Patents by Inventor Matthew J. Kotler

Matthew J. Kotler 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: 10297061
    Abstract: A method and system for rendering graphics based on user customizations in a computer graphics application are disclosed. The customizations relate to various properties of one or more graphical elements in the graphic. Such properties include positioning, size, formatting and other visual attributes associated with the graphical elements. These properties may be defined as either semantic properties or presentation properties. Semantic properties are persistent across all graphic definitions. Presentation properties are specific to the graphic definition to which each particular graphic belongs. Thus, a customization to a semantic property of a displayed graphic is preserved in memory for application not only to the currently displayed graphic, but also to all other graphic definitions that may be displayed in the future. In contrast, a customization to a presentation property is only preserved for the currently displayed graphic, and thus not preserved for all other graphic definitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Karen K. Wong, Scott A. Sherman, Dawn Wright, Matthew J. Kotler, Ilan Berker, Brent Gilbert, Cynthia C. Shelly, Gary A. Pritting, Kim Tapia St. Amant, Richard J. Wolf
  • Publication number: 20190138520
    Abstract: A visualization of computer-enabled information in association with a computer-enabled map is provided. One or more data items may be imported onto a computer-generated mapping surface. A data visualization application may obtain location information, for example, physical address or latitude/longitude coordinates, for each data item. A map showing a geographical area large enough to contain each data item may be automatically generated and displayed, and each data item may be located on the map and may be identified by an identifying icon or label. Selection of an icon or label for any of the data items may cause display of information about the data item. The map display and visualization of the data items on the map display may be dynamically modified as one or more other data items are imported onto the visualization surface or as one or more existing data items are removed from the visualization surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Charles W. PARKER, Ned B. FRIEND, Erez KIKIN-GIL, Matthew J. KOTLER, B. Scott RUBLE, Igor ZAIKA
  • Patent number: 10198485
    Abstract: A visualization of computer-enabled information in association with a computer-enabled map is provided. One or more data items may be imported onto a computer-generated mapping surface. A data visualization application may obtain location information, for example, physical address or latitude/longitude coordinates, for each data item. A map showing a geographical area large enough to contain each data item may be automatically generated and displayed, and each data item may be located on the map and may be identified by an identifying icon or label. Selection of an icon or label for any of the data items may cause display of information about the data item. The map display and visualization of the data items on the map display may be dynamically modified as one or more other data items are imported onto the visualization surface or as one or more existing data items are removed from the visualization surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Charles W. Parker, Ned B. Friend, Erez Kikin-Gil, Matthew J. Kotler, B. Scott Ruble, Igor Zaika
  • Patent number: 10192176
    Abstract: Personalized task management is provided. A “doodling” zone or pane is provided in association with an electronic task interface that allows for entry of sketches, notes, the playing of games, and the like in association with entry, editing and use of task or list items in the task interface. In addition, task items entered into the task interface may be associated with other information, including previously entered or accomplished tasks, third party task content, enterprise task content, or other content. As tasks are completed, a completing user may be rewarded with a variety of on-display animations, gifts, reward items and/or other positive feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Kotler, Marta Rey-Babarro, Ned B. Friend, Erez Kikin-Gil, Charles W. Parker, Igor Zaika
  • Patent number: 10114531
    Abstract: Application of content and associated functionality from multiple content sources to an electronic content item is provided. Content from a first document may be displayed over a second document via a user interface component. If desired, such content may be inserted into the second document, and application functionality associated with the inserted content may be retained after it is inserted into the second document. One or more navigation means may be provided for conveniently navigating inside a content item (e.g., a document) for adding new content or for reviewing or editing existing content. In addition, a number of content views and content mappings may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Kotler, Michael Ivan Borysenko, Ned B. Friend, Erez Kikin-Gil, Charles W. Parker, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Scott M. Stiles, Igor Zaika
  • Patent number: 10033774
    Abstract: Multi-user, multi-computing device collaborative work experience is provided. One or more computing devices, including wired and wireless personal computers, laptop computers, servers, handheld mobile computing devices, for example, mobile telephones, tablet type computers, slate type computers and the like, may be linked together to allow users of such devices to engage in a collaborative work session. Information for each user engaged in the collaborative work session may be displayed on the one or more devices along with any content such as agenda items, documents, data, images, and the like. User participation may be tracked, and information on user participation, work session communications and content may be stored for subsequent use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Kotler, Joseph F. Friend, Ned B. Friend, Erez Kikin-Gil, Charles W. Parker, Igor Zaika
  • Patent number: 9998509
    Abstract: Application of comments to a variety of application functionality content is provided. Comments may be entered and displayed in a comments user interface component directly in line in the text or other objects of a document or other content item. Displayed comments may be collapsed to a simplified comments tab that may remain displayed in the associated document or content item. Selection of the comments tab may allow for expansion of the comments user interface component to full size. The comments tab may likewise be collapsed to an icon or other image displayed next to the associated content, and the icon or other image may be configured to provide an indication of the length of an associated comments conversation thread. One or more social feedback mechanisms may be employed to show feedback on a given component or portion of a document or content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Kotler, Ned B. Friend, Erez Kikin-Gil, Charles W. Parker, Igor Zaika
  • Patent number: 9996241
    Abstract: Interactive visualization of multiple software functionality content items is provided. A variety of content items may be associated with each other according to one or more association attributes. A visualization presentation of one or more of the content items may be displayed in a visualization interface. Organization of content items may be made in association with a visualization ordering based on one or more logical attributes. An ordered navigation interface component may be provided to allow navigation of the displayed content items in a moving visualization such that a focused on content item may be displayed in a main or primary display position. Users may interact with each content item displayed in the visualization interface to include providing edits, comments, feedback, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Erez Kikin-Gil, Ned B. Friend, Matthew J. Kotler, Charles W. Parker
  • Publication number: 20170199628
    Abstract: When using graphical diagrams, cutting and pasting operations may take advantage of predefined relationships to intelligently insert and remove items from the diagram. A text data model may be interpreted sequentially or hierarchically to construct various diagrams. Pasting operations will bring new data into the diagram and data model while conforming the new data to the diagram definition. Cutting operations may cause the data model and diagram to be healed to conform to the diagram definition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Karen K. Wong, Andrew J. Howe, Brent Gilbert, Crystal L. Hoyer, Matthew J. Kotler, Mikko T. Mannisto
  • Publication number: 20170193683
    Abstract: A method and system for rendering graphics based on user customizations in a computer graphics application are disclosed. The customizations relate to various properties of one or more graphical elements in the graphic. Such properties include positioning, size, formatting and other visual attributes associated with the graphical elements. These properties may be defined as either semantic properties or presentation properties. Semantic properties are persistent across all graphic definitions. Presentation properties are specific to the graphic definition to which each particular graphic belongs. Thus, a customization to a semantic property of a displayed graphic is preserved in memory for application not only to the currently displayed graphic, but also to all other graphic definitions that may be displayed in the future. In contrast, a customization to a presentation property is only preserved for the currently displayed graphic, and thus not preserved for all other graphic definitions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Karen K. Wong, Scott A. Sherman, Dawn Wright, Matthew J. Kotler, Ilan Berker, Brent Gilbert, Cynthia C. Shelly, Gary A. Pritting, Kim Tapia St. Amant, Richard J. Wolf
  • Patent number: 9639230
    Abstract: When using graphical diagrams, cutting and pasting operations may take advantage of predefined relationships to intelligently insert and remove items from the diagram. A text data model may be interpreted sequentially or hierarchically to construct various diagrams. Pasting operations will bring new data into the diagram and data model while conforming the new data to the diagram definition. Cutting operations may cause the data model and diagram to be healed to conform to the diagram definition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Karen K. Wong, Andrew J. Howe, Brent Gilbert, Crystal L. Hoyer, Matthew J. Kotler, Mikko T. Mannisto
  • Patent number: 9619910
    Abstract: A method and system for rendering graphics based on user customizations in a computer graphics application are disclosed. The customizations relate to various properties of one or more graphical elements in the graphic. Such properties include positioning, size, formatting and other visual attributes associated with the graphical elements. These properties may be defined as either semantic properties or presentation properties. Semantic properties are persistent across all graphic definitions. Presentation properties are specific to the graphic definition to which each particular graphic belongs. Thus, a customization to a semantic property of a displayed graphic is preserved in memory for application not only to the currently displayed graphic, but also to all other graphic definitions that may be displayed in the future. In contrast, a customization to a presentation property is only preserved for the currently displayed graphic, and thus not preserved for all other graphic definitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Karen K. Wong, Scott A. Sherman, Dawn Wright, Matthew J. Kotler, Ilan Berker, Brent Gilbert, Cynthia C. Shelly, Gary A. Pritting, Kim Tapia St. Amant, Richard J. Wolf
  • Patent number: 9612670
    Abstract: A system and method for implementing an efficient and easy to user interface for a touch screen device. A cursor may be placed by a user using simple inputs. The device operates places the cursor coarsely and refines the cursor placement upon further input from the user. Text may be selected using a gripper associated with the cursor. The user interface allows text selection without occluding the text being selected with the user's finger or the gripper. For selecting text in a multi-line block of text, a dynamic safety zone is implemented to simplify text selection for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Weir, Jennifer L. Anderson, Jennifer Wolfe, Gerrit H. Hofmeester, Jan-Kristian Markiewicz, Andrew R. Brauninger, Stuart J. Stuple, David Earl Washington, Matthew J. Kotler, Ryan Demopoulos, Amish Patel
  • Publication number: 20170060827
    Abstract: A facility for generating a graphic image is described. The facility receives from a user a body of text whose creation is not subject to any rules or prototypes. The facility discerns from the body of text a textual organization. The facility then generates a graphic image conveying the discerned textual organization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence Fubini Waldman, Dawn M. Wright, Gary A. Pritting, Lutz Gerhard, Matthew J. Kotler, Cynthia C. Shelly
  • Patent number: 9544158
    Abstract: Multi-user, multi-computing device collaborative work experience is provided. One or more computing devices, including wired and wireless personal computers, laptop computers, servers, handheld mobile computing devices, for example, mobile telephones, tablet type computers, slate type computers and the like, may be linked together to allow users of such devices to engage in a collaborative work session. Information for each user engaged in the collaborative work session may be displayed on the one or more devices along with any content such as agenda items, documents, data, images, and the like. User participation may be tracked, and information on user participation, work session communications and content may be stored for subsequent use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Kotler, Joseph F. Friend, Ned B. Friend, Erez Kikin-Gil, Charles W. Parker, Igor Zaika
  • Patent number: 9529786
    Abstract: A facility for generating a graphic image is described. The facility receives from a user a body of text whose creation is not subject to any rules or prototypes. The facility discerns from the body of text a textual organization. The facility then generates a graphic image conveying the discerned textual organization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence Fubini Waldman, Dawn M. Wright, Gary A. Pritting, Lutz Gerhard, Matthew J. Kotler, Cynthia C. Shelly
  • Publication number: 20160371868
    Abstract: The present invention includes a graphics software program that automatically creates graphical content when a user creates or modifies a hierarchical list of content data and chooses from one of a plurality of graphical definition choices for the graphical elements. In addition, the present invention includes a user interface with three different displays. The first display presents the user with one or more galleries including a gallery with a plurality of graphical definitions. The second display is a content entry area. The final display is a drawing canvas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Brent Gilbert, Cynthia C. Shelly, Gary A. Pritting, Kim Tapia St. Amant, Matthew J. Kotler, Richard J. Wolf
  • Patent number: 9489359
    Abstract: The present invention includes a graphics software program that automatically creates graphical content when a user creates or modifies a hierarchical list of content data and chooses from one of a plurality of graphical definition choices for the graphical elements. In addition, the present invention includes a user interface with three different displays. The first display presents the user with one or more galleries including a gallery with a plurality of graphical definitions. The second display is a content entry area. The final display is a drawing canvas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Brent Gilbert, Cynthia C. Shelly, Gary A. Pritting, Kim Tapia St. Amant, Matthew J. Kotler, Richard J. Wolf
  • Patent number: 9400567
    Abstract: A system and method for implementing an efficient and easy to user interface for a touch screen device. A cursor may be placed by a user using simple inputs. The device operates places the cursor coarsely and refines the cursor placement upon further input from the user. Text may be selected using a gripper associated with the cursor. The user interface allows text selection without occluding the text being selected with the user's finger or the gripper. For selecting text in a multi-line block of text, a dynamic safety zone is implemented to simplify text selection for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Weir, Jennifer L. Anderson, Jennifer Wolfe, Gerrit H. Hofmeester, Jan-Kristian Markiewicz, Andrew R. Brauninger, Stuart J. Stuple, David Earl Washington, Matthew J. Kotler, Ryan Demopoulos, Amish Patel
  • Patent number: RE47152
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for altering the appearance of a digital image using a shape. A mask edit mode of operation is provided in which an application program displays a mask shape superimposed on a digital image. The application program also provides user interface controls for altering the size, position, and rotation of the digital image independently of the mask shape, and user interface controls for altering the size, position, and rotation of the mask shape independently of the digital image. When a cropping request is received, the portion of the digital image within the mask shape is mapped onto the mask shape, thereby creating a mask-cropped shape, and a normal editing mode is entered. In the normal editing mode a set of user interface controls is provided for modifying the size, position, and rotation of the mask-cropped shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Larry T. Hatfield, Scott H. Douglas, Nicholas W. Rohring, Matthew J. Kotler, Steven P. Geffner, David Wayne Waltman, Auston Warner Zahrt, Zhao-Hong Mai