Patents Examined by Adil Ocak
  • Patent number: 8938753
    Abstract: According to one aspect, embodiments of the invention provide a computer system comprising a base station having a communication interface adapted to communicate with an external network, an external display device configured to receive output display signals from the base station, a user interface displayed on the external display device and generated in response to the output display signals, wherein the user interface is selectively configurable in one of a plurality of modes of content, and a remote control configured to interact with the user interface displayed by the external display device, wherein the remote control is selectively operable in at least two configurations and wherein the selectively operable remote is configured to permit a user to select for display on the external display device one of the plurality of modes of content of the user interface based on the selected configuration of the remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: LITL LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Tang, Robert Sanford Havoc Pennington, John Chuang, Chris Bambacus, Eben Eliason, Chris Moody, Johan Bilien
  • Patent number: 8935739
    Abstract: Distributed CMTS device for a HFC CATV network serving multiple neighborhoods by multiple individual cables, in which at least some and often all of the QAM modulators that provide data for the individual cables are remote QAM modulators ideally located at the fiber nodes. A CCAP set of IP/on-demand data is transmitted to the nodes using an optical fiber, often using digital protocols such as Ethernet protocols. Optionally a basic set of legacy CATV QAM data, transmitted using RF waveforms transposed to optical frequencies, may also be transmitted to the nodes using either the same or different optical fiber. The nodes extract the data specific to each neighborhood, and inject this data into unused cable QAM channels along with any optional legacy CATV QAM waveforms as desired, thus achieving improved data transmission rates through finer granularity. A computerized “virtual shelf” control system for this system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Gainespeed, Inc.
    Inventor: Shlomo Selim Rakib
  • Patent number: 8898698
    Abstract: Social media content items and references to events that occur therein are aligned with the time-based media events they describe. These mappings may be used as the basis for sending messages to populations of authors of content items, where the populations are determined based on whether the author has written a content item that refers to a specific TV show or advertisement. TV streams are monitored to detect when and where a specific advertisement for a particular advertiser is shown. Concurrently, social media streams are monitored for content items that refer to or are about specific TV shows and advertisements. Responsive to a specific advertisement being detected as being shown during a specific TV show, a message associated with the advertisement is sent to the authors of the content items associated with that TV show or advertisement. The messages can be transmitted while the advertisement is being shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: BlueFin Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ben Fleischman, Deb Kumar Roy
  • Patent number: 8893198
    Abstract: Capacity and spectrum constrained, multiple-access communication systems optimize performance by selectively discarding packets. Changes in the communication systems may be driven using control responses. Control responses include intelligent discard of network packets under capacity constrained conditions. Packets are prioritized and discard decisions are made based on the prioritization. Various embodiments provide an interactive response by selectively discarding packets to enhance perceived and actual system throughout, provide a reactive response by selectively discarding data packets based on their relative impact to service quality to mitigate oversubscription, provide a proactive response by discarding packets based on predicted oversubscription, or provide a combination thereof. Packets may be prioritized for discard using correlations between discards and bandwidth reduction and quality degradation. The quality degradation for video packets may be measured objectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Wi-Lan Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Stanwood, David Gell, Yiliang Bao
  • Patent number: 8887204
    Abstract: A video distribution system of the present invention distributes a digitally captured video, and includes an imaging device, a server device, and a playback terminal. The imaging device includes: an imager that captures an omnidirectional video using a wide-angle lens; and a controller that transmits a group of frame data constituting the video captured by the imager to the server device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Casio Mobile Communications Ltd.
    Inventor: Makio Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8875177
    Abstract: A method, executed on a processor, for serving a video content segment at an online resource, includes receiving a request for a video content segment; identifying one or more candidate video content segments to serve in response to the request; accessing a quality factor (QF) and a bid for each of the candidate video content segments; ranking the candidate video content segments based on a combination of each of the video content segments' QF and bid; and providing in response to the request, a set of candidate video content segments based on the ranking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Amit Sharma, Jonathan Goldman, Anand Rangarajan
  • Patent number: 8863175
    Abstract: A system and a method for using the system for targeted commerce in network broadcasting are provided. The system includes an interface device configured to receive a multimedia stream from a network, wherein the multimedia stream includes a close captioning string and wherein the interface device is further configured to process the multimedia stream by providing advertisements in the multimedia stream according to a correlation between the close captioning string and a plurality of vendor keywords; and a viewing device configured to receive the processed multimedia stream and display to a viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Ebay Inc.
    Inventors: Heather Anne Waibel, Nicholas Albert Rudock
  • Patent number: 8843952
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for clustering audio fingerprints from different set top boxes into groups based on their similarities is disclosed. The computer server receives audio fingerprints generated at different set top boxes and partitions them into multiple groups such that audio fingerprints within a group correspond to a respective TV program being played at the respective set top boxes. Upon receipt of an audio fingerprint from a set top box, the computer server identifies a group of audio fingerprints that are substantially similar to the audio fingerprint, determines TV program information for the audio fingerprint in accordance with the channel metadata associated with the identified group of audio fingerprints, and returns the TV program information to the requesting set top box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mihai Pora, Zbigniew Skolicki
  • Patent number: 8839296
    Abstract: A program guide generation apparatus includes: a program-related information acquisition unit that acquires program-related information including information related to a start time of a broadcast program, information related to a broadcast duration length being the length of the duration of the broadcast of the broadcast program; a program display frame size calculation unit that calculates a time-base size obtained from the broadcast duration length and calculates an inside content size; a program guide generation unit that generates layout data of the program display frame in accordance with the time-base size calculated by the program display frame size calculation unit; and a display update unit that, upon a program display frame being selected by an operation input inputted via an input device, changes a size of the selected program display frame to the inside content size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: JVC Kenwood Corporation
    Inventor: Masaaki Makino
  • Patent number: 8826359
    Abstract: System and method to extend the upstream data capacity of an HFC CATV system by extending a “shadow” optical fiber network deeper into the various CATV cable neighborhoods, with coax fiber terminals (CFT) spaced roughly according to the distribution of CATV active devices such as RF amplifiers. The CFT can intercept local upstream data from various neighborhood sub-regions and transform this upstream data into upstream optical data, thus relieving upstream data congestion in the 5-42 MHz CATV frequency region. The system can produce an order of magnitude improvement in upstream capability, while maintaining high compatibility with legacy HFC equipment. The CFT may exist in multiple embodiments ranging from low-cost “dumb” CFT to sophisticated CFT that can additionally provide GigE to the home (GTTH) service. Methods to maintain good compatibility with legacy CMTS devices, and methods to utilize DOCSIS MAP data for more efficient data transmission are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Gainspeed, Inc.
    Inventor: Selim Shlomo Rakib
  • Patent number: 8826316
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for modifying operation of a media terminal device using characteristics of audio, wherein the characteristics may include ancillary code embedded in audio and/or audio signatures. When audio codes are read and/or signatures are extracted, they are processed to determine if they correspond to a predetermined characteristic that has a linked command. If correspondence is found, the command is executed to affect one or more operational layers of the media terminal device to modify at least one operational parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal, David Gish
  • Patent number: 8810735
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a dynamic remote control system detecting a change in an on-screen context of content being presented by a presentation device and dynamically changing a function and/or an appearance of a button included in a persistent number pad arrangement on a remote control device associated with the presentation device in response to the change in the on-screen context. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Lemus, Brian F. Roberts
  • Patent number: 8804044
    Abstract: An apparatus to provide a fall-back procedure for a PRC imaging device is described. The apparatus includes a PRC controller, a system resource monitor, and a PRC setting calculator. The PRC controller outputs a stream of images at an adjustable temporal rate. The adjustable temporal rate is constrained within a range defined by a first predetermined rate and a second predetermined rate. The system resource monitor obtains a measurement of system resource utilization. The PRC setting calculator determines a setting for the PRC controller in response to the measurement of system resource utilization. Additionally, the PRC controller determines a value for the adjustable temporal rate in response to the setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Entropic Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Erwin Bellers, Johan G. W. M. Janssen
  • Patent number: 8804045
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set-top box having a processor operable to receive video content from a multimedia source, to detect at least one frame in the video content affected by a high intensity burst of light, and to determine a chrominance reference from frames in the video content unaffected by the high intensity burst of light. The processor is also operable to modify chrominance in the at least one frame according to the chrominance reference without altering spatial characteristics of objects in the at least one frame, to replace the at least one frame in the video content with the modified at least one frame to create updated video content, and to present the updated video content at a presentation device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Pratt, Steven Belz, Marc Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8806519
    Abstract: A mechanism to evaluate the geographic popularity of geographically-located user-generated content is presented. A method to evaluate the geographic popularity of geographically-located user-generated content includes receiving a user-generated content item having metadata indicating a geographic location of the user-generated content item, determining geographic location metadata of each of a plurality of views of the content item, calculating a view geographic entropy of the content item by dividing the plurality of views across multiple geographic regions while taking into account the geographic location of the content item, and providing the calculated view geographic entropy of the content item for presentation in a visual display that is part of an analytical report of the content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Salvatore Scellato, Mirjam Wattenhofer, Anders Torp Brodersen
  • Patent number: 8745677
    Abstract: Capacity and spectrum constrained, multiple-access communication systems optimize performance by selectively discarding packets. Changes in the communication systems may be driven using control responses. Control responses include intelligent discard of network packets under capacity constrained conditions. Packets are prioritized and discard decisions are made based on the prioritization. Various embodiments provide an interactive response by selectively discarding packets to enhance perceived and actual system throughput, provide a reactive response by selectively discarding data packets based on their relative impact to service quality to mitigate oversubscription, provide a proactive response by discarding packets based on predicted oversubscription, or provide a combination thereof. Packets may be prioritized for discard using correlations between discards and bandwidth reduction and quality degradation. The quality degradation for video packets may be measured objectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Cygnus Broadband, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Stanwood, David Gell, Yiliang Bao
  • Patent number: 8713625
    Abstract: In certain implementations, closed captioning data can be packaged in IP packets and transmitted over an HDMI interface to permit closed captioning data to be rendered at a television set or other HDMI sink closer to the TV set rather than at a source so as to more closely match the capabilities of the display device. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Blanchard, Mark Kenneth Eyer, Peter Rae Shintani