Patents by Inventor Mark Arana

Mark Arana 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: 11112266
    Abstract: Systems and methods for synchronizing movement, such as the movement of a vehicle with an augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) story-telling or narrative experience is provided. For example, the AR or VR experience can be adapted to justify the movement of the vehicle based on trip criterion, such as a navigational path upon which the vehicle has embarked. Alternatively, trip criterion, such as the navigational path upon which the vehicle will embark, can be adapted to comport with one or more events of the AR or VR experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Josiah Eatedali, James P. Madden, Mark Arana
  • Publication number: 20210250346
    Abstract: A system for authenticating digital contents includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a memory storing a software code. According to one implementation, the hardware processor executes the software code to receive digital content, identify an image of a person depicted in the digital content, determine an ear shape parameter of the person depicted in the image, determine another biometric parameter of the person depicted in the image, and calculate a ratio of the ear shape parameter of the person depicted in the image to the biometric parameter of the person depicted in the image. The hardware processor is also configured to execute the software code to perform a comparison of the calculated ratio with a predetermined value, and determine whether the person depicted in the image is an authentic depiction of the person based on the comparison of the calculated ratio with the predetermined value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Inventors: Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Edward C. Drake, Anthony M. Accardo, Mark Arana
  • Publication number: 20210224356
    Abstract: A system for securing a content processing pipeline includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a memory storing a software code. The hardware processor executes the software code to insert a synthesized test image configured to activate one or more neurons of a malicious neural network into a content stream, provide the content stream as an input stream to a first processing node of the pipeline, and receive an output stream including a post-processed test image. The hardware processor further executes the software code to compare the post-processed test image in the output with an expected image corresponding to the synthesized test image. and to validate at least one portion of the pipeline as secure when the post-processed test image in the output matches the expected image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Inventors: Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Edward C. Drake, Anthony M. Accardo, Mark Arana
  • Publication number: 20210218550
    Abstract: There is provided a method including receiving a playback system identifier corresponding to a playback system, generating a blockchain corresponding to a content identifier identifying a content, wherein the blockchain is uniquely associated with the content identifier, establishing, in the blockchain, a block corresponding to the playback system identifier, sending an encrypted version of the content to the playback system, and in response to one or more updates to the blockchain by the playback system, providing a content encryption key to the playback system for decrypting the encrypted version of the content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventors: Artin Nazarian, Mark Arana, Derek Prestegard
  • Publication number: 20210209196
    Abstract: A system for performing authentication of content based on intrinsic attributes includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a memory storing a content authentication software code. The hardware processor executes the content authentication software code to receive a content file including digital content and authentication data created based on a baseline version of the digital content, to generate validation data based on the digital content, to compare the validation data to the authentication data, and to identify the digital content as baseline digital content in response to determining that the validation data matches the authentication data based on the comparison. The hardware processor is also configured to execute the content authentication software code to identify the digital content as manipulated digital content in response to determining that the validation data does not match the authentication data based on the comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Mark Arana, Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Edward C. Drake, Anthony M. Accardo
  • Publication number: 20210142829
    Abstract: A device for use in a system for tracking a chain-of-manipulation (CoM) of audio-video (AV) content includes a hardware processor, and a system memory storing a CoM tagging software code and an AV processing application. The hardware processor executes the CoM tagging software code to detect manipulation of the AV content by the AV processing application that modifies at least one of video or audio of the AV content, and to generate, when the manipulation is detected, one or more CoM tag(s) including a device identification tag identifying the device used for modifying the AV content. The hardware processor also executes the CoM tagging software code to insert the CoM tag(s) in each modified segment of the AV content modified by the AV processing application, the inserted CoM tag(s) being human and machine imperceptible when the AV content is played back by a playback device on a display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Mark Arana, Edward C. Drake, Anthony M. Accardo
  • Patent number: 10999292
    Abstract: The present application discloses computing platforms and methods for performing location-based restriction of content transmission. In one implementation, such a computing platform includes a hardware processor and a memory storing a content protection software code. The hardware processor is configured to execute the content protection software code to obtain a media content including a cue for restricting broadcast of the media content, and to detect the cue in the media content. The hardware processor is further configured to execute the content protection software code to interpret the cue to identify a usage rule constraining the broadcast of the media content, and to restrict the broadcast of the media content based on the usage rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Arana, Steven M. Chapman
  • Patent number: 10992454
    Abstract: A process receives, from a registration server associated with a content playback environment, a playback system identifier and a public key. The playback system identifier and the public key correspond to a playback system. Further, the process generates a blockchain corresponding to a content identifier such that a block is established to correspond to the playback system identifier. In addition, the process encrypts, with the processor according to a content encryption key, content associated with the content identifier. The process also encrypts, with the public key, the content encryption key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Artin Nazarian, Mark Arana, Derek L. Prestegard
  • Patent number: 10951958
    Abstract: A system for assessing authenticity of modified content includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a memory storing a software code including a neural network trained to assess the authenticity of modified content generated based on baseline digital content and including one or more modifications to the baseline digital content. The hardware processor executes the software code to use the neural network to receive the modified content and to assess the authenticity of each of the one or more modifications to the baseline digital content to produce one or more authenticity assessments corresponding respectively to the one or more modifications to the baseline digital content. The hardware processor is also configured to execute the software code to generate an authenticity evaluation of the modified content based on the one or more authenticity assessments, and to output the authenticity evaluation for rendering on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Arana, Edward C. Drake, Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Anthony M. Accardo
  • Patent number: 10917451
    Abstract: This disclosure presents systems and methods to facilitate selective dialogue presentation for multimedia presentations. Exemplary implementations may: present visual content of the multimedia presentation on a display device; present effects audio content of the multimedia presentation on a set of audio presentation devices; communication of individual dialogue audio content of the multimedia presentation to individual user devices to cause the individual user devices to present individual dialogue audio content in sync with the presentation of the visual content and/or the effects audio content; and/or other operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Arana
  • Publication number: 20200380487
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for systems and methods for delivering and unlocking restricted media content on physical media. The disclosed methods and systems provide restricted media assets on a physical media. The restricted media assets may be ad-sponsored media content. Restrictions on the restricted media assets may be removed by providing an unlock code, either on an online or offline media player. In the ad-sponsored media context, an unlocked version might comprise an ad-free version.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventor: Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 10817583
    Abstract: A system includes a memory configured to store a plurality of tools and a processor configured to use the plurality of tools. The processor uses the plurality of tools to retrieve historical information relating to a storyline, retrieve user information relating to user interactions with the storyline, provide the historical information and the user information for incorporating into the content, and generate the content using the historical information and the user information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Accardo, Mark Arana, Markus Gross, Chris Thomes
  • Patent number: 10791372
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a non-transitory memory storing a subscription entitlement database and a hardware processor configured to provide access to a media content to a user during an availability window for the media content, according to a subscription right associated with the media content in the subscription entitlement database, notify a user of the availability window for the media content, present the user with an option to extend access to the media content beyond the availability window for the media content, in response to a selection of the option to extend access from the user, extend access to the media content after the availability window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Josiah Eatedali, Edward C. Drake, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 10783505
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for systems and methods for delivering and unlocking restricted media content on physical media. The disclosed methods and systems provide restricted media assets on a physical media. The restricted media assets may be ad-sponsored media content. Restrictions on the restricted media assets may be removed by providing an unlock code, either on an online or offline media player. In the ad-sponsored media context, an unlocked version might comprise an ad-free version.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 10740942
    Abstract: An image management system includes a computing platform including a hardware processor and a system memory storing an image customization software code, and a database of personas assumable by a user, the database communicatively coupled to the image customization software code. The hardware processor executes the image customization software code to receive a wireless signal associating a persona stored in the database with the user, receive a digital image including an image of the user, and detect the image of the user in the digital image. The hardware processor further executes the image customization software code to obtain the persona from the database, and output a customized image to be rendered on a display, where the persona modifies the image of the user in the customized image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Entperprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Mark Arana, Leon Silverman
  • Patent number: 10735806
    Abstract: A process receives, from a media content server, media content. Further, the process performs a first playback, with a processor at a media playback device, of one or more sample files corresponding to the media content. The one or more sample files each corresponds to a distinct codec format. In addition, the process determines, with the processor at the media playback device, a confidence score for each of the one or more sample files. The confidence score is associated with one or more factors indicative of the distinct codec format being software-based or hardware-based. Finally, the process performs a second playback, with the processor at the media playback device, of at least a substantial portion of the media content according to the distinct codec format that is hardware-based.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek L. Prestegard, Joseph Rice, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 10713831
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for providing event enhancement using augmented reality (AR) effects. In one implementation, such a system includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a memory storing an AR effect generation software code. The hardware processor is configured to execute the AR effect generation software code to receive a venue description data corresponding to an event venue, to identify the event venue based on the venue description data, and to identify an event scheduled to take place at the event venue. The hardware processor is further configured to execute the AR effect generation software code to generate one or more AR enhancement effect(s) based on the event and the event venue, and to output the AR enhancement effect(s) for rendering on a display of a wearable AR device during the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Arana, Steven M. Chapman, Michael DeValue, Michael P. Goslin
  • Publication number: 20200209979
    Abstract: A method for generating a simulation with a simulation device is disclosed. The method includes receiving from a simulation adapter, a characteristics profile associated with a physical object connected to the simulation adapter; generating a simulation experience based on the characteristics profile of the physical object; receiving movement data from the simulation adapter corresponding to movement of the physical object; modifying a physical object representation in the simulation experience based on the movement data; and generating a simulation event including the modified physical object representation in the simulation experience based on the movement data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Mark Arana, Benjamin F. Havey, Edward Drake, Alexander C. Chen
  • Patent number: 10701120
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sharing protected media content are provided. Protected media content can be shared when at least a first and second user are proximately located. The first and second user can be bound or paired based on one or more identification indicia associated with first and second user devices utilized, owned, or operated by the first and second users, respectively. Upon pairing, media content from the first and second users' media content libraries can be shared. Additionally, proximate location can be leveraged to surface media content to other users, giving such other users the opportunity to discover new media content, and otherwise engage in transactions involving the new media content. Further still, the most popular media content associated with the second user or group of users proximate to the first user can be determined and used to prompt further interaction or display information regarding such popular media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Taylor, Mark Arana, Josiah Eatedali, Edward Drake, Ann Lee, Anthony Mutalipassi
  • Patent number: 10701365
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for manually or automatically identifying delineating scenes in media content. Scene categorization parameters setting forth thematic and/or cinematic criteria are used to analyze frames or groups of pictures (GOPs) making up the media content. Those frames or GOPs having one or more characteristics that meet the thematic and/or cinematic criteria may be deemed to belong or be a part of a particular scene in the media content. Downstream applications or processes can be optimized based on the scene segmentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Arana, Jared McPhillen