Patents by Inventor William R. Matz

William R. Matz 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: 20190043609
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing patient information on a primary computer system involving the creation of an electronic patient chart; receiving updated information to the patient chart; and automatically accessing a secondary system based on the updated information. The primary and secondary computer systems communicate to better manage inventory, medical prescriptions and other administrative concerns. When the patient chart is edited by a healthcare professional, the primary computer system evaluates the updated information and then sends requests to one or more secondary systems automatically. The updated information may involve the need for a new medicine for the patient, a new appointment for the patient to be set up, and/or a new bill to be generated for the patient, among others. The secondary system or systems provide back-end management for these requests. Such back-end management occurs relatively automatically and substantially in real time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: William R. Matz
  • Patent number: 10152453
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing patient information on a primary computer system involving the creation of an electronic patient chart; receiving updated information to the patient chart; and automatically accessing a secondary system based on the updated information. The primary and secondary computer systems communicate to better manage inventory, medical prescriptions and other administrative concerns. When the patient chart is edited by a healthcare professional, the primary computer system evaluates the updated information and then sends requests to one or more secondary systems automatically. The updated information may involve the need for a new medicine for the patient, a new appointment for the patient to be set up, and/or a new bill to be generated for the patient, among others. The secondary system or systems provide back-end management for these requests. Such back-end management occurs relatively automatically and substantially in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: William R. Matz
  • Publication number: 20180227645
    Abstract: Systems and methods for effectively and efficiently receiving, analyzing, and using subscriber content choice information are described. One embodiment of the present invention includes a subscriber-action database, such as a clickstream database, a media-content database, and a merge processor electronically connected to the two databases for merging data in the subscriber-action database with data in the media-content database to create a subscriber content-choice database. The media-content database may include programming and/or advertising data. The media-content database may also include category and context information to provide the capability to comprehensively analyze data in the subscriber content-choice database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: William R. Matz, Scott R. Swix
  • Patent number: 9967633
    Abstract: Systems and methods for effectively and efficiently receiving, analyzing, and using subscriber content choice information are described. One embodiment of the present invention includes a subscriber-action database, such as a clickstream database, a media-content database, and a merge processor electronically connected to the two databases for merging data in the subscriber-action database with data in the media-content database to create a subscriber content-choice database. The media-content database may include programming and/or advertising data. The media-content database may also include category and context information to provide the capability to comprehensively analyze data in the subscriber content-choice database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: William R. Matz, Scott R. Swix
  • Publication number: 20150135204
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products evaluate a performance of a viewer watching a video stream. Prompts are displayed during the video stream, and the prompts elicit a response from a viewer. If the viewer timely responds to the prompts, then the viewer may be rewarded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott R. Swix, William R. Matz
  • Publication number: 20150074701
    Abstract: An option list is customized for a user. Titles are retrieved that are related to the user's historical preference for content. A content database is then searched for an additional title of content that is unrelated to the user's historical preference for content. The option list is generated to include the titles and the additional title.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: William R. Matz, Scott R. Swix
  • Patent number: 8959542
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products evaluate performance of a viewer watching programming. A prompt is displayed, and the viewer enters a response to the prompt. The performance of the viewer is based at least partly on a time of the response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott R. Swix, William R. Matz
  • Patent number: 8935722
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products block objectionable content and substitute alternative content. A preferred tag is retrieved from memory. An alternative tag, associated with alternative content, is also retrieved from the memory. When the preferred tag matches the alternative tag, then the alternative content is substituted for the objectionable content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: William R. Matz
  • Publication number: 20140316882
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products manage advertisements. An advertiser submits multiple advertisements for an advertisement slot in media programming. As viewership and/or demographics change, different ones of the advertisements may be selected for delivery to customer devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott R. Swix, William R. Matz
  • Patent number: 8856841
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products describe customizing the presentation of a content-access list. A preference for a subscriber is received, and a content database is searched for content related to the preference and for content unrelated to the preference. An option list is received including an option, and a non-preference-related option is also received. The non-preference-related option is added to the option list, and the option list is sent to the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott R. Swix, William R. Matz
  • Patent number: 8812363
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for managing advertisements. An advertisement time slot is categorized as overrideable or non-overrideable. The overrideable advertisement time slot categorization allows an associated advertisement to be replaced with a different advertisement. The non-overrideable advertisement time slot may not allow replacement of the associated advertisement. When an advertiser requests to replace the advertisement, and when the advertisement time slot is categorized as overrideable, then the advertisement is replaced with the different advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott R. Swix, William R. Matz
  • Publication number: 20140201783
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products tailor content to users. Clickstream data is merged with content information and compared to advertising attributes of advertisements. If a match is found, an associated advertisement is targeted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: William R. Matz, Scott R. Swix
  • Patent number: 8762850
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for providing substitute content. Tagged content is received and compared to a user profile. When a determination is made that the tagged content should be blocked, substitute content is retrieved that replaces the tagged content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Wantage Technologies LLC
    Inventor: William R. Matz
  • Patent number: 8700419
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products tailor content to users. Clickstream data is merged with a user attribute and content information. A merged record is compared to advertising attributes of advertisements. When the merged record matches an advertising attribute, an advertisement associated with the advertising attribute is retrieved and sent to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: William R. Matz, Scott R. Swix
  • Publication number: 20140007151
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products target advertisements to users. Clickstream data is received and compared to a purchase history. When a common attribute is determined, an advertisement associated with the attribute is retrieved and targeted to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: William R. Matz, Scott R. Swix
  • Patent number: 8548820
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products target advertisements to users. Clickstream data is received and compared to a purchase history. When a common attribute is determined, an advertisement associated with the attribute is retrieved and targeted to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellecutal Property I. L.P.
    Inventors: William R. Matz, Scott R. Swix
  • Publication number: 20130254788
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products evaluate performance of a viewer watching programming. A prompt is displayed, and the viewer enters a response to the prompt. The performance of the viewer is based at least partly on a time of the response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott R. Swix, William R. Matz
  • Patent number: 8468556
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for evaluating the performance of a viewer watching media programming. The media programming is received and includes at least one of a live media program and a recorded media program. Display is caused of the media programming and a cue. The cue prompts the viewer during presentation of the media programming to provide a response to the cue within a time period. Upon receiving the response to the cue within the time period, then the response is detected and a response time of the response is measured. The response time is a time between occurrence of the cue and receipt of the response. The viewer's performance is evaluated by comparing the response time to a reference response time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott R. Swix, William R. Matz
  • Publication number: 20120260279
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products tailor content to users. Clickstream data is merged with a user attribute and content information. A merged record is compared to advertising attributes of advertisements. When the merged record matches an advertising attribute, an advertisement associated with the advertising attribute is retrieved and sent to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: William R. Matz, Scott R. Swix
  • Publication number: 20120246001
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products target advertisements to users. Clickstream data is received and compared to a purchase history. When a common attribute is determined, an advertisement associated with the attribute is retrieved and targeted to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: William R. Matz, Scott R. Swix