Zoom Video Communications has been granted a patent for a method that detects multiple participants in a video conference sharing the same physical space. Participants are assigned to virtual breakout rooms and allocated physical resources based on availability, enhancing collaboration and interaction during virtual meetings. GlobalData’s report on Zoom Video Communications gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Zoom Video Communications, Intelligent contact centers was a key innovation area identified from patents. Zoom Video Communications's grant share as of April 2024 was 35%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Virtual breakout rooms with allocated physical resources for video conferences

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Zoom Video Communications Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11973610B2) outlines a method and system for managing virtual breakout rooms in a video conference setting. The method involves detecting multiple participants in a physical space, assigning a participant to a virtual breakout room, determining the availability of a physical resource (such as a second physical space), and allocating it to the participant. An image of the participant is captured and displayed on a computing resource in the allocated physical space, facilitating seamless interaction within the virtual breakout room.

Furthermore, the system includes processors that execute instructions to communicate with a reservation system, provide directions to the allocated physical space, and configure computing resources based on participant identity. The method also involves using machine learning models to predict participant involvement and allocating resources accordingly. Additionally, the patent covers scenarios where remote participants can join breakout rooms using client devices without physically moving. Overall, the patent aims to enhance the efficiency and user experience of virtual breakout rooms in video conferences by intelligently managing physical resources and participant interactions.

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