Patents by Inventor Gerard J. Boetje

Gerard J. Boetje 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: 6289167
    Abstract: A computer system is provided for recording, processing, and distributing video information. The computer system includes a bus for driving compressed digital video and audio information and compressed digital information associated therewith. The computer system also includes at least one digital video camcorder, a processor, a memory, and a user interface. The computer system preferably further includes a mass storage device including a database. The database stores video information and digital information associated with the video information. The computer system also includes a deck for recording and playing information received from the DVCR and from the mass storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard J. Boetje, Peter A. Dare, Scott Smyers
  • Patent number: 6198906
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for performing broadcast operations that enables a programmer to schedule broadcast constituents, such as programs, schedules, commercials, etc. according to relative sequential orderings indicative of the sequence the constituents are played. The corresponding material which manifests select of the constituents and the media which manifests the material are also identified such that to play the broadcast, the structure is accessed to identify the sequence of play and the media to be played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard J. Boetje, David C. Collier
  • Patent number: 6091407
    Abstract: The method and apparatus of the present invention enables scheduled broadcast elements to be represented by a material indicative of the signal and media indicative of where the signal is coming from. For each element, at least one corresponding material that represents the broadcast element and at least one corresponding media that represents the material are specified. Thus, for a particular broadcast element, the media that manifests the broadcast element based upon the material and media specified is easily determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard J. Boetje, David C. Collier
  • Patent number: 6049332
    Abstract: The system and method creates a broadcast tree comprising a hierarchy of broadcast constituents, each constituent represented as a node in the tree. The tree includes at least two nodes representing at least two of the following constituents arranged in accordance with the following hierarchical order; channel, schedule, program, pod and element, wherein the channel is the highest order constituent and the element is the lowest order constituent and wherein each higher order constituent can be composed of one or more constituents of the same or lower order. Associations are provided between constituents to be used to identify the sequence the constituents are played in order to generate a broadcast. These associations identify the paths to be taken from a higher order node to a lower order node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard J. Boetje, David C. Collier
  • Patent number: 6038368
    Abstract: A computer system is provided for recording, processing, and distributing video information. The computer system includes a bus for driving compressed digital video and audio information and compressed digital information associated therewith. The computer system also includes at least one digital video camcorder, a processor, a memory, and a user interface. The computer system preferably further includes a mass storage device including a database. The database stores video information and digital information associated with the video information. The computer system also includes a deck for recording and playing information received from the DVCR and from the mass storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard J. Boetje, Peter A. Dare, Scott Smyers