Patents Assigned to Thomson Licensing LLC.
  • Patent number: 9485492
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for coding occlusion layers, such as occlusion video data and occlusion depth data in 3D video, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: THOMSON Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Dong Tian, Wang Lin Lai
  • Patent number: 9299120
    Abstract: Implementations may relate to various aspects of modifying, or using, a coded bitstream, or to recovering watermarking information from data. In one implementation, a coded bitstream is modified to allow for the application of a watermark to the coded bitstream without changing the coding of any other syntax elements in the bitstream. This is performed by identifying conditions necessary to change a coded syntax element without disrupting the interpretation of subsequent coded elements. The coded syntax element is replaced with another coded value if the modified value generates the same decoding variables as the original value would have generated. Particular implementations focus on syntax elements coded using entropy coding, including, for example, Context-based Adaptive Binary Arithmetic Coding (CABAC). Regardless of the type of coding or watermarking, various implementations may provide for recovering watermarking information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Dekun Zou, Jeffrey Adam Bloom, Peng Yin, Oscar Divorra Escoda
  • Patent number: 9282327
    Abstract: There are provided a method and apparatus for video error concealment in multi-view coded video using high level syntax. The apparatus includes a decoder for decoding pictures for at least one view corresponding to multi-view video content from a bitstream. The pictures are representative of at least a portion of a video sequence. At least some of the pictures correspond to different time instances in the video sequence. The decoder determines whether any of the pictures corresponding to a particular one of the different time instances are lost using an existing syntax element. The existing syntax element is for indicating a number of coded views in the bitstream, including the at least one view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Purvin Bibhas Pandit, Peng Yin, Yeping Su
  • Patent number: 9208816
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method, an apparatus, and a recording medium for recording multimedia content, which allow a controlled access to the multimedia content. According to the invention, the recording medium for recording multimedia content has a content limitation indicator for indicating which multimedia content is allowed to be recorded on the recording medium, which specifies an age rating for the multimedia content. A recording apparatus compares the multimedia content to be recorded with the limitations specified by the content limitation indicator prior to recording the multimedia content on the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Schmidt-Uhlig
  • Patent number: 9210447
    Abstract: There are provided methods and apparatus for block-based error concealment. An apparatus includes an error concealment module for concealing a current block in a lost picture in a group of pictures by using a last available inter-coded picture in a previous group of pictures, when the lost picture is a first inter-coded picture in the group of pictures. The group of pictures has a pattern characterized as an intra-coded picture followed by a sequence of inter-coded pictures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Saurav Kumar Bandyopadhyay, Zhenyu Wu, Purvin Bibhas Pandit, Jill MacDonald Boyce
  • Patent number: 9105093
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for bi-layer segmentation of an image or a sequence of images are described. A classifier is derived based on depth data of the image and another classifier is derived based on color data of the image. The image is then segmented by maximizing a weighted sum of matching scores derived from the classifiers based on depth data and color data of the image. The classifier based on color data of the image is derived using color sampling subsequent to generating an initial segmentation of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Markus Schlosser, Lorenzo Sorgi
  • Patent number: 9081936
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking a downloaded digital media file which employs reheader splicing of the digit media file for digital rights management (DRM) are provided. The system and method provide for receiving a request for a first file from a client, accessing the first file and a second file that is representative of the first file, applying data identifying the client into the second file, and combining the first and second file such that a size of the combined file is substantially the same size as the accessed first file, and downloading the combined first and second file to the client. The combining of the first and second file includes replacing corresponding object components of the first file with the objects components of the second file. The data identifying the client includes at least one of a transaction ID, merchant ID, user ID and order ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Tadeusz Matuchniak, Bryan Bledstein, Walterlance Ware
  • Patent number: 9076483
    Abstract: A system and method for replicating protected content on media includes a controller for enabling replicating of media content from partial encoded content received at a location of the controller. A media recorder is coupled to the controller and including a modulation process (104) to complete encoding of the partial encoded content to record media content on media readable by a device other than the media recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Alan Bruce Hamersley, Holger Hofmann, John Matthew Town
  • Patent number: 9009758
    Abstract: A system and method for enabling a user to display and interact with a social networking structure on a video device connected to a network enabled host device is provided. A user interface (UI) 700 is also provided for displaying content (e.g. messages or tweets) that is output in an overlay for display on a display while program video is playing. The method provides for accessing a social networking site in response to a user input, the user input initiated while outputting a program for display, generating at least one keyword for searching the social networking site based on at least one characteristic associated with the program, retrieving content from the social networking site based the at least one keyword and outputting the retrieved content in an overlay for display simultaneous with the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Evan Michael Foote, Martin Vincent Davey
  • Patent number: 9008188
    Abstract: New capabilities will allow conventional broadcast transmission to be available to mobile devices. A method of decoding a bitstream is described including receiving a demodulated bitstream, the demodulated bitstream encoded using a byte-code encoding process, arranging a portion of the demodulated bitstream into a subset of bits, reordering the subset of bits, and decoding the subset of bits based on a property of the subset of bits and the encoding process. An apparatus includes means for decoding a bitstream based on a property of the subset of bits and the encoding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Mueller, Alexander Kravtchenko, Stanislaw Klinke, Scott Matthew LoPresto
  • Patent number: 8836615
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a circuit for controlling a light emitting element, in particular an organic light emitting diode. The circuit comprises a capacitor connectable with the light emitting element, charging means for charging the capacitor and a switching means. The switching means is adapted to alternately disconnect the capacitor from the light emitting element and connect the capacitor to the light emitting element. The capacitor is alternately charged and discharged. A charging current or a discharge current from the capacitor drives the current of the light emitting element. Said charging means comprises at least one charging transistor for charging the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Heinrich Schemmann, Philippe Le Roy, Gunther Haas
  • Patent number: 8630154
    Abstract: The apparatus includes a pickup for reading data from a super-resolution optical disc, the pickup comprising a laser for generating a main beam, a first and a second satellite beam, the two satellite beams each having a radial offset with regard to the main beam, a third satellite beam following the first satellite beam, having the same radial offset as the first satellite beam, and a fourth satellite beam following the second satellite beam, having the same radial offset as the second satellite beam, for providing a crosstalk correction of the HF data signal. The track pitch between adjacent tracks of the optical disc is particularly below the diffraction limit of the pickup, and the light intensity of each of the first and second satellite beams and of the main beam is sufficient to provide a super-resolution effect on the optical disc and the light intensity of each of the third and fourth satellite beams is not sufficient to provide the super-resolution effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert Hoelzemann, Stephan Knappmann
  • Publication number: 20130276043
    Abstract: A particular implementation correlates a broadcast media item, which has a metadata element containing either a station call sign or channel number for a program, to a specific broadcast frequency and a virtual channel that a service provider broadcasts the program on. A command string is algorithmically defined to encode the frequency and physical channel, and is presented to the tuner hardware for locking onto and decoding the signal. A URL including the command string can then be generated. Consequently, a DLNA client device can engage a media renderer to play the broadcast media item through the exchange of a URL and a control interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: Robert D. Shedd, THOMSON LICENSING LLC PATENT OPERATIONS
    Inventor: Kerry Wayne Calvert
  • Patent number: 8560674
    Abstract: An apparatus such as a cordless telephone handset is capable of detecting key words within received data feeds. According to an exemplary embodiment, the apparatus includes an input for receiving a data feed, and a controller for determining whether content of the received data feed includes a key word. If the controller determines that the content includes the key word, a signal is generated to notify a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing LLC
    Inventors: William Ray Bednarczyk, Sylvain Pierre Chaillou, Joris Roussel, Jayanta Majumdar, Quan Liu
  • Patent number: 8493832
    Abstract: The optical storage medium comprises a substrate layer and a data layer disposed on the substrate layer, the data layer having a mark/space data structure being arranged in tracks, wherein on a first track, the marks are enlarged in length and the spaces are shortened in length, and on an adjacent track, the marks are shortened in length and the spaces are enlarged in length. The track pitch between adjacent tracks is particularly below a diffraction limit of ?/2*NA of a pickup for reading of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gael Pilard, Herbert Hoelzemann, Alois Kern, Frank Przygodda, Stephan Knappmann
  • Patent number: 8462604
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for reading data from or writing data to an optical recording medium is described, the data being stored as marks having different lengths. Marks having a length below the limit of diffraction at a first wavelength are read or written with the first wavelength, whereas marks having a length above the limit of diffraction at the first wavelength are read or written with a second wavelength larger than the first wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Gael Pilard
  • Patent number: 8434124
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for displaying at least two modes comprising an interactive application mode and a television program mode on a display device. In one aspect the apparatus comprises: a television program signal receiver; an interactive application signal receiver; means for switching between said television program mode and said interactive application mode being active in said display device; means to receive remote control signals from a remote control device having a mute key for generating a mute signal; means to enable a mute-to-interactive application feature; and wherein when said mute-to-interactive application feature is enabled and said television program mode is active in said display device, upon receipt of said mute signal, said mode switching means is activated causing said interactive application mode to be active in said display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing LLC
    Inventor: David Johnston Lynch
  • Publication number: 20130010093
    Abstract: A method and system for presenting stereoscopic images are described, in which a portion of at least one stereoscopic image of a stereoscopic pair is blocked while displaying the stereoscopic images. The blocked portion has a width at least equal to a magnitude of a minimum disparity associated with a region of the image near a vertical edge of the image or near a vertical edge of an area for displaying the image. By blocking the portion of the image during content display, one can avoid depth cue conflicts near the edge of the images or the display area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: Thomson Licensing LLC
    Inventor: William Gibbens Redmann
  • Publication number: 20130010597
    Abstract: Described herein are a method and apparatus including calculating an aggregate peak total traffic demand for all overlapping access points in an interference range, comparing the aggregate peak total traffic demand to a threshold, rejecting a requested new quality of service traffic stream responsive to results of the comparison, calculating a peak total traffic demand for each overlapping access point in the interference range if the requested new quality of service traffic stream is admissible responsive to results of the comparison, comparing the peak total traffic demand for each overlapping access point in the interference range, if the requested new quality of service traffic stream is admissible, to the threshold and one of accepting the requested new quality of service traffic stream and rejecting the requested new quality of service traffic stream responsive to results of the second comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: Thomson Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Hang Liu, Mingquan Wu, John Li, Xiuping Lu, Ramkumar Perumanam, Saurabh Mathur
  • Publication number: 20130003579
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are described including parsing an abstraction-layer header, assigning a priority to a packet to be transmitted, buffering the data to be transmitted, transmitting data retrieved from a buffer via a datagram protocol, receiving a request for retransmission of data, determining if the requested data is in the buffer and retransmitting the requested data via a protocol that provides end-to-end acknowledgement of data and error recovery. A network monitor of a transmitter is connected between a network interface and a retransmission decision maker for deciding which packets to retransmit, for example, based on the assigned priority and collected network statistics. A network monitor may also be provided at a receiver for collecting current network statistics and reporting them to transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: THOMSON LICENSING LLC
    Inventors: Xiuping Lu, Ishan Uday Mandrekar, Ramkumar Perumanam, Hang Liu