Patents by Inventor Melora Zaner

Melora Zaner 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).

  • Publication number: 20180225683
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tagging transactions with emotions are disclosed. According to one embodiment, in an information processing device comprising at least one computer processor, a method for associating an emotion with a transaction may include: (1) receiving, at a computer application executed by the computer processor, transaction information for a transaction conducted by a user; (2) presenting at least a portion of the transaction on a display of the information processing device and a plurality of icons, each icon representing an emotion, to associate the transaction with; (3) receiving a selection of one of the plurality of icons; and (4) associating the transaction with the emotion associated with the selected icon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew Gromada, Amanda Valladares, Amanda Smith, Melora Zaner, Jay E. Parsons, Jonathan Beck, Erika Scott, Claudio Esposito, Indeevara H. De Silva, Melissa Feldsher, Geoffrey L. Goetz, Michael Thornton, Kimberly Chan
  • 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: 20170085688
    Abstract: A device includes a housing adapted for wearing on a human body, with a sparse light-emitting array including a plurality of spaced light-emitting sources, a control circuit including a wireless module, the control circuit configured to control lighting of the sparse light-emitting array in response to external control signals that are received wirelessly; and at least one electrical contact arranged on the housing, the at least one electrical contact arranged to provide at least one of: electrical power to the smart wearable device or data transfer between the smart wearable device and an external device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Jing Zhou, Melora Zaner, Shannon You
  • Patent number: 8705746
    Abstract: A system that enables a cloud-based data repository to function as a secure ‘drop-box’ for data that corresponds to a user is provided. The ‘drop box’ can be facilitated through the use of cryptographic keying technologies. For instance, data that is ‘dropped’ by or on behalf of a particular user can be encrypted using a public key that corresponds to a user-specific private key. Thus, although the data resides within the large pool of ‘cloud-based’ data, it is protected since it can only be decrypted by using the private key, which is kept secret. The innovation can further facilitate user-centric secure storage by partitioning the cloud-based repository into multiple partitions, each of which corresponds to specific indexing criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, William H. Gates, III, Raymond E Ozzie, Thomas F. Bergstraesser, Lili Cheng, Michael Connolly, Alexander G. Gounares, Debi P. Mishra, Ira L. Snyder, Jr., Melora Zaner-Godsey
  • Patent number: 8631082
    Abstract: Various technologies pertaining to instant messaging are described herein. A persistent instant messaging group is created, wherein the persistent instant messaging group comprises a plurality of members and persists over a plurality of instant messaging sessions. Instances of an instant messaging application are installed on mobile telephones, and the instant messaging application is used to transmit instant messages between members of the persistent instant messaging group. Messages directed towards offline members of the persistent instant messaging group are transmitted to such members when they come online.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Scott Moudy, Aarthi Natarajan, Asta Roseway, Geeven Singh, George Joy, Ranjib Singh Badh, Richard Michael Eames, Marcella C. S. Rader, Alexandra K. Heron, Vasudha Chandrasekaran, Nicole Danielle Steinbok, Steven Abrahams, Troy A. Schauls, Amy Wai-Yee Ip, Melora Zaner-Godsey, Seshagiri Panchapagesan, Jeroen Van Turennout, Vlad Cretu
  • Patent number: 8601598
    Abstract: A system that enables a cloud-based data repository to function as a secure ‘drop-box’ for data that corresponds to a user is provided. The ‘drop box’ can be facilitated through the use of cryptographic keying technologies. For instance, data that is ‘dropped’ by or on behalf of a particular user can be encrypted using a public key that corresponds to a user-specific private key. Thus, although the data resides within the large pool of ‘cloud-based’ data, it is protected since it can only be decrypted by using the private key, which is kept secret. The innovation can further facilitate user-centric secure storage by partitioning the cloud-based repository into multiple partitions, each of which corresponds to specific indexing criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond E Ozzie, William H. Gates, III, Thomas F. Bergstraesser, Lili Cheng, Michael Connolly, Alexander G. Gounares, Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, Debi P. Mishra, Ira L. Snyder, Jr., Melora Zaner-Godsey
  • Patent number: 8474027
    Abstract: A user-centric or identity-centric resource licensing system that manages access to ‘cloud-based’ resources (e.g., applications and services) is provided. A ‘cloud’ refers to a collection of resources (e.g., hardware and/or software) provided and maintained by an off-site or off-premise party (e.g., third party), wherein the collection of resources can be accessed by an identified user via a network. In accordance with the user-centric licensing model, the resource license (and subscription) rights can migrate with a user without regard to physical location, device used, or other contextual factors (e.g., activity engaged). Effectively, the rights are mapped (and tracked) as a function of a user identity, which can be a core identity or an identity based upon activity engaged, role, capacity, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, William H. Gates, III, Thomas F. Bergstraesser, Lili Cheng, Nishant V. Dani, Daniel S. Glasser, Ira L. Snyder, Jr., Melora Zaner-Godsey
  • Patent number: 8352874
    Abstract: A communication icon represents a shared connection allowing members of an online group to interact with each other and participate in different activities together. The icon through which the group interacts resides on each group member's desktop and has many attributes including click activation modes and drag and drop functionality. The icon provides each group member with a representation of the group's shared relationship. Any group member can change the group icon and have that change propagated to the computers of the other members of the group. The icon can be activated for both non-verbal and verbal communications as well as activity sharing. Online members of the group are kept apprised of the group's status and activities via a displayed status bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Melora Zaner, Eugene Mesgar, Neel Ishwar Murarka, Asta Glatzer, Kathleen Mulcahy, Rama Ranganath, Erica Sanders, Cesare John Saretto, Tammy Savage, John Vert, Eugene Zarakhovsky
  • Patent number: 8341233
    Abstract: Various technologies pertaining to instant messaging are described herein. A persistent instant messaging group is created, wherein the persistent instant messaging group comprises a plurality of members and persists over a plurality of instant messaging sessions. Instances of an instant messaging application are installed on mobile telephones, and the instant messaging application is used to transmit instant messages between members of the persistent instant messaging group. Messages directed towards offline members of the persistent instant messaging group are transmitted to such members when they come online.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Scott Moudy, Aarthi Natarajan, Asta Roseway, Geeven Singh, George Joy, Ranjib Singh Badh, Richard Michael Eames, Marcella C. S. Rader, Alexander K. Heron, Vasudha Chandrasekaran, Nicole Danielle Steinbok, Steven Abrahams, Troy A. Schauls, Amy Wai-Yee Ip, Melora Zaner-Godsey, Seshagiri Panchapagesan, Jeroen Van Turennout, Vlad Cretu
  • Patent number: 8341405
    Abstract: A system that can assist users to manage a personal active directory for all of their information maintained within a cloud-based environment is provided. The identity of a client that accesses data is monitored and recorded in a log. In turn, this information can be made available to the owner of the information in order to develop a desired access control list (ACL). Additionally, the system can employ a heuristic component that can automatically establish the ACL on the owner's behalf. As well, the system can track how information is being accessed (or attempted to be accessed) by other people therefore, giving the owner of the information the opportunity to restrict or allow access based upon any number of recorded factors (e.g., identity, context).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, William H. Gates, III, Lili Cheng, Daniel S. Glasser, Ira L Snyder, Jr., Melora Zaner-Godsey
  • Patent number: 8196051
    Abstract: A novel technique automatically stores synchronized group history related to an online group interaction and enables individual group members to later view and access the group history. In an embodiment of the invention, the group history is accessible by group members independently of group interactions at any later time. According to various embodiments of the invention, the group history may be presented in an overview form or a detailed form. With respect to the detailed form, the group history may be presented graphically, such as in an icon timeline or collage, textually, such as in list form, or in any combination of presentation formats. In a further embodiment of the invention, the synchronized group history is writable by group members in addition to being automatically maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Melora Zaner, Eun-Kyung Chung, Geoffrey Elliott, Heather Ferguson, Tammy Savage, Jonathan Sposato, John Vert, Joe Walkush
  • Publication number: 20120072515
    Abstract: Various technologies pertaining to instant messaging are described herein. A persistent instant messaging group is created, wherein the persistent instant messaging group comprises a plurality of members and persists over a plurality of instant messaging sessions. Instances of an instant messaging application are installed on mobile telephones, and the instant messaging application is used to transmit instant messages between members of the persistent instant messaging group. Messages directed towards offline members of the persistent instant messaging group are transmitted to such members when they come online.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian Scott Moudy, Aarthi Natarajan, Asta Roseway, Geeven Singh, George Joy, Ranjib Singh Badh, Richard Michael Eames, Marcella C.S. Rader, Alexandra K. Heron, Vasudha Chandrasekaran, Nicole Danielle Steinbok, Steven Abrahams, Troy A. Schauls, Amy Wai-Yee Ip, Melora Zaner-Godsey, Seshagiri Panchapagesan, Jeroen Van Turennout, Vlad Cretu
  • Patent number: 8086686
    Abstract: A system described herein includes a receiver component that receives a request to create a persistent messaging group for an instant messaging application, wherein the request includes an indication of one or more entities that are desired to be members of the persistent messaging group. The system further includes a group creator component that creates the persistent messaging group based at least in part upon the received group creation request, wherein the persistent messaging group is persisted over multiple instant messaging sessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Scott Moudy, Aarthi Natarajan, Asta Roseway, Geeven Singh, George Joy, Ranjib Singh Badh, Richard Michael Eames, Marcella C. S. Rader, Alexander K. Heron, Vasudha Chandrasekaran, Nicole Danielle Steinbok, Steven Abrahams, Troy A. Schauls, Amy Wai-Yee Ip, Melora Zaner-Godsey, Seshagiri Panchapagesan, Jeroen Van Turennout, Vlad Cretu
  • Patent number: 8012023
    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: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: William H. Gates, III, Gary W. Flake, Alexander G. Gounares, Thomas F. Bergstraesser, Arnold N. Blinn, Christopher W. Brumme, Lili Cheng, Michael Connolly, Daniel S. Glasser, James R. Larus, Matthew B. MacLaurin, Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, Debi P. Mishra, Amit Mital, Ira L. Snyder, Jr., Melora Zaner-Godsey
  • Patent number: 7930197
    Abstract: Personal data mining mechanisms and methods are employed to identify relevant information that otherwise would likely remain undiscovered. Users supply personal data that can be analyzed in conjunction with data associated with a plurality of other users to provide useful information that can improve business operations and/or quality of life. Personal data can be mined alone or in conjunction with third party data to identify correlations amongst the data and associated users. Applications or services can interact with such data and present it to users in a myriad of manners, for instance as notifications of opportunities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond E. Ozzie, William H. Gates, III, Gary W. Flake, Thomas F. Bergstraesser, Arnold N. Blinn, Christopher W. Brumme, Lili Cheng, Michael Connolly, Nishant V. Dani, Dane A. Glasgow, Daniel S. Glasser, Alexander G. Gounares, James R. Larus, Matthew B. MacLaurin, Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, Debi P. Mishra, Amit Mital, Ira L. Snyder, Jr., Chandramohan A. Thekkath, David R. Treadwell, III, Melora Zaner-Godsey
  • Publication number: 20110072098
    Abstract: A system described herein includes a receiver component that receives a request to create a persistent messaging group for an instant messaging application, wherein the request includes an indication of one or more entities that are desired to be members of the persistent messaging group. The system further includes a group creator component that creates the persistent messaging group based at least in part upon the received group creation request, wherein the persistent messaging group is persisted over multiple instant messaging sessions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian Scott Moudy, Aarthi Natarajan, Asta Roseway, Geeven Singh, George Joy, Ranjib Singh Badh, Richard Michael Eames, Marcella C. S. Rader, Alexandra K. Heron, Vasudha Chandrasekaran, Nicole Danielle Steinbok, Steven Abrahams, Troy A. Schauls, Amy Wai-Yee Ip, Melora Zaner-Godsey, Seshagiri Panchapagesan, Jeroen Van Turennout, Vlad Cretu
  • Patent number: 7895524
    Abstract: A novel application and user interface for facilitating group interactions over a network integrates messaging, file sharing, media playing, journaling, profiles, and gaming into a cohesive environment. The groups facilitated by the invention are persistent and mobile in that a user does not have to recollect and reconfigure the group each time he or she wants to interact with the group online and, while online, the group may be taken from one activity to another without having to disband and reconnect at the second activity. The application is modular so as to be extensible to include other activities and functionalities. In an embodiment, the group interaction application utilizes a peer-to-peer network environment to facilitate network communications between group members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Melora Zaner, Kathleen Mulcahy, Erica Sanders, Cesare John Saretto, Eugene Zarahovsky, Eugene Mesgar, Neel Ishwar Murarka, Heather Ferguson, Asta Glatzer, Rama Ranganath, Tammy Savage, John Vert, Linda Stone
  • Patent number: 7865563
    Abstract: A system described herein includes a receiver component that receives a request to create a persistent messaging group for an instant messaging application, wherein the request includes an indication of one or more entities that are desired to be members of the persistent messaging group. The system further includes a group creator component that creates the persistent messaging group based at least in part upon the received group creation request, wherein the persistent messaging group is persisted over multiple instant messaging sessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventors: Brian Scott Moudy, Aarthi Natarajan, Asta Roseway, Geeven Singh, George Joy, Ranjib Singh Badh, Richard Michael Eames, Marcella C. S. Rader, Alexandra K. Heron, Vasudha Chandrasekaran, Nicole Danielle Steinbok, Steven Abrahams, Troy A. Schauls, Amy Wai-Yee Ip, Melora Zaner-Godsey, Seshagiri Panchapagesan, Jeroen Van Turennout, Vlad Cretu
  • Patent number: D846582
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Amanda Valladares, Amanda Smith, Melora Zaner, Matthew Gromada, Jay E. Parsons, Jonathan Beck, Erika Scott, Claudio Esposito, Indeevara H. De Silva, Melissa Feldsher, Geoffrey L. Goetz, Michael Thornton, Kimberly Chan
  • Patent number: D848465
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Amanda Smith, Amanda Valladares, Erika Scott, Melora Zaner, Christina Noonan, Sarah Bradford, Karmen Kaufmann, Kaoru Kumatani, Rodrigo Miguel, Jules Toulemonde