US Pat. No. 9,237,341

IMAGE DECODING METHOD, IMAGE CODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE CODING AND DECODING APPARATUS

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1. An image decoding method of decoding, on a per-block basis, a coded image included in a bitstream, the image decoding method
comprising:
performing arithmetic decoding on a current block to be decoded;
determining whether or not the current block is at an end of a slice;
determining whether or not the current block is at an end of a sub-stream when it is determined that the current block is
not at the end of the slice, the sub-stream being a structural unit of the image that is different from the slice; and

performing arithmetic decoding on a sub-last bit indicating the end of the sub-stream and being different from the current
block when it is determined that the current block is at the end of the sub-stream;

performing arithmetic decoding termination as first termination when the sub-last bit is arithmetically decoded;
performing arithmetic decoding termination as second termination when it is determined that the current block is at the end
of the slice; and

performing arithmetic decoding on an end-of-slice flag indicating whether or not the current block is at the end of the slice,
the end-of-slice flag being different from the sub-last flag,

wherein, when the first termination is performed, same processing as the second termination is performed,
wherein, in the determining of whether or not the current block is at an end of a slice, it is determined that the current
block is at the end of the slice when the end-of-slice flag on which arithmetic decoding has been performed indicates a predetermined
value of 1, and

wherein a value of 1 is restored by the arithmetic decoding of the sub-last bit.

US Pat. No. 9,225,946

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR ENCODING, EXTRACTING AND DECODING VIDEO USING TILES CODING SCHEME

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1. An encoding method for encoding a picture, the encoding method comprising:
splitting the picture into a plurality of tiles, each of the plurality of tiles being characterized by a width parameter and
a height parameter;

writing a plurality of parameters into a header of a bitstream, the plurality of parameters specifying a constraint on motion
prediction for a current tile that is one of the plurality of tiles;

writing the width parameter and the height parameter of each of the plurality of tiles into the header of the bitstream;
encoding the current tile independently of remaining plurality of tiles included in the picture, without spatial dependency
with the remaining plurality of tiles; and

writing the encoded current tile into the bitstream in an order based on a position of the current tile in raster scan order
within the picture.

US Pat. No. 9,119,196

BASE STATION, TERMINAL, TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND RECEPTION METHOD

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8. A communication method comprising:
mapping downlink control information to both of a first resource region and a second resource region included in a subframe
or only to the second resource region, the first resource region being available for a downlink control channel and a downlink
data channel, the second resource region being available for the downlink control channel, wherein the mapping of the downlink
control information is performed only to the second resource region in a special subframe having a gap period for switching
between a downlink and an uplink in time division duplex (TDD); and

transmitting the mapped downlink control information.

US Pat. No. 9,179,405

TRANSMISSION DEVICE, TRANSMISSION METHOD, RECEIVING DEVICE AND RECEIVING METHOD

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1. A reception device comprising:
a receiver receiving, from a transmission device for Multiple-Input, Single-Output (MISO) transmission, a signal containing
polarization information indicating whether antennas for transmission by MISO have only a first polarization or have a second
polarization as well as the first polarization; and

a decoder decoding the polarization information contained in the signal received by the receiver, wherein
when the polarization information indicates that antennas used for transmission of transmission data have only the first polarization,
the decoder stops a system for antennas having the second polarization during decoding of the transmission data.

US Pat. No. 9,402,255

TIMING ADVANCE CONFIGURATION FOR MULTIPLE UPLINK COMPONENT CARRIERS

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1. A method for time aligning uplink transmissions by a mobile terminal in a mobile communication system, the mobile terminal
being in communication with an aggregation access point, the method comprising the steps of:
configuring the mobile terminal simultaneously with a time-aligned uplink reference cell and with a non-time-aligned uplink
target cell, both cells being controlled by the aggregation access point,

measuring, by the mobile terminal, transmission and/or reception time difference information relating to transmissions on
the target cell and/or reference cell,

determining, by the mobile terminal, a first target timing advance based on at least the measured transmission and/or reception
time difference information and on a reference timing advance used for uplink transmissions on the time-aligned reference
cell,

time-aligning, by the mobile terminal, the uplink target cell by adjusting a timing for uplink transmissions on the uplink
target cell based on the determined first target timing advance, and

transmitting the measurement results and/or the first target timing advance from the mobile terminal to the aggregation access
point.

US Pat. No. 9,413,460

COMMUNICATION METHOD

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1. A communication method used in a terminal that includes a front camera and a back camera, the communication method comprising:
switching between the front camera and the back camera according to an orientation of the terminal; and
performing visible light communication by using the front camera or the back camera, which is selected in the switching,
wherein the performing of visible light communication includes:
capturing a first subject that is changing in luminance by using the front camera and obtaining a first image when the front
camera is used;

capturing a second subject by using the back camera and obtaining a second image when the back camera is used; and
obtaining specified information that is related to the first subject or the second subject.

US Pat. No. 9,456,109

INFORMATION COMMUNICATION METHOD OF OBTAINING INFORMATION FROM A SUBJECT BY DEMODULATING DATA SPECIFIED BY A PATTERN OF A BRIGHT LINE INCLUDED IN AN OBTAINED IMAGE

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1. An information communication method of obtaining information from a subject, the information communication method comprising:
setting a first exposure time for each of a plurality of exposure lines of an imaging sensor;
obtaining a first image by capturing the subject during a first time using an image sensor that includes a plurality of exposure
lines with the set first exposure time, wherein an exposure time of each of the plurality of exposure lines partially overlaps
with an exposure time of an adjacent one of the plurality of exposure lines;

detecting a range in which the subject is captured, from the first image;
determining, from among the plurality of exposure lines, predetermined exposure lines for capturing the range in which the
subject is captured;

setting a second exposure time of the image sensor so that, in a second image obtained using the predetermined exposure lines,
a bright line corresponding to the predetermined exposure lines appears according to a change in luminance of the subject,
the second exposure time being shorter than the first exposure time;

obtaining the second image including the bright line, by capturing the subject that changes in luminance using only the predetermined
exposure lines with the set second exposure time, wherein an exposure time of each of the predetermined exposure lines partially
overlaps with an exposure time of an adjacent one of the predetermined exposure lines; and

obtaining the information by demodulating data specified by a pattern of the bright line included in the obtained second image,
wherein in the obtaining of the second image, each of the predetermined exposure lines is exposed during a second time which
is obtained by dividing the first time by a number of the predetermined exposure lines.

US Pat. No. 9,439,155

TRANSMISSION DEVICE, RECEPTION DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING TRANSMISSION POWER

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1. A transmitting apparatus comprising:
a control section that controls transmission power based on a bit string indicated from a receiving apparatus and a correspondence
in which bit strings are associated with a first target value candidate group and a second target value candidate group relating
to a target value of the transmission power; and

a transmitting section that transmits a signal using the transmission power, wherein,
the first target value candidate group includes first target value candidates used for transmission power control for a serving
cell;

the second target value candidate group includes second target value candidates calculated by subtracting a path loss difference
from the first target value candidates, the path loss difference being a difference between a minimum path loss level among
path loss levels between the transmitting apparatus and a plurality of receiving apparatus, and a path loss level between
the transmitting apparatus and the serving cell; and

the control section uses, when the transmitting apparatus is not a coordinated reception target of the plurality of receiving
apparatuses, a first target value candidate associated with the indicated bit string in the first target value candidate group,
and uses, when the transmitting apparatus is the coordinated reception target, a second target value candidate associated
with the indicated bit string in the second target value candidate group, the second target value candidate being equal to
or less than the first target value candidate.

US Pat. No. 9,288,770

POWER HEADROOM REPORTING FOR IN-DEVICE COEXISTENCE INTERFERENCE AVOIDANCE

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1. A mobile terminal for reporting a maximum output power level (PCMAX) in a mobile communication system including a base station and a wireless communication device, the mobile terminal having
a predetermined nominal mobile terminal power (PPowerClass)and being configured with a maximum allowed mobile terminal output power (PEMAX) for communication with the base station via one radio technology and being configured for communication with the wireless
communication device via another radio technology, the mobile terminal comprising:
a processor configured to calculate a power management related power backoff value (P-MPR) for the one radio technology by
referring to a reception quality level set for communication via the other radio technology;

wherein the processor is further configured to determine whether or not the calculated power management related power backoff
value (P-MPR) for the one radio technology exceeds a predefined power backoff threshold value; and

wherein the processor is further configured to calculate lower and upper bounds of a maximum output power level (PCMAX—L;PCMAX—H)for the one radio technology based on the calculated power management related power backoff value (P-MPR), where the lower
bound (PCMAX—L) and the upper bound (PCMAX—H) are defined by:

PCMAX—L=min{PEMAX??Tc,PPowerClass?max(MPR+A-MPR,P-MPR)??Tc}

PCMAX—H=min{PEMAX,PPowerClass}

wherein the processor is further configured to set the maximum output power level (PCMAX) for communication on the one radio technology, where the maximum output power level (PCMAX) is set within the determined lower and upper bounds to meets the condition: PCMAX—L?PCMAX?PCMAX—H;

a transmitter configured to report the set maximum output power level (PCMAX) using an extended power headroom report (ePHR) for the one radio technology to the base station; and wherein

in case the calculated power management related power backoff value (P-MPR) exceeds the predefined power backoff threshold
value, the lower bound (PCMAX—L) is calculated using MPR=0 dB, A-MPR=0 dB, and either an allowed operating band edge transmission power relaxation value
(?Tc) or ?Tc=0 dB; and

in case the calculated power management related power backoff value (P-MPR) does not exceed the predefined power backoff threshold
value, the lower and upper bounds (PCMAX—L;PCMAX—H)are calculated using a mobile terminal specific allowed maximum power reduction value (MPR), a mobile terminal specific additional
maximum power reduction value (A-MPR), and an allowed operating band edge transmission power relaxation value (?Tc).

US Pat. No. 9,432,972

RADIO TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND RADIO TRANSMISSION METHOD

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1. A radio transmission apparatus comprising:
an uplink scheduler which, in operation, determines an uplink transmission format and selects an index corresponding to the
determined uplink transmission format, the uplink transmission format including a transport block size (TB size) for user
data;

a transmitter which, in operation, transmits the index to a mobile station; and
a receiver which, in operation, receives the user data and control information, which are coded using the uplink transmission
format and which are transmitted together from the mobile station, the control information being one or both of an acknowledgement/negative-acknowledgement
(ACK/NACK) and a channel quality indicator (CQI),

wherein a code rate of the user data for the TB size of the uplink transmission format indicated by the index is adjusted
depending on whether the user data is transmitted from the mobile station together with the CQI, with the ACK/NACK, or with
both of the CQI and ACK/NACK as the control information.

US Pat. No. 9,326,305

COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD, COMMUNICATION NODE, AND MOBILE NODE

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1. A communication node comprising:
a receiver, which, in operation, receives a binding update message generated by a mobile node that has a plurality of communication
interfaces operable to connect to a home network and a foreign network, the binding update message including a mobility option
with a flag in the mobility option set to 1 and with a care-of address field in the binding update message set to a home address
of the mobile node, when at least one of said plurality of communication interfaces is additionally connected to the home
network while another communication interface is already connected to the foreign network; and

a transmitter, which, in operation, transmits a packet to the mobile node, wherein the transmitter sets the home address as
a destination address of the packet when the communication node receives the binding update message that includes the mobility
option with the flag in the mobility option set to 1 and with the care-of address field in the binding update message set
to the home address of the mobile node.

US Pat. No. 9,055,535

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING TRANSMISSION POWER

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1. A terminal apparatus comprising:
a reference signal generating section configured to generate a first Sounding Reference Signal (SRS) with a first transmission
time interval and a second SRS with a second transmission time interval, the second transmission time interval being different
from the first transmission time interval, both of the first SRS and the second SRS being reference signals for channel-quality
estimation;

an offset setting section configured to set a first offset value to control transmission power used to transmit the first
SRS and to set a second offset value to control transmission power used to transmit the second SRS, second offset value being
different from the first offset value; and

a transmitting section configured to transmit the first SRS with the transmission power controlled based on the first offset
value and to transmit the second SRS with the transmission power controlled based on the second offset value.

US Pat. No. 9,420,589

RADIO RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FOR DUAL PRIORITY ACCESS

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1. A method for performing radio resource management in a communications system including a base station and a terminal, the
method comprising:
receiving, by the base station, an indicator of a priority from a mobility management node serving the terminal or from the
terminal, the priority being related to the terminal and indicating whether a traffic of the terminal is delay-tolerant,

removing, by the base station, at least one of a bearer carrying terminal traffic and a corresponding Radio Resource Control
(RRC) connection when the received indicator indicates a delay-tolerant priority, and

deciding, by the base station, in accordance with a congestion status whether to remove at least one of a bearer carrying
terminal traffic and a corresponding RRC connection when the received indicator does not indicate the delay-tolerant priority.

US Pat. No. 9,350,417

WIRELESS TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, WIRELESS RECEPTION APPARATUS, AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD

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1. A wireless transmission apparatus, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive information representing a transmission drop resource, that has been set, during which
the wireless transmission apparatus is designated to drop transmission of a reference signal;

a reference signal generating unit configured to generate the reference signal; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit the reference signal in a transmission resource that is not the transmission drop
resource among one or more transmission resources used for transmitting the reference signal, wherein,

in the transmission drop resource among the one or more transmission resources, the transmission unit drops the transmission
of the reference signal in the transmission drop resource, when it is determined that an interference caused by the wireless
transmission apparatus is high based on a determination criterion.

US Pat. No. 9,288,792

NETWORK NODE, TERMINAL, BANDWIDTH MODIFICATION DETERMINATION METHOD AND BANDWIDTH MODIFICATION METHOD

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1. A communication terminal apparatus, comprising:
a negotiator that negotiates a codec used for communication between the communication terminal apparatus and a counterpart
terminal at a start of the communication, using an IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) signaling including one of a session description
protocol (SDP) offer and an SDP answer, the negotiated codec being a codec that supports bandwidths of input signals of a
plurality of codecs, and that changes a bandwidth of an input signal during the communication with the counterpart terminal
by changing a frequency range of the input signal; and

a bandwidth determiner that limits the bandwidth of the input signal of the codec during the communication with the counterpart
terminal, according to signaling for limiting the bandwidth of the input signal of the codec, the signaling being notified
from a network node.

US Pat. No. 9,420,669

CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION APPARATUS AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

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1. A control method for an information apparatus having a display and being connected to a network, one or more illumination
devices being controlled over the network, the control method causing a computer of the information apparatus to:
display a display screen on the display, the display screen representing a floor plan for one floor including at least two
or more rooms;

display an illumination icon representing the one or more illumination devices on the display screen representing the floor
plan, the illumination icon being commonly used for the at least two or more rooms included in the floor plan; and

output to the network a first control command, when selection of the illumination icon is sensed, and when selection of a
first room among the at least two or more rooms included in the floor plan is sensed, the first control command controlling
on/off of power for an illumination device corresponding to the first room.

US Pat. No. 9,439,211

BUFFER STATUS REPORTING IN A MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

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1. A method for a base station comprising:
transmitting, by the base station, a semi-persistent scheduling activation to a mobile terminal via physical downlink control
channel signaling;

receiving, by the base station, a scheduling request from the mobile terminal in order to request uplink resources for uplink
transmission including transmission of a buffer status report when semi-persistent scheduling is not activated, wherein when
semi-persistent scheduling is activated, the mobile terminal checks a setup information element of a respective logical channel
to determine whether to trigger a scheduling request or not;

when the mobile terminal determines to trigger the scheduling request, receiving, by the base station, the scheduling request
transmitted from the mobile terminal for the logical channel; and

when the mobile terminal determines not to trigger the scheduling request, not receiving, by the base station, the scheduling
request from the mobile terminal;

wherein the physical downlink control channel signaling is transmitted by the base station to the mobile terminal for activation
of a scheduling mode, including a dynamic scheduling mode in which radio resources are dynamically allocated by dynamic grants
and a semi-persistent scheduling mode in which radio resources are allocated on a semi-persistent basis by semi-persistent
scheduling grants.

US Pat. No. 9,326,258

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION TERMINAL AND POWER CONTROL METHOD

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1. A radio communication terminal apparatus comprising:
a transmission power calculating section that calculates transmission power of a plurality of uplink channels on a plurality
of component carriers of carrier aggregation, and a plurality of antenna ports;

a power scaling detecting section that detects whether or not power scaling occurs, by detecting, using the calculated transmission
power, whether or not a total value of the transmission power of uplink channels transmitted using the plurality of component
carriers and the plurality of antenna ports exceeds maximum transmission power specific to the apparatus; and

a power scaling controlling section that performs power scaling when the power scaling detecting section has detected that
power scaling occurs, and also when a plurality of reference signals are to be transmitted using antenna ports configured
for transmission of reference signals on component carriers, the power scaling being performed in such a way that a total
scaling weight considering scaling weights for multiple-antenna transmission becomes equal between the component carriers,
or between the component carriers and between the antenna ports, on a basis of the number of antenna ports, or antenna port
positions, or antenna port numbers configured for transmission of reference signals on the component carriers; wherein,

in the power scaling controlling section, a first scaling weight is equal to 1/A, where A is the number of reference signals
to be transmitted using component carriers and antenna ports, the first scaling weight being used among the antenna ports,
and the component carriers and the antenna ports being configured for transmission of reference signals.

US Pat. No. 9,313,795

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING AND TRANSMITTING REFERENCE SIGNAL IN RADIO COMMUNICATION

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1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a reference signal generator which, in operation, generates a reference signal using an index related to a cyclic shift and
a pair of coefficients in accordance with a selection signal, wherein the selection signal selects one of a first correspondence
relationship and a second correspondence relationship, each defining a relationship between the index related to a cyclic
shift and the pair of coefficients, the first correspondence relationship defines a first pair of coefficients corresponding
to an even number index related to a cyclic shift and a second pair of coefficients corresponding to an odd number index related
to a cyclic shift, and the second correspondence relationship defines the first pair of coefficients corresponding to the
odd number index related to a cyclic shift and the second pair of coefficients corresponding to the even number index related
to a cyclic shift; and

a transmitter which, in operation, transmits the generated reference signal.

US Pat. No. 9,281,895

INFORMATION COMMUNICATION METHOD

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1. An information communication method for transmitting a signal using a change in luminance, the information communication
method comprising:
determining a pattern of the change in luminance by modulating a signal to be transmitted; and
transmitting the signal by a light emitter that changes luminance according to the determined pattern,
wherein, in the determining a pattern, the pattern of the change in luminance is determined by adjusting a first time from
one change in luminance to a next change in luminance according to the signal, the one change in luminance and the next change
in luminance being a one of a rise and a fall in luminance.

US Pat. No. 9,179,483

COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD, COMMUNICATION NODE, AND MOBILE NODE

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1. A mobile node to which a home address is allocated, the mobile node comprising:
a plurality of communication interfaces operable to connect to a home network and a foreign network; and
a binding update notifying unit configured to generate a binding update message by inserting a mobility option in the binding
update message with a flag in the mobility option set to 1 and with a care-of address field in the binding update message
set to a home address of the mobile node, when at least one of said plurality of communication interfaces is additionally
connected to the home network while another communication interface is already connected to the foreign network, and to transmit
the generated binding update message to a predetermined communication node.

US Pat. No. 9,230,553

FIXED CODEBOOK SEARCHING BY CLOSED-LOOP SEARCH USING MULTIPLEXED LOOP

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1. A fixed codebook searching apparatus, comprising:
a preprocessing circuit that receives a target audio signal as input and obtains parameters for a pulse search;
a control circuit that sends the parameters to a multiplexed loop searching circuit or a pulse position searching apparatus
according to a timing signal, and performs control so as to drive the multiplexed loop searching circuit in the first and
final stages and drive the pulse position searching apparatus in other stages;

the multiplexed loop searching circuit that searches pulse positions where two pulses are placed by performing a closed-loop
search using a multiplexed loop, and calculates a synthetic value of a numerator term and a synthetic value of a denominator
term in the searched pulse position;

the pulse position searching apparatus that includes a first searching circuit that performs a first search of track 0 for
which a preliminary selection is performed, a second searching circuit that performs a second search of track 1 without any
preliminary selection and a third searching circuit that performs a third search of track 0 for which a preliminary selection
is performed, and searches pulse positions where two pulses are placed by performing a sequential optimization search, and
calculates a synthetic value of a numerator term and a synthetic value of a denominator term in the searched pulse position;
and

a pulse sequence coding circuit that performs pulse coding using the pulse positions searched in the multiplexed loop searching
circuit or the pulse position searching apparatus, the synthetic value of the numerator term and the synthetic value of the
denominator term; wherein

the first searching circuit inputs the parameters and performs the first search of track 0 with the preliminary selection
using the parameters on a first candidate group of positions where a first pulse is placed, to obtain a first position where
the first pulse is placed;

the second searching circuit fixes the first position inputted from the first searching circuit, and performs a second search
of track 1 without any preliminary selection using the first position on all position candidates of a second candidate group
of positions where a second pulse is placed, to obtain a second position where the second pulse is placed finally; and

the third searching circuit fixes the second position inputted from the second searching circuit, performs the third search
of track 0 with a second preliminary selection using the second position on the first candidate group, to obtain a third position
where the first pulse is placed finally, and outputs the second position and the third position as a search result.

US Pat. No. 9,100,147

BASE STATION, TERMINAL, RETRANSMISSION CONTROL METHOD, AND RESPONSE METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A base station comprising:
a controller configured to determine a rule for associating a combination of a component carrier and constellation points
with patterns about successful reception of each of downlink data transmitted using a plurality of component carriers in a
channel selection, based on a relative relationship about a parameter related to interference robustness among the plurality
of component carriers in a plurality of cells, the component carrier and the constellation points being used by a terminal
to feed back a response signal for downlink data transmitted using the plurality of component carriers, the channel selection
being performed such that the response signal is fed back by changing the combination of the component carrier and the constellation
points according to a pattern about successful reception of each of the downlink data transmitted using the plurality of component
carriers;

a receiver configured to receive the response signal; and
an identification section configured to identify the pattern about successful reception from a combination of the component
carrier and the constellation points that are used to feed back the response signal, based on the rule,

wherein according to the rule,
in the case where the downlink data is transmitted using two component carriers among the plurality of component carriers
and a first component carrier has higher interference robustness than a second component carrier of the two component carriers
in a first cell among the plurality of cells, and

a total of probabilities that the constellation point contained in a constellation associated with the first component carrier
of a second cell different from the first cell is used is higher than a total of probabilities that the constellation point
contained in a constellation associated with the second component carrier of the second cell is used.

US Pat. No. 9,173,220

BASE STATION APPARATUS AND RESOURCE ALLOCATION METHOD

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1. An integrated circuit, comprising:
circuitry configured to control a process, the process comprising:
performing discrete Fourier transformations (DFT) on a plurality of symbol sequences, each symbol sequence corresponding to
one of a plurality of layers;

multiplying the plurality of DFT performed symbol sequences by a precoding matrix, generating a plurality of precoded symbol
sequences; and

mapping each of the plurality of precoded symbol sequences on a same set of discontinuous frequency resources, each frequency
resource being located on a separate position from other frequency resources on a frequency axis, wherein the same set of
discontinuous frequency resources means that a first set of discontinuous frequency resources to which a first precoded symbol
sequence is mapped, and a second set of discontinuous frequency resources to which a second precoded symbol sequence is mapped
share: a number of clusters used to map each precoded symbol sequence; a cluster size, the cluster size being a discontinuous
frequency resource bandwidth; and a frequency position of each cluster, wherein when a plurality of codewords are used, the
plurality of precoded symbol sequences derives from a plurality of first symbol sequences corresponding to a first codeword
and a plurality of second symbol sequences corresponding to a second codeword which is different from the first codeword;
and

a digital/analog converter, which, in operation, performs digital/analog conversion on the mapped plurality of precoded symbol
sequences.

US Pat. No. 9,485,782

CONTROL CHANNEL SIGNALING USING CODE POINTS FOR INDICATING THE SCHEDULING MODE

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1. A method for use in a mobile station communicable with a base station that provides a dynamic scheduling mode and a persistent
scheduling mode, the method comprising:
receiving from the base station a control channel signal that includes at least an RV (redundancy version) field and a HARQ
(Hybrid Automatic Repeat request) process field, and

when a value in the RV field and a value in the HARQ process field in the received control channel signal at least partially
constitute a predetermined combination of values, selecting the persistent scheduling mode to communicate with the base station,

wherein interpretation of at least one of control information format fields in the control channel signal varies between the
dynamic scheduling mode and the persistent scheduling mode, and the predetermined combination of values is used to indicate
to the mobile station how to interpret the at least one of control information format fields.

US Pat. No. 9,276,650

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND RESPONSE CONTROL METHOD

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1. A radio communication apparatus that receives downlink data addressed to the radio communication apparatus transmitted
in a multiuser MIMO communication for simultaneously transmitting a plurality of transmission data to a group including a
plurality of radio communication apparatuses, the radio communication apparatus comprising:
a reception section that receives downlink allocation control information and the downlink data addressed to the radio communication
apparatus and used for the multiuser MIMO communication;

a determining section that determines a type of the received downlink allocation control information;
an error detection section that detects a reception error of the received downlink data; and
a response control section that transmits response signals corresponding to the downlink allocation control information and
the received downlink data on uplink response resources including a control information response resource and a received data
response resource specified by the downlink allocation control information, based on the determined type, a detection result
of the reception error and a reception response rule.

US Pat. No. 9,226,301

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO SHORTEN THE TIME TAKEN TO IMPROVE INTER-CELL INTERFERENCE MITIGATION PERFORMANCE USING ADAPTIVE FRACTIONAL FREQUENCY REUSE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A wireless base station apparatus comprising:
an interference report receiver configured to receive interference reports transmitted from a plurality of wireless terminals
that are present in a plurality of adjacent cells that are adjacent to a target cell, the interference reports being transmitted
using selected carriers out of a plurality of carriers by each of the plurality of wireless terminals, based on a downlink
reception quality from the wireless base station to each of the plurality of wireless terminals, the plurality of carriers
being shared between the plurality of adjacent cells; and

an adaptive fractional frequency reuse controller configured to select one of a first transmission mode, a second transmission
mode, and a third transmission mode, and

control a transmission power in accordance with the selected one of the first transmission mode the second transmission mode,
and the third transmission mode, wherein:

when power measurement values of the selected carriers are greater than an interference evaluation threshold, selecting as
the first transmission mode, a carrier having a lowest downlink reception quality among the selected carriers, or as the second
transmission mode, a carrier having a highest power measurement value among the selected carriers, and

when the power measurement values of the selected carriers corresponding to the first and second transmission modes are all
lower than the interference evaluation threshold, selecting as the third transmission mode, a carrier having a highest downlink
reception quality, and

the power measurement value of each of the selected carriers is calculated by combining the received interference reports
using each of the selected carriers.

US Pat. No. 9,325,460

IMPLICIT COMPONENT CARRIER DETERMINATION FOR APERIODIC CHANNEL QUALITY REPORTS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method for reporting a downlink channel quality experienced by a terminal by means of channel quality information for
at least one of plural component carriers of a communication system available for downlink transmission to the terminal, the
method comprising the following steps performed by the terminal:
receiving dedicated control information via one of the plural component carriers of the communication system, said dedicated
control information being specific for the terminal and having a predetermined format, wherein said dedicated control information
comprises a channel quality information request flag for requesting channel quality reporting by the terminal, wherein the
component carriers are a part of a communication system supporting carrier aggregation and the component carriers are available
for concurrent downlink transmission to the terminal,

if said channel quality information request flag is set, selecting out of a plurality of component carriers configured in
the communication system for the terminal component carriers based on downlink traffic, and

transmitting channel quality information only for each selected component carrier and transmitting channel quality information
for at least the component carrier on which the dedicated control information is received and for another component carrier
on which the dedicated control information is not received, if said channel quality information request flag is set within
the dedicated control information,

wherein the step of selecting comprises selecting of at least one component carrier, on which the terminal transmits a negative
acknowledgement within a second predetermined time window.

US Pat. No. 9,313,808

RADIO RECEPTION DEVICE AND RADIO RECEPTION METHOD

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1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a transmitter, which, in operation, transmits first information to a first mobile station, the first information including
a signature identifier (ID) associated with an ID of the first mobile station; and

a receiver, which, in operation, receives from the first mobile station a first Random Access Signature indicated by the signature
ID included in the first information, and receives from a second mobile station a second Random Access Signature randomly
selected by the second mobile station from among a plurality of Random Access Signatures, wherein the transmitter, in operation,
transmits second information indicating a quantity of the plurality of Random Access Signatures.

US Pat. No. 9,053,701

CHANNEL SIGNAL GENERATION DEVICE, ACOUSTIC SIGNAL ENCODING DEVICE, ACOUSTIC SIGNAL DECODING DEVICE, ACOUSTIC SIGNAL ENCODING METHOD, AND ACOUSTIC SIGNAL DECODING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

2. A channel signal generation apparatus for generating a frequency domain first channel signal for a first channel and a
frequency domain second channel signal for a second channel by using a frequency domain monaural signal generated by using
a first stereo signal for the first channel and a second stereo signal for the second channel, which constitute an acoustic
signal, the channel signal generation apparatus comprising:
a monaural encoder structured to generate a monaural signal from the first stereo signal and the second stereo signal and
to generate the frequency domain monaural signal from the monaural signal; and

a generator structured to receive the frequency domain monaural signal from said monaural encoder and to generate the frequency
domain first channel signal and the frequency domain second channel signal by performing change processing on the frequency
domain monaural signal, where the change processing compensates for the phase difference between the first stereo signal and
the second stereo signal in accordance with input determination data,

wherein the generator performs the change process by, in accordance with a result of making a comparison between an energy
of the frequency domain first stereo signal for the first channel and an energy of the frequency domain second stereo signal
for the second channel, which are input as the determination data, using one of the frequency domain first channel signal
and the frequency domain second channel signal as the frequency domain monaural signal, and using the other one of the frequency
domain first channel signal and the frequency domain second channel signal as a signal obtained by inversion of a sign of
the frequency domain monaural signal.

US Pat. No. 9,301,293

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a transmitter, which, in operation, transmits downlink control information including a transmission request of a sounding
reference signal (SRS) using one downlink control information format (DCI format) among a plurality of DCI formats,

wherein each DCI format corresponds to at least one set of SRS parameters, the at least one set of SRS parameters for one
DCI format is different from the at least one set of SRS parameters for another DCI format, and each set of SRS parameters
specifies one of a plurality of SRS resources for use in transmitting the SRS, and

wherein the plurality of DCI formats include a first DCI format corresponding to one set of SRS parameters and a second DCI
format corresponding to three sets of SRS parameters; and

a receiver, which, in operation, receives the SRS transmitted using an SRS resource specified by a set of SRS parameters corresponding
to said one DCI format.

US Pat. No. 9,220,090

BASE STATION APPARATUS, TERMINAL APPARATUS, TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND RECEPTION METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
circuitry, which, in operation:
configures at least one of (i) a first search space for localized transmission, which is comprised of a plurality of first
control channel elements (CCEs), each first CCE consisting of four enhanced resource element groups (EREGs) in one physical
resource block pair (PRB pair), and (ii) a second search space for distributed transmission, which is comprised of a plurality
of second CCEs, each second CCE consisting of four EREGs distributed among a plurality of PRB pairs, wherein each of the one
or the plurality of PRB pairs is divided into sixteen EREGs; and

maps assignment information to at least one of the first search space and the second search space; and
a transmitter, which, in operation, transits the assignment information and PRB pair information related to the PRB pairs
to a terminal, the PRB pair information being used at the terminal to specify a configuration of at least one of the first
search space and the second search space,

wherein four EREGs that are provided in one PRB pair, which form a portion of EREGs that correspond to a subset of the plurality
of second CCEs, are identical to four EREGs that correspond to one first CCE of a subset of the plurality of first CCEs, and
four EREGs that are provided in another PRB pair, which form another portion of the EREGs that correspond to said subset of
the plurality of second CCEs, are identical to four EREGs that correspond to another first CCE of said subset of the plurality
of first CCEs.

US Pat. No. 9,281,883

SIGNAL GENERATION METHOD AND SIGNAL GENERATION DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A transmission method of a transmission system, the transmission system having a first transmitter and a second transmitter,
the transmission method comprising:
encoding input data to coded blocks each made up of a plurality of bits by using a predetermined error correction block coding
scheme;

modulating each of the coded blocks to a first modulated signal s1 and a second modulated signal s2;
applying precoding by a fixed matrix F to the first modulated signal s1 and the second modulated signal s2 to obtain a first
pre-coded signal z1? and a second pre-coded signal z2?, wherein

the matrix F is expressed as:

where ? represents a positive real number larger than or equal to 0;
inserting one or more pilots to each of the first pre-coded signal z1? and the second pre-coded signal z2? to obtain a first
pilot-inserted signal z1? and a second pilot-inserted signal z2?, respectively;

phase-changing, while regularly varying a scheme of phase change for each of a plurality of slots, at least one of the first
pilot-inserted signal z1? and the second pilot-inserted signal z2? to obtain a first transmission signal z1 and a second transmission
signal z2, wherein at least one of the encoding, the modulating, the precoding, the inserting, and the phase-changing is performed
by both the first transmitter and the second transmitter; and

transmitting, by the first transmitter, (i) the first transmission signal z1 from a first antenna at a first period at a first
frequency, or (ii) the first transmission signal z1 from the first antenna at the first period at the first frequency and
the second transmission signal z2 from a third antenna at the first period at the first frequency; and

transmitting, by the second transmitter, (i) the second transmission signal z2 from a second antenna at the first period at
the first frequency, or (ii) the first transmission signal z1 from the second antenna at the first period at the first frequency
and the second transmission signal z2 from a forth antenna at the first period at the first frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,153,242

ENCODER APPARATUS, DECODER APPARATUS, AND RELATED METHODS THAT USE PLURAL CODING LAYERS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A coding apparatus that includes at least two coding layers, comprising:
a first layer coder that inputs an input signal of a frequency domain thereto, selects a first quantization target band of
the input signal from a plurality of sub-bands into which the frequency domain is divided to obtain first band information
and obtain a first gain of the input signal of the first quantization target band, generates first coded information including
the first band information and first gain coded information obtained by encoding the first gain and generates a difference
signal between a decoded signal obtained by performing decoding using the first coded information and the input signal; and

a second layer coder that inputs the difference signal thereto, selects a second quantization target band of the difference
signal from the plurality of sub-bands to obtain second band information, and obtains a second gain of the difference signal
of the second quantization target band to generate second coded information including the second band information and second
gain coded information obtained by encoding the second gain,

wherein the first layer coder includes a determiner that determines a method of encoding the first gain from a plurality of
candidates based on the first band information, and

wherein encoded information is transmitted by a transmitter over a transmission line to a decoding apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,313,777

TRANSMISSION DEVICE, RECEPTION DEVICE, TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND RECEPTION METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A terminal apparatus comprising:
a division number calculator which, in operation, calculates a division number based on a number of OFDM symbols used for
an Enhanced Physical Downlink Control CHannel (EPDCCH), the division number being a number of Control Channel Elements (CCEs)
per resource block pair, the EPDCCH being a resource region that is defined in a data region of a subframe and that is configured
to transmit either of downlink control information and downlink data, wherein the division number calculator, in operation,
calculates the division number such that the division number for a subframe having a Normal cyclic prefix length is larger
than the division number for a subframe having an Extended cyclic prefix length;

a controller which, in operation, uses the division number to specify a plurality of resource region candidates, each resource
region candidate including at least one CCE; and

a decoder which, in operation, decodes the plurality of resource region candidates to obtain the downlink control information.

US Pat. No. 9,313,865

CONTROL METHOD OF MOBILE DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A control method of a mobile device that controls one or more pieces of lighting equipment that illuminate a space, the
mobile device including a display unit and an image capture unit, and the control method of the mobile device causing a computer
of the mobile device to execute:
displaying on the display unit a scene configuration screen that includes a configuration screen for configuring a new scene
indicating a new lighting state by the one or more pieces of lighting equipment, and a configuration finish button;

transmitting to the one or more pieces of lighting equipment a control signal for controlling the one or more pieces of lighting
equipment on the basis of configuration information indicating a lighting state configured by user operations on the configuration
screen;

activating the image capture unit after the configuration finish button is selected;
storing the configuration information from when the configuration finish button was selected in memory as configuration information
for the new scene, and in addition, if an image is acquired by the image capture unit, storing the image in the memory as
a scene icon of the new scene; and

displaying on the display unit a new scene selection screen that includes the scene icon of the new scene.

US Pat. No. 9,282,567

TTI BUNDLING

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

9. A method for receiving data in a multicarrier communications system, reception of data being performed in transmission
time intervals, the method comprising:
receiving scheduling information indicating resources on which a terminal is scheduled to receive of data and including a
bundling indication for indicating whether the scheduled reception is to be performed in one or more transmission time intervals
and an inter transmission time interval indicating a delay between transmission time intervals belonging to a same TTI bundle;
and

receiving the data in the scheduled resources in accordance with the received bundling indication.

US Pat. No. 9,197,308

RADIO TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND RADIO TRANSMISSION METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A transmission apparatus comprising:
a multiplier which, in operation, multiplies a plurality of streams by a plurality of weights;
a transmitter which, in operation, transmits the plurality of streams multiplied with the plurality of weights using a plurality
of antennas;

a receiver which, in operation, receives feedback information including acknowledgment/negative acknowledgment (ACK/NACK)
information and channel quality information (CQI) which are transmitted from a reception apparatus; and

a weight controller which, in operation, selects a plurality of weights for a re-transmission, in case the NACK information
is received, wherein the plurality of weights to be multiplied with the plurality of streams, respectively, are rearranged
between an initial transmission and the re-transmission based on the received CQI,

wherein correspondence relationships between the plurality of streams and the plurality of weights for the re-transmission
are derived from the feedback information for the initial transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,159,142

IMAGE CODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE CODING AND DECODING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A decoding device, comprising
at least one processor; and
storage coupled to the at least one processor;
wherein the at least one processor is configured to:
receive a bitstream from a server based on an instruction sent from an apparatus;
decode an image, on a block-by-block basis, from the bitstream; and
send the image to a display apparatus coupled to the decoding device,
wherein the decoding further includes:
obtaining, in a following order, first data including four coded luma context-dependent segments, second data including four
coded luma context-independent segments, third data including one coded chroma context-dependent segment and fourth data including
one coded chroma context-independent segment from the bitstream for an image block in the image;

performing context adaptive binary arithmetic decoding on the first data to generate four luma context-dependent segments;
performing bypass decoding on the second data to generate four luma context-independent segments;
performing context adaptive binary arithmetic decoding on the third data to generate one chroma context-dependent segment;
performing bypass decoding on the fourth data to generate one chroma context-independent segment;
deriving four luma intra prediction modes from a respective one of the four luma context-dependent segments and a corresponding
one of the four luma context-independent segments for four subblocks in the image block; and

deriving one chroma intra prediction mode from the one chroma context-dependent segment and the one chroma context-independent
segment for the image block, and

wherein the bitstream includes, in the following order, the first data, the second data, the third data and the fourth data
when the bitstream is compliant with a first standard, and the bitstream includes, in the following order, four coded luma
intra prediction modes and one coded chroma intra coded mode when the bitstream is compliant with a second standard different
from the first standard.

US Pat. No. 9,287,977

VISIBLE LIGHT COMMUNICATION METHOD, IDENTIFICATION SIGNAL, AND RECEIVER

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A visible light communication method, comprising:
obtaining location information, by a receiver, indicating a location of the receiver;
obtaining a first ID, by the receiver, identifying an area in which a receiver is present by referring to a table in a first
server showing correspondence between the first ID and the location information;

obtaining a second ID, by the receiver, through visible light communication with a light source in the identified area by
the first ID;

generating a third ID, by the receiver, by combining the first ID and the second ID; and
obtaining, by the receiver, information from a second server using the third ID.

US Pat. No. 9,094,603

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An image pickup device comprising:
a camera;
a display that displays an image captured by the camera; and
a touch panel that overlaps the display,
wherein, while the display is displaying the image, when a predetermined single operation is detected on the touch panel,
a brightness of the display is changed from a first brightness to a second brightness brighter than the first brightness,
and

the display displays, over the image, an indication that the brightness has increased, and
wherein the indication continues to be displayed over the image at least after the brightness of the display is changed to
the second brightness.

US Pat. No. 9,348,500

CATEGORIZING APPARATUS AND CATEGORIZING METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A categorizing apparatus comprising:
a processor programmed in accordance with instructions stored in memory to determine a first position of a selected object
selected by a user, in a first region, from among objects arranged in the first region on a display screen;

said processor being further programmed in accordance with instructions stored in memory to identify, among the objects, one
or more related objects which are related to the selected object;

said processor being further programmed in accordance with instructions stored in memory to assign a parameter to each of
the related objects, including the selected object, according to a degree of relatedness between each of the one or more related
objects and the selected object, the parameter contributing to a predetermined relationship which defines a tracking property
of each of the related objects to the selected object when the selected object is moved from the first position; and

said processor being further programmed in accordance with instructions stored in memory to cause, when the user moves the
selected object from the first position to a second position, the related objects to follow the selected object and move the
related objects to predetermined positions according to the degree of relatedness, the predetermined positions being set with
the second position as an origin, and the second position being included in a second region that differs from the first region
on the display screen,

wherein the selected object and the related objects are placed in dispersal in the first region without using the degree of
relatedness, and

said processor is further programmed in accordance with instructions stored in memory to spatially reorganize and arrange
the related objects at the predetermined positions when the user causes the related objects to follow the selected object
to move to the predetermined positions,

said processor is further programmed in accordance with instructions stored in memory to detect a velocity of the selected
object when the user moves the selected object from the first position to the second position; and

said processor is further programmed in accordance with instructions stored in memory, in a case where a magnitude of the
velocity detected is greater than or equal to a first threshold, to return, to an original place in the first region, a related
object which is included in the related objects and whose degree of relatedness is equal to or smaller than the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,295,045

BASE STATION, RELAY STATION, TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND RECEPTION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A base station that transmits a plurality of downlink control signals directed to a plurality of relay stations by interleaving
the plurality of downlink control signals and by mapping the plurality of downlink control signals to an allocation region
composed of M (M being a natural number of 2 or greater) resource blocks, the base station comprising:
a determining section that:
determines N (N being a natural number less than M) resource block groups to which N allocation region groups are allocated,
the M resource blocks being distributed to the N allocation region groups, and

outputs allocation region information containing the value of M, the value of N, and identification information of a resource
block group to which each of the allocation region groups is allocated;

a mapping section that maps the plurality of downlink control signals directed to the plurality of relay stations to M resource
blocks identified based on a number of resource blocks constituting each of the allocation region groups, which is determined
based on the value of M and the value of N, and the identification information of the resource block group to which each of
the allocation region groups is allocated; and

a transmitting section that transmits the plurality of downlink control signals directed to the plurality of relay stations
that have been mapped to the M resource blocks, wherein

each of the resource block groups is composed of a same predetermined number of resource blocks.

US Pat. No. 9,295,054

TERMINAL DEVICE, BASE STATION DEVICE, TRANSMITTING METHOD AND RECEIVING METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a receiver which, in operation, receives downlink data transmitted on a first component carrier, for which a transmission
mode is set to support up to two transport blocks;

an error detector which, in operation, performs error detection on the downlink data;
a selector which, in operation, selects a first physical uplink control channel (PUCCH) resource index from a plurality of
PUCCH resource indices by selecting a PUCCH resource index corresponding to a value of a transmission power control (TPC)
command for an uplink control channel and selects a second PUCCH resource index from the plurality of PUCCH resource indices
by selecting another PUCCH resource index corresponding to a value generated by adding 1 to the selected first PUCCH resource
index, when a semi-persistent scheduling (SPS) is carried out for the first component carrier to periodically assign downlink
resources; and

a transmitter which, in operation, maps a response signal, which is indicative of a plurality of error detection results of
the downlink data of the first component carrier, to either one of a first PUCCH resource and a second PUCCH resource respectively
indicated by the first PUCCH resource index and the second PUCCH resource index, and transmits the mapped response signal
on an uplink component carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,295,037

BASE STATION, TERMINAL, TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND RECEPTION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A base station which maps control information to one of a first resource region and a second resource region provided in
order in a time direction in a subframe and transmits the control information, the base station comprising:
a determining section that determines the subframe type of a subframe being considered in accordance with a configuration
pattern that, which is applied to the base station and is one of a plurality of configuration patterns having different downlink
and uplink subframe configurations in time-division multiplex, wherein the subframe type is a first type subframe in which
the control information is mapped only to the first resource region or a second type subframe in which the control information
is mapped to both the first resource region and the second resource region; and

a deciding section that decides a mapping region, to which the control information is mapped, in the first resource region
or the second resource region in the subframe being considered on the basis of the subframe type determined by the determining
section,

wherein:
the configuration pattern includes switching subframes in addition to the downlink subframes and the uplink subframes, and
each switching subframe includes a downlink period, an uplink period, and a guard period which is not used in both the downlink
period and the uplink period;

the switching subframes in the configuration pattern are associated with uplink subframes in which a retransmission control
signal relating to a downlink data signal corresponding to downlink allocation control information to be transmitted in the
downlink period of each switching subframe is transmitted; and

when an interval between a switching subframe being considered and an uplink subframe associated with the switching subframe
being considered is equal to or greater than a predetermined value, the determining section determines the subframe type of
the switching subframe being considered as the second type subframe.

US Pat. No. 9,307,442

HEADER SIZE REDUCTION OF DATA PACKETS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method for reducing a size of data packets of a data flow exchanged on a communication path in a mobile communications
system between a first entity and a second entity, wherein the data packets on said communication path comprise a concatenation
of headers, wherein an outer header in the concatenation of headers is used for exchanging the data packets on the communication
path between the first and second entity, wherein the method comprises the steps of:
configuring a new address uniquely identifying a context comprising information for reconstructing the concatenation of headers
in the data packets,

replacing an address in a destination or source address field of the outer header with the configured new address,
removing at least one part of at least one header other than the outer header from the concatenation of headers, prior to
transmitting the data to the second entity, and

transmitting the data packets with the concatenation of headers from which the at least one part of the at least one header
has been removed from the first entity to the second entity via the communication path using the outer header with the configured
new address in the destination or source address field.

US Pat. No. 9,294,666

COMMUNICATION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A communication method used in a terminal that includes a front camera and a back camera, the communication method comprising:
switching between the front camera and the back camera according to an orientation of the terminal; and
performing visible light communication by using the front camera or the back camera, which is selected in the switching,
wherein the performing of visible light communication includes:
capturing a subject that is changing in luminance by using the front camera and obtaining a first image when the front camera
is used;

capturing the subject by using the back camera and obtaining a second image when the back camera is used; and
obtaining specified information that is related to the subject from the first image or the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,294,188

INFORMATION COMMUNICATION DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An information communication method for performing visible light communication, the information communication method comprising:
(a) determining whether conflict over use of a light receiver which detects light will occur between a first program for performing
visible light communication using the light receiver and a second program for performing processing different from the visible
light communication, using the light receiver;

(b) notifying a user of the light receiver that the conflict will occur if it is determined that the conflict will occur;
(c) permitting one of the first program and the second program to use the light receiver in response to an operation by the
user; and

(d) causing, by the first program, a computer to execute visible light communication according to light detected by the light
receiver if the first program is permitted to use the light receiver.

US Pat. No. 9,282,334

IMAGE DECODING METHOD, IMAGE CODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE CODING AND DECODING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An image coding method for coding a plurality of slices into which an image is partitioned and each of which includes a
plurality of coding units, to generate a bitstream, the method comprising:
partitioning the image into the slices; and
coding the slices resulting from the partitioning,
wherein each of the slices is either a normal slice having, in a slice header, information used for another slice or a dependent
slice which is decoded using information included in a slice header of another slice,

the image includes a plurality of rows each of which includes two or more of the coding units, and
in the partitioning, when the normal slice starts at a position other than a beginning of a first row, the image is partitioned
into the slices to cause a second row immediately following the first row to not start with the dependent slice,

wherein in the coding, arithmetic coding of the second row is initialized using a context obtained after arithmetic coding
of one of the coding units that is located second in the first row.

US Pat. No. 9,572,235

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MOBILE TERMINAL AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING MOBILE TERMINAL

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method for controlling a mobile terminal that controls one or more lighting devices that illuminate one or more spaces,
the mobile terminal including a display and a memory, and the method causing a computer of the mobile terminal to execute:
obtaining terminal location information indicating a location of the mobile terminal;
rearranging, using the memory storing one or more scenes indicating one or more illumination states established by the one
or more lighting devices and one or more pieces of scene location information indicating locations of the one or more scenes
while associating the one or more scenes and the one or more pieces of scene location information with each other, one or
more scene icons corresponding to the one or more scenes on the basis of the terminal location information and the one or
more pieces of scene location information;

displaying the rearranged one or more scene icons on the display; and
transmitting, if one of the one or more scene icons is selected by a user, a control signal for controlling the one or more
lighting devices to the one or more lighting devices, so that the one or more spaces are illuminated in an illumination state
indicated by a scene corresponding to the selected scene icon,

wherein the terminal location information identifies a room or an area in which the mobile terminal is located,
wherein each of the one or more pieces of scene location information identifies a room or an area of each of the one or more
scenes,

wherein, in the displaying the one or more scene icons, the one or more scene icons are rearranged and displayed in a matrix
form,

wherein one or more first scene icons corresponding to first scene location information of the one or more pieces of scene
location information that matches the room or the area identified by the terminal location information is displayed on a first
area of the matrix, and

wherein the first area begins at a left top portion of the matrix and sequentially occupies parts of the matrix extending
in a row direction.

US Pat. No. 9,395,834

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a planar display; and
a touch panel that overlaps the display and that can detect two dimensional coordinates of an indicator on a surface of the
display and a vertical distance from the indicator, wherein

the touch panel comprises
a detection zone that covers at least a vertical distance which is less than a first value and greater than a second value
which is smaller than the first value and where the two dimensional coordinates and the vertical distance can be detected,
and

a non-detection zone that covers at least the vertical distance which is greater than the first value and where at least one
of the two dimensional coordinates and the vertical distance cannot be detected,

the detection zone has
a first zone that covers the vertical distance from the first value to the second value and includes a center of the touch
panel with respect to the two dimensional coordinates and

a second zone that covers at least a part of the vertical distance from the first value to the second value and is outside
the first zone with respect to the two dimensional coordinates,

the first zone, in which the vertical distance is a certain value between the first value and the second value, narrows as
the certain value increases from the second value toward the first value,

at least the two dimensional coordinates of the indicator are taken as valid coordinates when the indicator directly enters
the first zone from the non-detection zone where the vertical distance is greater than the first value, and at least the two
dimensional coordinates of the indicator are taken as valid coordinates when the indicator then enters the second zone from
the first zone, and

at least the two dimensional coordinates of the indicator are taken as invalid coordinates when the indicator directly enters
the second zone from the non-detection zone, at least the two dimensional coordinates of the indicator are taken as valid
coordinates when the indicator then enters the first zone from the second zone, and at least the two dimensional coordinates
of the indicator are taken as valid coordinates when the indicator then enters the second zone from the first zone.

US Pat. No. 9,294,965

HANDOVER CONTROL SYSTEM, USER TERMINAL, SIGNALING RELAY APPARATUS, AND SESSION CONTROL APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method of updating an IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) session comprising:
when a user terminal performs a handover from a first access network to a second access network, wherein an address of the
user terminal is not changed, and an entity supporting signaling of the IMS session is changed from a first Proxy Call Session
Control Function (P-CSCF) to a second P-CSCF:

the second P-CSCF receives an IMS session update message including a flag indicating that registration of a new IMS session
is not made and an information element relating to the first P-CSCF from the user terminal, updates the IMS session update
message, and transmits the IMS session update message to the first P-CSCF, the first P-CSCF and the second P-CSCF being entities
supporting signaling of the IMS session;

the first P-CSCF receives the IMS session update message from the second P-CSCF, and transmits the IMS session update message
to a Serving Call Session Control Function (S-CSCF); and

the S-CSCF receives the IMS session update message from the first P-CSCF, and updates the IMS session based on the IMS session
update message using signaling of a setup of said user terminal, wherein the setup is performed before said handover.

US Pat. No. 9,272,731

DRIVING-OPERATION ASSIST AND RECORDING MEDIUM

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1. A vehicle-operation assist for a vehicle mounted with a camera, comprising:
a circumferential-state imaging unit for generating a circumferential-state image using an output image from the camera; and
a synthetic-image generating unit for:
determining an assumed-movement pattern between start and end positions for a predetermined driving operation of the vehicle
based on the circumferential-state image, the predetermined driving operation determined regardless of a current position
of the vehicle,

generating an assumed-movement pattern image indicating movement of the vehicle between the start and end positions, the assumed-movement
pattern image including an image representing the vehicle at each of the start and end positions, and

superimposing the assumed-movement pattern image on the circumferential-state image to form a synthetic image.

US Pat. No. 9,173,213

SEARCH SPACE FOR NON-INTERLEAVED RELAY PHYSICAL DOWNLINK CONTROL CHANNEL R-PDCCH

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1. A reception method comprising:
receiving a signal including downlink control information mapped to a search space, the search space including a plurality
of candidates for mapping the downlink control information by a transmission apparatus, and each candidate including a control
channel element (CCE) or a plurality of aggregated CCEs, wherein a first aggregation level value for localized allocation
where CCE(s) included in a candidate are localized in a frequency domain is smaller than a second aggregation level value
for distributed allocation where CCEs included in the candidate are at least partially distributed in the frequency domain,
and wherein the search space is configured on a data region of a downlink subframe; and

decoding the search space to obtain the downlink control information that is mapped to one of the plurality of candidates
included in the search space.

US Pat. No. 9,300,380

PRE-CODING METHOD AND PRE-CODING DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A transmission method comprising:
generating a first modulated signal s1 with use of a first modulation scheme;
generating a second modulated signal s2 with use of a second modulation scheme, the second modulation scheme being lower in
modulation level than the first modulation scheme;

generating a first multiplication signal s1? by multiplying the first modulated signal s1 by a first coefficient;
generating a second multiplication signal s2? by multiplying the second modulated signal s2 by a second coefficient, the second
coefficient being less than the first coefficient; and

transmitting a first transmission signal that is based on the first multiplication signal s1? and a second transmission signal
that is based on the second multiplication signal s2? at the same time at the same frequency,

wherein the first modulated signal s1 is generated from a first coded block with use of the first modulation scheme, the first
coded block being generated from a transmission signal with use of a scheme selected from among a plurality of error correction
block coding schemes, and the second modulated signal s2 is generated from the first coded block with use of the second modulation
scheme.

US Pat. No. 9,191,669

MOVING PICTURE CODING METHOD AND MOVING PICTURE DECODING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A moving picture coding method for coding a moving picture,
wherein in said moving picture coding method, a picture is coded by one of an intra picture coding method and an inter picture
coding method, and

when a picture is coded by the inter picture coding method, at least one of the following pictures is selected as a reference
picture: i) an intra coded picture which is coded by the intra picture coding method; ii) a picture located before the intra
coded picture in display order; and iii) a picture located after the intra coded picture in display order,

said moving picture coding method comprises:
specifying the intra coded picture as a specified picture which is used for restricting the selection of the reference picture;
in a case where the intra coded picture is specified as the specified picture in said specifying, for a picture to be coded
by the inter picture coding method after the specified picture,

selecting, as the reference picture, at least one of the following pictures including i) the specified picture and ii) a picture
which is coded after the specified picture, while prohibiting from selecting, as the reference picture, a picture which has
been coded before the specified picture, and

coding information which indicates that the intra coded picture is specified as the specified picture which is used for restricting
selection of the reference picture, and

in a case where the intra coded picture is not specified as the specified picture in said specifying, for a picture to be
coded by the inter picture coding method after the intra coded picture which is not specified as the specified picture,

selecting, as the reference picture, at least one of the following pictures including i) the intra coded picture which is
not specified as the specified picture, ii) a picture located before, in display order, the intra coded picture which is not
specified as the specified picture, and iii) a picture located after, in display order, the intra coded picture which is not
specified as the specified picture, and

coding information which indicates that the intra coded picture is not specified as the specified picture which is used for
restricting selection of the reference picture.

US Pat. No. 9,288,663

TERMINAL DEVICE, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD AND COMMUNICATION MODULE FOR THE SAME

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1. A terminal device comprising:
a processor;
a near-field communication unit configured to perform near-field communications with an external reader/writer;
a wireless communication unit configured to perform wireless communications with an external communication device;
a terminal control unit configured to interpret only one of command schemes of the wireless communication unit and the near-field
communication unit, and control a function of the terminal device; and

a unit-to-unit communication control unit configured to control communications between the wireless communication unit and
the terminal control unit and between the near-field communication unit and the terminal control unit, the unit-to-unit communication
control unit including:

an identification number addition unit configured to add an identification number to one of commands from the near-field communication
unit and the wireless communication unit;

a command converting unit configured to convert a command of the other of the command schemes among the commands from the
wireless communication unit and the near-field communication unit into a command of the one of the command schemes, using
a command conversion table in which the command scheme of the wireless communication unit and the command scheme of the near-field
communication unit are associated; and

an extraction unit configured to extract a header of data stored in a storage unit of the terminal device,
wherein the unit-to-unit communication control unit is configured to communicate, to the terminal control unit, the command
of the other of the command schemes which has the identification number added by the identification number addition unit,
or the command of the one of the command schemes which has the identification number added by the identification number addition
unit, the command of the other of the command schemes being converted into a command of the one of the command schemes, and

the unit-to-unit communication control unit is configured to transmit the header of the data to the near-field communication
unit when a size of the data is larger than or equal to a predetermined size, and transmit the data when the wireless communication
unit is allowed to communicate with the external communication device.

US Pat. No. 9,124,325

TERMINAL APPARATUS, BASE STATION APPARATUS, RETRANSMISSION METHOD AND RESOURCE ALLOCATION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A terminal apparatus comprising:
a codeword generating section that encodes a data sequence to generate codewords;
a receiving section that receives a response signal indicating a retransmission request for the codewords, the response signal
being allocated to a response resource;

an instructing section that instructs a precoder to be switched based on the number of retransmission requests for the same
codeword or a switch instructing signal reported using the response resource;

a precoding section that precodes the codeword using the precoder, based on the instruction to switch the precoder; and
a transmitting section that transmits the precoded codeword, wherein
(i) a first precoder used before the instructing section instructs the precoder to be switched is a precoder by which transmission
data corresponding to the codeword is transmitted through specific antenna ports among a plurality of antenna ports of the
terminal apparatus, and

a second precoder used after the instructing section instructs the precoder to be switched is a precoder by which the transmission
data is transmitted through all of the plurality of antenna ports, or

(ii) the first precoder is a precoder by which phase rotation is not applied to the transmission data transmitted from antenna
ports to which the same codeword is assigned, and

the second precoder is a precoder by which phase rotation is applied to the transmission data transmitted from antenna ports
to which the same codeword is assigned.

US Pat. No. 9,306,712

METHOD OF SCRAMBLING SIGNALS, TRANSMISSION POINT DEVICE AND USER EQUIPMENT USING THE METHOD

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1. A transmission apparatus comprising:
circuitry, which, in operation:
selects a random seed out of a first random seed generated based on a cell ID and a second random seed generated based on
a second ID that is dedicatedly notified to a user equipment (UE);

initializes a sequence, which is used for a reference signal, with the selected random seed; and
generates the reference signal using the sequence; and
transmitter, which, in operation, transmits the reference signal;
wherein the first random seed is generated by
cinit=(?ns/2?+1)·(2cell_id+1)·216+SCID

wherein Cinit is the first random seed, ns is a slot number, cell_id is the cell ID, and SCID is 0 or 1, and
said transmitter, in operation, implicitly notifies a selection of the random seed out of the first random seed and the second
random seed using the SCID.

US Pat. No. 9,295,078

BASE STATION AND RELATED RADIO COMMUNICATION METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An integrated circuit to control a process, the process comprising:
detecting downlink assignment information indicating a resource for downlink data, the resource being assigned to each of
one or more downlink component carriers, with which a terminal is configured;

decoding the downlink data, which is transmitted in the resource indicated by the detected downlink assignment information;
and

transmitting a response signal for the decoded downlink data and transmitting a scheduling request (SR),
wherein:
the response signal denotes an outcome of the decoding of the downlink data, or denotes a Discontinuous Transmission (DTX)
representing that the outcome is not transmitted;

when a plurality of downlink component carriers are configured, response signals for a plurality of downlink data in the downlink
component carriers are transmitted;

when the response signals are transmitted, the response signals are transmitted using a phase point and one of uplink control
channel resources for the response signals depending on an outcome of the decoding of each of the plurality of downlink data;
and

when both the response signals and the SR are transmitted in a same sub-frame, the response signals are transmitted using
the phase point and an uplink control channel resource for the SR depending on the outcome of the decoding of each of the
plurality of downlink data.

US Pat. No. 9,294,165

SIGNAL GENERATING METHOD AND SIGNAL GENERATING DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A television reception device comprising:
a receiver receiving a multiplexed signal that includes a first desired signal at a first frequency and a second desired signal
at a second frequency;

a branch splitter outputting a first branch signal and a second branch signal that are each identical to the multiplexed signal;
a frequency converter performing frequency conversion on at least one of the first branch signal and the second branch signal,
such that the first desired signal at the first frequency included in the first branch signal and the second desired signal
at the second frequency included in the second branch signal exist at the same frequency; and

a detector performing MIMO detection with use of the first branch signal and the second branch signal, at least one of which
has undergone the frequency conversion, wherein

the multiplexed signal is obtained by performing frequency conversion on a first reception signal and a second reception signal,
and multiplexing the first reception signal and the second reception signal which have undergone the frequency conversion,

the frequency conversion is performed on the first reception signal and the second reception signal, such that a frequency
of the first reception signal and a frequency of the second reception signal are the first frequency and the second frequency,
respectively,

the first reception signal is obtained by receiving a first transmission signal and a second transmission signal at a first
antenna, and the second reception signal is obtained by receiving the first transmission signal and the second transmission
signal at a second antenna,

the first transmission signal and the second transmission signal each have undergone a phase change process in which a signal
phase is changed while a change degree thereof is regularly varied, and

the first transmission signal and the second transmission signal have been transmitted from separate antennas at the same
time at the same frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,282,577

EFFICIENT TRANSMISSION OF A RESPONSE SIGNAL FOR A RANDOM ACCESS PREAMBLE TRANSMITTED FROM LEGACY OR EXTENSION CARRIER CAPABLE DEVICES

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A transmission apparatus configured to receive a random access preamble transmitted from a plurality of preamble transmission
apparatuses and to transmit a response signal for the received random access preamble to the plurality of preamble transmission
apparatuses, the transmission apparatus comprising:
a transmitter configured to transmit a demodulation reference signal (DMRS) via a first antenna port and to transmit a cell
specific reference signal (CRS) via a second antenna port, the DMRS being a UE (user equipment) specific reference signal
specific to each of the plurality of preamble transmission apparatuses located within a coverage area, and the CRS being a
common reference signal that is common to the plurality of preamble transmission apparatuses located within the coverage area;

a setting circuit configured to set a first resource group selectable by a first preamble transmission apparatus allowed to
receive the response signal transmitted via the first antenna port and the response signal transmitted via the second antenna
port, and a second resource group selectable by a second preamble transmission apparatus not allowed to receive the response
signal transmitted via the first antenna port but allowed to receive the response signal transmitted via the second antenna
port; and

a receiver configured to receive the random access preamble transmitted using a resource included in the first resource group
or the second resource group, wherein

in a first case where the resource used for the random access preamble is included in the first resource group, the transmitter
is configured to transmit the response signal together with the DMRS via the first antenna port in an MBSFN (Multi-Broadcast
Single Frequency Network) subframe, and to transmit the response signal together with the CRS via the second antenna port
in non-MBSFN subframe, the MBSFN subframe not allowing the CRS to be mapped in a region other than a head portion of the MBSFN
subframe, but allowing the DMRS to be mapped in the MBSFN subframe, and the non-MBSFN subframe allowing the DMRS and the CRS
to be mapped in the region other than the head portion of the non-MBSFN subframe; and

in a second case where the resource used for the random access preamble is included in the second resource group, the transmitter
is configured to transmit the response signal together with the CRS via the second antenna port in the non-MBSFN subframe,
and to not transmit the response signal in the MBSFN subframe.

US Pat. No. 9,300,437

TRANSMISSION METHOD USING PARITY PACKETS, TRANSMITTER AND REPEATER

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A transmission method executed by a transmitting apparatus to transmit a plurality of contents to a plurality of terminals,
wherein
each of the contents has transmission count information indicating a number of times the content is to be transmitted by the
transmitting apparatus,

the transmission method comprising:
a first transmission step of generating and transmitting a first transmission signal which transfers at least a portion of
a plurality of data packets configured by a plurality of content packets, storing data of the content therein, and by a plurality
of parity packets, generated from the content packets, and

a second transmission step of, when the transmission count information of the content indicates a plurality of times, generating
a second transmission signal including the plurality of data packets, and transmitting the second transmission signal during
a period which differs from a period during which the first transmission signal is transmitted.

US Pat. No. 9,276,717

TERMINAL DEVICE, BASE STATION DEVICE, TRANSMISSION METHOD AND RECEPTION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A base station apparatus comprising:
a control section that generates UL/DL communication subframe switching information indicating whether to perform uplink communication
corresponding to assignment control information in one or more communication subframes fixed to an uplink and indicating whether
to perform uplink communication or downlink communication in an uplink communication subframe switchable to a downlink communication
subframe; and

a transmitting section that transmits the generated UL/DL communication subframe switching information to a terminal apparatus,
wherein an uplink communication subframe for transmitting an error detection result for downlink data or for transmitting
uplink data corresponding to downlink control information, the downlink data and the downlink control information being received
by the terminal apparatus, is a communication subframe that is located at or after a fourth subframe position from a downlink
communication subframe in which the downlink data or the downlink control information is transmitted, and that is fixed to
an uplink and positioned at earliest timing.

US Pat. No. 9,161,347

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT FOR CONTROL CHANNEL ALLOCATION

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1. An integrated circuit comprising:
circuitry, which, in operation:
controls allocation of a control channel to one or a plurality of control channel elements (CCEs) with consecutive CCE number(s)
in a search space, which is defined by control channel candidates to be decoded by a mobile station; and

controls transmission of the allocated control channel to the mobile station;
at least one input coupled to the circuitry, wherein the at least one input, in operation, inputs data; and
at least one output coupled to the circuitry, wherein the at least one output, in operation, outputs data,
wherein the search space is comprised of specific ones of the CCEs, at least a portion of the search space being comprised
of CCEs with consecutive CCE numbers, and the specific ones of the CCEs start on a specific CCE number in ascending order
according to the number of the CCE(s), to which the control channel is allocated, and

wherein an uplink resource used for transmission of a response signal from the mobile station is associated with a CCE number
of the CCE(s), to which the control channel is allocated.

US Pat. No. 9,063,868

VIRTUAL COMPUTER SYSTEM, AREA MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND PROGRAM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A virtual computer system having a plurality of virtual computers that are realized when a processor executes a program
stored in a memory, the virtual computer system comprising:
an area freeing unit configured to, when a predetermined condition is satisfied, perform a comparison among contents of areas
in the memory assigned to the plurality of virtual computers, and when the comparison results in indication of a match between
a content of a first area assigned to a virtual computer and a content of a second area assigned to at least one virtual computer
other than the virtual computer, change area assignment by assigning the first area to the at least one virtual computer in
place of the second area, and free the second area,

wherein the areas in the memory include
a basic area which is the first area, and
one or more copy areas, one of which is assigned to one virtual computer among the plurality of virtual computers when the
one virtual computer attempts to perform writing to the basic area, a content of the basic area being copied to the one of
the one or more copy areas,

the basic area and the one or more copy areas are respectively pages managed in a page table stored in the memory,
the virtual computer system further comprises
an area assignment unit configured to, when the one virtual computer attempts to perform writing to the basic area in a state
where the basic area is assigned to and shared by the plurality of virtual computers, change area assignment by assigning
any of the one or more copy areas to the one virtual computer in place of the basic area, and keep the basic area to be assigned
to the plurality of virtual computers except for the one virtual computer; and

a write inhibit setting unit operable to make a setting in the page table to inhibit writing to the basic area,
wherein, in the page table, the basic area, which has been assigned to and shared by the plurality of virtual computers, is
set to a shared status indicating that an area is shared by two or more virtual computers,

the area assignment unit, when changing the area assignment to the virtual computer from the basic area to the copy area,
sets the copy area to a not-shared status indicating that an area is not shared by virtual computers, and when the number
of virtual computers, excluding the virtual computer, sharing the basic area becomes one, sets the basic area to the not-shared
status in the page table, and

the predetermined condition is that a write inhibit violation occurs when a virtual computer, to which the basic area, which
is set to the not-shared status in the page table, is assigned, attempts to write to the basic area, and when the predetermined
condition is satisfied, the area freeing unit performs the writing to the basic area having been set to the not-shared status,
then performs the comparison, and when changing the area assignment to the one or more virtual computers to which the one
or more other areas among the areas whose contents match each other have been assigned, sets, in the page table, the one area
to the shared status.

US Pat. No. 9,807,788

CONTROL CHANNEL SIGNALING USING CODE POINTS FOR INDICATING THE SCHEDULING MODE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An integrated circuit configured to control operation of a mobile station, the integrated circuit comprising one or more
physical computing resources which, in operation, cause the mobile station to:
receive, from a base station that provides a dynamic scheduling mode and a persistent scheduling mode, a control channel signal
that includes a HARQ (Hybrid Automatic Repeat request) process field and other control information format fields,

select the persistent scheduling mode to communicate with the base station, when a value in the HARQ process field and a value
in another control information format field in the received control channel signal at least partially constitute a predetermined
combination of values, and

interpret at least one control information format field other than the HARQ field and the another control information format
field for selecting the persistent scheduling mode in the control channel signal differently between the dynamic scheduling
mode and the persistent scheduling mode, based on the predetermined combination of values that indicates how to interpret
said at least one control information format field.

US Pat. No. 9,717,080

COMMON MAPPING OF RESOURCE ELEMENTS TO ENHANCED RESOURCE ELEMENT GROUPS

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A base station in a communication system using Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM) comprising:
a processor which, in operation, implements a mapping that applies to each of a first and second frequency domain half of
a resource block pair, wherein resource elements (REs) of the resource block pair are assigned to a plurality of resource
element groups according to the mapping; and

a transmitter which, in operation, transmits control channel information based on the resource element groups according to
the mapping; wherein

the resource elements of the first OFDM symbol are assigned to the resource element groups, in a first predetermined order
of the resource elements and a second predetermined order of the resource element groups,

the resource elements of the second OFDM symbol and of each of the remaining OFDM symbols in the resource block pair are assigned
to the resource element groups, in the first predetermined order of the resource elements and in the second predetermined
order of the resource element groups, such that the first resource element group to be assigned for an OFDM symbol is the
one subsequent-in-order to the last resource element group assigned for the previous OFDM symbol, and

space-frequency block coding (SFBC) is used for transmitting resource element groups in a resource block pair, one out of
a plurality of SFBC pairs is defined to use two resource elements of the same resource element group within each OFDM symbol,
wherein one of the two resource elements of the SFBC pair in the same OFDM symbol has a subcarrier index k and another of
the two resource elements of the SFBC pair has a subcarrier index k+3 or k+6 in a frequency domain.

US Pat. No. 9,872,287

TDD UPLINK/DOWNLINK CONFIGURATION ENHANCEMENTS

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A method for performing a Physical Uplink Shared CHannel, PUSCH, transmission by a mobile station in response to a Downlink
Control Information, DCI, transmission utilizing Time Division Duplex, TDD, communication based on at least one of a plurality
of uplink/downlink configurations,
wherein the mobile station is configured for communication with a base station in a communication system according to a first
of the plurality of uplink/downlink configurations, each of the plurality of uplink/downlink configurations defining the subframes
of a radio frame as an uplink subframe, a downlink subframe or a special subframe, and

wherein the mobile station applies uplink reference timing relations for the communication on the basis of a second of the
plurality uplink/downlink configurations, the uplink reference timing relations defining one or plural timing relation(s)
for performing one or plural PUSCH transmission(s) in response to a single DCI transmission, wherein the method comprises
the following steps to be performed by the mobile station:

receiving in a subframe, defined as downlink subframe or special subframe, a DCI transmission in response to which a PUSCH
transmission is to be performed;

determining, by applying the uplink reference timing relations, a single timing relation for a PUSCH transmission according
to the subframe in which the corresponding DCI transmission is received; and

performing the PUSCH transmission in a single subframe defined as an uplink subframe by the first uplink/downlink configuration,
the uplink subframe corresponding to the determined single timing relation; wherein:

in case the first uplink/downlink configuration, according to which the communication is configured, is different from the
second uplink/downlink configuration, on the basis of which the uplink reference timing relations are defined, and in case
these uplink reference timing relations define plural timing relations for performing PUSCH transmissions in response to a
single DCI transmission,

the mobile station refers, as part of the determining step, to a pre-stored association indicating the single timing relation
among the plural timing relations that is to be used for the PUSCH transmission based on the subframe in which the corresponding
DCI transmission is received.

US Pat. No. 9,872,368

CONTROL METHOD FOR MOBILE DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A control method for a mobile device that controls one or more illumination devices, the mobile device including a display,
a computer, and a memory, the control method causing the computer of the mobile device to perform operations comprising:
acquiring a piece of mobile-device location information indicating a location where the mobile device is present;
sorting one or more setting screens corresponding to the respective one or more illumination devices using information stored
in the memory, the information indicating correspondences between the one or more illumination devices and one or more pieces
of illumination-device location information indicating one or more locations where the respective one or more illumination
devices are present;

displaying the sorted one or more setting screens on the display; and
transmitting a control signal for controlling the one or more illumination devices in accordance with setting information
indicating an illumination state set through an input operation performed through the setting screens, to the one or more
illumination devices,

wherein the one or more setting screens includes a slider to adjust brightness of corresponding illumination devices,
wherein a piece of mobile-device location information identifies information specifying a room or an area where the mobile
device is present,

wherein each of the illumination-device location information identifies information specifying a room or an area where a corresponding
one of the one or more illumination devices is present,

wherein, in the displaying the one or more setting screens, the one or more setting screens are sorted according to a priority,
based on location, from the illumination-device location information and displayed in a row,

wherein one or more first illumination device setting screens corresponding to one or more first illumination-devices of the
one or more illumination devices that corresponds to a first illumination device location information that matches the room
or the area identified by the mobile-device location information is displayed on a first area of the row, and
wherein the first area begins at a left portion of the row and sequentially occupies parts of the row.

US Pat. No. 9,059,743

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND RECEPTION APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

7. A transmission method comprising;
performing error correction encoding processing on transmit data comprising a plurality of bits to form a plurality of error
correction encoding data each comprising a plurality of bits;

modulating the plurality of error correction encoding data using a QPSK modulation scheme or a 16QAM modulation scheme to
generate a modulation symbol; and

transmitting the modulation symbol, wherein:
the modulating is performed by generating the modulation symbol, using a first error correction encoding data for the QPSK
modulation scheme, and, using the first error correction encoding data and a second error correction encoding data for the
16QAM modulation scheme, at a first time slot.

US Pat. No. 9,185,557

SERVING GPRS SUPPORT NODE AND CONTROLLING METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A Serving General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) Support Node (SGSN) comprising:
a receiver which, in operation, receives a service request message from a traffic offloading apparatus, which has received
the service request message from a user equipment (UE) in idle mode, has modified a service type in the service request message
from a paging response type to an UE-initiated service request type, and has forwarded the service request message whose service
type was modified to the SGSN; and

a processor which, in operation, authenticates the UE using the received service request message.

US Pat. No. 9,288,788

TERMINAL RECEIVING RESOURCE BLOCK ALLOCATION AND METHOD THEREFOR

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A terminal comprising,
a receiving unit configured to receive assignment information indicating Physical Resource Blocks (PRBs), into which a plurality
of subcarriers in a frequency domain are divided, allocated to the terminal in one of a plurality of resource allocations
including:

a resource allocation allocating Distributed Virtual Resource Blocks (DVRBs) with a same DVRB number, the DVRBs with the same
DVRB number being mapped to a plurality of PRBs based on a determined gap and a determined number, the determined gap and
the determined number being associated with a system bandwidth, the determined gap being an integer multiple of the determined
number; and

a resource allocation allocating one or more Resource Block Groups (RBGs), each RBG having the determined number of one or
more consecutive PRBs; and

a decoding unit configured to decode data based on the assignment information.

US Pat. No. 9,282,241

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An image processing device comprising:
a turn motion detection unit configured to detect a turn motion of an image capture subject and output one recording start
point and one recording end point within a period in which the turn motion is detected;

a video storing unit configured to store a video recording of the turn motion from the recording start point to the recording
end point;

a time length calculating unit configured to calculate a recorded time length of each of a plurality of specific sections,
the specific sections being continuous and composing a section of the video recording from a first time point in the video
recording to a second time point in the video recording;

a playback speed determining unit configured to determine a playback speed of each of the specific sections by using the recorded
time length corresponding to the specific section and a playback time length corresponding to the specific section, the playback
time length being a predetermined time length that is independent from the recorded time length and being separately set for
each of the specific sections; and

a video playback unit configured to sequentially play back the continuous specific sections, each of the specific sections
played back at the corresponding playback speed, wherein

the playback speed determining unit determines the playback speed of each of the specific sections such that playback of the
specific section at the corresponding playback speed results in playback being performed for the corresponding playback time
length.

US Pat. No. 9,298,293

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A portable electronic apparatus comprising:
a housing having a first face and first and second side faces, wherein the first and second side faces rise from the first
face, and at least a concave portion is configured by the first side face, the first face and the second side face;

a display, at least a part of the display being accommodated in the concave portion;
a touch panel that is positioned on the display and is capable of detecting at least a distance to an indicator;
first and second sheet metal members respectively disposed on the first and second side faces, at least a part of the first
and second sheet metal members facing a side face of the display;

a third sheet metal member disposed on the first face; and
a cover glass that covers at least the display, the first sheet metal member, and the second sheet metal member,
wherein at least the display, the touch panel, and the cover glass are disposed in this order to comprise a stacked structure;
wherein the first and second sheet metal members are spaced from the display;
wherein the third sheet metal member is spaced from the display;
wherein a distance between an upper end face of the first sheet metal member and a lower face of the cover glass and a distance
between an upper end face of the second sheet metal member and the lower face of the cover glass are each larger than zero
and equal to or smaller than a predetermined value;

wherein the housing has at least a second face that is substantially parallel with the first face and is positioned on the
opposite side of the concave portion with respect to the first face;

wherein a battery can be installed between the first face and the second face;
wherein the cover glass is adhered to an upper end portion of the first side face and an upper end portion of the second side
face with adhesive;

wherein the first sheet metal member is secured to one end portion of the third sheet metal member with a screw;
wherein the second sheet metal member is secured to an other end portion of the third sheet metal member with a screw.

US Pat. No. 9,277,550

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT FOR CONTROL CHANNEL ALLOCATION

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An integrated circuit comprising:
at least one input, which, in operation, inputs a control channel that is received on one or a plurality of control channel
elements (CCE(s)) with consecutive CCE number(s) from a base station apparatus; and

circuitry coupled to the at least one input, wherein the circuitry, in operation,
controls decoding of the received control channel in a search space, which is defined by control channel candidates to be
decoded;

wherein the search space is comprised of specific ones of the CCEs, at least a portion of the search space being comprised
of CCEs with consecutive CCE numbers, and the specific ones of the CCEs starting on a specific CCE number in ascending order
according to the number of the CCE(s), on which the control channel is received, and

wherein an uplink resource used for transmission of a response signal is associated with a CCE number of the CCE(s), on which
the control channel is received.

US Pat. No. 9,325,396

SIGNAL GENERATING METHOD AND SIGNAL GENERATING DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A transmission signal generating method comprising:
applying precoding to a first modulated signal s1 and a second modulated signal s2 to generate a first precoded signal z?1
and a second precoded signal z?2, the first modulated signal s1 having been modulated by a first modulation scheme at a modulation
level denoted by a, the second modulated signal s2 having been modulated by a second modulation scheme at a modulation level
denoted by b, and a and b being integers satisfying a
performing a phase change on at least one of the first precoded signal z?1 and the second precoded signal z?2 to generate
a first transmission signal z1 and a second transmission signal z2; and

outputting the first transmission signal z1 and the second transmission signal z2 respectively to be transmitted from a first
antenna and a second antenna at the same time at the same frequency, the first transmission signal z1 and the second transmission
signal z2 include respectively an information symbol regarding the first modulation scheme and the second modulation scheme,

the precoding being represented by a precoding matrix

where ?=0,
a phase change scheme for the phase change being changed regularly, and
the transmission method further comprising:
performing a power change involving multiplication by a weighting factor ua and multiplication by a weighting factor ub, the weighting factor ua being used for the generation of the first transmission signal z1 from the first modulated signal s1, the weighting factor
ub being used for the generation of the second transmission signal z2 from the second modulated signal s2, and the weighting
factor ua and the weighting factor ub satisfying ua

US Pat. No. 9,300,387

RELAY STATION, BASE STATION, TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND RECEPTION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

9. A reception method used in a communication system configured to use a first component carrier (CC) and a second for backhaul
communication between a base station and a relay station and to configure a downlink backhaul subframe (DL BHSF) used for
backhaul communication in downlink and an uplink backhaul subframe (UL BHSF) used for backhaul communication in uplink, the
UL BHSF being a subframe located after a predetermined number of subframes from the DL BHSF, the reception method comprising:
the DL BHSF of the first CC and the DL BHSF of the second CC are configured independently;
the UL BHSF of the second CC is configured after the predetermined number of subframes from the DL BHSF of the second CC that
is configured at a timing different from that of the DL BHSF of the first CC, and the UL BHSF of the second CC is not configured
after the predetermined number of subframes from the DL BHSF of the second CC that is configured at a timing identical to
that of the DL BHSF of the first CC;

assigning a downlink signal to each of the first CC and the second CC;
receiving, in the UL BHSF of the second CC, a first response signal for a downlink signal transmitted in the DL BHSF of the
second CC that is configured at the timing different from that of the DL BHSF of the first CC; and

receiving, in the UL BHSF of the first CC, a second response signal for a downlink signal transmitted in the DL BHSF of the
second CC that is configured at the timing identical to that of the DL BHSF of the first CC.

US Pat. No. 9,431,017

DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, DEVICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND VOICE INPUT APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method in a device management system connected to a plurality of target devices for managing the plurality of target
devices, the plurality of target devices being arranged in a same household, the method comprising:
receiving, from a voice input apparatus associated with a first target device among the plurality of target devices, instruction
information that includes first voice information indicating an operation instruction for any target device among the plurality
of target devices, wherein the instruction information includes identification information that identifies the voice input
apparatus;

specifying the first target device by referencing a first database in which the identification information and a device ID
of the first target device are associated;

recognizing the operation instruction from the first voice information included in the received instruction information;
determining whether or not second voice information indicating a second target device among the plurality of target devices
is included in the instruction information; and

transmitting, (i) when the second voice information is not included in the instruction information, a first control command
for executing the recognized operation instruction to the first target device, and (ii) when the second voice information
is included in the instruction information, the first control command to the second target device.

US Pat. No. 9,154,259

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CALIBRATION DATA TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND METHOD FOR UPDATING A CORRESPONDENCE RELATIONSHIP

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a reception section that receives information on requesting a calibration data transmission for a first communication mode,
from another communication apparatus; and

a transmission section that transmits transmission data and, in accordance with receipt of the information on requesting the
calibration data transmission for the first communication mode, transmits calibration data used for updating a correspondence
relationship between the first communication mode and a corresponding carrier to interference ratio, to the other communication
apparatus, the calibration data being coded and modulated using a coding rate and a modulation scheme which correspond to
the first communication mode,

wherein the transmission section transmits the calibration data including data of a random string and error detection code.

US Pat. No. 9,245,356

IMAGE DECODING METHOD AND IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An image decoding method for decoding an image, the image decoding method comprising:
obtaining setting information for setting a first quantization matrix to be used in the decoding of the image; and
decoding coefficients of the image, using the first quantization matrix set according to the setting information,
wherein, in the decoding:
when the setting information includes specifying information for specifying a second quantization matrix and the second quantization
matrix specified by the specifying information is referable, the second quantization matrix is set as the first quantization
matrix; and

when the setting information includes the specifying information and the second quantization matrix specified by the specifying
information is not referable, a third quantization matrix which is referable is set as the first quantization matrix, the
third quantization matrix not being specified by the specifying information.

US Pat. No. 9,467,882

RADIO COMMUNICATION TERMINAL AND RADIO COMMUNICATION METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An integrated circuit comprising:
circuitry which, in operation, controls a process including:
receiving control information indicating subframes, for which a channel quality is measured; and
measuring the channel quality for the subframes that said control information indicates,
wherein, out of subframes including a first subframe with no transmission of data by another cell and a second subframe with
transmission of data by the other cell, the second subframe is included in the subframes that said control information indicates;
and

at least one input coupled to the circuitry, wherein the at least one input, in operation, receives the control information.

US Pat. No. 9,344,253

RADIO COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND RADIO COMMUNICATION METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A device comprising:
circuitry that multiplies a symbol representing an Acknowledgment (ACK) or Negative Acknowledgement (NACK) with a sequence
defined by one of a plurality of cyclic shift values and that also multiples the symbol by ej(?/2) when an index of a resource to which a physical uplink control channel is mapped is odd, said one of the plurality of cyclic
shift values being determined from the index; and

a transmitter that transmits the multiplied symbol on the physical uplink control channel.

US Pat. No. 9,177,487

DIGITAL MAP POSITION INFORMATION TRANSFER METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method of generating a shape vector data string including a traffic event occurrence section on a transmitting side digital
map in a transmitting side, transmitting the shape vector data string from the transmitting side to a receiving side, and
specifying a location of the traffic event occurrence section on a receiving side digital map in the receiving side based
on the shape vector data string transmitted from the transmitting side, comprising the steps of:
shifting a location of an endpoint of the shape vector data string under a predetermined condition to generate an altered
shape vector data string in the transmitting side; and

transmitting the altered shape vector data string from the transmitting side to the receiving side,
wherein the altered shape vector data string includes a coordinate string of nodes arranged along a road.

US Pat. No. 9,160,491

RECEIVING APPARATUS AND RECEIVING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A receiving apparatus comprising:
a receiver configured to receive a modulation symbol sequence; and
a decoder configured to decode the received modulation symbol sequence,
wherein the decoder comprises:
a first decoder configured to decode a first bit group included in the each received modulation symbol by a first decoding
scheme, the first bit group being encoded by a first encoding process; and

a second decoder configured to decode a second bit group included in the each received modulation symbol by a second decoding
scheme, the second bit group being a bit group other than the first bit group, and encoded by a second encoding process different
from the first encoding process, and wherein

the first bit group comprises a plurality of bits indicating one of four regions on an IQ plane, the four regions on the IQ
plane being regions into which a mapping pattern of the received modulation symbol sequence is divided, and

the second bit group comprises a plurality of bits indicating a position of the received modulation symbol sequence in the
one of the four regions on the I-Q plane, and

the first encoding process has higher error correction capability than the second encoding process.

US Pat. No. 9,292,929

IMAGE REGION EXTRACTION DEVICE, IMAGE REGION EXTRACTION METHOD, AND IMAGE REGION EXTRACTION PROGRAM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An image region extracting apparatus that extracts, from an image photographed by a camera, a target region based on a
designation region, the apparatus comprising:
a control circuit configured to acquire a pixel value change pattern and a distance change pattern of each part of the image,
the pixel value change pattern being a spatial change characteristic of a pixel value component, and the distance change pattern
being a spatial change characteristic of a distance component indicating a distance from a view point of the camera to a subject;
and

the control circuit being further configured to extract the target region based on similarities of the pixel value change
pattern and the distance change pattern between the designation region and each part of the image.

US Pat. No. 9,280,235

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A portable electronic device, comprising:
a display;
a touch panel, at least a part of which is arranged to overlap the display, the touch panel being capable of detecting an
indicator which is separate from the touch panel by a predetermined distance; and

a predetermined region arranged at an end portion of the touch panel, wherein
the portable electronic device includes:
a first mode in which when the distance between the indicator and the touch panel is equal to or less than a first distance
and is greater than a second distance smaller than the first distance, the display displays a pointer that moves according
to a movement of the indicator, wherein a length of the movement of the pointer has a predetermined magnification greater
than 1 with respect to a length of the movement of the indicator; and

a second mode in which an xy coordinate moves in correspondence with one time magnification of the movement of the indicator,
and

in the second mode, when a predetermined operation is performed in a state where the distance between the indicator and the
touch panel in the predetermined region is equal to or less than a third distance and is greater than a fourth distance smaller
than the third distance, the portable electronic device is switched to the first mode.

US Pat. No. 9,098,385

CONTENT MANAGING APPARATUS, CONTENT MANAGING METHOD, CONTENT MANAGING PROGRAM, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A content managing apparatus for managing a content item, the apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a non-transitory memory having stored thereon executable instructions, which when executed, cause the processor to perform:
obtaining (i) a first content item held by a first user, (ii) a metadata item that indicates attribute information for classifying
the first content item, and (iii) information on a sharing state of a second content item between the first user and a second
user who is a user other than the first user, the second content item being a content item having a metadata item identical
to the metadata item held by the first content item;

calculating a degree of interest of the second user based on the information on the sharing state of the second content item,
the degree of interest of the second user being an index indicating an interest of the second user in the metadata item held
by the first content item that (i) indicates the attribute information for classifying the first content item and (ii) is
identical to the metadata item held by the second content item; and

managing the first content item, based on the degree of interest of the second user.

US Pat. No. 9,088,362

INFORMATION COMMUNICATION METHOD FOR OBTAINING INFORMATION BY DEMODULATING BRIGHT LINE PATTERN INCLUDED IN AN IMAGE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A non-transitory recording medium storing a program for obtaining information from a subject, the program causing a computer
to execute:
setting an exposure time of an image sensor so that, in an image obtained by capturing the subject by the image sensor, a
bright line corresponding to an exposure line included in the image sensor appears according to a change in luminance of the
subject;

obtaining a bright line image including the bright line by capturing the subject that changes in luminance by the image sensor
with the set exposure time; and

obtaining the information by demodulating data specified by a pattern of the bright line included in the obtained bright line
image,

wherein in the obtaining of a bright line image, the bright line image including a plurality of parts where the bright line
appears is obtained by capturing a plurality of the subjects, and

in the obtaining of the information, a position of each of the plurality of subjects is obtained by demodulating, for each
of the plurality of parts, the data specified by the pattern of the bright line in the part,

the program further causing the computer to execute
estimating a position of the image sensor, based on the obtained position of each of the plurality of subjects.

US Pat. No. 9,379,870

SEARCH SPACE RECONFIGURATION FOR ENHANCED-PDCCH

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method for providing, by a receiving apparatus (UE) configured with at least one serving cell including a primary cell,
simultaneously feedback on reconfiguration attempts of search spaces for enhanced physical downlink control channels (E-PDCCH)
and feedback on at least one downlink transmission to a transmitting apparatus (eNB), the method comprising the following
steps performed by the receiving apparatus (UE):
receiving the at least one downlink transmission via the at least one serving cell from the transmitting apparatus,
receiving from the transmitting apparatus reconfiguration information for reconfiguration of the search spaces for the at
least one serving cell,

determining for the at least one downlink transmission whether the received downlink transmission is successfully decodable,
and determining whether the received reconfiguration information is successfully decodable,

generating a feedback tuple including ACK/NACK/DTXs determined based on the successful/un-successful decoding of the at least
one downlink transmission and including ACK/DTXs determined based on the successful/un-successful decoding of the reconfiguration
information,

transmitting the feedback tuple as a combination of:
a selected one of a plurality of uplink resources available for transmitting the feedback tuple via the primary cell, and
a selected one of a plurality of modulation symbols of a modulation scheme for transmission on the selected uplink resource.

US Pat. No. 9,374,195

TRANSMISSION SIGNAL GENERATING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND RECEPTION DATA GENERATING APPARATUS AND METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

5. A transmission signal generating method comprising;
performing, by a processor, error correction encoding processing on transmit data comprising a plurality of bits to form a
plurality of error correction encoding data each comprising a plurality of bits;

interleaving bits of the plurality of error correction encoding data; and
modulating the interleaved bits of the plurality of error correction encoding data using a QPSK modulation scheme or a 16QAM
modulation scheme to generate a plurality of modulation symbols, wherein:

the modulating is performed by generating the plurality of modulation symbols, using a first error correction encoding data
for the QPSK modulation scheme, and, using the first error correction encoding data and a second error correction encoding
data for the 16QAM modulation scheme, at a first time slot; and

the interleaving is performed for every two bits in the QPSK modulation scheme and is performed for every four bits in the
16QAM modulation scheme.

US Pat. No. 9,325,475

TERMINAL, BASE STATION, TRANSMISSION METHOD AND RECEPTION METHOD IN A HETEROGENEOUS NETWORK REGARDING COMP CONTROL OF CHANNEL INFORMATION

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A terminal comprising:
a receiving section that receives a plurality of reference signals from a plurality of transmission points, first information
indicating the plurality of transmission points and second information indicating at least one of some of the plurality of
transmission points;

a generating section that generates a first channel state information (CSI) part including CSI respectively corresponding
to the plurality of reference signals from the plurality of transmission points indicated by the first information and that
generates a second CSI part including CSI corresponding to the reference signals from the some transmission points indicated
by the second information, the first CSI part being used for updating the second information, and the second CSI part being
used for control of coordinated transmission; and

a transmitting section that transmits the generated first CSI part and the generated second CSI part, wherein
the receiving section receives the first information through a radio resource control (RRC) signaling, and receives the second
information through MAC control element (MAC CE);

the transmitting section transmits the first CSI part with lower frequency than a transmitting frequency of the second CSI
part; and

the generated first CSI part includes a third CSI part corresponding to the reference signal from a transmission point not
included in the some transmission points and a forth CSI part corresponding to the reference signal from the some transmission
points, the third CSI part including wideband channel quality indicator (CQI) and not including precoding matrix indicator
(PMI) and Rank indicator (RI), the forth CSI part including narrowband CQI, PMI and RI, and an amount of the third CSI part
is smaller than an amount of the fourth CSI part.

US Pat. No. 9,313,051

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT FOR CONTROLLING A PROCESS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An integrated circuit for controlling a process comprising:
receiving control information transmitted from a base station;
generating a reference signal based on a cyclic shift number out of a plurality of cyclic shift numbers, the cyclic shift
number being given by the control information; and

transmitting the reference signal,
wherein the plurality of cyclic shift numbers includes two cyclic shift numbers, which are next to each other in order of
cyclic shift number and a difference between which is a first interval, and two cyclic shift numbers, which are next to each
other in order of cyclic shift number and a difference between which is a second interval different from the first interval.

US Pat. No. 9,271,002

CODING METHOD AND CODING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A coding method for coding a control parameter for controlling coding of an image, the coding method comprising:
determining a context for a current block in the image, from among a plurality of contexts; and
performing arithmetic coding on the control parameter for the current block, using the determined context to generate a bitstream
corresponding to the current block, wherein the determining further includes:

determining a signal type under which the control parameter for the current block is classified;
determining the context by using both of coded control parameters for a left block and an upper block, when the signal type
is a first type, the left block being a neighboring block to the left of the current block, and the upper block being a neighboring
block on top of the current block; and

determining the context by using a hierarchical depth of a data unit to which the control parameter for the current block
belongs, without using any coded control parameters for the left block and the upper block, when the signal type is a second
type different from the first type,

wherein the control parameter determined as the first type belongs to the current block having a size larger than or equal
to a size of a block to which the control parameter determined as the second type belongs,

wherein one of a split flag and a skip flag is classified under the first type, the split flag indicating whether or not the
current block is partitioned into a plurality of blocks, and the skip flag indicating whether or not the current block is
to be skipped, and

wherein inter-prediction information is classified under the second type, the inter-prediction information indicating which
of uni-prediction and bi-prediction is used for predicting the current block.

US Pat. No. 9,264,730

MOTION VECTOR CALCULATION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A picture coding method for coding a current block included in a current picture in direct mode, the picture coding method
comprising:
specifying a co-located block which is a block included in a second picture that is different from the current picture, the
co-located block being located in the second picture at the same position that the current block is located in the current
picture;

determining a first motion vector and a second motion vector of the current block for performing motion compensation on the
current block, using a third motion vector which is a motion vector of the co-located block;

generating a first predictive image of the current block using the first motion vector of the current block and a second predictive
image of the current block using the second motion vector of the current block;

generating a predictive image of the current block based on the first predictive image and the second predictive image;
generating a difference image of the current block between the current block and the predictive image of the current block;
and

coding the difference image of the current block to obtain coded data of the current block,
wherein, the co-located block is motion-compensated using a first motion vector corresponding to a first reference picture
of the co-located block and a second motion vector corresponding to a second reference picture of the co-located block, and

wherein, in the case where the first and second reference pictures of the co-located block are both stored in a long-term
picture buffer, (i) the third motion vector is determined to be equal to one of the first and second motion vectors of the
co-located block, and (ii) the first motion vector of the current block is determined to be equal to the third motion vector,
and (iii) the second motion vector of the current block is determined to be a value of 0.

US Pat. No. 9,258,058

SIGNAL TRANSMITTING APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING INFORMATION BY BRIGHT LINE PATTERN IN IMAGE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A signal transmitting system, comprising:
a light emitter that changes in luminance;
a receiving apparatus; and
a circuit that controls the light emitter change in luminance in frequency, which is more than 1 kHz, to transmit a signal
to the receiving apparatus,

wherein, the receiving apparatus includes a processor and a recording medium having a program, and the program causes the
processor to execute operations including:

obtaining first image data by image capture with a first exposure time by sequentially starting exposure for a plurality of
exposure lines in an image sensor each at a different time and each of the plurality of exposure lines partially overlaps
in exposure time an adjacent exposure line,

setting a second exposure time of the image sensor so that, in an image obtained by capturing a subject by the image sensor,
a plurality of bright lines corresponding to the plurality of exposure lines included in the image sensor appear according
to a change in luminance of the subject, the second exposure time being shorter than the first exposure time and shorter than
1/2000 second;

obtaining a bright line image including the plurality of bright lines, by capturing the subject changing in luminance by the
image sensor with the set second exposure time; and

obtaining information by demodulating data specified by a pattern of the plurality of bright lines included in the obtained
bright line image.

US Pat. No. 9,189,104

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a display unit; and
a touch panel which is placed on the display unit and can detect a distance between an instruction body and the touch panel,
wherein a prescribed function corresponding to a first region and/or a second region of the touch panel is activated when
the distance of the instruction body being in the second region becomes shorter than or equal to a second distance which is
shorter than a first distance after a state that the instruction body exists in the first region and the distance is shorter
than or equal to the first distance and longer than the second distance has lasted for a prescribed time or more; and

wherein the prescribed function is not activated and the display unit makes at least a display to an effect that input has
failed when the distance of the instruction body being in the second region becomes shorter than or equal to the second distance
before the state that the instruction body exists in the first region and the distance is shorter than or equal to the first
distance and longer than the second distance lasts for the prescribed time or more.

US Pat. No. 9,136,985

TERMINAL DEVICE AND RETRANSMISSION CONTROL METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A terminal configured with one or more downlink component carrier(s), the terminal comprising:
a control information detecting section which, in operation, detects control information transmitted from a base station on
a control channel element (CCE), the control information including downlink assignment information that indicates a resource
for downlink data, the resource being assigned to each of the downlink component carrier(s);

a decoding section which, in operation, decodes the downlink data, which is transmitted in the resource indicated by the downlink
assignment information included in the detected control information; and

a transmitting section which, in operation, transmits a response signal for the decoded downlink data,
wherein:
downlink component carriers including a first downlink component carrier and a second downlink component carrier are configured;
when control information on the first downlink component carrier is detected and control information on the second downlink
component carrier is not detected, the response signal is transmitted using a first uplink control channel resource, an index
of which is associated with a number of the CCE; and

when control information on the second downlink component carrier is detected and control information on the first downlink
component carrier is not detected, the response signal is transmitted using a second uplink control channel resource, an index
of which is notified from the base station, and

wherein at least one of the control information detecting section, the decoding section and the transmitting section includes
circuitry.

US Pat. No. 10,075,944

TERMINAL DEVICE AND TRANSMISSION METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A terminal apparatus comprising:circuitry, which, in operation, generates a response signal based on error detection results of downlink data transmitted in one or more component carriers including a first component carrier and a second component carrier that are aggregated in a carrier aggregation; and
a transmitter, which, in operation, transmits the generated response signal in a uplink control channel based on a mapping rule, wherein:
the mapping rule associates the error detection results with one of a plurality of resources used for transmission of the uplink control channel, the plurality of resources including a first resource and a second resource;
error detection results when the downlink data is received only in the first component carrier are associated with the first resource that is mapped on the first component carrier;
error detection results when the downlink data is received only in the second component carrier are associated with the second resource that is mapped on the second component carrier;
the first resource is associated with an index of one or more control channel elements in which downlink control information received in the first component carrier is mapped; and
the second resource is associated with an index of one or more control channel elements in which downlink control information received in the second component carrier is mapped.

US Pat. No. 9,407,413

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, AND AUTOMATIC REPEAT REQUEST CONTROL METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A wireless communication device used in a communication system configured to utilize a coordinated multiple-point technique,
the device comprising:
a coordinated multiple-point base station determination section configured to determine another wireless communication device
which performs, together with a wireless communication device of interest, multiple-point coordinate with respect to a wireless
communication terminal;

an allocation determination section configured to determine for a predetermined number of sub-frames a proportion of multiple-data-transmission
automatic repeat request control to identical-data-transmission automatic repeat request control;

a first automatic repeat request control section configured to perform the multiple-data-transmission automatic repeat request
control;

a second automatic repeat request control section configured to perform the identical-data-transmission automatic repeat request
control; and

a transmission delay time calculation section configured to calculate a transmission delay time existing between the wireless
communication device of interest and the other wireless communication device,

wherein the allocation determination section is further configured to:
determine from the transmission delay time an allocation showing a proportion of multiple-data-transmission automatic repeat
request control to identical-data-transmission automatic repeat request control for the predetermined number of sub-frames,
and

determine the allocation such that the proportion of identical-data-transmission automatic repeat request control increases
when the transmission delay time is greater than a predetermined threshold and that the proportion of multiple-data-transmission
automatic repeat request control increases when the transmission delay time is less than the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,398,608

PREVENTING ERRONEOUS DETECTION OF A DATA RESOURCE REGION DUE TO AN ERROR IN DETECTION OF A CONTROL SIGNAL

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A transmission apparatus configured to map transmission data for a reception apparatus to a data resource region, to map
a control signal to a predetermined resource region other than the data resource region and to transmit the transmission data
and the control signal to the reception apparatus, the transmission apparatus comprising:
a generation section that generates an assignment control signal for the data resource region, wherein the assignment control
signal is a downlink assignment control signal that assigns a downlink data resource region and an uplink assignment control
signal that assigns an uplink data resource region when a request for scheduling of an uplink data signal is included in a
reporting information, or the assignment control signal is the downlink assignment control signal when the request for scheduling
of the uplink data signal is not included in the reporting information;

a setting section that sets the data resource region and a control resource region to which the assignment control signal
is mapped, within the predetermined resource region in a resource block group (RBG) including four resource blocks (RBs) identified
as RB#0, RB#1, RB#2, and RB#3; and

a mapping section that maps the transmission data to the set data resource region and that maps the assignment control signal
to the set control resource region, wherein

the setting section sets RB#0 to be the RB to which the downlink assignment control signal is mapped when the assignment control signal is the downlink
assignment control signal, sets RB#1 or RB#2 to be the RB to which the downlink assignment control signal is mapped when the assignment control signal is the downlink
assignment control signal and the uplink assignment control signal, sets each of the four RBs identified by a number equal
to or less than a number identifying the RB to which the downlink assignment control signal is mapped to be the control resource
region, and sets each of the four RBs identified by a number larger than the number identifying the RB to which the downlink
assignment control signal is mapped to be the data resource region.

US Pat. No. 9,391,757

TERMINAL APPARATUS AND SEQUENCE ASSIGNING METHOD

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1. An integrated circuit to control a process, the process comprising:
transmitting, to a mobile station, control information related to a sequence in one of multiple groups, into which sequences
for each of multiple sequence lengths having at least two different lengths are divided; and

receiving a reference signal, which is generated using the sequence in one of the multiple groups based on the control information
and which is transmitted from the mobile station,

wherein a first respective predefined number of sequence(s) contained in a first group of the multiple groups into which sequences
having a first sequence length are divided is less than a second respective predefined number of sequences contained in a
second group of the multiple groups into which sequences having a second sequence length are divided where the first sequence
length is less than a threshold value and the second sequence length is greater than or equal to the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,265,042

RADIO RECEPTION APPARATUS, RADIO TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, AND RADIO COMMUNICATION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An integrated circuit for controlling a process, the process comprising:
mapping, in at least one mode of operation, a first reference signal for a first communication system in a plurality of symbols
of both a former half and a latter half, the plurality of symbols being divided in the former half and the latter half according
to a time direction of which a subframe is comprised;

mapping, in the at least one mode of operation, a second reference signal for a second communication system to only a last
two symbols in the latter half of the plurality of symbols, and

transmitting the first reference signal and the second reference signal,
wherein the first reference signal is a Long Term Evolution (LTE) reference signal and the second reference signal is an LTE-Advanced
reference signal.

US Pat. No. 9,161,036

IMAGE DECODING METHOD AND IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS

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1. A decoding method for decoding, on a block-by-block basis, an image included in a bitstream, the method comprising:
dividing a current block that is a unit of decoding into a plurality of sub-blocks each of which is a unit of prediction;
deriving, for each of the plurality of sub-blocks, one or more prediction information candidates each of which is a candidate
for prediction information indicating a reference picture list, a motion vector, and a reference picture index;

obtaining, from the bitstream, an index for selecting a prediction information candidate to be used for decoding the current
block from among the one or more prediction information candidates; and

decoding the current block using the prediction information candidate selected by the index,
wherein the deriving includes:
determining whether or not a neighboring block neighboring each of the plurality of sub-blocks is included in the current
block, and when the neighboring block is not included in the current block, determining the neighboring block to be a reference
block available to the sub-block, and when the neighboring block is included in the current block, determining the neighboring
block not to be the reference block;

deriving a prediction information candidate of the sub-block from prediction information of the reference block; and
when a total number of the prediction information candidates is smaller than a predetermined number, generating one or more
new candidates without using the prediction information of the reference block until the total number of the prediction information
candidates reaches the predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 9,083,978

EFFICIENT ROUNDING FOR DEBLOCKING

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A filtering method for applying a deblocking filter to a current block of an image, the filtering method comprising:
judging, by a processor, whether a strong filter or a weak filter is to be applied to a boundary between the current block
and a neighboring block adjacent to the current block;

calculating a linear combination of current samples in the current block and adjacent samples in the neighboring block, the
current samples and the adjacent samples forming a line of samples;

shifting the linear combination right by a predetermined number of bits; and
clipping the shifted linear combination to generate a filtered sample of the filtered current block,
wherein the clipping for the strong filter is controlled by a first clipping parameter and the clipping for the weak filter
is always controlled by a second clipping parameter regardless of any other condition, the first clipping parameter and the
second clipping parameter depending on a strength of the boundary but having a different value with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,438,651

CONTENT DISPLAY METHOD, PROGRAM, AND CONTENT DISPLAY SYSTEM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A content display method comprising:
a first display step of displaying on a display unit terminal content stored in a storage terminal owned by a user;
a second display step of displaying sharing service identification information, which is information identifying a sharing
service used to share content, on said display unit in association with shared content, which is content that has been shared
on said sharing service among said terminal content displayed on said display unit;

a third display step of displaying terminal identification information, which is information identifying said storage terminal,
on said display unit in association with said terminal content displayed on said display unit;

a sharing information storage step of obtaining said shared content from said sharing service using authentication information
employed by said user to use said sharing service, and storing said obtained shared content in a storage unit in association
with said sharing service identification information; and

a connection step of creating sharing match information expressing a matching relationship between (a) terminal content that
matches said shared content, among said terminal content displayed on said display unit, and (b) the shared content that matches
terminal content, and storing said created sharing match information in said storage unit,

wherein, in said second display step, said terminal content that matches said shared content is specified on the basis of
said sharing match information, and said sharing service identification information is displayed on said display unit in association
with said specified terminal content.

US Pat. No. 9,407,927

MOTION VECTOR CODING METHOD AND MOTION VECTOR DECODING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A picture decoding method for decoding a moving picture, the picture decoding method comprising:
a neighboring block specification step of specifying three neighboring blocks, the three neighboring blocks being located
in a neighborhood of a current block to be decoded;

a first judgment step of judging whether or not each of the three neighboring blocks does not have a coded motion vector in
a bit stream and has been decoded using a motion vector of another block;

a second judgment step of judging whether or not a reference picture referred to in the decoding of the current block is the
same as a reference picture referred to in the decoding of each of the three neighboring blocks;

a different motion vector determining step of determining a different motion vector of each of the three neighboring blocks
based on a result of the first judgment step;

a prediction step of deriving a predictive motion vector of the current block using different motion vectors of the three
neighboring blocks based on a result of the second judgment step;

a motion vector decoding step of decoding a coded motion vector of the current block to obtain a decoded difference value
between the motion vector of the current block and the predictive motion vector derived in the prediction step;

a motion vector recovering step of recovering the motion vector of the current block by adding the decoded difference value
and the predictive motion vector of the current block;

a motion compensated picture generating step of generating a motion compensated picture using the recovered motion vector
of the current block and a reference picture corresponding to the recovered motion vector of the current block;

a prediction error decoding step of decoding a prediction error between the current block and the motion compensated picture;
and

a picture recovering step of recovering the current block by adding the decoded prediction error and the motion compensated
picture,

wherein, in the different motion vector determining step of determining a different motion vector of each of the three neighboring
blocks, (1) a motion vector, which is calculated from the motion vector of the other block and which is used in performing
a decoding process on a neighboring block of the three neighboring blocks, is determined as a different motion vector of the
neighboring block when it is judged in the first judgment step that the neighboring block has been decoded using the motion
vector of the other block, and (2) a motion vector, which is detected in a coding process of the neighboring block and which
is used in performing a decoding process on the neighboring block, is determined as a different motion vector of the neighboring
block when it is judged in the first judgment step that the neighboring block has not been decoded using the motion vector
of the other block,

wherein, in the prediction step of deriving a predictive motion vector of the current block, (1) when it is judged in the
second judgment step that three neighboring blocks refer to the same reference picture as the current block, the predictive
motion vector of the current block is set to a median of three motion vectors of the three neighboring blocks, and (2) when
it is judged in the second judgment step that only one of the three neighboring blocks refer to the same reference picture
as the current block, the predictive motion vector of the current block is set to be a motion vector of the only one neighboring
block having the same reference picture as the current block.

US Pat. No. 9,331,817

RELAY BACKHAUL UPLINK HARQ PROTOCOL

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A retransmission method comprising:
receiving, from a relay node, a frame including a plurality of subframes on which a plurality of HARQ processes are mapped,
a HARQ process of the plurality of HARQ processes being a processing unit of Hybrid Automatic Repeat Request (HARQ), and the
received frame being configured at the relay node by specifying, in a frame for communication, a plurality of subframes available
for uplink data transmission from the relay node to a network node, selecting a number of HARQ processes based on the specified
plurality of subframes for uplink transmission, and mapping the selected number of HARQ processes sequentially onto the specified
plurality of subframes, wherein the number of HARQ processes is determined based on a parameter which is transmitted from
the network node in a backhaul subframe configuration; and

retransmitting data to the relay node according to the HARQ.

US Pat. No. 9,326,272

BASE STATION, TERMINAL, TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND RECEPTION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A base station comprising:
a generation section that generates control information that includes a cyclic redundancy check (CRC) bit masked or scrambled
by identification information of a terminal; and

a mapping section that maps the generated control information in a Relay-Physical Downlink Control Channel (R-PDCCH) resource
region available to both the control channel and a data channel, wherein

the generation section adds a known bit known by the terminal to the control information when using the R-PDCCH resource region
for transmitting the control information, and

the known bit is added to the control information when the control information is other than DCI 0 or DCI 1A and the known
bit is not added to the control information when the control information is DCI 0 or DCI 1A.

US Pat. No. 9,319,917

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION BASE STATION, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND REPORTING METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A wireless communication terminal comprising:
a receiver which, in operation, receives control information for generating a report related to a measurement result of a
communication cell provided by a wireless communication base station;

a controller which, in operation,
monitors a state of a radio link with an own cell, which is a communication cell that is in connection with the wireless communication
terminal;

performs a measurement on a downlink signal in the communication cell provided by the wireless communication base station;
and

generates a radio link failure report including a measurement result when a radio link failure occurs in the own cell; and
a transmitter which, in operation, transmits the radio link failure report, wherein
if the control information includes an instruction to restrict measurement to a part of radio resources, after the radio link
failure occurs the controller generates the radio link failure report including a measurement result in the part of radio
resources.

US Pat. No. 9,265,041

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT FOR SETTING SUBBANDS IN MULTICARRIER COMMUNICATION FOR RADIO COMMUNICATION BASE STATION APPARATUS

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An integrated circuit comprising:
mapping circuitry, which, in operation, maps either a first block, to which data indicated by a single resource index are
localizedly allocated, or each of a plurality of second blocks, to which data indicated by the single resource index are distributedly
allocated, to each of a plurality of blocks, into which a plurality of consecutive subcarriers in a frequency domain and a
subframe are divided and each of which is comprised of the same number of subcarriers; and

transmitting circuitry, which, in operation, controls transmission of the data,
wherein the plurality of second blocks, to which the data indicated by the single resource index are allocated, are mapped
to the plurality of blocks with a predetermined gap such that the data indicated by the single resource index are distributed
in the frequency domain, and a resource size for the data indicated by the single resource index in the plurality of second
blocks is constant regardless of variation of the predetermined gap, and

wherein a plurality of data sets indicated by different resource indices are multiplexed in the plurality of second blocks,
and a number of the plurality of second blocks used to transmit one of the data sets indicated by the single resource index
in the subframe is the same as a number of the plurality of data sets multiplexed in one of the plurality of second blocks.

US Pat. No. 9,185,410

IMAGE CODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An image coding method of coding a plurality of pictures on a block-by-block basis, the image coding method comprising:
selectively adding a motion vector of each of one or more associated blocks to a list, the one or more associated blocks being
included in a current picture to be coded and spatially adjacent to a current block to be coded or being included in a picture
different from the current picture and temporally adjacent to the current block;

selecting a motion vector from the list as a selected motion vector; and
coding the current block or a motion vector of the current block using the selected motion vector,
wherein, for each of the one or more associated blocks, when (i) a specific block that is one of the associated block and
the current block is coded with reference to an other picture that temporally matches a specific picture including the specific
block and is different from the specific picture, and (ii) the current block and the associated block are coded with reference
to respective pictures included in different views, the motion vector of the associated block is not scaled and is added to
the list in the selectively adding.

US Pat. No. 9,161,324

METHOD OF REPORTING PHASE OFFSETS, USER EQUIPMENT AND TRANSMISSION POINT DEVICE USING THE METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method of reporting phase offsets between signals received from serving cell and neighbor cells in a communication system,
comprising steps of:
quantizing the phase offsets using a predetermined number of bits;
utilizing another bit to indicate constellation of the phase offsets; and
reporting the quantized phase offsets and the constellation to transmission point.

US Pat. No. 9,100,634

IMAGE DECODING METHOD AND IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An image decoding method for decoding a bitstream including a coded signal resulting from coding a plurality of slices
into which an image is partitioned and each of which includes a plurality of coding units, the method comprising
decoding the coded signal,
wherein each of the slices is either a normal slice having, in a slice header, information used for another slice or a dependent
slice which is decoded using information included in a slice header of another slice,

the image includes a plurality of rows each of which includes two or more of the coding units, and
when the normal slice starts at a position other than a beginning of a first row, a second row immediately following the first
row does not start with the dependent slice,

wherein in the decoding, arithmetic decoding of the second row is initialized using a context obtained after arithmetic decoding
of one of the coding units that is located second in the first row.

US Pat. No. 9,093,080

BANDWIDTH EXTENSION METHOD, BANDWIDTH EXTENSION APPARATUS, PROGRAM, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND AUDIO DECODING APPARATUS

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A bandwidth extension method for producing a full bandwidth signal from a low frequency bandwidth signal, the low frequency
bandwidth signal being an audio signal, said method comprising:
transforming the low frequency bandwidth signal into a quadrature mirror filter bank (QMF) domain to generate a first low
frequency QMF spectrum;

generating a low order harmonic patch by time-stretching the low frequency bandwidth signal by transforming the low frequency
bandwidth signal into a second low frequency QMF spectrum having finer frequency resolution than the first low frequency QMF
spectrum;

generating signals that are pitch shifted, by applying different shift coefficients to the low order harmonic patch, and generating
a high frequency QMF spectrum from the signals; and

generating the full bandwidth signal by combining the high frequency QMF spectrum with the first low frequency QMF spectrum.

US Pat. No. 9,048,985

TRANSMISSION METHOD, TRANSMISSION DEVICE, RECEPTION METHOD, AND RECEPTION DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A transmission method comprising:
an encoding step of generating an encoded block using a predetermined error correction block encoding method;
a generation step of generating a first transmission signal z1 and a second transmission signal z2 by performing, for each
of a plurality of slots, a precoding process on a first modulated signal s1 and a second modulated signal s2 that have been
generated from the encoded block; and

a transmission step of transmitting the first transmission signal z1 and the second transmission signal z2 from a first antenna
and a second antenna, respectively, in the same frequency at the same time, wherein

the generation step
further selects one matrix from among N matrices F[i], where i is an integer no less than 0 and no more than N?1, and N is
an integer 3 or greater, by hopping between the matrices over each of the plurality of slots, the N matrices F[i] each defining
the precoding process, and

generates the transmission signal z1 and the transmission signal z2 by performing, for each of the plurality of slots, a precoding
process corresponding to the selected matrix F[i] on the first modulated signal s1 and the second modulated signal s2,

the first transmission signal z1 and the second transmission signal z2 satisfy (z1, z2)T=F[i](s1, s2)T,

(z1, z2)T being a transposed vector of (z1, z2), and

(s1, s2)T being a transposed vector of (s1, s2),

the N matrices F[i] satisfy

where ? represents an arbitrary angle, and ? represents a positive real number excluding 1,
?11(i) and ?21(i) satisfy

ej(?11(x)??21(x))?ej(?11(y)??21(y)) for ?x,?y (x?y;x,y=0,1,2, . . . ,N?2,N?1), and

the generation step performs the generation corresponding to the encoded block by selecting each of the N matrices F[i] the
same number of times.

US Pat. No. 9,472,200

ENCODING APPARATUS AND ENCODING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A coding method, comprising:
encoding transform coefficients in a first band among input signal transform coefficients obtained by transforming an input
signal from a time domain to a frequency domain, the input signal being one of an audio signal, a speech signal, and a music
signal; and

encoding transform coefficients in an extension band using core encoded low-band transform coefficients, the extension band
being a band higher than the first band,

wherein the encoding of transform coefficients comprises:
calculating, for each extension-band subband obtained by splitting the extension band, a threshold amplitude based on an analysis
of statistics on transform coefficients included in the subband;

comparing, for each of the extension-band subbands, an amplitude of the transform coefficients with the threshold amplitude
to extract a transform coefficient having an amplitude larger than the threshold amplitude as a representative transform coefficient;

updating, when a number of the extracted representative transform coefficients is less than a predetermined number, the threshold
amplitude in accordance with an amount by which the number of the representative transform coefficients is less than the predetermined
number;

performing processing to extract a transform coefficient again using the updated threshold amplitude;
calculating, for each of the extension-band subbands, a value of correlation between the representative transform coefficient
and a normalized core encoded low-band transform coefficient;

selecting a subband having a largest value of correlation when the number of the extracted representative transform coefficients
reaches the predetermined number; and

outputting information indicating the selected subband to encode the transform coefficients;
wherein the threshold amplitude is updated such that a value of the threshold amplitude is linearly decreased corresponding
to the amount by which the number of the representative transform coefficients is less than the predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 9,443,421

METHOD USED IN A SYSTEM FOR REMOTELY CONTROLLING AN APPLIANCE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method used in a remote control system for remotely controlling an appliance by execution of a remote control command
contained in a control program stored in an operation terminal device, the method comprising:
a first acquiring step of acquiring, at a first time point, a first identifier which is unique, the first identifier being
acquired from a portable medium located close to an operation terminal device serving as a remote controller for the appliance;

an embedding step of embedding the first identifier into the control program stored in the operation terminal device;
a second acquiring step of acquiring, at a second time point later than the first time point, a second identifier which is
unique, the second identifier being acquired from a portable medium located close to the operation terminal device serving
as the remote controller for the appliance;

a determining step of determining whether the first identifier embedded in the control program matches the second identifier
acquired in the second acquiring step; and

a prohibiting step of prohibiting remote control of the appliance when the first identifier does not match the second identifier,
wherein

the operation terminal device remotely controls the appliance via a server device,
the server device stores the control program in which the first identifier has not been embedded, and
the determining step includes:
a first step, performed by the operation terminal device, of generating a first operation value by applying a one-way operation
to the control program stored in the operation terminal device in which the first identifier has been embedded, and generating
a second operation value by applying an operation to the first operation value and the second identifier;

a second step, performed by the server device, of embedding the first identifier into the control program stored in the server
device, generating a third operation value by applying a same one-way operation as said one-way operation to the control program
in which the first identifier has been embedded, and generating a fourth operation value by applying a same operation as said
operation to the third operation value and the first identifier, and

a third step, performed by the server device, of determining whether the first identifier matches the second identifier by
determining whether the second operation value matches the fourth operation value.

US Pat. No. 9,384,749

ENCODING DEVICE, DECODING DEVICE, ENCODING METHOD AND DECODING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A coding apparatus, comprising:
a memory that stores instructions;
a processor that executes the instructions;
a first coder that encodes a low band part of an input audio signal to generate first encoded data which is transmitted to
a decoder side, the low band part being equal to or lower than a predetermined frequency; and

a second coder;
wherein, when executed by the processor, the instructions cause the coding apparatus to perform operations comprising:
normalizing a first spectrum included in each of sub-bands obtained from dividing the low band part, using a largest amplitude
value among the first spectrum included in each sub-band, and obtaining a first normalized low-frequency spectrum, the first
spectrum being obtained by decoding the first encoded data;

calculating energy of the first spectrum in each of a plurality of the sub-bands obtained from dividing the low band part,
smoothing the energy of the first spectrum in the sub-bands to obtain smoothened sub-band energy, and normalizing the first
spectrum using the smoothened sub-band energy to generate a second normalized low-frequency spectrum;

selecting a first normalizer that obtains the first normalized low-frequency spectrum or a second normalizer that generates
the second normalized low-frequency spectrum based on a feature value of the first spectrum obtained by decoding the first
encoded data;

searching for a particular band where a value of correlation between a second spectrum and the first normalized low-frequency
spectrum is highest among a plurality of candidate bands, the second spectrum being a spectrum in a high band part of the
input audio signal that is higher than the predetermined frequency; and

wherein the second coder encodes the second spectrum, and encodes information including an identifier of the particular band
for transmitting the information to the decoder side, when the first normalizer is selected.

US Pat. No. 9,277,229

IMAGE DECODING METHOD, IMAGE CODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE CODING AND DECODING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An image coding method for coding tiles and slices into which an image is partitioned, to generate a bitstream, the method
comprising:
partitioning the image into the tiles and the slices; and
coding the tiles and slices resulting from the partitioning,
wherein each of the slices is either a normal slice having, in a header, information used for an other slice or a dependent
slice which is decoded using information included in a slice header of another slice,

in the partitioning, when the normal slice starts from a position other than a beginning of a first tile, the image is partitioned
into the tiles and the slices to prevent a second tile coded next to the first tile from starting from the dependent slice,
and

when a slice at a beginning of a third tile is the dependent slice, the dependent slice includes the whole third tile.

US Pat. No. 9,265,235

ACCIDENTAL INGESTION DETECTION APPARATUS, ACCIDENTAL INGESTION DETECTION SYSTEM, AND ACCIDENTAL INGESTION DETECTION METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An accidental ingestion detecting apparatus comprising:
a swallowing sensing unit which senses swallowing by an animal;
a swallowing detecting unit which detects swallowing based on sensing data outputted by the swallowing sensing unit and which
outputs swallowing information that is information related to the swallowing;

a feeding information inputting unit which accepts input of information related to feeding of the animal and which outputs
the information as feeding information; and

an accidental ingestion determining unit which determines accidental ingestion by the animal, wherein
the accidental ingestion determining unit determines:
accidental ingestion by the animal has not occurred when a swallowing date/time indicated by date/time information included
in the swallowing information is within a predetermined time range from a feeding information input date/time indicated by
date/time information included in the feeding information; and

accidental ingestion by the animal has occurred when the swallowing date/time is not within the predetermined time range.

US Pat. No. 9,219,862

IMAGING DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a camera configured to capture an image;
a display portion configured to display the captured image; and
a touch panel arranged to overlap with the display portion and capable of detecting a distance between the touch panel and
an indicator, wherein

the camera is configured to, when the detected distance indicates that the indicator is within a predetermined distance from
the touch panel and not touching the touch panel, capture the image by performing a predetermined processing on an area corresponding
to a position of the indicator on the display portion, the predetermined processing including at least one of an auto focus,
auto exposure and auto white balancing, and

when the indicator touches the area on the display portion having received the predetermined processing, the image captured
by performing the predetermined processing on the area is recorded into a non-volatile memory mounted to the imaging device.

US Pat. No. 9,143,969

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A terminal apparatus comprising:
a receiver which, in operation, receives a signal including a CSI reference signal for channel state estimation;
a separator which, in operation, separates the CSI reference signal from the received signal, the CSI reference signal being
mapped only to at least one OFDM symbol in a subframe other than subframes that can be used for MBSFN (Multimedia Broadcast
multicast service Single Frequency Network), among a plurality of subframes including at least one subframe used for MBSFN
and another subframe that can be used for MBSFN, each subframe comprising a plurality of OFDM symbols;

an estimator which, in operation, estimates a channel state using the separated CSI reference signal; and
a transmitter which, in operation, transmits CQI information regarding the estimated channel state,
wherein at least one of the receiver, the separator, the estimator and the transmitter includes circuitry.

US Pat. No. 9,374,159

RECEPTION DISPLAY APPARATUS, INFORMATION TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, OPTICAL WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, RECEPTION DISPLAY INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, INFORMATION TRANSMISSION INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, RECEPTION DISPLAY PROGRAM, INFORMATION TRAN

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A reception display apparatus, comprising:
a processor; and
a non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing executable instructions thereon that, when executed by the processor,
cause the reception display apparatus to:

time-sequentially take an image;
receive, from a first information transmission apparatus, (i) direct-transmission information which is transmitted in the
form of a signal profile of emitted light and includes first display information regarding the first information transmission
apparatus and a first apparatus ID indicating the first information transmission apparatus, and (ii) forwarding information
which is transmitted in the form of a signal profile of emitted light and includes one or more items of display information
regarding at least a second information transmission apparatus which is not able to communicate with the reception display
apparatus using optical wireless communication, one or more apparatus IDs including at least a second apparatus ID indicating
the second information transmission apparatus and one or more items of relative position information including at least a
second relative position of the second information transmission apparatus with respect to the first information transmission
apparatus, the second information transmission apparatus being different from the first information transmission apparatus,
and the forwarding information being generated by the first information transmission apparatus using data received from at
least the second information transmission apparatus;

measure a first relative position of the first information transmission apparatus with respect to the reception display apparatus;
superimpose the received first display information, such that the first display information is associated with a light-emitting
position, corresponding to a position of the first information transmission apparatus, on the taken image;

calculate a coordinate position of the second information transmission apparatus on the taken image, on the basis of the light-emitting
position, the received second relative position, and the measured first relative position of the first information transmission
apparatus; and

superimpose the received display information regarding the second information transmission apparatus, such that the display
information regarding the second information transmission apparatus is associated with the coordinate position, to display
the received first display information and at least the received display information regarding the second information transmission
apparatus on a display device.

US Pat. No. 9,341,014

INFORMATION COMMUNICATION METHOD USING CHANGE IN LUMINANCE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An information communication method of transmitting a signal using a change in luminance, the information communication
method comprising:
determining a pattern of the change in luminance, by modulating the signal to be transmitted; and
transmitting the signal, by a plurality of light emitters changing in luminance according to the determined pattern of the
change in luminance,

wherein the plurality of light emitters are arranged on a surface so that a non-luminance change area is provided between
each of the plurality of light emitters, and does not extend linearly across the entire surface along at least one of a horizontal
direction and a vertical direction of the surface, the non-luminance change area being an area in the surface between adjacent
light emitters of the plurality of light emitters and not changing in luminance.

US Pat. No. 9,300,381

TRANSMISSION METHOD, TRANSMITTER APPARATUS, RECEPTION METHOD AND RECEIVER APPARATUS

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A reception method comprising:
receiving a signal in which a first symbol sequence and a second symbol sequence are multiplexed, the first symbol sequence
and the second symbol sequence each including video information and each being a precoded signal transmitted from a different
transmission system;

decoding information regarding a modulation scheme and information regarding an error correction scheme that are included
in the received signal;

demodulating the received signal based on the decoded information regarding the modulation scheme to generate a demodulation
symbol sequence; and

performing error-correction decoding on the demodulation symbol sequence based on the decoded information regarding the error
correction scheme to output a data sequence including video information, wherein

the first symbol sequence and the second symbol sequence are each generated by applying a precoding matrix to a modulation
symbol sequence, the precoding matrix being regularly switched between a plurality of precoding matrices for precoding, the
modulation symbol sequence being generated by using a modulation scheme indicated by the decoded information regarding the
modulation scheme,

a first symbol included in the first symbol sequence is transmitted at a first frequency,
a third symbol included in the first symbol sequence is transmitted at a third frequency adjacent to the first frequency in
a frequency domain,

a second symbol included in the second symbol sequence is transmitted at a second frequency,
a fourth symbol included in the second symbol sequence is transmitted at a fourth frequency adjacent to the second frequency
in the frequency domain, and

in the case where the third transmission symbol is a data symbol,
the first transmission symbol and the third transmission symbol are each generated by using a different precoding matrix,
and

when any two of the first transmission symbol, the second transmission symbol, the third transmission symbol, and the fourth
transmission symbol are transmitted at the same frequency, the same precoding matrix is used for generating the two transmission
symbols.

US Pat. No. 9,258,075

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION METHOD FOR DISCRETE-FOURIER-TRANSFORMING A TIME DOMAIN SYMBOL TO A FREQUENCY DOMAIN SIGNAL AND MAPPING THE TRANSFORMED SIGNAL ON FREQUENCY BANDS

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1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) transformer which transforms a symbol in a time domain into a signal in a frequency domain
with a DFT size that is a product of powers of a plurality of values, the plurality of values being integer numbers that are
greater than 1 and are different from each other, exponents for the plurality of values being a set of non-negative integers;

a mapper which maps the signal in the frequency domain on a plurality of frequency bands, each frequency band including a
plurality of subcarriers, each frequency band being located at a position separate from position(s) of other(s) of the plurality
of frequency bands, and a size of at least one of the plurality of frequency bands being a multiple of a product of two or
more powers of prime numbers, the prime numbers being integer numbers that are greater than 1 and being different from each
other, exponents for the prime numbers being a set of non-negative integers; and

a signal generator which generates a single carrier-frequency division multiple access (SC-FDMA) signal in the time domain
from the mapped signal.

US Pat. No. 9,257,121

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PASS-PHRASE MODELING FOR SPEAKER VERIFICATION, AND VERIFICATION SYSTEM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A pass-phrase modeling device for speaker verification, comprising:
a front end which receives enrollment speech from a target speaker; and
a template generation unit which generates a pass-phrase template with a general speaker model based on the speech of the
enrollment speech,

wherein at least one of the pass-phrase template and the general speaker model is adapted in accordance with only the speech
of the enrollment speech by adaptation methods.

US Pat. No. 9,166,742

TRANSMISSION DEVICE, TRANSMISSION METHOD, RECEIVING DEVICE AND RECEIVING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A transmission device for Single-Input, Single-Output (SISO), Multiple-Input, Single-Output (MISO), and Multiple-Input,
Multiple-Output (MIMO), the transmission device comprising:
a signal generator generating:
a control signal including a first signal indicating at least one transmission scheme for transmitting stream data via physical
layer pipes (PLPs), and

a second signal indicating a transmission scheme for transmitting the control signal;
a signal processor generating data symbols by modulating the stream data, and generating a control symbol by modulating the
control signal;

a frame configurator configuring at least one SISO frame and at least one MISO/MIMO frame;
a pilot symbol inserter inserting pilot symbols into each SISO frame and into each MISO/MIMO frame;
a preamble inserter generating a preamble carrying the second signal and inserting the preamble into each SISO frame and each
MIMO/MISO frame; and

a transmitter performing transmission, wherein
the frame configurator is adapted to configure the at least one SISO frame from the control symbol and data symbols resulting
from the modulation of data for SISO in the stream data and the at least one MISO/MIMO frame from the control symbol and data
symbols resulting from the modulation of either or both of data for MISO and data for MIMO in the stream data,

the pilot symbol inserter inserts pilot symbols into each MISO/MIMO frame in a manner that common pilots are inserted into
data for MISO and data for MIMO,

the transmitter is operable to switch between a first transmission process for transmitting the at least one SISO frame and
a second transmission process for transmitting the at least one MISO/MIMO frame,

the second signal identifies the transmission scheme of the control signal from among a plurality of schemes at least including
SISO, MISO, and MIMO, and

the first signal identifies, for PLPs in each SISO frame and each MISO/MIMO frame, whether a transmission scheme for stream
data transmitted via each PLP is SISO, MISO or MIMO.

US Pat. No. 9,217,709

ESTIMATION APPARATUS, ESTIMATION METHOD, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An estimation apparatus using reflected light of infrared light reflected on an object, the estimation apparatus comprising:
at least one infrared light source that emits the infrared light;
a single image sensor including a first pixel having first spectral sensitivity characteristics in a wavelength range of the
infrared light and a second pixel having second spectral sensitivity characteristics different from the first spectral sensitivity
characteristics in the wavelength range of the infrared light; and

an estimator that estimates data indicating at least either one of a color or a material of the object based on a first output
value that is an output value of the reflected light from the first pixel and based on a second output value that is an output
value of the reflected light from the second pixel, the data corresponding to a ratio between the first output value and the
second output value,

wherein the first spectral sensitivity characteristics in a wavelength range from 750 nm to 850 nm are increased when the
wavelength of the infrared light becomes longer, and the second spectral sensitivity characteristics in the wavelength range
from 750 nm to 850 nm are decreased when the wavelength of the infrared light becomes longer,

a maximum value of the first spectral sensitivity characteristics in a wavelength range below 750 nm is bigger than a maximum
value of the first spectral sensitivity characteristics in the wavelength range from 750 nm to 850 nm, and

a maximum value of the second spectral sensitivity characteristics in the wavelength range below 750 nm is bigger than a maximum
value of the second spectral sensitivity characteristics in the wavelength range from 750 nm to 850 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,143,928

MOBILE NODE AND COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD

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1. A home agent for transmitting packets, which are destined for a home address of a mobile node, to one of a plurality of
network interfaces of the mobile node, the home agent comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a message from the mobile node, the message including information on a binding between
said home address and a care-of address, and the message including a care-of address field, into which said home address included
in a home address option of the message is inserted.

US Pat. No. 9,143,302

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A communication method of a base station which transmits a modulation signal based on an OFDM (orthogonal frequency division
multiplexing) modulation scheme to a plurality of communication terminals, the method comprising:
forming a transmission frame on which a first subcarrier group and a second subcarrier group are arranged, the first subcarrier
group on which a signal having a first transmission scheme is arranged and the second subcarrier group on which a signal having
a second transmission scheme different from the signal having the first transmission scheme in transmission quality is arranged;

determining on a per frame basis, which subcarrier group of the first subcarrier group and the second subcarrier group is
allocated to each of the plurality of communication terminals and what number of subcarriers are selected from the subcarrier
group that is allocated to said each of the plurality of communication terminals;

forming the transmission frame based on the determined subcarrier group and the determined number of subcarriers; and
transmitting the modulation signal including the transmission frame;
wherein the determining of how many subcarriers are allocated to said each of the plurality of communication terminals is
performed on the per frame basis, based on a radio propagation condition estimation information according to each of the plurality
of communication terminals, the radio propagation condition estimation information comprising information on a signal received
by each of the plurality of communication terminals according to electric filed intensity and interference.

US Pat. No. 9,084,137

BUFFER STATUS REPORTING IN A MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

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1. An integrated circuit structured to control operation of a mobile terminal, the integrated circuit comprising one or more
processing devices configured to:
receive a semi-persistent scheduling activation transmitted from a base station to the mobile terminal via a physical downlink
control channel signaling;

when semi-persistent scheduling is not activated, cause the mobile terminal to transmit a scheduling request to the base station
in order to request uplink resources for uplink transmission including transmission of a buffer status report; and

when semi-persistent scheduling is activated, check a setup information element of a respective logical channel to determine
whether to trigger a scheduling request or not,

wherein, when a determination is made to trigger the scheduling request, the step of transmitting the scheduling request to
the base station is performed by the mobile terminal for the logical channel,

when a determination is made not to trigger the scheduling request, the step of transmitting the scheduling request to the
base station is not performed by the mobile terminal,

the physical downlink control channel signaling is received by the mobile terminal from the base station for activation of
a scheduling mode, including a dynamic scheduling mode in which radio resources are dynamically allocated by dynamic grants
and a semi-persistent scheduling mode in which radio resources are allocated on a semi-persistent basis by semi-persistent
scheduling grants, and

the setup information element is considered in the transmission of the buffer status report.

US Pat. No. 9,069,589

VIRTUAL COMPUTER SYSTEM, VIRTUAL COMPUTER CONTROL METHOD AND ACCUMULATION CIRCUIT

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A virtual machine system including a plurality of processors and for causing a plurality of virtual machines to operate,
each processor being placed in any of: a first state in which the processor operates with a power supply; a second state in
which the processor operates with a power supply lower than in the first state; and a third state in which the processor is
not in operation without any power supply, the virtual machine system comprising:
an allocation unit configured to allocate each virtual machine to any processor that is supplied with power; and
a power supply unit configured to, when the allocation unit allocates a virtual machine to a processor that does not have
any virtual machine allocated thereto and is in the second state and at least two processors are in the third state, supply
power to the processor allocated to the virtual machine so as to cause the processor to be placed in the first state and supply
power to at least one and less than all of the processors in the third state so as to cause the at least one and less than
all of the processors to be placed in the second state, and maintain a remaining one or more of the processors in the third
state,

wherein the plurality of processors includes type 1 processors and type 2 processors having a lower processing capability
and a lower power consumption than the type 1 processors, and

for each virtual machine allocated to either type of processors between the type 1 processors and the type 2 processors, when
processing of the virtual machine satisfies a predetermined condition, the allocation unit reallocates the virtual machine
satisfying the predetermined condition to one of the other type of processors.

US Pat. No. 9,516,726

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATIONS TERMINAL AND PROGRAM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method for controlling a communications terminal that remotely controls an illumination device via a network, the method
comprising:
causing a computer of the communications terminal to store first illumination setting information and second illumination
setting information in a memory provided in the communications terminal, the first illumination setting information being
used to light the illumination device with a first illumination state, the second illumination setting information being used
to light the illumination device with a second illumination state different from the first illumination state;

causing the computer of the communications terminal to transmit, at a certain illumination start time at which the illumination
device is to be turned on, a first control signal corresponding to the first illumination setting information to the illumination
device via the network in order to light the illumination device with the first illumination state; and

causing the computer of the communications terminal to transmit, in a case where a sensor provided in the communications terminal
senses a motion of the communications terminal after the certain illumination start time, a second control signal corresponding
to the second illumination setting information to the illumination device via the network in order to light the illumination
device with the second illumination state,

wherein the certain illumination start time is within a predetermined time from an expected wake-up time of a user of the
communications terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,445,106

PICTURE CODING METHOD, PICTURE DECODING METHOD, PICTURE CODING APPARATUS, PICTURE DECODING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM THEREOF

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A picture decoding apparatus comprising:
a picture decoding unit operable to decode a coded picture signal;
a ratio decoding unit operable to decode the ratio of the number of luminance pixels to the number of chrominance pixels for
the decoded picture signal;

a selecting unit operable to select one decoding method out of at least two decoding methods, the one decoding method being
selected based on the ratio; and

a data decoding unit operable to decode data related to the picture size in accordance with the selected decoding method,
wherein the data related to the picture size indicates a size of a picture corresponding to the decoded picture signal,
wherein, when the ratio of the number of horizontal luminance pixels to the number of horizontal chrominance pixels is M:1,
said selecting unit of said picture decoding apparatus selects a decoding method where a parameter value of a horizontal size
included in the decoded data related to the picture size is multiplied by M, the horizontal luminance pixels and the horizontal
chrominance pixels being included in the decoded picture signal, and

wherein, when the ratio of the number of vertical luminance pixels to the number of vertical chrominance pixels is N:1, said
selecting unit of said picture decoding apparatus selects a decoding method where a parameter value of a vertical size included
in the decoded data related to the picture size is multiplied by N, the vertical luminance pixels and the vertical chrominance
pixels being included in the decoded picture signal.

US Pat. No. 9,439,123

BASE STATION, RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND HANDOVER METHOD

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1. A first radio communication terminal, for use in a radio communication network including a macrocell that is a first type
cell and a Closed Subscribers Group (CSG) cell that is a second type cell, wherein the first radio communication terminal
has an inbound mobility control function to move to the second type cell, the first radio communication terminal comprising:
a communication interface which, in operation, receives a first cell list that is used by both a second radio communication
terminal, which does not have the inbound mobility control function to move to the second type cell, and the first radio communication
terminal, and a second cell list that includes information about the second type cell and that is used by the first radio
communication terminal but is ignored by the second radio communication terminal;

a controller, which is coupled to the communication interface and which, in operation, judges a neighboring cell to be a measurement
target of reception quality measurement on the basis of the first cell list and the second cell list received via the communication
interface; and

a receiver which, in operation, repeatedly receives a signal containing a handover command from a target base station in the
second type cell at an interval shorter than a period defined for the first radio communication terminal to monitor signals
from the target base station in the second type cell.

US Pat. No. 9,374,129

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT FOR CONTROLLING SELECTION OF RANDOM ACCESS PREAMBLE SEQUENCE

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1. An integrated circuit to control a process, the process comprising:
broadcasting information related to a set of sequences configured to be available in a cell for use by a mobile station; and
receiving a sequence which is random-access-preamble-transmitted from the mobile station, the sequence being one of the set
of sequences available in the cell;

wherein the set of sequences available in the cell includes a sequence of r=a and a sequence of r=N?a, where r is a sequence
number, a is an integer, and N is a sequence length, and the sequences are defined by the following equation or an equation
cyclic shifted from the following equation:


where k=0,1,2, . . . N?1, and q is an integer, and
the sequence of r=a and the sequence of r=N?a are conjugate to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,354,798

INFORMATION APPARATUS HAVING AN INTERFACE FOR A REMOTE CONTROL

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method for controlling an information apparatus, the information apparatus having a touch panel display and being connected
to a network, an electric shutter device being controlled over the network, the electric shutter device being capable of opening
and closing a shutter through a remote operation,
the electric shutter device has a sensor which senses an obstacle ahead of an end portion of the shutter as it moves, and
a controller which stops movement of the shutter when the obstacle is sensed ahead of the end portion of the shutter as it
moves,

the method causing a processor of the information apparatus to:
display an operation icon on a display screen of the information apparatus, the operation icon causing an operation screen
for the electric shutter device to be displayed;

display the operation screen for the electric shutter device when selection of the operation icon is sensed, the operation
screen including a shutter image representing the shutter of the electric shutter device;

when a swipe operation is sensed on the operation screen, output to the network a movement control command for moving the
shutter of the electric shutter device in a swipe direction of the swipe operation, and move the shutter represented in the
shutter image in accordance with a swipe amount in the swipe direction of the swipe operation, wherein movement of the shutter
represented in the shutter image results in a changed representation of an object hidden by the shutter represented in the
shutter image when the shutter image is in a closed position; and

when stop information, which indicates that movement of the shutter of the electric shutter device has been stopped before
the shutter reaches a closed position, is received via the network, and when the shutter represented in the shutter image
is varied into a closed state, return the shutter represented in the shutter image in a second direction opposite to a first
direction which is a moving direction of the shutter represented in the shutter image.

US Pat. No. 9,300,845

INFORMATION COMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR OBTAINING INFORMATION FROM A SUBJECT BY DEMODULATING A BRIGHT LINE PATTERN INCLUDED IN AN OBTAINED IMAGE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An information communication method of obtaining information from a subject using an image sensor including a plurality
of exposure lines, the information communication method comprising:
obtaining first image data by starting exposure sequentially for the plurality of exposure lines in the image sensor each
at a different time and performing image capture with a first exposure time so that an exposure time of each of the plurality
of exposure lines partially overlaps with an exposure time of an adjacent one of the plurality of exposure lines; and

obtaining second image data by starting exposure sequentially for the plurality of exposure lines each at a different time
and performing image capture with a second exposure time shorter than the first exposure time so that an exposure time of
each of the plurality of exposure lines partially overlaps with an exposure time of an adjacent one of the plurality of exposure
lines, and obtaining information by demodulating a bright line pattern that appears in the second image data, the bright line
pattern corresponding to the plurality of exposure lines,

wherein in the obtaining of second image data: the second exposure time is set to less than or equal to 1/480 second and a
sensitivity of the image sensor is set to a value higher than a sensitivity of the image sensor in the obtaining of first
image data, to cause the bright line pattern to appear in the second image data; and the information is obtained by demodulating
a frequency specified by the bright line pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,184,896

TERMINAL APPARATUS AND TRANSMISSION METHOD

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1. A terminal apparatus comprising:
a receiver which, in operation, receives downlink data transmitted on a plurality of component carriers including a Primary
Cell and a Secondary Cell, wherein the Primary Cell and the Secondary Cell have different frame configuration patterns among
a plurality of frame configuration patterns, each frame configuration pattern defining transmission timings of one or more
uplink subframes, one or more downlink subframes and one or more special subframes within a frame, and wherein a first frame
configuration pattern for the Primary Cell defines transmission timing(s) of one or more uplink subframes that are all inclusive
of transmission timing(s) of one or more uplink subframes defined by a second frame configuration pattern for the Secondary
Cell, and the first frame configuration pattern defines at least one more uplink subframe than defined by the second frame
configuration pattern;

a response signal generator which, in operation, performs error detection of the downlink data for each of the Primary Cell
and the Secondary Cell, and generates a response signal indicating error detection results of the downlink data; and

a transmitter which, in operation, transmits the response signal of the Primary Cell and the Secondary Cell on an uplink subframe
of the Primary Cell, the uplink subframe of the Primary Cell being defined at the same timing as one of the transmission timing(s)
of the one or more uplink subframes defined by the second frame configuration pattern, the uplink subframe of the Primary
Cell being located at a position at least four subframes after a downlink subframe for which the response signal is generated,
and all of the one or more uplink subframes defined by the first frame configuration pattern being available for transmitting
the response signal.

US Pat. No. 9,131,664

EXCREMENT DETECTION SYSTEM, EXCREMENT DETECTION METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THAT CONTROLS EXCREMENT DETECTION SYSTEM

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An excrement detection system, comprising:
an excretion information acquiring apparatus that acquires excretion information indicating whether or not excretion has been
performed by a pet present in a living space;

a toilet observing apparatus that observes inside of a pet toilet installed in the living space to acquire toilet information
regarding the inside of the pet toilet;

an excretion information processing unit that determines whether or not the pet has performed excretion based on the excretion
information;

a toilet information processing unit that determines whether or not the pet is present in the pet toilet based on the toilet
information;

an excretion position determining unit that determines that the pet has performed excretion outside of the pet toilet when
the excretion information processing unit determines that the pet has performed excretion and the toilet information processing
unit determines that the pet is not present in the pet toilet; and

a notifying unit that notifies an owner of the pet that the pet has performed excretion outside of the pet toilet when the
excretion position determining unit determines that the pet has performed excretion outside of the pet toilet.

US Pat. No. 9,099,369

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

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1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a photosensitive cell array in which a plurality of unit blocks, each including first, second, third and fourth photosensitive
cells that are arranged in two rows and two columns, are arranged two-dimensionally on an imaging area, wherein in each said
unit block, the first, second, third and fourth photosensitive cells are arranged at row 1, column 1 position, row 2, column
1 position, row 1, column 2 position, and row 2, column 2 position, respectively;

a dispersive element array including a first dispersive element and a second dispersive element that has a different dispersing
property from the first dispersive element, the first dispersive element being arranged to face at least partially at least
one of the first and third photosensitive cells and to split incoming light according to its wavelength into two directions
in which the first and third photosensitive cells are arranged, the second dispersive element being arranged to face at least
partially at least one of the second and fourth photosensitive cells and to split incoming light according to its wavelength
into two directions in which the second and fourth photosensitive cells are arranged; and

a group of optical filters that are arranged to cover the first through fourth photosensitive cells so that its portion that
covers the first and third photosensitive cells is located closer to the imaging area than its portion that covers the second
and fourth photosensitive cells is.

US Pat. No. 9,071,754

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An image capture device which is configured to generate a restored image by reducing a motion blur that has been induced
by a camera shake during shooting, the device comprising:
an image sensor;
an optical system which produces an image on an imaging area of the image sensor; and
an image processing section which processes a signal that has been obtained by the image sensor,
wherein the image processing section includes:
a blur kernel determining section which determines a blur kernel that defines the camera-shake-induced motion blur of the
image that has been captured by the image sensor, the blur kernel being a coefficient matrix representing a point spread function;
and

an image restoration section which generates the restored image by reducing the camera-shake-induced motion blur from the
image using the blur kernel that has been determined, and

wherein the blur kernel determining section sets the size of the blur kernel by reference to information that affects the
degree of the blur of the image, the size of the blur kernel being the number of elements of the coefficient matrix, and

wherein the blur kernel determining section changes the size of the blur kernel according to an exposure time.

US Pat. No. 9,472,193

SPEECH DIALOGUE CONTROL METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A speech dialogue control method of a speech dialogue system where connection is made to a voice input device that inputs
user voice, the method comprising:
receiving first instruction information, representing a first instruction to the speech dialogue system, from the voice input
device;

extracting first voice information, indicating first voiceprint data of a first user who has input the first instruction information,
contained in the received first instruction information, and recognizing the first instruction in order to identify processing
to be executed;

requesting the first user to input complementary information of the first instruction information to uniquely identify the
processing, when it is determined that the first instruction information is not complete enough to uniquely identify the processing;

extracting, from utterance information which is voice uttered by a second user that has been received from the voice input
device after the requesting, second voice information indicating second voiceprint data of the second user who has input this
utterance information;

determining whether or not the first voice information and the second voice information that have been extracted match to
determine whether or not the first user is identical to the second user; and

when determination is made that the first voice information and the second voice information do not match, executing processing
to make notification to the effect that input of the utterance information cannot be accepted, or not executing processing
identified based on the first instruction, the first voice information and the second voice information that have been input.

US Pat. No. 9,401,975

TERMINAL AND CODEC MODE SELECTION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A communication terminal, comprising;
a mode changer that changes a codec mode or a codec mode set of the communication terminal or a partner terminal that is a
communication destination, the communication terminal is configured by a signaling message for codec negotiation received
from the partner terminal when communication starts between the communication terminal and the partner terminal, the signaling
message for codec negotiation including a codec, and a codec mode or a codec mode set; and

a transmitter that transmits, during communication with the partner terminal, a codec mode of the communication terminal currently
in use, using an RTP (Real-time Transport Protocol) payload,

wherein the transmitter transmits a codec mode request (CMR) for requesting the partner terminal to change the codec mode
of the partner terminal using the RTP payload, the RTP payload includes a codec mode request field that is only present when
the codec mode or the codec mode set of the partner terminal needs to be changed.

US Pat. No. 9,344,171

TRANSMISSION METHOD, TRANSMISSION DEVICE, RECEPTION METHOD, AND RECEPTION DEVICE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

3. A phase weight altering apparatus comprising:
an error correction coder that encodes a first plurality of bits to a first encoded block and a second encoded block by using
a predetermined error correction block encoding method;

a mapper that maps the first encoded block to a first baseband signal s1 with M symbols and the second encoded block to a second baseband signal s2 with M symbols, M being an integer that is at least two;

a weighting information generator that selects a matrix F[i] from among N matrices while switching between the N matrices,
the N matrices defining phase weight altering performed on the plurality of baseband signals, i being an integer variable
from 0 to (K?1), K being an integer that is at least two and less than N, and N being an integer that is at least three; and

a weighting calculator that generates a first phase weight altered signal z1 and a second phase weight altered signal z2 by phase weight altering, in accordance with the selected matrix F[i], the first baseband signal s1 and the second baseband signal s2 to be transmitted over the same frequency bandwidth at the same time, wherein

the first phase weight altered signal z1 and the second phase weight altered signal z2 satisfy the equation (z1, z2)T=F[i](s1, s2)T,

(z1, z2)T being a transposed vector of (z1, z2), and

(s1, s2)T being a transposed vector of (s1, s2).

US Pat. No. 9,288,490

IMAGE DECODING METHOD, IMAGE CODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An image decoding method for decoding a coded stream which includes a plurality of processing units and a header of the
processing units, the coded stream being generated by coding a moving picture using inter prediction, the processing units
including at least one processing unit divided into a plurality of sub processing units in a hierarchy which decrease in size
from a higher level to a lower level, the hierarchy including: a highest hierarchical layer in which a coding unit exists
as a largest processing unit; and a lower hierarchical layer which is deeper than the highest hierarchical layer and in which
a prediction unit exists as a processing unit smaller than the coding unit, the image decoding method comprising:
dividing the coding unit into a plurality of sub coding units based on a flag included in the coding unit;
identifying, by parsing hierarchy depth information stored in the header and indicating a hierarchical layer higher than a
lowest hierarchical layer in which a smallest prediction unit exits, a hierarchical layer which is indicated by the hierarchy
depth information or a hierarchical layer higher than the indicated hierarchical layer, the hierarchical layer having a prediction
unit in which an adaptive motion vector resolution switch flag necessary for decoding is stored;

determining a hierarchical layer of the sub coding units;
determining whether or not the determined hierarchical layer matches the identified hierarchical layer; and
decoding the prediction unit, using the adaptive motion vector resolution switch flag stored in the prediction unit at the
identified hierarchical layer when the determined hierarchical layer matches the identified hierarchical layer.

US Pat. No. 9,198,066

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, REFERENCE SIGNAL TRANSMISSION CONTROL METHOD, AND REFERENCE SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

14. A reference signal processing method, comprising the steps of:
receiving by a wireless communication terminal a reference signal specific to the wireless communication terminal for measuring
reception power of a signal transmitted from a communication cell of a wireless communication device;

detecting a cell ID, based on a synchronization signal from the wireless communication device;
determining whether or not a cell type of a detected cell ID is a cell of a type of transmitting the reference signal in a
resource of an Enhanced Physical Downlink Control Channel (ePDCCH) region;

specifying a resource of the data region in which the reference signal specific to the communication cell is placed, in a
case where the cell type is determined not to be the cell of the type of transmitting the reference signal in the ePDCCH region;

specifying the resource of the data region in which the reference signal specific to the wireless communication terminal is
placed, in a case where the cell type is determined to be the cell of the type of transmitting the reference signal in the
ePDCCH region; and

measuring reception power of the reference signal specific to the wireless communication terminal transmitted or the reception
power of the reference signal specific to the communication cell in the specified resource of the data region.

US Pat. No. 9,143,192

TERMINAL APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION METHOD FOR RECEIVING CONTROL DATA AND USER DATA

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A terminal apparatus comprising:
a receiver, which, in operation, (i) receives control information that is mapped by a base station to a predetermined block
among a plurality of blocks, into which a frequency band is divided, and (ii) receives data that is mapped by the base station
to a block selected from the plurality of the blocks; and

a decoder, which, in operation, decodes the control information and the data,
wherein the control information is mapped such that the control information is distributed within the predetermined block,
which is a partial band of the frequency band.

US Pat. No. 9,143,805

METHOD OF IMAGE CODING CHROMINANCE SIGNAL AND METHOD OF IMAGE DECODING CHROMINANCE SIGNAL

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1. An image coding method of coding a chrominance signal, the image coding method comprising:
generating an intra prediction chrominance signal of a current block according to an intra prediction mode;
calculating a residual signal of the current block from the intra prediction chrominance signal of the current block and an
input chrominance signal of the current block;

performing transform and quantization on the residual signal of the current block to calculate quantized coefficients;
performing inverse quantization and inverse transform on the quantized coefficients to calculate a coded residual signal of
the current block;

generating a temporarily coded chrominance signal of the current block, from the coded residual signal and the intra prediction
chrominance signal of the current block;

calculating a direct-current component of the input chrominance signal of the current block;
calculating a direct-current component of the temporarily coded chrominance signal of the current block;
calculating an offset value from the direct-current component of the input chrominance signal of the current block and the
direct-current component of the temporarily coded chrominance signal of the current block;

coding the quantized coefficients, the intra prediction mode, and the offset value; and
adding the offset value to the temporarily coded chrominance signal of the current block to generate the coded chrominance
signal of the current block.

US Pat. No. 9,137,538

MOVING PICTURE CODING METHOD, MOVING PICTURE DECODING METHOD, AND APPARATUSES OF THE SAME

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1. A moving picture coding method for coding a moving picture which includes pictures, the method comprising:
partitioning a picture into blocks each of which including pixels, the picture comprising rows and columns of macroblocks
each of which is partitioned into the blocks;

selecting a scanning scheme from among plural scanning schemes;
scanning the blocks according to the selected scanning scheme;
coding the blocks in the order in which the blocks are scanned; and
inserting, into a coded moving picture, an identifier indicating the selected scanning scheme, the selected scanning scheme
including a first scanning for scanning the blocks in horizontally adjacent macroblocks per row of blocks and beyond a border
of the adjacent macroblocks.

US Pat. No. 9,118,950

BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS, PLAYBACK APPARATUS, BROADCAST COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, BROADCAST RECEIVING METHOD, PLAYBACK METHOD, AND PROGRAM

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1. A broadcast receiving apparatus that receives a broadcast content item to be broadcast, the broadcast receiving apparatus
comprising:
a processor; and
a non-transitory memory having stored thereon executable instructions, which when executed by the processor, cause the processor
to perform:

obtaining synchronization information for playing back a communication content item in synchronization with playback of the
broadcast content item;

receiving and playing back the broadcast content item;
determining one of (i) a first viewing mode in which the broadcast content item and the communication content item are not
displayed on a same device and (ii) a second viewing mode in which the broadcast content item and the communication content
item are displayed 1 and 3 on the same device,

when said determining determines the first viewing mode, (i) notifying a playback apparatus that plays back the communication
content item of the synchronization information and (ii) transmitting the synchronization information to the playback apparatus,

wherein the communication content item is distributed to the playback apparatus through communication other than broadcasting,
such that when said determining determines the first viewing mode, the playback apparatus plays back the communication content
item in synchronization with said playing back of the broadcast content item based on the synchronization information.

US Pat. No. 9,439,073

SERVER AND COMMUNICATION TERMINAL

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1. A communication terminal for performing communication with a predetermined communication device through a network, comprising
one or more hardware components configured to:
receive, by the communication terminal, a control message from the network, the control message being generated based on a
trigger request message and being transmitted to the communication terminal, the trigger request message being transmitted
from the predetermined communication device and being for requesting transmission of the control message;

determine, by the communication terminal, whether to perform the communication with the predetermined communication device
using an IP packet;

acquire, by the communication terminal, a trigger payload included in the trigger request message;
determine, by the communication terminal, whether data is included in the trigger payload;
when no data is included in the trigger payload, acquire, by the communication terminal, an IP address allocated to an IP
connection used in the communication with the predetermined communication device when determining to perform the communication
using the IP packet at the time of receiving the control message;

insert the IP address into the trigger payload; and
transmit, by the communication terminal, a response message, the response message being transmitted to the network in response
to the control message, where the response message includes the acquired IP address.

US Pat. No. 9,438,686

CONTENT CONTROL DEVICE, TERMINAL DEVICE, CONTENT CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

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1. A content control device connected to a terminal device via a network, comprising:
a non-transitory memory storing a program; and
a hardware processor that executes the program and causes the content control device to operate as:
a receiving content accumulation unit which accumulates contents received from the terminal device;
an operation history information managing unit which manages operation history information indicative of a history on user
input operations with respect to a first content accumulated in the receiving content accumulation unit through an operation
input device and the terminal device connected via the network;

a control information generating unit which generates control information for controlling a second content based on the operation
history information, the second content being a content corresponding to the first content and accumulated in the terminal
device; and

a content control unit which transmits the generated control information to the terminal device, wherein
the control information generating unit calculates an evaluation value indicative of a degree of user interest in the first
content based on the operation history information, and generates the control information indicative of protecting the second
content from deletion, in the case where the evaluation is higher than a predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,420,581

TERMINAL RECEIVING RESOURCE BLOCK ALLOCATION AND METHOD THEREFOR

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1. A terminal, comprising,
a receiver, which, in operation, receives assignment information indicating resource blocks, each of which is comprised of
consecutive subcarriers in a frequency domain, allocated to the terminal in one of a plurality of resource allocations including:

a resource allocation allocating Distributed Virtual Resource Blocks (DVRBs), a pair of DVRBs assigned by a single resource
block number being mapped to Physical Resource Blocks (PRBs) with a gap in a frequency domain, the gap being an integer multiple
of a Resource Block Group (RBG) size defined as a number of one or more consecutive PRBs comprising one RBG, the gap and the
RBG size being associated with a system bandwidth; and

a resource allocation allocating one or more RBGs; and
circuitry, which, in operation, decodes data based on the assignment information.

US Pat. No. 9,288,300

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

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1. A communication apparatus that communicates with a server connected via a network and also communicates, by using near-field
communication, with a plurality of external devices, each of the external devices being provided with a Radio Frequency Identification
(RFID) tag, the communication apparatus comprising:
a selection acceptance unit that accepts a selection by a user of a target external device performing the near-field communication
among the plurality of external devices, the target external device having a surface on which a guide pattern representing
a position of an antenna performing the near-field communication is formed;

a guide pattern acquisition unit that transmits external device identification information for identifying the target external
device selected by the user to the server, and acquires, from the server, a guide pattern image having the same shape as the
guide pattern corresponding to the external device identification information;

a loop antenna that outputs a polling signal by near-field communication to the RFID tag provided in the target external device
and receives a polling response by near-field communication from the RFID tag provided in the target external device that
has received the polling signal;

a display unit provided on a side of the communication apparatus opposite an orientation in which the loop antenna transmits
the polling signal and receives the polling response;

a communication apparatus identification information storing unit that stores communication apparatus identification information
for identifying the communication apparatus;

a position information acquisition unit that transmits the communication apparatus identification information stored in the
communication apparatus identification information storing unit to the server and acquires, from the server, antenna position
information that represents a position of the loop antenna in the communication apparatus and that corresponds to the communication
apparatus identification information; and

a position information storing unit that stores the acquired antenna position information, wherein
the display unit displays the guide pattern image acquired by the guide pattern acquisition unit as a guide pattern indicating
the position of the loop antenna on the basis of the antenna position information which is stored in the position information
storing unit, and fixedly displays the guide pattern image at the position of the loop antenna included in the communication
apparatus regardless of a movement of the communication apparatus, within a period in which the loop antenna outputs the polling
signal to the target external device.

US Pat. No. 9,264,619

CAMERA DRIVE DEVICE

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1. A camera driving apparatus comprising:
a camera section including an image sensor which has an imaging plane, a lens which has an optical axis and which produces
a subject image on the imaging plane, and a lens barrel to support the lens;

a movable unit which includes at least one attracting magnet, houses the camera section inside, and has a first convex partial
sphere on outer surface thereof;

a fixed unit which has a depressed portion in which at least one magnetic body and at least a portion of the movable unit
are loosely fit and which brings the first convex partial sphere of the movable unit into a point or line contact with the
depressed portion under magnetic attractive force of the at least one attracting magnet to the at least one magnetic body,
the fixed unit allowing the movable unit to rotate freely on the spherical centroid of the first convex partial sphere;

a panning driver which tilts the camera section in a panning direction with respect to the fixed unit;
a tilting driver which tilts the camera section in a tilting direction that intersects with the panning direction at right
angles with respect to the fixed unit;

a rolling driver which rotates the camera section in a rolling direction around the optical axis of the lens with respect
to the fixed unit;

a shifter which shifts either the entire camera section or just the lens or image sensor in an optical axis direction with
respect to the movable unit, the shifter forming part of the movable unit;

a first detector which detects the tilt angles of the camera section in the panning and tilting directions with respect to
the fixed unit;

a second detector which detects the angle of rotation of the camera section that rotates in the rolling direction; and
a third detector which detects the magnitude of shift of either the camera section or the lens or image sensor in the optical
axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,258,558

IMAGE CODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE CODING AND DECODING APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An image coding method of compression-coding an image including a plurality of processing units having mutually different
sizes, said image coding method comprising:
obtaining current signals to be coded of each of the processing units of the image;
generating a binary signal by performing binarization on each of the current signals to be coded;
selecting a context for each of the current signals to be coded from among a plurality of contexts;
performing arithmetic coding of the binary signal by using coded probability information associated with the context selected
in said selecting; and

updating the coded probability information associated with the context selected in said selecting, based on the binary signal
generated in said generating,

wherein a first shared context is set in advance,
wherein, in said selecting, the first shared context is selected as the context for the current signal to be coded in the
case where a size of the processing unit which includes the current signal to be coded is a block size of 16×16, and in the
case where the size of the processing unit which includes the current signal to be coded is a block size of 32×32, and

wherein, in said selecting, a dedicated context is selected as the context for the current signal to be coded in the case
where the size of the processing unit which includes the current signal to be coded is smaller than the block size of 16×16.

US Pat. No. 9,258,573

PIXEL ADAPTIVE INTRA SMOOTHING

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1. A video encoding method for use in a video encoder, the video encoding method encoding pixels of an image block in a digital
image, the video encoding method comprising:
predicting, using a processor, the pixels of the image block based on reference pixels spatially adjacent to the image block;
encoding a difference between the predicted pixels of the image block and an original image block; and
embedding the encoded difference within a bitstream,
wherein said predicting the pixels of the image block includes performing, for each of the pixels of the image block:
determining, for the pixel of the image block, at least one reference pixel adjacent to the image block;
determining a spatial distance between the pixel of the image block and the at least one reference pixel, the spatial distance
being determined by adding (i) a squared absolute value of a vertical distance between the pixel of the image block and the
at least one reference pixel and (ii) a squared absolute value of a horizontal distance between the pixel of the image block
and the at least one reference pixel; and

predicting the pixel of the image block,
wherein in said predicting the pixel of the image block:
when the determined spatial distance is greater than or equal to a first distance, the pixel is predicted by smoothing the
at least one reference pixel with a low-pass filter and using the smoothed at least one reference pixel; and

when the determined spatial distance is smaller than a second distance that is smaller than the first distance, the pixel
is predicted using the at least one reference pixel without smoothing the at least one reference pixel with the low-pass filter;
and

when the determined spatial distance is smaller than the first distance and greater than or equal to the second distance,
the pixel is predicted as a weighted sum of (i) information obtained by predicting the pixel using the at least one reference
pixel without smoothing the at least one reference pixel with the low-pass filter and (ii) information obtained by predicting
the pixel by smoothing the at least one reference pixel with a low-pass filter and using the smoothed at least one reference
pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,251,316

CONTENT SHARING SYSTEM, INFORMATION COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTENT SHARING METHOD, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A content sharing system, comprising:
a server;
a first information communication apparatus; and
one or more second information communication apparatuses,
wherein content is shared using the first information communication apparatus and at least one of the second information communication
apparatuses, in a sharing space which is a part of a storage region on the server, at least between a first user who uses
the first information communication apparatus and a second user who uses the second information communication apparatus,

the first information communication apparatus includes:
a first processor; and
a first non-transitory computer-readable medium having stored thereon first executable instructions that, when executed by
the first processor, cause the first information communication apparatus to:

transmit address information and sharing space securement information to the server, and receive authentication information
and sharing space address information from the server, the address information being associated with the second information
communication apparatus, the sharing space securement information including information for specifying a storage capacity
of the part of the storage region as the sharing space on the server, the authentication information being for enabling the
second user to access the sharing space using the second information communication apparatus, the sharing space address information
representing an address of the sharing space allocated based on the sharing space securement information; and

after receiving the sharing space address information and the authentication information from the server, transmit the authentication
information together with the sharing space address information to the second information communication apparatus corresponding
to the authentication information,

the server includes:
a second processor; and
a second non-transitory computer-readable medium having stored thereon second executable instructions that, when executed
by the second processor, cause the server to:

allocate the sharing space for storage of the content, the content including at least content of the first user and content
of the second user, and generate the sharing space address information in the part of the storage region on the server based
on the sharing space securement information received from the first information communication apparatus, generate the authentication
information, and transmit the sharing space address information and the authentication information to the first information
communication apparatus; and

authenticate the authentication information received from the second information communication apparatus, and allow the second
information communication apparatus to access the sharing space,

wherein the sharing space securement information includes information for specifying a term of validity of the sharing space,
and

the second executable instructions, when executed by the second processor, cause the server to generate the term of validity
which is specified by the sharing space securement information, and

the second information communication apparatus includes:
a second storage;
a third processor; and
a third non-transitory computer-readable medium having stored thereon third executable instructions that, when executed by
the third processor, cause the second information communication apparatus to:

receive the sharing space address information and the authentication information from the first information communication
apparatus;

store, in the second storage, the received sharing space address information and authentication information, and
extract the authentication information from the second storage, and transmit the authentication information to the server
based on the sharing space address information stored in the second storage, to access the sharing space.

US Pat. No. 9,178,650

DATA PROCESSING METHOD, PRECODING METHOD, AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE

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1. A data processing scheme comprising:
an encoding step of outputting a first bit sequence that is an N-bit codeword from a K-bit information bit sequence;
a mapping step of generating a first complex signal s1 and a second complex signal s2 with use of a bit sequence having X+Y bits included in an input second bit sequence, where X indicates the number of bits
used to generate the first complex signal s1, and Y indicates the number of bits used to generate the second complex signal s2; and

a bit length adjustment step of, after the encoding step and before the mapping step, performing bit length adjustment on
the first bit sequence such that the second bit sequence has a bit length that is a multiple of X+Y, and outputting the first
bit sequence after the bit length adjustment as the second bit sequence.

US Pat. No. 9,171,016

CONTENT SELECTION APPARATUS AND CONTENT SELECTION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A content selection apparatus that selects a content item from a plurality of content items, the content selection apparatus
comprising:
a non-transitory computer-readable recording medium storing a program; and
a hardware processor that executes the program and causes the content selection apparatus to operate as:
an obtainment unit that obtains the plurality of content items;
a selection unit that selects a target content item from the plurality of content items, the target content item being a content
item to be presented to a user;

a selection mode switching unit that selects a selection mode which is a selection method for the target content item by the
selection unit;

a feature value extraction unit that, for each of the plurality of content items, detects an object included in the content
item and extracts a feature value of the detected object; and

an importance level calculation unit that classifies a plurality of objects detected by the feature value extraction unit
into groups of objects similar to each other based on feature values, determines an importance level for each group of objects
based on a predetermined condition, and assigns the importance level to the objects,

wherein each of the plurality of content items is sorted into one of a plurality of management units that corresponds to a
creation date of the content item,

the selection unit selects a predetermined number of management units in ascending order of the number of sorted content items,
and selects a content item that belongs to the selected management units as the target content item, and

the selection unit, in the case where a selection date on which the content selection apparatus selects the target content
item is at least a predetermined number of days after a beginning day of a first period to which the selection date belongs,
selects the target content item from the plurality of content items created in a second period that immediately precedes the
first period,

the selection unit selects the predetermined number of management units in ascending order of the number of sorted content
items and selects the content item that belongs to the selected management units as the target content item, in the case where
the selection mode switching unit switches the selection mode to a first selection mode, and

the selection unit selects, as the target content item, a content item that includes an object whose importance level is less
than or equal to a predetermined value from among the plurality of content items, in the case where the selection mode switching
unit switches the selection mode to a third selection mode different from the first selection mode.

US Pat. No. 9,143,339

INFORMATION COMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR OBTAINING INFORMATION FROM IMAGE DATA BY DEMODULATING A BRIGHT LINE PATTERN APPEARING IN THE IMAGE DATA

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An information communication method of obtaining information from a subject using an image sensor including a plurality
of exposure lines, the information communication method comprising:
obtaining first image data by starting exposure sequentially for the plurality of exposure lines in the image sensor each
at a different time and performing image capture with a first exposure time so that an exposure time of each of the plurality
of exposure lines partially overlaps with an exposure time of an adjacent one of the plurality of exposure lines; and

obtaining second image data by starting exposure sequentially for the plurality of exposure lines each at a different time
and performing image capture with a second exposure time shorter than the first exposure time so that an exposure time of
each of the plurality of exposure lines partially overlaps with an exposure time of an adjacent one of the plurality of exposure
lines, and obtaining information by demodulating a striped pattern of bright lines that appears in the second image data,
the bright lines each corresponding to the one of the plurality of exposure lines,

wherein in the obtaining of second image data, the second exposure time is set to less than or equal to 1/480 second and a
sensitivity of the image sensor is set to a value higher than a sensitivity of the image sensor in the obtaining of first
image data, to cause the striped pattern of the bright lines to appear in the second image data.

US Pat. No. 9,143,461

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, NETWORK NODE, AND COMMUNICATION SERVER

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A communication device in a system in which a plurality of communication devices communicate with a communication server
via a network and a sum total of communication bit rates assigned to the plurality of communication devices is not to exceed
a predetermined upper limit, the communication device comprising a processor having one or more integrated circuits configured
to:
determine whether or not to send high priority and high bit rate traffic to the communication server;
send to the network a service request for sending the high priority and high bit rate traffic, in the case where the high
priority and high bit rate traffic is determined to be sent;

receive from the network a service request response that is a response to the service request and includes a bearer identifier
of a bearer via which the high priority and high bit rate traffic is unable to be sent;

send to the communication server a traffic sending request for the high priority and high bit rate traffic via the bearer
identified by the bearer identifier;

receive from the communication server a sending request response that is a response to the traffic sending request and includes
information indicating whether or not the high priority and high bit rate traffic is able to be sent; and

send the high priority and high bit rate traffic to the communication server, in the case where the high priority and high
bit rate traffic is determined to be able to be sent from the sending request response,

wherein the communication device is one of the plurality of communication devices.

US Pat. No. 9,106,356

RADIO COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND RADIO COMMUNICATION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A transmitting apparatus comprising:
a cyclically shifted sequence multiplying section configured to multiply a response signal with a cyclically shifted sequence
defined by a cyclic shift value among a plurality of cyclic shift values;

a spreading section configured to spread the multiplied response signal with an orthogonal sequence among a plurality of orthogonal
sequences, wherein the orthogonal sequence and the cyclic shift value are determined from a resource index, and the resource
index is associated with a control channel element (CCE) number which indicates a number of a first CCE of one or more CCEs
used to transmit a control signal in a downlink control channel; and

a transmitter that transmits the spread response signal using one or more antenna ports, wherein when a first antenna port
and a second antenna port are used, said transmitter uses a first orthogonal sequence and a first cyclic shift value that
are determined by a first resource index for the spread response signal transmitted using the first antenna port, and uses
a second orthogonal sequence and a second cyclic shift value that are determined by a second resource index for the spread
response signal transmitted using the second antenna port, the second resource index being a number which equals the first
resource index plus one.

US Pat. No. 9,262,913

COMMUNICATION DEVICE

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1. A wireless communication terminal comprising:
a position information obtainment unit configured to estimate terminal position information which is position information
of the wireless communication terminal, using an internal sensor;

a peripheral apparatus information storage unit configured to store, as unique information corresponding to a peripheral apparatus
registered beforehand, at least an apparatus ID, position information, and an identifier of the peripheral apparatus, the
identifier indicating whether or not the peripheral apparatus supports optical communication for modulating information as
a light emitting pattern and transmitting the modulated information;

an imaging device that obtains light generated by the peripheral apparatus modulating the information as the light emitting
pattern;

an optical communication information obtainment unit configured to decode the information from the light emitting pattern
of the light obtained by the imaging device;

a server cooperative communication unit configured to notify the apparatus ID obtained by the optical communication information
obtainment unit and state information which is information indicating a state of the apparatus to a server via a network,
and obtain user presentation information from the server, the user presentation information being at least one of screen information,
sound information, an application, a script, a URL, and link information to another server that correspond to the state information;
and

a peripheral apparatus limiting unit configured to select a peripheral apparatus capable of the optical communication based
on a current position of the wireless communication terminal, from the terminal position information and the peripheral apparatus
information,

wherein the optical communication information obtainment unit is configured to complement the information received by the
optical communication, using information corresponding to the selected peripheral apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,246,657

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION BASE STATION EQUIPMENT, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION TERMINAL DEVICE AND SEARCH SPACE SETTING METHOD

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1. An integrated circuit, comprising:
assignment circuitry, which, in operation, assigns a downlink control channel for a terminal, for which one or multiple component
carriers (CC(s)) are configured, to a control channel element (CCE) in a first search space comprised of a plurality of CCEs,
wherein the downlink control channel includes resource assignment information indicating a resource allocated to the terminal
in a component carrier n (CCn) out of the configured CC(s); and

transmission circuitry, which, in operation, transmits the downlink control channel to the terminal on the CCE,
wherein the first search space, in which the downlink control channel including the resource assignment information indicating
the resource allocated in the CCn is assigned, is comprised of the plurality of CCEs depending on the value of n, and

wherein a CCE number that defines an end position of the first search space for the CCn and a CCE number that defines a start position of a second search space for a component carrier n+1 (CCn+1) are consecutive, the second search space being different from the first search space.

US Pat. No. 9,349,372

SPEAKER IDENTIFICATION METHOD, AND SPEAKER IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM

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1. A speaker identification method of identifying a speaker with a speaker identification system including a processor and
a memory storing thereon a control program, said method comprising:
a speech acquisition step of acquiring speech information of a speaker;
an age information acquisition step of judging, with the speaker identification system including the processor, whether the
age of the speaker is equal to a specific age, based on the speech information acquired in the speech acquisition step, and
acquiring specific age information when it is judged that the age of the speaker is equal to the specific age;

a date and time information acquisition step of acquiring date and time information representing a date and time when the
speech information has been acquired in the speech acquisition step;

an information accumulation step of accumulating the specific age information acquired in the age information acquisition
step, and the date and time information acquired in the date and time information acquisition step in association with each
other when the specific age information is acquired in the age information acquisition step; and

an information managing step of updating the specific age information accumulated in the information accumulation step in
accordance with the number of years elapsed from the date and time indicated by the date and time information accumulated
in association with the specific age information.

US Pat. No. 9,240,192

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR EFFICIENTLY ENCODING QUANTIZATION PARAMETERS OF SPECTRAL COEFFICIENT CODING

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An audio/speech encoding apparatus, comprising:
a band splitting section that splits a spectrum of input signal to a plurality of sub-bands;
a vector quantization section that quantizes spectral coefficients in each sub-band;
a spectral analysis section that splits the spectrum to null vectors region and non-null vectors region by analyzing on a
series of indications of sub-bands generated by vector quantization; and

a parameter encoding section that converts the series of indications for null vectors in the null vector region to an indication
of null vectors region and a parameter which represents the ending position of the null vectors region, wherein

the parameter encoding section comprises:
a first parameter encoding section that converts the series of indications for null vectors in the null vector region to an
indication of null vectors region and a parameter which represents the ending position of the null vectors region;

a reversing section that reverses the series of indications;
a second parameter encoding section that converts the reversed series of indications for null vectors; and
a selection section that selects between the first parameter encoding section and the second parameter encoding section based
on which consumes less bits; and

wherein audio/speech is encoded in accordance with the selection by the selection section.

US Pat. No. 9,154,788

IMAGE CODING METHOD AND IMAGE DECODING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An image coding method for predicting chrominance according to a linear model, using luminance of an image, the image coding
method comprising:
obtaining image format information from an input image;
determining a subsampling method for a luminance signal using the image format information;
storing the subsampling method in a memory;
obtaining the subsampling method from the memory;
performing, by the subsampling method, subsampling on a coded luminance signal of a surrounding pixel of a current block to
be coded;

calculating a parameter of the linear model using (i) the coded luminance signal that is subsampled in the performing of subsampling
on the coded luminance signal of the surrounding pixel of the current block and (ii) coded chrominance of the surrounding
pixel;

performing, by the subsampling method, subsampling on the coded luminance signal of the current block; and
calculating prediction chrominance of the current block using (i) the parameter of the linear model and (ii) the coded luminance
signal that is subsampled in the performing of subsampling on the coded luminance signal of the current block.

US Pat. No. 9,305,367

ARITHMETIC CODING FOR INFORMATION RELATED TO SAMPLE ADAPTIVE OFFSET PROCESSING

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An image decoding method comprising:
performing context arithmetic decoding to consecutively decode (i) first information indicating whether or not to perform
sample adaptive offset (SAO) processing for a first region of an image and (ii) second information indicating whether or not
to use, in the SAO processing for the first region, information on SAO processing for a region other than the first region,
the context arithmetic decoding being arithmetic decoding using a variable probability, the SAO processing being offset processing
on a pixel value; and

performing bypass arithmetic decoding to decode other information, the other information being information on the SAO processing
for the first region and different from the first information and the second information, the other information being decoded
after the first information and the second information are decoded, the bypass arithmetic decoding being arithmetic decoding
using a fixed probability,

wherein the other information includes (i) third information indicating whether the SAO processing for the first region is
edge offset processing or band offset processing and (ii) fourth information indicating an absolute value of an offset value,
the edge offset processing being performed according to an edge, the band offset processing being performed according to a
pixel value, and

wherein when the SAO processing for the first region is the band offset processing, the other information includes (i) fifth
information indicating whether the offset value is positive or negative and (ii) sixth information indicating a scope of application
of the offset value.

US Pat. No. 9,112,651

SCHEDULING APPARATUS AND SCHEDULING METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A base station apparatus comprising:
a setting section configured to set a resource block group size for allocating one or more frequency resources for a user
equipment according to both a system bandwidth and a number of clusters which is a number of frequency resources allocated
to the user equipment, wherein the resource block group size is a number of resource blocks included in a resource block group,
each of the clusters comprises one or more resource block groups of the resource block group size, and each cluster is located
on a separate position from other clusters on a frequency axis;

and a scheduler configured to allocate one or more frequency resources to the user equipment, in one or more units of the
resource block group size that is set by the setting section.

US Pat. No. 9,306,602

ENCODING METHOD, DECODING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An encoding method comprising
generating an encoded sequence comprising: n?1 information sequences denoted as X1 through Xn-1; and a parity sequence denoted as P, by encoding the n?1 information sequences at a (n?1)/n coding rate according to a predetermined
parity check matrix having m×z rows and n×m×z columns, n being an integer no less than two, m being an even number no less
than two, and z being a natural number, wherein

the predetermined parity check matrix is a first parity check matrix or a second parity check matrix, the first parity check
matrix corresponding to a low-density parity check (LDPC) convolutional code using a plurality of parity check polynomials,
the second parity check matrix generated by performing at least one of row permutation and column permutation with respect
to the first parity check matrix, and

given e denoting an integer no less than zero and no greater than m×z?1, ? denoting an integer no less than one and no greater
than m×z, and i being a variable denoting an integer that is no less than zero and no greater than m?1 and satisfies i=e%m
where % denotes a modulo operator,

when e???1, an eth parity check polynomial that satisfies zero, of the LDPC convolutional code, is expressed as

where b1,i is a natural number, and

when e=??1, the eth parity check polynomial that satisfies zero, of the LDPC convolutional code, is expressed as
where, in Math. 1 and Math. 2,
p denotes an integer no less than one and no greater than n?1, q denotes an integer no less than one and no greater than rp,i, and rp,i denotes an integer no less than two,

D denotes a delay operator, Xp(D) denotes a polynomial representation of an information sequence Xp among the n?1 information sequences, and P(D) denotes a polynomial representation of the parity sequence P, and

ap,i,q denotes a natural number, and

when x and y are integers no less than one and no greater than rp,i and satisfy x?y, ap,i,x?ap,i,y holds true for all x and y,

when s=p, and vs,1 and vs,2 are odd numbers less than m, ap,i,q satisfies both as,i,1%m=vs,1 and as,i,2%m=vs,2 for all i, and

in Math. 1 and Math. 2,
a greatest common divisor of vs,1 and m is one, and a greatest common divisor of vs,2 and m is one, where s is an integer no less than one and no greater than n?1, and vs,1 and vs,2 are integers no less than one and no greater than m?1.

US Pat. No. 9,241,161

MOVING PICTURE CODING METHOD, AND MOVING PICTURE DECODING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A moving picture decoding apparatus which decodes an input bit stream of a moving picture,
wherein the input bit stream of the moving picture is generated by:
generating, on a picture-by-picture basis, either of (i) first information indicating that a target picture, which is one
of an I picture, a P picture, and B picture, can be a reference picture to be referred to when coding at least one of P pictures
following the target picture or coding at least one of B pictures following the target picture and (ii) second information
indicating that the target picture cannot be a reference picture to be referred to when coding each of P pictures following
the target picture or coding each of B pictures following the target picture;

generating, on a picture-by-picture basis, (iii) third information indicating a plurality of candidate reference pictures,
each of the candidate reference pictures being a candidate for a reference picture selected from among pictures for which
only the first information is attached, when coding a target P picture or coding a target B picture;

generating, on a block-by-block basis, (iv) fourth information indicating one specified reference picture to be referred to
when performing predictive coding on a target block included in the target P picture or indicating one or two specified reference
pictures to be referred to when performing predictive coding on a target block included in the target B picture;

storing, on a picture-by-picture basis, the target picture into a memory as a candidate reference picture only when the first
information is generated for the target picture in said generating of either of (i) first information and (ii) second information;

coding, on a block-by-block basis, the target block by using the one specified reference picture when performing predictive
coding on the target block included in the target P picture or by using the one or two specified reference pictures to be
referred to when performing predictive coding on the target block included in the target B picture to generate coded block
data; and

adding the first information, the second information, the third information and the fourth information to the coded block
data generated in said coding,

wherein the one specified reference picture is specified on a block-by-block basis, from among a plurality of candidate reference
pictures which are stored in the memory, and the target block is predictively coded with reference to the one specified reference
picture when performing predictive coding on the target block included in the target P picture, and

wherein the one or two specified reference pictures are specified, on a block-by-block basis, from among a plurality of candidate
reference pictures which are stored in the memory, and the target block is predictively coded with reference to the one or
two specified reference pictures when performing predictive coding on the target block included in the target B picture,

said moving picture decoding apparatus comprising:
a first and second information extracting unit operable to extract, from the input bit stream on a picture-by-picture basis,
either of (i) first information indicating that a target picture, which is one of an I picture, a P picture, and B picture,
can be a reference picture to be referred to when decoding at least one of P pictures following the target picture or decoding
at least one of B pictures following the target picture and (ii) second information indicating that the target picture cannot
be a reference picture to be referred to when decoding each of P pictures following the target picture or decoding each of
B pictures following the target picture;

a third information extracting unit operable to extract from the input bit stream on a picture-by-picture basis, (iii) third
information indicating a plurality of candidate reference pictures, each of the candidate reference pictures being a candidate
for a reference picture selected from among pictures for which only the first information is attached, when decoding a target
P picture or decoding a target B picture;

a fourth information extracting unit operable to extract from the input bit stream on a block-by-block basis, (iv) fourth
information indicating one specified reference picture to be referred to when performing predictive decoding on a target block
included in the target P picture or indicating one or two specified reference pictures to be referred to when performing predictive
decoding on a target block included in the target B picture;

a storing unit operable to store, on a picture-by-picture basis, the target picture into a memory as a candidate reference
picture only when the first information is extracted by the first and second information extracting unit; and

a decoding unit operable to decode, on a block-by-block basis, the target block by using the one specified reference picture
when performing predictive decoding on the target block included in the target P picture or by using the one or two specified
reference pictures to be referred to when performing predictive decoding on the target block included in the target B picture,

wherein the one specified reference picture is specified on a block-by-block basis, from among a plurality of candidate reference
pictures which are stored in the memory, and the target block is predictively decoded with reference to the one specified
reference picture when performing predictive decoding on the target block included in the target P picture, and

wherein the one or two specified reference pictures are specified, on a block-by-block basis, from among a plurality of candidate
reference pictures which are stored in the memory, and the target block is predictively decoded with reference to the one
or two specified reference pictures when performing predictive decoding on the target block included in the target B picture.