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The Dropbox, Inc. patent solves the following problem:
Traditionally, files on a computer system organized by file name or by date and time associated with the file. File organizations by name is sufficient when there is only one user at a devicethe a user can control the file names and file creation time based on a device’s internal clock. However, with the advent of online, Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service, users can upload content (eg, files) from different devices in a central storage area was -with an account. Moreover, some services could cross-platform for synchronization and sharing (for example, the service Dropbox), which enables users the chance to upload, store, and view files in any device that fought -with account. Moreover, the trend is enables users to share Uploaded files with other users. Users will be able to share some files or entire accounts by associating other users with the same account. Users of a cross-platform synchronized content management systems can also upload files in different time zones and with different devices. It adds to the many complex file organization. For example, every user or device may use a different default naming conventions for the same kind of file. Different devices may be located in different time zones, give each file a date and time to be standardized (ie, November 15, 2012 10:47 California is not the same as in November 15, 2012 10:47 Germany). Therefore, organizing files in a meaningful way for all users to be difficult.
Our analysis of this patent is as follows:
Dropbox, Inc.’s patent US 9218368 B2 deals with System and method for organizing files based on an identification code.
A system for determining a time when a file was made and to be an ID with the file based on file creation time disclosed. The system adjusts the creation time by a time zone offset. In case the picture file, the file creation time based on the information associated with the pictures: (1) with the camera that took the picture (exchangeable image file data); (2) when the picture was last modified in memory (file changes during data); (3) based on the raw date and time the photo file creation (file date-time data); and (4) when the photos imported into a client device. The system can rename the file with this new creation time to make a standardized name. As a result, the standardized name provides a traditional names filename based on the actual or estimated time when the file did.
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