Patents by Inventor Christopher J. Falkner

Christopher J. Falkner 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: 11265612
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for allowing responses to offers displayed with digital content. The responses may be provided on a receiver system via a conventional feedback through the same distribution channel through which the content and offer were provided, or through an alternative channel, with data being transmitted from an alternative channel device to a transacting entity. For time-shifted playback, content is identified and time-adapted offers may be provided, taking into account factors such as the content, the time of play back, the date of play back, and so forth. The alternate response channel may be more suitable for time-adapted offer responses then for contemporaneously transmitted offers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
    Inventors: Daniel Berkowitz, Christopher J. Falkner, Sheau Bao Ng, Myra Einstein
  • Publication number: 20200382842
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for allowing responses to offers displayed with digital content. The responses may be provided on a receiver system via a conventional feedback through the same distribution channel through which the content and offer were provided, or through an alternative channel, with data being transmitted from an alternative channel device to a transacting entity. For time-shifted playback, content is identified and time-adapted offers may be provided, taking into account factors such as the content, the time of play back, the date of play back, and so forth. The alternate response channel may be more suitable for time-adapted offer responses then for contemporaneously transmitted offers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel Berkowitz, Christopher J. Falkner, Sheau Bao Ng, Myra Einstein
  • Patent number: 10841637
    Abstract: A system for coordinated playback of time-shifted content with time-adapted complimentary content is provided. The time-shifted content may be played back from storage media, both local and remote. Time-shifting may occur by independent playback such as from optical discs and other memory devices, as well as from user manipulation of features in a playback system based upon real-time or near real-time content distribution. The content is identified, along with timing information identifying where in the content the playback is occurring. Time-adapted complimentary content may then be selected and transmitted to the playback system. Such time-adapted content may include advertisement, product and service offerings, complimentary information, audio and/or video content, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: NBCUniversal Media, LLC
    Inventors: Glenn A. Reitmeier, Daniel Berkowitz, Christopher J. Falkner, Sheau Bao Ng
  • Patent number: 10687118
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for allowing responses to offers displayed with digital content. The responses may be provided on a receiver system via a conventional feedback through the same distribution channel through which the content and offer were provided, or through an alternative channel, with data being transmitted from an alternative channel device to a transacting entity. For time-shifted playback, content is identified and time-adapted offers may be provided, taking into account factors such as the content, the time of play back, the date of play back, and so forth. The alternate response channel may be more suitable for time-adapted offer responses then for contemporaneously transmitted offers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: NBCUniversal Media, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Berkowitz, Christopher J. Falkner, Sheau Bao Ng, Myra Einstein
  • Publication number: 20190268646
    Abstract: A system for coordinated playback of time-shifted content with time-adapted complimentary content is provided. The time-shifted content may be played back from storage media, both local and remote. Time-shifting may occur by independent playback such as from optical discs and other memory devices, as well as from user manipulation of features in a playback system based upon real-time or near real-time content distribution. The content is identified, along with timing information identifying where in the content the playback is occurring. Time-adapted complimentary content may then be selected and transmitted to the playback system. Such time-adapted content may include advertisement, product and service offerings, complimentary information, audio and/or video content, and so forth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Glenn A. Reitmeier, Daniel Berkowitz, Christopher J. Falkner, Sheau Bao Ng
  • Patent number: 9060206
    Abstract: Supplementary digital content is provided to be played with primary digital content on a media device, such as a television, handheld device, smart phone, computer, and so forth. The primary digital content is sampled, and the time of the sample is noted. The primary digital content is identified, and the supplementary digital content is selected and transmitted, with an indication of timing for play of the supplementary digital content based upon the sample time. Synchronization of the primary and supplementary digital content playback is based upon reference to the sample time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: NBCUniversal Media, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Berkowitz, Scott Wolynski, Myra Einstein, Matthew McKenna, Arturo Vermolen, Christopher J. Falkner
  • Patent number: 8737813
    Abstract: Primary digital content played on a media device, such as a television, handheld device, smart phone, computer, or other device, is sampled and data is derived from the sample for identification of the primary digital content. Automatic content recognition is performed to determine the primary digital content. The time of the sample may also be determined. Supplementary digital content is then selected and transmitted to the media device, or to another device, based upon the identified primary digital content. The supplementary digital content may be adapted in layout, type, length, or other manners, based upon the platform and/or configuration of the media device or any other device to which the supplementary digital content is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: NBCUniversal Media, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Berkowitz, Scott Wolynski, Myra Einstein, Matthew McKenna, Arturo Vermolen, Christopher J. Falkner
  • Publication number: 20130071090
    Abstract: Primary digital content played on a media device, such as a television, handheld device, smart phone, computer, or other device, is sampled and data is derived from the sample for identification of the primary digital content. Automatic content recognition is performed to determine the primary digital content. The time of the sample may also be determined. Supplementary digital content is then selected and transmitted to the media device, or to another device, based upon the identified primary digital content. The supplementary digital content may be adapted in layout, type, length, or other manners, based upon the platform and/or configuration of the media device or any other device to which the supplementary digital content is transmitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: NBCUniversal Media LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Berkowitz, Scott Wolynski, Myra Einstein, Matthew McKenna, Arturo Vermolen, Christopher J. Falkner
  • Publication number: 20130070152
    Abstract: Supplementary digital content is provided to be played with primary digital content on a media device, such as a television, handheld device, smart phone, computer, and so forth. The primary digital content is sampled, and the time of the sample is noted. The primary digital content is identified, and the supplementary digital content is selected and transmitted, with an indication of timing for play of the supplementary digital content based upon the sample time. Synchronization of the primary and supplementary digital content playback is based upon reference to the sample time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: NBCUniversal Media LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Berkowitz, Scott Wolynski, Myra Einstein, Matthew McKenna, Arturo Vermolen, Christopher J. Falkner
  • Publication number: 20120110608
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for allowing responses to offers displayed with digital content. The responses may be provided on a receiver system via a conventional feedback through the same distribution channel through which the content and offer were provided, or through an alternative channel, with data being transmitted from an alternative channel device to a transacting entity. For time-shifted playback, content is identified and time-adapted offers may be provided, taking into account factors such as the content, the time of play back, the date of play back, and so forth. The alternate response channel may be more suitable for time-adapted offer responses then for contemporaneously transmitted offers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: NBC Universal, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Berkowitz, Christopher J. Falkner, Sheau Bao Ng, Myra Einstein
  • Publication number: 20120110627
    Abstract: A system for coordinated playback of time-shifted content with time-adapted complimentary content is provided. The time-shifted content may be played back from storage media, both local and remote. Time-shifting may occur by independent playback such as from optical discs and other memory devices, as well as from user manipulation of features in a playback system based upon real-time or near real-time content distribution. The content is identified, along with timing information identifying where in the content the playback is occurring. Time-adapted complimentary content may then be selected and transmitted to the playback system. Such time-adapted content may include advertisement, product and service offerings, complimentary information, audio and/or video content, and so forth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: NBC Universal, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn A. Reitmeier, Daniel Berkowitz, Christopher J. Falkner, Sheau Bao Ng
  • Patent number: 5805658
    Abstract: The present invention, in one embodiment, is an interference detection assembly for detecting patient and patient table interference with a gantry of a computed tomography system. The assembly, in one form, includes a frusto-conical capacitive plate secured to a leading frusto-conical surface of the gantry bore. The capacitive plate is coupled to a control unit which detects changes in the capacitance of the capacitive plate. When the plate is discharged below a threshold charge, the control unit generates a signal which may be used to automatically interrupt a scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Russell Wayne Hum, Thomas Robert Murray, Christopher J. Falkner