Patents by Inventor Margret Schmidt

Margret Schmidt 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: 10448112
    Abstract: A media content management system that enables users to manage media content collections is disclosed. A media device is configured to receive requests to create media content collections for particular media content and, in response, to retrieve information related to the media content, and to generate one or more interfaces displaying information about created media content collections. In an embodiment, retrieving information related to a media content may include determining, for one or more episodes of the media content, whether the episode is available from various content sources, including both broadcast and broadband content sources. By enabling a media device to automatically retrieve and present information related to the availability of media content episodes across any number of different broadcast and broadband sources, users can more easily interact with and view information about particular media content of interest to the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Margret Schmidt, Alex Liston, Nicholas Lovell, Richard Alcazar
  • Patent number: 10362361
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for dynamically including or excluding a video from a media guidance interface based on indications of user interest. To this end, the systems and methods generate a video for display using user equipment and receive a command from a user to display a media guidance interface while the video is being generated for display, the media guidance interface including a plurality of video identifiers. In response to receiving the command, the systems and methods determine whether the user has interest in the video. In response to determining that the user has interest in the video, the systems and methods generate the media guidance interface for display along with the video. In response to determining that the user has no interest in the video, the systems and methods generate the media guidance interface for display without the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Margret Schmidt, Alexander William Liston
  • Publication number: 20190124288
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an adaptive search user interface is provided. An interface is provided that returns search results upon receiving each alphanumeric character of a search query term. Correlations of prefixes of alphanumeric characters and search results selected from previous searches are stored in a correlation matrix. Based upon the correlations in the correlation matrix, relevance rankings for search results with respect to the prefixes of alphanumeric characters are updated. Search results may be grouped based upon one or more common traits. Relevance rankings are also updated based upon the rate of change of selections recorded for a search result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Shelly Glennon, Brian Beach, James Cheng, Richard Lee, Kimberly Paluch, Robert Poniatowski, Margret Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20180367860
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for dynamically including or excluding a video from a media guidance interface based on indications of user interest. To this end, the systems and methods generate a video for display using user equipment and receive a command from a user to display a media guidance interface while the video is being generated for display, the media guidance interface including a plurality of video identifiers. In response to receiving the command, the systems and methods determine whether the user has interest in the video. In response to determining that the user has interest in the video, the systems and methods generate the media guidance interface for display along with the video. In response to determining that the user has no interest in the video, the systems and methods generate the media guidance interface for display without the video.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Margret Schmidt, Alexander William Liston
  • Patent number: 10158823
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an adaptive search user interface is provided. An interface is provided that returns search results upon receiving each alphanumeric character of a search query term. Correlations of prefixes of alphanumeric characters and search results selected from previous searches are stored in a correlation matrix. Based upon the correlations in the correlation matrix, relevance rankings for search results with respect to the prefixes of alphanumeric characters are updated. Search results may be grouped based upon one or more common traits. Relevance rankings are also updated based upon the rate of change of selections recorded for a search result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Shelly Glennon, Brian Beach, James Cheng, Richard Lee, Kimberly Paluch, Robert Poniatowski, Margret Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9967534
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a digital video recorder (DVR) video editing system provides a user interface and video editing environment for content stored on a DVR's storage device. A visual progress indicator is displayed over the program content that the user has selected to edit. The user moves a position indicator within a cache bar in the visual progress indicator that indicates how much of the program content has been stored on the storage device. The user can delete sections of the program content. The user can also add other recorded program content into the program content. The deleted sections and added content are highlighted in the cache bar by colors that are different from the normal color used for the cache bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Flannery, Margret Schmidt, David Pope
  • Patent number: 9854312
    Abstract: Techniques are described that allow DVR users to create program shortcuts to different types of media content from content providers. A program shortcut comprises a reference to another media content. A user may generate a shortcut so that the user may easily find and return to media content without performing a new search. In addition, techniques may be used to automatically generate program shortcuts for a user based at least in part to user-indicated preferences or actions. Shortcuts may be generated to media content that is related to a preferred genre or media type specified by a user. Shortcuts may also be generated to content that is determined to be similar to content that is often viewed or recorded by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Margret Schmidt, Alex Liston, Shelly Glennon
  • Patent number: 9837122
    Abstract: Techniques described herein automatically identify, in a multimedia content, an advertiser from which an advertisement in the multimedia content originates and/or a brand to which the advertisement pertains. The system determines whether the identified advertiser and/or identified brand is specified in a not to be displayed list and if so, performs at least one of: presents alternative content during the time interval that the advertisement occupies in the multimedia content or skips over the advertisement in the multimedia content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: James Barton, Brian Beach, Margret Schmidt, Robert F. Poniatowski, Shelly Glennon
  • Publication number: 20170214975
    Abstract: A media content management system that enables users to manage media content collections is disclosed. A media device is configured to receive requests to create media content collections for particular media content and, in response, to retrieve information related to the media content, and to generate one or more interfaces displaying information about created media content collections. In an embodiment, retrieving information related to a media content may include determining, for one or more episodes of the media content, whether the episode is available from various content sources, including both broadcast and broadband content sources. By enabling a media device to automatically retrieve and present information related to the availability of media content episodes across any number of different broadcast and broadband sources, users can more easily interact with and view information about particular media content of interest to the users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: Margret Schmidt, Alex Liston, Nicholas Lovell, Richard Alcazar
  • Publication number: 20160241918
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for presenting menus to DVR users and users of other media playback devices are described. After a DVR (or other media device) has finished playing a recorded television program (or other content), or in response to other specified events, the DVR presents a screen which comprises a menu. In addition to or in alternative to “save” and “delete” options, the menu comprises one or more options. Each of these other options may correspond to a separate item. For example, a user's selection of such an option may cause the DVR to display or play certain content on the user's television set. Additionally, or alternatively, these other options, when selected by a user, may cause the DVR to display a user interface through which the user can actually interact with content, such as an item that was featured or referenced in the television program that the user was just watching.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Inventors: James Barton, Paul Stevens, David Sandford, Robin Hayes, Margret Schmidt, Bruce Klein
  • Patent number: 9363564
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for presenting targeted advertisements to DVR users are described. After a DVR has finished playing a recorded television program, or in response to other specified events, the DVR presents a screen which comprises a “save or delete” menu. In addition to the “save” and “delete” options, the menu additionally comprises one or more other options. Each of these other options may correspond to a separate promotional item. For example, a user's selection of such an option may cause the DVR to display or play an advertisement on the user's television set. Additionally or alternatively, these other options, when selected by a user, may cause the DVR to display a user interface through which the user can actually purchase a product or service. The product or service advertised or offered may be one that was featured or referenced in the television program that the user was just watching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Barton, Paul Stevens, David Sandford, Robin Hayes, Margret Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20160134940
    Abstract: Techniques are described that allow DVR users to create program shortcuts to different types of media content from content providers. A program shortcut comprises a reference to another media content. A user may generate a shortcut so that the user may easily find and return to media content without performing a new search. In addition, techniques may be used to automatically generate program shortcuts for a user based at least in part to user-indicated preferences or actions. Shortcuts may be generated to media content that is related to a preferred genre or media type specified by a user. Shortcuts may also be generated to content that is determined to be similar to content that is often viewed or recorded by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Margret Schmidt, Alex Liston, Shelly Glennon
  • Patent number: 9332314
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for presenting targeted advertisements to DVR users are described. After a DVR has finished playing a recorded television program, or in response to other specified events, the DVR presents a screen which comprises a “save or delete” menu. In addition to the “save” and “delete” options, the menu additionally comprises one or more other options. Each of these other options may correspond to a separate promotional item. For example, a user's selection of such an option may cause the DVR to display or play an advertisement on the user's television set. Additionally or alternatively, these other options, when selected by a user, may cause the DVR to display a user interface through which the user can actually purchase a product or service. The product or service advertised or offered may be one that was featured or referenced in the television program that the user was just watching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: James Barton, Paul Stevens, David Sandford, Robin Hayes, Margret Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9326031
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for presenting targeted advertisements to DVR users are described. After a DVR has finished playing a recorded television program, or in response to other specified events, the DVR presents a screen which comprises a “save or delete” menu. In addition to the “save” and “delete” options, the menu additionally comprises one or more other options. Each of these other options may correspond to a separate promotional item. For example, a user's selection of such an option may cause the DVR to display or play an advertisement on the user's television set. Additionally or alternatively, these other options, when selected by a user, may cause the DVR to display a user interface through which the user can actually purchase a product or service. The product or service advertised or offered may be one that was featured or referenced in the television program that the user was just watching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: James Barton, Paul Stevens, David Sandford, Robin Hayes, Margret Schmidt, Bruce Klein
  • Patent number: 9270963
    Abstract: Techniques are described that allow DVR users to create program shortcuts to different types of media content from content providers. A program shortcut comprises a reference to another media content. A user may generate a shortcut so that the user may easily find and return to media content without performing a new search. In addition, techniques may be used to automatically generate program shortcuts for a user based at least in part to user-indicated preferences or actions. Shortcuts may be generated to media content that is related to a preferred genre or media type specified by a user. Shortcuts may also be generated to content that is determined to be similar to content that is often viewed or recorded by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: Margret Schmidt, Alex Liston, Shelly Glennon
  • Publication number: 20150302891
    Abstract: Techniques described herein automatically identify, in a multimedia content, an advertiser from which an advertisement in the multimedia content originates and/or a brand to which the advertisement pertains. The system determines whether the identified advertiser and/or identified brand is specified in a not to be displayed list and if so, performs at least one of: presents alternative content during the time interval that the advertisement occupies in the multimedia content or skips over the advertisement in the multimedia content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: James Barton, Brian Beach, Margret Schmidt, Robert F. Poniatowski, Shelly Glennon
  • Patent number: 9094718
    Abstract: Techniques described herein automatically identifies, in a multimedia content, an advertiser from which an advertisement in the multimedia content originates and/or a brand to which the advertisement pertains. The system determines whether the identified advertiser and/or identified brand is specified in a not to be displayed list and if so, performs at least one of: presents alternative content during the time interval that the advertisement occupies in the multimedia content or skips over the advertisement in the multimedia content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Barton, Brian Beach, Margret Schmidt, Robert F. Poniatowski, Shelly Glennon
  • Patent number: 9088826
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for presenting targeted advertisements to DVR users are described. After a DVR has finished playing a recorded television program, or in response to other specified events, the DVR presents a screen which comprises a “save or delete” menu. In addition to the “save” and “delete” options, the menu additionally comprises one or more other options. Each of these other options may correspond to a separate promotional item. For example, a user's selection of such an option may cause the DVR to display or play an advertisement on the user's television set. Additionally or alternatively, these other options, when selected by a user, may cause the DVR to display a user interface through which the user can actually purchase a product or service. The product or service advertised or offered may be one that was featured or referenced in the television program that the user was just watching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Barton, Paul Stevens, David Sandford, Robin Hayes, Margret Schmidt, Bruce Klein
  • Patent number: 9037999
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an adaptive search user interface is provided. The user interface allows for search results to be customized by the user. The user interface includes a discovery bar of multimedia content that includes additional media content, advertisements, and features that are recommended to users. The discovery bar of multimedia content is customizable based upon user command input. The user interface also includes methods and graphical interface in which to resolve recording conflicts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Poniatowski, Shelly Glennon, Glen Sanford, Kimberly Paluch, Margret Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9036981
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for presenting targeted advertisements to DVR users are described. After a DVR has finished playing a recorded television program, or in response to other specified events, the DVR presents a screen which comprises a “save or delete” menu. In addition to the “save” and “delete” options, the menu additionally comprises one or more other options. Each of these other options may correspond to a separate promotional item. For example, a user's selection of such an option may cause the DVR to display or play an advertisement on the user's television set. Additionally or alternatively, these other options, when selected by a user, may cause the DVR to display a user interface through which the user can actually purchase a product or service. The product or service advertised or offered may be one that was featured or referenced in the television program that the user was just watching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Barton, Paul Stevens, David Sandford, Robin Hayes, Margret Schmidt