Computer Conferencing Patents (Class 715/753)
  • Patent number: 10210276
    Abstract: An on-demand database system that manages graphical representation in web pages may associate a first graphical representation in a first web page with a first event in a library of events. Each of the events in the library of events may be associated with a function. A second graphical representation in the first web page may also be associated with the first event. Based on detecting a triggering of the first event, the database system may cause a function associated with the first event to execute. The first graphical representation and the second graphical representation may be based on execution of the function associated with the first event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventor: Bhagyashree Shekhawat
  • Patent number: 10191619
    Abstract: Display apparatus and method of an electronic device are provided. The electronic device includes a display, and a processor. The processor fetches a display region for displaying a screen when an application is executed, and fetches and displays a plurality of screens in the fetched display region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Pil-Joo Yoon, Yong-Joon Jeon
  • Patent number: 10176252
    Abstract: Identifying unit identifies a character selected by a user from among plural characters in a terminal, through communication with the terminal via communication unit. Comparison unit, when a first character is identified by identifying unit, compares a history of selections of the first character and a history of selections of a second character with reference to history database. Output unit outputs expression data based on a result of the comparison by comparison unit with reference to expression database, which data represents an expression used when the first character interacts with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Toshiharu Kurisu, Yuki Tsuge, Naoki Hashida, Kyoko Masuda
  • Patent number: 10176462
    Abstract: Calendar repair may be provided. Calendar events, such as appointments and meetings, may be created and copied to a plurality of attendee calendars. A first copy of the event may be compared to a second copy of the event, and an event property of the second event may be updated to match a corresponding event property of the first event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Vanessa C. Feliberti, Cliff M. Don, Firdosh R. Ghyara, Sina Hakami, Matthias Leibmann, Roberto Ribeiro Da Fonseca Mendes, Paul David Tischhauser
  • Patent number: 10169312
    Abstract: A method of providing feed information is provided. The method comprises calculating an affinity score for each information source that provides updates to an information feed for a first user of a social networking system wherein the affinity score for each information source is calculated based on interaction factors between the first user and the information source. The method further comprises assigning a transparency value to each information source by converting the affinity score to a transparency value, generating the information feed of the social networking system for the first user wherein the information feed includes updates from the information sources, sending the information feed and the transparency value for each information source to a web browser operated by the first user, and instructing the web browser to display each update at a transparency level that corresponds to the transparency value assigned to the information source that provided the update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventor: Zhenhua Xu
  • Patent number: 10168853
    Abstract: A social networking system displays stories describing actions to a user in a news ticker. The stories may be selected so that a variety of types of stories, stories associated with a variety of users, or stories associated with a variety of actions are presented via the news ticker. Additionally, stories having a common characteristic, such as being associated with a common user, may be aggregated and a description of the aggregated stories is presented in the news ticker. For example, stories aggregated based on acting user may identify the user common to the stories and a description of the aggregated stories may be displayed. Further, the value to the social networking system of displaying different types of content may be used to modify how different types of content are displayed in the news ticker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Deeter, Robert William Cathcart
  • Patent number: 10165251
    Abstract: Stereoscopic video data and corresponding depth map data for stereoscopic and auto-stereoscopic displays are coded using a coded base layer and one or more coded enhancement layers. Given a 3D input picture and corresponding input depth map data, a side-by-side and a top-and-bottom picture are generated based on the input picture. Using an encoder, the side-by-side picture is coded to generate a coded base layer Using the encoder and a texture reference processing unit (RPU), the top-and-bottom picture is encoded to generate a first enhancement layer, wherein the first enhancement layer is coded based on the base layer stream, and using the encoder and a depth-map RPU, depth data for the side-by-side picture are encoded to generate a second enhancement layer, wherein the second enhancement layer is coded based on to the base layer. Alternative single, dual, and multi-layer depth map delivery systems are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Gopi Lakshminarayanan, Samir Hulyalkar, Tao Chen, Klaas Heinrich Schueuer, Amit Gulati, Hariharan Ganapathy, Philipp Kraetzer
  • Patent number: 10163077
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to enabling a lightweight way of recording and sharing video messages intended to provide input to a future meeting that cannot be personally attended. A person who cannot attend the meeting pre-records their thoughts and remarks for the meeting as video clips for presentation at the meeting. A physical device with at least a display is presented at the meeting. The physically present participants can play the pre-recorded clips on the device. Video of participants' responses to the clips is recorded and made available so that the represented attendee can view the participants' responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: John C. Tang, Aaron Hoff, Kori Inkpen, Paul Johns, Asta Roseway, Chen Zhao, Xiang Cao, Jennifer Marlow
  • Patent number: 10142484
    Abstract: In an audio conferencing environment, including multiple users participating by means of a series of associated audio input devices for the provision of audio input, and a series of audio output devices for the output of audio output streams to the multiple users, with the audio input and output devices being interconnected to a mixing control server for the control and mixing of the audio inputs from each audio input devices to present a series of audio streams to the audio output devices, a method of reducing the effects of cross talk pickup of at least a first audio conversation by multiple audio input devices, the method including the steps of: (a) monitoring the series of audio input devices for the presence of a duplicate audio conversation input from at least two input audio sources in an audio output stream; and (b) where a duplicate audio conversation input is detected, suppressing the presence of the duplicate audio conversation input in the audio output stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Gary Spittle, Glenn Dickins, David Gunawan, Guilin Ma
  • Patent number: 10142696
    Abstract: There is provided a system having a memory and a processor to establish a viewing group having a plurality of users, provide an ordered list of a plurality of media contents, make a first media content in the ordered list of the plurality of media contents available for viewing by each of the plurality of users in the viewing group, track a viewing progress of the first media content by each of the plurality of users in the viewing group, and make a second media content in the ordered list of the plurality of media contents available for viewing by each of the plurality of users in the viewing group based on one or more rules related to the viewing progress of the first media content by each of the plurality of users in the viewing group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Josiah Eatedali, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 10142445
    Abstract: A publication tool, and methods of use thereof, for publishing user created content as well as republishing content created by others to a social media network. The publication tool incorporates and uses analytic data from a plurality of data sources to identify and evaluate relationships between the user of the social media network and members of social media networks who subscribe to view the content published by the user on the social media network. The publication tool predicts the likelihood that a subscriber of the social media network will publish or share the same content as the user and if the publication tool predicts that the same content will be published by the user and the subscriber, the publication tool will publish the content on the social media network as a joint publication which can be viewed by all common subscribers shared between the user and the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa M. W. Bradley, Brian O'Donovan, Aaron J. Quirk, Lin Sun
  • Patent number: 10140255
    Abstract: Method and device for using a portable dataport for electronic document retrieving, annotating, inter-relating, and managing, comprising a view manager having an at least one-dimensional grid. The view manager and grid provide document inter-relation and management in a user friendly fashion. The view manager is electronically linked to an electronic document storage device to retrieve, inter-relate, annotate and manage the documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Raymond H. Steeb, III, Scott Presley, David P. McHugh
  • Patent number: 10130872
    Abstract: A method includes detecting a first group seeking members, detecting one or more users seeking to join a group, retrieving group parameters corresponding to the first group, and retrieving user parameters corresponding to each of the one or more users. The group parameters may include group characteristic data and group requirements. For each user of the one or more users, the group parameters corresponding to the first group are compared against the user parameters corresponding to the user. A score is determined for each of the one or more users based on the comparing. One or more selected users of the one or more users is recommended to the first group at least in part based on the score. One or more computer programs may be adapted to execute the above steps, and a processor may be configured to perform the above steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventors: Brian Douglas Buhr, Sreelata Santhosh
  • Patent number: 10129321
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for sending a first message to a recipient using a messaging channel, the message including information identifying an electronic news article provided by a data channel; receiving a second message from the recipient over the messaging channel, the second message having been composed in a news application; and displaying the second message in association with the electronic news article in the news application. A system and method are also provided for receiving a first message from a sender over a messaging channel, the message including information identifying an electronic news article provided by a data channel; obtaining the electronic news article using the data channel; enabling a second message to be composed in a news application displaying the electronic news article; and sending the second message to the sender using the messaging channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Niranjan Mayya, Jay David Steele, Jon-David Kenneth Lacey, Peter Hantzakos
  • Patent number: 10127122
    Abstract: A system and method can support transaction processing in a middleware environment. A processor, such as a remote method invocation stub in the middleware environment, can be associated with a transaction, wherein the transaction is from a first cluster. Then, the processor can handle a transactional request that is associated with the transaction, wherein the transactional request is to be sent to the first cluster. Furthermore, the processor can route the transactional request to a said cluster member in the first cluster, which is an existing participant of the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexander Somogyi, Sindhu Subramanyam, Stephen Felts
  • Patent number: 10127469
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for automatically creating online accounts based on digital images, such as digital images of business cards. In one technique, multiple data items that have been extracted from a digital image of a business card are identified. A particular data item is contact information of a user associated with (or identified by) the business card. A verification code is sent, based on the particular data item, to a computing device of the user. The verification code is received from the computing device of the user. In response to receiving the verification code an account is created for the user and the account is modified to include a least some of the multiple data items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Alex Lai, Songtao Guo, Chris Degiere
  • Patent number: 10123188
    Abstract: A holiday telephone system comprising: a smartphone; a holiday telephone in wireless communication with the smartphone; a holiday telephone app installed on the smartphone, where the app is configured to perform a method, the method comprising: creating a new message by inputting a message into the app via the smartphone; selecting an elf character to speak the message; scheduling the app to cause the holiday telephone to ring at predetermined date, and time; and playing the message as recited by the elf character when the telephone is answered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Kathleen M. Von Duntz
  • Patent number: 10121474
    Abstract: Contextual note taking is described. A note taking assistant can receive an indication of a specific presentation session. This indication can be used by the note taking assistant to access information or content related to the session. The note taking assistant can receive specific presentation session content, which includes identifiable context images. Identifiable context images are meant to define an individual page, an individual slide, or other atomic unit in the presentation. The note taking assistant operates by receiving a navigation message, changing the current assistant context image to a current presenter context image based on the navigation message; receiving a speech-to-text message comprising a unit of text; displaying the current presenter context image, and displaying the unit of text associated with the current presenter context image; and storing the unit of text associated with the current presenter context image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jamie Yu, Roopesh Rajamani, Om Krishna, Priya Vaidyanathan
  • Patent number: 10120547
    Abstract: A method for providing a graphical user interface (GUI) on a mobile device, including displaying in the GUI on the mobile device an option subset comprising at least one option to which a response is requested and displaying a feedback mechanism in the GUI on the mobile device configured to receive a reaction of an individual respondent in response to the at least one option in the displayed option subset, the individual respondent being from a respondent subset that is one of a plurality of respondent subsets taken from a respondent set and the option subset that is displayed in the GUI not being determined by the individual respondent and including fewer than all of a plurality of options in an option set from which the option subset is taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: APPGREE SA
    Inventor: Juan Moran Adarraga
  • Patent number: 10120522
    Abstract: A system and method for enhancing a controller interface is provided. In one embodiment, the system may include an input device, an input interface, a processor, and a display. The method is capable of associating input components on the input device with input options available for controlling the virtual characters. The method is further capable of associating the input components with origin points of a virtual representation of a user and target points of a virtual representation of an opponent. The method further allows a user to control a virtual character not representing the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Goma Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Masoud Haghanegi
  • Patent number: 10110820
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an image sensor that photoelectrically converts subject light to generate image signals; a storage portion that sets a second area within a first area so as to correspond to a specific area specified by a setting value for setting an extracting range of an image based on the image signals; a timing adjustment unit that adjusts the timing at which the image signals are read from the image sensor and written to the storage portion and the timing at which the image signals are read from the storage portion; an image conversion processor that performs predetermined processing on the image based on the image signals read from the image sensor; an output unit that converts processed image signals with continuous scanning timing into image signals of a predetermined format and outputs the image signals to a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Patent number: 10102305
    Abstract: An automated system and method for presenting trending content items to a user in a graphical user interface. The system and method generates trend scores of content items for a user based on current interactions with the content items by top collaborators of the user. By accounting for trends in the form of current content item interactions by collaborators, the system and method determines which content items are both currently relevant to a given user and currently trending among the user's collaborators. The system and method presents content items determined to be trending for a user in a graphical user interface presented to the user. The system and method system improve computers for information discovery by enabling users to spend less time searching for content items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Dropbox, Inc.
    Inventors: Tsung-Hsiang Chang, Neil Sethi
  • Patent number: 10089699
    Abstract: A system for virtual auditing of a auditee by an auditing servicer having an organizer computer system that communicates through an electronic communications network with a microprocessor device at a remote auditee facility connected to a display and an imaging and sound device, whereby the organizer computer system remote from the auditee facility directs the imaging by the microprocessor device thereat for electronic face-to-face interaction of video, sound and exchange of electronic documents by the auditing servicer with personnel at the auditee facility. A method for virtual auditing of an auditee by an auditing servicer is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Carr Riggs & Ingram, LLC
    Inventor: David E. Mills
  • Patent number: 10084829
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for auto-generating a preview of a web conference based on participant interactions during the web conference. A web conference is recorded and includes a shared presentation and participant interactions. Key frames of the shared presentation are identified. During the web conference, differing amounts of interaction between the participants occurred during presentation of the respective key frames. The technique selects a subset of the key frames to include in the preview based on the differing amounts of interaction between the participants that occurred during presentation of the key frames and generates the preview using the subset of key frames. An example preview displays a sequence of key frames in which each key frame is displayed for a few seconds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Antonio Sanso, Damien Antipa
  • Patent number: 10083617
    Abstract: A screen displaying method in a portable apparatus includes displaying a personal screen of an application executed by the portable apparatus in response to input user identification information; detecting a touch on the personal screen; and controlling the personal screen in response to the touch to display a second screen, wherein the second screen includes at least a portion of a common screen which is a screen of an external device connectable through a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Pil-seung Yang, Young-ah Seong, Chan-hong Mim, Say Jang, Ji-su Jung
  • Patent number: 10079994
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for selecting which users should be shown in an interface during a group call, and for presenting the users on (potentially small) displays. According to some embodiments, a most-relevant speaker is selected for display on each call participants' screen. When deciding which user to display in the primary window of a video call, a dominant or relevant user is selected. A dominant user may be selected based on the audio energy represented by the audio packets for the user's device; alternatively dominant user selection may be implemented using artificial intelligence or machine learning, allowing for better differentiation between speaking and noise. On each user's display that does not belong to the relevant user, the current relevant user is shown. On the current relevant user's display, the previous relevant user is shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Duckjin Kang, Zhengping Zuo, Stephane Taine, Brendan Benjamin Aronoff
  • Patent number: 10078701
    Abstract: A computer detects a question from a participant and determines whether the question is marked to be directed to a particular participant. If marked, the question is directed towards the particular participant, otherwise the question is transmitted to all participants of the web conference. If the computer does not detect an answer to the question from a participant, the participants are reminded of the unanswered question. If the computer detects an answer from a participant, the computer determines whether the answer has been marked by the answering participant as related to another question and answer thread. The computer moves the question and answer to the related thread if marked as related, otherwise the question and answer are saved as a new thread. The entirety of the web conference threads are then saved by the computer in an organized database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Anuradha D. Chitta, Soumitra Limaye, Ranjit S. Rai, Priyanka Sharma
  • Patent number: 10073601
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating cartoon content includes a cut input controller configured to control receiving of a signal of adding a cut included in the cartoon content and having a layer; an effect input controller configured to control receiving of a type of an effect applied to the layer and property information based on the type of the effect; and a cut generator configured to generate a final cut such that the layer moves at a moving speed or by a moving distance corresponding to the type of the effect and a user event received from a user, wherein the cut generator determines a reaction speed of the layer based on the type of the effect and the property information of the effect, calculates a moving distance or a moving speed corresponding to the reaction speed, and generates the final cut to move by the moving distance or at the moving speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: NAVER Corporation
    Inventors: Hyo Kim, Hyun Chul Lee, Ji Han Kim, Dai Hyun Lim, Byoung Kwan Kim
  • Patent number: 10074204
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating cartoon content includes: a cut input controller configured to control inputting of a signal of adding a cut included in the cartoon content and including a layer; an effect input controller configured to control inputting of a type of an effect applied to the layer and property information; and a cut generator configured to generate a final cut to stop without moving in correspondence with a user event that is input, wherein the cut generator generates the final cut such that the cartoon content move in correspondence with a second user event that is additionally input when a first user event that is input satisfies a first condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: NAVER Corporation
    Inventors: Hyo Kim, Hyun Chul Lee, Ji Han Kim, Dai Hyun Lim, Byoung Kwan Kim
  • Patent number: 10075497
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling the use of a data stream transmitted during a communication established between at least a transmitting device and a destination terminal. During a phase for negotiation of the parameters of the data stream of the communication, the method comprises a step of determining at least one rule for the use of the data stream of the communication and a step of inserting the at least one determined use rule into a message for negotiation of the parameters of the data stream of the communication, said message being intended to be transmitted to the destination terminal. The invention also relates to a corresponding device using said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: ORANGE
    Inventors: Bertrand Bouvet, Catherine Salou
  • Patent number: 10067731
    Abstract: In general, the invention relates to a method for updating content on devices. The method includes detecting a local modification on a device, wherein the local modification is associated with a portion of a locally stored copy of a virtual canvas, wherein the portion of the locally stored copy of the virtual canvas is displayed on the device at a device-scale level, converting the local modification to a second local modification by scaling the local modification from the device-scale level to a system-scale level, updating, using the second local modification, the locally stored copy of the virtual canvas, generating a first update message comprising the second local modification, and transmitting the first update message to a workspace management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: QuirkLogic, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Howatt Mabey, Alfonso Fabian de la Fuente, Nashirali Samanani
  • Patent number: 10068374
    Abstract: One embodiment is directed to a system for enabling two or more users to interact within a virtual world comprising virtual world data, comprising a computer network comprising one or more computing devices, the one or more computing devices comprising memory, processing circuitry, and software stored at least in part in the memory and executable by the processing circuitry to process at least a portion of the virtual world data; wherein at least a first portion of the virtual world data originates from a first user virtual world local to a first user, and wherein the computer network is operable to transmit the first portion to a user device for presentation to a second user, such that the second user may experience the first portion from the location of the second user, such that aspects of the first user virtual world are effectively passed to the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel A. Miller, Rony Abovitz
  • Patent number: 10057748
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to, in general, for technology application restructuring and deployment for home receiver integration. The system is configured to provide a technology application on a home receiver, such as a functionally tethered smart device, to facilitate performing user activities. Typically, the system is configures the user mobile device as a remote control for allowing the user to perform technology activities using the tethered smart device technology application, via the user mobile device. In some embodiments, the system is configured to initiate presentation of a tethered smart device activity interface on a display device of the tethered smart device. In some embodiments, the system is configured to present an auxiliary mobile interface on a display of the user mobile device, wherein the auxiliary mobile interface comprises the predetermined graphical element of the tethered smart device activity interface, for completion of a technology activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Jon Robert Wolf, Charles R. Liu
  • Patent number: 10042338
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system to control devices using a chat interface. The approach is particularly applicable to home automation devices, though is not limited in its application to such devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: George Cifteli, Thomas Deckers
  • Patent number: 10042934
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the disclosure, a query generation system generally includes an element rank and inference engine in communication with a computing system and a user interface. The element rank and inference engine is operable to receive a user supplied element from the user interface, the user supplied element being associated with a first filter criterion. The element rank and inference engine is also operable to create, using the first filter criterion, at least one second element and rank according to their relative importance, the at least one first element and the at least one second element according to their associated first filter criterion and second filter criterion. Next, the element rank and inference engine may output the at least one first filter element and the second filter element to the computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Brainspace Corporation
    Inventors: David S. Copps, Stephen S. Jernigan, Adam K. Keys
  • Patent number: 10044979
    Abstract: Presented herein are techniques to enable a meeting participant/attendee at a first endpoint device in an online/web-based meeting/conference to acquire shared content with high resolution. The first endpoint device receives an initial image of content shared by a second endpoint in the online/web-based meeting/conference. At the first endpoint, the initial image of the shared content is displayed. A user selection of a selected region of the initial image is received at the first endpoint, and a second image of the shared content corresponding to the selected region is received at the first endpoint, wherein the second image has a higher resolution than the initial image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Hua Ouyang, Qi Shi, Huahua Yin, Yi Lu, Yunwei Luo
  • Patent number: 10038923
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide systems and methods for sharing encoder output of video streams. In a particular embodiment, a method provides determining video profiles for each of a plurality of devices. The method further provides determining if two or more of the video profiles are similar by determining if parameters associated with each video profile differ by less than a threshold value. The method further provides transmitting a video stream encoded in a single format to the devices if they have similar profiles and transmitting video streams encoded in different formats to the devices if they do not have similar profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Verint Americas Inc.
    Inventor: Hugo Martel
  • Patent number: 10038879
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a bi-directional VR (virtual reality) system and, more particularly, to a bi-directional VR system using a user image and a user voice extracted by a 3D depth camera, and media processed by synthesizing an interactive content image and sound. A bi-directional VR system may include two or more terminals; and a mixing server configured to transmit mixed data generated by processing signals transmitted from the terminals to the respective terminals. At least one main terminal of the two or more terminals may include a 3D depth camera; a main body unit provided with a processor and a memory, and loaded with an operation program; at least two sound devices connected to the main body unit to be controlled by the main body unit, and provided with an audio output terminal and a microphone terminal; and at least two display units connected to the main body unit to be controlled by the main body unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: HAEDENBRIDGE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hwan Sik Namgung
  • Patent number: 10033873
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enabling users to connect to conference calls. The system can include a conference line on user equipment (UE) to enable users to connect to a dedicated conference line. The conference line can include a conference line number, a host code, and/or a participant code. The conference line can provide a graphical user interface (GUI) to enable the user to choose how to connect to the conference bridge—i.e., using the host code or participant code. The system can also include conference contacts that enable the user to connect to external conference bridges. The conference contacts can include a conference number, a host code, and/or a participant code. The system can provide an interface to enable the user to select the user code or the participant code or can create two separate conference contacts—one for each code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: T-Moble USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Shanelle Lynn Roberts, Nathaniel Ambros Meyr, Vinod Ravichandran
  • Patent number: 10027939
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is presented for receiving and displaying user messages associated with multimedia content. Specifically, the present invention is directed to controlling the operation of a television recording/playback system to permit a user to input a message, associate that message with a selected television program, and display the associated message when the selected television program is accessed by another user (see FIG. 1). The apparatus of the present invention is directed to a system for managing multimedia content including devices for storing television programs and associating with those programs user-generated messages for display to other system users. In this way, the present invention provides content management tools that promote sharing by all users, ease the process of establishing a consensus for managing limited resources, and encourage monitoring by the administrator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: THOMSON Licensing DTV
    Inventors: Scott Allan Kendall, Gavin Lee Johnston
  • Patent number: 10019427
    Abstract: An end user application running on a local client computer stores activity data and comment data for an electronic document. Activity data includes data indicative of actions taken by users and associated with the electronic document, such as actions with respect to the electronic document itself, and actions with respect to comments, such as adding a comment and marking a comment as resolved. A displayed comment or comment thread can be marked as resolved in response to a user action. A corresponding action is stored in the activity data. Activity data can be displayed while the electronic document is open in the end user application. An action of resolving a comment can be accessed in the displayed activity data. In response to receiving an input associated with a displayed action of resolving a comment, the comment can be marked as unresolved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Wilde, Erin O'Connell, Patrick Gan, Douglas Milvaney, Joan Weaver
  • Patent number: 10013136
    Abstract: Accessible user interface applications for crowdsourced notification and sharing of events are disclosed that include: at least one piece of multimedia information content that is related to an at least one event, experience or combination thereof, at least one mapped geographical location that is related to the at least one event, experience or combination thereof, wherein the at least one piece of multimedia information content and the at least one mapped geographical location are collected by the accessible user interface application and converted into a crowd sourced social map; and a mobile device, wherein the accessible user interface is stored on, located on, shown by, accessed by the user from or a combination thereof. Related methods and systems are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Michael L Bachman, Justin D Dionisio
  • Patent number: 9998448
    Abstract: Delegating authorizations sufficient to access services is contemplate. The authorization may be delegated in the form of a token or other transmissible construct relied upon to authenticate access to services, such as but not necessarily limited to conferring a user identity established via authenticated device for the purposes of enabling an unauthenticated or unsecured device to access a service associated with the user identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Lund, Steven E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9984056
    Abstract: A method and system to dynamically display a presentation of a time duration are described. The system includes a processor to receive comments associated with the presentation, the comments arranged in a first ordering, to identify a time reference comment among the comments, the time reference comment including a time reference referencing a time instant within the time duration of the presentation, and to dynamically change an ordering of the comments from the first ordering to a second ordering at the time instant. The system also includes a display device to display the presentation with the comments, the comments arranged according to the ordering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jesse L. Farinacci
  • Patent number: 9973554
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing and utilizing interactive broadcasting are provided. First content of a first file and state information associated with a first state of the first content are sent from a presenter device to one or more viewing devices. The presenter device receives a notification from a first viewing device of the one or more viewing devices indicating additional content to add to the first content in the first state. The presenter device generates second state information associated with a second state of the first content using the notification, the second state relating to the additional content. The second state information is sent from the presenter device to the one or more viewing devices to display the first content in the second state on the one or more viewing devices. The first content in the second state is displayed on the presenter device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Edwin Alexander Johannes van Rijkom, Yohko Aurora Fukada Kelley
  • Patent number: 9965548
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided in a data processing system comprising a processor and a memory configured to implement a question and answer system (QA), for improving answers to an input question. An input question is received and parsed for a known set of critical information required to answer the input question. Responsive to one or more pieces of critical information failing to be identifiable in the input question, a user who submitted the input question is prompted for the one or more pieces of critical information via a graphical user interface (GUI).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter F. Haggar, Dane A. Johnson, Mark G. Megerian, John E. Petri, Stephan J. Roorda, Leah R. Smutzer, Richard J. Stevens, Richard L. Stillwell
  • Patent number: 9967213
    Abstract: An instant messaging system is configured to facilitate digital photo sharing. An invitation is transmitted to at least one contact at a corresponding instant messaging system, where the invitation includes a selected digital photo presentation template comprising a plurality of panels. Digital photos are uploaded to a media content server, and digital photos shared by the at least one invited contact are accessed, where the digital photos are arranged in each of the panels of the presentation template according to at least one viewing criterion specified by a user of the instant messaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CYBERLINK CORP.
    Inventor: Chun Jen Huang
  • Patent number: 9959262
    Abstract: A method and system to dynamically display a presentation of a time duration are described. The method includes receiving comments associated with the presentation, the comments arranged in a first ordering. The method also includes identifying a time reference comment among the comments, the time reference comment including a time reference, the time reference referencing a time instant within the time duration of the presentation, and dynamically changing a display of the comments from the first ordering to a second ordering at the time instant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jesse L. Farinacci
  • Patent number: 9959355
    Abstract: A computer detects a question from a participant and determines whether the question is marked to be directed to a particular participant. If marked, the question is directed towards the particular participant, otherwise the question is transmitted to all participants of the web conference. If the computer does not detect an answer to the question from a participant, the participants are reminded of the unanswered question. If the computer detects an answer from a participant, the computer determines whether the answer has been marked by the answering participant as related to another question and answer thread. The computer moves the question and answer to the related thread if marked as related, otherwise the question and answer are saved as a new thread. The entirety of the web conference threads are then saved by the computer in an organized database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Anuradha D. Chitta, Soumitra Limaye, Ranjit S. Rai, Priyanka Sharma
  • Patent number: 9961072
    Abstract: Delegating authorizations sufficient to access services is contemplate. The authorization may be delegated in the form of a token or other transmissible construct relied upon to authenticate access to services, such as but not necessarily limited to conferring a user identity established via authenticated device for the purposes of enabling an unauthenticated or unsecured device to access a service associated with the user identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Lund, Steven E. Johnson