Manual Entry (e.g., Using Keypad Or By Written Response) Patents (Class 725/13)
  • Patent number: 11438561
    Abstract: A projection device having an information input unit, a storage unit, a scaling unit, an image processing unit and a projection unit is provided. The information input unit receives the image file corresponded to a compressed personalized startup image file. The storage unit has a first storage block storing a preset startup image file and a second storage block. The scaling unit generates a projected image signal according to the compressed personalized startup image file, and the scaling unit stores the compressed personalized startup image file in the at least one second storage block. The image processing unit generates a projection control signal according to the projected image signal. The projection unit generates an image beam according to the projection control signal, and projects the image beam on a projection surface to form the startup image screen. The disclosure further provides a personalized startup image setting method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: Ming-Cheng Lin, Yu-Meng Chen, Wei-Hsin Kan, Jiun-Tsang Lin
  • Patent number: 11347818
    Abstract: Relevancy information describing a relevance of a digital content item to a user is received. The relevancy information is used to determine whether to notify the user of the digital content item. If it is determined to notify the user, it is inferred from activities of the user a time when the user is favorably disposed to consume the digital content item. A message is sent to a client device used by the user at the time when the user is favorable disposed to consume the digital content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Alexander Taboriskiy
  • Patent number: 11341394
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to systematic explanation of neural model behavior and effective deduction of its vulnerabilities. Input data is received for the neural model and applied to the model to generate output data. Accuracy of the output data is evaluated with respect to the neural model, and one or more neural model vulnerabilities are identified that correspond to the output data accuracy. An explanation of the output data and the identified one or more vulnerabilities is generated, wherein the explanation serves as an indicator of alignment of the input data with the output data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Heiko H. Ludwig, Hogun Park, Mu Qiao, Peifeng Yin, Shubhi Asthana, Shun Jiang, Sunhwan Lee
  • Patent number: 11317167
    Abstract: According to one configuration, a content management resource receives feedback indicating playback commands applied to different portions of a given content stream (such as video content) played back by multiple viewers. The feedback can include video playback commands (such as fast forward commands, rewind commands, play commands, etc.) applied by the multiple users to the different portions of the given content stream. The content management resource aggregates the feedback to produce playback control information indicating playback commands applied by users of the multiple playback devices to the different portions of the given content stream. The content management resource uses the playback control information (aggregated feedback) to produce via timing information, locations of desirable segments and/or undesirable segments in the given stream as indicated by the previously applied commands. The content management resource inserts the aggregated feedback into the content metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Stephen L. Maynard, Nicholas Nielsen, Ernie Biancarelli, Thomas Gonder
  • Patent number: 11297281
    Abstract: In aspects of manage a video conference session in a multi-tasking environment, a computing device has a display screen to display a user interface of a foreground active application, such as a device application or a video conference session. The computing device implements a content control module that determines a user is designated as a participant of the video conference session, detects that a remote user connects to the video conference session from a remote device, and determines the device application is the foreground active application with the user interface of the device application displayed on the display screen. The content control module can then initiate to surface the user interface of the video conference session for display on the display screen responsive to the remote user connecting to the video conference session and the video conference session not being the foreground active application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventor: Amit Kumar Agrawal
  • Patent number: 11250479
    Abstract: When a content item is initially served to a client device, the content item may result in an impression effect. As time elapses, the initial impression may fade. Such a decay of the impression effect may be predicted through the use of a predictive model. In some implementations, one or more impression effect parameters may be accessed and used with the predictive model to determine a decay factor or predicted value that incorporates the impression effect decay for a content item. A value, such as a score, may be determined based on the decay factor or the predicted value and a bid associated with a content item. A content item may be selected based on the determined value and data to effect presentation of the content item may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yifang Liu, Konstantinos Katsiapis, Christopher Kenneth Harris
  • Patent number: 11188206
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and a program that are capable of providing a particular feedback in a displayed image in response to a predetermined operation by a plurality of users at matched timing. The information processing apparatus includes a control unit for recognizing a plurality of users, detecting operation, by each user, on a display surface where an image is being displayed, and outputting feedback on the image displayed on the display surface according to timing of detected operations by the plurality of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takanobu Omata
  • Patent number: 11178413
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, non-transitory computer-readable media, and methods for dynamically transitioning a digital video file between encoding states of video data encodings. For example, upon receiving an uploaded digital video file, the disclosed systems can generate an initial set of video data encodings for the digital video file in an initial state. The disclosed systems further determine a virality score associated with the digital video file. Based on the virality score, the disclosed systems determine the virality score satisfies a threshold for transitioning the digital video file from the initial state to the upgraded state and generate premium encodings for the digital video file. Similarly, based on an updated virality score or a time-based trigger, the disclosed systems can transition the digital video file from the upgraded state (or the initial state) to the maintenance state by purging one or more video data encodings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Ang Li, Lukas Camra, Runshen Zhu
  • Patent number: 11171972
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices, instructions, and media are described for generating suggestions for connections between accounts in a social media system. One embodiment involves storing connection graph information for a plurality of user accounts, and identifying, by one or more processors of the device, a first set of connection suggestions based on a first set of suggestion metrics. A second set of connection suggestions is then identified based on a second set of suggestion metrics, wherein the second set of connection suggestions and the second set of suggestion metrics are configured to obscure the first set of connection suggestions, and a set of suggested connections is generated based on the first set of connection suggestions and the second set of connection suggestions. The set of connection suggestions is then communicated to a client device method associated with the first account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Brody, Donald Giovannini, Edward Koai, Jie Wu, Lin Zhong
  • Patent number: 11132716
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for promoting a talent of a user. The system includes one or more application servers accessible over a wireless network, and a plurality of mobile clients configured to access the one or more application servers over the wireless network. The application servers and the mobile clients cooperate to execute a profiler mode of operation in which details of talents of profiler users are entered at respective mobile clients and uploaded to the application servers, each of the plurality of profiler users having a corresponding rank. The application servers and mobile clients also cooperate to execute a supporter mode of operation in which supporter users, using respective mobile clients, access the details of the talents and corresponding ranks of the profiler users. The supporter mode of operation facilitates advancement of a profiler user to a higher rank through receipt of endorsements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventor: Gavin Washington Brown
  • Patent number: 11127033
    Abstract: A system and method provides for the use of a proprietary platform to predict impressions and to predict and design ad campaigns. Specifically, a proprietary programmatic advertisement platform correlates television programming asset sources with actual viewing behavior of broadcasts associated with the television programming assets and ad content associated with the ad campaign. The correlation produces a predicted performance value used to generate an ad campaign. For instance, the invention enables television programming asset sources and viewership information providers to communicate with the programmatic advertisement platform in a way that adds value to or otherwise facilitates the valuation of the television programming asset sources in context of the particular ad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: A4 Media & Data Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Reed Berrett, Derek Mattsson, Chris Satovick, Trisha Schepers
  • Patent number: 11109103
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for providing content item recommendations based on a video. Using feature vectors corresponding to at least one frame of a video (e.g., generated based on texture and shape intensity of a frame), a recommendation system improves content recommendation using analytic and quantitative characteristics derived from a frame of a content item rather than merely manually labeled bibliographic data (e.g., a genre or producer). The recommendation system may generate a feature vector based on a texture, a shape intensity (e.g., generated from a Generalized Hough Transform), and temporal data corresponding to at least one frame of a video. The feature vector is analyzed using a machine learning model (e.g., a neural network) to produce a machine learning model output. The recommendation system causes a recommended content item to be provided based on the machine learning model output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Juan Gerardo
  • Patent number: 11074308
    Abstract: A system for collecting data from different sources is described. In one example embodiment, the system obtains content-related data from a plurality of source computer systems, automatically identifies, based on the content-related data, content items having respective popularity values greater than a predetermined threshold value as popular content items, and automatically generates a list of popular content items based on the popular content items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: OPENTV, INC.
    Inventors: Alex Fishman, Crx K. Chai
  • Patent number: 11064255
    Abstract: A method for distributing media content and tracking viewer impressions in an out-of-home context includes: a mobile computing device receiving an identifier of a first media content item; causing display of the first media content item to a first viewer; sensing image data of the first viewer during display of the first media content item; determining a location of the mobile computing device during display of the first media content item to the first viewer; sending the image data of the first viewer, and an impression-reporting message including: the identifier of the first media content item and the location of the mobile computing device during display of the first media content item to the first viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: OOHMS NY LLC
    Inventor: Alexander Vandoros
  • Patent number: 11055736
    Abstract: A system and method for adaptive advertisement management for the serving of product description pages and an integrated customer user engagement thereof. The system is a cloud-based network containing a campaign database, an adaptive advertisement management, a short message service server, and user mobile and compute devices that transmit a product description page associated with an advertisement campaign embedded with a communication initiator for display on a customer computing device. Taken together or in part, said system optimizes advertising campaigns across multiple platforms, provides strong analytics for all advertising types while allowing users to engage with advertising quickly and easily through various call to action types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: TAPTEXT LLC
    Inventor: Steve Doumar
  • Patent number: 11051060
    Abstract: A processing device receives set-top box data, sales data, and advertising data. The processing device associates set-top boxes from the set-top box data with viewers and calculates advertising exposure events for advertisements. The processing device further calculates, for each viewer, an advertising weight as a function of number of exposures of the advertisement as applied to the viewer based on the advertising exposure events. The processing device further calculates, for each viewer, a score representing a degree-of-targetedness between an advertisement campaign and the viewer. The processing device manages the advertisement campaign based on the advertising weight and the degree-of-targetedness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: ADAP.TV, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan Kitts, Dyng Au, Brian Burdick
  • Patent number: 11032611
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for a media guidance application that enhances the viewing experiences of users consuming a sequence of media. In particular, the media guidance application may enhance the viewing experiences of users consuming a sequence of media by removing portions of redundant media that were previously consumed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Milan Patel, John Patterson, Charles Dawes, Jerry Vennerholm, Andrew Hunter, Gavin Clarke
  • Patent number: 11017684
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit and a changing unit. The acquisition unit acquires character information input by a viewer to content including an image or sound. The changing unit changes a representation form of a frequent word which is character information with a high appearance frequency among character information input by multiple viewers to the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masakazu Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10999614
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for downloading media assets efficiently and quickly before loss of network connectivity. The method may allow a user to download portions of a media asset in different versions to download a maximum portion of the media asset before loss of network connectivity. Certain versions of media assets may be downloaded more quickly than other versions of media assets. The method may also allow a user to view partially downloaded media assets without network connectivity. The method may also replace portions of media assets downloaded in a first version with portions of the media assets in a second version once network connectivity is restored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Peter Blohowiak, Ryan Werth, Olivier Chalouhi, Ofer Vaisler, Milan Patel
  • Patent number: 10937431
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for identifying users based on voice data and media consumption data. A media guidance application may generate a voice signature from the user's input and based on that signature identify some demographic characteristics of the user (e.g., age, gender, and other suitable characteristics). The media guidance application may retrieve user data for users that are associated with a household of the user and attempt to identify which of the users spoke the command. If multiple users are identified, based on the demographic characteristics, the media guidance application may use the content of the voice command (e.g., a type of media requested) to identify the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Sean Matthews, Benjamin H. Maughan, Kevin B. Lenhart
  • Patent number: 10932014
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for inserting breakpoints and reference links into a multimedia file. A method may comprise receiving breakpoint information from a content provider, wherein the breakpoint information is specific to a first digital media file of a plurality of digital media files, inserting a plurality of breakpoints into the first digital media file based on the breakpoint information, wherein the plurality of breakpoints designate at least one clip within the first digital media file, receiving a user share request from a user device to share the at least one clip within the first digital media file, and providing the user device with a sharable reference link to the at least one clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Vincenza Pizzo, Joel Sanders
  • Patent number: 10893328
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described to address shortcomings in conventional media systems via a novel technique to prevent corruption of a user's viewing profile. In some aspects, a user of an interactive media guidance application may select a media asset for viewing on a user device. The interactive media guidance application may receive a user viewing profile for the user from a remote server. If the media asset is determined to not be consistent with the user viewing profile, the interactive media guidance application may retrieve another user viewing profile for another user of the user device. If the media asset is determined to be consistent with the other user viewing profile, the interactive media guidance application may update the other user viewing profile based on the media asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Sashikumar Venkataraman, Abhijit Satchidanand Savarkar, Linda Beach
  • Patent number: 10785533
    Abstract: Aggregating viewership data is disclosed. Initially, household viewership data assigned to a tuning event in multiple households is accessed. Then, the household viewership data for the tuning event in the multiple households representing the same episode is aggregated to generate episode viewership data. Next, episode viewership data representing multiple episodes of the same program is aggregated to generate program viewership data. Next, the program viewership data for multiple programs of the same network is aggregated to generate network viewership data. Finally, the network viewership data for multiple commonly-owned networks is aggregated to generate entity viewership data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Comscore, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank E. Pecjak, Ramzi Nasr, Magid M. Abraham
  • Patent number: 10757475
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques to enable data to be tested on subscriber set-top boxes. Some solutions can connect a sever with a group of subscriber set-top boxes through a television distribution network. In some cases, a plurality of set-top boxes are selected, and at least one set-top box is determined to be inactive. In some cases, data are loaded and tested on the inactive set-top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: CENTURYLINK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, Felipe Castro, Misbah ur Rehman, Ronnie S. Dhaliwal
  • Patent number: 10629087
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit and a changing unit. The acquisition unit acquires character information input by a viewer to content including an image or sound. The changing unit changes a representation form of a frequent word which is character information with a high appearance frequency among character information input by multiple viewers to the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masakazu Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10609527
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for using information broadcast by devices and resources in the immediate vicinity of a mobile device, or by sensors located within the mobile device itself, to ascertain and make a determination of the immediate environment and state of the mobile device. The sensor data is then used to identify situational profiles to target and determine the relevance of apps, advertisements, content, and recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Sensoriant, Inc.
    Inventor: Shamim A. Naqvi
  • Patent number: 10536736
    Abstract: A system and method in which a TV signal reception device (e.g., set top box) receives a broadcast signal, sends the broadcast signal to a TV, and sends an event signal to a rating statistics information server or associated user terminal when a predetermined condition occurs, to ultimately cause an associated user terminal to generate fingerprint data of audio from the TV and to provide the fingerprint data to the server so as to facilitate channel identification and generation of ratings statistics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Enswers Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hoon-Young Cho, Kil-youn Kim, Jaehyung Lee
  • Patent number: 10489821
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide information products relating to past, present and future advertising transactions (i.e., contracts to place advertisements in various media) to enable a marketplace in advertising products. Information regarding a plurality of advertising transactions are gathered. Data is analyzed to determine its attributes. Some attribute values are transformed and the attribute values are stored in a database. Attributes are organized or indexed according to a taxonomy of attributes to provide indexes to advertising transaction records. Indexes and benchmarks for various selected types of advertising transactions can be generated by selecting certain records from the database and aggregating the data or otherwise synthesizing information products, such as benchmarks and market entities for the selected types of advertising transactions. Information products may be published and syndicated as market indexes and benchmarks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Soloff
  • Patent number: 10469890
    Abstract: Systems and methods to select targeted advertising for display are disclosed. An example system to select a targeted advertisement includes an opportunity calculator to assign a household to a consumer segment based on (1) geodemographic characteristics of the household and (2) characteristics of the consumer segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Michael John Zenor
  • Patent number: 10469902
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for checking the viewing of content. The system includes: an operating computer including a means for storing at least one piece of combined content, in which first content and at least one piece of second content are combined, and a means for providing a benefit set for the combined content; and a user program including a content viewer means for playing back the combined content, and a signal input means for receiving at least one signal from a viewer when the second content is exposed in the combined content being played back via the content viewer means, and being executed on a user terminal; wherein the operating computer provides the benefit in connection with information of the viewer based on data generated based on the information of the signal transmitted from the user terminal and input to the signal input means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Yang Woo Nam
  • Patent number: 10419817
    Abstract: A smart playlist system is described. In one example embodiment, a collector module obtains content utilization data from a plurality of client devices associated with respective plurality of viewers. A hot list generator module generates a list of popular content items based on the obtained content utilization data. A customization module generates a customized playlist for a target viewer from the plurality of viewers, based on the list of popular content items and a profile of the target viewer. The communications module communicates the customized playlist to a client device of the target viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: OPENTV, INC.
    Inventors: Alex Fishman, Crx K. Chai
  • Patent number: 10402439
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described to address shortcomings in conventional conversation systems by executing a customized supplemental function for a natural language query based on the user's profile. In some aspects, the systems and methods receive a user query for a media asset, determine a query template in the user's profile matching the user's query, and identify and execute a supplemental function corresponding to the query template in addition to responding to the user's query. The user's profile is customized on the user's usage patterns of an interactive media guidance application. By monitoring the user's usage patterns and learning from the user's actions in conjunction with the user's natural language queries on which supplemental functions to execute, the interactive media guidance application may provide a smarter and more efficient user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Sashikumar Venkataraman, Ahmed Nizam Mohaideen P.
  • Patent number: 10390084
    Abstract: A computing device includes program instructions to identify first communications by a first user about respective first media content items, each of the first communications made within a predetermined time preceding the first user's consumption of the respective first media content item. The computing device further includes instructions to identify a plurality of second users, each a party to one of the first communications. For the identified second users, the computing device determines a correlation between the respective second user and the consumption of the first media content items by the first user. Based at least in part on the correlation, the computing device includes further instructions to initiate a second communication between one of the second users and one of the first user and a third user concerning a second media content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Nicholas Brandon Newell, Christopher Day
  • Patent number: 10390108
    Abstract: An interaction method based on multimedia programs, a terminal device, a server and a system are disclosed, which belong to the field of network technologies. The method includes: acquiring at least one image clip information of a multimedia program in a process of playing back the multimedia program; sending the image clip information, the image clip information being used for matching corresponding multimedia program information; receiving interaction information corresponding to the multimedia program information; and outputting an interactive interface, to interact with the multimedia program based on an interaction operation on the interactive interface. The present disclosure is easy to operate, and improves interaction efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Wa Ye, Hongyang Wang, Jie Hou, Zhenyu Xu, Zhuo Tang, Rui Wang, Keren Li, Bo Sun, Jing Zang
  • Patent number: 10375443
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for a media guidance application that enhances the viewing experiences of users consuming a sequence of media. In particular, the media guidance application may enhance the viewing experiences of users consuming a sequence of media by removing portions of redundant media that were previously consumed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Milan Patel, John Patterson, Charles Dawes, Jerry Vennerholm, Andrew Hunter, Gavin Clarke
  • Patent number: 10366094
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for accessing data in a data structure are described. Data from a write data structure is read and aggregated into a plurality of data buckets, each data bucket corresponding to a time window. Each data bucket is stored in a read data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Zoltan Albrecht, Ulrich Hanno Peter Christoph Keil
  • Patent number: 10341727
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to allow for appropriate control of how to present content during presentation of the content. An information processing apparatus obtains content identification information. Storage means stores operation logs each of which includes both the time at which an operation to control presentation of content was performed during presentation of the content and details of the operation. The information processing apparatus retrieves operation logs corresponding to the obtained content identification information from the storage means. Based on the retrieved operation logs, a tendency of operation changes is identified. In accordance with the tendency, the information processing apparatus generates control information for controlling how to present content. The control information includes details of control and a timing of the control. The information processing apparatus provides the control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Shingo Terui
  • Patent number: 10331875
    Abstract: Examples described herein relate to apparatuses and methods for associating a first account with a second account, the first account being hosted by a first server, the second account being hosted by a second server, including but not limited to, authenticating, by the first server, first login credentials associated with the first account, wherein the first login credentials are received from a user device, receiving, by the first server from the user device, second login credentials associated with the second account, sending, by the first server, the second login credentials to the second server for authentication, in response to determining that the second login credentials are authenticated by the second server, associating, by the first server, the first account with the second account, and connecting, by the first server to the second server, to allow the user device to access services commensurate with the second account without prompting the user device for the second login credentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Level 3 Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Newton
  • Patent number: 10320853
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for supporting facility control of a terminal are provided. The method includes a sensor device receiving facility-related information from a remote control device of a facility to which the sensor device is attached, driving at least one sensor in accordance with the facility-related information, determining a kind of the facility based on a result of detecting through the at least one driven sensor, and transmitting a registration request for the facility of which the kind has been determined to a gateway. The present disclosure relates to a sensor network, Machine Type Communication (MTC), Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication, and technology for Internet of Things (IoT). The present disclosure may be applied to intelligent services based on the above technologies, such as a smart home, a smart building, a smart city, a smart car, a connected car, health care, digital education, smart retail, security and safety services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daedong Kim, Keuncheol Lee
  • Patent number: 10192227
    Abstract: A first set of usage data for a first set of resources on a network and a second set of usage data for a second set of resources on a network are accessed. The first set of resources were accessed by a first group of client systems and the first set of usage data is determined based on information received from the first group of client systems sent as a result of beacon instructions included with the first set of resources. The second set of usage data is determined based on information received from monitoring applications installed on a second group of client systems that accessed the second set of resources. Users of the second group of client systems are a sample of a larger group of users that use resources on the network. Initial usage measurement data for a third set of resources on the network is determined based on the first set of usage data. The third set includes one or more common resources that are included in the first set of resources and the second set of resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: comScore, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Pugh, Frank Eugene Pecjak
  • Patent number: 10178190
    Abstract: A method for extracting user features based on user behaviors. The method uses webpage clickstream data of a current user to compute a path correlation between the current user and other users, selects a number of other users whose path correlation with the current user ranks among the highest, and then configures weights in connection to preset tags of websites visited by the selected other users, and computes a user correlation between the current user and the selected other users based on the preset tags and the weights. The method constructs weighted-directed graphs of webpage click paths based on click stream data, and converts computing user correlation to computing a similarity of weighted-directed graphs. The method further combines computing correlation of webpage tags to discover the user's clicking habits and personal preferences, and improve the accuracy and efficiency of user clustering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Ping Qiao, Minggang Wu
  • Patent number: 10154293
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide systems and methods for crowdsourced skipping of media content portions. In an example method, a plurality of content tags are received from a plurality of media content devices over a communication network. Each of the plurality of content tags may designate a location within a media content item. The content tags are processed to generate aggregated content tags for the media content item. The aggregated content tags may designate one or more portions of the media content item for modified playback. The aggregated content tags for the media content item are transmitted over the communication network to a first media content device separate from the plurality of media content devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OPENTV, INC.
    Inventors: Jose Emmanuel Pont, Crx K. Chai
  • Patent number: 10142687
    Abstract: The Audience Content Exposure Monitoring Apparatuses, Methods and Systems (“ACEM”) transforms pulsing request (e.g., 1107), viewing status, purchase request, channel selection, survey request, sentiment request, atmospherics, social media posts, response events, data request and access token, app/device input monitoring, check-in, URL access, etc. inputs via ACEM components into atmospherics sampling record (e.g., 1106), ad contents (e.g., 1115), RT data/records, ad tags, media program, full page content outputs. In some embodiments, the ACEM provides a mobile metering system that configures the data collection of audience environment atmospherics to evaluate audience media exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Symphony Advanced Media, Inc.
    Inventor: Pyeush Gurha
  • Patent number: 10133460
    Abstract: Systems and methods for real-time collaborative computing and collective intelligence are disclosed. A collaborative application runs on a collaborative server connected to a plurality of computing devices. Collaborative sessions are run wherein a group of independent users, networked over the internet, collaboratively answer questions in real-time, thereby harnessing their collective intelligence. Methods for collaborative selection of a target point on an image displayed on the computing devices. Methods for collaborative zooming and panning of an image displayed on the computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Unanimous A.I., Inc.
    Inventor: Louis B. Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 10136175
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing a list of media subscriptions offered by a content source, providing one or more questions for display on a display device of a user, receiving one or more answers to the one or more questions, and determining a media subscription based on the one or more answers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Erick Tseng
  • Patent number: 10097865
    Abstract: Particular embodiments can refine a seed sentinel frame signature for a seed sentinel frame. The seed sentinel frame may be predictable or partially predictable content that demarks a beginning and/or end of certain content in a video program. The seed sentinel frame may be first used to detect other sentinel frames in the video program. However, other sentinel frames throughout the video program, or in other video programs, may be slightly different from the given sentinel frame due to different reasons. The seed sentinel frame signature may not detect the sentinel frames of a video program with a desired accuracy. Accordingly, particular embodiments may refine the sentinel frame signature to a synthetic sentinel frame signature. The synthetic sentinel frame signature may then be used to analyze the current video program or other video programs. The synthetic sentinel frame signature may more accurately detect the sentinel frames within the video program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Renxiang Li, Stephen P. Emeott, Faisal Ishtiaq
  • Patent number: 10089592
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of using channel tuning data from a video asset viewing device connected to a network to measure video asset viewing at a second-by-second level during one or more user defined lead-in periods, and then correlating that with video asset viewing during a user defined target period, for the purpose of analyzing how viewing activity during the lead-in period(s) correlates with viewing activity during the target period, thus producing longitudinal viewing metrics; all while maintaining viewer anonymity. Additionally, viewing metrics can be categorized based on user defined demographic, geographic, and histogram groupings representing the percentage of video asset viewing with the result that the analyst is able to gain detailed insight into customer viewing behavior. The lead-in video asset may be any video asset or assets. The target may be any subsequent video asset. The metrics produced are useful to service providers, advertisers, and content producers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Alan Orlowski
  • Patent number: 10015543
    Abstract: A video traffic, quality of service and engagement analytics system and method are provided. The system and method provide business intelligence on the broad areas of traffic statistics, viewer engagement, and quality of service for online video publishers. In one implementation, the system may utilize a tracker unit for a media player to gather the information for the video analytics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Citrix Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Isaac Peterkofsky, Lakshman Chinnakotla
  • Patent number: 10002365
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to identify publisher advertising behavior. An example disclosed method includes initiating a first probing effort of an Internet publisher of interest to establish a baseline advertising ratio for a plurality of advertisers, determining a first advertising deviation based on a difference between the baseline advertising and a local advertising associated with a first geography of interest, and establishing a first probing frequency for the first geography of interest based on the first advertising deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Ronan Heffernan, Chad A. Hage
  • Patent number: 9898391
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for use in distributing code testing tasks among multiple testers, and incentivizing testing with rewards. One exemplary method includes testing, by a computing device, a code set, where the testing is performed by a tester associated with a profile, and receiving, by the computing device, peer tester feedback based on the testing of the code set, where the peer tester feedback is associated with at least one peer tester profile. The method also includes receiving, by the computing device, a developer decision based on the testing of the code set and/or the peer tester feedback, and rewarding, by the computing device, the profile of the tester and/or the at least one peer tester profile when the developer decision agrees with the testing of the code set and/or the tester feedback associated with the at least one peer tester profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Matthew Scott Morice, Ravi Santosh Arvapally, Walter F. Lo Faro