Patents by Inventor Michael Vernal

Michael Vernal 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: 20170318024
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving, from a client device of an author of a message, a request for a restricted ideogram to be inserted into a message; accessing social-networking information for the author; determining, based on the social-networking information for the author, whether the author is authorized to access the restricted ideogram; accessing social-networking information for a recipient user; determining, based on the social-networking information for the recipient user, whether the recipient user is authorized to access the restricted ideogram; and if the author and the recipient user are authorized to access the restricted ideogram, then sending, to the client device of the author, information to insert the restricted ideogram into the message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: David Ebersman, Samuel Lessin, Thomas Stocky, Michael Vernal
  • Patent number: 9749334
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving, from a client device of an author of a message, a request for a restricted ideogram to be inserted into a message; accessing social-networking information for the author; determining, based on the social-networking information for the author, whether the author is authorized to access the restricted ideogram; accessing social-networking information for a recipient user; determining, based on the social-networking information for the recipient user, whether the recipient user is authorized to access the restricted ideogram; and if the author and the recipient user are authorized to access the restricted ideogram, then sending, to the client device of the author, information to insert the restricted ideogram into the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ebersman, Samuel Lessin, Thomas Stocky, Michael Vernal
  • Publication number: 20170063870
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving, from a client device of an author of a message, a request for a restricted ideogram to be inserted into a message; accessing social-networking information for the author; determining, based on the social-networking information for the author, whether the author is authorized to access the restricted ideogram; accessing social-networking information for a recipient user; determining, based on the social-networking information for the recipient user, whether the recipient user is authorized to access the restricted ideogram; and if the author and the recipient user are authorized to access the restricted ideogram, then sending, to the client device of the author, information to insert the restricted ideogram into the message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: David Ebersman, Samuel Lessin, Thomas Stocky, Michael Vernal
  • Patent number: 9515968
    Abstract: Particular embodiments of a method comprise providing one or more ideograms (e.g., written characters, symbols or images that represent an idea or thing) for insertion into a message. A request may be received from a user for a restricted one of the ideograms. A determination may be made as to whether the user is authorized to access the restricted ideogram. This determination may be based on whether the user is a member of a group of authorized users, whether an attribute of the user meets a restriction requirement, or whether the request comprises an authorization code or token. If the user is authorized to access the restricted ideogram, then the restricted ideogram may be displayed to the user in association with the message. Otherwise, a restricted-content response may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ebersman, Samuel Lessin, Thomas Stocky, Michael Vernal
  • Patent number: 9460215
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing a social graph that includes a number of nodes and edges connecting the nodes. Each of the edges between two of the nodes representing a single degree of separation between them. The nodes include a first node corresponding to a first user associated with an online social network and a plurality of second nodes that each correspond to a concept or a second user associated with the online social network. The method also includes generating a card cluster including a number of cards. Each card includes a suggested query referencing a query-domain associated with the online social network and zero or more query-filters. Each query-filter references one or more nodes of the plurality of nodes or one or more edges of the plurality of edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Avichal Garg, Ming Hua, Michael Vernal, Yang Qin, Dan Ionut Fechete
  • Publication number: 20150220774
    Abstract: Particular embodiments of a method comprise analyzing an image to classify an expression displayed on a face shown in a captured image. Image analysis may include detecting the face in the image, generating a characterization of features of the face, and classifying the expression based on the characterization. The characterization of facial features may be based on benchmark metrics for a particular expression. One or more ideograms (e.g., written characters, symbols or images that represent an idea or thing) may be selected based on the expression. The selection may be based on one or more match scores for the expression. The match scores may be determined based on an ideogram dictionary or an ideogram usage history. The selected ideograms may then be presented, in association with the face, on a screen for the computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ebersman, Samuel Lessin, Thomas Stocky, Michael Vernal
  • Publication number: 20150222617
    Abstract: Particular embodiments of a method comprise providing one or more ideograms (e.g., written characters, symbols or images that represent an idea or thing) for insertion into a message. A request may be received from a user for a restricted one of the ideograms. A determination may be made as to whether the user is authorized to access the restricted ideogram. This determination may be based on whether the user is a member of a group of authorized users, whether an attribute of the user meets a restriction requirement, or whether the request comprises an authorization code or token. If the user is authorized to access the restricted ideogram, then the restricted ideogram may be displayed to the user in association with the message. Otherwise, a restricted-content response may be generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ebersman, Samuel Lessin, Thomas Stocky, Michael Vernal
  • Publication number: 20150222586
    Abstract: Particular embodiments of a method comprise analyzing a message to perform sentiment analysis with respect to at least a portion of the message. One or more sentiments associated with the at least a portion of the message may then be identified. One or more ideograms (e.g., written characters, symbols or images that represent an idea or thing), each corresponding to an identified sentiment, may then be suggested to a user for insertion into a message. Upon receiving a user selection of one or more of the ideograms in relation to some portion of the message, an association may be saved in a user-specific dictionary linking the user-selected one or more of the ideograms with the portion of the message. In particular embodiments, the sentiment analysis may incorporate social-networking information and/or historical ideogram usage information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ebersman, Samuel Lessin, Thomas Stocky, Michael Vernal
  • Publication number: 20150178284
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing a social graph that includes a number of nodes and edges connecting the nodes. Each of the edges between two of the nodes representing a single degree of separation between them. The nodes include a first node corresponding to a first user associated with an online social network and a plurality of second nodes that each correspond to a concept or a second user associated with the online social network. The method also includes generating a card cluster including a number of cards. Each card includes a suggested query referencing a query-domain associated with the online social network and zero or more query-filters. Each query-filter references one or more nodes of the plurality of nodes or one or more edges of the plurality of edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Avichal Garg, Ming Hua, Michael Vernal, Yang Qin, Dan Ionut Fechete
  • Publication number: 20150178397
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving, from a client device of a user of an online social network, an input from the user to access a card-stack interface, generating a plurality of cards, where each card comprises a suggested query referencing a query-domain associated with the online social network and one or more query-filters, and where each query-filter references one or more objects of the online social network, each card further comprising one or more search results corresponding to the suggested query, and each search result referencing an object of the online social network matching the suggested query of the card; and sending, to the client device in response to the input from the first user, the card-stack interface for display to the first user, wherein the card-stack interface comprises one or more of the generated cards
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Inventors: Avichal Garg, Ming Hua, Michael Vernal, Yang Qin, Dan Ionut Fechete, Xinpan Xiao, Yu Huang, Lu D. Chen, Saurabh Prafulla Chakradeo, Dharmesh A. Bhatt, Alex Himel
  • Publication number: 20150052036
    Abstract: Methods for facilitating financial transactions include facilitating or otherwise increasing the ease and speed of checkout processes. In particular, one or more implementations comprise an e-commerce payment facilitator that acts as an intermediary between a commerce application and a payment gateway. The e-commerce payment facilitator can provide stored payment information to a commerce application based on a few simple selections by a user. This allows a user to easily and securely complete commerce transactions, which simplifies the user's checkout experience and reduces barriers to purchase. Furthermore, the e-commerce payment facilitator can pass payment details to the commerce application's payment gateway. In addition to the foregoing, methods involve dynamically and intelligently providing a user the option of using payment information stored by the network application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Vernal, Yuji Higaki, Deborah Liu
  • Patent number: 8949250
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing a social graph including a number of nodes and a number of edges connecting the nodes. Each of the edges between two of the nodes represent a single degree of separation between them. The nodes include a first node corresponding to a first user associated with an online social network and a number of second nodes that each correspond to a concept or a second user associated with the online social network. The method also includes generating a number of cards. Each card includes a suggested query referencing a query-domain associated with the online social network and zero or more query-filters for the query-domain. Each query-filter references one or more nodes of the number of nodes or one or more edges of the number of edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Avichal Garg, Ming Hua, Michael Vernal, Yang Qin, Dan Ionut Fechete, Xinpan Xiao, Yu Huang, Lu D. Chen, Saurabh Prafulla Chakradeo, Dharmesh A. Bhatt, Alex Himel
  • Publication number: 20140365358
    Abstract: Methods and systems for context-based check-out flows using a pass-through payment gateway (PTPG) are described. One method in a user computing device includes transmitting a probability request for a user to a network application seeking an indication of whether the user would likely utilize payment information stored by the network application while placing an order using a commerce application. Upon receiving a response, the commerce application presents a UI element indicating that the user may utilize the stored payment information to complete the order. Another method in a PTPG includes receiving a request from a commerce application to charge a user for an order. In response, the gateway transmits a charge request to an identified payment gateway system for the commerce application on behalf of the commerce application such that a monetary amount is credited to an account of the commerce application directly by the payment gateway system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Yuji Higaki, Deborah Liu, John Anderson, Michael Vernal
  • Publication number: 20060215571
    Abstract: A sending computer system can identify one or more available network resources at one or more network computers by sending a request for services using SOAP over UDP. In particular, the sending computer system prepares a SOAP message that includes a request for available resources. The sending computer system then encapsulates the SOAP message into a user datagram, and sends the user datagram to one or more identifiable computer systems on the network. In one implementation, the sending computer system sends the user datagram to a multi-cast URI. The receiving computer system receives the message through UDP, unpacks the message, and responds to the SOAP message request. Accordingly, the sending computer system can query multiple computer systems in an efficient manner without necessarily incurring the overhead otherwise associated with connection-oriented communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Publication date: September 28, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Vernal, Erik Christensen, Martin Gudgin, John Justice, Gopal Kakivaya, David Langworthy, Yaniv Pessach, Jeffrey Schlimmer, Elliot Waingold, Kenneth Wolf
  • Publication number: 20060179425
    Abstract: The present invention extends utilizing abstract descriptions to generate, exchange, and configure service and client runtimes. A computer system parses compiled code and potentially optional configuration information for implementing a service and converts the compiled code and any configuration information into an abstract service description. The abstract service description can then be converted into code document object model and service configuration information or exported as metadata. A corresponding service runtime can be initiated by calling a service initializer included in the abstract service description. The code document object model and configuration information and/or metadata can be transferred to another computer system. The other computer system can utilize the code document object model and configuration information and/or import the metadata to facilitate initialization of a compatible channel for communicating with the service runtime.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Publication date: August 10, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jesus Scougall, Ryan Sturgell, Michael Marucheck, Alex DeJarnatt, Stephen Swartz, Michael Vernal, Eric Zinda, Stephen Millet, David Wortendyke
  • Publication number: 20060178152
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a channel model capable of generating a runtime communication channel with pluggable modular channel components. These channel components implement one of a set of standard interfaces that allow processing details of communication semantics between components to be represented in a polymorphic way. A message and corresponding communication semantics are recursively passed through the channel components using the standard interface, thereby abstracting other modules and components from specific implementation details of how the communication semantics are performed. The message may then be sent to the next appropriate module for further processing, or the processing may be completed at that particular component or module. Note also that the message can also be de-multiplexed on the service side in a similar fashion as that described above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Publication date: August 10, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford Lovering, David Wortendyke, Elliot Waingold, Erik Christensen, Kenneth Wolf, Michael Vernal, Shy Cohen, Stefan Pharies
  • Publication number: 20060174011
    Abstract: Preserving session state correlation in a distributed computing environment in which a service module instance receives messages from a general input buffer. The general input buffer is not accessed by a service module instance one the service module instance is determined to be recycled. After the service module instance receives a session initiation message through the general input buffer, a session-oriented input buffer is associated with the service module instance. Any subsequent session messages are then received by the service module via the session-oriented input buffer. Even if the service module instance was determined to be recycled mid-session, the service module instance would still operate to process all of the remaining session messages from the session input buffer, thereby preserving session continuity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Publication date: August 3, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Lance Olson, Mauro Ottaviani, Anastasios Kasiolas, Michael Vernal, Michael Dice, Alfred Lee
  • Publication number: 20060174016
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an automated, user friendly way of constructing and using a binding object. A developer is presenting and selects binding elements that will ultimately be used to create a runtime communication channel for transporting a message between a client and service endpoint. After receiving the user input, metadata, a channel factory and listener factory are created. The metadata describes binding elements and provides an abstract representation of a protocol stack that implements communication aspects at runtime. The channel factory is configured to use the collection of metadata at runtime to generate the runtime communication channel. Further, the listener factory is configured to accept the runtime communication channel for de-multiplex the communication aspects in order to process the message at a service endpoint. The present invention also provides for groupings of binding elements and standardized binging objects organized based on industry need.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Publication date: August 3, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Craig Critchley, David Wortendyke, Elliot Waingold, Eric Zinda, Erik Christensen, Giovanni Della-Libera, Kenneth Wolf, Michael Vernal, Shy Cohen, Stefan Pharies, Stephen Millet, Stephen Swartz, Tomasz Janczuk, Uday Hegde, Yaniv Pessach
  • Publication number: 20060150200
    Abstract: A web services namespace pertains to an infrastructure for enabling creation of a wide variety of applications. The infrastructure provides a foundation for building message-based applications of various scale and complexity. The infrastructure or framework provides APIs for basic messaging, secure messaging, reliable messaging and transacted messaging. In some embodiments, the associated APIs are factored into a hierarchy of namespaces in a manner that balances utility, usability, extensibility and versionability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Publication date: July 6, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Shy Cohen, Geary Eppley, Douglas Purdy, James Johnson, Stephen Millet, Stephen Swartz, Vijay Gajjala, Aaron Stern, Alexander DeJarnatt, Alfred Lee, Anand Rjagopalan, Anastasios Kasiolas, Chaitanya Upadhyay, Christopher Kaler, Craig Critchley, David Levin, David Driver, David Wortendyke, Douglas Walter, Elliot Waingold, Erik Christensen, Erin Honeycutt, Eugene Shvets, Evgeny Osovetsky, Giovanni Della-Libera, Jesus Ruiz-Scougall, John Doty, Jonathan Wheeler, Kapil Gupta, Kenneth Wolf, Krishnan Srinivasan, Lance Olson, Matthew Tavis, Mauro Ottaviani, Max Feingold, Michael Coulson, Michael Marucheck, Michael Vernal, Michael Dice, Mohamed-Hany Ramadan, Mohammad Makarechian, Natasha Jethanandani, Richard Dievendorff, Richard Hill, Ryan Sturgell, Saurab Nog, Scott Seely, Serge Sverdlov, Siddhartha Puri, Sowmyanarayanan Srinivasan, Stefan Batres, Stefan Pharies, Tirunelveli Vishwanath, Tomasz Janczuk, Uday Hegde, Umesh Madan, Vaithialingam Balayogan, Vipul Modi, Yaniv Pessach, Yasser Shohoud
  • Publication number: 20060133427
    Abstract: A mechanism for sending structured data using a corresponding byte stream. Upon accessing structured data such as a Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) envelope, a byte stream is generated. The byte stream includes bytes that represent the structured data, as well as a collection of bytes that represents properties about the byte stream such as, for example, a mode of communication. The byte stream may then be passed to a communication module (e.g., a TCP or Named Pipes module) capable of receiving and transmitting the byte stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Publication date: June 22, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Wolf, Michael Vernal, Christopher Kaler, Elliot Waingold, Eric Christensen, Jeffrey Schlimmer, Martin Gudgin, Siddhartha Puri