Patents Assigned to IMDb.com
  • Patent number: 10405059
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for presenting collections of items related to subjects in a performance to viewers. The collections are assumed to be identified prior to the performance by individuals with knowledge of subjects expected to appear in the performance. The subject's appearance may be detected based on a user input indicating the appearance or by a subject recognition algorithm. The collections may be presented to a customer in a display also rendering the performance or in a separate display. The customer may select the collections and/or items therein for performing an action with the item, such as, for example purchasing the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: IMDB. COM, INC.
    Inventor: Lars Hasso Liden
  • Patent number: 10255326
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for providing search results that are generated by considering search terms that are typically ignored. A user may enter a search query containing search terms that may be specific to a particular search domain. Common words within the search query that are typically ignored in standard searches may be assigned a consideration weight based on a set of rules associated with the search domain. Based on the consideration weight, those words may be considered when generating search results. The consideration weight may decrease as the number of search terms in the search query increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: IMDB.COM, INC.
    Inventor: Hilliard Bruce Siegel
  • Patent number: 10185709
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for creating and providing narratives associated with a type of subject (e.g., person, movie, place, etc.). Following a detected change in the system, a narrative template is selected based on a variety of factors. The template may provide variations of sentences based on the amount of data provided. Following the selection of the optimal narrative, fields in the selected template are filled with stored data associated with the subject. Some of the stored data may need to be translated prior to adding to the template depending on whether the selected narrative template is in a different language. The new or updated narrative may be stored in a memory. The system may encode a network page with the narrative and send the encoded network page to a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: IMDB.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Rachel Jane MacTaggart, Adam Carlson, Simon Alexander Poole, Richard David Williams
  • Patent number: 10186018
    Abstract: An electronic device can utilize image information to determine a proper orientation with which to render content. In some embodiments, a camera of a computing device can capture one or more images to attempt to determine a relative location (or direction) of a user by identifying a feature of a user or by using objects in the image to determine a likely direction of a user. Based at least in part on this information, as well as information from position and motion sensors of the device in some embodiments, a device can determine a relative position of a user, and can cause content to be rendered by the device with an orientation that is appropriate for that position, where the orientation can also depend upon the type of content or other such factors. Such an approach can determine proper orientations in situations where conventional sensor-based approaches are not sufficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: IMDB.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Guy Rhodes, Hilliard Bruce Siegel
  • Patent number: 10146778
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for generating a content item metric or a performer metric. The metric can assess a lasting value of a content item or performer by identifying a distribution of a population of users expressing an interest in the content item or performer according to a demographic attribute, such as age.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: IMDB.COM, INC.
    Inventor: Tanya Salyers
  • Patent number: 10091556
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for relating items to objects detected in media. An item recognition application obtains media information associated with a broadcast being consumed form the client device. The item recognition application identifies objects in the media based on user input of the location of the object on the client device display and/or heuristic detection of the object. The user may indicate the object's location through an input device. The object may be heuristically detected based on an algorithm that differentiates the object from the background. The item recognition application identifies items related to the object. The item recognition application then performs an action with the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: IMDB.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Lars Hasso Liden, Rachel Jane MacTaggart, Ashutosh Vishwas Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 10027750
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for utilizing a network identifier that is based on a media item. A computing device receives a network identifier for a network. The computing device detects that the network identifier is based on a media item and generates a user interface having information related to the media item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: IMDB.COM, INC.
    Inventor: Hilliard Bruce Siegel
  • Patent number: 9998554
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for tracking, in at least one computing device, a presentation of a plurality of items for a user, each item being associated with at least one respective category of a plurality of categories, and determining a user histogram that is customized for a user. A visual symbol may be generated based at least upon the user histogram for each category, each visual symbol comprising a visual characteristic for associating the visual symbol to the category and a graphical dimension of the visual symbol, wherein the graphical dimension correlates with the respective degree of interest associated with the category. Each visual symbol may be appended to one another to form a graphic identifier and a user interface encoded for rendering, where the user interface comprises the graphic identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: IMDB.COM, INC.
    Inventor: Tanya Salyers
  • Patent number: 9930415
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for associating and synchronizing extrinsic data with video content at particular points of time in the video content. In one embodiment, a user interface is rendered that facilitates an entry of a corresponding score for at least one of a plurality of extrinsic data items that are associated with a video content feature that is currently being presented to a first user. The corresponding score of a particular extrinsic data item of the plurality of extrinsic data items is received through the user interface. A time in the video content feature that is currently being presented to the first user is determined. The particular extrinsic data item is rendered on an electronic display at the time during another presentation of the video content feature to a second user based at least in part on the corresponding score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: IMDB.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Andrej Gregov, Francis J. Kane, Douglas M. Treder
  • Patent number: 9906626
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments that facilitate network page generation based on resource demands. A request for a network page is obtained at a server from a client. When the network page is to be generated by the client, network page generation code for generating the network page is sent to the client in response to the request and in place of the network page. The network page generation code includes code that obtains multiple data elements from the server. The network page generation code also includes code that generates a network page. The data elements are included within the network page. When the network page is to be locally generated, if the network page is static, loaded the network page from a data store and send to the client. If the network page is not static, generate the network page server-side, and send to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: IMDb.com, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas William Whitcomb
  • Patent number: 9864870
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a request monitoring application. Content identifiers are generated according to a known sequence or pattern. Requests for invalid content identifiers are logged. Response behavior to subsequent requests is modified when a number of requests from a source having invalid content identifiers meets a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: IMDB.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Hilliard Bruce Siegel, Murray Leigh Chapman
  • Patent number: 9813784
    Abstract: Techniques are described for providing functionality to allow a viewer of a television show to watch a “previously on” segment of an episode of the television show and be able to watch the scenes from prior episodes referenced in the “previously on” segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignees: A9.com, IMDb.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Carlson, Jeromey Russell Goetz, Ashutosh Vishwas Kulkarni, Douglas Ryan Gray, Danny Ryan Stephens, Colin Jon Taylor, Ismet Zeki Yalniz
  • Patent number: 9794212
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments relating to the identification of events that occur within a media item. A plurality of messages are received from client devices, wherein each of the messages comprises a timestamp indicating a time relative to a media item. The existence of an event in the media item is determined based at least in part on a clustering of at least a subset of the messages received. Points are awarded to a subset of users based at least in part upon the timestamp and the clustering of messages received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: IMDb.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Hilliard Bruce Siegel, Kenneth P. Fishkin
  • Patent number: 9767426
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for translation of destination identifiers. In one embodiment, a destination identifier applied to a shipment is scanned. The destination identifier is translated to a first shipping address based at least in part on a mapping of destination identifiers to shipping addresses. The shipment is routed for delivery to the first shipping address. The destination identifier is then translated to a second shipping address based at least in part on the mapping. The shipment is then rerouted to the second shipping address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignees: Amazon Technologies, Inc., IMDb.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Hilliard Bruce Siegel, Kenneth Thomas Burford
  • Patent number: 9710442
    Abstract: Age data is calculated and stored that describes the age of one or more elements in a Web page, such as images or hyperlinks. The age data may be utilized to modify the Web page such that the age of each Web page element is visually presented when the Web page is rendered. For example, the Web page may be configured such that a region is overlaid upon each element that is colored or shaded based upon the age of the element. Colored or shaded borders might also be applied to the Web page elements that indicate the age of each Web page element. The age data might also be utilized to modify the Web page such that the frequency at which each page element has been changed will be visually presented when the Web page is rendered. The age data might also be correlated to other Web page statistics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: IMDb.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Hilliard Bruce Siegel, Murray Chapman
  • Patent number: 9552489
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a request monitoring application. Content identifiers are generated according to a known sequence or pattern. Requests for invalid content identifiers are logged. Response behavior to subsequent requests is modified when a number of requests from a source having invalid content identifiers meets a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: IMDB.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Hilliard Bruce Siegel, Murray Leigh Chapman
  • Patent number: 9519710
    Abstract: Systems and methods for classifying and ranking one or more keywords associated with a media work may be provided. In an embodiment, a system can recommend a set of media works in response to receiving information about a keyword associated with a media work. The system can recommend the set of media works based on aggregated classification information for a plurality of keywords associated with a plurality of media works, and aggregated rating information for the aggregated classification information. In an example, the aggregated rating information can represent the relevancy of a classification associated with at least one media work of the plurality of media works.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: IMDb.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Murray Leigh Chapman, Keith Nolan Simanton
  • Patent number: 9485307
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for generating a network identifier that is based on a media item. A network identifier system processes a media item. The network identifier system generates a network identifier that is based on the media item. The network identifier system broadcasts the network identifier that was generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: IMDb.com, Inc.
    Inventor: Hilliard Bruce Siegel
  • Patent number: 9473556
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a content discovery application. Content items can be selected by first selecting a sequence of descriptors. The descriptors are selected from a subset of descriptors regenerated based on previously selected descriptors and other factors. The content item is selected from a pool of content items responsive to the sequence of descriptors. Users may explore data derived from sequences of descriptors and selected content items from other users to discover content relevant to their interests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: IMDb.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Tanya Salyers, Scott Thomas Moran, Yann Thierry Oehl, Hilliard Bruce Siegel
  • Patent number: RE47479
    Abstract: Various embodiments enable finding collaborations in a network. One embodiment obtains collaboration data for a plurality of nodes, receives a request to locate at least one collaboration for a user, generates a search tree starting by determining a source node of the collaboration data, the search tree including at least two levels, and expanding the search tree until at least one target node is located that corresponds to a solution for the request, optimizes the search tree to attempt to reduce the number of solutions, generates an adjacency list of adjacent nodes in the optimized search tree, searches the adjacency list to locate at least one shortest path to the target node, and generates a list of collaboration data that is associated with the at least one shortest path from the source node to the target node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: IMDB.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher G. Rhodes, Paul K. Young, Thomas William Whitcomb