Patents by Inventor Huw HOPKINS

Huw HOPKINS 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).

  • Publication number: 20220000554
    Abstract: An interface joint for interconnecting an electrosurgical generator and an electrosurgical instrument, the interface joint comprising: a housing having: an inlet for receiving electromagnetic energy from the electrosurgical generator, and an outlet; a slidable trigger on the housing, the slidable trigger being attached to a push rod that extends out of the housing through the outlet; and a single cable assembly for connecting the outlet to the electrosurgical instrument, the single cable assembly comprising a flexible sleeve that conveys the push rod and a coaxial cable that is connected to the inlet. The interface joint may include a reinforcement element coupled to a first portion of the push rod so as to reinforce the first portion. Additionally or alternatively, the interface joint may include a slide limiting mechanism coupled to the push rod and configured to limit a maximum slide distance of an internal tube over the push rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Christopher Paul HANCOCK, Leif GEOGHEGAN, Rohan MONICO, Steve MORRIS, Craig GULLIFORD, Huw HOPKINS, Louis TURNER, Robert PLUTA
  • Patent number: 10979407
    Abstract: A communications system comprises a client device and a server device; the server device comprising server communication circuitry configured to establish a server-authenticated first encrypted data path between the client device and the server device; and the client device comprising client communication circuitry configured to provide client-specific information to the server device using the first encrypted data path; the server communication circuitry being configured to use the client-specific information provided by the client device to establish a second encrypted data path between the server device and the client device, the second encrypted data path being authenticated by at least the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Nigel Stuart Moore, Huw Hopkins
  • Publication number: 20210034781
    Abstract: A device for authenticating an organisation requesting access to user data, comprising: network interface circuitry configured to communicate over a network, and processing circuitry configured to: receive, via the network interface circuitry, encrypted user data from an information processing apparatus; generate a unique identifier to associate with a decryption key used for decrypting the encrypted user data; provide the encrypted user data and the unique identifier to a publically available database for storage immutably therein or thereon; store the decryption key in association with the unique identifier; receive, via the network interface circuitry, a request to access the user data from an organisation; establish that the requesting organisation is an approved organisation; and in the event that the requesting organisation is an approved organisation; transmit, via the network interface circuitry, the decryption key to the requesting organisation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Huw HOPKINS, Nigel Stuart MOORE
  • Publication number: 20200246068
    Abstract: An interface joint with one or both of a needle actuation mechanism or an integrated shaft rotation mechanism. The interface joint comprises a flexible shaft between a housing and an electrosurgical instrument, e.g. for conveying power and/or fluid therebetween. The needle actuation mechanism comprises an actuation rod extending out of the housing and an actuator movably mounted on the housing. The shaft rotation mechanism comprises a rotation actuator rotatably mounted on the housing and operably coupled to the flexible shaft. Providing an integrated shaft rotation mechanism may obviate the need for a separate torque transmission unit. The improved needle actuation mechanism may use a pivoting connection to enable longer needle extension distances to be achieved for a given actuation distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2018
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher Paul HANCOCK, Rohan MONICO, Huw HOPKINS, Tom CRAVEN, Steve MORRIS
  • Publication number: 20190260719
    Abstract: A communications system comprises a client device and a server device; the server device comprising server communication circuitry configured to establish a server-authenticated first encrypted data path between the client device and the server device; and the client device comprising client communication circuitry configured to provide client-specific information to the server device using the first encrypted data path; the server communication circuitry being configured to use the client-specific information provided by the client device to establish a second encrypted data path between the server device and the client device, the second encrypted data path being authenticated by at least the client device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Nigel Stuart MOORE, Huw HOPKINS
  • Patent number: 10362343
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus comprising: receiver circuitry configured to receive content including metadata; storage containing a parameter associated with the metadata; and control circuitry configured to: extract the received metadata; retrieve the parameter associated with the metadata and control the information processing apparatus based on the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Europe Limited
    Inventor: Huw Hopkins
  • Publication number: 20170264922
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus comprising: receiver circuitry configured to receive content including metadata; storage containing a parameter associated with the metadata; and control circuitry configured to: extract the received metadata; retrieve the parameter associated with the metadata and control the information processing apparatus based on the parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicants: Sony Corporation, Sony Europe Limited
    Inventor: Huw HOPKINS
  • Patent number: 9263027
    Abstract: A broadcast signal receiver comprises a text data receiver for receiving broadcast text data for display to a user in relation to a user interface; a text-to-speech (TTS) converter for converting received text data into an audio speech signal, the TTS converter being operable to detect whether a word for conversion is included in a stored list of words for conversion and, if so, to convert that word according to a conversion defined by the stored list; and if not, to convert that word according to a set of predetermined conversion rules; a conversion memory storing the list of words for conversion by the TTS converter; and an update receiver for receiving additional words and associated conversions for storage in the conversion memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: SONY EUROPE LIMITED
    Inventors: Huw Hopkins, Timothy Edmunds
  • Patent number: 9191767
    Abstract: A directional sound apparatus is described. The apparatus comprises a receiver operable to receive audio data associated with a video stream and to receive, over a network, ancillary audio data containing supplemental audio data associated with the video stream; a storage device operable to store a plurality of profiles, each profile being associated with a different user of the sound system and defining the audio to be provided to the user; a user location device defining a first positional location of a first user having a stored profile; an audio output operable to connect to a plurality of speakers; and an audio controller operable to control the audio output to the plurality of speakers to simultaneously provide the audio data and the supplemental audio data to the first user at the first positional location and said audio data to a second user located at a second, different, positional location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Europe Limited
    Inventor: Huw Hopkins
  • Patent number: 9137484
    Abstract: There is described a device for providing a media content item to a user, the device comprising: a media content item receiver operable to receive the media content item as a data stream, the data stream comprising identifying data which identifies the media content item; a memory operable to store user profile information associated with the user of the device; a supplementary information requester operable to transmit the identifying data which identifies the media content item, the user profile information, and a request for supplementary information related to the media content item to a server over a network; a supplementary information receiver operable to receive supplementary information related to the media content item from the server over the network, the supplementary information being determined by the server on the basis of the transmitted identifying data which identifies the media content item and the transmitted user profile information; and a supplementary information transmitter operable to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Europe Limited
    Inventors: Renaud DiFrancesco, Kishor Patel, Huw Hopkins
  • Publication number: 20140111687
    Abstract: There is described a device for providing a media content item to a user, the device comprising: a media content item receiver operable to receive the media content item as a data stream, the data stream comprising identifying data which identifies the media content item; a memory operable to store user profile information associated with the user of the device; a supplementary information requester operable to transmit the identifying data which identifies the media content item, the user profile information, and a request for supplementary information related to the media content item to a server over a network; a supplementary information receiver operable to receive supplementary information related to the media content item from the server over the network, the supplementary information being determined by the server on the basis of the transmitted identifying data which identifies the media content item and the transmitted user profile information; and a supplementary information transmitter operable to
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicants: Sony Europe Limited, Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Renaud DIFRANCESCO, Kishor Patel, Huw Hopkins
  • Publication number: 20140112506
    Abstract: A directional sound apparatus is described. The apparatus comprises a receiver operable to receive audio data associated with a video stream and to receive, over a network, ancillary audio data containing supplemental audio data associated with the video stream; a storage device operable to store a plurality of profiles, each profile being associated with a different user of the sound system and defining the audio to be provided to the user; a user location device defining a first positional location of a first user having a stored profile; an audio output operable to connect to a plurality of speakers; and an audio controller operable to control the audio output to the plurality of speakers to simultaneously provide the audio data and the supplemental audio data to the first user at the first positional location and said audio data to a second user located at a second, different, positional location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicants: Sony Europe Limited, Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Huw HOPKINS
  • Publication number: 20120016675
    Abstract: A broadcast signal receiver comprises a text data receiver for receiving broadcast text data for display to a user in relation to a user interface; a text-to-speech (TTS) converter for converting received text data into an audio speech signal, the TTS converter being operable to detect whether a word for conversion is included in a stored list of words for conversion and, if so, to convert that word according to a conversion defined by the stored list; and if not, to convert that word according to a set of predetermined conversion rules; a conversion memory storing the list of words for conversion by the TTS converter; and an update receiver for receiving additional words and associated conversions for storage in the conversion memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: Sony Europe Limited
    Inventors: Huw HOPKINS, Timothy EDMUNDS