Patents by Inventor Japan A. Mehta

Japan A. Mehta 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: 10222934
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a computing device providing a program guide that includes a matrix of cells associated with a plurality of media content instances and providing a condensed program guide that includes a condensed matrix of a subset of the cells and a plurality of interstitial symbols. In certain embodiments, each interstitial symbol in the plurality of interstitial symbols represents a single cell included in the matrix of the cells and excluded from the condensed matrix of the subset of the cells. In certain embodiments, the plurality of interstitial symbols does not occupy matrix grid space in the condensed matrix. Corresponding systems and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Heath Stallings, Japan Mehta, Don Relyea
  • Patent number: 9654721
    Abstract: A system and method for providing personal content recommendations comprising a receiver to receive and collect one or more user commands at one or more modules, a processor to generate, at the one or more modules, one or more personalized recommendations based on the one or more user commands, and a transmitter to transmit the one or more personalized recommendations to be displayed at a display device in response to receiving one or more user inputs to display the one or more personalized recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Enrique Ruiz-Velasco, Laxmi M. Patel, Japan A. Mehta, Senthil K. Raghavan
  • Patent number: 9641899
    Abstract: A computing device may establish a connection with a user device and retrieve address book information corresponding to the user device. The address book information may include contact information corresponding to one or more individuals. The computing device may identify social network users corresponding to the address book information. Each social network user may include a subscriber to a particular network service. The computing device may create a social network based on the social network users identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Japan A. Mehta, Shafiq Kassam
  • Patent number: 9584875
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a request, associated with a user profile, for an integrated video guide for a video service. The integrated video guide is time based, and the video service includes broadcast video content and video service selected video content. The video service selected video content is provided via unicast or multicast. The method includes identifying basic video channels that are provided to all subscribers of the video service, and identifying user selected channels that are provided based on the user profile. Broadcast channels that are included in the user selected channels are identified. Online channels that are included in the user selected channels are also identified. The method also includes presenting the basic video channels, the broadcast channels, and the online channels in a same manner in the integrated video guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Ruchir Rodrigues, Shafiq Kassam, Enrique Ruiz-Velasco, Donald H. Relyea, George M. Higa, Mark W. Phillips, Japan A. Mehta, Arjun Baskaran
  • Patent number: 9479804
    Abstract: Method, device, and storage medium to provide programs, recorded and stored in relation to a digital video recorder (DVR) service, to a mobile device. A mobile device includes a mobile DVR application that provides for the automatic downloading or streaming of the programs. A network device provides transcoding of the programs to a format compatible with the mobile device. The mobile DVR application allows the user to set preferences pertaining to the invocation and delivery of the programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Japan A. Mehta, Shafiq Kassam
  • Patent number: 9402110
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a non-intrusive advertisement presentation system subscribing a user to an advertisement service associated with a media content program, detecting a presentation of the media content program together with one or more advertisements associated with the media content program, and providing, in accordance with the advertisement service and in a manner independent of the presentation of the media content program together with the one or more advertisements, advertisement content associated with the one or more advertisements for selective access by the user. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Kishore Tallapaneni, Brian F. Roberts, Anthony M. Lemus, Japan A. Mehta, Donald H. Relyea, Michael R. Oliver
  • Patent number: 9137560
    Abstract: Exemplary methods and systems for providing access to content during the presentation of a media content instance are disclosed herein. As described in more detail below, a content presentation system may detect a predefined motion of a mobile device during a presentation of a media content instance by a media content access device, identify the media content instance, and provide access to the identified media content instance by way of the mobile device in response to the predefined motion. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea, Raul I. Aldrey, Kishore Tallapaneni, Japan A. Mehta
  • Patent number: 8973082
    Abstract: An interactive program system includes a device that receives program data and Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF) data associated with an interactive application; identifies the EBIF data; converts the EBIF data to a data format compatible with a user device; generates an EBIF notification based on the EBIF data; transmits the EBIF notification to the user device; and transmits the converted EBIF data to a network device. The user device communicates with the network device based on the EBIF notification and displays the converted EBIF data. The user device transmits input data to the network device and the network device provides interaction data to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Japan Mehta, Shafiq Kassam, Enrique Ruiz-Velasco, Srirama R. Kalidindi, Arjun Baskaran
  • Patent number: 8959558
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes providing, by a media content access subsystem, a media content program for presentation to a user, receiving user input with the media content access subsystem, capturing, by the media content access subsystem, a snapshot image of the media content program based on the user input, associating, by the media content access subsystem, metadata with the snapshot image, and transmitting, by the media content access subsystem, data representative of the snapshot image and the metadata to a media content chaptering subsystem for use by the media content chaptering subsystem in chaptering the media content program. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Japan A. Mehta
  • Patent number: 8949909
    Abstract: Method, device, and storage medium to identify that a resource conflict exists pertaining to tuners of a device that tune to programs; notify a user that the resource conflict exists; receive a request to release a tuner; release the tuner in response to the request; determine whether a program offer is to be made; and provide the program offer in response to determining that the program offer is to be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Enrique Ruiz-Velasco, Japan A. Mehta, Venkata S. Adimatyam
  • Patent number: 8930985
    Abstract: A method is performed by one or more devices within a closed distribution network to provide context-sensitive transactional advertisements. The method includes sending, to a video client, a trigger for initiating a context-specific transactional advertisement associated with a linear program segment and sending the linear program segment for presentation by the video client. The method also includes receiving, based on the trigger, a request from the video client for instructions for the context-specific transactional advertisement; determining, based on the request, contextual information for the linear program segment; and sending, to the video client and based on the contextual information, the instructions for the context-specific transactional advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Japan A. Mehta, Armando P. Stettner, Shafiq Kassam, Enrique Ruiz-Velasco
  • Patent number: 8923685
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes receiving a command input by a user to record media content, recording media content data representative of the media content in response to the command, automatically selecting at least one storage device from a local storage device and a network storage device for storage of the recorded media content data in accordance with at least one of a plurality of storage balancing factors, and storing the recorded media content data in the at least one selected storage device. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Harpal S. Bassali, Sudhanshu Sharma, Donald H. Relyea, Raul I. Aldrey, Japan A. Mehta
  • Patent number: 8914826
    Abstract: An approach is provided for the real-time creation of a menu of chapters for navigating a video program. The chaptering process creates at a dynamic chapter navigation menu that enables a user to precisely navigate within a video program by recursively creating chaptering points of finer temporal granularity for selecting a desired point within the video program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Enrique Ruiz-Velasco, Japan A. Mehta, Laxmi M. Patel, Shafiq Kassam
  • Patent number: 8839290
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes receiving a plurality of data chunks each representative of a distinct portion of a media content program, generating a personalized version of the media content program based on at least a subset of the data chunks and in accordance with one or more of a plurality of personalization factors associated with a user, and providing the personalized version of the media content program for presentation to the user. Corresponding methods and systems are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Harpal S. Bassali, Sudhanshu Sharma, Donald H. Relyea, Raul I. Aldrey, Japan A. Mehta
  • Patent number: 8824645
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a video messaging system 1) providing an asynchronous video messaging service, 2) maintaining communication thread data representative of a video communication thread that includes a plurality of video messages exchanged between users of the asynchronous video messaging service, 3) providing a user interface configured to facilitate user interaction with the video communication thread, 4) receiving, by way of the user interface, a user input command to process multiple video messages included in the video communication thread, and 5) stitching together the multiple video messages for use in processing the multiple video messages in response to the user input command. Corresponding systems and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Anthony M. Lemus, Japan A. Mehta, Kishore Tallapaneni, Donald H. Relyea, Sudhanshu Sharma
  • Patent number: 8799953
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes receiving end-user-provided media content with a first media content distribution platform subsystem, distributing the end-user-provided media content with the first media content distribution platform subsystem, receiving end-user-provided ratings of the distributed end-user-provided media content with the first media content distribution platform subsystem, selecting, by a platform linking subsystem, at least a subset of the end-user-provided media content based at least in part on the end-user-provided ratings, and distributing the selected at least a subset of the end-user-provided media content with a second media content distribution platform subsystem. In certain embodiments, the second media content distribution platform subsystem may comprise a subscriber television content distribution platform subsystem. In certain embodiments, the first media content distribution platform subsystem may comprise a World Wide Web media content distribution platform subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Japan A. Mehta, Shafiq Kassam, Shahzaib Zafar, Enrique Ruiz-Velasco
  • Patent number: 8782712
    Abstract: An approach is provided for the creation of a media playlist for managing and scheduling content from a variety of media sources including broadcast and online sources. The playlist creation process facilitates efficient resolution of media scheduling conflicts by automatically identifying conflicts and generating alternate playlists to overcome them. The approach also enables a user to share the media playlist seamlessly with other devices and users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Japan A. Mehta, Enrique Ruiz-Velasco, Shafiq Kassam, Laxmi M. Patel
  • Patent number: 8781994
    Abstract: A device receives communication information from a user device associated with a user, calculates an extrovert score for the user based on the communication information, and calculates a popularity score for the user based on the communication information. The device also calculates an interesting communicator score for the user based on the communication information, determines a personality score for the user based on the extrovert score, the popularity score, and the interesting communicator score, and stores the personality score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Shadman Zafar, Shahzaib Zafar, Brian F. Roberts, Japan A. Mehta
  • Patent number: 8732275
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a media content presentation system 1) delivering a primary media content stream to a primary access device, the primary media content stream comprising data representative of a media content instance that is presented by the primary access device as the primary media content stream is delivered to the primary access device and data representative of an executable application related to the media content instance, 2) determining that a secondary access device associated with a user is located within a detection zone associated with the primary access device during a time period associated with the presentation of the media content instance by the primary access device, and 3) directing the primary access device to generate and deliver a version of the executable application that is personalized for the user to the secondary access device. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Anthony M. Lemus, Japan A. Mehta, Kishore Tallapaneni, Donald H. Relyea, Michael R. Oliver
  • Publication number: 20140068678
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a request, associated with a user profile, for an integrated video guide for a video service. The integrated video guide is time based, and the video service includes broadcast video content and video service selected video content. The video service selected video content is provided via unicast or multicast. The method includes identifying basic video channels that are provided to all subscribers of the video service, and identifying user selected channels that are provided based on the user profile. Broadcast channels that are included in the user selected channels are identified. Online channels that are included in the user selected channels are also identified. The method also includes presenting the basic video channels, the broadcast channels, and the online channels in a same manner in the integrated video guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Ruchir Rodrigues, Shafiq Kassam, Enrique Ruiz-Velasco, Donald H. Relyea, George M. Higa, Mark W. Phillips, Japan A. Mehta, Arjun Baskaran