Patents Examined by William Vaughn, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8103145
    Abstract: A decoding apparatus and method for producing a browsable slide show and a data storage medium therefor. The decoding apparatus having a mainstream decoder, which decodes mainstream packet data including image data to be reproduced in a browsable slide show; a sub-audio decoder, which decodes sub-audio packet data including audio data attached to the image data; a mainstream system time clock (STC) counter, which provides an STC sequence for controlling the decoding time of the mainstream packet data to the mainstream decoder; and a sub-audio STC counter, which provides an STC sequence for controlling the decoding time of the sub-audio packet data to the sub-audio decoder. Accordingly, it is possible to seamlessly reproduce sub-audio data even when a user selects a forward or reverse play in the middle of reproducing still image data with the sub-audio data attached thereto in a browsable slide show.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kil-soo Jung, Seong-jin Moon, Sung-wook Park
  • Patent number: 8090237
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a recording medium containing moving picture data and additional information thereof and to reproducing method and apparatus of the recording medium. The present recording medium has script files including additional information about moving picture data, e.g., scene descriptive text and introduction of characters, etc. In addition, information linking each script file with a section of moving picture data to be presented with contents of the script file is included in a link data file or is contained in a filename of the script file. In reproduction of the recording medium, a script file linked with presently reproduced moving picture data section is determined and searched for based on the link data file or every filename of the script files, and contents of the found script file are presented together with the presently reproduced moving picture data. Furthermore, previously presented additional information is removed depending on data or filename of the found script file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jang Hui Cho, Jea Yong Yoo, Sung Wan Park, Mi Hyun Kim, Kang Soo Seo, Soung Hyun Um, Byung Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 8090243
    Abstract: An information storage medium for storing multi angle data, and a recording method and a reproducing apparatus thereof. The information storage medium stores data for a plurality of angles of a scene in interleaved blocks. Sizes of the interleaved blocks are integral multiples of sizes of integral numbered aligned units that include packets. Angle change points are included in each of the interleaved blocks which allows a reproducing apparatus to seamlessly jump from one angle to another angle during reproduction of the multi angle data. A number of the angle points recorded on the information storage medium is computed so that a jumping distance required by the data during reproduction does not exceed a maximum jumping distance of a reproducing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seong-jin Moon, Kil-soo Jung, Sung-wook Park
  • Patent number: 8086086
    Abstract: The present invention is intended to provide an apparatus and a method for realizing the presentation of a content list and the reproduction of content in accordance with proper user preference on the basis of date and time at which content is viewed. Content preference values that change with time are computed. On the basis of the computed content preference values, a content list is generated for presentation to the user. For example, preference values are computed on the basis of daily time zone, holiday, weekday, and day-of-the-week and a content list in accordance with the computed preference values is generated for presentation to the user. The novel configuration allows the presentation of an optimum content list on the basis of date and time at which content is viewed, thereby realizing the selection and viewing of content that properly reflects user preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hitoshi Kimura, Kensuke Ohnuma, Hiroshi Okuda, Hidetoshi Ichioka
  • Patent number: 8086087
    Abstract: A player model (1) includes an output section (10) that reads out a source packet having a transport packet and arrival time stamp from TS1 and TS2 connected seamlessly to each other and outputs the transport packet according to the arrival time stamp, and a decoder (20) that decodes the transport packet. The output section (10) inputs the transport packet according to the arrival time stamp of the source packet to the decoder (20). The decoder (20) includes an audio buffer TBn having a capacity capable of buffering the audio data corresponding to the time required for inputting I picture, which is the first picture of TS2, to a video buffer TB1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Motoki Kato
  • Patent number: 8086093
    Abstract: A digital video recorder (DVR) has a memory manager to determine a particular date and a particular video program in a download schedule for which the DVR will reach a low memory condition based on the download schedule and an amount of unoccupied memory space in the DVR. The DVR outputs a display signal to indicate the particular date and the particular video program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T IP I, LP
    Inventor: Bruce E. Stuckman
  • Patent number: 8081870
    Abstract: Upon reproducing a TV program, it is a common practice to display video data sent from a broadcast station as it is, and the display pattern (layout) is not effectively changed (e.g., an object in video data is erased, or the object size is changed). A program ID from additional data contained in received TV information is detected, and when layout setting data corresponding to the detected program ID is stored in a memory, the corresponding layout setting data is read out from the memory to display program video data in the set layout. When a new layout is set, the user selects an object for which a layout is to be adjusted from objects that form image data in TV information, and adjusts movement, upscaling/downscaling, display ON/OFF of the selected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masamichi Ito, Koji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8081862
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a recording medium containing moving picture data and additional information thereof and to reproducing method and apparatus of the recording medium. The present recording medium has script files including additional information about moving picture data, e.g., scene descriptive text and introduction of characters, etc. In addition, information linking each script file with a section of moving picture data to be presented with contents of the script file is included in a link data file or is contained in a filename of the script file. In reproduction of the recording medium, a script file linked with presently reproduced moving picture data section is determined and searched for based on the link data file or every filename of the script files, and contents of the found script file are presented together with the presently reproduced moving picture data. Furthermore, previously presented additional information is removed depending on data or filename of the found script file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jang Hui Cho, Jea Yong Yoo, Sung Wan Park, Mi Hyun Kim, Kang Soo Seo, Soung Hyun Um, Byung Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 8081869
    Abstract: A time-varying image recording device controls a recording operation for recording time-varying image data in a recording medium. The time-varying image data is sequentially recorded in blocks, and block information containing the total number of blocks and so on is recorded after a series of blocks. It is determined whether a recording process result for the time-varying image data is normal or not. A block information recording capacity, which is a capacity that is necessary to record block information, is obtained based on the number of blocks already recorded in the recording medium, when the recording process result is abnormal. An address of the recording medium, at which the block information should be recorded, is sensed in accordance with the block information recording capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Pentax Ricoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoki Yamagata
  • Patent number: 8078035
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating reproduction list data which designates reproduction of modified image data generated using first image data recorded in a recording medium, in response to an instruction for stopping the recording of the first image data with respect to the recording medium, and for recording the reproduction list data and modified image data in the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masamine Maeda
  • Patent number: 8073312
    Abstract: A recording condition and a dubbing condition of a desired program that is to be broadcast are designated by using a remote controller. These conditions are stored in the information storage unit. In accordance with the recording condition, a controller permits a tuner to receive a program for which unattended recording is designated, and to record the program on an HDD. When a DVD is set in a dubbing unit and the dubbing operation is instructed by using the remote controller, a recorded program for which a dubbing condition stored in the information storage unit is applied can be dubbed. Then, the information for this program is displayed on a monitor so as to confirm the program and the dubbing condition, and to examine or correct CM skip if the CM skip is included in the dubbing condition. Thereafter, the dubbing operation is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Yoshimaru, Maki Furui, Hiroaki Ono, Katsuyuki Watanabe, Kyuichirou Nagai, Hidekazu Takeda
  • Patent number: 8068718
    Abstract: A playback apparatus that plays back a plurality of AV Clips recorded on a BD-ROM. The playback apparatus judges whether there is a playback control that becomes enabled or disabled when a current playback point of the digital stream reaches a predetermined point in a playback timeline. When there is a playback control that becomes enabled or disabled, information indicating the enabled or disabled playback control is transmitted to a touch panel remote control 200 and have the operation device display the enabled or disabled playback control on a chapter of the touch panel remote control 200.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hamasaka, Tomoyuki Okada
  • Patent number: 8068717
    Abstract: A television program recording/reproducing device displays a reproduction program selection screen containing a title list image, a cursor image, frame images for initial letter selection and frame images for second letter selection. The title list image displays multiple title images sequentially in alphabetical order. One frame image for initial letter selection is displayed for multiple same titles, if any, while one frame image for second letter selection is displayed for multiple titles having the same initial letter, if any, in the title list image. The cursor image is moved on and between the title images and the both frame images. This television program recording/reproducing device allows a user to more effectively search for and find a desired television program to be reproduced, and can mitigate the burden on the user in an operation of reproducing a television program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahiro Katayama
  • Patent number: 8060619
    Abstract: A system and method for efficiently accessing replicas of a storage object. A first node may perform a find operation to determine a plurality of nodes that each store a replica of a first storage object. For each node in the plurality of nodes, the first node may establish a direct connection to the node. The first node may then access the replicas of the first storage object using the respective direct connections to the plurality of nodes. In one embodiment, the nodes may be nodes in a peer-to-peer network. Establishing a direct connection to each storage object replica may enable the first node to communicate with each node in a single hop without having to pass messages via intermediate nodes in the peer-to-peer network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Symantec Operating Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas E. Saulpaugh, Gregory L. Slaughter, Ruchir Tewari
  • Patent number: 8055117
    Abstract: The data structure includes a navigation area of the recording medium storing at least one playlist, a first entry point map and a second entry point map. The playlist includes at least one playitem and at least one sub-playitem. The playitem provides navigation information for reproducing at least one still picture from a first file, and the sub-playitem providing navigation information for reproducing audio data from a second file. The first entry point map includes at least one entry point pointing to the still picture, and the second entry point map includes at least one entry point pointing to the audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kang Soo Seo, Byung Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 8055123
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for customizing content navigation. In one embodiment, a user navigates through pre-recorded or cached content in accordance with on one or more user preferences. Such user preferences may include one or more of content cache size, instant replay time, advance time, FF/REV speeds, slow motion speed and overshoot correction. In one embodiment, a DVR setup menu may be used to enter the user preferences via a remote control device. The user preferences may then be saved in non-volatile memory and used for navigation of subsequent content playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yuko Nishikawa, Aaron John Dew, Michael A. Bergeron
  • Patent number: 8055121
    Abstract: PVR system, and method for recording a video by using the same, the PVR system including a channel demodulating part for receiving, and demodulating a broadcasting program on a particular channel, a storage medium for storing the broadcasting program, an EPG parsing part for extracting information on the broadcasting program intended to record from a data demodulated at the channel demodulating part, an upload/download controlling part for receiving the broadcasting program intended to record from the channel demodulating part, storing the broadcasting program in the storage medium, and controlling reproduction of the broadcasting program stored in the storage medium in response to an external recording/reproduction signal, and controlling the EPG parsing part, and a re-recording processing part for storing identifying information for identifying success of recording of the broadcasting program intended to record and information on the broadcasting program intended to record, and identifying the identifying i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jong Yeul Suh
  • Patent number: 8055120
    Abstract: The time necessary for dubbing of a bit stream is reduced. A high speed dubbing apparatus includes: a read section (20) for reading a bit stream conforming to a DVD-VR standard from a first storage device (10), and outputting the bit stream; a first buffer (30) for storing an output from the read section (20) and outputting a bit stream; a navigation pack generator (40) for replacing a real time data information pack in the bit stream output from the first buffer (30) with a navigation pack, and outputting a resultant bit stream; a second buffer (50) for storing an output from the navigation pack generator (40) and outputting a bit stream; and a write section (60) for converting the bit stream output from the second buffer (50) into a bit stream conforming to a DVD-video standard, and writing the resultant bit stream in a second storage device (70). At least two of the read section (20), the navigation pack generator (40) and the write section (60) operate in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichiro Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 8051200
    Abstract: A plurality of candidate access terminals for participation in a multi-user packet-based (MUP-based) communication are determined. Two or more candidate access terminals are grouped into a MUP-based group, the grouping based on a hybrid automatic repeat request behavior of the plurality of candidate access terminals. Data is sent to the MUP-based group using a multi-user packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Hemanth Balaji Pawar, Shilpa Srinivas Kowdley, Bhagwan Singh Khanka, Anoop Kumar Goyal, John William Prock
  • Patent number: 8046485
    Abstract: A method and system for implementing URL scheme proxies. Embodiments of the invention allow URL schemes that are not natively supported by a computer to be supported via proxy, e.g., using a URL scheme that is native to the computer to forward the non-native transport. More specifically, embodiments of the invention allow a first computer system to support a first URL scheme by encapsulating its transport information into another URL scheme that is natively supported by the first computer. The encapsulated information is then forwarded to a second computer system or server which can provide support for the first URL scheme transport. For instance, if the first computer supports http but does not support ftp, then an ftp transport can be encapsulated inside an http transport and then forwarded to an ftp server which can then extract and process the ftp transport. The ftp response can be handled in an analogous fashion. The invention increases the native URL scheme capabilities of a computer system by proxy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Access Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Gavin Peacock