Patents by Inventor James M. Barton

James M. Barton 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: 20190216774
    Abstract: The present invention relates to pyrrolidine sulfonamide analogs, pharmaceutical compositions containing them and their use as TRPV4 antagonists.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Edward J. BRNARDIC, Carl A. BROOKS, Brian Griffin LAWHORN, Guosen YE, Lisa S. BARTON, Brian W. BUDZIK, Jay M. MATTHEWS, John Jeffrey McATEE, Jacyln R. PATTERSON, Joseph E. PERO, Robert SANCHEZ, Matthew Robert SENDER, Lamont Roscoe TERRELL, David J. BEHM, James V. THOMAS
  • Patent number: 10349107
    Abstract: A method for displaying multimedia content is described. The method includes causing playing of multimedia content on a first device; responsive to a first user input, on a second device, comprising one of: playing, fast forwarding, rewinding, or pausing the playing of the multimedia content: causing an action comprising one of: playing, fast forwarding, rewinding, or pausing of the multimedia content on the second device at a start position that is based on the user input and a current position of the playing of the multimedia content on the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Lanier, James M. Barton
  • Patent number: 10334296
    Abstract: Techniques for real-time DVR usage and reporting enable using instant message protocol in a DVR environment to obtain real-time DVR usage data and to report data reflecting such usage in real-time. An example of DVR usage data comprises data reflecting that a viewer is viewing a video program which is R-rated. Another example of DVR usage data comprises a viewer entering a password, such as a kids zone password, to exit kids zone operational mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: TIVO SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: James M. Barton
  • Patent number: 10306331
    Abstract: A system for remotely controlling client recording and storage behavior schedules the recording, storing, and deleting of multimedia content on a client system storage device. The viewer may request that certain content be captured. Capture requests also allow the service to determine content to be recorded by the client system in the same manner that a viewer requests that certain content are recorded but are more powerful than what a viewer can request. Recording requests for a capture request can preempt viewer requests or be entered at the same or lower priority as a viewer request. Capture requests can adjust all aspects of a recording request and affect the capture request itself. Client system operational functionality are also manipulated by the service using capture requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Westbrook, Howard Look, James Young, Stephen Lacy, Timothy Davison, James M. Barton
  • Publication number: 20190141365
    Abstract: A portable device includes solid-state memory, an Ethernet and/or wireless network connection, and an HDMI. The portable device receives content guide data from a first server and displays a content guide on a display. In response to a user's selection of a content item, the portable device requests the content item over the Internet from a second server. The portable device receives the content item, stores the content item in solid-state memory, generates display signals that represent the content item, and sends the display signals to a display. The second server may match the content item with relevant advertisements based on keywords associated with the content item and the advertisements. The second server may send selected advertisement URLs to the portable device. Using the URLs, the portable device may obtain the advertisements over the Internet and cause the display to display the advertisements in conjunction with the content item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventor: James M. Barton
  • Publication number: 20190124410
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sharing personal media using a digital recorder allows a plurality of multimedia devices to view content stored on a DVR across a local network. The DVR records video content from broadcast signals and records video content downloaded via the Internet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Matt Arnold, James M. Barton
  • Publication number: 20190037267
    Abstract: A method for interpreting messages, user-defined alert conditions, voice commands and performing an action in response is described. A method for annotating media content is described. A method for presenting additional content associated with media content identified based on a fingerprint is described. A method for identifying that an advertisement portion of media content is being played based on a fingerprint derived from the media content is described. A method of one media device recording particular media content automatically in response to another media device recording the particular media content is described. A method of concurrently playing media content on multiple devices is described. A method of publishing information associated with recording of media content is described. A method of deriving fingerprints by media devices that meet an idleness criteria is described. A method of loading, modifying, and displaying a high definition frame from a frame buffer is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Amir H. Gharaat, James M. Barton, Mukesh K. Patel
  • Publication number: 20180359533
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for downloading ancillary program data to a DVR. An embodiment allows multimedia device users to select programs to record or download movie or music over a network, such as the Internet, from a content provider. The system automatically downloads and stores ancillary program data that is directly related to, and associated with, a program that has been selected for recording or content requested for download. When a user selects a program to view the user is offered the opportunity to browse ancillary program data associated with the program and view an ancillary program data. The service can charge the content provider or an advertiser for each time their ancillary program data is viewed by a user. The ancillary programming is deleted when the associated recorded program is deleted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventor: James M. Barton
  • Patent number: 10142690
    Abstract: A DVR sends, over the Internet, to a server, information that indicates a set of programs. The information also may indicate a ranking of the programs in the set relative to each other. In response to receiving the information from the DVR, the server determines a “to do” list of programs that the DVR should record as those programs are broadcasted in the future. The “to do” list indicates recording times and channels for each program. The server sends the “to do” list back to the DVR over the Internet. The DVR receives the “to do” list over the Internet and stores the “to do” list. As the programs on the “to do” list are broadcasted, the DVR automatically records those programs at the list-specified times and on the list-specified channels. The DVR stores those programs on the DVR's hard disk drive for later viewing by the DVR user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Barton
  • Patent number: 10097880
    Abstract: A method for interpreting messages, user-defined alert conditions, voice commands and performing an action in response is described. A method for annotating media content is described. A method for presenting additional content associated with media content identified based on a fingerprint is described. A method for identifying that an advertisement portion of media content is being played based on a fingerprint derived from the media content is described. A method of one media device recording particular media content automatically in response to another media device recording the particular media content is described. A method of concurrently playing media content on multiple devices is described. A method of publishing information associated with recording of media content is described. A method of deriving fingerprints by media devices that meet an idleness criteria is described. A method of loading, modifying, and displaying a high definition frame from a frame buffer is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Amir H. Gharaat, James M. Barton, Mukesh K. Patel
  • Patent number: 10080063
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sharing personal media using a digital recorder allows a plurality of multimedia devices to view content stored on a DVR across a local network. The DVR records video content from broadcast signals and records video content downloaded via the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: TIVO SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Matt Arnold, James M. Barton
  • Publication number: 20180262807
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a DVR sends a user's contact information over a network to a third party. Upon determining that a television program or advertisement contains a special tag that is associated with a third party, the DVR displays, to the user, a prompt that invites the DVR user to allow the DVR to send the user's contact information to the third party. If the user gives permission for the DVR to send the contact information to the third party, then the DVR sends the contact information to the third party (e.g., over the Internet).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: James M. Barton, Brian Lanier
  • Publication number: 20180255366
    Abstract: A multimedia mobile personalization system provides a remote control that detects a user's electronic tag, e.g. an RFID tag. The remote control notifies a multimedia device of the user's identity. The multimedia devices tailors it operations to the user's preferences stored locally. Multimedia content such as broadcast or recorded television programs, music play lists, and the like could be sorted, displayed, or restricted, depending on the user identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: David Lockett, Adam Feder, James M. Barton, Michael F. Klar, Andrew M. Goodman, David C. Platt, Brian Beach, David Avraham Brown
  • Patent number: 10051296
    Abstract: A portable device includes solid-state memory, an Ethernet and/or wireless network connection, and an HDMI. The portable device receives content guide data from a first server and displays a content guide on a display. In response to a user's selection of a content item, the portable device requests the content item over the Internet from a second server. The portable device receives the content item, stores the content item in solid-state memory, generates display signals that represent the content item, and sends the display signals to a display. The second server may match the content item with relevant advertisements based on keywords associated with the content item and the advertisements. The second server may send selected advertisement URLs to the portable device. Using the URLs, the portable device may obtain the advertisements over the Internet and cause the display to display the advertisements in conjunction with the content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: James M Barton
  • Publication number: 20180220191
    Abstract: Techniques for real-time DVR programming employ secure instant message protocol in a DVR environment. An embodiment sends an instant message to the DVR which causes the DVR to open a new secure connection with the service provider for synchronizing data on the DVR with updated programming data from the service provider. Another embodiment uses an already established connection with an instant message server for synchronizing data on the DVR with updated programming data from the service provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventor: James M. Barton
  • Patent number: 10021446
    Abstract: A multimedia signal processing system allows a user to store selected programs while simultaneously watching or reviewing another. The system includes an input section and an output section. Across all configurations, the output section remains substantially the same, while the input section varies according to the signal type and the source. The system receives a digital stream and simultaneously processes the digital stream for display and stores the digital stream on at least one storage device. The system further simultaneously processes a previously recorded digital stream for display while processing the digital stream for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Barton, Jean Swey Kao, Ching Tong Chow, Roderick James McInnis, Andrew Martin Goodman, Alan S. Moskowitz
  • Publication number: 20180176629
    Abstract: Techniques for real-time audience measurement are provided. The techniques include instant message protocol in a DVR environment to obtain real-time audience measurement data to modify the scheduled recording time of a media content in real-time, to bookmark in real-time, and to gather audience ratings on commercials and viewership in real-time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventor: James M. Barton
  • Patent number: 9986298
    Abstract: A multimedia mobile personalization system provides a remote control that detects a user's electronic tag, e.g. an RFID tag. The remote control notifies a multimedia device of the user's identity. The multimedia devices tailors it operations to the user's preferences stored locally. Multimedia content such as broadcast or recorded television programs, music play lists, and the like could be sorted, displayed, or restricted, depending on the user identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: TIVO SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: David Lockett, Adam Feder, James M. Barton, Michael F. Klar, Andrew M. Goodman, David C. Platt, Brian Beach, David Avraham Brown
  • Patent number: 9986295
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a DVR sends a user's contact information over a network to a third party. Upon determining that a television program or advertisement contains a special tag that is associated with a third party, the DVR displays, to the user, a prompt that invites the DVR user to allow the DVR to send the user's contact information to the third party. If the user gives permission for the DVR to send the contact information to the third party, then the DVR sends the contact information to the third party (e.g., over the Internet).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Barton, Brian Lanier
  • Patent number: 9961400
    Abstract: Techniques for real-time DVR programming employ secure instant message protocol in a DVR environment. An embodiment sends an instant message to the DVR which causes the DVR to open a new secure connection with the service provider for synchronizing data on the DVR with updated programming data from the service provider. Another embodiment uses an already established connection with an instant message server for synchronizing data on the DVR with updated programming data from the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Barton