Search Engine Portal (e.g., Metasearch Engine) Patents (Class 707/707)
  • Patent number: 10275497
    Abstract: An electronic whiteboard system includes a search unit configured to search for the electronic whiteboard based on a search condition, an extraction unit configured to extract one or a plurality of the areas that are matched with the search condition or one or a plurality of the areas to which an object that is matched with the search condition belongs as a search result, a creation unit configured to create a search result electronic whiteboard composed of one screen information, and a presenting unit configured to display the created search result electronic whiteboard on a screen. The electronic whiteboard system displays a result in which one or a plurality of electronic whiteboards are searched for based on the search condition on the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chihiro Harada
  • Patent number: 10248655
    Abstract: A file storage system for storing data of a file received from a client includes a back-end file server in which the data is stored. The system includes a cache appliance in communication with the file server, such that the appliance stores portions of the data or attributes of the file, and uses the stored data or attributes to process file system requests received from the client, and which reads and writes data and attributes to the back-end file server independently. A system for responding to a file system protocol request in regard to a back-end server includes a token server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Avere Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vasilis J. Apostolides, Jason Bertschi, John R. Boyles, Joseph Nevi Hosteny, IV, Michael L. Kazar
  • Patent number: 10223401
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is provided, for retrieving data and metadata according to a data harvesting criteria into an indexed repository, comprising providing a user interface allowing a user to define data harvesting criteria for adjusting a subset of data and metadata on an indexed repository. Responsive to a user utilizing the user interface by defining the data harvesting criteria, the subset of data and metadata on the indexed repository is adjusted according to the data harvesting criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas P. Bishop, Kevin Chee, Jordan R. McCoy, Jozsef Szalay, Michael T. Tran
  • Patent number: 10210190
    Abstract: A computing resource monitoring service detects an issue with processing of metrics data. The metrics data is stored in observation journals within an observation journal logical data container. A computing resource service provider may configure a map reduce processor to select a prior version of an index file, the index file comprising a mapping of the metrics data stored within a metric store and a manifest comprising a listing of all processed observation journals. The map reduce processor may identify newly unprocessed observation journals and process these journals in order to generate new data objects and a new version of an index. Subsequently, an index pointer may be modified such that obsolete versions of the index are removed and the map reduce processor refers to a different version of the index file in order to support future roll back of metrics data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Gregory Long, Justin Thomas Pfifer, Sunjae Chong
  • Patent number: 10176175
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and computer system for analyzing one or more existing book indexes to build a statistical model of term-to-text pairs. A document may be analyzed, wherein the document may include at least a portion of an instruction in a book. A term in the document may be identified. Whether the term is a candidate for an index of the book may be identified based upon, at least in part, the statistical model of term-to-text pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Corville O. Allen, Donna K. Byron, Carmine M. DiMascio, Florian Pinel, Timothy P. Winkler
  • Patent number: 10152471
    Abstract: A method for performing normalization of at least one piece of unstructured data is provided. The method includes steps of: (a) a computing device parsing or supporting other device to parse at least some unstructured data under a parsing rule; (b) the computing device selecting or supporting other device to select item names corresponding to individual fields extracted from the unstructured data through the parsing and verifying or supporting other device to verify a validity of data types corresponding to the individual fields; (c) the computing device creating or supporting other device to create information on transformation of the unstructured data by referring to the item names and the data types and transforming or supporting other device to transform the unstructured data based on the information; and (d) the computing device creating or supporting other device to create a program code for the normalization based on the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Seculayer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Seoung Won, Jin Sang Ryu
  • Patent number: 10096040
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for managing the display of online ad content consistent with one or more e-commerce objectives. A collection module may be operable to collect attribute values for a set of attributes characterizing user visits to a set of training webpages and subsequent attribute values for a subsequent user visit to a subsequent webpage. A model-generation module may be operable to train a probability model with the attribute values that predicts outcomes for at least one performance metric. A display module may be operable to determine whether to display ad content on the subsequent webpage for the subsequent user visit depending on whether a predicted outcome from the probability model that is relevant to the subsequent attribute values is consistent with one or more e-commerce objectives. The probability model may be a decision tree with different predicted outcomes for different combinations of attribute values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Shankara B. Subramanya, Girish Natarajan, Guoxun Yuan, Junhao Jiang, Madhusudan Mathihalli, Chris Bolte
  • Patent number: 10079738
    Abstract: Techniques for testing a network document may be provided. For example, a test document may specify a test of an object of the network document. A network crawler may be launched to perform the test. The network crawler may be configured to access the network document and to perform the test based at least in part on a test document. In addition, a result of the test performed by the network crawler may be accessed. A metric associated with the network document may be generated based on the result of the test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Anthony Brown
  • Patent number: 10055453
    Abstract: An interactive searching method and apparatus are provided. The interactive searching method includes following steps. A query is obtained, and intention clarification information of the query is generated according to a history search log associated with the query and a predetermined semantic knowledge base to display on a client webpage in which the query is.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shiqi Zhao
  • Patent number: 10042916
    Abstract: A system for storing data includes a plurality of clusters located remotely from each other in which the data is stored. Each cluster has a token server that controls access to the data with only one token server responsible for any piece of data. Each cluster has a plurality of Cache appliances. Each cluster has at least one backend file server in which the data is stored. The system includes a communication network through which the servers and appliances communicate with each other. A Cache Appliance cluster in which data is stored in back-end servers within each of a plurality of clusters located remotely from each other. A method for storing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Avere Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Kazar, John R. Boyles
  • Patent number: 10007839
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying a false representation of a human face are provided. In one example, a method for identifying a false representation of a human face includes receiving a plurality of different data streams captured by a respective plurality of sensors of differing sensor types sensing a candidate face. In a cascading plurality of stages, one or more of the different data streams are analyzed, wherein each of the stages comprises a different analysis. In one of the cascading plurality of stages, the method determines that one or more of the different data streams corresponds to a false representation of the human face. Based on determining that one or more of the different data streams corresponds to a false representation of a human face, an indication of the false representation is outputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Chun-Te Chu, Michael J. Conrad, Dijia Wu, Jinyu Li
  • Patent number: 9998748
    Abstract: Methods and systems of archiving media files are provided. Media files may be archived such that only the difference between a media file and a base media file is stored. The base media file is archived. The media file to be archived and the base media file may have common attributes such as video codec, resolution, frame rate, and/or color space. A media file to be archived may be compared to the base media file to determine any difference. Bit-to-bit analysis or frame-to-frame analysis may be performed to identify the differences between a media file to be archived and a base media file. The differences may be extracted from the media file to be archived. A difference media file may be created to store the difference of a media file with respect to the base media file. A record may be created to store the actual location where the difference is extracted from a media file to be archived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Yazmaliza Yaacob, Nimesh Narayan
  • Patent number: 9990432
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the present invention provide for one or more server computers communicatively coupled to a network and configured to: receive a domain name search string; tokenize the domain name search string; identify, based on at least one token in the domain name search string, one or more concepts comprising a collection of data records comprising a common concept id and/or one or more languages; and recommend at least one available domain name comprising the one or more concepts and in the one or more languages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Go Daddy Operating Company, LLC
    Inventors: Wei-Cheng Lai, Yang Zhao, Moninder Jheeta, Tapan Kamdar
  • Patent number: 9967196
    Abstract: Certain example embodiments relate to techniques for dynamic resource use limitations in a cloud computing environment. A service request from a user is received, in connection with a first application process of the application processes executing in the environment. A resource strategy based on the received service request is generated in connection with the first application process. The resource strategy specifies at least one resource shared by the application processes and an amount of the at least one resource for use by the first application process to subsequently perform a service requested. In connection with a resource controller process different from the first application process, a determination is made regarding whether the generated resource strategy is feasible. Either the service is performed (e.g., when the resource strategy is feasible), or the resource strategy is revised and re-submitted to the resource controller process (e.g., when the resource strategy is infeasible).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SOFTWARE AG
    Inventors: Marc Lehmann, Christoph Wagmann
  • Patent number: 9905051
    Abstract: A method for tag-based search includes capturing an image, extracting a tag from the image, identifying a location associated with the captured image, and querying stored content for information that matches the location and the tag. Local storage is checked for the information first, and remote storage may be checked subsequently. Any located information may be used to augment the image. Information located in the remote storage may be saved in the local storage until it reaches a certain age, until it fails to be accessed for a threshold period of time, or until the location moves outside a threshold radius associated with a location of the information located in the remote storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Carlos H. Cardonha, Fernando L. Koch, James R. Kraemer
  • Patent number: 9886506
    Abstract: The integration of news about members of a group into symmetrical group communications is described. Group members are delivered news items and information regarding members of the group, and are able to communicate with other members of the group in response to the news items. One embodiment dynamically generates aggregated RSS news feeds for a group of people or entities and correlates that aggregated data with biographical information, audio, and video media to provide rich information about the relevant parties to the news story. The embodiment also provides the capability of transmitting email or other electronic messages to the parties in the news story to facilitate two-way communication while maintaining the group members' privacy and anonymity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: SNS Conference Corporation
    Inventors: Mark R. Anderson, Scott Schramke, Sally Anderson
  • Patent number: 9838354
    Abstract: A device may obtain information regarding firewall rules. The information, for a firewall rule of the firewall rules, may include one or more match condition values and a ranking value. The firewall rule may be applicable to packets that are associated with packet information that matches the match condition values. A match condition value may be associated with a match count that identifies a quantity of times that packets match the match condition value. The ranking value may identify a quantity of times that the firewall rule has been applied to the packets. The device may obtain a new firewall rule. The device may predict a ranking value of the new firewall rule based on match condition values of the new firewall rule and/or based on analyzing the information regarding the plurality of firewall rules. The device may perform an action based on the predicted ranking value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Vinuth Tulasi
  • Patent number: 9785718
    Abstract: A system for providing an auto-complete query to a user terminal includes a query indexing unit configured to index search queries. Each of the search queries is associated with location information. The indexing includes incorporating the location information into an associated one of the search queries. At least one of the search queries being a previously provided auto-complete query. The system includes a keyword generating unit configured to generate a keyword by incorporating location information associated with the user terminal into a query inputted by the user terminal. The system includes a query providing unit configured to determine that at least one of the indexed search queries corresponds to the generated keyword, and provide, to the user terminal, the determined at least one of the indexed search queries as the auto-complete query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: NHN Corporation
    Inventors: SeungJun Lee, Taeil Kim
  • Patent number: 9762960
    Abstract: Aspects of a method and system for customized acquisition of content by a broadband gateway are provided. A broadband gateway may be operable to determine options for acquiring particular content. The broadband gateway may be operable to rank the determined options. The ranking may be based on one or more characteristics of the options and based on user-specified criteria. The broadband gateway may be operable to select one of the options for acquiring the content based on results of the ranking. One or more of the options may be available via a first physical layer connection and one or more of the options may be available via a second physical layer connection. The gateway may rank the determined options based on attributes of one or more devices via which the particular content will be consumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeyhan Karaoguz, Xuemin Chen, Wael William Diab, David Garrett, David Lundgren, Rich Prodan
  • Patent number: 9740881
    Abstract: Techniques for enhancing electronic privacy utilize noise to prevent third parties from determining certain information based on search queries. Users submit search queries as part of their normal activities. For a user, the search queries submitted and information regarding search results used to generate additional search queries on different, but related topics. The generated additional search queries are submitted automatically on behalf of the user at a sufficient frequency to prevent high accuracy data analysis on search queries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Reza B'Far, Kent Spaulding, Patrick Crane
  • Patent number: 9716855
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and software are provided for using an optically-readable code such as a quick-response (QR) code. The optically-readable code may represent a uniform resource identifier (URI) including parameters that represent a query, such as a query for content and/or other data. The query results may be used to command a content consumption device to record or otherwise obtain an item of content. The optically-readable code may additionally or alternatively be determined based upon a status of the device, such as what content, or portion thereof, is currently being displayed, and/or what error condition is being experienced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Shaun Gehring, Jason Smith, Michael J Cook, Bruce Bradley, Daniel T Grady, Charlie Herrin, Robert Philibert
  • Patent number: 9711146
    Abstract: A user may speak an audio input into a microphone of a recorder device (e.g., a sport helmet). The user device then transmits the audio input to a receiver. The receiver, upon receiving the audio input, routes the audio to a processor that processes the audio input to detect a spoken activation code. The processor then parses a subset of the audio input (e.g., the subset including one or more words) following the activation code and generates textual data based the parsed audio subset. The textual data may optionally be edited to replace one or more pre-identified catchphrases (e.g., swearwords or product names) with replacement phrases (e.g., swear censors) or hyperlinks (e.g., leading to product websites). The textual data is then transmitted to reader devices via transmitters, which may optionally transmit the textual data to a selective group of reader devices (e.g., stadium attendees).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: PROSPORTS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: John Cronin
  • Patent number: 9632764
    Abstract: A computer-controlled method of managing third party installations within an enterprise can include inventorying the third party installations, specifying a number of configuration parameters for each third party installation, and storing the configuration parameters for the third party installations in a WSM metadata repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Bryan, Nickolas Kavantzas
  • Patent number: 9613062
    Abstract: Photo/video is geo tagged with GPS coordinates corresponding to the place of capture of said photo/video. ‘Geo-information’ metadata corresponding to GPS coordinates is automatically generated and attached to corresponding photo/video. The ‘geo-information’ metadata comprises of date &time of capture, geo information metadata such as local weather, local attractions, local events etc. at the time of capture of corresponding photo/video. According to another aspect, a search engine is provided with means to crawl through one or more database comprising of ‘geo-information’ metadata attached to photos/videos and generate result comprising of photos/videos with ‘geo-information’ metadata corresponding/relevant to query input. According to another aspect, present invention discloses apparatus, means and methods to attach one or more local advertisements to photos/videos and display advertisement in conjunction with corresponding photo/video on communication devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Nitesh Ratnakar
  • Patent number: 9607087
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for providing answer boxes based on query results. One of the methods includes receiving seed queries for an answer box; analyzing query log information, wherein analyzing query log information comprises identifying query results that have been provided in response to the seed queries; identifying one or more of the query results as answer box indicators based on the analyses of the query log information, wherein the answer box indicators are indicators for the answer box; and storing data identifying the one or more query results as answer box indicators for the answer box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Eran Ofek, Benedict A. Gomes, Tal Cohen, Anna Bendersky, Asaph Arnon, Nitsan Oz, Oren Naim, Amitabh K. Singhal, Zvi Ben-Haim, Ziv Bar-Yossef, Matan Kalman, Gil Simha Briskin
  • Patent number: 9609495
    Abstract: A network device is configured to send information identifying a frequency at which an application, downloaded on a user device, is to send geographic location information to the network device. The network device is configured further to receive personal information associated with a plurality of social networking applications from the application on the user device. The network device is configured further to receive the geographic location information from the application; and send the personal information and the geographic location information to a plurality of social networking servers associated with a plurality of social networking applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Lalit R. Kotecha, Sergio Aguirre
  • Patent number: 9594540
    Abstract: Displaying item attributes may include receiving, from a client device, a search query, providing, for display to a user, a network page containing search result items relevant to the received query and selectable facets, where each selectable facet corresponds to an attribute associated with at least one of the search result items, and, in response to a selection of one of the selectable facets, identifying each of the search result items that is associated with the attribute corresponding to the selected facet, and causing the attributes corresponding the selected facet to be exposed for each of the identified search result items. The identified search results are retained with exposed attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: A9.com, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Stasior, Matthew W. Amacker, Joel D. Tesler
  • Patent number: 9575971
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to intelligently generating a playlist and determining attributes of a media player for output when content of the playlist is played. The playlist may be generated dynamically from content from multiple media sources and sensor information from one or more sensors communicating with the media player. The one or more attributes may also be determined from the sensors. The playlist and the attributes may change as the information from the sensors change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: Vallabha Vasant Hampiholi
  • Patent number: 9536008
    Abstract: The described embodiments provide methods and systems for generating online dynamic content. The methods and systems enable content from online publications to be efficiently reused and repurposed in other data collections and publications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Scribble Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Keebler, Krzysztof Wiercioch, Jean-Pierre De Miranda, Matthew Mccausland
  • Patent number: 9529819
    Abstract: Viewing and editing operations on a file having an unsupported file type are enabled through a method of opening the file through a remoting session. The method includes the steps of issuing a request to open the file and metadata of the file, programmatically transmitting credentials of the user to a connection server to log the user into a virtual machine, and establishing a remoting session with the virtual machine to access the file for viewing and editing, the virtual machine opening the file based on the request to open the file and the metadata of the file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: VMware, Inc.
    Inventors: Andre Leibovici, Scott Howard Davis
  • Patent number: 9514153
    Abstract: The present invention may comprise a system and method for a Virtual Attribute Federation System (VAFS) and may be composed of a Virtual Attribute Federation Manager (VAFM) and a system of Virtual Attribute Enabled Directories (VAED) modified to accept federation of virtual attributes. The VAFM produces signed and trusted calculation methods and coordinates a synchronized dispersal of these methods to the VAEDs. The VAEDs may have local mappings which allow for federation-time configuration of the calculation methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard V. Hom, Eric M. Nelson, David C. Roxin
  • Patent number: 9436834
    Abstract: Techniques are described for storing data. A plurality of storage tiers are provided including a first set and a second set of storage tiers of physical devices. Data stored on any physical device in the first set is stored in an encrypted form. Data stored on any physical device in the second set is not stored in an encrypted form. A first value is specified for a first setting that is any of a tiering preference and tiering requirement indicating that at least one data portion of a logical device is to be stored on physical device(s) of a storage tier storing data in an encrypted form. Responsive to specifying the first value as the first setting, the at least one data portion of the logical device currently stored on physical device(s) of the second set are relocated to physical device(s) of the first set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: EMC Corporation
    Inventors: Xuan Tang, Qin Tao
  • Patent number: 9424305
    Abstract: A facility for representing a set of items each potentially having a value for each of a group of attributes is described. The items are represented in a database made up of two or more discrete components. Each component corresponds to a proper subset of group of attributes, and represents for every item of the set the values of its proper subset of attributes. Every component is organized such that data items are represented within it in the same order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Zillow, Inc.
    Inventor: Randy Winston Puttick
  • Patent number: 9342862
    Abstract: A system for displaying an image in a viewport includes a zoom subsystem (6) arranged for gradually zooming the image (401) towards a scale factor at which the image just fits within the viewport (302). The zoom (6) subsystem is arranged for keeping a fixed point (403) fixed within the viewport (302). The fixed point (403) depends on a pan/zoom parameter (7) of the image (401) at the time zooming starts. The fixed point (403) is a point of the image (401) which is being displayed in the viewport (302) at the time zooming starts. The image (401) is capable of being zoomed to a zoom level at which the image just fits within the viewport (302), while the fixed point (403) is kept fixed with respect to the viewport (302).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Sorin Alexandru Cristescu, Tibor Duliskovich, Jacobus Sigbertus Marie Geraats, Harold Johannes Antonius Peeters, Wijnand Post
  • Patent number: 9343066
    Abstract: The present invention includes systems and methods for sending social media messages without the need for keyboard inputs. A microphone captures live audio speech data and transmits the audio data to a processing unit. The processing unit converts the audio to speech data. The processing unit also removes censored words, emphasizes key words, and edits that data to include product and promotional messages where appropriate. The processing unit then uses code words contained in the speech data to send the speech data to the appropriate social media outlets for output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: PROSPORTS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: John E. Cronin, Richard Fields
  • Patent number: 9300577
    Abstract: Requests to a server farm are managed in an application intelligent manner based on server health and client information. A request management (RM) module is configured to make smart routing decisions, based on routing rules that relate the nature of requests to a dynamic topology of a server infrastructure. The RM may use its knowledge of server applications, servers, and clients to deny potentially harmful requests from entering the service, route good requests to the suitable machines, and maintain a history of the decisions and consequences automatic and/or manual optimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Gokhan Uluderya, Tyler Furtwangler, Bijul Soni, Eric Fox, Sanjay Rama, Kfir Ami-ad, Roshane Silva
  • Patent number: 9298851
    Abstract: Computer-readable media and computerized methods for automatically presenting keyword(s) within a search box of a toolbar are provided. The methods involve detecting a navigation action invoked by a user of a web browser and pulling from the web browser a uniform resource locator (URL) targeted by the navigation action. The targeted URL is compared against a manifest of suggested search terms to determine a match. When there exists suggested search term(s) that correspond with the URL, keyword(s) are selected from the suggested search term(s) for presentation within the search box. When no suggested search terms are found to correspond with the URL, the search box is left empty. Generally, a first search service is responsible for enabling the user to visit an online location associated with the URL, while a second search service is responsible for managing content within the search box of the toolbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Julie Nierenberg
  • Patent number: 9262533
    Abstract: Data searching over a network is facilitated. A search request is received from a user device via the network. The search request includes information related to the user device. The search request is processed by identifying a context chain related to the user device based on information passed with the search request. The context chain is an array of contexts. Contexts are added to and subtracted from the context chain dependent upon communications received from the user device. The search request is responded to by providing at least one search result to the user device. The search result is obtained from at least one context in the plurality of contexts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: III HOLDINGS 1, LLC
    Inventor: Shawn C. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 9245008
    Abstract: In some NLP systems, queries are compared to different data sources stored in a corpus to provide an answer to the query. However, the best data sources for answering the query may not currently be contained within the corpus or the data sources in the corpus may contain stale data that provides an inaccurate answer. When receiving a query, the NLP system may evaluate the query to identify a data source that is likely to contain an answer to the query. If the data source is not currently contained within the corpus, the NLP system may ingest the data source. If the data source is already within the corpus, however, the NLP may determine a time-sensitivity value associated with at least some portion of the query. This value may then be used to determine whether the data source should be re-ingested—e.g., the information contained in the corpus is stale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Adam T. Clark, Joel C. Dubbels, Jeffrey K. Huebert, John E. Petri
  • Patent number: 9223853
    Abstract: In various embodiments, systems and methods are provided for query expansion using add-on terms with classifications. A query is received. An add-on term is identified for the query. A classification is determined for the add-on term. The classification is a designation associated with the add-on term that is used to distinguish the add-on term from the query. An appended query is generated based on the add-on term. The appended query is generated by concatenating the query with the add-on term. The appended query is executed on a resource stack as a single reformulated query to identify one or more resources. Upon execution, the classification of the add-on term distinguishes the one or more resources identified for the add-on term based on tagging the one or more resources with the classification of the add-on term. The appended query is used to generate content items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Pushpraj Shukla, Atul Kumar Gupta, Yuan Wang, Elliot Kuehl Olds, Massimo Mascaro
  • Patent number: 9195720
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for receiving, from a user device, data indicating a user performed a user input gesture combining a first display object in a plurality of display objects with a second display object in the plurality of display objects; identifying attributes that are associated with both the first display object and the second display object; and performing a search based on the attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Henrique Dias Penha, Mark Brophy, Mathew Inwood, Mikkel Crone Koser, Thomas Jenkins, Adam Skory, Bjorn E. Bringert, Hugo B. Barra, Andrew Anderson Stewart, Robert W. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 9170953
    Abstract: A system for storing data includes a plurality of clusters located remotely from each other in which the data is stored. Each cluster has a token server that controls access to the data with only one token server responsible for any piece of data. Each cluster has a plurality of Cache appliances. Each cluster has at least one backend file server in which the data is stored. The system includes a communication network through which the servers and appliances communicate with each other. A Cache Appliance cluster in which data is stored in back-end servers within each of a plurality of clusters located remotely from each other. A method for storing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Avere Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Kazar, John R. Boyles
  • Patent number: 9171067
    Abstract: A method includes establishing a connection and subscribing to at least one channel of a High Level Architecture (HLA) federation and an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB). The method further includes receiving a text file defining the format of an HLA message; a first extensible Markup Language (XML) document conforming to a first schema that defines data within a first message type; and a second XML document conforming to a second schema that defines data within a second message type. The method further includes receiving a first HLA message over the at least one HLA channel, extracting at least one piece of data from the first HLA message, generating a first XML message, and publishing the first XML message over the at least one ESB channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Jared D. Stallings
  • Patent number: 9141826
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a network for information includes repeatedly searching the network for sensitive information about a subscriber. The network is intermittently searched for obscuring information during the repeated searching to thereby disguise the sensitive information that is the target of the repeated searching. Related systems and computer program products are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Aaron
  • Patent number: 9135410
    Abstract: A method for digital rights management includes a digital agent for contacting a media host. Media content is compared to a user profile and an identification confidence level is assigned to the media based on the comparison. A digital agent contacts a host of the media based on the identification confidence level, the type of media, and the context of the media. The digital agent requests one or more actions of a media host based on user designations concerning information related to the media. The identification confidence level is generated based on a plurality of user characteristic confidence levels which are generated based on media being analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Dana Tardelli, Ginger Chien, Adrianne Binh Luu, Leonid Razoumov, Nemmara K. Shankaranarayanan
  • Patent number: 9077704
    Abstract: An authentication configurator may define a LDAP security group for LDAP authentication, wherein the LDAP security group is associated with rights. It may define a native security group for native authentication users, wherein the native authentication group has at least one right not present in the LDAP security group, and define customer-specified LDAP chains. It may configure an LDAP authentication web application and a native authentication web application, wherein the LDAP authentication web application and the native authentication web application each connect to a service management database, and the LDAP authentication web application uses the customer-specified LDAP chains. A first Uniform Resource Locator (URL) for LDAP authentication to access the LDAP authentication web application and a second URL for native authentication to access the native authentication web application may also be configured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Matt R. Kuritzky, Fabian F. Morgan, Sandra J. Schlosser, Sarah V. White Eagle
  • Patent number: 9066137
    Abstract: A method for providing a search service and a display apparatus applying the same are provided. According to the search service providing method, a search window for doing an Internet search is displayed on a partial area of the screen that displays an image. The search window can be converted into an image display window in response to receiving a specific manipulation input by a user, thereby allowing the user to use the search service while converting between the use of the search window and video watching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji-hye Chung, Hye-jeong Lee, Eun-young Lim, Ji-sun Yang, Seung-soo Kang, Sin-oug Yeo
  • Patent number: 9037565
    Abstract: A system level search user interface that includes both a data entry portion and an application identification portion is displayed. User data input as a search term is displayed in the data entry portion, and identifiers of each of one or more applications of multiple applications on the computing device that can be searched using the search term are displayed in the application identification portion. The search term is provided to one application of the multiple applications for that one application to generate and display search results based on the search term while the display of at least the data entry portion of the system level search user interface is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Priya Vaidyanathan, Stephanie M. Monk, Brandon H. Paddock, Richard Jacob White, Edward Boyle Averett, Rolf A. Ebeling, Michael J. Gilmore, Manav Mishra, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Marc Wautier, Dona Sarkar, Brendan D. Elliott, Kwong K. Leung, Arun Gurunathan
  • Patent number: 9031926
    Abstract: A system for indexing unstructured or semi-structured data is disclosed. The system may identify regions within the data, such as “Abstract” or “References”. The system may identify linguistic units such as sentences, noun groups, verb groups. The system may also identify concepts such as companies, people, diseases, amounts, and so forth. The query results may be formatted so that similar results from different documents, or from the same document, are clustered together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Linguamatics Ltd.
    Inventors: David R. Milward, James R. Thomas, Sylvia F. Knight, Roger W. Hale
  • Patent number: 9026516
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer-readable storage medium, and including a method for providing content. The method comprises receiving a request for content from a user, the request for content being associated with a location and including one or more keywords. The method further comprises determining a prominent entity in proximity to the location and one or more categories associated with the prominent entity. The method further comprises evaluating historical search queries received from the user to determine one or more interests of the user. The method further comprises determining one or more additional keywords based on the evaluating. The method further comprises determining one or more content items based at least in part on the one or more keywords, the categories and the one or more additional keywords. The method further comprises providing the one or more content items responsive to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Chapin, Vibhor Nanavati, Xuefu Wang, Xinyu Tang, Bhavesh R. Mehta, Shalini Agarwal