Patents by Inventor Melvin L. Barnes, Jr.

Melvin L. Barnes, Jr. 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: 10489449
    Abstract: One method performed by a computer stores data, receives voice data, and annotates the stored data based on the voice data. Another method stores a plurality of files in memory, determines that the memory has reached a threshold capacity, selects one or more files for remote storage in response to the memory reaching the threshold capacity, and wirelessly transmits the selected one or more files to a remote storage device. Another method audibly presents an advertisement by a mobile device, receives an input at the mobile device, and presents the advertisement again by the mobile device in response to receiving the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Gula Consulting Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20190354634
    Abstract: One method performed by a computer stores data, receives voice data, and annotates the stored data based on the voice data. Another method stores a plurality of files in memory, determines that the memory has reached a threshold capacity, selects one or more files for remote storage in response to the memory reaching the threshold capacity, and wirelessly transmits the selected one or more files to a remote storage device. Another method audibly presents an advertisement by a mobile device, receives an input at the mobile device, and presents the advertisement again by the mobile device in response to receiving the input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: Gula Consulting Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, JR.
  • Publication number: 20190205468
    Abstract: One method performed by a computer stores data, receives voice data, and annotates the stored data based on the voice data. Another method stores a plurality of files in memory, determines that the memory has reached a threshold capacity, selects one or more files for remote storage in response to the memory reaching the threshold capacity, and wirelessly transmits the selected one or more files to a remote storage device. Another method audibly presents an advertisement by a mobile device, receives an input at the mobile device, and presents the advertisement again by the mobile device in response to receiving the input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: Gula Consulting Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, JR.
  • Patent number: 9996315
    Abstract: Systems and methods of using audio input with a mobile device. A method comprises receiving content at a mobile device; annotating, at the mobile device, a selectable item of a user interface associated with the content with an annotation; receiving, at the mobile device, an audio input associated with the annotation; converting, at the mobile device, the audio input into a user interface command; and causing the mobile device to perform a function in response to the user interface command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Gula Consulting Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20180035074
    Abstract: A method for processing a first image having associated location data is provided. In one embodiment, the method comprises determining that a location alias exists for the location data of the first image, storing the location alias in memory in association with the first image, determining an identity of a person who appears in the first image via processing of facial data of the person from the first image, storing information of the identity of the person appearing in the first image in memory in association with the first image, outputting the first image to a display in response to a request, outputting the location alias to the display for viewing concurrently with the first image, and outputting the identity of the person who appears in the first image to the display for viewing concurrently with the first image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, JR.
  • Patent number: 9864958
    Abstract: A system, method, apparatus and computer program product for providing location based functions and mobile e-commerce comprising a central processing unit including a processor, a storage device, and programming stored in the storage device, a display device, an audio input device, an audio output device, a communications module, a commerce module, an image module, and a location module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Gula Consulting Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9858595
    Abstract: According to one method, a mobile communication device determines its location and compares its location to a location associated with an automation system. If the location of the mobile communication device matches the location associated with the automation system, the mobile communication device transmits a command to the automation system. According to another method, a mobile communication device determines if it has entered wireless communication range of an automation system and determines if it has exited wireless communication range of an automation system. In response to determining if the mobile communication device has entered wireless communication range of an automation system, the mobile communication device transmits a first command from to the automation system. In response to determining if the mobile communication device has exited wireless communication range of an automation system, mobile communication device transmits a second command to the automation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Gula Consulting Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20160292737
    Abstract: According to one method, a mobile communication device determines its location and compares its location to a location associated with an automation system. If the location of the mobile communication device matches the location associated with the automation system, the mobile communication device transmits a command to the automation system. According to another method, a mobile communication device determines if it has entered wireless communication range of an automation system and determines if it has exited wireless communication range of an automation system. In response to determining if the mobile communication device has entered wireless communication range of an automation system, the mobile communication device transmits a first command from to the automation system. In response to determining if the mobile communication device has exited wireless communication range of an automation system, mobile communication device transmits a second command to the automation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, JR.
  • Patent number: 9311656
    Abstract: Systems and methods facilitate entry into an access-controlled location using a mobile communication device. The method comprises receiving at the mobile communication device via a communication network an entry code that facilitates access to the access-controlled location, storing the entry code in a memory associated with the mobile communication device, and, in response to determining that the mobile communication device is within the predetermined distance of the access-controlled location, transmitting the entry code from the mobile communication device to an entry-control computer system, which determines whether the entry code is valid. The method may further comprise receiving at the mobile communication device an indication that the entry code is valid, and, in order to gain entry into the access-controlled location at an entrance to the access-controlled location, providing to the entry-control computer system via the mobile communication device the indication that the entry code is valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Gula Consulting Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150234636
    Abstract: Systems and methods of using audio input with a mobile device. A method comprises receiving content at a mobile device; annotating, at the mobile device, a selectable item of a user interface associated with the content with an annotation; receiving, at the mobile device, an audio input associated with the annotation; converting, at the mobile device, the audio input into a user interface command; and causing the mobile device to perform a function in response to the user interface command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, JR.
  • Patent number: 8799097
    Abstract: Systems and methods allow users to capture an image and transmit data to a remote system. An embodiment includes a method comprising capturing, at a mobile device, an image; generating, at the mobile device, text from the image using a recognition algorithm; and transmitting, from the mobile device, the text to a remote system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Wounder GmbH., LLC
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8694366
    Abstract: Systems and methods of using a mobile communication device to locate a product or a vender within a shopping facility. The method comprises receiving, via an input associated with the mobile communication device, a request to locate the product or the vender within the shopping facility, transmitting the request to a remote computer system, and receiving at the mobile communication device from the remote computer system an indication of whether the product or vender is located within the shopping facility, and, if the product or the vender is located within the shopping facility, an indication of the location of the product or the vender within the shopping facility. The remote computer system is configured to determine whether the product or the vender is located within the shopping facility and determine a location of the product or the vender within the shopping facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Wounder GmbH., LLC
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8666804
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for using an agent computer system to obtain information from multiple service-provider computer systems. The method comprises, in response to receiving search criteria at the agent computer system from a client computer system, determining one or more service-provider computer systems with which to communicate to obtain information satisfying the search criteria, determining, for each of said one or more service-provider computer systems, a communication protocol to use to communicate with the service-provider computer system to obtain information satisfying the search criteria, transmitting from the agent computer system to each of said one or more service-provider computer systems, using the communication protocol determined to be used with each service-provider computer system, a request to obtain information satisfying the search criteria, and receiving at the agent computer system from each of said one or more service-provider computer systems a response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Wounder GmbH., LLC
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8611919
    Abstract: A system, method, apparatus and computer program product for providing location based functions and mobile e-commerce comprising a central processing unit including a processor, a storage device, and programming stored in the storage device, a display device, an audio input device, an audio output device, a communications module, a commerce module, an image module, and a location module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Wounder GmbH., LLC
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8606314
    Abstract: A device and method of providing wireless communications is provided. In one embodiment, the method includes determining that a plurality of wireless networks are concurrently available to provide wireless communication for a telephone device wherein the plurality of wireless networks include different types of networks, selecting one of the plurality of wireless networks based, at least in part, one or more rules, establishing a first wireless communication link with a remote device via the selected network, and wherein the one or more rules are configured to reduce a cost of communicating data. Other embodiments may include various other selection criteria for selecting a network such as, for example, the available bandwidth of one or more of the networks and the type of data to be communicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Wounder GmbH., LLC
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8447643
    Abstract: A system and method for providing ratings related to a plurality of websites is provided. One embodiment of the system may include program code adapted to execute as a browser toolbar to implement a method comprising retrieving an identifier from the end user computing device, transmitting a request to a remote computer system for a rating value in response to a web page being loaded into the browser, receiving a rating value from the remote computer system, displaying the rating value in the toolbar, receiving a first user rating of the user from the remote computer system, displaying the first user rating in the toolbar, receiving a user input comprising a second user rating from the end user, transmitting the second user rating to the remote computer system, and displaying the second user rating in the toolbar. The remote computer system may store user ratings and reviews and transmit user ratings, an average rating, and a review count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8417258
    Abstract: A device and method of providing wireless communications is provided. In one embodiment, the method includes storing location criteria in a memory, determining a location of the device, determining whether a location of the device substantially corresponds to the location criteria, and wirelessly transmitting a notification via the wireless data network if the location of mobile communication device substantially corresponds to the location criteria. In addition, the location criteria may include information of a communication device and the determining whether a location of the device substantially corresponds to the location criteria may comprise determining that the mobile communication device is within a proximity of the communication device. The method may include monitoring one or more uses of the device and wirelessly transmitting use data via the wireless data network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Wounder GmbH., LLC
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8301314
    Abstract: A system, device and method for regulating the voltage at a customer premises that is supplied power via a first medium voltage power line is provided. In one embodiment, the method of using a computer system comprises determining medium voltage (MV) data comprising data of the voltage supplied to the first medium voltage power line at a plurality of times, storing the MV data for each of the plurality of times in a memory, determining current data comprising data of a current supplied to the medium voltage power line at the plurality of times, storing the current data at each of the plurality of times in memory in association with the voltage data of the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: S&C Electric Company
    Inventors: Brian J. Deaver, Sr., Melvin L. Barnes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8204793
    Abstract: A portable communication device and method of use is provided. In one embodiment, the method of using a handheld mobile telephone includes capturing a plurality of images via an image input device; storing the plurality of images in a memory, receiving a first speech input, identifying command information in said first speech input; retrieving information from memory based, at least in part, on the command information. The method may further include generating a request related to an article of commerce that includes, at least in part, the information retrieved from memory, determining a destination for transmitting the request, and wirelessly transmitting said request through a mobile telephone network to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Wounder GmbH., LLC
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120096490
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for transmitting an advertisement to a client device. The method comprises, receiving from a client device via a communication network a profile that includes information concerning a user, selecting, via a processor, an advertisement from a plurality of available advertisements based on the information concerning the user included in the profile and also based on targeting criteria associated with each of the available advertisements, and transmitting to the client device via the communication network the advertisement selected from the plurality of available advertisements so that the advertisement can be presented via the client device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: Wounder GmbH., LLC
    Inventor: Melvin L. Barnes, JR.