Patents by Inventor Robert A. Drew

Robert A. Drew 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: 11902604
    Abstract: A remote storage digital video recorder (RSDVR) retains multiple copies of media programs so long as the copies are expected to be useful to at least one user. Rather than assigning copies to specific users at the time the program is recorded, copies can be assigned as the users request access to the particular media programs. Copies of unassigned programs can be deleted according to a schedule to reduce disk storage and processing demands on the system. A pool of program copies that are not initially assigned to particular users can be maintained until the user makes a specific request to view the program. This “late assignment” of program copies can substantially reduce the amount of data stored by the RSDVR system without substantially impacting the viewer experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Sling TV L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert Drew Major, Leo Davis, Howard Davis
  • Publication number: 20240048804
    Abstract: “Binge watching” of multiple episodes of a program is improved by the player device automatically skipping repeated portions of the program. Opening and closing credit scenes, for example, can be automatically skipped to thereby allow the viewer to progress through the entire season of programming at an even faster rate than was previously thought possible. Programming to be skipped may be identified by detecting audio or other digital fingerprints in the content itself, for example. Content to be skipped may be identified to the playback device according to anchor points or other references in the programming itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2023
    Publication date: February 8, 2024
    Applicant: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert Drew Major, Steven Casagrande
  • Patent number: 11865283
    Abstract: The present technology is generally directed to adjustable shunting systems for draining fluid from a first body region to a second body region. The adjustable shunting systems include a flow control plate or cartridge for controlling the flow of fluid through the system. For example, the flow control plate can include a shape memory actuation assembly having one or more nitinol actuators for controlling the flow of fluid through the system. The flow control plate can further include a plurality of discrete sheets or layers adhered together to encase the shape memory actuation assembly. The discrete sheets or layers can form flow channels for directing fluid through the flow control plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Shifamed Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Schultz, Tom Saul, Michael Drews, Richard Lilly, Katherine Sapozhnikov, Robert Chang
  • Publication number: 20230409635
    Abstract: The present invention recognizes media content using signatures generated by network devices with limited processing power. A signature comprises a first set of frequency-amplitude pairs associated with a first piece of content. The signature is compared with stored signatures corresponding to known content. Each of the stored signatures comprises a stored set of frequency-amplitude pairs. The first piece of content is identified as being or including known content in response to the first signature matching a stored signature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2022
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Applicant: Sling TV L.L.C.
    Inventors: Eric Dyoniziak, Robert Drew Major
  • Publication number: 20230388562
    Abstract: The present invention recognizes media content using signatures generated by network devices with limited processing power. An audio signal is prepared for application of a discrete Fourier transform (DFT). Outputs from the DFT include real components and imaginary components that are used to calculate output magnitudes associated with frequency bins. The frequency-amplitude pairs include the output magnitudes and the associated frequency bins. A signature of the audio signal is generated by selecting a predetermined number of frequency-amplitude pairs having dominant output magnitudes. The network devices that generate the signatures may transmit the signatures to a server for analysis. The server may trigger actions in response to detecting known content based on the received signatures matching known signatures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2022
    Publication date: November 30, 2023
    Applicant: Sling TV L.L.C.
    Inventors: Eric Dyoniziak, Robert Drew Major
  • Patent number: 11827074
    Abstract: A transport refrigeration unit (TRU) system (IO) is provided. The TRU system includes a TRU (30), an electrical grid and a control unit. The TRU (30) is configured to be operably coupled a container (20) and includes components configured to control an environment within an interior of the container (20) and a TRU battery pack (40) configured to store energy for powering at least the components. The control unit is communicative with the TRU (30) and the electrical grid and is configured to manage power supplies and demands between the TRU battery pack (40) of each TRU (30) and the electrical grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ivan Rydkin, Robert A. Chopko, Craig Drew Bogli
  • Patent number: 11825160
    Abstract: “Binge watching” of multiple episodes of a program is improved by the player device automatically skipping repeated portions of the program. Opening and closing credit scenes, for example, can be automatically skipped to thereby allow the viewer to progress through the entire season of programming at an even faster rate than was previously thought possible. Programming to be skipped may be identified by detecting audio or other digital fingerprints in the content itself, for example. Content to be skipped may be identified to the playback device according to anchor points or other references in the programming itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert Drew Major, Steven Casagrande
  • Publication number: 20230370656
    Abstract: Various arrangements for performing dynamic content insertion are presented. Content items that have been output for presentation may be tracked across multiple viewing sessions. One or more insertion rules may be evaluated that are mapped to a content item. The content item may be determined to have met an output rate threshold. An alternative piece of content may be selected for insertion based on the content item having met the output threshold rate. A streaming content viewer device may be triggered to substitute the alternative content item to replace the content item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2023
    Publication date: November 16, 2023
    Inventor: Robert Drew Major
  • Patent number: 11793556
    Abstract: Internal bone fixation devices and methods for using the devices for repairing a weakened or fractured bone are disclosed herein. A device for use in repairing a fractured bone includes a delivery catheter having an elongated shaft with a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal axis therebetween, wherein the delivery catheter has an inner void for passage of at least one reinforcing material and an inner lumen for passage of a light source; a conformable member releasably engaging the distal end of the delivery catheter, wherein the conformable member moves from a deflated state to an inflated state when the at least one reinforcing material is delivered to the conformable member; and an adapter releasably engaging the proximal end of the delivery catheter for receiving the light source and the at least one reinforcing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: IlluminOss Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Rabiner, Mark A. Drew
  • Publication number: 20230285192
    Abstract: The present technology is directed to implantable medical devices for draining fluid from a first body region to a second body region. Some embodiments of the present technology provide adjustable devices that are selectively titratable to provide various levels of therapy. For example, the adjustable devices can have a drainage element with a lumen extending therethrough, a flow control element, and an actuation assembly. The actuation assembly can drive movement of the flow control element to change a dimension of and/or a flow resistance through the lumen, thereby increasing or decreasing the relative drainage rate of aqueous from an eye. In some embodiments, the actuation assembly and the flow control element together operate as a ratchet mechanism that can selectively move the flow control element between a plurality of positions and lock the device in a desired configuration until further actuation of the actuation assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2023
    Publication date: September 14, 2023
    Inventors: Robert Chang, Tom Saul, Claudio Argento, Eric Schultz, Katherine Sapozhnikov, Richard Lilly, Michael Drews
  • Patent number: 11750855
    Abstract: Various arrangements for performing dynamic content insertion are presented. Content items that have been output for presentation may be tracked across multiple television viewing sessions. One or more insertion rules may be evaluated that are mapped to a content item. The content item may be determined to have met an output rate threshold. An alternative piece of content may be selected for insertion based on the content item having met the output threshold rate. The television receiver may be triggered to substitute the alternative content item into a television channel stream to replace the content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventor: Robert Drew Major
  • Publication number: 20230263663
    Abstract: The present technology relates to intraocular shunting systems and methods. In some embodiments, the present technology includes intraocular shunting systems that include a drainage element having an inflow portion configured for placement within an anterior chamber of the eye outside of an optical field of view of the patient and an outflow portion configured for placement at a different location of the eye. The system can also include a flow control assembly having a rotational control element operably coupled to the drainage element. The flow control assembly can further include an actuation structure coupled to the rotational control element and configured to selectively change an orientation of the rotational control element. An amount of fluid through the inflow portion and/or the outflow portion can vary based on the selected orientation of the rotational control element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2023
    Publication date: August 24, 2023
    Inventors: Tessa Bronez, David Batten, Robert Chang, Katherine Sapozhnikov, Claudio Argento, Tom Saul, Michael Drews, Eric Schultz, Richard Lilly
  • Publication number: 20230239522
    Abstract: A digital content storage and delivery system (DCSDS) includes a network interface to communicate data between the DCSDS and a destination device via a network data communication link having limited bandwidth. An input interface receives digital content for handling by the DCSDS. A storage architecture stores recorded video content on behalf of subscriber end users for on-demand playback via the network data communication link, and it caches live streaming video content for distribution via the network data communication link. The DCDS may monitor bandwidth usage of the network data communication link, determine current bandwidth demand for playback of recorded video content stored at the storage architecture, and reserve at least some of the limited bandwidth of the network data communication link to satisfy the determined current bandwidth demand. The available bandwidth is allocated to support distribution of live streaming video from the DCSDS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2023
    Publication date: July 27, 2023
    Applicant: SLING MEDIA L.L.C.
    Inventor: ROBERT DREW MAJOR
  • Patent number: 11708384
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mechanosynthesis are disclosed, including those that avoid the need for a bootstrap process, avoid the need to build tips via mechanosynthesis, avoid the need for charging tips with feedstock during a build sequence, avoid the need to dispose of reaction byproducts, which reduce the design complexity of new tips, and/or which reduce or avoid the need for multiple positional means and/or tip switching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: CBN Nano Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph C. Merkle, Robert A. Freitas, Jr., Jeremy Barton, Aru Hill, Michael Drew, Damian Allis, Tait Takatani, Terry McCallum, Marius Mamone, Nicolas Zindy, Kashif Tanveer
  • Publication number: 20230224522
    Abstract: A remote storage digital video recorder (RSDVR) retains multiple copies of media programs so long as the copies are expected to be useful to at least one user. Rather than assigning copies to specific users at the time the program is recorded, copies can be assigned as the users request access to the particular media programs. Copies of unassigned programs can be deleted according to a schedule to reduce disk storage and processing demands on the system. A pool of program copies that are not initially assigned to particular users can be maintained until the user makes a specific request to view the program. This “late assignment” of program copies can substantially reduce the amount of data stored by the RSDVR system without substantially impacting the viewer experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2023
    Publication date: July 13, 2023
    Applicant: SLING TV L.L.C.
    Inventors: ROBERT DREW MAJOR, LEO DAVIS, HOWARD DAVIS
  • Publication number: 20230217073
    Abstract: “Binge watching” of multiple episodes of a program is improved by the player device automatically skipping repeated portions of the program. Opening and closing credit scenes, for example, can be automatically skipped to thereby allow the viewer to progress through the entire season of programming at an even faster rate than was previously thought possible. Programming to be skipped may be identified by detecting audio or other digital fingerprints in the content itself, for example. Content to be skipped may be identified to the playback device according to presentation time stamp (PTS) or other time markers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2023
    Publication date: July 6, 2023
    Applicant: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventors: ROBERT DREW MAJOR, STEVEN CASAGRANDE
  • Publication number: 20230201544
    Abstract: The present technology is generally directed to adjustable shunting systems for draining fluid from a first body region to a second body region. The adjustable shunting systems include a flow control plate or cartridge for controlling the flow of fluid through the system. For example, the flow control plate can include a shape memory actuation assembly having one or more nitinol actuators for controlling the flow of fluid through the system. The flow control plate can further include a plurality of discrete sheets or layers adhered together to encase the shape memory actuation assembly. The discrete sheets or layers can form flow channels for directing fluid through the flow control plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2022
    Publication date: June 29, 2023
    Inventors: Eric Schultz, Tom Saul, Michael Drews, Richard Lilly, Katherine Sapozhnikov, Robert Chang
  • Patent number: 11682793
    Abstract: A single-ion polymer electrolyte has formula (I): R—[SO2N(M)SO2—X—]m—SO3Li (I). In formula (I), X may be an electron withdrawing group such as an aromatic group, substituted aromatic group, —(CF2)n—, —(CCl2)n—, —C6H4—, or —C6H3(NO2)—. R may be a fluorinated alkyl, LiSO3(CF2)3—, or an aromatic group, and M may be a metal cation. For the single-ion polymer electrolyte with formula (I), m may be an integer from 2 to 2000, and n may be an integer from 1 to 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES. LLC
    Inventors: Zijie Lu, Andrew Robert Drews, Xiaojiang Wang
  • Publication number: 20230141399
    Abstract: Viewing of advertisements in broadcast television programming is electronically monitored using network communications to determine viewership of programming that is promoted in the ads. This correlation is enabled through a distributed information system that permits digital identification of ads in programming, as well as distributed tracking of ad and program viewership. Through automated gathering of viewership information and distributed data processing, advertising effectiveness can be very accurately tracked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2022
    Publication date: May 11, 2023
    Applicant: SLING TV L.L.C.
    Inventor: ROBERT DREW MAJOR
  • Patent number: 11611803
    Abstract: “Binge watching” of multiple episodes of a program is improved by the player device automatically skipping repeated portions of the program. Opening and closing credit scenes, for example, can be automatically skipped to thereby allow the viewer to progress through the entire season of programming at an even faster rate than was previously thought possible. Programming to be skipped may be identified by detecting audio or other digital fingerprints in the content itself, for example. Content to be skipped may be identified to the playback device according to presentation time stamp (PTS) or other time markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert Drew Major, Steven Casagrande