Dropbox had 35 patents in digitalization during Q1 2024. Dropbox Inc’s patents filed in Q1 2024 focus on enhancing collaborative video review sessions, selective synchronization of digital content items, integrating collaboration options within a backup service, improving user interfaces, browser extensions for efficient downloading of objects, and managing content across different systems by storing and managing references to documents created in a content collaboration system. GlobalData’s report on Dropbox gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Dropbox grant share with digitalization as a theme is 68% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Techniques for efficient communication during a video collaboration session (Patent ID: US20240098121A1)

Dropbox Inc. has filed a patent for techniques enabling remote participation in collaborative video reviews through joint state data maintained by a video collaboration service. Users can provide annotations, such as drawing annotations, via a client application, which transmits instructions to recreate the annotations to the service. The joint state data includes co-presence data to enhance communication among participants, with client applications re-creating annotations on associated video frames. The GUI of the client application may depict co-presence data, facilitating real-time collaboration during video sessions.

The patent claims detail a method for streaming video data to client devices in a collaborative session, recording state data, transmitting real-time updates to a server, and receiving incremental updates containing changes to joint state data. The joint state data combines real-time cursor and user interaction data from multiple client devices, allowing visual representations of input cursors and interactions in the GUI. Additional features include re-creating drawing annotations, toggling display of annotations, and adding post-session annotations based on user interactions. The patent also covers a client device configured to execute the method, emphasizing real-time collaboration and visualization of user interactions during video sessions.

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