tippett, Jeffrey Richter
  • Patent number: 6601059
    Abstract: A method for improving searching of a network receives a search query from a user without the query passing over the network. The query is then examined to determine if it includes misspelled words. After examining the query, the query is used to search the network. In some embodiments, the method also includes a step of providing a visual cue to the user to indicate that the search query includes a misspelled word. In further embodiments of the invention, the method also includes a step of providing lists of possible spellings for the misspelled words and allowing the user to select one of the possible spellings from the list. The method then replaces the misspelled word with the selected spelling to produce modified text. The modified text is then used to search the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Karen E. Fries
  • Patent number: 6513031
    Abstract: A method of aiding a user in searching a computer environment includes retrieving a search query from a user, accessing a user profile and selecting a search area based on the search query and the user profile. In other embodiments of the present invention, a method provides for receiving a search query, categorizing at least one term in the search query based on an indexed list of terms derived from pages on a network, and identifying at least one search area based on the category of a search term.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Karen E. Fries, John M. Tippett, Jeffrey Richter
  • Publication number: 20020147724
    Abstract: A system for enhancing searching of a network has an architecture that supports a search tool component capable of soliciting a search query from a user and of invoking an instance of an Internet browser in which to display search results. A further embodiment of the invention providing at least one search option suggesting changing at least one search parameter and at least one option allowing the user to indicate that their search was successful.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2002
    Publication date: October 10, 2002
    Inventors: Karen E. Fries, John M. Tippett, Jeffrey Richter
  • Patent number: 6388665
    Abstract: A software development platform generate a user interface that adopts a real world metaphor. In particular, the user interface appears to a user as containing rooms of a home. The user can specify what rooms are to be included in the home and can specify the style of the appearance of the rooms of the home. The user interface serves as a vehicle for the user to invoke applications and perform tasks. The user interface also generates a personal character for each user. The personal character is an animated guide that helps to assist the user in using the computer. Specialized characters may also be provided to perform specialized tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Barry J. Linnett, Karen E. Fries, Lawrence H. Powelson
  • Patent number: 5682469
    Abstract: A software development platform generates a user interface that adopts a real world metaphor. In particular, the user interface appears to a user as containing rooms of a home. The user can specify what rooms are to be included in the home and can specify the style of the appearance of the rooms of the home. The user interface serves as a vehicle for the user to invoke applications and perform tasks. The user interface also generates a personal character for each user. The personal character is an animated guide that helps to assist the user in using the computer. Specialized characters may also be provided to perform specialized tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Barry J. Linnett, Karen E. Fries, Lawrence H. Powelson