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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Migrating Content Items", for Approval

July 22, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Beckmann, Chris (San Francisco, CA); Jenkins, Joshua (San Francisco, CA); Allain, Francois Alexander (San Francisco, CA); Bartelma, Jeffrey (San Francisco, CA), filed on December 27, 2012, was made available online on July 10, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Dropbox, Inc.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Online storage accounts enable users to maintain a variety of content items in a safe and secure location where the user can access the content items at any time from any computing device. Additionally, users can easily share content items with friends, co-workers and family, either through shared online storage accounts or the use of generated links to content items stored in the online storage account. While sharing content is easy, migrating content to a different online storage account can be time consuming and cumbersome. Users are required to download the content items stored in the online storage to a local storage, delete the content items from the online storage and upload the content items to the new online storage account. In addition to having to deal with the long download and upload times, users also may have to reorganize the uploaded files into an appropriate file hierarchy in the new user account. Finally, links made to share content items are broken because the content items have been moved from their previous location. A user therefore must create new links and distribute them to replace the previous links. Accordingly, there exists a need for an improved way to migrate content in an online storage to a different user account."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Additional features and advantages of the disclosure will be set forth in the description which follows, and in part will be obvious from the description, or can be learned by practice of the herein disclosed principles. The features and advantages of the disclosure can be realized and obtained by means of the instruments and combinations particularly pointed out in the appended claims. These and other features of the disclosure will become more fully apparent from the following description and appended claims, or can be learned by the practice of the principles set forth herein.

"Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for migrating content items from a source user account to a target user account. A content management system can include a migration module configured to present users with a migration interface enabling a user to specify content items in a source user account to be migrated to a target user account. The migration interface can allow a user to select an existing account as the target user account or create a new account to be the target user account.

"The content management system can be configured to create a new content entry for each content item selected for migration. The new content entry can be associated with an account identifier of the new account and include a content pointer to the content item that is copied from the old content entry associated with the content item. Further, the new content entry can include a data path identifying the name of the content item and a file hierarchy. In some embodiments, the content path can be copied from the old content entry. In some embodiments, a new file hierarchy can be selected by the user and the content path can indicate the new file hierarchy.

"The content management system can also determine whether a sharing link has been created to the content item. For example, the old content entry can include a link flag indicating whether a sharing link has been created to the content item. If a sharing link has been created, the content management system can modify the old content entry to forward or redirect to the new content entry. For example, the content pointer of the old content entry can be modified to point to the new content entry. Further, upon creating the new content entry, an active flag associated with the old content entry can be set to false or 0 to indicate that the old content entry is no longer active.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"The above-recited and other advantages and features of the disclosure will become apparent by reference to specific embodiments thereof which are illustrated in the appended drawings. Understanding that these drawings depict only exemplary embodiments of the disclosure and are not therefore to be considered to be limiting of its scope, the principles herein are described and explained with additional specificity and detail through the use of the accompanying drawings in which:

"FIG. 1 shows an exemplary configuration of devices and a network in accordance with the invention;

"FIG. 2 shows an exemplary content directory;

"FIGS. 3a and 3b show a new content entry created when migrating a content item to a target user account;

"FIG. 4 shows a visual representation of a URL being forwarded to the new content entry from the old content entry;

"FIG. 5 shows an exemplary method embodiment of migrating content items from a source user account to a target user account;

"FIG. 6 shows an exemplary method embodiment of creating a new content entry for a migrated content item;

"FIGS. 7a-7d show exemplary screen shots of a migration interface; and

"FIGS. 8A and 8B show exemplary possible system embodiments."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Beckmann, Chris; Jenkins, Joshua; Allain, Francois Alexander; Bartelma, Jeffrey. Migrating Content Items. Filed December 27, 2012 and posted July 10, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1053&p=22&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140703.PD.&OS=PD/20140703&RS=PD/20140703

Keywords for this news article include: Dropbox Inc., Information Technology, Information and Data Aggregation.

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