Dropbox had 48 patents in digitalization during Q4 2023. Dropbox Inc filed patents related to synchronized video viewing with pending changes count, remotely initiating capture requests, generating synthetic visualizations based on content features, and maintaining tokenized assets associated with a user account within a content management system. These technologies aim to enhance user experience, facilitate collaboration, and provide centralized access to content assets. GlobalData’s report on Dropbox gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Dropbox grant share with digitalization as a theme is 58% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Synchronized video viewing using a logical clock (Patent ID: US20230421837A1)

Dropbox Inc. has developed a technology for synchronized video viewing that ensures client devices remain in sync while providing a seamless user experience. The method involves sending collaboration messages to a viewing service, ignoring incoming messages from other devices for a set period, and processing subsequent messages only after receiving an echo of the initial collaboration message. This approach allows for real-time collaboration on video playback changes across multiple devices.

The system utilizes a logical clock to track unresolved changes in playback, incrementing the count upon sending a collaboration message and decrementing it upon receiving an echo. This mechanism enables the prevention of conflicting playback events during the predefined period, ensuring consistency across all synchronized devices. Additionally, the technology supports the establishment of WebSockets connections for bi-directional messaging between client devices and the synchronized video viewing service, facilitating seamless communication and collaboration among remote participants. Overall, Dropbox's innovation enhances the user experience of synchronized video viewing by maintaining synchronization, preventing inconsistencies, and enabling real-time collaboration on playback changes.

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