Patents Assigned to Qurio Holdings, Inc.
  • Patent number: 9832700
    Abstract: A gateway interconnecting a high speed Wide Area Network (WAN) and a lower speed Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) is provided. The high speed WAN is preferably connected to the gateway via a Fiber-to-the Home (FTTH) connection and associated FTTH modem. In general, the gateway includes an adaptable cross-layer offload engine operating to manage bandwidth between the high speed WAN and the lower speed WLAN. As data enters the gateway from the WAN at the high speed data rate of the WAN, the offload engine stores the data in a non-secure data cache. A rule check engine performs a stateless or stateful inspection of the data in the non-secure data cache. Thereafter, the data is moved from the non-secure data cache to a secure data cache and thereafter transmitted to an appropriate user device in the WLAN at the lower data rate of the WLAN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory M. Evans
  • Patent number: 9549212
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for dynamically adjusting advertisement (“ad”) time for a multicast channel. In one embodiment, a variable ad insertion function operates to receive one or more multicasts of media content from a core distribution network, insert ad timeslots into the media content, and optionally perform late-binding of ads to the ad timeslots. The media content including the inserted ad timeslots and late-binded ads, if any, is then multicast to associated client devices over a feeder network using corresponding multicast channels. For each multicast channel, insertion of ad timeslots into the associated media content is dynamically controlled based on the number of users currently consuming or predicted to consume the multicast channel, the number of client devices receiving or predicted to receive the multicast channel, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Evans, Richard J. Walsh
  • Patent number: 9503426
    Abstract: A virtual environment firewall receives a message having a request from a virtual environment entity intended for a virtual environment controller. The virtual environment firewall determines whether the request complies with one or more governance rules of the virtual environment controller. If the request does not comply with the one or more governance rules, the virtual environment firewall processes the message to prevent the request from being processed by the virtual environment controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Walsh, James Evans, Kunal Kandekar
  • Patent number: 9433023
    Abstract: A system and method for bypassing an access point in a wireless Local Area Network (LAN) for direct point-to-point data transfers are provided. A user device in the wireless LAN is equipped with a primary local wireless interface establishing a wireless communication link with an access point of the wireless LAN, a secondary local wireless interface used for direct point-to-point (P2P) file transfers, and a P2P file transfer application. When the P2P application desires to transfer a data file to another user device within the wireless LAN, the user device determines whether the other user device is within a coverage area of the secondary local wireless interface and whether the file transfer meets one or more alternate transfer criterion. If so, the data file is transferred to the other user device via a direct P2P wireless communication link, thereby bypassing the access point of the wireless LAN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: QURIO HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Gregory Morgan Evans
  • Patent number: 9356823
    Abstract: Providing and receiving content for nodes of a computer network. In one aspect, a method for receiving content for nodes on a network includes establishing a computer device as a gateway device that can communicate in a first network and communicate with a server in a second network. The gateway device makes a request for content to be provided to at least one destination node in the first network. The requested content is received at the gateway device and is then provided to the destination node, where the received content is based on stored settings for the at least one destination node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Alfredo C. Issa
  • Patent number: 9280773
    Abstract: A DRM compliance system can include one or more DRM servers, capture devices capable of continuously encrypting content at capture, and one or more rights compliance software applications. Methods of ensuring DRM compliance can include registering and verifying capture devices prior to the presentation of protectable content. Unique IDs associated with the capture devices may be stored as DRM liens in a DRM server along with particular time periods an identified DRM policy is in effect. The rights compliance software application can consult a DRM server to determine if encrypted content captured by a device is subject to a DRM policy. The server can make such a determination based on attempting to match data identifying the capture device and time of capture to one or more DRM liens. When matches are found, applicable DRM policies are applied by decrypting the content and then rendering the content in a DRM-compatible form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Morgan Evans, James Evans, Thomas Roberts
  • Patent number: 9270717
    Abstract: A wireless multimedia content brokerage service can provide for real time selective content extraction in a manner that allows users to easily obtain, at a mobile device, one or more portions of a real time multimedia composite content presentation. The brokerage service ensures that the experience is transparent from the point of view of the user, and additionally does not require any specific interaction between the user and the display, or interaction between the user and the content service provider (or providers). Instead, the brokerage service handles the transactional details involved in subscribing to content and in obtaining, formatting, and forwarding content to the mobile device. Additionally, since the content of interest is not forwarded from the display itself and since some embodiments of the system do not rely on any interactivity at the display to identify the display device or content, relatively unsophisticated display devices can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Neill, Christopher Amidon
  • Patent number: 9224145
    Abstract: A system for tracking copyright compliance comprises a database, the database including unique identifiers for a plurality of content capture devices. The unique identifiers may be obtained from devices prior to the presentation of protectable content, for example, by pre-registration during the process of obtaining a ticket to a performance or at a security checkpoint at an event. The unique identifiers may be associated with a copyright policy pertaining to content at the event. Each device may embed its unique identifier in content captured by the device, such as via a watermark. Software may obtain data embedded in content and access the database to determine the copyright status of the content by sending a request including data identifying the capture device. If content is obtained from an unauthorized source, the content may be traced back to a specific device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Morgan Evans, James Evans, Thomas Roberts
  • Patent number: 9213230
    Abstract: A system and method for collaboratively providing configurations for a media environment are provided. In general, configuration events from a number of media environments are collected and provided to a Collaborative Configuration System (CCS) server. Based on the configuration events, the CCS server generates and provides recommended configurations to a media environment. The recommended configurations may be generated prior to or after receiving a request for recommended configurations from the media environment. In one embodiment, the recommended configurations are provided as a recommended configuration profile providing a set of configurations to be applied at the media environment. In another embodiment, the recommended configurations are provided as a CCS track associated with a particular media presentation. The CCS track includes configuration changes to be applied to the media environment for a number of time slices of the media presentation during playback of the media presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Alfredo C. Issa, Richard J. Walsh, Gary W. Black
  • Patent number: 9195996
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a profile of communication sessions involves generating ratings for a selected set of messages and metadata associated with content items that are shared by social network users participating in a communication session. Ratings may be based on keyword scores which may then be adjusted based on user participation parameters, social network characterization parameters, and user selected options. Communication session profiles change over time and so recomputation is effected on periodic or scheduled bases. Generated profiles may be stored, frequently retrieved, or used in applications such as but not limited to content filtering, recommending content shared by participating social network members, selecting relevant advertisements, providing topic suggestions or user list invitations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Walsh, Christopher Amidon, Alfredo Issa
  • Patent number: 9191605
    Abstract: An interconnect device receives encrypted high quality media content from a protected interface of the source device and decrypts the encrypted high quality media content to recover the high quality media content. For remote monitoring, the decrypted high quality media content is processed to reduce the quality of the high quality media content to generate the reduced quality media content. The reduced quality media content may be generated by further compressing the high quality media content, reducing the resolution of the high quality media content, downscaling the high quality media content or the like. The decrypted high quality media content is also re-encrypted and delivered to the protected media interface of the destination device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Morgan Evans, Thomas A. Roberts, Cheryl Adams
  • Patent number: 9172937
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for providing a timed event to a user viewing recorded media content at a defined time interval. The recorded media content may be any media viewed on a time-shifted basis. For example, the recorded media may be television content recorded by a Digital Video Recorder (DVR), media content recorded on a Digital Video Disc (DVD), streaming media content providing by a network such as the Internet, or the like. In general, the timed event may be, for example, presenting audio, visual, or audio-visual content and is configured to occur periodically at a time interval such as, but not limited to, every half-hour, every hour, or once a day. Once the timed event is configured, the timed event is periodically effected at the time interval to provide an indication of time while the user is viewing recorded media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Roberts, Oladipupo Olaiya
  • Patent number: 9166711
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for influencing a viewer to select a second feed. A shared medium is loaded beyond a loading threshold. One or more high viewership feeds being provided over the shared medium are designated preferred feeds, and one or more user devices providing low viewership feeds to viewers are designated candidate user devices. The candidate user devices are instructed to influence their respective viewers to select one of the high viewership feeds. The candidate user devices select a second feed from one or more preferred feeds, and provide information pertaining to the second feed to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Evans, Richard J. Walsh
  • Patent number: 9141825
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling access to digital assets in an online media sharing system based on keywords are provided. In general, each digital asset is tagged with a number of keywords. The owner of the digital assets defines a guest list including a number of guests. For each guest, the owner defines permissions controlling the guest's access to the digital assets based on keywords. Thereafter, when a request to view the digital assets is received from a guest node associated with one of the guests, the digital assets that the guest is permitted to view are identified based on the permissions assigned to the guest and provided to the guest at the guest node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Hugh Svendsen
  • Patent number: 9122645
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for tagging images or albums shared by a group of users. More specifically, a virtual group is defined, where each user in the virtual group has an associated image collection. The image collection of each user, or a select portion thereof, is made available to the other users in the virtual group. A number of group tags forming a tag vocabulary are defined for the virtual group, and the users in the virtual group are enabled to tag their own images, images shared by other users in the virtual group, or both using the group tags. Using the group tags, the images shared within the virtual group can be efficiently sorted, searched, and organized. Permissions may be defined to control access to and visibility of the group tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Cheryl Adams
  • Patent number: 9118949
    Abstract: A content management system for managing content stored by a number of networked Personal Video Recorders (PVRs) associated with a user community is provided. More specifically, the storage space of each of the personal video recorders is physically or logically partitioned into a personal space and a community space. The content management system manages the community spaces of the PVRs such that content relevant to the user community is stored in the collective community space of the PVRs and available to the user community.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Walsh, Alfredo C. Issa, Sid Stafford, James Evans
  • Patent number: 9112889
    Abstract: Mechanisms for providing data streams are disclosed. A device accesses a mapping stored at the device that maps a desired media content item to a source address and to a range of addresses in a storage device of a remote content distribution server allocated to the desired media content item. The device preforms a direct memory-to-memory transfer of the desired media content item from the remote content distribution server to a local memory of the device using the range of addresses. The device encapsulates the desired media content item from the local memory into a plurality of packets according to a streaming protocol. Encapsulating the desired media content item includes inserting into each of the plurality of packets the source address. The plurality of packets are streamed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Evans, Thomas A. Roberts, James Evans
  • Patent number: 9111285
    Abstract: A control system renders a shared virtual environment to one or more users and obtains metadata associated with content accessed by the users. Representations based on the gathered metadata are provided to a viewing user, and may include visual elements serving as host, content and/or presence representations. Applicable representations are identified from a plurality of defined possible content representations based on the metadata associated with and obtained for a hosting user. The representations may be descriptive of a variety of parameters, including but not limited to the type, timing, nature or other parameters associated with content currently being accessed by a hosting user, content available from the hosting user, a future schedule for content access, time remaining for the hosting user to remain within a shared virtual environment, the hosting user's social network status relative to the viewing user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Amidon, Gregory Evans, Richard Walsh, Alfredo Issa
  • Patent number: 9104758
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for searching social networks. A device is encountered that sends a query. The query comprises a search packet. A content search is performed according to a query parameter described by the search packet. The content search is then repeatedly performed according to a duration parameter described by the search packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Richard J. Walsh, James Evans
  • Patent number: 9098554
    Abstract: Syndication feeds for peer computer devices. In one aspect, a request is received at a server for a syndicated feed from a peer on a peer-to-peer network. It is determined whether the peer is currently online or offline; if online, the requested feed is pulled from the peer and served to the requestor, and if offline, the requested feed is retrieved from a cache of the server and served to the requestor. In one embodiment, an online/offline indicator is inserted in a feed by the server to indicate to the user the online or offline status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Alfredo C. Issa