Patents by Inventor Shyamalan Pather

Shyamalan Pather 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: 11372698
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to the application of coordinated or cooperative effects to a coordinated activity. A coordinated activity protocol is provided for synchronizing interactive effects and experiences across multiple devices. The protocol allows effects to be initiated and coordinated on multiple devices via a real-time communications (RTC) channel. Messages may be exchanged to cooperatively initiate the effect, and (once initiated) generic data may be exchanged via application programming interface (API) calls. According to some embodiments, the coordinated activity is a shared video experience, such as a video conference or shared video-watching experience. According to other embodiments, the coordinated activity relates to other types of experiences, such as single- or multi-player games, shared book reading, communal interactions with a photo album, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: META PLATFORMS, INC.
    Inventors: Shyamalan Pather, Michelle Ruby Hwang, Nora Micheva
  • Publication number: 20220150295
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to the application of media effects to visual data such as a video. A coordinated activity protocol is provided for synchronizing interactive effects and experiences across multiple devices. The protocol allows effects to be initiated and coordinated on multiple devices via a real-time communications (RTC) channel. Messages may be exchanged to cooperatively initiate the effect, and (once initiated) generic data may be exchanged via application programming interface (API) calls. Accordingly, the system is both data-type and platform agnostic, allowing effects developers to define how data will be interpreted. In some embodiments, higher-level services may be provided to exchange data of predefined types (e.g., for common activities such as turn negotiations, turn yielding, scorekeeping, leadership elections, etc.).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Inventors: Shyamalan Pather, Michelle Ruby Hwang, Nora Micheva
  • Patent number: 11102264
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to the application of media effects to visual data such as a video. A coordinated activity protocol is provided for synchronizing interactive effects and experiences across multiple devices. The protocol allows effects to be initiated and coordinated on multiple devices via a real-time communications (RTC) channel. Messages may be exchanged to cooperatively initiate the effect, and (once initiated) generic data may be exchanged via application programming interface (API) calls. Accordingly, the system is both data-type and platform agnostic, allowing effects developers to define how data will be interpreted. In some embodiments, higher-level services may be provided to exchange data of predefined types (e.g., for common activities such as turn negotiations, turn yielding, scorekeeping, leadership elections, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Shyamalan Pather, Michelle Ruby Hwang, Nora Micheva
  • Patent number: 11019305
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to the application of coordinated or cooperative effects to a coordinated activity. A coordinated activity protocol is provided for synchronizing interactive effects and experiences across multiple devices. The protocol allows effects to be initiated and coordinated on multiple devices via a real-time communications (RTC) channel. Messages may be exchanged to cooperatively initiate the effect, and (once initiated) generic data may be exchanged via application programming interface (API) calls. According to some embodiments, the coordinated activity is a shared video experience, such as a video conference or shared video-watching experience. According to other embodiments, the coordinated activity relates to other types of experiences, such as single- or multi-player games, shared book reading, communal interactions with a photo album, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Shyamalan Pather, Michelle Ruby Hwang, Nora Micheva
  • Publication number: 20210023456
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes, by a client system of a first user, presenting a communication interface including a plurality of layers, wherein a first layer of the communication interface includes a video communication of the second user, and wherein a second layer of the communication interface includes a thumbnail view of a video communication of the first user, receiving a request from the second user to initiate a first game, receiving a user input indicative an acceptance of the request to initiate the first game, generating a game container containing the first game in a third layer of the communication interface, reducing the first layer to a thumbnail within the communication interface, and overlaying the first layer onto the third layer, wherein the second layer is closed responsive to the overlaying of the first layer onto the third layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventors: Shyamalan Pather, Pablo Jose Barvo, Dwayne B. Mercredi
  • Publication number: 20210016183
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes, by a client system of a first user, receiving a request from a second user to initiate a first game within a first layer of a communication interface, wherein the communication interface includes several layers, wherein a first layer includes a video communication of the second user, and wherein a second layer of the communication interface includes a thumbnail view of a video communication of the first user; generating a first game container in a third layer of the communication interface, wherein the third layer contains the first game in an augmented reality overlay; expanding the second layer into a full-screen view within the communication interface; and displaying the third layer as the augmented reality overlay over the second layer, wherein the first layer is closed responsive to the overlaying of the augmented reality overlay onto the second layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Shyamalan Pather, Michelle Ruby Hwang, Nora Micheva
  • Patent number: 10835827
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes, by a client system of a first user, receiving an input to initiate a first game within a first layer of a communication interface, wherein the communication interface comprises one or more layers containing a live video communication between the first user and a second user, wherein the first layer comprises a video communication of the second user; executing a gaming protocol associated with the first game; generating a game container in a second layer of the communication interface to contain the first game in a full-screen view of the communication interface; reducing the first layer containing the video communication of the second user to a thumbnail within the communication interface; and overlaying, by the client system, the first layer onto the second layer based on one or more parameters set by the gaming protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Shyamalan Pather, Pablo Jose Barvo, Dwayne B. Mercredi
  • Patent number: 10835828
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes, by a client system of a first user, receiving an input to initiate a game within a first layer of a communication interface, wherein the communication interface comprises one or more layers containing a live video communication between the first user and a second user, wherein the first layer comprises a video communication of the second user; executing a gaming protocol associated with the game; generating a game container in a second layer of the communication interface, wherein the second layer contains the game in an augmented reality overlay; and displaying the second layer as the augmented reality overlay over the first layer containing the video communication of the second user, wherein the game in the second layer contains one or more game elements that correspond to one or more features in the video communication of the second user in the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Shyamalan Pather, Michelle Ruby Hwang, Nora Micheva
  • Publication number: 20190222620
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to the application of media effects to visual data such as a video. A coordinated activity protocol is provided for synchronizing interactive effects and experiences across multiple devices. The protocol allows effects to be initiated and coordinated on multiple devices via a real-time communications (RTC) channel. Messages may be exchanged to cooperatively initiate the effect, and (once initiated) generic data may be exchanged via application programming interface (API) calls. Accordingly, the system is both data-type and platform agnostic, allowing effects developers to define how data will be interpreted. In some embodiments, higher-level services may be provided to exchange data of predefined types (e.g., for common activities such as turn negotiations, turn yielding, scorekeeping, leadership elections, etc.).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Shyamalan Pather, Michelle Ruby Hwang, Nora Micheva
  • Publication number: 20190222803
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to the application of coordinated or cooperative effects to a coordinated activity. A coordinated activity protocol is provided for synchronizing interactive effects and experiences across multiple devices. The protocol allows effects to be initiated and coordinated on multiple devices via a real-time communications (RTC) channel. Messages may be exchanged to cooperatively initiate the effect, and (once initiated) generic data may be exchanged via application programming interface (API) calls. According to some embodiments, the coordinated activity is a shared video experience, such as a video conference or shared video-watching experience. According to other embodiments, the coordinated activity relates to other types of experiences, such as single- or multi-player games, shared book reading, communal interactions with a photo album, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Shyamalan Pather, Michelle Ruby Hwang, Nora Micheva
  • Publication number: 20190220335
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to the application of coordinated or cooperative effects to a coordinated activity. A coordinated activity protocol is provided for synchronizing interactive effects and experiences across multiple devices. The protocol allows effects to be initiated and coordinated on multiple devices via a real-time communications (RTC) channel. Messages may be exchanged to cooperatively initiate the effect, and (once initiated) generic data may be exchanged via application programming interface (API) calls. According to some embodiments, the coordinated activity is a shared video experience, such as a video conference or shared video-watching experience. According to other embodiments, the coordinated activity relates to other types of experiences, such as single- or multi-player games, shared book reading, communal interactions with a photo album, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Shyamalan Pather, Michelle Ruby Hwang, Nora Micheva
  • Patent number: 10182204
    Abstract: Users of multiple clients participate in a video chat session by exchanging video streams. A user initiates generation of a high-quality composite image of the video chat session. The clients each capture high-quality local images and send the images to a chat server via a communications channel that is out-of-band from the video streams. The chat server stores the images in a repository. The initiating user views the images and selects images and a layout to use for the composite image. The chat server assembles the composite image based on the selections and saves the composite image to the repository. The initiating user can retrieve the composite image and view it, post it to social media, and/or use it for other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephane Taine, Nora Micheva, Shyamalan Pather, Jason Duane Clark, Michelle Ruby Hwang, Hoang Le, Joel Alexander Bullard, Candace Button Disco, Joseph Stephen Gonzalez, Kelly Nicole Stevens, Anne Raynor
  • Publication number: 20170206553
    Abstract: An online system allows a user to specify a sequence of advertisement requests (“ad requests”) where a set of rules identifies an order in which advertisements from the ds requests are presented to a user based on interactions by the user with presented advertisements from ad requests in the sequence. When a user interacts with an advertisement from an ad request from the sequence, the online system identifies an additional ad request from the sequence identified by a rule identifying the interaction by the user with the advertisement. The online system includes the additional ad request in one or more selection processes selecting content for presentation to the user. In some embodiments, the online system identifies an ad request from the sequence to include in the one or more selection processes based on likelihoods of the user interacting with advertisements from various ad requests in the sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventors: Hans T. Lintermans, Shyamalan Pather, Elaine Brechin Montgomery, Tanmoy Chakraborty
  • Patent number: 8255883
    Abstract: There is alteration of a late-bound expression produced by a compiler into an early-bound structure. Alteration of the late-bound expression can occur at runtime and a visitor pattern can be used to create the alteration. In one instance, a conversion from late-bound to early-bound takes place through replacing a late-bound property with a statically typed call. The early-bound structure can translate into an expression tree to enable an implementation of a store specific query operated upon storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David E Sceppa, Carl Y Perry, Jeffrey M Derstadt, Andrew J Conrad, Amanda K Silver, Paul A Vick, Shyamalan Pather, Colin Joseph Meek
  • Patent number: 8037039
    Abstract: Programmers typically like operating with databases through use of classes. Classes allow a user to function with a database through use of a non-database programming language. To ease use of the classes, a class context is generated at runtime that does not force a programmer to handle various source files that are a product of class generation. Therefore, the user can have the ease of using classes without having to perform extra actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Carl Yates Perry, Jeffrey Michael Derstadt, Andrew J. Conrad, Jeffrey E. Reed, Shyamalan Pather
  • Patent number: 7797306
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and methodology to facilitate subscription, delivery, processing, and reception of notification services. A global service framework is provided that operates in conjunction with a notification platform architecture to deliver information from one or more event sources to one or more notification sinks that receive information from the services. The global framework includes discovery and description components that provide information relating to available notification services. Subscriptions can be obtained via subscription events, whereby notifications can be delivered via notification events, wherein such events can be modeled as part of the global service framework. Various communications protocols can also be provided to facilitate communications with the notification services and global services framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Shyamalan Pather, Lon Eugene Fisher, Richard Dievendorff, Praveen Seshadri, Philip Garrett, Holly Knight, Vincent H. Curley, Robert F. Blanch, Charles Tete Mensa-Annan
  • Patent number: 7774477
    Abstract: A device hosting framework provides hosting for software-implemented logical devices (including peripheral devices bridges) on a computer to expose their services as controlled devices per a peer networking protocol. The device hosting framework encapsulates discovery, description and control protocol operations of the peer networking protocol, which frees the developers of the hosted devices from having to individually implement the peer networking protocol in the hosted devices' software and need implement only the core functionality of the hosted device. The device hosting framework operates as a host supporting device interoperability via the peer networking protocol for multiple hosted devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: William Michael Zintel, Daniel R. Weisman, Shyamalan Pather, Ravi T. Rao, Mason K. Bendixen, Christopher M. Rude
  • Patent number: 7702795
    Abstract: A device hosting framework provides hosting for software-implemented logical devices (including peripheral devices bridges) on a computer to expose their services as controlled devices per a peer networking protocol. The device hosting framework encapsulates discovery, description and control protocol operations of the peer networking protocol, which frees the developers of the hosted devices from having to individually implement the peer networking protocol in the hosted devices' software and need implement only the core functionality of the hosted device. The device hosting framework operates as a host supporting device interoperability via the peer networking protocol for multiple hosted devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: William Michael Zintel, Daniel R. Weisman, Shyamalan Pather, Ravi T. Rao, Mason K Bendixen, Christopher M Rude
  • Patent number: 7698276
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and methodology to facilitate automated delivery of notifications according to various applications that can be employed with the framework of a notification platform. The applications are described by models that enable users to easily/conveniently interact with the notification platform. The application models can be incorporated within and/or associated with the notification platform. Moreover, the models can be employed to enhance subscription experiences for users, whereby users can easily and economically subscribe and unsubscribe to one or more notification services. In addition, subscriptions can be dynamically adjusted based upon explicit commands from the user, inferred from contextual user states, and/or based upon incentives or other factors directed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Praveen Seshadri, Shyamalan Pather, Philip Garrett, Robert F. Blanch, Holly Knight, Charles Tete Mensa-Annan
  • Patent number: 7669177
    Abstract: The present systems and methods disclose a system for personalizing computer functionality. End-users are provided with tools to easily write rich and complex preferences, for example, by using a plurality simple IF-THEN propositional logic. The preferences are then transformed into queries and executed efficiently on structured data. Preferences that are satisfied then execute actions such as providing notification or storing data in a particular folder. Furthermore, according to an aspect of the invention, data, logic, events, inter alia, are all schematized, thereby enabling sharing of data between application components and across applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Robert H. Gerber, Holly Knight, Murali R. Krishnan, Niranjan Nilakantan, Shahaf Abileah, Shyamalan Pather