Patents Examined by John A. Miller
  • Patent number: 7286747
    Abstract: A method of controlling a system for processing stored information on a storage medium includes the following steps. Stored information is played back during a play mode of operation. A user is provided an opportunity to select a bookmark representing a corresponding location within the stored information, from among a plurality of bookmarks, responsive to user input. Playback is changed to from the location corresponding to the selected bookmark during the play mode of operation. Apparatus for processing information stored on a storage medium includes playback circuitry for retrieving information from the storage medium during a play mode of operation. A user control device receives user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Debbie Indira Lewis, Pratish Ratilal Desai, Robert Howard Miller
  • Patent number: 7286748
    Abstract: A computing system connected to storage medium and one or more rendering devices receives streamed multimedia data. The multimedia data is encoded in a format, such as an Advanced Streaming Format, that is conducive to storing the multimedia data in files having appended indexes. Upon receiving the multimedia data, the multimedia data is written to file structures within the storage medium, while at the same time maintaining a real-time index for each file in a shared memory. After a file is complete, the real-time index is appended to the completed file and deleted from the shared memory. When a request for data is received that pertains to a file that does not have an appended index, the computing system obtains any necessary file index information from the real-time index in the shared memory, thereby enabling the requested data to be accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jai Srinivasan, Matthijs A. Gates, Philippe Ferriere
  • Patent number: 7286750
    Abstract: The erasion level appending range of a file is instructed. According to this instruction, the erasion level is set. When this setting range does not agree with the cell unit of the current cell, the current cell is divided to set a sequence of divided cells. Playback management information of each of the divided cells and current cell is re-created, and erasion level information is appended to playback management information of the divided cell that belongs to the appending range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Shinichi Kikuchi, Hideo Ando, Kazuhiko Taira, Yuji Ito, Hideki Mimura
  • Patent number: 7283730
    Abstract: The present invention provides an optical disc camcorder unit having a base plate assembly loaded with an optical disc and a camcorder main body accommodating the base plate assembly, the base plate assembly is swingably set to the camcorder main body via a rotating shaft so that the base plate assembly rotates in an axial direction about the rotating shaft. In this manner the optical disc camcorder provides improved recording and reproduction characteristic and improved tracking performance by way of preventing rolling generated by in the camcorder unit from being transmitted to internal base plate assembly and also preventing skew and oscillation of spindle motor shaft from being generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Inoue, Masaru Tezuka, Shigeaki Koike
  • Patent number: 7283720
    Abstract: A recording medium for storing virtual deletion information, and recording and/or reproducing method and apparatus therefor are provided. The recording medium includes a first region having a plurality of still pictures, and a second region having first virtual deletion information for the still pictures, and still picture group information for separating the still pictures in the first region into a predetermined maximum number of groups in order to manage the still pictures at a group level, wherein the first virtual deletion information is within the still picture group information, and if the first virtual deletion information is set to a virtual delete state, the corresponding still picture is not to be reproduced. Accordingly, file extent information can be prevented from excessively increasing by maximally preventing a recording area from being scattered, when some of a data file are deleted by a user's request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seong-jin Moon, Young-nam Oh, Tae-yun Chung, Jung-suk Kang, Pan-gie Park
  • Patent number: 7280745
    Abstract: Several audio/video streams are recorded in an interleaved manner on logical tracks of variable sizes. These audio/video streams are selected on the basis of an allocation table contained in a random access memory, and which describes the state of occupancy of the logical tracks. The logical tracks include elementary storage portions formed of integer numbers of sectors of the disk. A chaining of the various portions is performed during recording using the index numbers of the preceding and succeeding portions, as well as indications of unknown relationships which will be updated subsequently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics SA
    Inventors: Gilles Mollie, Vincent de Schuyteneer
  • Patent number: 7280740
    Abstract: DVD 1? has different kinds of recording information recorded therein together with each of reproduction lists showing procedures for reproducing each of the recording information. In addition, this DVD has an integrated reproduction list GL recorded therein, the integrated reproduction list showing a reproduction procedure for sequentially reproducing two or more recording information. In this manner, there is provided an information recording medium, information recording apparatus and information reproducing apparatus capable of, in the case where plural kinds of information such as video information are recorded in one DVD, sequentially reproducing each of information in accordance with the reproduction procedure freely determined by a user irrespective of kinds of information, thereby reproducing plural kinds of information in more various reproduction manners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Pioneer Corporation
    Inventors: Masanori Nakahara, Takao Sawabe
  • Patent number: 7268815
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an amplifying circuit, comprising an amplifying element with at least an input terminal and an output terminal. A signal input node is provided, the signal levels of which at least two moments in time are to be amplified by the amplifying element. At least two connecting lines are provided between the signal input node and the amplifying element, for transferring a signal from the signal input node to the input terminal of the amplifying element. A memory element is located on at least one of the connecting lines, for storing a signal level of the signal input node at a moment in time, and a switching element is disposed on each connecting line, between the memory element and the input terminal of the amplifying element if a memory element is provided on the connecting line, for consecutively connecting signal levels of the signal input node at different moments in time to the same amplifying element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (Belgium) BVBA
    Inventor: Guy Meynants
  • Patent number: 7269336
    Abstract: The erasion level appending range of a file is instructed. According to this instruction, the erasion level is set. When this setting range does not agree with the cell unit of the current cell, the current cell is divided to set a sequence of divided cells. Playback management information of each of the divided cells and current cell is re-created, and erasion level information is appended to playback management information of the divided cell that belongs to the appending range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Shinichi Kikuchi, Hideo Ando, Kazuhiko Taira, Yuji Ito, Hideki Mimura
  • Patent number: 7269332
    Abstract: An information regenerating unit has a semiconductor memory (2) containing predetermined compressed animation file data that have been electrically stored and mounted detachably to a main body; an MPEG decoder (7) for reading the compressed animation file data to apply uncompressing processes thereto, and mounted to the main body; an NTSC encoder (8) for converting the uncompressed regenerated image data to image data in accordance with a predetermined outputting system, and mounted to the main body; an LCD (3) for displaying the image data on a predetermined displaying region, and mounted to the main body or the outside thereof; and a microcomputer (6) for regenerating repeatedly the image data in each predetermined unit on the basis of the compressed animation file data, whereby the unit is downsized and reliability of data regenerated is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshio Ochiai, Yasufumi Shinagawa, Koni Saito
  • Patent number: 7263271
    Abstract: In order to use video contents created according to DVD video in DVD audio, audio and video sub-directories are located under a root directory. The video sub-directory includes video contents and their management information. The audio sub-directory includes audio contents and their management information. The video management information can only access the video contents. However, the audio management information can access not only the audio contents but also the video contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hitoshi Otomo, Shigeru Todokoro, Hideki Mimura
  • Patent number: 7260823
    Abstract: Profiling a television viewer by monitoring and processing, locally at a television viewing environment, the viewer's interactivity (e.g., via a remote control unit) with the television viewing environment. Generating one or more profiles for each viewer based on one or more of the multitude of interactions of each viewer and on, in general, the viewing habits and preferences of the viewer. Automatically and reliably, detecting or inferring at a particular time, which specific individual or individuals, are actually interacting with the TV in household comprising more than one individual. Such viewer identification and profile generation can be used to facilitate the delivery of targeted content, including targeted advertising.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Prime Research Alliance E., Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Schlack, Andrew Sutton, Andrew J Rampulla, Charles A Eldering
  • Patent number: 7257831
    Abstract: A program distribution system enabling a user to easily buy a program includes a video server for storing a plurality of distributable programs, and a video on demand controller which receives a request for the distribution of a distributable program from an integrated receiver decoder. The distribution request is formed in a free-style text format described in the arbitrary style of the user of the receiver decoder. The controller compares a word described in the distribution request with each title of the distributable programs stored in the video server, and if a title that corresponds to the word described in the distribution request is found, the controller reads out the corresponding distributing program from the video server and distributes it to the receiver decoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Sony Corportion
    Inventor: Toshiro Ozawa
  • Patent number: 7254828
    Abstract: A multiple input data receiver for bi-directional cable television (CATV) systems simultaneously monitors and selectively receives a return path signal on a plurality of return paths. When an appropriate data or signal transmission is detected on a return path, the corresponding return path is selected and then demodulated. The demodulated signal is appropriately decoded to yield signal data. Various tests and analyzing may be performed on the signal data. Simultaneous monitoring/receiving of all or a plurality of return paths minimizes system response time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Acterna LLC
    Inventor: David R. Hunter
  • Patent number: 7248779
    Abstract: Timecoding systems, methods and data structures are described which, in some embodiments, permit a true time to be ascertained from media samples whose timecodes contain an amount of drift which can arise from having non-integer frame rates. Inventive methods incorporate the use of an offset parameter that describes a time difference between a timecode and a true time associated with a media sample. The inventive approaches can be incorporated with and used compatibly in connection with current timecoding paradigms such as SMPTE timecode and the like. Further embodiments permit timecoding to take place at the field level of a frame. This can permit true-time calculations to be done to ascertain the true time associated with individual fields of a frame. In addition, other embodiments provide novel counting compensation methods that are directed to reducing the drift that can be associated with media samples that are sampled at non-integer frame rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Gary J. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 7245819
    Abstract: Described herein is an exemplary system and related methods for cross-file DVR record padding playback. The exemplary system can recover program fragments lost by intentionally or unintentionally padding programs during recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Scott D. Sanders
  • Patent number: 7231655
    Abstract: In a hybrid fiber coax (HFC) cable system, data is communicated upstream from user terminals to a headend of the system to realize various interactive services. The user terminals generate analog modulated signals representing the user data, which populate different channels in a reverse passband of the system. In accordance with the invention, the analog modulated signals are transformed to the corresponding digital baseband signals containing the data. The resulting digital baseband signals are optically transmitted to the headend, thereby efficiently utilizing the limited capacity of the fiber optical portion of the HFC cable system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable
    Inventor: Paul D. Brooks
  • Patent number: 7231656
    Abstract: Audiovisual reproduction system comprising a central unit managing a sound control circuit, and a telecommunications modem connected to a distribution network controlled by a host server, through a multitask operating system created around a tools and services library, characterized in that the operating system comprises a function that adjusts the sound control circuit to couple volumes in the various areas in which the loudspeakers in the audiovisual reproduction system are used, this function being accessible through a management mode of the multitask operating system, the coupling maintaining the ratios between the various volumes in each area when the volume in one area is modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Touchtunes Music Corporation
    Inventor: Guy Nathan
  • Patent number: 7228555
    Abstract: A system and method for delivering channels of presentation streams carrying targeted advertisements in a television service network environment. The system includes a generator for generating a set of presentation streams for each of programming channels, each of the presentation streams in each set having same programming data but different ads directed to advertiser-specific market segments of different advertisers. A plurality of local routing stations receive the generated sets of presentation streams. At least one local routing station processes the sets of presentation streams and selectively switches between the presentation streams in each set to output one presentation stream for a programming channel. As a result, a presentation stream carrying the most appropriate ad is provided to a viewer at any given time for at least one programming channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Prime Research Alliance E., Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Schlack
  • Patent number: 7225456
    Abstract: A gateway screen for interactive television includes a television content panel and an internet content panel. The gateway screen is displayed by an interactive television (ITV), e.g., when the ITV is turned on. The gateway screen allows a user to quickly and easily view information from multiple sources, e.g., a Web site, a television signal source, and an ITV system server, at a glance. This allows a consumer to gain a quick overview of the information presented by the multiple sources. The gateway screen also allows a consumer to select commonly accessed sources. The gateway screen can be tailored to fulfill a specific consumer's needs and can be established based on preferences input by the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Tadamasa Kitsukawa, Makoto Nijima, Tsutomu Akiyama, Shigeharu Kondo