Patents by Inventor Charles C. Conklin

Charles C. Conklin 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: 20190014377
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, articles of manufacture, and methods to identify and credit media using ratios of media characteristics are disclosed herein. An example apparatus to identify media includes a delta calculator to determine a first ratio based on a first time interval and a second time interval of a monitored media signal, and determine a second ratio based on the second time interval and a third time interval of the monitored media signal. The example apparatus also includes a signature generator to generate a monitored media ratio signature based on the first and second ratios. The example signature generator also is to initiate transmission of the monitored media ratio signature to a recipient that is to compare the monitored media ratio signature with a reference ratio signature to identify the media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Christen V. Nielsen, David H. Wright, Charles C. Conklin, Daniel Nelson
  • Patent number: 10045075
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to identify and credit media using ratios of media characteristics are disclosed herein. Example methods and apparatus determine a first ratio based on a first combination of time intervals of a monitored media signature, the monitored media signature including a plurality of time intervals, respective ones of the time intervals being between respective adjacent characteristics identified in the media, determine a second ratio based on a second combination of time intervals of the monitored media signature, generate a monitored media ratio signature based on the first and second ratios, and compare the monitored media ratio signature with a reference ratio signature to identify the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Christen V. Nielsen, David H. Wright, Charles C. Conklin, Daniel Nelson
  • Publication number: 20170245009
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to identify and credit media using ratios of media characteristics are disclosed herein. Example methods and apparatus determine a first ratio based on a first combination of time intervals of a monitored media signature, the monitored media signature including a plurality of time intervals, respective ones of the time intervals being between respective adjacent characteristics identified in the media, determine a second ratio based on a second combination of time intervals of the monitored media signature, generate a monitored media ratio signature based on the first and second ratios, and compare the monitored media ratio signature with a reference ratio signature to identify the media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Inventors: Christen V. Nielsen, David H. Wright, Charles C. Conklin, Daniel Nelson
  • Patent number: 9185457
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for multi-purpose metering are disclosed. An example method includes determining whether a portable device is within a vicinity of a household monitoring system based on detecting an identifier via a first radio frequency (RF) signal, when the identifier from the first RF signal is associated with the portable device, determining whether a second acoustic signal includes the identifier associated with the portable device, deactivating a media detection circuit of the portable device when the identifier is detected via both the first RF signal and the second acoustic signal, and activating the media detection circuit of the portable device when the identifier is detected from the first RF signal and the second acoustic signal is absent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Arun Ramaswamy, Charles C. Conklin, Wayne A. Olmsted, Karin Johnson, Fred Martensen, Daniel Nelson, Alexander Topchy, Paul M. Mears
  • Publication number: 20150271549
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for multi-purpose metering are disclosed. An example method includes determining whether a portable device is within a vicinity of a household monitoring system based on detecting an identifier via a first radio frequency (RF) signal, when the identifier from the first RF signal is associated with the portable device, determining whether a second acoustic signal includes the identifier associated with the portable device, deactivating a media detection circuit of the portable device when the identifier is detected via both the first RF signal and the second acoustic signal, and activating the media detection circuit of the portable device when the identifier is detected from the first RF signal and the second acoustic signal is absent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Inventors: Arun Ramaswamy, Charles C. Conklin, Wayne A. Olmsted, Karin Johnson, Fred Martensen, Daniel Nelson, Alexander Topchy, Paul M. Mears
  • Patent number: 9055336
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for multi-purpose metering are disclosed. An example method includes transmitting a first discovery inquiry message in response to a wakeup timer expiration signal, disabling a media detection circuit of the portable device when a base unit responds to the discovery inquiry message, and enabling the media detection circuit of the portable device when the base unit response to the discovery inquiry message is absent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Arun Ramaswamy, Charles C. Conklin, Wayne A. Olmsted, Karin Johnson, Fred Martensen, Daniel Nelson, Alexander Topchy, Paul M. Mears
  • Publication number: 20140259033
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for multi-purpose metering are disclosed. An example method includes transmitting a first discovery inquiry message in response to a wakeup timer expiration signal, disabling a media detection circuit of the portable device when a base unit responds to the discovery inquiry message, and enabling the media detection circuit of the portable device when the base unit response to the discovery inquiry message is absent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Arun Ramaswamy, Charles C. Conklin, Wayne A. Olmsted, Karin Johnson, Fred Martensen, Daniel Nelson, Alexander Topchy, Paul M. Mears
  • Patent number: 8752081
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for multi-purpose metering are disclosed. An example method includes acquiring a rate of data transfer to/from the monitored location and comparing the acquired rate of data transfer to a threshold. The example method also includes setting at least one media monitoring device in a first bandwidth mode when the acquired rate of data transfer exceeds the threshold, and setting the at least one media monitoring device in a second bandwidth mode when the acquired rate of data transfer is below the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC.
    Inventors: Arun Ramaswamy, Charles C. Conklin, Wayne A. Olmsted, Karin Anne Johnson, Fred Martensen, Daniel Nelson, Alexander Topchy, Paul M. Mears
  • Patent number: 8505042
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for identifying viewing information associated with a digital media device are disclosed. In an example method, data conveyed via a data bus communicatively coupled to a processor and a data storage device associated with the digital media device is monitored. Event information associated with the digital media device is extracted from the data and the viewing information is identified based on the event information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Charles C. Conklin, Christen V. Nielsen, Joseph G. Milavsky
  • Publication number: 20130174190
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for multi-purpose metering are disclosed. An example method includes acquiring a rate of data transfer to/from the monitored location and comparing the acquired rate of data transfer to a threshold. The example method also includes setting at least one media monitoring device in a first bandwidth mode when the acquired rate of data transfer exceeds the threshold, and setting the at least one media monitoring device in a second bandwidth mode when the acquired rate of data transfer is below the threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Arun Ramaswamy, Charles C. Conklin, Wayne A. Olmsted, Karin Johnson, Fred Martensen, Daniel Nelson, Alexander Topchy, Paul M. Mears
  • Patent number: 8327396
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for multi-purpose metering are disclosed. An example method includes acquiring a rate of data transfer to/from the monitored location and comparing the acquired rate of data transfer to a threshold. The example method also includes setting at least one media monitoring device in a first bandwidth mode when the acquired rate of data transfer exceeds the threshold, and setting the at least one media monitoring device in a second bandwidth mode when the acquired rate of data transfer is below the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Arun Ramaswamy, Charles C. Conklin, Wayne A. Olmsted, Karin Johnson, Fred Martensen, Daniel Nelson, Alexander Topchy, Paul M. Mears
  • Publication number: 20090070797
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for multi-purpose metering are disclosed. An example method includes acquiring a rate of data transfer to/from the monitored location and comparing the acquired rate of data transfer to a threshold. The example method also includes setting at least one media monitoring device in a first bandwidth mode when the acquired rate of data transfer exceeds the threshold, and setting the at least one media monitoring device in a second bandwidth mode when the acquired rate of data transfer is below the threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventors: Arun Ramaswamy, Charles C. Conklin, Wayne A. Olmsted, Karin Johnson, Fred Martensen, Daniel Nelson, Alexander Topchy, Paul M. Mears
  • Patent number: 4823328
    Abstract: A radio signal controlled clock which decodes time information in a radio signal and thereby determines the current time. The clock collects and stores radio signal data as soon as a reasonably decodeable radio signal is located, even before the minute boundary of the radio signal's time base has been located. This data is stored and later used for decoding and verifying the digits of the time information after the minute boundary has been located. In another aspect of the present invention, an internal counter in the clock is periodically resynchronized with the radio signal, and the average of the adjustments required for this resynchronization is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Inventors: Charles C. Conklin, Michael W. Faber, David Schachter, Philip M. Spira, Chi-Wen Wang, Paul L. Williams
  • Patent number: 4768178
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for synchronizing a clock to broadcast time-based signals, said time-based signals including encoded timing information, the method comprising the steps ofreceiving said time-based signals,decoding said time-based signals to derive a plurality of digits from said timing information representing actual clock time, andseparately verifying the correctness of each of said digits, said correctness verifying step including the steps of separately comparing each said derived digit with at least one corresponding previously decoded derived digit and verifying said derived digit when it meets a predefined verification test based on the consistency of said derived digit with said at least once corresponding previously decoded derived digit, repeating said comparison and verifying steps as said time-based signals are decoded until each said derived digit has been separately verified, and generating a lockon signal when all of said derived digits have been verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1988
    Assignee: Precision Standard Time, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles C. Conklin, Stephen O. Jeppson, Ronald W. Mongeon, David Schachter, Philip M. Spira, Paul L. Williams