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William H. Gates III
William H Gates III, Gary W Flake, Alexander G Gounares, Thomas F Bergstraesser, Arnold N Blinn, Christopher W Brumme, Lili Cheng, Michael Connolly, Daniel S Glasser, James R Larus, Matthew B MacLaurin, Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, Debi P Mishra, Amit Mital, Ira L Snyder Jr, Melora Zaner Godsey: Virtual entertainment. Microsoft Corporation, Lee & Hayes PLLC, September 6, 2011: US08012023 (202 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods that provide for a virtual reality entertainment system that supplies immersive entertainment and creates a sensation for a user similar to having guests in a remote location to be physically present as virtual guests. Such virtual reality entertainment system can supply a graphi ...


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William H. Gates III
Raymond E Ozzie, William H Gates III, Gary W Flake, Thomas F Bergstraesser, Arnold N Blinn, Christopher W Brumme, Lili Cheng, Michael Connolly, Nishant V Dani, Dane A Glasgow, Daniel S Glasser, Alexander G Gounares, James R Larus, Matthew B MacLaurin, Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, Debi P Mishra, Amit Mital, Ira L Snyder Jr, Chandramohan A Thekkath, David R Treadwell III, Melora Zaner Godsey: Personal data mining. Microsoft Corporation, Hope Baldauff Hartman, April 19, 2011: US07930197 (127 worldwide citation)

Personal data mining mechanisms and methods are employed to identify relevant information that otherwise would likely remain undiscovered. Users supply personal data that can be analyzed in conjunction with data associated with a plurality of other users to provide useful information that can improv ...


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William H. Gates III
Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, William H Gates III, Thomas F Bergstraesser, Lili Cheng, Nishant V Dani, Daniel S Glasser, Ira L Snyder Jr, Melora Zaner Godsey: Remote management of resource license. Microsoft Corporation, Lee & Hayes PLLC, June 25, 2013: US08474027 (9 worldwide citation)

A user-centric or identity-centric resource licensing system that manages access to ‘cloud-based’ resources (e.g., applications and services) is provided. A ‘cloud’ refers to a collection of resources (e.g., hardware and/or software) provided and maintained by an off-site or off-premise party (e.g., ...


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William H. Gates III
Raymond E Ozzie, William H Gates III, Thomas F Bergstraesser, Lili Cheng, Michael Connolly, Alexander G Gounares, Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, Debi P Mishra, Ira L Snyder Jr, Melora Zaner Godsey: Off-premise encryption of data storage. Microsoft Corporation, Lee & Hayes PLLC, December 3, 2013: US08601598 (4 worldwide citation)

A system that enables a cloud-based data repository to function as a secure ‘drop-box’ for data that corresponds to a user is provided. The ‘drop box’ can be facilitated through the use of cryptographic keying technologies. For instance, data that is ‘dropped’ by or on behalf of a particular user ca ...


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William H. Gates III
Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, William H Gates III, Raymond E Ozzie, Thomas F Bergstraesser, Lili Cheng, Michael Connolly, Alexander G Gounares, Debi P Mishra, Ira L Snyder Jr, Melora Zaner Godsey: Data security in an off-premise environment. Microsoft Corporation, Holly Nguyen, Carole Boelitz, Micky Minhas, April 22, 2014: US08705746 (4 worldwide citation)

A system that enables a cloud-based data repository to function as a secure ‘drop-box’ for data that corresponds to a user is provided. The ‘drop box’ can be facilitated through the use of cryptographic keying technologies. For instance, data that is ‘dropped’ by or on behalf of a particular user ca ...


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William H. Gates III
Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, William H Gates III, Lili Cheng, Daniel S Glasser, Ira L Snyder Jr, Melora Zaner Godsey: Access management in an off-premise environment. Microsoft Corporation, Lee & Hayes PLLC, December 25, 2012: US08341405 (1 worldwide citation)

A system that can assist users to manage a personal active directory for all of their information maintained within a cloud-based environment is provided. The identity of a client that accesses data is monitored and recorded in a log. In turn, this information can be made available to the owner of t ...


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Lili Cheng, Gary W Flake, Alexander G Gounares, James R Larus, Matthew B MacLaurin, Raymond E Ozzie, Thomas F Bergstraesser, Arnold N Blinn, Christopher W Brumme, Michael Connolly, Daniel S Glasser, Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, Debi P Mishra, Melora Zaner Godsey: Machine learning system for analyzing and establishing tagging trends based on convergence criteria. Microsoft Corporation, Lee & Hayes PLLC, May 11, 2010: US07716150 (10 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods that analyze aggregated tagging behavior of users, and evaluate such tagging trends to identify criteria for taxonomy applications. Initially, existence of a possible trend of tagging data based on collective user behavior is determined. Subsequently, tagging trends can be examin ...


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Brian Scott Moudy, Aarthi Natarajan, Asta Roseway, Geeven Singh, George Joy, Ranjib Singh Badh, Richard Michael Eames, Marcella C S Rader, Alexandra K Heron, Vasudha Chandrasekaran, Nicole Danielle Steinbok, Steven Abrahams, Troy A Schauls, Amy Wai Yee Ip, Melora Zaner Godsey, Seshagiri Panchapagesan, Jeroen Van Turennout, Vlad Cretu: Persisting a group in an instant messaging application. January 4, 2011: US07865563 (9 worldwide citation)

A system described herein includes a receiver component that receives a request to create a persistent messaging group for an instant messaging application, wherein the request includes an indication of one or more entities that are desired to be members of the persistent messaging group. The system ...