US Pat. No. 10,190,130

POLYSACCHARIDE SYNTHASES

The University of Melbour...

1. A method for decreasing the level of (1,3;1,4)-?-D-glucan produced by a plant or fungal cell, the method comprising decreasing the level and/or activity of a CslF-encoded (1,3;1,4)-?-D-glucan synthase in the cell, wherein the level and/or activity of the CslF-encoded (1,3;1,4)-?-D-glucan synthase is decreased by decreasing the expression of a CslF nucleic acid in the cell, and wherein decreasing the expression of a CslF nucleic acid in the cell results in a decrease of the level of (1,3;1,4)-?-D-glucan produced by the cell compared to a wild-type cell of the same taxon, and wherein the CslF nucleic acid comprises:(i) a nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1;
(ii) a nucleotide sequence encoding the amino acid sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 2; or
(iii) a nucleotide sequence encoding an amino acid sequence which is at least 90% identical to the amino acid sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 2.
US Pat. No. 10,189,874

DNA GRIDIRON COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS

Arizona Board of Regents ...

1. A composition, comprising:a plurality of immobile Holliday junction analogs wherein each junction comprises a 60° torsion angle linked together in a square frame having at least two layers in which the helices on opposite sides lie in the same plane, and wherein said plurality of immobile Holliday junction analogs are linked together with a central strand of single-stranded DNA within said square frame.
US Pat. No. 10,188,082

METHODS FOR INCREASING GENETIC PROGRESS IN A LINE OR BREED OF SWINE USING SEX-SELECTED SPERM CELLS

Inguran, LLC, Navasota, ...

1. A method of producing an embryo or zygote in a genetic nucleus comprising the steps of:collecting a semen sample from a boar from the genetic nucleus;
sorting the semen sample into at least two subpopulations of sperm cells, wherein at least 60% of a first subpopulation bears X-chromosomes or Y-chromosomes;
fertilizing an egg from a sow from the genetic nucleus with one or more sperm cells from the first subpopulation to produce a zygote or embryo;
genotyping the zygote or embryo to obtain a genotype;
determining an estimated breeding value for the zygote or embryo; and
selecting the zygote or embryo to develop into offspring that is used for breeding in the genetic nucleus based on the estimated breeding value.
US Pat. No. 10,188,595

MULTI-PURPOSE COSMETIC COMPOSITIONS

Mary Kay Inc., Addison, ...

1. A method for treating the skin of a subject in need thereof comprising topically applying to the skin of said subject a cosmetic composition that includes effective amounts of a Silybum marianum extract and a Momordica grosvenori fruit extract, wherein the Silybum marianum extract is a hydroalcoholic extract and the Momordica grosvenori fruit extract is a hydroglycolic extract.
US Pat. No. 10,190,133

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING ABIOTIC STRESS TOLERANCE

China Agricultural Univer...

1. A recombinant nucleic acid, comprising:(a) the nucleotide sequence SEQ ID NO:1; or
(b) a nucleotide sequence that encodes a polypeptide comprising the amino acid sequence SEQ ID NO:28,
wherein each of the nucleotide sequences of (a) and (b) is operably linked to a heterologous promoter.
US Pat. No. 10,190,134

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR INSECTICIDAL CONTROL OF STINKBUGS

E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AN...

1. An expression cassette, comprising a heterologous promoter operably linked to a polynucleotide encoding a double stranded RNA, wherein the double stranded RNA comprises the sense and antisense sequence of a nucleotide sequence selected from the group consisting of:(a) a nucleotide sequence comprising any one of SEQ ID NOS: 9, or 30-34;
(b) a nucleotide sequence comprising at least 95% sequence identity to any one of SEQ ID NOS: 9, or 30-34; and
(c) a nucleotide sequence comprising at least 23 consecutive nucleotides of any one of SEQ ID NOS: 9, or 30-34;
wherein said double stranded RNA has insecticidal activity against a Pentatomidae plant pest.
US Pat. No. 10,189,878

EBOLAVIRUS PRE-HAIRPIN INTERMEDIATE MIMICS AND METHODS OF USE

University of Utah Resear...

1. An Ebolavirus N-trimer mimic comprising a homotrimer of peptide monomers, wherein each peptide monomer comprises an an amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:23 or SEQ ID NO:21.
US Pat. No. 10,190,136

MOUSE MODEL OF ALPHA-ONE ANTITRYPSIN (AAT) DEFICIENCY

University of Massachuset...

1. A transgenic mouse whose genome comprises inactivating mutations in exon 2 of each of Serpina1a, Serpina1b, Serpina1c, Serpina1d, and Serpina1e genes, and which expresses no hepatic or circulatory Alpha-One Antitrypsin (AAT) protein.
US Pat. No. 10,190,649

FRICTION MATERIAL

AKEBONO BRAKE INDUSTRY CO...

1. A friction material comprising:a fiber base material;
a friction modifier; and
a binder,
wherein a content of copper is 0.5% by mass or less in terms of copper element,
wherein a content of the binder is 10% by mass or more,
wherein the friction material contains calcium hydroxide and zinc,
wherein the friction material has pH of 113 or more,
wherein a content of the zinc is from 1% by mass to 5% by mass,
wherein the zinc comprises a powder having an average particle diameter in a range of 1 ?m to 10 ?m,
wherein the calcium hydroxide comprises powder having an average particle diameter in a range of 5 ?m to 50 ?m,
wherein the fiber base material comprises a bio-soluble inorganic fiber, and
wherein the binder consists of at least one selected from the group consisting of an acrylic rubber-modified phenol resin, a silicone rubber-modified phenol resin, an NBR rubber-modified phenol resin, a cashew-modified phenol resin, an epoxy-modified phenol resin and an alkylbenzene-modified phenol resin.
US Pat. No. 10,189,881

MPS PEPTIDES AND USE THEREOF

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A method for one or more of: reducing, delaying, inhibiting or suppressing solid tumor cell growth or metastasis; promoting apoptosis; inhibiting cancer stem cell growth; inhibiting the PIP3 level in a tumor cell; or suppressing tumor cell mobility, the method comprising contacting the cell or tissue to be treated in vivo with an effective amount of an isolated polypeptide comprising no more than 51 amino acids, wherein the amino acid sequence comprises:XXXRYSYXXSYX (SEQ ID NO: 1) and optionally, wherein one or more serines has been substituted with a neutral or positively charged amino acid, wherein each X is a lysine and wherein each Y is a phenylalanine; or
XXXXXRYSYXXSYXLSGYSYXXNXX (SEQ ID NO: 5), and optionally a polypeptide comprising any contiguous 12 amino acid fragment thereof, and/or optionally, wherein one or more serines has been substituted with a neutral or positively charged amino acid and wherein each X is a lysine and wherein each Y is a phenylalanine.
US Pat. No. 10,190,139

METHOD FOR LACTIC ACID PRODUCTION USING MONASCUS STRAINS MODIFIED FOR LACTIC ACID PRODUCTION

1. A method of producing a composition comprising lactic acid, the method comprising:(i) providing a Monascus micro-organism that is tolerant to organic acid at a concentration of at least 50 g/L and a pH of less than 5.0 and has been genetically modified for increased production of a lactic acid by the introduction of an exogenous lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) gene; and
(ii) culturing the micro-organism in a medium having a pH less than 1.5 units above the pKa value of lactic acid in the presence of hexose, pentose, or a combination thereof, as the sole carbon source.
US Pat. No. 10,189,883

THERAPEUTIC USES OF MODIFIED FGF-21 POLYPEPTIDES

BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMP...

1. A method of decreasing or inhibiting fibrosis in a patient in need thereof, comprising administering to the patient an effective amount of a modified FGF-21 polypeptide comprising a polypeptide having at least 96% amino acid sequence identity to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 202.
US Pat. No. 10,189,884

THIOAMIDE-MODIFIED PEPTIDES AND USES THEREOF

The Trustees of the Unive...

1. A peptide comprising the thioamide-modified amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:2, or a salt or solvate thereof,wherein residue 1 of SEQ ID NO:2 is the N-terminus residue of the peptide.
US Pat. No. 10,188,604

MEDICAL DEVICES INCLUDING MEDICAMENTS AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING SAME

1. A method of treating or preventing a disease, disorder, or condition of the eye of a subject, comprising;a. providing a subject in need of treatment or prevention of said disease, disorder, or condition of the eye of said subject; and
b. providing at least one drug delivery contact lens, comprising:
i. a contact lens comprising a first surface and a second surface; and
ii. said contact lens further comprising at least one coating provided on at least a portion of said first surface, said second surface, or a combination thereof as opposed to within said contact lens;
a) said coating comprising at least one three dimensional structure;
b) said three dimensional structure comprising:
i) one or more drug reservoir layers; wherein said one or more drug reservoir layers comprise one or more drugs; and
ii) one or more barrier layers; wherein said one or more barrier layers modulafe the release of said one or more drugs from said drug delivery contact lens;
c) wherein said one or more drug reservoir layers, said one or more barrier layers, or a combination thereof, are oriented vertically, horizontally, or a combination thereof, relative to each other;
c. operably engaging said drug delivery contact lens with the eye of said subject;
wherein said one or more drugs are released from said drug delivery contact lens in an effective amount to treat or prevent a disease, disorder, or condition of the eye of said subject; and
d. wherein said subject is treated for or prevented from having or developing said disease, disorder, or condition of the eye of said subject; and
wherein said disease, disorder, or condition of the eye of said subject that is treated or prevented is an inflammation, an allergy, an infection, glaucoma, macular degeneration, a parasite, diabetes, dry eye, eye discomfort, or a combination thereof.
US Pat. No. 10,189,885

NON-HEMOLYTIC LLO FUSION PROTEINS AND METHODS OF UTILIZING SAME

The Trustees of the Unive...

1. An immunogenic composition comprising a recombinant protein comprising a listeriolysin O (LLO) protein comprising a mutation of amino acid residues on positions 2, 9 and 10 in the cholesterol-binding domain (CBD) of said LLO protein, said CBD is set forth in SEQ ID NO: 18.
US Pat. No. 10,188,605

NANOPARTICLES AND NANOPARTICLE COMPOSITIONS

Iowa State University Res...

1. An organic particle comprising a plurality of non-polymeric crosslinked amphiphiles;wherein the non-polymeric crosslinked amphiphile comprises one or more nonpolar (C6-C60)alkyl or (C6-C50)fluoroalkyl chains and one or more polar head groups;
the nonpolar chains are located on the exterior of the particle and the polar head groups are oriented toward the interior of the particle; and
the amphiphiles are covalently crosslinked to each other near the head groups through thioether groups comprising an ammonium group bonded thereto.
US Pat. No. 10,189,887

POLYPEPTIDES AND USES THEREOF FOR REDUCING CD95-MEDIATED CELL MOTILITY

INSERM (INSTITUT NATIONAL...

1. A fusion protein, comprising a polypeptide having an amino acid sequence having at least 96, 97, 98, 99 or 100% identity with an amino acid sequence ranging from an amino-acid residue at position 175 to an amino-acid residue at position 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, or 210 as set forth in SEQ ID NO:1,wherein said polypeptide is fused to a heterologous cell-penetrating peptide.
US Pat. No. 10,190,144

PRODUCTION OF DIRHAMNOSE-LIPID IN RECOMBINANT NONPATHOGENIC BACTERIUM PSEUDOMONAS CHLORORAPHIS

The United States of Amer...

1. A recombinant Pseudomonas chlororaphis that is derived from P. chlororaphis NRRL B-30761, said recombinant P. chlororaphis further comprises an expression vector, wherein said expression vector comprises a promoter operably linked to a heterologous polynucleotide encoding a heterologous Pseudomonas rhamnosyltransferase C, wherein rhlA and rhlB genes in said recombinant P. chlororaphis are operably linked to endogenous promoters.
US Pat. No. 10,190,402

CONTROLLING A BOTTOM-HOLE ASSEMBLY IN A WELLBORE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A computer-implemented method of controlling a bottom hole assembly (BHA), the method comprising:determining, by a wellbore controller, a first candidate BHA control signal;
generating, by the wellbore controller, an input to a BHA control, the input comprising a perturbation signal superimposed on the first candidate BHA control signal;
controlling, by the wellbore controller, the BHA using the input to the BHA control;
determining, by the wellbore controller, a change in an objective value as a function of the perturbation signal, based on a received downhole sensor measurement; and
generating, by the wellbore controller and based on the change in the objective value, a second candidate BHA control signal.
US Pat. No. 10,189,890

VARIANTS OF TISSUE INHIBITOR OF METALLOPROTEINASE TYPE THREE (TIMP-3), COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS

Amgen Inc., Thousand Oak...

1. An isolated TIMP-3 mutein having a mature region that comprises the amino acid sequence of the mature region of TIMP-3 set forth in SEQ ID NO:2, wherein the mutein has(a) a mutation K45S, and
(b) a mutation F57N.
US Pat. No. 10,189,891

AFFINITY CHROMATOGRAPHY MATRIX

1. An immunoglobulin-binding protein comprising one or more mutated immunoglobulin-binding domains (monomers) of staphylococcal Protein A (E, D, A, B, C) or protein Z,wherein in at least one of the one or more mutated monomers the amino acid sequence of the monomer is defined by SEQ ID NO: 14, 16, 17, or 18.
US Pat. No. 10,190,148

METHOD FOR OBTAINING PEPTIDES

1. Method of obtaining peptides from procaryotic and/or eucaryotic cells, said method comprising the following steps:a) lysis of the procaryotic and/or eucaryotic cells at a low concentration of chaotropic agent(s) and recovery of the proteins thus obtained, wherein the lysis at a low concentration of chaotropic agent(s) comprises lysis by sonication performed by means of an ultrasound probe;
b) denaturation of said proteins using at least one denaturing agent,
wherein the denaturing agent is selected from the group consisting of chaotropic agents, thiol reducing agents, detergents, and combinations thereof, and
wherein the lysis and denaturation steps are performed simultaneously;
c) alkylation of the denatured proteins using at least one alkylating agent;
d) enzymatic proteolysis of the proteins obtained at the end of step c) using at least one proteolytic enzyme;
e) recovery of the peptides obtained at the end of the enzymatic proteolysis step d); and
wherein said method is performed under a pressure below 100 bars.
US Pat. No. 10,189,892

FERMENTATION PROCESS FOR ANTIBODY PRODUCTION

ALDERBIO HOLDINGS LLC, L...

1. A method for producing a recombinant protein in yeast cells, comprising the steps of:a) culturing under fed-batch fermentation conditions a population of yeast cells in a culture medium, wherein each yeast cell comprises a DNA segment encoding a polypeptide, wherein said DNA segment is operably linked to a glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate (GAP) transcription promoter and a transcription terminator, wherein the protein is not glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate, wherein the fermentation comprises a fermentable sugar feed at a first feed rate and wherein the fermentation is agitated at a first oxygen transfer rate;
b) measuring respiratory quotient (RQ) of the population during the batch fermentation and determining if it is within a desired predetermined range, wherein the desired predetermined range of RQ at about 20-40 hours after initiation of the culturing consists of a range between 1.08 and 1.35, which corresponds to a mixed metabolic condition wherein both aerobic and fermentative metabolism are taking place simultaneously;
c) adjusting one or both of the fermentable sugar feed rate to a second feed rate or the oxygen transfer rate to a second oxygen transfer rate, when the RQ is outside of a desired predetermined range;
d) repeating steps (b) and (c) one or more times throughout the step of culturing;
e) harvesting the yeast cells from the culture medium; and
f) recovering the polypeptide from the cells and/or the culture medium.
US Pat. No. 10,188,613

EXO-S-MECAMYLAMINE FORMULATION AND USE IN TREATMENT

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORI...

1. A method of treating a medical condition selected from the group consisting of substance addiction, Tourette's Syndrome, a neuropsychiatric disorder, depression, and anxiety, in a human in need thereof, comprising orally administering a therapeutically effective amount of a pharmaceutical composition to the human, wherein the pharmaceutical composition comprises:exo-S-mecamylamine or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof substantially free of exo-R-mecamylamine or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,
one or more pharmaceutically acceptable carriers; and
a pharmaceutical adjuvant, wherein the pharmaceutical composition has a higher overall therapeutic index than the same amount of exo-R-mecamylamine substantially free of exo-S-mecamylamine.
US Pat. No. 10,189,895

ANTI-CGRP COMPOSITIONS AND USE THEREOF

ALDERBIO HOLDINGS LLC, L...

1. A pharmaceutical composition comprising a humanized anti-calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP) antibody comprising a variable light (VL) chain polypeptide comprising the complementarity-determining region (CDR) polypeptides CDR1, CDR2, and CDR3, respectively, of SEQ ID NO: 55, SEQ ID NO: 56 and SEQ ID NO: 57, and a variable heavy (VH) chain polypeptide comprising the CDR polypeptides CDR1, CDR2, and CDR3, respectively, of SEQ ID NO: 58, SEQ ID NO: 59 and SEQ ID NO: 60, and a pharmaceutically acceptable excipient.
US Pat. No. 10,190,151

HIGH-THROUGHPUT AND HIGHLY MULTIPLEXED IMAGING WITH PROGRAMMABLE NUCLEIC ACID PROBES

President and Fellows of ...

1. A method comprising(1) contacting a sample being tested for the presence of one or more targets with one or more target-specific binding partners, wherein each target-specific binding partner is linked to a docking strand, and wherein target-specific binding partners of different specificity are linked to different docking strands to produce one or more targets bound to one or more target-specific binding partners,
(2) optionally removing unbound target-specific binding partners,
(3) contacting the sample with labeled imager strands that bind to docking strands,
(4) optionally removing unbound labeled imager strands,
(5) imaging the sample to detect bound labeled imager strands,
(6) inactivating the bound labeled imager strands, by removing or modifying their signal-emitting moieties without removing the imager strand in its entirety, and
(7) repeating at least some of steps (3)-(6) at least once with a labeled imager strand having a unique composition relative to at least one other labeled imager strand of step (3).
US Pat. No. 10,188,101

METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT

KAO CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A method for producing an agricultural product, comprising a step of applying an agricultural chemical composition comprising (A) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of the following (A1) to (A5); (B) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of the following (B1) and (B2); and an agricultural chemical ingredient selected from the group consisting of active ingredients in bactericides, pesticides, miticides, herbicides and plant growth regulators to a subject sensitive to the agricultural chemical ingredient:(A1): a polyoxyethylene alkyl ether represented by the formula (A1):
R1aO-(EO)l—R2a  (A1)
wherein, R1a represents a linear or branched, alkyl or alkenyl group having 10 to 16 carbon atoms; EO represents an ethyleneoxy group; 1 represents an average mole number of ethyleneoxy groups added, ranging from 3 to 40; and R2a represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group,
(A2): a polyoxyethylene fatty acid ester,
wherein a fatty acid group has 8 to 16 carbon atoms; and an average number of moles of ethylene oxide added per mole of fatty acid is 5 to 40,
(A3): a polyoxyethylene sorbitan fatty acid ester,
wherein a fatty acid group has 8 to 16 carbon atoms; and an average number of moles of ethylene oxide added per mole of fatty acid is 5 to 40,
(A4): a (poly)glycerol fatty acid ester,
wherein a fatty acid group has 8 to 16 carbon atoms; and an average condensation degree of glycerol is 1 to 3, and
(A5): an alkyl saccharide represented by the formula (A5):
R3a—O-(G)p  (A5)
wherein R3a represents an alkyl group having 8 to 16 carbon atoms; G represents a reducing sugar group having 5 to 6 carbon atoms; and p represents a number of 1 to 10;
(B1): a polyoxyalkylene alkyl ether represented by the formula (B1):
R1bO—[(PO)m/(EO)n]—R2b  (B1)
wherein, R1b represents a linear or branched, alkyl or alkenyl group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms; PO represents a propyleneoxy group; EO represents an ethyleneoxy group; m represents an average mole number of propyleneoxy groups added, ranging from 2 to 20; n represents an average mole number of ethyleneoxy groups added, which is 0; and R2b represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group; wherein “/” means that PO and EO groups may be arranged at random or in blocks, and
(B2): an aliphatic alcohol represented by the formula (B2):
R3b—OH  (B2)
wherein R3b represents a linear or branched, alkyl group having 8 to 10 carbon atoms, and wherein a weight ratio of compounds (A) to (B), (A)/(B), is 0.5 to 8.
US Pat. No. 10,188,614

PARTICULATE MATERIALS

Nektar Therapeutics, San...

1. An active substance in particulate form suitable for administration via a dry powder inhaler, said particulates comprising:a) a volume mean aerodynamic diameter of less than 7 microns;
b) a density less than 0.5 g/ml; and
c) a surface-to-volume ratio of at least twice that of spherical particles of the same volume diameter.
US Pat. No. 10,190,152

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR DIRECT CHEMICAL LYSIS

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A composition consisting of a direct chemical lysis composition in combination with a liquid-based cytology sample or a formalin-fixed, paraffin embedded sample, the direct chemical lysis composition consisting of:a) a buffer composition comprising a buffer component and a metal salt component, wherein the metal salt component is selected from the group consisting of sodium chloride (NaCl), potassium chloride (KCl), sodium acetate (C2H3NaO2) and ammonium sulfate ((NH4)2SO4), wherein a concentration of the buffer component is in a range of 0.2 M to 2 M and a concentration of the metal salt component is in a range of 0.01 M to 1 M; and
b) a non-ionic surfactant wherein a concentration of the non-ionic surfactant is in a range of 0.01 to 2 percent (v/v).
US Pat. No. 10,188,615

ALKOXY COMPOUNDS FOR DISEASE TREATMENT

ACUCELA INC., Seattle, W...

1. A method of modulating chromophore flux in a retinoid cycle comprising introducing into a subject a non-retinoid aromatic compound that inhibits 11-cis-retinol production with an IC50 of about 0.1 micromolar or less when assayed in vitro, the assay consisting of a homogenate of HEK293 cell clone expressing recombinant human RPE65 and LRAT as the source of visual enzyme, exogenous all-trans-retinol in the amount of about 20 ?M, recombinant human CRALBP in the amount of about 80 ?g/mL, about 10 mM pH 7.2 phosphate buffer, about 0.5% BSA and about 1 mM NaPPi, and wherein the amount of assay reaction product 11-cis-retinol being determined by HPLC analysis following heptane extraction of the assay reaction mixture and wherein the non-retinoid aromatic compound consists of a benzene core that is substituted with a first substituent, a second substituent, and an optional third substituent, wherein the first and second substituents are attached to the benzene core in a meta-substitution configuration, wherein the first substituent is a group selected from —CH(OH)CH(R)CH2NH2 wherein R is H, CH3, or —OH and the second substituent is an optionally substituted alkoxy group, and wherein the optional third substituent is a halogen or —OH.
US Pat. No. 10,190,153

METHODS FOR PREPARATION OF NUCLEIC ACID-CONTAINING SAMPLES USING CLAY MINERALS AND ALKALINE SOLUTIONS

MICRONICS, INC., Redmond...

1. A method for treating a nucleic acid-containing sample for analysis of nucleic acids, the method comprising the steps of:a) contacting the sample with a clay mineral, wherein the clay mineral comprises a kaolinite, a smectite or a synthetic clay mineral and the sample is selected from the group consisting of blood, plasma and serum;
b) mixing the sample and the clay mineral until the clay mineral is evenly dispersed in the sample;
c) substantially removing the clay mineral from the sample;
d) contacting the sample with an alkaline solution at a pH suitable for lysis of cell and viral particles to form a nucleic acid solution; and
e) optionally, contacting the nucleic acid solution with an acidic solution suitable for neutralizing the pH of the nucleic acid solution.
US Pat. No. 10,188,616

TOPICAL SPHINGOSINE-1-PHOSPHATE RECEPTOR AGONIST FORMULATIONS AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

Teikoku Pharma USA, Inc.,...

1. A transdermal composition comprising:a sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor agonist active agent; and
a transdermal delivery vehicle comprising an adhesive matrix comprising a polyurethane, a styrenic block copolymer, a silicone and combinations thereof.
US Pat. No. 10,188,617

MODULATION OF CELLULAR DNA REPAIR ACTIVITY TO INTERCEPT MALIGNANCY

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method of reducing the risk of cancer in a subject having a mutation in BRCA1, comprising administering to said subject an effective amount of a DNA repair agent which is benserazide.
US Pat. No. 10,189,899

USE OF A CD6 BINDING PARTNER AND METHOD BASED THEREON

BIOCON LIMITED, Bangalor...

1. A method of treatment for multiple sclerosis in a subject, wherein the subject in need of such treatment exhibits an increased number of T helper 17 (Th17) cells when compared to a healthy subject, the method comprising:administering a humanized antibody that specifically binds to D1 of CD6 of the subject and causes a reduction of expression of IL-23R on one or more of monocytes, T helper cells and natural killer cells in a body fluid of the subject, wherein the humanized antibody is the only therapeutic antibody administered; and
monitoring IL-23R expression on blood cells and/or dendritic cells of the subject.
US Pat. No. 10,189,902

ANTIBODIES TO TIGIT

Bristol-Myers Squibb Comp...

1. An isolated antibody, or antigen binding fragment thereof, that binds to human TIGIT (human T cell immunoreceptor with Ig and ITIM domains) comprising:a) a heavy chain comprising a heavy chain variable domain comprising:
i) CDRH1 comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO.: 20;
ii) CDRH2 comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO.: 21; and
iii) CDRH3 comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO.: 22;
and
b) a light chain comprising a light chain variable domain comprising:
iv) CDRL1 comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO.: 23;
v) CDRL2 comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO.: 24; and
vi) CDRL3 comprising the sequence of SEQ ID NO.: 25.
US Pat. No. 10,189,903

BISPECIFIC CHIMERIC ANTIGEN RECEPTORS AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF TO TREAT CANCER

1. A bispecific chimeric antigen receptor, comprising:a. at least two antigen-specific targeting regions;
b. an extracellular spacer domain;
c. a transmembrane domain;
d. at least one co-stimulatory domain; and
e. an intracellular signaling domain,
wherein each antigen-specific targeting region comprises a single-domain antibody.
US Pat. No. 10,189,904

ANTIBODIES THAT BIND AND BLOCK TRIGGERING RECEPTOR EXPRESSED ON MYELOID CELLS-1 (TREM-1)

1. An isolated antibody or fragment thereof, which competes with mAb 0170 for binding to a triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1 (TREM-1) having an amino acid sequence set forth as SEQ ID NO: 1 (human TREM-1), SEQ ID NO: 12 or SEQ ID NO: 21 (cynomolgus monkey TREM-1),wherein the antibody or fragment thereof comprises a heavy chain variable region that comprises CDR1, CDR2, and CDR3 domains; and a light chain variable region that comprises CDR1, CDR2, and CDR3 domains, and
wherein the heavy chain variable region CDR1 domain comprises amino acid residues 31 to 35 of SEQ ID NO: 4, the heavy chain variable region CDR2 domain comprises amino acid residues 50 to 68 of SEQ ID NO: 4, the heavy chain variable region CDR3 domain comprises amino acid residues 101 to 110 of SEQ ID NO: 4, the light chain variable region CDR1 domain comprises amino acid residues 24 to 38 of SEQ ID NO: 5, the light chain variable region CDR2 domain comprises amino acid residues 54 to 60 of SEQ ID NO: 5, and the light chain variable region CDR3 domain comprises amino acid residues 93 to 101 of SEQ ID NO: 5.
US Pat. No. 10,189,906

ANTIBODY THAT BINDS CD269 (BCMA) SUITABLE FOR USE IN THE TREATMENT OF PLASMA CELL DISEASES SUCH AS MULTIPLE MYELOMA AND AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES

1. A method for the treatment of a medical disorder in a human subject, wherein the medical disorder is associated with the presence of pathogenic B cells expressing B cell maturation antigen (BCMA), the method comprising administering to the human subject an isolated monoclonal antibody or an antigen binding fragment thereof that binds CD269 (BCMA), wherein said antibody or antigen binding fragment thereof comprises:(i) a VH domain, wherein said VH domain comprises CDR H1 comprising SEQ ID No. 1 (RYWMS) or SEQ ID No. 15 (DYWMS), CDR H2 comprising SEQ ID No. 2 (EINPDSSTINYAPSLKD) or SEQ ID No. 16 (EINPDSSTINYAPSLKG) and CDR H3 comprising SEQ ID No. 3 (SLYYDYGDAMDYW), and
(ii) a VL domain, wherein said VL domain comprises CDR L1 comprises SEQ ID No. 4 (KASQSVDSNVA), CDR L2 comprises SEQ ID No. 5 (SASLRFS) or SEQ ID No. 17 (SDDLRFS) and CDR L3 comprises SEQ ID No. 6 (QQYNNYPLTFG),
wherein the medical disorder associated with the presence of pathogenic B cells is a cancer of plasma cells or a cancer of B lymphocytes.
US Pat. No. 10,188,112

PERSONAL CLEANSING COMPOSITIONS CONTAINING ZINC AMINO ACID/TRIMETHYLGLYCINE HALIDE

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. A personal cleansing composition comprisinga) a skin cleansing effective amount of a surfactant, and
b) a zinc X halide complex present in an amount to provide at least 0.36 weight % of the composition of zinc,
wherein X is an amino acid or trimethylglycine;
wherein upon rinsing the skin, the composition deposits a zinc precipitate which provides an SPF factor of at least 2 to skin after washing skin with the personal cleansing composition.
US Pat. No. 10,188,628

RELEASE COMPOSITION FOR DERIVATIVES OF CANNABACEAE

1. A release composition for Cannabaceae derivatives comprising a lotion made by the process of combining:A) an aqueous phase comprising an aqueous solution or suspension containing and at least one humectant; wherein the at least one humectant is present in the aqueous phase in the range of from about 0.1 to 99 wt. %, and
B) an oil phase comprising at least one surfactant and the Cannabaceae derivatives, and optionally at least one additional oil, wherein the at least one surfactant is present in the oil phase in the range of from about 1 to 99 wt. %;
wherein the Cannabaceae derivative comprises a compound selected from the group consisting of tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol, cannabichromene, cannabinol, cabbabigerol, tetrahydrocannabivarin, cannabidivarin, tetrahydrocannabinol acid, cannabidiol acid, cannabigerol acid, cannabigerovarin, cannabinovarin, and tetrahydrocannabivarin acid and combinations thereof;
wherein the aqueous phase is added to the oil phase in a weight ratio of about 3:1 to 49:1;
wherein the aqueous phase is added to oil phase using low to medium shear mixing to provide the lotion; and
wherein the lotion is hydrophobic and has release properties.
US Pat. No. 10,190,166

METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING DENDRITIC CELL SUBSETS, FOR DETERMINING IF A PATIENT IS DEVELOPING A REGULATORY OR AN EFFECTOR IMMUNE RESPONSE, AND FOR DETERMINING RESPONSE TO IMMUNOTHERAPY

STALLERGENES, Antony (FR...

1. A method for treating a patient suffering from allergy to an allergen and undergoing allergen immunotherapy, which method comprises:a) administering an effective amount of an allergen immunotherapy to a patient suffering from allergy to said allergen;
b) determining the level of expression, by dendritic cells, of at least STAB1, or an mRNA thereof, in a biological sample from the patient treated with allergen immunotherapy, said biological sample containing dendritic cells;
c) comparing said level of expression with that of a control and
d) based on the comparison with the control, identifying if the immune response developed by the patient is oriented either towards a tolerogenic dendritic cell response or towards an effector dendritic cell response, wherein the control either consists of (i) immature dendritic cells which have not been polarized towards tolerogenic or effector subsets, or where appropriate consists of (ii) a biological sample from the patient obtained before said patient undergoes allergen immunotherapy, said biological sample containing dendritic cells, and wherein step d) is as follows:
identifying that the patient is developing an immune response oriented towards a tolerogenic dendritic cell response when the level of expression, by dendritic cells, of at least STAB1, or an mRNA thereof, is higher than that of the control, and then proceeding with administering further rounds of the same allergen immunotherapy to the patient; and/or
identifying that the patient is developing an immune response oriented towards an effector dendritic cell response when the level of expression, by dendritic cells, of at least STAB1, or an mRNA thereof, is lower than that of the control, and then stopping the allergen immunotherapy to the patient.
US Pat. No. 10,188,631

TOPICAL LIQUID COMPOSITION COMPRISING MELATONIN

ARES TRADING S.A., Aubon...

1. A topical liquid composition for intrauterine washing, the composition comprising:a. 2-200 ng/ml melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine) or an analog thereof, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or solvate thereof;
b. 0.01-100 mM phosphate buffer system;
c. 1×10?6-5 mg/ml methionine or cysteine;
d. 0.0008-8 mg/ml arginine;
e. 1-100 mg/ml sodium chloride;
f. a surfactant selected from 0.001-10 mg/ml polysorbate 20 and 0.1-100 mg/ml propylene glycol; and
g. water,wherein the pH of the composition is pH 7-8.5, and the composition has an osmolality of 250-350 mOsm/kg.
US Pat. No. 10,190,173

RECURRENT GENE FUSIONS IN PROSTATE CANCER

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) method for detecting an ARG-ETS gene fusion in a sample from a subject, the method comprising:(a) hybridizing a directly labeled FISH probe to an ARG-ETS gene fusion comprising a 5? portion fused to a 3? portion, said 5? portion from an ARG gene selected from the group consisting of PSA and TMPRSS2 and said 3? portion from an ETS family member gene selected from the group consisting of ERG, ETV1 (ER81), FLI1, ETS1, ETS2, ELK1, ETV6 (TEL1), ETV7 (TEL2), GABP?, ELF1, ETV4 (E1AF; PEA3), ETV5 (ERM), ERF, PEA3/E1AF, PU.1, ESE1/ESX, SAP1 (ELK4), ETV3 (METS), EWS/FLI1, ESE1, ESE2 (ELF5), ESE3, PDEF, NET (ELK3; SAP2), NERF (ELF2), and FEV; and
(b) detecting the presence of the ARG-ETS gene fusion in the sample from the subject by detecting hybridization of the directly labeled FISH probe to a junction at which the 5? portion of the gene fusion fuses to the 3? portion of the gene fusion.
US Pat. No. 10,189,922

VERY LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE PRODUCED WITH SINGLE SITE CATALYST

NOVA Chemicals (Internati...

1. An ethylene copolymer havinga) a density from about 0.890 to about 0.915 g/cm3,
b) a molecular weight distribution Mw/Mn from about 2.2 to about 4.5,
c) a molecular weight distribution Mz/Mw of greater than 2, provided that when the Mz/Mw is greater than 3, the copolymer further has a normal to flat comonomer distribution,
d) a CDBI50 from about 55 to about 98, and
e) a single peak in a DSC measurement.
US Pat. No. 10,190,179

MAIZE EVENT DP-004114-3 AND METHODS FOR DETECTION THEREOF

PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATI...

1. A method of detecting the presence of DNA corresponding to the DP-004114-3 event in a sample, the method comprising:(a) contacting the sample comprising maize DNA with a polynucleotide probe that hybridizes under stringent hybridization conditions with DNA from maize event DP-004114-3 and does not hybridize under said stringent hybridization conditions with a non-DP-004114-3 maize plant DNA;
(b) subjecting the sample and probe to stringent hybridization conditions; and
(c) detecting hybridization of the probe to the DNA;wherein detection of hybridization indicates the presence of the DP-004114-3 event.
US Pat. No. 10,188,129

METHODS FOR REDUCING OIL AND/OR FAT UPTAKE OF FRIED FOODS

DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES L...

1. An edible composition comprising starch and water-soluble cellulose ether particles, wherein at least 10 volume percent of the cellulose ether particles have a particle length LEFI of less than 40 micrometers, the cellulose ether particles have a volume fraction of fibrous particles of no more than 40%, the cellulose ether particles have a median Equivalent Projected Circle Diameter (EQPC 50,3) of up to 110 micrometers, the cellulose ether is a methylcellulose or a hydroxyalkyl methylcellulose, the viscosity of the cellulose ether is from 50 to 7,000 mPa·s when measured as a 2 wt.-% solution in water at 25° C., andwherein the composition is a dry batter mix comprising from 1 to 10 percent of the cellulose ether particles, based on the total weight of the dry batter mix.

US Pat. No. 10,194,386

TERMINAL DEVICE AND COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A User Equipment (UE) comprising:reception circuitry configured for:
receiving an Inter-System Routing Policy (ISRP) and/or an Inter-APN Routing Policy (TARP), from an Access Network Discovery and Selection Function (ANDSF) located in a Home Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN);
and
receiving, from an LTE access network, Radio Access Network (RAN) information for selecting an access network; and
a controller configured for selecting the access network based on an ANDSF Policy, if the UE has both the ANDSF Policy and the RAN information,wherein:the ANDSF Policy includes the ISRP and/or the IARP, and
the access network is selected from between the LTE access network and a WLAN access network.

US Pat. No. 10,194,384

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, BASE STATION, AND TERMINAL

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. A wireless communication system comprising:a terminal configured to perform wireless communication concurrently using a cell of a first type enabling connection without association with another cell and a cell of a second type enabling connection by being associated with the cell of the first type; and
a base station configured to form a first cell of the second type and when detecting that the terminal selects the first cell for the cell of the first type, the base station notifies the terminal of a second cell of the first type different from the first cell so as to allow the terminal to change connection to the second cell.

US Pat. No. 10,194,377

NETWORK DEVICE AND DATA BACKHAUL IMPLEMENTATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. A network device, comprising a memory, and a processor, wherein the memory stores a group of program code, and the processor is configured to call the program code stored in the memory, to execute the following operations:obtaining, according to channel state information, a backhaul request of a second network device, residual backhaul capability information of a third network device, and backhaul control information used for controlling the second network device and the third network device to backhaul data, wherein the backhaul control information comprises backhaul network topology control information and physical resource allocation information;
broadcasting the backhaul control information to the second network device and the third network device, so that the second network device and the third network device backhaul data according to the backhaul control information; and
broadcasting a reference signal instruction message to the second network device and the third network device, wherein the reference signal instruction message is used to instruct one or more network devices of the second network device or the third network device to send a reference signal and another network device to measure the channel state information.

US Pat. No. 10,194,376

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WIRELESS NETWORK ACCESS CONTROL

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Er...

1. A method, in a radio access controller in a first radio access network arranged to operate according to a first radio access technology, for providing access control in a wireless network comprising the first radio access network and a second radio access network, the second radio access network being arranged to operate according to a second radio access technology, the method comprising:receiving an access request originating from a wireless device, the access request comprising wireless device related information including information related to a global cell identity;
assessing the access request based on the received wireless device related information, a throughput related value for the first radio access technology and a throughput related value for the second radio access technology, wherein assessing the access request comprises:
transmitting a request for secondary radio access network information from the secondary access network; and
receiving a response to the request for secondary radio access network information from the secondary access network, wherein said secondary radio access network information comprises the throughput related value for the second radio access technology; and
responding to the access request based on the assessment.

US Pat. No. 10,194,373

SELF-EVOLVING WIRELESS BACKHAUL

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

13. A method of operating a wireless network comprising a plurality of wireless devices and a backbone, the method comprising:one of the wireless devices initiating data upload to the backbone or a data download from the backbone;
the initiating wireless device estimating, based on rules defining benefits to be received by initiating wireless devices and costs incurred by the initiating wireless devices within the network when the wireless devices participate in data transfer in a network and on information of topology of the network formed by the wireless devices, costs of uploading or downloading the data via other wireless devices in the network;
the initiating wireless device estimating the costs of uploading or downloading the data directly to/from the backbone;
wherein one or both estimates combine an estimation of technical costs of data transmission, their compensation payments and path length dependent network benefits;
determine whether at least one of costs or benefits of a direct data exchange with the backbone outweigh those of data exchange with the backbone via other nodes; and
the initiating wireless device initiating the upload or requesting the download directly from the backbone or via the other wireless devices based on the determination; and
further comprising a cache storage, the method further comprising:
checking whether or not predetermined data is stored in the cache upon receipt of a request from another wireless device for transmission of the predetermined data;
performing a cost/benefit analysis of transmitting the predetermined data to the other wireless device; and
if the cost/benefit analysis indicates that transmission of the predetermined data is advantageous for the wireless device, reading the predetermined data from the cache and transmitting the read data to the other wireless device.

US Pat. No. 10,194,371

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to:
obtain, by a communication that conforms to a first communication scheme, execution information representing whether or not a first apparatus is executing a relay function that enables the communication apparatus to communicate with a second apparatus via the first apparatus;
request, by the communication that conforms to the first communication scheme, the first apparatus to start the relay function, in a case where the execution information represents that the first apparatus is not executing the relay function;
communicate with the second apparatus via the first apparatus, by performing a communication that conforms to a second communication scheme that is different from the first communication scheme with the first apparatus that is executing the relay function;
determine whether the first apparatus has been requested to start the relay function in a case where the communication with the second apparatus is terminated; and
request the first apparatus to stop the relay function in a case where it is determined that the first apparatus has been requested to start the relay function, and not request the first apparatus to stop the relay function in a case where it is determined that the first apparatus has not been requested to start the relay function.

US Pat. No. 10,194,370

PROXIMITY INFORMATION IN CONFIGURATION OF DATA LINKS IN WIRELESS NETWORKS

INTEL IP Corporation, Sa...

23. A device, comprising:an access unit that identifies proximity information representative of an amount of physical separation of the device from a second device;
a configuration unit that configures a data link with the second device; and
an assignment unit that associates the data link to a data path group associated with a cluster of devices including the device, wherein the data link is associated based on a portion of the proximity information and at least one of second proximity information associated with extant data links or third proximity information associated with data path groups, wherein the proximity information is based on a received signal strength indication (RSSI), the second proximity information is based on a second RSSI, and the third proximity information is based on a third RSSI.

US Pat. No. 10,194,359

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR STATION LOCATION BASED NEIGHBOR DETERMINATION AND HANDOVER PROBABILITY ESTIMATION

InterDigital Technology C...

1. A method for an access controller (AC), comprising:receiving, by the AC, reports from a plurality of wireless devices, wherein each report includes geographic location information of each wireless device;
maintaining network topology information, by the AC, based on the reports from the plurality of wireless devices; and
providing network topology information to at least one wireless device in response to receiving a request for information.

US Pat. No. 10,194,354

AVAILABILITY BASED NETWORK SELECTION

Sprint Spectrum L.P., Ov...

1. A method of operating a communication system, comprising:determining, by a control element of a target wireless communication network, that a wireless device is being served by a source wireless communication network;
determining, by the target wireless communication network, that a base station of the target wireless communication network is available to serve the wireless device;
deciding, by the control element of the target wireless communication network, that the wireless device should be handed over from the source wireless communication network to the target wireless communication network based on the determination that the target wireless communication network is available to serve the wireless device; and
instructing, by the control element of the target wireless communication network, the source wireless communication network to handover the wireless device to the target wireless communication network based on the decision that the target wireless communication network is available to serve the wireless device.

US Pat. No. 10,194,350

BASE STATION, WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

NEC Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A base station, comprising:a controller configured to control a downlink data flow, to a terminal, via another base station based on feedback from the another base station;
a transmitter configured to transmit, to the another base station, downlink data and a parameter containing a value of 0 or 1; and
a receiver configured to receive the feedback from the another base station if the parameter contains the value of 1, wherein:
the value of 0 indicates that the feedback is not requested, and the value of 1 indicates that the feedback is requested, and
the base station is configured for a split bearer option.

US Pat. No. 10,194,339

DETECTION OF BASE STATION SYNCHRONIZATION FAILURE

Sprint Communications Com...

10. One or more non-transitory computer-readable media having computer-executable instructions embodied thereon that, when executed, perform a method for detecting synchronization failures between base stations in a wireless communications network, the method comprising:at each of a plurality of base stations:
generating a cancellation signal that is in-phase relative to signals output over a downlink band by a first base station and that has an inverse amplitude relative to the signals output over the downlink band by the first base station;
internally cancelling receipt, in near real time at the first base station, of the signals output over the downlink band by the first base station using the cancellation signal;
listening for synchronization information output by a neighboring base station over the downlink band as enabled by the signal receipt cancellation;
when synchronization information output over the downlink band by the neighboring base station is received at the first base station, communicating the synchronization information of the neighboring base station and synchronization information of the first base station to a server for detection of synchronization failures.

US Pat. No. 10,194,336

ACTIVATION OF CELLS

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Er...

1. A method performed in a wireless device served by a network node of a radio communications system, the wireless device being capable of carrier aggregation and being configured by the network node with a primary cell, PCell, and a first secondary cell, SCell, the method comprising:receiving an activation command for activating the first SCell, the first SCell operating on a carrier for contention-based transmission; and
activating the first SCell in response to the activation command within a variable time period, the variable timer period increasing with a number of times that a discovery reference signal occasion of the first SCell is not available at the wireless device during the activation, the discovery reference signal occasion of the first SCell is not available when at least one of a quality and a strength of a signal received in the discovery reference signal occasion is below a respective threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,194,322

COORDINATED TRANSMISSION METHOD FOR UNBALANCED LOAD

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Er...

1. A method in a network node for handling a transmission between a plurality of Transmission Points, TPs, and User Equipments, UEs, in a wireless network, the method comprising:receiving information from each respective UE out of a number of first UEs served by the network node, which information is related to the location of the UE;
identifying a hot spot, based on the information received from the UEs, which hot spot is an area where the load density of UEs is above a first threshold;
selecting a plurality of TPs dedicated to serve UEs located in the hot spot, which UEs located in the hot spot are a subset of the plurality of first UEs, wherein the plurality of TPs are selected at least based on an estimated throughput of the respective TP, the estimated throughput obtained by selecting a TP to respective UE link with highest channel gain and predicting a throughput for each available TP to UE link; and
establishing a coordinated transmission mode from the plurality of dedicated TPs to the UEs located in the hot spot.

US Pat. No. 10,194,309

ROAMING SUPPORT FOR WIRELESS ACCESS SUBSCRIBER OVER FIXED IP ACCESS NETWORKS

1. A method, comprising:evaluating, by a system comprising a processor, a first service level agreement, which is a default service level agreement corresponding to first network devices of a first network, comprising a wired connection between a wired device of the first network devices and an 802.1x based wireless access point device of the first network devices, and second network devices of a second network that facilitates cellular based communications of a wireless device, wherein the first network facilitates a transfer, via the wired connection between the wired device and the 802.1x based wireless access point device, of an internet protocol communication between the wired device and the 802.1x based wireless access point device; and
in response to determining a deficiency of the first service level agreement with respect to providing, via the wired connection between the wired device and the 802.1x based wireless access point device, the internet protocol based communication to the wireless device,
initiating, by the system based on a defined rule, a negotiation of a second service level agreement establishing, for a class of subscribers associated with respective wireless devices comprising the wireless device based on quality of service parameters comprising a priority of a router device of the first network devices, policies of data exchange between the first network devices of the first network and the second network devices of the second network, wherein a policy of the policies specifies a payment, based on a billing classification corresponding to the priority of the router device, to be sent from a cellular network provider identity of the second network to a network provider identity of the first network for provision, via the wired connection between the wired device and the 802.1x based wireless access point device utilizing the router device of the first network devices, of the internet protocol based communication to the wireless device, and
in response to billing the network provider identity of the first network based on the second service level agreement, sending, by the system via the wired connection between the wired device and the 802.1x based wireless access point device, the internet protocol based communication to the wireless device.

US Pat. No. 10,194,308

WIRELESS NETWORK ROAMING IN HIGH-SPEED MOVEMENT APPLICATIONS

Cisco Technology, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first wireless bridge device configured to transmit signals to and receive signals from wireless network access points located along a pathway; and
a second wireless bridge device configured to transmit signals to and receive signals from the wireless network access points,
the first wireless bridge device and the second wireless bridge device being coupled to and in communication with each other so that when the first wireless bridge device is wirelessly connected to a first access point and about to initiate a roaming mode to attempt to wirelessly connect to a second access point, the first wireless bridge device notifies the second wireless bridge device of the initiating of the roaming mode and determines whether the second wireless bridge device is in the roaming mode while the apparatus is moving along the pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,194,304

METHODS FOR RECEIVING DEVICE DISCOVERY INFORMATION AND SENDING DEVICE DISCOVERY INFORMATION AND USER EQUIPMENT

1. A method for receiving device discovery information, comprising:receiving, by first User Equipment (UE), device discovery information sent by second UE, wherein the device discovery information contains at least one piece of the following information: UE identification information and attribute information of the UE; and
performing, by the first UE, Device-to-Device (D2D) discovery and/or D2D communication under the condition that the device discovery information is consistent with a preset condition;
wherein the attribute information of the UE comprises at least one piece of the following information: an attribute update count value, UE capability information, UE type information, UE group information, UE state information, UE coverage information and application related information;
wherein performing, by the first UE, D2D discovery and/or D2D communication under the condition that the device discovery information is consistent with the preset condition comprises:
under the condition that the device discovery information contains an attribute update count value, judging, by the first UE, whether the information of the second UE and the corresponding attribute update count value have been received or not, and based on that the information of the second UE and the corresponding attribute update count value have not been received and/or the received attribute update count value is different, storing, by the first UE, the attribute update count value in the device discovery information, and acquiring other attribute information; and/or
under the condition that the device discovery information contains relay capability information of the second UE, storing, by the first UE, the second UE, and when the first UE searches for a relay node for signalling and data forwarding, employing the second UE as a candidate relay node; and/or
under the condition that the device discovery information contains indication information about whether the second UE has D2D communication capability or not, judging, by the first UE, whether to initiate D2D communication with the second UE or not according to the indication information about whether the second UE has the D2D communication capability information or not; and/or
under the condition that the device discovery information contains D2D capability profile information of the second UE, selecting, by the first UE, a plurality of communication parameters when initiating establishment of a D2D communication connection with the second UE according to the D2D capability profile information of the second UE; and/or
under the condition that the device discovery information contains type information of the second UE, responding to, by the first UE, UE with a high priority and/or UE of an emergency help calling user according to the type information of the second UE; and/or
under the condition that the device discovery information contains group information of the second UE and the first UE also belongs to a group indicated by the group information, performing, by the first UE, D2D group-based device discovery according to the group information of the second UE; and/or
under the condition that the device discovery information contains state information of the second UE, performing, by the first UE, D2D discovery and D2D communication flows according to a state of the second UE; and/or
under the condition that the device discovery information contains coverage information of the second UE, finishing, by the first UE, device discovery and/or D2D communication connection establishment with the second UE through a serving eNB of the first UE according to the coverage information of the second UE; and/or
under the condition that the device discovery information contains application related information of the second UE, judging, by the first UE, whether an application indicated by the application related information of the second UE is an application in which the first UE is interested or not, and if YES, presenting, by the first UE, preset information corresponding to the application in which the first UE is interested.

US Pat. No. 10,194,297

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Mi...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one hardware processor configured to implement:
a session generating unit that generates, in a case where an operation is accepted from a first terminal with a user not uniquely identified, first session information in association with the first terminal, the first session information serving as a unit for managing communication for the first terminal, and that generates, in a case where an operation is accepted from a second terminal, second session information in association with the second terminal, the second session information serving as a unit for managing communication for the second terminal;
an associating unit that associates the first session information with the second session information by updating at least one of the first session information and the second session information to identify another of the first session information and the second session information in a case where an operation for associating the first terminal with the second terminal is accepted; and
a processing unit that performs, in a case where the first session information is associated with the second session information, a process using an operation log that is stored in association with the first terminal, in response to an operation performed using the second terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,194,283

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A PORTABLE RADIO COMMUNICATION DEVICE TO PARTICIPATE IN A TALK GROUP CALL

MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.,...

1. A method of controlling a portable radio communication device to participate in a talk group call, the method comprising:receiving, at the portable radio communication device, a signal including a first hash value transmitted by at least one other portable radio communication device;
selecting a wireless access point that is within a communication range of the portable radio communication device;
applying a hash function to a device identifier that is uniquely associated with the wireless access point to generate a second hash value;
comparing the first hash value with the second hash value; and
controlling the portable radio communication device to participate in a talk group call with the at least one other portable radio communication device when the first hash value matches with the second hash value.

US Pat. No. 10,194,279

METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND PRODUCTS FOR ENHANCED LOCATION

1. A portable product for use in conjunction with an electrical outlet, the portable product comprising:a transceiver associated with an electrical outlet;
a memory device that stores an algorithm; and
a processor that executes the algorithm to perform operations, the operations comprising:
receiving, via the transceiver, a near field wireless signal transmitted from a mobile device, the near field wireless signal comprising a device identifier associated with the mobile device;
generating, by the processor, an outlet message that includes the device identifier and an outlet identifier associated with the electrical outlet, the outlet identifier identifying the electrical outlet as an indoor location of the mobile device; and
transmitting, by the processor, the outlet message via a wireless local area network to a network device, the outlet message enabling an electronic logging of the outlet identifier as the indoor location of the mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,194,272

PEER DISCOVERY IN TRANSACTIONAL MOBILE APPLICATIONS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method of peer discovery, comprising:receiving from a server, at a first device, a meeting location and information for communication with a second device;
obtaining a series of location data related to the second device, wherein the location data is based on a non-device-to-device positioning;
determining whether to perform a direct device-to-device positioning with the second device using the meeting location and information for communication with the second device;
performing a series of last-stretch direct device-to-device positioning measurements between the first device and the second device in response to a determination to perform the direct device-to-device positioning with the second device; and
identifying the second device based on a series of last-stretch direct device-to-device ranges approaching zero, wherein the series of last-stretch direct device-to-device ranges is based on the series of last-stretch device-to-device positioning measurements between the first device and the second device.

US Pat. No. 10,194,256

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ANALYZING MICROPHONE PLACEMENT FOR WATERMARK AND SIGNATURE RECOVERY

The Nielsen Company (US),...

1. An apparatus to analyze microphone placement for watermark extraction and signature generation, the apparatus comprising:a signal transformer to determine a frequency spectrum of a noise burst received with a microphone, the noise burst converted to a digital signal with a meter communicatively coupled to the microphone and the signal transformer;
a variance determiner to compute a variance of a magnitude spectrum of at least one of a first frequency band associated with first media or a second frequency band associated with second media, the first and second frequency bands corresponding to the digital signal representative of the frequency spectrum; and
a detection rates determiner to:
determine, based on the computed variance and at least one of a first mapping for the first frequency band or a second mapping for the second frequency band, a recovery rate associated with at least one of watermark detection or signature generation performed on an audio signal of at least one of the first or second frequency band corresponding to the first and second media, respectively, received with the microphone, the recovery rate corresponding to a placement of the microphone; and
output the recovery rate to a user interface.

US Pat. No. 10,194,251

TOP PORT MICROPHONE WITH ENLARGED BACK VOLUME

TDK Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. Microphone package comprising:a substrate;
a lid connected and sealed to the substrate such that a volume is enclosed between lid and substrate;
a MEMS chip and an ASIC accommodated in the volume and mounted on the substrate;
a stopper sealing between ASIC and lid, separating a volume extension from the remaining volume that accommodates the MEMS chip;
a first partial volume between MEMS chip and lid;
a second partial volume between MEMS chip and substrate;
a seal sealing the MEMS chip to the substrate and separating first and second partial volume;
a sound path connecting second partial volume and volume extension thereby assigning the volume extension to the second partial volume,
wherein first and second partial volume are respectively assigned to one of front volume and back volume of the microphone.

US Pat. No. 10,194,247

ELECTRODYNAMIC SOUND TRANSDUCER

1. An electrodynamic sound transducer comprising:a diaphragm capable of vibrating,
a vibrating coil coupled to the diaphragm; and
a magnet system having a first and a second magnet ring which are arranged above and below the diaphragm and are radially magnetized,
wherein the vibrating coil is arranged between the first and second magnet rings,
wherein the first magnet ring has an end having a projection, in particular a point or a round portion, which extends towards the vibrating coil coupled to the diaphragm and is adapted to a contour of the diaphragm at the vibrating coil in a region of the first and second magnet rings, and
wherein a magnetization direction of the first and second magnet rings is in the same direction.

US Pat. No. 10,194,245

ACOUSTIC TRANSDUCER WITH VIBRATION DAMPING

Bose Corporation, Framin...

1. An acoustic transducer, comprising:a diaphragm made of a first material having a central area and an outer perimeter,
at least one elongated opening in the diaphragm extending substantially radially along a portion of a length from the central area to the outer perimeter; and
a surround, comprised of a foam material having relatively higher damping characteristics than the first material, arranged circumferentially about the outer perimeter of the diaphragm, wherein the surround comprises at least one projection extending from the outer perimeter toward the central area of the diaphragm, wherein the at least one projection is arranged to cover the at least one elongated opening.

US Pat. No. 10,194,243

DUMMY HEAD FOR ELECTRONIC CALLS

1. A method, comprising:providing, during a telephone call between a first user with a first portable electronic device (PED) and a second user with a second PED, a voice of the first user in binaural sound to the second user by:
capturing, during the telephone call and with a first microphone located at a left ear of a dummy human head and a second microphone located at a right ear of the dummy human head, the voice of the first user in the binaural sound while the first user speaks to the dummy human head;
transmitting, during the telephone call and with a wireless transmitter located inside the dummy human head, the voice of the first user in the binaural sound captured with the first and second microphones to the first PED with the first user; and
transmitting, during the telephone call and with the first PED, the voice of the first user in the binaural sound received from the dummy human head over a wireless network and to the second PED with the second user.

US Pat. No. 10,194,233

EARPHONES AND EARBUDS WITH PHYSIOLOGIC SENSORS

Harman International Indu...

1. An earphone, comprising:a housing;
a speaker in the housing;
an enhancer comprising a body mounted on the housing and adapted to be secured in a user's ear to acoustically couple the speaker to the user's ear, the body having a front outer wall and adjoining side walls, the front outer wall spaced from the housing and the side walls contacting the housing;
a sound tube projecting from and above the front outer wall of the body and adapted to fit in a user's ear canal; and
an optical physiologic sensor disposed inside the enhancer beneath the front outer wall of the body adjacent the sound tube, and at least one aperture in the front outer wall of the body adjacent the sound tube and aligned with the optical physiologic sensor, so that the optical physiologic sensor can optically couple with the user's ear external to the front outer wall when the enhancer is secured in the user's ear.

US Pat. No. 10,194,228

LOAD BALANCING TO MAXIMIZE DEVICE FUNCTION IN A PERSONAL AREA NETWORK DEVICE SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A system comprising:a first earpiece comprising a housing, a battery disposed within the housing, an intelligent control disposed within the housing, a transceiver disposed within the housing and operatively connected to the intelligent control, at least one sensor operatively connected to the intelligent control, and a speaker operatively connected to the intelligent control;
a second earpiece comprising a housing, a battery disposed within the housing, an intelligent control disposed within the housing, a transceiver disposed within the housing and operatively connected to the intelligent control, at least one sensor operatively connected to the intelligent control, and a speaker operatively connected to the intelligent control;
wherein the first earpiece and the second earpiece both perform a first set of functions, the first earpiece performs a second set of functions which are not performed by the second earpiece, the second earpiece has a third set of functions performed that are not performed by the first earpiece, and a fourth set of functions which are performed by the first earpiece and the second earpiece working together;
wherein the first earpiece and the second earpiece provide for balancing load by powering one or more of the sensors and portions including the transceiver and speaker in one of the first device earpiece or the second earpiece and shifting one or more functions of the first set of functions to the other of the first earpiece and the second earpiece so that the battery life of the first earpiece and the battery life of the second earpiece extend to about the same period; and
wherein the first earpiece and the second earpiece perform predictive scheduling of the battery life of the first earpiece and the battery life of the second earpiece using predictive usage information when balancing the load.

US Pat. No. 10,194,227

TOP PORT MICROPHONE AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF SAME

TDK Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A microphone,having a housing, which comprises a bottom part and an upper part
having a transducer element, which is arranged in the housing and is electrically and mechanically connected to the bottom part,
having a flexible connecting element, which is pliable and/or compressible, is arranged between the transducer element and the upper part, and bears on the transducer element and on the upper part,
wherein the connecting element comprises a plastic in which gas bubbles due to foaming are distributed,
wherein the gas bubbles comprise a volume fraction of between 50 and 98% in the connecting element,
wherein the foaming is carried out first in the housing, so that the connecting element bears compression-free and tightly on the transducer element and upper part.

US Pat. No. 10,194,226

DEVICE FOR DETECTING ACOUSTIC WAVES

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A device for detecting acoustic waves, comprising:a housing having a housing wall with an inner surface, wherein the housing comprises a substrate, the substrate having a first surface facing the inner surface of the housing wall and a second surface opposite to the first surface, wherein a space within the housing is defined between the inner surface of the housing wall and the first surface of the substrate; and
an acoustic wave sensor provided at least partially inside the housing and configured to detect acoustic waves, the acoustic wave sensor mounted on the first surface of the substrate within the space;
wherein the inner surface of the housing wall is made in at least half of its entire area of a thermally insulating material,
wherein the housing wall comprises a layered portion comprising a plurality of layers stacked in a thickness direction of the housing wall;
wherein the layered portion comprises an inner layer forming at least a part of the inner surface of the housing wall, and at least one outer layer positioned closer to an outer surface of the housing wall than the inner layer
wherein the inner layer is made at least in part of a material which is optically transparent.

US Pat. No. 10,194,224

POOL FLOAT WITH BUILT IN SPEAKERS AND POWER SOURCE

9. A water flotation device that floats on water, said device comprising:a) a body having an interior for flotation, wherein said body includes foam for flotation;
b) one or more speaker units is secured in one or more compartments formed in said body, wherein said speaker units may be in the headrest, or in an armrest, or in a removable pillow;
c) a power source is secured in a compartment in said body, wherein said power source may be one or more batteries or a solar panel; and
d) wherein each of said speakers 20 include a housing 70, a battery 74, a speaker unit 78, an end cap 76, and a housing back 80.

US Pat. No. 10,194,222

PACKET-BASED OPTICAL SIGNAL SWITCHING CONTROL METHOD AND APPARATUS

ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMU...

1. An optical switching control method performed by a data plane of a packet-based optical signal network, the optical switching control method comprising:generating optical switching paths to a destination node of service traffic flowing from an external service network to an entrance node;
generating optical frames corresponding to the optical switching paths;
transmitting, from the entrance node to a control server, each of request messages for requesting allocation of one of time slots and use of one of the optical switching paths to transmit each of the optical frames;
generating each of optical signals having a predetermined one of wavelengths corresponding to each of the optical frames to transmit each of the optical frames in response to each of admission messages being received as a result of admission with respect to each of the request messages;
setting one of the optical switching paths for transmitting each of the optical signals by designating one of a plurality of output (input) ports included in the entrance (destination) node for switching each of the optical signals; and
transferring each of the optical frames to the destination node based on the set one of the optical switching paths and the allocated one of the time slots.

US Pat. No. 10,194,221

HIGH CAPACITY FIBER-OPTIC INTEGRATED TRANSMISSION AND SWITCHING SYSTEMS

Ciena Corporation, Hanov...

1. A high capacity node, comprising:a plurality of receiver sections and a plurality of transmitter sections; and
an electrical switching fabric between the plurality of receiver sections and the plurality of transmitter sections,
wherein each of the plurality of receiver sections and the plurality of transmitter sections interface the electrical switching fabric at a full signal level and the electrical switching fabric is configured to perform flow switching on the full signal level,
wherein the plurality of receiver sections, the plurality of transmitter sections, and one or more stages of the electrical switching fabric are implemented in one or more optoelectronic integrated circuits, and
wherein the electrical switching fabric performs limited overhead processing without forward error correction coding, and, responsive to detection of a predetermined number of errors in the limited overhead processing, the electrical switching fabric is configured to switch a signal to a separate device for forward error correction processing thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,194,218

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRESENTING DYNAMIC MEDIA CONTENT

1. A device comprising:a processing system including a processor; and
a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processing system, facilitate performance of operations comprising:
analyzing media content provided by a media content provider system;
enabling selection of a portion of the media content and a recipient device to receive the portion of the media content, wherein the selection of the portion of the media content is based on the analyzing;
transmitting the portion of the media content to a media processor, wherein the media processor stores the portion of the media content; and
generating a metadata pointer and transmitting the metadata pointer to a server, wherein the metadata pointer indicates a storage location at the media processor for the portion of the media content, wherein the transmitting of the metadata pointer causes the server to provide a request to accept the portion of the media content, and wherein the metadata pointer is configured to enable the server to retrieve the portion of the media content from the media processor responsive to the recipient device accepting the request,
wherein the server stores the metadata pointer responsive to the recipient device accepting the request.

US Pat. No. 10,194,217

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUS TO IDENTIFY LINEAR AND NON-LINEAR MEDIA PRESENTATIONS

THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US),...

1. An apparatus to automatically determine whether a media presentation is a linear media presentation or a non-linear media presentation, the apparatus comprising:a log generator to:
generate a reference log including first media identifiers of first media and first times at which the first media was presented as a linear media presentation;
receive at least one of an audio fingerprint or a watermark code generated by a media monitoring device electronically monitoring the media presentation of second media, the audio fingerprint based on an audio characteristic of the second media electronically measured at discrete times by the media monitoring device;
identify second media identifiers of the second media from the at least one of the audio fingerprint or the watermark code by matching the at least one of the audio fingerprint or the watermark code to a reference audio fingerprint or a reference watermark code in a reference database; and
generate a media presentation log for the media presentation of the second media, the media presentation log including the second media identifiers of the second media and second times at which the second media was presented;
a log comparator to compare the media presentation log to the reference log to determine a duration associated with matches between ones of the first media identifiers and ones of the second media identifiers, the matches between the ones of the first media identifiers and the ones of the second media identifiers being in a same order in the media presentation log and the reference log, the duration based on at least one of the first times or the second times; and
a presentation classifier to classify the media presentation of the second media as a linear media presentation when the duration satisfies a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,194,216

VIDEO RECEPTION DEVICE, VIDEO RECOGNITION METHOD, AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A video reception device configured to transmit and receive data through a communication network, the video reception device comprising:an input unit configured to receive an input of a video signal of a stereoscopic video, the video signal of a stereoscopic video being transmitted using a first stereoscopic video transmission method that is one of a plurality of stereoscopic video transmission methods;
a video extraction unit configured to extract a partial video for video recognition processing, from the video signal, the partial video having a predetermined time duration or a predetermined number of frames;
a video signal generator configured to generate, from the partial video, another partial video using at least one stereoscopic video transmission method different from the first stereoscopic video transmission method of the stereoscopic video; and
a control unit configured to perform control of:
generating a plurality of pieces of content recognition information from all of the partial video and the another partial video,
transmitting the content recognition information to a video recognition device connected to the communication network so as to request the video recognition device to perform video recognition processing,
obtaining a result of the video recognition processing from the video recognition device, and
obtaining additional information based on the result of the video recognition processing from an additional information distribution device connected to the communication network.

US Pat. No. 10,194,215

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR BROADCASTING AN ADVERTISEMENT TO A POTENTIAL CUSTOMER

MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL ...

1. A computer-implemented method for broadcasting an advertisement for a merchant of a product over a network comprising the steps of:receiving transaction data relating to a plurality of customers from a financial service provider system, wherein said transaction data comprises, for each transaction, a hashed reference generated by said financial service provider system to anonymously reference the related customer, payment information, location, purchase information and amount of transaction;
receiving a first set of rules defined by the merchant based on the product, the first set of rules defining parameters for identifying customers from said plurality of customers as potential customers of the product based on the transaction data;
processing said transaction data of said plurality of customers based on at least one rule from the first set of rules to obtain a potential customer base;
receiving viewership data of said plurality of customers from a network service provider system, wherein said viewership data comprises a listing of communications channels along with timestamp starts and timestamp ends associated with respective said communications channels and payment information of said plurality of customers, said payment information being taken from stored subscription records and having associated therewith said hashed references;
mapping said viewership data with said potential customer base, utilizing said hashed references, to obtain an user database, wherein said user database comprises at least one entry of said communications channel associated with respective said timestamp start, said timestamp end, and said location;
for each said communications channel, determining optimal timestamps based on the timestamp starts and the timestamp ends, each of the the optimal timestamps representing a range of time;
aggregating, based on the optimal timestamps, user counts for each said communications channel for each said location;
selecting, based on said aggregated user counts, at least one associated grouping of said communications channels, said optimal timestamps, and said locations in accordance with at least one rule from a second set of rules;
broadcasting said advertisement for the product through said network in said at least one selected communications channel for said at least one selected location within the range of time of said at least one selected optimal timestamp;
monitoring transaction data relating to said plurality of customers generated after the broadcasting of the advertisement of the product to identify sales of the product to said plurality of customers; and,
determining further broadcasting of the advertisement of the product based on the identified sales of the product.

US Pat. No. 10,194,214

DEVICE, METHOD AND MACHINE-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PRESENTING ADVERTISING RELATED TO EMOTIONAL CONTEXT OF RECEIVED CONTENT

10. A method comprising:receiving, by a processing system including a processor, a first media program having a first segment comprising first media content combined with a first embedded advertisement;
determining, by the processing system, a first emotional context of the first media content by analyzing first metadata provided in the first media content and by performing image analysis on the first media content;
determining, by the processing system, a second emotional context of the first embedded advertisement by analyzing second metadata provided in the first embedded advertisement and by performing image analysis on the first embedded advertisement;
detecting, by the processing system, a first disparity between the first emotional context of the first media content and the second emotional context of the first embedded advertisement; and
responsive to detecting the first disparity, submitting, by the processing system, a request to replace the embedded advertisement with a replacement advertisement that is correlated with the first emotional context.

US Pat. No. 10,194,213

METHOD IN SUPPORT OF VIDEO IMPRESSION ANALYSIS INCLUDING INTERACTIVE COLLECTION OF COMPUTER USER DATA

1. A method in support of an analysis of an impression of media playback on a computer user at a client computer, the client computer being in networked communication with a remote ad server, the method comprising:receiving, at the remote ad server from a video player running on the client computer, a call for a video ad response;
serving, from the remote ad server to the client computer, a video ad response, the video ad response comprising information for displaying content on the video player;
executing the video ad response in the runtime environment of the video player on the client computer,
wherein the video ad response includes code for triggering an executable data collection and processing module upon execution of the video ad response in the video player, and
wherein the method includes substituting a media file resource identifier in the video ad response with a resource identifier for the data collection and processing module and executing the data collection and processing module at the video player to collect and process behavioural data during playback of media in support of the analysis of the impression of the media playback.

US Pat. No. 10,194,212

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING FLEXIBLE ACCESS TO SCENES CONTAINED WITHIN A VIDEO CONTENT ITEM

Comigo Ltd., Yarkona (IL...

1. In a system comprising a central server and at least one client terminal, wherein the central server provides linear TV channels that include video content items to each one of the at least one client terminal, a method for providing to a user of a first client terminal of the at least one client terminal flexible access to video scenes contained within video content items included in linear TV channels provided by the central server to the first client terminal, the method comprising:a. receiving, by the first client terminal and from the central server, a first linear TV channel including at least a portion of a first video content item;
b. playing, by the first client terminal, the first linear TV channel, thereby playing the at least a portion of the first video content item;
c. switching, by the first client terminal, from playing the first linear TV channel to playing a second linear TV channel including a second video content item, thereby playing the second video content item;
d. at the first client terminal, receiving from the central server a scene information collection of the second video content item, wherein the scene information collection of the second video content item comprises scene information about at least a first video scene contained in the second video content item, the scene information collection of the second video content item being generated by the central server while the first client terminal is playing the second video content item;
e. providing, by the first client terminal and before the first client terminal finishes to play the second video content item, a user interface enabling the user of the first client terminal to select a single video scene from multiple video scenes contained in the second video content item, wherein the providing is subsequent to the receiving the scene information collection and wherein the multiple video scenes which may be selected using the user interface are based on the scene information collection;
f. receiving, by the first client terminal, a selection of one video scene contained in the second video content item, wherein the one video scene contained in the second video content item was not played by the first client terminal following the switching, the selection provided by the user using the user interface; and
g. subsequent to and in response to the receiving of the selection, playing the one video scene by the first client terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,194,207

ELECTRONIC GROUPING OF TITLES OF CONTENT

1. A method, comprising:generating, by a hardware processor, an electronic grid of cells associated with titles of content and a pay per view package;
generating, by the hardware processor, an electronic wrapper that surrounds all the cells in the electronic grid of the cells that are associated with the titles of content and the pay per view package, the electronic wrapper simultaneously displaying a title common to all the titles of content associated with the pay per view package;
determining, by the hardware processor, that the pay per view package is associated with non-contiguous cells in the electronic grid of the cells;
generating, by the hardware processor, a prompt to switch to a different mode of operation in response to the determining that the pay per view package is associated with the non-contiguous cells; and switching, by the hardware processor, to the different mode of operation to allow scrolling between the non-contiguous cells in the electronic grid of the cells.

US Pat. No. 10,194,205

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEDIA CONTENT PRESENTATION

1. A device, comprising:a processing system including a processor; and
a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processing system, facilitate performance of operations, comprising:
receiving a plurality of media content feeds available from a service provider network, wherein the plurality of media content feeds comprises a plurality of camera feeds from a plurality of cameras recording a common event and content associated with the common event, and wherein the plurality of media content feeds each comprises a collection of sub-channels associated with the common event available from the service provider network, wherein the collection of sub-channels includes a sub-channel arrangement;
receiving a plurality of pairing selections for a plurality of displays associated with the device, wherein each pairing selection of the plurality of pairing selections comprises an assignment of one sub-channel of the collection of sub-channels associated with the common event paired to one display of the plurality of displays according to the sub-channel arrangement, and wherein the assignment of the one sub-channel is based on providing the common event at the one display in proximity to another display of the plurality of displays providing another sub-channel of the collection of sub-channels for the common event; and
generating a content display configuration corresponding to the plurality of pairing selections.

US Pat. No. 10,194,204

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING PLAYBACK OF A MEDIA ASSET BASED ON DELAY OF A SCHEDULED EVENT

Rovi Guides, Inc., San J...

1. A method for controlling playback of a media asset on a user equipment based on indicia that a next event is delayed from an event start time, the method comprising:receiving, at the user equipment, during playback of the media asset that has remaining runtime, a suspend command to suspend playback of the media asset;
in response to receiving the suspend command, determining whether a user is imminently scheduled to attend the next event by:
retrieving a profile corresponding to the user from a database;
determining the next event, based on calendar information in the profile, from a plurality of entries associated with the user;
determining the event start time of the next event;
comparing the event start time of the next event to a current time to compute an amount of time before the event start time; and
determining whether the amount of time is less than an imminence threshold;
in response to determining, based on the amount of time being less than the imminence threshold, that the user is imminently scheduled to attend the next event, determining whether the event start time is delayed by:
determining an identity of an event database associated with the next event;
querying, using the identity, the event database as to a most current event start time;
comparing the most current event start time to the event start time; and
determining, based on the comparing of the most current event start time to the event start time, whether the most current event start time is later than the event start time; and
in response to determining, based on determining that the most current event start time is later than the event start time, that the most current event start time is delayed, continuing to generate for display the media asset notwithstanding receipt of the suspend command; wherein continuing to generate for display the media asset notwithstanding receipt of the suspend command comprises: determining an event location of the next event; determining a current location of the user; determining an estimated time of arrival based on the event location of the next event and the current location of the user; comparing the estimated time of arrival to the most current event start time to compute an early arrival amount; determining whether the early arrival amount exceeds an early arrival threshold; and in response to determining that the early arrival amount exceeds the early arrival threshold, continuing to generate for display the media asset notwithstanding receipt of the suspend command.

US Pat. No. 10,194,203

MULTIMODAL AND REAL-TIME METHOD FOR FILTERING SENSITIVE MEDIA

1. A method comprising:performing, by at least one processor, operations including:
segmenting a digital video stream into video fragments along a video timeline;
extracting low-level features containing significant information on sensitive media from the video fragments;
reducing a semantic difference between the extracted low-level features, and a high-level concept;
classifying the video fragments, and generating a high-level label as either positive or negative and a confidence score for each classified video fragment;
performing high-level fusion to correlate the generated high-level labels and the confidence scores for each classified video fragment; and
identifying a particular content of the digital video stream by combining the generated high-level labels of the classified video fragments along the video timeline,
wherein the performing the high-level fusion comprises:
temporally aligning N classified video fragments along the video timeline;
representing an N-dimensional vector, which builds an N-dimensional vector for each instant of interest of the digital video stream, and within the N-dimensional vector, every i-th component holds a classification confidence score of the i-th classified video fragment, in relation to a video fragment having a reference moment which coincides with a reference instant of interest, wherein i belongs to the natural interval [1 . . . N]);
in an offline operation, generating a late fusion model from a training dataset, employing a supervised machine learning method on the generated late fusion model to generate a good late fusion model, and storing the good late fusion model; and
in an online operation, retrieving the stored good late fusion model and using the retrieved good late fusion model, a de-noising function, and a predetermined threshold to correlate the generated high-level labels and the confidence scores for each classified video fragment.

US Pat. No. 10,194,200

AUDIO DATA PROCESSING METHOD AND TERMINAL

TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZ...

1. An audio data processing method for removing transitional noise in an audio data stream, comprising:at an apparatus comprising one or more processors and memory:
obtaining a first audio frame and a second audio frame adjacent to each other from the audio data stream, the first audio frame preceding the second audio frame in a time sequence of the audio data stream;
determining a frame segmentation position in the first audio frame and the second audio frame in accordance with predefined closeness criteria, wherein the predefined closeness criteria require that a predefined distance between a respective sampling point value at the frame segmentation position in the first audio frame and a respective sampling point value at the frame segmentation position in the second audio frame satisfy a predefined closeness condition;
obtaining respective sampling point values preceding the frame segmentation position in the second audio frame and respective sampling point values following the frame segmentation position in the first audio frame;
sequentially stitching the respective sampling point values obtained from the second audio frame and the respective sampling point values obtained from the first audio frame, to generate a third audio frame; and
inserting the third audio frame between the first audio frame and the second audio frame.

US Pat. No. 10,194,199

METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR CATEGORIZING/RATING CONTENT UPLOADED TO A NETWORK FOR BROADCASTING

1. A device, comprising:a processing system including a processor; and
a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processing system, facilitate performance of operations, comprising:
identifying sounds in an audio stream as either non-speech sounds or as words;
performing pattern recognition for the non-speech sounds to detect a match with non-speech sound patterns stored within a library, wherein the library stores a plurality of words and a plurality of non-speech sounds, wherein each word of the plurality of words stored in the library has a content category assigned thereto, wherein the library is provided by a communications network, and wherein each non-speech sound of the plurality of non-speech sounds stored in the library has a non-speech content category assigned thereto;
querying the words stored within the library to determine whether a match exists between the words in the audio stream and the plurality of words stored within the library;
assigning a content type to the audio stream in accordance with a match between the non-speech sounds and the non-speech sound patterns stored within the library as an assigned non-speech sound content category; and
embedding the assigned non-speech sound content category within metadata associated with the audio stream.

US Pat. No. 10,194,198

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING MEDIA BETWEEN COMMUNICATION DEVICES

11. A method comprising:detecting, by a communication device comprising a processor, a presentation device, the communication device being remote from the presentation device;
determining, by the communication device, whether any of a plurality of modes of communication available to the communication device upon detecting the presentation device is compatible with a mode of communication utilized by the presentation device;
wirelessly transmitting, by the communication device, control signals to the presentation device, subsequent to the detecting of the presentation device, for control of a presentation of media at the presentation device by the communication device, wherein the control signals are wirelessly transmitted according to one of the plurality of modes of communication;
wirelessly transmitting, by the communication device, a disable signal to the presentation device to request the presentation device to disable other control functions regarding the presentation of the media at the presentation device while allowing the communication device to continue controlling presentation of the media via the control signals;
displaying, by the communication device responsive to the presentation device disabling the other control functions, an emulator to facilitate remote control over the presentation of the media at the presentation device;
enabling wireless transmission of the media to the presentation device responsive to an actuation of a selection to present the media at the presentation device; and
receiving and displaying, by the communication device responsive to the presentation device not disabling the other control functions, a message presenting the selection to a user of the communication device regarding whether the media is to be presented at the presentation device.

US Pat. No. 10,194,196

DECODING DEVICE, RECEPTION DEVICE, TRANSMISSION DEVICE, TRANSMISSION/RECEPTION SYSTEM, DECODING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING DECODING PROGRAM STORED THEREIN

NEC CORPORATION, Minato-...

1. A decoding apparatus comprising:a decoder configured for decoding packets transmitted from a transmitter; and
a decode time determination unit which is implemented by a central processing unit (CPU) and configured for determining timings of decoding the packets by the decoder on the basis of adjustment information in accordance with adjustment of time for causing Coordinated Universal Time to be close to Universal Time, the adjustment information being included in the packets,
wherein the packets include processing timing information that indicates processing timing of access units that are sets including own packets, and
wherein the decode time determination unit is further configured to determine to sequentially decode the packets configuring the respective access units in accordance with relative timing based on the processing timing indicated by the processing timing information when the adjustment information indicates that the time is adjusted.

US Pat. No. 10,194,193

CABLE NETWORK DEVICE HAVING INTERCONNECTED MICROSTRIP DIRECTIONAL COUPLERS

Technetix B.V., Veenenda...

1. A cable network device, comprising:an input associated with a plurality of outputs, each output connected to one of a series of interconnected microstrip directional couplers, and configured with separate upstream and downstream paths;
a first transformer located in the upstream path; and
a second transformer,
wherein an isolated port of each microstrip directional coupler is in electrical communication with the upstream path and the isolated port of alternate microstrip directional couplers in the series is connected to the isolated port of one adjacent microstrip directional coupler using the second transformer.

US Pat. No. 10,194,190

ADAPTING USER INTERFACE OF DISPLAY APPARATUS ACCORDING TO REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method of controlling a display apparatus, the method comprising:displaying a plurality of content items on a screen of the display apparatus;
receiving data from a connected remote control device;
identifying a device type of the connected remote control device based on the received data; and
displaying on the screen of the display apparatus a list of content items controllable by the connected remote control device based on the identified device type of the connected remote control device,
wherein the displaying the list of content items comprises displaying at least one of the plurality of content items corresponding to the identified device type of the connected remote control device among the plurality of content items distinguishably from remaining content items of the plurality of content items.

US Pat. No. 10,194,189

PLAYBACK OF CONTENT USING MULTIPLE DEVICES

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium embodying at least one program that, when executed by at least one computing device, causes the at least one computing device to at least:render, upon a first display, a user interface relating to a video content feature, the user interface including a component facilitating selection of a target client device from a listing of target client devices, wherein the listing of target client devices is restricted to client devices for which the at least one computing device has permission to control playback;
receive a user selection of the target client device via the component;
in response to the user selection of the target client device, send a request to a server device to commence a playback of the video content feature upon a second display of the target client device;
receive periodic status updates from the server device identifying a current status in the playback of the video content feature upon the second display of the target client device, the periodic status updates originating from the target client device;
receive auxiliary content relating to the video content feature from the server device; and
in a synchronization with the playback of the video content feature upon the second display of the target client device, render audio corresponding to the video content feature via an audio device associated with the first display and render the auxiliary content in the user interface on the first display, the synchronization being based at least in part on the periodic status updates.

US Pat. No. 10,194,185

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COMMUNICATING TIME REPRESENTATIONS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of signaling a system time, the method comprising:signaling a system time at a mark associated with a physical layer frame as a value indicating a duration since an epoch using a plurality of different partial time values that is used to reconstruct the system time to a particular precision,
wherein the plurality of different partial time values include a seconds partial time value, a millisecond partial time value, a microsecond partial time value, and a nanosecond partial time value; and
signaling a syntax element indicating whether zero or more partial time values are present in a preamble of the physical layer frame.

US Pat. No. 10,194,184

DYNAMIC SYNCHRONIZATION OF MEDIA STREAMS WITHIN A SOCIAL NETWORK

1. A multimedia content delivery method, comprising:determining a temporal difference between a first stream of multimedia content and a second stream of the multimedia content wherein the first stream of multimedia content is provided to a first viewer and the second stream is provided to a second viewer and wherein the temporal difference comprises an interval of time corresponding to an offset of the first stream relative to the second stream;
adjusting at least one of the first stream and the second stream to reduce the temporal difference; and
responsive to determining that the temporal difference is less than a particular threshold, providing a common stream of the multimedia content to the first viewer and the second viewer and including a visually detectable indication of the interaction in a display of the multimedia content to the first user in response to detecting an interaction between a first user of the first stream and a second user of the second stream;
wherein determining the temporal difference comprises determining the temporal difference in accordance with a difference between a first timestamp associated with the first stream and a second timestamp associated with the second stream.

US Pat. No. 10,194,182

SIGNAL TRANSMISSION AND RECEPTION APPARATUS AND SIGNAL TRANSMISSION AND RECEPTION METHOD FOR PROVIDING TRICK PLAY SERVICE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method of receiving a broadcast signal by a broadcast reception apparatus, the method comprising:receiving, by a receiver in the broadcast reception apparatus, file format data based on Base Media File Format comprising encoded video data,
wherein the file format data includes box information comprising pre-filtering information, and
wherein the pre-filtering information comprises information on a start point or an end point of a Group of Pictures (GOP), a GOP picture type of each picture constituting the GOP, or information on whether another picture is required to be referred;
parsing, by a content parser in the broadcast reception apparatus, the received file format data to acquire the pre-filtering information from the box information of the file format data and filtering pictures required for an X speed function of the encoded video data; and
decoding, by a video decoder in the broadcast reception apparatus, the filtered pictures and performing trick play on the encoded video data,
wherein the pre-filtering information further comprises temporal identification (ID) information and dependency level information indicating a dependency level of the each picture constituting the GOP,
wherein the temporal ID information is used for the X speed function of the encoded video data on which the trick play is performed, and
wherein the dependency level information is used for providing a higher speed than a maximum X speed by using the temporal ID information.

US Pat. No. 10,194,181

FAST CHANNEL CHANGE IN A MULTICAST ADAPTIVE BITRATE (MABR) STREAMING NETWORK USING MULTICAST REPEAT SEGMENT BURSTS IN A DEDICATED BANDWIDTH PIPE

ERICSSON AB, Stockholm (...

1. A method for changing channels in a multicast adaptive bitrate (MABR) communications network, the method comprising:receiving a channel change (CC) request from a set-top-box (STB) device among a plurality of client devices to change to a target service channel provided as a plurality of MABR streams wherein each MABR stream corresponds to a particular bitrate representation of the target service channel;
joining the requesting STB device to a multicast ABR stream having a select bitrate representation of the target service channel using a burst retransmit stream of segments corresponding to the select bitrate representation of the target service channel, wherein the burst retransmit stream is provided as an MABR stream of repeated segments of a corresponding segment of the select bitrate representation; and
if the select bitrate representation of the target service channel is not at a correct bitrate quality provisioned for the requesting STB device, allocating or reallocating at least a portion of a bandwidth allocated to the plurality of client devices to ensure that the correct bitrate quality for the target service channel is reached.

US Pat. No. 10,194,179

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENCODING VIDEO STREAMS

1. A method, comprising:retrieving, by a processing system comprising a processor, an indication of a native video format from a first active format descriptor field of a digital video stream as a retrieved native video format;
encoding, by the processing system, a portion of the digital video stream according to the retrieved native video format to generate an encoded video stream from the portion of the digital video stream conforming to a moving picture experts group format and the native video format;
inserting, by the processing system, the indication of the native video format in a second active format descriptor of the encoded video stream; and
sending, by the processing system, the encoded video stream to an acquisition server for multicast distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,194,178

SOURCE DEVICE, CONTENT PROVIDING METHOD USING SOURCE DEVICE, SINK DEVICE AND CONTROLLING METHOD OF THE SINK DEVICE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A blu-ray disc player for transmitting content to a display device, the blu-ray disc player comprising:an interface; and
a controller configured to:
receive information from the display device,
identify a high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) version supported by the display device based on the received information,
encrypt a content in one of different HDCP versions based on the identified HDCP version supported by the display device, and
control the interface to transmit the encrypted content to the display device,
wherein the controller is configured to encrypt the content in one of the different HDCP versions based on the identified HDCP version by:
encrypting the content in a first HDCP version based on the identified HDCP version being the first HDCP version, and
downscaling the content and encrypting the downscaled content in a second HDCP version, based on the identified HDCP version not being the first HDCP version.

US Pat. No. 10,194,174

SIMPLIFICATIONS FOR BOUNDARY STRENGTH DERIVATION IN DEBLOCKING

SUN PATENT TRUST, New Yo...

1. A method for decoding a coded current block of an image including a plurality of pixels, the method comprising:reconstructing the coded current block; and
performing deblocking filtering on image blocks, the image blocks including the reconstructed current block,
wherein the deblocking filtering including:
determining a first parameter indicating a strength of a block boundary between two adjacent image blocks, the first parameter being within a range from 0 to 2;
calculating a second parameter based on the first parameter and a quantization parameter, the second parameter being calculated as a function of the sum of the first parameter and the quantization parameter; and
selecting a first deblocking filter or a second deblocking filter to be applied to the block boundary using a threshold defined based on the second parameter, the first deblocking filter and the second deblocking filter having different filter strengths, and
wherein the first parameter is determined to have a value of 1 when an absolute difference between the horizontal or vertical component of the motion vector belonging to the first image block of the two adjacent image blocks and the horizontal or vertical component of the motion vector belonging to the second image block of the two adjacent image blocks is greater than a non-zero threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,194,173

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENCODING AND DECODING VIDEO BY USING PATTERN INFORMATION IN HIERARCHICAL DATA UNIT

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method of encoding a video, the method comprising:generating transformation index information indicating whether a transformation unit of a current level included in a coding unit of a current level is split;
generating second pattern information indicating whether the transformation unit of the current level contains one or more transform coefficients not equal to 0 when the transformation unit of the current level is not split;
generating first pattern information indicating whether residual samples of the coding unit of the current level among at least one coding unit split from a maximum coding unit are equal to 0; and
generating a bitstream based on at least one of the first pattern information, the transformation index information, and the second pattern information,
wherein the transformation unit of the current level is split into four transformation units of a lower level,
wherein a height of each of the four transformation units of the lower level is half a height of the transformation unit of the current level.

US Pat. No. 10,194,170

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VIDEO CODING USING FILTER COEFFICIENTS DETERMINED BASED ON PIXEL PROJECTION PHASE

MEDIATEK INC., Hsinchu (...

1. A method for video coding, comprising:receiving input data associated with a processing block in a current picture;
selecting, from a set of neighboring reconstructed samples for intra-coding pixels in the processing block, a plurality of reference samples for a pixel in the processing block based on a position of the pixel and an intra prediction mode of the processing block;
determining a projection phase for the pixel based on the position of the pixel and the intra prediction mode of the processing block;
determining an interpolation filter based on an availability of the reference samples;
determining coefficients of the interpolation filter based on the projection phase for the pixel;
applying the interpolation filter with the determined coefficients on the selected reference samples to generate a prediction of the pixel; and
encoding or decoding the pixel in the processing block using the prediction of the pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,194,169

METHOD FOR DECODING AN IMAGE, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR ENCODING AN IMAGE, AND IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for decoding an image, the method comprising:a step to determine whether or not a skip mode is applied to a prediction unit by using a skip flag;
a step to decode a merge flag indicating whether or not a merge mode is applied to the prediction unit, if the non-skip mode is applied;
a step to decode a merge index, if the skip mode is applied or the merge mode is applied;
a step to derive motion compensation parameters for the merge mode using the merge index, wherein the motion compensation parameters include at least a first prediction list utilization flag indicating whether or not a first reference prediction list is to be used, and a second prediction list utilization flag indicating whether or not a second reference prediction list is to be used;
a step to generate a prediction image for inter prediction using the motion compensation parameters; and
a step to convert a value of the second prediction list utilization flag being equal to zero, which indicate that the second reference prediction list is not to be used, if (i) a prediction unit is a merge prediction unit, (ii) a value of the first prediction list utilization flag is equal to one, which indicates that the first reference prediction list is to be used, (iii) the value of the second prediction list utilization flag is equal to one, which indicates that the second reference prediction list is to be used, and (iv) the sum of a width and a height of the prediction unit is equal to a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,194,166

MOTION VECTOR DERIVATION METHOD, MOVING PICTURE CODING METHOD AND MOVING PICTURE DECODING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An image decoding method for decoding a block in a picture, the method comprising:obtaining a reference motion vector of a reference block, the reference motion vector being used for deriving a motion vector of a current block to be decoded;
calculating a first parameter corresponding to a difference between a display order of a picture including a reference block and a display order of a reference picture of the reference block, wherein said reference block is motion-compensated using the reference motion vector, and said reference picture is referred to by the reference motion vector;
calculating a second parameter corresponding to a difference between a display order of a current picture and a display order of the reference picture, wherein said current picture is a picture including the current block;
judging whether or not the first parameter is within a range having a predetermined maximum value;
generating a multiplier parameter corresponding to the first parameter, the multiplier parameter being used for changing a division operation by the first parameter into a multiplication operation by the multiplier parameter;
deriving the motion vector of the current block by scaling the reference motion vector based on a multiplication of a multiplier parameter corresponding to the predetermined maximum value of the range and the second parameter, when the first parameter is not within the range having the predetermined maximum value as a result of said judging, and by scaling the reference motion vector based on a multiplication of a multiplier parameter corresponding to the first parameter and the second parameter, when the first parameter is within the range having the predetermined maximum value as a result of said judging;
decoding a coded data stream to obtain a decoded difference image of the current block;
generating a motion compensated image of the current block using the derived motion vector and a reference picture corresponding to the derived motion vector; and
reconstructing the current block by adding the motion compensated image of the current block and the decoded difference image of the current block.

US Pat. No. 10,194,165

MOTION VECTOR DERIVATION METHOD, MOVING PICTURE CODING METHOD AND MOVING PICTURE DECODING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An image coding method for coding a current block in a current picture, the method comprising:obtaining a reference motion vector of a reference block, the reference motion vector being used for deriving a motion vector of the current block to be coded;
calculating a first parameter corresponding to a difference between a display order of a picture including a reference block and a display order of a reference picture of the reference block, wherein said reference block is motion-compensated using the reference motion vector, and said reference picture is referred to by the reference motion vector;
calculating a second parameter corresponding to a difference between a display order of a current picture and a display order of the reference picture, wherein said current picture is a picture including the current block;
judging if (i) the reference motion vector of the reference block refers to a picture having a display order located after a display order of a picture including the reference block and (ii) the first parameter is a negative value within a predetermined range;
generating a multiplier parameter corresponding to the first parameter, the multiplier parameter being used for changing a division operation by the first parameter into a multiplication operation by the multiplier parameter;
deriving the motion vector of the current block by scaling the reference motion vector based on a multiplication of a multiplier parameter corresponding to a predetermined negative value and the second parameter, when the first parameter is a negative value out of the predetermined range as a result of said judging, and by scaling the reference motion vector based on a multiplication of a multiplier parameter corresponding to the first parameter and the second parameter, when the first parameter is a negative value within the predetermined range as a result of said judging;
generating a motion compensated image of the current block using the derived motion vector and a reference picture corresponding to the derived motion vector; and
coding a difference image between the current block and the motion compensated image of the current block.

US Pat. No. 10,194,162

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR CREATING CODE MAPPING FUNCTIONS FOR ENCODING AN HDR IMAGE, AND METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR USE OF SUCH ENCODED IMAGES

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An encoding method, comprising the acts of:inputting pixel colors of an input high dynamic range video image, wherein the pixel colors have information of a luminance and a chromaticity;
applying an inverse of a mapping function, to derive a luma code (v) of the luminance of a pixel color, which mapping function is predetermined as comprising a first partial function which is defined as

 in which rho is a tuning constant, and v is the luma code corresponding to a luminance to be encoded, and a second partial mapping defined as L=LmP? in which Lm is a peak luminance of a predefined reference display, and gamma is a constant which is preferably equal to 2.4,
outputting a matrix of pixels having a color encoding comprising the luma codes.

US Pat. No. 10,194,161

IMAGE DECODING DEVICE AND IMAGE CODING DEVICE

Dolby International AB, ...

1. An image encoding method comprising:identifying, at an encoder, a target picture and a reference picture set (RPS);
generating RPS information usable for generating the RPS at a decoder;
generating, based on the target picture and the RPS, a reference picture list (RPL);
generating RPL modification information usable for generating the RPL, the RPL modification information including information regarding list sorting associated with the RPL;
generating, based on the RPS information, RPL modification information, and the target picture, one or more coding parameters and a slice header, wherein the one or more coding parameter includes a first flag that indicates whether the information regarding the list sorting is included within the slice header and a parameter that represents a number of current-picture referable pictures;
encoding the target picture based in part on the RPL to generate encoded picture data; and
generating a bitstream representing the target picture, the bitstream including the slice header, the encoded picture data, and the one or more coding parameters, wherein generating the bitstream comprises:
including a reference picture sorting presence or absence flag and a reference list sorting order in the RPL modification information if the first flag and the parameter representing the number of current-picture referable pictures have predetermined values, and
omitting inclusion of the reference picture sorting presence or absence flag and the reference list sorting order in the RPL modification information if the first flag and the parameter representing the number of current-picture referable pictures do not have predetermined values.

US Pat. No. 10,194,160

SIGNALING CHANGE IN OUTPUT LAYER SETS

Dolby International AB, ...

1. A method for video decoding, comprising:receiving a bitstream comprising a video parameter set and bits representing a current picture;
parsing at least a portion of a slice header of the current picture;
performing a first determination, based on one or more syntax elements in the video parameter set, whether a removal operation from a decoded picture buffer (DPB) is to be performed on a per-picture basis or per-access unit (AU) basis, wherein an access unit comprises at least a base layer and an enhanced layer, and each layer represents a picture;
performing a second determination, separate from the first determination, based on one or more syntax elements in the video parameter set, whether a picture output operation from the DPB is to be performed on a per-picture basis or per-AU basis;
performing the removal operation from the DPB in accordance with the first determination whether the removal operation is to be performed on a per-picture basis or per-AU basis;
performing the picture output operation from the DPB in accordance with the second determination whether the picture output operation is to be performed on a per-picture basis or per-AU basis;
performing a decoding and storing of a current decoded picture in the DPB;
performing a third determination, based on the one or more syntax elements in the video parameter set, whether marking the current decoded picture is to be performed on a per-picture basis or per-AU basis;
marking the current decoded picture in the DPB in accordance with the third determination whether marking the current decoded picture is to be performed on a per-picture basis or per-AU basis; and
performing an additional picture output from the DPB in accordance with a fourth determination whether the additional picture output is to be performed on a per-picture basis or per-AU basis.

US Pat. No. 10,194,159

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGE AND VIDEO CODING USING HIERARCHICAL SAMPLE ADAPTIVE BAND OFFSET

Texas Instruments Incorpo...

1. A system comprising:a receiver component configured for receiving encoded video data representing a sequence of pictures, each picture represented by an array of component pixel values for one or more components, each component pixel value comprising binary word;
a video decoder component coupled to the receiver component, the video decoder component configured for:
reconstructing an array of component pixel values of at least one component in a coding unit of a first picture of the sequence of pictures represented by the video data;
determining a starting band for band offset sample adaptive filtering for the coding unit, the starting band identified by five most significant bits of each component pixel value associated with the starting band;
determining offset values for four contiguous bands including the starting band and three adjacent bands; and
performing sample adaptive offset filtering on the component pixel values in the four contiguous bands of the coding unit; and
a display coupled to the video decoder component configured for displaying the sample adaptive offset filtered pixel values.

US Pat. No. 10,194,156

METHOD OF AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING AN OUTPUT FRAME

ARM Limited, Cambridge (...

1. A method of generating output frames from input frames, in which input frames are processed when generating output frames, the method comprising:when generating a region of a first output frame from a region of a first input frame:
processing the region of the first input frame;
generating information relating to the processing performed on the region of the first input frame; and
storing the information relating to the processing performed on the region of the first input frame; and
when generating a region of a second output frame from a region of a second input frame:
comparing the region of the second input frame with the region of the first input frame to determine if the region of the second input frame is similar to the region of the first input frame; and when the region of the second input frame is determined to be similar to the region of the first input frame:
reading the stored information relating to the processing performed on the region of the first input frame when generating the region of the first output frame;
determining whether the read information relating to the processing performed on the region of the first input frame when generating the region of the first output frame indicates that a part or all of the processing of the region of the second input frame is not required; and
when it is not determined that the read information relating to the processing performed on the region of the first input frame when generating the region of the first output frame indicates that a part or all of the processing of the region of the second input frame is not required:
processing the region of the second input frame; and
when it is determined that the read information relating to the processing performed on the region of the first input frame when generating the region of the first output frame indicates that a part or all of the processing of the region of the second input frame is not required: omitting the part or all of the processing of the region of the second input frame.

US Pat. No. 10,194,155

PARSING FRIENDLY AND ERROR RESILIENT MERGE FLAG CODING IN VIDEO CODING

Texas Instruments Incorpo...

1. A method for decoding an encoded bit stream for a picture in a video decoder, the method comprising:decoding a merge flag for a non skip mode inter-predicted prediction unit (PU) from the encoded bit stream;
constructing a merge mode motion data vector (merging candidate) list with a maximum number of motion vector merging candidates for the non skip mode inter-predicted PU for a first value of the merge flag;
adding a sufficient number of zero motion vector merging candidates to the merging candidate list to ensure that the maximum number of motion vector merging candidates is obtained wherein adding each zero motion vector merging candidate to the merging candidate list comprises determining a content of the zero motion vector merging candidate based on a prediction type of a slice containing the non skip mode inter-predicted PU wherein the zero motion vector merging candidate comprises a motion vector with a value of zero if the slice is a forward predicted slice, and the zero motion vector merging candidate comprises two motion vectors with values of zero if the slice is a bi-directionally predicted slice; and
reconstructing the non skip mode inter-predicted PU based on the merging candidate list.

US Pat. No. 10,194,149

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING A TRANSFORM SIZE SYNTAX ELEMENT FOR VIDEO DECODING

Dolby Laboratories Licens...

1. A device for video signal processing, the device comprising:circuitry that is configured to:
receive an intra-predicted macroblock;
receive a macroblock type of the intra-predicted macroblock indicating a transform size;
receive a transform syntax element generated based on the transform size that indicates an inverse transform size for use with the intra-predicted macroblock,
derive, based on the macroblock type, a flag indicating whether a sub-partition of the intra-predicted macroblock uses a size other than 8×8;
select a transform size based on the macroblock type, transform syntax element and the flag;
inverse transform the received macroblock based on the selected inverse transform size to generate an inverse transformed macroblock;
reconstruct a reconstructed macroblock based on the inverse transformed macroblock; and
deblock filter the reconstructed macroblock,
wherein selecting the transform size includes selecting an N×N transform size when the macroblock type is an N×N macroblock type and selecting an M×M transform size when the macroblock type is an M×M macroblock type, wherein N and M are integer values and M is greater than N.

US Pat. No. 10,194,142

DISPLAY DRIVING APPARATUS AND METHOD

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A display driving apparatus for pixel display of pixel units of a display device, the display device comprising a pixel array including a first view pixel unit and a second view pixel unit alternately arranged in a row direction, said pixel array including in each row sub-pixels corresponding to one color, each of the first and second view pixel units comprising a plurality of physical pixel units cyclically arranged in a column direction, and each physical pixel unit including a plurality of sub-pixels, the apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit for obtaining an input signal of each sub-pixel in the first and second view pixel units;
a setting unit for setting a sampling region on the pixel array for each sub-pixel in the first and second view pixel units; and
a calculating unit for determining an output signal of each sub-pixel based on the sampling region of each sub-pixel, the physical pixel unit overlapping the sampling region and belonging to the same view pixel unit as the sub-pixel, and the input signal of each sub-pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,194,140

BINOCULAR STEREO VISION DEVICE, ADJUSTING METHOD AND APPARATUS THEREOF AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A binocular stereo vision device, comprising:an acquisition system including two acquisition units arranged at intervals and being configured to acquire a depth distance from a measured object to the acquisition system;
an adjuster configured to adjust a distance between the two acquisition units;
a sensor configured to acquire an initial distance between the two acquisition units; and
a processing unit configured to obtain a standard distance between the two acquisition units according to the acquired depth distance from the measured object to the acquisition system and output a control signal according to a difference between the standard distance and the initial distance, wherein the adjuster adjusts the distance between the two acquisition units to be equal to the standard distance according to the control signal outputted by the processing unit, the processing unit includes: a calculator configured to obtain the standard distance according to a formula Dbest=(L*F)/RZ and obtain an initial control signal according to the difference between the standard distance and the initial distance, in which Dbest refers to the acquired depth distance from the measured object to the acquisition system; L refers to the standard distance between the two acquisition units; F refers to a focal length of the acquisition units; RZ refers to a depth resolution.

US Pat. No. 10,194,136

APPARATUS FOR RECORDING AN IMAGE OF AN OBJECT FIELD ON A HUMAN OR ANIMAL BODY

1. An apparatus for recording an image of an object field on a body from outside of the body, the apparatus comprising:a shank; and
an optical unit arranged at a distal end of the shank, the optical unit comprising an observation optical unit for recording the image of the object field and being rotatable about an axis of rotation that is at least substantially parallel to a viewing direction of the observation optical unit,
wherein the observation optical unit has a first stereo channel and a second stereo channel, the first and second stereo channels having an objective and at least one electronic image recorder,
wherein the observation optical unit comprises at least one filter that is swivelable into a beam path of the observation optical unit and swivelable therefrom, and
wherein the at least one filter is swivelable about a swivel axis formed substantially perpendicular to the axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,194,135

THREE-DIMENSIONAL DEPTH PERCEPTION APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A three-dimensional depth perception apparatus, comprising:a synchronized trigger module;
an MIPI receiving/transmitting module; and
a multiplexing core computing module; wherein
the three-dimensional depth perception apparatus has two working modes: (1) a monocular structured light depth perception working mode; and (2) a binocular structured light depth perception working mode;
the synchronized trigger module is for generating a synchronized trigger signal to be transmitted to an image acquiring module including an encoding pattern projector and a first camera disposed on one side of the encoding pattern projector for the monocular structured light depth perception working mode, and the encoding pattern projector, the first camera and a second camera disposed on the other side of the encoding pattern projector for the binocular structured light depth perception working mode for acquiring encoding patterns;
the MIPI receiving/transmitting module is for supporting input/output of MIPI video streams and other formats of video streams; and
the multiplexing core computing module is for selecting the monocular structured light depth perception working mode or the binocular structured light depth perception working mode as needed, wherein the multiplexing core computing module comprises:
a pre-processing module, wherein under the binocular structured light depth perception working mode, the first camera and the second camera synchronously acquire and input the synchronization trigger signal to a three-dimensional depth perception-specific chip; the pre-processing module adjusts, through a multi-line storage, input encoding pattern inputted by the first camera and the second camera back-and-forth point by point according to pixel points, or adjusts up-and-down by lines, so as to ensure alignment of the input encoding pattern inputted by the first camera and the second camera line by line;
a block matching disparity computing module;
a depth computing module, wherein the monocular structured light depth perception working mode is to calculate depth using acquired images from either the first camera or the second camera and corresponding reference image; and the binocular structured light depth perception working mode is to calculate the depth using acquired images from the first camera and the second camera; and
a depth post-processing module.

US Pat. No. 10,194,134

SIGNALING THREE-DIMENSIONAL VIDEO INFORMATION IN COMMUNICATION NETWORKS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus to be employed by a user equipment (UE), the apparatus comprising:content management circuitry to:
transmit, via a Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless communication network, an identifier of a Third Generation Partnership (3GP)-Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over Hypertext Transfer Protocol (DASH) profile associated with the UE, the 3GP-DASH profile to indicate one or more restrictions associated with stereoscopic three-dimensional (3-D) video content supported by the UE;
receive a media presentation description (MPD) that includes information associated with a first media presentation that complies with the 3GP-DASH profile and excludes information associated with one or more other media presentations that do not comply with the 3GP-DASH profile; and
transmit a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) GET or partial GET request for a DASH representation associated with the first media presentation; and
a media player coupled to the content management circuitry, the media player to receive and render the DASH representation.

US Pat. No. 10,194,130

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an image obtaining unit configured to obtain image data representing an image including an object;
a distance obtaining unit configured to obtain distance information indicating an object distance from an imaging apparatus capturing the image data to the object for each pixel of the image;
a determination unit configured to determine a correction target pixel having an abnormal combination of the object distance and a pixel value based on a frequency of combinations of the distance value and the pixel value; and
a correction unit configured to correct the distance information of the correction target pixel determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,194,127

SYSTEMS, APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MAPPING BETWEEN VIDEO RANGES OF IMAGE DATA AND A DISPLAY

Dolby Laboratories Licens...

1. In a display system, a method for displaying video data on a display, said method including:receiving information indicative of a first range of video data said display is capable of displaying;
providing, to an upstream device, information indicative of a second range of video data, said second range of video data being greater than said display is capable of displaying, thereby preventing said upstream device from converting video data of said second range to video data of said first range;
receiving said video data of said second range;
mapping said received video data of said second range to produce mapped video data of said first range; and
displaying said mapped video data of said first range.

US Pat. No. 10,194,124

PROJECTION TYPE VIDEO DISPLAY DEVICE AND PROJECTION TYPE VIDEO DISPLAY METHOD

MAXELL, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A projector, comprising:a video projecting unit that displays a video by projecting the video onto a video projection plane;
an installation state detector that detects an installation state of the projector and distinguishes a horizontal plane projection state and a vertical plane projection state, based on gravity;
a sensor that detects that an operator operates the projector;
an operation detecting unit that detects a motion of the operator based on an output of the sensor; and
a control unit that controls the video projecting unit based on a detection result of the operation detecting unit,
wherein the sensor switches a sensing area among a plurality of sensing areas including a sensing area for the horizontal plane projection state and a sensing area for the vertical plane projection state, based on detection result of the installation state detector,
wherein the sensing area of the sensor for the vertical plane projection state is configured to have a plurality of partial sensing areas including first partial sensing area and second partial sensing area,
wherein central axis of the first partial sensing area is configured to intersect with a plane including the video projection plane,
wherein central axis of the second partial sensing area is configured not to intersect with a plane including the video projection plane, and
wherein, the first partial sensing area is included in the sensing area of the sensor for the horizontal plane projection state, and the second partial sensing area is not included in the sensing area of the sensor for the horizontal plane projection state.

US Pat. No. 10,194,123

BOUNDARY TIMING CONTROLLER FOR DISPLAY APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a light source to emit light;
a dimmer including a plurality of regions having transmittances that are mutually different from one another;
a switcher to switch a region of the dimmer through which the light passes, between the plurality of regions of the dimmer;
a scanner to scan a scan area at a predetermined frame rate with the light, the scan area having a first area in which an image is formed and a second area different from the first area;
a sensor to detect a light amount of the light emitted to the second area; and
a controller to determine a boundary timing at which the light has passed through a boundary portion between two adjacent regions of the dimmer based on characteristics of a temporal change in the detected light amount,
wherein the scan area is part of a screen and the sensor is disposed on the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,194,120

SURVEILLANCE APPARATUS

BAE Systems plc, London ...

1. A surveillance apparatus comprising:a retractable support member, the member having a first end and a second end;
a housing;
a spooling mechanism including a flange, the spooling mechanism being mounted at the housing, and being rotatable relative to the housing, and being attached to the second end of the retractable support member, the spooling mechanism being
operable to rotate in a first direction to convert the retractable support member from a coiled condition to an extended condition and thereby pay-out the support member from the housing, and
operable to rotate in a second direction opposite to the first to convert the retractable support member from the extended condition to the coiled condition and thereby retract the support member into the housing;
a mount attached to the first end of the retractable support member;
a surveillance device attached to the mount for receiving environmental signals;
a human interface remote from the surveillance device; and
an electrical connection operably connecting the surveillance device to the human interface, the electrical connection including an electrical rotary joint between the housing and the spooling mechanism, wherein the electrical rotary joint includes a first set of contacts on the flange of the spooling mechanism;
such that the surveillance device may be supported, remote from the human interface by paying out the member.

US Pat. No. 10,194,110

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING DEVICE, AND SIGNAL READING METHOD

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:a first substrate and a second substrate which have circuit elements disposed therein are electrically connected to each other, the circuit elements constituting pixels, wherein
the pixels comprise:
a photoelectric conversion element disposed in the first substrate;
an amplifier circuit that amplifies a signal generated in the photoelectric conversion element to output an amplified signal;
a signal accumulation circuit which is disposed in the second substrate and accumulates the amplified signal which is output from the amplifier circuit; and
an output circuit that outputs the amplified signal accumulated in the signal accumulation circuit from the pixel;
a noise reduction circuit that reduces noise in the amplified signal which is output from the amplifier circuit;
a first reset circuit that resets the photoelectric conversion element;
a second reset circuit that resets an input section of the amplifier circuit;
a transfer circuit that transfers the signal generated in the photoelectric conversion element to the input section of the amplifier circuit;
a second amplifier circuit that amplifies the amplified signal accumulated in the signal accumulation circuit to output a second amplified signal;
a third reset circuit that resets an input section of the second amplifier circuit; and
a switching circuit that connects the signal accumulation circuit and the input section of the second amplifier circuit and is capable of switching an on-state and an off-state,
wherein the noise reduction circuit removes noise generated in the input section of the amplifier circuit resulting from an operation of a circuit connected to the amplifier circuit or noise resulting from an operating characteristics of the amplifier circuit,
the noise reduction circuit includes:
a clamp section that clamps the amplified signal which is output from the amplifier circuit; and
a sample-and-hold section that samples and holds a signal corresponding the amplified signal clamped in the clamp section and accumulates in the signal accumulation circuit,
wherein the second reset circuits reset the input sections of the amplifier circuits of all the pixels collectively after the first reset circuits reset the photoelectric conversion elements of all the pixels collectively,
the clamp section clamps the amplified signal which is output from the amplifier circuit after the input section of the amplifier circuit is reset,
the transfer circuit transfers signals generated in the photoelectric conversion elements of all the pixels collectively to the input section of the amplifier circuit after elapsing a predetermined period until the first reset circuits reset the photoelectric conversion element of all the pixels collectively,
the sample-and-hold section samples and holds a signal corresponding to a fluctuation in the amplified signal generated by transferring the signal by the transfer circuit and accumulates a sampled and held signal in the signal accumulation circuit, and then, the output circuit outputs the second amplified signal after the third reset circuit reset the input section of the second amplifier circuit when the switching circuit is turned off and the second amplified signal after the sample-and-hold section samples and holds the signal corresponding to the fluctuation in the amplified signal generated by transferring the signal by the transfer circuit and accumulates the sampled and held signal in the signal accumulation circuit and when the switching circuit is turned on are output from the pixel in a time-division manner.

US Pat. No. 10,194,108

SENSOR WITH ELECTRICALLY CONTROLLABLE APERTURE FOR INSPECTION AND METROLOGY SYSTEMS

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

10. A sensor comprising:a substrate having an upper surface and an opposing lower surface;
a plurality of pixels disposed on the substrate, each pixel including a resistive control gate attached to the upper surface and disposed over an associated light sensitive region of the substrate, and at least one transfer gate disposed adjacent to a first end portion of said resistive control gate;
a plurality of elongated aperture control electrodes extending in parallel across said resistive control gates of said plurality of pixels, said plurality of aperture control electrodes including a first end electrode contacting said first end portion of each said resistive control gate, a second end electrode contacting a second end portion of each said resistive control gate, and one or more central electrode contacting each said resistive control gate and disposed between said first and second end electrodes; and
a control circuit configured to simultaneously apply aperture control signals onto said resistive control gates of said plurality of pixels by way of said plurality of aperture control electrodes such that first and second aperture control signals applied to said first and second end electrodes are more positive than a third aperture control signal applied to said at least one central electrode, thereby causing each said resistive control gate to generate an electric field in said associated light sensitive region such that first photoelectrons generated by said first light portions in a first light sensitive portion of each said pixel are driven by said electric field into a first charge accumulation region located adjacent to said first end portion of each said resistive control gate, and such that second photoelectrons generated by second light portions in said second light sensitive portion of each said pixel are driven by said electric field toward said second end portion of each said resistive control gate.

US Pat. No. 10,194,105

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND CAMERA FOR SUPPRESSING VERTICAL LINE NOISE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A solid-state imaging device, comprising:a pixel array including a plurality of pixel circuits arranged in rows and columns;
a vertical signal line that is provided for each of the columns and transmits a pixel signal output from the plurality of pixel circuits;
a column AD circuit that is provided for each of the columns and analog-to-digital (AD) converts the pixel signal from the vertical signal line;
a column-switching circuit that is interposed in a plurality of the vertical signal lines between the pixel array and a plurality of the column AD circuits and switches connections between the columns of the pixel circuits in the pixel array and the plurality of the column AD circuits;
a controller that causes the column-switching circuit to switch the connections for every horizontal scan period;
a horizontal scan circuit that scans the plurality of the column AD circuits; and
a restoration circuit that restores ordering of a plurality of the pixel signals that have been AD converted and sequentially output by scanning performed by the horizontal scan circuit so as to correspond to ordering in which the plurality of the vertical signal lines are arranged in the pixel array,
wherein the column-switching circuit includes a plurality of unit switching circuits each having N input terminals and N output terminals, where N is an integer of 4 or more,
wherein the N input terminals of each of the plurality of unit switching circuits are connected to N vertical signal lines that are on a side where the pixel array is provided,
wherein the N output terminals of each of plurality of unit switching circuits are connected to N vertical signal lines that are on a side where the plurality of the column AD circuits are provided,
wherein each of the plurality of unit switching circuits switches internal connections between the N input terminals and the N output terminals in accordance with a first control signal group from the controller,
wherein each of the plurality of unit switching circuits includes K×L selectors each including two input terminals and two output terminals, where K is an integer of 2 or more, L is an integer of 2 or more, and N is 2×K,
wherein the K×L selectors are arranged in K columns and L rows,
wherein input terminals of the K selectors in a first row are connected to the N vertical signal lines that are on the side where the pixel array is provided,
wherein output terminals of the K selectors in a last row are connected to the N vertical signal lines that are on the side where the plurality of the column AD circuits are provided,
wherein two input terminals of each of selectors in second and subsequent rows are connected to output terminals of different selectors in a previous row,
wherein the K×L selectors switch internal connections between two input terminals and two output terminals in accordance with K×L control signals, and
wherein the first control signal group includes the K×L control signals.

US Pat. No. 10,194,103

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE WITH CLIPPING LEVEL SET ACCORDING TO TRANSFER OPERATION FREQUENCY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels each including
a photoelectric converter configured to generate charges through photoelectric conversion,
a holding portion configured to hold charges generated in the photoelectric converter, and
a transfer unit configured to transfer charges from the photoelectric converter to the holding portion,
the plurality of pixels each being configured to output a signal based on charges held in the holding portion;
an output line, which is connected to the plurality of pixels, and to which the signal is output from each of the plurality of pixels;
a clipping unit configured to limit a signal level of the signal so that the signal level falls within a range having an upper limit and a lower limit, one of which is determined by a clipping level;
a transfer control unit configured to control the transfer unit so that the charges generated in the photoelectric converter during one exposure period are transferred to the holding portion through transfer operation performed at a frequency that is variable but at least once; and
a clipping level control unit configured to control the clipping level so that the clipping level is set to a first clipping level when the transfer operation is performed at a first frequency, and the clipping level is set to a second clipping level that is different from the first clipping level when the transfer operation is performed at a second frequency that is different from the first frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,194,098

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS IN WHICH CORRESPONDING LINES IN PARTIALLY OVERLAPPING IMAGES ARE SEQUENTIALLY EXPOSED

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:a light receiving surface;
a plurality of lines on the light receiving surface,
wherein each line of the plurality of lines comprises a plurality of pixels arranged in a direction, and
wherein the plurality of pixels are configured to generate a plurality of pixel signals based on an exposure start signal;
a first lens configured to form a first image on the light receiving surface;
a second lens configured to form a second image on the light receiving surface,
wherein the first image and the second image partially overlap each other at an overlapping portion; and
circuitry configured to:
sequentially select a first line from the plurality of lines, wherein the first line is in the overlapping portion of the first image;
supply the exposure start signal to the selected first line and a corresponding line in the overlapping portion of the second image,
wherein the corresponding line corresponds to the selected first line; and
combine a plurality of images formed from the plurality of pixel signals into one image.

US Pat. No. 10,194,091

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus that repeatedly acquires a plurality of images used for high dynamic range composition and having different exposures, the image capturing apparatus comprising:at least one processor that operates to:
capture a subject in order to continuously and repeatedly acquire a low-exposure image and a high-exposure image whose exposure is relatively high compared to the low-exposure image;
generate a first image obtained by correcting the low-exposure image on a basis of a first reference exposure and a second image obtained by correcting the high-exposure image on a basis of the first reference exposure; and
set exposure conditions of a low-exposure image and a high-exposure image whose exposure is relatively high compared to the low-exposure image, which are used for performing image capturing of the subject later, on a basis of the first image and the second image.

US Pat. No. 10,194,090

VIEW ANGLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND VIEW ANGLE CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A view angle control apparatus comprising:a view angle change unit configured to change an angle of view of an image;
a control unit configured to perform a first control where the view angle change unit changes the angle of view from a first angle of view to a second angle of view that is by a predetermined amount in a wide-angle direction with respect to the first angle of view, in accordance with a first determination, and perform second control where the view angle change unit changes the angle of view to the first angle of view, in accordance with a second determination, after the first control; and
an operating member configured to accept an operation of changing a setting related to the predetermined amount, wherein
upon an operation having been performed through the operating member between start of the first control and start of the second control, the control unit performs the second control after changing the setting related to the predetermined amount in response to the operation.

US Pat. No. 10,194,087

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, SETTING APPARATUS, TRANSMISSION METHOD, RECEPTION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image transmission apparatus comprising:a reception unit configured to receive a first command and a second command from an external apparatus, wherein the first command is a command to superpose first text information on a picked-up image picked up by an image pickup unit, and wherein the second command is a command to superpose second text information, different from the first text information, on the picked-up image; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit a superposed image in which the first text information and the second text information are superposed on the picked-up image, when the reception unit receives the first command and the second command,
wherein the superposed image is an image in which the first text information is superposed on a position which does not change relative to the picked-up image in accordance with a change of at least one of a pan angle, a tilt angle, and a zoom magnification of the image pickup unit, and
wherein the superposed image is an image in which the second text information is superposed in accordance with the change of at least one of the pan angle, the tilt angle, and the zoom magnification.

US Pat. No. 10,194,085

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image processing unit configured to process an image;
a display unit configured to provide a live-view display in which images processed by the image processing unit are sequentially displayed; and
a control unit configured to make, when determining that the image pickup apparatus is panning, the image processing unit produce a synthesized image by synthesizing a plurality of images arranged in a time series, and the display unit display the synthesized image produced by the image processing unit as a frame image in the live-view display,
wherein the image processing unit synthesizes the plurality of frame images with one another within a synthesis number obtained from a shutter speed for still image pickup, and
wherein at least one processor or circuit is configured to perform a function of at least one of the units.

US Pat. No. 10,194,084

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE DEVICE FOR SELECTIVELY OUTPUTTING REFERENCE IMAGE AND SYNTHESIZED IMAGE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An image processing device comprising:one or more processors comprising hardware, wherein the one or more processors are configured to:
calculate an estimated movement amount of a subject in each image of a plurality of images;
perform, based on the estimated movement amounts of the plurality of images, one of:
select and output an image that is most recently captured among the plurality of images; and
select a reference image from the plurality of images based on the estimated movement amounts of the subject in the plurality of images;
in response to selecting the reference image, determine a gain of the reference image; and
perform, based on the gain of the reference image, one of:
select and output the reference image; and
a synthesis process comprising:
select a synthesis target image from the plurality of images, the synthesis target image being different from the reference image; and
generate and output a synthesized image by synthesizing the synthesis target image and the reference image,
wherein the one or more processors are configured to:
determine whether the estimated movement amounts of the plurality of images is larger than a predetermined motion value; and
in response to a determination that the estimated movement amounts of the plurality of images is larger than the predetermined motion value, select and output the image that is most recently captured among the plurality of images.

US Pat. No. 10,194,082

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT SHOOTS MOVING IMAGE FOR PREDETERMINED TIME PERIOD AT THE TIME OF SHOOTING STILL IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image pickup unit;
one or more processors; and
at least one memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image pickup apparatus to:
receive a first still image shooting instruction,
control to record, in a recording medium, a still image picked up by the image pickup unit in response to receiving the first still image shooting instruction, and a moving image picked up by the image pickup unit since a predetermined time period before receiving the first still image shooting instruction, and
when a second still image shooting instruction is received within a predetermined time period since receiving the first still image shooting instruction, control to record, in the recording medium, a moving image, picked up since the predetermined time period before receiving the first still image shooting instruction until a moving image shooting ending time corresponding to the second still image shooting instruction being received, as a sequence of moving images.

US Pat. No. 10,194,081

CAMERA DEVICE, COMPARTMENT-INTERIOR IMAGING SYSTEM, AND COMPARTMENT-INTERIOR-INFORMATION ACQUISITION DEVICE

1. A camera device comprising:a camera provided inside a refrigerator and configured to capture an image of a room interior inside the refrigerator;
an optical sensor configured to receive an image capturing instruction for capturing the image of the room interior encoded in an optical energy emitted according to a predetermined pattern by an in-room lighting provided inside the refrigerator;
and a controller configured to standby in a low-power mode consuming relatively less electric power compared to a normal-operation mode and configured to capture the image of the room interior through the camera by returning to the normal-operation mode when the optical sensor detects the optical energy emitted according to the predetermined pattern by the in-room lighting.

US Pat. No. 10,194,078

HAPTIC ENABLED DEVICE WITH MULTI-IMAGE CAPTURING ABILITIES

IMMERSION CORPORATION, S...

1. A haptic effect enabled system, comprising:a first image sensor that generates a first digital image;
a second image sensor that generates a second digital image;
a first haptic output device;
a second haptic output device; and
a processor coupled to the first and second image sensors and to the first and second haptic output devices, wherein the processor:
receives notification of a first image event relating to the first digital image;
receives notification of a second image event relating to the second digital image;
determines a first haptic effect corresponding to the first image event;
determines a second haptic effect corresponding to the second image event;
applies the first haptic effect with the first haptic output device; and
applies the second haptic effect with the second haptic output device, at least a portion of the second haptic effect being applied at the same time as the first haptic effect.

US Pat. No. 10,194,076

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A photographing apparatus, comprising:an optical system, comprising two or more than two lenses, a diaphragm disposed between any two adjacent lenses of the lenses, and an optical element disposed at a position that is behind a rearmost final lens of the lenses; and
a photographing element, disposed at a position that is behind the optical element, wherein:
the optical element comprises a light diffusion surface, the light diffusion surface is a circular ring structure of point symmetry and is a shape with discontinuous height gaps or a lens shape, and
a first distance from a front surface of a forefront first lens to the diaphragm is greater than a second distance from the diaphragm to the photographing element.

US Pat. No. 10,194,072

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOTE DETECTION OF FOCUS HUNT

1. A method for automated detection of focus hunt in association with a video stream, the method comprising:determining an occurrence of a plurality of blur metric transition cycles in association with the video stream, wherein determining an occurrence of each blur metric transition cycle of the plurality of blur metric transition cycles comprises:
determining a plurality of blur metric transitions, wherein determining each blur metric transition of the plurality of blur metric transitions comprises determining a plurality of blur metrics in association with a plurality of video frames of the video stream, wherein a first blur metric of the plurality of blur metrics is greater than a blur metric threshold and a second blur metric of the plurality of blur metrics is less than the blur metric threshold; and
wherein a blur metric transition cycle occurs wherein a first blur metric transition of the plurality of blur metric transitions comprises a transition from a blur metric that is less than the blur metric threshold to a blur metric that is greater than the blur metric threshold, and a second blur metric transition of the plurality of blur metric transitions comprises a transition from a blur metric that is greater than the blur metric threshold to a blur metric that is less than the blur metric threshold;
determining a number of blur metric transition cycles of the plurality of blur metric transition cycles that occur within a predetermined period of time or within a predetermined number of frames; and
determining that focus hunt has occurred based on the determined number of blur metric transition cycles.

US Pat. No. 10,194,070

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS THROUGH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first wireless communication unit;
a second wireless communication unit with a communication speed slower than a communication speed of the first wireless communication unit;
a control unit configured to remotely control an imaging apparatus in a mode selected from among a plurality of modes including a first mode for remotely controlling the imaging apparatus via the first wireless communication unit and a second mode for remotely controlling the imaging apparatus via the second wireless communication unit;
a display unit; and
a detection unit configured to detect a touch operation performed on the display unit,
wherein the control unit controls the display unit to display an item for inputting an instruction to cause the imaging apparatus to capture an image,
wherein the control unit controls the communication apparatus to transmit an image-capturing request to the imaging apparatus in a case where a touch operation on a predetermined region corresponding to the item for inputting an instruction to cause the imaging apparatus to capture an image is detected by the detection unit,
wherein, in the first mode, the control unit controls the display unit to display the item for inputting an instruction to cause the imaging apparatus to capture an image in a first size, and
wherein, in the second mode, the control unit controls the display unit to display the item for inputting an instruction to cause the imaging apparatus to capture an image in a second size that is larger than the first size.

US Pat. No. 10,194,069

CREDENTIAL TRANSFER MANAGEMENT CAMERA SYSTEM

GoPro, Inc., San Mateo, ...

1. A camera comprising a processor and a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the camera to:configure the camera to operate as a wireless access point;
connect to a smart device configured to operate as a wireless station, wherein the smart device is a separate device from the camera;
request from the smart device a wireless credential to connect to a communication device configured to operate as a wireless access point;
receive from the smart device the wireless credential for the communication device; and
in response to reception of the wireless credential from the smart device:
switch the operation of the camera as a wireless access point to a wireless station; and
connect the camera to the communication device using the received wireless credential.

US Pat. No. 10,194,062

CAMERA MODULE, METHOD FOR ALIGNING OPTICAL AXIS OF CAMERA MODULE AND PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING CAMERA MODULE

Samsung Electro-Mechanics...

1. A camera module comprising:a frame accommodating a lens barrel configured to accommodate a lens having an optical axis, the lens barrel being movable in a direction of the optical axis;
an elastic member connected to the frame; and
a housing comprising a first case and a second case directly coupled to each other, and accommodating the frame in a fixed position in the direction of the optical axis,
wherein the second case receives the frame and the frame is pressed towards one surface of the housing by the elastic member in a configuration in which the frame is relatively aligned with respect to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,194,060

WEARABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Samsung Electronics Compa...

1. A device comprising;a device body comprising;
a touch-sensitive display;
a rotatable element about the touch-sensitive display;
a detector configured to detect rotation of the rotatable element; and
a processor;
a band coupled to the device body; and
an optical sensor in or on the band, wherein the optical sensor faces outward from the band and is configured to capture an image and the processor is configured to communicate with the optical sensor to process the captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,194,059

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an image reading section which reads a first image taken at a first clock time and a second image taken at a second clock time later than the first clock time;
an object identifying section which extracts a first object image as an image of a first object of state prediction from the first image, identifies a type of the first object and extracts a second object image as an image of a second object of state prediction from the second image;
a model information storing section which stores model information for defining a model appropriate to the type of object of state prediction;
a finite state sequence storing section which stores finite state sequences defining a plurality of state change sequences with time which correspond to the type of the first object;
a model state prediction section which reads model information corresponding to the type of the first object from the model information storing section, associates a feature point of the first object image with the read model, searches a finite state sequence corresponding to the type of the first object from the finite state sequence storing section, selects a plurality of motion sequences from among motion sequences included in the searched finite state sequence according to at least one of a position of the first object and an initial observed condition of the first object, transforms a model merged with the first object image and coordinates of a feature point associated therewith according to each motion sequence included in the plural selected motion sequences, and generates particles around the transformed feature point depending on existence probability; and
a matching section which performs matching between the second object image included in the second image taken at the second clock time later than the first clock time and the particles generated on the basis of the feature points and determines particles with highest probability among the particles generated for the feature points, as a predicted state of the first object at the second clock time; and
a data output I/F which outputs the predicted state of the first object at the second clock time to an external device to warn of a potential collision with a pedestrian or vehicle or to indicate crop growth information to a user.

US Pat. No. 10,194,058

COLOR PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM FOR MATCHING THE COLOR OF PRINTED MATERIALS OUTPUT IN THE PAST

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Mi...

1. A color processing device comprising:at least one processor configured to implement:
a color data acquisition section configured to acquire color data from a first image output by a first image forming device on a basis of image data;
a variation acquisition section configured to acquire a degree of color variation of the image data to determine regions exhibiting a high degree of color variation and regions exhibiting a low degree of color variation;
a misregistration acquisition section configured to acquire an amount of misregistration between the image data and the color data in a region exhibiting the high degree of color variation;
a first-relationship generation section configured to generate a first relationship in a region exhibiting the low degree of color variation after registration is performed by correcting the misregistration, the first relationship being a relationship between the image data and the color data; and
a conversion relationship generation section configured to generate a conversion relationship in accordance with the first relationship and a second relationship that corresponds to the first relationship for a second image forming device, the conversion relationship being used for performing color adjustment on a second image to be output by the second image forming device on the basis of the image data, the color adjustment being performed to adjust a color of the second image to match a color of the first image.

US Pat. No. 10,194,056

COLOR PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Mi...

1. A color processing device comprising:a color-data acquisition section that acquires color data of a first image output by a first image forming device on a basis of image data;
a conversion-relationship generation section that generates a conversion relationship used for performing color adjustment, the conversion relationship being generated in accordance with a first relationship that is a relationship between unadjusted image data to undergo the color adjustment and the color data of the first image and a second relationship regarding a second image forming device, the color adjustment being performed to match a color of a second image to be output by the second image forming device on a basis of the unadjusted image data with a color of the first image;
a correction-image-data generation section that generates, on a basis of the unadjusted image data, correction image data for correcting the conversion relationship; and
a conversion-relationship correction section that performs correction of the conversion relationship on a basis of color data of correction images output by the second image forming device by using the correction image data.

US Pat. No. 10,194,055

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:an area separation unit that determines a character in an input image on the basis of image data of the input image; wherein the input image is an image scanned by an image scanning device;
a filter processing unit that performs a filter process for a character edge area of the character; and
a color conversion unit that performs a color conversion process for a pixel in the character edge area in accordance with a color conversion characteristic that (a) is different from a color conversion characteristic for a pixel other than a pixel in the character edge area and (b) compensates a color error due to the filter process; wherein the color conversion unit performs the color conversion process for the pixel in the character edge area in accordance with the color conversion characteristic corresponding to a strength of the filter process and in accordance with the color conversion characteristic corresponding to a resolution at which the input image was scanned by the image scanning device; wherein the color conversion process comprises using a lookup table among a group of lookup tables wherein the lookup table is selected based on the filter strength and the resolution at which the input image was scanned by the image scanning device.

US Pat. No. 10,194,054

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first acquisition unit configured to acquire color data representing a color of the target object for each position on the target object;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire shape characteristic data representing characteristics of the shape of the target object for each position on the target object; and
a determination unit configured to determine a first recording amount of a first recording material for forming a shape of a target object on a recording medium, and a second recording amount of a second recording material for recording a color of the target object on the shape formed on the recording medium,
wherein the first recording amount and the second recording amount are determined based on the color data, the shape characteristic data, and any one of a measurement result, a function calculated based on the measurement result, and a table generated based on the function, and
wherein the measurement result is obtained by measuring color and shape characteristics of a plurality of types of patches formed by recording the second recording material on the first recording material recorded on the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,194,053

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DENSITY CORRECTION METHOD IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS BASED ON CORRECTION CHARACTERISTICS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic image forming apparatus that forms an image by scanning a photoconductor drum in a main scanning direction with light beams based on image data, the image forming apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image forming apparatus to:
acquire first correction characteristics representing an output density for an input gradation value at a reference position in a main scanning direction;
acquire second correction characteristics representing a relative relationship of an output density at a predetermined position in the main scanning direction with the output density at the reference position in the main scanning direction; and
correct the image data corresponding to the predetermined position in the main scanning direction based on the acquired first correction characteristics and the acquired second correction characteristics.

US Pat. No. 10,194,051

DEVICE FOR DETECTING AMOUNT OF SKEW IN DOCUMENT AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

11. An image processing apparatus comprising:a light source configured to apply light to a sheet-like document, the document being placed on a surface of a background plate or passing over the surface of the background plate;
a scan portion configured to scan an area including at least one edge of the document with light, by the light source, reflected from the document to obtain an input image;
a boundary point detector configured to detect, for each position in a main scanning direction, a boundary point between the document and the background plate in the input image;
a boundary point group of interest setting portion configured to set a boundary point group of interest from among the boundary points detected, the boundary point group of interest including two boundary points spaced away from each other in the main scanning direction and boundary points located between the two boundary points;
an oblique line setting portion configured to set a line which slants to the main scanning direction based on positions of the boundary point group of interest in the main scanning direction and in a sub-scanning direction;
a skew modifying portion configured to modify an amount of skew of the oblique line so that an error between the boundary point group of interest and the oblique line is reduced;
an amount of skew determination portion configured to determine that an amount of skew in the document is an amount of skew of the oblique line having the error equal to or smaller than a threshold; and
a skew correction portion configured to apply, to the input image, correction processing in accordance with an amount of skew in the document determined by the amount of skew determination portion.

US Pat. No. 10,194,050

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM IN WHICH BACKGROUND REMOVAL IS PERFORMED TO REMOVE A BACKGROUND INCLUDED IN AN INPUT IMAGE BASED ON PIXEL VALUES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(a) a first determination unit configured to determine an attribute of an area included in an input image obtained by reading a document;
(b) a second determination unit configured to determine saturation of an area determined to be a halftone dot area by the first determination unit; and
(c) a background removal unit configured to remove a background included in the input image, wherein the background removal unit converts:
(i) for an area determined to be a halftone dot area by the first determination unit and whose value indicating saturation is determined to be less than a predetermined value by the second determination unit, a color of a pixel of pixels making up the area, which has a pixel value greater than a first level, into white, and
(ii) for an area determined to be a halftone dot area by the first determination unit and whose value indicating saturation is determined to be greater than or equal to the predetermined value by the second determination unit, a color of a pixel of pixels making up the area, which has a pixel value greater than a second level, into white, and
wherein a pixel value specified by the first level is less than a pixel value specified by the second level, and
wherein the first determination unit, the second determination unit, and the background removal unit are implemented by at least one processor or at least one circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,194,048

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DISPLAYING ADDRESSES FROM ADDRESS BOOK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus which is able to communicate with an external apparatus, comprising:a storage configured to store a first address book for an administrator and a second address book for a user other than the administrator;
a display configured to display at least one address included in an address book; and
a controller configured to set a transfer destination of received data from the at least one address displayed by the display,
wherein the received data is transferred to the set transfer destination;
wherein the display initially displays, in a case where the display displays at least one address included in an address book stored in the storage in accordance with a display request of the transfer destination, at least one address included in the first address book without initially displaying an address included in the second address book, and
wherein the display initially displays, in a case where the display displays at least one address included in an address book stored in the external apparatus in accordance with a display request of the transfer destination, at least one address in all address books that the external apparatus has.

US Pat. No. 10,194,046

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT RECOGNIZING GENUINE SYNCHRONIZATION SIGNAL TO GENERATE IMAGE SIGNAL

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image processing device comprising:a reception unit that receives an input image signal and a synchronization signal including a signal pattern; and
a recognition unit that, in a case in which the signal pattern corresponds to a predetermined prescribed pattern, recognizes the synchronization signal as a genuine synchronization signal to be used to generate an output image signal on a basis of the input image signal.

US Pat. No. 10,194,044

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SHIFTING ELECTRIC POWER MODES IN AN IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An image forming system comprising:a main body including a first CPU that controls an electric power mode of the main body and an engine that executes image processing; and
an operation apparatus that receives an operation for instructing the engine to execute the image processing, the operation apparatus including a second CPU that controls an electric power mode of the operation apparatus;
wherein in a case where the operation apparatus receives an instruction to shift the electric power mode of the main body or the electric power mode of the operation apparatus, the first CPU is configured to determine whether shifting is possible based on a first process program executed by the main body and control an electric power supply of the main body according to the determination, and the second CPU is configured to determine whether shifting is possible based on a second process program executed by the operation apparatus and control an electric power supply of the operation apparatus according to the determination, and
wherein the second CPU is configured to, when the operation apparatus receives an instruction to activate the second process program, transmit a notice instructing the first CPU to shift the electric power mode of the main body, based on the second process program.

US Pat. No. 10,194,042

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a printer that prints a predetermined pattern image on a sheet;
a controller that provides a notification of an orientation for placing, on a placement portion, the sheet on which the predetermined pattern image is printed by the printer; and
a scanner that scans, on a line to line basis, the sheet on which the predetermined pattern image is printed and which is placed on the placement portion, to generate image data,
wherein the controller detects a streak-shaped image extending in a direction along a predetermined edge of the sheet, by analyzing the image data generated by scanning the sheet by the scanner, and
wherein the controller provides a notification of a placement orientation for allowing the scanner to scan, on a line to line basis, the sheet on which the predetermined pattern image is printed, the line extending in a direction along the predetermined edge.

US Pat. No. 10,194,041

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, MOBILE DEVICE, METHOD FOR CLASSIFYING DOCUMENT, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

S-Printing Solution Co., ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a scanner to scan a plurality of manuscripts;
a touch screen; and
at least one processor to:
control the touch screen to display a first user interface (UI) for selecting one of a plurality of displayed classification standards,
control the touch screen to display a second UI for selecting one of a plurality of classification output types, the second UI being displayed after receipt of the selection on the first UI,
generate classification information of the plurality of manuscripts using a scanning result of the plurality of manuscripts, and
control the scanner to output the plurality of manuscripts according to the selected classification output type,
wherein the plurality of displayed classification standards comprise two or more of a reusable paper classification, a document keyword classification, a document form classification, or a document security classification, and
wherein the classification information corresponds to the selected classification standard and comprises information related to each of the plurality of manuscripts.

US Pat. No. 10,194,040

APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT STORES PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus which is able to perform a single area mode in which a single display area occupies a screen and a multi-area mode in which a plurality of display areas share the screen, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor operating to:
cause a display unit to display a predetermined notification indicating an error state; and
change a state of the predetermined notification in response to a user operation on a specified button provided in an external apparatus,
wherein the specified button is set to be able to change, in response to the user operation on the specified button, the state from a non-display state in which the predetermined notification is not displayed even in the error state, to a display state in which the predetermined notification is displayed in the error state, and
wherein, in a case where the state is changed from the non-display state to the display state in response to the user operation on the specified button while the single area mode in which a display target is displayed in the single display area is being performed, the predetermined notification is displayed within the single display area in which the display target is being displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,194,038

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

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising a processor, in communication with a memory, executing a process including:displaying, on a display device, a screen displaying information relating to a print request, in response to the print request received from an application, the print request being given in response to an operation input to the application via a user interface; and
displaying a report indicating switching to the screen displaying the information relating to the print request, in a status where a screen displayed by the application is displayed in front of and hiding the screen displaying the information relating to the print request, the report being displayed in front of the screen displayed by the application,
wherein the process further includes:
switching from the screen displayed by the application to the screen displaying the information relating to the print request, in response to an operation performed in response to the report,
wherein the switching includes switching from the screen displaying the information relating to the print request to the screen displayed by the application, in response to a setting operation performed in the screen displaying the information relating to the print request, and
wherein the switching includes:
storing identification information of the screen displayed by the application; and
switching from the screen displaying the information relating to the print request to the screen displayed by the application, based on the identification information.

US Pat. No. 10,194,037

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming system comprising an image forming apparatus and a plurality of terminal devices connected to the image forming apparatus via a network, whereinthe image forming apparatus includes:
an image forming section that forms an image on recording paper;
a first display;
a first operation section that receives an instruction to the image forming apparatus;
a first communication section that performs communication with each of the terminal devices via the network;
an exit tray that receives recording paper ejected after image formation thereon by the image forming section;
storage storing therein history information in which each job for forming an image on recording paper is associated with a user who has instructed the image forming apparatus to execute the job; and
a first controller,
when an instruction for searching for particular recording paper taken away from the exit tray is given through an operation on the first operation section, the first controller reads out the history information from the storage, and displays the history information on the first display,
when from among a plurality of jobs included in the history information, a job is selected through an operation on the first operation section as a selected job performed on the particular recording paper as a target of the search, the first controller selects from the history information a supposed user supposed to have taken away the particular recording paper from the exit tray on the basis of the selected job, and sends an inquiry message to a terminal device of the supposed user through the first communication section via the network to inquire whether or not the supposed user has the particular recording paper,
the terminal devices each include:
a second display;
a second operation section that receives an instruction to the terminal device;
a second communication section that performs communication with the image forming apparatus via the network; and
a second controller,
when the inquiry message is received by the second communication section, the second controller displays the inquiry message on the second display, and
when information indicating presence or absence of the particular recording paper is input as an answer to the inquiry message through an operation on the second operation section, the second controller sends the information indicating presence or absence of the particular recording paper through the second communication section to the image forming apparatus via the network.

US Pat. No. 10,194,031

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONFERENCE ASSISTANCE

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a network interface configured to communicate with a conference assistance server through a network;
one or more input devices configured to receive input of voice or writing of at least one meeting participant during a meeting; and
processing circuitry configured to,
receive the input from the one or more input devices,
determine whether text data representing the voice or the writing is to be transmitted, via the network interface, to the conference assistance server to generate a determination result,
transmit the text data, via the network interface, to the conference assistance server, in response to the determination result indicating that the text data is to be transmitted,
receive, via the network interface, assistance information corresponding to the text data from the conference assistance server, the assistance information including information relevant to the meeting, and
control a display device to display the assistance information together with the text data representing the voice or the writing such that the assistance information displayed on the display device assists the at least one meeting participant.

US Pat. No. 10,194,026

IVR ENGAGEMENTS AND UPFRONT BACKGROUND NOISE

Open Invention Network, L...

1. An apparatus, comprising:memory comprising a set of instructions; and
at least one processor;
wherein the set of instructions, when executed by the at least one processor, are configured to cause the apparatus to:
listen to background noise from a location of a call;
in response to listening to the background noise:
play a welcome message to a caller;
discontinue listen to background noise from the location of the call;
determine whether a sufficient degree of background noise at the location of the call would make speech recognition impossible based on decibels of the background noise; and
prompt the caller to use dual-tone multi-frequency (DTMF) based on the decibels of the background noise.

US Pat. No. 10,194,025

SENDING NOTIFICATIONS BASED ON AN ACTIVE MODE OF OPERATION OF A MOBILE DEVICE

T-Mobile USA, Inc., Bell...

1. A method performed by a mobile device for notifying calling parties about a current mode of operation of the mobile device, the method comprising:receiving, at the mobile device, a voice call initiated by a calling mobile device associated with the calling party;
determining that the mobile device is currently operating in a non-communication mode of operation,
wherein the non-communication mode of operation of the mobile device is associated with the mobile device presenting entertainment content to a user of the mobile device;
estimating a remaining duration of the current non-communication mode of operation;
sending a first notification to the calling mobile device associated with the calling party that indicates the current non-communication mode of operation of the mobile device and the estimated remaining duration of the entertainment content presentation to the user of the mobile device; and
when the non-communication mode of operation of the mobile device ends, sending a second notification to the calling mobile device associated with the calling party that indicates the mobile device is available to receive voice calls.

US Pat. No. 10,194,014

SWITCHING BETWEEN WATCHES

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A non-transitory machine-readable medium storing executable program instructions which when executed by a data processing system cause the data processing system to perform operations comprising:receiving, at a companion device, data from a first paired device that is paired with the companion device, the first paired device being an active paired device when the data is received;
storing received data in a first store of the companion device, wherein once the data is stored in the first store, the data cannot be accessed when the companion device is locked; and
storing the received data in a second store of the companion device, the received data in the second store for use in synchronizing a second paired device with the companion device when the second paired device becomes the active paired device and the first paired device is no longer the active paired device.

US Pat. No. 10,194,013

INSTRUMENT CLUSTER METADATA TO SUPPORT SECOND SCREEN

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium comprising instructions stored thereon to cause one or more processors of a portable electronic device to:receive by the portable electronic device, from a vehicle, display capability information for an instrument cluster display of the vehicle;
receive data for display on the instrument cluster display, by the portable electronic device, from a data producer executing on the portable electronic device, wherein the data is in a format not suitable for display on a second display of the vehicle;
determine metadata, by the portable electronic device, based, at least in part, on the display capability information and the data, the metadata comprising of at least navigation information;
format the metadata into one or more defined object fields based on a comparison between the metadata and formatting information extracted from the display capability information;
send the formatted metadata to the vehicle's instrument cluster display; and
send additional display information to the second display of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,194,008

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, NETWORK MONITORING DEVICE SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION NOTIFICATION METHOD

NEC Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A communication device connected to a network monitoring device, together with another communication device, wherein the communication device constitutes a redundant configuration together with the another communication device, the communication device comprising:a memory storing information, and
a processor configured to output predetermined information it has measured while performing a predetermined operation as the active device of the redundant configuration, to the network monitoring device, upon occurrence of a predetermined event;
wherein upon occurrence of the predetermined event, the processor increments a predetermined number by a predetermined value and then outputs the incremented predetermined number along with the predetermined information, and stores the predetermined number and the predetermined information in the memory in a manner to correlate them with each other; and wherein
if receiving a request for resending of the predetermined information, the processor outputs the predetermined information stored in the memory in a manner to be correlated with the predetermined number included in the request, to the network monitoring device.

US Pat. No. 10,194,003

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SERVER-CLIENT SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

4. A control method for an information processing apparatus including an embedded client and server for managing, by a database, setting information of each of a plurality of clients including the embedded client and a network client, the control method comprising:performing, if an input for changing a value of address information as a network setting of the information processing apparatus is performed on the information processing apparatus, update processing for updating a connection destination address managed by the database for each client with the value corresponding to the changing, wherein the changing is not reflected as the network setting of the information processing apparatus until the value used for the update processing is transmitted to all of the plurality of clients; and
transmitting the value of the connection destination address managed by the database for each client to each client in response to a request from each client,
wherein, in the network client, setting information which is used by the network client to access the server is updated with the transmitted value, and
wherein the changing is reflected as the network setting of the information processing apparatus after the value used for the update processing has been transmitted to all of the plurality of clients.

US Pat. No. 10,194,000

DISBURSEMENT OF REGISTRATION INFORMATION TO APPLICATION/SERVICE LAYER AT TIME OF REGISTRATION WITH A NETWORK

Verizon Patent and Licens...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a network device, registration information during a registration with a network, wherein the registration information includes a user identifier of a user registering with another network device of the network and an identifier of the other network device, wherein the network device is one of a Home Subscriber Server (HSS), a Home Location Register (HLR), or a User Profile Server Function (UPSF), and the other network device is a serving-call session control function (S-CSCF);
determining, by the network device, whether registration information pertaining to a previous registration by the user with the network is stored;
determining, by the network device, that the registration information pertaining to the previous registration is not stored;
storing, by the network device, the received registration information based on determining that the registration information pertaining to the previous registration is not stored;
selecting, by the network device, which application server of the network to transmit the received registration information; and
transmitting, by the network device, the received registration information to the application server based on the selecting.

US Pat. No. 10,193,926

APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR A SECURE RESOURCE ACCESS AND PLACEMENT PLATFORM

1. A method comprising:receiving a Payload-specific request to access one or more corporate resources;
receiving, using at least one processor, user authentication credentials from a non-trusted entity;
analyzing, using the at least one processor, one or more formats of the received user authentication credentials;
determining a validity of the one or more foil cats of the received user authentication credentials; and
if the one or more formats of the received user authentication credentials are valid:
conducting an authentication process based on the received user authentication credentials,
establishing a first secure connection with a corporate server controlling the one or more corporate resources,
providing the received request and the received user authentication credentials to the corporate server via the first secure connection,
establishing a second secure connection between the non-trusted entity and a Transfer Plane entity,
receiving a plurality of control policies and a plurality of user data from the corporate server via the first secure connection, and
providing the control policies and the user data to the non-trusted entity via the second secure connection,
wherein the Transfer Plane entity is configured to forward the control policies and the user data to the non-trusted entity via the second secure connection.

US Pat. No. 10,193,922

ISP BLACKLIST FEED

Level 3 Communications, L...

1. A method of providing a notification containing an ISP from which DDoS attacks originate, the method comprising performing by a computing system:receiving an indication that one or more network resources are being targeted as part of one or more DDoS attacks;
obtaining one or more malicious IP addresses corresponding to devices that transceive data with the one or more network resources as part of the one or more DDoS attacks;
sending a request to a database system to determine an Internet Service Provider (ISP) associated with each of the one or more malicious IP addresses;
computing a metric associated with a first ISP involved in the one or more DDoS attacks, wherein the metric includes at least one of: a quantity of malicious IP addresses of the first ISP corresponding to devices that transceive data with the one or more network resources as part of the one or more DDoS attacks and a quantity of malicious requests from the malicious IP addresses of the first ISP corresponding to devices that transceive data with the one or more network resources as part of the one or more DDoS attacks;
comparing the metric to a threshold; and
sending, to a list of subscribers, an alert message indicating that the first ISP is involved in the one or more DDoS attacks when the metric exceeds the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,193,921

MALWARE DETECTION AND PREVENTION SYSTEM

Level 3 Communications, L...

1. A method for managing access to a public network, the method comprising:utilizing a control system to control a computing device to access a first node in the public network;
applying a personality profile to the computing device to access a second node in the public network, the personality profile comprising a plurality of inputs provided to the computing device, the plurality of inputs applied to a browser program displayed on a display of the computing device to mimic characteristics of a user associated with the computing device;
analyzing transmission of information between the computing device and the public network, in response to the browser program, during accessing of the second node of the public network;
detecting an indication of a malware program stored in the public network accessible through the second node based on the analyzed transmission of information; and
storing information of the malware program in a database according to the detected indication of the malware program.

US Pat. No. 10,193,920

MANAGING SECURITY ACTIONS IN A COMPUTING ENVIRONMENT BASED ON COMMUNICATION ACTIVITY OF A SECURITY THREAT

Splunk Inc., San Francis...

1. A method of improving security actions in a computing environment, wherein the computing environment comprises a plurality of computing assets, the method comprising:identifying a security threat within the computing environment;
obtaining state information for the security threat within the computing environment from computing assets of the plurality of computing assets in the computing environment, wherein the state information comprises at least communication activity related to the security threat, wherein the communication activity comprises at least a quantity of connections associated with the security threat and a quantity of exchanged data associated with the security threat;
determining a current state for the security threat within the computing environment based on the state information;
obtaining enrichment information for the security threat; and
determining one or more security actions for the security threat based on the enrichment information and the current state for the security threat.

US Pat. No. 10,193,916

CONFIGURING THE GENERATION OF EVENT DATA BASED ON A TRIGGERING SEARCH QUERY

Splunk Inc., San Francis...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving input specifying a search query for time-series event data;
causing execution of the search query based on a recurring schedule to search time-series event data stored by a data storage server, the time-series event data generated, by a remote capture agent located in a computer network, based on network traffic monitored by the remote capture agent and involving at least one resource running in the computer network;
identifying, based on the execution of the search query, one or more events of the time-series event data stored by the data storage server satisfying the search query; and
in response to identifying the one or more events, sending configuration information to the remote capture agent, the configuration information causing the remote capture agent to generate additional time-series event data.

US Pat. No. 10,193,913

JOINT ANOMALY DETECTION ACROSS IOT DEVICES

Cisco Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method, comprising:monitoring, at a gateway device, network communications between a plurality of computing devices connected to a network associated with the gateway device;
creating, at the gateway device, a graph, wherein each vertex of the graph represents one of the computing devices connected to the network and each edge of the graph represents network communication that has occurred between the computing devices connected by that edge during a time window;
receiving, from each of the computing devices, a collection of one or more performance metrics observed by that computing device during the time window;
determining, based on the graph and the collections of one or more performance metrics, a respective measure of risk for each of the computing devices for the time window;
determining, from the graph, a clique of computing devices that are linked by edges in the graph;
adjusting the respective measure of risk for the time window for one of the computing devices in the clique based on the measures of risk for the remaining computing devices in the clique; and
in response to determining that a given computing device in the clique is infected with malware based on the respective measure of risk exceeding a threshold, setting an alert flag at the gateway device indicating that the given computing device is infected.

US Pat. No. 10,193,912

WARM-START WITH KNOWLEDGE AND DATA BASED GRACE PERIOD FOR LIVE ANOMALY DETECTION SYSTEMS

Cisco Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method, comprising:loading, by a device in a network, an anomaly detection model for warm-start;
filtering, by the device, input data for the model during a warm-start grace period after warm-start of the anomaly detection model, wherein the model is not updated during the warm-start grace period based on the filtering;
determining, by the device, an end to the warm-start grace period;
updating, by the device, the anomaly detection model using unfiltered input data for the anomaly detection model after the determined end to the warm-start grace period; and
sending, by the device, a notification of the warm-start of the anomaly detection model to a supervisory device in the network.