Patents by Inventor Alain Staron

Alain Staron has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 6654540
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a recording and reading apparatus constituting a kind of video reservoir in the home of the consumer. Thanks to a large-capacity storing technique with suitable technical means, broadcasters transmit numerous programs via specific channels and the consumer may control the content of his reservoir (by recording, reading and erasing programs). The invention is applicable to on-demand video in the consumer's home with a video reservoir constituting a video-library that is regularly updated by broadcasters and/or by the consumer himself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing, S.A.
    Inventors: Max Artigalas, Paul-Louis Meunier, Alain Staron
  • Publication number: 20010014206
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a recording and reading apparatus constituting a kind of video reservoir in the home of the consumer. Thanks to a large-capacity storing technique with suitable technical means, broadcasters transmit numerous programs via specific channels and the consumer may control the content of his reservoir (by recording, reading and erasing programs). The invention is applicable to on-demand video in the consumer's home with a video reservoir constituting a video-library that is regularly updated by broadcasters and/or by the consumer himself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2000
    Publication date: August 16, 2001
    Inventors: Max Artigalas, Paul-Louis Meunier, Alain Staron
  • Patent number: 6091883
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a recording and reading apparatus constituting a kind of video reservoir in the home of the consumer. Thanks to a large-capacity storing technique with suitable technical device, broadcasters transmit numerous programs via specific channels and the consumer may control the content of his reservoir (by recording, reading and erasing programs). The invention is applicable to on-demand video in the consumer's home with a video reservoir constituting a video-library that is regularly updated by broadcasters and/or by the consumer himself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Thomson multimedia S.A.
    Inventors: Max Artigalas, Paul-Louis Meunier, Alain Staron
  • Patent number: 6021185
    Abstract: Videotext data or data transmitted through a telephone network is displayed by: receiving and decoding the data by a receiver/decoder device disposed in a television receiver, a video cassette recorder, or connected to the television receiver or the video cassette recorder; transmitting the data from the television receiver or the video cassette recorder to a control device for the television receiver or the video cassette recorder; and, receiving and displaying the data on a display device of the control device. The data may be displayed on a tactile sensitive screen of the control device, for example liquid crystal or plasma displays. The television receiver or the video cassette recorder may be programmed responsive to tactile stimulation of the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Thomson Consumer Electronics S.A.
    Inventor: Alain Staron
  • Patent number: 5889920
    Abstract: A receiver/recorder for television transmissions whereby continuous recording of television transmission occurs from at least one channel onto a random-access rewritable recording medium. At each of a plurality of predetermined locations a binary code is periodically written to represent a filling of predetermined portions corresponding respectively to the predetermined locations. An indexing device responds to the binary code in order to automatically distinguish between a first in time recorded transmission on the medium from a second in time recorded transmission on the medium at a particular one of the predetermined locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Thomson Consumer Electronics
    Inventors: Philippe Compoint, Paul-Louis Meunier, Alain Staron, Dietmar Uhde
  • Patent number: 5805230
    Abstract: The disclosure is an automatic programming method for a tuner of a television and/or video recorder that makes use of data received by cable or terrestrial or satellite radio, and a device implementing this method. The method involves the transmission of a set of channel tables, each corresponding to a broadcasting station, using the CEEFAX standard. The television or video recorder memorizes the table corresponding to the postal ZIP code previously input by the user, then automatically programs the tuner. The invention is applicable for all types of television standards (PAL, PAL+, SECAM, NTSC, D2MAC, HDMAC, digital standards, etc.) and to all types of signal formats transmitted with the video signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Thomson Multimedia
    Inventor: Alain Staron
  • Patent number: 5625464
    Abstract: A receiver/recorder of television transmissions is disclosed which operates automatically on a stand-by basis to record continuously television transmissions from at least one channel onto a reusable large capacity recording medium such as a magnetooptic disk. The recording is accomplished without user intervention and the system includes an indexing for distinguishing a recent recording from an older recording which is partially overlapped by the recent recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: Thomson Consumer Electronics
    Inventors: Philippe Compoint, Paul-Louis Meunier, Alain Staron, Dietmar Uhde
  • Patent number: 5555463
    Abstract: A television receiver equipped with an internal device produces a deferred source signal in order to alter the amount (X) of deferment in order to allow for a replay or skipping of a portion of a program being viewed. The change in deferment is followed automatically by a resumption of the initial value of deferment. This allows for instant replay or fast forward and subsequent return to the initial condition in an automatic manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: Thomson Consumer Electronics
    Inventor: Alain Staron
  • Patent number: 5223765
    Abstract: A device for the display or projection of images, which has an external output face covered with an abrasion-resistant and transparent coating, said coating constituted in part of an abrasion-resistant layer formed from at least one material selected from the group consisting of adamantane carbon, Y.sub.2 O.sub.3, and indium-tin oxide implanted with oxygen. A display or projection device can be a television tube designed for the display of high-definition transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Assignee: Thomson Consumer Electronics
    Inventors: Alain Staron, Paul-Louis Meunier, Jean-Marie Mackowski
  • Patent number: 4856042
    Abstract: The diaphragm comprises at least one chamber in which there flows a deformable material that attenuates the radiation beam, the chamber being shaped so that the attenuating material can be introduced from outside the chamber and so that it can surround the passage zone of the beam inside the chamber in such a way that the surface of the passage zone varies constantly with the volume of the material present in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Assignee: Thomson-CGR
    Inventors: Alain Staron, Christian Claudepierre, Francois Micheron, Edmond Chambron
  • Patent number: 4812647
    Abstract: The device can be used for the displacement of light lines above determined zones of a surface and for the optical identification of these zones. It comprises one or more lateral diffusion light guides arranged parallel to the surface, coupled by one end to a light source and to controlling means in order to selectively illuminate each zone of the surface by means of at least one light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1989
    Assignee: Thomson-CSF
    Inventors: Dominique Broussoux, Francois Micheron, Alain Staron, Jacques Trotel