Patents by Inventor Samuel Lessin

Samuel Lessin 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: 10325287
    Abstract: An online system, such as a social networking system, may determine user trends and identify actions to be taken by users that may help optimize revenue for an advertiser. A social networking system may generate offers for an advertiser based on the user trends, user characteristics, and claims about users where the offers include actions determined by the social networking system that users may take to help optimize revenue for advertiser. Venues may also sell ad space, ad inventory, and real-time customer data to advertisers through a social networking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Lessin, Justin Alexander Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10325323
    Abstract: A social graph may be modeled as a collection of claims. Each claim is associated with an author, an audience, and an assertion about a fact. Probabilistic information may be collected from various sources for a claim, enabling a social networking system to evaluate a truthfulness of the assertion made in the claim. User-declared profile information may be evaluated as claims. A user, entity, or application may make claims about any assertions made in the social networking system. Reputation scores may be determined for users based on evaluations of their historical assertions. Claims may be evaluated for truthfulness using a probabilistic prediction model using heuristics analysis, regression analysis, and machine learning methods. A claims-based profile of users may be provided to viewers based on the contexts in which the claims were made. Viewers may view claims made about users, such as the users' biographical information, contact information, expertise, and interests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Lessin, Michael Hudack, Aaron Sittig, Daniel Klatzko Gibson, Benjamin E. Hiller, Thomas Andrew Watson, Wei Zhong Yeh
  • Patent number: 10296159
    Abstract: The invention provides a display interface in a social networking system that enables the presentation of information related to a user in a timeline or map view. The system accesses information about a user of a social networking system, including both data about the user and social network activities related to the user. The system then selects one or more of these pieces of data and/or activities from a certain time period and gathers them into timeline units based on their relatedness and their relevance to users. These timeline units are ranked by relevance to the user, and are used to generate a timeline or map view for the user containing visual representations of the timeline units organized by location or time. The timeline or map view is then provided to other users of the social networking system that wish to view information about the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Drew W. Hamlin, William Joseph Flynn, III, Burak Guzel, Samuel Lessin, Paul M. McDonald, Stefan Parker, Aaron Sittig, Arun Vijayvergiya, Zizhuang Yang, Mark E. Zuckerberg
  • Publication number: 20190132266
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for a collective address book system. One of the methods includes: receiving a request from a user to contact a person of interest; determining that contact information for the person of interest is not available in the user's contact information to which the system has access; determining that the collective address book system has access to contact information for the person of interest; generating proxy contact data for the person of interest; and providing the proxy contact data to the first user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: The Fin Exploration Company
    Inventors: Sidharth Shanker, Venkataramanan Iyer Nandagopal, Robert Cheung, Robert Cobb, Daniel Cosson, Andrew Kortina, Samuel Lessin, Michael Richter, Andrew Staub
  • Patent number: 10277642
    Abstract: A composer interface provided by a social networking system allows a user to provide input, such as text data, to the social networking system. The composer interface allows the user to identify an action and/or an object related to the input. An action is structured data describing a relationship between objects defined by the social networking system. Based on the action identified as related to the input, the social networking system stores an association between the received input and the identified action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Taaffe Lindsay, Samuel Lessin, Justin Alexander Shaffer, Nicholas Felton, Ryan Case
  • Patent number: 10212105
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for a collective address book system. One of the methods includes: receiving a request from a user to contact a person of interest; determining that contact information for the person of interest is not available in the user's contact information to which the system has access; determining that the collective address book system has access to contact information for the person of interest; generating proxy contact data for the person of interest; and providing the proxy contact data to the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Fin Exploration Company
    Inventors: Sidharth Shanker, Venkataramanan Iyer Nandagopal, Robert Cheung, Robert Cobb, Daniel Cosson, Andrew Kortina, Samuel Lessin, Michael Richter, Andrew Staub
  • Publication number: 20190034474
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for resolving inconsistencies in information graphs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: The Fin Exploration Company
    Inventors: Venkataramanan Iyer Nandagopal, Greg Einfrank, Samuel Lessin, Andrew Kortina, Robert Cobb, Jeremiah Rogers, David Seeto, Ben Vishny, Daniel Cosson
  • Publication number: 20180285765
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for identifying user-specific values for entity attributes. One of the methods includes maintaining data representing a particular cluster of a plurality of claims about a particular entity, wherein each claim is an assertion by a respective claimant about an attribute value of the particular entity; receiving a request for a value of a particular attribute of the particular entity that has been submitted by a requesting user; determining, from attribute values for the particular attribute identified by the claims in the particular cluster, a user-specific attribute value for the particular attribute value; and providing the user-specific attribute value in response to the request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: The Fin Exploration Company
    Inventors: Venkataramanan Iyer Nandagopal, Greg Einfrank, Samuel Lessin, Andrew Kortina, Robert Cobb, Jeremiah Rogers, David Seeto, Ben Vishny, Daniel Cosson
  • Publication number: 20180247380
    Abstract: A social graph may be modeled as a collection of claims. Each claim is associated with an author, an audience, and an assertion about a fact. Probabilistic information may be collected from various sources for a claim, enabling a social networking system to evaluate a truthfulness of the assertion made in the claim. User-declared profile information may be evaluated as claims. A user, entity, or application may make claims about any assertions made in the social networking system. Reputation scores may be determined for users based on evaluations of their historical assertions. Claims may be evaluated for truthfulness using a probabilistic prediction model using heuristics analysis, regression analysis, and machine learning methods. A claims-based profile of users may be provided to viewers based on the contexts in which the claims were made. Viewers may view claims made about users, such as the users' biographical information, contact information, expertise, and interests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Samuel Lessin, Michael Richter, Aaron Sittig
  • Patent number: 10050926
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ebersman, Samuel Lessin, Thomas Stocky, Michael Vernal
  • Publication number: 20180212910
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for a collective address book system. One of the methods includes: receiving, at the system, a request from a user regarding a topic; selecting automatically, at the system, a potential referrer, the potential referrer selection being based on the likelihood that the potential referrer will respond to the user's request; and communicating automatically with the potential referrer regarding the user's request without the system indicating to the user that the potential referrer has been contacted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: The Fin Exploration Company
    Inventors: Nicole DeVillers, John Graham, Andrew Kortina, Samuel Lessin
  • Publication number: 20180212922
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for a collective address book system. One of the methods includes: receiving a request from a user to contact a person of interest; determining that contact information for the person of interest is not available in the user's contact information to which the system has access; determining that the collective address book system has access to contact information for the person of interest; generating proxy contact data for the person of interest; and providing the proxy contact data to the first user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: The Fin Exploration Company
    Inventors: Sidharth Shanker, Venkataramanan Iyer Nandagopal, Robert Cheung, Robert Cobb, Daniel Cosson, Andrew Kortina, Samuel Lessin, Michael Richter, Andrew Staub
  • Patent number: 10013601
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ebersman, Samuel Lessin, Thomas Stocky, Michael Vernal
  • Patent number: 10009352
    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: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ebersman, Samuel Lessin, Thomas Stocky, Michael Vernal
  • Patent number: 9978106
    Abstract: A social graph may be modeled as a collection of claims. Each claim is associated with an author, an audience, and an assertion about a fact. Probabilistic information may be collected from various sources for a claim, enabling a social networking system to evaluate a truthfulness of the assertion made in the claim. User-declared profile information may be evaluated as claims. A user, entity, or application may make claims about any assertions made in the social networking system. Reputation scores may be determined for users based on evaluations of their historical assertions. Claims may be evaluated for truthfulness using a probabilistic prediction model using heuristics analysis, regression analysis, and machine learning methods. A claims-based profile of users may be provided to viewers based on the contexts in which the claims were made. Viewers may view claims made about users, such as the users' biographical information, contact information, expertise, and interests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Lessin, Michael Richter, Aaron Sittig
  • Patent number: 9946430
    Abstract: The invention provides a display interface in a social networking system that enables the presentation of information related to a user in a timeline or map view. The system accesses information about a user of a social networking system, including both data about the user and social network activities related to the user. The system then selects one or more of these pieces of data and/or activities from a certain time period and gathers them into timeline units based on their relatedness and their relevance to users. These timeline units are ranked by relevance to the user, and are used to generate a timeline or map view for the user containing visual representations of the timeline units organized by location or time. The timeline or map view is then provided to other users of the social networking system that wish to view information about the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Lessin, William Joseph Flynn, III, Daniel Klatzko Gibson, Burak Guzel, Drew W. Hamlin, Jeff Huang, Paul M. McDonald, Stefan Parker, Arun Vijayvergiya, Josh Wiseman, Zizhuang Yang, Wei Zhong Yeh, Steven Young, Raylene Kay Yung, Mark E. Zuckerberg
  • Patent number: 9923981
    Abstract: The invention provides a display interface in a social networking system that enables the presentation of information related to a user in a timeline or map view. The system accesses information about a user of a social networking system, including both data about the user and social network activities related to the user. The system then selects one or more of these pieces of data and/or activities from a certain time period and gathers them into timeline units based on their relatedness and their relevance to users. These timeline units are ranked by relevance to the user, and are used to generate a timeline or map view for the user containing visual representations of the timeline units organized by location or time. The timeline or map view is then provided to other users of the social networking system that wish to view information about the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. McDonald, Ryan Case, Nicholas Felton, Drew W. Hamlin, Jeff Huang, Samuel Lessin, Ryan David Mack, Serkan Piantino, Josh Wiseman, Raylene Kay Yung, Mark E. Zuckerberg
  • Publication number: 20170351773
    Abstract: The invention provides a display interface in a social networking system that enables the presentation of information related to a user in a timeline or map view. The system accesses information about a user of a social networking system, including both data about the user and social network activities related to the user. The system then selects one or more of these pieces of data and/or activities from a certain time period and gathers them into timeline units based on their relatedness and their relevance to users. These timeline units are ranked by relevance to the user, and are used to generate a timeline or map view for the user containing visual representations of the timeline units organized by location or time. The timeline or map view is then provided to other users of the social networking system that wish to view information about the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Raylene Kay Yung, Ryan Case, Jeff Huang, Samuel Lessin, Ryan David Mack, Paul M. McDonald, Serkan Piantino, Arun Vijayvergiya, Joshua Wiseman, Steven Young, Mark E. Zuckerberg
  • 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: D834036
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Felton, Daniel Klatzko Gibson, Samuel Lessin, Stefan Parker, Steven Young, Mark E. Zuckerberg