Patents Examined by Timothy R Newlin
  • Patent number: 10405041
    Abstract: Systems and methods for preventing spoilers from being presented to a user based on user activity are described herein. In some embodiments, the media guidance application may predict events that a user may not wish to be spoiled based on user activity, and prevent spoilers for the predicted events from being presented. For example, by using received data identifying purchase activities associated with the user, a media guidance application may identify events associated with the purchase activity. The media guidance application may identify content associated with these events, and prevent the identified content from being presented to the user in response to determining that the identified content includes spoilers for the events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Ashleigh A. Miller
  • Patent number: 10405013
    Abstract: Creating audience segments for campaigns is described. In one or more embodiments, an audience manager is configured to create, for one or more videos, a video audience segment associated with the video by storing, in a data management platform, user identifiers of users that viewed the video. The user identifiers can be received from a client player each time that a video is played at the client player. The audience manager is further configured to extract demographic information from a demographic report associated with the video that is received from a demographics provider, and to associate the demographic information with the video audience segment. The audience manager is further configured to generate a target audience segment for a campaign by merging and combining user identifiers that are included in two or more video audience segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Anuj Jain, Atul Kumar Shrivastava, Praveen Kumar Goyal, Ashish Duggal
  • Patent number: 10390089
    Abstract: This document describes techniques using, and devices embodying, integral program content distribution. These techniques and devices enable a request for program content to be received from an end-user device. In response to the request, an integral version of the requested program content is determined using an indication of a program content transition that corresponds to an apparent broadcast time of the requested program content. The program content can be transmitted to the end-user device as part of a cloud-based digital video recorder (DVR) system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Joon-Hee Jeon, Yash Kumar, Stephen Lau
  • Patent number: 10382801
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmission apparatus, a transmission method, a reception apparatus, and a reception method which can easily obtain a mosaic screen. Metadata of content is distributed, and the metadata is described using an attribute and an attribute value and includes signaling information indicating that a video is a thumbnail video suitable for constituting a mosaic screen, and the attribute indicating information to refer to a file including information to receive content supplied by a service. The present technology can be applied when, for example, content is to be distributed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventors: Yasuaki Yamagishi, Masahito Mori
  • Patent number: 10375442
    Abstract: A method of modifying the output of an output device is provided. A first code, associated with a first recipient party, is received and used to generate, within the output device, a second code, the second code containing encoded data identifying the first recipient party and instructions for activating an additional functionality of the output device. The additional functionality is activated in accordance with the instructions contained in the second code. The output of the output device is modified according to data encoded in the second code, to encode a third code in the output of the output device, the third code including an ID code associated with the first recipient party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SMARDTV SA
    Inventors: David John Michael Robinson, John Paul Robinson
  • Patent number: 10373333
    Abstract: An interactive clothes and accessories fitting method, a display system and a computer-readable recording medium thereof are provided, where the method includes the following steps. While the user is wearing a first apparel, images of the user are continuously captured by using an image capturing device to generate a first image sequence, wherein each first image that forms the first image sequence respectively corresponds to a different pose of the user. While the user is wearing a second apparel, images of the user are continuously captured by using the image capturing device. When a second comparison image corresponding to a specific pose of the user is captured by the image capturing device, a first comparison image corresponding to the specific pose is searched from the first image sequence, and the first comparison image and the second comparison image are simultaneously displayed on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Jie-Ci Yang, Meng-Chao Kao, Ting-Wei Lin, Hui-Chen Lin, Yu-Ting Li
  • Patent number: 10356485
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to calculate granular data of a region based on another region for media audience measurement are disclosed. An example method for calculating, via a processor, granular data of a region includes determining aggregate behavioral data associated with a media audience measurement of a target region. The example method includes determining, via the processor, aggregate demographics data of the target region. The example method includes determining, via the processor, granular data of a source region. The example method includes calculating, via the processor, granular data of the target region to measure a media audience of the target region by apportioning the aggregate demographics data and the aggregate behavioral data of the target region based on the granular data of the source region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Sullivan, Michael Sheppard, Peter Lipa
  • Patent number: 10334295
    Abstract: A method for transmitting broadcast signals by an apparatus for transmitting broadcast signals, the method includes encoding data which is carried by a Data Pipe, DP; bit interleaving the encoded data; Multiple Input Multiple Output, MIMO, processing the bit interleaved data; time interleaving the MIMO processed data; encoding signaling data; building at least one signal frame including signaling symbols having the encoded signaling data and data symbols having the time interleaved data; modulating data of the at least one signal frame by an Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex (OFDM) scheme; performing Peak to Average Power Ratio (PAPR) reduction for the modulated data using a tone reservation algorithm based on a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Chulkyu Mun, Jaehyung Kim, Hochul Jung, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 10313571
    Abstract: An imager assembly for a vehicle is disclosed. The assembly comprises an optic lens forming a longitudinal axis extending between a proximal end portion and a distal end portion. The assembly further comprises an imager circuit in conductive connection with an imager connector. The imager connector is configured to communicatively connect the imager circuit to the vehicle. The assembly further comprises a lens holder configured to receive the proximal end portion of the optic lens and align the imager circuit with the optic lens. The conductive connection of the imager connector to the imager circuit is located between the proximal end portion and the distal end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Danny L. Minikey, Jr., Michael G. Hendricks
  • Patent number: 10306297
    Abstract: A method of operating a transmitting apparatus in a multimedia system is provided. The method includes transmitting a data unit of a multimedia service including event information related to an event, wherein the event includes notification to an application, the notification indicating that an action is to be taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., KYONGGI UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY & ACADEMIA COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Hyun-Koo Yang, Byoung-Dai Lee, Young-Sun Ryu
  • Patent number: 10306306
    Abstract: Graphics are preferably superimposed on uncompressed image data received from an external device to be transmitted to another external device. An AV amplifier 12 inserted on an HDMI transmission path between a BD player 11 and a television receiver 13 superimposes the graphics on the transmitted uncompressed image data. At that time, the AV amplifier 12 receives dynamic range conversion definition information of the uncompressed image data and generates graphics image data on the basis of the dynamic range conversion definition information to superimpose, thereby displaying the graphics with desired luminance even when dynamic range reverse conversion is performed by the television receiver 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuhisa Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10305721
    Abstract: Techniques are described for facilitating the delivery of digital content using gossip protocols. A group of client devices share information about network conditions in sideband communications using a gossip protocol. Each of the client devices then uses this information to make decisions about how to access content. By providing accurate and current information about network conditions the occurrence of buffering events and/or fatal errors may be significantly reduced or eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Michael Binns, Lars Christian Ulness, James Eric Knowler, Charles Benjamin Franklin Waggoner, Terje Kristian Backman, Joshua B. Barnard, Marc Joliveau, Chris Longo, Matthew James Bordenet
  • Patent number: 10306335
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present invention is directed to a computer system which includes: a specifically programmed server, where the server includes a plurality of modules configured to perform at least: electronically and periodically obtaining, over a computer network, media data from a plurality of computer systems of media data sources, where the media data is associated with a plurality of media airings of a plurality creatives; electronically and periodically obtaining web tracking transaction data from a computer system of a web tracking electronic source; where the web tracking transaction data including web tracking metrics for web originated activities; where web originated activities include web orders placed in response to the offer associated with the creative; for each web order record in the transactional web data: attributing, by the specifically programmed server, a particular web order to a particular media airing; and displaying a real time updatable web attribution report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Monica C. Smith
  • Patent number: 10299011
    Abstract: An interactive video including frames which include objects is displayed on a client computing device. A set of the objects in the interactive video has been linked to internet-accessible information external to the video during creation of the interactive video by comparing each of the objects in the interactive video with pre-defined objects stored in a database. The object is associated with internet-accessible information associated with the pre-defined objects when the object is determined to be similar to the pre-defined object. While the interactive video is playing on the display, a selection of one of the objects shown in the interactive video is received. In response to the selection, internet-accessible information linked to the selected object is displayed, where the internet-accessible information includes at least one of a link to an online e-commerce site that sells the selected object, and an advertisement associated with the selected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Brandon Grusd
  • Patent number: 10292570
    Abstract: A system and method of repositioning a region of interest within an endoscopic image from a first location to a target location on the display screen of an endoscopy system is provided. The endoscopy system includes an insertion portion having a tip section with at least one viewing element for capturing images of a body cavity having the region of interest. The method includes detecting a region of interest within a body cavity, displaying the region of interest on a display screen in communication with the endoscopy system, marking the region of interest on the display screen, selecting a target location on the display screen, estimating a transformation to be applied to the region of interest, and applying the estimated transformation for causing the region of interest to be displayed at the target location of the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: EndoChoice, Inc.
    Inventors: Achia Kronman, Ron Sharoni
  • Patent number: 10277949
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, article of manufacture, and a memory structure for allocating and committing votes in a variety of voting paradigms is described. In one embodiment, the method describes a system applicable in a plurality of time zones and comprises determining if an allocation of at least a portion of N1 votes among one or more candidates is received from a first user via a first device during a first period, accepting and storing the allocation of votes, only if the allocation is received during the first period, receiving a user command committing the stored allocation of the N1 votes among the plurality of candidates, determining if the command is received during a second period, and committing the stored first user allocation of N1 votes among the one or more candidates only if the command is received during the second period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY
    Inventors: Joseph B. Earley, David B. Wertheimer, Edward A. Skolarus, William Bradford, Matthew Moroz, Nicole H. Ruby, Ori Nakar, Bryan J. Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10277953
    Abstract: Video and audio content is searchable using a text search. A search component can analyze respective items of content to identify words spoken in the items of content, and generate respective transcripts of the respective words of the items of content based on the analysis. The search component receives a text search comprising a keyword and analyzes the respective transcripts to determine whether a transcript(s) contains a word that matches or substantially matches the keyword. The search component generates a search result(s) associated with the transcript(s) that at least is a substantial match to the keyword. The search component can present a time indicator indicating a time position in proximity to where the word is located in the content of the search result(s), and presentation of the content can start from that time position. The search component can be executed in a set-top box associated with a presentation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Hiten Engineer
  • Patent number: 10271075
    Abstract: A system (and corresponding method and devices) for encoding an ungrouped signal into a plurality of grouped signals, wherein the ungrouped signal comprises at least a video service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Sky Italia S.R.L.
    Inventors: Massimo Bertolotti, Fabio Sonnati
  • Patent number: 10270844
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for creating an integrated video stream based on relative location and movement of a wireless pointing device. The system includes a receiver for continuously receiving position data from a wireless pointing device and a processor for calculating an initial position and orientation of the wireless pointing device based on the position data received from the wireless pointing device, accessing additional data from a secondary source based on input data received from the wireless pointing device, and creating the integrated video stream based on an original video stream, the initial position and orientation of the wireless pointing device and the additional data accessed from the secondary source. The system further includes a server for transmitting the integrated video stream to the wireless pointing device to be rendered on a screen thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: HSNi, LLC
    Inventor: John McDevitt
  • Patent number: 10271076
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a file generation device and a method, and a content playback device, enabling efficient access to arbitrary subsamples within a sample. As indicated by grouping_type=‘sgss’, a subsample sample group (entry) structure is used as an sgpd. mha1 is identification information indicating 3d audio. As indicated by entry_count=3, the sgpd includes three entries. The three entries are defined to be mha1 0, mha1 1, and mha1 2. To assign these meanings of the sgpd to levels, the sgpd entries are linked to leva entries in index order. The present disclosure may be applied to a content playback system equipped with a content server and a content playback device, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Hirabayashi