Patents by Inventor William N. Schilit

William N. Schilit 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: 9621703
    Abstract: A user may associate a mobile device such as a smartphone with a public device by imitating a movement pattern for a target with a movement pattern of the mobile device. The physical movement of the smartphone may be compared to the movement data for the target. If there is a match, the public device and the mobile device may be associated with one another. The association may allow a user to interact with the public device using the smartphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Want, William N. Schilit
  • Publication number: 20160323434
    Abstract: A user may associate a mobile device such as a smartphone with a public device by imitating a movement pattern for a target with a movement pattern of the mobile device. The physical movement of the smartphone may be compared to the movement data for the target. If there is a match, the public device and the mobile device may be associated with one another. The association may allow a user to interact with the public device using the smartphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Roy Want, William N. Schilit
  • Patent number: 9413872
    Abstract: A user may associate an electronic device such as a smartphone with a public device by imitating a pattern for a target with a gesture of the mobile device. The physical movement of the smartphone may be compared to the movement data for the target. If there is a match, the public device and the electronic device may be associated with one another. The association may allow a user to interact with the public device using the smartphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Want, William N. Schilit
  • Patent number: 9323827
    Abstract: Key terms for similar passages from a large corpus are identified and used to enhance searching and browsing the corpus. The corpus contains multiple documents such as the text of books. Browsing by concept is supported by identifying a set of similar passages or quotations in documents stored in the corpus and assigning key terms to passages which links conceptually related passages together. The context of each passage instance is identified and can include, for example, the text surrounding the passage. The contexts of all similar passage instances are analyzed in order to identify key terms for the similar passage. The related key terms are analyzed to identify relationships among the key terms from different similar passage sets. The key terms can be used as a basis for navigating the documents in the corpus. The key terms enable browsing the documents in the corpus by concepts referenced in the documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: William N. Schilit, Okan Kolak
  • Patent number: 9215286
    Abstract: A system for creating an activity-based social includes receiving information from a computing device of a participant in an activity, and determining that the information qualifies the participant for membership in a social network associated with the activity. The system also includes associating the participant with the social network, and enabling access, by the participant, to an electronic portal that provides access to the social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Goolge Inc
    Inventors: William N. Schilit, Roy Want, Bay-Wei Chang, Yang Li, Shumin Zhai, Ed Huai-Hsin Chi, Elin R. Pedersen
  • Publication number: 20150271312
    Abstract: A user may associate an electronic device such as a smartphone with a public device by imitating a pattern for a target with a gesture of the mobile device. The physical movement of the smartphone may be compared to the movement data for the target. If there is a match, the public device and the electronic device may be associated with one another. The association may allow a user to interact with the public device using the smartphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Inventors: Roy Want, William N. Schilit
  • Patent number: 8935547
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for user activity-based dynamic power management and policy creation for mobile platforms are described. In one embodiment, the method includes the monitoring of one or more sensor values of a mobile platform device to gather sensor activity data. Once the sensor activity data is gathered, the user state may be predicted according to the gathered user activity and an updated user state model. In one embodiment, the user state model is updated according to the sensor activity data. In one embodiment, a switch occurs from the present power management policy to a new power management policy if the new user state differs from a present user state by a predetermined amount. In one embodiment, at least one time-out parameter of a selected power management policy may be adjusted to comply with a predicted user state. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Georgios N. Theocharous, Nilesh N. Shah, Uttam K. Sengupta, William N. Schilit, Kelan C. Silvester, Robert A. Dunstan
  • Patent number: 8874594
    Abstract: A method for incorporating information pertaining to geographic locations previously visited by a user into a search. The method includes: obtaining location information corresponding to a user account; determining, from the location information, one or more geographic locations that correspond to the location information; providing a user interface that includes a prompt that accepts search terms as input to a search query and an option to include a group of one or more geographic locations in the search query; and providing for display results related to the search terms and to one or more geographic locations in the group of one or more geographic locations when the option to include the group of one or more geographic locations is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Want, William N. Schilit
  • Publication number: 20140222798
    Abstract: A method for incorporating information pertaining to geographic locations previously visited by a user into a search. The method includes: obtaining location information corresponding to a user account; determining, from the location information, one or more geographic locations that correspond to the location information; providing a user interface that includes a prompt that accepts search terms as input to a search query and an option to include a group of one or more geographic locations in the search query; and providing for display results related to the search terms and to one or more geographic locations in the group of one or more geographic locations when the option to include the group of one or more geographic locations is selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Roy Want, William N. Schilit
  • Patent number: 8433705
    Abstract: A method searches a set of information using a computer. The method generates a set of search results based on a search query. Then, without further user input, the method generates a set of candidate facets, where each of the candidate facets can be used to select a subset of the search results. The method ranks the candidate facets in accordance with selectivity of the candidate facets and selects a plurality of facets from among the candidate facets for presentation to the user. The selection is in accordance with the rankings of the candidate facets. The method formats the presentation facets for display to the user. In response to user selection of a presentation facet, the method generates a revised search query comprising the original search query and the selected presentation facet, and generates a revised set of search results based on the revised search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mark H. Dredze, William N. Schilit
  • Publication number: 20130080807
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for user activity-based dynamic power management and policy creation for mobile platforms are described. In one embodiment, the method includes the monitoring of one or more sensor values of a mobile platform device to gather sensor activity data. Once the sensor activity data is gathered, the user state may be predicted according to the gathered user activity and an updated user state model. In one embodiment, the user state model is updated according to the sensor activity data. In one embodiment, a switch occurs from the present power management policy to a new power management policy if the new user state differs from a present user state by a predetermined amount. In one embodiment, at least one time-out parameter of a selected power management policy may be adjusted to comply with a predicted user state. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Georgios N. Theocharous, Nilesh N. Shah, Uttam K. Sengupta, William N. Schilit, Kelan C. Silvester, Robert A. Dunstan
  • Patent number: 8316247
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for user activity-based dynamic power management and policy creation for mobile platforms are described. In one embodiment, the method includes the monitoring of one or more sensor values of a mobile platform device to gather sensor activity data. Once the sensor activity data is gathered, the user state may be predicted according to the gathered user activity and an updated user state model. In one embodiment, the user state model is updated according to the sensor activity data. In one embodiment, a switch occurs from the present power management policy to a new power management policy if the new user state differs from a present user state by a predetermined amount. In one embodiment, at least one time-out parameter of a selected power management policy may be adjusted to comply with a predicted user state. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Georgios N. Theocharous, Nilesh N. Shah, Uttam K. Sengupta, William N. Schilit, Kelan C. Silvester, Robert A. Dunstan
  • Patent number: 8122032
    Abstract: A corpus contains digital text from multiple documents. A passage mining engine identifies similar passages in the documents and stores data describing the similarities. The passage mining engine groups similar passages into groups based on degree of similarity or other criteria. The passage mining engine ranks the similar passages found in the text corpus based on quality or other criteria. A user interface is presented that includes hypertext links associated with the similar passages that allow a user to navigate the documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: William N. Schilit, Okan Kolak, Adam Mathes
  • Publication number: 20110093725
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for user activity-based dynamic power management and policy creation for mobile platforms are described. In one embodiment, the method includes the monitoring of one or more sensor values of a mobile platform device to gather sensor activity data. Once the sensor activity data is gathered, the user state may be predicted according to the gathered user activity and an updated user state model. In one embodiment, the user state model is updated according to the sensor activity data. In one embodiment, a switch occurs from the present power management policy to a new power management policy if the new user state differs from a present user state by a predetermined amount. In one embodiment, at least one time-out parameter of a selected power management policy may be adjusted to comply with a predicted user state. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Georgios N. Theocharous, Nilesh N. Shah, Uttam K. Sengupta, William N. Schilit, Kelan C. Silvester, Robert A. Dunstan
  • Patent number: 7861098
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for user activity-based dynamic power management and policy creation for mobile platforms are described. In one embodiment, the method includes the monitoring of one or more sensor values of a mobile platform device to gather user activity data. Once the user activity data is gathered, the user state may be predicted according to the gathered user activity and an updated user state model. In one embodiment, the user state model is updated according to the user activity data. In one embodiment, a switch occurs from the current power management policy to a new power management policy if the new user state differs from a current user state by a predetermined amount. In one embodiment, at least one time-out parameter of a selected power management policy may be adjusted to comply with a predicted user state. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Georgios N. Theocharous, Nilesh N. Shah, Uttam K. Sengupta, William N. Schilit
  • Patent number: 7861099
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for user activity-based dynamic power management and policy creation for mobile platforms are described. In one embodiment, the method includes the monitoring of one or more sensor values of a mobile platform device to gather sensor activity data. Once the sensor activity data is gathered, the user state may be predicted according to the gathered user activity and an updated user state model. In one embodiment, the user state model is updated according to the sensor activity data. In one embodiment, a switch occurs from the present power management policy to a new power management policy if the new user state differs from a present user state by a predetermined amount. In one embodiment, at least one time-out parameter of a selected power management policy may be adjusted to comply with a predicted user state. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Georgios N. Theocharous, Nilesh N. Shah, Uttam K. Sengupta, William N. Schilit, Kelan C. Silvester, Robert A. Dunstan
  • Patent number: 7797447
    Abstract: A Web browser provides the ability to separate content and hyper-links from a Web page and provides a list of the links for viewing on a mobile device display screen along with links to telephone numbers, addresses, email addresses, and other communication-related information in the Web page detected by a data detector portion of the Web browser to further enhance usability of the Web page information for mobile device users. Further, once a link is selected using the mobile device, a services portal link is provided to the mobile device display to provide selection of services to be performed on the selected link, such as faxing or printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: William N. Schilit, Jonathan James Trevor, Catherine Claire Marshall, Elizabeth F. Churchill
  • Patent number: 7689167
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and apparatus for operating an ensemble of wireless electronic devices based on user activity are generally described herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Uttam K. Sengupta, William N. Schilit, Tanzeem K. Choudhury, Matthai Philipose
  • Publication number: 20090257565
    Abstract: A system and method for simultaneously conducting multiple telephone conversations is provided. In an embodiment, a user converses with one individual on a first channel while simultaneously transmitting audible utterances to a second individual or a second channel. The user can select the desired channel or channels and a desired phrase and an electronic representation of the selected phrase is transmitted over the selected channel(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lester D. Nelson, Laurent Denoue, William N. Schilit, Elizabeth F. Churchill
  • Patent number: 7546143
    Abstract: A system and method for simultaneously conducting multiple telephone conversations is provided. In an embodiment, a user converses with one individual on a first channel while simultaneously transmitting audible utterances to a second individual or a second channel. The user can select the desired channel or channels and a desired phrase and an electronic representation of the selected phrase is transmitted over the selected channel(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lester D. Nelson, Laurent Denoue, William N. Schilit, Elizabeth F. Churchill