Patents Examined by Christopher Kelley
  • Patent number: 9392274
    Abstract: An apparatus for coding video information according to certain aspects is disclosed. Multi-layer video steams including a base layer and an enhancement layer can be coded. Predictors generated for the base layer and the enhancement layer can be combined to form a final predictor of the enhancement layer. Each predictor can be weighted such that those predictors which are more likely to produce high quality results can be factored more heavily in the final predictor. The conditions upon which the respective weights for enhancement layer predictors and base layer predictors are determined may be implicitly derived from the predictors or characteristics thereof. Alternatively, data may be generated explicating indicating the weights or providing information from which the weights can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Xianglin Wang, Marta Karczewicz
  • Patent number: 8711944
    Abstract: A method of compressing digital data includes the steps of (i) reading digital data as a series of binary coded words representing a context and a code word to be compressed, (ii) calculating distribution output data from the input data and assigning variable length code words to the result; and (iii) periodically recalculating the code words in accordance with a predetermined schedule, in order to continuously update the code words and their lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Forbidden Technologies PLC
    Inventor: Stephen Bernard Streater
  • Patent number: 8711212
    Abstract: A monitoring device for monitoring a display device, displaying target values. The values being predetermined by a target value specification device. The monitoring device has an image acquisition device, an analysis device, and a comparison device. The image acquisition device generates a recording of said display. The analysis device generates an analysis of said the recording. The comparison device compares the analysis and the target value. A signal can be generated if the analysis and the target value are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Hennig
  • Patent number: 8654858
    Abstract: A data stream encoder eliminates duplicate transmission units in a transmitted data stream in which the detected duplicate may not be the immediately preceding transmission unit. A data aggregator transmits a stream of data by identifying a frame interval, or timing interval, corresponding to the time to send a frame of data in the stream. Each of the frames includes a predetermined number of blocks. Configurations identify repetition patterns in the blocks of successive frames, thus looking backward a frame interval to identify a previous corresponding block in the preceding frame. The corresponding transmission block need not be the immediately preceding block or transmission unit. For certain types of data, successive frames exhibit the same or similar patterns in the blocks of data defining the frame. Therefore, the encoder identifies duplicate blocks in successive frames, and transmits only the blocks that differ from a counterpart block in the previous frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Comtech EF Data Corp.
    Inventor: Andrei E. Toma
  • Patent number: 8650585
    Abstract: A system and method are provided to perform operations for racing entertainment, including providing each of multiple racers with devices to capture images and sounds as perceived by the racer during a race, obtaining information pertaining to each of multiple users such as account information and selection of a racer whom the user wants to get connection with, managing transactions, processing the images and sounds, and transmitting the processed images and sounds from the racer to a client terminal of the user who selected the racer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Takayuki Arima
  • Patent number: 8144791
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and medium for video synchronization are provided. The apparatus may include a PTS register storing a presentation time stamp (PTS) of a picture to be reproduced and skip enable flag information indicating whether the picture can be skipped, by using a position of the picture in a video decoder buffer in which pictures to be decoded are stored; and a controller controlling the picture reproduction by skipping, repeating, or reproducing the picture with reference to the PTS and the skip enable flag information stored in the PTS register.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Choon-sik Jung, Cheul-hee Hahm
  • Patent number: 8074250
    Abstract: A tuner for receiving a satellite broadcast signal via an antenna means, said tuner being coupled to a control unit. The tuner is characterized in that it comprises a standard bilateral digital interface for transmitting a base-band signal obtained from the received signal received via the antenna means and for receiving control signals transmitted by the control unit, said signals being transmitted/received via a first bilateral bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Pieter Werner Hooijmans, Cicero Silveira Vaucher
  • Patent number: 8042132
    Abstract: iTV content is created and deployed using a server component adapted to allow content developers to create applications according to an authoring specification that describes a framework for same; a transport component configured to optimize and deliver the applications to one or more clients; and a client component adapted to render the applications through a television so as to permit user interaction therewith. The authoring specification provides for the presentation of content through one or more templates defined therein, allowing application definition and behavior to remain common across multiple client device types, middleware platforms, and/or iTV operating environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: TVworks, LLC
    Inventors: John Carney, David de Andrade, Sithampara Babu Niranjan, David Brandyberry, Leon Franzen, Lena Chane, Matt Marenghi, Prakash Hegde, Alex Chung, Viva Chu, Greg Thomson, Ruth Dawson
  • Patent number: 8028313
    Abstract: In one of many possible embodiments, a system includes a media content processing subsystem configured to provide at least a portion of a linear program guide to a display for presentation to a user. The linear program guide includes a list of media content carriers and associated media content instances, and an endpoint located at one end of the list. The media content carriers and the endpoint are navigable by the user, and the endpoint is associated with at least one selectable navigation tool for navigating within the linear program guide. In certain embodiments, the selectable navigation tool includes a selectable shortcut to a predefined location within the linear program guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Heath Stallings, Brian Roberts, Don Relyea
  • Patent number: 8024765
    Abstract: A method for communicating media program information is provided. The method includes receiving a content-augmented broadcast signal at a conventional broadcast receiver, the content-augmented broadcast signal having a program content and a program cookie relating to the program content, demodulating the content-augmented broadcast signal, rendering the program content, recovering the program cookie from the demodulated content-augmented broadcast signal at substantially the same time the program content is rendered, determining whether the program cookie comprises information relating to a current media program a user is currently watching or listening to, or to an advertisement of a future media program, and sending the program cookie to an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Krishnan Ramanathan, Ajay Gupta, Shekhar Ramachandra Borgaonkar, Arnaud Francois Paul Salomon, Chakradhar Dandu, Somnath Banerjee
  • Patent number: 8018482
    Abstract: A three-dimensional display device includes an image display unit and a light control unit facing the image display unit. The light control unit includes first and second substrates facing each other, a 2-viewpoint electrode layer and a multi-viewpoint electrode layer located between the first and second substrates, and a liquid crystal layer located between the first and second substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Mobile Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Beom-Shik Kim, Jang-Doo Lee, Hyoung-Wook Jang, Hui Nam, Myoung-Seop Song
  • Patent number: 8004564
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein to provide automated testing on infrared image data to detect image quality defects. For example, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, image processing algorithms are disclosed to generate an image quality metric that may be compared to one or more thresholds to perform an automated test for image quality defects. For example, the image quality metric may be compared to two thresholds to determine if the corresponding infrared sensor or infrared camera is defective or not due to image quality or requires further manual inspection by test personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Flir Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary B. Hughes
  • Patent number: 8001568
    Abstract: In a content distribution system, in which broadcast content is distributed and provided to a television viewer, a method and apparatus for providing a compact guide display of a plurality of television show or program recommendations, optionally with descriptions, which are available and selectable for viewing by a viewer without interrupting the presently-viewed content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Comcast IP Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel Thurston, Devin Hosea
  • Patent number: 7996868
    Abstract: A system and method of accessing digital video broadcasts within an information handling system is disclosed. In one form, a digital video broadcast processing system can include a digital video broadcast receiver module operable to process a first digital video broadcast data received within a multiple channel digital video broadcast signal and to output the first digital video broadcast data to an interconnect bus of a computer system. The digital video broadcast processing system can also include a communication interface operable to be removably coupled to an interconnect bus interface of the computer system. The communication interface can be operable to communicate the first digital video broadcast data, including an interconnect dependent data format, from the digital video broadcast receiver module to a digital video processing application of the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: Alan E. Sicher, Shree Dandekar, Subramanian Jayaram, James Clardy, Sowmya Swaminathan
  • Patent number: 7996876
    Abstract: A method for distributing a digital motion picture to multiple theaters in a region via terrestrial wireless communication. The motion picture is divided into chunks, and the chunks are transmitted to particular initial seed theaters in the region. To facilitate the initial seeding, downlink bandwidth on various wireless links is dynamically increased. Once the initial seeding is complete, the downlink bandwidth is decreased and is preferably equalized substantially with uplink bandwidth. The theaters in the region are then directed to begin peer-to-peer sharing of the chunks with each other, possibly through use of BitTorrent or other cooperative downloading process from the initial seed theaters. Ultimately, all of the theaters in the region thereby obtain all of the chunks of the motion picture and can conveniently present the motion picture to audiences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: John M. Everson, Lyle T. Bertz, Frederick C. Rogers, James W. Norris, Jarrod A. Nichols
  • Patent number: 7995653
    Abstract: A method of finding the prediction direction during intraframe video image coding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: France Telecom
    Inventors: Frédéric Loras, Jean-Christophe Amiel
  • Patent number: 7996861
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a system (10) and a process for authenticating a PIN code of a user in an interactive information system in order to run an application. It comprises input means (15) for PIN code entry, security manager means (13) for comparing the PIN code of the user upon a request for user authentication from the application, with a registered PIN code, and giving authorization to run said application if the PIN code of the user matches with the registered PIN code, and display means (17) for displaying any graphics including a PIN entry field. The request for user authentication is provided on the display means via the PIN entry field with the look and feel of said application. The system further comprises emitting means for entering crypted digits, the security manager means (13) being arranged to give authorisation to run the application after full entry of said crypted digits and if the PIN code of the user is identical to the registered PIN code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Opentv, Inc.
    Inventor: Alain Delpuch
  • Patent number: 7992171
    Abstract: A controlled content distribution system (CCDS) employs a peer-level application into which a content producer can import digital content (e.g., video, audio, graphic, image, text, code files, etc.) The content producer identifies distribution parameters including an initial distribution list and a level limit representing the maximum number of levels, or degrees of separation for allowed distribution in a FOAF social network. Distribution parameters also include an alteration definition for one or more allowable levels in the network. Alteration definitions may identify a file degradation characteristic, file augmentation, or deletion parameter for altering the digital content from its original form. Alteration definitions often vary at each level. A distribution package is created by the CCDS and includes the digital content, a configuration data file, a key ID and a license key seed. The distribution package is processed at a FOAF license server before being sent to additional content recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Amidon, Alfredo Issa, Richard Walsh, Sid Stafford
  • Patent number: 7992163
    Abstract: A method for providing a video-on-demand (VOD) presentation includes determining whether an active video-on-demand (VOD) session for the VOD presentation exists, providing a selectable option to view the VOD presentation responsive to determining that the active VOD session exists, and providing a list of selectable VOD titles responsive to determining that the active VOD session does not exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventors: Dean F. Jerding, Shashi Goel, Robert O. Banker, Valerie Grew Gutknecht
  • Patent number: RE42905
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for serving information data such as video data to one or more users, comprising: one or more storage medium units for storing data of said information data; one or more end devices for receipt of said information data by the user; managing means for managing distribution of said data to said end device, the managing means being capable of receiving demand data form said user and related to data selected by the user in the end device, and which managing means output distribution control data including channel information of the selected information data and routs information from the end device; and least one ATM switch for connecting the storage medium unit, the end device and the managing means, and for routing the data from the storage medium unit and the distribution control data from the managing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Europa B.V.
    Inventors: Johan De Vos, Claude Barraud