Patents by Inventor Thomas E. Westberg

Thomas E. Westberg 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: 20200084274
    Abstract: A distributed data storage system is provided for offering shared data to one or more clients. In various embodiments, client systems operate on shared data while having a unique writeable copy of the shared data. According to one embodiment, the data storage system can be optimized for various use cases (e.g., read-mostly where writes to shared data are rare or infrequent (although writes to private data may be frequent. Some implementations of the storage system are configured to provide fault tolerance and scalability for the shared storage. For example, read-only data can be stored in (relatively) high latency, low cost, reliable storage (e.g. cloud), with multiple layers of cache supporting faster retrieval. In addition, some implementations of the data storage system offer a low-latency approach to data caching. Other embodiments improve efficiency with access modeling and conditional execution cache hints that can be distributed across the data storage system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Jay Moorthi, William Josephson, Steven R. Willis, Thomas E. Westberg, Christopher A. Thorpe
  • Publication number: 20200045373
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide application is provided that queries a user regarding the user's interest in television programs and suggests television programs to the user based on the user's responses. The interactive television program guide application identifies a television program that is potentially of interest to the user. The interactive television program guide application then queries the user regarding the user's interest using questions that are formulated based on attributes associated with the identified television program. Using the user's responses to the questions, the interactive television program guide application identifies and suggests one or more television programs to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas E. Westberg
  • Publication number: 20200037031
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide application is provided that queries a user regarding the user's interest in television programs and suggests television programs to the user based on the user's responses. The interactive television program guide application identifies a television program that is potentially of interest to the user. The interactive television program guide application then queries the user regarding the user's interest using questions that are formulated based on attributes associated with the identified television program. Using the user's responses to the questions, the interactive television program guide application identifies and suggests one or more television programs to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas E. Westberg
  • Publication number: 20200037032
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide application is provided that queries a user regarding the user's interest in television programs and suggests television programs to the user based on the user's responses. The interactive television program guide application identifies a television program that is potentially of interest to the user. The interactive television program guide application then queries the user regarding the user's interest using questions that are formulated based on attributes associated with the identified television program. Using the user's responses to the questions, the interactive television program guide application identifies and suggests one or more television programs to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas E. Westberg
  • Patent number: 10484740
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide application is provided that queries a user regarding the user's interest in television programs and suggests television programs to the user based on the user's responses. The interactive television program guide application identifies a television program that is potentially of interest to the user. The interactive television program guide application then queries the user regarding the user's interest using questions that are formulated based on attributes associated with the identified television program. Using the user's responses to the questions, the interactive television program guide application identifies and suggests one or more television programs to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Westberg
  • Patent number: 10484473
    Abstract: A distributed data storage system is provided for offering shared data to one or more clients. In various embodiments, client systems operate on shared data while having a unique writeable copy of the shared data. According to one embodiment, the data storage system can be optimized for various use cases (e.g., read-mostly where writes to shared data are rare or infrequent (although writes to private data may be frequent. Some implementations of the storage system are configured to provide fault tolerance and scalability for the shared storage. For example, read-only data can be stored in (relatively) high latency, low cost, reliable storage (e.g. cloud), with multiple layers of cache supporting faster retrieval. In addition, some implementations of the data storage system offer a low-latency approach to data caching. Other embodiments improve efficiency with access modeling and conditional execution cache hints that can be distributed across the data storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Solano Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Moorthi, William Josephson, Steven R. Willis, Thomas E. Westberg, Christopher A. Thorpe
  • Publication number: 20190335240
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide application is provided that queries a user regarding the user's interest in television programs and suggests television programs to the user based on the user's responses. The interactive television program guide application identifies a television program that is potentially of interest to the user. The interactive television program guide application then queries the user regarding the user's interest using questions that are formulated based on attributes associated with the identified television program. Using the user's responses to the questions, the interactive television program guide application identifies and suggests one or more television programs to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas E. Westberg
  • Publication number: 20170374151
    Abstract: A distributed data storage system is provided for offering shared data to one or more clients. In various embodiments, client systems operate on shared data while having a unique writeable copy of the shared data. According to one embodiment, the data storage system can be optimized for various use cases (e.g., read-mostly where writes to shared data are rare or infrequent (although writes to private data may be frequent. Some implementations of the storage system are configured to provide fault tolerance and scalability for the shared storage. For example, read-only data can be stored in (relatively) high latency, low cost, reliable storage (e.g. cloud), with multiple layers of cache supporting faster retrieval. In addition, some implementations of the data storage system offer a low-latency approach to data caching. Other embodiments improve efficiency with access modeling and conditional execution cache hints that can be distributed across the data storage system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Solano Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: JAY MOORTHI, WILLIAM JOSEPHSON, STEVEN R. WILLIS, THOMAS E. WESTBERG, CHRISTOPHER A. THORPE
  • Patent number: 9521448
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and systems for extracting digital content using an interactive television application. The interactive television application may allow the user to record programs on a set-top box. The interactive television application may also allow the user to extract the audio from one of the recorded programs and transfer the extracted audio to removable media (e.g., a CD-R). The interactive television application also be configured to perform a future transfer of digital content to removable media. The future transfer may occur without requiring any further user interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Thomas, Thomas E. Westberg, Brian Fife, Joseph DiGiovanni, Michael D. Ellis
  • Publication number: 20160219327
    Abstract: A system and method for utilizing data stored in an EPG database for modifying advertisement information. In this way, a service provider and/or an advertiser can transmit a single advertisement to all the television stations regardless of their geographic location and other user specific information, and need not re-transmit the advertisement even if there is a change in the show's program description. When the advertisement is displayed, the correct updated information is retrieved from the EPG database and inserted into the advertisement. In one aspect, the present invention describes a method for modifying an advertisement in an EPG comprising the steps of: storing television schedule information in a first database; storing advertisement information in a second database; incorporating a portion of the television schedule information into a portion of the advertisement information to form a modified advertisement; and displaying the modified advertisement on a screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Inventors: Ronald Alexander, Stephen Dias, Kenneth S. Hancock, Elsie Y. Leung, Douglas B. Macrae, Arthur Y. Ng, Shawn P. O'Neil, P. Christopher Shoaff, Jonathon Sutton, Thomas E. Ward, Thomas E. Westberg, Henry C. Yuen
  • Publication number: 20160073167
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide application is provided that queries a user regarding the user's interest in television programs and suggests television programs to the user based on the user's responses. The interactive television program guide application identifies a television program that is potentially of interest to the user. The interactive television program guide application then queries the user regarding the user's interest using questions that are formulated based on attributes associated with the identified television program. Using the user's responses to the questions, the interactive television program guide application identifies and suggests one or more television programs to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas E. Westberg
  • Patent number: 9191722
    Abstract: A system and method for utilizing data stored in an EPG database for modifying advertisement information. In this way, a service provider and/or an advertiser can transmit a single advertisement to all the television stations regardless of their geographic location and other user specific information, and need not re-transmit the advertisement even if there is a change in the show's program description. When the advertisement is displayed, the correct updated information is retrieved from the EPG database and inserted into the advertisement. In one aspect, the present invention describes a method for modifying an advertisement in an EPG comprising the steps of: storing television schedule information in a first database; storing advertisement information in a second database; incorporating a portion of the television schedule information into a portion of the advertisement information to form a modified advertisement; and displaying the modified advertisement on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Alexander, Stephen Dias, Kenneth S. Hancock, Elsie Y. Leung, Douglas B. Macrae, Arthur Y. Ng, Shawn P. O'Neil, P. Christopher Shoaff, Jonathon Sutton, Thomas E. Ward, Thomas E. Westberg, Henry C. Yuen
  • Patent number: 9191719
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide application is provided that queries a user regarding the user's interest in television programs and suggests television programs to the user based on the user's responses. The interactive television program guide application identifies a television program that is potentially of interest to the user. The interactive television program guide application then queries the user regarding the user's interest using questions that are formulated based on attributes associated with the identified television program. Using the user's responses to the questions, the interactive television program guide application identifies and suggests one or more television programs to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Westberg
  • Patent number: 9118978
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention is a t-commerce platform, which is linked to the content from a video signal that the user is currently watching. At some point during the broadcast of the content, a close-up of the product is shown. Simultaneous with this, a VBI-based trigger is added to the video signal of the broadcast. This trigger causes the television, a set-top box, or a similar device to capture in a memory, a “freeze-frame” of the image being shown. This action is transparent to the user while the video being displayed on the television is continuing normally. If the user chooses to perform an interactive “buy” transaction the saved image data is used as part of the interactive screen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas B. Macrae, Thomas E. Westberg
  • Publication number: 20150135251
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and systems for extracting digital content using an interactive television application. The interactive television application may allow the user to record programs on a set-top box. The interactive television application may also allow the user to extract the audio from one of the recorded programs and transfer the extracted audio to removable media (e.g., a CD-R). The interactive television application also be configured to perform a future transfer of digital content to removable media. The future transfer may occur without requiring any further user interaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: William L. Thomas, Thomas E. Westberg, Brian Fife, Joseph DiGiovanni, Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 9015749
    Abstract: A system and method for utilizing data stored in an EPG database for modifying advertisement information. In this way, a service provider and/or an advertiser can transmit a single advertisement to all the television stations regardless of their geographic location and other user specific information, and need not re-transmit the advertisement even if there is a change in the show's program description. When the advertisement is displayed, the correct updated information is retrieved from the EPG database and inserted into the advertisement. In one aspect, the present invention describes a method for modifying an advertisement in an EPG comprising the steps of: storing television schedule information in a first database; storing advertisement information in a second database; incorporating a portion of the television schedule information into a portion of the advertisement information to form a modified advertisement; and displaying the modified advertisement on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Alexander, Stephen Dias, Kenneth S. Hancock, Elsie Y. Leung, Douglas B. Macrae, Arthur Y. Ng, Shawn P. O'Neil, P. Christopher Shoaff, Jonathon Sutton, Thomas E. Ward, Thomas E. Westberg, Henry C. Yuen
  • Publication number: 20150089543
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide application is provided that queries a user regarding the user's interest in television programs and suggests television programs to the user based on the user's responses. The interactive television program guide application identifies a television program that is potentially of interest to the user. The interactive television program guide application then queries the user regarding the user's interest using questions that are formulated based on attributes associated with the identified television program. Using the user's responses to the questions, the interactive television program guide application identifies and suggests one or more television programs to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas E. Westberg
  • Patent number: 8966567
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and systems for extracting digital content using an interactive television application. The interactive television application may allow the user to record programs on a set-top box. The interactive television application may also allow the user to extract the audio from one of the recorded programs and transfer the extracted audio to removable media (e.g., a CD-R). The interactive television application also be configured to perform a future transfer of digital content to removable media. The future transfer may occur without requiring any further user interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Thomas, Thomas E. Westberg, Brian Fife, Joseph DiGiovanni, Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8918807
    Abstract: A system and method for utilizing data stored in an EPG database for modifying advertisement information. In this way, a service provider and/or an advertiser can transmit a single advertisement to all the television stations regardless of their geographic location and other user specific information, and need not re-transmit the advertisement even if there is a change in the show's program description. When the advertisement is displayed, the correct updated information is retrieved from the EPG database and inserted into the advertisement. In one aspect, the present invention describes a method for modifying an advertisement in an EPG comprising the steps of: storing television schedule information in a first database; storing advertisement information in a second database; incorporating a portion of the television schedule information into a portion of the advertisement information to form a modified advertisement; and displaying the modified advertisement on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Gemstar Development Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald Alexander, Stephen Dias, Kenneth S. Hancock, Elsie Y. Leung, Douglas B. Macrae, Arthur Y. Ng, Shawn P. O'Neil, P. Christopher Shoaff, Jonathon Sutton, Thomas E. Ward, Thomas E. Westberg, Henry C. Yuen
  • Patent number: 8904441
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide application is provided that queries a user regarding the user's interest in television programs and suggests television programs to the user based on the user's responses. The interactive television program guide application identifies a television program that is potentially of interest to the user. The interactive television program guide application then queries the user regarding the user's interest using questions that are formulated based on attributes associated with the identified television program. Using the user's responses to the questions, the interactive television program guide application identifies and suggests one or more television programs to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Westberg