Patents by Inventor Colin John Davies

Colin John Davies 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: 20180255336
    Abstract: A method for generating ad hoc video stream channels is implemented on at least one computing device and includes: receiving a multiplicity of incoming user video feeds, where schedules for the incoming user video feeds are unknown; classifying the multiplicity of incoming user video feeds according to at least a genre; selecting at least one incoming video feed from among the multiplicity of incoming user video feeds for inclusion in at least one video stream channel, where the selecting is according to selection criteria, and the selection criteria are based at least on the classifying; generating at least one outgoing video stream for the at least one video stream channel according to the selecting; and delivering the at least one outgoing video stream to presentation devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: Stephen TALLAMY, Pete Rai, Colin John Davies, Simon Dyke, Olivier Frebourg
  • Patent number: 9160977
    Abstract: A method of providing information about video content to a client is disclosed. The method includes: receiving a request from a client requesting information about video content, the request including an internet protocol address of the client; establishing (a) a geographic location of the client from the internet protocol address; and (b) a time of the request; identifying one or more content providers available in the geographic location; in dependence on the one or more content providers and the time, retrieving information about the video content from a database; and providing the information to the client. Related apparatus and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Colin John Davies, James Geoffrey Walker, Nicholas Thexton, Simon John Parnall
  • Patent number: 9027059
    Abstract: A system for preparing data and video sequences to enable a viewer to scroll content in a plurality of directions including a first and second direction, the content including at least one element in motion, the system including a video sequence preparation module to prepare the video sequences including a first and second video sequence, each video sequence including still images, each still image including at least part of the content, at least some of the still images including the at least one element, the video sequences being prepared such that playing the first and second video sequence effects scrolling the content in the first and second direction, respectively, and a switchover determination module to prepare the data including corresponding switchover points in the video sequences for switching between the video sequences and therefore for switching the direction of scrolling by the viewer. Related apparatus and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Cormican, Colin John Davies, James Geoffrey Walker, Kevin Murray, Michael Costello, Ian R Shelton, Michael Julian Michael Ertl
  • Patent number: 8819735
    Abstract: A method of presenting content to a viewer is described. The method includes: receiving a schedule of content at a client operable by the viewer, the schedule of content including a directed graph, the directed graph including a plurality of nodes, wherein each node in the plurality of nodes is connected to one or more other nodes in the plurality of nodes by one or more paths, wherein each path represents content presentable to the viewer; traversing the directed graph by following a route between nodes and along paths of the directed graph, wherein at each node the client determines a path to follow according to state information accessible by the client; and presenting content to the viewer as each path is followed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Pete Rai, Colin John Davies, Simon John Parnall, Ian Bastable, Kevin Murray, Peter Gibbs, Miles Davis, James Geoffrey Walker, Ray Taylor
  • Patent number: 8656435
    Abstract: A method of controlling revelation of one or more metadata items is disclosed. Each of the one or more metadata items is associated with one or more parts of an audio-visual data stream (101). The method comprises: for a given one or more parts (103,105) of the audio-visual data stream (101), revealing one or more metadata items (113,115,117) associated with the given one or more parts (103,105) of the audio-visual data stream (101) only after the given one or more parts (103,105) of the audio-visual data stream (101) have been accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Ashby, Colin John Davies, Simon John Parnall, James Geoffrey Walker, David John White
  • Publication number: 20120321283
    Abstract: A system for preparing data and video sequences to enable a viewer to scroll content in a plurality of directions including a first and second direction, the content including at least one element in motion, the system including a video sequence preparation module to prepare the video sequences including a first and second video sequence, each video sequence including still images, each still image including at least part of the content, at least some of the still images including the at least one element, the video sequences being prepared such that playing the first and second video sequence effects scrolling the content in the first and second direction, respectively, and a switchover determination module to prepare the data including corresponding switchover points in the video sequences for switching between the video sequences and therefore for switching the direction of scrolling by the viewer. Related apparatus and methods are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Neil CORMICAN, Colin John Davies, James Geoffrey Walker, Kevin Murray, Michael Costello, Ian R. Shelton, Michael Julian Michael Ertl
  • Patent number: 8302132
    Abstract: A system for preparing data and video sequences to enable a viewer to scroll content in a plurality of directions including a first and second direction, the content including at least one element in motion, the system including a video sequence preparation module to prepare the video sequences including a first and second video sequence, each video sequence including still images, each still image including at least part of the content, at least some of the still images including the at least one element, the video sequences being prepared such that playing the first and second video sequence effects scrolling the content in the first and second direction, respectively, and a switchover determination module to prepare the data including corresponding switchover points in the video sequences for switching between the video sequences and therefore for switching the direction of scrolling by the viewer. Related apparatus and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: NDS Limited
    Inventors: Neil Cormican, Colin John Davies, James Geoffrey Walker, Kevin Murray, Michael Costello, Ian R Shelton, Michael Julian Michael Ertl
  • Publication number: 20100278229
    Abstract: A method for accessing a desired point in time-synchronized data within a stream, the stream being associated with time information, the method including providing a desired presentation time associated with a desired point within a time-synchronized data stream, determining a stream access point, decoding the stream beginning at the stream access point, and assigning a time associated with the stream access point as a utilization time. Related apparatus and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: NDS Limited
    Inventors: Ezra Darshan, Colin John Davies, Ian Bastable
  • Patent number: 7779438
    Abstract: A method and system for embedding a message in compressed content comprising at least one key frame and at least one non-key frame, the method comprising embedding a message in the at least one key frame. Related methods and apparatus are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: NDS Limited
    Inventor: Colin John Davies
  • Patent number: 7756201
    Abstract: A method for accessing a desired point in time-synchronized data within a stream, the stream being associated with time information, the method including providing a desired presentation time associated with a desired point within a time-synchronized data stream, determining a stream access point, decoding the stream beginning at the stream access point, and assigning a time associated with the stream access point as a utilization time. Related apparatus and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: NDS Limited
    Inventors: Ezra Darshan, Colin John Davies, Ian Bastable
  • Publication number: 20100146077
    Abstract: A method of providing information about video content to a client is disclosed. The method includes: receiving a request from a client requesting information about video content, the request including an internet protocol address of the client; establishing (a) a geographic location of the client from the internet protocol address; and (b) a time of the request; identifying one or more content providers available in the geographic location; in dependence on the one or more content providers and the time, retrieving information about the video content from a database; and providing the information to the client. Related apparatus and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: NDS Limited
    Inventors: Colin John Davies, James Geoffrey Walker, Nicholas Thexton, Simon John Parnall
  • Publication number: 20100138865
    Abstract: A method of presenting content to a viewer is described. The method includes: receiving a schedule of content at a client operable by the viewer, the schedule of content including a directed graph, the directed graph including a plurality of nodes, wherein each node in the plurality of nodes is connected to one or more other nodes in the plurality of nodes by one or more paths, wherein each path represents content presentable to the viewer; traversing the directed graph by following a route between nodes and along paths of the directed graph, wherein at each node the client determines a path to follow according to state information accessible by the client; and presenting content to the viewer as each path is followed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: NDS Limited
    Inventors: Pete Rai, Colin John Davies, Simon John Parnall, Ian Bastable, Kevin Murray, Peter Gibbs, Miles Davis, James Geoffrey Walker, Ray Taylor
  • Publication number: 20100043028
    Abstract: A system for preparing data and video sequences to enable a viewer to scroll content in a plurality of directions including a first and second direction, the content including at least one element in motion, the system including a video sequence preparation module to prepare the video sequences including a first and second video sequence, each video sequence including still images, each still image including at least part of the content, at least some of the still images including the at least one element, the video sequences being prepared such that playing the first and second video sequence effects scrolling the content in the first and second direction, respectively, and a switchover determination module to prepare the data including corresponding switchover points in the video sequences for switching between the video sequences and therefore for switching the direction of scrolling by the viewer. Related apparatus and methods are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventors: Neil Cormican, Colin John Davies, James Geoffrey Walker
  • Publication number: 20090208180
    Abstract: A method of controlling revelation of one or more metadata items is disclosed. Each of the one or more metadata items is associated with one or more parts of an audio-visual data stream (101). The method comprises: for a given one or more parts (103, 105) of the audio-visual data stream (101), revealing one or more metadata items (113, 115, 117) associated with the given one or more parts (103, 105) of the audio-visual data stream (101) only after the given one or more parts (103, 105) of the audio-visual data stream (101) have been accessed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: NDS Limited
    Inventors: Stuart Ashby, Colin John Davies, Simon John Parnall, James Geoffrey Walker, David John White
  • Publication number: 20090080866
    Abstract: A video substitution method for use with a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) which is operative to store video is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: NDS LIMITED
    Inventor: Colin John Davies
  • Publication number: 20040199658
    Abstract: A method for accessing a desired point in time-synchronized data within a stream, the stream being associated with time information, the method including providing a desired presentation time associated with a desired point within a time-synchronized data stream, determining a stream access point, decoding the stream beginning at the stream access point, and assigning a time associated with the stream access point as a utilization time. Related apparatus and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: Ezra Darshan, Colin John Davies, Ian Bastable
  • Publication number: 20040022389
    Abstract: A method for transforming content from a standard form coded in accordance with a standard coding scheme to content in a non-standard form coded in accordance with a non-standard coding scheme. The method includes providing content coded in a standard form in accordance with a standard coding scheme, the standard coding scheme including at least one syntax element; and altering the content coded in the standard form in accordance with a non-standard syntax modification scheme, thereby producing content encoded in a non-standard form in accordance with a non-standard coding scheme. Related apparatus and methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventors: Chaim Shen-Orr, Colin John Davies, Yossi Tsuria