Patents by Inventor Steven P. Bischoff

Steven P. Bischoff 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: 11706729
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide synchronized sharing of multimedia between multiple devices. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing of multimedia. In an embodiment, group members may have playlist manipulation privileges such as pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding, or adding tracks to the playlist. A system may stream or distribute content according to the shared playlist. Playback may be synchronized for group members so that everyone is exposed to a same part of the content as the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Taylor G. Carrigan, Szu-Wen Huang, Eric S. Lee, William M. Bachman, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Steve S. Gedikian, Nicholas J. Paulson, Gregory R. Chapman, David P. Saracino, Steven P. Bischoff
  • Publication number: 20220295436
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide synchronized sharing of multimedia between multiple devices. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing of multimedia. In an embodiment, group members may have playlist manipulation privileges such as pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding, or adding tracks to the playlist. A system may stream or distribute content according to the shared playlist. Playback may be synchronized for group members so that everyone is exposed to a same part of the content as the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2022
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Taylor G. Carrigan, Szu-Wen Huang, Eric S. Lee, William M. Bachman, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Steve S. Gedikian, Nicholas J. Paulson, Gregory R. Chapman, David P. Saracino, Steven P. Bischoff
  • Patent number: 11304160
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide synchronized sharing of multimedia between multiple devices. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing of multimedia. In an embodiment, group members may have playlist manipulation privileges such as pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding, or adding tracks to the playlist. A system may stream or distribute content according to the shared playlist. Playback may be synchronized for group members so that everyone is exposed to a same part of the content as the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Taylor G. Carrigan, Szu-Wen Huang, Eric S. Lee, William M. Bachman, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Steve S. Gedikian, Nicholas J. Paulson, Gregory R. Chapman, David P. Saracino, Steven P. Bischoff
  • Patent number: 11212808
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide for coordinated control between multiple devices of playback of a media track or playlist. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing control of media. A control device may coordinate control of the playlist and facilitate playback of the media at a playback device. Then when the control device leaves the group, a second device in the group will seamlessly become the control device and control playback and playlist coordination. The playback device may also be the control device. The playback advice may be a network-enabled speaker. Where the playback device is separate from the control device, the playback device may maintain sufficient information to operate without a control device until a new control device is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Szu-Wen Huang, Steven P. Bischoff, Nicholas J. Paulson, Gregory R. Chapman, David P. Saracino, Jason Ketterman
  • Publication number: 20200221443
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide for coordinated control between multiple devices of playback of a media track or playlist. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing control of media. A control device may coordinate control of the playlist and facilitate playback of the media at a playback device. Then when the control device leaves the group, a second device in the group will seamlessly become the control device and control playback and playlist coordination. The playback device may also be the control device. The playback advice may be a network-enabled speaker. Where the playback device is separate from the control device, the playback device may maintain sufficient information to operate without a control device until a new control device is selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas ALSINA, Szu-Wen HUANG, Steven P. BISCHOFF, Nicholas J. PAULSON, Gregory R. CHAPMAN, David P. SARACINO, Jason KETTERMAN
  • Patent number: 10624099
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide for coordinated control between multiple devices of playback of a media track or playlist. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing control of media. A control device may coordinate control of the playlist and facilitate playback of the media at a playback device. Then when the control device leaves the group, a second device in the group will seamlessly become the control device and control playback and playlist coordination. The playback device may also be the control device. The playback advice may be a network-enabled speaker. Where the playback device is separate from the control device, the playback device may maintain sufficient information to operate without a control device until a new control device is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Szu-Wen Huang, Steven P. Bischoff, Nicholas J. Paulson, Gregory R. Chapman, David P. Saracino, Jason Ketterman
  • Publication number: 20190313355
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide synchronized sharing of multimedia between multiple devices. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing of multimedia. In an embodiment, group members may have playlist manipulation privileges such as pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding, or adding tracks to the playlist. A system may stream or distribute content according to the shared playlist. Playback may be synchronized for group members so that everyone is exposed to a same part of the content as the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Taylor G. Carrigan, Szu-Wen Huang, Eric S. Lee, William M. Bachman, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Steve S. Gedikian, Nicholas J. Paulson, Gregory R. Chapman, David P. Saracino, Steven P. Bischoff
  • Publication number: 20170273044
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide synchronized sharing of multimedia between multiple devices. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing of multimedia. In an embodiment, group members may have playlist manipulation privileges such as pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding, or adding tracks to the playlist. A system may stream or distribute content according to the shared playlist. Playback may be synchronized for group members so that everyone is exposed to a same part of the content as the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Taylor G. Carrigan, Szu-Wen Huang, Eric S. Lee, William M. Bachman, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Steve S. Gedikian, Nicholas J. Paulson, Gregory R. Chapman, David P. Saracino, Steven P. Bischoff
  • Publication number: 20170273067
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide for coordinated control between multiple devices of playback of a media track or playlist. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing control of media. A control device may coordinate control of the playlist and facilitate playback of the media at a playback device. Then when the control device leaves the group, a second device in the group will seamlessly become the control device and control playback and playlist coordination. The playback device may also be the control device. The playback advice may be a network-enabled speaker. Where the playback device is separate from the control device, the playback device may maintain sufficient information to operate without a control device until a new control device is selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Szu-Wen Huang, Steven P. Bischoff, Nicholas J. Paulson, Gregory R. Chapman, David P. Saracino, Jason Ketterman
  • Patent number: 5758044
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for rendering using band by band depth adjustment preferably begins by recording extents for each object on a page. An extent indicates where color or non-color ink begins and ends on a page. Extent blocks are then created. An extent block is comprised of at least one extent of the same ink type. Next, a band is created for each extent block. The bit depth for each band is adjusted based upon the ink type associated with each extent block. If the ink is black or white, a band having a bit depth of one is created. If the ink is color or gray scale, the bit depth is adjusted to the proper depth for that band. An object or portion of an object is then rendered into a band having the necessary bit depth for that object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Apple Computer, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Zandee, Steven P. Bischoff