US Pat. No. 9,323,310

MOBILE CLIENT DEVICE, OPERATION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a touch panel;
a near field communication interface circuit; and
circuitry configured to
scan the touch panel intermittently when the information processing apparatus is in a suspended state to receive an input
at the touch panel;

detect that the input received at the touch panel corresponds to a predetermined input when the information processing apparatus
is in the suspended state; and

control the information processing apparatus to execute a predetermined function via the near field communication interface
circuit and awake from the suspended state upon detecting that the input corresponds to the predetermined input.

US Pat. No. 9,057,943

DIRECTIONAL SOUND CAPTURING

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A sound recording arrangement comprising:
a sound recording unit configured to record sound arriving at the sound recording unit from objects in a field of view of
a user of the sound recording arrangement,

a first image recording unit configured to operatively record a first set of images of a head or eyes of the user,
a second image recording unit configured to operatively record a second set of images of an object located in a secondary
gaze direction of the user, and

a control unit configured to:
determine the secondary gaze direction of the user based on the first set of images,
determine a primary gaze direction of the user based on the first set of images and based on a correlation of the secondary
gaze direction and an object tracking of the object in the second set of images, and

amplify sounds arriving in the primary gaze direction compared to sounds arriving from other directions.

US Pat. No. 9,408,315

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a first cover forming a first external surface of the electronic apparatus; a second cover forming the first external surface
in conjunction with the first cover, the second cover being capable of being separated from an edge of the first cover in
a first direction substantially parallel to the first external surface;

a first cover protrusion having first and second lateral ends, the first cover protrusion being formed at the edge of the
first cover and protruding toward the second cover in the first direction and laterally extending from the lateral end to
the second lateral end substantially perpendicular to the first direction, each end having an elastically deformable engaging
portion formed thereat; and

first and second cover protrusions each having first and second lateral ends, each of the first and second cover protrusions
being formed at an edge of the second cover and protruding toward the first cover in a direction opposing the first direction
and each laterally extending from the first lateral end to the second lateral end substantially perpendicular to the first
direction; the first and second cover protrusions being laterally separated from one another along the edge of the second
cover to form a space laterally extending therebetween defined at one end by one of the lateral ends of the first cover protrusion
and at another end by one of the lateral ends of the second cover protrusion each of the space defining ends the having an
engaging portion engageabie with respective one of the elastically deformable engaging portions of the first cover protrusion,
wherein

each of the elastically deformable engaging portions of the first cover protrusion is elastically deformable in a second direction
intersecting the first direction, the second direction being substantially parallel to the first external surface.

US Pat. No. 9,301,338

WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS DEVICES CONFIGURED FOR MULTIPLE RADIO ACCESS TECHNOLOGIES AND RELATED METHODS AND SYSTEMS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A wireless communications device, comprising:
a housing;
a first antenna positioned in the housing, the first antenna being associated with a first receiver;
a second antenna positioned in the housing, the second antenna being associated with a second receiver, the second receiver
being different from the first receiver,

wherein one of the first receiver and the second receiver is configured to support at least two radio access technologies,
each defined by a different frequency band, by co-banding the different frequency bands associated with the at least two radio
access technologies; and

a simplex filter associated with the one of the first receiver and the second receiver that is configured to support the different
frequency bands associated with the at least two radio access technologies, such that co-banding includes using the simplex
filter for all the supported at least two radio access technologies and wherein all the different frequency bands are co-banded,

wherein the one of the first and second receiver has an associated receive path and wherein the receive path of the one of
the first and second receiver and the simplex filter support the at least two radio access technologies.

US Pat. No. 9,380,299

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
circuitry configured to
decode a bit stream to generate quantized data,
set, based on a flag that specifies whether or not a difference quantization parameter is present, a current quantization
parameter for a current coding block formed by block partitioning, which recursively splits a largest coding block into smaller
coding blocks, and

inversely quantize the generated quantized data based on the set current quantization parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,071,800

DISPLAY UNIT AND DISPLAYING METHOD FOR ENHANCING DISPLAY IMAGE QUALITY

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A display unit, comprising:
a liquid crystal display section displaying a series of original frame images and a series of interpolated frame images in
a time-divisional manner, the interpolated frame images being generated based on the original frame images;

a backlight emitting light intermittently;
a backlight control section controlling a first light-emission amount and a second light-emission amount of the backlight
independently of each other, the first light-emission amount being an amount during a first period corresponding to a period
for displaying the original frame images, and the second light-emission amount being an amount during a second period corresponding
to a period for displaying the interpolated frame images; and

a computing section determining, based on each of the original frame images, an amount of display light to be projected from
a display surface of the liquid crystal display section in response to display of the original frame images on the liquid
crystal display section,

wherein the backlight control section controls the first light-emission amount and the second light-emission amount based
on the amount of display light obtained by the computing section, and

wherein the backlight control section decreases the first light-emission amount and increases the second light-emission amount
when the amount of display light is increased, and increases the first light-emission amount and decreases the second light-emission
amount when the amount of display light is decreased.

US Pat. No. 9,153,983

CHARGING DEVICE

SONY Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A charging device comprising:
a first connector configured to be connected to a power source;
a second connector configured to be connected to and supply a voltage to the electronic device;
a magnetic element configured to be connected to a magnet of an electronic device;
a magnetic sensor configured to detect a magnetic force generated by the magnet of the electronic device, wherein the magnetic
sensor comprises

a first magnetic sensor configured to detect a first magnetic polarity;
a second magnetic sensor configured to detect a second magnetic polarity that is different from the first magnetic polarity;
a third magnetic sensor configured to detect the second magnetic polarity;
a fourth magnetic sensor configured to detect the first magnetic polarity;
a first logic circuit connected to the first magnetic sensor and the second magnetic sensor; and
a second logic circuit connected to the third magnetic sensor and the fourth magnetic sensor; and
a switch circuit disposed between the first connector and the second connector and configured to control the polarity of the
voltage supplied to the electronic device from the second connector to be a first polarity when an output of the first logic
circuit indicates that a magnetic force of the first polarity is detected at the first magnetic sensor and a magnetic force
of the second polarity is detected at the second magnetic sensor and control the polarity of the voltage supplied to the electronic
device from the second connector to be a second polarity, which is opposite the first polarity, when an output of the second
logic circuit indicates that a magnetic force of the second polarity is detected at the third magnetic sensor and a magnetic
force of the first polarity is detected at the fourth magnetic sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,480,131

CONFIGURATION OF AMBIENT LIGHT USING WIRELESS CONNECTION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for providing ambient light based on visual media content being displayed on a display of a host device, wherein
the host device has a wireless connection to at least one lighting device, which method comprises:
determining a relative position of the at least one lighting device based on characteristics of the wireless connection between
the host device and the at least one lighting device;

identifying at least one portion of the display of the host device correlating to the relative position of the at least one
lighting device; and

controlling the at least one lighting device to provide a lighting characteristic which matches the correlated portion.

US Pat. No. 9,307,667

DISPLAY DEVICE

Sony Corporation, (JP)

1. A display device comprising:
a display in which an image is displayed on a display surface;
a back chassis that is disposed on a surface opposite to the display surface of the display, said back chassis having a display
holding portion;

a cushion disposed between the display and the display holding portion;
a bezel formed in a frame shape and directly mounted to the back chassis to press an outer circumference of the display against
the display holding portion through the cushion so as to avoid use of a middle chassis to hold the display;

a lamp to emit light to be incident on the display;
a reflection sheet, mounted on the back chassis, to reflect the light emitted from the lamp toward the display;
a sheet mounting portion, formed in the back chassis, to mount the reflection sheet; and
a diffusion plate to control the light emitted from the lamp, said diffusion plate being disposed between the display and
the back chassis and arranged therein to control bending of the diffusion plate.

US Pat. No. 9,048,619

LASER DIODE ASSEMBLY

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A laser diode assembly comprising:
a mode-locked laser diode device;
a diffraction grating that outputs 0-order diffracted light outside;
an external resonator composed of a reflecting mirror that reflects primary or more order diffracted light from the diffraction
grating and returns the reflected light to the mode-locked laser diode device thorough the diffraction grating;

an imaging section provided between the mode-locked laser diode device and the diffraction grating and imaging laser light
outputted from the mode-locked laser diode device on the external resonator; and

a plurality of apertures provided between the diffraction grating and the external resonator and regulating entrance of laser
light into the external resonator,

wherein the reflecting minor composing the external resonator is formed with a concave mirror, and
wherein curvature radius of the concave mirror is equal to distance from the diffraction grating to the concave mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,661,631

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND COMMUNICATION METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR MULTIPLEXING AND TRANSMITTING A VARIABLE-LENGTH FRAME

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a Space Division multiplexing unit configured to assign wireless resources on a space axis to a plurality of users for spatially
multiplexing, and to transmit spatially multiplexed frames through a plurality of adaptive array antennas;

a frequency bandwidth setting unit configured to set a frequency bandwidth for the plurality of adaptive array antennas;
a modulation and demodulation unit configured to modulate and demodulate the spatially multiplexed frames; and
a data processing unit configured to process frames for each of the plurality of users and determine both a modulation scheme
applied in the modulation and demodulation unit and the frequency bandwidth set in the frequency bandwidth setting unit,

wherein the frequency bandwidth setting unit sets a minimum frequency bandwidth at a plurality of positions over whole usable
frequency bands and sets a frequency band obtained by setting two or more minimum frequency bands,

wherein when the frequency bandwidth is configured to include two or more minimum frequency bandwidths, a transmission requested
(RTS) frame is transmitted from each of the minimum frequency bandwidths, and a checking notification (CTS) frame is configured
to be received in at least one channel of the two or more minimum frequency bandwidths even when other minimum frequency bandwidths
cannot be used, and if all the minimum frequency bandwidths can be used, the CTS frame is received from each of the two or
more minimum frequency bandwidths,

wherein CTS frames are received, from other communication devices of the plurality of users that have received the transmitted
RTS frame, for each of the minimum frequency bandwidths in which the RTS frame is transmitted that can be used by each respective
one of the other communication devices,

wherein the data processing unit is further configured to adaptively determine the modulation scheme for the at least one
channel based on a communication quality of the at least one channel,

wherein a frame length for transmission of spatially multiplexed frames on the at least one channel is controlled according
to the determined modulation scheme of the at least one channel, and

wherein the Space Division multiplexing unit, the frequency bandwidth setting unit, the modulation and demodulation unit,
and the data processing unit are each implemented via at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,408,186

METHOD, BASE STATION, TERMINAL AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR SELECTING A COMPONENT CARRIER

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic device, comprising
circuitry configured to,
conduct a random access procedure on a component carrier enabled by a base station;
acquire a radio resource control reconfiguration information comprising radio resource configuration information of one or
more secondary component carriers selected through a secondary component carrier selection based on a coverage distribution
and signal quality of different available carriers;

wherein the component carrier is designated as a primary component carrier of the electronic device, and the primary component
carrier and one or more secondary component carriers support communications with the base station in a carrier aggregation
communication scheme.

US Pat. No. 9,370,136

MEMBER MOUNTING METHOD AND MEMBER ASSEMBLY

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A member assembly comprising:
a first member that includes a metal layer and a pad layer on the metal layer;
a second member that has a mount face and a side face extending from the mount face, the side face having a film with poor
solder wettability;

a discontinuous annular aperture in the pad layer having at least one annular aperture portion in a second member-mounting
region of the pad layer so as to expose the metal layer of the first member at a bottom of each aperture portion, the annular
aperture and the mount face of the second member having, in plan view, a same outer peripheral shape; and

solder paste filling each aperture portion to mount the second member on the first member with the mount face of the second
member facing the first member.

US Pat. No. 9,237,374

CONTENT BROADCAST DEVICE, CONTENT BROADCAST METHOD, CONTENT RECEPTION DEVICE, CONTENT RECEPTION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND CONTENT BROADCAST SYSTEM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A content broadcast device for broadcasting a content, using a broadcast wave, the content broadcast device comprising:
first supply means for supplying service information to a content reception device through a predetermined network in response
to a request from the content reception device, the service information including at least a broadcast schedule of metadata
and location information that indicates where the metadata is located in the broadcast wave; and

broadcast means for broadcasting, using the broadcast wave, the metadata, which includes at least a broadcast schedule of
the content and location information that indicates where the content is located in the broadcast wave, in accordance with
the broadcast schedule of the metadata, included in the service information, and broadcasting, using the broadcast wave, the
content in accordance with the broadcast schedule of the content, included in the metadata,

wherein the content reception device does not acquire the broadcasted metadata when the content reception device determines
that a service code of the broadcasted metadata dos not match a service code provided within the supplied service information.

US Pat. No. 9,060,423

LAMINATED WIRING BOARD

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A laminated wiring board comprising a plurality of wiring layers configured to be stacked with intermediary of an insulating
layer between the plurality of wiring layers and have a four-layer wiring unit obtained by disposing a power supply layer
to which a power supply voltage is supplied, a first ground layer to which a ground potential is supplied, a first signal
wiring layer, and a second signal wiring layer sequentially from one side of a layer stacking direction to the other side
of the layer stacking direction with intermediary of the insulating layer between the layers of the four-laver wiring unit,
wherein one of the first signal wiring layer and the second signal wiring layer includes a data signal line and the other
of the first signal wiring layer and the second signal wiring layer includes a clock signal line, and the data signal line
and the clock signal line are so disposed as to be prevented from overlapping with each other in a view perpendicular to the
layer stacking direction at least at a place where both the data signal line and the clock signal line are disposed as parallel
lines; wherein a first insulating layer, a second ground layer, a second insulating layer, and a third signal wiring layer
are disposed on an opposite side to the first ground layer of the power supply layer sequentially from a side closer to the
power supply layer.

US Pat. No. 9,491,874

DISPLAY APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, (JP)

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a display that has a display face on which an image is displayable; and
a back chassis that is disposed on a side opposite to the display face of the display, the back chassis includes a base face
portion having a front side which faces frontward toward the display face and a rear side which faces rearward away from the
display face such that rear side of the base face portion is substantially parallel to the display face;

the display having a polarizing film which extends from the display face to a part of the rear side of the base face portion
of the back chassis and is configured to hold the display, and

the polarizing film being arranged as the display face so as to form thereat an outermost surface of the display in which
the display is held by the polarizing film.

US Pat. No. 9,456,232

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND SIGNAL TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A signal processing apparatus, comprising:
circuitry configured to:
map one of an 8K video signal and a 4K video signal into Serial Digital Interface (SDI) data streams on a plurality of channels,
the SDI data streams on the plurality of channels each conforming to a predetermined SDI format;

perform one of 8B/10B conversion and scrambling of the SDI data streams on the plurality of channels in units of a predetermined
bit, and multiplex the SDI data streams on the plurality of channels subjected to the one of the 8B/10B conversion and the
scrambling, to thereby generate serial data streams in a plurality of lanes, the serial data streams in the plurality of lanes
each having a bit rate within a range of from 25 Gbps to 28.3 Gbps; and

secure an area for multiplexing ancillary data containing audio data within a horizontal ancillary data area of each of the
SDI data streams on the plurality of channels.

US Pat. No. 9,402,222

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, RELAY DEVICE, COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, AND BASE STATION

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A communication system, comprising:
a plurality of base stations;
a plurality of communication terminals that each communicate with a corresponding base station of the plurality of base stations;
and

a relay device including circuitry configured to:
select a communication terminal having a bad communication quality from the plurality of communication terminals based on
communication quality information received from each of the plurality of communication terminals;

set a transmission power for relaying communication between the selected communication terminal and the corresponding base
station so that a difference between the transmission power and a propagation loss of relayed communication between another
communication terminal and the circuitry satisfies a predetermined condition; and

relay the communication between the selected communication terminal and the corresponding base station.

US Pat. No. 9,398,237

IMAGE SENSOR WITH FLOATING DIFFUSION INTERCONNECT CAPACITOR

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An image sensor, comprising:
a plurality of pixels two-dimensionally arrayed, each including a light sensing element, a charge storage node, a transfer
element between the light sensing element and the storage node, an output element, and a local metal interconnect that connects
the charge storage node to a control electrode of the output element,

wherein the local metal interconnect forms a parallel-plate dual capacitor with a control electrode of the transfer element
and with a given pixel control wiring located in an M1 wiring layer.

US Pat. No. 9,380,344

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

Sony Corporation, (JP)

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a selection unit that receives a user input to select content to be reproduced at the information processing apparatus and
identify an external device which reproduces the selected content, the external device being connected to the information
processing apparatus;

a communication unit that sends, to the external device, a request to reproduce the selected content, and receives, from the
external device, information indicating whether the external device has started reproducing the selected content;

a content storing unit;
a content reproduction processing unit that reproduces the selected content stored in the content storing unit and a thumbnail
image stored in the content storing unit; and

a display control unit that controls to display the selected content or the thumbnail image reproduced by the content reproduction
processing unit,

wherein the display control unit provides an object, including at least information of a type of content reproducible by the
external device, to identify the external device while the selected content is reproduced and controlled to be displayed at
the information processing apparatus, and the communication unit sends the request to the external device based on selection
of the object, and

wherein the display control unit controls to display the thumbnail image corresponding to the selected content being reproduced
by the external device while the external device reproduces the selected content.

US Pat. No. 9,380,398

SOUND PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A sound processing apparatus, comprising:
factorization circuitry configured to factorize frequency information obtained by performing time-frequency transformation
on sound signals of a plurality of channels into a channel matrix expressing properties in a channel direction, a frequency
matrix expressing properties in a frequency direction, and a time matrix expressing properties in a time direction; and

extraction circuitry configured to compare the channel matrix with a threshold and extract components specified by a result
of the comparison from the channel matrix, the frequency matrix, and the time matrix to generate the frequency information
on a sound from a desired sound source.

US Pat. No. 9,326,405

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:
a main body;
a cover covering apart of the main body, and movable between an open position and a closed position with respect to the main
body;

an engaged portion provided to one of the main body and the cover, wherein the engaged portion moves relatively to the other
one of the main body and the cover when the cover moves;

a rotatable member provided to the other one of the main body and the cover, the rotatable member including a stopper portion
abutted against the engaged portion so as to restrict a relative movement of the engaged portion when the cover is placed
at the closed position, the stopper portion being formed at a position away from a rotation center of the rotatable member,
wherein the rotatable member rotates to allow the relative movement of the engaged portion when the stopper portion is pushed
by the engaged portion; and

a first elastic member applying an elastic force against rotation of the rotatable member to the rotatable member.

US Pat. No. 9,272,670

IN-VEHICLE AUDIO APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, (JP)

1. An in-vehicle audio apparatus comprising:
a base body that is arranged in a fixed state;
a storage tray that is moved between a drawing-out position and a storing position with respect to the base body and inserts
and takes out a music reproducing device at the drawing-out position;

a pressing body that is moved in accordance with a moving position of the storage tray in a direction perpendicular to a moving
direction of the storage tray and presses the music reproducing device that is inserted into the storage tray when the pressing
body is moved to one side;

a bias spring that presses the pressing body to the one side; and
a plurality of arm members that are positioned between the base body and the pressing body so as to connect the base body
and the pressing body and are operated for the base body,

wherein the pressing body is moved in the direction perpendicular to the moving direction of the storage tray in accordance
with operations of the plurality of arm members, and

wherein the plurality of arm members are positioned so as to be separated from each other in the moving direction of the storage
tray.

US Pat. No. 9,276,916

METHOD OF USING SERVER, SERVER RESERVATION CONTROL APPARATUS AND PROGRAM STORAGE MEDIUM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A server comprising: a processor configured to
receive, from a first client device, content, a client ID, and a level of access control, the level of access control restricting
users, different from a user of the first client device, from accessing the content, the level of access control being from
a plurality of access control levels including a first disclosure level that permits users belonging to a first group to access
the content, and a second disclosure level that permits users belonging to a second group to access the content, the second
group being different from the first group, and

send the content to a second client device when a user of the second client device is determined to be permitted to access
the content based on the level of access control and the client ID, wherein information associated with the content is to
be included into a publicly available webpage based upon the first disclosure level being selected, and the information associated
with the content is not to be included into the publicly available webpage based upon the second disclosure level being selected.

US Pat. No. 9,510,392

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a contactless communication unit for contactless communication;
a wireless communication unit for wireless communication; and
a control unit configured to, in a case in which the contactless communication unit detects another communication device,
start activation of a first communication mode of the wireless communication unit, and conduct at least part of a connection
process using the contactless communication, for the wireless communication with the other communication device before the
activation completes,

wherein the connection process includes a process of deciding which communication device is to operate as a group owner, and
an authentication process.

US Pat. No. 9,307,617

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:
an illumination unit;
a reception unit; and
a control unit configured to control illumination of the illumination unit in accordance with a default illumination pattern,
wherein, when the reception unit receives an illumination pattern, the control unit performs illumination control different
from the illumination according to the default illumination pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,280,274

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing device comprising:
a display unit configured to display a portion of a display object, in which a plurality of element objects are arranged,
in a display area, the plurality of display objects including a first end element object at a first end of the display object,
and a second end element object at a second end of the display object, opposite to the first end of the display object, and
the display area being bounded by a first edge and a second edge, opposite to the first edge;

a first scrolling unit configured to scroll the display object in a first direction in response to an operation by a user,
such that at least some of the plurality of element objects may be displayed within the display area, move in the first direction
toward the second edge of the display area, and continue to move in the first direction outside of the display area beyond
the second edge;

a second scrolling unit configured to scroll the display object in a second direction in response to an operation by the user
that is opposite to the first direction, such that at least some of the plurality of element objects may be displayed within
the display area, move in the second direction toward the first edge of the display area, and continue to move in the second
direction outside of the display area beyond the first edge; and

a determination unit configured to determine to scroll the display object in the second direction, despite the operation of
the user to scroll in the first direction, under each of the following conditions:

(i) a portion of the first end element object, moving in the first direction, reaches a first predetermined distance away
from the first edge of the display area; and

(ii) the portion of the first end element object moving in the first direction and remaining less than the first predetermined
distance away from the first edge of the display area for a first predetermined period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,270,915

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a first shared pixel including:
a first plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, and
a first transistor portion shared by the first plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, the first transistor portion
including a first reset transistor, a first amplification transistor, and a first selection transistor; and

a second shared pixel disposed adjacent to the first shared pixel and including:
a second plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, and
a second transistor portion shared by the second plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, the second transistor portion
including a second reset transistor, a second amplification transistor, and a second selection transistor,

wherein a gate terminal of the first selection transistor, a gate terminal of the first amplification transistor, a gate terminal
of the second amplification transistor, and a gate terminal of the second selection transistor are adjacent one another in
a first row in this order, and

wherein a gate terminal of the first reset transistor and a gate terminal of the second reset transistor are disposed in a
second row.

US Pat. No. 9,271,038

RECEIVING DEVICE, RECEIVING METHOD, PROVIDING DEVICE, PROVIDING METHOD, PROGRAMS, AND BROADCASTING SYSTEM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A receiving device that receives content broadcast via a broadcasting network, the receiving device comprising:
circuitry configured to:
receive a broadcast signal, from a broadcasting server, broadcast via the broadcasting network, the broadcast signal including
the content and an application control descriptor independent of the content,

acquire the application control descriptor from the received broadcast signal,
acquire application control data from a predetermined server designated by the acquired application control descriptor via
a network, the application control data containing command data related to a predetermined application program to be run in
synchronization with progress of the content, the application control data being provided by the predetermined server in response
to a request from the receiving device, and

perform one or more operations related to the predetermined application program, in accordance with the application control
data,

wherein the command data includes device information indicating a device that controls the one or more operations related
to the predetermined application program, and

wherein the application control data is acquired from the predetermined server via the network, in accordance with an application
control type written in the acquired application control descriptor.

US Pat. No. 9,119,332

METHOD OF MOUNTING DEVICES IN SUBSTRATE AND DEVICE-MOUNTING SUBSTRATE STRUCTURE THEREOF

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An assembly comprising:
a substrate;
a metal wiring layer on the substrate, the metal wiring layer having an opening therein;
a first cured thermosetting resin layer portion on at least a portion of the substrate exposed by the opening of the metal
wiring layer;

a device comprising at least one active component (i) on the first cured thermosetting resin layer portion, (ii) positioned
over the opening of the metal wiring layer and (iii) secured to the substrate but spaced apart from the metal wiring layer
by means of the first cured thermosetting resin layer portion;

a second cured thermosetting resin layer portion extending around the device and not being overlapped by the device; and
an electroplating layer (i) on and over the metal wiring layer, (ii) between the device and the metal wiring layer and (iii)
partially embedding the device in a portion of the electroplating layer that extends upward from a planar upper surface of
the electroplating layer that is disposed on a surface of the metal wiring layer and spaced from the device by the portion
of the electroplating layer that extends upward, the electroplating layer electrically interconnecting the metal wiring layer
and the device.

US Pat. No. 9,392,585

BASE STATION, COMMUNICATION METHOD AND PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

11. A base station comprising:
an interference determination unit configured to determine an interference protection status of a frame based at least in
part on information indicating configurations of two or more base stations, wherein a first of the configurations differs
from at least a second of the configurations, and wherein a portion of the information indicating the second of the configurations
is received from a second base station,

wherein the interference determination unit is configured to determine the interference protection status of the frame by:
determining the frame's interference protection status to be a protected status if each of the configurations associates the
frame with a frame of a first type;

determining the frame's interference protection status to be a partially protected status if at least one of the configurations
associates the frame with a frame of the first type and at least another of the configurations does not associate the frame
with a frame of the first type; and

determining the frame's interference protection status to be an unprotected status if none of the configurations associates
the frame with a frame of the first type.

US Pat. No. 9,332,660

DISPLAY

Sony Corporation, (JP)

1. A display device comprising:
an organic electroluminescence display panel;
a front-face member provided on a front face of the organic electroluminescence display panel;
a back-face member provided on a back face of the organic electroluminescence display panel, the back-face member covering
the back face, or the back face and other part of the organic electroluminescence display panel; and

a top chassis and a middle chassis between the front-face member and the back-face member, wherein the back-face member is
made of a material that includes glass.

US Pat. No. 9,153,938

LASER DIODE ASSEMBLY AND SEMICONDUCTOR OPTICAL AMPLIFIER ASSEMBLY

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A laser diode assembly comprising:
a mode-locked laser diode device, where a light output spectrum shows long-wavelength shift by self-phase modulation;
an external resonator; and
a wavelength selective element positioned outside an optical path between the mode-locked laser diode device and the external
resonator,

wherein a light output spectrum of the pulsed laser beam emitted through the external resonator from the mode-locked laser
diode device contains a plurality of peaks, and one of the peaks including a longer wavelength component of a pulsed laser
beam emitted through the external resonator from the mode-locked laser diode device is extracted by the wavelength selective
element, and output to the outside.

US Pat. No. 9,350,459

OPTICAL RECEPTION CIRCUIT, OPTICAL RECEPTION DEVICE, AND OPTICAL TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An optical reception circuit comprising:
a current-voltage conversion unit including an input that receives a single-end current signal, which is a photoelectrically
converted optical signal, the current-voltage conversion unit being configured to convert the single-end current signal into
a single-end voltage signal and to output the converted signal from an output terminal;

an amplifier unit including an input terminal that is connected to the output terminal of the current-voltage conversion unit,
the amplifier unit being configured to amplify the single-end voltage signal to predetermined amplitude set in advance and
to output the amplified signal from an output terminal; and

a differential conversion unit including an input terminal connected to the output terminal of the amplifier unit, the differential
conversion unit being configured to output a differential voltage signal which is a differentiated single-end voltage signal
amplified in the amplifier unit,

wherein the differential conversion unit at least includes first to fourth amplifiers, and
an input terminal of the first amplifier is connected to the output terminal of the amplifier unit, input terminals of the
second amplifier and the third amplifier are connected to an output terminal of the first amplifier, and an input terminal
of the fourth amplifier is connected to an output terminal of the second amplifier.

US Pat. No. 9,350,972

ENCODING DEVICE AND ENCODING METHOD, AND DECODING DEVICE AND DECODING METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An encoding device comprising:
a first viewpoint resolution reduction processing unit configured to subject, in the event of encoding an image of a second
viewpoint different from the first viewpoint, having lower resolution than the resolution of an image of a first viewpoint,
the image of the first viewpoint to resolution reduction processing to reduce resolution so that the resolution of the image
of the first viewpoint agrees with the resolution of the image of the second viewpoint;

a prediction unit configured to generate a prediction image of the image of the second viewpoint with reference to the image
of the first viewpoint after resolution reduction processing by the first viewpoint resolution reduction processing unit;

an encoding unit configured to encode the image of the second viewpoint using the prediction image generated by the prediction
unit; and

a multiplexing unit configured to replicate, in the event of encoding a multiplexed image which is an image multiplexed from
a plurality of images of the different second viewpoints, the image of the first viewpoint after resolution reduction processing
by the first viewpoint resolution reduction processing unit only times equivalent to the number of the images of the second
viewpoints making up the multiplexed image, and to multiplex the replicated images; wherein the prediction unit generates
prediction images of the images of the second viewpoints with reference to the image of the first viewpoint multiplexed by
the multiplexing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,232,308

HEADPHONE DEVICE, WEARING STATE DETECTION DEVICE, AND WEARING STATE DETECTION METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A headphone device comprising:
an outside microphone attached to a position at which an extraneous sound is picked up without passing through a shield in
a state in which a user is wearing the headphone device;

an inside microphone attached to a position at which the extraneous sound is picked up via the shield in the state in which
the user is wearing the headphone device;

a driver unit configured to perform an acoustic output; and
a wearing state detection unit configured to detect a wearing state or a non-wearing state using a signal comparison result
between a sound signal obtained by the outside microphone and a sound signal obtained by the inside microphone, a pre-stored
non-wearing state reference value which is a signal comparison result between a sound signal obtained by the outside microphone
and a sound signal obtained by the inside microphone when the extraneous sound arrives in the non-wearing state, and a pre-stored
wearing state reference value which is a signal comparison result between a sound signal obtained by the outside microphone
and a sound signal obtained by the inside microphone when the extraneous sound arrives in the wearing state.

US Pat. No. 9,229,742

REGISTRATION OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE TO SERVER

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic device registration system comprising:
a user management server apparatus configured to:
transmit session information to a user terminal apparatus in response to receiving user identification information from the
user terminal apparatus via a network, wherein the user identification information is input to a web page of the user management
server apparatus from the user terminal apparatus;

in response to receiving electronic device identification information of an electronic device and the session information
from the electronic device, move to a registration permission waiting state, wherein the electronic device monitors a state
of the user management server apparatus after transmitting the electronic device identification information and the session
information;

register the user identification information and the electronic device in response to reception of a registration permission
notice from the user terminal apparatus in an event the user terminal apparatus detects the registration permission waiting
state of the user management server apparatus, wherein the electronic device detects the registration of the user identification
information and the electronic device and transmits a request for a communication identifier to the user management server
apparatus;

transmit the communication identifier to the electronic device in response to receiving the request for the communication
identifier; and

perform a test communication with the electronic device after transmission of the communication identifier; and
a registration server apparatus configured to:
which receive address information of the user management server apparatus, the user identification information and the electronic
device identification information, along with the session information, from the user terminal apparatus;

register the user identification information, the session information and the electronic device identification information
and transmit a registration completion notification to the user terminal apparatus in an event the electronic device identification
information is not registered by the registration server apparatus; and

transmit the session information and the address information of the user management server apparatus to the electronic device
in response to a reception of the electronic device identification information from the electronic device in an event a predetermined
user operation is detected at the electronic device, wherein the user management server apparatus receives the electronic
device identification information of the electronic device in response to reception of the session information and the address
information by the electronic device from the registration server apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,219,346

LASER DIODE ASSEMBLY

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A laser diode assembly comprising:
a mode-locked laser diode device configured to emit a diffusion light beam;
a diffraction grating that configures an external resonator, and is configured to return primary or more order diffracted
light to the mode-locked laser diode device, and output 0-order diffracted light outside;

an imaging section provided between the mode-locked laser diode device and the diffraction grating, and configured to convert
the diffusion light beam into a focused light beam that is not a parallel light beam to form an image of a light output end
face of the mode-locked laser diode device on the diffraction grating;

a reflecting mirror configured to reflect the 0-order diffracted light outputted from the diffraction grating; and
a collimation lens positioned and configured to convert light outputted from the reflecting mirror into a parallel light beam,
wherein a distance between the diffraction grating and the reflecting mirror is changed while the position relation between
the diffraction grating and the reflecting mirror is kept in parallel with each other, and

wherein the distance between the diffraction grating and the reflecting mirror is expressed as follows:
d0┬Ěsin(?0)/sin(?0+?0)

where d0 represents the distance between the diffraction grating and the reflecting mirror when a wavelength as reference is outputted,
?0 represents an incident angle of laser light to the diffraction grating when the wavelength as reference is outputted, and
?0 represents an angle change amount of the diffraction grating to the wavelength as reference.

US Pat. No. 9,279,980

OPTICAL DEVICE, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY UNIT

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An image display apparatus, comprising:
a light source configured to generate light in at least one range of wavelengths within a wavelength band, and without generating
a substantial amount of light in a remainder of the wavelength band; and

a light scanning section configured to scan the light emitted from said light source;
wherein said light scanning section comprises
a first deflection portion configured to deflect the light emitted from the light source, and
a second deflection portion configured to deflect the light deflected by the first deflection portion,
wherein said second deflection portion comprises a plurality of translucent films,
wherein each of said plurality of translucent films is configured so that an average light reflectivity value of the film
in the remainder of the wavelength band is lower than an average light reflectivity value of the film in the at least one
range of wavelengths,

wherein said translucent films comprise a first plurality of films of a first material alternately laminated with a second
plurality of films of a second material that is different than the first material, and

wherein each of the first plurality of films is thinner than and has a lower refractive index than each of second plurality
of films that is adjacent thereto.

US Pat. No. 9,479,715

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME, AND ELECTRONIC SYSTEM INCLUDING THE DEVICE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising at least one pixel, the pixel including:
(a) a photoelectric converter;
(b) a floating diffusion region with an impurity diffusion region and a sub-region at least partially within the impurity
diffusion region, both of which are of the same conductivity type but the sub-region having an impurity concentration lower
than that of impurity-diffusion region and enabled to achieve a depletion state; and

(c) a reset transistor configured to reset the floating diffusion region,
wherein,
the sub-region is located at a side of the impurity-diffusion region that is closest to the reset transistor,
a surface of the floating diffusion section that includes a surface of the impurity-diffusion region and a surface of the
sub-region.

US Pat. No. 9,282,269

A/D CONVERSION DEVICE, SOLID-STATE IMAGE-CAPTURING DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An A/D conversion device comprising:
a reading unit that is configured to include analog digital (A/D) conversion that compares a level of an input analog signal
with reference signals that respectively have different slopes and that is configured to make an output signal into digital
data on the basis of a period when the input analog signal and a respective one of the reference signals attain a predetermined
relationship,

wherein the reading unit includes:
a comparator configured to compare the input analog signal with the reference signals to provide comparator output;
counter latch circuitry configured for AD conversion based on the comparator output to provide the digital data; and
bit shift circuitry configured to bit-shift the digital data, and
wherein when digital Correlated Double Sampling (CDS) is performed with a first signal and a second signal having different
bit precisions obtained from the comparison with the reference signals respectively having different slopes, the bit shift
circuitry bit-shifts the first signal or the second signal.

US Pat. No. 9,280,927

DISPLAY DEVICE, IMAGING DEVICE AND GRAY LEVEL VOLTAGE GENERATION CIRCUIT

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A display device capable of displaying an image with two or more gray levels, the display device comprising:
a voltage division circuit adapted to generate a plurality of voltages using a resistance division circuit that connects two
signal lines respectively having two gray level reference voltages;

a gamma correction section adapted to gamma-correct the image using the voltages generated at division points of the resistance
division circuit;

an amplification circuit including an operational amplifier adapted to amplify a given voltage and supply the amplified voltage
to at least one of the division points of the resistance division circuit; and

an adjustment section adapted to adjust an amplification factor of the amplification circuit,
wherein an output terminal of the operational amplifier is connected to a first division point with a first voltage relative
to an intermediate voltage of the two gray level reference voltages, and a second voltage of the two gray level reference
voltages is supplied to an inverted input terminal of the operational amplifier, the second voltage being different from the
first voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,286,090

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMPILER IDENTIFICATION OF CODE FOR PARALLEL EXECUTION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method executed in a system for handling compiled program code comprising:
a Just-In-Time, JIT, compiler for compiling input program code, wherein the JIT compiler is adapted to identify compiled program
code to be executed in parallel, and

at least one array processor unit comprising a plurality of processors for executing the compiled program code, the method
comprising:

compiling the input program code by the JIT compiler, whereby the compiled program code is generated from the input program
code;

while compiling the input program code by the JIT compiler, identifying, by the JIT compiler, at least two parts of the compiled
program code to be executed in parallel;

mapping the identified at least two parts of the compiled program code to be executed speculatively in parallel on at least
two respective ones of the plurality of processors;

determining that the identified at least two parts of the compiled program code being executed speculatively in parallel are
in conflict with each other; and

responsive to determining that the identified at least two parts of the compiled program code being executed speculatively
in parallel are in conflict with each other, repeating the mapping and the determining.

US Pat. No. 9,279,984

IMAGE DISPLAYING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An image displaying apparatus, comprising:
an image production apparatus that outputs, in an X direction, a beam of light corresponding to a produced image;
a light conduction plate configured to propagate light in a Y direction by total internal reflection;
a first deflection element disposed in the light conduction plate;
a second light deflection element disposed in the light conduction plate;
a beam expanding section comprising a first reflective element and a second reflective element arranged such that the first
deflection element is located between the first reflective element and the second reflective element, and configured to expand
in a Z direction a diameter of the beam of light output by the image production apparatus,

wherein the first deflection element is configured to deflect a portion of any light flux incident thereon from the X direction
in such a manner that the deflected light is propagated within the light conduction plate by total internal reflection and
to pass another portion of the light flux to the second reflective element,

wherein the beam expanding section and the first deflection element are configured such that the beam of light, as expanded,
is propagated within the light conduction plate by total internal reflection,

wherein the second light deflection element is configured to deflect the beam of light propagating within the light conduction
plate so as to emit the beam of light toward the pupil of an observer, and

wherein the Z direction is orthogonal to the X direction and the Y direction.

US Pat. No. 9,282,657

TERMINAL APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A terminal device comprising:
a first case;
a second case disposed in the terminal device with a gap with respect to the first case;
a transparent member that includes a transparent front-surface-side member bonded to a transparent rear-surface-side member
and is disposed in the gap to connect the first case and the second case, wherein an outer surface of the transparent member
is flush with an outer surface of the first case and the second case;

a light-emitting element disposed inside the first case or the second case, at a position proximal to the transparent member
but not within the transparent member, and the transparent member receives light emitted by the light-emitting element; and

a touch panel that is disposed on a surface of the first case and separate from the transparent member and that detects contact
from an external object, wherein the light-emitting element emits light in accordance with the touch panel detecting contact
on a portion of the terminal device proximal to the transparent member.

US Pat. No. 9,274,330

OPTICAL FILTER ARRANGEMENT AND A METHOD FOR ADJUSTMENT THEREOF

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An optical filter arrangement, having a cut wavelength for light passing there through, configured to be positioned in
a wireless device relative to a light detecting unit, the optical filter arrangement comprising
a stack of a first optical layer and a second optical layer, and
an electro active polymer material arranged between the first and second optical layers such that the cut wavelength is adjusted
upon application of an electrical voltage to the electro active polymer material;

wherein the optical filter arrangement is a switchable band pass filter in an infrared spectrum, and the optical filter arrangement
is positioned in front of the light detecting unit relative to a direction of the passing light;

wherein a thickness of the electro active polymer material changes upon the application of the electrical voltage, which changes
a distance between the first optical layer and the second optical layer to adjust the cut wavelength; and

wherein the electro active polymer material is in a shape of a helix and arranged at a periphery of the first and second optical
layers to define an air gap between the first and second optical layers.

US Pat. No. 9,282,440

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE, PROGRAM, AND COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A wireless communication device comprising:
a wireless communication transceiver configured to receive, in a group of devices for wireless communication, information
indicating a state of content use or provision by another device in the group; and

one or more processors configured to:
calculate, based on the received information, a number of devices operating a function of providing the content in the group
and a number of devices operating a function of using the content in the group; and

judge whether to change a topology of the group based on a relationship between the number of devices operating the function
of providing the content and the number of devices operating the function of using the content and on states of content provision
and use by a device operating as a master unit in the group.

US Pat. No. 9,268,412

INPUT APPARATUS HAVING AN INPUT RECOGNITION UNIT AND INPUT RECOGNITION METHOD BY USING THE SAME

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An input apparatus, comprising:
an infrared camera;
an image capture unit configured to sequentially capture a plurality of temperature distribution images photographed at predetermined
time intervals by the infrared camera; and

an input recognition unit configured
to detect, from among the plurality of temperature distribution images captured by the image capture unit, pairs of skin temperature
image portions each corresponding to a temperature of skin of a person,

to recognize, from among the pairs of skin temperature image portions detected, pairs of skin temperature image portions as
pairs of detection target images, from among which motions are observed, and

to recognize an operation input based on states of the motions of the pairs of detection target images,
wherein the input recognition unit is configured to detect the pairs of skin temperature image portions from among the plurality
of temperature distribution images by comparing temperature values of pixels of each of the plurality of temperature distribution
images with each other with respect to a first threshold and a second threshold which are set to define a temperature range
of the skin of the person, and

wherein the input recognition unit is further configured to generate a pair of binary images each containing the pairs of
skin temperature image portions by binarizing the plurality of temperature distribution images based on whether or not the
temperature values of the pixels of each of the plurality of temperature distribution images fall within the temperature range
defined by the first threshold and the second threshold, generate a difference image of the pairs of detection target images
in the pairs of skin temperature image portions, from among which the motions are observed, by determining a difference between
the pair of binary images of the plurality of temperature distribution images, and judge, by using the difference image, the
states of the motions of the pairs of detection target images.

US Pat. No. 9,572,187

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
one or more central processing units (CPUs) configured to:
switch between a first mode for communicating with a different device by a first wireless communication system and a second
mode for communicating with the different device by a second wireless communication system; and

select a radio-frequency range used in the first mode as a radio-frequency range used in the second mode, in a case where
a communication system for communicating with the different device is switched from the first wireless communication system
to the second wireless communication system,

wherein the different device is a group owner in the second mode, functioning as an access point in a group including the
different device and the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,510,302

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, TRANSMISSION POWER CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A transmission control method comprising:
enabling secondary usage by a second communication service of a communication spectrum primarily assigned to a first communication
service by:

receiving, by a communication terminal, a first signal including location data associated with the second communication service;
determining whether transmission of a second signal associated with the second communication service is available;
in response to determining that transmission of the second signal associated with the second communication service is not
available, delaying transmission of the second signal until transmission of the second signal associated with the second communication
service becomes available; and

transmitting the second signal for the second communication service based on the received location data associated with the
second communication service.

US Pat. No. 9,288,416

REFERENCE VOLTAGE CIRCUIT AND IMAGE-CAPTURE CIRCUIT

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a pixel that outputs an analog signal;
a comparator that receive the analog signal and a reference signal;
a reference signal generating circuit including:
a ramp voltage generating circuit that generates a ramp voltage;
a first transistor;
a second transistor;
an amplifier;
a resistance, wherein
the reference signal generating circuit is configured to output the reference signal,
a gate of the first transistor is configured to electrically connect to the ramp voltage generating circuit and a drain of
the first transistor,

a source of the first transistor is configured to electrically connect to a first predetermined voltage,
a drain of the second transistor is configured to electrically connect to the drain of the first transistor,
a gate of the second transistor is configured to electrically connect to an output terminal of the amplifier,
an input terminal of the amplifier is configured to electrically connect to a second predetermined voltage, and
the resistance is configured to electrically connect to a source of the second transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,275,075

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM AND PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing device, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain channel data, the channel data including: (i) a plurality of content-corresponding
images, each of the content-corresponding images corresponding to one of a plurality of respective content items, and (ii)
location data indicating a plurality of locations on a packet switched network where respective obtain-target data for each
of the respective content items are located, where the respective content-corresponding images are correlated to certain of
the location data, where the obtain-target data for at least one of the content items includes a respective, and different,
obtain target data located at each of a number of different locations among the plurality of locations, and where the channel
data are updated based whether one or more of the respective content items are selected by a user of the information processing
device;

a screen image output unit configured to output a screen image showing a picture in which a plurality of the respective content-corresponding
images are simultaneously placed; and

a processing executing unit configured to execute a processing that corresponds to a user-selected one of the content-corresponding
images and is based on the channel data, such that the processing varies based on whether the content item corresponding to
the selected content-corresponding image has been previously selected by the user, the processing including obtaining certain
of the obtain-target data at one or more of the locations specified in the location data of the channel data correlated to
the selected content-corresponding image, such that the one or more locations are external to the information processing device
on the packet switched network and are dependent on whether the content item corresponding to the selected content-corresponding
image has been previously selected by the user, and outputting the obtained obtain-target data.

US Pat. No. 9,275,596

SIGNAL-LINE DRIVING CIRCUIT, DISPLAY DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENTS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A signal-line driving circuit comprising:
a display cell supplied with a signal voltage having a positive or negative polarity from signal lines and being arranged
in a matrix:

circuitry configured to amplify input data, which is used for driving said signal lines and selectively supplying said signal
voltage having said positive polarity and said signal voltage having said negative polarity to a pair of first and second
ones of said signal lines, wherein said circuitry is comprised of:

a positive-polarity operating amplifier configured to amplify said input data in order to generate said signal voltage having
said positive polarity;

a negative-polarity operating amplifier configured to amplify said input data in order to generate said signal voltage having
said negative polarity;

a first output buffer configured to supply a signal voltage having said positive polarity or a signal voltage having said
negative polarity to said first signal line;

a second output buffer configured to supply a signal voltage having said positive polarity or a signal voltage having said
negative polarity to said second signal line; and

first switches placed at the output of said positive-polarity operating amplifier for selectively connecting the output of
said positive polarity operating amplifier to either an input of said first output buffer or an input of the second output
buffer, and second switches at the output of said negative-polarity operating amplifier for selectively connecting the output
of said negative polarity operating amplifier to either an input of said second output buffer or an input of the first output
buffer, and a first pair of feedback switches at the feedback input stage of said positive-polarity operating amplifier; and

a second pair of feedback switches at the feedback input stage of said negative-polarity operating amplifier for selectively
connecting as a feedback signal either an output from the first output buffer or the second output buffer to either one of
the operating amplifiers; and

further wherein there is no switch placed between the output of said first output buffer and said first signal line and between
the output of said second output buffer and said second signal line.

US Pat. No. 9,262,683

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An image processing device, comprising:
at least one processor configured to:
receive captured image data of a portion of parking stalls that are compartmented at least by a first side line extending
in a first direction and a second side line extending in the first direction;

generate edge image data by performing an edge extraction process on the captured image data, wherein, for performing the
edge extraction process, the at least one processor is configured to:

generate edge intensity image data by performing an edge extraction process on the captured image data;
generate edge image data by performing a quantization process on the edge intensity image data;
regard edge pixel regions having connectivity in the edge image data as a same region;
perform a process of giving the same label number to edge pixels of a same region;
generate labeled image data;
perform a process of giving a circumscribed rectangle to the edge pixel regions to which the same label number is given based
on the labeled image data;

generate a rectangular object;
perform a process on the edge image data to remove an edge pixel region having a small number of connected pixels and an edge
pixel region in a rectangular object having short vertical and horizontal widths as noise based on the labeled image data
and the rectangular object; and

generate output edge image data;
obtain an integrated value of edge pixels of a portion of the first direction corresponding to the parking stalls in each
position of a second direction that is orthogonal to the first direction based on the edge image data; and

determine whether or not vehicles are parked in the parking stalls based on the obtained integrated value of each position
of the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,265,044

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
processing circuitry configured to
receive a first beacon from a first neighboring station and a second beacon from a second neighboring station;
determine a first offset value of the first beacon, the first offset value being calculated based on timing information received
from the first neighboring station and first information held in the electronic device;

determine a second offset value of the second beacon, the second offset value being calculated based on timing information
received from the second neighboring station and second information held in the electronic device;

determine a maximum offset value based on at least the first offset value and the second offset value; and
adjust a beacon transmitting timing according to the maximum offset value.

US Pat. No. 9,185,304

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND PROCESSING METHOD FOR RESULT OF IMAGE PICKUP

Sony Corporation, (JP)

1. An image pickup element comprising:
a first semiconductor substrate including an image pickup section having a plurality of pixel blocks; and
a second semiconductor substrate stacked on the first semiconductor substrate and including a signal processing circuit configured
to process results of an image pickup for each of the pixel blocks from the image pickup section, the second semiconductor
substrate including a plurality of pulse production blocks configured to control exposure time of the image pickup section,

wherein the pulse production blocks are electrically connected, respectively, to the pixel blocks, the pulse production blocks
arranged over the pixel blocks,

wherein the second semiconductor substrate includes a motion amount detection circuit that uses the results of the image pickup
of the pixel blocks output simultaneously and parallelly to individually detect the motion amount for each of the blocks,

in which the motion amount for each of the blocks is detected by cumulatively adding the results of the image pickup for each
of the blocks in a unit of a frame to calculate an average value for each of the blocks and by calculating for each of the
blocks an interframe difference value as a difference between, for a same block of the blocks, the average value calculated
of a current frame and the average value calculated of a preceding frame.

US Pat. No. 9,285,955

VEHICLE-MOUNTED APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD FOR USE WITH VEHICLE-MOUNTED APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDED INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD PROGRAM FOR USE WITH VEHICLE-MOUNTED APPARATUS THEREIN

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a touch panel display; and
circuitry configured to
cause displaying a first image based on an execution of a first application in a first display area of the touch panel display;
cause displaying a second image, which is displayed at the same time as the first image and is based on an execution of a
second application that is different from the first application, in a second display area of the touch panel display which
is different from the first display area, wherein the first display area is surrounded by the second display area; and

cause displaying on the touch panel display a third image which is based on execution of the first application in the second
display area in response to a first input operation starting at a first position in the first display area and ending at a
second position in the second display area, wherein the first input operation is a drag operation received at the touch panel
display.

US Pat. No. 9,545,019

HOUSING AND HOUSING COMPONENT

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A housing, comprising:
a first housing part that includes a first side wall; and
a second housing part that includes a second side wall,
wherein the first side wall includes a plurality of first protruding parts on an inner circumferential surface,
wherein the second side wall includes an outer circumferential surface and a first housing part facing surface,
wherein the second side wall further includes, on the outer circumferential surface, a plurality of first concave parts into
which respective first protruding parts of the plurality of first protruding parts are fitted,

wherein the first housing part further includes a third side wall interior to the first side wall,
wherein the second side wall of the second housing part is configured to insert between the first side wall and the third
side wall of the first housing part,

wherein the second side wall includes, on an inner circumferential surface, a plurality of second concave parts,
wherein the third side wall includes a plurality of second protruding parts on an outer circumferential surface,
wherein respective second protruding parts of the plurality of second protruding parts are fitted into the plurality of second
concave parts, and

wherein the plurality of first concave parts and the plurality of second concave parts are alternatively arranged at least
on a portion of the second side wall.

US Pat. No. 9,303,796

METHOD OF PRODUCING FLOW CHANNEL DEVICE, AND FLOW CHANNEL DEVICE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method of producing a fluid channel device, comprising:
laminating a plurality of polyimide films by alternately laminating a plurality of non-thermoplastic polyimide films with
at least one thermoplastic polyimide film, at least one of the non-thermoplastic or thermoplastic polyimide films having a
port, and at least one of the non-thermoplastic or thermoplastic polyimide films having a channel; and

adhering the alternating non-thermoplastic polyimide films and thermoplastic polyimide films to form a laminated structure
by applying heat, wherein at least one port on one of the polyimide films is communicated with a channel on an adjacent one
of the polyimide films,

wherein outer layers of the laminated structure are non-thermoplastic polyimide films.

US Pat. No. 9,286,462

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC LOGIN

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a central processing unit (CPU) operable to:
perform non-contact communication with a communication device, wherein the communication device stores a plurality of software
applications and wherein each of the plurality of software applications outputs information for a predetermined service provided
by each of a plurality of servers;

obtain connection target information from the communication device, for connecting to one server from the plurality of servers,
and identification information indicating one of the plurality of software applications corresponding to the connection target
information, wherein the connection target information and the identification information of a software application corresponding
to the connection target information are obtained based on a setting entered by a user on the information processing apparatus,
wherein the setting includes information on the connection target information, the identification information of the software
application corresponding to the connection target information and a user ID; and

perform control of issuing an instruction to the communication device to execute the one of the plurality of software applications,
indicated by the identification information, obtaining an execution result of execution of the one of the plurality of software
applications from the communication device, and transmitting the obtained execution result to the one server to allow an automatic
login to the one server, wherein the obtained connection target information is used for selecting the one server from the
plurality of servers.

US Pat. No. 9,538,548

COMMUNICATION CONTROL APPARATUS, TERMINAL APPARATUS, AND COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A communication control apparatus comprising circuitry configured to operate as:
a communication unit configured to receive, from a base station of a first radio communication system, grant information that
specifies a resource for secondary use within a frequency resource assigned to the first radio communication system operated
with a frequency division duplex scheme and that identifies a period for which the secondary use of the resource is granted;
and

a communication control unit configured to operate a second radio communication system with a time division duplex scheme
on the resource for secondary use during the period that is identified by the grant information, and to notify a third radio
communication system using the resource for secondary use about scheduling information related to a cell edge terminal of
the second radio communication system.

US Pat. No. 9,282,255

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
an imaging element configured to generate a data in response to an irradiated light;
a reception section configured to receive a timing trigger from a first external apparatus at a timing for reset and readout,
respectively, of the imaging element, the timing trigger received via a first link, wherein the timing trigger controls an
imaging operation of the imaging element;

an output section configured to provide back, to the first external apparatus, a status indicating in which state the imaging
element is when the reception section receives the timing trigger; and

an interface configured to transmit the data from the imaging element to a second external apparatus different from the first
external apparatus via a second link different from the first link,

wherein the reception section is configured to receive and process the timing trigger from the first external apparatus at
the same time that the interface transmits the data to the second external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,280,852

AUGMENTED REALITY VIRTUAL GUIDE SYSTEM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A computer-implemented method for providing an augmented reality interface, comprising:
preloading a plurality of image snippets from a server based on a location information of a portable electronic device, each
of the plurality of image snippets being a smaller image file of a corresponding stored image;

acquiring an image of a real-world scene and metadata with a camera of a portable electronic device;
overlaying one or more of the plurality of image snippets corresponding to a location and a direction at which the image was
originally captured based on the location information and a orientation information of the portable electronic device without
manipulating the plurality of image snippets based on corner features of the image of the real-world scene;

manipulating a retrieved image corresponding to an displayed image snippet based on matching corner feature information of
the displayed image snippet generated and provided by the server and corner features of the image of the real-world scene,
wherein the retrieved image is retrieved with metadata having selected features;

combining the manipulated retrieved image with a currently observed real-world scene viewed with the portable electronic device;
and

providing guide information related to the selected features;
wherein manipulating the retrieved image comprises applying a transformation matrix to a plurality of nested views of the
retrieved image, wherein the transformation matrix approximates a perspective distortion caused by a movement of the camera.

US Pat. No. 9,276,921

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTABLISHING A COMMUNICATION SESSION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for establishing a communications session between first and second devices, the method performed at a network
server and comprising:
generating a coded image for display at a first device connected to the network server, the coded image including embedded
data used to authenticate a second device at the network server;

sending the coded image to the first device for display to the second device;
receiving, from the second device, the embedded data extracted from the displayed coded image by the second device;
authenticating the second device to perform one or more protected functions based on the received embedded data; and
wherein, based on an authentication result, the method further comprises:
establishing a data channel between the first and second devices to communicate data from the second device to the first device;
and

establishing a control channel between the first and second devices to communicate control commands from the second device
to the first device to allow the second device to control rendering the data at the first device.

US Pat. No. 9,269,002

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a recognition unit configured to recognize a real object in an image;
a determining unit configured to determine a stability indicator indicating a stability of the recognition, wherein determining
the stability indicator comprises comparing a current value of an aspect of a state quantity of the real object in the image
with at least one prior value of the aspect of the state quantity of the real object in the image; and

a display control unit configured to modify a display of a virtual object according to the stability indicator, wherein the
display control unit is configured to increase a sharpness of the display of the virtual object when the stability indicator
indicates increased stability and to decrease the sharpness of the display of the virtual object when the stability indicator
indicates decreased stability.

US Pat. No. 9,281,327

IMAGE SENSOR, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING IMAGE SENSOR

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An image sensor of a back-illuminated type using a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS), comprising:
a light receiving unit in a semiconductor substrate;
an anti-reflection film on a back-surface side of the semiconductor substrate; and
an insulating film comprising silicon and oxygen throughout from a back-surface side of the insulating film to a front-surface
side of the insulating film, the insulating film being on a back-surface side of the anti-reflection film, the insulating
film having (a) a refractive index that is lower than that of a silicon nitride film and (b) a density that is higher at the
back-surface side than that at the front-surface side of the insulating film,

wherein the insulating film includes a layer of a silicon oxide film containing no nitrogen at the front-surface side of the
insulating film and includes a layer of a silicon oxynitride film containing nitrogen at the back-surface side of the insulating
film; and

a light shielding film,
wherein the light shielding film is near a boundary with a neighboring pixel between the layer of the silicon oxide film containing
no nitrogen and the layer of the silicon oxynitride film containing nitrogen.

US Pat. No. 9,225,810

TERMINAL DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A terminal device comprising:
an operation surface that includes a display;
an input detector that detects an indicator and determines at least one of a position of the indicator contacting the operation
surface and a distance of the indicator from the operation surface in a vertical direction; and

circuitry configured to
determine information about an operation input by movement information of the indicator detected by the input detector, and
perform predetermined control when a first operation which is an operation performed to move the indicator in a vertical direction
away from the operation surface is detected by the circuitry, the predetermined control including storing data, displayed
in a position defined on the operation surface where the first operation is performed, in a temporary save destination of
a memory,

wherein, the circuitry determines that the first operation is input when it is detected that a detection area of the indicator
which is detected in a position which is away from the operation surface by as much as a specified distance, the detection
area being defined on the operation surface, becomes smaller than in a case of an initial indicator detection, and it is detected
that the distance of the indicator from the operation surface becomes longer than in the case of the initial indicator detection

wherein, the circuitry determines that a second operation which is an operation performed to open up space between two fingers
is input by the user when it is detected that an area of the indicator, the area being detected on the operation surface,
becomes larger than in case of the initial indicator detection,

wherein when the first operation is detected by the circuitry, the circuitry performs control to delete the data from the
display as part of the predetermined control, and when the second operation is subsequently detected by the circuitry, the
circuitry performs control to paste the data stored in the temporary save destination to a position defined on the operation
surface where the second operation is performed, and

wherein the circuitry performs control to store the pasted data in a save destination corresponding to the area displayed
on the position defined on the operation surface where the second operation is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,281,337

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, PRODUCTION METHOD OF THE SAME, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An imaging device, comprising:
a semiconductor substrate with a first side as a light incident side and a second side opposite to the first side and having
a plurality of pixel transistors;

a plurality of light reception regions disposed in the semiconductor substrate, wherein, the plurality of light reception
regions include:

a first light reception region included in a first pixel;
a second light reception region included in a second pixel; and a third light reception region included in a third pixel;
the first light reception region and the second light reception region share at least one shared pixel transistor from the
plurality of pixel transistors;

the second light reception region is adjacent to the third light reception region;
a distance between an edge of the first light reception region and an edge of the second light reception region and a distance
between the edge of the second light reception region and an edge of the third light reception region are substantially the
same at the first side; and

a distance between the edge of the first light reception region and the edge of the second light reception region and a distance
between the edge of the second light reception region and the edge of the third light reception region are different at the
second side.

US Pat. No. 9,277,235

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
processing circuitry including:
an extraction circuitry portion that performs motion compensation using, as reference frames, frames formed of decoded images
and using motion vectors in images that have been encoded, and that extracts a plurality of motion compensation images having
a lower resolution than a prediction image from the reference frames corresponding to the prediction image; and

a prediction imaging circuitry portion that performs a filtering process to compensate the plurality of motion compensation
images extracted by the extraction circuitry portion for high-frequency components by utilizing correlation in a time direction
that is included in the plurality of motion compensation images, thereby generating the prediction image that has a higher
resolution than the plurality of motion compensation images,

wherein the prediction imaging circuitry portion includes:
a converter that converts a resolution of a difference image between the plurality of motion compensation images extracted
by the extraction circuitry portion and that increases the resolution of the difference image,

a first filter that applies a low-pass filter to the difference image whose resolution has been increased by the converter,
a second filter that applies a high-pass filter to an image obtained by applying the low-pass filter by the first filter,
and

an adder that adds the image obtained by applying the low-pass filter by the first filter and another image obtained by applying
the high-pass filter by the second filter to one of the plurality of motion compensation images extracted by the extraction
circuitry portion, and that generates the prediction image.

US Pat. No. 9,285,586

ADJUSTING PARALLAX BARRIERS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A device comprising:
a display screen to display a stereoscopic image to a viewer, the stereoscopic image comprising a right-eye image and a left-eye
image;

a sensor to measure a first distance between the viewer and the device;
a first parallax barrier that covers a surface of the display screen, the surface transmitting the stereoscopic image toward
the viewer, wherein the first parallax barrier comprises a predetermined number of parallax barrier clusters that are parallel
to one another and spaced apart from one another by a barrier cluster pitch distance, and wherein each of the parallax barrier
clusters includes a predetermined number of parallax barrier elements that are parallel to one another and parallel to the
parallax barrier clusters and spaced apart from one another by a barrier element pitch distance;

one or more processors configured to:
determine the first distance based on output from the sensor;
determine a second distance between a right eye of the viewer and a left eye of the viewer;
move the parallax barrier elements in each parallax barrier cluster based on the first distance and the second distance to
change the barrier element pitch distance between adjacent pairs of parallax barrier elements in the respective parallax barrier
cluster, the changing of the barrier element pitch distance inversely changing the barrier cluster pitch distance between
adjacent pairs of parallax barrier clusters by the change to the barrier element pitch distance times the number of parallax
barrier elements in the parallax barrier cluster minus one parallax barrier element, and wherein the changes in barrier element
pitch distance and barrier cluster pitch distance are variable and not limited to a predetermined incremental amount or multiple
thereof; and

emit, from the display screen and through spaces between the parallax barrier clusters, light rays from the right-eye image
toward the right eye of the viewer and light rays from the left-eye image toward the left eye of the viewer.

US Pat. No. 9,281,988

RECEIVING DEVICE, RECEIVING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A receiving device that receives an OFDM signal in which data symbols and guard intervals are arranged, the receiving device
comprising:
an amplifying unit that amplifies the received OFDM signal, the amplifying unit being an analog circuit that changes gain
discretely;

a digital correcting unit that has an inverse characteristic of a step response of the amplifying unit;
a demodulating unit that demodulates the OFDM signal after digital correction, and generates a notification indicating a start
timing of an nth one of the guard intervals (n>1) by detecting a start timing of an (n?1)th one of the data symbols and generating the notification a predetermined amount of time after the start timing of the (n?1)th one of the data symbols; and

a gain adjusting unit that adjusts gain of the amplifying unit in the nth one of the guard intervals based on the notification.

US Pat. No. 9,282,351

CONTENT DELIVERY APPARATUS, CONTENT DELIVERY METHOD, AND TRANSMITTING SERVER

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A content delivery system comprising:
a first network comprising a plurality of dynamically allocated channels;
a transmitting server;
a client end device operatively connected to the transmitting server via the first network, wherein at least one of the dynamically
allocated channels from the first network comprises downward transmission bandwidth for transmitting content demanded by the
client end device; and

a second network connected to the client end device and configured as a bidirectional IP network, wherein the client end device
is configured to:

demand, via the first network, broadcasting content from the transmitting server,
receive, from the transmitting server, control information including address information used to access the transmitting server,
transmit an access request to the transmitting server over the second network using the address information, requesting access
to the transmitting server,

transmit, to the transmitting server, information used to obtain the broadcasting content and information used to control
reproduction of the broadcasting content between the client end device and the transmitting server over the second network,
and

receive, concurrently via both the first network and the second network, the broadcasting content, when a number of demands
for the broadcasting content is equal to or greater than a number of channels dynamically allocated for delivery of the broadcasting
content.

US Pat. No. 9,280,709

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Toyko ...

1. An information processing device, comprising:
one or more processors configured to:
extract an image feature amount of each frame of an image of learning content;
extract word frequency information regarding frequency of appearance of each word in a description text describing a content
of the image of the learning content as a text feature amount of the description text;

learn an annotation model, which is a multi-stream HMM (hidden Markov model), by using an annotation sequence for annotation,
which is a multi-stream including the image feature amount and the text feature amount and

obtain an inter-state distance from one state to another state of the annotation model such that an error is minimized between
i) the inter-state distance and ii) a Euclidean distance from the one state to the another state on a model map on which states
of the annotation model are arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,596,690

MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ALLOCATING SYSTEM INFORMATION AMONG VIRTUAL CARRIERS FOR MACHINE-TYPE COMMUNICATIONS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A communications device for transmitting data to or receiving data from a mobile communications network, the mobile communications
network including one or more network elements, the one or more network elements providing a wireless access interface for
the communications device, the communications device comprising:
a transmitter adapted to transmit signals representing the data to the mobile communications network via the wireless access
interface provided by the one or more network elements of the mobile communications network; and

a receiver adapted to receive signals representing the data from the mobile communications network via the wireless access
interface provided by the one or more network elements of the mobile communications network, the wireless access interface
providing a plurality of communications resource elements across a host frequency range of a host carrier, and providing a
first section of the communications resources within a first frequency range for preferable allocation to reduced capability
devices forming a first reduced bandwidth carrier and a second section of the communications resources within a second frequency
range for preferable allocation to the reduced capability devices forming a second reduced bandwidth carrier, each of the
first frequency range and the second frequency range being within the host frequency range, wherein the receiver is configured
with a reduced capability to receive the signals only within a frequency bandwidth which is less than the host frequency range
and equal to at least one of the first frequency range and the second frequency range,

wherein the wireless access interface includes a plurality of time divided sub-frames, and at least one of the sub-frames
includes a control channel in a part of the sub-frame for communicating:

first signaling data to reduced capability devices, the first signaling data identifying a location of one or more of the
communications resources from which the communications device can receive common system information, the common system information
providing information which is common to one or more other reduced capability devices, the common system information being
valid for use by the communications device beyond the sub-frame, the common system information being provided both in a first
region of the communications resources of only the second reduced bandwidth carrier during a first time period and a second
region of the communications resources that are shared between the first reduced bandwidth carrier and the second reduced
bandwidth carrier during a second time period that is different from the first time period, and the communications device
includes a controller configured to control the receiver to receive the first signaling data from the control channel and
the common system information from the one or more communications resources identified by the first signaling data, and

second signaling data to the reduced capability devices, the second signaling data identifying a location of one or more of
the communications resources from which the communications device can receive specific system information, the specific system
information providing information which is specific to one of the first reduced bandwidth carrier or the second reduced bandwidth
carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,482,703

METHOD, SENSOR AND SYSTEM FOR ANALYZING APPLIANCES IN A POWER LINE NETWORK

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for analyzing appliances in a power line network, comprising:
obtaining an electrical characteristic of the power line network using sensing circuitry connected to the power line network,
the electrical characteristic being based on an injected test signal having a fixed frequency and a variable line cycle position;
and

detecting, using circuitry, an appliance connected to the power line network based on the electrical characteristic of the
power line network and a model profile, the model profile being based on electrical characteristics of one or more candidate
appliances and a configuration of the power line network.

US Pat. No. 9,307,682

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISSIPATING HEAT

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a display including a frame disposed at a bottom surface of the display;
a semiconductor chip;
a heat pipe affixed to the frame, the heat pipe being comprised of a thermally conductive material, wherein a surface of the
heat pipe is adjacent to the semiconductor chip at a predetermined distance from the semiconductor chip; and

a battery, wherein
the battery includes a recess having three surfaces formed in an exterior portion of the battery and having a size corresponding
to a size of the heat pipe and the recess is arranged on the battery to correspond to a location at which the heat pipe is
affixed to the frame.

US Pat. No. 9,286,630

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION RECORDING MEDIUM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing system, comprising:
an information recording medium which records predetermined information; and
an information processing apparatus including circuitry that
provides price information of at least one of commodities and services,
reads the predetermined information recorded in the information recording medium, and
outputs at least one of different sounds and different images according to a sequence of operations related to a commercial
transaction which a user of the information recording medium performs, the circuitry outputting the at least one of the different
sounds and the different images based on a relationship between the price information of at least one of a selected commodity
of the commodities and a selected service of the services, and the predetermined information read from the information recording
medium, the circuitry outputting one of a sound of the different sounds and an image of the different images in response to
a value of the price information of the at least one of the selected commodity and the selected service exceeding a value
of balance information included in the information recording medium, wherein the at least one of the sounds and the images
correspond to the user of the information recording medium in a customized fashion.

US Pat. No. 9,282,318

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An image processing device comprising:
circuitry configured to:
set a first detection area with respect to an imaging target within a first imaging area;
set a second detection area with respect to the imaging target within a second imaging area; and
apply a displacement adjustment to at least the first imaging area, wherein
the first detection area is an area used in image adjustment processing, and
a second relative position of the first imaging area with respect to the imaging target changes by applying the displacement
adjustment such that a second amount of change of the second relative position by applying the displacement adjustment is
greater than a first amount of change of a first relative position of the first detection area with respect to the imaging
target by applying the displacement adjustment.

US Pat. No. 9,538,534

COMMUNICATION CONTROL APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD FOR ASSIGNING RESOURCES FOR RELAY OF DATA TRAFFIC

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A communication control apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to receive on a downlink resource, from a first base station of a radio communication system,
grant information that specifies an uplink resource for relay within a frequency resource assigned to the radio communication
system operated with a frequency division duplex scheme, the uplink resource for relay being granted to be used for relay
of traffic; and

a relay control unit configured to relay the traffic with a time division duplex scheme on the uplink resource for relay during
a period that is associated with the grant information,

wherein the relay control unit decides a preferred uplink resource for relay out of the specified uplink resource for relay
according to an indicator for inter-cell interference coordination notified to the first base station by at least one second
base station of the radio communication system,

wherein the indicator comprises a relative narrow band transmission power indicator (RNTPI) that corresponds to a risk of
interference among adjacent cells of the first base station and the at least one second base station, and

wherein the communication unit and the relay control unit are each implemented via at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,431,519

METHOD OF PRODUCING A III-V FIN STRUCTURE

IMEC VZW, Leuven (BE) So...

1. A method for producing a III-V fin structure within a gap separating shallow trench isolation (STI) structures and exposing
a semiconductor substrate, the method comprising:
providing a semiconductor substrate, wherein the semiconductor substrate is a Si substrate;
providing in the semiconductor substrate at least two identical STI structures separated by a gap exposing the semiconductor
substrate, wherein the gap is bounded by the at least two identical STI structures, wherein the at least two STI structures
are SiO2;

producing a III-V fin structure within the gap on the exposed semiconductor substrate using a Metal Organic Vapor Phase Epitaxy
(MOVPE) process; and

providing a diffusion barrier at least in contact with each side wall of the at least two identical STI structures and with
side walls of the III-V fin structure, wherein the diffusion barrier is an oxide comprising a metal silicate, and wherein
providing the diffusion barrier further comprises depositing the metal using Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) and subsequently
performing a thermal anneal process, thereby forming the metal silicate.

US Pat. No. 9,306,280

MOBILE TERMINAL

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A mobile terminal comprising:
a first antenna element disposed in proximity to a first side of the mobile terminal;
a second antenna element disposed in proximity to a second side of the mobile terminal;
a third antenna element disposed in proximity to a third side of the mobile terminal;
a radio frequency circuit including a first input terminal and a second input terminal, the first input terminal being electrically
coupled with the first antenna element, and the radio frequency circuit being configured to convert radio frequency signals
received at the first input terminal and the second input terminal to a baseband signal;

a switch that includes a first connection mode in which the second antenna element is electrically coupled with the second
input terminal of the radio frequency circuit and the third antenna element is electrically decoupled from the second input
terminal of the radio frequency circuit, and a second connection mode in which the third antenna element is electrically coupled
with the second input terminal of the radio frequency circuit and the second antenna element is electrically decoupled from
the second input terminal of the radio frequency circuit; and

circuitry configured to
determine an orientation of the mobile terminal, the orientation being associated with a type of an application currently
executed by the mobile terminal; and

set the switch to the first connection mode or the second connection mode based on the determined orientation of the mobile
terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,445,156

METHOD, DEVICE AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR OUTPUTTING A TRANSPORT STREAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method of controlling video and/or audio stream playback, comprising:
detecting presence of at least one point of contact on a touchscreen and detecting movement of the point of contact; and
responsive to said detecting presence and movement of the at least one point of contact on the touchscreen, transitioning
from outputting a first stream of video and/or audio data provided by a first source to outputting a second stream of video
and/or audio data provided by a second source,

wherein content of the first stream of video and/or audio data is the same as content of the second stream of video and/or
audio data,

wherein the output of the first stream of video and/or audio data includes displaying a first video portion associated with
the first stream on a first display, and

wherein the output of the second stream of video and/or audio data includes displaying a second video portion associated with
the second stream on a second display, different from the first display, simultaneous with the display of the first video
portion on the first display.

US Pat. No. 9,316,822

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A zoom lens comprising:
a first lens group having negative refractive power;
a second lens group having positive refractive power;
a third lens group having negative refractive power; and
a fourth lens group having positive refractive power, the lens groups being arranged in order from an object side to an image
side,

wherein the second lens group includes
a front group having positive refractive power, and
a rear group having positive refractive power, the front and rear groups being arranged in order from the object side to the
image side,

wherein the front group includes
a positive lens,
a positive lens,
a negative lens, and
a positive lens, the lenses being arranged in order from the object side to the image side, and
wherein the rear group includes at least one positive lens, and
wherein, when magnification is changed between a wide angle end state and a telephoto end state, the first lens group, the
second lens group, the third lens group and the fourth lens group are moved in an optical axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,462,331

DISPLAY APPARATUS, VIDEO SIGNAL TRANSMISSION METHOD FOR DISPLAY APPARATUS, TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, AND TRANSMISSION METHOD OF VIDEO SIGNAL

Sony Corporation, (JP) S...

1. A signal receiving method for an apparatus, the method comprising:
receiving an uncompressed video signal from an external device via a plurality of channels comprised in a transmission path
by a differential signal;

receiving a first signal from the external device via a reserved line and a Hot Plug Detect (HPD) line, which are bi-directional
for transmission, comprised in the transmission path by a full duplex communication, in which the reserved line and the HPD
line are of a High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) cable and can form another differential signal;

transmitting a second signal to the external device via the reserved line and the HPD line;
subtracting the second signal from the first signal to obtain a third signal;
transmitting a notification of a connection state to the external device by DC bias potential of the HPD line; and
displaying the received uncompressed video signal.

US Pat. No. 9,294,782

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM WITH ARTIFACT REDUCTION MECHANISM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method of operation of an image processing system comprising:
obtaining a base input image with a capture device;
partitioning the base input image into base image blocks, each of the base image blocks having a position within the base
input image;

generating an input image block based on the base image blocks, the input image block generated as a one-dimensional image
block;

inverting the input image block associated with some of the positions within the base input image;
generating a transformed image block based on the input image block;
generating a scaled wavelet block based on the transformed image block with a scaling factor;
generating a compressed image block based on the scaled wavelet block; and
generating an output image block by decoding and performing an inverse wavelet transform on the compressed image block for
display on a display device.

US Pat. No. 9,294,609

EVENTS ON MULTIPLE PHONES

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method of forwarding a notification of an event received on a mobile phone comprising:
receiving the event on a first mobile phone;
determining whether the first mobile phone is connected to at least one other mobile phone via a local short-range radio communication
interface;

if the first mobile phone is connected to the at least one other mobile phone, forwarding a notification of the occurrence
of the event to the at least one other mobile phone via the short-range radio communication interface; and

if the first mobile phone is not connected to the at least one other mobile phone, storing a notification of the occurrence
of the event in a memory queue of the first mobile phone until the first mobile phone is determined to be connected with at
least one other mobile phone, and upon connection of the first mobile phone to the at least one other mobile phone, forwarding
the stored notification of the occurrence of the event via the short-range radio communication interface from the memory queue
to the at least one other mobile phone;

displaying the notification on a display of the at least one other mobile phone when connected therewith; and
encrypting the notification of the occurrence of the event prior to forwarding.

US Pat. No. 9,215,376

CAPTURING DEVICE, CAPTURING SYSTEM AND CAPTURING METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A signal processing device comprising;
a control unit configured to generate a setting value for setting a specific region specified in an image resulting from an
image signal generated by an image sensor, based on a first instruction input from a user;

a setting value storage unit configured to store the setting value generated by the control unit;
an image conversion unit configured to enlarge the specific region set by the stored setting value, in response to a second
instruction input from the user; and

an output unit configured to output an image signal of the specific region enlarged by the image conversion unit,
wherein the setting value storage unit has two or more regions for storing plural kinds of setting values, and
wherein the control unit is configured to write a new or changed setting value in one of the regions other than another region
which stores the previously generated setting value.

US Pat. No. 9,300,146

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, COMMUNICATION TERMINAL DEVICE, AND NON-CONTACT POWER TRANSMISSION METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a near-field wireless communication interface configured to wirelessly communicate with a plurality of communication terminals;
and

circuitry configured to
determine whether each of the communication terminals belong to a first priority level or a second priority level based on
identification information received from each of the communication terminals via the near-field wireless communication interface;
and

determine an amount of power that is transmitted in a non-contact manner to each of the communication terminals based on a
number of communication terminals belonging to the first priority level and a number of communication terminals belonging
to the second priority level.

US Pat. No. 9,298,977

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR RECOGNIZING FACIAL EXPRESSION AND PERMITTING USE OF EQUIPMENT BASED ON THE RECOGNIZED FACIAL EMOTION EXPRESSION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing device comprising:
a recognition unit which recognizes a facial emotion expression of a user taken on a captured image;
a control unit which controls equipment to permit the user to use the equipment when the facial emotion expression recognized
by the recognition unit is a specific facial emotion expression; and

an output unit which outputs information indicating the specific facial emotion expression when the recognition unit recognizes
the facial emotion expression as being the specific facial emotion expression, and outputs information indicating a different
facial emotion expression that is different from the specific facial emotion expression when the recognition unit recognizes
the facial emotion expression as not being the specific facial emotion expression, wherein the outputted information indicating
the different facial emotion expression is not a reproduction of the captured image, and

wherein the recognition unit, the control unit, and the output unit are each implemented via at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,285,101

ILLUMINATION UNIT AND DISPLAY

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An illumination unit comprising:
a light source section including a laser light source;
an optical-path branching device outputting light incident from the light source section, by branching the light into an outgoing
optical path of illumination light and other optical path;

a photodetector receiving a light flux that travels on the other optical path;
a control section controlling an emitted light quantity in the laser light source, based on a quantity of the light flux received
by the photodetector, by maintaining the emitted light quantity to be substantially constant independent of a temperature
change of the laser light source; and

a light-quantity-distribution control device disposed between the optical-path branching device and the photodetector on the
other optical path, the light-quantity-distribution control device controlling a light quantity distribution in the light
flux to be incident upon the photodetector.

US Pat. No. 9,661,724

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:
a wireless communication unit that performs wireless communication with another device;
a light-emitting unit that emits light; and
a control unit configured to perform control by switching between a mode in which light emission of the light-emitting unit
is a broadcast mode and a mode in which the light emission of the light-emitting unit is an ID separation mode.

US Pat. No. 9,603,257

PATTERN SUBSTRATE, METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME, INFORMATION INPUT APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A pattern substrate, comprising:
a substrate that has a first surface and an opposite second surface on which a first area and a second area are provided,
wherein the first surface of the substrate contains a liquid repellant film;
a pattern layer at the first area among the first area and the second area on the first surface,
wherein the pattern layer is a wiring pattern layer or a transparent electrode, and
the first area has a convex/concave shape, and the convex/concave shape is configured by an aggregate of a plurality of structures;
and

another pattern layer formed at the first area among the first area and the second area on the second surface of the substrate,
wherein a through hole is provided in the first area of the substrate, and a composition of the pattern layer is present in
the through hole to connect the first area of the first surface and the first area of the second surface.

US Pat. No. 9,544,979

AUDIO ILLUMINATION APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A first audio illumination apparatus, comprising:
an illumination unit;
an audio output unit;
a setting unit configured to set a parameter of at least one of illumination of the illumination unit or audio output of the
audio output unit in accordance with a recognized user who is in a neighborhood of the first audio illumination apparatus;

a transmission unit configured to transmit the parameter set by the setting unit to a number of second audio illumination
apparatuses disposed on a route of the recognized user; and

a control unit configured to:
control the at least one of the illumination of the illumination unit or the audio output of the audio output unit in accordance
with the set parameter; and

determine, based on a priority assigned to the recognized user, the number of second audio illumination apparatuses disposed
on the route of the recognized user to which the parameter is to be transmitted.

US Pat. No. 9,286,822

DISPLAY DEVICE, DISPLAY DATA PROCESSING DEVICE, AND DISPLAY DATA PROCESSING METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A display controller comprising:
a circuitry configured to output a second image data, the second image data being generated by adding an edge component to
an first image data; and

wherein the edge component includes a minus direction component and a plus direction component, and
the circuitry is configured to execute at least one of image processings selected from a group consisting of:
(i) a first processing so as to set a magnitude of the minus direction component greater when a gradation level of the display
data is high than a magnitude of the minus direction component when a gradation level of the display data is low; and

(ii) a second processing so as to set a magnitude of the plus direction component smaller when a gradation level of the display
data is high than a magnitude of the plus direction component when a gradation level of the display data is low.

US Pat. No. 9,288,891

CONDUCTIVE ELEMENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, WIRING ELEMENT, AND MASTER COPY

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A conductive element comprising:
a substrate;
a shape layer which is provided on a surface of the substrate and has a first wavy surface, a second wavy surface, and a third
wavy surface;

a first layer provided on the first wavy surface; and
a second layer provided on the second wavy surface,
wherein the shape layer contains an energy ray-curable resin composition,
the first layer has a laminated structure in which two or more layers are laminated,
the second layer has a single-layered structure or a laminated structure including a partial layer of the first layer,
the first and second layers form a conductive pattern portion, and
the first, second, and third wavy surfaces satisfy the following relationship:
0?(Am1/?m1)<(Am2/?m2)<(Am3/?m3)?1.8

(where Am1 is an average width of vibrations of the first wavy surface, Am2 is an average width of vibrations of the second
wavy surface, Am3 is an average width of vibrations of the third wavy surface, ?m1 is an average wavelength of the first wavy
surface, ?m2 is an average wavelength of the second wavy surface, and ?m3 is an average wavelength of the third wavy surface).

US Pat. No. 9,215,720

LTE FREQUENCY CHANNEL AVOIDANCE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method of reducing interference to reception of streams of television content received at a television receiver, each
of the streams of television content being transmitted on one of a plurality of frequency channels in accordance with a channel
map, the channel map defining for each of a plurality of television regions a mapping of each stream of television content
onto one of the plurality of frequency channels on which the stream of television content is transmitted, the interference
being caused by a base station transmitting data to or receiving data from one or more mobile devices via radio communication
signals in a vicinity of the television receiver, the radio communication signals being transmitted from the base station
to the one or more mobile devices via a downlink frequency channel or transmitted from the one or more mobile devices to the
base station via an uplink frequency channel, the uplink frequency channel and the downlink frequency channel being divided
into frequency sub-channels, the method comprising:
identifying a geographical location of the base station;
determining from the geographical location of the base station a television region in which the base station is located by
referring to a television region map indicating a geographical distribution of television regions;

identifying the channel map associated with the television region by referring to information indicating the channel map associated
with the television region; and

depending on whether the channel map indicates that at least one of the frequency channels is adjacent to one of the uplink
frequency channel or the downlink frequency channel, adapting the transmission of the radio communication signals between
the base station and the one or more mobile devices in accordance with the identified channel map to reduce interference at
the television receiver by selectively limiting or blocking one or more of the frequency sub-channels of the uplink frequency
channel and/or the downlink frequency channel.

US Pat. No. 9,185,551

MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. Identification circuitry for securely providing a mobile identity to a mobile data network for use in identifying mobile
equipment in which the identification circuitry is installed, the identification circuitry comprising:
a mobile identity storage controller configured to access memory which securely stores data defining two or more different
mobile identities;

a selector configured to select the mobile identity from the two or more different mobile identities;
a network interface configured to generate data derived from the selected mobile identity for transmission to a mobile network
during a network authorization procedure, and to receive acknowledgement data back from the mobile network indicating whether
authorization was successful based on the selected mobile identity;

a detector configured to detect whether the acknowledgement data indicates an unsuccessful authorization with the mobile network
and, if so, to initiate a further network authorization procedure in which the selector selects a different one of the two
or more different mobile identities, wherein

at least two of the different mobile identities are temporary-use mobile identities, the temporary-use mobile identities being
stored in the identifying mobile equipment prior to the network authorization procedure; and

a time controller configured to control use of the temporary-use mobile identities to no longer than a first predetermined
period, such that the temporary-use mobile identities are not useable for the network authorization after the first predetermined
period, wherein:

the time controller defines the first predetermined period with reference to a first use of the identification circuitry;
the selector is configured to select only a single stored mobile identity for use after an expiry of the first predetermined
period;

the time controller is configured to inhibit the selector from selecting the single stored mobile identity until the expiry
of the predetermined period; and

the selector is configured to randomly select from amongst the available mobile identities.

US Pat. No. 9,560,290

IMAGE PROCESSING INCLUDING IMAGE CORRECTION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An image processing device, comprising:
an image capture unit configured to generate an initial output image, wherein the image capture unit comprises a plurality
of pixels, and wherein the plurality of pixels include a first group of pixels with a first exposure time and a second group
of pixels with a second exposure time;

an interpolation processing unit configured to generate at least a first interpolated image based on the first group of pixels
with the first exposure time and a second interpolated image based on the second group of pixels with the second exposure
time;

a bit shift unit configured to generate at least two gradation images, which include a first gradation image corresponding
to the first interpolated image and a second gradation image corresponding to the second interpolated image;

a correction amount computation unit configured to compute at least two correction amounts,
wherein the at least two correction amounts include a first correction amount and a second correction amount, and
wherein the first correction amount is computed based, at least in part, on the first gradation image and the initial output
image, and the second correction amount is computed based, at least in part, on the second gradation image and the initial
output image; and

an addition unit configured to add the at least two correction amounts to the initial output image to produce a corrected
output image.

US Pat. No. 9,301,309

COMMUNICATION CONTROL APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD, AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic device for wireless communication, the electronic device comprising:
circuitry configured to
acquire parameters of secondary systems from a secondary usage node operating the secondary systems on a frequency channel
allocated to a primary system, the parameters including geolocation information of the secondary usage node;

obtain coverage information that is calculated in view of the parameters; and
perform interference control for neighboring systems that are detected based on the coverage information by referring to class
information, wherein

the neighboring systems are systems of the secondary systems, and
the class information classifies a physical position relationship between the neighboring systems.

US Pat. No. 9,293,504

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD INCLUDING A MICROLENS ARRAY HAVING VARIOUS SHAPED MICROLENSES

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device, comprising:
a filter section including filters that are disposed corresponding to respective pixels, each filter allowing light of a predetermined
color corresponding to one of the respective pixels to transmit therethrough and each pixel being configured to receive light
of the predetermined color; and

a microlens array section including a plurality of microlenses each configured to collect light for a corresponding one of
the respective pixels, the plurality of microlenses being stacked with respect to the filter section and being arranged in
an array pattern corresponding to the respective pixels, wherein the plurality of microlenses have two or more shapes that
are different from one another corresponding to colors of light to be received by the respective pixels, wherein each microlens
of the plurality of microlenses includes an end portion that is in contact with an end portion of an adjacent microlens and
some microlenses of the plurality of microlenses include an end portion that overlaps an end portion of an adjacent microlens
in a depth direction, and wherein center portions of each microlens of the plurality of microlenses that includes the end
portion that is in contact with the end portion of the adjacent microlens and center portions of some microlenses of the plurality
of microlenses that include the end portion that overlaps the end portion of the adjacent microlens in the depth direction
are disposed on microlens material of the adjacent microlens.

US Pat. No. 9,288,581

SPEAKER UNIT

Sony Corporation, (JP)

1. A speaker unit, comprising:
a magnet that generates a magnetic force;
a magnetic gap that causes the magnetic force to act;
a yoke that is provided to be partially opposed to the magnet and forms a magnetic circuit that guides the magnetic force
of the magnet to the magnetic gap;

a coil bobbin that is formed in a tubular shape and is set to be axially vibratable with respect to the magnet and the yoke;
a coil that is wound around the coil bobbin and partially placed in the magnetic gap;
a cone that is vibrated in accordance with vibration of the coil bobbin;
an edge that retains the cone at almost a center; and
a frame that fixes each of the edge and the yoke,
wherein
the magnetic gap has a magnetic fluid with a viscosity selected so as to (i) provide a mechanical resonance sharpness of the
speaker unit within a predetermined range having a lower value of at least 0.5 and an upper value of no more than 0.6 and
(ii) center the coil bobbin so as to eliminate a need for a damper such that the speaker unit does not include the damper,
and

sound proportional to a current is output by current drive.

US Pat. No. 9,148,696

DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEM, RECEIVING APPARATUS, AND RECEIVING METHOD AS WELL AS SENDING APPARATUS AND SENDING METHOD

Sony Corporation, (JP) S...

1. A data transmission system comprising:
a sending apparatus that sends streaming data; and
a receiving apparatus that receives the streaming data from the sending apparatus and sends a request for a switching operation
of the streaming data to the sending apparatus, the switching operation being selectable from a group including changing a
channel, switching to another sending apparatus as a source of streaming data, and switching to a trick play of the sending
apparatus, wherein the sending apparatus switches the streaming data in response to the request, said request being received
from the receiving apparatus,

wherein the receiving apparatus includes a processing device to execute:
a receiving section that receives the streaming data from the sending apparatus;
a storage section that stores the received streaming data temporarily and then, transfers the received streaming data;
an operation-detecting section that detects whether a user has performed the request for the switching operation; and
a control section that controls a transfer rate of the streaming data stored in the storage section and controls a reproduction
speed of the streaming data stored in the storage section to perform a fast-forward reproduction of the streaming data stored
in the storage section when the operation-detecting section detects that the user has performed the request for the switching
operation; and

an information-adding section that, when the operation- detecting section detects that the user performs the request, adds
to a portion within a packet constituting a streaming data item last received, among packets constituting streaming data items
as the received streaming data stored in the storage section, additional information that the user has performed the request
for the switching operation.

US Pat. No. 9,137,484

DEVICE, METHOD AND SOFTWARE FOR PROVIDING SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A device for providing a media content item to a user, the device comprising:
a media content item receiver circuitry configured to receive the media content item as a data stream, the data stream comprising
identifying data which identifies the media content item;

a memory circuitry configured to store user profile information associated with the user of the device;
a supplementary information requester circuitry configured to transmit the identifying data which identifies the media content
item, the user profile information, and a request for supplementary information related to the media content item to a server
over a network;

a supplementary information receiver circuitry configured to receive supplementary information related to the media content
item from the server over the network, the supplementary information being determined by the server on the basis of the transmitted
identifying data which identifies the media content item and the transmitted user profile information;

a media content transmitter circuitry configured to transmit the media content item, absent the received supplementary information,
to an audio/video reproduction device; and

a supplementary information transmitter circuitry configured to transmit the received supplementary information to a separate
personal user device specified by the stored user profile information.

US Pat. No. 9,585,151

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

15. A communication method, comprising:
generating a plurality of Media Access Control (MAC) information fields including reverse direction permission information
which indicates that reverse direction frame transmission is permitted, wherein the reverse direction permission information
is included in one or more of the plurality of MAC information fields to be sent in a first burst, and the one or more of
the plurality of MAC information fields including the reverse direction permission information are addressed to a plurality
of communication apparatuses;

transmitting the plurality of MAC information fields in a first burst to the plurality of communication apparatuses; and
receiving, in a second burst, respective response frames that obey the reverse direction permission information from respective
communication apparatuses of the plurality of communication apparatuses,

wherein frame lengths of the response frames are the same for each of the plurality of communication apparatuses.

US Pat. No. 9,468,001

TRANSMITTING A PACKET VIA A WIRELESS LOCAL AREA NETWORK AFTER A DELAY

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method of operating a first electronic device, the method comprising:
listening for a wireless transmission by a second electronic device on a wireless communications channel;
determining whether a packet is a small packet;
assigning a randomized time delay value that defines a randomized delay period, in response to determining that the packet
is a small packet;

beginning the randomized delay period in response to determining that the wireless communications channel is clear; and
transmitting the packet via the wireless communications channel based on expiration of the randomized delay period.

US Pat. No. 9,288,546

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION TO TELEVISION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method comprising:
establishing communication over the internet between a display device and a server;
receiving a communication at said display device from said server; and
displaying said communication on said display device and using the display device to mirror the communication sent to a mobile
device separate from the display device, whereby a communication sent from a mobile device is mirrored on the display device
and on a computing device separate from the display device such that the display device is copied on communications sent to/from
the computing device and to/from the mobile device, so that a user of the display device is enabled to respond to the communication
using the mobile device, wherein the mobile device is a stand-alone computing device capable of network access, sending messages,
receiving messages, and displaying messages, all independently of a local connection to the display device.

US Pat. No. 9,282,583

BASE STATION, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD, USER EQUIPMENT, AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A two-way wireless communication node comprising:
a transceiver configured to communicate with a user equipment but not another two-way wireless communication node using uplink
subframes and downlink subframes according to a predetermined frame format that uses a time division arrangement; and

a processor configured to change a status of a subframe in said predetermined frame format to enable direct communication
with said other two-way wireless communication node by setting a subframe of said two-way wireless communication node to downlink
use in an event a same subframe of said other two-way wireless communication node is set to uplink use.

US Pat. No. 9,479,872

AUDIO REPRODUCING METHOD AND APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
circuitry configured to:
reproduce left and right audio signals based on data acquired from a sound source;
acquire left and right surrounding sounds collected by left and right microphones included in a headphone unit connected to
the information processing apparatus;

combine a sound corresponding to at least one of the left and right surrounding sounds with at least one of the left and right
audio signals;

output the left and right audio signals combined with the sound corresponding to the at least one of the left and right surrounding
sounds to left and right earphones of the headphone unit;

compare the left and right surrounding sounds with a sound registered in advance;
determine whether at least one of the left and right surrounding sounds matches the sound registered in advance;
compare a volume of the at least one of the left and right surrounding sounds with a predetermined threshold value;
determine whether the volume of the at least one of the left and right surrounding sounds exceeds the predetermined threshold
value; and

generate an alarm sound only in a case that the circuitry determines the at least one of the left and right surrounding sounds
matches the sound registered in advance and the volume of the at least one of the left and right surrounding sounds exceeds
the predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,323,495

DISPLAY, CLIENT COMPUTER DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING A MOVING OBJECT

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A display system for displaying a moving object traversing a virtual display region, the system comprising:
a group of two or more client networked computer devices each being configured to display a respective portion of the virtual
display region, in which each respective portion is defined by a set of edges, each edge being classified as a hard edge,
from which the moving object is reflected, or a soft edge through which the moving object is allowed to pass, the system being
configured to redefine whether an edge of at least one of the portions is a hard or a soft edge independently of a change
in number or relative positions of the respective portions of the virtual display region; and

circuitry, associated with each client computer device, configured for defining a path of the moving object with respect to
the portion of the virtual display region which is displayed by that client computer device;

the circuitry being configured, when the circuitry defines a path which intersects a soft edge of that client computer device's
portion of the virtual display region, to transmit data defining the path of the moving object for use at least by another
client computer device which displays the next portion of the virtual display region which will lie within the detected path
of the moving object.

US Pat. No. 9,292,733

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing device comprising:
one or more processors operable to:
perform conversion such that an area including a feature point and the periphery thereof in a specific target included in
an image is set as a first area and, when one pixel included in the first area is set as a reference pixel, an area including
the reference pixel and pixels in the periphery thereof is set as a second area, and, based on a comparison result of the
feature amount of the reference pixel and the feature amount of another pixel included in the second area relating to the
reference pixel, the feature amount of another pixel is converted for each pixel included in the second area,

wherein each pixel included in the first area is set as the reference pixel, and
wherein a plurality of second areas are set with each second area in the plurality of second areas including the corresponding
reference pixel and the corresponding pixels in the periphery thereof for each pixel included in the first area; and

calculate a feature amount to be used in an identification process for identifying the specific target by performing addition
of the value of each pixel included in one of the plurality of second areas and the value of each corresponding pixel included
in others of the plurality of second areas.

US Pat. No. 9,373,021

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR OUTPUTTING A GROUP OF IMAGES

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A method of outputting images, the method comprising:
retrieving a plurality of images from a storage medium, the plurality of images including a group of images and a specific
face of a same person is included within each image of the plurality of images;

identifying, by circuitry, the specific face of the same person within each of the plurality of images;
segmenting the specific face in each of the plurality of images, by the circuitry after the identifying and when the specific
face is successfully identified in each of the plurality of images, into a plurality of variable features and non-variable
features, the variable features of the specific face being features of the same person that change over time and the non-variable
features of the specific face being features of the same person that do not change over time;

identifying a specific variable feature of the plurality of variable features, the specific variable feature designated by
a user;

measuring, by the circuitry for each particular image of the plurality of images, a degree of similarity between the specific
variable feature in the particular image and the specific variable feature in each of the other plurality of images;

ordering the plurality of images according to the measured degree of similarity for each of the plurality of images;
identifying the group of images, from the plurality of images ordered in the ordering, according to the ordering and the specific
variable feature identified in each of the plurality of images; and

outputting the group of images.

US Pat. No. 9,288,423

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, OBJECT SELECTION METHOD AND PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a circuitry configured to control a display device to display a command information to be perceived by a user as located at
a position within a real space or a representation of the real space based on three-dimensional positioning information of
the real space,

wherein the command information is controlled to be displayed at a fixed relative display location relative to an object that
is present either within the real space or within the representation of the real space,

wherein the command information indicates a command for operating the object,
wherein the command information is displayed based on a position and attitude of the display device, and
wherein the command information is displayed to be superimposed upon an image containing the object.

US Pat. No. 9,210,458

RECEIVING AUDIO/VIDEO CONTENT

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An audio/video content receiver being configured to receive media content from a content source by a broadcast data path,
the media content being arranged as a plurality of media channels, the content receiver comprising:
host circuitry having a tuner configured to assign logical channel indices to the media channels to allow selection, at the
host circuitry, of one or more of the media channels for reproduction by selecting the corresponding logical channel index,
the host circuitry storing channel association data associating the logical channel indices with the received media channels;
and

removable conditional access circuitry configured to decode access-controlled encoded broadcast content, the host circuitry
and the removable conditional access circuitry being arranged to provide an encrypted communication link for decoded access-controlled
encoded broadcast content between the removable conditional access circuitry and the host circuitry, wherein

the host circuitry is configured to acquire channel association data via the broadcast data path;
the removable conditional access circuitry is configured to provide further channel association data to the host circuitry;
the host circuitry comprises a detector configured to detect a conflict of logical channel index between the channel association
data acquired by the host circuitry from the broadcast data path and the channel association data provided by the removable
conditional access circuitry and, in the case of a conflict, to detect one or more unused logical channel indices; and

the removable conditional access circuitry is configured to select one of the unused logical channel indices for use by a
media channel for which the logical channel index defined in the removable conditional access circuitry's channel association
data conflicts with a logical channel index defined in the host circuitry's channel association data.

US Pat. No. 9,191,767

DIRECTIONAL SOUND APPARATUS, METHOD GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE AND SOFTWARE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A directional sound apparatus, comprising
a receiver circuitry configured to receive audio data associated with a video stream and to receive, over a network, ancillary
audio data containing supplemental audio data associated with the video stream;

a storage device circuitry configured to store a plurality of profiles, each profile being associated with a different user
of the directional sound apparatus and defining audio providable to a user;

a location device circuitry configured to define a first positional location of a first user having a stored profile;
an audio output circuitry configured to connect to a plurality of speakers; and
an audio controller circuitry configured to control audio output to the plurality of speakers to simultaneously provide the
audio data and the supplemental audio data to the first user at the first positional location and said audio data to a second
user located at a second, different, positional location.

US Pat. No. 9,462,536

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A communication circuit used in a mesh station using a signal described in IEEE 802.11, comprising:
a modulator circuit configured to output a modulated signal based on information specifying a duration of transmission opportunities
and information specifying a periodicity of the transmission opportunities,

wherein the mesh station sets an offset of the transmission opportunity indicating a beginning of the transmission opportunity
with respect to a beginning of a transmission interval.

US Pat. No. 9,363,545

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TELEVISION

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
receiver circuitry configured to receive data indicating a schedule for transmission of television programs, the schedule
of television programs including identification of television programs which are to be broadcast after a present time by one
or more broadcast transmission systems for each of a plurality of television channels, and identification of television programs
which have been transmitted by the one or more broadcast transmission systems, and for one or more of the television programs
which have been transmitted an indication that the one or more television programs can be received by selectively streaming
audio/video data representing the one or more television programs from one or more servers; and

control processor circuitry configured to control display on a display device of the schedule of television programs which
are selectable by a user for display on the display device or for recording, wherein the control processor circuitry is configured
to

receive an indication for at least one television program of the television programs which are to be broadcast after the present
time, the indication providing an availability status regarding availability of streaming the at least one television program
after a scheduled broadcast end time of the at least one television program; and

automatically record on a recording medium the at least one television program in response to the indication indicating that
the at least one television program is unavailable for streaming after the scheduled broadcast end time of the at least one
television program.

US Pat. No. 9,355,424

ANALYZING HACK ATTEMPTS OF E-CARDS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. Apparatus comprising:
at least one computer memory that is not a transitory signal and that comprises instructions executable by at least one, processor
to:

receive transaction records from plural consumer electronics (CE) devices of near field communication (NFC) interrogations
of respective electronic transaction cards (e-cards);

aggregate the transaction records;
analyze the transaction records; and
output an indication of at least one interrogation pattern indicated by the transaction records.

US Pat. No. 9,320,965

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing system, comprising:
a controller port comprising a plurality of ports to which a plurality of operation signals are input from a plurality of
operation devices via a network;

an execution unit configured to execute a game program in response to each of the plurality of operation signals input from
each of the plurality of operation devices to each of the plurality of the ports; and

an assignment unit configured to assign each of the plurality of operation devices to each of the plurality of respective
ports,

wherein the assignment unit changes assignment of each of the plurality of operation devices to each of the plurality of ports
in a predetermined case, and

wherein the assignment unit assigns one operation device among the plurality of operation devices to at least two ports among
the plurality of ports.

US Pat. No. 9,286,817

PICTURE REPRODUCING METHOD AND PICTURE REPRODUCING APPARATUS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A picture reproducing method comprising:
acquiring, from a display apparatus implemented by a liquid crystal television by which a three-dimensional picture is displayed
on a glasses-based stereoscopic display panel, information including a type of panel system of the display panel, the three-dimensional
picture containing a first parallax image and a second parallax image, which are images of an object from different points
of view in a three-dimensional space;

determining, using the type of panel system of the display panel, a method of parallax required for display of the three-dimensional
picture by glasses of the display panel;

retrieving from a database an appropriate picture output conditions for correcting crosstalk of the three-dimensional picture
as viewed by the glasses of the display panel, wherein the appropriate picture output condition is retrieved using the method
of parallax required for display of the three-dimensional picture;

listing the retrieved picture output conditions for correcting crosstalk on the display panel in such a manner so as to be
selected by a user; and

displaying the three-dimensional picture by correcting the three-dimensional picture using the selected picture output conditions.

US Pat. No. 9,357,396

TERMINAL DEVICE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A terminal device, comprising:
a touch panel display configured to display image data and receive an operation instruction performed by an external object;
and

circuitry configured to
perform control such that when the terminal device is in a disabled state, the operation instruction performed on the touch
panel display is ignored or the disabled state is cancelled,

output, when a touch operation by the external object is detected, content of the touch operation as the operation instruction,
and

cancel the disabled state and perform control of execution of a predetermined function when it is determined that the touch
operation is an operation instruction to cancel the disabled state and in accordance with movement and speed of the touch
operation to move a displayed marker in a direction toward one of a plurality of displayed icons each corresponding to a different
predetermined function and at least one of the displayed icons corresponds to a plurality of predetermined functions each
one to be executed based on one of different respective movement speeds of the touch operation.

US Pat. No. 9,269,191

SERVER, CLIENT TERMINAL, SYSTEM AND PROGRAM FOR PRESENTING LANDSCAPES

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A server comprising:
a central processing unit (CPU) configured to:
receive, from a client terminal, a first position information indicating a position of the client terminal, and a first direction
information indicating a direction in which the client terminal is directed;

search, in a database, for a first captured image stored in association with a second position information indicating an opposite
position across a target object present in the direction indicated by the first direction information with respect to the
position of the client terminal, wherein the second position information is determined based on the first position information;

combine the first captured image returned by the search with a second captured image captured by the client terminal in the
direction indicated by the first direction information; and

transmit a composite image obtained through the combining to the client terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,589,332

CAMERA MOVEMENT CORRECTION APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A camera movement correction apparatus for use in a system which detects a position of a sporting projectile within a scene,
the apparatus comprising:
circuitry configured to:
receive a first image of the scene and a second image of the scene captured by a camera;
determine a position of a reference marker within the first image of the scene and a position of the reference marker within
the second image of the scene, the reference marker being static within the scene;

determine a difference between the position of the reference marker in the first image of the scene and the position of the
reference marker in the second image of the scene; and

apply a corrective transform, that corrects for the difference between the position of the reference marker in the first image
of the scene and the position of the reference marker in the second image of the scene, to pixels of the second image of the
scene to create a corrected second image of the scene on the basis of said determined difference.

US Pat. No. 9,508,313

DISPLAY DEVICE, PROGRAM INFORMATION DISPLAY METHOD IN DISPLAY DEVICE, RECEIVING DEVICE, AND SIGNAL TRANSMISSION METHOD IN RECEIVING DEVICE

Sony Corporation, (JP) S...

1. A signal transmitting method of a receiving device having a broadcast receiving unit for obtaining a video signal of a
predetermined program and electronic program guide information by receiving a broadcasting signal, comprising the steps of:
transmitting the video signal obtained by the broadcast receiving unit to an external device via a transmission path through
a plurality of channels using a differential signal; and

transmitting the electronic program guide information obtained by the broadcast receiving unit to the external device via
differential transmission lines formed from a pair of lines consisting of a first signal line and a second signal line which
are different from the plurality of channels; and

receiving information about a connected state of an interface by a DC bias potential of a Hot Plug Detect (HPD) line of the
transmission path, in which the transmission path is in a High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) cable.

US Pat. No. 9,368,536

SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE FOR REDUCING DARK CURRENT, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A solid state imaging device, comprising:
a semiconductor substrate comprising a light sensing section and comprising a first surface and a second surface opposite
to the first surface, wherein the first surface is on a light incident side of the semiconductor substrate;

a wiring layer on the second surface; and
at least three layers over the first surface, the three layers comprising a first layer, a second layer and a third layer,
wherein the first and second layers each comprise a material selected from the group consisting of halfnium oxide (HfO2), aluminum oxide (Al2O3), zirconium oxide (ZrO2), tantalum oxide (Ta2O5), titanium oxide (TiO2), lanthanum oxide (La2O3), praseodymium oxide (Pr2O3), cerium oxide (CeO2), neodymium oxide (Nd2O3), promethium oxide (Pm2O3), samarium oxide (Sm2O3), europium oxide (Eu2O3), gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3), terbium oxide (Tb2O3), dysprosium oxide (Dy2O3), holmium oxide (Ho2O3), erbium oxide (Er2O3), thulium oxide (Tm2O3), ytterbium oxide (Yb2O3), lutetium oxide (Lu2O3), yttrium oxide (Y2O3), hafnium nitride, aluminum nitride, hafnium oxide nitride, and aluminum oxide nitride, and the third layer comprises a silicon
oxide.

US Pat. No. 9,287,603

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND MODULE INSTALLED IN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
at least one high-frequency signal waveguide to transmit a high-frequency signal;
an addition unit coupled to the at least one high-frequency signal waveguide, the addition unit coupling to the at least one
high-frequency signal waveguide a first module including a first communication function;

a control unit that (a) recognizes coupling of the first module to the at least one high-frequency signal waveguide, and (b)
controls data transmission over the at least one high-frequency waveguide according to the first communication function; and

a slot structure into which another electronic device is able to be inserted,
wherein,
the at least one high-frequency signal waveguide is arranged parallel to a wall surface of the slot structure, and
when the other electronic device is inserted into the slot structure, data transmission to and from the other electronic device
occurs via the at least one high-frequency signal waveguide.

US Pat. No. 9,286,722

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a skeleton position calculating unit operable to determine skeleton positions of a subject appearing in an image captured
by an imaging device;

a display control unit operable to dispose an object at a position in a virtual space according to the determined skeleton
positions, wherein the object includes at least one of virtual clothing and virtual accessories, wherein a distance between
the disposed position in the virtual space and a virtual imaging device is equal to a distance between a position of the subject
in a real space and the imaging device; and

a comparing unit operable to compare a first size of the object disposed in the virtual space with a size of the subject that
has been captured, wherein the size of the object is set in advance, wherein

the display control unit reshapes the object from the first size to a second size in accordance with a comparison result produced
by the comparing unit and displays the reshaped object having the second size overlaid on the subject at the disposed position
in the virtual space.

US Pat. No. 9,485,429

CAPTURING DEVICE, CAPTURING SYSTEM AND CAPTURING METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A signal processing device for an automotive camera system for use in a vehicle movable in a travelling direction, comprising;
a setting value storage unit configured to store a setting value for enlarging an overall image generated by an image sensor;
an image conversion unit configured to generate a specific region of the overall image in response to an input instruction,
the specific region including a predetermined portion of the vehicle, the image conversion unit being configured to enlarge
the specific region of the overall image by an amount determined by the stored setting value; and

an output unit configured to output an image signal of the specific region enlarged by the image conversion unit to a display
unit operable to display an image resulting from the image signal,

wherein the output unit outputs an image signal of the overall image generated by the image sensor for displaying on the display
unit the overall image including the specific region and the predetermined portion of the vehicle included therein; and

wherein an enlarged image is not output when the automotive camera system which includes the signal processing device is changed
over to a powered on state and the vehicle is conditioned to be driven in a travelling direction.

US Pat. No. 9,538,553

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND BASE STATION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a transmission data generation unit configured to generate transmission data to be transmitted;
a signature selection unit configured to select one signature from a plurality of signatures; and
a preamble generation unit configured to generate a preamble in random access using the signature selected by the signature
selection unit,

wherein the signature selection unit is configured to select the signature based on a position of one or more bits of the
transmission data to be used for the signature selection.

US Pat. No. 9,377,928

LOCATION AND TIME BASED UNLOCKED ACTION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A mobile electronic device comprising:
a display unit;
a control unit configured to display at least a first and a second keylock icon on the display unit while the device is in
a display-lock state and to activate the display unit in response to any of the at least first and second keylock icon being
selected by a user; and

a position unit for obtaining position parameters of the device, wherein at least one action associated with the obtained
position parameters is displayed on a first dynamic start page presented on the display unit in response to the first keylock
icon being selected by the user.

US Pat. No. 9,355,397

ELECTRONIC MONEY SYSTEM, AMOUNT-OF-MONEY CHANGE INFORMATION TRANSMITTER, SERVER, AND AMOUNT-OF-MONEY CHANGE INFORMATION TRANSMITTING METHOD

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A money amount change information transmission apparatus comprising:
money amount change information generating means for acquiring a money amount concerning a change to generate money amount
change information;

first balance acquiring means for acquiring a first balance from a currency terminal, wherein the first balance acquiring
means transmits a first balance reference command to the currency terminal before transmission of the money amount change
information;

money amount change information transmitting means for transmitting the generated money amount change information to the currency
terminal;

notification receiving means for receiving a notification indicating that the first balance has been changed based on the
transmitted money amount change information from the currency terminal, wherein the money amount change information is retransmitted
to the currency terminal to carry out a retrial when no notification is received within a predetermined time;

second balance acquiring means for acquiring a current balance from the currency terminal, wherein the second balance acquiring
means only transmits a second balance reference command to the currency terminal when the notification is not received after
the retrial; and

comparing means for comparing the first balance acquired before a transmission and at least one retransmission of the money
amount change information by the first balance acquiring means with the current balance acquired after the transmission and
the at least one retransmission of the money amount change information by the second balance acquiring means when the notification
indicating that the balance has been changed is not received,

wherein the money amount change information transmitting means again transmits the money amount change information to the
currency terminal when the current balance has not been changed from the first balance, and

wherein the comparing means is performed only when the notification is not received after the retrial.

US Pat. No. 9,285,603

IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An image blur correction apparatus comprising:
a lens unit configured to include at least one lens, and configured to be turnable in a first direction which is a direction
about a first supporting axis that is orthogonal to a light axis of the lens with respect to an outer housing, and in a second
direction which is a direction about a second supporting axis that is orthogonal to the light axis and the first supporting
axis;

a fixed member configured to turnably support the lens unit in the first direction and the second direction;
a first drive motor configured to be mounted on the fixed member and configured to turn the lens unit in the first direction;
a second drive motor configured to be mounted on the fixed member and configured to turn the lens unit in the second direction;
and

a coupling member configured to be coupled to the first drive motor by a first movement member and the second drive motor
by a second movement member and configured to include a coupling portion, the coupling portion being coupled to the lens unit
to transmit drive force of the first drive motor and the second drive motor to the lens unit in a manner that the coupling
member is moved along with turning of the lens unit,

wherein the coupling member has, formed thereon,
a first tolerance portion configured to maintain a coupled state of the first drive motor while the second drive motor is
driven to allow the lens unit to turn in the second direction through movement of the first movement member, and

a second tolerance portion configured to maintain a coupled state of the second drive motor while the first drive motor is
driven to allow the lens unit to turn in the first direction through movement of the second movement member.

US Pat. No. 9,280,265

INPUT CONTROL DEVICE, INPUT CONTROL METHOD, AND INPUT CONTROL PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY TARGET UPON RECEIVING INPUT ON DISPLAY SCREEN OF DISPLAY DEVICE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An input control program embedded on a non-transitory computer-readable recording medium, allowing a computer to function
as:
a display control unit operative to display a plurality of display targets on a display screen of a display device;
an acquiring unit operative to acquire a position of input from an input device, which can detect input on the display screen;
and

a movement control unit operative to define as a target to be moved a display target displayed by the display control unit
on the display screen at a position corresponding to the position of a first input entry acquired by the acquiring unit, and
operative to scroll a display target other than the target to be moved in accordance with a second input entry acquired by
the acquiring unit while keeping the display position of the target to be moved at the position of the first input entry,

wherein the first input entry is made on a front touch panel or a rear touch panel and the second input entry is made on the
other ouch panel, and

wherein the second input entry is made at any location on the front touch panel or the rear touch panel.

US Pat. No. 9,467,736

RECEIVING AUDIO/VIDEO CONTENT

SONY CORPORATION, Minato...

1. An audio/video content receiver being configured to receive media content from a content source by a broadcast data path,
the media content being arranged as a plurality of media channels, the content receiver comprising:
host circuitry having a tuner configured to assign logical channel indices to the media channels to allow selection, at the
host circuitry, of one or more of the media channels for reproduction by selecting the corresponding logical channel index,
the host circuitry storing channel association data associating the logical channel indices with the received media channels;
and

a removable conditional access circuitry configured to decode access-controlled encoded broadcast content, the host circuitry
and the removable conditional access circuitry being arranged to provide an encrypted communication link for decoded access-controlled
encoded broadcast content between the removable conditional access circuitry and the host circuitry, wherein;

the host circuitry is configured to acquire channel association data via the broadcast data path;
the removable conditional access circuitry is configured to provide further channel association data to the host circuitry;
the host circuitry comprises a detector configured to detect a conflict of logical channel index between the channel association
data acquired by the host from the broadcast data path and the channel association data provided by the removable conditional
access circuitry and, in the case of a conflict, to detect one or more unused logical channel indices for offering to the
removable conditional access circuitry; and

the removable conditional access circuitry is configured to do one of;
select one of the unused logical channel indices for use by a media channel for which the logical channel index defined in
the removable conditional access circuitry's channel association data conflicts with a logical channel index defined in the
host circuitry's channel association data; or

the removable conditional access circuitry responds with a request to the host circuitry for a different logical channel index
to be offered; or

the removable conditional access circuitry sets a different logical channel index for use by a media channel for which the
logical channel index defined in the removable conditional access circuitry's channel association data conflicts with a logical
channel index defined in the host circuitry's channel association data.

US Pat. No. 9,418,707

ACCOMMODATING CASE FOR PORTABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An accommodating case for a portable recording medium, comprising:
a medium disposition area defined on an inner surface of the accommodating case for disposing of the recording medium;
a support portion formed inside the medium disposition area for supporting of the recording medium arranged in the medium
disposition area;

engagement portions for pinching opposing edges of the recording medium together with the support portion so that the recording
medium is suppressed from separating from the inner surface; and

a movable portion having: (i) a first end in hinged engagement within the medium disposition area so as to be beneath the
recording medium when located within the medium disposition area, (ii) a second end, opposite to the first end, and movable
between a resting position and a flexed position whereby the second end is rotated about the first end toward the outside
of the accommodating case,

wherein movement of the second end of the movable portion increases an opening simultaneously with the engagement portions
pinching the opposing edges of the recording medium for at least a portion of a user's finger to be inserted within the opening
and below the recording medium when located within the medium disposition area and to pull the recording medium away from
the medium disposition area to release the engagement portions from pinching the edges of the recording medium, and

wherein the support portion is positioned higher than the movable portion.

US Pat. No. 9,398,694

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A PACKAGE FOR EMBEDDING ONE OR MORE ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A package comprising:
a carrier structure including:
a back-side metallization layer,
a polymer profile formed in layers on top of said back-side metallization layer, said polymer profile including one or more
cavities, and

a front-side metallization layer on top of said polymer profile;
one or more electronic components embedded in the one or more cavities formed in said carrier structure;
an intermediate cover layer, which includes a polymer or a dielectric material, formed on top of said carrier structure and
said one or more embedded electronic components, wherein intermediate connection terminals are provided in said intermediate
cover layer for connecting said front-side metallization layer of said carrier structure and/or one or more front-side terminals
of said one or more electronic components;

a signaling metallization layer formed in predetermined areas on top of said intermediate cover layer, said signaling metallization
layer connecting at least one front-side terminal of an electronic component through at least one intermediate connection
terminal, the electronic component being from among the one or more electronic components;

a top cover layer, which includes a polymer or a dielectric material, formed on top of said intermediate cover layer and said
signaling metallization layer, respectively, wherein top connection terminals are provided in said top cover layer for connecting
predetermined intermediate connection terminals; and

a top metallization layer formed in predetermined areas on top of said top cover layer connecting through the top connection
terminals and the predetermined intermediate connection terminals to one or more front-side terminals of one or more predetermined
electronic components and/or said front-side metallization layer of said carrier structure.

US Pat. No. 9,357,393

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a control unit that:
performs control for lending to a wireless communication apparatus a connection right that is used in providing a specific
service, the connection right being for connecting to a predetermined network using wireless communication, and

determines whether or not the connection right is able to be lent to the wireless communication apparatus that transmits a
provision request, based on contents of management in a first management unit,

wherein the connection right is lent to the wireless communication apparatus that is determined as an apparatus to which the
connection right is able to be lent; and

a provision unit that, using the wireless communication, provides the specific service to the wireless communication apparatus
that is connected using the lent connection right.

US Pat. No. 9,331,846

COMMUNICATION METHOD AND RECEPTION APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a first antenna configured to receive a first high-frequency signal;
a second antenna configured to receive a second high-frequency signal: and
circuitry configured to:
generate a first digitized baseband signal from the first high-frequency signal;
generate a second digitized baseband signal from the second high-frequencv signal;
specify a position of a preamble included in the first digitalized baseband signal;
calculate a square signal of an autocorrelation of the preamble;
specify a peak value obtained by the square signal of the autocorrelation of the preamble;
perform a fast Fourier transform (FFT) on the first digitized baseband signal using a position of the peak value as a start
of an FFT window;

extract a plurality of phases of a plurality of frequency components for phase measurement from the first digitized baseband
signal which has been subjected to the FFT;

obtain a phase difference of the plurality of phases;
determine a relative delay between the first high-frequency signal and the second high-frequency signal based on the phase
difference and a phase reference; and

demodulate the first digitized baseband signal and the second digitized baseband signal based on the relative delay.

US Pat. No. 9,319,744

COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM AND METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, INFORMATION MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM AND PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, (JP)

2. An information management apparatus comprising:
a processor programmed to execute instructions comprising:
judging whether provision of content from a playing position represented by a time stamp is allowed based on access right
information and identification information stored in association with the time stamp, responsive to a request received, over
a network, for the playing of said content from said playing position represented by said time stamp, wherein the identification
information includes user identification information allotted to each user and user group identification information allotted
to each user group, and wherein the access right information includes information indicating whether confirmations, by user
identification information and user group identification information, of an access right to said playing position of the content
represented by said time stamp are necessary,

wherein the judging includes determining whether a confirmation of an access right by user group identification information
is necessary (i) in a case where a determination is that user information identification transmitted with the request for
the playing of said content from said playing position represented by said time stamp does not match the user identification
information stored in association with the time stamp and (ii) in a case where a determination is that a confirmation of an
access right by user identification information is not necessary; and

providing, via the network, the content from the playing position represented by the time stamp in accordance with a result
of the judging,

wherein said information management apparatus is to connect by way of said network to at least one information processing
apparatus, and wherein said playing position represented by said time stamp corresponds to a stopped position whereat a user
requested that said content be stopped by use of said at least one information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,293,722

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device comprising:
an organic photoelectric conversion layer;
a passivation layer formed to cover a top of the organic photoelectric conversion layer; and
an insulating film formed on the passivation layer and in a slit produced on a level difference in the passivation layer,
the insulating film having a smaller refractive index than that of the passivation layer.

US Pat. No. 9,288,498

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an encoding processing unit that generates a plurality of encoded streams of different display sizes with respect to each
of a plurality of picture contents, encodes the picture contents in units of predetermined blocks using the encoded streams,
and generates an encoded stream of a multi-picture reproduction image to display the plurality of picture contents at the
same time,

wherein, when parameters regarding encoding of an original block that is a block of the picture contents corresponding to
the predetermined block, which are included in the encoded streams of the picture contents, are prohibition parameters prohibited
in the encoded stream of the multi-picture reproduction image, the encoding processing unit decodes the encoded streams of
the original block, reencodes the streams, and sets the obtained encoded streams as the encoded streams of the predetermined
block, and when the parameters of the original block are not the prohibition parameters, the encoding processing unit sets
the encoded streams of the original block as the encoded streams of the predetermined block.

US Pat. No. 9,240,830

ANTENNA SWAPPING METHODS INCLUDING COMPARING PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF FIRST AND SECOND ANTENNAS, AND RELATED PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An antenna swapping method, comprising:
using control circuitry and tuning circuitry to perform tuning of respective signals provided to first and second antennas
in a portable electronic device to at least one frequency band;

connecting the first antenna to an uplink signal path that is for transmissions through the first and second antennas, and
performing impedance matching for the first antenna;

comparing a real-time performance characteristic of the first antenna with a real-time performance characteristic of the second
antenna;

determining that the second antenna has a stronger real-time performance characteristic than the first antenna while the first
antenna is connected to the uplink signal path; and

responsive to the determining that the second antenna has the stronger real-time performance characteristic, swapping from
the first antenna to the second antenna by connecting the second antenna to the uplink signal path and disconnecting the first
antenna from the uplink signal path, and performing impedance matching for the second antenna.

US Pat. No. 9,190,275

BONDING SUBSTRATES WITH ELECTRICAL CONNECTION THROUGH INSULATING FILM

SONY CORPORATION, (JP)

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a first substrate having an attaching surface including a top surface of first electrodes and a top surface of a first insulating
film;

an insulating thin film that covers the attaching surface of the first substrate; and
a second substrate having an attaching surface including a top surface of second electrodes and a top surface of a second
insulating film and is attached to the first substrate in a state in which the attaching surface of the second substrate and
the attaching surface of the first substrate are attached together sandwiching the insulating thin film therebetween, and
the first electrodes and the second electrodes are deformed in a manner that breaks a part of the insulating thin film such
that the first electrodes and second electrodes are directly electrically connected to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,110,579

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor; and
a control section, using the at least one processor, configured to cause, when dragging is carried out, an elongated cursor
interconnecting a start point and an end point of the dragging to be displayed on a display section in response to the dragging
and execute, where a direction from one end portion of the elongated cursor which is a start point side of the dragging to
the other end portion of the elongated cursor which is an end point side of the dragging is determined as a direction of the
elongated cursor, a process based on the linear direction of the elongated cursor for information displayed on the display
section;

said control section is configured to change the information to be displayed on the display section when the other end portion
of the elongated cursor enters a predetermined region set on the screen by the dragging,

wherein said control section is configured to execute a process corresponding to the direction and the length of the elongated
cursor for the information displayed on the display section,

wherein said control section
is configured to cause, from between first hierarchy information of a first hierarchy and second hierarchy information of
a second hierarchy which is a higher hierarchy with respect to the first hierarchy, the first hierarchy information to be
displayed on the display section, but

is configured to change, when the other end portion of the elongated cursor enters the predetermined region set on the screen
by the dragging, the information to be displayed on the display section from the first hierarchy information to the second
hierarchy information, and

wherein said control section is configured to return, if, after the information to be displayed on the display section is
changed from the first hierarchy information to the second hierarchy information, the dragging is continued until the length
of the elongated cursor becomes smaller than a predetermined threshold value, the information to be displayed on the display
section from the second hierarchy information to the first hierarchy information.

US Pat. No. 9,717,124

LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT DRIVE APPARATUS AND PORTABLE APPARATUS USING SAME

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
first light emitting elements configured to emit a first color of light at a first luminance, an anode of at least one of
the first light emitting elements is electrically connected to an anode of another of the first light emitting elements;

second light emitting elements configured to emit a second color of the light at a second luminance, an anode of at least
one of the second light emitting elements is electrically connected to an anode of another of the second light emitting elements;

light emitting element drive circuitry configured to drive said at least one the first light emitting elements to emit the
first color of the light at the first luminance, the light emitting element drive circuitry is configured to drive said at
least one the second light emitting elements to emit the second color of the light at the second luminance; and

power supply circuitry configured to decide a lowest drive voltage required for enabling a light emitting element having a
highest forward voltage among the first light emitting elements and the second light emitting elements to be driven at a set
current value to emit the light.

US Pat. No. 9,561,585

ACTUATOR DEVICE, MULTI-SHAFT DRIVING DEVICE, AND ROBOT DEVICE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An actuator device, comprising:
a motor;
a reducer, which reduces an output of the motor;
a torque sensor driven relative to a stationary part of the motor to measure output torque from the reducer, the torque sensor
having a first end surface facing in a direction away from the motor, and having a second end surface facing in a direction
towards the motor; and

an output shaft frame attached to an outer peripheral portion of the torque sensor, the output shaft frame having a first
end surface facing in a direction away from the motor, and having a second end surface facing in a direction towards the motor,

wherein the output shaft frame is arranged in a position offset from an end of the torque sensor in a direction of the stationary
part of the motor such that the first end surface of the torque sensor is a first distance from the motor and the first end
surface of the output shaft frame is a second distance from the motor, wherein the first distance is greater than the second
distance.

US Pat. No. 9,460,323

TAG POWERSAVE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A tag comprising:
a communication interface that is configured to transmit and receive wireless signals;
a movement detector; and
a digital logic circuit configured to perform operations comprising:
repetitively broadcasting wireless transmissions comprising a tag identification (ID) of the tag from the communication interface;
detecting a movement of the tag with the movement detector;
receiving a confirmation signal that is sent responsive to the broadcast tag ID at the communications interface of the tag
indicating that information for the tag ID that was broadcast has been received; and

adjusting a timing between the repetitive broadcasts responsive to receiving the confirmation signal and responsive to a determination
that the movement does not satisfy a movement threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,454,766

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a central processing unit (CPU) operable to:
generate first information using a first unique key of a first terminal device, wherein the first unique key is obtained based
on identification information of the first terminal device received from a second terminal device, and wherein the first terminal
device is configured to receive predetermined electronic information, evaluate the predetermined electronic information and
provide evaluation information to the second terminal device based on the evaluation;

transmit the first information to the second terminal device, wherein the second terminal device is a provider of the predetermined
electronic information;

receive second information from the second terminal device, wherein the first terminal device is configured to decode the
first information using the first unique key to generate the second information;

perform link authentication based on a comparison between the transmitted first information and the received second information;
obtain the evaluation information from the second terminal device based on the confirmation;
calculate an evaluation value of the second terminal device based on the obtained evaluation information; and
specify a provision destination group, which includes one or more users to whom the first terminal device is configured to
provide the predetermined electronic information received from the second terminal device, based on the evaluation information
provided from the first terminal device to the second terminal device.

US Pat. No. 9,451,390

MAGNETIC BATTERY SAVER

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for activating a Near Field Communication (NFC) application on a mobile device, the method comprising:
providing for the mobile device having a processor and a compass in communication with the processor;
storing, in a memory component, a magnetic field threshold change;
determining a change in magnetic field using the compass;
comparing, by the processor, the change in magnetic field to the magnetic field threshold change;
determining, by the processor, that the change in magnetic field is greater than or equal to the magnetic field threshold
change;

in response to determining that the change in magnetic field is greater than or equal to the magnetic field threshold change,
activating, by the processor, the NFC application for a predetermined period of time; and

deactivating, by the processor, the NFC application after the predetermined period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,269,185

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCEDURAL CG EYE MENISCUS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A method of creating a meniscus for a computer-generated object, comprising:
in a computer-generated object, for a liquid component surrounded by a surface mesh, automatically identifying a loop of the
surface mesh surrounding the liquid component as a locus of points for a meniscus to potentially bind to;

dividing the loop into a number of radial edges, and assigning at least one point per radial edge to create a plurality of
points, the points for the meniscus to bind to, at least one point of the plurality not in contact with the liquid component;

drawing a curve, the curve joining the plurality of points together to form an outer boundary of the meniscus; and
lofting the points by a desired distance to create an inner boundary of the meniscus, the inner and outer boundary forming
a ribbon around a portion of the liquid component, the ribbon defining the meniscus.

US Pat. No. 9,257,063

DISPLAY UNIT

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A display unit comprising:
a display panel configured to display an image;
an illumination device configured to illuminate the display panel; and
a drive circuit configured to drive the display panel and the illumination device,
wherein the illumination device includes
a first transparent substrate and a second transparent substrate being separated from and facing each other,
a light source emitting light to an end surface of the first transparent substrate or the second transparent substrate,
a light modulation layer disposed in a gap between the first transparent substrate and the second transparent substrate, and
exhibiting a scattering property or transparency with respect to light from the light source, depending on a potential difference,
and

a first electrode and a second electrode sandwiching the light modulation layer therebetween,
the first electrode and the second electrode each include a plurality of strip-like electrodes,
the strip-like electrodes of the first electrode and the strip-like electrodes of the second electrode extend in directions
intersecting with each other, and

the drive circuit drives the respective strip-like electrodes to allow an in-plane distribution of a potential difference
between the strip-like electrodes of the first electrode and the strip-like electrodes of the second electrode to be constant
within one frame period, when a two-dimensional image, a three-dimensional image, or an image including a two-dimensional
image and a three-dimensional image is displayed on the display panel,

wherein the drive circuit drives the respective strip-like electrodes to emit planar light in a first region corresponding
to a two-dimensional image display region, and drives the respective strip-like electrodes to emit linear light in a second
region corresponding to a three-dimensional image display region,

wherein the plurality of strip-like electrodes of the second electrode include a plurality of first strip-like electrodes
and a plurality of second strip-like electrodes, the first strip-like electrodes being used to generate the planar light,
the second strip-like electrodes being used to generate the planar light and the linear light, and

wherein the light modulation layer is in a normally black mode in which the light modulation layer is switched into a scattering
state under voltage application and is switched into a transmission state under no voltage application,

the drive circuit applies a fixed potential to strip-like electrodes passing through the second region selected from the plurality
of strip-like electrodes of the first electrode and strip-like electrodes passing through the second region selected from
the plurality of first strip-like electrodes, when an image including a two-dimensional image and a three-dimensional image
is displayed on the display panel, and

the drive circuit applies AC potentials with phases in synchronization with each other to strip-like electrodes not passing
through the second region selected from the plurality of strip-like electrodes of the first electrode, strip-like electrodes
not passing through the second region selected from the plurality of first strip-like electrodes, and all of the second strip-like
electrodes, when the image including the two-dimensional image and the three-dimensional image is displayed on the display
panel.

US Pat. No. 9,208,795

FREQUENCY BAND EXTENDING DEVICE AND METHOD, ENCODING DEVICE AND METHOD, DECODING DEVICE AND METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A decoding device comprising:
demultiplexing means configured to demultiplex input encoded data into at least low frequency encoded data and an index;
low frequency decoding means configured to decode said low frequency encoded data to generate a low frequency signal;
sub-band dividing means configured to divide the band of said low frequency signal into a plurality of low frequency sub-bands
to generate a low frequency sub-band signal for each of said low frequency sub-bands; and

generating means configured to generate a high frequency signal based on said index and said low frequency sub-band signal.

US Pat. No. 9,179,294

MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A mobile data communications system comprising:
a wireless mobile device including first circuitry configured to: store a mobile identity, output for display to a user a
set of available wireless mobile networks, receive from the user a selection of one of the available wireless mobile networks,
and provide mobile data communication via the selected available wireless mobile network, subject to the mobile identity being
registered with the selected available wireless mobile network; and an account control server including: a memory to store
identification and payment details for the user of the wireless mobile device, and second circuitry configured to: query one
or more of the available wireless mobile networks to detect user tariffs associated with those networks, and provide the detected
user tariffs to the wireless mobile device for user selection of a tariff, detect whether a user policy or a mobile device
policy stored at the wireless mobile device defines a subset of the available wireless mobile networks or tariffs, and provide
only the subset of tariffs defined by the policy to the wireless mobile device, and provide the mobile identity to the wireless
mobile device and to an authorization server of the selected available wireless mobile network, wherein: in response to receiving
the user selection of the one of the available wireless mobile networks to obtain data access via the selected available wireless
mobile network, the second circuitry provides the mobile identity to the wireless mobile device for storage by the first circuitry,
provides the same mobile identity to the authorization server of the selected available wireless mobile network, and provides
the identification and payment details relating to the user to the selected available wireless mobile network.

US Pat. No. 9,154,671

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first matching tap acquiring unit configured to acquire, from within an input image, a matching tap at the center of which
is a pixel of interest, the matching tap representing a plurality of pixels located at predetermined positions at the center
of which is a predetermined pixel;

a second matching tap acquiring unit configured to acquire, from within the input image, a plurality of matching taps at the
center of each of which is one of pixels in a search area formed from a plurality of pixels surrounding the pixel of interest;

a similarity identifying unit configured to identify, among the plurality of matching taps acquired by the second matching
tap acquiring unit, a similarity maximizing pixel representing a central pixel of the matching tap having the highest similarity
to the matching tap acquired by the first matching tap acquiring unit; and

a pixel value mixing control unit configured to compute a pixel value of the pixel of interest by mixing a first computed
pixel value with a second computed pixel value, the first computed pixel value being obtained by performing a first predetermined
arithmetic process on pixel values of a prediction tap at the center of which is the pixel of interest, the prediction tap
representing a plurality of pixels located at predetermined positions at the center of which is the predetermined pixel, the
second computed pixel value being obtained by performing a second predetermined arithmetic process on pixel values of a prediction
tap at the center of which is the similarity maximizing pixel,

wherein the first matching tap acquiring unit, the second matching tap acquiring unit, the similarity identifying unit, and
the pixel value mixing control unit are each implemented via at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,088,069

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A wireless communication apparatus comprising:
a first antenna section having a first power feed point;
a second antenna section having a second power feed point;
a rectangular shaped housing, wherein the first antenna section is disposed at a first lengthwise end of the housing and the
second antenna section is disposed at a second lengthwise end of the housing;

a rectangular shaped ground plate extending between the first antenna section and the second antenna section;
a rectangular shaped electrically conductive plate including a printed circuit board of the wireless communication apparatus
and disposed substantially in parallel with the ground plate and extending between the first antenna section and the second
antenna section, wherein a surface area of the ground plate and a surface area of the conductive plate are substantially the
same; and

a plurality of short-circuiting members that electrically short-circuit the ground plate and the conductive plate to each
other such that a slit configured to function as at least one of a slit antenna and slot antenna and having a length substantially
half a wavelength of a frequency used by the wireless communication apparatus is formed by a part of a periphery of the ground
plate and a part of a periphery of the conductive plate between the plurality of short-circuiting members.

US Pat. No. 9,591,476

MOBILE USING RECONFIGURABLE USER IDENTIFICATION MODULE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A mobile device comprising:
circuitry configured to
detect a user identity of a current user of the mobile device based on a user input, and
access a mobile identity database, which is configured to store mobile identities and associated user identities, to obtain
a first mobile identity associated with the detected user identity by searching the mobile identity database for the detected
user identity; and

a reconfigurable subscriber identification module (SIM) configured to store at least the first mobile identity as a primary
mobile identity, the mobile device being operable so as to provide mobile data communication via a mobile network subject
to the primary mobile identity being authorised with the mobile network,

wherein the circuitry is further configured to
obtain from the mobile identity database a second mobile identity to be used as the primary mobile identity after a predetermined
period of use of the first mobile identity as the primary mobile identity or after a predetermined quantity of data transferred
using the first mobile identity as the primary mobile identity.

US Pat. No. 9,479,833

CONTENT SUPPLYING APPARATUS, CONTENT SUPPLYING METHOD, CONTENT REPRODUCTION APPARATUS, CONTENT REPRODUCTION METHOD, PROGRAM AND CONTENT VIEWING SYSTEM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A content reproduction apparatus, comprising:
circuitry configured to
acquire a first video content,
process the first video content for display to a user,
acquire a switch command associated with the first video content, the switch command including a target stream uniform resource
identifier (URI) associated with a second video content,

acquire the second video content, and
process the second video content for display to the user in accordance with the switch command.

US Pat. No. 9,417,141

FORCE SENSITIVE TOUCH SENSOR

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method of using a sensor, the sensor comprising an insulating support layer and an electrically conductive sensor structure,
wherein the electrically conductive sensor structure comprises a piezoresistive material and is configured to provide a resistance
varying in response to a force being applied to the insulating support layer,

wherein the piezoresistive material comprises graphene, and
wherein the electrically conductive sensor structure comprises an array of graphene structures, each graphene structure being
configured to provide an electrical property varying in response to light incidence on the graphene, the method comprising:

determining for each graphene structure an intensity of light received by the electrically conductive sensor structure, and
determining a touch position of a user touching the sensor based on the determined light intensities.

US Pat. No. 9,194,953

3D TIME-OF-LIGHT CAMERA AND METHOD

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A 3D time-of-flight imaging device for acquiring information about a scene, comprising:
a radiation source that generates and emits electromagnetic radiation for illuminating said scene;
a radiation detector that detects electromagnetic radiation reflected from said scene, said radiation detector comprising
one or more pixels, wherein said one or more pixels individually detect electromagnetic radiation reflected from said scene
and generate a pixel signal;

an evaluation unit that generates scene-related information from said one or more pixel signals;
an information value calculator that determines an information value of said scene-related information from a set of at least
two subsequent samples of the same pixel signal; and

a discontinuity detector that detects if in said set of at least two subsequent samples a discontinuity appears compared to
the previous set of at least two subsequent samples of the same pixel signal,

wherein said evaluation unit is further configured to determine whether to correct said detected discontinuity based on whether
data resulting from said detected discontinuity after correction is better than data resulting from said detected discontinuity
without correction.

US Pat. No. 9,183,988

CHIP COMPONENT, SUBSTRATE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A chip component comprising:
a block including:
a dielectric;
a first terminal and a second terminal that are provided on a surface of the block;
a third terminal including a single electrode that includes a first portion provided on the surface of the block and a second
portion that extends into the block; and

an inter-terminal circuit provided in the block and connected between at least two of the first terminal, the second terminal,
or the second portion of the single electrode of the third terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,179,262

PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANT WITH MULTIPLE ACTIVE ELEMENTS FOR GUIDING USER TO MOVING TARGET

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a casing;
a plurality of active elements disposed in different locations on or within the casing, each of the plurality of active elements
being configured to provide a sensory output to a user; and

circuitry configured to
detect a first location of the information processing apparatus;
receive information representing a target location from a target information processing apparatus;
detect a target direction from the first location toward the target location;
detect an orientation of the casing;
calculate an angular difference between the target direction and the orientation of the casing;
determine an output strength of each of the plurality of active elements based on the angular difference; and
control each of the plurality of active elements based on the output strengths to provide the sensory output to the user.

US Pat. No. 9,116,286

INTERNAL FOCUS LENS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An internal focus lens comprising sequentially from an object side:
a first lens group having a positive refractive power;
a second lens group having a negative refractive power; and
a third lens group having a positive refractive power, wherein
the first lens group includes an anti-vibration lens consisting of only a single negative lens that is moved in an orthogonal
direction with respect to an optical axis to correct image blur consequent to optical system vibration, and includes an aperture
stop disposed farther on an image side of the first lens group than the anti-vibration lens, and

the second lens group is moved along the optical axis to perform focusing.

US Pat. No. 9,063,646

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE DISPLAY PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
circuitry configured to
control performing a scrolling process of an image at a first size on a display screen of an image display device in a case
a pointing operation is detected at a position on an operating surface of the display screen;

control continuing the scrolling process while simultaneously displaying a plurality of images at a second size smaller than
the first size in response to a determination that the pointing operation is maintained at the position for a predetermined
time; and

control a termination of the scrolling process of the plurality of images at the second size and control displaying on the
entire area of the display screen an image located at a center of the display screen at an end of the scrolling process, in
response to a termination of the pointing operation.

US Pat. No. 9,059,382

LIGHT SOURCE CIRCUIT UNIT, ILLUMINATOR, AND DISPLAY

Sony Corporation, (JP)

1. A light source circuit unit, comprising:
a circuit substrate having a wiring pattern on a surface thereof, the wiring pattern having light reflectivity;
a circular pedestal provided on the circuit substrate;
a water-repelling region provided at least from a peripheral edge portion of the pedestal to a part of a side face of the
pedestal; and

one or two or more light-emitting device chips mounted on the pedestal, and driven by a current that flows through the wiring
pattern,

in which the pedestal is formed of a conductive material.

US Pat. No. 9,465,059

METHOD, SENSOR AND SYSTEM FOR ANALYZING APPLIANCES IN A POWER LINE NETWORK

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A method for analyzing appliances in a power line network, comprising:
obtaining, with circuitry, an electrical characteristic of the power line network using a sensor that is connected to the
power line network, wherein the electrical characteristic is based on an injected test signal having a fixed frequency and
variable line cycle position;

extracting, with the circuitry, a line-neglecting feature from the electrical characteristic of the power line network; and
detecting, with the circuitry, an appliance connected to the power line network based on the extracted line-neglecting feature,
wherein the line-neglecting feature corresponds to the appliance connected to the power line network, and the line-neglecting
feature is independent of influence of the power line network.

US Pat. No. 9,408,238

REMOVABLE CONDUCTIVE LAYER THAT SHIELDS AND/OR SHORTS NODES OF AN NFC CIRCUIT TO CONTROL TRANSMISSIONS THEREFROM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a near field communication (NFC) circuit comprising:
an antenna configured to inductively couple to signals emitted by another NFC circuit;
a charging circuit configured to output power provided by the inductive coupling through the antenna to the signals emitted
by the other NFC circuit; and

a transceiver circuit configured to be powered by the charging circuit to transmit data for receipt by the other NFC circuit;
and

an electrically conductive layer that is removable from being on the NFC circuit, and while the electrically conductive layer
is on the NFC circuit the electrically conductive layer prevents the transceiver circuit from transmitting,

wherein the electrically conductive layer comprises a removable conductive sticker that electrically connects to one or more
locations on the antenna, to a ground plane of the NFC circuit, and/or to another circuit node of the NFC circuit to prevent
the transceiver circuit from transmitting.

US Pat. No. 9,392,150

CAMERA AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A camera, comprising:
a ring-like body mount having an inside diameter;
a solid-state image pickup device arranged oppositely to the ring-like body mount, the solid-state image pickup device having
a rectangular light receiving section with a specific diagonal line length; and

a plurality of contact pins located around the solid-state image pick up device, wherein
in a perspective from a front surface side of the ring-like body mount,
an apparent shape of the solid-state image pickup device is a rectangle in which one or more corners are oblique, and
the contact pins are located between the ring-like body mount and the solid-state image pick up device.

US Pat. No. 9,389,716

MOBILE TERMINAL APPARATUS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A terminal apparatus comprising:
a touch panel that is integrated with a display;
a proximity detector configured to detect an approach and contact of an external object to the touch panel based on a changed
in capacitance value and to detect a location on a surface of the touch panel where the capacitance value changed; and

an operation controller configured to stop the detection of a location contacted by the external object on the touch panel
surface when the approach of the external object is detected by the proximity detector,

wherein the operation controller measures a size of an area where the capacitance value has changed and detects a capacitance
detection level in the area, and controls the proximity detector to stop the detection of a location contacted by the external
object on the touch panel surface when the measured size of the area is equal to or greater than a predetermined size and
the capacitance detection level is greater than a first predetermined threshold and less than a second predetermined threshold,

wherein the terminal apparatus further comprises a non-contact communicator configured to perform an electronic payment transaction
with an external non-contact communication reader/writer,

wherein the proximity detector starts detecting the approach and contact of the external object to the touch panel when an
electronic payment application is started on the terminal apparatus in which the electronic payment transaction is performed,
and while performing the electronic payment transaction with the external non-contact communication reader/writer, the operational
controller is configured to control display of a message on a portion of the display that is determined to be unobstructed
by the external object.

US Pat. No. 9,380,257

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT AND METHOD OF RECORDING MEDIA USING A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A portable electronic equipment, comprising:
a first sensor comprising a first image sensor to record media, the media recorded by the first image sensor comprising an
image frame or a video;

at least one second sensor comprising a second image sensor to capture data representing a physical condition of a user of
the portable electronic equipment, the second image sensor being different from the first image sensor, the data captured
by the second image sensor comprising a body language of the user, the at least one second image sensor being configured to
capture the data in response to the first sensor recording the media;

a processing device interfaced with the at least one second sensor, the processing device being configured to:
retrieve the data captured by the at least one second sensor, the retrieved data representing a second field of view disjoint
from a first field of view of the first image sensor, wherein retrieval of the data representing the second field of view
from the at least one second sensor is triggered by the first image sensor recording the media;

process the body language of the user captured by the second image sensor to derive a numerical value from the body language;
generate metadata for the recorded media based on the data, the metadata being indicative of the physical condition and comprising
the numerical value derived from the body language; and

cause the metadata comprising the numerical value derived from the body language to be stored in association with the recorded
media by writing the metadata into a media file that stores the recorded media or by generating separate files for the metadata
and the recorded media in a manner which establishes a correspondence between the metadata and the recorded media.

US Pat. No. 9,111,391

IMAGE GENERATING DEVICE, IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A computer-readable non-transitory information storage medium having stored thereon a program for controlling a computer
to execute the processing of:
changing a mass or a gravitational acceleration of each of a plurality of rigid bodies which are constrained to one another
and included in a first object based on an angle between each of the plurality of rigid bodies and a second object;

physically calculating a motion of each of the plurality of rigid bodies included in the first object based on the changed
parameter; and

rendering an image representing a surface of the first object based on the motions of the plurality of rigid bodies included
in the first object.

US Pat. No. 9,100,251

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INTERLEAVING AND DEINTERLEAVING DATA

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A data processing apparatus configured to map input data symbols to be communicated onto a predetermined number of sub-carrier
signals of Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexed (OFDM) symbols, wherein
the predetermined number of sub-carrier signals are determined in accordance with one of a plurality of operating modes and
the input data symbols including first sets of input data symbols and second sets of input data symbols, the data processing
apparatus comprising:

modulator circuitry configured to embed data indicating the one of a plurality operating modes,
an interleaver configured to perform an odd interleaving process which interleaves the first sets of input data symbols on
to the sub-carrier signals of first OFDM symbols and an even interleaving process which interleaves the second sets of input
data symbols on to the sub-carrier signals of second OFDM symbols, and

an interleaver memory,
the odd interleaving process comprising:
writing the first sets of input data symbols into the interleaver memory in accordance with a sequential order of the first
sets of input data symbols, and

reading out the first sets of data symbols from the interleaver memory on to the sub-carrier signals of the first OFDM symbols
in a accordance with an order defined by a permutation code,

the even interleaving process comprising:
writing the second sets of input data symbols into the interleaver memory in accordance with an order defined by the permutation
code, and

reading out the second sets of data symbols from the interleaver memory on to the sub-carrier signals of the second OFDM symbols
in accordance with a sequential order such that while input data symbols from the first set are being read from locations
in the interleaver memory, input data symbols from the second set can be written to the locations just read from and when
input data symbols from the second set are being read from the locations in the interleaver memory, the input data symbols
from a following first set can be written to the locations just read from, wherein

when the number data symbols which can be carried by the sub-carriers of an OFDM symbol in one of the plurality of operating
modes is half or less than half of the number of data symbols, which can be carried in an operating mode which provides the
most number of data bearing sub-carrier signals per OFDM symbol, the data processing apparatus is configured to interleave
the input data symbols from both first and second sets in accordance with the odd interleaving process on to the first and
second OFDM symbols, and

the data processing apparatus is further configured to change the permutation code according to the one of a plurality of
operating modes corresponding to the data embedded by said modulator circuitry.

US Pat. No. 9,077,886

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a distance measurement section configured to measure a distance from an image pickup lens to a measurement object based on
pixel data in a region of an image pickup device; and

an interpolation section configured to interpolate pixel data for the region of the image pickup device.

US Pat. No. 9,596,683

ALLOCATING TRANSMISSION RESOURCES TO MTC-TYPE TERMINALS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A base station for communicating data with a terminal in a wireless telecommunications system using a plurality of Orthogonal
Frequency Division Multiplex (OFDM) sub-carriers spanning a first frequency bandwidth, at least one of said plurality of OFDM
subcarriers being an unused centre frequency for the first frequency bandwidth, the base station comprising:
circuitry configured to
detect a bandwidth status of a receiver of the terminal;
determine a level of data traffic in a virtual channel, the virtual channel being a group of sub-carriers selected from said
plurality of OFDM sub-carriers and spanning a second frequency bandwidth, said second frequency bandwidth being substantially
narrower than the first frequency bandwidth;

assign a centre frequency for the virtual channel in accordance with said detected bandwidth status;
allocate at least one unused subcarrier to said assigned centre frequency; and
communicate user-plane data with the terminal using the virtual channel, wherein
the circuitry assigns the centre frequency for the virtual channel to a frequency substantially distinct from a centre frequency
for the first frequency bandwidth when both the level of data traffic in the virtual channel is determined to exceed a capacity
threshold level and the terminal is determined to have a first bandwidth status, the first bandwidth status representing an
indication that the receiver can receive radio frequency (RF) signals and baseband signals over the second frequency bandwidth.

US Pat. No. 9,491,716

COMMUNICATION CONTROL DEVICE, COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND COMMUNICATION CONTROL SYSTEM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A communication control device, comprising:
power control circuitry configured to determine a transmission power of a wireless signal, which is transmitted from an interfering
device, by using a fading index that is estimated based on a change in a relative distance between the interfering device
and an interfered device, wherein the power control circuitry determines the transmission power by substituting the fading
index into a calculation formula that expresses a water filling principle.

US Pat. No. 9,356,161

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
photoelectric conversion sections made of a semiconductor material;
color filters made of an inorganic material to which a metal ion is added;
a getter film formed between the photoelectric conversion sections and the color filters and configured to trap the metal
ion; and

transfer sections being alternately arranged with the photoelectric conversion sections, wherein each of the photoelectric
conversion sections has a first surface and an opposing second surface, wherein each of the transfer sections has a first
surface and an opposing second surface, wherein each of the transfer sections has a third surface and an opposing fourth surface,
wherein the first surface of each of the photoelectric conversion sections and the first surface of each of the transfer sections
are in direct physical contact with the getter film, and wherein at least a portion of the third surface and the fourth surface
of each of the transfer sections are in direct physical contact with the getter film.

US Pat. No. 9,264,057

DA CONVERTER, AD CONVERTER, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A DA converter comprising:
a first DA conversion section for obtaining an analog output signal in accordance with a digital input signal value; and
a second DA conversion section for obtaining an analog gain control output signal in accordance with a digital gain control
input signal value,

wherein gain control of the analog output signal generated by the first DA conversion section is performed on the basis of
the gain control output signal generated by the second DA conversion section.