Patents Assigned to Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Patent number: 10308393
    Abstract: Module for playing a plurality of promotions, including: a plurality of fixtures sequentially configurable into the plurality of promotions by rotating at least one fixture while maintaining an original position of each fixture within the reconfigurable module, each fixture including a plurality of sides; and a plurality of fasteners to combine the plurality of fixtures into the reconfigurable module. Key words include corrugate, modular, and rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Cesar Montoya
  • Patent number: 10257548
    Abstract: Delivering, protecting, and playing content, including: executing a content-bound executable application in a trusted execution environment by a player device; performing an integrity check of the player device using the content-bound executable application; sending a request from the player device for update information to at least one of the license server and the content server using the content-bound executable application; receiving update information at the player device from the at least one of the license server and the content server; updating local environment of the player device using the content-bound executable application; and decrypting the content data by the content-bound executable application. Key words include content-bound and executable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Taylor, Spencer Stephens
  • Patent number: 10229467
    Abstract: Embedding a watermark payload in content, including: a counter configured to store a random seed; a permutation generator configured to receive and process the watermark payload and the random seed, and generate a shuffled payload based on the random seed; and a watermark embedder configured to receive and embed the shuffled payload into the content. Key words include watermark payload and collusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Eric Diehl
  • Patent number: 10178360
    Abstract: A digital imaging device includes: a monochromatic sensor including a plurality of photosensitive elements distributed in an array, the plurality of photosensitive elements configured to convert light falling on the monochromatic sensor into electronic signals; and a plurality of filters, each filter configured to be moved into a position in front of the monochromatic sensor, wherein each filter, when moved into the position in front of the monochromatic sensor, covers substantial portion of the monochromatic sensor. Key words include imaging sensor and layered filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Kazunori Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10177912
    Abstract: Content individualization, including: encrypting a first part of a source data set using a first key creating a first encrypted data set; encrypting a second part of the source data set using a second key creating a second encrypted data set; encrypting the second part of the source data set using a third key creating a third encrypted data set; and combining the first encrypted data set, the second encrypted data set, and the third encrypted data set to form a final encrypted data set. Key words include watermarking and content individualization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Takashima, Christopher Taylor
  • Patent number: 10122982
    Abstract: Recording images, including: receiving an optical effects selection, which indicates a selected optical effect to apply to raw image data capturing the images; receiving an optical effects parameter, which indicates how to apply the selected optical effects to the raw image data; storing the optical effects selection and the optical effects parameter as effects metadata; recording the raw image data using a sensor of the digital camera; marking the effects metadata with time information to associate the effects metadata with the recorded raw image data over time; applying the selected optical effect to the raw image data according to the optical effects parameter to create processed image data while preserving the recorded raw image data; and displaying the processed image data on a display of the digital camera. Key words include raw image data and effects metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC
    Inventors: Spencer Stephens, Chris Cookson, Scot Barbour
  • Patent number: 10116995
    Abstract: A system and method are provided that allow the presentation of content to multiple users while some or all of the users communicate with one another through a network. In some embodiments, a content item such as a movie is viewed synchronously by multiple users while the users interact through, e.g., instant messaging. A viewing event may be arranged with users receiving invitations, responding to the invitations, and receiving reminders about the viewing event. The viewing event allows for contests to be conducted between the users. The users may be charged fees to participate in the viewing event. Items for sale may be offered to the users, such as a copy of the content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Don Charles Eklund, Ben Feingold
  • Patent number: 10097769
    Abstract: An image sensor, including: a sensing layer having a plurality of sensing elements, each sensing element configured to record impinging photons; and an attenuation layer coupled to the sensing layer, the attenuation layer configured with a plurality of attenuation elements to modulate light incident on the sensing layer. Key words include sensing layer and attenuation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Kazunori Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10090015
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: a data processing unit which executes a reproduction process of recorded data of a disc, in which the data processing unit reads disc type information that is recorded on the disc, and ascertains a recorded data configuration of the disc based on the disc type information that is read, and executes data reading-out and reproduction processes according to a reading-out rate corresponding to the ascertained recorded data configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Kouichi Uchimura, Yoshikazu Takashima
  • Patent number: 10031352
    Abstract: System and apparatus including: a plurality of lens elements; and an aperture module coupled to the plurality of lens elements and including an array of pixels, wherein the aperture module is configured to be variable in pattern and transparency. Key words include variable aperture and pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Kazunori Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9986309
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided to implement a technique for providing supplemental information and interactive features for content, such as a movie. In one implementation, a content provider builds a package of information and interactive features (“interactive extras”) using a defined structure and API (application programming interface). The content provider gives the package of extras to several distributors (or provides access to some or all of the package through a network resource). Each distributor uses the package in the distributor's content distribution platform or system by conforming to the API for the package. In this way, the content provider can provide the same package of extras to multiple distributors that may have incompatible platforms without having to build custom packages for each platform. This allows the content provider to build the package once and also provides a more consistent experience across the distributor services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Richard Berger, Ellen Goodridge
  • Patent number: 9979907
    Abstract: An image sensor including: a plurality of sensing elements, each sensing element including a plurality of layers of varying sensitivities, wherein the plurality of layers is configured to record impinging photons, and wherein each layer of each sensing element is configured to attenuate flow of the photons into the next layer. Key words include a multi-layered sensor and high-dynamic range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Kazunori Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9978798
    Abstract: Recording photons incident on an image sensor; and storing the recorded photons on the image sensor in varying densities, wherein the photons are recorded in varying densities by storing electrons non-linearly. Key words include a sensor and storing non-linearly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Kazunori Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9911171
    Abstract: A method of identifying a source of media, including: performing the following actions using at least one computer: identifying a plurality of segments arranged to form said media; generating a representative master key (RMK) of said media from the arrangement of the plurality of segments, wherein the RMK comprises a first listing of master identifiers corresponding to the plurality of segments, each master identifier of the first listing of master identifiers identifying a source master of each segment of the plurality of segments; receiving a listing of fingerprints, each fingerprint of the listing of fingerprints having a corresponding identifier that identifies the source of said media, said each fingerprint also including a second listing of master identifiers; and comparing the first listing of master identifiers in the RMK to the second listing of master identifiers in said each fingerprint in the listing of fingerprints to identify the source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Sumit Malik, Raja Sahi
  • Patent number: 9881139
    Abstract: Managing and accessing media items, including: a plurality of domains configured to provide access to media items; a plurality of clients associated with the plurality domains, and providing a pathway for accessing the media items; and a spanning application configured to track and aggregate accessible media items from the plurality of domains based on authentication and registration information and associated rights of the plurality of clients and the plurality of domains, wherein the spanning application enables accessing of the media items across the plurality of domains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Richard Berger
  • Patent number: 9858633
    Abstract: Embedding a watermark payload in content, including: a counter configured to store a random seed; a permutation generator configured to receive and process the watermark payload and the random seed, and generate a shuffled payload based on the random seed; and a watermark embedder configured to receive and embed the shuffled payload into the content. Key words include watermark payload and collusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Diehl
  • Patent number: 9838628
    Abstract: Capturing an image including: receiving an exposure time for an image sensor; measuring time to saturation for each sensel of a plurality of sensels of the image sensor; and calculating a number of electrons that would have been collected by each sensel with unlimited storage capacity using the time to saturation, the exposure time, and an electron collection capacity of a storage unit of each sensel. Key words include sensor saturation and high-dynamic range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Kazunori Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9813756
    Abstract: A network media environment includes a first hub network and a second hub network. The first hub network encompasses a first local environment based on a first server which is coupled to a first client. The second hub network encompasses a second local environment based on a second server which is also coupled to the first client. The first local environment and the second local environment overlap. The second local environment is movable with a movement of the second server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Mitch Frederick Singer, Brian David Lakamp
  • Patent number: 9619629
    Abstract: A system for transferring verified media data. The system comprising: an item of content storing the media data, and having an associated serial number; a computing device including a first storage device and a network interface; a secure copying application program; a secure copy of the media data generated by the secure copying application program and stored on the first storage device; a verification server including a serial number database and having a network connection to the computing device through the network interface, wherein the secure copying application program generates the secure copy after verifying the serial number is valid and active by communicating with the verification server; and a portable copy of the media data, including license information, generated from the secure copy by the secure copying application program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc
    Inventors: Brian D. Lakamp, Mitchell F. Singer
  • Patent number: 9615145
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided to implement a technique for providing supplemental information and interactive features for content, such as a movie. In one implementation, a content provider builds a package of information and interactive features (“interactive extras”) using a defined structure and API (application programming interface). The content provider gives the package of extras to several distributors (or provides access to some or all of the package through a network resource). Each distributor uses the package in the distributor's content distribution platform or system by conforming to the API for the package. In this way, the content provider can provide the same package of extras to multiple distributors that may have incompatible platforms without having to build custom packages for each platform. This allows the content provider to build the package once and also provides a more consistent experience across the distributor services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Richard Berger, Ellen Goodridge