Topic Roadmap Or Index Patents (Class 715/712)
  • Patent number: 10275144
    Abstract: An information processing device has a storage unit and a touch panel with a screen. The storage unit stores layout information indicating the positions at which various settings are displayed on the screen. The touch panel displays a setting selection screen on which the settings are arranged in the display positions indicated by the layout information, accepts selections of settings to be made, and displays help screens showing help information for each of the settings in an order corresponding to the display positions indicated by the layout information. The layout information can be altered to have the help information displayed in a desired order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10275129
    Abstract: A touch system user interface displays a plurality of user interface elements in a timeline, wherein each of the user interface elements is associated with a respective event having a number of event attributes, including a date attribute. Each user interface element includes a visual representation of a displayed set of the event attributes and is positioned within the timeline based on the date event attribute. The position and/or spatial zoom level of the user interface elements are modified based on the user input, and the displayed set of event attributes is based on the spatial zoom level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Chen Je Huang, Gillian Fry, Carol Lee
  • Patent number: 10107636
    Abstract: It makes easy to grasp detailed information on a POI on a map. A navigation system according to the invention is configured to display a POI icon on a map, which the navigation system includes: a storage that stores POI information and voice data in association with each other; a reproducing part configured to, upon a selection of the POI icon displayed on the map, reproduce the voice data associated with the POI information of the POI icon; a recording part configured to record new voice data; and a posting part configured to cause the storage to store the POI information of the selected POI icon and the new voice data in association with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Yosuke Mibu
  • Patent number: 10095665
    Abstract: A method of arranging a data set for graphical analysis in a graphical analysis computing system, is described, the method comprising the steps of a data retrieval engine retrieving data elements from a data store that forms part of or which is in communication with the graphical analysis computing system; a processing module carrying out a preliminary analysis of the retrieved data, forming an initial appropriate output style as a visual document framework, carrying out analysis of the retrieved data for periodic or repeating patterns and adjusting the visual document framework to emphasize desired visual attributes, and mapping the data on to the visual document framework; and a rendering engine creating a visual document output display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: New BIS Safe Luxco S.à r.l
    Inventor: Andrew John Cardno
  • Patent number: 9984340
    Abstract: A method for providing instruction relating to continuous improvement policies of an enterprise is described. The method includes displaying, on a user interface, selectable icons operable for accessing a plurality of interactive guides relating to the policies of the enterprise, receiving, via the user interface, a selection of one of the icons, accessing, based on the selection, at least one file from a database, the at least one file including enterprise policy data that is related to the received icon selection, the enterprise policy data relating to one or more continuous improvement programs adopted within the enterprise, and displaying, on the user interface, a representation of the policy data in the form of an interactive guide, the user interface configured to provide access to applicable enterprise policy information that is available to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William C. Schnettgoecke, Jr., Shirley (Dayde) W. McLaughlin, Michael L. Wraspir, Jeffrey K. Hanada
  • Patent number: 9942308
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a communication unit, a storage, an operation reception unit, and a controller. The communication unit is capable of communicating with a different information processing apparatus and a server on a network. The storage is capable of storing data. The operation reception unit is capable of receiving an operation of a user that selects the data. The controller is capable of controlling the communication unit to transmit the selected data to the server and transmit notification information to the different information processing apparatus, the notification information indicating transmission of the data to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Fujiki
  • Patent number: 9924110
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus, storage medium, and method are disclosed. An electronic apparatus includes a display and at least one processor. The display comprises a first display mode in which a plurality of images are displayed alongside each other. The at least one processor determines importance of an image. The at least one processor determines a display size of each of the plurality of images. The at least one processor increases the display size of an image as the importance of the image is higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Sato
  • Patent number: 9851215
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: receiving user input regarding a navigation route for controlling guidance communication along the navigation route for a system user; generating with a control circuit a user geographic-knowledge model based on the user input regarding the navigation route; calculating a system route based on the user geographic-knowledge model; and communicating the system route for guiding the system user in traversing the system route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventor: Herman Ho-Man So
  • Patent number: 9807307
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus includes an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject, a recording unit configured to record one of still image data and video image data captured by the image capturing unit on a storage medium in the form of an image file, a generating unit configured to generate a management file used for managing the image file recorded on the storage medium, and a registering unit configured to register an identifier of the image file recorded on the storage medium in the management file on a capture date basis in the order of capture time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuo Morimoto, Katsuhiko Watanabe, Kenichiro Imai, Kou Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9805060
    Abstract: A system and method for managing geotag data associated with content within a geofeed is provided. The content may be tagged with metadata such as geotag data that may specify a location where the content was created. The generated content may be geotagged by one or more geotag sources including a GPS-enabled device, a user input, a content provider, a user profile, or other sources. The system may determine the geotag data for the content that is not already associated with geotag data. The system may determine a confidence level of the geotag data, whether already geotagged or not. The confidence level may be indicative of a likelihood that the geotag data accurately describes a location where the content was actually created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: TAI Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip B. Harris, Scott K. Mitchell, Michael J. Mulroy
  • Patent number: 9785317
    Abstract: An interactive, graph-based user interaction data analysis system is disclosed. The system is configured to provide analysis and graphical visualizations of user interaction data to a system operator. In various embodiments, interactive visualizations and analyzes provided by the system may be based on user interaction data aggregated across particular groups of users, across particular time frames, and/or from particular computer-based platforms and/or applications. According to various embodiments, the system may enable insights into, for example, user interaction patterns and/or ways to optimize for desired user interactions, among others. In an embodiment, the system allows an operator to analyze and investigate user interactions with content provided via one or more computer-based platforms, software applications, and/or software application editions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: PALANTIR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Ben Duffield, Geoff Stowe, Ankit Shankar
  • Patent number: 9754354
    Abstract: An information processing terminal displays a layout drawing that indicates a layout of targets on a display screen on a display unit. The information processing terminal includes a calculator that calculates an angle formed by one edge of borderlines in the layout drawing and one edge of the display screen and also has a display controller that rotates the layout drawing through the calculated angle so that the one edge of the borderlines in the layout drawing is made parallel to the one edge of the display screen and displays the rotated layout drawing on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Kunio Nakatsukasa, Hiroko Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 9753950
    Abstract: A computer system comprises a processor capable of executing processor executable code operably coupled with a non-transitory computer medium storing processor executable code, which when executed by the processor causes the processor to: (a) receive a first signal over a computer network, the first signal indicative of a request for information about a target structure from a user; (b) in response to receiving the first signal, access a database including information about the target structure; and (c) transmit a second signal over the computer network indicative of a virtual property report for the target structure including at least one image of the target structure. The virtual property report may include information about a facet of the target structure facing a street, location of a main entrance of the target structure, location of a secondary entrance of the target structure, location of vehicle access to the target structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Pictometry International Corp.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Schultz, David Arthur Kennedy, James Smyth
  • Patent number: 9639753
    Abstract: In an image processing apparatus, an image acquiring section acquires one or more images. An image analysis information acquiring section acquires image analysis information on each of the one or more images. A theme determining section determines a main theme representing a theme of each group of images related to each other among the one or more images and a subtheme representing a theme of each of the one or more images based on information on photography tendencies of images associated with each of one or more themes and the image analysis information on each of the one or more images. A theme information output section outputs information on the main theme and information on the subtheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kei Yamaji, Daisuke Yamada, Kazuma Tsukagoshi, Yohei Momoki
  • Patent number: 9552600
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for generating and updating recommendations for merchants. A recommendation for a merchant in an electronic marketplace is evaluated to determine whether a corresponding action for the recommendation has been completed in response to a recommendation query for the merchant. A list of recommendations that correspond to actions that have not yet been completed for the merchant is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Anton V. Goldberg, Trevor Alexander Popiel, Robert H. Mahfoud
  • Patent number: 9496005
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes an operation reception unit that receives a switching operation for switching between a list display screen where index images for selecting content items belonging to one or a plurality of groups are disposed on a display surface of a display unit, and a group display screen where the index images are disposed on the display surface, and a display control unit that displays one of the list display screen and the group display screen on the display unit based on the switching operation, moves the index images with content item units from predetermined positions on one screen of the list display screen and the group display screen, displayed at the time of receiving the corresponding switching operation to predetermined positions on the other screen displayed after the corresponding switching operation is received, and displays the index images by animation during the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takanori Minamino, Mitsuo Okumura
  • Patent number: 9323427
    Abstract: A list display method and apparatus are disclosed. The list display method, for a terminal having a display unit, includes detecting a necessity for displaying a list, classifying list items into viewable items and aggregated items, displaying the viewable items in the list view region and displaying information regarding the aggregated items in the list aggregate region. Responsive to inputs aggregate items may be classified as viewable items and corresponding ones of the viewable items are classified as aggregate items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seock Hyun Yu, Giang Yoon Kwon, Chang Mo Yang, Jae Myung Lee, Yu Sic Kim, Bo Young Lee, Eun Ju Lee
  • Patent number: 9106866
    Abstract: An intelligent television can provide various interfaces for navigating processes associated with providing content. The user interfaces include unique visual representations and organizations that allow the user to utilize the intelligent television more easily and more effectively. Particularly, the user interfaces pertain to the display of media content, electronic programming guide information, television content, and other content. Further, the user interfaces provide unique process of transitioning between the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander de Paz, Karina A. Limongi, Sanjiv Sirpal
  • Patent number: 9026910
    Abstract: Dynamic help information is provided by receiving unit, configured to receive at least one operation of a user and to obtain the user's operation history, where the operation history includes at least one operation; a determining unit, configured to determine the corresponding help information according to the user's operation history; and an information obtaining unit, configured to obtain said corresponding help information. Assistance in providing help information is also provided, comprising: an operation capturing unit, configured to capture and send at least one operation of a user; and an information displaying unit, configured to receive and display the help information corresponding to the user's operation history, where the operation history includes at least one operation. With the apparatuses and method of this invention, the pertinent help information can be dynamically provided for users according to user's operation history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Xu Qing Lu, Yao Qi, Xing Xing Shen, Chuang Tang
  • Patent number: 9026932
    Abstract: A user interface for a touch-screen display of a computing device is described. The user interface has an edge navigation feature designed to facilitate navigation through digital content items, such as electronic books, in response to user input received via the touch-screen display. This navigation may be to an arbitrary point within the content, or to previously defined bookmarks. The user interface provides a representation of a virtual edge of the content object, such as a book or album. Presentation of this virtual edge, overlaid with bookmark indicators, allows the user to spatially visualize the position of content within the book, and select a desired location or bookmark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Dixon
  • Publication number: 20150121219
    Abstract: According to an aspect a method for providing assistive technology during interactive computer use includes monitoring a plurality of interactions of a user with a computer system and collecting data relating to the interactions of the user by an assistive tool executing on a processor. The assistive tool analyzes the collected data to build and store a plurality of patterns of the interactions of the user. A delay is detected in a current activity of the user on the computer system. Data is retrieved relating to one or more prior interactions that the user has carried out. The retrieved data is matched with the stored patterns of the interactions of the user. One or more probable next steps in the current activity of the user are determined based on the matching. The assistive tool suggests at least one of the one or more probable next steps to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Aleksandrs Baklanovs
  • Patent number: 8996529
    Abstract: A networked computer system identifies, optimizes and recommends content sources for users. The content sources can be used for providing news feeds, search results, etc. based on taking into net useful content contributed by such sources over other sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: John Nicholas and Kristin Gross Trust
    Inventors: John Nicholas Gross, Philip Albert
  • Patent number: 8984445
    Abstract: In one aspect, a computer-implemented method for geo-locating images may generally include receiving, by one or more computing devices, a request to geo-locate an image on a map and, in response to the request, providing for display a user icon on the map. In addition, the method may include determining a current geographic location of the user icon on the map, providing for display a textual representation of the current geographic location, receiving data indicative of the user icon being moved across at least a portion of the map and updating the textual representation of the current geographic location as the user icon is moved across the at least a portion of the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Zhou Bailiang
  • Patent number: 8972240
    Abstract: An “Interactive Word Lattice” provides a user interface for interacting with and selecting user-modifiable paths through a lattice-based representation of alternative suggested text segments in response to a user's text segment input, such as phrases, sentences, paragraphs, entire documents, etc. More specifically, the user input is provided to a trained paraphrase generation model that returns a plurality of alternative text segments having the same or similar meaning as the original user input. An interactive graphical lattice-based representation of the alternative text segments is then presented to the user. One or more words of each alternative text segment represents a “node” of the lattice, while each connection between nodes represents a lattice “edge. Both nodes and edges are user modifiable. Each possible path through the lattice corresponds to a different alternative text segment. Users select a path through the lattice to select an alternative text to the original input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher John Brockett, William Brennan Dolan
  • Patent number: 8965693
    Abstract: A system, method and computer-readable medium are disclosed that can detect an address, geographic coordinates or business name in text displayed on a device and geocode or reverse geocode, respectively, the address/business name or geographic coordinates to provide geocoded data. The detecting and geocoding/reverse geocoding can be performed automatically. The geocoded data can be displayed in-place with the text in a user interface of the device or be provided to another application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Piemonte
  • Patent number: 8959181
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating and posting media is provided. For example, the invention allows a user to quickly create, signal process, encode, and transfer media files to a server for storage, posting, distribution, and retrieval. Thus, media such as audio, video, display, photo, spreadsheet, Web Clips, and HTML pages can be combined into a media file for uploading to a server and accessed from listings posted at web sites. In accordance with embodiments, a user downloads and installs a plug-in at the user's client computer. The user then registers and logs onto the server to perform various tasks. For example, the user can create a combined audio and photo media file at the client computer, in accordance with server based control parameters received from the system server. The plug-in then allows the user to perform digital signal processing and encoding of the media file at the client computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Trio Systems LLC
    Inventor: Alan Bartholomew
  • Patent number: 8954863
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving information from a user in a collaboration network, the information including a unit of content, a title, an indication of one or more entities in the collaboration network allowed to access the unit of content, and for each of the entities in the collaboration network allowed to access the unit of content, an indication of a permission level with respect to the access. The permission level includes view, comment, edit, or share. The method further includes determining a format for presentation of the unit of content based at least in part on the permission levels indicated for the one or more entities in the collaboration network allowed to access the unit of content, and publishing the unit of content and the title for the unit of content to the collaboration network in the determined format and according to the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph F. Khouri, Raghurama Bhat, Ashish S. Chirputkar, Muralidhar K. Sitaram, James P. Beno, David H. Law
  • Patent number: 8941677
    Abstract: A quality display is disclosed. Embodiments of the invention provide for the display of an indication of quality of a geographic survey. In some example embodiments, a survey grid corresponding to the geographic boundaries of a dynamically created survey area is displayed, where the displayed survey grid expands based on the geographic movement of survey participants. In additional embodiments, data representing the survey grid, cells of the survey grid, and a plurality of sub-cells into which each cell of the survey grid is divided is stored. In other embodiments, a numerical index corresponding to the quality of the survey in each cell of the survey grid is determined based on positioning information. In still other embodiments, a display attribute associated with each cell of the survey grid is adjusted in accordance with the numerical index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Peter D. Hallenbeck
  • Publication number: 20150026571
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a method for providing a user interface are provided. The method for providing a user interface according to an exemplary embodiment includes displaying a content list including at least one content, and determining whether a source providing the selected content is connected to the display apparatus, when one of at least one content included in the content list is selected, and displaying a guidance message indicating information regarding the source in response to a determination that the source is not connected to the display apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ji-woo SUH
  • Patent number: 8880568
    Abstract: Systems, devices, features, and methods for updating a geographic database, such as a navigation-related database, and/or reporting discrepancies associated with geographic data of the geographic database are disclosed. For example, one method comprises capturing a photograph of an observed geographic feature in a geographic region. Comment information corresponding to the observed geographic feature may be stored. The comment information is indicative of a discrepancy between the observed geographic feature and the geographic data corresponding to the geographic region. The comment information may be associated with the photograph to generate a report, and the report is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: David Perczynski, Oliver Fink
  • Patent number: 8862992
    Abstract: A computer implemented system automatically launches a video to assist a computer user in navigating through a set of menus on a graphical user interface (GUI) without separately requiring the computer user to select a link to a video file or launch a software program designed to playback the video. The system executes a two-phase process for assisting the computer user in determining a replacement part for an OEM part. In the first phase, the system selectively presents a series of menus to the computer user to allow the computer user to identify the OEM part. A video is automatically played during the first phase of the process to assist the user in completing the first series of menus. After the computer user has completed the first menus, the system launches a second set of menus and begins playing a video to assist the computer user in determining options for the replacement part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Turning Point Propellers, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Frey
  • Patent number: 8850316
    Abstract: A system architecture that predefines a unique schema around content or applications so that the actions of a user are understood outside a specific piece of content or application. Additionally, the application also reports to system applications what specific locations or actions are currently being undertaken by a user. With this data, the system application can build a system whereby it concurrently presents contextual information to users outside of the specific piece of content or application in a way that supports bringing users with similar contextual states together and allow other information services to be hosted and presented concurrently to the user outside the specific piece of content or application on the multimedia device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Jerry Alan Johnson
  • Patent number: 8843824
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and providing an user interface for providing temporal information to users. The user interface may comprise a center portion and a three-dimensional shape comprising an upper portion that lies about the center portion and a lower portion that lies below the center portion. The center portion may correspond to a first time period. The upper portion may correspond to a second time period in the future relative to the first time period. The lower portion may correspond to a third time period in the past relative to the first time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: 2nfro Technology Ventures LLC
    Inventor: James T. Daly, IV
  • Patent number: 8832579
    Abstract: The innovation relates to a system and/or methodology for the creation and management of industrial automation services and design templates. In addition, it allows for users to view processes, applications, protocols, data types, and so forth as semantically intuitive graphical objects that can be dragged, dropped, and tagged to allow for combining functionalities and/or integrating disparate applications or systems through a services model. Additionally, the innovation provides a library for user management of the services and templates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: N. Andrew Weatherhead
  • Patent number: 8824805
    Abstract: Provided are a regional information extraction method, a regional information output method, and an apparatus for the same. The regional information output method includes obtaining a regional image through the processing unit, transmitting the regional image to a server through the transmitting/receiving unit, receiving regional information on a geographical position that a regional image feature extracted from the regional image represents through the transmitting/receiving unit, and outputting the regional information through the output unit, wherein the geographical position represents one feature matching to the regional image feature, which is selected from a plurality of features representing a plurality of regional images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Seojeon Globe Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Hyoung Kim, Jin Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 8819551
    Abstract: A display device includes: a storage portion storing content addition information associated with one or two or more pieces of content data; a display screen generation portion generating a display screen, which includes image information related with one content addition information stored in the storage portion; and a display switch portion outputting a switch instruction of the image information included on the display screen, and the display screen generation portion switches the image information included on the display screen to other image information related with the one content addition information according to output of the switch instruction by the display switch portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Ozawa
  • Patent number: 8812955
    Abstract: A hierarchical hysteresis menu area is such an area in which the hysteresis information from the hysteresis of past operations up to the current hierarchical layer is displayed responsive to an operation on an operating unit and in which selection by a user is made using the operating unit. As the hierarchy progresses, new rows such as “Top Menu”, “ . . . Menu A”, “ . . . Menu A-1” are created progressively, until the current layer [ . . . menu A-1 “ . . . menu A-1”] is demonstrated as the lowermost layer. Indents and marks are used to denote a hierarchical structure. If a cursor is moved by an operating unit to decide on a certain selected layer, reversion may be made directly to the layer. The current menu area indicates the item of the current layer. A folder mark is displayed for a menu having a further lower item. The current hierarchical layer is indicated in this manner in the operating menu system of a hierarchical structure employing a user interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroto Narioka, Takashi Kuwayama, Takeo Inagaki
  • Patent number: 8775962
    Abstract: A graphical user interface (GUI) in which a user may navigate through states of an information technology (IT) management process by selecting or deselecting the selectable objects in the GUI. When the user selects a first object in a first display window of the GUI, the first display window is changed to represent a first state of the IT management process based on the selected object, and the second display window is changed to show computing objects and relationships associated with the selected object. When the user selects another associated object in the first display window, the first display window is changed to represent a second state of the IT management process based on the selected object, and the and the second display window is changed to show computing objects and relationships associated with the selected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: J. Russell Boykin, Alberto Giammaria, Patricia Diana Griffin, Christopher Andrew Peters
  • Patent number: 8762827
    Abstract: Techniques for creating documentation. A writing pattern is provided. The writing pattern may be implemented in a schema, such as an XML schema or DTD. The writing pattern includes a plurality of components and defines structure and style for the documentation. Each component corresponds to a portion of the documentation. A selection of one of the components is received. Content for the selected component is received. The documentation is formed based on the content and structure and style the style.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Ultan O'Broin, Linda Garido
  • Patent number: 8739073
    Abstract: Various technologies and techniques are disclosed for providing a table of contents for a document viewer application. A document viewer application is provided that can display a document that has multiple pages of content. Upon receiving a selection from the user to access a table of contents for the document, a table of contents is displayed that contains a representation of at least some of the pages of content in a manner that is overlaid on top of a current position in the document. A navigation feature allows a user to navigate through the table of contents while retaining the current position in the document. A preview size adjustment feature allows the user to adjust a size of the representation of the pages of content for the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Chris Han, Nathan Dunlap
  • Patent number: 8732579
    Abstract: An internet client-server method to rapidly preview video files. Source video files are compressed into lower resolution preview video files, thumbnail image files, and stored on a preview internet server. Typically only a small fraction of the source video frames, such as 1 frame in 60, is used for the preview. A user using a touch sensitive computerized device such as a smartphone can view the thumbnail video images while the compressed video files load in the background. When the user touches or swipes an image of interest, or shakes the device, device video preview application software detects the action and directs the device to start playing the preview video file(s). The application software detects when the user swipes the preview video, and changes the rate and direction of playback of the preview video file, and trickplay functionality, often according to the speed and/or direction of the swipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: KLIP, Inc.
    Inventors: Alain Rossmann, Adrian Detremescu, Eric Liu, Arie Grapa
  • Patent number: 8732608
    Abstract: A system and method is provided to assist a user in selecting, identifying, and handling email messages. A selection color module may provide for the display of color coding and selection highlighting. The selection color module may provide a secondary highlighting color to indicate messages related to a selected message. A category navigation module may provide one or more of the following: an indicator that provides the user with a number of items that are off the screen for a particular category, a command that causes the first entry for a category to be scrolled into view, a label to indicate the number of items in a particular category matching a particular criteria, and/or a control for scrolling between next or previous categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Eric M. Wilcox, Jodi L. Coppinger, Bernard J. Kerr, Paul B. Moody
  • Patent number: 8725832
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating and posting media is provided. For example, the invention allows a user to quickly create, signal process, encode, and transfer media files to a server for storage, posting, distribution, and retrieval. Thus, media such as audio, video, display, photo, spreadsheet, Web Clips, and HTML pages can be combined into a media file for uploading to a server and accessed from listings posted at web sites. In accordance with embodiments, a user downloads and installs a plug-in at the user's client computer. The user then registers and logs onto the server to perform various tasks. For example, the user can create a combined audio and photo media file at the client computer, in accordance with server based control parameters received from the system server. The plug-in then allows the user to perform digital signal processing and encoding of the media file at the client computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Trio Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Alan Bartholomew
  • Patent number: 8706475
    Abstract: In a method for identifying a table of contents in a document, an ordered sequence of text fragments is derived from the document. A table of contents is selected as a contiguous sub-sequence of the ordered sequence of text fragments satisfying the criteria: (i) entries defined by text fragments of the table of contents each have a link to a target text fragment having textual similarity with the entry; (ii) no target text fragment lies within the table of contents; and (iii) the target text fragments have an ascending ordering corresponding to an ascending ordering of the entries defining the target text fragments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Herve Dejean, Jean-Luc Meunier, Olivier Fambon
  • Patent number: 8694910
    Abstract: Techniques pertaining to efficient scrolling are disclosed. One of the features of the efficient scrolling is the enablement of a search right at an appropriate item in a large list of items, thus avoiding going through the long list and wandering back and forth around a desired item. According to one embodiment, an indexing display is used. The indexing display includes a list of indexes, each corresponding to a group of items that sharing one or more common characteristics (e.g., a character or a kind). The indexing display is allowed first to be scrolled for a desired index. Once the desired index is confirmed, searching for a desired item in the large list starts at an item indexed by the desired index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Lambourne, Steve Holmgren
  • Patent number: 8688694
    Abstract: A computer receives a first set of information items from a first content provider and a second set of information items from a second content provider. For each of the first and second sets of information items, the computer retrieves the document identified by the corresponding document link from a respective remote location. The computer applies a first (or second) set of search criteria to each of the first and second sets of information items and its associated documents to generate a first (or second) set of search result wherein the first and second sets of search criteria are different. The computer associates a first channel with the first set of search results and a second channel with the second set of search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Tigerlogic Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey Matthew Dexter
  • Patent number: 8683332
    Abstract: A system may include a display to present a visualization comprising a plurality of graphical indicators, each of the graphical indicators associated with a respective one of a plurality of entities of interest, a touch-sensitive input surface to receive a touch input at a first portion of the visualization representing a current physical location of the apparatus and a drag input on the display device from the first portion to a second portion of the visualization, and a processor to filter the plurality of graphical indicators based on a distance between the first portion and the second portion. Filtering of the plurality of graphical indicators may include determination of a second distance based on the distance between the first portion and the second portion, and determination of at least one of the plurality of entities of interest, each of the at least one of the plurality of entities of interest located less than the second distance from the current physical location of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Business Objects Software Limited
    Inventors: Valdrin Koshi, Timo Elliot, Ali Meziani, Alexis L. Naibo
  • Patent number: 8683389
    Abstract: A method for organizing, visualizing, and navigating data objects within a dataset is presented, including network visualization alongside a detailed information display. The method includes interactivity with the visualization through network panning, zooming, and node clicking. The network nodes represent the data objects. Node proximity and links represent similarity or other relatedness measures between respective data objects. The network can be displayed in full to illustrate large scale properties. Clicking the nodes provides further data object information of the highlighted node, which is displayed alongside the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: The New England Complex Systems Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Yaneer Bar-Yam, Dion Harmon, Kawandeep Virdee, Vedant Misra, Marco Lagi
  • Patent number: 8635550
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to mathematical programming for optimization based applications systems and provide a method, system and computer program product for providing an interface for generating and customizing optimization-based applications. A method for providing an interface for generating and customizing optimization-based applications can include generating an initial user interface having an objectives and sequences panel, the objectives and sequences panel can include a basic objective table, an aggregate objective table and an objective sequence table in a goal programming and goal weighting controller module executing in memory by a processor of a host computer. The method also includes rendering in the basic objective table a list of goals with corresponding indexes provided by the optimization application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Georges-Henri Moll, Thomas Baudel
  • Patent number: 8631065
    Abstract: The present invention is, in one embodiment, a system and method based on a client-server architecture for seamlessly integrating various information systems. In one embodiment, a bundle of files is deployed to a collaboration client, in order to enable the integration of the collaboration client with disparate information systems and content. In one embodiment, content within a mailbox item is allowed to become a “live” object, and is associated with trigger events, and actions, including sending all or part of the content to a separate information system. In one embodiment, mailbox items are subjected to predefined searches to assess whether they include certain content objects. In another embodiment, panel item elements are visible in the overview panel of the collaboration client. The user may interact with the panel items by dragging content onto them, double clicking them, and invoking actions from a context menu if one is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: VMware, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Dargahi, Kevin M. Henrikson, Roland J. Schemers, Jong Yoon Lee