Patents by Inventor Shawn A. Gaither

Shawn A. Gaither 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: 10657200
    Abstract: Techniques for guiding an interaction with an electronic form via a computing device are described. For example, a form guidance engine is initiated. The form guidance engine maintains a state of the electronic form. The form guidance engine also maintains user information in, for example, a user profile. The user information is associated with a user of the computing device and relates to how the user interacts with the electronic form. Based on the user information, the form guidance engine anticipates a potential interaction with the electronic form given the state. Accordingly and prior to a user request for information about the electronic form, the form guidance engine generates a presentation configured to guide the user to perform the potential interaction with the electronic form via a computing device. A user response to the presentation is received. The form guidance engine performs an action associated with the electronic form and updates the state of the electronic form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Gaither, Richard Treitman, David Parmenter, Arian Behzadi, Kyeung sub Yeom, James Alisago, Frederic Thevenet, Andres Gonzalez, Anatole Matveief
  • Patent number: 10614266
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for identifying and populating static form fields using prior responses to similar form fields. An example method includes receiving an electronic form having, encoded in the form, static text and a static form field for containing information specific to a given user of the electronic form. Using an image recognition algorithm, a fillable form field candidate is identified based on a graphical representation of the static form field. An attribute of the fillable form field candidate can be identified based on the static text. A suggested response for populating the fillable form field candidate is selected from prior responses to other form fields having at least one attribute in common with the identified attribute of the fillable form field candidate. The prior responses are inputs obtained from or associated with the given user. The suggested response is presented to the user for subsequent acceptance or rejection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Dakin, Shawn Gaither, Randy Swineford, Frederic Thevenet, David Rudi Sherry
  • Patent number: 10460024
    Abstract: Techniques for assisting users electronic forms. One exemplary technique involves initiating a workflow assistant based on user input of the user or a predetermined triggering event to prompt the user to complete the electronic form. The workflow assistant downloads or obtains the electronic form based on a user response and identifies a workflow based on the electronic form. The workflow identifies a sequence of user interactions to complete the electronic form. Identifying the workflow includes developing, based on fields in the electronic form, requests for content of fields from the user and possible predicted answer choices for the content of each of the fields. The workflow assistant then executes the workflow to conduct the user interactions to obtain the content for the fields of the electronic form to complete the electronic form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Gaither, Richard Treitman, David Parmenter, Arian Behzadi, Kyeung sub Yeom, James Alisago, Frederic Thevenet, Andres Gonzalez, Anatole Matveief
  • Patent number: 10445419
    Abstract: Techniques for assisting a user with completing an electronic form via a computing device are described. For example, the user operates the computing device to populate fields of the electronic form. Rather than presenting the electronic form at the computing device in order to populate the fields, a form filling engine reformulates the electronic form into a set of input requests. The form filling engine is local or remote to the computing device. Each input request, when presented, provides guidance about at least one field and solicit a user response that is proper for that field. The form filling engine presents the input requests via the computing device one at a time to solicit the user responses. Data from the user responses are used by the form filling engine to populate the fields of the electronic form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Gaither, Richard Treitman, David Parmenter, Arian Behzadi, Kyeung sub Yeom, James Alisago, Frederic Thevenet, Andres Gonzalez, Anatole Matveief
  • Patent number: 10311374
    Abstract: Systems and methods disclosed herein associate forms with categories based on form features for non-text field characteristics or field-specific text characteristics of the forms. One embodiment provides a method for facilitating searching for a form by associating forms with categories based on form features. The method involves automatically associating, by a processor of a computing device, forms with respective categories based on form features for non-text field characteristics or field-specific text characteristics of the forms and storing the forms and the respective categories associated with the forms at an electronic form search server. Search results are provided from the electronic form search server based on input identifying a search category and a form is identified as a search result based on the form being associated with the search category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Shipali Shetty, Shawn A. Gaither
  • Publication number: 20190155892
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for identifying and populating static form fields using prior responses to similar form fields. An example method includes receiving an electronic form having, encoded in the form, static text and a static form field for containing information specific to a given user of the electronic form. Using an image recognition algorithm, a fillable form field candidate is identified based on a graphical representation of the static form field. An attribute of the fillable form field candidate can be identified based on the static text. A suggested response for populating the fillable form field candidate is selected from prior responses to other form fields having at least one attribute in common with the identified attribute of the fillable form field candidate. The prior responses are inputs obtained from or associated with the given user. The suggested response is presented to the user for subsequent acceptance or rejection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Dakin, Shawn Gaither, Randy Swineford, Frederic Thevenet, David Rudi Sherry
  • Patent number: 10223344
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for identifying and populating static form fields using prior responses to similar form fields. An example method includes receiving an electronic form having, encoded in the form, static text and a static form field for containing information specific to a given user of the electronic form. Using an image recognition algorithm, a fillable form field candidate is identified based on a graphical representation of the static form field. An attribute of the fillable form field candidate can be identified based on the static text. A suggested response for populating the fillable form field candidate is selected from prior responses to other form fields having at least one attribute in common with the identified attribute of the fillable form field candidate. The prior responses are inputs obtained from or associated with the given user. The suggested response is presented to the user for subsequent acceptance or rejection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Dakin, Shawn Gaither, Randy Swineford, Frederic Thevenet, David Rudi Sherry
  • Patent number: 10095802
    Abstract: Systems and methods disclosed herein provide form search results in response to form-specific search criteria. One embodiment involves receiving, at an electronic form search server, input providing form-specific search criteria comprising one or more field characteristics. The embodiment further involves identifying, by the electronic form search server, one or more forms as search results based on form-specific search criteria. The embodiment further involves providing, by the electronic form search server, the search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Frederic Thevenet, Priyank Mathur, Shawn Gaither, Rudi Sherry, Steve Dakin
  • Patent number: 10089292
    Abstract: Systems and methods disclosed herein facilitate adding content to forms by providing field content suggestions using context determined based on form features. This involves providing a user interface for display, the user interface displaying a form and providing editing features usable to add content to fields of the form. The systems and method further involve categorizing the form or portion of the form into a context based on form features for non-text field characteristics or field-specific text characteristics of the form or portion of the form. A form field suggestion for a field is identified based on the context of the form or portion of the form containing the field and the field content suggestion for the field is provided for display in the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Shipali Shetty, Shawn A. Gaither
  • Publication number: 20170192950
    Abstract: Techniques for assisting users electronic forms. One exemplary technique involves initiating a workflow assistant based on user input of the user or a predetermined triggering event to prompt the user to complete the electronic form. The workflow assistant downloads or obtains the electronic form based on a user response and identifies a workflow based on the electronic form. The workflow identifies a sequence of user interactions to complete the electronic form. Identifying the workflow includes developing, based on fields in the electronic form, requests for content of fields from the user and possible predicted answer choices for the content of each of the fields. The workflow assistant then executes the workflow to conduct the user interactions to obtain the content for the fields of the electronic form to complete the electronic form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Shawn Gaither, Richard Treitman, David Parmenter, Arian Behzadi, Kyeung sub Yeom, James Alisago, Frederic Thevenet, Andres Gonzalez, Anatole Matveief
  • Publication number: 20170192949
    Abstract: Techniques for guiding an interaction with an electronic form via a computing device are described. For example, a form guidance engine is initiated. The form guidance engine maintains a state of the electronic form. The form guidance engine also maintains user information in, for example, a user profile. The user information is associated with a user of the computing device and relates to how the user interacts with the electronic form. Based on the user information, the form guidance engine anticipates a potential interaction with the electronic form given the state. Accordingly and prior to a user request for information about the electronic form, the form guidance engine generates a presentation configured to guide the user to perform the potential interaction with the electronic form via a computing device. A user response to the presentation is received. The form guidance engine performs an action associated with the electronic form and updates the state of the electronic form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicant: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Shawn Gaither, Richard Treitman, David Parmenter, Arian Behzadi, Kyeung sub Yeom, James Alisago, Frederic Thevenet, Andres Gonzalez, Anatole Matveief
  • Publication number: 20170192948
    Abstract: Techniques for assisting a user with completing an electronic form via a computing device are described. For example, the user operates the computing device to populate fields of the electronic form. Rather than presenting the electronic form at the computing device in order to populate the fields, a form filling engine reformulates the electronic form into a set of input requests. The form filling engine is local or remote to the computing device. Each input request, when presented, provides guidance about at least one field and solicit a user response that is proper for that field. The form filling engine presents the input requests via the computing device one at a time to solicit the user responses. Data from the user responses are used by the form filling engine to populate the fields of the electronic form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicant: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Shawn Gaither, Richard Treitman, David Parmenter, Arian Behzadi, Kyeung sub Yeom, James Alisago, Frederic Thevenet, Andres Gonzalez, Anatole Matveief
  • Publication number: 20170075873
    Abstract: Systems and methods disclosed herein facilitate adding content to forms by providing field content suggestions using context determined based on form features. This involves providing a user interface for display, the user interface displaying a form and providing editing features usable to add content to fields of the form. The systems and method further involve categorizing the form or portion of the form into a context based on form features for non-text field characteristics or field-specific text characteristics of the form or portion of the form. A form field suggestion for a field is identified based on the context of the form or portion of the form containing the field and the field content suggestion for the field is provided for display in the user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Shipali Shetty, Shawn A. Gaither
  • Publication number: 20170075974
    Abstract: Systems and methods disclosed herein associate forms with categories based on form features for non-text field characteristics or field-specific text characteristics of the forms. One embodiment provides a method for facilitating searching for a form by associating forms with categories based on form features. The method involves automatically associating, by a processor of a computing device, forms with respective categories based on form features for non-text field characteristics or field-specific text characteristics of the forms and storing the forms and the respective categories associated with the forms at an electronic form search server. Search results are provided from the electronic form search server based on input identifying a search category and a form is identified as a search result based on the form being associated with the search category.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Shipali Shetty, Shawn A. Gaither
  • Publication number: 20160364458
    Abstract: Systems and methods disclosed herein provide form search results in response to form-specific search criteria. One embodiment involves receiving, at an electronic form search server, input providing form-specific search criteria comprising one or more field characteristics. The embodiment further involves identifying, by the electronic form search server, one or more forms as search results based on form-specific search criteria. The embodiment further involves providing, by the electronic form search server, the search results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: Frederic Thevenet, Priyank Mathur, Shawn Gaither, Rudi Sherry, Steve Dakin
  • Publication number: 20160217119
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for identifying and populating static form fields using prior responses to similar form fields. An example method includes receiving an electronic form having, encoded in the form, static text and a static form field for containing information specific to a given user of the electronic form. Using an image recognition algorithm, a fillable form field candidate is identified based on a graphical representation of the static form field. An attribute of the fillable form field candidate can be identified based on the static text. A suggested response for populating the fillable form field candidate is selected from prior responses to other form fields having at least one attribute in common with the identified attribute of the fillable form field candidate. The prior responses are inputs obtained from or associated with the given user. The suggested response is presented to the user for subsequent acceptance or rejection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Applicant: ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Steve Dakin, Shawn Gaither, Randy Swineford, Frederic Thevenet, David Rudi Sherry
  • Patent number: 9384175
    Abstract: In some example, a computerized method includes receiving a first electronic document and a second electronic document. The method also includes determining a difference between the first electronic document and the second electronic document based on matching of a component of the first electronic document to a component of the second electronic document in a hierarchical order. The method includes storing the difference in a machine-readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: Shawn A. Gaither
  • Patent number: 9003395
    Abstract: Techniques for directing plug-in updates for software applications to a target audience using manifest parameters are disclosed. In some embodiments, directing plug-in updates for software applications to a target audience using manifest parameters includes processing a manifest to determine that a plug-in is available for a software application on a device; determining whether a plurality of attributes associated with the plug-in match corresponding attributes associated with the device or the software application, in which the plurality of attributes are identified in the manifest; and automatically installing the plug-in if the plurality of attributes are determined to match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Shawn A. Gaither, Randy Lee Swineford
  • Patent number: 8972969
    Abstract: Out of band component updating may include receiving a data structure that includes information regarding a component of an application. It may further include determining, from the data structure, that an updated version of the component is available. Out of band component updating may also include storing the updated component in a local data store. It may additionally include, during execution of the application and without shutting down the application, updating the component with the stored updated version of the component. Updating the component may include loading the updated version of the component in a time that is substantially similar to that of a time to load a previous version of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Shawn A. Gaither, Randy L. Swineford
  • Publication number: 20150039515
    Abstract: Techniques for interactive product improvement through the use of variants and data gathering reports in a system that can be updated on the fly are disclosed. In some embodiments, interactive product improvement through the use of variants and data gathering reports in a system that can be updated on the fly includes processing a manifest to determine that a plug-in that includes a plurality of variants is available; randomly selecting a variant for the plug-in to automatically install on a device; and automatically installing the plug-in, in which the randomly selected variant is executed at run-time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Shawn A. Gaither, Randy Lee Swineford