Patents by Inventor Ling Jun Wong

Ling Jun Wong 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: 10327032
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for extracting media content from social networking services and presenting the extracted content to an IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) user in a personalized and easy-to-consume manner. One or more feeds from social networking services that contain data pertaining to the user's social graph are monitored by a service in the IPTV domain for media content that meets preset criteria and preferences of the user. A social networking dashboard application is hosted in the IPTV environment and includes a user interface arranged with tools to enable the user to set preferences and specify tags that control various aspects of the media content extraction. The service can also monitor the social networking feeds in a real-time manner that enables creation of a knowledge base that is usable to present media content “trends” to the IPTV user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Inventors: True Xiong, Charles McCoy, Ling Jun Wong
  • Patent number: 10306279
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided to implement a technique for using a second display with a content playback device. In one implementation, this feature provides users a frequently-accessed service or asset list when browsing on a second display. Such systems and methods may be particularly advantageous when a user normally only visits a few services in an entire list of available services on a regular basis. The frequently-accessed list of services or assets may be populated by the user through the second display or may be populated by the server that is tracking service access by the user. The frequently-accessed service or asset list (or both) may be specific to the user account, a user profile within the user account, the second display, or the content playback device. In some implementations, the second display may be a smart phone that can often be found beside the user, a laptop or tablet PC, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Inventors: Ling Jun Wong, Charles McCoy, True Xiong
  • Publication number: 20190158920
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating and employing software to handle the playback of media, especially video, in browsers that, in addition to or instead of playing the media in the browser, may use second display protocols to instruct a separate display device to play the media. The software can of any type that can transmit the content or specify a network location of the content item for subsequent playback to a content playback device. In one implementation, the software may be in the form of a web browser or other application that is configured to use for the playback of selected media types. The browser maintains a list of favorite and/or recently viewed services and content items and is configured to filter the list to include only those content items, or services with such content items, available for play back on the separate content playback device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, Ling Jun Wong, True Xiong
  • Patent number: 10250469
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for monitoring activity of a device. The method includes associating one or more monitoring devices with an electronic device. Rules that have been established to define acceptable content that can be accessed by the electronic device are accessed. Requested content, which is requested by the electronic device, is identified. The requested content is compared to the established rules. An alert condition is generated when the requested content violates the established rules. An alert signal is provided to the one or more monitoring devices based on the alert condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, True Xiong, Ling Jun Wong
  • Patent number: 10225610
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of generating a content channel that includes accessing a list of content assets, utilizing one or more content assets as settings for the content channel, and selecting additional content assets. The selection is based on the settings. The content channel is generated based on the additional content assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, True Xiong, Ling Jun Wong
  • Patent number: 10216492
    Abstract: Customizing menus for a consumer electronics device, including: preparing menu definitions for the menus to be customized on the consumer electronics device; generating menu configuration information using the prepared menu definitions; and transmitting the generated menu configuration information to the consumer electronics device. Keywords include customization of menus and consumer electronics device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, Leo Mark Pedlow, Jr., Ling Jun Wong, True Xiong
  • Patent number: 10200756
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating and employing software to handle the playback of media, especially video, in browsers that, in addition to or instead of playing the media in the browser, may use second display protocols to instruct a separate display device to play the media. The software can of any type that can transmit the content or specify a network location of the content item for subsequent playback to a content playback device. In one implementation, the software may be in the form of a web browser or other application that is configured to use for the playback of selected media types. The browser maintains a list of favorite and/or recently viewed services and content items and is configured to filter the list to include only those content items, or services with such content items, available for play back on the separate content playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Inventors: Ling Jun Wong, Charles McCoy, True Xiong
  • Publication number: 20190007721
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for extracting media content from social networking services and presenting the extracted content to an IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) user in a personalized and easy-to-consume manner. One or more feeds from social networking services that contain data pertaining to the user's social graph are monitored by a service in the IPTV domain for media content that meets preset criteria and preferences of the user. A social networking dashboard application is hosted in the IPTV environment and includes a user interface arranged with tools to enable the user to set preferences and specify tags that control various aspects of the media content extraction. The service can also monitor the social networking feeds in a real-time manner that enables creation of a knowledge base that is usable to present media content “trends” to the IPTV user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: True Xiong, Charles McCoy, Ling Jun Wong
  • Patent number: 10171884
    Abstract: A user can share Internet assets or content URLs via a second display device with other Internet content service users. Thus, the other users will be able to view the same content on their own internet protocol televisions (IPTV), as first display devices, without the need to search for the content in the content providing service. When the shared content is URLs, the recipient can even preview the content from the URL on the second display device before sending it to the recipient's internet protocol television (IPTV).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, Ling Jun Wong, True Xiong
  • Patent number: 10158915
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for identifying content using one or more Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) devices by accessing a user's account using a secondary device and selecting content provided by a service provider. The service provider sends an identifier that specifies the selected content to a first IPTV device that will display content. The selected content is added to a user's content list in the user's account; and played on the first IPTV device. During the time of playback on the first IPTV device, the user is able to browse content using the secondary device or another IPTV device. Thus, the user is able to browse and search for additional content without disturbing the display of the selected content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, Ling Jun Wong, True Xiong
  • Publication number: 20180343504
    Abstract: A user can share Internet assets or content URLs via a second display device with other Internet content service users. Thus, the other users will be able to view the same content on their own internet protocol televisions (IPTV), as first display devices, without the need to search for the content in the content providing service. When the shared content is URLs, the recipient can even preview the content from the URL on the second display device before sending it to the recipient's internet protocol television (IPTV).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Applicants: Sony Network Entertainment International LLC, Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, Ling Jun Wong, True Xiong
  • Patent number: 10108515
    Abstract: Remotely testing a client device, the method including: implementing an interface of a messaging and presence protocol; starting a connection of the messaging and presence protocol between the client device and a server; initiating a test to execute steps of the test over the messaging and presence protocol connection; indicating information regarding results of the test to send over the messaging and presence protocol connection. Key words include remote testing and XMPP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, Aran Sadja, Ling Jun Wong, True Xiong
  • Patent number: 10057631
    Abstract: Browsing and displaying content over multiple devices, including: displaying a graphical user interface program on a second device; associating the second device with a main device; receiving transactions performed by a user on the second device with the graphical user interface; sending at least one command to the main device after the transactions performed by the user on the second device with the graphical user interface are received by the second device; and executing the at least one command on the main device. Keywords include visual BIVL interface and IPTV client without GUI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Ling Jun Wong, True Xiong, Charles McCoy, Leo Pedlow
  • Patent number: 9986273
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for extracting media content from social networking services and presenting the extracted content to an IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) user in a personalized and easy-to-consume manner. One or more feeds from social networking services that contain data pertaining to the user's social graph are monitored by a service in the IPTV domain for media content that meets preset criteria and preferences of the user. A social networking dashboard application is hosted in the IPTV environment and includes a user interface arranged with tools to enable the user to set preferences and specify tags that control various aspects of the media content extraction. The service can also monitor the social networking feeds in a real-time manner that enables creation of a knowledge base that is usable to present media content “trends” to the IPTV user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment, LLC
    Inventors: True Xiong, Charles McCoy, Ling Jun Wong
  • Patent number: 9979761
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for using a second display with a network-enabled television. In one implementation, this feature allows the user to conveniently affiliate their IPTV devices with various service providers and manage such affiliations directly from a second display device instead of going to a separate affiliation website. The second display could be a smart phone that can often be found beside the user, a laptop or tablet PC, a desktop PC, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment, LLC
    Inventors: Ling Jun Wong, Davender Agnihotri, True Xiong
  • Patent number: 9967605
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for customizing menus on a consumer electronic device, such as a television, based on, for example, the region where the device is located when it is connected to the network. Although the available network content and services differ by region, a single device may be manufactured and sold in all of these regions and countries, which is more efficient and flexible. This enables separate models to display menus based on uniform menu definitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Network Entertainment International LLC
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, Ling Jun Wong, True Xiong, Leo Pedlow
  • Patent number: 9955202
    Abstract: Software is provided to handle the playback of media in browsers that in addition may use second display protocols to instruct a separate display device to play the media. The software can transmit the content or specify a network location of the same for subsequent playback on a content playback device. The software may be in the form of a web browser or other application that is configured for the playback of selected media types. The browser maintains a list of favorite and/or recently viewed services and content items and is configured to filter the list to eliminate those content items or services which are no longer available. In this way, favorite content items and services and/or recently viewed content items and services, as available to the user, are made accessible using the second display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignees: SONY NETWORK ENTERTAINMENT INTERNATIONAL LLC, SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ling Jun Wong, Charles McCoy, True Xiong
  • Publication number: 20180109826
    Abstract: Systems and methods for synchronizing the playback of network media across multiple content playback devices, termed herein as “playback devices”, “clients”, or “client devices”. In one implementation, client devices are controlled to parse and buffer media content separately. Once all clients are ready, a controller may cause the client devices to start in a synchronized fashion based on signals sent by the controller. The controller adjusts the timing of the signal so that the outputs are displayed in synchronization on each client device. In other implementations, device lag times may be measured. In still other implementations, a master device may synchronize playback of media content on slave devices. In yet other implementations, devices may buffer and join playback of media content occurring on other devices. In further implementations, the systems and methods may be expanded to include steps of processing authentication for service providers prior to arranging synchronized playback.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, True Xiong, Ling Jun Wong
  • Patent number: 9924229
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods to enable a multiple users browsing content offerings on multiple devices to have their selections played by a content playback device using its own authentication credentials. The users can then continue to browse the content offerings on their multiple second displays without interrupting the content that is playing on the main content playback device. The method is an architecture design and implementation that allows users to navigate, browse, and search content offerings on a second display such as a smart phone, PC, laptop, tablet, internet appliance, or any other device with a capability to couple to a network. Concurrently, while a user is using the content playback device, another user can perform browsing activities on a second display and send a media selection to a primary content playback device of the user's choice for queueing and/or playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignees: SONY NETWORK ENTERTAINMENT INTERNATIONAL LLC, SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, Ling Jun Wong, True Xiong
  • Patent number: 9912712
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide methods, systems and apparatuses for use in managing playback of content. Some of these methods comprise: maintaining, at a playback device, a first media stream in a stand-by mode; continuing to acquire, from over a distributed network while in the stand-by mode, one or more index files of the first media stream, where the one or more index files identify a plurality of media files of the first media stream configured to be played back at the playback device, while not acquiring the media files of the first media stream while the first media stream is in the stand-by mode; and tracking the one or more index files relative to a playback timing of the first media stream while in the stand-by mode, where the playback timing continues to increment while the first media stream is in the stand-by mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Network Entertainment International LLC
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, Ling Jun Wong, True Xiong