Patents Examined by Patrick Ryan
  • Patent number: 10609291
    Abstract: An endoscopic apparatus and method to capture an image of in-vivo tissue with automatic exposure control. For example, the method includes capturing image data on an image sensor and analyzing an indication of brightness of each pixel to determine whether the captured image data is saturated. When the image data is saturated, the method includes reducing the exposure period by a first increment, and repeating the capturing and analyzing steps until the captured image data is not saturated. When the captured image data is not saturated, in some embodiments, the method includes analyzing the indication of brightness of each pixel compared to a threshold indicative of use of a proportion of an available dynamic range of the image sensor, and when it is determined that the threshold has not been reached, increasing the exposure period by a second increment that has a magnitude relative to the first increment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: King's College London
    Inventors: Frederic Festy, Richard Cook, Timothy Watson
  • Patent number: 10575056
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a system, computer readable medium, and method for recording and distributing video content based on DRM parameters. For example, in one embodiment, a set-top box is disclosed that includes a processor for executing a set of instructions. The set-top box also includes memory in communication with the processor. The processor is configured to execute the set of instructions to receive user input to record a video content; determine DRM parameters associated with the video content, wherein the DRM parameters are established by at least of a content owner and a communications service provider, the DRM parameters indicating designated portions of the video content that is recordable; and record the video content based on the DRM parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: David E. Emerson, Gary W. LaFreniere, Kelsyn D. S. Rooks, Sr., Michael S. Goergen
  • Patent number: 10567820
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for targeting of advertising content for a consumer product, by obtaining consumer demographic data, the consumer demographic data including a plurality of demographic attributes for each person; identifying a plurality of media slots; and obtaining program information for a respective identified program aired in each media slot among the plurality of media slots, the program information including viewing data of a plurality of viewing persons viewing the program and each viewing person being among the plurality of persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: ADAP.TV, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan Kitts, Dyng Au, Jon Borchardt
  • Patent number: 10555017
    Abstract: Methods for managing digital content include authenticating a user account identifier from a client device over a computer network, registering a telephone number for at least one wireless mobile device in a registry identified with the user account based on the authenticating, as a pre-authorized identifier for accessing digital content licensed for use with the client device. The methods include maintaining a library of digital content identified with the user account for access by the at least one wireless mobile device, and initiating streaming of the digital video content to the at least one wireless mobile device without requiring user authentication from the at least one wireless mobile device, based on the registering of the telephone number as the pre-authorized identifier. An apparatus for performing the method comprises a processor coupled to a memory, the memory holding instructions for performing steps of the method as summarized above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Justin Herz, Kevin Kozan, Essam Mahmoud, Alan Levicki
  • Patent number: 10554932
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for replacing default advertisement streams in a media stream with replacement advertisement streams. User profile information is obtained for a particular user and/or device. A default advertisement stream is identified and replaced with advertisement streams selected using the user profile information. Timestamp information and sequence number information is maintained to allow uninterrupted delivery of the modified media stream while customizing media streams for particular users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: MobiTV, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Karlsson, Gabriel Netterdag, Martin Linderoth, Ola Hållmarker
  • Patent number: 10547897
    Abstract: An information processing device receives a stream for outputting image information from another information processing device by using wireless communication, the information processing device including a wireless communication unit and a control unit. The wireless communication unit performs communication to exchange capability information regarding the information processing device and capability information regarding the other information processing device with the other information processing device. The control unit performs control in a manner that multi-reception diversity of the stream related to the other information processing device is set based on the capability information regarding the other information processing device and a use of the information processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideki Iwami, Tomoya Yamaura, Osamu Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 10531137
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for collecting various types of data relating to a sporting event and processing the collected data to improve a broadcast of the sporting event to remote devices. A performance measuring device may be integrated, constructed, weaved or placed, for example, in or on the clothes of athletes that participate in the sporting event. The performance measuring device then monitors real-time motion data and positional information of each athlete within an area associated with the sporting event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Mayfonk Athletic LLC
    Inventors: Martin T. Matak, Jonathan Mitts, Jef Spaleta, Christoph Roedig
  • Patent number: 10499117
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for providing customized television advertisements. In one aspect, television advertising templates are used for generating customized television advertisements. The television advertisement templates include targeting criteria specifying targeting conditions for the television advertising template, which are conditions for selecting the television advertisement template for an advertisement availability, and content selection criteria specifying availability content associated with an advertisement availability for use in selecting variable advertisement content elements for inclusion in a customized television advertisement generated from the television advertising template. The variable advertisement content elements can include video elements, audio elements, and text elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Simon M. Rowe, Alastair Peter William Maw, Nicholas Salvatore Arini, Iain Merrick, Ant Oztaskent, Yaroslav Volovich, Kyle Maddison, Andrew Gildfind, Raimundo Mirisola
  • Patent number: 10477281
    Abstract: A method is proposed comprising: receiving at least one video and/or audio content distributed to a plurality of individuals; monitoring Social Network data of at least one online Social Network, wherein the monitored Social Network data are directly or indirectly related to the received video and/or audio content; filtering the monitored Social Network data of the at least one online Social Network related to the received video and/or audio content by applying at least one filtering criterion based on a predetermined metric, for identifying at least one part of the received video and/or audio content; extracting from the received video and/or audio content the at least one identified part, and making available to a user the selected at least one part of the video and/or audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Telecom Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Marco Marchetti, Giovanni Martini
  • Patent number: 10462498
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a set-top box determines whether to communicate a notification to a user device to live stream multimedia content. The notification comprises an option to initiate live streaming of the multimedia content. The set-top box communicates the notification to the user device to live stream the multimedia content. A user device communicates a selection to initiate live streaming of the multimedia content to the set-top box. In response to the selection, the set-top box live streams the multimedia content to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Sudheer Bandela, Binny Asarikuniyil, Hai Nguyen, Heather Truong
  • Patent number: 10462531
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatically identifying non-canonical user sessions utilize demographics associated with a device identifier in comparison to demographics associated with requested content (e.g. video, website, etc.). If the demographics match above a threshold, then the session may be assumed to be canonical or associated with the original user. If the demographics of the content do not match the demographics of the user, then the session may be considered non-canonical. Upon identifying a non-canonical session, content selection based on demographics may be suspended until a timer expires or the session ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Justin Lewis, Ruxandra Georgiana Davies
  • Patent number: 10455282
    Abstract: In some embodiments a content delivery system for controlling media content provided by at least one media device for media consumption by at least one consumer is described. In an embodiment the system comprises at least one sensor for sensing body data of the at least one consumer, a receiver for receiving sensed body data from the sensor, a data store storing media content for selection, at least one media device for outputting said selected content to said at least one consumer, and at least one processor configured to query said data store and control the selection of said media content based at least in part on the sensed body data, and control the output of said selected media content to said at least one media device. The sensed body data may indicate the mood or emotional state of the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: PIKSEL, INC
    Inventor: Mark Christie
  • Patent number: 10432989
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmission apparatus, a transmission method, a reception apparatus, a receiving method, and a program that enable prompt data delivery. An LCT packet including a portion which is data including part of a fragment; and an LCT header is delivered. The fragment includes a moof and an mdat including an mdat header and a sample group. The moof includes BaseMediaDecodeTime representing a presentation time of a first sample of the mdat. The LCT header includes a sequence number representing a position of the fragment; a version representing a position of the part of the fragment in the fragment; an NTP time corresponding to the BaseMediaDecodeTime; sample count start information representing a position of a first sample of the part of the fragment from a first sample of the fragment; and a moof subset that is at least part of the moof. The present technology can be applied to, for example, a case of multicast-delivering content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventor: Yasuaki Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 10433003
    Abstract: A community-based recommendation engine is provided. In one example embodiment, a system to provide a community-based recommendation engine comprises a recommendation detector, a contact evaluation module, and a decision module. The recommendation detector is configured to receive, at a viewer's system, a recommendation for a content item from a contact of a viewer. The contact evaluation module is configured to access a rule assigned to the contact by the viewer. The rule indicates an action to be performed based on a content rating provided by the contact in the recommendation. The decision module is configured to determine the action to be at the viewer system, based on the content rating in the recommendation and the rule, and to initiate the action at the view system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: OPENTV, INC.
    Inventors: Alex Fishman, Crx K. Chai
  • Patent number: 10419822
    Abstract: A method, a public account server, and a mobile terminal for sending and generating a card are disclosed. The method includes: acquiring user information and card information of the mobile terminal; generating card data for the mobile terminal by using a preset card data model according to the user information and the card information of the mobile terminal; and sending the card data to the mobile terminal, so that the mobile terminal receives the card data, acquires a card template corresponding to the card data, and generates the card by using the card data and the card template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED
    Inventor: Cheng Chen
  • Patent number: 10419786
    Abstract: The disclosed technology relates to securely generating live previews of a live video stream. A request for a first preview is received from a user device, the first preview request relating to a live video stream. The live video stream is clipped to generate a first live preview, the first live preview comprising a first start time and a first end time. A request for a second preview request is received from the user device, the second preview request relating to the live video stream. The live video stream is clipped to generate a second live preview, the second live preview has a second start time and a second end time. The second start time begins at a pre-configured duration after the first end time of the first live preview.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: FuboTV Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Ho Choi, Thomas Symborski, Matthew Tretin
  • Patent number: 10419717
    Abstract: The separating television provided in the present invention relates to the field of television and through independently configuring the master control module and the screen terminal module in the television, the screen terminal module is mainly used to play the audio and video data and control the playing, and the master control module is mainly used to receive and process the audio and video data; the master control module and the screen terminal module are independently configured in physical structure, thus allows users to carry out the operations like repair, maintenance, upgrade and replacement on them independently; especially for the extreme unmatched upgrade speed between the screen terminal device and the master control device in the field of the television, the separating television disclosed in the present application can upgrade each separate unit according to individual requirements, thus effectively reduces the upgrading cost of televisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AMLOGIC (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: John Zhong, Mike Yip, Kevin Chen, Robin Zhu
  • Patent number: 10390105
    Abstract: Dynamic uniform resource locator (URL) insertion may be provided for allowing a user to view a linear video content item along with additional content in order to provide a richer and deeper viewing experience giving more control to the user during video viewing. An indication may be provided to the user indicating the availability of additional interactive content associated with the linear video in a variety of different ways, for example, display of an icon overlaid on a viewing guide user interface, a menu option, etc. Upon request, the content associated with the URL may be presented to the user in order to present the linear video content combined with the additional content in a hybrid fashion. The inserted URL may be static, or the URL may be dynamically updated based on one or more factors, such as time of day, content or action by the user or content provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC
    Inventors: Yousef Wasef Nijim, James Alan Strothmann, Jay Paul Langa, Eric S. Roberts
  • Patent number: 10382806
    Abstract: Media content presentation systems and methods are operable to control content presentation on a touch-sensitive display of a multi-media table that is communicatively coupled to a media device that is operable to access the media content. An exemplary embodiment receives, at the multi-media table from the media device, a media content event; presents the media content event on a portion of the touch-sensitive display of the multi-media table; detects a gesture-based touch movement made by a user on the touch-sensitive display; determines an intended user command based on the detected gesture-based touch movement; generates a media device command when the intended user command is configured to control presentation of the media content event; and communicates the generated media device command from the multi-media table to the media device, wherein the media device controls the media content event in accordance with the received media device command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: DISH TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventors: Lawrence Moran, Brandon Halper
  • Patent number: 10367913
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices for characterizing user viewing behavior are described. A method of tracking user viewing includes presenting media content to a user via a media device, the media content including closed-caption information, and determining that a user has initiated, at a first time, a user interface event (e.g., a “trick-mode” event) that modifies a playback rate of the media content. An offset time is determined, corresponding to a difference between the first time and a second time corresponding to an occurrence of a unique string within the closed-caption information Viewing behavior of the user is then characterized based on the media content, the offset time relative to the unique string, and an event type associated with the user interface event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Steven Michael Casagrande