Zoom Video Communications had three patents in cloud during Q4 2023. Zoom Video Communications Inc filed a patent for cloud-connected wireless screen extension, allowing screen sharing of content between two devices during a video conference. This technology enables a virtual display to be instantiated on one device while facilitating the screen share of content from another device, effectively using the second device as an extended display. GlobalData’s report on Zoom Video Communications gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Zoom Video Communications grant share with cloud as a theme is 33% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Virtual display instantiation for video conference content screen sharing (Patent ID: US20230342101A1)

The patent filed by Zoom Video Communications Inc. describes a method for cloud-connected wireless screen extension during a video conference. This method involves instantiating a virtual display on a first device connected to a second device, allowing the screen share of content from the first device to the second device while displaying other content on the first device's screen. The virtual display driver enables the operating system of the first device to recognize the second device as an additional display, extending the screen sharing capabilities during the video conference. The connection between the devices can be established through various methods such as ultrasonic pairing or sharing keys within a client application.

Additionally, the patent includes claims for a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions for performing the screen extension method and an apparatus with a processor and memory to execute these instructions. The apparatus facilitates the screen share of content between devices by binding the second device's display to the virtual display instantiated on the first device. The method allows conference participants to seamlessly move content between displays before or after initiating the screen share, enhancing collaboration during video conferences. The connection between devices can be established based on proximity or through different protocols like Bluetooth or casting protocols, providing flexibility in the screen extension process.

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