Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm J. S. Tripoli
  • Patent number: 6577809
    Abstract: Upon user selection of a particular trick mode, the number of pictures that are displayed can be accordingly adjusted to correspond with the selected trick mode speed based on a determined display time. Subsequently, the bandwidth usage can be can be determined to ensure that the channel capacity between a playback device (100) and a remote decoder (136) has not been exceeded. For forward trick modes, in a case where the bandwidth between the playback device (100) and the remote decoder (136) would be exceeded, B-pictures can be uniformly eliminated throughout the playback segment. Where B-pictures were present and they have been eliminated, they can be replaced by dummy B-pictures. Again, if there is still insufficient bandwidth available between the playback device (100) and remote decoder (136), then P-pictures can be eliminated from the playback segment and uniformly replaced by dummy P-pictures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S.A.
    Inventors: Shu Lin, Donald Henry Willis
  • Patent number: 6543050
    Abstract: The invention is to be used in the Digital Video Broadcasting—Common Interface environment for accessing the Conditional Access Module (CAM). The host application handles objects of the Conditional Access (CA) through a private Application Program Interface (API). Each CAM may have its own private CA API but the data channel remains identical whatever the CAM is. This new mode coexists with the two already defined modes: low level Man Machine Interface, and high level Man Machine Interface. If a Set top Unit “understands” the private CA Application Program Interface (API), then it may access the features of the plugged CA through its private CA API Protocol. Otherwise, it remains on the standard API. With this extension, an STU can have a Conditional Access User Interface which perfectly fits into the overall User Interface of the STU. Thus b broadcaster can ensure that its look and feel are respected on its STUs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S.A.
    Inventors: Philippe Letellier, Eric Diehl, Stéphane Morcel
  • Patent number: 6532539
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process making it possible to control access to at least one terminal with address AD by at least one scrambled item with the aid of at least one control word. The process comprises a step making it possible to construct a descrambling item in the form of a message containing the control word, a datum making it possible to identify the scrambled item and the address of the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S.A.
    Inventors: Arnaldo Campinos, Dominique Guillet
  • Patent number: 6529526
    Abstract: A system processes packetized program information, from different broadcast sources, containing programs and program specific information including associated content rating data. A program specific parameter of a desired program is selected based on its source from equivalent parameters from alternative broadcast sources. The desired program is processed for display, recording or playback using the selected program specific parameter. The selected program specific parameter may comprise a content rating that is mapped to a different program content rating system and used in multi-level validation of authorization to access the desired program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S.A.
    Inventor: Daniel Richard Schneidewend
  • Patent number: 6504847
    Abstract: A system comprising a first device including a controller and a lock manager, a second device coupled to the first device by a bus, and a third device coupled to the first and second devices by the bus. The controller and the lock manager of the first device operate to establish an exclusive communication relationship between the first device and one of the second or third devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing SA
    Inventor: Karl Francis Horlander
  • Patent number: 6501796
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for compressing digital data of a sequence of synthesis images describing a scene which is the subject of a script, comprising a processing step for modelling the scene on the basis of mathematical data, a step of image rendering for creating a synthesis image from this modelling and a partitioning of this synthesis image into image blocks, differential coding of the current image block on the basis of a block of at least one synthesis image, this block being defined on the basis of at least one motion vector, so as to provide a residual block, characterized in that the motion vector is calculated from mathematical data emanating from the synthesis script and defining the apparent motion of the various objects constituting the scene which is the subject of the sequence. Applications are image synthesis in production. For video games, these are for example interactivity or virtual reality applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe Dusseux, Philippe Guillotel
  • Patent number: 6470411
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of access to data sets stored in a bulk memory. During an access time to a data set, the method provides for reading introduction data and exploiting these. This way the method overcomes the problem of long access times in a bulk memory. The method may notably be used when data sets are arranged sequentially on a sequential data carrier, which is for example the case for songs recorded on a magnetic tape. A device for implementing the method is also defined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S.A.
    Inventors: Max Artigalas, Paul-Louis Meunier
  • Patent number: 6459794
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for scrambling video data in the MPEG2 video format as well as to a process for descrambling data scrambled according to the process of the invention. The scrambled video data are the coefficients AC and/or DC arising from the “discrete cosine transform” operation which are associated with at least one block of at least one image coded in INTRA mode. The invention applies to conditional access systems such as, for example, pay television systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S.A.
    Inventors: Mario de Vito, Jean-Bernard Fischer, Véronique Pla
  • Patent number: 6452616
    Abstract: A method for loading a user interface in a television system comprising a decoder and a removable smart card cooperating with the decoder, the decoder comprising a main user interface, the method comprising the steps of loading and storing by the decoder of the totality of a user interface module stored-on the smart card, the user interface module comprising data structures making reference to information destined to a user, the information being stored on the smart card, establishing by the decoder a relation between the main user interface and the stored user interface module in order to enable access by a user to the user interface module, and subsequently exchanging between the decoder and the smart card parts of the information upon commands issued by the user through the user interface module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S.A.
    Inventors: Mario De Vito, Louis Gregoire
  • Patent number: 6445828
    Abstract: A video editing system which resizes a video stream in a transform domain is disclosed. The video editing system partial decodes a compressed video stream in order to obtain a transform domain representation of the video stream. The transform domain representation of the video stream includes both frame encoded blocks and field encoded blocks. The field encoded blocks result from reordering of pels prior to transform domain encoding the pels. The frame encoded blocks, however, result from transform domain encoding pels without reordering pels. Accordingly, the video editing system of the present invention accounts for the encoding differences between the field encoded blocks and the frame encoded blocks when resizing the video stream in the transform domain. To this end, the video editing system includes field resizing matrices for resizing the field encoded blocks and frame resizing matrices for resizing the frame encoded blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S.A.
    Inventor: Changhoon Yim
  • Patent number: 6437830
    Abstract: A communication data format conveys digital ancillary data in a vertical blanking interval of a video signal. The format employs a reference symbol including a plurality of digital pulses for indicating the start of the ancillary data and also includes a header byte following the reference symbol. The header byte contains an identifier identifying a destination service for a payload of the ancillary data or an address identifying a destination of the payload. The format also conveys multiple payload bytes, following the reference symbol in which individual bits have a period substantially comprising, a first integral multiple of a first clock period associated with a first data format, and a different second integral multiple of a second clock period associated with a second data format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S.A.
    Inventor: Karl Francis Horlander
  • Patent number: 6409089
    Abstract: A system for enhancing the security of the interface between a consumer electronic device and a removable security device is provided by protecting the audio/visual (A/V) stream descrambled in the removable security device. The protection involves dynamically computing a shared key followed by the rescrambling of the A/V stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S.A.
    Inventor: Ahmet Mursit Eskicioglu
  • Patent number: 6408077
    Abstract: In a device for descrambling scrambled digital data, the digital data are grouped into parallel combinations of bits before being descrambled. The combinations of bits are descrambled and then split back into a serial stream of bits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing SA.
    Inventor: Jacques Prunier
  • Patent number: 6404551
    Abstract: The invention relates to a multimirror device for rotating the polarization of an electromagnetic signal, especially a light signal, through 90°, the output ray having approximately the same direction as the input ray. This device comprises at least one combination (40) of three mirrors (42, 44, 46) which are arranged in such a way that a ray entering one of the mirrors at an angle of incidence of 45° is reflected at the same angle off the other mirrors, the polarization vector (V) of the incident ray being presented in such a way with respect to the mirrors that a reflection off one of the three mirrors changes the direction of polarization while the reflections off the other two mirrors does not change this direction of polarization. Preferably, a plurality of multiple-mirror combinations (40, 40′, 40″) is provided on a sheet, each combination forming a pattern which is repeated regularly, the patterns all having identical shapes and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Thomason Licensing S.A.
    Inventor: Eric Marcellin-Dibon
  • Patent number: 6396850
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method for cascading detachable conditional access modules as well as a circuit for inserting a predetermined sequence and a circuit for detecting the sequence. Each module receives a data stream formed of packets of fixed length separated by an interpacket space of fixed length. The interpacket spaces contain a constant predetermined sequence which does not interfere with the packets. The predetermined sequence may be used to regenerate a packet clock signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S.A.
    Inventor: Mario de Vito
  • Patent number: 6384873
    Abstract: Adaptive comb filter circuitry is responsive to chrominance vector absolute values to inhibit hanging dots. Chrominance vector absolute values are calculated by delaying bandpass filtered video signal to concurrently provide a plurality of sample absolute values. The plurality of sample absolute values are weighted and summed. The maximum and the minimum of the plurality of sample absolute values are selected and respectively weighted. The weighted maximum and minimum are combined with the sum of weighted samples to provide approximated chrominance vector absolute values. Exemplary circuitry is illustrated which develop real time chrominance vector magnitude values within 1.5-% p-p error. The vector magnitude approximation circuitry may be used for calculating vectors represented by successive samples which do not have an orthogonal relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S.A.
    Inventors: Mark Francis Rumreich, John Kimball Lufkin
  • Patent number: 6370160
    Abstract: A wireless telephone system and related method are described, the system having a plurality of wireless handsets and a base unit, the base unit having a base transceiver, each handset having a handset transceiver for establishing a wireless link over a shared channel with the base unit via the base transceiver. The base unit transmits a signal comprising a current packet of a plurality of packets of an epoch. Each handset transceiver has a receiver having a parallel correlator for generating timing error signals and end-of-packet signals for the signal, and a timing loop for receiving the timing error signals and for establishing symbol-level timing synchronization. An enable resynch gate of the receiver receives the end-of-packet signals from the parallel correlator to establish packet-level synchronization, and a de-packetizer of the receiver reads epoch location information from the current packet which identifies the location of the current packet within the epoch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S. A.
    Inventors: Paul Gothard Knutson, Kumar Ramaswamy, Dong-Chang Shiue
  • Patent number: 6365855
    Abstract: An illuminated button for use with a shuttle knob mechanism. The mechanism includes an actuator disposed through a resilient member that is captured by a first retainer and supported by a second retainer and a light guide. The light guide is disposed through the light pipe and functions to illuminate on the face of the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S.A.
    Inventors: Donald Edward Sutter, Mike William Toana
  • Patent number: 6347181
    Abstract: Recording is carried out with time compression at an increased tape longitudinal speed and an increased head drum speed of rotation. Reproduction is carried out at a set tape longitudinal speed and at the same increased or slightly reduced head drum speed of rotation. Conversion into real time and the frequency position for real time reproduction are ensured by electronic memories into which the signal repeatedly generated by overscanning is written and from which it is read out during reproduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Assignee: Deutsche Thomson-Brandt GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Kaaden, Klaus Oldermann
  • Patent number: D456788
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing, S.A.
    Inventors: Paul Steven Haney, Mark Allen Smith