Patents by Inventor James J. Leftwich

James J. Leftwich 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: 20190089713
    Abstract: A method includes instantiating, by one or more processors, a queue comprising a finite number of queuing slots configured to provide prioritized access to a host system, and receiving, by the one or more processors from devices associated with a plurality of requesting users, a plurality of queuing requests, each queuing request comprising information that identities a quantity of tokens. The method also includes allocating, by the one or more processors, at least a portion of the finite number of queuing slots to at least a portion of the requesting users according to the quantity of tokens identified by each queuing request, and authorizing, by the one or more processors, access to the host system in accordance with the allocation of the finite number of queuing slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: James J. Leftwich, Stephen S. Doss, Robert Masters, Christine Satchell, Adrian G. Manning
  • Patent number: 9843841
    Abstract: A high density interactive media guide interface (100) provides for the selection of a source from a dense array of available sources (105, 110) by displaying an array of available sources (105, 110) in a dense format that illustrates the availability of a high number of sources and expanding the display of selected sources (120, 130) to provide additional information regarding that source. “Clickless selection” is provided by either positioning the cursor over the desired selection or positioning the desired selection under a pre-designated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: THOMSON Licensing
    Inventors: Gregory Clark Smith, James J. Leftwich
  • Publication number: 20170293831
    Abstract: A system for translating receipt data output by a point of sale system of the present invention. The system includes a first electrical interface coupled to said point of sale system; an electronic encoder circuit coupled to said first interface, said encoder circuit being adapted to receive receipt and translate alpha-numeric receipt data into two-dimensional bar code data; and a second electrical interface between said encoder and an output device for displaying said two-dimensional bar code data on an electronic or physical medium. A digital embodiment includes an electronic circuit operationally coupled between the point of sale system and a device, such as a printer, adapted to output a purchase receipt. Memory fixed in a tangible medium is coupled to the electronic circuit and code is stored therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Applicant: ItemEyes
    Inventors: Stephen S. Doss, James J. Leftwich, Gordon L. Fuller
  • Publication number: 20170034565
    Abstract: An electronic programming guide generator utilizes filters to select only programming filtered to display in an electronic programming guide display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: James J. Leftwich
  • Patent number: 9402102
    Abstract: A television schedule system and method for displaying television schedule information on a television screen includes a program guide having a schedule information area that depicts the programs that are being presented on each channel at each time during the day. An input device allows the viewer to browse through the schedule information area and/or obtain more information about programs of particular interest. In one aspect, the viewer may watch a program on the currently-tuned channel, while browsing through the other channels on a portion of the television screen. In another aspect, the viewer may watch programs currently being shown on the television, while he or she browses through the program guide. In yet another aspect, the system includes a database, a processor and associated software for automatically customizing the television schedule guide to an individual viewer or a group of viewers, e.g., a family, to facilitate use of the television schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Schein, James J. Leftwich, David M. Folker, Keith W. Hunwick, Theresa A. Alba, Molly K. King
  • Patent number: 9124932
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for providing television schedule information to a viewer, and for allowing the viewer to link, search, select and interact with information in a remote database, e.g., a database on the internet. The television schedule information can be displayed on a variety of viewer interfaces, such as televisions screens, computer monitors, PCTV screens and the like. The television schedule information may be stored on the viewer's computer, television, PCTV, or a remote server (e.g., a website), or the television schedule information may be downloaded from a remote database to the viewer's computer, television or PCTV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven M. Schein, Sean A. O'Brien, James J. Leftwich, Susan Broughton
  • Patent number: 9113207
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for providing television schedule information to a viewer, and for allowing the viewer to link, search, select and interact with information in a remote database, e.g., a database on the internet. The television schedule information can be displayed on a variety of viewer interfaces, such as televisions screens, computer monitors, PCTV screens and the like. The television schedule information may be stored on the viewer's computer, television, PCTV, or a remote server (e.g., a website), or the television schedule information may be downloaded from a remote database to the viewer's computer, television or PCTV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven M. Schein, Sean A. O'Brien, James J. Leftwich, Susan Broughton
  • Publication number: 20150201244
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for providing television schedule information to a viewer, and for allowing the viewer to link, search, select and interact with information in a remote database, e.g., a database on the internet. The television schedule information can be displayed on a variety of viewer interfaces, such as televisions screens, computer monitors, PCTV screens and the like. The television schedule information may be stored on the viewer's computer, television, PCTV, or a remote server (e.g., a website), or the television schedule information may be downloaded from a remote database to the viewer's computer, television or PCTV.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Publication date: July 16, 2015
    Inventors: Steven M. Schein, Sean A. O'Brien, James J. Leftwich, Susan Broughton
  • Publication number: 20150201241
    Abstract: A television schedule system and method for displaying television schedule information on a television screen includes a program guide having a schedule information area that depicts the programs that are being presented on each channel at each time during the day. An input device allows the viewer to browse through the schedule information area and/or obtain more information about programs of particular interest. In one aspect, the viewer may watch a program on the currently-tuned channel, while browsing through the other channels on a portion of the television screen. In another aspect, the viewer may watch programs currently being shown on the television, while he or she browses through the program guide. In yet another aspect, the system includes a database, a processor and associated software for automatically customizing the television schedule guide to an individual viewer or a group of viewers, e.g., a family, to facilitate use of the television schedule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: July 16, 2015
    Inventors: Steven M. Schein, James J. Leftwich, David M. Folker, Keith W. Hunwick, Theresa A. Alba, Molly K. King
  • Patent number: 8918809
    Abstract: A television schedule system and method for displaying television schedule information on a television screen includes a program guide having a schedule information area that depicts the programs that are being presented on each channel at each time during the day. An input device allows the viewer to browse through the schedule information area and/or obtain more information about programs of particular interest. In one aspect, the viewer may watch a program on the currently-tuned channel, while browsing through the other channels on a portion of the television screen. In another aspect, the viewer may watch programs currently being shown on the television, while he or she browses through the program guide. In yet another aspect, the system includes a database, a processor and associated software for automatically customizing the television schedule guide to an individual viewer or a group of viewers, e.g., a family, to facilitate use of the television schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Starsight Telecast, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Schein, James J. Leftwich, David M. Folker, Keith Hunwick, Theresa Alba, Molly K. King
  • Publication number: 20140143812
    Abstract: A high density interactive media guide interface (100) provides for the selection of a source from a dense array of available sources (105, 110) by displaying an array of available sources (105, 110) in a dense format that illustrates the availability of a high number of sources and expanding the display of selected sources (120, 130) to provide additional information regarding that source. “Clickless selection” is provided by either positioning the cursor over the desired selection or positioning the desired selection under a pre-designated position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Gregory Clark Smith, James J. Leftwich
  • Patent number: 8723793
    Abstract: A user interface for multimedia centers advantageously utilizes hand-held inertial-sensing user input devices to select channels and quickly navigate the dense menus of options. Extensive use of the high resolution and bandwidth of such user input devices is combined with strategies to avoid unintentional inputs and with dense and intuitive interactive graphical displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Gregory C. Smith, Thomas S. Quinn, James J. Leftwich
  • Patent number: 8715048
    Abstract: An electronic game and method are set forth wherein the objective of the electronic game, playable by one or more persons, is to select moving or stationary game elements and move them to or otherwise cause them to make contact with a matched or otherwise associated goal and thus score points, and do so among a game space containing other moving and/or stationary game elements which themselves may be selected and moved by the player, and which if contacted by a user-controlled game element may result in either beneficial or detrimental consequences to the configuration of the playing field, the elements themselves, scoring, and progression of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: James J. Leftwich, Stephen S Doss
  • Patent number: 8453174
    Abstract: A television schedule system and method for displaying television schedule information on a television screen includes a program guide having a schedule information area that depicts the programs that are being presented on each channel at each time during the day. An input device allows the viewer to browse through the schedule information area and/or obtain more information about programs of particular interest. In one aspect, the viewer may watch a program on the currently-tuned channel, while browsing through the other channels on a portion of the television screen. In another aspect, the viewer may watch programs currently being shown on the television, while he or she browses through the program guide. In yet another aspect, the system includes a database, a processor and associated software for automatically customizing the television schedule guide to an individual viewer or a group of viewers, e.g., a family, to facilitate use of the television schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Starsight Telecast, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Schein, James J. Leftwich, David M. Folker, Keith Hunwick, Theresa Alba, Molly K. King
  • Patent number: 8181200
    Abstract: A television schedule system and method for displaying television schedule information on a television screen includes a program guide having a schedule information area that depicts the programs that are being presented on each channel at each time during the day. An input device allows the viewer to browse through the schedule information area and/or obtain more information about programs of particular interest. In one aspect, the viewer may watch a program on the currently-tuned channel, while browsing through the other channels on a portion of the television screen. In another aspect, the viewer may watch programs currently being shown on the television, while he or she browses through the program guide. In yet another aspect, the system includes a database, a processor and associated software for automatically customizing the television schedule guide to an individual viewer or a group of viewers, e.g., a family, to facilitate use of the television schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Starsight Telecast, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Schein, James J. Leftwich, David M. Folker, Keith Hunwick, Theresa Alba, Molly K. King
  • Patent number: 8132206
    Abstract: An electronic programming guide generator utilizes filters to select only programming filtered to display in an electronic programming guide display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Starsight Telecast, Inc.
    Inventor: James J. Leftwich
  • Publication number: 20110185386
    Abstract: A television schedule system and method for displaying television schedule information on a television screen includes a program guide having a schedule information area that depicts the programs that are being presented on each channel at each time during the day. An input device allows the viewer to browse through the schedule information area and/or obtain more information about programs of particular interest. In one aspect, the viewer may watch a program on the currently-tuned channel, while browsing through the other channels on a portion of the television screen. In another aspect, the viewer may watch programs currently being shown on the television, while he or she browses through the program guide. In yet another aspect, the system includes a database, a processor and associated software for automatically customizing the television schedule guide to an individual viewer or a group of viewers, e.g., a family, to facilitate use of the television schedule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: STARSIGHT TELECAST, INC.
    Inventors: Steven M. Schein, James J. Leftwich, David M. Folker, Keith Hunwick, Theresa Alba, Molly K. King
  • Publication number: 20110167448
    Abstract: A television schedule system and method for displaying television schedule information on a television screen includes a program guide having a schedule information area that depicts the programs that are being presented on each channel at each time during the day. An input device allows the viewer to browse through the schedule information area and/or obtain more information about programs of particular interest. In one aspect, the viewer may watch a program on the currently-tuned channel, while browsing through the other channels on a portion of the television screen. In another aspect, the viewer may watch programs currently being shown on the television, while he or she browses through the program guide. In yet another aspect, the system includes a database, a processor and associated software for automatically customizing the television schedule guide to an individual viewer or a group of viewers, e.g., a family, to facilitate use of the television schedule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: STARSIGHT TELECAST, INC.
    Inventors: Steven M. Schein, James J. Leftwich, David M. Folker, Keith Hunwick, Theresa Alba, Molly K. King
  • Publication number: 20110041150
    Abstract: A television schedule system and method for displaying television schedule information on a television screen includes a program guide having a schedule information area that depicts the programs that are being presented on each channel at each time during the day. An input device allows the viewer to browse through the schedule information area and/or obtain more information about programs of particular interest. In one aspect, the viewer may watch a program on the currently-tuned channel, while browsing through the other channels on a portion of the television screen. In another aspect, the viewer may watch programs currently being shown on the television, while he or she browses through the program guide. In yet another aspect, the system includes a database, a processor and associated software for automatically customizing the television schedule guide to an individual viewer or a group of viewers, e.g., a family, to facilitate use of the television schedule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: Steven M. Schein, James J. Leftwich, David M. Folker, Keith Hunwick, Theresa Alba, Molly K. King
  • Publication number: 20100273554
    Abstract: An electronic game and method are set forth wherein the objective of the electronic game, playable by one or more persons, is to select moving or stationary game elements and move them to or otherwise cause them to make contact with a matched or otherwise associated goal and thus score points, and do so among a game space containing other moving and/or stationary game elements which themselves may be selected and moved by the player, and which if contacted by a user-controlled game element may result in either beneficial or detrimental consequences to the configuration of the playing field, the elements themselves, scoring, and progression of the game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: James J. Leftwich, Stephen S. Doss