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Patent Application Titled "Shareable Favorites Sets" Published Online

September 2, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors Caine, John (Fairfield, CT); Taylor, Jonathan P. (Ridgefield, CT), filed on February 12, 2013, was made available online on August 21, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The approaches described in this section are approaches that could be pursued, but not necessarily approaches that have been previously conceived or pursued. Therefore, unless otherwise indicated, it should not be assumed that any of the approaches described in this section qualify as prior art merely by virtue of their inclusion in this section.

"Data processing systems commonly offer the capability to search for items in a database and display result sets of items that match a particular search query. In some systems, users can designate an item as a favorite item or an item in a wish list. However, presently known systems do not provide easy-to-use mechanisms to share the contents of a favorites list or a wish list with others who are not using the same data processing system. In some systems, when a first user wishes to share her favorites list or wish list with a second person, the second person is required to log in to an instance of the same data processing system or online service. Typically the second user must have a pre-existing account with the service or on the system. Consequently, sharing the lists is cumbersome and may involve an excessive number of steps for the second person.

"Still other systems represent items in a wish list or favorites list using text labels, text descriptions, or hyperlinks that are within a web page containing many other elements. In the context of mobile computing devices such as tablet computers, interacting with these types of lists is difficult because a large number of information elements are displayed for each list item. In addition, visualizing the entire list may be difficult."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The appended claims may serve as a summary of the invention.


"In the drawings:

"FIG. 1 is a flow diagram illustrating an example process of managing a set of favorites buckets.

"FIG. 2 illustrates a graphical user interface for a mobile computing device including a property stack.

"FIG. 3 illustrates a graphical user interface for a mobile computing device including a set of favorites buckets and property summaries.

"FIG. 4 illustrates a graphical user interface for a mobile computing device including a set of summaries of favorite properties.

"FIG. 5 illustrates an example electronic mail message identifying favorite properties.

"FIG. 6 illustrates an example process of generating the display of FIG. 4.

"FIG. 7 illustrates an example process of sharing properties that are identified in the set of favorites buckets.

"FIG. 8 illustrates an example computer system with which embodiments may be used."

For more information, see this patent application: Caine, John; Taylor, Jonathan P. Shareable Favorites Sets. Filed February 12, 2013 and posted August 21, 2014. Patent URL:

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