Patents by Inventor Yuko S. Nishikawa

Yuko S. Nishikawa 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: 7721309
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an entertainment system and method for selectively storing broadcast channels by the entertainment system. To store a broadcast channel, the system first receives programming data associated with the channel. A show associated with the channel is displayed and a menu associated with the storing of the channel in memory may also be displayed. The viewer may then select to add to or remove from memory the programming data associated with the currently tuned channel via a one-step process, and the programming data is subsequently loaded into the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yuko S. Nishikawa, Aaron John Dew, Ronaldo Diaz, Jenny Su Chow
  • Patent number: 7454777
    Abstract: An integrated DS S/WebTV receiver is communicatively connected to an Internet service provider, a DSS service provider, and (optionally) a local broadcast station to provide a display of DSS programs, Internet web sites, and local broadcast channels in a seamless fashion. The DSS/WebTV receiver generates a graphical user interface (GUI), displayed on a television screen, for facilitating a user's navigation through the DSS, Internet, and local broadcast data. The GUI includes an option palette that enables the user to filter the presentation of DSS data in accordance with predetermined filtering criteria. The predetermined filtering criteria includes filtering by category type, filtering in accordance with a user-entered search term, and filtering in accordance with a user-selected date and/or time. The option palette also enables the user to select the amount of filtered information that is displayed on the television screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yuko S. Nishikawa, Jenny S. Chow, Kim Mingo, Kazuto Mugura
  • Patent number: 7415189
    Abstract: A method and apparatus that provides a user a capability to create a title frame for recording when the user records a broadcasted program onto a recording device, using program data received from the broadcasted television transmission. The transmitted program data contains data on the genre or category and subcategory of the program. In one embodiment, the system recognizes the program data and selects the appropriate graphic treatment for the title frame based on the genre information of the program. The information extracted from the program data and placed in the title frame may include the program title, the program description, rating, time length, and program logo or image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yuko S. Nishikawa, Kim Mingo
  • Patent number: 6859608
    Abstract: A method and apparatus that provides a user a capability to create a title frame for recording when the user records a broadcasted program onto a recording device, using program data received from the broadcasted television transmission. The transmitted program data contains data on the genre or category and subcategory of the program. In one embodiment, the system recognizes the program data and selects the appropriate graphic treatment for the title frame based on the genre information of the program. The information extracted from the program data and placed in the title frame may include the program title, the program description, rating, time length, and program logo or image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yuko S. Nishikawa, Kim Mingo
  • Patent number: 6532589
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a calendar-based on-screen planner in an electronic program guide for broadcast events are provided, wherein at least one electronic program guide is generated and displayed representing programming on a number of channels. A first on-screen planner is generated comprising at least one monthly calendar view. The first on-screen planner, which may be accessed from the electronic program guide, provides for a review of selected broadcast activity for a number of days of a selected month. The selected broadcast activity is selected from a group comprising broadcasts selected for automatic tuning, broadcasts selected for recording, and pay-per-view broadcasts selected for purchase. A second on-screen planner is generated comprising at least one daily calendar view. The second on-screen planner, which may be accessed from the first on-screen planner, provides for review and editing of the selected broadcast activity for at least one day of the selected month.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignees: Sony Corp., Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Andy Proehl, Kim Mingo, Kazuto Mugura, Yuko S. Nishikawa, Jenny S. Chow
  • Patent number: 6481010
    Abstract: An integrated DSS/WebTV receiver is communicatively connected to an Internet service provider, a DSS service provider, and (optionally) a local broadcast station to provide a display of DSS programs, Internet web sites, and local broadcast channels in a seamless fashion. The DSS/WebTV receiver generates a graphical user interface (GUI), displayed on a television screen, for facilitating a user's navigation through the DSS, Internet, and local broadcast data. The GUI includes a TV Planner icon which, if selected by the user, causes the televison to display a monthly calender (or recording/reminder list) that indicates which programs are purchased and/or selected for recording by a VCR. A “Purchase” icon appears adjacent purchased programs and a “Record” icon appears adjacent programs to be recorded. If the user selects “Purchase” icon, the user is visually presented (e.g., via a pull-down screen) with the cost, date, and time of the program purchased or to be purchased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yuko S. Nishikawa, Jenny S. Chow, Kim Mingo, Kazuto Mugura
  • Publication number: 20020078457
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an entertainment system and method for selectively storing broadcast channels by the entertainment system. To store a broadcast channel, the system first receives programming data associated with the channel. A show associated with the channel is displayed and a menu associated with the storing of the channel in memory may also be displayed. The viewer may then select to add to or remove from memory the programming data associated with the currently tuned channel via a one-step process, and the programming data is subsequently loaded into the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2000
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: Yuko S. Nishikawa, Aaron John Dew, Ronaldo Diaz, Jenny Su Chow
  • Patent number: 6351270
    Abstract: An integrated DSS/WebTV receiver is communicatively connected to an Internet service provider, a DSS service provider, and (optionally) a local broadcast station to provide a display of DSS programs, Internet web sites, and local broadcast channels in a seamless fashion. The DSS/WebTV receiver generates a graphical user interface (GUI), displayed on a television screen, for facilitating a user's navigation through the DSS, Internet, and local broadcast data. The GUI includes a user-selectable icon for causing the DSS processing circuitry to present on the television a decimated video region for simultaneously displaying, in reduced form, programs that are currently being broadcast as well as a program guides logo in which there is displayed a miniature video of the current tuned channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuko S. Nishikawa, Jenny S. Chow, Kazuto Mugura
  • Patent number: 6348932
    Abstract: An integrated DSS/WebTV receiver is communicatively connected to an Internet service provider, a DSS service provider, and (optionally) a local broadcast station to provide a display of DSS programs, Internet web sites, and local broadcast channels in a seamless fashion. The DSS/WebTV receiver generates a graphical user interface (GUI), displayed on a television screen, for facilitating a user's navigation through the DSS, Internet, and local broadcast data. The GUI includes user-selectable icons for filtering and/or selecting the received data, a scrolling ticker region for displaying information about upcoming DSS events and providing access to related Internet web sites, and a decimated video region for displaying, in reduced form, DSS programs that are currently being broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuko S. Nishikawa, Jenny S. Chow, Kim Mingo, Kazuto Mugura
  • Publication number: 20010016947
    Abstract: An integrated DSS/WebTV receiver is communicatively connected to an Internet service provider, a DSS service provider, and (optionally) a local broadcast station to provide a display of DSS programs, Internet web sites, and local broadcast channels in a seamless fashion. The DSS/WebTV receiver generates a graphical user interface (GUI), displayed on a television screen, for facilitating a user's navigation through the DSS, Internet, and local broadcast data. The GUI includes a TV Planner icon which, if selected by the user, causes the televison to display a monthly calender (or recording/reminder list) that indicates which programs are purchased and/or selected for recording by a VCR. A “Purchase” icon appears adjacent purchased programs and a “Record” icon appears adjacent programs to be recorded. If the user selects “Purchase” icon, the user is visually presented (e.g., via a pull-down screen) with the cost, date, and time of the program purchased or to be purchased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Publication date: August 23, 2001
    Inventors: YUKO S. NISHIKAWA, JENNY S. CHOW, KIM MINGO, KAZUTO MUGURA