Patents by Inventor Connie Marshall

Connie Marshall 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: 8613020
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide is provided in which advertisements may be displayed in program listings display regions on program guide screens. The program listings display regions may be browse displays or flip displays. The program guide screens contain video for the current channel to which the user is tuned. The program listings display regions containing the advertisements may be overlaid on top of the current channel. Alternatively, the video for the current channel may be provided in a reduced-size video window. The advertisements may contain video. The advertisements may be used to promote television programs and conventional goods and services. Advertisements may be selectable. When a user selects an advertisement, the program guide provides the user with an opportunity to order products or services, request information, set reminders for upcoming programs, view program descriptions, record programs, or take other such actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Knudson, Joel Hassell, Connie Marshall, Thomas Lemmons, Steven Reynolds, Robert Knee, Kenneth Carpenter, Jr., William Thomas, W. Benjamin Herrington, Steven Williamson, Michael Ellis, Donald Allison
  • Publication number: 20080086745
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide is provided in which advertisements may be displayed on program guide screens. Banner advertisements may be displayed above and below program listings. Panel advertisements may be provided adjacent to program listings. The advertisements may contain video. The advertisements may be used to promote television programs and conventional goods and services. When a user selects an advertisement, the program guide provides the user with an opportunity to order products or services, request information, set reminders for upcoming programs, view program descriptions, record programs, or take other such actions. Embedded advertisements may be provided within the program listings region and may be automatically displayed immediately adjacent to related program listings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Applicant: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Knudson, Joel Hassell, Connie Marshall, Thomas Lemmons, Steven Reynolds, Robert Knee, Kenneth Carpenter, William Thomas, W. Herrington, Steven Williamson, Michael Ellis, Donald Allison
  • Publication number: 20070275781
    Abstract: An interactive wagering system is provided that promotes wagering to users at user equipment. The user equipment may be based on a set-top box and television, a personal computer, a cellular telephone with a display, or other such devices. Wagering may be promoted by notifying the user of an opportunity to place a wager on a given race. Wagering may also be promoted by providing the user with an on-screen opportunity to sign up for a wagering television channel or interactive wagering service. The on-screen promotions that are displayed to the user may be targeted based on the television programming that is being displayed or the user's interests. The user's activities may be monitored to collect information on the user's interests. If a particular race or the like is being discussed during a television program, the user may be provided with an opportunity to wager on that race. In this situation, racetrack, race, and horse selections may be made in advance for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Applicant: ODS Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Connie Marshall, Masood Garahi, Jody Brown
  • Publication number: 20070259715
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for an interactive wagering application that restricts wagering access. The restrictions may be based on user-defined restrictions on the location of the user equipment or any other suitable criterion. The interactive wagering application may compare blackout information and user equipment location information. When blackout information and location information match, wagering access may be restricted. An interactive wagering system may verify that the user equipment is in a location where wagering is permitted. If verified, the user equipment may be granted a location verification token. The location verification token may indicate to the interactive wagering application that the user may be provided with wagering access. User-defined wagering restrictions may also be used to restrict wagering access.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Publication date: November 8, 2007
    Inventors: Richard McNutt, Connie Marshall, Masood Garahi, Douglas Ramsey
  • Publication number: 20060156336
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide is provided in which advertisements may be displayed in program listings display Legions on program guide screens. The program listings display regions may be browse displays or flip displays. The program guide screens contain video for the current channel to which the user is tuned. The program listings display regions containing the advertisements may be overlaid on top of the current channel. Alternatively, the video for the current channel may be provided in a reduced-size video window. The advertisements may contain video. The advertisements may be used to promote television programs and conventional goods and services. Advertisements may be selectable. When a user selects an advertisement, the program guide provides the user with an opportunity to order products or services, request information, set reminders for upcoming programs, view program descriptions, record programs, or take other such actions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Publication date: July 13, 2006
    Inventors: Edward Knudson, Joel Hassell, Connie Marshall, Thomas Lemmons, Steven Reynolds, Robert Knee, Kenneth Carpenter, William Thomas, W. Herrington, Steven Williamson, Michael Ellis, Donald Allison
  • Publication number: 20050251824
    Abstract: A program guide system is provided in which interactive television program guide advertisement usage is monitored. Advertisement usage may be monitored by monitoring when advertisements are transmitted from a television distribution facility to user television equipment. Advertisement usage information may also be monitored by monitoring when advertisements are received by the user television equipment. Advertisement usage information may also be monitored at the time at which advertisements are displayed by a program guide. Less important data may be filtered from the collected advertisement usage data. Other activities that may be monitored include the viewing activities of the user, which program guide screens are displayed, and which non-program-guide applications are used. Real-time ratings information (e.g., real-time ratings of the popularity of certain television programs, video games, or other applications) may be provided to users in real time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Publication date: November 10, 2005
    Inventors: William Thomas, Joel Hassell, Edward Knudson, Connie Marshall, Thomas Lemmons, Franklin Boyer, David Berezowski, Donald Kern, Michael Ellis
  • Publication number: 20050235323
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide system is provided in which a user may use the program guide to watch one program while simultaneously recording another program without interrupting the recording or viewing process. This interactive television program guide system also allows a user the to utilize all or some of the program guide features while in the watch and record mode depending on the embodiment that is being implemented. Further, this watch and record system may be implemented using a multiple tuner set-top box or a single tuner set-top box with a RF bypass or digital switch. In addition to a set-top box, the system may be implemented using a satellite receiver, an advanced television with a processor and memory, or a computer. The various implementations provide a very versatile watch and record environment for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Publication date: October 20, 2005
    Applicant: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ellis, Thomas Lemmons, Connie Marshall, Donald Allison
  • Publication number: 20050235322
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide system is provided in which a user may use the program guide to watch one program while simultaneously recording another program without interrupting the recording or viewing process. This interactive television program guide system also allows a user the to utilize all or some of the program guide features while in the watch and record mode depending on the embodiment that is being implemented. Further, this watch and record system may be implemented using a multiple tuner set-top box or a single tuner set-top box with a RF bypass or digital switch. In addition to a set-top box, the system may be implemented using a satellite receiver, an advanced television with a processor and memory, or a computer. The various implementations provide a very versatile watch and record environment for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2005
    Publication date: October 20, 2005
    Applicant: United Video Properties Inc.,
    Inventors: Michael Ellis, Thomas Lemmons, Connie Marshall, Donald Allison
  • Publication number: 20050216936
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide is provided in which advertisements may be displayed on program guide screens. Banner advertisements may be displayed above and below program listings. Panel advertisements may be provided adjacent to program listings. The advertisements may contain video. The advertisements may be used to promote television programs and conventional goods and services. When a user selects an advertisement, the program guide provides the user with an opportunity to order products or services, request information, set reminders for upcoming programs, view program descriptions, record programs, or take other such actions. Embedded advertisements may be provided within the program listings region and may be automatically displayed immediately adjacent to related program listings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Publication date: September 29, 2005
    Inventors: Edward Knudson, Joel Hassell, Connie Marshall, Thomas Lemmons, Steven Reynolds, Robert Knee, Kenneth Carpenter, William Thomas, W. Herrington, Steven Williamson, Michael Ellis, Donald Allison
  • Publication number: 20050208995
    Abstract: The present invention is methods and systems for interactive wagering user interfaces. Preferred embodiments of these systems and methods incorporate a wagering data hub which controls the flow of data relating to wagers, wagering events, and wagering account and facilitates the use of a variety of user interfaces such as graphical user interfaces and interactive voice response interfaces. For example, a user of the present invention may use a television set-top box, a computer, a telephone, and/or any other suitable device. To communicate with the wagering data hub, television set-top boxes preferably use a two-way cable system, computers preferably use a computer network, and telephones preferably use a telephone network, although each may use any suitable mechanism or combination of mechanisms to communicate with wagering data hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Publication date: September 22, 2005
    Applicant: ODS Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Connie Marshall, Joni Hamilton, Jon Zaring, Kevin Satterfield, Jennifer Vogh, Masood Garahi, Richard McNutt, Thomas Aronson
  • Publication number: 20050149964
    Abstract: A program guide system is provided in which interactive television program guide advertisement usage is monitored. Advertisement usage may be monitored by monitoring when advertisements are transmitted from a television distribution facility to user television equipment. Advertisement usage information may also be monitored by monitoring when advertisements are received by the user television equipment. Advertisement usage information may also be monitored at the time at which advertisements are displayed by a program guide. Less important data may be filtered from the collected advertisement usage data. Other activities that may be monitored include the viewing activities of the user, which program guide screens are displayed, and which non-program-guide applications are used. Real-time ratings information (e.g., real-time ratings of the popularity of certain television programs, video games, or other applications) may be provided to users in real time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Publication date: July 7, 2005
    Inventors: William Thomas, Joel Hassell, Edward Knudson, Connie Marshall, Thomas Lemmons, Franklin Boyer, David Berezowski, Donald Kern, Michael Ellis
  • Publication number: 20050096109
    Abstract: A interactive wagering system is provided in which a user at user equipment may place electronic wagers with an interactive wagering application. The wagers may be horse race wagers. The interactive wagering application may handle wagers placed at multiple totalisators. The user may be provided with an opportunity to select a desired totalisator at which to place wagers or the interactive wagering application may automatically apply tote selection criteria to determine which of the multiple totalisators wagers are to be placed with. The user may review information on available odds and other information for each of the different totalisators. Automatic totalisator selection may be based on odds, tax consequences, licensing status, pool values, bulk benefits, user preference, available wager types, or other suitable criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Publication date: May 5, 2005
    Inventors: Richard McNutt, Masood Garahi, John Hindman, Connie Marshall, Douglas Ramsey, William Thomas