Patents by Inventor Sheldon Chang

Sheldon Chang 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: 20200250870
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for receiving, at a server computer, a plurality of content messages from a plurality of content sources, each content message comprising media content, for each of the plurality of content messages received, associating the media content with a predetermined media collection, and storing the content message in a database. The system and methods further providing for causing the plurality of content messages to be displayed on an operator device with other content messages associated with the media collection, determining that a predetermined trigger related to the media collection has been activated, updating an identifier of the media collection from a first indicator to a second indicator indicating an action needs to be taken on the media collection, and causing the updated identifier with the second indicator to be displayed on an operator device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Nicholas Richard Allen, Sheldon Chang, Maria Pavlovskaia, Amer Shahanawaz, Jianchao Yang
  • Patent number: 10726603
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein include an expressive icon system to present an animated graphical icon, wherein the animated graphical icon is generated by capture facial tracking data at a client device. In some embodiments, the system may track and capture facial tracking data of a user via a camera associated with a client device (e.g., a front facing camera, or a paired camera), and process the facial tracking data to animate a graphical icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Newar Husam Al Majid, Nathan Kenneth Boyd, Sheldon Chang, Chamal Samaranayake, Jeremy Voss
  • Patent number: 10679389
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for receiving, at a server computer, a plurality of content messages from a plurality of content sources, each content message comprising media content, for each of the plurality of content messages received, associating the media content with a predetermined media collection, and storing the content message in a database. The system and methods further providing for causing the plurality of content messages to be displayed on an operator device with other content messages associated with the media collection, determining that a predetermined trigger related to the media collection has been activated, updating an identifier of the media collection from a first indicator to a second indicator indicating an action needs to be taken on the media collection, and causing the updated identifier with the second indicator to be displayed on an operator device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Richard Allen, Sheldon Chang, Maria Pavlovskaia, Amer Shahnawaz, Jianchao Yang
  • Patent number: 10616239
    Abstract: A system includes a communication module that receives a request to post content to an event gallery associated with an event. The request in turn includes geo-location data for a device sending the content, and identification data identifying the device or a user of the device. The system further has an event gallery module to perform a first authorization operation that includes determining that the geo-location data corresponds to a geo-location fence associated with an event. The event gallery module also performs a second authorization operation that includes using the identification data to verify an attribute of the user. Finally, based on the first and second authorization operations, the event gallery module may selectively authorize the device to post the content to the event gallery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Richard Allen, Sheldon Chang
  • Patent number: 10542011
    Abstract: A system includes a communication module that receives a request to post content to an event gallery associated with an event. The request in turn includes geo-location data for a device sending the content, and identification data identifying the device or a user of the device. The system further has an event gallery module to perform a first authorization operation that includes determining that the geo-location data corresponds to a geo-location fence associated with an event. The event gallery module also performs a second authorization operation that includes using the identification data to verify an attribute of the user. Finally, based on the first and second authorization operations, the event gallery module may selectively authorize the device to post the content to the event gallery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Richard Allen, Sheldon Chang
  • Publication number: 20190372991
    Abstract: A system includes a communication module that receives a request to post content to an event gallery associated with an event. The request in turn includes geo-location data for a device sending the content, and identification data identifying the device or a user of the device. The system further has an event gallery module to perform a first authorization operation that includes determining that the geo-location data corresponds to a geo-location fence associated with an event. The event gallery module also performs a second authorization operation that includes using the identification data to verify an attribute of the user. Finally, based on the first and second authorization operations, the event gallery module may selectively authorize the device to post the content to the event gallery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Nicholas Richard Allen, Sheldon Chang
  • Patent number: 10496875
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a mood for a crowd is disclosed. In example embodiments, a method includes identifying an event that includes two or more attendees, receiving at least one indicator representing emotions of attendees, determining a numerical value for each of the indicators, and aggregating the numerical values to determine an aggregate mood of the attendees of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventor: Sheldon Chang
  • Patent number: 10484394
    Abstract: A system includes a communication module that receives a request to post content to an event gallery associated with an event. The request in turn includes geo-location data for a device sending the content, and identification data identifying the device or a user of the device. The system further has an event gallery module to perform a first authorization operation that includes determining that the geo-location data corresponds to a geo-location fence associated with an event. The event gallery module also performs a second authorization operation that includes using the identification data to verify an attribute of the user. Finally, based on the first and second authorization operations, the event gallery module may selectively authorize the device to post the content to the event gallery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Richard Allen, Sheldon Chang
  • Publication number: 20190333188
    Abstract: Systems and methods for distributing photo filters based on the location of the object in the image are described. A photo filter publication system detects that a client device in communication with the system has captured an image, identifies an object in the image, identifies a location of the object in the image, identifies an image overlay associated with the identified location and having object criteria satisfied by the identified object, and provides the identified image overlay to the client device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Sheldon Chang, Chamal Samaranayake, Timothy Michael Sehn, Rong Yan
  • Publication number: 20190268716
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for receiving, at a first computing device, a request from a user to activate a new media collection, sending, by the first computing device, the request to a server computer for activation of the new media collection, receiving, by the first computing device, confirmation that the new media collection was activated, receiving, at the first computing device, a plurality of content messages associated with the new media collection, receiving, at the first computing device, from the user, a selection of the plurality of content messages to be included in the new media collection, sending, to the server computer, an indication of the selection of the content messages to be included in the new media collection, wherein the server computer causes the selection of content messages to be included in the new media collection and displayed in response to a request from at least a second computing device to view the new media collection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Nicholas Richard Allen, Sheldon Chang, Maria Pavlovskaia, Amer Shahnawaz, Jianchao Yang
  • Patent number: 10380720
    Abstract: Systems and methods for distributing photo filters based on the location of the object in the image are described. A photo filter publication system detects that a client device in communication with the system has captured an image, identifies an object in the image, identifies a location of the object in the image, identifies an image overlay associated with the identified location and having object criteria satisfied by the identified object, and provides the identified image overlay to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Sheldon Chang, Chamal Samaranayake, Timothy Michael Sehn, Rong Yan
  • Publication number: 20190166400
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein relate to generation of media collections in a messaging system. The media collection may be created by the user, other users, or an entity. Example embodiments further allow users to set access criteria through privacy settings assigned to one or more media content items themselves, as well as to a media collection, such that some or all of the media collection may only be viewed by users authorized by the user sharing the media content item or media collection (e.g., only to one or more users designated by the user as a “friend”).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Jacob Andreou, Sheldon Chang, Donald Giovannini
  • Patent number: 10285001
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for receiving, at a first computing device, a request from a user to activate a new media collection, sending the request to a server computer for activation of the new media collection, receiving confirmation that the new media collection was activated, receiving a plurality of content messages associated with the new media collection, receiving from the user, a selection of the plurality of content messages to be included in the new media collection, sending, to the server computer, an indication of the selection of the content messages to be included in the new media collection, wherein the server computer causes the selection of content messages to be included in the new media collection and displayed in response to a request from at least a second computing device to view the new media collection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Richard Allen, Sheldon Chang, Maria Pavlovskaia, Amer Shahnawaz, Jianchao Yang
  • Patent number: 10203855
    Abstract: Among other things, embodiments of the present disclosure improve the functionality of electronic messaging and imaging software and systems by enabling users to generate customized media overlays that can be shared with other users. For example, media overlays can be generated by the system and displayed in conjunction with media content (e.g., images and/or video) generated by an image-capturing device (e.g., a digital camera). In some embodiments, existing media overlays may be used by users to create derivative media overlays. The system may track usage of media overlays and any derivatives created based thereon, and allow users to control the distribution and use of their overlays in future derivatives. In some embodiments, for example, a user can modify an overlay they created and cause the modification to propagate to all derivative overlays based on the user's overlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Newar Husam Al Majid, Sheldon Chang, Yunchao Gong, Kirk Ouimet, Haibo Zhao
  • Patent number: 10157449
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and distributing photo filters are described. A photo filter publication application receives filter data and object criteria and generates a photo filter based on the filter data. The photo filter is associated with satisfaction of the object criteria. A photo filter engine then identifies that a client device has taken a photograph. The photo filter engine then provides the photo filter to the client device based on the photograph including an object that satisfies the object criteria. The photo filter may then be displayed as an option on a user interface of the client device. The object criteria may include associations between an object and a source of image data, for example, a brand of a merchant in which case the associated photo filter may include images associated with the brand of the merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Sheldon Chang, Chamal Samaranayake, Timothy Michael Sehn, Rong Yan
  • Patent number: 10133918
    Abstract: A system and method for generate a mood log based on user images. In one embodiment, a system includes an image module that receives images taken by a user's mobile computing device and determines that a face of the user is included in the image, a mood module that determines a mood level of the user based on the face, and a log module that stores the mood level in a log of mood levels for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventor: Sheldon Chang
  • Patent number: 10061977
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a mood for a crowd is disclosed. In example embodiments, a method includes identifying an event that includes two or more attendees, receiving at least one indicator representing emotions of attendees, determining a numerical value for each of the indicators, and aggregating the numerical values to determine an aggregate mood of the attendees of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventor: Sheldon Chang
  • Publication number: 20180164986
    Abstract: Among other things, embodiments of the present disclosure improve the functionality of electronic messaging and imaging software and systems by enabling users to generate customized media overlays that can he shared with other users. For example, media overlays can be generated by the system and displayed in conjunction with media content (e.g., images and/or video) generated by an image-capturing device (e.g., a digital camera). In some embodiments, existing media overlays may be used by users to create derivative media overlays. The system may track usage of media overlays and any derivatives created based thereon, and allow users to control the distribution and use of their overlays in future derivatives. In some embodiments, for example, a user can modify an overlay they created and cause the modification to propagate to all derivative overlays based on the user's overlay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Newar Husam Al Majid, Sheldon Chang, Yunchao Gong, Kirk Ouimet, Haibo Zhao
  • Patent number: 9978125
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and distributing photo filters are described. A photo filter publication application receives filter data and object criteria and generates a photo filter based on the filter data. The photo filter is associated with satisfaction of the object criteria. A photo filter engine then identifies that a client device has taken a photograph. The photo filter engine then provides the photo filter to the client device based on the photograph including an object that satisfies the object criteria. The photo filter may then be displayed as an option on a user interface of the client device. The object criteria may include associations between an object and a source of image data, for example, a brand of a merchant in which case the associated photo filter may include images associated with the brand of the merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Sheldon Chang, Chamal Samaranayake, Timothy Michael Sehn, Rong Yan
  • Publication number: 20170264578
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for receiving, at a first computing device, a request from a user to activate a new media collection, sending, by the first computing device, the request to a server computer for activation of the new media collection, receiving, by the first computing device, confirmation that the new media collection was activated, receiving, at the first computing device, a plurality of content messages associated with the new media collection, receiving, at the first computing device, from the user, a selection of the plurality of content messages to be included in the new media collection, sending, to the server computer, an indication of the selection of the content messages to be included in the new media collection, wherein the server computer causes the selection of content messages to be included in the new media collection and displayed in response to a request from at least a second computing device to view the new media collection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Nicholas Richard Allen, Sheldon Chang, Maria Pavlovskaia, Amer Shahnawaz, Jianchao Yang