Patents by Inventor Toby DeWeese

Toby DeWeese 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: 10521190
    Abstract: A user speech interface for interactive media guidance applications, such as television program guides, guides for audio services, guides for video-on-demand (VOD) services, guides for personal video recorders (PVRs), or other suitable guidance applications is provided. Voice commands may be received from a user and guidance activities may be performed in response to the voice commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: M. Scott Reichardt, David M. Berezowski, Michael D. Ellis, Toby DeWeese
  • Patent number: 10499110
    Abstract: An interactive television application with mosaic browsing is provided. Selectable cells that may be associated with entities are used to display information corresponding to the entities. Information may include brand marks such as logos or any other suitable entity identifier. A cell may be in focus or it may not be in focus. When a cell is in focus the information displayed in the cell may be different than the information displayed when the cell is not in focus. Users may navigate among cells. The cells may be grouped into regions based on, for example, their association with similar entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Carpenter, Jr., Johnny B. Corvin, Bryan M. Drummond, Michael D. Ellis, Edward B. Knudson, Jeffrey B. Rush, Toby DeWeese
  • Publication number: 20190141403
    Abstract: An interactive television application with mosaic browsing is provided. Selectable cells that may be associated with entities are used to display information corresponding to the entities. Information may include brand marks such as logos or any other suitable entity identifier. A cell may be in focus or it may not be in focus. When a cell is in focus the information displayed in the cell may be different than the information displayed when the cell is not in focus. Users may navigate among cells. The cells may be grouped into regions based on, for example, their association with similar entities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Carpenter, JR., Johnny B. Corvin, Bryan M. Drummond, Michael D. Ellis, Edward B. Knudson, Jeffrey B. Rush, Toby DeWeese
  • Patent number: 10187699
    Abstract: An interactive television application with mosaic browsing is provided. Selectable cells that may be associated with entities are used to display information corresponding to the entities. Information may include brand marks such as logos or any other suitable entity identifier. A cell may be in focus or it may not be in focus. When a cell is in focus the information displayed in the cell may be different than the information displayed when the cell is not in focus. Users may navigate among cells. The cells may be grouped into regions based on, for example, their association with similar entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Carpenter, Jr., Johnny B. Corvin, Bryan M. Drummond, Michael D. Ellis, Edward B. Knudson, Jeffrey B. Rush, Toby DeWeese
  • Publication number: 20180364977
    Abstract: A user speech interface for interactive media guidance applications, such as television program guides, guides for audio services, guides for video-on-demand (VOD) services, guides for personal video recorders (PVRs), or other suitable guidance applications is provided. Voice commands may be received from a user and guidance activities may be performed in response to the voice commands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: M. Scott Reichardt, David M. Berezowski, Michael D. Ellis, Toby DeWeese
  • Patent number: 10154318
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing audio-based guidance features are provided. A guidance application may provide listings displays having listings for audio-friendly content. The listings may be indicated as listings for audio-friendly content. The guidance application may provide displays dedicated to listings for audio-friendly content. The guidance application provides audio-prompts describing display screens. The guidance application may determine a user's identity from a voice command and provide personalized guidance features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Constance Fabian-Isaacs, Charles B. Ammann, Toby DeWeese
  • Publication number: 20180300104
    Abstract: A user speech interface for interactive media guidance applications, such as television program guides, guides for audio services, guides for video-on-demand (VOD) services, guides for personal video recorders (PVRs), or other suitable guidance applications is provided. Voice commands may be received from a user and guidance activities may be performed in response to the voice commands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: M. Scott Reichardt, David M. Berezowski, Michael D. Ellis, Toby DeWeese
  • Patent number: 10083005
    Abstract: A user speech interface for interactive media guidance applications, such as television program guides, guides for audio services, guides for video-on-demand (VOD) services, guides for personal video recorders (PVRs), or other suitable guidance applications is provided. Voice commands may be received from a user and guidance activities may be performed in response to the voice commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: M. Scott Reichardt, David M. Berezowski, Michael D. Ellis, Toby DeWeese
  • Patent number: 10015556
    Abstract: A television chat system is provided that allows television viewers to engage in real-time communications in chat groups with other television viewers while watching television. Users of the television chat system may engage in real-time communications with other users who are currently watching the same television program or channel. The system allows real-time communications in a chat group to be transmitted between users at user television equipment devices via a television distribution facility. The television chat system of the present invention permits users to join chat groups related to television programs, channels, or categories of programs that the user may be interested in. Real-time communications may be textual messages, audio communications, or video communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Toby DeWeese, Pamela L. McKissick, William L. Thomas, Michael D. Ellis
  • Publication number: 20170230722
    Abstract: An interactive television application with mosaic browsing is provided. Selectable cells that may be associated with entities are used to display information corresponding to the entities. Information may include brand marks such as logos or any other suitable entity identifier. A cell may be in focus or it may not be in focus. When a cell is in focus the information displayed in the cell may be different than the information displayed when the cell is not in focus. Users may navigate among cells. The cells may be grouped into regions based on, for example, their association with similar entities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Carpenter, JR., Johnny B. Corvin, Bryan M. Drummond, Michael D. Ellis, Edward B. Knudson, Jeffrey B. Rush, Toby DeWeese
  • Patent number: 9686595
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing audio-based guidance features are provided. A guidance application may provide listings displays having listings for audio-friendly content. The listings may be indicated as listings for audio-friendly content. The guidance application may provide displays dedicated to listings for audio-friendly content. The guidance application provides audio-prompts describing display screens. The guidance application may determine a user's identity from a voice command and provide personalized guidance features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Constance Fabian-Issacs, Charles B. Ammann, Toby DeWeese
  • Patent number: 9668025
    Abstract: An interactive television application with mosaic browsing is provided. Selectable cells that may be associated with entities are used to display information corresponding to the entities. Information may include brand marks such as logos or any other suitable entity identifier. A cell may be in focus or it may not be in focus. When a cell is in focus the information displayed in the cell may be different than the information displayed when the cell is not in focus. Users may navigate among cells. The cells may be grouped into regions based on, for example, their association with similar entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Carpenter, Jr., Johnny B. Corvin, Bryan M. Drummond, Michael D. Ellis, Edward B. Knudson, Jeffrey B. Rush, Toby DeWeese
  • Publication number: 20170142489
    Abstract: A television chat system is provided that allows television viewers to engage in real-time communications in chat groups with other television viewers while watching television. Users of television chat system may engage in real-time communications with other users who are currently watching the same television program or channel. The system allows real-time communications in a chat group to be transmitted between users at user television equipment devices via a television distribution facility. The television chat system of the present invention permits users to join chat groups related to television programs, channels, or categories of programs that the user may be interested in. Real-time communications may be textual messages, audio communications, or video communications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: Toby DeWeese, Pamela L. McKissick, William L. Thomas, Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 9521451
    Abstract: A television chat system is provided that allows television viewers to engage in real-time communications in chat groups with other television viewers while watching television. Users of the television chat system may engage in real-time communications with other users who are currently watching the same television program or channel. The system allows real-time communications in a chat group to be transmitted between users at user television equipment devices via a television distribution facility. The television chat system of the present invention permits users to join chat groups related to television programs, channels, or categories of programs that the user may be interested in. Real-time communications may be textual messages, audio communications, or video communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Toby DeWeese, Pamela L. McKissick, William L. Thomas, Michael D. Ellis
  • Publication number: 20160323655
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing audio-based guidance features are provided. A guidance application may provide listings displays having listings for audio-friendly content. The listings may be indicated as listings for audio-friendly content. The guidance application may provide displays dedicated to listings for audio friendly content. The guidance application provides audio-prompts describing display screens. The guidance application may determine a user's identity from a voice command and provide personalized guidance features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Constance Fabian-Issacs, Charles B. Ammann, Toby DeWeese
  • Publication number: 20160295288
    Abstract: An interactive television application with mosaic browsing is provided. Selectable cells that may be associated with entities are used to display information corresponding to the entities. Information may include brand marks such as logos or any other suitable entity identifier. A cell maybe in focus or it may not be in focus. When a cell is in focus the information displayed in the cell may be different than the information displayed when the cell is not in focus. Users may navigate among cells. The cells maybe grouped into regions based on, for example, their association with similar entities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Carpenter, JR., Johnny B. Corvin, Bryan M. Drummond, Michael D. Ellis, Edward B. Knudson, Jeffrey B. Rush, Toby DeWeese
  • Publication number: 20160231987
    Abstract: A user speech interface for interactive media guidance applications, such as television program guides, guides for audio services, guides for video-on-demand (VOD) services, guides for personal video recorders (PVRs), or other suitable guidance applications is provided. Voice commands may be received from a user and guidance activities may be performed in response to the voice commands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventors: M. Scott Reichardt, David M. Berezowski, Michael D. Ellis, Toby DeWeese
  • Patent number: 9374623
    Abstract: An interactive television application with mosaic browsing is provided. Selectable cells that may be associated with entities are used to display information corresponding to the entities. Information may include brand marks such as logos or any other suitable entity identifier. A cell may be in focus or it may not be in focus. When a cell is in focus the information displayed in the cell may be different than the information displayed when the cell is not in focus. Users may navigate among cells. The cells may be grouped into regions based on, for example, their association with similar entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Carpenter, Jr., Johnny B. Corvin, Bryan M. Drummond, Michael D. Ellis, Edward B. Knudson, Jeffrey B. Rush, Toby DeWeese
  • Patent number: 9349369
    Abstract: A user speech interface for interactive media guidance applications, such as television program guides, guides for audio services, guides for video-on-demand (VOD) services, guides for personal video recorders (PVRs), or other suitable guidance applications is provided. Voice commands may be received from a user and guidance activities may be performed in response to the voice commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: M. Scott Reichardt, David M. Berezowski, Michael D. Ellis, Toby DeWeese
  • Publication number: 20150271563
    Abstract: An interactive television application with mosaic browsing is provided. Selectable cells that may be associated with entities are used to display information corresponding to the entities. Information may include brand marks such as logos or any other suitable entity identifier. A cell may be in focus or it may not be in focus. When a cell is in focus the information displayed in the cell may be different than the information displayed when the cell is not in focus. Users may navigate among cells. The cells may be grouped into regions based on, for example, their association with similar entities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Carpenter, JR., Johnny B. Corvin, Bryan M. Drummond, Michael D. Ellis, Edward B. Knudson, Jeffrey B. Rush, Toby DeWeese