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. 9,153,983

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. 9,225,810

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. 9,717,124

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. 9,306,280

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. 9,300,146

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. 9,468,001

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. 9,331,846

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. 9,357,396

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. 9,451,390

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. 9,389,716

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. 9,377,928

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. 9,088,069

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. 9,183,988

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. 9,596,639

USER DEVICE SMART CELL SELECTION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for minimizing control signaling load by reducing probability for handovers in a cellular network, the method
comprising:
determining, by a mobile device, that a data traffic session over the cellular network will be initiated by the mobile device
within a predetermined period of time;

determining, by the mobile device, that the mobile device is in an idle mode with the cellular network;
in response to determining that the data traffic session will be initiated and the mobile device is in the idle mode, determining,
by the mobile device, location information including location data indicating a current location of the mobile device; and

determining, by the mobile device, at least one potential connection point based at least in part on the determined location
of the mobile device.

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. 9,460,323

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. 9,417,141

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. 9,179,262

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. 9,485,788

MASSIVE MIMO CELL SYNCHRONIZATION: AP TO AP DIRECT COMMUNICATION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for synchronizing a massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) link between an access point (AP) and a contaminating
AP, the method comprising:
detecting, by an AP, a contaminating AP, wherein the contaminating AP interferes with communication between the AP and other
UEs in communication with the AP; and

extracting, by the AP, broadcasted pilot information from a first channel provided on a downlink part of a data frame, wherein
the broadcasted pilot information is associated with the contaminating AP, wherein the first channel enables the AP to directly
communicate and synchronize with the contaminating AP via the direct communication.

US Pat. No. 9,860,854

POWER EFFICIENT CONTROL OF UPLINK CARRIER USAGE BY MOBILE TERMINAL

Sony Mobile Communication...

1. A method of data transmission between a mobile terminal and a cellular network, the method comprising:
establishing a downlink connection from the cellular network to the mobile terminal, said downlink connection using one or
more downlink carriers;

identifying multiple uplink carriers which are available for establishing an uplink connection from the mobile terminal to
the cellular network;

a network component sending a request to the mobile terminal, the request triggering measurements of transmit power performed
by the mobile terminal while controlling the mobile terminal to have a minimum transmit activity on the uplink carriers;

in response to the request, the network component receiving at least one report of the measurements performed by the mobile
terminal, the at least one report indicating, for each of the uplink carriers, a transmit power being required for performing
an uplink transmission on the uplink carrier;

based on the transmit powers, the network component estimating impact of usage of the uplink carriers on power consumption
of the mobile terminal; and

depending on the estimated impact, selecting at least one of the uplink carriers for establishing the uplink connection.

US Pat. No. 9,419,471

COMMUNICATION TERMINAL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SUPPLYING TERMINAL POWER SOURCE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A communication terminal comprising:
a display;
a battery;
a wireless communication interface configured to communicate with another communication terminal;
a power transmitting interface configured to transmit contactless electric power to the another communication terminal; and
circuitry configured to
determine, before the contactless electric power is transmitted to the another communication terminal and when an operation
is performed in the communication terminal while the contactless electric power is transmitted to the another communication
terminal, whether an amount of power remaining in the battery is larger than a predetermined amount;

control the wireless communication interface to transmit, to the another communication terminal, an instruction for receiving
the contactless electric power transmitted from the power transmitting interface; and

control the display to display to a user the amount of power remaining in the battery at least one of before, during and after
the contactless electric power is transmitted to the another communication terminal and, if it is determined, before the contactless
electric power is transmitted to the another communication terminal or when the operation is performed in the communication
terminal while the contactless electric power is transmitted to the another communication terminal, that the amount of power
remaining is not larger than the predetermined amount, to prompt the user to confirm that the contactless electric power is
to be transmitted to the another communication terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,504,012

EXTENDED DISCONTINUOUS RECEPTION MECHANISM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method comprising:
obtaining, by a wireless device, extended discontinuous reception (DRX) parameters from a wireless network;
storing, by the wireless device, the extended DRX parameters;
camping, by the wireless device, on a cell of the wireless network;
waking up, by the wireless device, from an idle state based on the extended DRX parameters, wherein the wireless device wakes
up at a time, prior to a paging occasion, wherein a time period from the time to the paging occasion has a duration during
which the wireless device can perform a cell reselection procedure, and subsequently, a tracking area update;

measuring, by the wireless device, a metric of the cell in response to the waking up; and
monitoring, by the wireless device, a scheduled paging occasion, wherein the scheduled paging occasion is a paging occasion
that is first to occur subsequent to the waking up.

US Pat. No. 9,462,052

INPUT HANDOVER FROM A FIRST DEVICE TO A SECOND DEVICE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for input handover from a first device to a second device, the method comprising:
establishing a connection between a first device and a second device;
capturing a first image from the first device;
capturing a second image from the second device;
determining a location of the second device in reference to the first device based on comparing the first image and the second
image;

determining occurrence of a trigger event on the first device; and
executing handover of an input instruction from the first device to the second device.

US Pat. No. 9,423,257

PORTABLE NAVIGATION DEVICE AND METHOD WITH ACTIVE ELEMENTS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A portable electronic device comprising:
a housing;
at least three active elements disposed at different positions on or in the housing;
a user interface configured to receive an input specifying a destination; and
circuitry configured to
detect a current position of the portable electronic device;
determine a destination direction to the destination from the current position;
detect a terminal direction of the housing;
calculate an angle ?1 between the terminal direction and a reference direction;

calculate an angle ?2 between the destination direction and the reference direction:

calculate an angular difference between the destination direction and the terminal direction based on angle ?1 and angle ?2; and

determine respective tactile sensation intensities of the at least three active elements based on the angular difference to
control the at least three active elements to indicate the destination direction in the palm of a user in accordance with
the tactile sensation intensities.

US Pat. No. 9,479,672

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EFFICIENT TRANSFER OF DIGITAL IMAGES CAPTURED BY A LIFELOG CAMERA

Sony Mobile Communication...

1. A lifelog camera that processes a collection of still images for efficient transfer to an external memory, comprising:
a camera module that captures still images according to an image capture routine of the lifelog camera;
a memory in which the captured images are stored; and
a control circuit configured to:
generate a thumbnail image for each stored image, each thumbnail image stored in the memory at a resolution less than a resolution
of the corresponding image;

analyze the thumbnail images to identify one or more thumbnail images that meet transfer criteria for transfer of one or more
of the captured images to the external memory, the external memory being remote from the lifelog camera, said analysis comprising
i) determining which of the thumbnail images satisfy at least one transfer criterion, and ii) comparing only the thumbnail
images that satisfy the at least one transfer criterion to determine a level of similarity between the thumbnail images that
satisfy the at least one transfer criterion; and

tag for transfer to the external memory the images that correspond to the thumbnail images that satisfy the at least one transfer
criterion and meet a threshold level of similarity.

US Pat. No. 9,287,618

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, the second side being opposite to
the first side;

a third antenna element disposed in proximity to a third side of the mobile terminal, the third side being between the first
side and the second side;

a switch that includes a first connection mode in which the first and second antenna elements are feed elements and the third
antenna element is a parasitic element, and a second connection mode in which the first and third antenna elements are feed
elements;

a circuitry configured to set the switch to the first connection mode when the mobile terminal is in a portrait orientation
mode, and to the second connection mode when the mobile terminal is in a landscape orientation mode; and

a temperature sensor configured to detect temperature of a user and to output a result of the detection to the circuitry,
wherein the circuitry is configured to determine whether the mobile terminal is in the portrait orientation mode or the landscape
orientation mode in accordance with the output of the temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,602,721

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PANORAMIC IMAGE PROCESSING

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A device comprising:
a memory that stores video data;
circuitry configured to
determine an angle-of-view for one or more frames of the video data;
generate wide angle video data that has a larger angle-of-view than the one or more frames of the video data;
determine one or more angles-of-view not represented in the wide angle video data by the video data;
generate make-up image data at a certain time based on a portion of the video data captured at a later time than the certain
time, wherein the make-up image data has an angle-of-view corresponding to at least one of the one or more angles-of-view
that are not represented in the wide angle video data by the video data; and

update the wide angle video data to include the make-up image data.

US Pat. No. 9,495,608

SMART FEELING SENSING TAG FOR PICTURES

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for determining a mood and a strength of an image, the method comprising:
determining a mood index for an image based at least on a color tone of the image, a color saturation of the image and an
image pattern coefficient associated with an image pattern that is matched to a human face present in the image;

determining a strength of an image based on a brightness of the image;
determining a mood-strength distribution of the image based on the mood index of the image and the strength of the image;
and

selecting, using a computing device, a music piece based on the mood-strength distribution of the image.

US Pat. No. 10,045,358

RELAYING IN CELLULAR NETWORKS

Sony Mobile Communication...

1. A device, comprising:at least one processor configured to communicate a control message to prospectively indicate a relative priority between a relaying channel and a direct channel of a radio interface of a cellular network and to subsequently select between the relaying channel and the direct channel in a situation where the direct channel and the relaying channel are available to transmit data scheduled for transmission in a transmit buffer, wherein the at least one processor is configured to analyze the data and select between the relaying channel and the direct channel based at least on a type of the data derived from the analyzing, wherein the direct channel is selected for a first type of data and the relaying channel is selected for a second type of data in accordance with the indicated relative priority; and
an interface configured to transmit the data employing the selected one of the direct channel and the relaying channel;
wherein the device is a User Equipment (UE) communication device connected to the cellular network via the radio interface.

US Pat. No. 9,319,506

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND MOBILE TERMINAL DEVICE

Sony Mobile Communication...

1. A mobile apparatus, comprising:
an input operation portion located on a housing of the mobile apparatus; and
an information processing apparatus within the housing of the mobile apparatus, and including
a 3D-matrix arranging portion configured to, when a plurality of contents are list-displayed and in response to an operation
of the input operation portion, compare respective ones of the plurality of contents to one another, determine a plurality
of metadata items for respective ones of the plurality of contents based on the comparison, and rearrange the plurality of
contents into a 3D-matrix in accordance with predetermined three axes, wherein the 3D-matrix includes a plurality of planes
each containing a respective group of contents of the plurality of contents; and

a luminance/transmittance display controller portion configured to display on a display portion of the mobile phone apparatus
the respective groups of contents of the plurality of contents arranged in the 3D-matrix by the 3D-matrix arranging portion,
in a manner that luminance is gradually reduced in a direction from contents on a front-most plane of the plurality of planes
to contents on a rear-most plane, and transmittance is gradually increased in the direction from the contents on the front-most
plane to the contents on the rear-most plane,

wherein respective ones of the plurality of metadata items are of different types from one another, and respective ones of
the three axes correspond to different types of metadata items of the plurality of contents.

US Pat. No. 10,004,092

NETWORK-CONTROLLED TERMINAL-TO-TERMINAL DIRECT COMMUNICATION IN WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATION NETWORK

Sony Mobile Communication...

1. A terminal configured to operate in a mobile telecommunication network, the terminal comprising:a proximity detection logic configured to detect proximity between the terminal and another terminal;
a direct communication logic configured to, upon the proximity detection logic detecting a predetermined proximity between the terminal and the another terminal, encode a direct communication connection request signal indicating that the terminal requests direct communication with the another terminal;
a transmitter configured to transmit the direct communication connection request signal;
a receiver configured to, while the terminal communicates through a first base station, receive a signal including resource allocation information for establishing direct communication between the terminal and the another terminal while the another terminal communicates through a second base station different from the first base station; and
the direct communication logic configured to establish direct communication with the another terminal based on the resource allocation information.

US Pat. No. 9,413,679

EFFICIENT PROXIMITY SERVICE DISCOVERY RESOURCE REPORT AND ALLOCATION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for enhancing proximity service (ProSe) device to device discovery resource allocation, the method comprising:
receiving a discovery resource status report from a user device;
determining that there is a user device in an idle mode which has experienced discovery transmission failure based on the
discovery resource status report;

allocating, by a network processing device, network resources to a plurality of user devices including at least one user device
in a connected mode and the user device in the idle mode, the allocating comprising:

restricting network resources allocated to the user device in the idle mode for proximity service discovery compared to the
network resources allocated to the user device in the connected mode for proximity service discovery, such that the network
resources maintain reliable discovery services for the user device in the connected mode as well as provide acceptable discovery
services for the user device in the idle mode, wherein restricting includes setting a first discovery offset for the user
device in the idle mode to be greater than a second discovery offset for the user device in the connected mode for subsequent
discovery transmissions, wherein setting comprises:

randomly generating a first random number within a range from a first value (a) to a second value (b) as the second discovery
offset, and

randomly generating a second random number within a range from the first value (a) to a third value (c) as the first discovery
offset,

wherein the third value (c) is greater than the second value (b), or the third value (c) is n times that of the second value
(b), where n is an integer greater than 1.

US Pat. No. 9,268,424

MOBILE CLIENT DEVICE, OPERATION METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND OPERATION SYSTEM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a touch panel; and
circuitry configured to
detect a drag input operation to the touch panel and a drag input direction corresponding to the drag input operation based
on an output of the touch panel;

detect a distance of the drag input operation;
determine whether the distance of the drag input operation exceeds a threshold;
detect a speed of the drag input operation;
create an operation command to change content displayed on a display apparatus based on the detected drag input operation
to the touch panel, the content including a two-dimensional array of icons, the operation command including a command to scroll
at least some of the content in a direction corresponding to the drag input direction to move one of the icons to a predetermined
location, the operation command being created when the distance of the drag input operation exceeds the threshold such that
said at least some of the content continues to move after an end of the drag input operation for a time determined by the
speed of the drag input operation; and

control a wireless interface to transmit the operation command to the display apparatus controlling the display apparatus
to change the content displayed on the display apparatus by scrolling said at least some of the content in the direction corresponding
to the drag input direction.

US Pat. No. 9,160,180

CHARGING APPARATUS FOR CHARGING A SECONDARY BATTERY WITH A WIRELESS FEEDING METHOD

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

5. A charging apparatus comprising:
a mounting portion on which a plurality of information processing apparatuses are mounted; and circuitry configured to
transmit power in a non-contact manner to each of the plurality of information processing apparatuses placed on the mounting
portion; and

receive a charge order instruction from at least one of the plurality of information processing apparatuses; and
control the power transmission unit to transmit power to each of the plurality of information processing apparatuses in an
order determined based on the received charge order instruction, wherein

the charge order instructions are generated by the at least one of the plurality of information processing apparatuses based
on at least one of:

a selection of an icon displayed at a display of the at least one of the plurality of information processing apparatuses;
a number input on a display of the at least one of the plurality of information processing apparatuses; or
a number of inputs received on a display of the at least one of the plurality of information processing apparatuses.

US Pat. No. 9,473,213

WIRELESS CHARGING METHOD AND SYSTEM, AND MOBILE TERMINAL

Sony Mobile Communication...

1. A wireless charging method, comprising:
activating a wireless charging function by a first mobile terminal and a second mobile terminal
determining that the first mobile terminal is a wireless charging sender, and the second mobile terminal is a wireless charging
receiver;

performing a wireless charging on the second mobile terminal by the first mobile terminal; and
before the first mobile terminal and the second mobile terminal activate the wireless charging function, i) selecting, by
the first mobile terminal, from a plurality of mobile terminals based on priorities, and determining the second mobile terminal
as an object to be charged; and/or ii) selecting, by the second mobile terminal, from a plurality of mobile terminals based
on priorities, and determining the first mobile terminal as a charging party.

US Pat. No. 9,860,928

PAIRING CONSUMER ELECTRONIC DEVICES USING A CROSS-BODY COMMUNICATIONS PROTOCOL

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for pairing a wireless communication device with a peripheral device using a Body Area Network (BAN), the method
performed at the wireless communication device and comprising:
detecting that a peripheral device is proximate a wireless communication device;
determining whether both the wireless communication device and the peripheral device are in contact with a user's body, wherein
the determining comprises:

using the user's body as a transmission medium to:
send a request to the peripheral device to ping the wireless communication device;
receive the ping from the peripheral device; and
determining that both the wireless communication device and the peripheral device are in contact with the user's body responsive
to receiving the ping; and

BAN-pairing with the peripheral device using the user's body as a transmission medium responsive to determining that both
the wireless communication device and the peripheral device are in contact with the user's body.

US Pat. No. 9,717,058

ADAPTIVE TRANSMIT POWER ADJUSTMENT FOR PHONE IN HAND DETECTION USING WEARABLE DEVICE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for confirming that a peripheral device is positioned within a predetermined distance of a wireless communications
device, the method performed at the wireless communications device, the method comprising:
transmitting a control signal to a peripheral device worn by a user responsive to receiving user input at the user's wireless
communications device, wherein the control signal controls the peripheral device to enter a low-power transmission mode;

receiving security data from the peripheral device that was transmitted in the low-power transmission mode; and
determining that the peripheral device is positioned within a predetermined distance of the user's wireless communications
device responsive to receiving the security data.

US Pat. No. 9,999,071

TERMINAL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION STATE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A terminal device, comprising:a communication interface configured to
communicate wirelessly with an access point via one of a plurality of channels at a first signal strength; and
circuitry configured to
obtain a position of the terminal device;
determine if wireless transmission channel restrictions apply to at least a first channel of the plurality of channels based on the position of the terminal device;
control communicating in a first state that complies with the wireless transmission channel restrictions if the wireless transmission channel restrictions apply based on the position of the terminal device; and
control communicating in a second state if the wireless transmission channel restrictions do not apply based on the position of the terminal device, wherein
the second state includes:
increasing the first signal strength for communicating via the one of the plurality of channels when the one of the plurality of channels is the at least first channel; and
maintaining the first signal strength for communicating via the one of the plurality of channels when the one of the plurality of channels is a channel of the plurality of channels other than the at least first channel.

US Pat. No. 9,392,094

MOBILE ELECTRONIC WEARABLE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING HAPTIC NOTIFICATION

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A mobile electronic wearable device, adapted to be worn by a user, comprising:
a housing comprising a surface, wherein the surface faces skin of the user when the electronic wearable device is worn;
an electroactive polymer film comprising at least one deformable segment, the electroactive polymer film applied to a portion
of the surface between the surface of the device and the skin of the user; and

a control unit configured to control a voltage applied over the at least one deformable segment of the electroactive polymer
film;

wherein, when the voltage is applied over the at least one deformable segment, the at least one deformable segment deforms
and protrudes towards the skin of the user and applies a pressure against the skin of the user.

US Pat. No. 9,104,310

INFORMATION PROCESSING CONTROL DEVICE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing device comprising:
a display;
a touch panel that detects a gesture operation;
a memory that stores a correlation between each of a plurality of effects that can be applied to an object displayed on the
display and one of a plurality of gesture operations; and

a processor that applies one of the plurality of effects that corresponds to the detected gesture operation to an object displayed
on the display, and controls the display to display the object to which the one of the plurality effects is applied, wherein

the memory stores a correlation between an effect of copying, consecutively pasting and changing a size of the object and
a gesture operation defined by a movement of a touch input on the touch panel in the horizontal and vertical directions, and

the effect of copying, consecutively pasting and changing the size of the object includes
copying and consecutively pasting the object according to the movement of the touch input in the horizontal direction;
controlling the consecutively pasted objects to increase in size when the movement distance vertically upward is equal to
or greater than a predetermined value; and

controlling the consecutively pasted objects to decrease in size when the movement distance vertically downward is equal to
or greater than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,591,682

AUTOMATIC PASSWORD HANDLING

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for unlocking a cellular telephone with a peripheral device using a Body Area Network (BAN), the method performed
at the cellular telephone and comprising:
establishing a wireless communications link with one or more remote communications devices via a wireless communications network,
wherein the wireless communications link comprises an air interface;

establishing a BAN link with a peripheral device in contact with a user's body responsive to the user actuating a user control
on the cellular telephone, wherein the BAN link uses the user's body as a transmission medium;

receiving a passcode from the peripheral device over the BAN link;
determining whether the passcode received over the BAN link is valid;
responsive to determining that the passcode received over the BAN link is not valid:
invoking a passcode lock function on the cellular telephone that requires the user to manually enter the passcode; and
maintaining the cellular telephone in a locked state to prevent the user from accessing the data stored on the cellular telephone
until the user enters a valid passcode; and

responsive to determining that the passcode received over the BAN link is valid:
bypassing the passcode lock function on the cellular telephone that requires the user to manually enter the passcode to access
the data stored on the cellular telephone; and

unlocking the cellular telephone for the user, wherein unlocking the cellular telephone allows the user to access the data
stored on the cellular telephone.

US Pat. No. 9,489,097

DYNAMIC TOUCH SENSOR SCANNING FOR FALSE BORDER TOUCH INPUT DETECTION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method, comprising:
performing, at a device having a touch screen display, a mutual capacitance scan of rows and columns of an array of capacitive
touch sensors associated with the touch screen display;

detecting, by analysis of results from the performance of the mutual capacitance scan, presence of touch input adjacent a
border of the touch screen display during receipt of additional touch input by a user to control the device;

in response to detecting the presence of the touch input adjacent the border of the touch screen display, performing a self
capacitance scan with a subset of the rows and with a subset of the columns that correspond to an area of the touch screen
display adjacent the border;

analyzing results of the self capacitance scan to identify that the touch input adjacent the border of the touch screen display
is an accidental or false touch input on the touch screen display corresponding to the user grasping the device; and

ignoring the detected touch input made with the mutual capacitance scan adjacent the border of the touch screen display.

US Pat. No. 9,386,503

ROUTING OF LONG-LIVED TRAFFIC WHEN USING SIPTO

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for routing traffic in a packet data network (PDN), the method comprising:
determining, by a mobile device, whether the mobile device has an active data traffic session that requires network service
continuity over an original PDN connection between the mobile device and a first PDN gateway (P-GW);

if the mobile device has an active data traffic session that requires network service continuity, then routing any new data
traffic session that requires network service continuity over the original PDN connection; and

if the mobile device does not have an active data traffic session that requires network service continuity, then routing any
new data traffic session that requires network service continuity over a location-based PDN connection established based at
least in part on a current location of the mobile device.

US Pat. No. 9,325,064

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 switching mechanism that includes a first connection mode in which the first and second antenna elements are feed elements
and the third antenna element is a parasitic element, and a second connection mode in which the first and third antenna elements
are feed elements; and

a controller 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 switching mechanism to the first connection mode or the second connection mode based on the determined orientation
of the mobile terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,319,625

CONTENT TRANSFER SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION TERMINAL

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A communication terminal comprising:
an interface configured to receive an input from a user requesting a reservation to record content, the reservation to record
content based on content preferences included in the input;

circuitry configured to
acquire first image data corresponding to a face of the user of the communication terminal;
generate recording reservation information based on the content preferences included in the input;
transmit, to a server, the recording reservation information and the first image data together, the server recording the content
based on the recording reservation information, and the server associating the recorded content with at least one attribute
of the user estimated by analyzing the first image data in the server;

transmit, to the server, second image data corresponding to the face of the user; and
receive, from the server, the recorded content that corresponds to the second image data, the recorded content being identified
based on at least one attribute of the user estimated by analyzing the second image data.

US Pat. No. 9,451,351

IN-EAR HEADPHONE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

11. A headphone device, comprising:
a housing including a leakage hole to reduce pressure between a user's ear and the housing;
a leakage hole valve positioned in the leakage hole;
a speaker positioned within the housing; and
an audio processing module, wherein the audio processing module is configured to:
receive audio outputted as an electrical signal from an audio device, wherein the audio device comprises a mobile electronic
device;

divide a frequency spectrum of the audio into a low frequency band and a high frequency band;
identify one or more portions of the audio where a decibel value for one or more frequencies included in the low frequency
band exceeds a predetermined decibel threshold level set for the low frequency band;

transmit a first leakage control signal to the leakage hole valve when the one or more identified portions of the audio having
a decibel value that exceeds the predetermined decibel threshold level set for the low frequency band are output to the headphone
device; and

transmit a second leakage control signal to the leakage hole valve when another portion of the audio is output to the headphone
device, and

wherein the leakage hole valve is configured to:
close the leakage hole upon receipt of the first leakage control signal; and
open the leakage hole upon receipt of the second leakage control signal.

US Pat. No. 9,383,783

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DISPLAY BASED ON A MANNER OF HOLDING THE APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A device comprising:
circuitry configured to
determine a tilt angle based on an input from one or more motion sensors;
select, based on the tilt angle, an interface from one or more interfaces configured to be displayed by a display; and
control the display to display the selected interface.

US Pat. No. 9,377,894

SELECTIVE TURNING OFF/DIMMING OF TOUCH SCREEN DISPLAY REGION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method, comprising:
receiving a touch event upon a device's touch screen display, wherein the touch screen display comprises a touch sensitive
panel and a display;

recording the touch event as touch panel data;
analyzing the touch panel data to identify the touch event as a valid or a non-valid touch event;
determining, if the touch event is a non-valid touch event and based on the touch panel data, a first region of the display
associated with the non-valid touch event;

turning off the first region of the display;
turning on the first region, of the display a threshold length of time subsequent to an end of the touch event, wherein the
threshold length of time comprises a variable length of time that is customized by a user of the device, or is set based on
execution of an algorithm that adjusts the variable length of time;

determining a second region of the display, associated with the non-valid touch event, surrounding the first region; and
dimming, using a dimming curve, the second region surrounding the first region.

US Pat. No. 9,436,308

AUTOMATIC CORRECTION OF PREDICTED TOUCH INPUT EVENTS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A device comprising:
a memory configured to store:
data corresponding to a first detected event associated with a first input received by a user device and data corresponding
to a second detected event associated with a second input received by the user device, and

data associated with a plurality of predicted events that are generated based on the first detected event and that predict
inputs received by the user device, wherein each predicted event is associated with a corresponding prediction time; and

a processor configured to:
determine whether the second detected event that corresponds to one of the predicted events occurs during the prediction time
of the one of the predicted events,

determine that the one of the predicted events is invalid based on a determination that the second detected event and the
corresponding one of the predicted events differ by a predetermined threshold,

select predicted events from the plurality of predicted events based on determining that the one of the predicted events is
invalid, wherein the selected predicted events are associated with the prediction times that occur before the prediction time
of the one of the predicted events, and

cause the selected predicted events to be discarded.

US Pat. No. 9,379,758

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION TERMINAL

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A wireless communication apparatus, comprising:
a first circuit board;
a second circuit board;
a wireless communication processing circuit accommodated in the second circuit board;
a first signal line that connects a first ground potential portion of the first circuit board with a first antenna feed point
of the wireless communication processing circuit, wherein the first signal line and the first ground potential portion are
configured to operate as a first antenna;

a second signal line that connects the first circuit board with the second circuit board and is configured to convey a baseband
signal;

a first circuit element that is connected to the second signal line and is configured to block RF signals that are sent and
received by the wireless communication processing circuit; and

a third circuit board, a third signal line, a fourth signal line, a second circuit element and a second antenna feed point
of the wireless communication processing circuit of the second circuit board, wherein

the third signal line connects a second ground potential portion of the third circuit board with the second antenna feed point,
the third signal line and the second ground potential portion are configured to operate as a second antenna,
the fourth signal line connects the second circuit board with the third circuit board and is configured to convey a baseband
signal,

the second circuit element is connected to the fourth signal line and blocks RF signals that are sent and received by the
wireless communication processing circuit, and

the wireless communication apparatus can use either the first antenna or the second antenna.

US Pat. No. 9,342,169

TERMINAL DEVICE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a display;
a touch panel disposed on or formed integrally with the display that detects a contact input and a contactless input of an
object; and

circuitry configured to
determine a position corresponding to an input based on an output from the touch panel;
detect a distance of a contactless input of the object above a planar top surface of the touch panel based on the output from
the touch panel;

control the display to display a first candidate word list based on the determined position when the detected distance of
the contactless input is a first distance; and

control the display to display a second candidate word list, which is different from the first candidate word list, based
on the determined position when the detected distance of the contactless input is a second distance, which is different from
the first distance.

US Pat. No. 9,342,170

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DELAYING ADJUSTMENT OF DISPLAY CONTENT OUTPUT ON A DISPLAY BASED ON INPUT GESTURES

SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATION...

1. A display comprising:
a content displaying surface comprising display content, the display content comprising a content object,
a controller configured to control the display content on the content displaying surface and adjust the display content with
respect to information received by the controller,

a touch sensitive portion comprising one or more touch sensors configured to detect, and generate information regarding, a
hover input when presence of a pointing object is within a threshold distance from the content displaying surface and communicate
the information about the presence of the pointing object to the controller,

a motion sensor configured to detect a motion of the display and communicate information about the motion of the display to
the controller,

wherein, when the information about the presence of the pointing object indicates the hover input and is received by the controller
at the same time the information about the motion of the display is indicated at the controller, the controller delays the
adjustment of the display content until the content object of the display content is selected by the pointing object, and
performs the adjustment of the display content after the content object is selected; and

wherein the adjustment comprises rotating the display content.

US Pat. No. 9,319,830

AUDIO PLAYBACK APPARATUS, CONTROL AND USAGE METHOD FOR AUDIO PLAYBACK APPARATUS, AND MOBILE PHONE TERMINAL WITH STORAGE DEVICE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a first communication interface configured to receive a broadcast signal;
a second communication interface configured to receive a signal from a mobile terminal apparatus, a range of the second communication
interface being less than a range of the first communication interface; and

circuitry configured to switch an audio source for output between the broadcast signal and the signal received from the mobile
terminal apparatus based on a control signal received from the mobile terminal apparatus via the second communication interface,
wherein

the second communication interface is configured to provide said mobile terminal apparatus metadata associated with programming
content contained in the broadcast signal received by the first communication interface to be displayed on said mobile terminal
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,603,176

ENHANCED PROXIMITY SERVICES DISCOVERY WITH RADIO ACCESS STATUS INDICATOR

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for enhancing proximity services (ProSe) discovery between user devices, the method comprising:
sending a discovery signal;
receiving a response signal, sent from a second user device, the response signal being sent in response to the discovery signal
and comprising a status indicator corresponding to the second user device, wherein the status indicator indicates at least
one of (i) the second user device is in an idle mode or a connected mode to a cellular network, (ii) the second user device
is inside or outside the coverage area of the cellular network, and (iii) the second user device is a relay mode or a non-relay
mode; and

assistantly establishing, by using the received status indicator, a link between the first user device and the second user
device, wherein assistantly establishing the link further comprises determining, based on the received status indicator, whether
to connect the first user to the second user device over (i) a non-cellular technology based direct or locally-routed link,
or (ii) a cellular technology based local link.

US Pat. No. 9,496,623

DUAL BAND MULTI-LAYER DIPOLE ANTENNAS FOR WIRELESS ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A wireless electronic device, comprising:
a printed circuit board (PCB) comprising first, second, and third conductive layers separated from one another by first and
second dielectric layers respectively;

a stripline in the first conductive layer;
two highband dipole antenna strips in the second conductive layer; and
two lowband dipole antenna strips in the third conductive layer,
wherein the wireless electronic device is configured to resonate at a lowband resonant frequency corresponding to the two
lowband dipole antenna strips and resonate at a highband resonant frequency corresponding to the two highband dipole antenna
strips when excited by a signal transmitted and/or received though the stripline,

wherein the second conductive layer is between the first conductive layer that includes the stripline and the third conductive
layer that includes the two lowband dipole antenna strips.

US Pat. No. 9,325,042

RF FRONT END MODULE AND MOBILE WIRELESS DEVICE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A wireless communication device comprising:
circuitry configured to implement bandpass filters, the bandpass filters including:
a first transmission bandpass filter that takes a first transmit frequency band as a passband;
a second transmission bandpass filter that takes a second transmit frequency band as a passband;
a first reception bandpass filter that takes a first receive frequency band as a passband; and
a second reception bandpass filter that takes a second receive frequency band as a passband, wherein:
the circuitry is further configured to implement:
a plurality of switches, each switch connected to a respective single one of the bandpass filters; and
a plurality of phase circuits, each phase circuit separately connected to one of the plurality of switches that is connected
to the respective single one of the bandpass filters, such that each of the bandpass filters is selectively connected to an
antenna terminal through one of the plurality of phase circuits; and

the wireless communication device operates in different operating modes based on different on and off configurations of the
plurality of switches.

US Pat. No. 9,318,152

SUPER SHARE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method of transferring a media session from a first electronic equipment to a second electronic equipment, comprising:
playing on the first electronic equipment media content specified by session data corresponding to the media session, the
first electronic equipment being a mobile device;

the first electronic equipment detecting the second electronic equipment;
the first electronic equipment pushing the media session to the second electronic equipment, wherein pushing includes the
first electronic equipment transferring the session data to the second electronic equipment, the session data including information
concerning the media content currently being played on the first electronic equipment and a present location within the media
content at which the first electronic equipment is playing the media content; and

subsequent to transfer of the session data to the second electronic equipment the second electronic equipment
i) searching for the media content specified in the session data on a remote source,
ii) initiating reception of the media content streamed from the remote source, and
iii) initiating play of the media content based on the present location specified by the session data.

US Pat. No. 9,236,089

CONTENT INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING IDENTIFIED OBJECT IMAGES WITHIN VIDEO CONTENT

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a reproduction circuit configured to reproduce video content comprising a plurality of frames;
a memory circuit configured to store object identification information identifying an object image and a plurality of keywords
corresponding to the object identification information; and

a processing circuit configured to
receive, via a user interface, a user selection of a one or more keywords corresponding to the object identification information
of the object image;

extract a frame including the object image from the video content according to the user selection such that when the user
selection comprises more than one keyword, the object image in the extracted frame corresponds to said more than one keyword
in the user selection; and

generate display data of a reduced image corresponding to the frame for display.

US Pat. No. 9,203,140

MULTI-BAND FRAME ANTENNA

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A frame antenna comprising:
a conductive block having at least one surface-mount electronic component mounted thereon;
a metallic frame having a continuous annular structure with an inner void region, the metallic frame being disposed around
a periphery of the conductive block and separated from the conductive block by a predetermined distance, the metallic frame
overlapping an edge of an upper surface of the conductive block; and

one or more antenna feeds disposed between the metallic frame and the conductive block.

US Pat. No. 9,489,096

TOUCH SCREEN TOUCH FORCE MEASUREMENT BASED ON FINGER DEFORMATION SPEED

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method, comprising:
measuring, at multiple instances of time during a touch interval, capacitance values of a capacitive touch screen display
associated with an area in contact with a finger touching the capacitive touch screen display;

determining, at the multiple instances of time, a size of the area upon the capacitive touch screen display in contact with
the finger touching the capacitive touch screen display;

determining a rate of change in the size of the area in contact with the finger with respect to time;
estimating a speed associated with the finger based on the determined rate of change in the size of the area;
measuring, at the multiple instances of time during the touch interval, an acoustic intensity of the finger touching the capacitive
touch screen display;

determining an initial estimate of touch force based on the measured acoustic intensity; and
estimating a touching force of the finger touching the capacitive touch screen display based on the estimated speed associated
with the finger and the initial estimate of touch force.

US Pat. No. 9,485,461

VIDEO CONFERENCING USING WIRELESS PERIPHERAL VIDEO CONFERENCING DEVICE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

8. A video session controlling device, comprising:
a memory to store a plurality of instructions;
at least one video conference service providing component; and
a processor configured to execute instructions in the memory to:
establish, by the video session controlling device, a video conference session with at least one party;
identify at least one specification of the at least one video conference service providing component;
identify a position of the at least one video conference service providing component;
identify at least one specification of at least one wireless peripheral video conferencing device;
identify a position of the at least one wireless peripheral video conferencing device;
determine a combination of devices to provide video conference services for the video conference session based on relative
specifications and positions of the at least one video conference service providing component and the at least one wireless
peripheral video conferencing device; and

implement video conference services using the determined combination of devices; and
wherein the instructions to determine the combination of devices to provide the video conference services further comprise
instructions to:

receive a preference associated with a second party to the video conference session; and
determine the combination of devices based on the preference associated with the second party.

US Pat. No. 9,455,584

TERMINAL DEVICE AND CHARGING CONTROL METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a memory that stores predetermined stored data values;
a solar battery panel;
a panel temperature detector configured to detect a temperature measured adjacent to the solar battery panel;
a power generation-state determiner configured to detect an illuminance measured adjacent to the solar battery panel;
a battery temperature-detector configured to detect a temperature measured adjacent to a secondary battery charged by power
generated by the solar battery panel; and

a controller configured to estimate a change in the temperature detected through the battery temperature-detector based on
the temperature detected by the panel temperature-detector and the illuminance obtained by the power generation-state determiner,
and determine a remaining time until the estimated temperature measured adjacent to the secondary battery reaches a temperature
at which the charging of the secondary battery is stopped by comparing the temperature detected by the panel temperature-detector
and the illuminance obtained by the power generation-state determiner with the predetermined stored data values.

US Pat. No. 9,438,805

TERMINAL DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
circuitry configured to
acquire moving image data captured by a moving image capturing device;
generate a moving image for display by cropping the moving image data;
perform an analysis on the moving image data by detecting a hand in a portion of the moving image data that is cropped and
not included in the moving image for display;

control a display to display the generated moving image after cropping the moving image data for display; and
execute predetermined processing based on the detection of the hand in the portion of the moving image data that is cropped
and not included in the moving image for display, wherein

the predetermined processing comprises determining that a gesture made by the hand detected by the analysis on the moving
image data corresponds to a predetermined command, and

the circuitry is configured to control the display to display the generated moving image after cropping the moving image data
for display while keeping acquiring the moving image data including the moving image data that is cropped and not included
in the moving image for display so that the circuitry can execute the predetermined processing based on the detection of the
hand in the portion of the moving image data that is cropped and not included in the moving image for display even after the
hand in the portion of the moving image data is cropped and not included in the moving image for display.

US Pat. No. 9,389,774

DISPLAY PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING IMAGE MAGNIFICATION BASED ON FACE DETECTION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a touch panel display configured to display an image and receive a touch input; and
circuitry configured to:
store first information associating identification information and a priority level for each of a plurality of registered
persons;

detect a plurality of face images included in a range of one of a circle of a predetermined diameter, a rectangle or a triangle
within the displayed image including a position corresponding to an initial touch input received at the touch panel display;

determine whether any of the plurality of face images corresponds to a registered person;
set a center point of one of the plurality of face images corresponding to a registered person having a highest priority level
based on the stored first information as a center point for a magnification ratio change when it is determined that at least
one of the plurality of face images corresponds to a registered person;

control the touch panel display to change a magnification ratio of the displayed image centered at the center point for the
magnification ratio change based on a subsequent touch input received at the touch panel display;

receive a command to locate a second image of the registered person having the highest priority level;
locate the second image; and
control the touch panel display to display the second image at a magnification ratio equal to the changed magnification ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,354,744

ADAPTIVE TOUCH PANEL SYNCHRONIZATION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

10. A user device comprising:
a memory, wherein the memory stores software; and
a processor, wherein the processor executes the software to:
receive a touch event originating from a touch panel;
compare a timing of the touch event and a timing of a display refresh event;
determine whether to adjust a time during which a next scan of the touch panel occurs based on a comparison of the timing
of the touch event and the timing of the display refresh event;

calculate a time value that indicates when the next scan occurs based on a determination to adjust the time; and
adjust the time during which the next scan occurs based on the time value, wherein the processor further executes the software
to:

calculate a time difference between the timing of the touch event and the timing of the display refresh event;
compare the time difference to a timing window that indicates a timing range;
determine whether the time difference falls outside of the timing window; and
adjust the time during which the next scan occurs based on a determination that the time difference falls outside of the timing
window.

US Pat. No. 9,343,913

POWER CHARGING DEVICE AND MOBILE TERMINAL APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A charging device that is selectively connected to one of a first battery that is charged at a first rate and a second
battery that is charged at a second rate, which is faster than the first rate, the charging device comprising:
an interface that receives electric power from a charger;
a connector that is selectively connected to the first battery or the second battery;
a battery identification circuit that determines whether the first or second battery is connected to the connector; and
a current limiting circuit disposed between the interface and the connector and that limits a current of power received from
the charger to a predetermined value when the battery identification circuit determines that the first battery is connected
to the connector, wherein

the interface is a non-contact charge power unit and the charger is a non-contact charge power transmitter, and
the non-contact charge power unit transmits data controlling a level of power transmitted by the non-contact charge power
transmitter based on the determination by the battery identification circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,629,199

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR PROTOCOL MODE SWITCHING

Sony Mobile Communication...

1. A mobile terminal, comprising:
a wireless interface for communication with a cellular communication network, and
a control unit, at least partially implemented in hardware, configured to:
control the wireless interface to perform a mode switching signaling to cause activation of a protocol mode selected from
a plurality of protocol modes for communicating over the wireless interface, and

selectively perform hardware switching that activates or deactivates at least one signal processing unit as a function of
the selected protocol mode based on

whether an anticipated reduction in power consumption caused by the hardware switching exceeds a power consumption to perform
the hardware switching,

the at least one signal processing unit being configured to process data received or transmitted via the wireless interface.

US Pat. No. 9,462,455

DYNAMIC USER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BAN ENABLED MEDIA EXPERIENCES

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A method, performed in a Body Area Network (BAN) enabled media experience device, comprising:
storing a predefined user configuration associated with an identification data, userID, of a BAN enabled communication device;
establishing a connection between the BAN enabled media experience device and the BAN enabled communication device by using
BAN;

retrieving the identification data, userID, of the BAN enabled communication device in response to the establishing of the
connection between the BAN enabled media experience device and the BAN enabled communication device;

retrieving the stored, predefined user configuration associated with the userID of the BAN enabled communication device; and
initiating transmission of a media experience by the BAN enabled media experience device according to the stored, predefined
user configuration.

US Pat. No. 9,400,527

MOBILE TERMINAL DEVICE AND A CHASSIS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A mobile terminal device comprising:
a frame that supports a structure of the mobile terminal device;
a button that fits within a hole in the frame;
a gasket that contacts with the button, a first area of the gasket contacting with the button being configured to move when
the button is pushed, and a second area of the gasket being fixed to the frame by an adhesive, a side of the gasket contacting
the button being covered with a first film of a flexible material;

processing circuitry; and
a switch that contacts with the gasket, and that is configured to move and apply current to the processing circuitry when
the gasket moves in response to the button being pushed,

wherein the processing circuitry is configured to operate in response to the current being applied.

US Pat. No. 9,389,832

EXPERIENCE LOG

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:
a memory to store executable instructions;
a processor to execute the instructions and, by execution of the instructions, the electronic device:
plays back a content item, the content item having a media playback timeline;
during the playback of the content item, conducts a first monitoring, the first monitoring monitors a first input indicative
of user engagement with the content item, the first input being a user interface that receives user input related to control
of the playback, the first monitoring identifying changes in the control of the playback where each change in the control
of the playback corresponds to a point in time on the playback timeline;

determines a first level of user engagement with the content item over the playback timeline based on the user input related
to control of the playback;

during the playback of the content item, conducts a second monitoring, the second monitoring monitors a second input indicative
of user engagement with the content, the second input different from the user input related to the control of the playback,
the second monitoring identifying changes in the second input where each change in the second input corresponds to a point
in time on the playback timeline;

determines a second level of user engagement with the content item over the playback timeline based on the second input;
determines a third level of user engagement with the content item over the playback timeline by temporally matching and combining
the first level of user engagement over the playback timeline with the second level of user engagement over the playback timeline,
the third level of user engagement changing for each change in the control of the playback and each change in the second input
at the corresponding points in time; and

creates and displays a graphical timeline to the user of the electronic device of the third level of user engagement, the
graphical timeline of user engagement relative in time to the media playback timeline and showing a dynamic level of user
engagement with the content item over time representing the third level of user engagement.

US Pat. No. 9,189,887

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
circuitry configured to:
calculate a similarity between a plurality of songs stored in a memory;
store content information including information of the similarity obtained by the similarity calculation;
generate a virtual three-dimensional display screen for song selection on a basis of data stored in the content information;
allow selection of a song from the virtual three-dimensional display screen, wherein:
the virtual three-dimensional display screen includes a base image corresponding to a reference song of the plurality of songs
located in a center of the display screen, a first linear axis (X) that extends vertically across the display screen and originates
at the base image on which images corresponding to a first plurality of songs of the plurality of songs are displayed in a
direction extending away from the base image in decreasing order of similarity with respect to album similarity to the reference
song, a second linear axis (Y) that extends horizontally across the display screen and originates at the base image on which
images corresponding to a second plurality of songs of the plurality of songs are displayed in a direction extending away
from the base image in decreasing order of similarity with respect to playlist similarity to the reference song, and a third
linear axis (Z) that extends from a near side to a far side of the display screen and originates at the base image on which
images corresponding to a third plurality of songs of the plurality of songs are displayed in a direction extending away from
the base image in decreasing order of similarity with respect to genre similarity to the reference song, and

the images that correspond to the third plurality of songs become smaller in size the farther the images are away from the
near side of the display screen and are disposed on a plurality of planes, the plurality of planes intersecting the third
linear axis (Z) at different positions and each of the planes being coplanar with the display screen; and

generate a plurality of recommended song images corresponding to a plurality of recommended songs together with and separate
from the generated virtual three-dimensional display screen on the display screen, such that the generated plurality of recommended
song images and the generated virtual three-dimensional display screen are simultaneously displayed on the display screen,
wherein

an edge of each of the generated plurality of recommended song images is in contact with an edge of the display screen.

US Pat. No. 9,510,197

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT AND METHOD OF AUTHENTICATING A USER

Sony Mobile Communication...

1. An electronic equipment, comprising:
a sensor circuit operative to measure at least one electrical property of a user at a plurality of different frequencies to
thereby capture frequency-resolved electrical characteristics of the user, said sensor circuit including

an output for applying a probe signal to the user, and
an input for receiving a response signal from the user in response to the probe signal,wherein said sensor circuit is configured
generate the probe signal for application to the user, the probe signal comprising
a) a plurality of signals, each of the plurality of signals oscillating at a different one of the plurality of different frequencies,
or

b) a signal that varies over the plurality of different frequencies, and determine the at least one electrical property based
on the probe signal and the corresponding response signal; and

a processing circuit operative
to perform a comparison between the frequency-resolved electrical characteristics of the user and reference characteristics
to authenticate the user, and

to perform an unlocking operation based on a result of the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,117,271

CONTENTION WINDOW ADJUSTMENT IN UNLICENSED CELLULAR RADIO NETWORK

SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATION...

1. A method carried out in a base station of a cellular radio communications network configured to transmit data to a terminal in an unlicensed radio band, comprising the steps of:determining a contention window, within which to transmit data between the base station and a terminal;
receiving a signal from the terminal, comprising an indication of occupancy of a radio channel, as detected by the terminal;
establishing a metric on a number of Not Acknowledged (NACK) feedback values received on the radio channel in respect to a predetermined period of time;
comparing the indication of occupancy to a first threshold value;
in response to determining that the indication of occupancy meets or exceeds the first threshold value, comparing the metric with a second threshold value;
in response to determining that the metric meets or exceeds the second threshold value, increasing the contention window size; and
transmitting data to the terminal within the increased contention window.

US Pat. No. 9,442,643

DATA COMMUNICATION IN AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Sony Mobile Communication...

1. An electronic device equipped to provide communication capabilities for interaction in many different communication systems,
comprising:
a Near Field Communication interface, including an antenna and a circuit for generating a modulated electromagnetic wave;
and

a user interface including a touch-sensitive display configured to present an object, relating to a communication action executable
by means of the Near Field Communication interface;

wherein a control unit, connected to the Near Field Communication interface and to the user interface, configured to trigger
the automatic selection of Near Field Communication as communication system and the Near Field Communication interface to
execute the communication action, responsive to simultaneous detection of the presented object, wherein the object represent
a data item, being touched and the Near Field Communication interface being in communicative connection with a second Near
Field Communication interface of a second device, wherein the communication action comprise transceiving of the data item,
represented by the touched object, with the second device via said second Near Field Communication interface.

US Pat. No. 9,424,765

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory that stores a plurality of images; and
circuitry configured to:
obtain a template having attributes applied to each of a plurality of display areas, each of the display areas having a predetermined
size and a predetermined location with respect to a marker indicating a current position of the information processing apparatus
within an entire display area of a display;

select images matching the attributes of each of the respective display areas from among the plurality of images stored in
the memory;

dispose the selected images in the respective display areas; and
control the display to display the template including the selected images disposed in the respective display areas, wherein
at least one of the attributes applied to each of the plurality of display areas corresponds to a distance and a direction
from the current position of the information processing apparatus,

the circuitry selects images having position information from among the plurality of images stored in the memory,
the circuitry compares the position information of each of the selected images with the current position of the information
processing apparatus,

the plurality of display areas are comprised of a plurality of predetermined windows,
the circuitry identifies, from among the plurality of predetermined windows, corresponding predetermined windows to dispose
the selected images, based on the comparison between the position information of each of the selected images and the current
position of the information processing apparatus, and

the circuitry disposes each of the selected images in the identified predetermined window at a position in a closest relative
distance and direction among the plurality of predetermined windows such that each of the corresponding predetermined windows
has an attribute of a closest relative distance and direction with respect to the marker, among the plurality of predetermined
windows, to a distance and direction between the position information of each of the selected images disposed to the each
of the corresponding predetermined windows and the current position of the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,423,833

HINGE STRUCTURE WITH STAND AND KEYBOARD DEVICE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A hinged support and stand apparatus, comprising: a stand; a rotating member attached to the stand and a holding part configured
to removably attach a mobile device thereto, wherein the rotating member is configured to coaxially rotate the stand and the
rotating member, the rotating member including a first rotating mechanism configured to rotate the rotating member, a second
rotating mechanism configured to rotate the stand member, and a locking mechanism configured to fix a rotational position
of the stand member in a locked state when the holding part is opened to a first angle equal to or greater than a second angle
and the stand member has been rotated to a position where the stand member is configured to brace the attached mobile device,
wherein the attached mobile device comprises a tablet computer, and when the attached mobile device is rotated from a closed
position to the second angle, the rotating member engages the stand member and when the attached mobile device is further
rotated beyond the second angle, the rotating member disengages from the stand member, so as to automatically open the stand
member to the first angle to act as a stand in the locked state.

US Pat. No. 9,930,671

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING NON-ORTHOGONAL MULTIPLEXING

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A device comprising:circuitry configured to
spread symbols with orthogonal codes into spread signals having a predetermined number of bits,
modify an amplitude of the spread signals via layer coefficients, and
multiplex the amplitude modified spread signals into a layered transmit signal; and
a communication interface configured to transmit the layered transmit signal, wherein the circuitry is configured to
determine the layer coefficients based on a coefficient difference factor that is less than one, and
determine a highest layer coefficient to be greater than a sum of a plurality of remaining lower layer coefficients.

US Pat. No. 9,535,552

SENSOR MANAGED APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
an interactive display having a sensor that detects user interaction with a sub-portion of the interactive display; and
a processing circuit configured to change a state of the interactive display from a low power state to an operational state
in response to detected user interaction with the electronic device, wherein

the processing circuit is configured to perform the state change after determining that a detected capacitance pattern, caused
by an object used to generate the user interaction, matches a preregistered capacitance pattern within a predetermined amount,

the user interaction is a touch event against a surface of the sub-portion of a touch panel display,
the sub-portion being arranged in an adjacent area of a main portion of the interactive display and including a plurality
of soft key regions that include at least a first soft key and a second soft key, and

the touch event includes a movement across the soft key regions that include the first soft key region and the second soft
key region.

US Pat. No. 9,590,743

BODY AREA NETWORK SIGNAL DISCRIMINATION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method comprising:
transmitting, by a first device, a body area network (BAN) session initiation signal indicating an availability to establish
an on-body communication with a second device;

receiving, by the first device, at least one BAN acknowledgement signal from the second device;
determining an elapsed time between the transmission of the BAN session initiation signal and the receipt of the at least
one BAN acknowledgment signal;

determining, for each received BAN acknowledgment signal, one of:
that the elapsed time is greater than a predetermined threshold time, or;
that the elapsed time is equal to or less than the predetermined threshold time;
wherein the predetermined threshold time indicates a period of time under which the at least one BAN signal is considered
to have propagated by over-the-air transmission, and over which the at least one BAN signal is considered to have propagated
by on-body conduction; and

proceeding, by the first device, with BAN session initiation upon a positive determination that the elapsed time is greater
than the threshold time.

US Pat. No. 9,430,112

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a display configured to display one or a plurality of objects;
a touch panel configured to detect a non-contact operation of an operation element by detecting an electrostatic capacitance
of an operation surface of the touch panel; and

circuitry configured to
control the display to display a first object selected by a user through the non-contact operation from among a plurality
of objects on the display in a first display form different from display forms of the other objects when it is determined
that the non-contact operation is within a predetermined range of the touch panel; and

control the display to display the first object in a second display form different from the first display form when it is
determined that the non-contact operation is not within the predetermined range of the touch panel,

wherein the plurality of objects comprises a plurality of representations each representing one of a plurality of data files,
and

wherein the first display form comprises a first graphical representation of the object, the second display form comprises
a second graphical representation of the object, and the first graphical representation and the second graphical representation
differ in a respect other than size.

US Pat. No. 9,379,433

MULTIPLE-INPUT MULTIPLE-OUTPUT (MIMO) ANTENNAS WITH MULTI-BAND WAVE TRAPS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An antenna comprising:
a first radiating element;
a second radiating element;
a common ground plane between the first radiating element and the second radiating element; and
a wavetrap structure coupled to the ground plane and configured to reduce correlation between the first and second radiating
elements at first and second RF frequencies;

wherein the wavetrap structure comprises:
a first ground post connected to the ground plane;
a second ground post connected to the ground plane;
a first conductive strip coupled to the first ground post and having an electrical length that is one quarter of a wavelength
of the first RF frequency; and

a second conductive strip coupled to the second ground post and having an electrical length that is one quarter of a wavelength
of the second RF frequency;

wherein the ground plane has a first end and a second end opposite the first end;
the first radiating element is adjacent the first end of the ground plane and the second radiating element is adjacent the
second end of the ground plane;

the first and second ground posts are proximate the first end of the ground plane;
the first conductive strip extends away from the first ground post toward the second end of the ground plane; and
the second conductive strip extends away from the second ground post toward the second end of the ground plane; and
the ground plane has a first side and a second side opposite the first side;
the antenna further comprising:
a first feed element coupled to the first radiating element at a first end of the first radiating element proximate the first
side of the ground plane; and

a second feed element coupled to the second radiating element at a first end of the second radiating element proximate the
first side of the ground plane;

the first ground post and the second ground post are proximate the second side of the ground plane;
the first conductive strip extends from the first ground post toward an open end of the second radiating element opposite
the first end of the second radiating element; and

the second conductive strip extends from the second ground post toward the open end of the second radiating element.

US Pat. No. 9,342,140

CHARACTER INPUT APPARATUS, CHARACTER INPUT ASSIST METHOD, AND CHARACTER INPUT ASSIST PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

11. A character input apparatus, comprising:
display means for displaying characters, a first character input area to input email message body characters, and a second
character input area to input email address characters;

operation means for receiving an input of the characters from the first character input area and the second character input
area displayed on the display means;

first character input processing means for performing a first character input process of causing the characters to be displayed
on the display means in accordance with a predetermined notation rule of displaying a top character of the characters in a
capital letter when displaying a text in a predetermined language, the predetermined notation rule being an application program
specific rule, which is applicable to specific application programs, of automatically displaying a top character of the characters
in a capital letter without receiving an input to switch to an upper case format;

second character input processing means for performing a second character input process of causing the characters to be displayed
on the display means not in accordance with the predetermined notation rule;

scene determination means for determining whether the characters are input in a first character input scene or a second character
input scene based on from which of the first character input area or the second character input area the characters are input,
and based on an application program being executed on the character input apparatus, the first character input scene being
a scene in which the characters are input from the first character input area, the second character input scene being a scene
in which the characters are input from the second character input area; and

input process switch control means for applying the first character input process when the scene determination means determines
the characters are being input in the first character input scene, and applying the second character input process when the
scene determination means determines the characters are being input in the second character input scene.

US Pat. No. 9,052,205

TERMINAL DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a display that displays an image; and
circuitry configured to
store information corresponding to a plurality of determined positions of the information processing apparatus in association
with a time at which each of the plurality of positions was determined;

determine scroll points on a travel trace based on a difference in time between neighboring first and second positions of
the plurality of positions;

interconnect scroll points corresponding to the first and second positions with a straight line when the difference in time
is greater than a predetermined threshold value;

determine divided scroll points on the straight line that are separated at intervals corresponding to the predetermined threshold
value;

control the display to display the travel trace on a map; and
set a display scale of the map based on the travel trace.

US Pat. No. 10,111,247

SCHEDULING IN CELLULAR NETWORKS

Sony Mobile Communication...

1. A device, comprising:a wireless interface configured to transmit data on a radio interface of a cellular network,
at least one processor configured to allocate first reoccurring uplink time-frequency resources on the radio interface shared between communication devices connected to a first cell and assigned to a first set, the communication devices assigned to the first set being co-scheduled to the first reoccurring uplink time-frequency resources which correspond to multiple time-offset first transmission opportunities,
wherein the at least one processor is further configured to allocate second reoccurring uplink time-frequency resources on the radio interface shared between communication devices connected to the first cell and assigned to a second set, the communication devices assigned to the second set being co-scheduled to the second reoccurring uplink time-frequency resources which correspond to multiple time-offset second transmission opportunities,
wherein the at least one processor is configured to send, via the wireless interface, at least one control message, said at least one control message indicating the first reoccurring uplink time-frequency resources and the second reoccurring uplink time-frequency resources, wherein each of the first set and the second set includes two or more communication devices.

US Pat. No. 9,654,945

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH MESSAGE HANDLING FUNCTIONS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:
a radio circuit that establishes wireless communications over a connection that supports short message service (SMS) messaging
and a connection that supports instant message (IM) messaging; and

a control circuit that executes a messaging client such that the electronic device is configured to:
(a) receive user entry of a message and a command to send the message;
(b) determine that IM messaging is not available at a time that the command to send the message is received;
(c) in response to the command to send the message and the determination that IM messaging is not available, determine whether
IM messaging becomes available within a prescribed time period following the time that the command to send the message is
received;

(d) when IM messaging does not become available within the prescribed time period following the time that the command to send
the message is received, transmit the message by SMS messaging;

(e) when IM messaging becomes available within the prescribed time period following the time that the command to send the
message is received, transmit the message by IM messaging.

US Pat. No. 9,449,237

INFORMATION TERMINAL, INFORMATION CONTROL METHOD FOR AN INFORMATION TERMINAL, AND INFORMATION CONTROL PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information terminal, comprising:
circuitry configured to
detect an image file;
detect a face image included in an image of the detected image file;
calculate an amount of feature of the detected face image;
compare the amount of feature calculated with amounts of feature of different face images which are already calculated and
classified into groups;

calculate similarity values between the detected face image and the different face images in the respective groups;
determine average similarity values of the respective groups, each one of the average similarity values representing an average
value of the similarity values associated with a corresponding one of the groups;

determine minimum similarity values of the respective groups, each one of the minimum similarity values representing a minimum
value of the similarity values associated with a corresponding one of the groups;

classify and manage the detected face image in a first one of the groups corresponding to an average similarity value that
is the highest among the average similarity values and that is greater than a first threshold;

associate the face images in a second one of the groups with the first one of the groups when the average similarity value
of the second one of the groups is greater than the first threshold and the minimum similarity value of the second one of
the groups is greater than a second threshold; and

display at least one image file, which includes a face image classified as the first one of the groups, on a display screen
based on a result of the classification of the detected face image.

US Pat. No. 9,326,058

CONTROL METHOD OF MOBILE TERMINAL APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

10. A mobile device system, comprising:
left and right earphones; and
a mobile device connectable to the left and right earphones,
wherein each of the left and right earphones includes at least one of an acceleration sensor and a geomagnetic sensor, and
the mobile device includes circuitry that monitors a wearing state of the individual left and right earphones by a user on
a basis of output from the least one of the acceleration sensors and the geomagnetic sensors, and controls a behavior of the
mobile device connected to the left and right earphones according to the monitored wearing state of the left and right earphones
by the user,

wherein the circuitry determines if the monitoring wearing state is one of a first state in which both earphones are being
worn, a second state in which only the left or right earphone is being worn, and a third state in which both the left and
right earphones are removed, and

the circuitry is configured to launch an audio navigation application in which a current position on a map is displayed on
a display screen of the mobile device, and when the monitoring wearing state is detected to be the first state or the second
state then the audio navigation application is displayed with an indicator of the user's travel direction, and when the monitoring
wearing state is detected to be the third state then the audio navigation application is displayed without the indicator of
the user's travel direction.

US Pat. No. 9,451,136

ARRAY CAMERA SHUTTER

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A shutter blade arrangement for use in an array camera having an array of lenses, the shutter blade arrangement comprises:
at least two shutter blades,
an array of openings on said shutter blades, and
an actuator to control the at least two shutter blades,
wherein the at least two shutter blades are displaceable relative each other and relative said array of camera lenses,
wherein each of the openings of one pair of overlapping openings of the at least two shutter blades have a geometrical shape
being rectangular, rhomb, or triangular, and

wherein the shutter blade arrangement comprises at least one filter holder frame configured with at least one opening comprising
a filter configured to cover at least one of the camera lenses of the array of camera lenses.

US Pat. No. 9,451,547

COORDINATED SIGNALING OF SCHEDULING INFORMATION FOR UPLINK AND DOWNLINK COMMUNICATIONS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method implemented by a user terminal of receiving downlink retransmission from a base station over a shared downlink
traffic channel, said method comprising:
transmitting to said base station an uplink message and a negative acknowledgement message with aligned timing, wherein the
uplink message is in response to a successfully received uplink scheduling grant and the negative acknowledgement indicates
that a previous downlink transmission from the base station was unsuccessful; and

intermittently turning a receiver circuit on and off for a fractional portion of each subframe in a defined retransmission
window comprising a plurality of subframes to listen for a downlink retransmission.

US Pat. No. 9,445,307

NETWORK SMART CELL SELECTION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for minimizing data overhead in a cellular network, the method comprising:
receiving, by a base station of the cellular network and from a mobile device, location information associated with the mobile
device, wherein the location information comprises a velocity vector including (i) location data indicating a current location
of the mobile device, (ii) speed data indicating a current speed of the mobile device and (iii) movement direction data indicating
a current direction of movement of the mobile device;

determining, by the base station, a location of the mobile device based on the location information;
predicting, by the base station, based on the determined location, the current speed and the current direction of movement,
at least one of (i) that the mobile device will enter a geographic area associated with an offload alternative connection
point within a first predetermined period of time, and (ii) that the mobile device will remain in the geographic area associated
with the offload alternative connection point for a second predetermined period of time; and

determining, by the base station, whether the offload connection point is suitable for offloading the mobile device based
on at least one of (i) the prediction that the mobile device will enter the geographic area associated with the offload alternative
connection point within a first predetermined period of time, and (ii) that the mobile device will remain in the geographic
area associated with the offload alternative connection point for a second predetermined period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,336,969

PRESS DETECTION SENSOR, INPUT DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A press detection sensor comprising:
a base member having predetermined length and width and also having a predetermined shape along a periphery of a display unit;
a first conductor having predetermined length and being arranged on the base member, the first conductor linearly extending
along the periphery in a longitudinal direction of the base member;

a second conductor that is arranged on the base member with the second conductor being faced to the first conductor, the second
conductor linearly extending along the periphery in the longitudinal direction of the base member;

a continuous conductive contact body that is arranged between the first conductor and the second conductor and linearly extending
continuously around a corner of the base member along the periphery in the longitudinal direction of the base member, the
continuous conductive contact body connecting the first and second conductors electrically in response to an external force;
and

a covering member that includes the contact body on the inside thereof, the covering member covering a top of the base member
which includes the first and second conductors,

wherein the covering member has at least one of flexibility and elasticity.

US Pat. No. 9,293,118

CLIENT DEVICE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a communication interface that communicates with one or more other information processing apparatuses;
an imaging circuit that captures an image corresponding to a subject and outputs the captured image;
a display circuit that displays the captured image;
a storage circuit storing data;
a sensor that detects an operation input by a user, and outputs a detection signal based on the detection, wherein the sensor
comprises a touch sensor stacked on or formed integrally with the display circuit and detects positions touched by an operation
element and outputs the detected positions as position information; and

circuitry configured to
detect whether an image preset as a marker image exists in the captured image;
construct, when the marker image is detected, a real-world coordinate system computed from a position and orientation of the
marker image, and compute information corresponding to a position and orientation of the information processing apparatus
in the constructed real-world coordinate system;

acquire at least one of the data stored in the storage circuit, data existing on a network, and data transmitted from the
one or more other information processing apparatuses and received by the communication interface, place the acquired data
in the constructed real-world coordinate system, and control the display circuit to display the acquired data as one or more
virtual objects;

control the communication interface to transmit information corresponding to the position and orientation of the information
processing apparatus in the constructed real-world coordinate system to the one or more other information processing apparatuses;

store a correspondence table relating predetermined graphic objects to be displayed with numbers of inputs to be detected
by the touch sensor;

determine one or more of the predetermined graphic objects to be displayed according to a number of inputs detected by the
touch sensor in accordance with the correspondence table; and

control the display circuit to display the one or more virtual objects based on the position information output from the touch
sensor and to display the one or more predetermined graphic objects as one or more of the one or more virtual objects.

US Pat. No. 9,253,807

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT ESTABLISHES CONNECTION WITH ANOTHER APPARATUS BASED ON DISPLACEMENT INFORMATION OF BOTH APPARATUSES

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
circuitry configured to
receive, from another information processing apparatus, first displacement information corresponding to movement of the another
information processing apparatus;

sense second displacement information corresponding to movement of the information processing apparatus;
determine whether the first displacement information and the second displacement information indicate that the movement of
the another information processing apparatus and the movement of the information processing apparatus are performed separately
and have a predetermined relationship; and

establish a connection with the another information processing apparatus when the first displacement information and the second
displacement information indicate that the movement of the another information processing apparatus and the movement of the
information processing apparatus are performed separately and have the predetermined relationship.

US Pat. No. 9,185,193

GASKET STRUCTURE FOR A TERMINAL APPARATUS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A gasket structure comprising:
a gasket that is disposed at a connecting portion between a first case and a second case, the gasket being in the form of
a loop of a plurality of segments each corresponding to one of a plurality of respective perimeter sides of the first case
and second case, where one of the plurality of segments of the gasket disposed at a perimeter side of the first case where
a key or a terminal is disposed is a large-width portion which has a wider thickness than the remaining segments of the gasket
in a direction normal to the perimeter side and is made of a flexible material; and

a core member that is attached to at least the large-width portion of the gasket,
wherein the large-width portion is provided at a portion where the key is disposed and has a shape filling a gap between the
key and the first case, and a bottom surface of the key faces a member operated by the key, with the large-width portion of
the gasket therebetween.

US Pat. No. 9,166,436

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CHARGING APPARATUS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A portable electronic device comprising:
a battery;
a direct current (DC) power source;
a first device that consumes a first amount of power during operation;
a second device that consumes a second amount of power during operation, the second amount of power being more than the first
amount of power;

a first switch provided in a charging path between the DC power source and the battery;
a second switch provided in a path for supplying power from the battery to the second device;
a third switch provided in a path for supplying power from the battery to the first device; and
a charging control circuit configured to
control the first switch to be disconnected, the second switch to be connected, and the third switch to be disconnected when
external power is supplied via the DC power source and the second device is operational;

control the first switch to be connected, the second switch to be disconnected, and the third switch to be disconnected when
external power is supplied via the DC power source and the second device is not operational;

control the first switch to be disconnected, the second switch to be connected, and the third switch to be connected when
external power is not supplied via the DC power source and the second device is operational; and

control the first switch to be disconnected, the second switch to be disconnected, and the third switch to be connected when
external power is not supplied via the DC power source and the second device is not operational.

US Pat. No. 9,148,927

LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT DRIVE APPARATUS AND PORTABLE APPARATUS USING SAME

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
light emitting elements of different drive voltages required for an emission of light;
a light emitting element drive apparatus to which said light emitting elements are connected in serial or in parallel, the
light emitting element drive apparatus driving at least one of the light emitting elements to emit the light,

wherein said light emitting element drive apparatus includes:
a drive circuit connected to a corresponding light emitting element of the light emitting elements, said drive circuit driving
the corresponding light emitting element with luminance based on a set current value;

a power supply circuit that fixes an output drive voltage to a predetermined set voltage irrespective of drive states of the
light emitting elements when the light emitting element drive apparatus receives a predetermined flashing operation instruction
command,

wherein said power supply circuit supplies the output drive voltage based on pulse width modulation.

US Pat. No. 9,137,444

IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY APPARATUS FOR CLIPPING AN IMAGE REGION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a camera unit including an imaging sensor that captures an image;
a display that displays the image;
a user interface that detects a user input; and
a processor that:
clips an image region having a size corresponding to a photography zoom power from the image captured by the camera unit;
adjusts a clipping position at a time of clipping the image region from the image by multiplying a parameter indicative of
a movement of the user input detected at the user interface by a predetermined scale factor; and

controls the display to display the clipped image region on the display, wherein
at least one of a distance or speed of movement of the user input detected at the user interface is represented as (?xl, ?yl),
and the processor:

adjusts the clipping position from an initial position defined by (0,0) to a second position defined as (-??xl, -??yl), where
? represents the predetermined scale factor.

US Pat. No. 9,112,280

ANTENNA APPARATUS AND TERMINAL DEVICE ASSOCIATED WITH ANTENNA APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An antenna apparatus comprising:
a conductor layer having an aperture and a slit that adjoins the aperture, the slit having an opening at a periphery of the
conductor layer; and

a resonance tuning component including a first element, a second element, and a third element coupled with the first element
and the second element, wherein

a first gap is arranged between the first element and the conductor layer,
at least a part of the first element is connected with the conductor layer, and
a second gap is arranged between the second element and the conductor layer,
wherein the conductor layer includes a fourth element at one edge of the slit and a fifth element at another edge of the slit,
and the fourth element and fifth element extend from the conductor layer toward the resonance tuning component.

US Pat. No. 9,059,520

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND COMMUNICATION TERMINAL APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A communication terminal apparatus comprising:
a first antenna having a first feed point, the first antenna disposed on one end of the communication terminal apparatus;
and

a second antenna including a slit antenna and having a second feed point, the second antenna disposed at least at an opposite
end of the communication terminal apparatus so as to be spaced apart from the first antenna, wherein the slit antenna includes

a first conductive plate,
a second conductive plate disposed substantially parallel to the first conductive plate, and
a short-circuiting structure electrically connected between the first conductive plate and the second conductive plate so
as to electrically short the first conductive plate to the second conductive plate and form a slit having a perimeter defined
by a portion of the first conductive plate, a portion of the second conductive plate and the short-circuitry structure.

US Pat. No. 9,389,318

SELF-POSITION MEASURING TERMINAL

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
positioning circuitry configured to determine a position of the information processing apparatus based on an external signal;
a sensor unit configured to detect a change in position of the information processing apparatus, wherein the sensor unit comprises
at least one of an electronic compass, an acceleration sensor and a gyro sensor; and

processing circuitry configured to
determine whether the positioning circuitry has completed determining the position of the information processing apparatus
based on the external signal;

measure, according to a change in position detected at the sensor unit, an amount of displacement of the information processing
apparatus from a first time when it is determined that the positioning circuitry has not yet completed determining the position
of the information processing apparatus to a second time when it is determined that the positioning circuitry has completed
determining the position of the information processing apparatus; and

identify a position of the information processing apparatus at the first time by compensating the position of the information
processing apparatus determined by the positioning circuitry at the second time with the amount of displacement of the information
processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,298,444

SOFTWARE UPDATING METHOD AND PORTABLE TERMINAL DEVICE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A software updating method for updating software stored as compressed code in a nonvolatile memory provided in a portable
terminal on the basis of differential data via wireless communication, the method comprising the steps of:
providing a file system area having a fault-tolerant property;
decompressing, at the execution of software updating, the compressed code of the software and loading the decompressed code
into a random-access memory;

updating the software in the random-access memory on the basis of the differential data;
compressing, by processing circuitry, the updated software; and
storing a backup of a compressed updated code sequence corresponding to a compressed updated portion of the compressed updated
software in the file system area;

writing the compressed updated code sequence corresponding to the compressed updated portion of the compressed updated software
back to the nonvolatile memory only after storing, in the file system area, the backup of the compressed updated code sequence
and position information indicating a position in the non-volatile memory at which the backup should be written to if a power
failure occurs; and

writing, based on the position information, the backup of the compressed updated code sequence stored in the file system area
to the nonvolatile memory after a failure occurs and after power is recovered,

wherein the fault-tolerant property ensures that data, including the compressed updated code sequence, stored in the file
system area is not damaged when the failure occurs,

wherein, based on the differential data, only the backup of the compressed updated code sequence corresponding to the compressed
updated portion of the compressed updated software in the nonvolatile memory and the position information are stored in the
file system area.

US Pat. No. 9,246,854

TERMINAL DEVICE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A client device comprising:
circuitry configured to
receive a second message from an external device, the second message including message text identical to message text included
in a first message that was transmitted from the external device to the client device; and

a display unit that displays one of the first message and the second message,
wherein the circuitry determines whether or not a specific address or a specific keyword is stated in a body of the second
message, and discards the received second message and controls the display unit to display the first message when the circuitry
has received the first message and the circuitry determines that the specific address or specific keyword is stated in the
body of the second message, and displays the second message, without discarding the second message, when the specific address
or specific keyword is not stated in the body of the second message and the circuitry has not received the first message.

US Pat. No. 9,182,860

METHOD FOR DETECTING A CONTACT

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A touch panel device comprising:
an electrostatic-capacitance-type touch panel unit having a plurality of transparent electrodes arranged in an X direction
and in a Y direction;

an electrical potential detection unit configured to scan the plurality of transparent electrodes and detect electrostatic
capacitance values at coordinates in the X direction and in the Y direction;

a memory configured to store an association of each of a plurality of types of objects, which include at least two different
types of fingers of a user, to a different range of width values for a width of a bottom side of a distribution shape among
parameters forming the distribution shape of the electrostatic capacitance values, the bottom side width representing a width
on the touch panel unit where a signal level is lowest among the electrostatic capacitance values that change as the object
comes closer to the touch panel unit; and

circuitry configured to
detect a type of an object, from the plurality of types of objects that has come within proximity to or come into contact
with the surface of the touch panel unit on the basis of information obtained from a distribution shape of the electrostatic
capacitance values detected by the electrical potential detection unit caused by only the one object coming within proximity
to or coming into contact with the surface of the touch panel unit, and

on the basis of the type of object detected, change a data extraction threshold value used to calculate a touch position of
the object, and detect coordinates of a position at which the object has come within proximity to or come into contact with
the surface of the touch panel unit on the basis of the changed data extraction threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,854,615

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR TELEPHONE CALL SHARING USING A DIRECT WIRELESS CONNECTION

SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATION...

1. A host electronic device configured to share a telephone call with a participant electronic device, the host electronic
device comprising:
a transceiver configured to:
receive incoming call data of the telephone call from an outside device; and
send outgoing call data of the telephone call to the outside device;
a wireless communication module configured to communicate with the participant electronic device over a direct wireless interface;
a display device, wherein the host electronic device is configured to operate in a discovery mode; and
a controller configured to:
display a throw interface on the display device;
display a list of available participant electronic devices on the display device responsive to user actuation of the throw
interface;

responsive to user input selecting one of the available participant electronic devices, establish a direct wireless connection
with the participant electronic device, wherein the direct wireless connection is a Wi-Fi Direct wireless connection with
the selected one of the available participant electronic devices;

process and present the incoming call data through a speaker and/or the display device at the host electronic device;
forward the incoming call data to the participant electronic device using the direct wireless connection for presentation
of the incoming call data through a speaker and/or a display device at the participant electronic device;

receive participant call data from the participant electronic device using the direct wireless connection;
process and present the received participant call data through the speaker and/or the display device at the host electronic
device; and

forward the participant call data to the outside device;
wherein the host electronic device is configured to communicate with other electronic devices via near-field communication
(NFC), and wherein the controller is configured to establish the Wi-Fi Direct wireless connection with the participant electronic
device using information exchanged when the host electronic device and the participant electronic device are touched or brought
in proximity with one another;

wherein the host electronic device is configured to store network credentials to subsequently reinstate the Wi-Fi Direct wireless
connection with the participant electronic device; and

wherein the host electronic device is configured to automatically reinstate the Wi-Fi Direct wireless connection with the
participant electronic device using the network credentials that are stored.

US Pat. No. 9,661,153

BASE STATION THAT CONFIRM THE INTENTION OF A USER TO CONTINUE A CALL

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A radio communication control apparatus comprising;
a control unit configured to control wireless communication from a user terminal, the control unit including a state detecting
section configured to detect a predetermined communication condition and at least one control section operable to:

send a message by a communication unit to the user terminal to notify the user that the predetermined communication condition
has been detected and inviting the user to confirm the user's intention to continue wireless communication with an extra charge
following the detection of the predetermined condition,

detect confirmation from the user terminal of the user's intention to continue the wireless communication with the extra charge
from the user terminal,

wherein the control unit configures the message sent to the user terminal to include at least one procedure selectable by
the user for continuing wireless communication with the extra charge determined by the selected procedure, such that the selected
procedure indicates the user's confirmation of the user's intention to continue the wireless communication.

US Pat. No. 9,653,785

ANTENNAS FOR BODY-WORN WIRELESS ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A wearable wireless electronic device, the wearable wireless electronic device comprising:
a first conductive antenna element of an antenna that is electrically coupled to an antenna feed of the antenna; and
a second conductive antenna element of the antenna that is electrically coupled to a ground plane of the antenna,
wherein the first conductive antenna element and the second conductive antenna element are configured to be in direct contact
with a body of a user when the wearable wireless electronic device is worn by the user.

US Pat. No. 9,507,401

MOBILE TERMINAL DEVICE, OPERATION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A method for controlling a mobile terminal device, the method comprising:
detecting an input operation associated with a touch panel;
detecting a predetermined contact of the input operation associated with the touch panel;
shifting the mobile terminal device to a suspend state when an input operation is not detected over a specified time period;
and

executing a specific operation when the predetermined contact of the input operation associated with the touch panel corresponding
to the specific operation is detected when the mobile terminal device is in the suspend state.

US Pat. No. 9,401,568

CONNECTING DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A connection device comprising:
a housing having tubular rectangle shape and a support portion integrally formed with the housing;
a shell having a body portion with tubular rectangle shape, wherein the shell is supported by the support portion of the housing,
the body portion of the shell is provided with a first plurality of comb-teeth which project from an end side of an upper
face of the body portion;

a shield member configured to surround an end portion of the first plurality of comb-teeth of the body portion of the shell,
and wherein the shield member is connected with the end portion of the first plurality of comb-teeth and the ground of a printed-circuit
board; and

a plurality of terminals arranged within the shell and supported by the support portion of the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,323,407

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF PROCESSING USER ACTUATION OF A TOUCH-SENSITIVE INPUT SURFACE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic device, comprising: a proximity-sensitive touch sensor array which extends along an input surface of the
electronic device; a force sensor configured to determine a force with which a finger is pressed against the input surface
or multiple fingers are pressed against the input surface; and a processing device coupled to the touch sensor array, the
processing device being configured to:
process the data captured by the touch sensor array to determine a finger angle at which the finger is directed towards the
input surface and an actuation position on the input surface,

determine a position offset for the actuation position on the input surface as a function of the finger angle,
establish an offset-corrected actuation position as a function of the actuation position and the position offset, and
determine a force offset as a function of the finger angle,
derive an offset-corrected force value from an output of the force sensor and the force offset.

US Pat. No. 9,319,497

PORTABLE TERMINAL

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A portable terminal including:
a first housing including a first display;
a second housing including a second display; and
a hinge portion that couples the first housing and the second housing so as to be openable and closable with respective opposing
end portions of the first housing and the second housing adjacent to each other and with respective surfaces of the first
housing and the second housing positioned in the same plane as each other in an open state, wherein

the hinge portion is disposed so as to not be visible from a front side of the first display and the second display when the
first housing and the second housing are in the open state, wherein

the hinge portion includes a drawing mechanism that generates a drawing force for bringing the opposing end portion of the
second housing closer to the opposing end portion of the first housing when the first housing and the second housing are within
a predetermined range proximate to a closed state.

US Pat. No. 9,113,055

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AUTOMATICALLY CAPTURING SUB IMAGE DATA

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
an image capturing section configured to capture an image of light and obtain image data having a first predetermined number
of pixels;

an image display section configured to display the image data, obtained by the image capturing section, with a second predetermined
number of pixels;

a storage section configured to store the image data, having the first predetermined number of pixels obtained by the image
capturing section, when no external storage device is connected;

an interface section configured to be connectable to the external storage device; and
a control section configured to cause the image data having the first predetermined number of pixels obtained by the image
capturing section to be stored to the external storage device connected through the interface section, and after the captured
image data are stored to the external storage device, if an automatic sub image creation state is turned on, the control section
configured to automatically convert the image data to the second predetermined number of pixels, and to automatically (a)
delete the image data having the first predetermined number of pixels from the storage section, (b) store the converted image
data to the storage section, and (c) display a message indicating storage of image data in the external storage device and
the converted image data in the storage section.

US Pat. No. 9,658,767

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A mobile communication terminal comprising: a display panel; a first touch panel provided on a surface of the display panel;
a second touch panel provided on at least one surface of the mobile communication terminal other than the surface of the display
panel; and circuitry configured to control the display panel to display a QWERTY keyboard when a size corresponding to a touch
input detected at the second touch panel is greater than or equal to a predetermined size; control the display panel to display
a QWERTY keyboard divided into two separate parts when the size corresponding to the touch input is less than the predetermined
size and a number of contacts corresponding to the touch input is equal to or greater than a first predetermined number; control
the display panel to display a second keyboard having a size smaller than the QWERTY keyboard near a right edge of the display
panel when the size corresponding to the touch input is less than the predetermined size, the number of contacts corresponding
to the touch input is less than or equal to the second predetermined number, and a position corresponding to the touch input
is near a right edge of the mobile communication terminal; and control the display panel to display the second keyboard near
a left edge of the display panel when the size corresponding to the touch input is less than the predetermined size, the number
of contacts corresponding to the touch input is less than or equal to a second predetermined number that is less than the
first predetermined number, and a position corresponding to the touch input is near a right edge of the mobile communication
terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,577,336

INVERTED-F ANTENNA WITH A CHOKE NOTCH FOR WIRELESS ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A wireless electronic device comprising:
an inverted-F antenna (IFA) comprising an IFA exciting element, an IFA feed, and a grounding pin, wherein the IFA exciting
element is configured to resonate at a resonant frequency when excited by a signal received through the IFA feed;

a choke notch having a length defined based on the resonant frequency of the IFA exciting element, wherein the choke notch
is electrically coupled to the IFA exciting element through the grounding pin; and

a ground patch that is electrically coupled between the choke notch and a ground plane,
wherein the length of the choke notch corresponds to approximately 0.5 wavelengths of the resonant frequency of the IFA exciting
element, and

wherein the IFA feed is located near a center of the choke notch, at approximately 0.25 wavelengths of the resonant frequency
of the IFA.

US Pat. No. 9,554,332

METHOD FOR REDUCING POWER CONSUMPTION OF A MOBILE DEVICE AND MOBILE DEVICE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for reducing power consumption of a mobile device, the method comprising:
determining a link quality of a link for a transmission of data between the mobile device and a receiver, and
transmitting the data in dependence of the determined link quality from the mobile device to the receiver only when the determined
link quality is sufficiently high to transmit the data with a predetermined transmit power from the mobile device to the receiver;

wherein transmitting the data comprises storing the data in a buffer if the determined link quality of the link is not sufficiently
high and transmitting the data from the buffer to the receiver when the link quality of the link becomes sufficiently high;

wherein the data is transmitted from the buffer to the receiver irrespective of the link quality if the buffer is full or
if a buffer time of the data in the buffer exceeds a predetermined time limit.

US Pat. No. 9,519,423

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a touch panel device that detects a touch input; and
circuitry configured to
set one of a plurality of application programs to an active state as an active-state application program;
acquire profile information corresponding to the active-state application program; and
set a detection parameter of the touch panel device based on the acquired profile information, wherein
the circuitry is configured to set a software keyboard application as the active-state application program;
the profile information corresponding to the software keyboard application includes information for setting, as the detection
parameter, a first sensitivity threshold for detecting a touch input at the touch panel device at positions corresponding
to each of a plurality of key icons of the software keyboard application and a second sensitivity threshold for detecting
a touch input at the touch panel device at positions other than the positions corresponding to each of the plurality of key
icons, the second sensitivity threshold being lower than the first sensitivity threshold;

the positions, which have the second sensitivity threshold, are distinct and separate from the plurality of key icons of the
software keyboard application;

the profile information corresponding to the software keyboard application includes information for setting, as the detection
parameter, a reporting rate defining a speed at which a detected touch input is output by the touch panel device, the reporting
rate corresponding to the software keyboard application being lower than a reporting rate corresponding to each of other application
programs; and

the plurality of application programs include a standby menu application program, a game application program and a keyboard
application program.

US Pat. No. 9,514,524

OPTICAL DISTORTION COMPENSATION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:
circuitry configured to
detect a size of a face from a captured image;
identify a distortion correction parameter which varies according to a size of the detected face; and
correct a distortion of the face within the captured image by utilizing the distortion correction parameter identified based
on the size of the detected face from the captured image,

wherein a distortion correction pattern strengthens a warping effect when the size of the face increases from a first smaller
size to a second larger size, and the distortion correction pattern weakens a warping effect when the size of the face increases
from the second larger size to a third larger size.

US Pat. No. 9,438,763

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
an image capturing section configured to capture an image of light and obtain image data;
an image display section configured to display the image data, obtained by the image capturing section, with a predetermined
size corresponding to a size of a display screen;

a storage section configured to store the image data obtained by the image capturing section;
an interface section configured to be connectable to an external storage device; and
a control section configured to cause the image data obtained by the image capturing section to be stored to the external
storage device connected through the interface section, and after the captured image data are stored to the external storage
device, if an automatic sub image creation state is turned on the control section configured to automatically convert the
image data whose size exceeds the predetermined size into image data having the predetermined size corresponding to the size
of the display screen, and to automatically store the converted image data to the storage section and display an indication
indicating storage of image data in the external storage device and the converted image data in the storage section.

US Pat. No. 9,430,067

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TOUCH DETECTION ON A DISPLAY PANEL

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a display configured to indicate a display position corresponding to a touch input;
a touch sensor formed integrally with the display and configured to detect the touch input; and
circuitry configured to
divide the display into a first area and a second area;
receive coordinate positions corresponding to the touch input from the touch sensor;
sample tile coordinate positions corresponding to the touch input;
calculate a motion vector corresponding to the touch input based on the sampling of the coordinate positions of the touch
input;

determine whether a predetermined condition is satisfied, the predetermined condition comprising a condition that the motion
vector lies entirely in or terminates in the first area and a condition that a speed of the motion vector is in a predetermined
speed range;

if the predetermined condition is satisfied, enable a prediction filter that computes a coefficient estimation parameter for
the motion vector based on a direction of the motion vector and the speed of the motion vector;

predicts a future touch input using the coefficient estimation parameter; and
controls the display to indicate a display position corresponding to the predicted future touch input; and
if the predetermined condition is not satisfied, disable the prediction filter.

US Pat. No. 9,104,468

TERMINAL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING TERMINAL APPARATUS WITH MULTI-TASKING FEATURES

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A terminal apparatus comprising:
circuitry configured to:
store a plurality of application programs each having computer readable instructions, said plurality of application programs
including a first application program and a second application program;

execute instructions of the first application program;
display a screen generated by the circuitry when executing the first application program;
store data on the first application program when an operation of the first application program is paused; and
respond to an external input by changing the screen to a screen image of the second application program, said external input
including a dragging operation of an external device so as to pause the first application program,

wherein in response to the circuitry receiving the external input, the circuitry causes image data generated for the first
application program while being executed and data of an execution state of the first application program to be stored for
subsequent retrieval when resuming execution of said first application program into the circuitry,

the circuitry simultaneously displays a partial screen image for the first application program with a partial screen image
of the second application program prior to fully transitioning to a display of an entirety of the screen image for the second
application program,

the circuitry gradually increases a display area of the screen image for the second application program in accordance with
the dragging operation,

the circuitry places the second application program into an execution state when the display area of the screen image for
the second application program is more than a predetermined threshold,

in a case that another external input is not detected by the circuitry within a predetermined time period of displaying the
entirety of the screen image for the second application program, the circuitry begins execution of the second application
program, and

in a case that another external input is detected by the circuitry within the predetermined time period, the circuitry does
not begin execution of the second application program and the circuitry subsequently begins execution of a different application
program.

US Pat. No. 10,117,252

USER EQUIPMENT, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A USER EQUIPMENT

SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATION...

1. A user equipment that is part of a device-to-device group that includes electronic devices that communicate using device-to-device communication and the user equipment communicates with a cellular communication network in which there are preconfigured device-to-device spectrum resources that the electronic devices of the device-to-device group are permitted to use inside a coverage area of the cellular communication network, comprising:a wireless interface over which the communication with the cellular communication network is carried out and over which communication with the other electronic devices in the device-to-device group is carried out; and
a processing device to control the wireless interface and configured to:
determine existence of a first condition in which one or more of the electronic devices of the device-to-device group are in the coverage area of the cellular communication network and, during times that the first condition exists, perform device-to-device discovery or device-to-device communication using the preconfigured device-to-device spectrum resources; and
determine existence of a second condition in which at least one of the electronic devices in the device-to-device group is outside the coverage area of the cellular communication network and in which at least one of the electronic devices in the device-to-device group is inside the coverage area and, during times that the second condition exists, perform device-to-device discovery or device-to-device communication using extension device-to-device spectrum resources.

US Pat. No. 10,073,520

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INTERACTION USING HOLOGRAPHIC DISPLAY SYSTEM

Sony Mobile Communication...

6. A system for displaying of a holographic image of an object in a predefined area comprising:at least one positioning unit configured for:
detecting positions of a plurality of viewers within said predefined area; and
detecting the eye position of each viewer;
at least one sensor configured for detecting the environmental conditions within said predefined area;
a processing unit configured for:
collecting data comprising said detected positions of viewers and detected environmental conditions;
determining a triangular field of vision of each viewer present in said area based on a view span of a depth camera of a respective optical head mounted device of each viewer present; and
determining a location for displaying said holographic image of said object based on said collected data and said determined triangular field of vision of each viewer present, wherein said determined location includes an area calculated as an area that is common to, and most covered by, overlapping areas of the determined triangular field of vision of each viewer present; and
a display unit assigned to each viewer within said predefined area, wherein said display unit is configured for displaying said holographic image of said object at said determined location.

US Pat. No. 9,578,667

USER EQUIPMENT, BASE STATION, AND METHOD OF ENABLING USAGE OF RESOURCES FOR A DEVICE-TO-DEVICE DISCOVERY

SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATION...

1. A wireless communication system user equipment, comprising:
a user equipment; and
a base station connected to a cellular communication network, the base station comprising a first wireless interface configured
to broadcast information on resources allocated for a device-to-device (D2D) discovery signal transmission; and

control circuitry coupled to the first wireless interface, the control circuitry being configured to control the first wireless
interface to transmit a message which indicates whether the user equipment is enabled to use the allocated resources for the
D2D discovery signal transmission, the control circuitry further configured to

determine whether the user equipment is to be prioritized over other user equipment, and when the user equipment is to be
prioritized over the other user equipment, generate a message that i) allocates resources to the user equipment that are different
from type 1 D2D discovery resources, ii) allocates type 2 D2D discovery resources to the user equipment, or iii) disables
the user equipment from using the type 1 D2D discovery resources, and

when the user equipment is not to be prioritized over the other user equipment, determine a usage level of the type 1 D2D
discovery resources, and when the usage level is below a threshold level generate a message that enables the user equipment
to use a resource selected from a type 1 D2D discovery resource, and when the usage level is greater than the prescribed threshold
level, generate a message that allocates a type 2 D2D discovery resource to the user equipment, or disables the user equipment
from selecting a type 1 D2D discovery resource for the transmission of a D2D discovery signal and from using a type 2 discovery
resource for the transmission of a D2D discovery signal;

the user equipment comprising
a second wireless interface configured for communication with the base station, the second wireless interface being configured
to receive information on resources allocated for D2D discovery signal transmission; and

a processor coupled to the second wireless interface, the processor being configured to
determine whether a message received at the second wireless interface enables the user equipment to use the allocated resources;
and

control the wireless interface to transmit a device-to-device discovery signal using the allocated resources depending on
whether the message enables the user equipment to use the allocated resources.

US Pat. No. 9,535,511

CHARACTER INPUT DEVICE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a display that receives a touch input;
a memory; and
circuitry configured to:
determine a position of a touch input on the display;
control the display to display a string of candidate characters for input at a position on the display corresponding to the
position of the touch input;

detect selection of a desired character from the string of candidate characters;
control the display to display the desired character in a character input field on the display;
determine that a drag touch is performed on the display at a position corresponding to the display sting of candidate characters;
determine whether a path of the drag touch input deviates within a predetermined angle range on a left of a path of the drag
touch input;

in a case that the circuitry determines that the path of the drag touch input deviates within the predetermined angle range,
determine a lastly displayed candidate character prior to a start of the deviation of the drag path; and

control the display to display the lastly displayed candidate character prior to the start of the deviation of the drag as
the desired character in the character input field on the display.

US Pat. No. 9,377,943

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OUTPUTTING DISPLAY DATA BASED ON A TOUCH OPERATION ON A TOUCH PANEL

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a touch panel display including one or more sensors for detecting an input operation by an instruction object on an operation
surface of the touch panel display; and

circuitry configured to
acquire, from the one or more sensors, one or more coordinates corresponding to one or more positions of the instruction object
on the operation surface of the touch panel display during the input operation;

determine whether a first criterion is satisfied, the first criterion corresponding to an output value from the one or more
sensors being equal to or greater than a first threshold value;

determine a current condition of the instruction object during the input operation as a down condition when the first criterion
is satisfied;

determine whether a second criterion is satisfied when the first criterion is not satisfied, the second criterion corresponding
to a difference between the output value and the first threshold value being less than a predetermined difference and a first
predetermined number of consecutive down conditions immediately preceding the input operation;

determine the current condition as the down condition when the second criterion is satisfied; and
determine the current condition as an up condition when the second criterion is not satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,118,363

TIMING SYNCHRONIZATION SYSTEM FOR MIMO-OFDM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A communication system comprising:
a transmission device having a plurality of transmission antennas that transmit a plurality of signals, as transmission signals,
under a multiple input multiple output (MIMO) scheme, the plurality of signals being transmitted with a relative delay to
one another and being modulated and multiplexed together under an orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) scheme;
and

a reception device having a plurality of reception antennas that receive the plurality of signals under the MIMO scheme,
wherein the transmission device is configured to add a preamble signal to one of the transmission signals transmitted to the
reception device at an earliest timing among the transmission signals, the transmission signals being output from the transmission
antennas;

wherein the transmission device does not add the preamble signal to the transmission signals other than the transmission signal
transmitted at the earliest timing,

wherein the reception device is configured to detect whether the preamble signal has only been added to the transmission signal
transmitted at the earliest timing among the transmission signals, and

wherein the reception device determines a frame synchronization signal acquired from only the preamble signal received by
a first reception antenna among the plurality of reception antennas to be a synchronization acquisition signal, and uses the
acquired synchronization acquisition signal to perform frame synchronization processing for a signal received by each of the
reception antennas, when the reception device detects that the preamble signal has only been added to the transmission signal
transmitted at the earliest timing among the transmission signals.

US Pat. No. 9,839,003

UE INITIATED STATIONARY INDICATOR FOR REDUCED PAGING

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for reducing paging overhead in a network, the method comprising:
determining that a user equipment (UE) will remain substantially stationary for a period of time, wherein the UE is located
in a first network cell associated with the network; and

in response to determining the UE will remain substantially stationary for a period of time, transmitting, from the UE, an
indicator to the network, wherein the indicator indicates that the UE is substantially stationary and, wherein the network
responds to the indicator by transmitting a paging signal to the first network cell without transmitting the paging signal
to one or more other network cells that are part of a same geographic tracking area as the first network cell.

US Pat. No. 9,826,551

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR BANDWIDTH DEPENDENT ACCESS COORDINATION TO A SHARED TRANSMISSION MEDIUM

Sony Mobile Communication...

1. A method for coordinating access to a shared transmission medium in a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), comprising the
steps of:
designating a group association dependent on bandwidth, wherein a first group is associated with transmission at a first bandwidth,
and a second group is associated with transmission at a second bandwidth, which is higher than the first bandwidth;

assigning first and second sets of time slots for transmission of data dependent on the group association;
initiating transmission of data from a first device to a second device in a first basic service set (BSS);
providing access opportunity to the first device on the shared transmission medium in one or more time slots, among the first
or the second set of time slots, dependent on bandwidth of the data to be transmitted.

US Pat. No. 9,565,629

DISCONTINUOUS TRAFFIC IN A TELECOMMUNICATION NETWORK USING TERMINAL SUGGESTED DRX/DTX PATTERN

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A mobile telecommunication device comprising:
an application module configured to execute one or more applications;
a radio module configured to communicate radio signals to and from a remote network node,
a base band module configured to communicate data between said application module and said radio module, and to code and decode
said data using a communication protocol, wherein said base band module comprises:

a modem usage analysing submodule configured to receive modem requests from said one or more applications, and to analyze
all modem requests received during a predefined time period to generate aggregated application modem request information;

a pattern suggestion submodule configured to receive the aggregated application modem request information from said modem
usage analyzing submodule, and to select a discontinuous reception (DRX) pattern and select a discontinuous transmission (DTX)
pattern using said aggregated application modem request information, and

a Radio Resource Control protocol handler configured to send one or more parameters defining said selected DRX pattern and
DTX pattern to said network node as proposed DRX and DTX patterns to support current communications activity of the one or
more applications and conserve battery resources of the mobile telecommunication device.

US Pat. No. 9,531,087

MM WAVE ANTENNA ARRAY INTEGRATED WITH CELLULAR ANTENNA

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A wireless electronic device, comprising:
a ground plane;
a cellular antenna;
a millimeter wave (mmW) antenna array coupled to a surface of a radiating element of the cellular antenna, the radiating element
of the cellular antenna being a radiating element for signals transmitted or received by the cellular antenna; and

an mmW circuit attached to the surface of the cellular antenna and coupled to the mmW antenna array, the mmW circuit comprising
circuit logic for feeding signals to mmW antennas of the mmW antenna array.

US Pat. No. 9,510,266

OPERATING A BASE STATION OF A RADIO ACCESS NETWORK

Sony Mobile Communication...

1. A method for operating a base station of a radio access network, the method comprising:
detecting a first user equipment within a cell served by the base station,
detecting a second user equipment within the cell served by the base station,
receiving from the first user equipment a first indication indicating that the first user equipment has detected the second
user equipment within a predefined proximity,

receiving from the second user equipment a second indication indicating that the second user equipment has detected the first
user equipment within a predefined proximity, and

sending a relay request to the first user equipment depending on both the first indication and the second indication, the
relay request instructing the first user equipment to relay a data communication between the base station and the second user
equipment.

US Pat. No. 9,510,321

UE INITIATED STATIONARY INDICATOR FOR REDUCED PAGING

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for reducing paging overhead in a network, the method comprising:
determining whether a user equipment (UE) is substantially stationary, wherein the UE is located in a first network cell associated
with a network;

in response to determining the UE is substantially stationary, transmitting, from the UE, an indicator to the network, wherein
the indicator indicates that the UE is substantially stationary and, wherein the network responds to the indicator by transmitting
a paging signal to the first network cell without transmitting the paging signal to one or more other network cells that are
part of a same geographic tracking area as the first cell;

determining whether the UE moves from the first network cell to a second network cell; and
in response to determining that the UE moves from the first network cell to the second network cell, transmitting updated
location information associated with the UE to the network.

US Pat. No. 9,501,220

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR EXTRACTING DATA ON A TOUCH SCREEN

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a display configured to display data including a plurality of character strings;
a user interface configured to receive a user input corresponding to an enclosed shape; and
circuitry configured to
extract one or more character strings within the enclosed shape from the plurality of character strings based on the user
input;

prioritize the extracted one or more character strings; and
control the display to display the extracted one or more character strings based on the prioritizing.

US Pat. No. 9,258,732

RADIO COMMUNICATION CONTROL DEVICE AND RADIO COMMUNICATION TERMINAL

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

5. A radio communication terminal that performs data communication comprising:
a unit configured to set whether QoS guaranteed data communication at a particular data rate is refused in a QoS guaranteed
area; and

a unit configured to confirm that QoS guaranteed data communication at the data rate is to be executed and block uploading
and downloading at the data rate when the QoS guaranteed data communication is set to be refused.

US Pat. No. 9,148,586

TERMINAL APPARATUS FOR COMBINING IMAGES FROM TWO DIFFERENT CAMERAS BASED ON DETECTED SOUND

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A terminal apparatus comprising:
a display that is disposed on a case and is configured to display an image;
a first camera disposed on a surface on which the display performs image display;
a second camera disposed on a surface opposite the surface on which the first camera is disposed;
a plurality of microphones disposed on the case; and
processing circuitry configured to
control detection of sound transmitted from a sound source on a side of the first camera with sound signals obtained by at
least one of the plurality of microphones, and

automatically combine a first image which is captured by the first camera with a second image captured by the second camera
on the basis of a result of the detection of sound transmitted from the sound source on the side of the first camera having
a level equal to or higher than a threshold value,

wherein the first image and the second image are each moving images, and the processing circuitry automatically combines the
first image and the second image while the moving images for the first image and the second image are being captured by the
first camera and the second camera respectively,

the processing circuitry being further configured to determine whether a mouth of a user facing a side of the first camera
has moved and to determine if there is a sound from the user obtained by at least one of the plurality of microphones, and
automatically combine the first image with the second image when the processing circuitry determines that there is a sound
from the user obtained by at least one of the plurality of microphones and that the mouth of the user has moved, and

when there is no detection of sound transmitted from the sound source on the side of the first camera by the processing circuitry,
the second image is displayed on the display without the first image.

US Pat. No. 9,848,315

DISCOVERY MESSAGE METHOD CONFIGURATION SELECTION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for enhancing proximity service (ProSe) device to device (D2D) discovery, the method comprising:
determining, by a user device, a discovery message method configuration from a plurality of predefined discovery message method
configurations, wherein determining comprises:

accessing at least one discovery message method configuration rule configured to dictate which from the plurality of discovery
message method configurations corresponds with each of a plurality of unique combinations of one or more rule circumstances;

determining a combination of one or more actual circumstances;
determining which of the plurality of unique combinations of one or more rule circumstances matches the combination of one
or more actual circumstances;

determining which of the plurality of discovery message method configurations corresponds with the determined unique combination
of one or more rule circumstances that matches the combination of one or more actual circumstances; and

initiating, by the user device, discovery messaging using the determined discovery message method configuration,
wherein the plurality of predefined discovery message method configurations are distinguishable based on (i) a length of the
message being fixed or variable, and (ii) a layer of a networking model used for communicating the message.

US Pat. No. 9,848,325

ENABLING SECURE APPLICATION DISTRIBUTION ON A (E)UICC USING SHORT DISTANCE COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUES

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method performed in a system comprising a first wireless device including a first security application, a second wireless
device and a network node, for enabling distribution of the first security application to the second wireless device, the
method comprising:
receiving, in the first wireless device, using a short distance communication technology, a hardware identifier of the second
wireless device;

sending, from the first wireless device, the hardware identifier of the second wireless device and information identifying
the first security application to the network node;

receiving, in the network node, from the first wireless device, the hardware identifier of the second wireless device and
the information identifying the first security application;

sending, from the network node to the first wireless device, a first confirmation that the hardware identifier is received
in the network node and/or that it is a correct hardware identifier;

receiving, in the first wireless device, a first confirmation from the network node that the hardware identifier is received
in the network node and/or that it is a correct hardware identifier;

authorising, in the network node, the second wireless device to receive and/or activate a second security application associated
with the first security application of the first wireless device;

sending, from the network node, a second confirmation to the first wireless device that the second security application associated
with the first security application is authorized in the second wireless device;

receiving, in the first wireless device, a second confirmation that the second security application associated with the first
security application is authorized in the second wireless device; and

sending the second security application associated with the first security application of the first wireless device from the
network node to the second wireless device;

wherein the first security application and the second security application are both software applications executed by a processor
in a secured environment such that, when executed, the first security application and the second security application restrict
access to sensitive data;

receiving, in the first wireless device, user input to cancel the authorization to access the second security application,
associated with the first security application, in the second wireless device;

sending, from the first wireless device, instructions to the network node to cancel the authorization to the second wireless
device;

receiving, in the network node, instructions from the first wireless device to cancel the authorization to the second wireless
device to access the second security application associated with the first security application; and

cancelling, in the network node, the authorization to the second wireless device.

US Pat. No. 9,826,603

CONFIGURATION OF AMBIENT LIGHT USING WIRELESS CONNECTION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A processing unit configured to control ambient light based on visual media content being displayed on a display, the processing
unit executing logical instructions to:
determine a position of at least one lighting device relative to the display from characteristics of wireless signals from
the at least one lighting device that are received at two or more antennas positioned at the display, the characteristics
of the wireless signals comprising at least one of an angle of arrival or angle of departure of the wireless signals;

identify at least one portion of the display correlating to the relative position of the at least one lighting device; and
control the at least one lighting device to provide a lighting characteristic that matches the visual media content being
displayed on the correlated portion.

US Pat. No. 9,812,120

SPEECH SYNTHESIS APPARATUS, SPEECH SYNTHESIS METHOD, SPEECH SYNTHESIS PROGRAM, PORTABLE INFORMATION TERMINAL, AND SPEECH SYNTHESIS SYSTEM

Sony Mobile Communication...

1. A speech synthesis apparatus comprising:
a receiver that receives an e-mail as a text content item;
a memory that stores the text content item to be converted into speech;
a content selection unit that selects the text content item to be converted into speech based on a vocal command from a user
in which the user commands that the received e-mail be read aloud;

a related information selection unit that selects related information which can be at least converted into text and which
is related to the text content item selected by the content selection unit, wherein the related information includes at least
identification of a sender of the e-mail, and wherein when the name of the sender is locally stored in association with an
e-mail address of the sender prior to receipt of the e-mail, the name of the sender is used as the identification of the sender,
and when the name of the sender is not locally stored in association with an e-mail address of the sender prior to receipt
of the e-mail, the e-mail address is used as the identification of the sender;

a data addition unit that converts the related information selected by the related information selection unit into text by
inserting the related information into a predetermined type of phrase to form a text phrase, and adds text data of the text
phrase to text data of the text content item selected by the content selection unit, wherein the predetermined type of phrase
includes at least one predetermined location within the phrase at which the identification of the sender of the e-mail is
inserted;

a text-to-speech conversion unit that converts the text data supplied from the data addition unit into a speech signal; and
a speech output unit that outputs the speech signal supplied from the text-to-speech conversion unit.

US Pat. No. 9,736,809

METHOD FOR IMPROVED INDOOR POSITIONING AND CROWD SOURCING USING PDR

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for determining a position of a mobile device, the method comprising:
scanning a wireless signal associated with the mobile device;
measuring a signal strength associated with the wireless signal;
determining a timestamp associated with the measurement;
estimating a position of the mobile device based on a pedestrian dead reckoning (PDR) technique; and
determining an actual position of the mobile device by modeling a signal strength at the estimated position and comparing
the signal strength measurement with the modeled signal strength to map the scanned wireless signal to a position of the mobile
device at a time associated with the timestamp.

US Pat. No. 9,693,235

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR SECURING RADIO RESOURCES FOR AN LTE-U DATA TRANSMISSION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method of securing radio resources for a Long Term Evolution (LTE) unlicensed data transmission of a communication device
in an unlicensed frequency band, the method comprising:
detecting, by the communication device, that a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) device terminates transmission;
determining a time gap to a start time of an LTE subframe, in response to the detecting that the WLAN device terminates transmission;
setting a number of bits of a plurality of bits in dependence on the time gap;
preventing, by the communication device, the WLAN device from using the radio resources during a timeframe from when the WLAN
device is detected to have terminated transmission until when the Long Term Evolution unlicensed data transmission starts,
by responding to an end of the timeframe by operating the communication device to transmit the plurality of bits in the unlicensed
frequency band which are inserted before the Long Term Evolution unlicensed data transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,685,156

LOW-POWER VOICE COMMAND DETECTOR

Sony Mobile Communication...

1. An electronic device, comprising:
audio circuitry for capturing ambient sound;
voice command detection circuitry for determining voice commands provided by a user, the voice command detection circuitry
configured to

disregard, without analysing for the presence of speech, sound captured by the audio circuitry that does not exceed a first
sound pressure threshold level;

analyze sound captured by the audio circuitry that exceeds the first sound threshold level using a speech recognition algorithm
for detecting the presence of words or ambient noise;

dynamically adjust the first sound pressure threshold level based on the analysis of the captured sound;
increase the first sound pressure threshold level when at least one of the captured sound is determined to be ambient noise
or a word hit rate of the captured sound is below a first prescribed hit rate threshold; and

decrease the first sound pressure threshold level when the captured sound includes speech having a word hit rate exceeding
a second prescribed hit rate threshold or a prescribed time period has elapsed.

US Pat. No. 9,600,052

PEAK CURRENT HANDLER

Sony Mobile Communication...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a memory;
data stored in memory, the data including possible operational states of the electronic device and respective configuration
data for maintaining an electric current consumption of the electronic device below a prescribed threshold current; and

a control circuit configured to:
identify an operational state of the electronic device;
obtain from memory the data corresponding to the identified operational state;
determine from the data corresponding to the identified operational state whether unintended operation of the electronic device
may occur due to current consumption of the electronic device exceeding the prescribed threshold current;

after determining unintended operation of the electronic device may occur, modify operational parameters of the electronic
device based on the data obtained from memory to maintain the electric current consumption of the electronic device below
the prescribed threshold current.

US Pat. No. 9,590,697

DEVICE ENVIRONMENT DETERMINATION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:
a radio communication processor connected to one or more transmission antennas, wherein each of the one or more transmission
antennas are configured to transmit a signal;

a receiving antenna connected to the radio communication processor and configured to receive the signal transmitted from the
one or more transmission antennas;

an attenuation measuring device configured to measure attenuation of the transmitted signal based on the signal received by
the receiving antenna; and

a controller configured by circuitry to determine a surrounding air or water environment of the electronic device based on
the measured attenuation, wherein the controller determines the surrounding is an air environment when a measured attenuation
is less than a preset first threshold level.

US Pat. No. 9,569,877

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ADAPTING A GRAPHICAL EFFECT

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method in an electronic device for adapting a graphical effect used in a Graphical User Interface, GUI, comprised in
the electronic device for interacting with a user of the electronic device,
the electronic device is associated with at least one database,
at least one software application using the graphical effect is running on the electronic device,
the method comprising:
detecting a number of times the at least one application is started;
saving the detected number of times in the at least one database; and
displaying the graphical effect for a time duration that is decreased from a first time value to a second time value responsive
to an increase in the detected number of times at least one application is started, wherein the first time value is longer
than the second time value, wherein the second time value is a non-zero time value, and whereby performance of the graphical
effect is improved.

US Pat. No. 9,501,166

DISPLAY METHOD AND PROGRAM OF A TERMINAL DEVICE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:
circuitry configured to
detect, based on an output of a touch panel, a kind of finger that operates the touch panel;
determine, based on the detected kind of the finger, an arrangement of display elements on a display formed on or integrally
with the touch panel;

control the display to display the elements in accordance with the determined arrangement;
detect that only one hand is used to operate the terminal device when two connected peaks in a scanning direction of the touch
panel are in a detected electrostatic capacity distribution signal; and

detect that two hands are used to operate the electronic device when one peak in the scanning direction of the touch panel
is in the detected electrostatic capacity distribution signal.

US Pat. No. 9,451,073

TERMINAL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING TERMINAL APPARATUS WITH MULTI-TASKING FEATURES

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A terminal apparatus comprising:
a microphone configured to detect an audio signal;
a touch panel display configured to detect an external it; and
circuitry configured to:
store a plurality of application programs each having computer readable instructions, said plurality of application programs
including a first application program and a second application program;

execute instructions of the first application program;
display a screen generated by the circuitry on the touch panel display when executing the first application program;
store data on the first application program when an operation of the first application program is paused; and
respond to the external input by changing the screen to a screen image of the second application program, said external input
including a dragging operation of an external device on the touch panel display so as to pause the first application program,
wherein

in response to the circuitry receiving the external input, the circuitry causes image data generated for the first application
program while being executed and data of an execution state of the first application program to be stored for subsequent retrieval
when resuming execution of said first application program into the circuit,

the circuitry simultaneously displays a partial screen image for the first application program with a partial screen image
of the second application program prior to fully transitioning to a display of an entirety of the screen image for the second
application program,

the circuitry gradually increases a display area of the screen image for the second application program in accordance with
the dragging operation, and

the circuitry places the second application program into an execution state when the display area of the screen image for
the second application program is more than a predetermined threshold ;

wherein: said plurality of application programs have respective priorities assigned thereto, and in response to said external
input, screen images for said plurality of application programs that are in one of a paused state and an execution state are
displayed in priority order.

US Pat. No. 9,332,349

SOUND IMAGE LOCALIZATION APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a sound image localization apparatus including:
a first head related transfer function (HRTF) filter configured to receive a monaural audio signal and generate a first channel
output signal using a first head related transfer function describing a change in sound at a right eardrum caused when a sound
occurs from a first direction;

a second HRTF filter configured to receive the monaural audio signal and generate a second channel output signal using a second
head related transfer function describing a change in sound at a left eardrum caused when a sound occurs from the first direction;

a first low-pass filter configured to cut high frequency components of the monaural audio signal and pass low frequency components
of the monaural signal;

a first delay circuit configured to delay an output of the first low-pass filter by a first delay amount;
a second low-pass filter configured to cut high frequency components of the monaural audio signal and pass low frequency components
of the monaural signal;

a second delay circuit configured to delay an output of the second low-pass filter by a second delay amount;
a first mixer configured to mix an output of the first HRTF filter and an output of the first delay circuit and output a first
audio signal; and

a second mixer configured to mix an output of the second HRTF filter and an output of the second delay circuit and output
a second audio signal, wherein

a difference between the first delay amount and the second delay amount is set such that a second direction of localization
caused by the difference between the first delay amount and the second delay amount coincides with the first direction of
the first HRTF filter and the second HRTF filter.

US Pat. No. 9,116,696

MOBILE TERMINAL DEVICE, OPERATION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A mobile terminal device comprising:
a touch panel that detects an input operation;
an input detector that detects a predetermined contact of the input operation on the touch panel, and changes the frequency
of detection by the touch panel; and

processing circuitry that controls the input detector to decrease the frequency of detection by the touch panel to a certain
level when the input operation is not detected by the touch panel over a specified time period, and executes a specific operation
to display a home screen when the predetermined contact of the input operation on the touch panel corresponding to the specific
operation is detected by the input detector when the frequency of detection by the touch panel is the certain level,

wherein the predetermined contact includes sequential contacts of predetermined locations and/or simultaneous contacts of
predetermined multiple locations.

US Pat. No. 9,069,538

PREVENTING DARK CURRENT FLOW IN A MOBILE TERMINAL

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an internal battery device including a secondary battery;
a load device configured to receive power from the secondary battery;
a receiving section configured to detachably receive a movable member;
circuitry configured to generate a control signal for preventing dark current from flowing from the secondary battery to the
load device; and

a first switching element configured to cut off a power source path from the secondary battery to the load device based on
the control signal generated by the circuitry, wherein

the circuitry includes a switch disposed on or within the receiving section, which becomes conductive when the movable member
is received by the receiving section.

US Pat. No. 9,826,561

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ALLOWING ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC DEVICES USING A BODY AREA NETWORK

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

11. A system for creating access to a wireless communication device, wherein the system comprises:
said wireless communication device; and
a Body Area Network, BAN, enabled peripheral device paired with said wireless communication device;
wherein said wireless communication device comprises:
a Body Area Network, BAN, enabled access module configured for creating access to said wireless communication device, the
BAN enabled access module comprising:

a scanner for scanning a body part of a user and collecting biometric data of said body part;
a BAN enabled electrode configured for receiving authentication data from said BAN enabled peripheral device, the authentication
data being a predefined user-input code;

wherein said BAN enabled peripheral device is configured for transmitting said authentication data upon request and comprises:
a sensor configured for detecting the presence of said user's body;
a communication interface configured to communicate with said wireless communication device by using BAN;
a memory circuit configured to store said authentication data;
a processing circuitry configured to:
store, in the memory circuit, the authentication data in the memory circuit and delete the authentication data when the sensor
no longer detects the presence of the user's body, and

transmit said authentication data to the BAN enabled access module, when a request for authentication data is received;
wherein access is allowed to said wireless communication device when said collected biometric data and said received authentication
data are valid; and

wherein the wireless communication device, upon determining that the authentication data is not stored in the BAN enabled
peripheral device, is configured to:

request the authentication data from the user and receive the authentication data from the user via a user input of the wireless
communication device; and

transfer the authentication data received from the user to the BAN enabled peripheral device for storage.

US Pat. No. 9,660,327

COMBINATION ANTENNA

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A combination antenna comprising:
a conductive block having at least one surface-mount electrical component mounted thereon;
a metallic housing connected to the conductive block via at least one electronic element having a front surface and a rear
surface, wherein

the front surface includes a plurality of plates each separated by gaps of a predetermined width, and
the rear surface includes a continuous plate separated from the front surface by a gap of a second predetermined width;
a plurality of antenna feeds disposed between the front surface and the rear surface of the metallic housing, wherein
the plurality of antenna feeds are connected to the metallic housing directly or via the at least one electronic element;
and

a ground plane with one or more grounding points connected to the front surface and the rear surface directly or via the at
least one electronic element.

US Pat. No. 9,671,924

INTEGRATED SCROLLBAR OPTIONS MENU AND RELATED METHODS, DEVICES, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method of operating an integrated scrollbar options menu in a graphical user interface of an electronic device, comprising:
highlighting a scrollbar that is operable to scroll display content in a first direction corresponding to an axis of the scrollbar
in response to a first navigational movement of the scrollbar in the first direction corresponding to the axis and that includes
the integrated scrollbar options menu; and

accessing the integrated scrollbar options menu by expanding the scrollbar using a second navigational movement of the scrollbar
that is different from the first navigational movement and includes dragging the scrollbar from a collapsed position that
hides the integrated scrollbar options menu toward an expanded position that displays the integrated scrollbar options menu,
wherein the integrated scrollbar options menu comprises at least one of:

a snap-to-section option, wherein scrolling of the display content in response to the first navigational movement from a first
section of the display content stops at a second section of the display content that is adjacent the first section;

a screen-by-screen option, wherein scrolling of the display content in response to the first navigational movement from a
first screen of the display content stops at a second screen of the display content that is adjacent the first screen;

a continuous scrolling option, wherein the first navigational movement from the first section provides continuous scrolling
through the second section; and

a scrolling speed option, wherein the first navigational movement provides scrolling through the display content at a predetermined
rate.

US Pat. No. 9,628,161

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

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An antenna switching method of a portable electronic device comprising first and second antennas, the method comprising:
connecting the first antenna to an uplink signal path;
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, switching 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.

US Pat. No. 9,615,382

NON-REAL-TIME TRAFFIC AGGREGATION IN RELAY NODES FOR INCREASED NETWORK CAPACITY

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A relay node for aggregating data transfers in a wireless telecommunications network, the relay node comprising:
a receiver configured to receive uplink signals from multiple terminals, each uplink signal including respective uplink data;
a decoder operatively connected to the receiver and configured to decode the uplink signals to obtain the uplink data;
a machine-readable storage medium operatively connected to the decoder and configured to store the uplink data;
an encoder operatively connected to the machine-readable medium and configured to encode an aggregate uplink signal including
the uplink data obtained from the uplink signals;

a transmitter configured to transmit an uplink transmission of the aggregate uplink signal to a base station; and
an aggregation logic configured to determine whether the uplink data is to be included in the aggregate uplink signal to be
transmitted to the base station or whether the uplink signals are to be transmitted to the base station.

US Pat. No. 9,607,196

TRANSMISSION REGULATION OF TAG READERS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A server, comprising:
a processor;
a memory coupled to the processor and comprising computer readable program code embodied in the memory that when executed
by the processor causes the processor to perform operations comprising:

comparing transmission reports received from one or more mobile tag readers to a reporting rule, wherein each transmission
report comprises data received by a respective mobile tag reader through a wireless transmission from a tag and a reported
location of the respective mobile tag reader;

responsive to a determination that one or more of the transmission reports satisfy the reporting rule, generating an instruction
that instructs a mobile tag reader to reduce how often transmission reports are sent to the server;

selecting one or more mobile tag readers to receive the instruction based on the reported location; and
sending the instruction to the selected one or more mobile to readers.

US Pat. No. 9,569,057

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OUTPUTTING A GUIDING OPERATION TO A USER

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a casing with at least four corners;
a display including a display screen region, the display displaying a portion of three-dimensional (3D) content that fits
within the display screen region, and the display supported by the casing;

a processing circuit that determines a direction to be browsed next as a guiding direction according to a location of the
portion of the 3D content displayed in the display screen region and a target location of the 3D content to be browsed next;
and

a perceptual active element including four active elements, each active element of the four active elements disposed at different
corners of the casing, and each active element of the four active elements outputs a tactile output signal of a guiding operation
to a user according to a control signal of the processing circuit, wherein

the guiding operation is output when the target location is outside of the display screen region,
the processing circuit is configured to
determine a perceptual strength of each tactile output signal output by the four active elements, for the output of the guiding
operation, based on the guiding direction,

determine non-zero intensities of at least three of the four active elements based on a depth distance of a particular plane,
on which the 3D content is projected, to the target location, and

control the at least three of the four active elements, to output the guiding operation, to simultaneously be activated at
the non-zero intensities based on the perceptual strength of each tactile output signal, and

the depth distance is in a direction orthogonal to the display screen region.

US Pat. No. 9,570,106

SENSOR CONFIGURATION SWITCHING FOR ADAPTATION OF VIDEO CAPTURING FRAME RATE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method of capturing video, the method comprising:
configuring at least one imaging sensor in a first configuration;
on the basis of the first configuration, capturing first video data at a first frame rate and a first resolution and second
video data at a second frame rate and a second resolution, the second frame rate being higher than the first frame rate and
the second resolution being lower than the first resolution, wherein the first video data is captured at a same time that
the second video data is captured;

detecting an amount of motion in the captured second video data;
on the basis of the detected amount of motion, switching the at least one imaging sensor to a second configuration; and
on the basis of the second configuration, capturing third video data at a third frame rate and a third resolution, the third
frame rate being higher than the first frame rate and the third resolution being higher than the second resolution,

wherein the at least one imaging sensor comprises an array camera comprising a plurality of sub-cameras;
wherein in the first configuration only a subset of the sub-cameras is assigned to capturing the second video data while the
other sub-cameras are assigned to capturing the first video data; and

wherein in the second configuration all the sub-cameras are assigned to capturing the third video data.

US Pat. No. 9,510,229

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PROGRESSIVELY ADJUSTING AN OFFLOAD SETTING

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for progressively adjusting an offload setting for offloading a user equipment, UE, from a cellular network to
a wireless local area network, WLAN, or for offloading the UE from the WLAN to the cellular network, the method comprising:
determining a progressive increase or decrease in a mobility of the UE; and
progressively adjusting an offload setting for the UE based on the progressive increase or decrease in the mobility of the
UE,

wherein the offload setting defines a first amount of data that the UE sends and receives on the cellular network and a second
amount of data that the UE sends and receives on the WLAN.

US Pat. No. 9,343,912

POWER CHARGING DEVICE AND MOBILE TERMINAL APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A charging device comprising:
a first battery that is charged at a first rate;
a second battery that is charged at a second rate, which is faster than the first rate;
an interface circuit that receives electric power from a charger;
a first switch disposed between the interface circuit and the first battery;
a second switch disposed between the second battery and the first battery;
a battery voltage detection circuit that detects a voltage of the second battery;
a charger detection circuit connected to the interface that detects whether the electric power is being received from the
charger; and

a switch control circuit that controls the first switch and the second switch based on outputs of the charger detection circuit
and the battery voltage detection circuit to select one of the first battery and the second battery to be charged.

US Pat. No. 9,128,562

TERMINAL APPARATUS, DISPLAY SYSTEM, DISPLAY METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR SWITCHING BETWEEN POINTER MODE AND TOUCH-PANEL MODE BASED ON HANDHELD ACTIVATION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A terminal apparatus comprising:
a display panel arranged on a housing;
a display processing unit that processes an image displayed on the display panel;
an output unit that externally outputs the image processed by the display processing unit or an instruction regarding the
image to an external device;

a touch-panel that detects a contact or approach of an object with or toward a surface of the display panel;
a motion sensor that detects a motion of the housing; and
a control unit having circuitry that when the touch-panel detects the contact or approach of the object having a greater size
than or equal to a predetermined size, controls the output unit to output an image or an instruction corresponding to the
motion detected by the motion sensor,

wherein when the control unit detects the contact or approach of the object of greater than or equal to a predetermined size,
the control unit deactivates the touch-panel from detecting further contact or approach of the object in response to the output
unit being activated to control an image on the external device based on a motion of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,039,141

EVENT-TRIGGERED MODE SWITCHING FOR A MOBILE TERMINAL

SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATION...

1. A mobile terminal, comprising:a modem for communication with a wireless network, the modem being configured for operating in a plurality of different modem operation modes, wherein while in each one of the plurality of different modem operation modes the modem is operational; and
a processing device operative to,
monitor whether a trigger event is detected,
perform a mode selection to select a modem operation mode from the plurality of modem operation modes in accordance with at least one constraint in response to detecting a trigger event that is dependent on a condition of the mobile terminal, the at least one constraint defining which modem operation mode or which modem operation modes are allowed to be selected as a function of one or several parameters of the mobile terminal, said mode selection reducing loads placed on the wireless network, wherein the selected modem operation mode is distinguished from at least one further modem operation mode by a transmission repetition count associated with each respective modem operation mode, and
control the modem to start operating in the selected modem operation mode.

US Pat. No. 9,785,193

KEYBOARD AND TERMINAL DEVICE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A device, comprising:
a holder attached to a casing that is configured to hold an edge of a terminal device;
a first clamper arranged on a first wall of the holder;
a second clamper arranged on a second wall opposing the first wall so that the first clamper faces the second clamper to exert
a pinching force on the edge of the terminal device; and

a clamper interlocking component that decreases the pinching force exerted by the first and second clampers when the edge
of the terminal device is inserted toward a bottom surface of the holder, and increases the pinching force exerted by the
first and second clampers when the edge of the terminal device is pulled away from the bottom surface of the holder,

wherein the clamper interlocking component moves upward and downward in a direction substantially parallel to front surfaces
of the first and second clampers which make contact with the edge of the terminal device when the edge of the terminal device
is inserted.

US Pat. No. 9,606,681

FINGER DETECTION ON TOUCH SCREENS FOR MOBILE DEVICES

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for controlling an input mode of a touch screen of an associated electronic device comprising a condition detection
system, the method comprising:
monitoring humidity in an area surrounding the associated electronic device using the condition detection system by detecting
a first signal from an associated humidity sensor indicating a level of humidity in the area surrounding the associated electronic
device and detecting a second signal resulting from an input on the touch screen indicating a presence of water on the touch
screen;

determining, based on the humidity in relation to one or more predetermined humidity threshold values, if a first input mode
(I) using only a capacitive sensing for the touch screen is to be used, or if a second input mode (II) using only a Z-force
sensing for the touch screen is to be used for pressure detection, or if a third input mode (III) being a combination of the
first and second input modes for the touch screen is to be used, and

using the determined input mode for receiving an input on the touch screen from an associated user of the associated electronic
device.

US Pat. No. 9,560,287

NOISE LEVEL BASED EXPOSURE TIME CONTROL FOR SEQUENTIAL SUBIMAGES

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method of imaging a scene, the method comprising:
capturing a sequence of multiple subimages by an imaging sensor organized in multiple subsets of pixels, each of the subsets
of pixels being assigned to capturing a corresponding one of the subimages; and

for each of the subsets of pixels:
obtaining samples of an output signal of the subsets of pixels during the exposure time;
processing the obtained samples to evaluate the noise level and an averaged output signal;
in response to the noise level being above a threshold, extending the exposure time to obtain further samples of the output
signal of the pixels; and

in response to the noise level being below the threshold, ending the exposure time for capturing the subimage.

US Pat. No. 9,509,867

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR COLLECTING IMAGE DATA

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A method of modifying a three-dimensional model of a real-world subject of interest, comprising:
determining that a database of digital image data used for building the three-dimensional model of the real-world subject
of interest sparsely represents a desired view of the real-world subject of interest;

receiving location data by an image collection server for a mobile communication device in visual proximity to the real-world
subject of interest;

determining that the location data corresponds to the desired view of the real-world subject of interest;
sending an image capture request from the image collection server to the mobile communication device responsive to said determining,
said image capture request requesting the mobile communication device to capture an image of the desired view; and

receiving digital image data that corresponds to the image of the desired view of the real-world subject of interest from
the mobile communication device in response to the image capture request;

modifying the three-dimensional model of the real-world subject of interest based on the received digital image data;
wherein the image collection server is a master device configured to coordinate collection of images by one or more slave
devices including the mobile communication device in response to the image collection server being within radio communication
range of the real-world subject of interest, the mobile communication device, or both.

US Pat. No. 9,507,588

INFORMATION TERMINAL, INFORMATION PRESENTATION METHOD FOR AN INFORMATION TERMINAL, AND INFORMATION PRESENTATION PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

14. An information presentation method for a mobile terminal, comprising the steps of:
monitoring, by circuitry, an update of content data in an information storage that stores a plurality of types of content
data and storing, when the content data is updated in the information storage, a part of the updated content data in an update
information storage as update information associated with the respective types of content data, wherein the plurality of types
of content data are unrelated and each correspond to all of the most recent events of different applications executed by the
mobile terminal;

reading out, by the circuitry, during a predetermined screen display state, the update information associated with the respective
types of content data from the update information storage in a chronological order of the updates of the content data; and

arranging, by the circuitry, the individual time-series update information that have been read out from the update information
storage on a plurality of predetermined object images respectively corresponding thereto, and aligning and displaying the
predetermined object images on which the update information are arranged individually on a screen in the chronological order
of the update information, wherein each of the predetermined object images displays an indicator which indicates which of
the different applications the respective predetermined object image corresponds to, and each of the update information of
the predetermined object images is independent of the other update information on other predetermined object images such that
each of the update information does not include a portion of any other update information arranged individually on the screen
in the chronological order,

wherein
the different applications executed by the information terminal include at least a call processing application, an electronic
messaging application, and a multimedia application,

the types of content data associated with the call processing application include at least one of content data indicating
a most recent received call at the information terminal, content data indicating a most recent missed call at the information
terminal and content data indicating a most recent outgoing call at the information terminal,

the types of content data associated with the an electronic messaging application include at least one of content data indicating
a most recent received electronic message at the information terminal and content data indicating a most recent outgoing electronic
message at the information terminal,

the types of content data associated with the multimedia application include at least one of content data indicating a most
recent addition of a new multimedia item at the information terminal and content data indicating a most recent deletion of
an existing multimedia item at the information terminal, and

the method further comprises:
reading out, when a filtering instruction that requests update information associated with different pieces of content data
of the same type is input by a user via a user operation input section, the update information associated with the different
pieces of content data of the same type in the chronological order of the updates every time the filtering instruction is
input, and

arranging the individual time-series update information that have been read out and are associated with the different pieces
of content data of the same type on the plurality of predetermined object images, and switching the alignment display of the
plurality of predetermined object images on which the update information are arranged individually every time the filtering
instruction is input.

US Pat. No. 9,497,663

COORDINATED PRIORITY SCHEME FOR SMALL DATA PACKET TRANSMISSION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method for transmitting a data packet from a first station to an access point or another station, the method comprising:
receiving, at a first station, a beacon from the access point or another station;
receiving, at the first station, information associated with an opportunity window from the access point or another station;
and

transmitting, during the opportunity window, a data packet from the first station to the access point or another station,
wherein the information includes (i) an opportunity window initiation time that is offset in relation to a time of transmission
of the beacon from the access point or the other station, and (ii) a duration of the opportunity window, and wherein the opportunity
window initiation time and the duration are selected by the access point or the other station based on at least one of (1)
the access point or the other station monitoring a current size of the data packet being received from the first station,
and (2) the access point or other station determining a historical size of data packets previously transmitted by the first
station.

US Pat. No. 9,443,072

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR GRANTING ACCESS TO AND ENABLING PASSCODE PROTECTION FOR A FILE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A method performed by a computing device of granting access to files during a session, the method comprising:
initially presenting on a display screen of an electronic display of the computing device an initial display comprising a
prompt for a user to enter an initial passcode, the initial display does not include any display icons;

in response to receiving the initial passcode, presenting a first plurality of display icons on the electronic display for
accessing passcode protected files that are each protected by a same passcode, the first plurality of display icons being
displayed in a first limited area of the display screen indicating that each of the files corresponding to the first display
icons is protected by the same passcode;

concurrently with presenting the first plurality of display icons, presenting a second plurality of display icons on the electronic
display for accessing files that are not protected by the passcode, the second plurality of display icons being displayed
in a second limited area of the display screen that is spaced from the first area to indicate that each of the files corresponding
to the second display icons is not protected by the passcode;

receiving a selection of one of the display icons from a user;
if the selected display icon links to a file that is not passcode protected by the passcode, granting access to the file without
requiring entry of the passcode; and

if the selected display icon links to a passcode protected file and the passcode has already been received during a current
session, granting access to the file without requiring entry of the passcode;

if the selected display icon links to a passcode protected file and the passcode has not already been received during the
current session, presenting a request for the passcode and granting access to the file after receiving the passcode.

US Pat. No. 9,723,635

NFC COLLISION AVOIDANCE WITH CONTROLLABLE NFC TRANSMISSION DELAY TIMING

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A first near field communication (NFC) circuit comprising:
an antenna configured to inductively couple to signals emitted by a second NFC circuit;
a charging circuit configured to output power provided by the inductive coupling through the antenna to the signals emitted
by the second NFC circuit;

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

a transmission delay circuit configured to be powered by the charging circuit and control the transceiver circuit to delay
transmission of the data until expiration of a defined delay time after the transceiver circuit has become sufficiently powered
on to operate to transmit the data;

wherein the transmission delay circuit is configured to set the defined delay time based on determining that signals from
a third NFC circuit were received by the transceiver circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,653,806

MULTI-BAND WIRELESS TERMINALS WITH METAL BACKPLATES AND COUPLING FEED ELEMENTS, AND RELATED MULTI-BAND ANTENNA SYSTEMS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A multi-band wireless communications terminal comprising:
a metal backplate covering a multi-band transceiver circuit configured to provide communications for the multi-band wireless
communications terminal via a plurality of frequency bands, the metal backplate defining a slot between spaced-apart regions
of the metal backplate;

a grounding element bridging the slot between the spaced-apart regions of the metal backplate, the grounding element including
a discrete circuit element; and

a coupling feed element bridging a portion of the slot between the spaced-apart regions of the metal backplate, the coupling
feed element being spaced apart from and capacitively coupled to one of the spaced-apart regions of the metal backplate.

US Pat. No. 9,634,513

METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF A BATTERY CHARGING PROFILE

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:
circuitry configured to
acquire charging parameters corresponding to a rechargeable battery of the electronic device;
identify an operation state of one or more signal processing components of the electronic device;
estimate a first temperature profile for the electronic device based on an operation state of the one or more signal processing
components; and

adjust, in multiple stages, a charging current of the rechargeable battery in response to the estimated first temperature
profile and a threshold temperature for the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 9,618,968

MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICE WITH A COMBINED HOUSING AND CONNECTOR PORT

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A mobile computing device comprising:
an energy storage device;
a housing that includes exterior walls that form an interior space that houses the energy storage device, the housing having
an outer side that faces outward;

a cavity formed by the housing and that extends inward from the outer side, the housing includes an open front side at the
outer side and enclosed side and back walls formed by the exterior walls of the housing, the back wall being opposite from
the front side, a sectional shape of the cavity being constant along a length of the cavity from the open front side to the
back wall;

an opening along the back wall of the cavity that extends through the housing and into the interior space; and
a connector mounted in the cavity and including a body connected to the side walls between the back wall and the front side
and the body having a sectional shape that matches the sectional shape of the cavity and abuts against the side walls of the
cavity, the connector being spaced away from the back wall with a void formed between a second side of the body and the back
wall, the body including a first side that faces outward towards the front side of the cavity and includes a prong and plurality
of pins, the body also including the second side that faces inward towards the back wall of the cavity and includes one or
more contacts that are operatively connected to the plurality of pins and that extend outward from the second side and into
the opening in the housing, the contacts being operatively connected to the energy storage device;

an adhesive that fills the void between the second side of the body and the back wall of the cavity to connect the body to
the housing, the adhesive also extends across the opening in the back wall of the cavity to prevent an ingress of at least
one of water and debris;

the prong and the plurality of pins being directly adjacent the side walls of the cavity.

US Pat. No. 9,544,405

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WIRED AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A terminal device comprising:
an antenna element mounted on a casing of the terminal device to transmit/receive electromagnetic waves;
an interface component configured to couple an external device with the terminal device for a wired transmission, the interface
component comprising a metal shell configured to have a fixed potential state to shield the wired transmission from noise
when the interface component is active for the wired transmission, and to have a floating state to avoid affecting the antenna
element for transmitting/receiving electromagnetic waves when the interface component is idle;

a switch configured to connect the metal shell to a wound portion of the terminal device when the interface component is active,
and disconnect the metal shell from the ground portion of the terminal device to float the metal shell when the interface
component is idle; and

a detecting and controlling circuit configured to detect a state of the interface component and control the switch based on
the state of the interface component.