Patents by Inventor Hans-Joachim Platte

Hans-Joachim Platte 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: 7227816
    Abstract: The invention refers to a container (1) for optical disks (25), a tray (5) for such container (1) and a magazine type player (39) adapted to be used with such container (1). Object of the invention is to provide a container (1) for optical disks (25) in which many disks (25) may be stored within a comparatively small space. According to the invention the container (1) comprises a slidable tray (5), guiding means (10) for guiding said tray (5), a cover plate (6) and a bottom plate (2), wherein the thickness of said tray (5) substantially equals the sum of thicknesses of said cover plate (6) and said bottom plate (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Fritz Weisser, Hans-Joachim Platte, Wilfried Scheffler, Billy Wesley Beyers
  • Patent number: 7136817
    Abstract: In the voice control of a device appertaining to consumer electronics, speech inputs of a user are converted into digitized voice signals. First features, which are characteristic of the individual sounds of the speech, and thus permit recognition of the spoken sounds, are extracted from the digitized voice signals. Furthermore, second features, which permit a characterization of the voice of the respective user and are used for distinguishing between the speech inputs of different users, are extracted from the digitized voice signals. This enables the device being operated to distinguish between speech inputs of the present user, which represent operator-control commands, and utterances by other persons, and to respond only to operator-control commands of the present user. Furthermore, the quality of an analysis of the viewing habits of different users can be improved by a distinction between the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Ernst F. Schröder, Hans-Joachim Platte
  • Patent number: 7079756
    Abstract: The invention relates to a storage medium on which a set of data is stored, whereby a first data section of the data set is stored in a read-only memory area and a second data section of the data set is stored in a read/write memory area, and the data set comprises language-independent data and language-dependent data. The data set can be processed in a handling device either in a first processing form related to a first language, or in a different processing form related to a second language. Language-independent data and language-dependent data which are related to the first language are included in the first data section, and language-dependent data which are related to the second language are included in the second data section. For the processing in different form, data from the second data section as well as data from the first data section are to be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Ingo Hütter, Wulf-Christian Streckenbach, Marco Winter, Johannes Böhm, Kai Dorau, Dietmar Hepper, Jens Spille, Hans-Joachim Platte
  • Patent number: 6904605
    Abstract: A scanning device for magazine-type storage media, especially magazine player for optical disks, and a method to drive such player, the player being provided to cooperate with a magazine-type container having extremely dense packaging of storage media, where the storage media are secured against damages even when they are removed from the container. The disks are coupled to trays of the container. For playback the container is inserted into a playback device, a tray of the container is moved into a playback position, a disk is released from the tray and coupled to a mechadeck for playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S.A.
    Inventors: Hans-Joachim Platte, Fritz Weisser, Wilfried Scheffler
  • Publication number: 20040169662
    Abstract: The targeted driving of a network component is intended to be facilitated for the user. Therefore, the icons (I1, I2, I4, I5, I6) of the network components are always represented at desired, fixed display locations of a screen (4). The display locations are either read directly from the network component or determined via the Global Unique Identifier GUID.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventors: Uwe Riemann, Hans-Joachim Platte, Ingo Hutter
  • Publication number: 20030154255
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for reducing the spread of computer viruses in an electronic mail network. In a mail server having a multiplicity of connected email subscriber computers, a method is installed which is used to test emails sent in succession to the subscribers or sent in succession by the subscribers for particular commonalities, and, depending on commonalities established, either to forward the emails automatically as intended or to retain them until another criterion arises.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Publication date: August 14, 2003
    Inventors: Hans-Joachim Platte, Wolfgang Fleischer
  • Publication number: 20030021212
    Abstract: A scanning device for magazine-type storage media, especially magazine player for optical disks, and a method to drive such player, the player being provided to cooperate with a magazine-type container having extremely dense packaging of storage media, where the storage media are secured against damages even when they are removed from the container. The disks are coupled to trays of the container. For playback the container is inserted into a playback device, a tray of the container is moved into a playback position, a disk is released from the tray and coupled to a mechadeck for playback.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventors: Hans-Joachim Platte, Fritz Weisser, Wilfried Scheffler
  • Publication number: 20030011286
    Abstract: The invention refers to a container (1) for optical disks (25), a tray (5) for such container (1) and a magazine type player (39) adapted to be used with such container (1). Object of the invention is to provide a container (1) for optical disks (25) in which many disks (25) may be stored within a comparatively small space. According to the invention the container (1) comprises a slidable tray (5), guiding means (10) for guiding said tray (5), a cover plate (6) and a bottom plate (2), wherein the thickness of said tray (5) substantially equals the sum of thicknesses of said cover plate (6) and said bottom plate (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Inventors: Fritz Weisser, Hans-Joachim Platte, Wilfried Scheffler, Billy Wesley Beyers
  • Publication number: 20020172108
    Abstract: A disk magazine system consisting of a magazine type player, a container to be stored within the magazine type player and at least two types of trays for accommodating a disk to be played back by the magazine type player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Inventors: Fernando Moreira, Marcel Guwang, Arnaud Barier, Fritz Weisser, Wilfried Scheffler, Jean Le Roux, Hans-Joachim Platte
  • Publication number: 20020035477
    Abstract: In the voice control of a device appertaining to consumer electronics, speech inputs of a user are converted into digitized voice signals. First features, which are characteristic of the individual sounds of the speech, and thus permit recognition of the spoken sounds, are extracted from the digitized voice signals. Furthermore, second features, which permit a characterization of the voice of the respective user and are used for distinguishing between the speech inputs of different users, are extracted from the digitized voice signals. This enables the device being operated to distinguish between speech inputs of the present user, which represent operator-control commands, and utterances by other persons, and to respond only to operator-control commands of the present user. Furthermore, the quality of an analysis of the viewing habits of different users can be improved by a distinction between the users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Publication date: March 21, 2002
    Inventors: Ernst F. Schroder, Hans-Joachim Platte
  • Publication number: 20010025286
    Abstract: The invention relates to a storage medium on which a set of data is stored such that at least part of the set of data can be read and processed using a evaluation device, one part of the set of data being stored in a read-only memory area and another part of the set of data being stored in a read/write memory area of the storage medium. At least part of the set of data is read by means of the evaluation device and can be processed in a first processing form and at least one other processing form, each of which can be selected by means of the evaluation device, independent data in the set of data, which independent data can be used both for the at least partial processing of the set of data in the first processing form and for the at least partial processing of the set of data in the at least one other processing form, being included in the first part of the set of data, which part is stored in the read-only memory area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Publication date: September 27, 2001
    Inventors: Ingo Hutter, Wulf-Christian Streckenbach, Marco Winter, Johannes Bohm, Kai Dorau, Dietmar Hepper, Jens Spille, Hans-Joachim Platte
  • Patent number: 6236801
    Abstract: A video recording and playback device has a control track recorder for recording a control track signal including timing edges recorded on a tape or other storage medium together with the video program. A decoder is coupled to the control track signal and to the tape drive for switching among a forward play mode, a forward skip mode and a rewind mode, as a function of play, skip and rewind codes inserted into the control track as phase variations of edges other than those used for timing, or preferably as pulses with sloping edges distinct from the timing edges. In addition to selectively skipping sections of the video program preceded by a skip code and followed by a play code, such as commercial breaks, the device permits user editing of play and skip codes and selective multiple replays of sections of the video program preceded by a play code and followed by a rewind code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S.A.
    Inventors: Joseph Craig Engle, Robert Harold Metcalfe, Sung Jo Kim, Jesse Edward Herzberg, Hans-Joachim Platte
  • Patent number: 6128148
    Abstract: An electronic memory apparatus for a device containing a recording medium for storing information. The device cooperates with a recording or reproducing instrument when said device is disposed therein, and is controllable by a data processing and control circuit. The memory apparatus has a first, programmable memory section, which is alterable by a user of the device, for storing data pertaining to the use of the device, and a second, programmable memory section for storing data pertaining to the characterization of the information which may be recorded on said recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Deutsche Thomson-Brandt GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Joachim Platte, Ernst F. Schroder
  • Patent number: 6041159
    Abstract: A telecommunications device having a remote controller, which device contains a circuit arrangement for automatic identification of additional information in a program channel by means of which circuit arrangement a transmission of the program channel is classified into a first type for a desired transmission and into a second type for additional information. An additional button on the remote controller gives a user of the remote controller the capability to correct an incorrect classification of the transmission by means of the circuit arrangement. The circuit arrangement can be equipped with automatic-learning logic which, when a button is operated, revises previous decisions relating to the classification and redefines its criteria for the correct changeover time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Deutsche Thomson-Brandt GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Joachim Platte
  • Patent number: 5953487
    Abstract: A video recording and playback device has a control track recorder for recording a control track signal including timing edges recorded on a tape or other storage medium together with the video program. A decoder is coupled to the control track signal and to the tape drive for switching among a forward play mode, a forward skip mode and a rewind mode, as a function of play, skip and rewind codes inserted into the control track as phase variations of edges other than those used for timing, or preferably as pulses with sloping edges distinct from the timing edges. In addition to selectively skipping sections of the video program preceded by a skip code and followed by a play code, such as commercial breaks, the device permits user editing of play and skip codes and selective multiple replays of sections of the video program preceded by a play code and followed by a rewind code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Thomson Consumer Electronics
    Inventors: Joseph Craig Engle, Robert Harold Metcalfe, Sung Jo Kim, Jesse Edward Herzberg, Hans-Joachim Platte
  • Patent number: 5940119
    Abstract: There is disclosed a communications terminal, including a video telephone, for transmitting and receiving video and audio. The terminal includes video recording apparatus and video reproduction apparatus with the video recording apparatus being switchable into an "off" mode by operation of a flap. In order to use the transmission capacity of the communications terminal even when the flap is closed, an image which already exists in a video memory is transmitted. A changeover is automatically made to the video memory by operation of the flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Deutsche Thomson-Brandt GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Joachim Platte, Manfred Spruck
  • Patent number: 5764457
    Abstract: A cassette for use with a recording apparatus comprises: a housing for a recording medium, the housing having a first surface and side walls, the recording medium being accessible through one of the side walls; at least a part of a chip card affixed to the housing, forming a second surface of the housing and closing the cassette, the chip card part having a memory formed integrally therewith and externally accessible contacts; and, the contacts of the chip card being positioned on the second surface to be engageable by corresponding contacts in the recording apparatus when the cassette is inserted therein. One of the side walls has an access door for the recording medium and the second surface forms an upper wall of the housing as defined by the access door. The part of the chip card forming the second surface of the housing has a marking position at which light transmissivity can be controlled. The marking position can be rendered non transmissive to light to prevent recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Deutsche Thomson-Brandt GmbH
    Inventors: Dietmar Uhde, Jens Spille, Fritz Weisser, Hans-Joachim Platte, Jurgen Kaaden, Ernst F. Schroder, Heinz-Werner Keesen, Rolf Schiering
  • Patent number: 5708545
    Abstract: Electrical contact surfaces, especially when connected to a chip, are designed to be purely functional. However, according to the present disclosure, the contact surfaces are designed so that their external shape is that of a visible letter or symbol with a meaningful content. These contact surfaces may, e.g., be placed on cassette casings for recognition. In a stripe or bar code unit consisting of several code components, i.e., bars, individual bars are electrically conductive to facilitate additional coding. The electrically conductive bars or the contact surfaces are preferably connected to the terminals of an integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: Deutsche Thomson-Brandt GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Goken, Jens Spille, Hans-Joachim Platte, Ernst F. Schroder
  • Patent number: 5268751
    Abstract: In the process of generating a compatible 4:3 letterbox format television signal, a wide aspect ration 16:9 progressive scan television signal is vertically transcoded from 575 to 431 image lines, converted to line interlaced form and horizontally compressed. A vertically transcoded interlaced luminance component is converted back to progressive scan form via interpolation, and subtracted from a vertically transcoded original progressive scan luminance component to produce a difference (helper) signal. The difference signal is time compressed and multiplexed into upper and lower edge bar regions of the letterbox format. The compatible letterbox signal also is encoded with additional information including vertical high frequency information and horizontal high frequency information separated during the transcoding and compression processes, respectively. The encoding includes modulating the color subcarrier frequency with luminance information, and intraframe averaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Assignee: Deutsche Thomson-Brandt GmbH
    Inventors: Erich Geiger, Hans-Joachim Platte, Martin Plantholt, Dietrich Westerkamp, Uwe Riemann, Dietmar Hepper
  • Patent number: 4974111
    Abstract: A method and to an apparatus for electronically processing video signals stored on a record carrier, particularly a magnetic tape or magnetic or optical disk. The video signals are scanned from the record carrier in sections, are written into an intermediate memory, are processed, for example corrected, using a processor and are recorded from the intermediate memory in processed form on a second record carrier or on the same record carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1990
    Assignees: Deutsche Thomson-Brandt GmbH, U.S. Philips Corporation
    Inventors: Hans-Joachim Platte, Robert Einsel, Werner Adrianus