Patents by Inventor Shawn O'Neil

Shawn O'Neil 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: 20050147247
    Abstract: The present invention relates to television systems and methods, and more particularly, to interactive television systems having user equipment that includes a point of deployment (“POD”) host device and POD modules for use in conjunction with the POD host device. The interactive televisions systems may have different user equipment arrangements for supporting one or more POD modules. The POD modules may provide a user of the interactive television system with access to various programs and services. The POD module may also implement a back-channel communications link with a service provider. The POD module may also receive modules which may upgrade the hardware or software of the interactive television system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2004
    Publication date: July 7, 2005
    Inventors: Thomas Westberg, Douglas Macrae, Klaus Renner, Shawn O'Neil
  • Patent number: 6177931
    Abstract: The present invention is an improvement over previous Electronic Programming Guides (“EPG”) in that it provides, among other things: Improved viewer interaction capabilities with the EPG; improved viewer control of video recording of future-scheduled programming; improved features to the EPG display and navigation; parental control of the EPG display; improved television program information access by the viewer; improved opportunities for the commercial advertiser to reach the viewer; improved product information access by the viewer; creation of a viewer's profile; utilization of viewer profile information to customize various aspects of the EPG; and utilization of viewer profile information to provide customized presentation of advertising to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Index Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Alexander, Stephen Dias, Kenneth S. Hancock, Elsie Y. Leung, Douglas Macrae, Arthur Y. Ng, Shawn O'Neil, Peter Christopher Schoaff, Jonathon Sutton, Thomas Edward Ward, III, Thomas Westberg, Henry C. Yuen