Patents by Inventor Benjamin Maughan

Benjamin Maughan 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: 10341447
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein to provide information to a user based on a symbol with a plurality of interpretations. Each candidate interpretation for the symbol is identified and compared to an attribute of a user profile. The meaning of the symbol is determined and the user profile is updated with the meaning of the symbol. This meaning may be used to provide relevant information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Christensen Kelly, Benjamin Maughan, Brian Peterson, David Yon, Walter R. Klappert
  • Patent number: 10291958
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for measuring audience engagement for a media asset using user motion. For example, a media guidance application may receive movement logs from a plurality of user equipment. These movement logs may contain information indicating when each of the plurality of users moved, as detected by motion sensors, while the user equipment was generating for display a media asset. The movement logs may be analyzed to determine time periods during the media asset during which greater than a certain number of the plurality of users were moving. These time periods may in turn be used to infer how engaged the plurality of users were during the media asset or what portions of the media asset the plurality of users viewed. This data may be used to determine in what media assets, or portions thereof, supplemental video content should be inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Matthews, Benjamin Maughan, Kevin Bruce Lenhart, Paul T. Stathacopoulos, William K. Corry
  • Publication number: 20190020726
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed herein for a media guidance application that provides diverse and reliable media content suggestions. Specifically, the media guidance application may monitor user preferences of a select group of friends of the user and base media recommendations on those user preferences. The media guidance application may determine close friends of the user, such as friends that a user regularly communicates with, and include recommendations on the media preferences of only those close friends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Paul Stathacopoulos, Benjamin Maughan
  • Publication number: 20190005549
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for presenting supplemental information to a user that is related to an advertisement consumed by the user that the user found interesting. It may be determined that a user is interested in receiving supplemental information based on the user starting to use a device within a threshold time period from consuming the advertisement on a different device. The threshold time period may be determined based on historical amounts of time users have taken to access supplemental information after consuming the advertisement (e.g., if users access a webpage associated with the advertisement five minutes after the conclusion of the advertisement, the threshold time period may be five minutes). In response to determining that the user started using the first device within the threshold period of time from the end of the advertisement, supplemental information associated with the advertisement may be presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Omry Zvi Goldshtein, Paul Stathacopoulos, Jocelin Lee, Taro Kent Banno, Joseph J. Flynn, Benjamin Maughan
  • Publication number: 20190005542
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for presenting supplemental information to a user that is related to an advertisement consumed by the user that the user found interesting. It may be determined that a user is interested in receiving supplemental information based on the user starting to use a device within a threshold time period from consuming the advertisement on a different device. The threshold time period may be determined based on the length of the advertisement slot including the advertisement (e.g., the threshold time period may be 30 seconds if the length of the advertisement slot is 30 seconds). In response to determining that the user started using the first device within the threshold period of time from the end of the advertisement, supplemental information associated with the advertisement may be presented to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Omry Zvi Goldshtein, Paul Stathacopoulos, Jocelin Lee, Taro Kent Banno, Joseph J. Flynn, Benjamin Maughan
  • Patent number: 10097648
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed herein for a media guidance application that provides diverse and reliable media content suggestions. Specifically, the media guidance application may monitor user preferences of a select group of friends of the user and base media recommendations on those user preferences. The media guidance application may determine close friends of the user, such as friends that a user regularly communicates with, and include recommendations on the media preferences of only those close friends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Stathacopoulos, Benjamin Maughan
  • Publication number: 20180205990
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for measuring audience engagement for a media asset using user motion. For example, a media guidance application may receive movement logs from a plurality of user equipment. These movement logs may contain information indicating when each of the plurality of users moved, as detected by motion sensors, while the user equipment was generating for display a media asset. The movement logs may be analyzed to determine time periods during the media asset during which greater than a certain number of the plurality of users were moving. These time periods may in turn be used to infer how engaged the plurality of users were during the media asset or what portions of the media asset the plurality of users viewed. This data may be used to determine in what media assets, or portions thereof, supplemental video content should be inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Sean Matthews, Benjamin Maughan, Kevin Bruce Lenhart, Paul T. Stathacopoulos, William K. Corry
  • Publication number: 20180184168
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for identifying information that will enable a merchant to better target a promotion to a user, and requesting the information from the user in a query. A target audience profile may be used to determine promotions that should be targeted to the user. A media guidance application may retrieve publicly available information about the user. The media guidance application may compare the publicly available information about the user with the target audience profile to determine whether there is a match. Upon determining that that the user neither definitely matches the target audience profile nor definitely does not match the target audience profile, the media guidance application may generate a query for requesting additional information from the user that will allow the media guidance application to determine whether the user matches the target audience profile or does not match the target audience profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: Sean Matthews, Benjamin Maughan, Paul T. Stathacopoulos
  • Publication number: 20180181996
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for allowing a user to grant or deny a third party access to different portions of the user's profile characteristics. Control circuitry may calculate an optimal promotion offer from a third party to a user based on a first layer of the user's profile characteristics matching a target-audience profile of the third party. Control circuitry may then generate for display the optimal promotion offer to the user. In response to receiving a selection of the optimal promotion offer from the user, control circuitry may receive further selections, from the user, of a subset of the user's profile characteristics to share with the third party, and then generate for display, to the user, an actual promotion offer based on the selected subset of profile characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: Sean Matthews, Benjamin Maughan, Paul T. Stathacopoulos
  • Publication number: 20180139298
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein to provide information to a user based on a symbol with a plurality of interpretations. Each candidate interpretation for the symbol is identified and compared to an attribute of a user profile. The meaning of the symbol is determined and the user profile is updated with the meaning of the symbol. This meaning may be used to provide relevant information to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Timothy Christensen Kelly, Benjamin Maughan, Brian Peterson, David Yon, Walter R. Klappert
  • Patent number: 9854049
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein to provide information to a user based on a symbol with a plurality of interpretations. Each candidate interpretation for the symbol is identified and compared to an attribute of a user profile. The meaning of the symbol is determined and the user profile is updated with the meaning of the symbol. This meaning may be used to provide relevant information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Christensen Kelly, Benjamin Maughan, Brian Peterson, David Yon, Walter R. Klappert
  • Patent number: 9854292
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for measuring audience engagement for a media asset using user motion. For example, a media guidance application may receive movement logs from a plurality of user equipment. These movement logs may contain information indicating when each of the plurality of users moved, as detected by motion sensors, while the user equipment was generating for display a media asset. The movement logs may be analyzed to determine time periods during the media asset during which greater than a certain number of the plurality of users were moving. These time periods may in turn be used to infer how engaged the plurality of users were during the media asset or what portions of the media asset the plurality of users viewed. This data may be used to determine in what media assets, or portions thereof, supplemental video content should be inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Matthews, Benjamin Maughan, Kevin Bruce Lenhart, Paul T. Stathacopoulos, William K. Corry
  • Publication number: 20160255163
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed herein for a media guidance application that provides diverse and reliable media content suggestions. Specifically, the media guidance application may monitor user preferences of a select group of friends of the user and base media recommendations on those user preferences. The media guidance application may determine close friends of the user, such as friends that a user regularly communicates with, and include recommendations on the media preferences of only those close friends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Inventors: Paul Stathacopoulos, Benjamin Maughan
  • Publication number: 20160227283
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein to provide information to a user based on a first symbol and a second symbol identified in a user communication. A candidate list of media assets is identified for each symbol, and a set of media assets common to both lists is determined. The set of media assets is compared to a user profile to identify a media asset that matches at least one attribute of the user profile, and information about this media asset is provided to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Inventors: Timothy Christensen Kelly, Benjamin Maughan, Brian Peterson, David Yon, Walter R. Klappert
  • Publication number: 20160226984
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein to provide information to a user based on a symbol with a plurality of interpretations. Each candidate interpretation for the symbol is identified and compared to an attribute of a user profile. The meaning of the symbol is determined and the user profile is updated with the meaning of the symbol. This meaning may be used to provide relevant information to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Inventors: Timothy Christensen Kelly, Benjamin Maughan, Brian Peterson, David Yon, Walter R. Klappert
  • Patent number: 9351025
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for an Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) system that determines whether affiliates are adhering to criteria set by content providers. The ACR system, using control circuitry, receives a portion of a media asset, determines a content signature for the portion of the media asset based on audio or visual information presented in the media asset, cross-references the content signature with a database listing a plurality of reference signatures that adhere to a criterion set by a content provider, determines whether the portion adheres to the criterion, and automatically notifies the content provider in response to determining that the portion does not adhere to the criterion. The ACR system includes storage circuitry to store the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Maughan, Jason Manasse
  • Publication number: 20150347357
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein provide for automatically linking words/phrases in messages to corresponding associated objects (e.g., information sources). A message (e.g., social network posting, email, text message) is submitted by a user to a server (e.g., social network server, email server, text messaging server). The server performs text recognition on the message and identifies a plurality of objects that are associated with a selected portion of the message (e.g., word/phrase related to a media asset). An object is selected from the associated objects as a match for the selected portion of the message. The submitted message is modified to visually distinguish the selected portion of the message as a selectable link to a display related to the selected match. The modified, linked message is displayed to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Benjamin Maughan, Brian Peterson, William Korbecki, Paul Stathacopoulos
  • Publication number: 20080249276
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a lightweight, gas-filled, highly insulative cellular structure and methods for manufacturing the cellular structure. The cellular structure can be incorporated into outdoor gear and apparel to make the outdoor gear or apparel warm, while still maintaining a desired thinness and flexibility. The insulative article takes advantage of the superior insulative properties of dry gases and preferably highly insulative gases such as argon. In addition, the size and shape of the cells in the cellular structure are selected to minimize convection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventors: Nate Nathan Alder, Brady Woolford, Benjamin Maughan