Dropbox had 15 patents in future of work during Q1 2024. Dropbox Inc’s patents filed in Q1 2024 include techniques for remote participation in collaborative video review, gesture-based generation of filtering rules for messages, systems for creating and accessing content items related to meetings, a content management system for collecting files from authenticated submitters, and managing project tasks using content items with notifications for updates. 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 future of work as a theme is 60% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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

Dropbox Inc. has filed a patent for techniques that enable 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 then transmits instructions to recreate the annotations to the service. The joint state data includes co-presence data that enhances communication among participants, with client applications re-creating annotations on associated video frames based on drawing instructions received from the service. This system allows for real-time collaboration and visualization of user interactions within a video collaboration session.

The patent claims detail methods performed by computing devices and client devices for streaming video data, recording state data, transmitting real-time updates, and generating images in graphical user interfaces based on joint state data. The client devices can re-create drawing annotations from other participants, display timestamps for annotations, toggle between displaying annotations, and receive incremental updates for adding new annotations post-streaming session completion. The server-side method involves streaming video data, receiving state data from client devices, combining data to form joint state data, and transmitting incremental updates to client devices. Additionally, the server can add drawing instructions to joint state data post-session completion for recreating additional annotations based on user interactions. These techniques facilitate efficient and interactive collaborative video reviews through synchronized joint state data across multiple client devices.

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