Patents Examined by Pankaj Kumar
  • Patent number: 10149014
    Abstract: An iTV user interface includes a navigable menu area through which a user can select from among a variety of services and a content display area in which formatted data associated with a selected menu service are displayed to the user. The formatted data is displayed in a rotating or ticker fashion having both a passive mode, in which the formatted data is displayed in a sequence independent of any selection operations by a television viewer, and active mode, in which the formatted data is displayed in a sequence that depends on selection operations by the television viewer. Advertisements and/or promotions may be interspersed among the content items. The navigable menu area and the content display area may be displayed to the viewer at the same time as television programming is displayed on the television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC
    Inventors: Lena D. Chane, Matt Marenghi, Ty Ahmad-Taylor, Alex Chung, Prakash Hegde, Samuel Moreau, Darrel Haber
  • Patent number: 10148902
    Abstract: Provided is a method and system for displaying video from a plurality of video streams on a display. It includes an input interface for receiving video data from a plurality of video streams and transferring the video data to a frame controller in communication with a television display. The frame controller causes the video data from each of the plurality of different video streams to be displayed in a separate frame on the television display, and each frame occupying an area of the television display separate from an area occupied by any other frame. A system for displaying video from a plurality of video stream using the correct aspect ratio and resolution is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: INNOBRILLIANCE, LLC
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Shin Cheung Simon Chiu
  • Patent number: 10142699
    Abstract: Interactive content may be provided by a smart television or other media device using a wireless communication protocol to detect the presence or proximity of a mobile device. When a mobile device is detected, the media device can establish a communication link with the mobile device via the wireless communication protocol. When content is displayed by the media device, additional data can be sent to the mobile device to enhance the user experience via the communication link. The user can interact with the data sent to the mobile device or with the content itself by providing feedback on the mobile device. The feedback may be provided to a content server via a second communication link, such as a cellular link or wireless link to the Internet. In some implementations, content server may modify content for display on the media device based on feedback on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Ames Bunner
  • Patent number: 10142697
    Abstract: Various enhanced interactive TV experiences are supported by a real-time TV service that can interact over a network with applications running on interactive TV platforms. The real-time television service enables data, video, and communication user interface (UI) elements to be supported alongside the linear TV content in three discrete navigational states, each with a specific role aligning to user intent. In the case of one particular UI element—a focused companion panel—a live stream of personalized data is supported that enhances the user's comprehension and awareness of live events. The real-time TV service can further enable users to opt in to certain customizable events and be served notifications on the TV screen on which their attention is directed, and follow the notification into an application that lands them on a specific piece of content that satisfies specific conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Bielman, Helen Lam, Michelle Tze Hiang Chua, Shannon Yen Yun Lee, Matthew Nigel Carter, Matthew Davy Walsh, David Seymour, Preetinderpal S. Mangat, William Michael Mozell, Jesse William Wesson, Michael James Mahar, Raymond Alexander Chi-Yue Lum, Michael James Perzel, Cameron David James McRae, Darrin Adam Brown, Dashan Yue, Remus Radu, Eric C. Bridgwater, David T. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10142685
    Abstract: Systems and methods for organizing and controlling the display of content, then measuring the effectiveness of that content in modifying behavior, within a particular temporal and special dimension, so as to minimize or eliminate confounding effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Frederick J. Arsenault, Brian E. Brooks
  • Patent number: 10135396
    Abstract: Methods and systems for modulating an amplifier power supply to efficiently attain amplified RF output power with much lower power dissipation than existing amplifiers. In a cable television (CATV) network, a processor receives a signal to be amplified by an amplifier at a location remote from the processor. A bias point of the amplifier may be variably modulated based on peaks of an input signal to reduce amplifier dissipation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Marcel F. Schemmann, Zoran Maricevic
  • Patent number: 10133408
    Abstract: A method, electronic device and computer program product are disclosed. The method includes detecting an operation made on a device, determining a frame of video, and sends the frame of video to a second device. The device includes a processor, a display, a playing unit, and a signal transmitting unit. The processor detects an operation made on the device while the playing unit is playing a video, determines a frame of video, and controls the signal transmitting unit to send the frame of video to a second device. The computer program product includes executable code to perform: detecting an operation made on a device, determining a frame of video and sending the frame of video to a second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) LIMITED
    Inventor: Zhengjun Yin
  • Patent number: 10129574
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing variable trick-play mode playback of media content in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. A playback device stores images of the media content associated with presentation times and marker information for the media content that indicates the presentation time of moments of interest. When a trick-play mode is invoked, the playback device determines a presentation time of a next marker in the playback. The playback device determines whether the current presentation time of the playback is within a specified range of the presentation time of the next marker and adjusts the speed of the trick-play playback based on the determination. The next frame to present is determined based on the adjusted speed of the trick-play playback and displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: DIVX, LLC
    Inventors: William Frantz, Eric William Grab, Cristina Dobrin
  • Patent number: 10110950
    Abstract: Disclosed aspects relate to attentiveness-based video presentation management. Using a set of computer-based sensors, an attentiveness of a user related to a first set of video presentation contents is monitored. Based on the monitoring, an attentiveness factor of the user related to the first set of video presentation contents is detected. Based on the attentiveness factor of the user related to the first set of video presentation contents, a second set of video presentation contents for presentation to the user is determined. The second set of video presentation contents is presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alaa Abou Mahmoud, Paul R. Bastide, Fang Lu
  • Patent number: 10110934
    Abstract: A device can receive streaming content from an origin device. The device can identify a user device to potentially receive the streaming content and an edge device associated with the user device. The device can modify a format of the streaming content based on a format acceptable to the user device. The format of the streaming content can be modified to match the format acceptable to the user device. The device can proactively provide the streaming content to the edge device to cause the edge device to make the streaming content available to be provided for presentation on the user device. The streaming content can be proactively provided to the edge device before the user device requests the streaming content from the edge device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Walter John Schmidt, Kevin Shen, Joseph F. Einstein, Hayes Kim
  • Patent number: 10110971
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided to facilitate acquisition of information associated with a multimedia content through embedded watermarks. One such method includes obtaining a server code for embedding into a content. The server code identifies a particular domain name registered to a registrant entity and provides a mapping to an Internet address of a metadata server. Upon receiving an indication that a trigger event is associated with a particular segment of the content, a first watermark payload is formed and embedded in the content. The watermark payload includes the server code, an interval code and a first trigger value. The interval code identifies the particular content segment and the first trigger value indicates that additional information associated with the particular segment is. Detection of the first trigger value from a subsequently distributed content enables a query to the metadata server for acquisition of metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Verance Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph M. Winograd, Jian Zhao, Rade Petrovic
  • Patent number: 10104418
    Abstract: Systems and methods are operable to record a user-specified media content event at a media device. An exemplary embodiment grabs a series of subsequently received image frames from a preceding broadcasting media content event after a monitored real time reaches a closing credits monitor time, wherein the closing credits monitor time is a recording start time less a predefined duration. The embodiment then analyzes each of the image frames to identify an occurrence of text presented in the analyzed image frame, determines that the identified text corresponds to closing credits of the preceding broadcasting media content event if the at least one attribute of the identified text matches a corresponding predefined closing credits attribute, and initiates a start of the recording of the user-specified media content event in response to determining that the identified text corresponds to the closing credits of the preceding broadcasting media content event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kurt Keipert
  • Patent number: 10104444
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus according to an embodiment includes a speed information acquisition unit, a determination unit, and a content acquisition unit. The speed information acquisition unit acquires information on a communication speed between the information processing apparatus and a distribution apparatus distributing a video content. The determination unit determines timing of advance acquisition of the video content from the distribution apparatus based upon the information on the communication speed acquired by the speed information acquisition unit. The content acquisition unit acquires the video content in advance from the distribution apparatus at the timing of advance acquisition determined by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutaka Kimura, Junki Osanai
  • Patent number: 10097890
    Abstract: A system and method for multi-view output of one or more wireless portable devices. The system includes a device, such as a TV, that has a processor, a wireless transceiver coupled to the processor, and programming executable on said processor. The programming is configured for carrying out the steps of: receiving a first wireless output signal from a first portable device with the wireless transceiver; receiving a second wireless output signal from a second portable device with the wireless transceiver; identifying the first portable device and second portable device; displaying the identity of the first portable device and second portable device in an input list comprising one or more inputs; selecting the first portable device and second portable device for output on a display; and displaying the first wireless output signal simultaneous with the second wireless output signal on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Matsubayashi
  • Patent number: 10096130
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can obtain a spherical media content item that captures at least one scene from a plurality of different positions. A three-dimensional object with a plurality of faces that converge at a point is determined. At least a first portion of the spherical media content item is mapped to at least a first face in the plurality of faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: David Young Joon Pio, Evgeny V. Kuzyakov, Chien-Nan Chen
  • Patent number: 10097865
    Abstract: Particular embodiments can refine a seed sentinel frame signature for a seed sentinel frame. The seed sentinel frame may be predictable or partially predictable content that demarks a beginning and/or end of certain content in a video program. The seed sentinel frame may be first used to detect other sentinel frames in the video program. However, other sentinel frames throughout the video program, or in other video programs, may be slightly different from the given sentinel frame due to different reasons. The seed sentinel frame signature may not detect the sentinel frames of a video program with a desired accuracy. Accordingly, particular embodiments may refine the sentinel frame signature to a synthetic sentinel frame signature. The synthetic sentinel frame signature may then be used to analyze the current video program or other video programs. The synthetic sentinel frame signature may more accurately detect the sentinel frames within the video program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Renxiang Li, Stephen P. Emeott, Faisal Ishtiaq
  • Patent number: 10091547
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for calculating granular data of an audience of a target region. An example method includes utilizing minimum cross entropy to apportion aggregate demographics data and aggregate behavioral data of the target region based on granular data of a source region. The example further includes reducing an amount of computer memory resources by calculating the granular data of the audience without collecting person-specific data from audience members of the target region, the granular data of the audience including (A) a count of the audience of the target region satisfying a behavioral constraint and a first demographic constraint and (B) a count of the audience of the target region satisfying the behavioral constraint and a second demographic constraint, the calculated granular data based on the aggregate demographics data of the target region, the aggregate behavioral data of the target region, and the granular data of the source region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Michael Sheppard, Jonathan Sullivan, Peter Lipa, Alejandro Terrazas
  • Patent number: 10085074
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for planning, executing, reviewing, and reporting the results of an advertising campaign to be run on TV. A demand-side platform receives ad slot opportunities from TV programming sources, and analyzes the ad slots to produce a prioritized list of placement opportunities for the advertising campaign to be presented to advertiser/clients. Each ad slot is analyzed with respect to past viewership data and with respect to desired targeting characteristics that may include conventional age and gender targeting, or additionally strategic targeting characteristics. Scores are established for each ad slot with respect to numbers of projected on-target impressions and/or a cost for projected on-target impressions. The scores are sorted to produce the prioritized list. Projected results can be viewed with respect to any or all of network, day, and daypart. After a campaign has completed, viewership data representing actual results is acquired, processed, and reported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Alexander R. Hood, Jason Lopatecki, Justin K. Sung, Greg Collison, David Innes-Gawn
  • Patent number: 10080047
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automatically monitoring, identifying, documenting, recording, interrupting, disrupting, educating, redirecting and infiltrating and/or monetizing the illegal and unauthorized sharing and viewing of video streaming content by using a keyword and an internet address and automatically retrieving data relating to the keyword and video streaming services or password sharing, automatically retrieving information relating to the retrieved data, automatically retrieving information relating with a combination of the first two retrievals, enhancing the data sets, and sending a message to the individual who shared the illegal share link or password and to all the viewers of the illegal video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Wayne D. Lonstein, Julie C. Lonstein
  • Patent number: 10070187
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide various techniques for receiving, decoding, and simultaneously outputting multiple television programs and channels via television receivers. In various embodiments, one or more multi-video display modes may be provided by television receivers, including, for example, multi-video channel scanning display mode, a multi-video favorite channel scanning display mode, a multi-video swap command, a multi-video electronic programming guide (EPG), a multi-video digital video recorder (DVR) interface display mode, and a multi-video program/channel search display mode. Different multi-video display modes may be associated with different television data sources, and each display mode may have a corresponding layout that determines the number of different television selections (e.g., television channels and/or programs) to be displayed simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Greene