Patents Examined by Stephen R Koziol
  • Patent number: 10019627
    Abstract: New authentication features are proposed that are visible, can be authenticated with a mobile equipment and yet are challenging to counterfeit. In a possible embodiment, the surface of the authentication feature may have three-dimensional characteristics, which can be recognized by a handheld camera, such as a smartphone camera, while it cannot be easily reproduced by a simple scan and print procedure. In a further possible embodiment, at least two different viewpoints of the authentication feature may be acquired using a smartphone camera and the resulting images may be analyzed using the smartphone processor to identify the three-dimensional characteristics of the authentication feature. The manufacturing of the feature may be performed at a low cost by embossing the three dimensional structure on a surface. The authentication feature may be carried by a self-adhesive label or directly embedded on the product packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: ALPVISION S.A.
    Inventors: Martin Kutter, Fred Jordan
  • Patent number: 10013620
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to apparatuses, systems and methods for automatically compressing digital image data. More particularly, the present disclosure is directed to apparatuses, systems and methods for automatically compressing digital image data that is representative of a series of digital images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Kenneth Jason Sanchez, Aaron Scott Chan
  • Patent number: 10013552
    Abstract: Systems and methods prevent or restrict the mining of content on a mobile device. For example, a method may include identifying a mining-restriction mark in low order bits or high order bits in a frame buffer of a mobile device and determining whether the mining-restriction mark prevents mining of content. Mining includes non-transient storage of a copy or derivations of data in the frame buffer. The method may also include preventing the mining of data in the frame buffer when the mining-restriction mark prevents mining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Alfred Zalmon Spector, David Petrou, Blaise Aguera-Arcas, Matthew Sharifi
  • Patent number: 9993303
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for assessing an arterio-venous malformation (AVM) may include, for example, receiving a patient-specific model of a portion of an anatomy of a patient; using a computer processor to analyze the patient-specific model for identifying one or more blood vessels associated with the AVM, in the patient-specific model; and estimating a risk of an undesirable outcome caused by the AVM, by performing computer simulations of blood flow through the one or more blood vessels associated with the AVM in the patient-specific model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: HeartFlow, Inc.
    Inventors: Sethuraman Sankaran, Christopher Zarins, Leo Grady
  • Patent number: 9990731
    Abstract: An apparatus includes: a processor configured for obtaining a first image that corresponds with a first multi-leaf collimator (MLC) configuration, wherein the first image is generated when the MLC is stationary, obtaining a second image that corresponds with a second MLC configuration, wherein the second image is generated when the MLC and/or another component of a radiation machine is being operated to track a motion, and performing an analysis based at least in part on the first image and the second image to obtain a result; and a non-transitory medium for storing the result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems International AG
    Inventors: Stefan G. Scheib, Christof Baltes, Kristijan Macek
  • Patent number: 9984310
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying semantically and/or visually related information among a set of content items, such content items that include similar concepts or that have similar visual aspects, are disclosed. The disclosed techniques provide tools for identifying related information among various content items, such as text pages and documents, presentation slides and slide decks, etc. The disclosed techniques provide improved methods for searching among content items, organizing content items into categories, and pruning redundant content. Furthermore, the disclosed techniques provide improvements to computation of various metrics, including usage, performance, and impact metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Highspot, Inc.
    Inventors: Raphael Hoffman, Nate Dire, Erik Christensen, Oliver Sharp, David Wortendyke, Scot Gellock, Robert Wahbe
  • Patent number: 9978144
    Abstract: A biological information measurement apparatus includes: a plurality of first pixels configured to generate a first imaging signal based on received light; a plurality of second pixels configured to generate a second imaging signal based on the received light; a time series signal generation unit configured to generate a first time series signal by connecting representative values of first imaging signals in time series and generate a second time series signal by connecting representative values of second imaging signals in time series; a signal component separation unit configured to separate a plurality of signal components from each of the first and second time series signals; and a biological information component selector configured to select a signal component in accordance with the biological information, among the plurality of signal components separated by the signal component separation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Munenori Fukunishi
  • Patent number: 9972097
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a processor to detect motion of objects in an observation area on the basis of a captured image. The processor also calculates amounts of each detected motion, and calculates a propagation speed, a propagation direction, or both, of the motion for pulsations of the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Kunihiro, Tomohiro Hayakawa, Eriko Matsui, Seiji Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9964643
    Abstract: Vehicle occupancy detection involves projecting modulated light onto an occupant from a light source outside of a vehicle. Reflections of the light source are received at a detector located outside of the vehicle. Three-dimensional data is determined based on a time-of-flight of the reflections, and the occupant is detected based on the three-dimensional data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Yasuo Maeda
  • Patent number: 9965809
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for extracting a mathematical structure associated with a financial table. According to an exemplary embodiment, the method uses a LR-(Left-to-Right) parser reducing stack and a LR-parser nonreducing stack to generate a final reducing stack representative of the mathematical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Hervé Déjean
  • Patent number: 9953437
    Abstract: A method for constructing a table including information on a pooling type based on ranges of scale of at least one object in at least one image for constructing table is provided. The method includes steps of: generating a first pooled feature map by applying max pooling and a second pooled feature map by applying avg pooling; and acquiring a first candidate bounding box by using the first pooled feature map and acquiring a second candidate bounding box by using the second pooled feature map; and comparing a first degree of similarity between the first candidate bounding box and a GT bounding box with a second degree of similarity between the second candidate bounding box and the GT bounding box to thereby construct the table so as to include information on respective optimal pooling types by respective ranges of the scale of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: StradVision, Inc.
    Inventors: Yongjoong Kim, Woonhyun Nam, Sukhoon Boo, Myungchul Sung, Donghun Yeo, Wooju Ryu, Taewoong Jang, Kyungjoong Jeong, Hongmo Je, Hojin Cho
  • Patent number: 9946960
    Abstract: A method for acquiring a bounding box corresponding to an object is provided. The method includes steps of: (a) acquiring proposal boxes; (b) selecting specific proposal box among the proposal boxes by referring to (i) a result of comparing distance between a reference bounding box and the proposal boxes and/or (ii) a result of comparing score which indicates whether the proposal boxes includes the object, and then setting the specific proposal box as a starting area of a tracking box; (c) determining a specific area of the current frame as a target area of the tracking box by using the mean shift tracking algorithm; and (d) allowing a pooling layer to generate a pooled feature map by applying pooling operation to an area corresponding to the specific area and then allowing a FC layer to acquire a bounding box by applying regression operation to the pooled feature map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: StradVision, Inc.
    Inventors: Yongjoong Kim, Woonhyun Nam, Sukhoon Boo, Myungchul Sung, Donghun Yeo, Wooju Ryu, Taewoong Jang, Kyungjoong Jeong, Hongmo Je, Hojin Cho
  • Patent number: 9946932
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described herein that allow a user to capture a single image snapshot from video, print, or the world around him or her, and obtain additional information relating to the media itself or items of interest displayed in the snapshot. A fingerprint of the snapshot is used as a query and transmitted to the server. Image Feature-Based Recognition, as described herein, uses a feature index to identify a smaller set of candidate matches from a larger database of images based on the fingerprint. Novel methods and systems using a distance metric and a radical hash table design exploit probabilistic effects and allow distinct image features to be preferred over redundant ones, allowing only the more distinctive data points to remain resident within the index, yielding a lean index that can be quickly used in the identification process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Geenee GmbH
    Inventors: Philipp Holzschneider, Thorsten Otto Wolfgang Magers, Hannes Priehn
  • Patent number: 9947228
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a blind spot of a monitoring vehicle by using a blind spot monitor is provided. The method includes steps of: the blind spot monitor (a) acquiring a feature map from rear video images, on condition that video images with reference vehicles in the blind spot are acquired, reference boxes for the reference vehicles are created, and the reference boxes are set as proposal boxes; (b) acquiring feature vectors for the proposal boxes on the feature map by pooling, inputting the feature vectors into a fully connected layer, acquiring classification and regression information; and (c) selecting proposal boxes by referring to the classification information, acquiring bounding boxes for the proposal boxes by using the regression information, determining the pose of the monitored vehicle corresponding to each of the bounding boxes, and determining whether a haphazard vehicle is located in the blind spot of the monitoring vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: StradVision, Inc.
    Inventors: Yongjoong Kim, Woonhyun Nam, Sukhoon Boo, Myungchul Sung, Donghun Yeo, Wooju Ryu, Taewoong Jang, Kyungjoong Jeong, Hongmo Je, Hojin Cho
  • Patent number: 9939955
    Abstract: A system may comprise a registration device configured to register patterns for users; a recording device configured to record a received pattern, as an electronic pattern, wherein the recording device recognizes the received pattern as one of the registered patterns; a receiving device configured to observe human movement patterns with a camera, transform the observed human movement patterns to an electronic signal, and receive the recognized registered pattern from the recording device by a first wireless transmission; a forwarding device configured to transmit the electronic signal, and the received recognized registered pattern to an alert service by a second wireless transmission; and an alert service, configured to receive the electronic signal and the received recognized registered pattern from the forwarding device and configured to transmit the electronic signal and the received recognized registered pattern to a second electronic device by a third wireless transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter C. Bahrs, Peter H. Burton, Donna K. Byron, Sangeeta Gautam, Manvendra Gupta, Anne Kline
  • Patent number: 9940697
    Abstract: Systems and methods for capturing and/or processing of panoramic imaging content using spatial redundancy-based mapping. Panoramic imaging content may be processed using a processing pipeline that may operate on a portion of the image. Images may be transformed prior to processing. Image transformation may introduce distortion and/or data redundancy. Image partitioning for the pipeline processing may be configured based on spatial redundancy associated with the transformation. Windowing operation may include partitioning an image using non-rectangular and/or non-equal windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Balineedu Chowdary Adsumilli, Adeel Abbas, David Newman
  • Patent number: 9940531
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for setting a region of interest of a vehicle that is being driven is provided. The apparatus includes an image capturing unit configured to capture a front image of the vehicle that is being driven, a memory configured to store a program for setting the region of interest of the vehicle that is being driven, and a processor. The processor obtains a current position of the vehicle and lane information corresponding to the current position based on the front image captured by the image capturing unit by executing the program, and sets the region of interest needed for recognition of a signal light based on the obtained lane information, and the processor sets a region including a lane corresponding to another vehicle driving in the same direction as the vehicle that is being driven in the front image as the region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: ADASONE, INC.
    Inventors: Kyung Soo Kang, Keun Ho Kang, Tae Keun Kim
  • Patent number: 9940576
    Abstract: In an approach to managing images and captions, one or more computer processors receive one or more captured images of including one or more subjects. The one or more computer processors identify the one or more subjects from the first image. The one or more computer processors identify the context of the first image of the one or more captured images containing the one or more subjects. The one or more computer processors analyze one or more social networking histories and relationships associated with the one or more subjects using recognition techniques. The one or more computer processors create one or more captions associated with the first image of the one or more captured images based on the social networking histories and relationships of the one or more subjects and the identified context of the first image of the one or more captured images containing the one or more subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kuntal Dey, Seema Nagar, Srikanth G. Tamilselvam, Enara C. Vijil
  • Patent number: 9934432
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product to validate documents is provided. A processor receives an image of a document. The processor identifies a plurality of fixed contents of the document. The processor identifies a plurality of field contents of the document. The processor determines a type of the document based, at least in part, on the plurality of fixed contents and the plurality of field contents. The processor validates the plurality of field contents of the document based, at least in part, on rules associated with the type of the document. The processor generates a validated document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tushar Agrawal, Reinaldo T. Katahira, Craig M. Trim, Albert T. Wong
  • Patent number: 9934577
    Abstract: Edges are detected in a digital image including a plurality of pixels. For each of the plurality of pixels, a plurality of different edge assessments are made for that pixel. Each different edge assessment considers that pixel in a different position of a different pixel patch. The different edge assessments for each pixel are aggregated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Piotr Dollar, Charles Lawrence Zitnick, III