Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Joseph J. Laks
  • Patent number: 7529162
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for the demodulation of the ADIP data of a wobble signal of an optical recording medium, whereby the wobble signal is modulated using two different methods, and to an apparatus for reading from and/or writing to optical recording media using such method. According to the invention, the method comprises the steps of recovering the carrier of the wobble signal, demodulating the wobble signal based on the recovered carrier, and providing a two-dimensional MSK filter for detecting MSK marks in the wobble signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Inventors: Pierluigi Lo Muzio, Marco Georgi
  • Patent number: 7519118
    Abstract: A hybrid high-definition decoder and method are disclosed, for processing signal data as a plurality of block transform coefficients for each of base layer data and enhancement layer data, where the decoder includes a standard-definition decoder for decoding the standard-definition data from a base layer bitstream embodying a standard-definition data sequence, a high-definition decoder coupled to the standard-definition decoder for decoding the difference between the high-definition data and the standard-definition data from an enhancement layer bitstream stored as picture user data embodying a high-definition data sequence, and a two-layer composition unit for composing a high-definition signal data sequence from the standard-definition data and the difference between the high-definition data and the standard-definition data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Shu Lin, Mary Lafuze Comer
  • Patent number: 7512650
    Abstract: An asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) digital document delivery system is provided. A customer premise unit is configured to permit a customer to order and receive a data stream. A buffer is coupled to the customer premise unit to store the data stream before transmitting the data stream to a customer. A server includes digital documents stored thereon for delivery to customers through a switched ATM network. A control mechanism is employed to control a data rate of the data stream between the server and the buffer to ensure maintenance of a steady data stream from the customer premise unit to a customer during a loss of a physical layer between the server and the customer premise unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: John William Richardson
  • Patent number: 7502862
    Abstract: A device for transmitting data to a plurality of client devices transmits the data according to a plurality of predetermined profiles. Each of the plurality of client devices is associated with at least one profile. The device includes a unit for adapting the content of the data to be transmitted as a function of the predetermined profiles by generating data groups. Each of the data groups represents the content to be transmitted according to a predetermined profile. The device also includes a unit for creating at least one data stream encapsulating the data groups adapted to the various profiles allowing the client devices to recover from the stream, the data groups adapted to their profile. The device further includes a unit for transmitting the stream created to the client devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: David Sahuc, Paul Kerbiriou
  • Patent number: 7499382
    Abstract: A lens position signal LCE which indicates the discrepancy between the lens and its geometric mid-position is required for coarse tracking of optical storage drives. The prior art is for the lens position signal LCE to be formed in three-beam pick-ups by weighted combination of specific photodetector signals from a primary beam and secondary beam. The only way to ensure that the lens position signal is free of crosstalk caused by the tracking error signal is for the weights to be set correctly. The invention describes methods by means of which the weights can be adjusted automatically and can be matched to the characteristics of the pick-up and of the respective storage medium. The amplitudes of those components in the main and secondary beam signals which are dependent on the tracking error are measured, and the matched weights are determined from them by joint evaluation. Evaluations with synchronous detection and with time integration are described, some of which can be used during writing and reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Christian Büchler
  • Patent number: 7496946
    Abstract: A video decoder system collates program guide information acquired from a variety of local and remote sources. Program guide information is received from a first source and a selectable program guide menu icon is displayed. A category of program guide information items from the first source is collated by a display attribute in response to selection of the menu icon and the collated program guide information items are displayed. The display attribute allocated to the category of program guide information items is common to both the category of items and to the menu icon. Codes identifying program categories may be converted to other codes using equivalence mapping information for classifying programs according to a master set of program categories. Composite program map information may be formed including new data identifiers allocated to program guide information items for use in retrieving the items from a second source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Keith Reynolds Wehmeyer, Robert Joseph Logan, Robert Skipworth Comer, Sheila Renee Crosby
  • Patent number: 7495642
    Abstract: A field sequential pulse width modulated display system comprises a digital micromirror device (DMD) having a plurality of micromirrors that each selectively pivot to reflect light onto a screen to illuminate a corresponding pixel. A driver circuit controls the DMD responsive to sequences of pulse width segments formed by a processor. The processor actuates at least one pulse in a first pulse width segment for a given color to increase pixel brightness with a range lying between first and second pixel brightness values. To further increase pixel brightness, the processor actuates at least one pulse within additional pulse width segments associated with the same given color to increase pixel brightness above the second brightness boundary. The pulses within the additional segments are actuated unequally so that the additional pulse width segments closest in time to the first segment (i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Donald Henry Willis
  • Patent number: 7496275
    Abstract: A method and system for recording a program in an apparatus that has auxiliary programming information available are described. A program is first selected for recording. A determination is made to see whether the associated auxiliary programming information is available for the selected first program for recording. If the associated auxiliary programming information is not available for the selected first program, then a recording timer is automatically populated with all known recording parameters. All the unknown recording parameters in the recording timer are also populated according to a predetermined algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Steven Lee Cooper, Jr., Mark Gilmore Mears
  • Patent number: 7496207
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a cabinet for consumer electronic devices equipped with loudspeakers. Examples for such devices are audio equipment like CD players, tape recorders, radios, and television receivers. In particular, the invention is related to devices where the loudspeakers form an integral part of it. The manufacturing of the cabinet as an integral part by injection molding of their sticks requires a molding tool for each type of cabinet. However, for marketing reasons it is necessary to be able to present a serious of one type of devices, e.g. portable audio devices distinguishing over each other in the design. This causes increased manufacturing costs due to the need for individual molding tools for each individual cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Alberto Borgonovo
  • Patent number: 7495202
    Abstract: The central idea of the present invention is that the resetting of the energy store associated with the receiver prior to every detection interval and/or prior to every exposure period, during which the energy stored in the energy store is to be changed in accordance with the output signal of the receiver so as to use the state of the energy store following the reception interval as information about the object may be avoided by setting the sensitivity of the receiver, which determines the level of the output signal at a specified electromagnetic radiation, higher in at least one instance, and lower in at least one instance between two resetting events, or by varying the sensitivity. The noise contribution provided by the resetting operations is hereby avoided, which is why the benefit of the accumulation and/or integration may be exploited across several reception intervals without this noise contribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Olaf Schrey, Ralf Jeremias, Werner Brockherde, Bedrich Hosticka
  • Patent number: 7492818
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically selecting one of a standard decision directed mode and a soft dd mode in a decision feedback equalizer for receiving a data signal comprises an equalizer for providing a DFE output signal and having a control input responsive to a control signal exhibiting a first value for selecting the standard dd mode and a second value for selecting the soft dd mode. The equalizer includes a lock detector having an output for providing a lock signal indicative of equalizer convergence. The apparatus includes a mode selector having an input coupled to the lock detector output and having an output coupled to the control input for providing an output signal exhibiting one of the first and second values depending upon characteristics of the lock signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Ivonete Markman, Jeongsoon Park, Seo Weon Heo, Saul Brian Gelfand
  • Patent number: 7492040
    Abstract: The encapsulation lid comprises at least two glass layers of different compositions, a first layer called the bottom layer, which is continuous, and at least a second layer, which is discontinuous and designed so as to define cavities or anfractuosities in this lid. Preferably, the glass layers other than the first layer are preferably formed from low-melting-point frits, thereby allowing such lids to be manufactured economically, without recourse to glass machining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Armand Bettinelli
  • Patent number: 7488077
    Abstract: The invention relates to a projection objective comprising at least one lens and intended to transmit a divergent light beam onto a flat screen. A hyperbolically shaped mirror is oriented so as to receive, on its convex face, the light emanating from the lens. The invention also relates to a corresponding projection apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Khaled Sarayeddine, Jean-Jacques Sacre, Pascal Benoit
  • Patent number: 7489730
    Abstract: Independent first and second information signals (content1 and content2) are transmitted over separate independent physical channels to a receiving location. Security is provided by encoding (12a) at least the first information by means of the second information to produce encoded signals (1?, . . . N?). The encoded signals and the second signals are received from the first and second channels at the second location (230). The encoded first signals are decoded at the receiving location by processing with the second signals. In some embodiments, the second information signals are encoded by processing with the first information signals. In a more general case, plural channels of information are “cross-encoded” by the information in plural other channels, and the plurality may be large.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: David Lowell McNeely
  • Patent number: 7490329
    Abstract: An apparatus having a memory and an operating system running a plurality of applications that are controlled by user signals, means to register the user signals required by each application, means to receive user signals, and means to send each received user signal to the application registered to require that signal. A method of passing user signals to a plurality of applications running with an operating system comprising receiving from each application information on user signals required by that application; saving in a memory the required user signals associated with each application; receiving a user signal from a user interface device; retrieving from the memory applications that require the received user signal; and sending the received user signal to each of the retrieved applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Chad Andrew Lefevre, Steven Lee Cooper, Jr., James Duane Tenbarge, David Johnston Lynch
  • Patent number: 7486009
    Abstract: An electrode gun for a cathode-ray tube, including at least a first electrode and a second electrode for shaping and focusing the electron beam emitted by a cathode is described. These electrodes are made of a non-oxidizing alloy whose coefficient of expansion between 20° C. and 300° C. lies between 4×10?6/° C. and 13×10?6/° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Ricaud, Christian Galmiche, Philippe Arnaud
  • Patent number: 7484230
    Abstract: A scanning device for an apparatus for reading from or writing to optical recording media, with at least one mounting device with a receptacle along an optical axis for an optical component arranged on a cylindrical holder and with setting elements for the holder along the axis or along and about the axis is disclosed. The scanning device of this type reduces the number of setting elements for adjusting an optical component and the setting elements are formed and arranged in a space-saving manner which considerably simplifies the adjusting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Martin Storz, Susann Ayari
  • Patent number: 7483451
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus using a system level clocking scheme to remove jitter from multi-media packets distributed over an asynchronous network, in particular an asynchronous network. The present invention overcomes the problems associated with jitter introduced in an asynchronous network by using various time stamps to synchronize a client device clock to a headend clock and to control the data flow in the client device to match the rate that the data is received by a broadband receiver coupled to the headend. A first time stamp is prepended to the transport packets when the packets are received from the headend. A second time stamp is placed in the data frame when the data frame is placed on the network. A third time stamp is placed in the data frame when the data frame is received from the network. The second and third time stamps are used for synchronizing the client clock to the server clock, which is in turn frequency locked to the headend clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Terry Wayne Lockridge, Thomas Edward Horlander, John William Richardson
  • Patent number: 7483620
    Abstract: A relay appliance at a defined playing time for accessing information on recording media containing information blocks, if the recording medium has no concordance list producing a relationship between the replay time and the recording location, or the concordance list is damaged. In order to access or to replay information from a recording medium at a defined playing time, the recording medium being, for example, a Digital Versatile Disk (“DVD”) which does not include DVD Video Title Set Time Map Table, a replay appliance is provided which drives a scanning device using a binary search to a point on the recording medium which corresponds to the access point defined by the playing time. The field of application of the invention extends to replay appliances for recording media containing information blocks, such as a digital video/disc (also called a DVD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Marco Winter
  • Patent number: 7480441
    Abstract: When recording packetized real-time streaming data, e.g. multimedia data, it is in general not possible to know in advance the size of the data stream, and thus the required storage area. Therefore the storage device may be full before the data stream is completely stored. The disclosed method for storing and retrieving the remaining part of the data stream on another storage device uses metadata tags (10,11) and data buffers (IB1,IB2) to split a data stream seamlessly into chunks while recording it, and distribute the chunks in real-time to different connected storage devices (D1,D2), so that the chunks can be seamlessly concatenated again in real-time for replaying the stream. The metadata tags (10,11) contain identifiers for the successive storage node (N2) and/or the preceding storage node (N1) and for the last stored application packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Wolfgang Klausberger, Meinolf Blawat, Stefan Kubsch, Hui Li, Dietmar Hepper