Computer Conferencing Patents (Class 715/753)
  • Patent number: 9948776
    Abstract: For enriching presence statuses of users in a contact list with call routing rules associated with said users, the presence statuses indicating an availability of said users, called contact users, for communication and being delivered by a presence server (PS) to an application (UCA) implemented in a communication device (CD) owned by a user, called application user, the presence server: sends a request to a call server (CS) managing call routing rules of said contact users, the request containing identifiers (IdCU) of said contact users, receives a response from the call server, the response containing routing statuses (RS) of said contact users, the call server having determined call routing rules (RR) stored respectively in correspondence with the identifiers (IdCU) and having interpreted the call routing rules (RR) to create a routing status for each contact user, and sends a message to the communication device (CD), the message containing the routing status for each contact user, in order that the applic
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventor: Roman Sorokin
  • Patent number: 9922176
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method for borrowing licenses. The method may include retrieving a license file associated with a software program from a data storage device, whereby the license file includes a plurality of borrowing information. The method may also include recording a plurality of usage information to the data storage device based on a plurality of user interactions with the software program. The method may further include updating the plurality of borrowing information within the retrieved license file using the recorded plurality of usage information. The method may also include revoking the retrieved license file based on the updated plurality of borrowing information expiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Deviprasad I. Shetty
  • Patent number: 9917804
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving, at a social-networking system, an identifier corresponding to a first post item stored in the social-networking system. A first set of users is associated with the first post item. The method also includes receiving, at the social-networking system, a second post item. A second set of users is associated with the second post item. The method additionally includes associating the first and second post items with a story structure. The method further includes providing one of the post items in the story structure to a client for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel Valdivia, Gemma Louise Silvers, Thiago Griep Hirai, Daniel K. Gibson, Brett R. Welch, Daria Stroganova, Razvan Racasanu
  • Patent number: 9906720
    Abstract: A service system includes a mobile terminal and an information processing device capable of communication via a network. The mobile terminal includes a first transmission unit that transmits spherical images taken in respective imaging locations and positional information about the imaging locations to the information processing device. The information processing device includes a reception unit that receives the spherical images transmitted by the first transmission unit; a map data obtaining unit that obtains map data from a map data storage, the map data including the imaging locations of the spherical images; a path information creation unit that creates information about a path made by connecting the imaging locations in the map data obtained by the map data obtaining unit; and a content providing unit that makes content available for a request through the network, the content including the map data, the information about the path, and the spherical images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Mitsui, Kei Kushimoto, Kohichi Nishide, Tomotoshi Sato
  • Patent number: 9900415
    Abstract: A method of sharing content performed by a mobile terminal is provided. The method includes providing a list of social groups that share group activity information of a group member by executing a phone book, receiving a selection of at least one social group from the list of social groups, transmitting at least one piece of content selected by a first user of the mobile terminal to a device of a group member included in the selected at least one social group, and adding the transmitted at least one piece of content to a group share space corresponding to the selected at least one social group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae-hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 9898167
    Abstract: Computer-implemented systems and methods are disclosed for providing a tagging interface for tagging external content. In accordance with some embodiments, a method is provided for tagging content external to a database system. The method comprises accessing the external content via a web browser of an electronic device. The method also comprises enhancing the web browser by providing a tagging interface for tagging at least a portion of the external content. The method further comprises receiving created tag associated with a tagged portion of the external document content, and exporting the external content and the received tag to the database system. The tagging interface can also provide an option to export the created tag to an internal database system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Zennard Sun, Sophia Westwood, Greg Martin
  • Patent number: 9894134
    Abstract: A method for obtaining network feedback is provided by a terminal. The method includes sending data information, publishing, by the terminal, the data information to a website, establishing a correspondence relationship between the data information and the published data information, accessing the website on which the data information is published, and obtaining feedback information to the data information, processing the data information and the feedback information, and informing a user of an updating status of the feedback information. The embodiment of the present disclosure further provides a terminal device for obtaining the network feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Weimin Liu, Qingli Zhang
  • Patent number: 9881282
    Abstract: Meeting and conferencing systems and methods are implemented in a variety of manners. Consistent with an embodiment of the present disclosure, a meeting system is implemented that includes a computer server arrangement with at least one processor. The computer server arrangement is configured to provide a web-based meeting-group subscription option to potential meeting participants. A meeting scheduling data is received over a web-accessible virtual meeting interface. The meeting scheduling data includes group identification information and meeting time information. In response to the group identification information, participant identification information is retrieved for participants that subscribe to a meeting group identified by the group identification information. In response to the meeting time information and the participant identifying information, audio connections are established for participants of the meeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: 8x8, Inc.
    Inventor: Ramprakash Narayanaswamy
  • Patent number: 9876828
    Abstract: Various implementations related to collaborative design are described. In one such implementation, a computer-implemented method includes receiving, using one or more computing devices, input from a second user selecting to remix an existing design of a first user; generating, using the one or more computing devices, a new version of the existing design including one or more layers from the existing design; receiving, using the one or more computing devices, one or more design inputs from the second user, the one or more design inputs remixing at least one of the one or more layers included from the existing design; applying, using the one or more computing devices, the one or more design inputs to the new version of the existing design to create a remixed design; and sharing, via a computer network, the remixed design with one or more other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Overlay Studio, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Loyal Wilson, Kevin James Heap, Spencer Patrick Smith
  • Patent number: 9870425
    Abstract: Briefly, embodiments of methods or systems providing a mobile device user with localized and/or time-selectable search query terms and/or search results are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventors: Lars Erik Holmquist, Guilherme Chapiewski
  • Patent number: 9860488
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating call reports which may allow a sales user to remotely present content to HCP users. Information for scheduling a remote meeting may be received from an application for creating call report on a first user computing device, a request for remote meeting may be sent to a video conference system, a group meeting ID may be received from the video conference system, and a meeting invitation for the at least one invitee may be generated. The meeting invitation may include a link for the remote meeting. When the at least one invitee clicks on the link in the invitation, he/she is added to the remote meeting. The video content is transmitted via the video conference system, but no user interface of the video conference system is displayed during the remote meeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Timothy S. Murphy, Arno Sosna, Cindy Chiang, Sunil Kulkarni, Hanqing Liao, Vasanth Shenoy
  • Patent number: 9841714
    Abstract: A social networking system user may request physical prints of digital photographs stored in connection with the user's user profile on the social networking system. The physical prints are generated by a photograph developer, such as a retail store, and retrieved by the user. The user may request the physical prints from an application executing on a user device that allows the user to identify social context information associated with a digital photograph for inclusion on the physical print. The social networking system may notify users connected to the user and/or to the digital image of the physical print generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Keenan Pridmore, Philip John MacGregor, IV, Stephen Biddle
  • Patent number: 9843549
    Abstract: Method, system and device for acquiring directionally published microblog messages are disclosed. A first client acquires an instruction for reading a microblog message from a first user, wherein the instruction comprises a keyword of the first user; the first client extracts directionally published microblog messages matching with the keyword of the first user from an outbox of a second user, wherein the second user is followed the first user and has a directional publishing authority; and the first terminal displays the extracted directionally published microblog messages to the first user. Through the solutions provided the present disclosure, a first user only needs to access an outbox of a second user for acquiring a microblog message, and thus the first user does not need to delete the microblog message. The operation of the first user is simplified, and thereby the user experience will be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: Zhihao Zhou, Ming Tian, Li Liu
  • Patent number: 9830050
    Abstract: Disclosed are examples of apparatus, methods, and computer readable storage media for providing a reminder regarding a feed item of an information feed of an online social network. In some implementations, an indication is received at a computing device. The indication is with respect to occurrence of an event in relation to a designated one of a plurality of feed items of the information feed of the online social network. In response to receiving the indication, data is provided to cause a display device to display a reminder component with the information feed in a user interface. The reminder component is configured to present information identifying the designated feed item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee:, inc.
    Inventors: Zachary J. Dunn, Joseph M. Olsen
  • Patent number: 9832423
    Abstract: A method of providing a number of versions of a presentation in a web conference may comprise streaming at least two different versions of a presentation associated with a web conference over a network to at least one client device, and providing an option to the client device to view an alternative one of the versions. An associated computing system and computer program product are also described. Finally, a method of viewing a number of versions of a web conference presentation in a web conference may comprise, with a client device, joining a web conference presented over a network, and switching between at least two different versions of the presentation based on permissions assigned to a passcode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Paul Roger Bastide, Robert Edward Loredo
  • Patent number: 9819973
    Abstract: A multimedia device includes input ports dedicated to receiving a real-time media signal and a processor system dedicated to capturing the real-time media signal. The processor system defines an embedded environment. The input ports and the processor system are integrated into the multimedia capture device. The input ports include an audio input port and at least one of a visual-capture input port or a digital-image input port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Echo 360, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Benjamin Allen, Steven Lee Geyer, Rodney Dale McElrath
  • Patent number: 9811597
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, apparatus, systems, and computer-readable storage media for identifying topical influence in an online social network. In some implementations, an entity associated with a feed item is identified. A topic associated with the entity or with the feed item is also identified. The entity can be determined to be a topical influencer regarding the topic in the online social network based on one or more factors, such as a factor indicating dissemination of information associated with the identified topic to other entities. A display device can be configured to display information indicating the determination that the entity is a topical influencer of the identified topic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee:, inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Pappas
  • Patent number: 9811865
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for measuring perceptible properties of media content. The method comprises displaying media content comprising a plurality of perceptible properties; receiving a selection of an perceptible property from the plurality of perceptible properties; receiving at least one comment related to the selected perceptible property in the plurality of perceptible properties; and calculating a measurement of an overall quality of the media content based on the received at least one comment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: Sharad Baliyan, Nakul Kumar
  • Patent number: 9806894
    Abstract: A method for managing virtual meetings includes initiating participation with a first user interface in a first meeting, initiating participation with the first user interface in a second meeting, determining whether attention of a user is directed towards the first meeting or the second meeting, and configuring the user interface such that the user interacts with meeting resources associated with the first meeting responsive to determining that the attention of the user is directed towards the first meeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover, Robert W. Wisniewski
  • Patent number: 9805397
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method includes providing a post generated by a first user for display to one or more other users of the site, receiving an indication of a request from a second user of one or more other users to suggest auxiliary content relating to at least one of one or more items represented in the post, providing a suggestion mechanism to the second user on the page displaying the post to allow the second user to provide auxiliary content relating to the at least one of the one or more items, receiving a suggestion from the second user including the auxiliary content, providing the auxiliary content for display to the first user and providing the first user with a mechanism for viewing the auxiliary content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Youngjin Sohn, Twum Djin, Andrew Chang Huang, Harim Kim
  • Patent number: 9799096
    Abstract: A system and method for real-time image and video face de-identification that removes the identity of the subject while preserving the facial behavior is described The facial features of the source face are replaced with that of the target face while preserving the facial actions of the source face on the target face. The facial actions of the source face are transferred to the target face using personalized Facial Action Transfer (FAT), and the color and illumination is adapted. Finally, the source image or video containing the target facial features is outputted for display. Alternatively, the system can run in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Fernando De la Torre, Jeffrey F. Cohn, Dong Huang
  • Patent number: 9794827
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method performed by a mobile device for facilitating inputting a command to a service application in the mobile device. The mobile device comprises an inertial measurement unit (IMU). The method comprises determining a time interval in which a user of the mobile device will agitate the mobile device in accordance with a command. The method also comprises filtering an information feed from the IMU during said time interval to remove signals which are outside of a predetermined spectrum and thus regarded as noise. The method comprises finding distinguishable signals within the filtered feed, said distinguishable signals forming a command pattern. The method comprises associating the command pattern with the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Ranqi Zhu, Reid Wilbur, Minwei Gu
  • Patent number: 9787785
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that recommend one or more electronic presentations to a user based on one or more factors. These factors may include contextual information, behavioral information, profile information, or combinations of the foregoing. Contextual information may include content and/or features extracted from a given electronic presentation. Behavioral information may include user behavioral data, such as the number of times a user has viewed a presentation, the amount of the presentation viewed by the user, presentations previously viewed by the user, and other such behavioral data. Profile information may include user professional profile information, such as skills the user has identified as possessing, employment history information, and other such user professional profile information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Haishan Liu, Lili Wu, Yanen Li, Liang Tang, Baoshi Yan, Anmol Bhasin
  • Patent number: 9774823
    Abstract: A video communication system that includes a computer readable medium and a processor, coupled with a wide angle and high resolution digital camera and the computer readable medium. The processor causes the wide angle and high resolution digital camera to acquire a digital image of a local participant during a video communication session. The processor extracts a first image of a first set of objects and a second image of a second set of objects from the digital image and provides the extracted first and second images to a remote endpoint for display to another participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Guy Gadnir, Tamar Barzuza
  • Patent number: 9772750
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide methods, computer program products, and systems for linking selected messages in electronic message threads. In one embodiment, related messages are identified and graphic elements associated with a first message are displayed on a user interface. Responsive to receiving a user interaction with the graphical element, a second message can be viewed, where the second message either responds to the first message or is responded to by the first message. Displaying graphical elements associated with related messages can eliminate potential confusion between users in group messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Xiang Chen, Bin Gu, Cheng Fang Wang, Wumi Zhong, Jia Zou
  • Patent number: 9749452
    Abstract: The present document provides a method for processing contact person display and mobile terminal. The method includes: a mobile terminal setting a calculation formula for contact weights of contact persons according to communication information parameters, and configuring a plurality of contact weight ranges and corresponding display modes thereof; the mobile terminal storing the communication information of each contact person; reading the communication information at regular intervals, and calculating the contact weight of each contact person according to the calculation formula; and looking for a display mode corresponding to the contact weight range to which the calculated contact weight belongs, and displaying the corresponding contact person according to the corresponding display mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventors: Longqing Shen, Peng Li, Yanfang Cao
  • Patent number: 9731196
    Abstract: In a network game, player characters manipulated by individual players of video game apparatuses belong to the same party to battle with an opponent character. When a player character making a special move is not present in the party, the display screen of each video game apparatus becomes a screen focusing on the player character of the player who uses this video game apparatus. When one of the player characters makes a special move, not only the display screen of the video game apparatus corresponding to this player, but also the display screens of the video game apparatuses corresponding to the other player characters in the party become screens focusing on the player character which makes the special move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventors: Jin Fujisawa, Takashi Anzai
  • Patent number: 9720559
    Abstract: The description relates to a shared digital workspace. One example includes a display device and sensors. The sensors are configured to detect users proximate the display device and to detect that an individual user is performing an individual user command relative to the display device. The system also includes a graphical user interface configured to be presented on the display device that allows multiple detected users to simultaneously interact with the graphical user interface via user commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Desney S. Tan, Kenneth P. Hinckley, Steven N. Bathiche, Ronald O. Pessner, Bongshin Lee, Anoop Gupta, Amir Netz, Brett D. Brewer
  • Patent number: 9712784
    Abstract: A method implemented on a computing device for conducting a video conference includes identifying at least some attendees of the video conference, acquiring a social graph associated with at least some of the attendees, and presenting at least a representation of a portion of the social graph to the attendees during said video conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith Griffin
  • Patent number: 9710470
    Abstract: At least one computer processor obtains access to a relationship network and a network of a different kind than the relationship network. The at least one computer processor also obtains a user query and carries out a multiple heterogeneous networks search on the relationship network and the network of the different kind than the relationship network, by executing on the at least one computer processor a multiple heterogeneous network search module, to obtain a ranked output list responsive to the user query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventors: Ana Paula Appel, Maira Athanazio De Cerqueira Gatti, Rogerio Abreu De Paula
  • Patent number: 9699152
    Abstract: A sending device receives a user input indicating that the user wishes to share and open item of content with a receiving device. A near field communication link is opened between the sending device and the receiving device. Metadata for sharing the open data is gathered on the sending device and a permission setting user interface display is displayed, with the user input mechanism that allows a user to set permissions corresponding to the open item. User actuation of the permission setting user input mechanism is received, the permissions are added to the open item, and the metadata is sent to the receiving device over the near field communication link. The metadata includes a location of the open item. The open item can then be accessed by the receiving device, with the permissions applied to the open item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Om Krishna
  • Patent number: 9678764
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to classifying application protocol interfaces (APIs) in terms of their relation to user experience. Example embodiments may determine that a user action occurred and monitor a first thread separate from a user interface (UI) thread of the computing device. The first thread may process a first API in response to the occurrence of the user action. A determination may be made as to whether the first API being processed on the first thread is related to the user action. Responsive to the first API being related to the user action, a determination may be made as to whether the first API causes the first thread to update the UI thread of the computing device. Responsive to the UI thread being updated, the first API may be tagged as affecting user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Michael Gopshtein, Amichai Nitsan, Boaz Shor
  • Patent number: 9680888
    Abstract: A mobile device has memory storage to maintain hub data that is associated with a private interaction hub, where the hub data includes multiple types of displayable data that is editable by different types of device applications. The memory storage at the device also maintains private data that is displayable and is viewable with one of the device applications. The mobile device also includes a display device to display the multiple types of the hub data in a hub user interface of a hub application. The display device can also display the private data and a subset of the hub data that are both associated with a device application in a device application user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Lavanya Vasudevan, Shawn M. Thomas, Joseph H. Matthews, III, Joseph A. Schrader, Ted Tai-Yu Chen, Raman K. Sarin
  • Patent number: 9680776
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for instant messaging based on a user interface is provided. The method comprises providing a window having a plurality of regions in the user interface, wherein the plurality of regions comprise at least one navigation region, and at least one message region to display one or more dialog windows; receiving a navigation input within navigation region; navigating among the one or more dialog windows based on the navigation input; and displaying the one or more dialog windows in the message region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Wentao Wang, Shundong Gao, Yehui Lin, Shourun Zeng, Wenxiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9674349
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to communications, and more particularly, to a seamless interworking of call control between autonomous systems. In an illustrative embodiment, an electronic device is provided. The electronic device can be connected to multiple autonomous networks, for example, a private network through a Private Branch Exchange and a public network through a Public Switched Telephone Network. The user device can have multiple network interfaces. Alternatively, there can be one network interface to access the autonomous networks. These networks each can provide unique collaboration services. Collaboration services can include, but are not limited to, associations, roles, availability and features. The electronic device can setup connections and initialize a call through both networks. Through the device, each of the networks can add or delete participants to the call under the direction of the user. The networks can also provide the user device with suitable feature keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Mitel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Yeung, Tom Gray
  • Patent number: 9652128
    Abstract: There are provided a method and apparatus for controlling an electronic device. The apparatus for controlling an electronic device includes a marker recognition unit configured to recognize the marker of the electronic device and a control unit configured to perform communication with the electronic device based on the marker and control the electronic device using a Graphic User Interface (GUI) program received from the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Hong Chang Shin, Gi Mun Um, Chan Kim, Hyun Lee, Eung Don Lee, Won Sik Cheong, Nam Ho Hur
  • Patent number: 9646360
    Abstract: A digital photograph is processed by receiving a communication related to the digital photograph from an application external to an image storage device that stores the digital photograph. Parameters related to the application are processed. The digital photograph is changed based on the parameters related to the application. Related methods, devices, and/or computer program products are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Isberg, Pär-Anders Aronsson, Ola Thörn, Olivier Moliner, H{dot over (a)}kan Jonsson
  • Patent number: 9639113
    Abstract: The present invention relates to communication technology and provides a display method and an electronic device capable of solving the problem associated with limited operation space due to a small screen of an electronic device. In particular, the method comprises: detecting a trigger event when the first display unit displays a first content and the second display unit is in a first power consumption state; determining whether the trigger event satisfies a predetermined condition to obtain a determination result; generating a switching instruction when the determination result indicates that the trigger event satisfies the predetermined condition; and switching the second display unit from the first power consumption state to a second power consumption state and displaying the first content on the second display unit in response to the switching instruction. The first power consumption state has a lower power consumption than the second power consumption state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Gang Peng
  • Patent number: 9641740
    Abstract: This disclosure provides an apparatus and a method for auto-focusing in a device having a camera. The method includes displaying a focus item in a preview screen while driving a camera, auto-focusing by searching an image of the focus item from a preview image and displaying a focus mark, and processing a focused image if the auto-focusing is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyunghwa Kim, Seonhwa Kim, Heejin Kim, Mijung Park, Seockhyun Yu, Joah Choi
  • Patent number: 9641471
    Abstract: A method of displaying a message on a chat window is provided. The method includes selecting a cartoon image group including a plurality of cartoon cut images, receiving a chat content, selecting a cartoon cut image from the selected cartoon cut image group, and displaying the selected cartoon cut image including the received chat content in some areas of the selected cartoon cut image on a messenger chat window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Byung-Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 9628754
    Abstract: An architectural structure incorporates advanced video conference communications systems that embody two-way mirrors to reflect room surfaces to appear superimposed with an image display device to create a perception of depth. The processes for delivering professional services using video conference systems with two-way mirror configurations are presented herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Telepresence Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Peter McDuffie White
  • Patent number: 9619481
    Abstract: A computer implemented method and apparatus for generating ordered user expert lists for a shared digital document. The method comprises accessing a digital document, wherein the digital document relates to one or more topics; generating a list of expert students, wherein the expert students have authored one or more annotations relating to a topic similar to a topic in the digital document; ordering the list of expert students according to a rank, wherein the rank identifies a level of expertise of the expert students; and presenting the ordered list of expert students, where the ordered list comprises a pre-defined number of expert students with a level of expertise meeting a predefined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventors: Sanjeev Kumar Biswas, Prakhar Gupta, Vaibhav Khandelwal, Shweta Chahar
  • Patent number: 9615124
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for a media guidance application that enhances the viewing experiences of users consuming media having important content. If a user tries to change a display away from first media to second media, where the first media has important content that will be displayed eminently, the first media having the important content may be displayed in full-screen and the second media may be displayed in a picture-in-picture window overlaid on the first media that continues to be displayed in full-screen. For example, in this manner, a user will not inadvertently change television channels away from a movie or sports game right before an important scene in the movie or an important play in the sports game is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Vikram Makam Gupta, Vishwas Sharadanagar Panchaksharaiah
  • Patent number: 9613130
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of organizing user requested data is disclosed. One example method may include transmitting a query message to a remote site to obtain the user requested data, receiving a response data based on the query message, the response data may include at least a portion of the user requested data. The method may also include storing the response data in a temporary data file memory location, processing the response data in the temporary data file, storing said at least a portion of the user requested data in a permanent data file, and presenting the permanent data file contents to the user. The user may have the capability of receiving numerous messages in a single interface and expanding those messages of interest to review the original message information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Open Invention Network LLC
    Inventor: David Gerard Ledet
  • Patent number: 9602562
    Abstract: A terminal apparatus has a first setting of displaying a portion of information designated by an information processing apparatus and a second setting of being able to display another portion. The terminal apparatus receives transmission information converted from the information by the information processing apparatus to include a portion to be displayed first and transmission information converted from the information to include another portion; stores the transmission information thus received; and displays, in a case of the first setting, the designated portion and displays, in a case of the second setting, a portion based on an operation performed on the terminal apparatus. The terminal apparatus receives, upon switching from the second setting to the first setting, the transmission information corresponding to the designated portion based on whether already receiving the transmission information corresponding to the designated portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuhisa Kanaya
  • Patent number: 9595021
    Abstract: An all media story-telling system and method are disclosed. The system and method provide any media, integrated story telling, provide content management, distribution and syndication across multiple domains, and provide a relevancy-based match between content and advertising.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Bettina Bennett
  • Patent number: 9596652
    Abstract: A control device may wake-up a target wireless device through a wired or wireless communications channel. In an implementation, the control device and the wireless device may include a cellular module (e.g., global systems for mobile communications (GSM) capability) to implement an on-demand wake-up call. The on-demand wake-up call may allow the control device to perform at least one task at the wireless device without user intervention at the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventors: Hua Yang, Hu Xu, Zhengtao Peng
  • Patent number: 9584526
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for enabling anonymous posting of content, e.g., over a network (e.g., the internet). In some instances, users may inform a system of various attributes of the user, for example, job title, skills, and/or interests. The system may group similar users together. In some cases, users grouped together can see messages posted by the other users in the group in an anonymous discussion forum. In other cases, users grouped together can have other users in the group presented to them as potential options of users to follow, e.g., as part of an anonymous social media platform. In some implementations, users can identify particular user subsets to view posted content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: BetterCompany Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Lloyd Williams, Colin Walpole Putney, Caroline Lukins, Omar Amin
  • Patent number: 9578381
    Abstract: Exemplary media clip systems and methods provide end users of a media distribution service, such as a mobile television distribution service, with one or more media clip tools for creation, editing, sharing, accessing, and/or consumption of clips of media programs distributed by way of the media distribution service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Long, Si Ying Diana Hu, Joaquin A. Delgado, Oliver Wagner
  • Patent number: 9571605
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for identifying a social network user identifier based on a user message. In use, a message is received from a user. Additionally, content is extracted from the message. Further, a search is performed using at least a portion of the content. Moreover, an identifier of the user provided by a social network is identified, based on the search.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignees: Amdocs Software Systems Limited, Amdocs Development Limited
    Inventor: Tal Givoly