Patents by Inventor Rahul Nair

Rahul Nair 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: 20160267584
    Abstract: A system or method is provided to allow users to share or donate a portion of their credit line to others. In particular, the system may provide an interface between credit line donors and recipients and allow a user's friends or family to donate portions of their credit lines to the user. With the system serving as an intermediary between the borrowers and the lenders, the credit line donation arrangement may be hidden from the lenders. The system may manage the distribution of the credit line from the five donor friends to the beneficiary friend. Further, the system may manage the payoff or pay back of the credit lines from the beneficiary friend back to the lenders. In particular, based on the donation arrangement, the system may receive the payoff amount from the beneficiary user and distribute the payoff back to the lenders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Inventor: Rahul Nair
  • Patent number: 9400987
    Abstract: A system and method for deriving income from URL based context queries. A URL based user context query is received over a network from a user, wherein the user context comprises at least one user context criteria. A query is formulated based on the context criteria so as to search for user profile data, social network data, spatial data, temporal data, topical data and context query bid data that is available via the network and relates to the context so as to identify entries in a context query bid database that relate to user context criteria. A dynamic webpage is generated having content relating to the query and advertisements associated with the selected bid are inserted into the webpage. The dynamic webpage is transmitted to the user. The advertiser associated with the selected bid is charged a fee when a user interface event relating to the dynamic webpage occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventors: Rahul Nair, Marc Eliot Davis, Christopher William Higgins, Simon P. King
  • Publication number: 20160189291
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for providing multi-lender servicing of a credit allowance are disclosed. A computer-implemented method may include receiving a request to provide a credit allowance for a payment account, analyzing a payment history associated with the payment account, determining a credit allowance for the payment account, notifying a user of the determined credit allowance, requesting offers from a plurality of lenders to finance a first portion of the credit allowance, receiving user acceptance of an offer from a first lender to finance the first portion of the credit allowance, requesting offers from a plurality of lenders to finance a second portion of the credit allowance, receiving user acceptance of an offer from another lender to finance the second portion of the credit allowance, updating available credit for the credit allowance in view of the accepted offers of the different lenders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventor: Rahul Nair
  • Publication number: 20160127280
    Abstract: A communication apparatus, a system, and a method are provided that allow in-context electronic communication. In particular, communications received by a user is organized with in-context information, such as pictures or profiles of senders or recipients, forwarding history of the communication, relationship among the senders or recipients, subject matter and flow of conversation, and the like. As such, the user may review the received communication in context. For example, a graphical interface may be provided to present received messages as graphical conversations among different characters or persons using their pictures. The graphical interface may depict participants, listeners, and speakers in different panels to represent a flow of group conversation. In an embodiment, the communication may be depicted in a story or comic based format to layout messages or comments from different people.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Inventor: Rahul Nair
  • Publication number: 20150231577
    Abstract: This invention relates to uses of graphene oxide, and in particular graphene oxide on a porous support, and a membrane comprising these materials. This invention also relates to methods of dehydration, which include vapour phase separation and pervaporation. Pervaporation is a method of separating mixtures of liquids using a membrane. Pervaporation consists of two basic steps: permeation of the permeate through the membrane and evaporation of the permeate from the other side of the membrane. Pervaporation is a mild which can be used to separate components which would not survive the comparatively harsh conditions needed for distillation (high temp, and/or low pressure).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Applicant: THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
    Inventors: Rahul Nair, Peter Budd, Andre Geim
  • Publication number: 20150142881
    Abstract: Receive a plurality of data management policies from a user. Store in a memory the data management policies in association with a context and an identifier of the user. Receive personal data of the user collected in one or more contexts by one or more collection devices. Determine whether the personal data complies with one or more of the data management policies with respect to collecting personal data of the user. If the personal data complies with the data management policies with respect to collecting personal data on the user, then storing in the memory the personal data in association with the identifier of the user. Provide a centralized interface to the user for managing the personal data stored in the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Chris Kalaboukis, Christopher William Higgins, Marc Eliot Davis, Ronald Martinez, Rahul Nair, Simon P. King, Carrie Burgener, Duane R. Valz
  • Publication number: 20150039372
    Abstract: A method includes: a computer receiving historical data from at least one service vehicle; the computer receiving network definitions for the least one service vehicle; the computer receiving dynamic data from the at least one service vehicle; and the computer developing predictions and corrective actions to prevent service bunching, based upon the historical data, the network definitions, and the dynamic data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Calabrese, Rahul Nair, Fabio Pinelli
  • Publication number: 20150039363
    Abstract: A method includes: a computer receiving historical data from at least one service vehicle; the computer receiving network definitions for the least one service vehicle; the computer receiving dynamic data from the at least one service vehicle; and the computer developing predictions and corrective actions to prevent service bunching, based upon the historical data, the network definitions, and the dynamic data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Calabrese, Rahul Nair, Fabio Pinelli
  • Publication number: 20150018855
    Abstract: A leakage detecting implant can detect leakage of body fluid from an incision, resection, or other internal surgical site in a subject. The leakage detecting implant can include: one or more biodegradable colorant members having a tissue-contacting inner surface and an opposite outer surface; a resilient member having an inner surface coupled to the outer surface of the one or more colorant members; and a cover member having a body with an internal chamber and an opening on a tissue-contacting side, the internal chamber containing the resilient member and at least a portion of the one or more biodegradable colorant members with the tissue-contacting inner surface exposed through the opening, the cover member having an inner surface of the internal chamber coupled to an outer surface of the resilient member, the tissue-contacting side having one or more affixation surfaces adapted to be affixed to tissue of a subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Prashant Borkar, Mangesh Patankar, Rahul Nair, Cinish Puthiyedathu Varghese
  • Patent number: 8914342
    Abstract: Receive a plurality of data management policies from a user. Store in a memory the data management policies in association with a context and an identifier of the user. Receive personal data of the user collected in one or more contexts by one or more collection devices. Determine whether the personal data complies with one or more of the data management policies with respect to collecting personal data of the user. If the personal data complies with the data management policies with respect to collecting personal data on the user, then storing in the memory the personal data in association with the identifier of the user. Provide a centralized interface to the user for managing the personal data stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Kalaboukis, Christopher William Higgins, Marc Eliot Davis, Ronald Martinez, Rahul Nair, Simon P. King, Carrie Burgener, Duane R. Valz
  • Patent number: 8856167
    Abstract: A system and method for context based query augmentation. A question is received over a network from a questioning user comprising an identification of a user and at least one question criteria. A first query is formulated so as to search for user profile data, social network data, spatial data, temporal data and topical data in order to identify user context data relevant to question criteria. The question is modified using the user context data to create at least one modified question having at least one additional criteria based on the user context data. A second query is formulated so as to search for knowledge data, user profile data, social network data, spatial data, temporal data and topical data in order to identify knowledge data relevant to the identified user and the modified question criteria. The knowledge data is transmitted to the questioning user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher W. Higgins, Marc Eliot Davis, Christopher T. Paretti, Simon P. King, Rahul Nair, Carrie Burgener
  • Publication number: 20140181101
    Abstract: Search results may include both objective results and person results. In one example, a search query is evaluated to determine whether it is the type of query that a user might want to ask to a friend. If the query is of such a type, then the search engine may examine a social graph to determine which friends of the user who entered the query may have information that is relevant to answering the query. If such friends exist, then the friends may be displayed along with objective search results, along with an explanation of each friend's relevance to the query. Clicking on a person in the results may cause a conversation to be initiated with that person, thereby allowing the user who entered the query to ask his or her friend about the subject of the query.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Sandy Wong, Wei Mu, Jun Yin, Rahul Nair, Simon King, Srinivasan Badrinarayanan, Xavier Legros, Michael Ching, Kevin Haas, Shubha Nabar
  • Patent number: 8621162
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically associating primary process data with reference data. The primary process data may include image, video, audio, text, search data, and the like. The reference data may include location, temperature, pressure, and the like. A primary process data processor device, such as a digital camera, is used to acquire the primary process data with time information, but without any reference data. A reference data collector device, such as a cellular telephone, is used to acquire the reference data with time information. The primary process data and the reference data are uploaded to a server and each are associated with a shared identifier, such as a user ID. Of the content and reference data associated with the shared ID, the server determines which primary process data and reference data were acquired near the same time, and automatically associates the reference data with the primary process data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Mor Naaman, Rahul Nair
  • Publication number: 20130262230
    Abstract: According to the disclosed subject matter, various embodiments for generating a search results page that provides contextual information to an entity/target site associated with a search result are presented. In response to receiving a search query from a user, a set of search results is obtained. Each search result in the set of search results comprises a hyperlink to content at a target site. From the set of identified search results, a search results page is generated. The generated search results page includes at least one search result that is encoded with data for providing contextual information of the user's current query context to the corresponding target site upon user selection of the at least one search result. The generated search results page is then provided to the user in response to the search query.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Simon P. King, Rahul Nair
  • Publication number: 20130262460
    Abstract: Content source owners may associate their sites with a user as the user's preferred source. According to the disclosed subject matter, a preference communication is received indicating that an identified content source is to be a preferred source for an identified user. A set of search results is obtained responsive to a search request from the identified user. The set of search results include at least one search result referencing content from the identified content source. The set of search results is rearranged according preferred sources associated with the identified user, including the identified content source, such that the search result referencing content from the identified content source is repositioned within the ordered set of search results to a more prominent position in the rearranged set of search results. A search results page is generated from the rearranged set of search results and returned to the identified user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Barlin, Simon P. King, Rahul Nair, Marc Eliot Davis, Imran Aziz
  • Publication number: 20130246415
    Abstract: While some search engines personalize search results for a user, search engines have failed to enable personalization according to a user's explicitly preferred sources of content. According to the disclosed subject matter, a list of preferred sources is maintained for a user as well as a plurality of entities. When a search query is received from the user, a set of search results responsive to the query is obtained. From the set search results, one or more search results that correspond to a preferred source are identified. The set of search results is arranged with the one or more search results placed in more prominent positions in the set of search of search results. A search results page is generated according to the arranged set of search results and the generated search results page is returned in response to the user's search query.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marc Eliot Davis, Imran Aziz, Simon P. King, Rahul Nair, David Barlin
  • Publication number: 20130246414
    Abstract: While some search engines personalize search results for a user, search engines have failed to enable personalization according to a user's explicitly preferred sources of content. According to the disclosed subject matter, a list of preferred sources is maintained for a user. When a search query is received from the user, a set of search results responsive to the query is obtained. From the set search results, one or more search results that correspond to a preferred source are identified. The set of search results is arranged with the one or more search results placed in more prominent positions in the set of search of search results. A search results page is generated according to the arranged set of search results and the generated search results page is returned in response to the user's search query.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rahul Nair, Simon P. King, Imran Aziz, Marc Eliot Davis
  • Publication number: 20130246385
    Abstract: Presented in this disclosure are systems and methods for enabling access to content from a preferred source to a computer user is presented. A preferred source is a source of content that a user has identified as being “preferred.” Once a user establishes a source as a preferred source (through a first channel), other channels by which the user can obtain content from the preferred source are identified. In various embodiments, the other channels are automatically enabled for the user or, alternative, presented to the user for opting into receiving the content from that channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Barlin, Simon P. King, Rahul Nair, Marc Eliot Davis, Imran Aziz
  • Patent number: 8538960
    Abstract: Search results may include both objective results and person results. In one example, a search query is evaluated to determine whether it is the type of query that a user might want to ask to a friend. If the query is of such a type, then the search engine may examine a social graph to determine which friends of the user who entered the query may have information that is relevant to answering the query. If such friends exist, then the friends may be displayed along with objective search results, along with an explanation of each friend's relevance to the query. Clicking on a person in the results may cause a conversation to be initiated with that person, thereby allowing the user who entered the query to ask his or her friend about the subject of the query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Sandy Wong, Wei Mu, Jun Yin, Rahul Nair, Simon King, Srinivasan Badrinarayanan, Xavier Legros, Michael Ching, Kevin Haas, Shubha Nabar
  • Publication number: 20130238437
    Abstract: Embodiments for providing a search results page that includes at least one advertisement responsive to a search request are presented. A search request is received from a user. The search request is associated with a query term upon which advertisers have bid. A set of search results is obtained responsive to the search request. Bids from multiple advertisers are identified. Identifying bids from advertisers includes dynamically determining a present bid amount of a first bid according to the position of a search result in the set of search results. After determining the bid value of each bid, a winning bid is selected from the identified bids. A search result page is generated a portion of the search results and the advertisement corresponding to the selected bid. The generated search results page is returned to the user for display responsive to the search request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rahul Nair, Simon P. King, Marc Eliot Davis