Annotation By Other Than Text (e.g., Image, Etc.) Patents (Class 715/233)
  • Patent number: 10079952
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, methodologies and other tools can be provided for processing and managing documents, including provisions to manage and organize multiple copies or versions of a document and/or notes or comments handwritten or electronically superposed on the document or entered in a document file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Shun Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10042530
    Abstract: A system and method of social interaction includes receiving interaction information for an interaction created by a first user of an electronic content work, the interaction information comprising an identification number of a portion of the electronic content work associated with the interaction. The system and method includes storing the received interaction information. The system and method also includes receiving a request from a second user requesting interaction information for a requested portion of the electronic content work. the system and method also includes sending the received interaction information in response to determining that the identification number associated with the received interaction information matches the identification in the request for interaction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Inkling Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles M MacInnis, Robert Cromwell, Joshua John Forman, Kenneth Lorenz Knowles, Peter S Cho, Chatree Campiranon, Aaron Haney, Kevin Ballard, Scott William Kyle, Anne K Halsall, Jonathan Wight
  • Patent number: 9930170
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a phonebook using an image in a portable terminal are provided. The method includes recording contact information in metadata of an image, and performing a linkage function using the image having the contact information recorded therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ji-Yeon Yoo, Jae-Hwan Kim, Young-June Woo, Myung-Ji Kang, Yong Kwon, Jin-Pyo Eun, Myung-Kyu Yang, Sin-Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 9900371
    Abstract: Technologies for identifying and inspecting web page tags include a tag inspection system. The tag inspection system receives configuration information, which includes a seed uniform resource locator. The tag inspection system accesses a web page corresponding to the seed uniform resource locator. A tag of the web page is invoked by the tag inspection system. Tag execution data is received in response to invocation of the tag of the web page. The received tag execution data is analyzed by the tag inspection system. A report is generated based on the analysis of the received tag execution data. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: InfoTrust, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Yastrebenetsky, Michael Loban
  • Patent number: 9858280
    Abstract: Embodiments include a method, apparatus, program, and system for distributing data items among a plurality of data storage units, the data items being an aggregation of data from a plurality of data sources. The method comprises generating a semantic description of each of the plurality of data sources; calculating, for each pair of data sources from among the plurality of data sources, a degree of similarity between the semantic descriptions of the pair of data sources; and allocating data items to data storage units in dependence upon the calculated degree of similarity between the data source of a data item being allocated and the or each data source of data items already allocated to the data storage units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Vivian Lee, Bo Hu
  • Patent number: 9779091
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for restoring a modified document to an original state. The modified document is scanned into a digital form using an optical scanning device. The content of the modified digital document including one or more annotations is then grouped into several components, including text, images, form fields and text boxes, and marked shapes, based on corresponding component specifications. Each component is then categorized as being structured or unstructured. Structured components that correspond with representative entries in a component repository, such as text in a standard font size, weight and style, are identified as core document content. Unstructured components are identified as annotated document content or highlighted document content, depending on certain characteristics of the components. The categorized and identified components can then be presented separately or in various combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Ajay Jain
  • Patent number: 9690768
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for managing and displaying annotations in online hosted videos. To determine related annotations associated with a video, a plurality of annotations for one or more intervals of the video are collected and organized into a plurality of groups. Each group includes annotations for intervals of the video that are similar to each other. A group having related annotations is identified, and an annotated clip of the video is formed based upon the intervals in the group. This process can be used to determine any number of groups in a given video having related annotations, forming the respective annotated intervals within a single video, and can also identify and organize annotated intervals within a large number of different videos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mihai Badoiu, Shanmugavelayutham Muthukrishnan
  • Patent number: 9330071
    Abstract: Tag merging enables a hosting entity such as a website to determine one or more tags that are logically-related to a particular tag and to present these tags to users to enable the users to vote whether to merge a logically-related tag with the particular tag. The hosting entity may determine these logically-related tags in multiple ways. For instance, the hosting entity may analyze keyword-to-keyword similarity data, item-overlap data, or may employ stemming logic. When the entity presents these tags to a user, the user may vote to merge the particular tag with one or more of the presented logically-related tags. When merged, items associated with the selected logically-related tag may become associated with the particular tag, or vice versa. Additionally, the selected tag may be removed from the items previously associated with the selected tag, or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Waqas Ahmed, Russell A. Dicker, Scott Allen Mongrain, Val Dan Dar Ion I. Rosca, Florin V. Manolache, Corneliu Gabriel Alexandru Rudeanu
  • Patent number: 9274756
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed which provide visual representations of information related to source code, in the form of annotations, to users who are viewing the source code. In an example system, information related to source code may be provided by multiple sources. This information may be displayed as an annotation related to the information in close proximity to the associated source code. When a user selects the annotation, related additional information may be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Lars Ræder Clausen, Michael Conradt
  • Patent number: 9231783
    Abstract: Embodiments for enabling traffic content identification by a wireless transmit/receive unit are provided. The WTRU may store interface binding entries in a database associating links in a web page to various traffic content types, such as video, audio, and text. Upon a request to access one of the links, a socket may be created based on a data mobility policy associated with the traffic content type. Alternately, the database may associate the links directly to interface types based on the data mobility policies. The Access Network Discovery and Selection Function (ANDSF) may provide the data mobility policies to the WTRU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: InterDigital Patent Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Lynch, Alexander Reznik, Scott C. Hergenhan, Martin Jolicoeur
  • Patent number: 9189818
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described for associating comments with playback of media content. In these methods, systems, and devices, a selection of a screen location during the playback of the media content may be received from a user at an input device. A comment associated with the media content may also be received. The comment may be associated with the selected screen location at the input device. A data store may store the association of the selected screen location with the comment. A playback device may receive the comment and the associated screen location from a data store, monitor the playback of the media content to identify a point during the playback of the media content that is associated with the comment, and display an indication that the comment is associated with the screen location at the point during the playback that is associated with the comment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Quib, Inc.
    Inventor: James Burns McClements, IV
  • Patent number: 9170997
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods may operate to add opaque state information to a data file that includes dynamic content and is organized according to a page descriptive format. The opaque state information can be referenced to a comment and a comment state selected from a plurality of states associated with the dynamic content. In some embodiments, the apparatus, systems, and methods may operate to access the data file and the opaque state information to recreate the comment state associated with the dynamic content. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Grayson Squier Lang
  • Patent number: 9064237
    Abstract: A document accessible on a network may be opened by multiple users. A user may use a thin client application to access the document, wherein an image of the document and XML data including comments and locations of the comments in the document. Hint icons are displayed in the document where comments are anchored. Upon selection of a hint, an HTML comments pane may be displayed to a side of the document, exposing comments and replies to comments currently stored in the document. The comments pane may be scrolled to the comment associated with the selected hint. Additionally, highlighting may be provided over elements in the document associated with a selected comment. Comments may be added via the comments pane and saved to the document on the network. Comments and comment location data may be communicated to other clients, allowing for collaborative communication via a thin client application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventors: Nicholas Michael Simons, Jonathan Bailor, Christopher J. Brown, Sugandha S. Kapoor, Dong Ming
  • Patent number: 9043396
    Abstract: Systems and methods for annotating electronic meetings are generally provided. Embodiments herein may include receiving an indication of one or more trusted users for an electronic meeting. The one or more trusted users may include a subset of a plurality of attendees of the electronic meeting. Annotation privileges may be associated with the one or more trusted users for the electronic meeting. An annotation associated with the electronic meeting may be received from at least one of the one or more trusted users. An output representative of the annotation may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mette Friedel Margareta Hammer, Ruthie D. Lyle, Patrick Joseph O'Sullivan, Lin Sun
  • Patent number: 9042595
    Abstract: A proof information processing apparatus adds a plurality of types of annotative information to a proof image by use of a plurality of input modes for inputting respective different types of annotative information. A proof information processing method is carried out by using the proof information processing apparatus. A recording medium stores a program for performing the functions of the proof information processing apparatus. An electronic proofreading system includes the proof information processing apparatus and a remote server. At least one of input modes including a text input mode, a stylus input mode, a color information input mode, and a speech input mode is selected depending on characteristics of an image in a region of interest which is indicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20150100876
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for providing a fixed format viewing mode in electronic computing devices. The fixed format viewing mode may be engaged upon receiving virtual ink annotations at the touch screen of the electronic device. The annotations may be input using an active stylus. Upon receiving virtual ink annotations, the current page of digital content may be converted into a fixed format page wherein the formatting characteristics are held constant and the annotations remain in the same location with respect to the underlying digital content. Formatting characteristics for other pages of the digital content may be altered, however the fixed format page maintains the same format as when the annotations were added. The user may hide and/or edit virtual ink annotations, and when the annotations are hidden the content of the fixed format page may flow normally and match the formatting characteristics of the rest of the digital content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: llc
    Inventors: Charles Neugebauer, Matthew Pallakoff, Luis D. Mosquera
  • Patent number: 8996038
    Abstract: A method for displaying an idle screen, which is varied depending on a specific condition of a mobile communication terminal, for better graphic impressions. When the user of the mobile communication terminal travels between countries, and a border crossing is detected, a landmark image of a corresponding country is displayed on the idle screen. In addition, an animation effect is displayed on the idle screen so as to inform of the occurrence of the corresponding event. Accordingly, a novel graphic effect is provided to the user via a user interface having enhanced entertaining features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Hwan Baek, Jin-Yong Kim, Kyoung-Sik Yoon, Hee-Woong Choi, In-Won Jong, Hee-Kyung Jeon
  • Patent number: 8984404
    Abstract: Provided is a method of guiding an image-based task execution. The method allows a user of a computing device to record an association between an image and at least one task, wherein a task is an action related to content present in the image; and upon subsequent recognition of the image, guides a user to perform the at least one task associated with the image, based on previously recorded association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Suryaprakash Kompalli, Vimal Sharma, Praphul Chandra
  • Publication number: 20150067471
    Abstract: A machine may be configured to execute a machine-learning process for identifying and understanding fine properties of various items of various types by using images and associated corresponding annotations, such as titles, captions, tags, keywords, or other textual information applied to these images. By use of a machine-learning process, the machine may perform property identification accurately and without human intervention. These item properties may be used as annotations for other images that have similar features. Accordingly, the machine may answer user-submitted questions, such as “What do rustic items look like?,” and items or images depicting items that are deemed to be rustic can be readily identified, classified, ranked, or any suitable combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Anurag Bhardwaj, Robinson Piramuthu, Vicente Ordonez-Roman, Vignesh Jagadeesh, Wei Di
  • Patent number: 8973153
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, a data processing system, and a computer program publish an audio annotation of a media signal. A media player plays a media signal. The media player then records an audio annotation to the media signal. Responsive to recording the audio annotation to the media signal, the media player records an identifier to be associated with the media signal. The audio annotation is then published to a social networking host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Candice B. Gilzean, Gahlya J. Gregory, Fabian F. Morgan, Michael Eric Rhodes
  • Patent number: 8954447
    Abstract: Techniques for ranking electronic content items include analyzing annotations made in the content items. Specifically, the number of annotations and the number of people making the annotations can be analyzed to produce a popularity ranking of different content items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Preetha Chatterjee, Gregory Gridin, Janna Hamaker, Eugene Kalenkovich, Tom Killalea
  • Patent number: 8924844
    Abstract: Soft-screen annotations are associated with objects in order to communicate information relating to the object. The annotation can be static or dynamic and/or interactive or non-interactive. Different properties can be selected when a soft-screen annotation is created in order to customize the annotation for each object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Visual Cues LLC
    Inventor: Thomas W. Lynch
  • Patent number: 8924852
    Abstract: A support apparatus, computer-implemented method, and article of manufacture for supporting a processing of a character string in a document. The support apparatus includes: a document storage unit; a designation reception unit; a document acquisition unit; a historical-information storage unit; a reference-information generator; and a presentation unit. The method includes: receiving designation from a user; acquiring a document from the document storage device based on the designation by the user; reading pieces of historical information related to the acquired document from the historical-information storage device, and thereby generating reference information for helping the user to select a processing of the character string in the document; and presenting, to the user, a screen for receiving the designation of the processing of the character string in the acquired document, together with the reference information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yohei Ikawa, Makoto Kano
  • Patent number: 8924884
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the inventive subject matter are directed to detecting a modification of content presented on a display. The detecting of the modification of the content is in response to user input. Some embodiments are further directed to generating a screen capture of at least the modified content in response to detecting the modification of the content. Some embodiments are further directed to identifying an area of the screen capture in which the modification of content occurred. Some embodiments are further directed to adding a graphical annotation to the screen capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Judith H. Bank, Lisa M. W. Bradley, Lin Sun, Chunhui Yang
  • Patent number: 8914719
    Abstract: An apparatus for editing a document containing a plurality of pages each of which includes one or more first objects is provided. The apparatus includes: an adding portion that adds a second object to each of the pages; an extraction portion that extracts, from the pages, a possible improper page that is a page to which the second object is probably not added properly, the possible improper page being extracted for each cause due to which the second object is not added properly; a quantity display portion that displays, for each cause, a quantity of the possible improper page thus extracted; an excluding portion that excludes, from the possible improper page, a selected page that is a page corresponding to the cause selected by a user; and an informing portion that informs the user of a to-be-confirmed page corresponding to the possible improper page remaining after excluding the selected page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Kunihiko Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 8904278
    Abstract: A tag management system can implement a combined synchronous and asynchronous tag-loading scheme. In an embodiment of this scheme, a synchronous tag may be included at the top of or near the top of a content page. This synchronous tag can hide one or more page elements that are to be modified by a subsequent asynchronous personalization tag. Subsequently, the asynchronous personalization tag can update the page element and then cause the page element to be displayed. As a result, flicker between the old and new page elements can be reduced or avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Tealium Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Anderson, Tyron Gavin, Colin Douglas Sulin, Fiann James Curry-Towneley-O'Hagan, Kevin Thomas Faurholt
  • Patent number: 8898558
    Abstract: Methods and computer readable mediums storing computer executable programs for managing multimodal annotations of an image are disclosed. A first communication channel is established between a first machine and a mobile device. A first hierarchical data structure generated by the mobile device is received at the first machine. The first hierarchical data structure includes an image annotated with at least one multimodal annotation. A representation of the first hierarchical data structure is rendered at the first machine. At least one multimodal annotation modification associated with the image is received at the first machine. The at least one multimodal annotation modification is incorporated into the first hierarchical data structure thereby generating a second hierarchical data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jhilmil Jain, Jun Li, Menaka Indrani
  • Patent number: 8880994
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product allow a user to annotate and manipulate a plurality of electronic documents. The user loads a first electronic document comprising electronic content, which content may be annotated or otherwise manipulated by the user and which annotations are made using a user-defined indication means. The annotated content is outputted to a second electronic document, wherein the content is automatically organized into a corresponding grouping defined by a user-selected identifying aspect. The user may subsequently reorganize any of the outputted annotations within the second electronic document. The method, system, and computer program product further utilize a file browser within which a plurality of electronic documents may be organized and maintained by the user and a client-server protocol for communicating data between a remote database and a local storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: E-Z Brief LLC
    Inventor: David Lutz
  • Publication number: 20140325334
    Abstract: The present invention is directed in general to imaging technologies and more particularly to medical imaging and picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) having an image display wherein system features and functions are provided to a user via active overlays located over displayed images. A system and method are provided to imbed an ability to interact with an image by activating traditional annotations that are displayed in conjunction with an image in a PACS. Users are able to access program functionalities in an improved, quicker, accurate and more intuitive means. More specifically, the present invention relates to providing the capability to customize multiple context menus, and flatten the command hierarchy of an imaging system. The present invention also provides the ability to “overload” current text and graphic annotations that are already displayed within an image of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicants: FUJIFILM Corporation, Fujifilm Medical Systems USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Sinan Batman, Richard Kiesel
  • Patent number: 8869017
    Abstract: The invention provides a display interface in a social networking system that enables the presentation of information related to a user in a timeline or map view. The system accesses information about a user of a social networking system, including both data about the user and social network activities related to the user. The system then selects one or more of these pieces of data and/or activities from a certain time period and gathers them into timeline units based on their relatedness and their relevance to users. These timeline units are ranked by relevance to the user, and are used to generate a timeline or map view for the user containing visual representations of the timeline units organized by location or time. The timeline or map view is then provided to other users of the social networking system that wish to view information about the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc
    Inventors: Serkan Piantino, Daniel Klatzko Gibson, Jeff Huang, Paul M. McDonald, Arun Vijayvergiya, Steven Young, Raylene Kay Yung, Mark E. Zuckerberg
  • Publication number: 20140310587
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and a method for processing additional media information, including an acquisition unit to acquire, from a database, when media data is input through an interface, a pattern corresponding to the input media data and a processor to determine a sensory effect corresponding to the acquired pattern and generate a first annotation of the determined sensory effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Hyun Woo OH, Ji Yeon KIM, Deock Gu JEE, Jae Kwan YUN, Jong Hyun JANG, Kwang Roh PARK
  • Patent number: 8860882
    Abstract: A system for constructing seamlessly viewable multimedia content from selectably presentable multimedia content blocks includes a block definition module for facilitating creation and modification of the content blocks. The block definition module includes a media assignment submodule for associating a synchronized audio and video segment with a content block. Also included is a block linking submodule for creating seamless connections between content blocks, whereby a transition between the connected blocks occurs substantially without interruption upon viewing the multimedia content. The block definition module further includes a layer submodule for associating an interactive layer having interactive controls with the content block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: JBF Interlude 2009 Ltd—Israel
    Inventors: Jonathan Bloch, Barak Feldman, Tal Zubalsky, Kfir Y. Rotbard
  • Patent number: 8838619
    Abstract: One or more server devices may simultaneously calculate first ranking scores for a group of users and second ranking scores for a group of comments authored by the group of users. The calculating may occur during a same process. The one or more server devices may further provide one of a first ranked list that includes information identifying the group of users, the information identifying the group of users being ordered based on the first ranking scores, or a second group of comments of the group of comments, the comments in the second group of comments being ordered based on the second ranking scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michal Cierniak, Na Tang
  • Patent number: 8839092
    Abstract: A displayed document comprises an annotation widget, the widget associated with an annotation document and a corresponding annotation key in an annotation store. The annotation document associated with a workflow action program. A user with a predetermined privilege selects a widget and is presented with the annotation document. The user performs an annotation task modifying the annotation document and submits the annotation document to the annotation store, the submission triggering the workflow action program to progress the workflow to another step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jordi A. Albornoz, Lee D. Feigenbaum, Sean J. Martin, Simon L. Martin, Lonnie A. McCullough, Elias Torres
  • Publication number: 20140258831
    Abstract: A method for creation and review of media annotations allows creators to create different types of annotations to one or more media files of different types. Annotations are created in such a way that annotator's commands in making the annotations are also captured. Multiple creators may create annotations simultaneously and reviewers may review all the annotations in real time. Alternatively, multiple people may create annotations one by one and reviewers may review all the annotations created.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
  • Patent number: 8832445
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for handling electronic messages. An electronic message is examined as to whether the message contains one or more encoding properties. A visual indication is generated for use in a display to a user wherein the visual indication is displayed to the extent to which the encoding property applies to a displayed portion of the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Michael S. Brown
  • Patent number: 8826116
    Abstract: A method, system and program product for annotating a transient state of a computer displayed application enables annotation of transient applications particularly web based applications. A transient application address (or key) and state information related to an application at a transient state are stored in an annotation store along with an annotation. The annotation is related to the transient application by the application address or key. The application is automatically restored to the transient state when the annotation is requested. Optionally a screen capture of the application at the transient state is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sean J. Martin, Simon L. Martin, Chetan R. Murthy
  • Patent number: 8819547
    Abstract: Upon adding a visible electronic signature to an electronic file, deterioration in visibility of characters is prevented by arranging a character image data of a portion overlapping with a region of the visible electronic signature in an upper position layer above the visible electronic signature. There are included a step for extracting a character image data from an image data, a step for generating a character image layer data in which only the character image data is described on a transparent background if a region where the visible electronic signature is arranged and the region of the character image data overlap with each other, and a step for generating an electronic file with a layered structure having the character image layer data, the visible electronic signature and the image data in that order from an upper position of the layered structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Isoda
  • Patent number: 8818337
    Abstract: A method of organizing mobile content in a network environment is provided that includes providing pieces of mobile content on a database, selecting one of the pieces of mobile content, receiving a descriptor to be associated with the selected piece of mobile content from user activity, and associating the descriptor to the selected piece of mobile content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: FunMobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Srivathsan Narasimhan, Eric F. Allen, Skot Leach, Hudson George, Lincoln Lydick, Yu-Jen Dennis Chen, Adam Lavine, Silvy Mathews
  • Patent number: 8806324
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for annotation filtering of computer files. An embodiment of a method for annotation filtering of computer files includes receiving a serial data stream input, where the serial data stream input representing one or more computer files. A data type description of a computer file is detected in the data stream, and an annotation is detected in the computer file. A determination is made whether to continue processing of the annotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventor: Dietmar Theobald
  • Patent number: 8806320
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a system that creates a real-time collaboration and synchronization of multiple, disparate media components, and more particularly to a system that creates dynamic relations and includes notations and annotations in text, audio, video, bookmark, and marked area without affecting the integrity of the original media source making it possible to later search any of these components independently using regular text search or further phonetic and image recognition searches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Cut2It, Inc.
    Inventor: Gaith Abdo
  • Patent number: 8805929
    Abstract: Techniques for annotating or bookmarking digital information. The digital information is annotated based upon events determined from the digital information. The digital information that is annotated may comprise one or more types of information including but not restricted to video information, audio information, images, documents, slides information, whiteboard information, notes information, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Berna Erol, Jonathan J. Hull, Dar-Shyang Lee
  • Publication number: 20140223279
    Abstract: A system for augmenting a user experience viewing a scene or listening to an audio is disclosed. The system provides the user with real time annotations for the part of the scene s/he is viewing it or the part of the audio s/he is listening to it. The scene may include text, objects, human faces or bodies. The audio may include vocal information or musical themes. The annotations include a list of users who are simultaneously viewing similar scenes or simultaneously listening to similar audios.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Cherif Atia Algreatly
  • Patent number: 8799774
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to generating a translatable and annotated multimedia or video presentation of a software program operation. An aspect of the disclosure comprises recording user interaction data that includes user interface gestures and text entries from a keyboard and other user devices while the program is operating. Embodiments of the disclosure transform recorded text and visual contents of the program to a selected format or language, annotate contents of interest, and merge recorded user interface gestures, transformed text and visual contents, and transformed annotations into the output presentation. The embodiments of the disclosure optionally generate an accessibility script in a selected format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Carl Randall Chafy, Mario Francois Daigle, Craig Allen Statchuk, Wayne Robert Stevens
  • Patent number: 8798990
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods to incorporate human knowledge when developing and using statistical models for natural language understanding. The disclosed systems and methods embrace a data-driven approach to natural language understanding which progresses seamlessly along the continuum of availability of annotated collected data, from when there is no available annotated collected data to when there is any amount of annotated collected data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Srinivas Bangalore, Mazin Gilbert, Narendra K. Gupta
  • Patent number: 8799765
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a user of a first portable digital computing device creates an annotation associated with a particular reading location within a reference document. The annotation and the reading location are shared with a second portable digital computing device storing a copy of the reference document. Using the shared information, the second device displays the reference document with the annotation shown at the reading location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Inkling Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles M. MacInnis, Joshua John Forman, Anne K Halsall, Scott William Kyle, Robert Cromwell, Kevin Ballard, Peter S. Cho
  • Patent number: 8793600
    Abstract: An image-processing device includes a first memory, a determining unit, a creating unit, and an outputting unit. The first memory stores a first file and a second file. The first file includes first printing data and first additional information. The second file includes second printing data second additional information. The determining unit determines whether or not the first file is a distinguishable file. The distinguishable file is distinguishable from the second file based on the first additional information and the second additional information. The creating unit creates index data based on determination made by the determining unit. The index data includes first indicative data corresponding to the first file and second indicative data corresponding to the second file. The outputting unit outputs index image based on the index data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sadaaki Miyazaki, Norio Mizutani
  • Publication number: 20140201614
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for annotating search results. Images associated with a plurality of different websites are obtained and associated with respective domains of the websites. Search results are then annotated with the obtained images according to their domains. User selection of an annotated search result's image will cause a local search of the website associated with the image based on the query.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Dan Zhao
  • Publication number: 20140201613
    Abstract: A method, system and program product for analyzing textual information and providing a visual representative of a summary of such textual information in the form of a ranked list of icons. A text to icon engine is used that takes as input a textual document. A plurality of icons are each associated to a specific rule such that when the text to icon engine processes textual input, it will apply the rules associated with the icons and return a value that represents how much the text belongs to a specific icon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
  • Patent number: 8775932
    Abstract: A guided natural language interface, a method for guiding a user in specifying a color problem with a document image, and a set of templates for use in the interface and method are provided. The interface includes computer readable memory which stores a set of issue description templates, each template being configured for guiding a user in formulating a problem statement characterizing, in natural language, a problem related to color identified in an input document. A natural rendering engine receives information input by a user and/or information input from an associated problem detector, and instantiates one of the templates in response thereto. The natural language rendering engine is configured for presenting the problem statement to the user as it is refined and communicating information based on the refined problem statement to an associated problem corrector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Frederic Roulland, Jutta K. Willamowski, David B. Martin