Patents by Inventor Alan Merzon

Alan Merzon 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).

  • Publication number: 20210046385
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for coordinating multiplayer game sessions are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: Catherine Hsiao, Alan Merzon, Kristie Fisher, Stacey Peterson, Haochen Liu, Nicholas Dunn, Tahasildar Ramachandra Shivputrappa, Sam Cheung, Erica Hansen, Benjamin Frenkel
  • Patent number: 10462523
    Abstract: Embodiments related to the presentation of linear content and non-linear content in an integrated user experience are disclosed. One embodiment provides a method of identifying linear content and non-linear content for presentation via a video recording device. The method includes detecting a trigger to perform a search for content items, and providing, responsive to the trigger, a search request to one or more metadata sources, each metadata source containing locations of one or more of linear content items and non-linear content items available at one or more content sources. The method further includes receiving from each metadata source a search response including metadata associated with available content at one or more of the content sources, and outputting a list of content items identifying one or more linear content items and one or more non-linear content items from one or more metadata sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Merzon, Tim Herby, Christopher Habliston, Antonio Fontan, Chris Welden
  • Publication number: 20180376208
    Abstract: Embodiments related to the presentation of linear content and non-linear content in an integrated user experience are disclosed. One embodiment provides a method of identifying linear content and non-linear content for presentation via a video recording device. The method includes detecting a trigger to perform a search for content items, and providing, responsive to the trigger, a search request to one or more metadata sources, each metadata source containing locations of one or more of linear content items and non-linear content items available at one or more content sources. The method further includes receiving from each metadata source a search response including metadata associated with available content at one or more of the content sources, and outputting a list of content items identifying one or more linear content items and one or more non-linear content items from one or more metadata sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Merzon, Tim Herby, Christopher Habliston, Antonio Fontan, Chris Welden
  • Patent number: 9826191
    Abstract: Embodiments related to the use of feedback to adapt digital video recording are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides, on a computing device, a method of adapting an identification and scheduling of video items for recording based on usage. The method comprises detecting a trigger to perform a series update, and determining one or more video items to record as a part of a series by providing input to a series update module that returns candidate video items for inclusion in the series. The method further comprises scheduling zero or more of the candidate video items for recording, receiving feedback related to video item playback of one or more video items that were recorded based upon the scheduling, and based upon the feedback, adapting the input provided to the series update module for a later series update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Antonio Fontan, Tim Herby, Christopher Habliston, Alan Merzon
  • Patent number: 9398248
    Abstract: Embodiments that relate to defining series for digital video recording are disclosed. One embodiment provides a method including receiving selection of a set of one or more video content series for which to automatically schedule recording updates, wherein each video content series is of a series type selected from a plurality of series types and each series type utilizes a corresponding update module selected from a plurality of update modules. The method further comprises receiving a trigger configured to trigger an updating of one or more series types, and for each video content series to be updated based upon the trigger received, obtaining a list of candidate video items for potential scheduling by executing the corresponding update module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Merzon, Tim Herby, Antonio Fontan
  • Publication number: 20150319399
    Abstract: Embodiments related to the use of feedback to adapt digital video recording are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides, on a computing device, a method of adapting an identification and scheduling of video items for recording based on usage. The method comprises detecting a trigger to perform a series update, and determining one or more video items to record as a part of a series by providing input to a series update module that returns candidate video items for inclusion in the series. The method further comprises scheduling zero or more of the candidate video items for recording, receiving feedback related to video item playback of one or more video items that were recorded based upon the scheduling, and based upon the feedback, adapting the input provided to the series update module for a later series update.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventors: Antonio Fontan, Tim Herby, Christopher Habliston, Alan Merzon
  • Publication number: 20150289019
    Abstract: Embodiments related to the presentation of linear content and non-linear content in an integrated user experience are disclosed. One embodiment provides a method of identifying linear content and non-linear content for presentation via a video recording device. The method includes detecting a trigger to perform a search for content items, and providing, responsive to the trigger, a search request to one or more metadata sources, each metadata source containing locations of one or more of linear content items and non-linear content items available at one or more content sources. The method further includes receiving from each metadata source a search response including metadata associated with available content at one or more of the content sources, and outputting a list of content items identifying one or more linear content items and one or more non-linear content items from one or more metadata sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Publication date: October 8, 2015
    Inventors: Alan Merzon, Tim Herby, Christopher Habliston, Antonio Fontan, Chris Welden
  • Patent number: 9106938
    Abstract: A method for monetizing third-party recommended content is provided. The method includes receiving a programming feed from a recommender, receiving information regarding one or more items of advertising content from one or more advertising publishers, scheduling recording of video content identified in the programming feed for a user that follows the programming feed, sending the information regarding the one or more items of advertising content to a client device of the user, and receiving information regarding user playback actions that occurred during presentation of the video content identified in the programming feed and the advertising content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Antonio Fontan, Alan Merzon, Tim Herby
  • Patent number: 9094649
    Abstract: Embodiments related to the use of feedback to adapt digital video recording are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides, on a computing device, a method of adapting an identification and scheduling of video items for recording based on usage. The method comprises detecting a trigger to perform a series update, and determining one or more video items to record as a part of a series by providing input to a series update module that returns candidate video items for inclusion in the series. The method further comprises scheduling zero or more of the candidate video items for recording, receiving feedback related to video item playback of one or more video items that were recorded based upon the scheduling, and based upon the feedback, adapting the input provided to the series update module for a later series update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Antonio Fontan, Tim Herby, Christopher Habliston, Alan Merzon
  • Patent number: 9077947
    Abstract: Embodiments related to the presentation of linear content and non-linear content in an integrated user experience are disclosed. One embodiment provides a method of identifying linear content and non-linear content for presentation via a video recording device. The method includes detecting a trigger to perform a search for content items, and providing, responsive to the trigger, a search request to one or more metadata sources, each metadata source containing locations of one or more of linear content items and non-linear content items available at one or more content sources. The method further includes receiving from each metadata source a search response including metadata associated with available content at one or more of the content sources, and outputting a list of content items identifying one or more linear content items and one or more non-linear content items from one or more metadata sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Merzon, Tim Herby, Christopher Habliston, Antonio Fontan, Chris Welden
  • Publication number: 20130136425
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present disclosure, it is recognized that a threshold number of members in a trend group intend to view a content item. The content item is automatically added, for each member in the trend group, to a recording schedule of that member of the trend group. The recording schedule of each member of the trend group is maintained at a recording schedule service and indicates content items to be recorded by a content recording device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tim Herby, Antonio Fontan, Christopher Habliston, Alan Merzon
  • Publication number: 20130136424
    Abstract: Embodiments related to the use of feedback to adapt digital video recording are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides, on a computing device, a method of adapting an identification and scheduling of video items for recording based on usage. The method comprises detecting a trigger to perform a series update, and determining one or more video items to record as a part of a series by providing input to a series update module that returns candidate video items for inclusion in the series. The method further comprises scheduling zero or more of the candidate video items for recording, receiving feedback related to video item playback of one or more video items that were recorded based upon the scheduling, and based upon the feedback, adapting the input provided to the series update module for a later series update.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Antonio Fontan, Tim Herby, Christopher Habliston, Alan Merzon
  • Publication number: 20130136426
    Abstract: According to one aspect of this disclosure, a request is received to add content items indicated by a third-party web feed to a recording schedule. One or more of the content items indicated by the third-party web feed may be automatically added to the recording schedule. The recording schedule may indicate content items to be recorded by an electronic content recording device from a content provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alan Merzon, Tim Herby, Antonio Fontan
  • Publication number: 20130136419
    Abstract: According to one aspect of this disclosure, information is received indicating a set of content items that a first user intends to record. The set of content items are automatically added to a recording schedule of a second user, where the recording schedule indicates content items that are scheduled to be recorded. An indication that an additional content item has been added or removed to the set of content items may be received, and, the additional content item is automatically added or removed to the recording schedule of the second user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tim Herby, Antonio Fontan, Alan Merzon, Christopher Habliston
  • Publication number: 20130139192
    Abstract: A method for monetizing third-party recommended content is provided. The method includes receiving a programming feed from a recommender, receiving information regarding one or more items of advertising content from one or more advertising publishers, scheduling recording of video content identified in the programming feed for a user that follows the programming feed, sending the information regarding the one or more items of advertising content to a client device of the user, and receiving information regarding user playback actions that occurred during presentation of the video content identified in the programming feed and the advertising content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Antonio Fontan, Alan Merzon, Tim Herby
  • Publication number: 20130136423
    Abstract: Embodiments that relate to defining series for digital video recording are disclosed. One embodiment provides a method including receiving selection of a set of one or more video content series for which to automatically schedule recording updates, wherein each video content series is of a series type selected from a plurality of series types and each series type utilizes a corresponding update module selected from a plurality of update modules. The method further comprises receiving a trigger configured to trigger an updating of one or more series types, and for each video content series to be updated based upon the trigger received, obtaining a list of candidate video items for potential scheduling by executing the corresponding update module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alan Merzon, Tim Herby, Antonio Fontan
  • Publication number: 20130136411
    Abstract: A method for managing time-shifted media content is provided. The method comprises associating one or more title-independent selection criteria with a time-shifted content channel. For each time-shifted content channel, one or more time-shifted media content items that satisfy that time-shifted content channel's title-independent selection criteria may be added to that time-shifted content channel, and channel-identifying metadata may be associated with each time-shifted media content item in the time-shifted content channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tim Herby, Alan Merzon, Christopher Habliston, Antonio Fontan, Sascha Prueter
  • Publication number: 20130114940
    Abstract: Embodiments related to the presentation of linear content and non-linear content in an integrated user experience are disclosed. One embodiment provides a method of identifying linear content and non-linear content for presentation via a video recording device. The method includes detecting a trigger to perform a search for content items, and providing, responsive to the trigger, a search request to one or more metadata sources, each metadata source containing locations of one or more of linear content items and non-linear content items available at one or more content sources. The method further includes receiving from each metadata source a search response including metadata associated with available content at one or more of the content sources, and outputting a list of content items identifying one or more linear content items and one or more non-linear content items from one or more metadata sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alan Merzon, Tim Herby, Christopher Habliston, Antonio Fontan, Chris Welden