Patents by Inventor Robert Todd Smith

Robert Todd Smith 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: 20200314461
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for presentation of key frames. In one embodiment, an encoded video file is generated where one or more bits are assigned to key frames and minimizes the number of bits assigned to delta frames. Each key frame may be presented to a user during trick mode operation (e.g., fast forward, rewind, pause, or random seek operation). When the encoded video file is given to a packager, the packager generates a manifest file listing the byte information (byte offset and number of bytes) for each key frame in the encoded video file. When a user inputs a trick play mode command, the packager provides the manifest file to the client device of the user and the client device requests the bytes for the key frames of the video file from the content delivery network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: John Chen, David Belt, Edward Galt, III, Robert Todd Smith
  • Publication number: 20200231489
    Abstract: A glass pharmaceutical package having a glass composition of 68.00 mol % to 81.00 mol % SiO2, from 4.00 mol % to 11.00 mol % Al2O3, from 0.10 mol % to 16.00 mol % Li2O, from 0.10 mol % to 12.00 mol % Na2O, from 0.00 mol % to 5.00 mol % K2O, from 0.10 mol % to 8.00 mol % MgO, from 0.10 mol % to 5.00 mol % CaO, from 0.00 mol % to 0.20 mol % fining agent. The glass pharmaceutical package is delamination resistant, and has class 1 or class 2 chemical durability in acid, base, and water. The glass pharmaceutical package may have a surface compressive stress of at least 350 MPa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Steven Edward DeMartino, Nadja Teresia Lönnroth, Lina Ma, Robert Anthony Schaut, Charlene Marie Smith, Zhongzhi Tang, Jamie Todd Westbrook
  • Publication number: 20200210252
    Abstract: A bipartite workflow graph, representing an understanding of an overall service, comprises two different graph elements: entities and processes and each individual microservice defines their logical constructs as either an entity or a process in accordance with a universal schema. Notifications from such microservices conform to the universal schema, thereby enabling microservices to individually change how they operate internally, without affecting an understanding of the overall system as represented by the workflow graph. Each graph element has its state maintained by a separately addressable execution unit executing a state machine, which can be individually updated based on information received from the microservices. Changes to the workflow graph are logged and an insight engine monitors such a log to insert insight markers in accordance with predefined events, thereby enabling the collection of metrics on a service wide basis and across multiple microservices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: James FLETCHER, Robert Franz HAIN, Kelly Michael SMITH, Isaac MATICHUK, Jared James GOHR, Curtis Todd JOHNSON, Michael Dennis SCHUELLER
  • Patent number: 10652594
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for presentation of key frames. In one embodiment, an encoded video file is generated where one or more bits are assigned to key frames and minimizes the number of bits assigned to delta frames. Each key frame may be presented to a user during trick mode operation (e.g., fast forward, rewind, pause, or random seek operation). When the encoded video file is given to a packager, the packager generates a manifest file listing the byte information (byte offset and number of bytes) for each key frame in the encoded video file. When a user inputs a trick play mode command, the packager provides the manifest file to the client device of the user and the client device requests the bytes for the key frames of the video file from the content delivery network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: John Chen, David Belt, Edward Galt, III, Robert Todd Smith
  • Patent number: 10640415
    Abstract: A glass pharmaceutical package having a glass composition of 68.00 mol % to 81.00 mol % SiO2, from 4.00 mol % to 11.00 mol % Al2O3, from 0.10 mol % to 16.00 mol % Li2O, from 0.10 mol % to 12.00 mol % Na2O, from 0.00 mol % to 5.00 mol % K2O, from 0.10 mol % to 8.00 mol % MgO, from 0.10 mol % to 5.00 mol % CaO, from 0.00 mol % to 0.20 mol % fining agent. The glass pharmaceutical package is delamination resistant, and has class 1 or class 2 chemical durability in acid, base, and water. The glass pharmaceutical package may be substantially free of B2O3, SrO, BaO, and ZrO2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Steven Edward DeMartino, Nadja Teresia Lönnroth, Lina Ma, Robert Anthony Schaut, Charlene Marie Smith, Zhongzhi Tang, Jamie Todd Westbrook
  • Patent number: 10585723
    Abstract: A bipartite workflow graph, representing an understanding of an overall service, comprises two different graph elements: entities and processes and each individual microservice defines their logical constructs as either an entity or a process in accordance with a universal schema. Notifications from such microservices conform to the universal schema, thereby enabling microservices to individually change how they operate internally, without affecting an understanding of the overall system as represented by the workflow graph. Each graph element has its state maintained by a separately addressable execution unit executing a state machine, which can be individually updated based on information received from the microservices. Changes to the workflow graph are logged and an insight engine monitors such a log to insert insight markers in accordance with predefined events, thereby enabling the collection of metrics on a service wide basis and across multiple microservices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: James Fletcher, Robert Franz Hain, Kelly Michael Smith, Isaac Matichuk, Jared James Gohr, Curtis Todd Johnson, Michael Dennis Schueller
  • Publication number: 20190373035
    Abstract: A plurality of icons are displayed on a companion device having a touch screen interface; the icons can be manipulated by the touch screen interface, and each of the plurality of icons represents a different one of a plurality of audiovisual assets which can be viewed on an external audiovisual device. An input gesture on the touch screen interface is obtained from a user of the companion device, wherein a given one of the icons is flicked in a manner associated with the external audiovisual device. Responsive to the obtaining of the gesture, a signal is dispatched from the companion device. The signal causes the external audiovisual device to access a given one of the plurality of audiovisual assets associated with the given one of the icons. Techniques for other than touch screen devices, and techniques to obtain programs on the companion device, are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Todd Smith, James C. Stark
  • Publication number: 20190317837
    Abstract: A bipartite workflow graph, representing an understanding of an overall service, comprises two different graph elements: entities and processes and each individual microservice defines their logical constructs as either an entity or a process in accordance with a universal schema. Notifications from such microservices conform to the universal schema, thereby enabling microservices to individually change how they operate internally, without affecting an understanding of the overall system as represented by the workflow graph. Each graph element has its state maintained by a separately addressable execution unit executing a state machine, which can be individually updated based on information received from the microservices. Changes to the workflow graph are logged and an insight engine monitors such a log to insert insight markers in accordance with predefined events, thereby enabling the collection of metrics on a service wide basis and across multiple microservices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2018
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: James FLETCHER, Robert Franz HAIN, Kelly Michael SMITH, Isaac MATICHUK, Jared James GOHR, Curtis Todd JOHNSON, Michael Dennis SCHUELLER
  • Patent number: 10389778
    Abstract: A plurality of icons are displayed on a companion device having a touch screen interface; the icons can be manipulated by the touch screen interface, and each of the plurality of icons represents a different one of a plurality of audiovisual assets which can be viewed on an external audiovisual device. An input gesture on the touch screen interface is obtained from a user of the companion device, wherein a given one of the icons is flicked in a manner associated with the external audiovisual device. Responsive to the obtaining of the gesture, a signal is dispatched from the companion device. The signal causes the external audiovisual device to access a given one of the plurality of audiovisual assets associated with the given one of the icons. Techniques for other than touch screen devices, and techniques to obtain programs on the companion device, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Robert Todd Smith, James C. Stark
  • Patent number: 10116986
    Abstract: A digital video recorder control database is maintained for a digital video recorder in communication with a plurality of set-top boxes. The database includes program content, associated programming metadata, and a recording schedule. A subset of the digital video recorder control database is pushed from the digital video recorder control database to the plurality of set-top boxes for local caching on the plurality of set-top boxes. The subset includes at least a portion of the recording schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Robert Todd Smith, Douglas Frusciano, Carissa Mahonchak
  • Publication number: 20180014041
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for presentation of key frames. In one embodiment, an encoded video file is generated where one or more bits are assigned to key frames and minimizes the number of bits assigned to delta frames. Each key frame may be presented to a user during trick mode operation (e.g., fast forward, rewind, pause, or random seek operation). When the encoded video file is given to a packager, the packager generates a manifest file listing the byte information (byte offset and number of bytes) for each key frame in the encoded video file. When a user inputs a trick play mode command, the packager provides the manifest file to the client device of the user and the client device requests the bytes for the key frames of the video file from the content delivery network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: John Chen, David Belt, Edward Galt, III, Robert Todd Smith
  • Publication number: 20170295395
    Abstract: A digital video recorder control database is maintained for a digital video recorder in communication with a plurality of set-top boxes. The database includes program content, associated programming metadata, and a recording schedule. A subset of the digital video recorder control database is pushed from the digital video recorder control database to the plurality of set-top boxes for local caching on the plurality of set-top boxes. The subset includes at least a portion of the recording schedule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2017
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Inventors: Robert Todd Smith, Douglas Frusciano, Carissa Mahonchak
  • Patent number: 9693105
    Abstract: A digital video recorder control database is maintained for a digital video recorder in communication with a plurality of set-top boxes. The database includes program content, associated programming metadata, and a recording schedule. A subset of the digital video recorder control database is pushed from the digital video recorder control database to the plurality of set-top boxes for local caching on the plurality of set-top boxes. The subset includes at least a portion of the recording schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Robert Todd Smith, Douglas Frusciano, Carissa Mahonchak
  • Publication number: 20150312616
    Abstract: A digital video recorder control database is maintained for a digital video recorder in communication with a plurality of set-top boxes. The database includes program content, associated programming metadata, and a recording schedule. A subset of the digital video recorder control database is pushed from the digital video recorder control database to the plurality of set-top boxes for local caching on the plurality of set-top boxes. The subset includes at least a portion of the recording schedule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Todd Smith, Douglas Frusciano, Carissa Mahonchak
  • Patent number: 9024894
    Abstract: As discussed herein according to one configuration, a remote controller device includes a touch-sensing surface, touch processing logic, and a communication interface. The touch-sensing surface includes an array of sensors to detect a gesture inputted by a subscriber indicating how to control settings of a content management device. The touch processing logic processes the detected gesture and converts the detected gesture into control information. The communication interface of the remote controller device transmits the control information over a communication link to control settings of the content management device. Gesture-based remote control as discussed herein provides more advanced control compared to conventional button-type remote control techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Robert Todd Smith
  • Publication number: 20130191757
    Abstract: A plurality of icons are displayed on a companion device having a touch screen interface; the icons can be manipulated by the touch screen interface, and each of the plurality of icons represents a different one of a plurality of audiovisual assets which can be viewed on an external audiovisual device. An input gesture on the touch screen interface is obtained from a user of the companion device, wherein a given one of the icons is flicked in a manner associated with the external audiovisual device. Responsive to the obtaining of the gesture, a signal is dispatched from the companion device. The signal causes the external audiovisual device to access a given one of the plurality of audiovisual assets associated with the given one of the icons. Techniques for other than touch screen devices, and techniques to obtain programs on the companion device, are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: Time Warner Cable Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Todd Smith, James C. Stark