Patents Represented by Attorney Straub & Pokotylo
  • Patent number: 8351699
    Abstract: A threshold determination method is selected from among a plurality of alternative global thresholding determination methods and, optionally, a local thresholding determination method based on characteristics of a histogram of grayscales values representing an image. When it is determined to use a global thresholding method, a single global binarization threshold value is determined using the selected global thresholding method. Various alternative global binarization threshold values include a predetermined constant, an average value of the two grayscale values, an Otsu method based threshold value, a Newton method based threshold value, and an Otsu method based threshold value based on a truncated version of the histogram. When it is determined to use local thresholding, a plurality of local binarization threshold values are determined corresponding to different non-overlapping blocks of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Accusoft Corporation
    Inventors: Dalong Li, John Elton, Sebastian Steger
  • Patent number: 8351723
    Abstract: A low complexity visual masking method used as part of an image encoding process is described. The method is suitable for use in JPEG2000 image compression systems. Control weights used for rate allocation are generated based on integer order moments of wavelet transformed coefficients corresponding to a codeblock. The novel rate allocation weight generation method can, and in some embodiments is, combined with an apriori rate allocation algorithm, where allocation of bits to different portions of images is controlled as a function of one or more generated weights. The methods and apparatus of the present invention have the effect of increasing errors in busy areas of an image where they tend to be less noticeable and allocating a higher number of bits to less busy areas than some other systems, e.g., systems which attempt to minimize a mean squared error under a constraint of a user selected output rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Accusoft-Pegasus
    Inventor: Thomas Richter
  • Patent number: 8350925
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes an image recording section which records a plurality of image data items obtained on different dates and including image data items including a person, and a control section which displays one of the image data items selected from the image data items on a display section, retrieves another one of the image data items obtained on a date different from a date of the selected image data item and including the person, and displays the another one of the image data items on the display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Imaging Corp.
    Inventors: Kenji Matsumoto, Kuniko Morisaki, Yuka Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 8352499
    Abstract: Ads are scored using, at least, user information and information associated with a user request, such as a search query or a document request. The scores may be used in determining whether to serve ads, how to serve ads, to order ads, to filter ads, etc. Items of user information, request-associated information, and/or ad information can be weighted based on previous uses of such information in the serving of ads and the performance of those served ads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Krishna Bharat, Steve Lawrence, Mehran Sahami, Amit Singhal
  • Patent number: 8345138
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging element, an image signal transmitter, an image signal receiver, a signal processor and a control unit. The imaging element includes pixels arranged in two-dimensional array. The pixels output an imaging signal in synchronization with a first synchronizing signal. The image signal transmitter superimposes a second synchronizing signal on the imaging signal and transmits an image signal. The second synchronizing signal indicates a start position in vertical and horizontal directions in the two-dimensional array and is different from the first synchronizing signal. The image signal receiver receives the image signal from the image signal transmitter, and separates the received image signal into the imaging signal and second synchronizing signal. The signal processor processes the separated imaging signal based on the separated second synchronizing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Corportion
    Inventors: Takashi Yanada, Akira Ueno
  • Patent number: 8337889
    Abstract: A smectite dispersible tablet and the preparation progress thereof are disclosed, which is a new pharmaceutical formulation of smectite comprising smectite, a filler and a disintegrant. The dispersible tablet is stable in quality, can disintegrate quickly and disperse homogeneously, which is easy in dosage control, convenient in transportation and packaging, and has a flavor taste, a smooth surface as well as a uniform color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Shandong Luye Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shibiao Li
  • Patent number: 8334920
    Abstract: An image playback apparatus has a recording section which records shot images, and a display section which displays the images. The apparatus includes a motion detection section which detects a motion applied to the image playback apparatus in a state where hold of the image playback apparatus is detected, and a display control section which, when application of a particular motion set in advance is detected by the motion detection section, sorts and displays the images displayed on the display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Imaging Corp.
    Inventor: Kazushige Seto
  • Patent number: 8334912
    Abstract: A synchronization processing in which an image data having a plurality of color components per pixel is generated based on the image data obtained by an imaging apparatus which includes an image sensor arranged with a plurality of color filters is performed. Then, a predetermined granular pattern is added to the image data subjected to the synchronization processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Imaging Corp.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Toyoda, Manabu Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 8326686
    Abstract: Advertiser repository information (e.g., a list of HTML pages) may be used to automatically generate a page-ad and associated ad information for each page using a subset of features of the page. Subsequently, a page-ad index for all pages from different advertisers may be created. After creating a page-ad index, if a client issues a query (e.g., from a search engine), candidate page-ads may be selected using the page-ads index. If necessary (e.g., if there are more candidate page-ads than requested ads), the candidate page-ads may be entered into an arbitration (e.g., auction). Then, the arbitration may determine a set of one or more winning page-ads to be served for rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mayur Datar, Ashutosh Garg
  • Patent number: 8325263
    Abstract: A camera operates in cooperation with a wearable image display apparatus configured to be wearable on an eye region of a user. The camera includes an imaging unit, a vibration detection unit, a transmission availability judgment unit and a communication unit. The imaging unit acquires an image of a subject. The vibration detection unit detects vibration of the camera. The transmission availability judgment unit permits transmission of the image acquired by the imaging unit to the wearable image display apparatus when the vibration detection unit does not detect the vibration of the camera, and prohibits transmission of the image acquired by the imaging unit to the wearable image display apparatus when the vibration detection unit detects the vibration of the camera. The communication unit transmits the image acquired by the imaging unit to the wearable image display apparatus when transmission of the image acquired by the imaging unit is permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Imaging Corp.
    Inventors: Shigeru Kato, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 8326689
    Abstract: Different advertisers that may have different value propositions and that may desire different types of ad spots may effectively participate in an advertising network. An advertiser may express various value propositions using various types of offers, such as offers (or maximum offers) per impression, selection, and/or conversion (or some other user event). Probabilities of events, associated with offers, occurring may be used to allow different advertisers with different value propositions to compete against one another in an arbitration such as an auction. Advertisers may target the serving of their ads to keywords (search and/or content), particular publications or properties, particular vertical categories, other types of ad spots, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Sumit Agarwal, Gregory Joseph Badros, John Fu
  • Patent number: 8321249
    Abstract: A demographic attribute value of a sink online document may be determined by (a) accepting a value(s) of the demographic attribute of a source online document, (b) accepting, for each of the source online documents having an accepted demographic attribute value, a probability that a user will visit or has visited the sink online document if the user visited the source online document, and (c) determining the demographic attribute value of the sink online document using the demographic attribute value of each of the source online documents and the probabilities. A demographic attribute value of the sink online document may also be determined using the above information and using the demographic attribute value of each of the source online documents and the probabilities that a user will visit or has visited the sink online document if the user visited the other online document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Ching Law, Gokul Rajaram, Rama Ranganath
  • Patent number: 8312001
    Abstract: A method and system for allowing a resource associated with a target document usable for ad rendering by a first entity to be used for rendering of content by a second entity. Depending on one or more conditions, the first entity either uses the resource to render at least one ad or allows a second entity to use at least a portion of the resource to render content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Bronson, Kevan Quincy Newton, Jason Liebman, Rama Ranganath, Narayanan Shivakumar, Deepak Jindal, Yingwei Claire Cui
  • Patent number: 8296285
    Abstract: Ambiguities with respect to a user topic interest may be resolved so that useful topic-relevant ads can be presented. Such ambiguities may be resolved by monitoring user behavior, determining a user topic interest (e.g., from a plurality of different candidate topics) based on the monitored behavior, and serving ads relevant to the determined user topic interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Krishna Bharat
  • Patent number: 8295697
    Abstract: A camera comprises: a photographing unit converting an image formed by a shooting lens into an electric signal; a subject brightness obtaining unit; an exposure computing unit computing a shutter speed and an aperture value; a shutter controlling a time period in which the photographing unit accumulates the electric signal; and an aperture control unit controlling an aperture value of an aperture unit that limits a quantity of light incident from the shooting lens, wherein the exposure computing unit calculates a deviation between a previous exposure amount and a proper exposure amount on the basis of brightness information relating to a previous exposure and output by the subject brightness obtaining unit, the aperture value of the aperture unit, and the shutter speed of the shutter, and computes an aperture value of the aperture unit for a subsequent exposure on the basis of the deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Imaging Corp.
    Inventor: Yasunori Kudo
  • Patent number: 8290037
    Abstract: MD-FEC is considered an efficient way to generate a large number of descriptions. However, typically, MD-FEC introduces significant redundancy across streams. MD-FEC encoded streams (descriptions) are adapted based on feedback. Specifically, the bits sent in each description by a supplying peer are adapted based on the number of available descriptions in its receiving peer. The adaptive delivery eliminates unnecessary bits in the original MD-FEC streams (descriptions), and significantly reduces the consumed uplink bandwidth at supplying peers. The saved bandwidth can be used to accommodate more video sessions or for other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Polytechnic Institute of New York University
    Inventors: Zhengye Liu, Shivendra S. Panwar, Keith W. Ross, Yanming Shen, Yao Wang
  • Patent number: 8290800
    Abstract: A demographic attribute value of a sink online document (such as Websites or Web pages) may be determined given a set of users who have visited at least one of the source documents and the sink document, by (a) accepting a value(s) of the demographic attribute, each of which values is associated with a source online document (where each of the source online documents has a value for the demographic attribute and has been visited by at least one user of the given set), (b) determining an estimate of the demographic attribute value of each of the users of the given set using the accepted demographic attribute value of each of the source online documents visited by the user, and (c) determining the demographic attribute value of the sink online document using the determined estimate of the demographic attribute value of each of the users of the given set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Ching Law, Gokul Rajaram, Rama Ranganath
  • Patent number: 8285041
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a histogram computing section which computes a histogram of pixel values of input image data. A gradation conversion characteristic determining section determines a gradation conversion characteristic in a case where gradation conversion processing is applied to the image data on the basis of the histogram computed by the histogram computing section, and photographing information when the image data has been picked up. A gradation converting section converts the gradation of the input image data on the basis of the gradation conversion characteristic determined by the gradation conversion characteristic determining section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuya Toyoda
  • Patent number: 8284254
    Abstract: A coordinated surveillance system uses a larger number of fixed low resolution detection smart camera devices and a smaller number of pan/tilt/zoom controllable high resolution tracking smart camera devices. The set of detection cameras provide overall continuous coverage of the surveillance region, while the tracking cameras provide localized high resolution on demand. Each monitor camera device performs initial detection and determines approximate GPS location of a moving target in its field of view. A control system coordinates detection and tracking camera operation. A selected tracking camera is controlled to focus in on, confirm detection, and track a target. Based on a verified detection, a guard station is alerted and compressed camera video is forwarded to the guard station from the camera(s). The guard station can direct a patrol guard to the target using GPS coordinates and a site map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Sightlogix, Inc.
    Inventors: John Frederick Romanowich, Danny Chin, Geoffrey Alan Cleary
  • Patent number: 8281335
    Abstract: A method of generating a program signal stream comprises creating a sequence of serial programs that include a first event and a second, later occurring event and inserting a plurality of messages in the sequence of serial programs, between the first event and the 5 second event. The messages may be indicative of a time to the second event, as measured from each respective message of an elapsed time since the first event, to each respective message. Alternatively or in addition, the messages may be at equal time intervals between the first event and second events. The first and second events may be the start and end of a program or a program portion, such as a chapter, an advertisement, unscheduled content or an 10 entire program, for example. At least one message indicative of the time to the second event may be inserted in the sequence of serial programs prior to the first event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable LLC
    Inventors: Erik G. Urdang, John B. Carlucci