Patents by Inventor Larry Stead

Larry Stead 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: 20190379937
    Abstract: Methods and systems for capturing, transmitting and processing data for generating ratings relating to multimedia programming based on passively obtained user cues are disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Amento, Christopher Harrison, Larry Stead
  • Patent number: 10440433
    Abstract: Methods and systems for capturing, transmitting and processing data for generating ratings relating to multimedia programming based on passively obtained user cues are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Amento, Christopher Harrison, Larry Stead
  • Patent number: 10425684
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a media server, a request to create a media content summary. The request includes a user-specified criterion. The method includes identifying segments of media content based on annotation data. The annotation data includes annotations associated with a first segment of the segments and a second segment of the segments. The first segment is identified based on a number of corresponding annotations. The method further includes generating the media content summary by automatically changing a first size of the first segment and a second size of the second segment such that a total size of the media content summary satisfies the user-specified criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Amento, Mukesh Nathan, Larry Stead
  • Patent number: 10367898
    Abstract: A method includes determining, at a processor, a difference between a first user interest profile of a first user and a second user interest profile of a second user. The difference is associated with a portion of a first streaming media item. The method further includes transmitting, to a device associated with a third user interest profile of a third user, a first indication associated with the first streaming media item based on the difference. The first user, the second user, and the third user are distinct users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Amento, Christopher Harrison, Larry Stead
  • Patent number: 10313750
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a media server, a request to create a media content summary. The request includes a user-specified criterion. The method also includes generating resized segments by automatically changing a size of each of one or more segments of media content until a total size of the resized segments satisfies the user-specified criterion and including the resized segments in the media content summary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Amento, Mukesh Nathan, Larry Stead
  • Patent number: 10248931
    Abstract: A method for collaborative annotating of a program of multimedia content includes enabling a first user to create a program annotation, enabling the first user to store annotation data, and enabling a second user to access the annotation data. The second user may navigate the program using the annotation and/or view the annotation while viewing the program. The first user may create the annotation while viewing the program, for example, by asserting an annotation button on a remote control device. The annotation may include the frame that was displayed when the user created the annotation, text, audio, an image, or video selected by the viewer. The annotations include chronological information indicative of a chronological location of the annotation within the program. The annotations may include “rating annotations” indicating the author's subjective rating of a portion of the program that is in chronological proximity to the annotation's chronological location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Scott Amento, Christopher Harrison, Larry Stead
  • Patent number: 10194184
    Abstract: A method of synchronizing first and second streams of a multimedia content program is operable for determining a temporal difference indicative of a relative timing between first and second streams of the program, the first stream being provided to a first multimedia processing resource (MPR) and the second stream being provided to a second MPR. The method includes manipulating at least one of the streams to reduce the temporal difference until the temporal difference is less than a predetermined threshold and enabling a viewer of the first stream to interact with a viewer of the second stream regarding the program. Interactions are visually detectable on a first display screen corresponding to the first MPR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Scott Amento, Larry Stead, Christopher Harrison
  • Patent number: 10149013
    Abstract: A method for collaborative sketch annotating of a program of multimedia content includes enabling a first user to create a sketch annotation, enabling the first user to store sketch annotation data related to the sketch annotation, and enabling a second user to access the sketch annotation. The second user may navigate the program using the sketch annotation and/or an indication of the sketch annotation. The first user may create the sketch annotation while viewing the program, for example, and the program may be paused for adding the sketch annotation to one or more paused frames. The sketch annotations may include chronological information indicative of a chronological location of the sketch annotation within the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Scott Amento, Larry Stead, Mukesh Nathan
  • Patent number: 10080056
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a controller to collect data indicative of temporal actions initiated by a group of users during presenting a media program. The data indicative of the temporal actions are collected in a collective metadata archive. Portions of the media program are identified based on metadata for which a number of occurrences of the temporal actions exceeds a threshold number of occurrences. A compacted presentation of the portions of the media program is prepared based on the metadata. The compacted presentation includes the portions of the media program arranged consecutively. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Amento, Larry Stead, Alicia Abella
  • Publication number: 20180027297
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a controller to collect data indicative of temporal actions initiated by a group of users during presenting a media program. The data indicative of the temporal actions are collected in a collective metadata archive. Portions of the media program are identified based on metadata for which a number of occurrences of the temporal actions exceeds a threshold number of occurrences. A compacted presentation of the portions of the media program is prepared based on the metadata. The compacted presentation includes the portions of the media program arranged consecutively. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Brian Amento, Larry Stead, Alicia Abella
  • Patent number: 9769532
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a controller to collect data indicative of temporal actions initiated by a group of users during presenting a media program. The data indicative of the temporal actions are collected in a collective metadata archive. Portions of the media program are identified based on metadata for which a number of occurrences of the temporal actions exceeds a threshold number of occurrences. A compacted presentation of the portions of the media program is prepared based on the metadata. The compacted presentation includes the portions of the media program arranged consecutively. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Amento, Larry Stead, Alicia Abella
  • Publication number: 20170230731
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a media server, a request to create a media content summary. The request includes a user-specified criterion. The method includes identifying segments of media content based on annotation data. The annotation data includes annotations associated with a first segment of the segments and a second segment of the segments. The first segment is identified based on a number of corresponding annotations. The method further includes generating the media content summary by automatically changing a first size of the first segment and a second size of the second segment such that a total size of the media content summary satisfies the user-specified criterion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventors: Brian Amento, Mukesh Nathan, Larry Stead
  • Patent number: 9712929
    Abstract: An illustrative method for transferring data to a device includes identifying the data that is to be transferred to the device, modulating the data with a signal, providing the signal to a contact microphone that is in physical contact with an individual, and transmitting the signal through a body of the individual to the device using the contact microphone. An illustrative method for authenticating the individual includes transmitting a signal through a body of the individual in response to the individual physically contacting an authentication device, receiving a modified signal including the signal as modified by the body of the individual, removing the signal from the modified signal to identify a unique body signature of the individual, comparing the unique body signature to a database to determine if the database includes the unique body signature, and selectively authenticating the individual based upon whether the database includes the unique body signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Amento, Kevin Ansia Li, Kermit Hal Purdy, Larry Stead
  • Publication number: 20170164054
    Abstract: Methods and systems for capturing, transmitting and processing data for generating ratings relating to multimedia programming based on passively obtained user cues are disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: BRIAN AMENTO, CHRISTOPHER HARRISON, LARRY STEAD
  • Patent number: 9606768
    Abstract: Methods and systems for capturing, transmitting and processing data for generating ratings relating to multimedia programming based on passively obtained user cues are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Amento, Christopher Harrison, Larry Stead
  • Publication number: 20170078720
    Abstract: A method of synchronizing first and second streams of a multimedia content program is operable for determining a temporal difference indicative of a relative timing between first and second streams of the program, the first stream being provided to a first multimedia processing resource (MPR) and the second stream being provided to a second MPR. The method includes manipulating at least one of the streams to reduce the temporal difference until the temporal difference is less than a predetermined threshold and enabling a viewer of the first stream to interact with a viewer of the second stream regarding the program. Interactions are visually detectable on a first display screen corresponding to the first MPR.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Scott Amento, Larry Stead, Christopher Harrison
  • Patent number: 9532091
    Abstract: A method of synchronizing first and second streams of a multimedia content program is operable for determining a temporal difference indicative of a relative timing between first and second streams of the program, the first stream being provided to a first multimedia processing resource (MPR) and the second stream being provided to a second MPR. The method includes manipulating at least one of the streams to reduce the temporal difference until the temporal difference is less than a predetermined threshold and enabling a viewer of the first stream to interact with a viewer of the second stream regarding the program. Interactions are visually detectable on a first display screen corresponding to the first MPR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Scott Amento, Larry Stead, Christopher Harrison
  • Patent number: 9503826
    Abstract: An illustrative method for transferring data to a device includes identifying the data that is to be transferred to the device, modulating the data with a signal, providing the signal to a contact microphone that is in physical contact with an individual, and transmitting the signal through a body of the individual to the device using the contact microphone. An illustrative method for authenticating the individual includes transmitting a signal through a body of the individual in response to the individual physically contacting an authentication device, receiving a modified signal including the signal as modified by the body of the individual, removing the signal from the modified signal to identify a unique body signature of the individual, comparing the unique body signature to a database to determine if the database includes the unique body signature, and selectively authenticating the individual based upon whether the database includes the unique body signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Amento, Kevin Ansia Li, Kermit Hal Purdy, Larry Stead
  • Publication number: 20160269768
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a controller to collect data indicative of temporal actions initiated by a group of users during presenting a media program. The data indicative of the temporal actions are collected in a collective metadata archive. Portions of the media program are identified based on metadata for which a number of occurrences of the temporal actions exceeds a threshold number of occurrences. A compacted presentation of the portions of the media program is prepared based on the metadata. The compacted presentation includes the portions of the media program arranged consecutively. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Inventors: Brian Amento, LARRY STEAD, ALICIA ABELLA
  • Publication number: 20160211005
    Abstract: A method for collaborative sketch annotating of a program of multimedia content includes enabling a first user to create a sketch annotation, enabling the first user to store sketch annotation data related to the sketch annotation, and enabling a second user to access the sketch annotation. The second user may navigate the program using the sketch annotation and/or an indication of the sketch annotation. The first user may create the sketch annotation while viewing the program, for example, and the program may be paused for adding the sketch annotation to one or more paused frames. The sketch annotations may include chronological information indicative of a chronological location of the sketch annotation within the program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Scott Amento, Larry Stead, Mukesh Nathan