Patents by Inventor David A. Kummer

David A. Kummer 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: 10382807
    Abstract: Measuring and tracking user interaction with a television receiver, such as a set top box or cable box. The television receiver may create and display a matrix code that includes temporal information, user identification information, geographic information, and/or a user selection. The matrix code may be captured by a matrix reading device and transmitted to a monitoring entity. Optionally, the matrix reading device may decode the matrix code and transmit associated data to the monitoring entity. The monitoring entity may use the code or data to track and distinguish between user interactions at different points in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kranti Kilaru, David A. Kummer, Henry Gregg Martch, Jason Anguiano, S. Craig Hemenway
  • Patent number: 10369146
    Abstract: The present invention comprises compounds of Formula I. wherein: R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, and R9 are defined in the specification. The invention also comprises a method of treating or ameliorating a syndrome, disorder or disease, wherein said syndrome, disorder or disease is rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis. The invention also comprises a method of modulating ROR?t activity in a mammal by administration of a therapeutically effective amount of at least one compound of claim 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Janssen Pharmaceutica NV
    Inventors: Kristi A. Leonard, Kent Barbay, James P. Edwards, Kevin D. Kreutter, David A. Kummer, Umar Maharoof, Rachel Nishimura, Maud Urbanski, Hariharan Venkatesan, Aihua Wang, Ronald L. Wolin, Craig R. Woods, Anne Fourie, Xiaohua Xue, Maxwell D. Cummings
  • Patent number: 10356358
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for capturing, transcoding, and caching off-air programming at a location local to the consumer. According to certain embodiments, a device is provided that receives off-air (e.g., broadcast) and/or cable (e.g. ClearQAM) programming via one or more antennas and caches the programming in various streams having various bit rates for later viewing using, for example, Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) streaming. Such a device can be incorporated in a larger system that can stream content via a data communication network (e.g., the Internet) and the device in a seamless manner. The device also can be controlled by a remote system via the data communication network, and further can be configured to stream content to a remote device via the data communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Roger Lynch, John Paul, Robert Drew Major, David Kummer
  • Publication number: 20190183704
    Abstract: A patient monitoring and repositioning system includes a mattress, a sheet residing on an upper surface of the mattress, a housing containing a drive mechanism, and a sensor adapted to sense a position of a patient resting on the mattress. The drive mechanism is operable to pull the sheet and thereby pull the patient resting thereon. The housing receives the sheet through a slot. In the event that the patient is in an undesirable position on the mattress as detected by the sensor, a controller directs the drive mechanism to pull the sheet so as to pull the patient thereon from the undesirable position to a desirable, predetermined position. The controller may direct the drive mechanism automatically or indicate the undesirable position to a caregiver so that the caregiver may direct the drive mechanism accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: William A. Hillenbrand, II, David Hornbach, Joseph Kummer, Timothy Savage
  • Patent number: 10317944
    Abstract: Described are devices and for providing an extendable screen in a portable communications device having a housing, graphics processor, and a display apparatus. The display includes a second screen portion that can be retracted or extended. A first screen portion can present a graphical output when the second portion is retracted, inactive and housed inside the housing. When the second screen portion is extended, it is coplanar with the first screen portion, and an edge of the second screen portion directly abuts an edge of the first screen portion to form a combined display screen. The graphical output can be rendered on the first screen portion in the first display configuration and, in a second format, rendered on the combined display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: David A. Kummer, Danny J. Minnick
  • Publication number: 20190168865
    Abstract: A steering assembly includes a movable anchor. Movement of the anchor in a first direction is restricted. A first linkage is coupled to the anchor and a second linkage it rotatably coupled to the first linkage. The second linkage is configured to couple to a contactor. A drive mechanism moves the second linkage relative to the first linkage. At least one of moving the second linkage and moving the anchor maneuvers the contactor to a desired position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: William E. Hovan, Andrew Varga, Christopher A. Bresh, Jeffrey E. Hunt, John Boath, Peter Kummer, David Klusek, David A. Houser, Ramon Estevez, Jay Hurley, Todd Haeg
  • Patent number: 10257565
    Abstract: One embodiment takes the form of a method and apparatus for creating a customer-specific encryption key for encrypting digital information. The encryption key may be based on a customer number and may be associated with several devices such that the devices may encrypt and decrypt the digital information. Because each device may have the same encryption key, the encrypted data may be encrypted by a first device, transferred from the first device to a second device and decrypted and read by the second device. Thus, encrypted digital information may be shared between devices that generate a customer-specific encryption key from a common customer number. In one embodiment, the customer-specific encryption key may be utilized by a set-top box of a television system to encrypt and decrypt a digitally recorded television program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Nicholas B. Newell, David A. Kummer, Kranti Kilaru, William N. Moran, Jason Anguiano
  • Patent number: 10201546
    Abstract: The present invention comprises compounds of Formula I. wherein: R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, and R9 are defined in the specification. The invention also comprises a method of treating or ameliorating a syndrome, disorder or disease, wherein said syndrome, disorder or disease is rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis. The invention also comprises a method of modulating ROR?t activity in a mammal by administration of a therapeutically effective amount of at least one compound of claim 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Janssen Pharmaceutica NV
    Inventors: Kristi A. Leonard, Kent Barbay, James P. Edwards, Kevin D. Kreutter, David A. Kummer, Umar Maharoof, Rachel Nishimura, Maud Urbanski, Hariharan Venkatesan, Aihua Wang, Ronald L. Wolin, Craig R. Woods, Anne Fourie, Xiaohua Xue, Maxwell D. Cummings, Kelly McClure, Virginia Tanis
  • Patent number: 10123086
    Abstract: Systems and methods may provide for communication between a plurality of client devices of a broadcast system. The communication may be, for example, a recommendation of a program that is communicated from one subscriber to another subscriber or subscribers via their client devices. The communication also may be a comment regarding a program, for example, recently viewed at the client device of the one subscriber. In general, the communication may be a message from one subscriber to another subscriber or subscribers. Further, the communication may be configured to perform a function on one or more other client devices. Such a function may include, but is not limited to, setting a timer to record a program, ordering or purchasing a program or service, cancelling an ordered/purchased program or service, setting or altering user preferences, controlling access to channels, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: David Christopher St. John-Larkin, David A. Kummer, John Anthony Card, II
  • Publication number: 20180232010
    Abstract: Described are devices and methods for providing an extendable screen in a portable communications device. The device may include a first display, at least one second display, and a graphics processor, coupled to each of the first and second display. The graphics processor may be configured to perform computer executable instructions for configuring the communications device to facilitate the presenting of a first graphical image on a first display configured into a portable orientation display configuration, into an expanded orientation display configuration, where the first graphical image is presented on both the first display and the at least one second display, for into a second expanded orientation display configuration where the first graphical image is presented on one of the first display and the at least one second display, while a user interface control is presented on the other of the first display and the at least one second display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: David A. Kummer, Danny J. Minnick
  • Patent number: 10038928
    Abstract: A system for securely providing adaptive bit rate streaming media content on-demand may include a security server of a program distributor that selects, based on a received authorized request, which of a differently encrypted stored versions of a “special segment” of the requested program to deliver to the receiving device during the transmission of the requested program. The selection may be based on a pseudo-random selection process per request for the program based on an identifier of the request associated with the remote control device. The selection of which of the differently encrypted stored versions of the “special segment” of the ordered program to deliver may be=based on the current session. The secure remote then sends to the receiving device the correct decryption key for the receiving device to decrypt the particular encrypted version selected of the “special segment” to be sent to the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: David A. Kummer
  • Patent number: 10021450
    Abstract: Various arrangements are presented for reducing channel change times. A first tuner of a television receiver may tune to a decryption key transponder stream. The decryption key transponder stream may include a plurality of decryption keys for a plurality of television channels that are transmitted to the television receiver via a plurality of transponder streams. A second tuner of the television receiver may be tuned to a media transponder stream to receive a television channel. Data obtained from the decryption key transponder stream may be used for decoding the television channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: David Innes, William Michael Beals, David Kummer
  • Publication number: 20180173276
    Abstract: Described are devices and for providing an extendable screen in a portable communications device having a housing, graphics processor, and a display apparatus. The display includes a second screen portion that can be retracted or extended. A first screen portion can present a graphical output when the second portion is retracted, inactive and housed inside the housing. When the second screen portion is extended, it is coplanar with the first screen portion, and an edge of the second screen portion directly abuts an edge of the first screen portion to form a combined display screen. The graphical output can be rendered on the first screen portion in the first display configuration and, in a second format, rendered on the combined display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: David A. Kummer, Danny J. Minnick
  • Patent number: 9979992
    Abstract: A system for securely providing adaptive bit rate streaming media content on-demand may include a security server of a program distributor that selects, based on a received authorized request, which of a differently encrypted stored versions of a “special segment” of the requested program to deliver to the receiving device during the transmission of the requested program. The selection may be based on a pseudo-random selection process per request for the program based on an identifier of the request associated with the remote control device. The selection of which of the differently encrypted stored versions of the “special segment” of the ordered program to deliver may be=based on the current session. The secure remote then sends to the receiving device the correct decryption key for the receiving device to decrypt the particular encrypted version selected of the “special segment” to be sent to the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: David A. Kummer
  • Publication number: 20180139494
    Abstract: Content receivers may simultaneously record multiple instances of content for multiple programming channels based on content provider instructions. Systems and methods utilize the content receivers to record these multiple instances from at least a single transponder. In some instances, multiple transponders may have a common control word so that content carried on each such transponder may be simultaneously received, decoded and recorded. Further, a single demodulator may be associated with multiple tuners, so that the single demodulator processes all content received from transponders with common control words and/or other encryption mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Henry Gregg Martch, David A. Kummer, John T. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9961401
    Abstract: The provisioning of media content to computing devices that might not normally have access thereto. Example types of media or media content may include advertising media, broadcast media, social media, news media, and others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Edmund Petruzzelli, David Kummer
  • Publication number: 20180115801
    Abstract: Various arrangements are presented for reducing channel change times. A first tuner of a television receiver may tune to a decryption key transponder stream. The decryption key transponder stream may include a plurality of decryption keys for a plurality of television channels that are transmitted to the television receiver via a plurality of transponder streams. A second tuner of the television receiver may be tuned to a media transponder stream to receive a television channel. Data obtained from the decryption key transponder stream may be used for decoding the television channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: David Innes, William Michael Beals, David Kummer
  • Patent number: 9942603
    Abstract: An electronic system is presented which includes a remote control device and a first electronic device. In one embodiment, the remote control device is configured to accept a user input signifying a command for a second electronic device, as well as generate the command for the second electronic device, and an indication of the command. In another embodiment, the remote control device is configured to accept a user input that causes a mode change of the remote control device, wherein the mode identifies one of a plurality of electronic devices that receive commands from the remote control device. The remote control device is also configured to transmit the command to the second electronic device, if applicable, and transmit the indication of the command or mode change to the first electronic device. The first electronic device is configured to receive and process the indication to alter operation of the first electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: David A. Kummer
  • Patent number: 9927839
    Abstract: Described herein are apparatuses and mechanisms for providing an extendable screen in a portable communications device. A portable communications device may be provided with a multi-part screen, a portion of which may be extended to provide an expanded viewing display surface or may be retracted to provide a reduced viewing mode and increased portability. In a reduced viewing mode, a graphical display may be provided on a first, visible portion of a multi-part display screen, where one or more other screen portions are retracted and/or obscured from view in order to provide a portable mode for the communications device. In an extended viewing mode, the one or more other screen portions may be extended and/or brought into the same plane as a first portion of the multi-part display in order to provide increased display size and resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: David A. Kummer, Danny J. Minnick
  • Patent number: 9912492
    Abstract: Automation control for water leaks is provided. First sensor readings from first sensors disposed about water supply lines at a home to detect a first type of metrics indicative of water flow may be received and recorded over a first time period. Second sensor readings may be received from a second sensor. A first correlation between the first sensor readings and the second sensor readings may be identified. A first activity profile may be generated based on the first correlation. A first water use profile may be generated based on the first activity profile. First thresholds may be identified based on the first water use profile and may be retained in association with the first activity profile. Water use at the home may be monitored with the first sensors and activity at the home may be monitored with the second sensors. A water leak condition may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bernard Anthony McCarthy, III, David Kummer