Minimizing Or Send To Bottom Patents (Class 715/795)
  • Patent number: 9734797
    Abstract: Controlling a user interface in a computer system, including: displaying a window in a user interface displayed on a display device, wherein the window includes a player section and a non-player section, and the non-player section is displayed according to a display parameter at a standard level, wherein the standard level is a first level as set in a device setting for the display parameter; receiving a play command for content; changing the display parameter for the non-player section of the window to a playback level, wherein the playback level is a second level for the display parameter that is different than the first level; displaying the non-player section of the window according to the playback level of the display parameter; and displaying the content in the player section of the window. Key words include display parameter and playback level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: CRACKLE, INC.
    Inventors: Tarik Didomenico, Jose Rivera Font, Maria Isabel Figueroa, Juan Alejandro Silva, Victor Thompson, Eduardo Arias
  • Patent number: 8990729
    Abstract: A method for manipulating display of multiple ordered and at least partially overlapping display objects on a display device includes: recording the current position in a stacking order of each of the multiple display objects in an object identifier table in association with a corresponding object identifier; changing the position in the stacking order of a first object in response to a first user action for selecting the first object; recording the position in the stacking order of the first object before the position is changed in the object identifier table as a previous position in the stacking order; and changing the position in the stacking order of the first object with the previous position in the stacking order of the first object in response to a second user action for restoring the changed position in the stacking order of the first object to the previous position in the stacking order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuo Nemoto
  • Patent number: 8984440
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to methodologies and devices for handling maximizing and minimizing of expose views.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Z124
    Inventors: Sanjiv Sirpal, Martin Gimpl
  • Patent number: 8966361
    Abstract: As part of a document summary view system, a miniaturized version of a document is provided that presents a summary overview of the document over a user interface, enabling a user to easily read and distinguish the contents of the document. The summary view may preserve a basic format and/or layout of a document and may retain the core elements within the document including headings, bulleted lists, tables, images, and/or the first sentence of each paragraph, and obscure any remaining text and elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: David B. Lee
  • Patent number: 8887041
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and controlling method thereof are disclosed, which facilitates a terminal to be used in further consideration of user's convenience. According to at least one of embodiments of the present invention, while a webpage is being displayed in a mobile terminal, a function frequently used by the mobile terminal is available by interconnecting to the webpage despite that the webpage is not closed. The present invention includes storing an object oriented program having a prescribed function, accessing an external server providing a webpage, driving a web browser for a webpage source by receiving the webpage source of the webpage from the external server, and displaying the webpage by rendering the webpage provided by the external server with a modified webpage having the prescribed function reflected thereon in a manner that the web browser configures a document object model tree using the web browser source and the object oriented program together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Se Yoon Jang
  • Patent number: 8875047
    Abstract: A graphical user interface system is provided. The system includes a display and a processor, coupled to the display, configured to display a window, in an initial position. Upon receiving a window docking input by a user indicating a request to dock the window at a predefined docking point, the processor is configured to dock the window at the predefined docking point. The docking of the window at the predefined docking point includes hiding a portion of the window. Upon receiving a window docking input by a user indicating a request to simultaneously dock each of a plurality of windows at a predefined docking point, the processor is configured to dock each of the plurality of windows at a corresponding position on the predefined docking point, including hiding a portion of each of the plurality of windows. Methods and computer-readable mediums are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Blackboard Inc.
    Inventors: Kayvon Beykpour, Ben Cunningham, Joseph Bernstein, Zexiao Yu
  • Patent number: 8850334
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for controlling positioning for a child window, produced by a main window, on at least one monitor in a multimonitor computer system, where a first and a second positioning mechanism control the positioning of the child window on the monitors such that the child window is positioned at the topmost position and fully visibly on all monitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Karlheinz Dorn, Oliver Graf, Christian Scharf, Hans-Martin Von Stockhausen
  • Patent number: 8839122
    Abstract: A method a multifunction device with a touch-sensitive display includes: detecting a first user input on a first application icon on the display; in response to detecting the first user input: activating and displaying a first application associated with the first application icon in a first region of the display and displaying a partial view of a second application in a second region of the display without activating the second application; detecting a second user input on the partial view of the second application on the display; in response to detecting the second user input: suspending the first application and activating a full view of the second application on the display; detecting a third user input to deactivate the second application; and, in response to detecting the third user input: deactivating the second application and resuming the first application on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Freddy Allen Anzures, Alessandro Francesco Sabatelli
  • Patent number: 8775967
    Abstract: An integrated graphical runtime interface that provides a secure, highly available environment for process control systems is disclosed. In one example, a method for displaying process control information via a graphical user interface instantiates a runtime workspace application to operatively interpose between an operator station operating system and a user. The example method displays a plurality of panels via the graphical user interface and displays a portion of the process control information associated with a runtime application in at least one of the plurality of panels via the runtime workspace application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems
    Inventors: Mark J. Nixon, Ken J. Beoughter, Bruce Campney, Tennyson Hao, Richard Rodriguez, Cheyenne Hernanadez, Stephen Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8762883
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that manipulating popup window controls. A popup window includes a presentation applet running in the popup window that collects data regarding the presentation. In order to save data collected by the applet before the popup window is closed, a control container embedded in the popup window disables the close window button of the popup window. The control container also maximizes the popup window to full screen for a more functional user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Darshan Kumar, Ambili Sudhi, Govindraja Achar, Pankesh Jhaveri, Prasanth Kumar
  • Patent number: 8751958
    Abstract: Commercially available applications which display information via a graphical user's interface can be supplemented with additional related information. The related information can be automatically extracted and overlaid on the information with the assistance of a pre-established ontology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert S. Mudge, Robert J. Norton
  • Patent number: 8677265
    Abstract: An application program capable of operating on a prescribed operating system includes a plurality of functional processing units, a window processing unit allowing a window corresponding to any of the functional processing units operated in a case where any of the plural functional processing units is operated, a minimization unit minimizing the window, and a setting selection unit selecting setting information for the minimization. The minimization unit minimizes the window based on the setting information selected by the setting selection unit, and the setting selection unit is capable of selecting the setting information with respect to each of the plural functional processing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Kunio Kanai
  • Patent number: 8677250
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for enabling a game to be played on an electronic device, comprising: enabling a game application on the electronic device to utilize a contact list for an instant messaging application, during a game in progress with a particular contact in the contact list, preparing game messages to be sent to the particular contact by including game progress data, communicating at least one game message during the game in progress with the particular contact using an instant messaging system used by the instant messaging application; displaying at least one instant message in an instant messaging conversation user interface; and displaying a game in progress user interface associated with the game play, after detecting a selection in the instant messaging conversation user interface to switch to the game in progress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Christopher R. Wormald, Gerhard Dietrich Klassen, Ronald Scotte Zinn, Samer Fahmy
  • Patent number: 8555196
    Abstract: A system and method for arranging windows on a screen. The user interface program, called the Graphical User Interface (GUI), provides a user friendly system and method of viewing and/or interacting with computer application programs. The GUI prepares and presents a visual display. The arranging of active and inactive windows on the screen is configured according to prescribed formulas. The GUI also provides the user with a two or three dimensional spatial orientation of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Software Rights Archive, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Egger, Shawn Cannon, Ronald D. Sauers
  • Patent number: 8539373
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be implemented in, among other things, a method that includes presenting a first window in a graphical user interface. The method includes presenting at least a portion of each secondary window. The method includes presenting one or more indicators indicating that additional windows exist. The method includes receiving a first user selection of a first one of the indicators. The method includes bringing at least one of the additional windows to the foreground, moving the at least one of the additional windows across the graphical user interface to be in view of the graphical user interface, sending the first window and the secondary windows behind the at least one of the additional windows, and moving at least one of the first window and the secondary windows across the graphical user interface to be out of view of the graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: John Nicholas Jitkoff, Daniel T. Erat, Glen Murphy
  • Patent number: 8522162
    Abstract: A toolbar in a client application such as a web browser may be miniaturized. The miniature toolbar annexes itself to a part of the chrome region of the client application, modifying the functionality of the annexed part. The annexed part may be a search box. At least a subset of the features of the toolbar is accessible from the miniature toolbar, but some toolbar features may not be accessible from the miniature toolbar. Some features of the miniature toolbar may replace some features of the annexed search box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Gueorgui N. Djabarov, Jonathan C. Perkins
  • Patent number: 8443297
    Abstract: Systems and methods for bringing a window into focus are provided. In some aspects, a method includes providing for display of a first window and a second window in a user interface. The first window is in focus. The second window is not in focus. The method includes receiving a user input for bringing the second window into focus. The method includes brightening at least a dimmed portion of the second window in response to the user input for bringing the second window into focus. The method includes gradually dimming at least a visible portion of the first window in response to the user input for bringing the second window into focus. The method includes pausing the dimming, after expiration of a time period, of the at least the visible portion of the first window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: John Nicholas Jitkoff, Daniel T. Erat
  • Patent number: 8386956
    Abstract: A computer-human interface provides a mechanism to manage the available space of a computer display in a manner that facilitates navigation among multiple windows that are overlaid upon one another. The interface includes a user-selectable mode in which the windows are rearranged, and resized if necessary, so that all open windows can be simultaneously viewed within the area of the display, thereby enabling any one of the windows to be easily selected for access. In effect, the presentation of the windows is “flattened” so that all windows appear at the same virtual depth, rather than overlapping one another. With this approach, there is no need to minimize windows in order to access one that is overlaid by another, thereby enabling the user to keep the content of all windows visible and accessible. Subsets of windows can be repositioned in the same manner, or all windows can be removed from the display area for access to desktop objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bas Ording, John Louch
  • Patent number: 8321809
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying grouped display information by variable sizevariable-sized, grouped display information on a touch screen are provided. The apparatus includes an input unit that receives input from a user on a touch screen on which several pieces of display information are grouped and displayed in a predetermined number of groups, a determination unit that determines which group was input by calculating a location on the touch screen with respect to the user's input, and a display unit that displays the several pieces of display information in groups, and changes a size of the group region input as a result of the determination and the size of the other groups corresponding to the input group region size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ju-il Eom
  • Patent number: 8281334
    Abstract: Systems, methods, computer-readable media, and graphical user interfaces for facilitating advertisement placement over video content are provided. Images within a video are partitioned into image regions. Upon partitioning images into image regions, an intrusiveness score is determined for each image region. Based on the intrusiveness scores, optimal placement of an advertisement within the video is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ying Shan, Yue Zhou, Xu Liu, Ying Li, Zhengyou Zhang
  • Patent number: 8214760
    Abstract: A method and computer-storage media for minimizing application windows based on a triggering event are provided. Embodiments of the present invention include determining that a triggering event has occurred with respect to a target window, automatically minimizing all of the minimizable application windows except the target application window, and generating an undo record that may be used to restore the minimized windows upon the determination that a second triggering event has occurred with respect to the target window. In one embodiment, the triggering event is shaking the target application window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Matthews, Song Zou, Bret P. Anderson, Jared C. Simpson, Pai-Hung Chen, Patrice L. Miner
  • Patent number: 8205260
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a system and method for providing protection against malicious software programs are disclosed. The system and method may be operable to detect that a first window of a legitimate software program has been replaced by a second window of a malicious software program, e.g., where the second window includes features to mimic the first window in an effort to fool the user into inputting sensitive information into the second window. The method may operate to alert the user when the window replacement is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Symantec Operating Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Eric Obrecht, Vijay Bharti, Barrett Baxter
  • Publication number: 20120151407
    Abstract: A method for manipulating display of multiple ordered and at least partially overlapping display objects on a display device includes: recording the current position in a stacking order of each of the multiple display objects in an object identifier table in association with a corresponding object identifier; changing the position in the stacking order of a first object in response to a first user action for selecting the first object; recording the position in the stacking order of the first object before the position is changed in the object identifier table as a previous position in the stacking order; and changing the position in the stacking order of the first object with the previous position in the stacking order of the first object in response to a second user action for restoring the changed position in the stacking order of the first object to the previous position in the stacking order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuo Nemoto
  • Patent number: 8140997
    Abstract: A method for manipulating display of multiple ordered and at least partially overlapping display objects on a display device includes: recording the current position in a stacking order of each of the multiple display objects in an object identifier table in association with a corresponding object identifier; changing the position in the stacking order of a first object in response to a first user action for selecting the first object; recording the position in the stacking order of the first object before the position is changed in the object identifier table as a previous position in the stacking order; and changing the position in the stacking order of the first object with the previous position in the stacking order of the first object in response to a second user action for restoring the changed position in the stacking order of the first object to the previous position in the stacking order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuo Nemoto
  • Patent number: 8042060
    Abstract: A toolbar in a client application such as a web browser may be miniaturized. The miniature toolbar annexes itself to a part of the chrome region of the client application, modifying the functionality of the annexed part. The annexed part may be a search box. At least a subset of the features of the toolbar is accessible from the miniature toolbar, but some toolbar features may not be accessible from the miniature toolbar. Some features of the miniature toolbar may replace some features of the annexed search box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Gueorgui N. Djabarov, Jonathan C. Perkins
  • Publication number: 20110102386
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus is configured to display a plurality of windows on a display. The information processing apparatus specifies an active window of windows displayed on the display, when a notice indicating that a new window is to be displayed on the display is received, and determines whether an application corresponding to the active window is being used or not, based on a first operation definition information item associated with the application corresponding to the active window. The information processing apparatus display the new window on a background of the active window as a window with a lower priority than the active window, when it is determined that the application corresponding to the active window is being used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Masaya SAHASHI
  • Patent number: 7853891
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to display windows. In more than one embodiments of the invention, a window is closed automatically (e.g., after a timer expires, or when a condition or criterion is met, or a system input is received) without user input. In some examples, the window is translucent so that the portion of another window, when present, is visible under the window. In some examples, the image of the window is faded out before the window is closed and destroyed. In some examples, the window does not close in response to any input from a user input device. In some examples, the window is repositioned (or hidden) automatically when another translucent window is displayed. The degree of translucency, the speed for fading out, the discrete levels of translucency for fading out, the time to expire, and/or other parameters for controlling the display of the window may be set by the user or adjusted by the system (or application software programs) automatically according to system conditions or other criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Bas Ording
  • Patent number: 7831924
    Abstract: A processing system may include a display device, a primary window manager, and an auxiliary window manager. The primary window manager may display a first remote-enabled window in the display device. The processing system may also include a program to generate a mouse-enabled window, and the primary window manager may prevent the mouse-enabled window from displaying in front of the first remote-enabled window. The auxiliary window manager may detect an attempt to display the mouse-enabled window, and, in response, may automatically display a second remote-enabled window in front of the first remote-enabled window. The second remote-enabled window may include an object that a user can select with a remote control to instruct the processing system to display the mouse-enabled window. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Terry Ryun Bradfield
  • Patent number: 7661070
    Abstract: A display application can be configured to provide a visual indication associating a dialog box (that was not invoked for display by a user) to a user selectable source on a display screen. In such circumstances, because the dialog box was not actually invoked based on actions of by the user, the user may be unaware of how to invoke redisplay of the dialog box. The visual indication (e.g., a highlighting of a path between the dialog box and a user selectable source such as an icon) produced by the display application teaches a user of a location of the selectable source so that the user can select the selectable source at a future point in time and redisplay the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Daniel Munter, Timothy Eddie Allen, Nigel Leigh Pegg
  • Patent number: 7660756
    Abstract: The invention provides an Internet banking system which can present services more familiar to daily life of individual users, and a bank server apparatus, etc. which can limit available banking services depending on user attributes. From the viewpoint of security, the invention reduces risks of information leak from a client terminal device to third persons and unauthorized accesses from third persons. Banking software for connection to the bank server apparatus is installed in the client terminal device. The banking software can display a screen transfer, etc. in the off-line condition. The banking software prepares transaction instruction data from information entered by the user on the displayed screen and temporarily holds it in the client terminal device. When the client terminal device is connected to the bank server apparatus, the held data is uploaded to the bank server apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Nakamura, Tetsuya Anno
  • Patent number: 7620911
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and article of manufacture of the invention provide for collapsing a dialog window of an application. A complete dialog window of a currently active application is displayed on a display device. A location of a cursor with respect to the dialog window is determined. A collapsed version of the dialog window is displayed when the cursor moves outside of the complete dialog window, wherein the collapsed version of the dialog window consumes a smaller area of the display device than the complete dialog window. A complete version of the dialog window is displayed when the cursor moves within the collapsed version of the dialog window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Stephen Webb
  • Patent number: 7620905
    Abstract: A system and method of windows management. The system and method comprises at least one window having information displayed thereon and a processor for determining an application type associated with the at least one window and rendering the at least one window at a predetermined opacity level based on the application type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Aroopratan D. Pandya, Timothy M. Waters
  • Patent number: 7581192
    Abstract: A method for displaying a plurality of windows on a display screen is described. The method includes steps of displaying a first application window and a second application window on a display screen, declaring the first application window and the second application window as a group, the second application window being independent of and external to the first application window, grouping the first application window and the second window into a group, and displaying the group as a representation on the display screen. As new application windows are opened, they may be added to the group and/or they may become members of a second group of application windows. A user may switch between various groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Charles W. Stabb, Donald J. Lindsay, Mark R. Ligameri
  • Patent number: 7546547
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided for implementing automatic reapportionment of graphical screen subwindows based upon sensed, dynamic changes. Predefined dynamic change information is monitored for selected subwindows. The monitored predefined dynamic change information is compared with user selected configuration values to determine a reapportionment for the selected subwindows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James Edward Carey, Scott N. Gerard
  • Publication number: 20090138818
    Abstract: There is provided a method for manipulating display of multiple display objects on a display device in a data processing system connected to the display device, the multiple display objects being ordered and at least partially overlapping each other. The method includes the steps of: recording the current position in a stacking order of each of the multiple display objects in an object identifier table in association with a corresponding object identifier; changing the position in the stacking order of a first object in response to a first user action for selecting the first object; and recording the position in the stacking order of the first object before the position is changed in the object identifier table as a previous position in the stacking order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventor: Kazuo Nemoto
  • Patent number: 7536714
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a method for synchronizing login processes in a web environment includes receiving user authentication information for a particular one of a plurality of access points, each access point operable to provide a user system that submitted the user authentication information access to one or more target items. The method includes authenticating the user authentication information to determine whether the user system associated with the user authentication information is authorized to access the one or more target items associated with the particular access point. The method includes initiating a successful login to the particular access point if it is determined that the user system associated with the user authentication information is authorized to access the one or more target items and automatically propagating the successful login to the particular access point to one or more of the other access points based at least on the successful login to the particular access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Computer Associates Think, Inc.
    Inventor: Sheue Yuan
  • Patent number: 7523405
    Abstract: Displaying the relative depth of 2D image objects while preserving the visual attributes of the objects is disclosed. After an object group is determined, the members of the object group are temporarily moved away from a center location while preserving the object group members' positions relative to each other in the X-Y plane. A depth well is displayed at the center location and each object group member is connected to a ring-beam in the depth well. In response to a control action indicating a relative depth adjustment of an object group member relative to the remaining object group members, the depth of the object relative to the remaining object group members is changed. In response to a control action indicating the depth adjustment is complete, object group members are returned to their original positions in the X-Y plane with the adjusted object displayed at the object's new relative depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: George G Robertson, Daniel C Robbins, Desney S Tan, Kenneth P Hinckley, Maneesh Agrawala, Mary P Czerwinski, Patrick Markus Baudisch, Gonzalo A Ramos
  • Patent number: 7287233
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for displaying information to a user on a display device of a computer system. In one general aspect, a first view is displayed on the display device, where the first view has a plurality of objects in a first format and a first object control mechanism. An input is received to minimize the first view, and in response thereto a second view is displayed on the display device. The second view includes a second object control mechanism and one or more objects that are a subset of the plurality of objects in a second format. The second view may include, from the objects displayed in the first view, only those objects contained in the subset of the plurality of objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventors: Udo Arend, Edmund Eberleh, Heinz Willumeit
  • Patent number: 7190782
    Abstract: In a call center having agent stations including personal computers having video display units (PC/VDUs), connected on a LAN with a server tracking status for call center entities, a system for agent information includes a software application executing on individual PC/VDUs at agent stations. The software application draws on status information from the server and renders the information to the agent using the PC/VDU through output apparatus of the PC/VDU. Rendering may be by text, graphics, or audio, depending on such as conditions and user selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin McGraw, Richard C. DeGolia, Bruce E. Keistead
  • Patent number: 7007241
    Abstract: Data processing system comprising at least a processing unit executing simultaneously a number of application programs, a memory for storing the application programs, a display subsystem for displaying on a screen a plurality of windows associated respectively with a plurality of application programs, each window being able to overlay partially or totally one or several windows already displayed on the screen, and a mouse for moving a cursor to a selected location of the screen. The display subsystem displays a focus buoy associated with each window at the same time the window is displayed, stores the coordinates of the location at which the focus buoy is displayed in a table in the memory, and in response to simply shaking the mouse, displays the focus buoys at each location defined in the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Patrick Gaston Joseph Boeuf