Inventions and Patents

Due to his work in product and interactive design, Scott Curtis is the primary or secondary inventor on 65 United States Patents. His portfolio of inventions and patents is divided among Digital Music and Video, eBooks, Location Based Services, Proximity Services, Content Search Optimization, Social Media, Consumer Electronics, and Geographic Positioning and Mapping.

 

Fuzzy Keyword Searching

United States Patent 8,375,053 A fuzzy, or ambiguous, keyword searching process and systems for implementing the fuzzy keyword searching process are provided. In general, one or more keyword search terms are first identified for a search. Next, a user is enabled to adjust a logical fuzziness, or logical ambiguity, for each of the one or more keyword search terms. As used herein, logical fuzziness of a keyword search term refers to the extent to which associated keywords are considered for the search. In one embodiment, the user may also be enabled to view and adjust keyword associations for each of the keyword search terms. A search is then performed based on the one or more keyword search terms and the logical fuzziness of the one or more keyword search terms, and results of the search are presented to the user.

 

automatically and graphically associating programmatically-generated media item recommendations related to a user's socially recommended media items

United States Patent 8,434,024 A system and method for automatically, programmatically generating media item recommendations on a graphical user interface (GUI) based on a friend media item recommendation selected by a user. In the preferred embodiment, a selected media item recommendation is displayed in the GUI. 

 

LOCAL ENVIRONMENT BASED WAGERING

United States Patent 8876610 A system and method are disclosed for providing location-based wagering. In one embodiment, wagerable data associated with a location of a first user is identified. The wagerable data may be any type of data on which a wager may be based. Then, a wager recommendation is generated based on the wagerable data and returned to the first user. The first user defines a wager, and the wager is published to one or more second users located in proximity to the first user. Each of the one or more second users is enabled to accept the wager if desired. In addition, one or more winners and one or more losers of the wager may be identified and payout may then be effected.

 

Full List of Scott Curtis’ United States Patents

US PATENT 9,886,727 Automatic check-ins and status updates

US PATENT 9,763,048 Secondary indications of user locations and use thereof by a location-based service

US PATENT 9,674,665 System and method for automated location-based widgets

US PATENT 9,641,393 Forming crowds and providing access to crowd data in a mobile environment

US PATENT 9,557,188 Method and system for using relationship information from a social network to enable mobile device communications in a privacy enhanced network

US PATENT 9,495,344 Systems and methods for presenting a content summary of a media item to a user based on a position within the media item

US PATENT 9,473,886 Systems and methods for associating communication information with a geographic location-aware contact entry

US PATENT 9,445,158 Distributed aggregated content guide for collaborative playback session

US PATENT 9,432,326 Question server to facilitate communication between participants

US PATENT 9,410,814 Passive crowd-sourced map updates and alternate route recommendations

US PATENT 9,397,890 Serving a request for data from a historical record of anonymized user profile data in a mobile environmen

US PATENT 9,338,601 System and method for automated location-based widgets

US PATENT 9,326,116 Systems and methods for suggesting a pause position within electronic text

US PATENT 9,311,364 System and method for generating dynamically filtered content results, including for audio and/or video channels

US PATENT 9,288,540 System and method for aggregating devices for intuitive browsing

US PATENT 9,288,246 Method for providing proximity-based quality for multimedia content

US PATENT 9,253,804 Systems and methods for enabling recipient control of communications

US PATENT 9,232,248 Publishing key frames of a video content item being viewed by a first user to one or more second viewers

US PATENT 9,222,798 Systems and methods for identifying an activity of a user based on a chronological order of detected movements of a computing device

US PATENT 9,215,735 Systems and methods for initiating communications with contacts based on a communication specification

US PATENT 9,140,566 Passive crowd-sourced map updates and alternative route recommendations

US PATENT 9,124,663 Bandwidth sharing in a distributed wireless client application using inverse multiplexing termination

US PATENT 9,098,723 Forming crowds and providing access to crowd data in a mobile environment

US PATENT 9,094,722 Synchronization guides for group video watching

US PATENT 9,088,757 Method and system for socially ranking programs

US PATENT 9,087,043 Method, system, and computer readable medium for creating clusters of text in an electronic document

US PATENT 9,083,932 Method and system for providing information from a program guide

US PATENT 9,069,754 Method, system, and computer readable medium for detecting related subgroups of text in an electronic document

US PATENT 9,026,146 Systems and methods for associating communication information with a geographic location-aware contact entry

US PATENT 9,026,131 Systems and methods for associating contextual information and a contact entry with a communication originating from a geographic location

US PATENT 9,015,757 Merged program guide

US PATENT 9,015,147 System and method for generating dynamically filtered content results, including for audio and/or video channels

US PATENT 9,013,267 Systems and methods for position-based loaning of electronic documents to electronic device users

US PATENT 9,002,922 Question server to facilitate communication between participants

US PATENT 9,002,701 Method, system, and computer readable medium for graphically displaying related text in an electronic document

US PATENT 8,983,937 Tunersphere

US PATENT 8,918,398 Maintaining a historical record of anonymized user profile data by location for users in a mobile environment

US PATENT 8,876,610 Local environment based wagering

US PATENT 8,874,554 Turnersphere

US PATENT 8,826,337 Publishing key frames of a video content item being viewed by a first user to one or more second users

US PATENT 8,819,149 Systems and methods for notifying a computing device of a communication addressed to a user based on an activity or presence of the user

US PATENT 8,799,496 System and method for video display transfer between video playback devices

US PATENT 8,707,363 Synchronization guides for group video watching

US PATENT 8,631,148 Method of providing proximity-based quality for multimedia content

US PATENT 8,620,532 Passive crowd-sourced map updates and alternate route recommendations

US PATENT 8,588,819 System and method for automated location-based widgets

US PATENT 8,577,874 Tunersphere

US PATENT 8,495,065 Maintaining a historical record of anonymized user profile data by location for users in a mobile environment

US PATENT 8,478,295 Systems and methods for associating communication information with a geographic location-aware contact entry

US PATENT 8,477,950 Home theater component for a virtualized home theater system

US PATENT 8,434,024 Automatically and graphically associating programmatically-generated media item recommendations related to a user's socially recommended media items

US PATENT 8,434,001 Systems and methods for presenting a content summary of a media item to a user based on a position within the media item

US PATENT 8,375,053 Fuzzy keyword searching

US PATENT 8,316,096 Facemail

US PATENT 8,316,015 Tunersphere

US PATENT 8,312,087 Facemail

US PATENT 8,307,395 Publishing key frames of a video content item being viewed by a first user to one or more second users

US PATENT 8,289,997 Bandwidth sharing in a distributed wireless client application using inverse multiplexing termination

US PATENT 8,265,658 System and method for automated location-based widgets

US PATENT 8,216,072 Local environment based wagering

US PATENT 8,185,132 Systems and methods for associating communication information with a geographic location-aware contact entry

US PATENT 8,117,193 Tunersphere

US PATENT 8,112,720 Automatically and graphically associating programmatically-generated media item recommendations related to a user's socially recommended media items

US PATENT 7,958,107 Fuzzy keyword searching

US PATENT 7,752,265 Source indicators for elements of an aggregate media collection in a media sharing system