Patents by Inventor Donald H. Relyea

Donald H. Relyea 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: 9152539
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a graphics export module 1) generating, based on design data representative of a graphics design, computing code configured to be processed by a target computing device to render graphics within a graphical user interface in accordance with the graphics design, 2) inserting a production tracing tag in the computing code, the production tracing tag configured to be used to access production data associated with production of the computing code, and 3) exporting the computing code including the production tracing tag for access by at least one graphics production subsystem. In certain examples, the method may further include graphics export module generating the production data associated with the production of the computing code and exporting the production data for storage in a data storage repository communicatively coupled to the graphics export module. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Zavatone, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9137560
    Abstract: Exemplary methods and systems for providing access to content during the presentation of a media content instance are disclosed herein. As described in more detail below, a content presentation system may detect a predefined motion of a mobile device during a presentation of a media content instance by a media content access device, identify the media content instance, and provide access to the identified media content instance by way of the mobile device in response to the predefined motion. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea, Raul I. Aldrey, Kishore Tallapaneni, Japan A. Mehta
  • Patent number: 9137482
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes maintaining recording instructions received from a user to automatically record a first resolution version of a media content instance scheduled to be transmitted during a first time period by way of a first content channel, determining that a second resolution version of the media content instance is scheduled to be transmitted during a second time period by way of a second content channel, presenting an option to the user to record the second resolution version of the media content instance instead of the first resolution version of the media content instance, and automatically modifying, in response to a selection of the option by the user, the recording instructions to record the second resolution version of the media content instance instead of the first resolution version of the media content instance. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea, Venkata S. Adimatyam
  • Patent number: 9134874
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a media player user interface system 1) displaying a GUI on a display screen associated with a computing device, the GUI including a user-scrollable media content menu that contains a display area associated with a media feed accessible by the computing device, 2) selecting menu display content for the display area based at least in part on a scroll status of the user-scrollable media content menu, 2) and populating the display area with the selected menu display content. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Sanjay Ahuja, Donald H. Relyea, Andrew Allman, George M. Higa, Laxmi A. Arte
  • Patent number: 9113297
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a location-based application management system 1) determining that a mobile device associated with a user is located within a geographic vicinity associated with an entity, 2) automatically identifying, in response to the determining, an executable application associated with the entity, and 3) facilitating execution by the mobile device of the identified executable application while the mobile device is located within the geographic vicinity associated with the entity. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9098294
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a graphics export subsystem interfacing with a graphical user interface design subsystem to access data representative of a graphical user interface screen design, detecting a building block placeholder element in the graphical user interface screen design, accessing, from a repository of building block elements, data representative of a building block element associated with the building block placeholder element, and generating, based on the graphical user interface screen design and the building block element, computing code configured to be processed by a target computing device to render a graphical user interface screen in accordance with the graphical user interface screen design and the building block element. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Alex Zavatone, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9097553
    Abstract: A device receives global navigation satellite system coordinates associated with a mobile user device, and determines a direction of travel of the mobile user device based on the global navigation satellite system coordinates. The device creates a user-defined path based on a user-defined starting point, a user-defined destination point, and one or more user-defined intermediate points received from the mobile user device, and receives, from the mobile user device, a search request for points of interest in one of the direction of travel or along the user-defined path. The device further determines, based on the search request, one or more points of interest in the direction of travel or along the user-defined path, and provides, to the mobile user device, the determined one or more points of interest in the direction of travel or along the user-defined path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Jeffery Wayne Kurtti, Donald H. Relyea, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9094652
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a digital video recording (“DVR”) data migration management system 1) receiving a request for a user account to migrate from being associated with a first DVR system to being associated with a second DVR system, 2) accessing a first DVR data set associated with the first DVR system and separate from data representative of a library of one or more media content assets stored by the first DVR system, 3) generating a second DVR data set based on the first DVR data set and in accordance with one or more attributes of the second DVR system, and 4) associating the second DVR data set with the second DVR system. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Raul I. Aldrey, Donald H. Relyea, Venkata S. Adimatyam, Kishore Tallapaneni, Michael R. Oliver, George M. Higa
  • Patent number: 9088822
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a computer-implemented media clip sharing system receiving, from an end-user of a media distribution service that distributes a media program, a request to share a clip of the media program to a social network and, in response to the request to share the clip of the media program to the social network, identifying a sponsor of the media program in the media distribution service and sharing the clip of the media program and data representative of the identified sponsor to the social network. Corresponding systems and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Donald H. Relyea, George M. Higa
  • Publication number: 20150193138
    Abstract: In an exemplary method, a user interface system receives touch screen input data representative of a touch screen input provided by a user on a touch screen of a remote control device configured to communicate wirelessly with an electronic device that provides a graphical user interface (“GUI”) for display on a display screen, converts the touch screen input to GUI input associated with the GUI provided by the electronic device for display on the display screen, and applies the GUI input to the GUI displayed on the display screen. In certain examples the user interface system converts the touch screen input to GUI input in accordance with a touch-screen-based directional-hop movement mode or a touch-screen-based free-cursor directional movement mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Applicant: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Donald H. Relyea, Andrew Allman, Ryan J. Trees, George M. Higa
  • Patent number: 9066151
    Abstract: In one of many possible embodiments, an exemplary method includes an expansion media content processing device receiving media content in a format not supported by a set-top box to which the expansion media content processing device is communicatively connected by a local communication link, converting the media content from the format not supported by the set-top box to a format supported by the set-top box, and providing the media content in the format supported by the set-top box to the set-top box by way of the local communication link. In some examples, the method further includes the set-top box receiving and using the media content in the format supported by the set-top box to provide the media content to an output device for presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Heath Stallings, Donald H. Relyea, Ruchir Rodrigues, Sathya Bhaskaran, Ramakrishnan Ramaswamy Sankaranarayan
  • Publication number: 20150127758
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes storing one or more content postings that each include data representative of one or more content instances. Each content posting is associated with one or more first users. The method also includes storing one or more data records associating one or more geographic locations with accessing of the content instances. The method also includes selectively sending one or more of the content postings for display on an access device based on a past or present geographic location of the access device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Kristopher T. Frazier, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9003448
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a media content delivery system 1) providing a program guide view of a program guide for display within a viewing area of a display screen, the program guide comprising a navigable user axis representative of a plurality of users selected by a main user as being of interest to the main user and a time axis representative of a plurality of time slots, and 2) presenting, within the program guide view, information identifying one or more media content instances designated for access during one or more time slots included in the plurality of time slots by one or more users included in the plurality of users. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9002977
    Abstract: Exemplary methods and systems for distributing and accessing content associated with an e-Book are disclosed herein. An exemplary method includes a content management subsystem receiving data representative of additional content associated with a particular passage of an e-Book from a first e-reader device and transmitting the data representative of the additional content to a second e-Book reader device for presentation in conjunction with the particular passage of the e-Book. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Gwendolyn M. Thaxter, Brian F. Roberts, Frank A. McKiel, Jr., Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 8976244
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a mobile user device subsystem 1) acquiring, during operation in a normal surveillance mode, a first set of surveillance data, 2) transmitting, during operation in the normal surveillance mode, the first set of surveillance data to a server subsystem, 3) detecting, during operation in the normal surveillance mode, a trigger event, 4) transitioning, in response to the detecting of the trigger event, from operation in the normal surveillance mode to operation in an enhanced surveillance mode, 5) acquiring, during operation in the enhanced surveillance mode, a second set of surveillance data; and 6) transmitting, during operation in the enhanced surveillance mode, the second set of surveillance data to the server subsystem, wherein the second set of surveillance data comprises an enhanced set of data compared to the first set of surveillance data. Corresponding systems and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Michelle Felt, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 8959548
    Abstract: A system may store program information associated with a group of video programs. The program information may include a program description associated with a particular video program of the group of video programs. The system may receive an instruction to provide the program description, read the program description in response to the received instruction, obtain an advertisement that is related to a content of the particular video program, and present the program description and the advertisement to a video display device, where the advertisement is presented adjacent to the program description on a screen of the video display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Alex Zavatone, Heath Stallings, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 8942767
    Abstract: In an exemplary method, communications data representative of communication instances of distinct types is converged and a graphical user interface (“GUI”) including a set of listings representative of a grouping of the communication instances of distinct types is displayed. In certain embodiments, at least one of the communication instances represented in the set of listings includes a voice type communication instance. In certain embodiments, a user selection of one of the listings displayed in the GUI is detected, the selected listing associated with a contact, and another set of listings representative of another grouping of converged communication instances of distinct types is displayed in response to the user selection. In certain embodiments, each of the communication instances in the other grouping is associated with the contact. In certain embodiments, the other set of listings is displayed as a subset within the set of listings in the GUI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Heath Stallings, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Publication number: 20150020109
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a media service user interface system 1) providing a media service graphical user interface (“GUI”) for display, 2) detecting user input to launch a user interface customization mode, 3) launching the user interface customization mode, 4) receiving user input defining a customization of the GUI, 5) implementing the customization, and 6) exiting the user interface customization mode. In certain examples, the GUI may include a main menu bar that includes a set of menu objects representing a set of feature modules of the media service and a menu bar management object, the customization mode may be launched in response to a user selection of the menu bar management object included in the main menu bar, and the customization may be of the main menu bar. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: George M. Higa, Donald H. Relyea, Ruchir Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 8930849
    Abstract: Exemplary enhanced media content tagging systems and methods are described herein. An exemplary method includes a media content tagging system recording a live transmission of media content in response to a user request that the media content be recorded, receiving, from a media content access device, tag data representative of a user-defined tag specifying a segment of the media content, optimizing the user-defined tag, and distributing the optimized user-defined tag to another media content access device for use by the another media content access device to identify and present the segment of the media content. In certain embodiments, the optimization of the user-defined tag may be based on an analysis of aggregated user-defined tags, an analysis of the media content, or a combination thereof. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea, Greg A. Johns, Shannon M. Lyons
  • Patent number: 8923685
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes receiving a command input by a user to record media content, recording media content data representative of the media content in response to the command, automatically selecting at least one storage device from a local storage device and a network storage device for storage of the recorded media content data in accordance with at least one of a plurality of storage balancing factors, and storing the recorded media content data in the at least one selected storage device. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Harpal S. Bassali, Sudhanshu Sharma, Donald H. Relyea, Raul I. Aldrey, Japan A. Mehta