Patents by Inventor John L. Norin

John L. Norin 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: 20210006851
    Abstract: A user device and method comprising a satellite signal determination module receiving a satellite signal from a satellite comprising a first satellite signal identifier, a memory storing an expected satellite signal identifier for an authorized location of the user device, a comparison module comparing the first satellite signal identifier to the expected satellite signal identifier to identify the first satellite signal as unexpected when the first satellite signal is not the expected satellite signal and a disable module disabling the user device from processing satellite signals in response to comparing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicant: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Casavant, Sean S. Lee, Kuriacose Joseph, John L. Norin
  • Publication number: 20200374713
    Abstract: A method of operating a communication system includes communicating a sounding signal to a plurality of devices through a first antenna array coupled to a basestation. The method further includes, in response to the sounding signal, communicating a response signal to the basestation from each of the plurality of devices, from the response signal determining device data comprising a device location, a signal strength of the sounding signal and phase information of the sounding signal, grouping the plurality of devices into a first group based on the device data, generating first transmit beamforming weights for the first group to shape the power output of the first beamforming weight vector to communicate a data signal to the first group and broadcasting the data signal to the first group through a wireless signal from the first antenna array using the first transmit beamforming weights and nulls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: Boris Bogatin, Matthew Bromberg, Narayan Parappil Menon, John L. Norin
  • Patent number: 10820028
    Abstract: A user device and method comprising a satellite signal determination module receiving a satellite signal from a satellite comprising a first satellite signal identifier, a memory storing an expected satellite signal identifier for an authorized location of the user device, a comparison module comparing the first satellite signal identifier to the expected satellite signal identifier to identify the first satellite signal as unexpected when the first satellite signal is not the expected satellite signal and a disable module disabling the user device from processing satellite signals in response to comparing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Casavant, Sean S. Lee, Kuriacose Joseph, John L. Norin
  • Patent number: 10433022
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating content using remnant capacity includes an intermediate device having a content storage, a user device in communication with the intermediate device and a communication system provider communicating content to the intermediate device. The intermediate device stores the content the content storage. The user device requests content from the content storage. The intermediate device communicates content from the content storage to the user device in real time in response to requesting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Siden, Inc. a Delaware C Corp
    Inventors: John L. Norin, Boris Bogatin, John S. Leibovitz, Kenneth Gould, Monish Kundra
  • Patent number: 10271081
    Abstract: A system and method for determining unauthorized use of a set top box includes a satellite signal determination module in the set top box receives a satellite signal from a satellite comprising a first satellite signal identifier. A memory in the set top box stores a second satellite signal identifier for a location of the user device. The user device also includes a comparison module comparing the first satellite signal identifier to the second satellite signal identifier and a disable module disabling the user device from processing satellite signals in response to comparing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Casavant, Sean S. Lee, Kuriacose Joseph, John L. Norin
  • Patent number: 10045083
    Abstract: Systems and methods for combining a satellite broadcast system with a network. A system in accordance with one or more embodiments of the present invention comprises a plurality of satellite receivers, wherein each of the satellite receivers is coupled to both the satellite broadcast system and the network, wherein a first receiver in the plurality of satellite receivers receives data from at least a second receiver in the plurality of receivers via the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: John L. Norin
  • Publication number: 20180176649
    Abstract: Systems and methods for combining a satellite broadcast system with a network. A system in accordance with one or more embodiments of the present invention comprises a plurality of satellite receivers, wherein each of the satellite receivers is coupled to both the satellite broadcast system and the network, wherein a first receiver in the plurality of satellite receivers receives data from at least a second receiver in the plurality of receivers via the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: John L. Norin
  • Publication number: 20180139508
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating content using remnant capacity includes an intermediate device having a content storage, a user device in communication with the intermediate device and a communication system provider communicating content to the intermediate device. The intermediate device stores the content the content storage. The user device requests content from the content storage. The intermediate device communicates content from the content storage to the user device in real time in response to requesting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: KAROUSEL LLC
    Inventors: John L. Norin, Boris Bogatin, John S. Leibovitz, Kenneth Gould, Monish Kundra
  • Patent number: 9942618
    Abstract: A receiving unit 28 includes a tuner that receives a first signal that may include a satellite signal. A demodulator demodulates the satellite signal to form a second signal. The second signal may be internet protocol (IP) encapsulated to form an IP encapsulated signal. The IP encapsulated signal may be communicated through an IP network to a decoder. The decoder 144 decodes the second signal or the IP encapsulated signal. A modulator 146 modulates the decoded signal which is communicated to user devices through a network 147. In addition, IP encapsulated signals may also be communicated to various user devices through the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Norin, Richard B. Tatem
  • Patent number: 9894410
    Abstract: Systems and methods for combining a satellite broadcast system with a wireless system are described. The system comprises a satellite receive antenna and a wireless system device coupled thereto, the wireless system device comprising a wireless network antenna, a wireless radio system coupled to the antenna, a networking bridge coupled to the radio system, and a coaxial networking bridge for coupling a satellite signal on the satellite broadcast system with a wireless signal on the wireless network, wherein the coaxial network bridge enables a device to receive the satellite signal and the wireless signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: John L. Norin
  • Patent number: 9883242
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating content to a user device that includes a storage device having a network portion and a user portion. The user device stores content in a network partition thereof. The user device reallocates the content to a user portion of the storage device after storing is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Romulo Pontual, Robert G. Arsenault, Raynold M. Kahn, Sui-Ky Ringo Ling, Luke J. Crook, John D. Choi, Michelle L. Vagnati, John L. Norin
  • Patent number: 9819982
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating content to a user device includes a head end that communicates a plurality of upcoming content metadata that includes a content title to the user device. The user device displays the upcoming content metadata and selects at least one upcoming content metadata from the plurality of upcoming content metadata to form selected data. The user device communicates the selected data to the head end. The head end adjusts head end communication parameters for the content associated with the selected data based on the selected data and communicates the content to a user device based on the head end communication parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Romulo Pontual, John L. Norin, Robert G. Arsenault, Raynold M. Kahn, Sui-Ky Ringo Ling, Luke J. Crook, John D. Choi, Michelle L. Vagnati, Stephen P. Dulac
  • Patent number: 9743383
    Abstract: A device and method for communicating information using a plurality of communication paths is disclosed. In one embodiment, the device transmits provides information between a port of a wireless transceiver to a coaxial power connector coupled to a coaxial cable network, thereby providing a wired communication path from one network device to another network device to augment or replace the wireless communication path between the same devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: John L. Norin
  • Publication number: 20170238032
    Abstract: A system and method for determining unauthorized use of a set top box includes a satellite signal determination module in the set top box receives a satellite signal from a satellite comprising a first satellite signal identifier. A memory in the set top box stores a second satellite signal identifier for a location of the user device. The user device also includes a comparison module comparing the first satellite signal identifier to the second satellite signal identifier and a disable module disabling the user device from processing satellite signals in response to comparing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Casavant, Sean S. Lee, Kuriacose Joseph, John L. Norin
  • Patent number: 9653800
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for combining signals received from a direct broadcast satellite system with signals received from a wireless network, includes a satellite antenna for receiving the signals from the direct broadcast satellite system; and a wireless network antenna, co-located with the satellite antenna, for receiving the signals from the wireless network. The wireless network antenna includes an antenna assembly that is rotated by a controller based on characteristics of the signals received from the wireless network. The controller energizes and de-energizes a motor to mechanically rotate the antenna assembly to properly align the wireless network antenna to communicate with the wireless network. The wireless network antenna comprises a closed cylinder, wherein the antenna assembly is rotatably mounted within the closed cylinder, such that, upon command from the controller, the motor engages the antenna assembly to mechanically rotate the antenna assembly about a central axis of the closed cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: The DirecTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Norin, Robert F. Popoli, Dipak M. Shah
  • Publication number: 20160360255
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating content to a user device includes a head end that communicates a plurality of upcoming content metadata that includes a content title to the user device. The user device displays the upcoming content metadata and selects at least one upcoming content metadata from the plurality of upcoming content metadata to form selected data. The user device communicates the selected data to the head end. The head end adjusts head end communication parameters for the content associated with the selected data based on the selected data and communicates the content to a user device based on the head end communication parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Romulo PONTUAL, John L. NORIN, Robert G. ARSENAULT, Raynold M. KAHN, Sui-Ky Ringo LING, Luke J. CROOK, John D. CHOI, Michelle L. VAGNATI, Stephen P. DULAC
  • Patent number: 9456247
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating content to a user device includes a head end that communicates a plurality of upcoming content metadata that includes a content title to the user device. The user device displays the upcoming content metadata and selects at least one upcoming content metadata from the plurality of upcoming content metadata to form selected data. The user device communicates the selected data to the head end. The head end adjusts head end communication parameters for the content associated with the selected data based on the selected data and communicates the content to a user device based on the head end communication parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Romulo Pontual, John L. Norin, Robert G. Arsenault, Raynold M. Kahn, Sui-Ky Ringo Ling, Luke J. Crook, John D. Choi, Michelle L. Vagnati, Stephen P. Dulac
  • Publication number: 20160079665
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for combining signals received from a direct broadcast satellite system with signals received from a wireless network, includes a satellite antenna for receiving the signals from the direct broadcast satellite system; and a wireless network antenna, co-located with the satellite antenna, for receiving the signals from the wireless network. The wireless network antenna includes an antenna assembly that is rotated by a controller based on characteristics of the signals received from the wireless network. The controller energizes and de-energizes a motor to mechanically rotate the antenna assembly to properly align the wireless network antenna to communicate with the wireless network. The wireless network antenna comprises a closed cylinder, wherein the antenna assembly is rotatably mounted within the closed cylinder, such that, upon command from the controller, the motor engages the antenna assembly to mechanically rotate the antenna assembly about a central axis of the closed cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Applicant: THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: John L. Norin, Robert F. Popoli, Dipak M. Shah
  • Patent number: 9231741
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communication are disclosed. A system in accordance with the present invention comprises a communications system, comprising at least one transmitter station and at least one receiver station, the transmitter station and receiver station communicating using an Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) schema, wherein OFDM signals are transmitted in a notched frequency band arrangement such that at least one other transmission within a notch of the notched frequency band is used outside of the communications system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: John L. Norin
  • Patent number: 9210456
    Abstract: A system and method for determining unauthorized use of a first user device associated with a local network that includes a plurality of user devices associated with a user account. A comparison module compares a first master identifier determined within the local network and an expected master identifier generated outside the local network. A disable module generates an error signal in response to comparing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Kuriacose Joseph, John L. Norin, Scott D. Casavant, Yangyang Shi