Patents by Inventor Christopher M. Amidon

Christopher M. Amidon 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: 8290873
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for synchronizing playback of media content on multiple playback devices utilizing Digital Rights Management (DRM) encoding. In general, multiple playback devices or users of those playback devices are associated to form a virtual group. A virtual group (VG) control function operates to synchronize advertisement (ad) slots within media content provided to the playback devices in the virtual group utilizing DRM encoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfredo C. Issa, Gregory M. Evans, Christopher M. Amidon
  • Patent number: 8260266
    Abstract: A system and method for third-party discovery of proximity-based services are provided. In general, a mobile device of a proximity user collects service metadata or information from service providers within its proximity via, for example, local wireless communication. The service metadata is then published to one or more third-party users. More specifically, in one embodiment, the mobile device provides the service metadata to a service discovery system. In response, the service discovery system provides the service metadata or some representation thereof to a client device of a third-party user subscribed to the service metadata. The third-party user may then be enabled to generate a service request. For example, if the service metadata is an advertisement, the third-party user may generate a service request that is provided either directly or indirectly to the mobile device asking that the advertised product or service be purchased on behalf of the third-party user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Richard J. Walsh, Alfredo C. Issa
  • Publication number: 20120134321
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for enabling recipient control of communications. According to an aspect, a method may include receiving a communication request identifying a proposed timing of a communication and/or a proposed communication channel for the communication. The method may also include receiving selection of an actual timing and/or an actual communication channel for the communication. Further, the method may include initiating the communication based on the selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: MODENA ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Scott Curtis, Ravi Katpelly
  • Publication number: 20120135718
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for initiating communications with contacts based on a communication specification. According to an aspect, a method may include receiving a communication specification. The communication specification may include identification of one or more contacts, a communication persistence parameter, a geographic location, an event, a date, and a communication channel. The method may also include determining one or more contacts based on the communication specification. Further, the method may include initiating multiple communications with the contacts via at least one communication channel. A communication channel may be a telephone call, an email, a text message, an instant message, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: MODENA ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Scott Curtis, Kunal Kandekar, Ravi Reddy Katpelly
  • Publication number: 20120136942
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for notifying a computing device of a communication addressed to a user based on an activity or presence of the user. According to an aspect, a method includes storing identification of a computing device associated with one or both of an activity and presence of a user. For example, the identification may be stored in a mobile device. The method may include receiving a communication addressed to the user. For example, the communication may be received at a mobile device and managed by a communication manager. In response to receiving the communication, the communication manager may apply a communication rule for notifying the computing device of the communication based on the activity and/or presence of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: MODENA ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Scott Curtis, Ravi Katpelly
  • Publication number: 20120124176
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for performing automatic check-ins and/or generating and sending automatic status updates based on social context. As used herein, a social context of a user is generally any data that describes a location at which the user is currently located or users that are spatially proximate to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: TEANECK ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Curtis, Hugh Svendsen, Michael W. Helpingstine, Christopher M. Amidon
  • Publication number: 20120123875
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for generating and utilizing photo advertisements (“ads”). In one embodiment, a photo check-in process is performed for a user located within a geographic check-in zone which results in a photo advertisement that is utilized as a photo check-in for the user. In another embodiment, a photo advertisement is posted as a status update for a user via a social networking service. In another embodiment, photo advertisements are created by users and stored for subsequent use in serving ad requests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: TEANECK ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Hugh Svendsen, John Forese, Christopher M. Amidon, Kunal Kandekar, Eugene Matthew Farrelly
  • Publication number: 20120123871
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for generating and utilizing photo advertisements (“ads”). In one embodiment, a computer server obtains and stores user-created photo advertisements. Each of the user-created photo advertisements is generated based on a corresponding photo ad template having one or more photo wells such that filler images of one or more participants are inserted into the one or more photo wells. For each user-created photo advertisement, the one or more participants include at least a user by which the photo advertisement was created. In addition, the computer server effects use of the stored user-created photo advertisements as sponsored advertisements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: TEANECK ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Hugh Svendsen, John Forese, Christopher M. Amidon, Kunal Kandekar, Eugene Matthew Farrelly
  • Publication number: 20120123830
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for generating and utilizing photo advertisements (“ads”). In one embodiment, a photo advertisement is posted as a status update for a user via a social networking service. More specifically, first, one or more photo ad templates are obtained for the user, where each photo ad template includes one or more photo wells. A photo advertisement is then generated based on one of the photo ad templates such that a filler image of a different one of one or more participants identified for the photo advertisement is inserted into each of the one or more photo wells in the photo ad template. The photo advertisement is then used as a status update for the user. In another embodiment, the photo advertisement is stored and subsequently used to serve ad requests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: TEANECK ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: Hugh Svendsen, John Forese, Christopher M. Amidon, Kunal Kandekar, Eugene Matthew Farrelly
  • Publication number: 20120117471
    Abstract: A media device includes a communication interface communicatively coupling the media device to one or more other media devices and a display, and a controller associated with the communication interface. The controller is adapted to access one or more templates comprising a layout of a graphical user interface (GUI). The controller further identifies one or more other media devices from which media content may be streamed and one or more media content streams available from each of the one or more media devices and determine, based upon the template and the one or more media content streams, at least one of the media content streams to display. The controller then acquires and outputs the at least one of the media content streams for display in accordance with the layout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: ELOY TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Scott Curtis, Hugh Svendsen
  • Publication number: 20120117110
    Abstract: A cloud-based media aggregation system that aggregates media collections of geographically proximate users is disclosed. In one embodiment, the media aggregation system determines that a first user and one or more second users are geographically proximate to one another. In response, the media aggregation system dynamically aggregates at least a portion of media collection catalogs of the one or more second users with a media collection catalog of the first user to provide an aggregate media collection catalog of the first user. The media aggregation system may control an extent of the aggregation based on pre-defined criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: ELOY TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Harold Sutherland, Hugh Svendsen
  • Publication number: 20120116558
    Abstract: Augmentation of media content in a media sharing group is provided for a plurality of devices by receiving an identification of an Internet radio station; establishing communication with the Internet radio station; ripping radio content received from the Internet radio station into storage as a digital file; and adding the ripped radio content to an aggregate media collection of the media sharing group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: ELOY TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Eugene M. Farrelly
  • Publication number: 20120117146
    Abstract: Cloud-based systems and methods for aggregating media collections of users are disclosed. In one embodiment, in order to generate an aggregate media collection catalog of a first user, a cloud-based media aggregation system identifies one or more second users that have an identifier that is the same as an identifier of the first user for purposes of media collection aggregation. The media aggregation system then aggregates media collection catalogs of the one or more second users with a media collection catalog of the first user to thereby provide an aggregate media collection catalog of the first user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: ELOY TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Harold Sutherland, Hugh Svendsen
  • Publication number: 20120117488
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for enabling a distributed group of users to collaboratively select a media item for a collaborative playback session. In one embodiment, a distributed group of users for a collaborative playback session is formed, where the distributed group of users includes a number of users located at a number of geographically distributed user sites. Each user site includes one or more media controllers having access to media content and one or more renderers that operate to render the media content. A distributed aggregate guide that includes a listing of media content accessible to the media controllers at all of the user sites is generated and utilized by users at the user sites to suggest media items for the collaborative playback session. Based on the suggestions of the users, a media item for the collaborative playback session is selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: ELOY TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Kunal Kandekar, Scott Curtis
  • Publication number: 20120117221
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for enabling an administrator to monitor and control usage of media content in a locale. In one embodiment, the locale includes one or more media devices that have access to media content from one or more local and/or remote content sources. Usage data defining usage of the media content by a user is obtained. A pattern including two or more media segments consumed by the user is detected based on the usage data and one or more predefined pattern detection rules. The administrator is then enabled to review the pattern and choose whether to block usage. Usage of at least one of the media segments included in the pattern is then blocked at the one or more media devices at the locale in response to the administrator choosing to block usage of the at least one of the media segments included in the pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: ELOY TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Ravi Reddy Katpelly, Christopher M. Amidon, Kunal Kandekar
  • Publication number: 20120117581
    Abstract: A method and system for displaying program representation. Program rating information derived from a plurality of identified users regarding a plurality of programs is obtained. A social rank of the plurality of programs is determined based on the rating information. A plurality of program representations are displayed to a viewer, wherein the program representations represent corresponding ones of the plurality of programs and wherein a differentiating visual characteristic of each of the plurality of program representations is based on the social ranking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: ELOY TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Curtis, Christopher M. Amidon, Gregory M. Evans
  • Publication number: 20120117339
    Abstract: A media broker comprises a communication interface and a controller associated with the communication interface configured to receive a request from a user to record a requested media item. The media broker proceeds to query an aggregated stored content list (ASCL) including information indicative of each of the media items stored on one or more media storage device communicatively coupled to the media broker to determine if the requested media item is stored on the one or more media storage devices. If it is determined that the requested media item is stored on the one or more media storage devices the user that requested the media item is informed and the media item is stored on the one or more media storage devices. Conversely, if it is determined that the requested media item is not stored on the one or more media storage devices, the requested media item is recorded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: ELOY TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Kunal Kandekar, Christopher M. Amidon, Hugh Svendsen
  • Publication number: 20120063427
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for forming crowds of users based on wireless contexts of corresponding mobile devices of the users. In general, wireless contexts of mobile devices of a number of users are obtained. For each mobile device, the wireless context of the mobile device includes a wireless Personal Area Network (PAN) context of the mobile device, a wireless Local Area Network (LAN) context of the mobile device, or both. The wireless contexts of the mobile devices of the users are then utilized to form crowds of users. More specifically, in one embodiment, users of mobile devices having sufficiently similar wireless contexts are determined to be in the same crowd of users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: WALDECK TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Kunal Kandekar, Kenneth Jennings, Christopher M. Amidon, Juan A. Pons
  • Publication number: 20120066614
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for following status updates sent by users in crowds of users. In one embodiment, a requestor is enabled to follow status updates sent by users in a crowd of users even after the users have dispersed from the crowd. More specifically, in one embodiment, a requestor selects a crowd to follow. Subsequently, after one or more users have left the crowd, status updates from the users are obtained and sent to the requestor. In another embodiment, a requestor selects a crowd to follow. Subsequently, after some or all of the users in the crowd have dispersed, status updates from users in new crowds in which those users are located are obtained and sent to the requestor. In another embodiment, a requestor is enabled to follow a user such that the requestor receives status updates from crowds of users in which the user is located.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: WALDECK TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Amidon, Scott Curtis, Steven L. Petersen
  • Publication number: 20120066067
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for delivering a fragmented advertisement to a group of users identified as a group of participants for the fragmented advertisement. As used herein, a fragmented advertisement is an advertisement that includes two or more advertisement fragments each to be delivered to a different participant in a group of participants identified for the fragmented advertisement, where the two or more advertisement fragments encourage interaction between participants to achieve a predefined goal of the fragmented advertisement in order to obtain a corresponding advertisement benefit. For example, the predefined goal of a fragmented advertisement may be correctly answering a question (e.g., a trivia question), solving a puzzle, or the like. The advertisement benefit is preferably a coupon for a business, product, or service being advertised by the fragmented advertisement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: WALDECK TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Curtis, Gregory M. Evans, Christopher M. Amidon