Conferencing Patents (Class 379/202.01)
  • Patent number: 11509493
    Abstract: An electronic device, computer program product, and method enable hosting a communication session with customizable roles for participants that provides an adjustable balance of interaction and decorum. A controller configures the electronic device to identify, within an image stream from a next one of two or more second electronic devices that is not currently selected to present to a video communication session, at least one of a speaking movement of a mouth of a non-presenting participant or a gesture by the non-presenting participant to provide an audio input via the next second electronic device. In response to the identified speaking movement or the gesture, a host user interface of the electronic device presents an alert and enables host toggling of a selected one of the electronic device and the two or more second electronic devices to present a corresponding audio and video stream to the video communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Amit Kumar Agrawal, Olivier D Meirhaeghe, Rahul B. Desai
  • Patent number: 11502861
    Abstract: A virtual meeting system is discussed herein. An online meeting application places participants in their own virtual location with a common virtual meeting space and adjusts the audio volume and balance on a listener's device to simulate the virtual location of the participant who is speaking. The application includes a trigonometric function to adjust the audio volume and balance based on the location of the listener relative to the speaker. The application can also permit the participants to select their own virtual locations upon entry to the virtual meeting, can assign a virtual location or adjust audio based on a participant's settings, or can allow for parallel meetings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: T-MOBILE USA, INC.
    Inventor: Richard Harrington
  • Patent number: 11488608
    Abstract: A computer-implemented technique is presented for profiling an unknown speaker. A DNN-based frame selection allows the system to select the relevant frames necessary to provide a reliable speaker characteristic estimation. A frame selection module selects those frames that contain relevant information for estimating a given speaker characteristic and thereby contributes to the accuracy and the low latency of the system. Real-time speaker characteristics estimation allows the system to estimate the speaker characteristics from a speech segment of accumulated selected frames at any given time. The frame level processing contributes to the low latency as it is not necessary to wait for the whole speech utterance to predict a speaker characteristic but rather a speaker characteristic is estimated from only a few reliable frames. Different stopping criteria also contribute to the accuracy and the low latency of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: SIGMA TECHNOLOGIES GLOBAL LLC
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Perero-Codosero, Fernando Espinoza-Cuadros
  • Patent number: 11487498
    Abstract: In various examples, when a local user initiates an instance of a video conference application, the user may be provided with a user interface (UI) that displays an icon corresponding to the user as well as several other icons corresponding to participants in the instance of the video conference application. As the users converse, the local user may find that a particular participant is speaking loudly compared to the other remote users. The local user may then select an icon corresponding to the particular participant and move the icon away from the local user's icon in the UI. Based on moving the remote user's icon away from the local user's icon, the system may reduce the output volume of the audio data for the participant. Further, if the local user moves the participant icon closer to the local user's icon, the volume for the participant may be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Henning Lysdal, Ruthie Lyle
  • Patent number: 11487499
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products are provided for aggregating active speaker channels, receiving, through an input interface, a selection of a solo speaker channel representing one of the plurality of speaker channels and setting the audio level of any one of the solo speaker channel and at least one non-solo speaker channel, or a combination of both the solo speaker channel and the at least one non-solo speaker channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: IPC SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Brett R. Berkowitz, Stephen J. Minutillo, James J. Riccio
  • Patent number: 11488115
    Abstract: Technology is described for a request to reserve a meeting location during a defined time period. The request may include attribute criteria for the meeting location. Candidate meeting locations may be identified that satisfy the attribute criteria specified in the request. The candidate meeting locations may be available to hold a meeting during the defined time period. A fragmentation score that would result from holding the meeting in individual candidate meeting locations during the defined time period may be determined. A target meeting location may be selected from the candidate meeting locations based in part on the fragmentation score for the individual candidate meeting locations. A fragmentation score of the target meeting location may represent less fragmentation than fragmentation scores for other candidate meeting locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Devansh Gada, Brendon Xavier Faleiro, Thomas Rozanski, Divyang Mahendrabhai Upadhyay, Hwee Hong Christopher Chew
  • Patent number: 11489967
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve systems and methods for a collaboration conferencing system to track a total number of concurrently utilized ports across any number of conferencing bridges of the network for a particular customer and one or more billing actions may occur based on this tracking. This may result in an alternate billing option for the customer's use of the system. Further, a telecommunications network administrator may provide access to the collaboration conferencing system based on a total number of concurrently utilized ports rather than on a per conference or per minute basis. With the information of the number of purchased ports by the customer, the administrator may more accurately predict an available capacity for the collaboration conferencing system needed to support all of the users of the system and the potential collaboration conferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Level 3 Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew J. Broadworth, Robert F. Nance, Gregory T. Ellison
  • Patent number: 11483649
    Abstract: A system includes multiple microphone arrays positioned at different locations on a roof of an autonomous vehicle. Each microphone array includes two or more microphones. Internal clocks of each microphone array are synchronized by a processor and used to generate timestamps indicating when microphones capture a sound. Based on the timestamps, the processor is configured to localize a source of the sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Choon Ping Chng, Cheng-Han Wu, Ganesh Balachandran, Peter Strohm
  • Patent number: 11475911
    Abstract: In communication performed among multiple participants, at least one of a participant who will start speaking next and a timing thereof is estimated. An estimation apparatus includes a head motion information generation unit that acquires head motion information representing head motions of communication participants in a time segment corresponding to an end time of an utterance segment and synchronization information for head motions between the communication participants, and an estimation unit that estimates at least one of the speaker of the next utterance segment following the utterance segment and the next utterance start timing following the utterance segment based on the head motion information and the synchronization information for the head motions between the communication participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo Ishii, Ryuichiro Higashinaka, Junji Tomita, Shiro Kumano, Kazuhiro Otsuka
  • Patent number: 11461067
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques for classifying and displaying electronic data sets relevant to a collaboration context using head mounted displays. Context information corresponding to a collaboration event is leveraged to identify participants for the collaboration event, where natural language processing is applied across the contents of electronic data sets presently available to the participants across their computer devices and network-based storage environments to collect electronic data sets relevant to the collaboration event. The collected data sets are then classified, from the perspective of individual participants, into classes including previously known and previously unknown data sets. The collected data sets are then displayed based on their classes to the participants wearing head mounted displays such that each participant views the same overall set of data sets through their head mounted display, but the data sets displayed within each class may differ between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Raghuveer Prasad Nagar, Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Subba Rayudu Tangirala
  • Patent number: 11451595
    Abstract: A system comprising a first computing device operated by a first driver, a second computing device operated by a second driver, and a server is disclosed. The server may determine one or more characteristics of the first driver based on at least one of listening preferences or telematics data of the first driver. Based on the one or more characteristics of the first driver, the server may assign the first driver to a conference. The server may receive a request from the second computing device for the second driver to participate in conferencing. The server may determine that the second driver has at least one characteristic that matches one of the one or more characteristics of the first driver and may assign the second driver to the conference with the first driver. The server may bridge the first driver and the second driver in the conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Lindsey Jo Thome, Tara Cavallaro Kozlowski
  • Patent number: 11449961
    Abstract: A communication system (150) provides a portable radio (100) that retrieves public safety records in response to a verbal query entered thereto. The communication system (150) includes a bot gateway (122) for accessing and retrieving the public safety records from a plurality of remote public safety databases in response to the verbal query entered into the portable radio. The bot gateway (122) determines a criticality level for the retrieved public safety records. The bot gateway (122) temporarily stores the retrieved public safety records and sends a criticality code to the portable radio. The portable radio generates user alerts indicating the criticality level of the retrieved public safety records based on the code. The portable radio plays out the bot-retrieved search results in response to a further user input to the portable radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Craig Siddoway, Jari P. Jarvinen, Erin B. Bryant, Melanie King
  • Patent number: 11445149
    Abstract: A video conferencing system for a reconfigurable meeting room is disclosed. To make the process of reconfiguring a video conferencing system easy and frictionless and in an embodiment, the system may comprise a camera for capturing video of at least a section of the meeting room and to provide video data; a microphone for capturing audio in the meeting room and to provide audio data; and processing circuitry, connected at least with the camera and microphone to receive at least one of the video and audio. The processing circuitry is configured to determine if a change in the layout of the meeting room has occurred, using at least one of the camera and the microphone, and upon determination that the change in the layout has occurred, operate in a proximity joining mode in which the processing circuitry allows linking with at least one proximate video conferencing system for joined operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: PLANTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Cary Arnold Bran
  • Patent number: 11423185
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention disclose a method for determining whether to perform mute/unmute functions to secure voice communication on multiple devices to allow for safeguarding of sensitive information of a user. The method includes one or more processors identifying one or more audio communications from a first user to a second user, wherein the one or more audio communications is transmitted utilizing a first computing device. The method further includes determining an objective of the first user based at least in part on the audio communication of the first user. The method further includes determining a set of conditions corresponding to the one or more audio communications and the objective, wherein the set of conditions indicate a vulnerability of personal data of the first user. The method further includes prohibiting the first computing device from transmitting audio data that includes the personal data of the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Nadiya Kochura, Fang Lu, Anh Uong
  • Patent number: 11412015
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media for configurable group-based media streams during communication session. Group-based media streams allow a meeting administrator to define how media (e.g., video data, audio data) is shared among meeting participants by assigning the meeting participants to different participant groups. In some embodiments, meeting participants may be assigned into either a presenter group or an audience group. The meeting may be configured such that both video and audio data captured at the device of a presenter is shared with both the other presenters and the audience, while audio and/or video data captured at the devices of the audience is shared with only the presenters, but not the other members of the audience. As a result, the audience members are able to communicate with the presenters during the presentation but cannot communicate with the other members of the audience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Michal Aichinger
  • Patent number: 11412325
    Abstract: A method of providing audio information from a meeting includes receiving a first audio stream from a first input audio device and a second audio stream from a second input audio device during the meeting, identifying a first audio fragment from the first audio stream, and identifying a second audio fragment from the second audio stream. The method also includes compiling the audio fragments from the first and second audio streams into an audio file that includes at least the first audio fragment and the second audio fragment. The method further includes providing the audio file to one or more recipients. The audio file identifies the first audio fragment as corresponding to a first participant of the meeting and the second audio fragment as corresponding to a second participant of the meeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: EVERNOTE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Sinkov, Alexander Pashintsev
  • Patent number: 11405435
    Abstract: Systems and methods for presenting views of work unit records in chat sessions between users of a collaboration environment are disclosed. Exemplary implementations may: obtain content information characterizing content of the chat sessions between the users of the collaboration environment; identify work unit records based on the content from the chat sessions; generate view of work unit pages in the chat sessions that correspond to the work unit records identified based on the content from the chat sessions so that the view of the work unit pages are made accessible to the users during synchronous communication facilitated by the chat sessions; and/or other perform other operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Asana, Inc.
    Inventors: Alvaro Morales, Eric Lee Campbell, Manya Sofia Spieczny Scheps
  • Patent number: 11399253
    Abstract: Methods and systems for vocal interaction preservation for teleported audio. A method includes determining spatial parameters of a first space including at least one sound source and at least one audio source, wherein the at least one sound source emits sound within the first space, wherein the at least one audio source captures audio data based on sounds emitted within the first space, wherein the spatial parameters of the first space characterize sound characteristics of the first space; determining vocal spatial parameters of each of the at least one sound source, wherein the vocal spatial parameters of each sound source define characteristics of the sound source which affect sound waves emitted by the sound source; and generating, for each sound source, a respective clean version of the audio data based on the spatial parameters of the first space and the vocal spatial parameters of the sound source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Insoundz Ltd.
    Inventors: Yadin Aharoni, Tomer Goshen, Itai Matos, Doron Koren, Emil Winebrand, Guy Etgar
  • Patent number: 11399044
    Abstract: A method and system for connecting a communication to a client including at a system bridge, establishing a client subscription connection with a client device; receiving an incoming communication request at the system bridge; publishing an incoming communication notification from the system bridge to the client device; receiving a client communication at the system bridge; and merging the incoming communication request into the client communication at the system bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Twilio Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Gordon Lawson, John Robert Wolthuis, Evan Mansfield Cooke, Jonas Mikael Boerjesson
  • Patent number: 11393448
    Abstract: In order to provide a new mechanism relating to further enhanced voice synthesis, a wireless terminal includes a receiver and a transmitter. The receiver is configured to be capable of receiving, when the wireless terminal is included in at least one group, a voice communication relating to the at least one group. The transmitter is configured to transmit, to a communication device that controls the voice communication relating to the at least one group, volume information for determining volume on the voice communication relating to the at least one group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji Koyanagi
  • Patent number: 11394821
    Abstract: Automated dialing of an entity from a curated list of entities responsive to user selections of dial pad entries, the curated list of entities formed from phrases formed from the dial pad entries. The curated list of entities is based on at least one of user call activity, search engine activity responsive to the phrases, a set of Sender Controlled Media participants, a set of categories of contacts, and entity offerings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: VYNG INC.
    Inventors: Paul Kats, Jeffrey Chernick, Mark Randall Goldston, Sohrab Pirayesh
  • Patent number: 11386912
    Abstract: A method and computer program product are provided for allowing a plurality of musicians who are in physically separate locations to create a single musical performance using a teleconferencing platform provided by a host server. The teleconferencing platform is electronically connected to musician participants who create the single musical performance via respective musician participant computers, and non-musician participants who experience the created single musical performance via respective non-musician participant computers. The single musical performance includes voice and/or instrument sounds contributed from each of the musicians. Host-sent audio is streamed by the host server to each of the participant computers. The host-sent audio includes a separable tempo and tone reference. Each of the musician participants provide their respective voice and/or instrument sounds to the host-sent audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventor: Benjamin Slotznick
  • Patent number: 11381611
    Abstract: Introduced here are session management platforms able to facilitate multimedia sessions that involve host(s) and user(s). A session management platform may enable multimedia communication between the host(s) and a participating user. The users may be added into positions in a priority queue, where the priority queue may represent an order of users to be used to select a given user for participation in the multimedia session. Upon termination of a session between the host(s) and a first participating user, the priority queue may be updated to remove the first participating user from the queue and a second participating user is selected. The multimedia session may enable multimedia communication between the host(s) and the second participating user based on the second participating user being selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Fanmio, Inc.
    Inventors: Solomon Engel, Aaron Ross Anderson, Christian Marcello Gambardella
  • Patent number: 11374987
    Abstract: Techniques for dynamically converting a communication channel associated with a communication channel from a communication channel associated with a single organization to a shared communication channel associated with two or more organizations. The communication channel may have associated therewith member profiles associated with a first organization and one or more guest profiles associated with one or more other organizations that are different from the first organization. A server computing system may convert the communication channel to a shared communication channel based on a determination of eligibility for conversion. The server computing system may generate one or more user interfaces associated with the member profiles and the one or more guest profiles, enabling members and guests to communicate via the shared communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Slack Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Myles Grant, Elizabeth Clemenson, Paul Rosania, Sri Vasamsetti, Yingyu Sun, Andrew King
  • Patent number: 11374911
    Abstract: One disclosed example method includes obtaining a meeting cryptographic key, transmitting, from a client device to a video conference provider, a request to initiate an encrypted video conference, the encrypted video conference including a plurality of participants, and distributing the meeting cryptographic key to each participant of the plurality of participants. The disclosed example method further includes receiving an indication that the encrypted video conference is to be locked, subsequent to receiving the indication that the encrypted conference is to be locked, receiving a request to admit an additional participant to the encrypted video conference, determining whether the additional participant is one of the plurality of participants, and responsive to determining that the additional participant is not one of the plurality of participants, rejecting the request to admit the additional participant to the encrypted video conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Zoom Video Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Max Krohn
  • Patent number: 11363082
    Abstract: A video conference telepresence controller includes a first set of instructions commanding a server to create and maintain a queue structure for clients of a video conference telepresence session, a second set of instructions commanding the server to monitor audio/video feeds of the clients of the video conference telepresence sessions and identify the clients of those feeds, a third set of instructions commanding the server to detect precursor events to a session disturbance or flow interruption in one or more of the monitored feeds and flagging the feeds harboring the events for action, and a fourth set of instructions commanding the server to perform an interruption, redirect, or deletion of the one or more feeds and for providing notification thereof to one or more clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventor: Peter Garrett
  • Patent number: 11356792
    Abstract: A computer converts each content sources from textual content to speech comprising a separate audio selection. The computer applies, to each audio selection, one or more speech attributes to specify the audio attributes that select a respective position of the respective audio selection from among multiple positions within a multidimensional sound space and audibly distinguish one or more characteristics of the respective audio selection from other audio selections, wherein the respective position of the respective audio selection reflects a rank of the respective audio selection as ordered by interest to a user. The computer outputs a simultaneous stream of the multiple audio selections to an audio output device for stereo play of the audio selections within the multiple positions within the multidimensional sound space to the user, with the multiple positions reflecting the content sources ordered by interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Da Wei Zhang, Ke Chen, Yu Ping Sun, Hou Ping Jia, Xiaoguang Mo
  • Patent number: 11348589
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatically selecting a smart device based on the context of a voice command event are disclosed. In embodiments, a smart device controller receives a user voice command from a user regarding a function to be performed during a command event within a smart environment; determines context data associated with the user voice command; determines a smart device name of the user voice command; accesses a knowledge database including registered smart devices and associated context-specific names, wherein the context-specific names are associated with context parameters; matches the smart device name of the user voice command with one of the context-specific names of the knowledge database; automatically chooses a select smart device from the plurality of registered smart devices to perform the function based on the matching; and initiates the function at the select smart device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 11334618
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods of Capturing the Moment in audio discussions and recordings. A user utilizes an electronic device to record audio, or to participate in an audio conversation or an audio/video conversation. During the conversation, the user clicks on presses a button to create an audio bookmark at desired time-points. Later, the system generates separate a short audio-clip for a few sentences that were spoken before and after each such audio bookmarks. The system further generates an aggregated clip or summary of the bookmarked segments, as well as textual transcription of the bookmarked content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: AUDIOCODES LTD.
    Inventors: Shabtai Adlersberg, Menachem Honig, Nimrod Borovsky
  • Patent number: 11335351
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to cognitive automation-based engine processing on audio files and streams received from meetings and/or telephone calls. A noise mask can be applied to enhance the audio. Real-time speech analytics separate speech for different speakers into time-stamped streams, which are transcribed and merged into a combined output. The output is parsed by analyzing the combined output for correct syntax, normalized by breaking the parsed data into record groups for efficient processing, validated to ensure that the data satisfies defined formats and input criteria, and enriched to correct for any errors and to augment the audio information. Notifications based on the enriched data may be provided to call or meeting participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Christine D. Black, Jinna Kim, Todd M. Goodyear, William August Stahlhut, Shola L. Oni, Mardochee Macxis
  • Patent number: 11323838
    Abstract: Methods (700, 800) and apparatuses (160-1, 181, 184, 220, 600, 156, 105) of providing and receiving audio content are described. The method of providing audio content (700) includes receiving (710) a first audio content from a first user, processing (720) the first audio content based on a first viewing direction for the first user facing at least one section of an audiovisual content and on a viewing direction for a second user facing at least one section of the audiovisual content, and providing (730) the processed first audio content. The audiovisual content may be an immersive reality content. A computer-readable storage medium, computer program and a non-transitory article of manufacture are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: InterDigital Madison Patent Holdings, SAS
    Inventor: William G. Redmann
  • Patent number: 11297178
    Abstract: Method, apparatus, and program code embodied in computer-readable media, for providing enhanced echo suppression in a conferencing system having at least one microphone and at least one speaker. At least one microphone input signal is received, and at least one speaker input signal is provided. At least one processor has at least one primary echo-suppressor and at least one secondary echo-suppressor. The at least one primary echo-suppressor receives (i) the microphone input signal(s) and (ii) the speaker input signal(s). The at least one primary echo-suppressor provides at least one echo-suppressed microphone signal. The at least one secondary echo-suppressor receives the at least one echo-suppressed microphone signal and provides an output signal. The at least one processor provides the at least one echo-suppressed microphone signal to the at least one secondary echo-suppressor without providing the at least one speaker input signal directly to the at least one secondary echo-suppressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Richard Dale Ferguson, Linshan Li, Mahdi Javer, Nicholas Alexander Norrie
  • Patent number: 11290428
    Abstract: A method of simplifying electronic communications between a plurality of users by communication implementation and management. Each user has an electronic identifier, which may be of a type, such as a website address, domain, LinkedIn address, etc. Each identifier is unique to each user. The electronic identifier can be changed at any time prior to contact enabling privacy and the method may be effected on a singular telecommunications platform (SIP) or mixed platform (SIP and PSTN) or other voice or text medium for cost efficiency. The system renders communication between users passive and allows for simultaneous and instantaneous communication while maintaining anonymity of the identifiers used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: CABANAWIRE INC.
    Inventors: Paul Cairns, Brian Fillo, Peter Warrick
  • Patent number: 11282532
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for participant-individualized audio volume control and host-customized audio volume control of streaming audio for a plurality of participants who are each receiving the streaming audio from a host within a videoconferencing platform, and who are also simultaneously engaged in remote audio communications with each other within the same videoconferencing platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventor: Benjamin Slotznick
  • Patent number: 11271977
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus, an information processing system, an information processing method and a non-transitory recording medium. The information processing apparatus detects one or more users using the information processing apparatus and notifies each user of remote service connection destination information required for connecting to a remote service using notification destination information for sending notification to the user associated with each detected user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeo Araki
  • Patent number: 11270697
    Abstract: An issue tracking system configured to track issues, tickets, or tasks is described herein. The issue tracking system may include a voice interface system that may be used to create, modify, and delete issue records during a live meeting or event. The voice interface system may be configured to facilitate a live meeting conducted in a particular format or structure. The voice interface system may be adapted to determine a relevance score between a voice input and one or more respective issue records being tracked by the issue tracking system. If the relevancy score satisfies a threshold, a respective issue record may be selected for modification or editing during the live meeting through a series of responsive voice commands or other voice input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignees: ATLASSIAN PTY LTD., ATLASSIAN INC.
    Inventors: Noam Bar-on, Bharath Booshan Lakshmi Narayanan
  • Patent number: 11245787
    Abstract: Disclosed are an acoustic echo cancelling apparatus and an acoustic echo cancelling method. The acoustic echo cancelling apparatus comprises a first capturer configured to capture a remote audio signal received from a remote machine; a second capturer configured to capture a local audio signal that is input to a local microphone; an acoustic echo canceller (AEC) configured to cancel an acoustic echo of the local audio signal using the remote audio signal and output a local audio signal from which the acoustic echo is cancelled; and a transmitter configured to transmit an output signal of the AEC to the remote machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang-Bum Kim, Sang-Bum Cho, Jun-Ho Kang
  • Patent number: 11245737
    Abstract: A system for content sharing and methods for making and using the same. The content sharing system enables a smooth and easy exchange of electronic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: GG TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Gaurav Goel
  • Patent number: 11240050
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and apparatus for sharing an online document, an electronic device, and a storage medium. The method includes: providing (101) a sharing interface containing one or more candidate conference events based on a request from a currently logged-in user for sharing an online document; obtaining (102) a target conference event selected by the currently logged-in user from the one or more first candidate conference events, and obtaining an operation permission for the online document set by the currently logged-in user for the target conference event; then, obtaining (103) a participant account number participating in the target conference event, and setting an operation permission of a participant corresponding to the participant account number for the online document based on the operation permission; and sending (104) prompt information to the participant, such that the participant accesses the online document based on the prompt information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: TIANJIN BYTEDANCE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xuejia Chen
  • Patent number: 11223590
    Abstract: Techniques are described for expediting a generation of a means of communication between two people associated with different organizations. A first person associated with a communication platform may submit a request to the communication platform to generate an invitation to communicate via the communication platform. The first person may provide the invitation to a second person directly or via the communication platform. Responsive to receiving an indication that the second person has accepted the invitation, the communication platform may generate the means of communication between the first person and the second person. The communication platform may update respective user interfaces to include the means of communication. The communication platform may process messages and/or data between the first person and the second person that is input on the respective user interface and sent via the means of communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Slack Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shanan Delp, Christopher Sullivan, Jaron Moore, Kevin Marshall
  • Patent number: 11212326
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a number of techniques for enhancing a user's experience when joining teleconference sessions. When multiple users join a teleconference session using separate devices, a system identifies devices that are co-located. The co-located devices are identified by the use of a combination of data including, but not limited to social signals, audio signal and other location data. At least one device of the co-located devices, has a first control set for controlling a teleconference session and other devices of the co-located devices have a second control set for sharing content. The at least one device also has one set of streams and the other devices see a subset of those streams or other streams based on an activity level. In addition, the present disclosure provides a number of techniques for enabling users to use multiple devices to share content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Thomas Faulkner, Kenton O'Hara, Ewin Davis Kannuthottiyil, Eric Randall Sexauer, Edward Sean Lloyd Rintel, Thaddeus Scott, Kevin Morrison, Robert Corish, Anthony Wieser
  • Patent number: 11210911
    Abstract: A visual feedback system can include a display panel, an interface unit, and at least one visual feedback device. The at least one visual feedback device can be configured to provide cues for audio generated within a virtual environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventor: Timothy T. Murphy
  • Patent number: 11205013
    Abstract: Technologies are disclosed for a computing system that allows users to control the disclosure of their identities during communication sessions. Users can control the disclosure of their identities with respect to certain types of shared content. In one mode of operation, a user can share content anonymously. In another mode of operation, identity may be revealed when certain conditions are met or revealed to only certain other users. For example, the identity of a user who shared a comment anonymously may be revealed if multiple other users agree with that comment. In another mode of operation, the user's identity is revealed to all other users such as in a live video stream. The computing system can control display of users' identities based on user instructions or based on triggering conditions. A user interface (UI) can show content items that identify a user together with content items that are shared anonymously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Hannah Rebecca Lewbel, Isabel Sophie Sharp, Adam Michael Gleisner, Lindsey Conway, Clea Allington, Minu George, Samantha Robbie Courts, Margaret Arlene Grounds, Scott H. W. Snyder, Nassr Albahadly
  • Patent number: 11196783
    Abstract: A conferencing communication method is disclosed, including: sending a protocol string to an intelligent terminal, so that the intelligent terminal invokes a corresponding instant messaging client according to the protocol string; receiving an instant messaging user identifier that has logged in and that is sent by the instant messaging client and an attendance credential included in the protocol string; adding the instant messaging user identifier to an instant messaging user group corresponding to the attendance credential; and establishing an Internet channel that is based on the instant messaging user group to the instant messaging client, the Internet channel being used for transmitting communication data of a member in the instant messaging user group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: Xingshi Bai, Shundong Gao, Xingjun Xiao, Haoyuan Li
  • Patent number: 11185268
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a first determination unit, a second determination unit, and a presentation unit. The first determination unit determines, based on biometric information of a speaker and a non-speaker, creativities of the speaker and the non-speaker, according to different indices. The second determination unit determines, according to the creativity of the speaker and the creativity of the non-speaker, a creativity of a group including the speaker and the non-speaker. The presentation unit presents the creativity of the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Akinori Komura
  • Patent number: 11190872
    Abstract: A signal processing system includes microphone units connected in series and a host device connected to one of the microphone units. Each of the microphone units has a microphone, a temporary storage memory, and a processing section for processing the sound picked up by the microphone. The host device has a non-volatile memory in which a sound signal processing program for the microphone units is stored. The host device transmits the sound signal processing program read from the non-volatile memory to each of the microphone units. Each of the microphone units temporarily stores the sound signal processing program in the temporary storage memory. The processing section performs a process corresponding to the sound signal processing program temporarily stored in the temporary storage memory and transmits the processed sound to the host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo Tanaka, Koichiro Sato, Yoshifumi Oizumi, Takayuki Inoue
  • Patent number: 11184362
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a computer-implemented method, system, device, and computer program product for securing private audio in a virtual conference. For each of the users in the virtual conference, a device of the speaking user or a server determines whether a respective user is able to hear the speaking user based on whether a respective sound volume at which the respective user is able to hear the speaking user exceeds a threshold amount. The speaking user's device or the server prevents the transmission of the audio stream to devices of the users determined not to be able to hear the speaking user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Katmai Tech Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Gerard Cornelis Krol, Erik Stuart Braund
  • Patent number: 11178284
    Abstract: A method and system matching experts or potential experts with an agent request for an expert are disclosed. Exemplary systems include an expert term extraction engine, an agent term extraction engine, and a matching engine to compare agent request terms to the expert terms from the expert term extraction engine and to determine whether there is a match or a potential match between the agent request terms and the extracted expert terms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Mitel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Braganza, Justin Ghantous, Kevin Lee
  • Patent number: 11178361
    Abstract: Techniques and examples pertaining to a virtual window between two remotely located environments are described. A method for teleconferencing using the virtual window may involve receiving, from a camera, first multimedia data of a first environment. The method may also involve receiving, from a position tracker, position data of a user in a second environment. The method may also involve transforming, based on the position data, the first multimedia data to second multimedia data of the first environment. The method may further involve presenting the second multimedia data to the user such that the user perceives the first environment as being separated from the second environment by a physical window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andreas Arvanitis, Matthew Whitaker
  • Patent number: 11159584
    Abstract: Methods and system for scheduling or launching online and phone sessions between two or more people via email and other electronic communication channels without the requirement for an account with the session service provider when scheduling the session. By including a designated service provider email address in the recipient list of the host's email or meeting invitation, a user account can be, and in some embodiments is automatically created by the service provider system in response to receipt of such an Email and session invitations are automatically sent to the host and invitees designated in the host's email or meeting invitation. In this way the host and invites calendars can be automatically updated and populated with session information and information on how to joint the session, e.g., on-line meeting or conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Intermedia.net, Inc.
    Inventors: Costin Tuculescu, Eli Burpee