Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Content Delivery Subscription", for Approval (USPTO 20160021089)

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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 ADAMS, John (San Francisco, CA); JAIN, Aditi (San Francisco, CA); PAN, Matteus (San Francisco, CA), filed on , was made available online on .

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Users can subscribe to automatically receive content items, such as pictures from friends, electronic books and magazines, news, videos, songs, documents, podcasts, lectures, etc., on their computing device. Each of these content items, however, tends to be associated with a different application which stores a respective content item whose corresponding application needs to be accessed in order to be consumed. For example, a user periodically receiving electronic magazines and audio lectures, for example, must open two different applications in order to locate and consume each content item.

"Additionally, many users receive such content items on their mobile devices where storage space is a limited. Since many users do not actively monitor fluctuations in their device storage and nor are users typically in the habit of deleting content items after a respective content item has been consumed, their device storage can quickly fill up without them being aware. In some instances, content items can include settings where, after a set period of time the content item is removed from the user's device. This, however, is not necessarily an ideal solution since some users may want to refer back and, therefore, save a respective content for repeat consumption. Accordingly, it may be advantageous to develop a means of enabling users to automatically receive subscription content from a variety of different applications or sources in a single location accessible by, but remotely stored from, their computing device."

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.

"The disclosed technology addresses the need in the art for automatically receiving and storing content items associated with a digital content subscription in a single location accessible by a computing device without taking up unnecessary space on the computing device. In at least one embodiment, a content management system (CMS) can receive a request to establish a persistent one-way content delivery pipeline (pipeline) with a third-party service provider. The pipeline enabling the service provider to deliver content items to a user account at the CMS on a reoccurring basis, such a subscription. Accordingly, the CMS can generate a token that, when provided to the service provider, enables the service provider to push content to a folder associated with the user account.

"In at least one embodiment, the request could be received through an application programming interface (API) on a webpage of a service provider. Accordingly, while subscribing to receive content from the service provider, the user could be prompted for login credentials to their user account with the CMS. In this example, the login credentials could be included in the request to establish the pipeline. For example, when a user signs into an online account with their bank, there could be multiple delivery options for them to receive their monthly bank statements. Instead of having their statements mailed or emailed to them, the user could select to have their statements automatically delivered to a designated folder in their user account at the CMS. Accordingly, since the CMS is an online synchronized storage system, the designated folder can be synchronized across each of the user's devices, enabling the user to conveniently access their bank statements from any of their devices. This can be extended to any type of media for which a persistent relationship exists, such as digital magazines, audio lectures, books, reoccurring service invoices, and the like.

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. 1A shows an example screenshot wherein a user selects a content management system to automatically receive and store content items periodically delivered by a third-party service provider in accordance with various embodiments;

"FIG. 1B shows another example screenshot wherein the user logs into their account with the content management system to enable automatic content item delivery in accordance with various embodiments;

"FIG. 1C shows another example screenshot wherein the third-party service provider displays a confirmation message acknowledging future delivery of the content items to the content management system in accordance with various embodiments;

"FIG. 2 shows an environment wherein the third-party service provider sends a content item to computing devices associated with the user though the content management system in accordance with various embodiments;

"FIG. 3 shows another environment wherein multiple third-party service providers send content items to the computing devices associated with the user though the content management system in accordance with various embodiments;

"FIG. 4 shows an exemplary process wherein a content management system is selected to receive subscription content for a user in accordance with at least one embodiment;

"FIG. 5 shows another exemplary process wherein a content management system is selected to receive subscription content for a user in accordance with at least one embodiment;

"FIG. 6 shows an exemplary configuration of devices and a network in accordance with the invention;

"FIG. 7A shows a conventional system bus computing system architecture; and

"FIG. 7B shows a computer system having a chipset architecture."

For additional information on this patent application, see: ADAMS, John; JAIN, Aditi; PAN, Matteus. Content Delivery Subscription. Filed and posted . Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=720&p=15&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20160121.PD.&OS=PD/20160121&RS=PD/20160121

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