Patents by Inventor Keiso Shimakawa

Keiso Shimakawa 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: 20110173054
    Abstract: Various apparatus, methods and systems for insertion of advertisements in various environments are provided. Apparatus, methods and systems for profiling users, registering advertisement impressions and generating feedback in response to advertisement viewing are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventors: Ken Kutaragi, Masayuki Chatani, Kan Ebisawa, Shinichi Okamoto, Keiso Shimakawa, Makoto Kubo, Yutaka Kagiwada, Andrew House, Glen Van Datta, Gary Zalewski
  • Patent number: 7895076
    Abstract: Various apparatus, methods and systems for insertion of advertisements in various environments are provided. Apparatus, methods and systems for profiling users, registering advertisement impressions and generating feedback in response to advertisement viewing are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignees: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ken Kutaragi, Masayuki Chatani, Kan Ebisawa, Shinichi Okamoto, Keiso Shimakawa, Makoto Kubo, Yutaka Kagiwada, Andrew House, Glen Van Datta, Gary Zalewski
  • Patent number: 7761328
    Abstract: Advertisement information appropriated beforehand is inserted into contents such as a game downloaded by a user at the point that the user activates the contents, based on advertisement-insertable information within the game data or the like, and subsequently advertisement information is displayed at corresponding areas while the contents are running, thereby realizing an advertisement system capable of dealing with network infrastructures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Kutaragi, Shinichi Okamoto, Keiso Shimakawa, Makoto Kubo, Yutaka Kagiwada
  • Patent number: 7409063
    Abstract: A digital contents distribution system has a multi-layered structure including a server device (CS device) of one or a small number of managers which are each to be a manager main body, a plurality of server devices (DS devices) of middle managers, and client terminal devices (SC terminal devices) of a large number of users. Accesses from the respective users are processed in the server devices of respective ones of the middle managers. It is therefore possible to prevent an inconvenience in which the accesses from a large number of users concentrate on the CS device of the manager. As a result, it is possible to reduce the load imposed on the CS device, and to perform a smooth distribution service of digital contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Muneki Shimada, Keiso Shimakawa, Toyoshi Okada, Minoru Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 7409441
    Abstract: A display apparatus including a communication line connected to a network, an information acquisition device for acquiring in real time at least information relating to a predetermined site on the network via the communication line, the communication line being held by a communication line holding device. The display apparatus includes a display control device for displaying in real time information relating to a plurality of sites acquired by the information acquisition device, and forming symbols corresponding to the plurality of sites, displaying the symbols three-dimensionally in a contrastable state from each other. The information acquired by the information acquisition device is displayed will a symbol, which corresponds to the site, and the information acquisition device acquires at least one of or a plurality of pieces of information indicating congestion status, update status, response, type, popularity, cost, and links of each site, and congestion status of the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Tomokazu Kake, Keiso Shimakawa, Takahiro Fujii, Yuta Kimura, Hidehisa Onai, Yousuke Kimoto, Kenjiro Komaki, Hiromasa Horie, Toyoshi Okada, Shigeru Enomoto, Muneki Shimada, Shuji Hiramatsu, Masakazu Suzuoki, Akio Ohba
  • Patent number: 7275987
    Abstract: Objects which are created in conformity with the data format of objects to be handled in a virtual world are offered to users on the terminal computers of the users independently of the virtual world. The users transmit the offered objects to a server computer which generates the virtual world, while the server computer stores these objects in association with the operators. Since these objects are recorded in a format which can be interpreted by the server computer for generating the virtual world, they can be handled in the virtual world in the same manner as the other objects which have been defined in the virtual world beforehand. Thus, the users are permitted to use in the virtual world objects which are different from the objects which were defined in the virtual world beforehand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Keiso Shimakawa, Shuji Hiramatsu, Masakazu Suzuoki, Akio Ohba, Toyoshi Okada, Shigeru Enomoto, Muneki Shimada, Tomokazu Kake, Yousuke Kimoto, Kenjiro Komaki, Hiromasa Horie, Takahiro Fujii, Yuta Kimura, Hidehisa Onai
  • Patent number: 7275261
    Abstract: In a contents distributing system, a monitoring server is equipped on a network with which all user terminals being capable of utilizing contents are allowed to connect, and a member card is issued to a user operating the user terminal. In the contents distributed from an information service server, a middleware for storing a history of utilizing contents (log data etc.) to the member card and for transmitting this history of utilizing contents along with a user ID to the monitoring server is embedded. The monitoring server generates utilization information indicating how much the particular contents are utilized by the user, based on the collected history of utilizing contents and the collected user ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Kutaragi, Shinichi Okamoto, Keiso Shimakawa, Toyoshi Okada, Muneki Shimada, Minoru Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20070043616
    Abstract: Various apparatus, methods and systems for insertion of advertisements in various environments are provided. Apparatus, methods and systems for profiling users, registering advertisement impressions and generating feedback in response to advertisement viewing are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Publication date: February 22, 2007
    Inventors: Ken Kutaragi, Masayuki Chatani, Kan Ebisawa, Shinichi Okamoto, Keiso Shimakawa, Makoto Kubo, Yutaka Kagiwada, Andrew House, Glen Datta, Gary Zalewski
  • Patent number: 7178037
    Abstract: An ID (MID) is attached to each individual optical disk, and content is encrypted with a Content-Key and registered. In addition, a system server device maintains a Client ID of a client terminal device, HDD-ID of a hard disk drive (HDD), and MC-ID of a memory card respectively held as user entry information. When the user wants to copy the content, together with the optical disk MID, the MC-ID is sent to the system server side. The system server device identifies the user by referencing the MC-ID in the user entry information, and returns a Content-Key, which is used when encoding content. On the user side, content stored in the optical disk is decrypted using the returned Content-Key and copied to the HDD. Accordingly, copying of content is allowed only for an authorized user who is the lawful owner of the storage media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Muneki Shimada, Shinichi Okamoto, Masaharu Yoshimori, Tsutomu Inui, Keiso Shimakawa, Toyoshi Okada, Makoto Kubo, Mitsuhiro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 6948072
    Abstract: An information processing device to solve the above-mentioned disadvantage according to the present invention comprises: information receipt part to receive a digital information from an external information record medium; first judgment part to judge whether the external information record medium is a medium which is readable and writable; second judgment part which judges whether a predetermined security processing is performed to the digital information to be received; and control part to control the information receipt part to refuse a receipt of the digital information which is judged that the medium is readable and writable by the first judgment part and a security processing is not performed by the second judgment part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Akiyuki Hatakeyama, Keiso Shimakawa, Tadayasu Hakamatani, Makoto Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20040054667
    Abstract: A control unit 9 examines the update status of each Web site 11 which are stored as bookmarks in a URL memory 6, the congestion status of a network 2, and the congestion status of a network server apparatus 13 of a user's provider and the like. The control unit 9, based on this examination result, arranges an object corresponding to that Web site by changing the distance (depth) from the viewpoint in accordance with the response of the Web site 11, and displays by changing the height of the object according to the update status. Furthermore, the control unit 9 displays by changing the patterns of each object in accordance with the congestion status of the Web site which corresponds to that object, and displays by changing the weather of virtual space in accordance with the busy status of the network 2. This allows image display of the update status of the Web site to which a bookmark is attached, and the congestion status of the network and the like by using predetermined objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventors: Tomokazu Kake, Keiso Shimakawa, Takahiro Fuji, Yuta Kimura, Hidehisa Onai, Yousuke Kimoto, Hiromasa Horie, Toyoshi Okada, Shigeru Enomoto, Muneki Shimada, Shuji Hiramatsu, Masakazu Suzuoki, Akio Ohba
  • Publication number: 20030055984
    Abstract: A communication device communicates information via a virtual world configured by a server machine to client terminal devices operating characters in the virtual world. It is therefore possible to transmit various information to and to receive various information from the virtual world, even from a place remote from the client terminal devices, which enables a linking between the virtual world and the real world to be realized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Keiso Shimakawa, Shuji Hiramatsu, Masakazu Suzuoki, Akio Ohba, Toyoshi Okada, Shigeru Enomoto, Muneki Shimada, Tomokazu Kake, Yousuke Kimoto, Kenjiro Komaki, Hiromasa Horie, Takahiro Fujii, Yuta Kimura, Hidehisa Onai
  • Publication number: 20020166054
    Abstract: A digital contents distribution system has a multi-layered structure including a server device (CS device) of one or a small number of managers which are each to be a manager main body, a plurality of server devices (DS devices) of middle managers, and client terminal devices (SC terminal devices) of a large number of users. Accesses from the respective users are processed in the server devices of respective ones of the middle managers. It is therefore possible to prevent an inconvenience in which the accesses from a large number of users concentrate on the CS device of the manager. As a result, it is possible to reduce the load imposed on the CS device, and to perform a smooth distribution service of digital contents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2002
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Muneki Shimada, Keiso Shimakawa, Toyoshi Okada, Minoru Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20020114461
    Abstract: An ID (MID) is attached to each individual optical disk, and content is encrypted with a Content-Key and registered. In addition, a system server device maintains a Client ID of a client terminal device, HDD-ID of a hard disk drive (HDD), and MC-ID of a memory card respectively held as user entry information. When the user wants to copy the content, together with the optical disk MID, the MC-ID is sent to the system server side. The system server device identifies the user by referencing the MC-ID in the user entry information, and returns a Content-Key, which is used when encoding content. On the user side, content stored in the optical disk is decrypted using the returned Content-Key and copied to the HDD. Accordingly, copying of content is allowed only for an authorized user who is the lawful owner of the storage media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Inventors: Muneki Shimada, Shinichi Okamoto, Masaharu Yoshimori, Tsutomu Inui, Keiso Shimakawa, Toyoshi Okada, Makoto Kubo, Mitsuhiro Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20020095523
    Abstract: Objects which are created in conformity with the data format of objects to be handled in a virtual world, are offered to users on the terminal computers of the users independently of the virtual world. The users transmit the offered objects to a server computer which generates the virtual world, while the server computer stores these objects in association with the operators. Since these objects are recorded in the format which can be interpreted by the server computer for generating the virtual world, they can be handled in the virtual world likewise to the other objects which are defined in the virtual world beforehand. Thus, the users are permitted to use in the virtual world the objects which are different from the objects defined in the virtual world beforehand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Inventors: Keiso Shimakawa, Shuji Hiramatsu, Masakazu Suzuoki, Akio Ohba, Toyoshi Okada, Shigeru Enomoto, Muneki Shimada, Tomokazu Kake, Yousuke Kimoto, Kenjiro Komaki, Hiromasa Horie, Takahiro Fujii, Yuta Kimura, Hidehisa Onai
  • Publication number: 20020049580
    Abstract: A high-security content providing system is disclosed. The content providing system includes a content provider connected to a large number of user terminals via a network. A content including user information specific to a particular user and an electronic watermark embedded therein is transmitted from the content provider to a user terminal. When the content is executed on the user terminal, the user information and the electronic watermark are checked by the user terminal or by the content provider. The content is allowed to be executed only when the checking indicates that the content is an authorized content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Publication date: April 25, 2002
    Inventors: Ken Kutaragi, Shinichi Okamoto, Keiso Shimakawa, Makoto Kubo, Yutaka Kagiwada
  • Publication number: 20020035526
    Abstract: In a contents distributing system, a managing server is equipped on a network with which all user terminals being capable of utilizing contents are allowed to connect, and a member card is issued to a user operating the user terminal. In the contents distributed from an information service server, a middleware for storing a history of distributing contents and a history of utilizing contents (log data etc.) to the member card and for transmitting this history of utilizing contents along with a user ID to the managing server is embedded. The managing server generates information indicating how much the particular contents are distributed from the information service server and how much the particular contents are utilized by the user, based on the collected history of utilizing contents and the collected user ID, and determines an amount of charging based on the charging rule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Publication date: March 21, 2002
    Inventors: Ken Kutaragi, Shinichi Okamoto, Keiso Shimakawa, Toyoshi Okada, Muneki Shimada, Minoru Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20020035688
    Abstract: In a contents distributing system, a monitoring server is equipped on a network with which all user terminals being capable of utilizing contents are allowed to connect, and a member card is issued to a user operating the user terminal. In the contents distributed from an information service server, a middleware for storing a history of utilizing contents (log data etc.) to the member card and for transmitting this history of utilizing contents along with a user ID to the monitoring server is embedded. The monitoring server generates utilization information indicating how much the particular contents are utilized by the user, based on the collected history of utilizing contents and the collected user ID.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Publication date: March 21, 2002
    Inventors: Ken Kutaragi, Shinichi Okamoto, Keiso Shimakawa, Toyoshi Okada, Muneki Shimada, Minoru Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20020004743
    Abstract: Advertisement information appropriated beforehand is inserted into contents such as a game downloaded by a user at the point that the user activates the contents, based on advertisement-insertable information within the game data or the like, and subsequently advertisement information is displayed at corresponding areas while the contents are running, thereby realizing an advertisement system capable of dealing with network infrastructures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Publication date: January 10, 2002
    Inventors: Ken Kutaragi, Shinichi Okamoto, Keiso Shimakawa, Makoto Kubo, Yutaka Kagiwada
  • Publication number: 20010020256
    Abstract: An information processing device to solve the above-mentioned disadvantage according to the present invention comprises: information receipt part to receive a digital information from an external information record medium; first judgment part to judge whether the external information record medium is a medium which is readable and writable; second judgment part which judges whether a predetermined security processing is performed to the digital information to be received; and control part to control the information receipt part to refuse a receipt of the digital information which is judged that the medium is readable and writable by the first judgment part and a security processing is not performed by the second judgment part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2001
    Publication date: September 6, 2001
    Inventors: Akiyuki Hatakeyama, Keiso Shimakawa, Tadayasu Hakamatani, Makoto Tanaka