Patents by Inventor Robert D. Powell

Robert D. Powell 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).

  • Publication number: 20190193876
    Abstract: Systems and methods for manufacturing and inserting a pre-determined number of material-filled pouches into containers are disclosed. A system includes a pouch providing system comprising a plurality of lanes, wherein each one of the plurality of lanes includes a pouch making machine and a hold-back structure. The system also includes a conveyor system structured and arranged to move a plurality of containers into alignment with the plurality of lanes. The system further includes a controller structured and arranged to control the hold-back structure in each one of the plurality of lanes such that the pre-determined pouches are inserted into the plurality of containers when the plurality of containers are aligned with the plurality of lanes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: James D. Evans, Herbert Cary Longest, Tamika S. Murrell, Robert V. Powell, Jeremy Straight, Jarrod Chalkley
  • Patent number: 7978876
    Abstract: The present invention relates to hiding codes in input data, e.g., such as still imagery and motion pictures. One claim recites: embedding an N-bit code with a source signal, N being at least one. The embedding proceeds, for each bit of the N-bit code, according to the following: mapping the bit to a portion of the source signal; changing values of at least two data values associated with the portion in accordance with the bit. The act of changing embeds the N-bit code in a manner that is generally imperceptible to a human observer of the source signal. A related claim recites that the portion includes a data value, and the above method further includes changing the value of the data value in accordance with said bit of the code, an amount of the changing being adjusted based on the value. Of course, other claims and combinations are provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark Nitzberg
  • Publication number: 20100220934
    Abstract: The present invention relates to hiding codes in input data, e.g., such as still imagery and motion pictures. One claim recites: embedding an N-bit code with a source signal, N being at least one. The embedding proceeds, for each bit of the N-bit code, according to the following: mapping the bit to a portion of the source signal; changing values of at least two data values associated with the portion in accordance with the bit. The act of changing embeds the N-bit code in a manner that is generally imperceptible to a human observer of the source signal. A related claim recites that the portion includes a data value, and the above method further includes changing the value of the data value in accordance with said bit of the code, an amount of the changing being adjusted based on the value. Of course, other claims and combinations are provided as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark J. Nitzberg
  • Patent number: 7593545
    Abstract: The presently claimed invention relates generally to creative works and determining whether two or more creative works correspond. One claim recites a method including the acts of: (a) identifying plural local extrema within a two dimensional array of data signal that corresponds to a first creative work; (b) storing information relating to the plural local extrema identified in act (a) in a computer database for future reference; (c) thereafter, identifying plural local extrema within a two dimensional array of data signal that corresponds to a second creative work; and (d) determining correspondence between information relating to the plural local extrema identified in act (c) with the stored information, to thereby determine whether the first creative work and second creative work correspond. Of course, other claims and combinations are provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark Nitzberg
  • Publication number: 20080298703
    Abstract: The present invention relates to hiding codes in input data such as still imagery and motion pictures. One claim recites: embedding an N-bit code with a source signal, N being at least one. The embedding proceeds, for each bit of the N-bit code, according to the following: mapping the bit to a portion of the source signal; changing values of at least two data values associated with the portion in accordance with the bit. The act of changing embeds the N-bit code in a manner that is generally imperceptible to a human observer of the source signal. A related claim recites that the portion includes a data value, and the above method further includes changing the value of the data value in accordance with said bit of the code, an amount of the changing being adjusted based on the value. Of course, other claims and combinations are provided as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark J. Nitzberg
  • Patent number: 7412074
    Abstract: The present invention relates to hiding codes in input data. In one embodiment, a method is provided including: obtaining input data associated with image or visual information; selecting portions of the input data to hide a plural-bit code based at least in part on predetermined data; and modifying selected portions of the input data to hide the plural-bit code at least in part on changing one or more values of the input data at or around the selected portions. Other embodiments are described and claimed as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark Nitzberg
  • Patent number: 7280672
    Abstract: A digital image is processed to hide information, by generally inconspicuous adjustments thereof. These adjustments can define a pattern that extends across some or all of the image. Desirably, the pattern is adapted to the particular image being encoded, so as to better conceal the encoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark Nitzberg
  • Patent number: 7136503
    Abstract: A digital image is processed to hide information, by generally inconspicuous adjustments thereof. These adjustments can define a pattern that extends across some or all of the image. Desirably, the pattern is adapted to the particular image being encoded, so as to better conceal the encoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark Nitzberg
  • Patent number: 7068812
    Abstract: A digital image in which hidden information has been encoded, is processed to discern the hidden information. This processing can include identifying geometric distortions of the image (e.g., cropping, scaling, rotation), and compensating for such identified distortions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark Nitzberg
  • Patent number: 7068811
    Abstract: A method and system for embedding signatures within visual images in both digital representation and print or film. A signature is inseparably embedded within the visible image, the signature persisting through image transforms that include resizing as well as conversion to print or film among the pixels of an original image. The pixel values of the signature points and surrounding pixels are adjusted by an amount detectable by a digital scanner. The adjusted signature points form a digital signature which is stored for future identification of subject images derived from the image. In one embodiment, a signature is embedded within an image by locating relative extrema in the continuous space of pixel values and selecting the signature points from among the extrema. Preferably, the signature is redundantly embedded in the image such that any of the redundant representations can be used to identify the signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark Nitzberg
  • Patent number: 7062070
    Abstract: A digital image is processed to hide information, by generally inconspicuous adjustments of pixel values. Desirably, the processing is adapted to the particular image being encoded, so as to better conceal the encoding. The method may include determining a relative ability of a pixel to be adjusted inconspicuously, by reference to values of at least two neighboring pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark Nitzberg
  • Patent number: 6678392
    Abstract: A method and system for embedding signatures within visual images in both digital representation and print or film. A signature is inseparably embedded within the visible image, the signature persisting through image transforms that include resizing as well as conversion to print or film among the pixels of an original image. The pixel values of the signature points and surrounding pixels are adjusted by an amount detectable by a digital scanner. The adjusted signature points form a digital signature which is stored for future identification of subject images derived from the image. In one embodiment, a signature is embedded within an image by locating relative extrema in the continuous space of pixel values and selecting the signature points from among the extrema. Preferably, the signature is redundantly embedded in the image such that any of the redundant representations can be used to identify the signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark J. Nitzberg
  • Patent number: 6628801
    Abstract: A method and system for embedding signatures within visual images in both digital representation and print or film. A signature is inseparably embedded within the visible image, the signature persisting through image transforms that include resizing as well as conversion to print or film and back to digital form. Signature points are selected from among the pixels of an original image. The pixel values of the signature points and surrounding pixels are adjusted by an amount detectable by a digital scanner. The adjusted signature points form a digital signature which is stored for future identification of subject images derived from the image. In one embodiment, a signature is embedded within an image by locating relative extrema in the continuous space of pixel values and selecting the signature points from among the extrema. Preferably, the signature is redundantly embedded in the image such that any of the redundant representations can be used to identify the signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark J. Nitzberg
  • Patent number: 6614915
    Abstract: A digital image is scanned to generate image data, which is processed to steganographically embed plural-bit auxiliary data. The system is useful, e.g., for capturing and marking digital images without noticeably changing their visual appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark J. Nitzberg
  • Publication number: 20030026450
    Abstract: A method and system for embedding signatures within visual images in both digital representation and print or film. A signature is inseparably embedded within the visible image, the signature persisting through image transforms that include resizing as well as conversion to print or film among the pixels of an original image. The pixel values of the signature points and surrounding pixels are adjusted by an amount detectable by a digital scanner. The adjusted signature points form a digital signature which is stored for future identification of subject images derived from the image. In one embodiment, a signature is embedded within an image by locating relative extrema in the continuous space of pixel values and selecting the signature points from among the extrema. Preferably, the signature is redundantly embedded in the image such that any of the redundant representations can be used to identify the signature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2002
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Applicant: Digimarc corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark J. Nitzberg
  • Publication number: 20020181740
    Abstract: A digital image is scanned to generate image data, which is processed to steganographically embed plural-bit auxiliary data. The system is useful, e.g., for capturing and marking digital images without noticeably changing their visual appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2002
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Applicant: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark J. Nitzberg
  • Patent number: 6459803
    Abstract: A method and system for embedding signatures within visual images in both digital representation and print or film. A signature is inseparably embedded within the visible image, the signature persisting through image transforms that include resizing as well as conversion to print or film among the pixels of an original image. The pixel values of the signature points and surrounding pixels are adjusted by an amount detectable by a digital scanner. The adjusted signature points form a digital signature which is stored for future identification of subject images derived from the image. In one embodiment, a signature is embedded within an image by locating relative extrema in the continuous space of pixel values and selecting the signature points from among the extrema. Preferably, the signature is redundantly embedded in the image such that any of the redundant representations can be used to identify the signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark J. Nitzberg
  • Publication number: 20020061119
    Abstract: A method and system for embedding signatures within visual images in both digital representation and print or film. A signature is inseparably embedded within the visible image, the signature persisting through image transforms that include resizing as well as conversion to print or film among the pixels of an original image. The pixel values of the signature points and surrounding pixels are adjusted by an amount detectable by a digital scanner. The adjusted signature points form a digital signature which is stored for future identification of subject images derived from the image. In one embodiment, a signature is embedded within an image by locating relative extrema in the continuous space of pixel values and selecting the signature points from among the extrema. Preferably, the signature is redundantly embedded in the image such that any of the redundant representations can be used to identify the signature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2001
    Publication date: May 23, 2002
    Applicant: Digimarc corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark Nitzberg
  • Patent number: 6385330
    Abstract: A method and system for embedding signatures within visual images in both digital representation and print or film. A signature is inseparably embedded within the visible image, the signature persisting through image transforms that include resizing as well as conversion to print or film among the pixels of an original image. The pixel values of the signature points and surrounding pixels are adjusted by an amount detectable by a digital scanner. The adjusted signature points form a digital signature which is stored for future identification of subject images derived from the image. In one embodiment, a signature is embedded within an image by locating relative extrema in the continuous space of pixel values and selecting the signature points from among the extrema. Preferably, the signature is redundantly embedded in the image such that any of the redundant representations can be used to identify the signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark J. Nitzberg
  • Publication number: 20020044673
    Abstract: A method and system for embedding signatures within visual images in both digital representation and print or film. A signature is inseparably embedded within the visible image, the signature persisting through image transforms that include resizing as well as conversion to print or film among the pixels of an original image. The pixel values of the signature points and surrounding pixels are adjusted by an amount detectable by a digital scanner. The adjusted signature points form a digital signature which is stored for future identification of subject images derived from the image. In one embodiment, a signature is embedded within an image by locating relative extrema in the continuous space of pixel values and selecting the signature points from among the extrema. Preferably, the signature is redundantly embedded in the image such that any of the redundant representations can be used to identify the signature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Applicant: Digimarc corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Powell, Mark Nitzberg