Party City Holdco has filed a patent for a computer implemented process that allows users to generate virtual arrangements of bouquet items. The process involves providing users with data values corresponding to virtual bouquet generation processes, allowing them to either generate a pre-determined virtual product bouquet or assemble custom bouquets using virtual components. The patent also includes a claim for a virtual arrangement generation process that involves sending user interface elements to remote users, generating a virtual 3-dimensional environment with virtual representations of selected physical products, and displaying it to the users. GlobalData’s report on Party City Holdco gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Virtual bouquet generation process

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office(USPTO). Credit: Party City Holdco Inc

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230177595A1) describes a virtual arrangement generation process and system. The process involves sending a collection of user interface elements to a remote user, where each element corresponds to a physical product available for sale for use in an event display. The remote user then selects at least one user interface element, and a virtual, 3-dimensional environment is generated that includes a virtual representation of the selected physical product. This virtual environment is displayed to the remote user.

In addition to the above process, the patent also includes a step where the generated datafile is sent to at least one remote production device. These production devices are configured to receive the datafile and generate the corresponding physical product, incorporating the parameters provided in the generated datafile.

The patent also describes various adjustments that can be made to enhance the visibility of the virtual representations of the physical products. These adjustments include determining a center point for multiple virtual representations and aligning it with a virtual camera, as well as altering the length of an attachment element connecting a virtual representation to a common anchor point. The virtual representation of a product mentioned in the patent is specifically referred to as a virtual balloon.

The system described in the patent includes a processor with memory that is configured to send the user interface elements to a remote processor with a display and interface. It receives the user's selection and generates the virtual environment, displaying it on the remote processor's display. The system also allows the user to add additional representations of physical products to the virtual environment and adjust parameters to enhance visibility. A datafile is generated, including all the representations within the virtual environment, along with the adjusted parameters. This datafile can be sent to remote production devices to generate the corresponding physical products.

Overall, this patent describes a process and system for generating virtual arrangements, allowing users to select and visualize physical products in a virtual environment. It also enables adjustments to enhance visibility and provides a way to generate physical products based on the virtual representations.

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