Patents by Inventor Mark Rogers Johnson

Mark Rogers Johnson 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: 10027994
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing object-based audio signals for reproduction through a playback system is provided. The apparatus receives a plurality of object-based audio signals in at least one audio frame. In addition, the apparatus receives at least one audio object command associated with at least one object-based audio signal of the plurality of object-based audio signals. In addition, the apparatus processes the at least one object-based audio signal based on the received at least one audio object command. Further, the apparatus renders a set of object-based audio signals of the plurality of object-based audio signals to a set of output signals based on the at least one audio object command. The at least one audio frame may be received from one of a set top box, an OD player, or a television. The apparatus may be an AV receiver or a television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: DTS, INC.
    Inventors: Phillip Lee Maness, Mark Rogers Johnson
  • Patent number: 9837123
    Abstract: A computing device may receive or otherwise access a base audio layer and one or more enhancement audio layers. The computing device can reconstruct the retrieved base layer and/or enhancement layers into a single data stream or audio file. The local computing device may process audio frames in a highest enhancement layer retrieved in which the data can be validated (or a lower layer if the data in audio frames in the enhancement layer(s) cannot be validated) and build a stream or audio file based on the audio frames in that layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: DTS, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Rogers Johnson, Phillip L. Maness
  • Publication number: 20170280169
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing object-based audio signals for reproduction through a playback system is provided. The apparatus receives a plurality of object-based audio signals in at least one audio frame. In addition, the apparatus receives at least one audio object command associated with at least one object-based audio signal of the plurality of object-based audio signals. In addition, the apparatus processes the at least one object-based audio signal based on the received at least one audio object command. Further, the apparatus renders a set of object-based audio signals of the plurality of object-based audio signals to a set of output signals based on the at least one audio object command. The at least one audio frame may be received from one of a set top box, an OD player, or a television. The apparatus may be an AV receiver or a television.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventors: Phillip Lee MANESS, Mark Rogers JOHNSON
  • Publication number: 20170270968
    Abstract: A computing device may receive or otherwise access a base audio layer and one or more enhancement audio layers. The computing device can reconstruct the retrieved base layer and/or enhancement layers into a single data stream or audio file. The local computing device may process audio frames in a highest enhancement layer retrieved in which the data can be validated (or a lower layer if the data in audio frames in the enhancement layer(s) cannot be validated) and build a stream or audio file based on the audio frames in that layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Mark Rogers Johnson, Phillip L. Maness
  • Patent number: 9613660
    Abstract: A computing device may receive or otherwise access a base audio layer and one or more enhancement audio layers. The computing device can reconstruct the retrieved base layer and/or enhancement layers into a single data stream or audio file. The local computing device may process audio frames in a highest enhancement layer retrieved in which the data can be validated (or a lower layer if the data in audio frames in the enhancement layer(s) cannot be validated) and build a stream or audio file based on the audio frames in that layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: DTS, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Rogers Johnson, Phillip L. Maness
  • Patent number: 9558785
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods are described for generating layered audio such that computing devices can request a variable amount of data based on criteria such as their available bandwidth, device capability, or user selection. A base layer and one or more enhancement layers that incrementally enhance the previous layers may be generated. A computing device may retrieve the base layer and/or one or more enhancement layers, adjusting, in real-time or near real-time, which layers are retrieved based on fluctuations in the available bandwidth among other possible criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: DTS, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Rogers Johnson, Phillip L. Maness
  • Patent number: 9167220
    Abstract: There are provided methods and apparatus for synchronized stream packing of packets that differ contextually between A/V streams in a parallel presentation. A method includes the step of identifying sub-picture/subtitle packets and/or audio packets having arrival timestamps and/or presentation timestamps that match an arrival timestamp and/or a presentation timestamp, respectively, of video packets. The method also includes the step of packing a Video Object Unit (VOBU) and/or a Transport Stream (TS) with the identified sub-picture/subtitle and audio packets and the video packets having the matching timestamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Mark Rogers Johnson, Ralf Ostermann, Joseph Sanderson Rice
  • Patent number: 9106883
    Abstract: Selection of an audio-visual stream from among a plurality of streams occurs by first detecting a navigation packet within at least one stream that provides information concerning the stream, as well as those streams in lie in synchronism therewith. From the navigation packet, a determination is made which other streams lie in synchronism with the one stream, which audio and sub-picture data packets exist in each stream, and as well as which highlight information properties exist for selecting among the synchronized streams. At least one of the audio data packets, sub-picture data packets, or highlight information properties undergoes modification in accordance with information about at least one other synchronized stream to allow display of a viewer selectable button or the like to select among the synchronized streams and/or be presented with differing audio and/or sub-picture contents with each stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Mark Rogers Johnson, Jun Liu, Joseph Rice
  • Publication number: 20140303984
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods are described for generating layered audio such that computing devices can request a variable amount of data based on criteria such as their available bandwidth, device capability, or user selection. A base layer and one or more enhancement layers that incrementally enhance the previous layers may be generated. A computing device may retrieve the base layer and/or one or more enhancement layers, adjusting, in real-time or near real-time, which layers are retrieved based on fluctuations in the available bandwidth among other possible criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: DTS, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Rogers Johnson, Phillip L. Maness
  • Publication number: 20140303762
    Abstract: A computing device may receive or otherwise access a base audio layer and one or more enhancement audio layers. The computing device can reconstruct the retrieved base layer and/or enhancement layers into a single data stream or audio file. The local computing device may process audio frames in a highest enhancement layer retrieved in which the data can be validated (or a lower layer if the data in audio frames in the enhancement layer(s) cannot be validated) and build a stream or audio file based on the audio frames in that layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: DTS, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Rogers Johnson, Phillip L. Maness
  • Publication number: 20140126885
    Abstract: There are provided methods and apparatus for synchronized stream packing of packets that differ contextually between A/V streams in a parallel presentation. A method includes the step of identifying sub-picture/subtitle packets and/or audio packets having arrival timestamps and/or presentation timestamps that match an arrival timestamp and/or a presentation timestamp, respectively, of video packets. The method also includes the step of packing a Video Object Unit (VOBU) and/or a Transport Stream (TS) with the identified sub-picture/subtitle and audio packets and the video packets having the matching timestamps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Mark Rogers JOHNSON, Ralf OSTERMANN, Joseph Sanderson RICE
  • Publication number: 20140126886
    Abstract: There are provided methods and apparatus for synchronized stream packing of packets that differ contextually between A/V streams in a parallel presentation. A method includes the step of identifying sub-picture/subtitle packets and/or audio packets having arrival timestamps and/or presentation timestamps that match an arrival timestamp and/or a presentation timestamp, respectively, of video packets. The method also includes the step of packing a Video Object Unit (VOBU) and/or a Transport Stream (TS) with the identified sub-picture/subtitle and audio packets and the video packets having the matching timestamps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: THOMSON LINCENSING
    Inventors: Mark Rogers JOHNSON, Ralf OSTERMANN, Joseph Sanderson RICE
  • Patent number: 8646106
    Abstract: An optical article for playback in a player includes a first file comprising a first control logic; and a second file comprising a second control logic. The first file is configured to direct the player to play a first content data stored on the optical article, when the first control logic is read by the player. The player is directed to read the second file if the player cannot read the first file. The second file is configured to direct the player to play a second content data stored on the article when the second control logic is read by the player. The optical article includes a mark containing an optical state change material disposed on at least a portion of the first file, wherein the mark is in one of a first optical state or a second optical state, and wherein the first control logic can be read only when the mark is in the second optical state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: NBCUniversal Media, LLC
    Inventors: James Mitchell White, Marc Brian Wisnudel, Kasiraman Krishnan, Mark Rogers Johnson
  • Patent number: 8488428
    Abstract: An optical article comprising a first file encoded on the optical article comprising data structure information; a second file encoded on the optical article comprising a backup of the first file; wherein at least one of the first file or the second file must be fully readable for the player to read the data on the optical article; and a mark disposed on at least a portion of the optical article where the first file is encoded and at least a portion of the optical article where the second file is encoded; wherein the mark comprises an optical state change material; wherein the optical state change material undergoes a change in its optical state when exposed to an activation signal selected from one or more of a laser, thermal energy, infrared rays, X-rays, gamma rays, microwaves, visible light, ultraviolet light, ultrasound waves, radio frequency waves, electrical energy, chemical energy, magnetic energy, and mechanical energy; wherein the optical article is transformed from a pre-activated state to an activ
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: NBCUniversal Media, LLC
    Inventors: Marc Brian Wisnudel, Ben Purushotam Patel, Kasiraman Krishnan, James Mitchell White, Andrea Jeannine Peters, Matthew Jeremiah Misner, Mark Rogers Johnson
  • Patent number: 8229276
    Abstract: An optical article for playback in a player includes at least one sector comprising a first control logic configured to set the value of a first register, the first register having a default value before it is set, and a non-default value after it is set, and a first command to be read sequentially after the sector. The first command is configured to direct the player to play a first content on the article if the first register is set to the default value and to direct the player to play a second content on the article if the first register is set to the non-default value. The optical article includes a mark containing an optical state change material disposed on the sector, wherein the mark is in one of a first optical state or a second optical state, and wherein the first control logic can be read only when the mark is in the second optical state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: NBCUniversal Media, LLC
    Inventors: James Mitchell White, Marc Brian Wisnudel, Kasiraman Krishnan, Mark Rogers Johnson
  • Patent number: 8051441
    Abstract: An optical article for playback in a player includes a plurality of optically detectable marks disposed on a surface of the optical article; wherein the plurality of optically detectable marks are in a pre-determined combination of a first state and a second state; and at least one first control logic comprising at least one sector; wherein each optically detectable mark is associated with a particular first control logic; wherein each first control logic is executed only when its associated optically detectable mark is in a pre-determined state; and wherein a customized player-readable code is determined using a combination of the plurality of optically detectable marks and their associated first control logic. A method of making the optical article, a method of customizing the optical article, a method and a system for the playback of the optical article are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: NBCUniversal Media, LLC
    Inventors: James Mitchell White, Marc Brian Wisnudel, Mark Rogers Johnson
  • Publication number: 20100313135
    Abstract: A virtual disc enabled media player is disclosed. The media player includes a storage medium having instructions stored thereon which when executed by a processor in the media player cause certain actions to be performed. The actions include the media player executing a virtual disc software image as if it were a physical medium. This allows the player to access content and information when no physical media is present in the media player. The content and information may be obtained over a network such as the Internet. The media player may be a BLU-RAY DISC player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventors: Mark Rogers Johnson, Zane Vella, Joseph Rice
  • Publication number: 20090285074
    Abstract: An optical article comprising a first file encoded on the optical article comprising data structure information; a second file encoded on the optical article comprising a backup of the first file; wherein at least one of the first file or the second file must be fully readable for the player to read the data on the optical article; and a mark disposed on at least a portion of the optical article where the first file is encoded and at least a portion of the optical article where the second file is encoded; wherein the mark comprises an optical state change material; wherein the optical state change material undergoes a change in its optical state when exposed to an activation signal selected from one or more of a laser, thermal energy, infrared rays, X-rays, gamma rays, microwaves, visible light, ultraviolet light, ultrasound waves, radio frequency waves, electrical energy, chemical energy, magnetic energy, and mechanical energy; wherein the optical article is transformed from a pre-activated state to an activ
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Marc Brian Wisnudel, Ben Purushotam Patel, Kasiraman Krishnan, James Mitchell White, Andrea Jeannine Peters, Matthew Jeremiah Misner, Mark Rogers Johnson
  • Publication number: 20090288076
    Abstract: Updating a file system in a media player is disclosed. The media player or a portable medium in the media player may have instructions which cause the media player to request an update to a portable medium. The update is composed of multiple update components from an update server. In response to the request, the update server queries content servers for information about the update request. Based on available update information from the content servers, the update server creates a composite manifest file, the composite manifest including a plurality of content updates. The update server digitally signs the composite manifest and sends the composite manifest file, the signature file, and location information for the updates included in the manifest file to the media player. The media player downloads the content updates. The media player and the portable medium may conform to the Blu-ray Disc specifications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Mark Rogers Johnson, Joseph Rice
  • Publication number: 20090245080
    Abstract: An optical article for playback in a player includes a plurality of optically detectable marks disposed on a surface of the optical article; wherein the plurality of optically detectable marks are in a pre-determined combination of a first state and a second state; and at least one first control logic comprising at least one sector; wherein each optically detectable mark is associated with a particular first control logic; wherein each first control logic is executed only when its associated optically detectable mark is in a pre-determined state; and wherein a customized player-readable code is determined using a combination of the plurality of optically detectable marks and their associated first control logic. A method of making the optical article, a method of customizing the optical article, a method and a system for the playback of the optical article are also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: James Mitchell White, Marc Brian Wisnudel, Mark Rogers Johnson