Patents Examined by Patrick Ryan
  • Patent number: 10360459
    Abstract: A detection device includes: a light source that emits, toward an object, light of a first wavelength band, and light of a second wavelength band that is less readily absorbed by water than the light of the first wavelength band; a polarization splitter that splits at least one of S-polarized light and P-polarized light from light that has been reflected or scattered at the object; a photoreceptor that receives light reflected or scattered at the object via the polarization splitter; and a control unit that determines a state of the object from information based on light received by the photoreceptor. The light emitted by the light source is random polarized light where the ratio of P-polarized light and S-polarized light is generally uniform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuo Itoh, Koichi Kusukame
  • Patent number: 10349132
    Abstract: A method and system of limiting recording demands on digital video recorders and other media records. The limiting being facilitated through analysis of programs and other media available from one or more network resources associated with and/or having capabilities to provide media to the recording element. The network resources may be associated with provider resources, customer resources, and/or any other resource in communication with the recording element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Derek T. Harrar, Roger J. Godin, Robin L. Opie, Robert Gaydos
  • Patent number: 10349141
    Abstract: A method at a computing system includes: receiving a request from a user; and in response to the user request: identifying a first media content item playing on a first client device concurrently with the user request, identifying a playback position in the first media content item temporally proximate to the user request, identifying a reference to an entity within a content portion of the first media content item, where the content portion corresponds to the identified playback position, identifying an event associated with the referenced entity, and setting a reminder of the event for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Ingrid McAulay Trollope, Ant Oztaskent, Yaroslav Volovich
  • Patent number: 10341739
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for recommending providers of media content to users viewing over-the-top content based on quality of service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter R. Klappert, Raymond Valadez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10327025
    Abstract: Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and methods are described for modifying over-the-air (OTA) channels for coaxial distribution. In one example, a method includes capturing at least one set of over the air (OTA) channels, each OTA channel being associated with a broadcast frequency within an OTA frequency spectrum; selecting a subset of OTA channels from the at least one set of OTA channels; translating the selected subset of OTA channels to a set of secondary frequencies within a secondary frequency spectrum; combining the translated subset of OTA channels and one or more satellite transponder signals into a coaxial feed; and transmitting the coaxial feed to a receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: DISH TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventors: Paul Langer, Henry Gregg Martch
  • Patent number: 10321202
    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 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Simon M. Rowe, Alastair Peter William Maw, Nick Salvatore Arini, Iain Merrick, Ant Oztaskent, Yaroslav Volovich, Kyle Maddison, Andrew Gildfind, Raimundo Mirisola
  • Patent number: 10321167
    Abstract: A method and system for determining the likelihood or similarity ratio that a selected media file of interest is related to one or more predetermined media files is provided that utilizes, combines, analyzes, and evaluates different categories of data and metadata extracted from each media file to generate a media file identifier for each media file that can then be used as a basis to compare any two media files to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GRAYMETA, INC.
    Inventors: Aaron Edell, Sek Chai, Mat Ryer
  • Patent number: 10321172
    Abstract: According to various exemplary embodiments, systems and methods are described, wherein the system implements a method executable by a host placeshifting device communicating via a network with a client and a backend media server, the method comprising: providing digital media content in the host placeshifting device; determining the presence of the client for receiving the digital media content; providing the client with electronic access to the digital media content via the network and the backend media service; and distributing the digital media content from the host placeshifting device over the network and via the backend server to the client, wherein the digital media is distributed in the form of a personalized television channel produced by the host placeshifting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SLING MEDIA LLC
    Inventors: Biswaranjan Panigrahi, Gireesh Kumar M, Vineet Govil
  • Patent number: 10277938
    Abstract: A reference verification module identifies content items stored in a content repository that include at least a portion of the content included in a reference content item provided by an entity. The reference verification module classifies the reference content item based on the uneven distribution of the percentages of the identified content items that include each of the claimed portions. Specifically, if the average difference between the percentage of content items that include a given portion and the percentages of the remaining content items is above a threshold, then the reference verification module classifies the reference content item as having a higher than threshold likelihood of including third party content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Krystof Hoder
  • Patent number: 10271103
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method generates a plurality of sub-relevance tables including a first set of relevance values between media programs. Each table models relevance values for a single feature in a plurality of features. Labeling results are received that include a second set of relevance values between the media programs. The method combines the sub-relevance tables into a single relevance table that includes a third set of relevance values between the media programs for the plurality of features. The combining generates weights for each of the sub-relevance tables based on the second set of relevance values for the labeling results and the first set of relevance values of the sub-relevance tables that are used to generate the third set of relevance values. A recommendation is provided to a user using the third set of relevance values from the single relevance table and a characteristic of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: HULU, LLC
    Inventors: Lutfi Ilke Kaya, Jinyu Yao, Heng Su, Wenkui Ding, Bangsheng Tang
  • Patent number: 10257557
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a server, first information provided by a user that identifies a set of people to be monitored. The method includes accessing, at the server, second information associated with a plurality of media streams including a broadcast media stream and a non-broadcast media stream. The second information identifies particular people associated with individual media streams of the plurality of media streams. The method includes generating, at the server, a customized media stream based on a comparison of the first information and the second information. The customized media stream includes media content related to the set of people, where the media content includes at least a portion of the non-broadcast media stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Stephen Francis Triano, James Gordon Beattie, Jr., Roque Rios
  • Patent number: 10257577
    Abstract: A set of media playback and device settings data from each home appliance of a first set of home appliances is stored on a central server and/or sent to a remote control device upon initiation of a suspend command by a user. The stored media and devices states may be used at a later time to control the first set of home appliances, or a user may, after relocating to a second set of home appliances, initiate a resume state command whereupon media playback and device settings data from the central server and/or remote control device controls each home appliance in the second set of home appliances to bring about the same or substantially similar media and device states as in the first set of home appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Christopher Chambers, Wayne Scott, Mark Momot
  • Patent number: 10225596
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving information associated with a user of media services, wherein the received information does not uniquely identify one media head end for the user, identifying a plurality of head ends responsive to the received information, and generating, for display on a client device associated with the user, information for displaying a program guide aggregating channels for the plurality of head ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Mehran Sahami, Richard C. Gossweiler, III, Manish G. Patel, John Blackburn, David A. Brown, Neha Gupta, Thomas H. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10178434
    Abstract: A user interface (UI) for an Internet enabled TV lists content genre such as photos, music, and video, and for each genre a sub-list of content is provided regardless of the source of the content, i.e., regardless of whether the content in the particular genre is stored locally or is sourced from the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Seth Hill, Tracy Ho Barnes
  • Patent number: 10109872
    Abstract: As an activation time power generation mode of a fuel cell system, a control device executes: a first step of determining whether or not hydrogen is present in an anode gas flow path; a second step of bringing a contactor to a connected state if hydrogen is detected in the first step as being present in the anode gas flow path; a third step of supplying air to a cathode through a cathode gas flow path after the second step has been executed; and a fourth step of, if a voltage of the fuel cell stack detected by a voltage detection device reaches a predetermined voltage, connecting an electrical load to the fuel cell stack, and performing electric power generation of the fuel cell stack while maintaining the voltage at or below the predetermined voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koichiro Furusawa, Nobutaka Nakajima, Kaoru Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10104411
    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 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: ADAP.TV, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan Kitts, Dyng Au, Jon Borchardt
  • Patent number: 9998784
    Abstract: A disclosure is disclosed a multimedia device and a method thereof. According to an embodiment of the present invention, a display, an interface capable of receiving a first signal through a third signal, and a controller capable of controlling to: display a first application being executed on a display screen of the digital television, display a menu, overlaid on the displayed first application, including a plurality of menu items in response to the first signal requesting the menu, display a menu icon for a multi-view screen after receiving the second signal selecting a menu item among the plurality of menu items from the displayed menu, and display a second application corresponding to the selected menu item with the first application in response to the third signal, overlaid on the display screen after receiving a third signal selecting the displayed menu icon, wherein the multi-view screen is capable of displaying a plurality of applications together on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hannie Yu, Taeil Kim
  • Patent number: 9986280
    Abstract: A reference verification module identifies content items stored in a content repository that include at least a portion of the content included in a reference content item provided by an entity. The reference verification module classifies the reference content item based on the uneven distribution of the percentages of the identified content items that include each of the claimed portions. Specifically, if the average difference between the percentage of content items that include a given portion and the percentages of the remaining content items is above a threshold, then the reference verification module classifies the reference content item as having a higher than threshold likelihood of including third party content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Krystof Hoder
  • Patent number: 9973821
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for presenting a media program concurrently with viewer questions and live commentary about the media program is disclosed. As the media program is broadcasted, messages from the first group regarding the media program are accepted. The accepted messages are filtered to identify suitable messages of interest and to present only those messages to a second group for comment. The identified messages from the first group and comments from the second group are added to the broadcast media program concurrently or in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY
    Inventors: Joseph B. Earley, Tedd Charles Rosenfeld, Steven Edward Simonian
  • Patent number: 9955122
    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 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: MobiTV, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Karlsson, Gabriel Netterdag, Martin Linderoth, Ola Hällmarker