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1.

Systems, methods, and storage media for managing encoder instances in a serverless content distribution platform

      
Application Number 16504530
Grant Number 10887366
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-07-08
First Publication Date 2021-01-05
Grant Date 2021-01-05
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Platter, Jeff
  • Busch, Taylor
  • Jose, Jijo
  • Mejia, Krystal

Abstract

Systems, methods, and storage media for managing encoder instances in a serverless content distribution platform are disclosed. Exemplary implementations may: receive channel information relating to content to be streamed over a networked content distribution platform; associate the channel information with an encoder function that specifies video packaging settings and bitrates to create a stateless event object; repeat the receiving step and the associating step to create multiple stateless event objects; each correspond to one or more channels of streaming content; combine the multiple stateless event objects into a state machine; monitor the state of the state machine; and apply at least one workflow based on the states to manage instances of encoders corresponding to the one or more channels of streaming content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/262 - Content or additional data distribution scheduling, e.g. sending additional data at off-peak times, updating software modules, calculating the carousel transmission frequency, delaying a video stream transmission or generating play-lists
  • H04N 21/23 - Processing of content or additional data; Elementary server operations; Server middleware
  • H04N 21/00 - Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol

2.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RATING PLURAL PRODUCTS

      
Application Number 16791105
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-02-14
First Publication Date 2020-06-11
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Musgrove, Timothy A.
  • Walsh, Robin Hiroko
  • Gilchrist, Russell

Abstract

A system and method for rating of each of plural products comprising identifying plurality of attributes associated with a category of product, applying a scalar structure for each attribute to provide scalar value of each attribute for each of the plural products, determining an incremental competitive index for each attribute of each product based on the scalar value of each attribute and a number of products having the scalar value, and rating each product based on the determined competitive index.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination

3.

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND STORAGE MEDIA FOR AUTHENTICATING A REMOTE VIEWING DEVICE FOR RENDERING DIGITAL CONTENT

      
Application Number 16027434
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-07-05
First Publication Date 2019-10-10
Owner CBS INTERACTIVE INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Nagl, Alexander
  • Mcdaniel, Forrest
  • Bato, Francis

Abstract

Systems, methods, and storage media for authenticating a remote viewing device for rendering digital content are disclosed. Exemplary implementations may: transmit an initial display to be displayed on the viewing device; receive a request, from the viewing device, to view content; transmit an indication of the request to a mobile device associated with a user who is authorized to view the content; receive, from the mobile device, approval of the viewing device for viewing the content; and authenticate the viewing device for viewing the content in response to the approval of viewing device whereby the content can be viewed on the viewing device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • H04N 21/488 - Data services, e.g. news ticker
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • G06F 21/10 - Protecting distributed programs or content, e.g. vending or licensing of copyrighted material

4.

INTERACTIVE LIVE EVENT OUTCOME SELECTION AND PREDICTION

      
Application Number 16391997
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-04-23
First Publication Date 2019-08-15
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Lopez, Leonard Michael
  • Carbonell Di Mola, Carlos Javier
  • Solebello, Raymond
  • Soblotne, Christian J.
  • Quinlivan, Patrick Mark

Abstract

A method for providing an interactive interface for live event outcome selection and prediction may include generating a set of cells for an event. The set of cells may be provided to a client device to present in a user interface. A selection of a cell may be received from the client device. The selected cell may be assigned to a user account. The method may generate a coordinate for each cell in the set, wherein each cell coordinate includes a plurality of dimensions, each dimension corresponding to a different entity of the event, and wherein each cell coordinate is unique for the set of cells. The method may comprise calculating, prior to the start of the event, a probability that an event result represented by a cell coordinate will occur; and presenting the probability in association with the cell on the user interface. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06N 7/00 - Computer systems based on specific mathematical models
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services

5.

TECHNIQUES TO PROVIDE A MICRO-BROADCAST OF AN EVENT

      
Application Number 16201637
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-11-27
First Publication Date 2019-03-28
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Goldfeder, Bruce
  • Milton, Stephen Martin

Abstract

Techniques to provide a micro-broadcast of an event are described. Video data streams of a live event at a venue may be captured in one or more wireless camera devices. The data streams may be sent to one of a network of wireless access points where they are relayed to a control center. A computer system in the control center may select one of the video data streams to be broadcast as a micro-broadcast. The selected video data stream may then be formatted for the micro-broadcast before a micro-broadcast transmitter broadcasts the formatted selected video data stream.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/18 - Closed-circuit television systems, i.e. systems in which the signal is not broadcast
  • H04N 21/218 - Source of audio or video content, e.g. local disk arrays
  • H04N 21/2365 - Multiplexing of several video streams
  • H04N 21/8549 - Creating video summaries, e.g. movie trailer
  • H04H 60/07 - Arrangements for generating broadcast information; Arrangements for generating broadcast-related information with a direct linkage to broadcast information or to broadcast space-time; Arrangements for simultaneous generation of broadcast information and broadcast-related information characterised by processes or methods for the generation
  • H04H 20/04 - Arrangements for relaying broadcast information from field pickup units [FPU]
  • G06F 3/0484 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object or an image, setting a parameter value or selecting a range

6.

Platform for serving online content

      
Application Number 15921922
Grant Number 10699312
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-03-15
First Publication Date 2019-03-21
Grant Date 2020-06-30
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Stroud, Monica
  • Harper, Eric

Abstract

A computer implemented method for creating a page including content includes the steps of inserting, with a computing device, one or more placeholders in the page, requesting, with a computing device, parameters, receiving, with a computing device, meta data in response to the step of requesting parameters, creating, with a computing device, frames in the page based on the meta data at positions corresponding to the placeholders, requesting, with a computing device, content, receiving, with a computing device, content in response to the request for content, and placing the content in the frames for display on a display device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • G06F 40/221 - Parsing markup language streams
  • G06F 40/205 - Parsing
  • G06F 40/186 - Templates
  • G06F 40/174 - Form filling; Merging
  • G06F 40/151 - Transformation
  • G06F 40/117 - Tagging; Marking up ; Designating a block; Setting of attributes
  • G06F 40/106 - Display of layout of documents; Previewing
  • G06F 16/958 - Organisation or management of web site content, e.g. publishing, maintaining pages or automatic linking
  • G06F 16/70 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor; File system structures therefor of video data
  • G06F 16/60 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor; File system structures therefor of audio data
  • G06F 16/40 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor; File system structures therefor of multimedia data, e.g. slideshows comprising image and additional audio data
  • G06F 16/23 - Updating

7.

System and methods for filtering based on social media

      
Application Number 16027435
Grant Number 10332133
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-07-05
First Publication Date 2019-01-03
Grant Date 2019-06-25
Owner CBS INTERACTIVE INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Goldband, Adam
  • Shirey, Andrew
  • Hiatt, Adam

Abstract

Systems, computer-implemented methods, and media for providing a graph of assets by one or more computing devices include building an asset graph from a data set of assets, the asset graph including plural assets, at least one connection connecting each asset to one or more other asset in the graph, and metadata associated with each connection storing details relating to the connection; identifying an asset in the asset graph that corresponds to an asset in a third party social media platform's asset graph; requesting information relating to connections to the identified asset; receiving the requested information relating to connections to the identified asset; and building out the asset graph according to the received information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • G06Q 50/00 - Systems or methods specially adapted for specific business sectors, e.g. utilities or tourism

8.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN ELECTRONIC PRODUCT ADVISOR

      
Application Number 16056976
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-08-07
First Publication Date 2018-11-29
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bedard, Scott
  • Kasavin, Greg
  • Andrus, Patrick Cashman

Abstract

A system and method operates on a client device and acquires a suspect list of user products based on information derived from the client device. The system normalizes the list, and the user confirms the accuracy of the product list. The user product list is sent to a server where the user product list is compared to other lists using collaborative filtering techniques. The collaborative filtering techniques determine products of interest for the use and the level of interest of the user. The system computes a similarity measure bused upon the number of similar products that match the user's product list and rankings provided by the user and others. Demographic and behavioral data may also be used in performing the comparison and the similarity measure. The system acquires editorial rankings of products from other users and provides a ranked list of recommended products based upon the editorial rankings.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination

9.

Management of turn-based selection systems

      
Application Number 15423277
Grant Number 10561952
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-02-02
First Publication Date 2018-08-02
Grant Date 2020-02-18
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Sutaria, Brijesh
  • Collado, Ryan
  • Miller, Louis
  • Gurtin, Grant
  • Solebello, Ray

Abstract

A method, executed on a computing device, includes calculating a selection time period as a function of a time bank allotment for a user profile, a defined time for a selection, and a number of available selections; sending a notification to a client device indicating that the selection time period is initiated at a first time; receiving a selection from the client device at a second time; updating the time bank allotment according to a used time, the used time comprising an amount of time between the first time and the second time; decrementing the number of available selections; and updating the user profile with the received selection. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/828 - Managing virtual sport teams
  • A63F 13/35 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers - Details of game servers
  • A63F 13/537 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game using indicators, e.g. showing the condition of a game character on screen
  • A63F 13/79 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories

10.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RECOMMENDING ASSETS ON RECENTLY VIEWED ASSETS BASKET

      
Application Number 15864034
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-01-08
First Publication Date 2018-05-10
Owner CBS INTERACTIVE INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Carvis, Cristen
  • Lyon, Clifford

Abstract

Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for recommending assets for a user include receiving the user's recently viewed assets list for a web domain that includes a plurality of assets; calculating a score for each asset in the web domain having an overlap of user interest based on mutual information; generating a set of neighbors for each item in the recently viewed assets list using the score; calculating a strength for each set of neighbors using the sum of the score for each neighbor in the set; generating an asset recommendation using the neighbor set with the highest score; and transmitting the asset recommendation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions
  • G06Q 10/10 - Office automation, e.g. computer aided management of electronic mail or groupware; Time management, e.g. calendars, reminders, meetings or time accounting

11.

Digital channel integration system

      
Application Number 15829867
Grant Number 10771861
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-12-01
First Publication Date 2018-03-29
Grant Date 2020-09-08
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Nayak, Ashutosh
  • Nevers, Cristyan
  • Accettura, Robert

Abstract

Systems and methods are disclosed for generating links to points in a video stream corresponding to actual programming events of a show playing, played, or about to be played in the live video stream, improving the utility of streaming by enabling viewers to view information specifically related to a story and easily navigate to the start of the story within the video stream.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/84 - Generation or processing of descriptive data, e.g. content descriptors
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments
  • H04N 21/858 - Linking data to content, e.g. by linking an URL to a video object or by creating a hotspot

12.

Systems and methods for updating rich internet applications

      
Application Number 15715862
Grant Number 10534831
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-09-26
First Publication Date 2018-01-18
Grant Date 2020-01-14
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hamm, Chris
  • Lottmann, Andrew

Abstract

Systems, computer-implemented methods, and media for updating content of a page composed of markup language in response to a triggering event method include: receiving a request that indicates a triggering event; determining the type of triggering event based on the request; determining at least one page element from amongst plural page elements of the page to be updated based on the request; generating a response to the request, the response including metadata indicating the at least one page element and the content of the at least one page element, the content of the at least one page element being composed of the markup language; and transmitting the response.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 16/957 - Browsing optimisation, e.g. caching or content distillation

13.

Method and apparatus for determining bandwidth required for a page feature

      
Application Number 15600812
Grant Number 10185781
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-05-22
First Publication Date 2017-09-07
Grant Date 2019-01-22
Owner CBS INTERACTIVE INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Trester, Jason
  • Landgrave, John

Abstract

A computer implemented method, a computer system, and computer code stored on tangible, non-transient media, for determining bandwidth of a page load for a specific feature associated with the page. Network traffic associated with requests of a loading of a page to be displayed on a device is monitored. Requests of the loaded page are assigned to an associated function of the page. A set parameters associated with loading of each of the plural features is determined and a scoring function is applied to each set of parameters to determine a raw score. The raw score is normalized into a performance score for the corresponding feature in accordance with a standard total performance score for the page.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04L 12/801 - Flow control or congestion control
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • H04L 12/851 - Traffic type related actions, e.g. QoS or priority
  • H04L 29/12 - Arrangements, apparatus, circuits or systems, not covered by a single one of groups characterised by the data terminal
  • H04L 12/26 - Monitoring arrangements; Testing arrangements

14.

Automated creation of a publication via captured social media interactions

      
Application Number 15430257
Grant Number 10425367
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-02-10
First Publication Date 2017-08-31
Grant Date 2019-09-24
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Dahl, Eric Robert
  • Tong, Ka Yan Samatha
  • Nguyen, Tan Duc

Abstract

A content management server monitors activity on a social networking system originating from an authorized user account. The server detects a post by the account that contains a predefined trigger tag. The server creates a story record in a web publishing application on the server responsive to detecting the post containing the predefined trigger tag. The server automatically generates a direct messaging conversation to populate additional fields of the story record. The server detects a closing inbound direct message from the account containing a publish tag, and responsive to detecting the closing inbound direct message, automatically publishes the story record.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/58 - Message switching systems
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G06F 17/21 - Text processing

15.

Product placement engine and method

      
Application Number 15236926
Grant Number 10032207
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-08-15
First Publication Date 2017-08-03
Grant Date 2018-07-24
Owner CBS INTERACTIVE INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Musgrove, Timothy A.
  • Walsh, Robin Hiroko

Abstract

A product placement engine and method for automatically identifying products for association with a document, the engine including a parser, an analysis module adapted to determine word scores and to adjust the word scores of the words by predetermined weightings, a keyword constructor module adapted to construct a keyword query search string using words having the highest word scores, a search engine adapted to search a products database having product records to identify products satisfying the keyword query search string and assign product scores, and a post processing module adapted to identify word matches in each of the product records and the document and update the product score.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions

16.

Interactive live event outcome selection and prediction

      
Application Number 14928554
Grant Number 10318879
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-10-30
First Publication Date 2017-05-04
Grant Date 2019-06-11
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Lopez, Leonard Michael
  • Carbonell Di Mola, Carlos Javier
  • Solebello, Raymond
  • Soblotne, Christian J
  • Quinlivan, Patrick Mark

Abstract

A method for providing an interactive interface for live event outcome selection and prediction may include generating a set of cells for an event. The set of cells may be provided to a client device to present in a user interface. A selection of a cell may be received from the client device. The selected cell may be assigned to a user account. The method may generate a coordinate for each cell in the set, wherein each cell coordinate includes a plurality of dimensions, each dimension corresponding to a different entity of the event, and wherein each cell coordinate is unique for the set of cells. The method may comprise calculating, prior to the start of the event, a probability that an event result represented by a cell coordinate will occur; and presenting the probability in association with the cell on the user interface. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06N 7/00 - Computer systems based on specific mathematical models
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services

17.

Digital channel integration system

      
Application Number 14839828
Grant Number 09866923
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-08-28
First Publication Date 2017-03-02
Grant Date 2018-01-09
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Nayak, Ashutosh
  • Nevers, Cristyan
  • Accettura, Robert

Abstract

Systems and methods are disclosed for generating links to points in a video stream corresponding to actual programming events of a show playing, played, or about to be played in the live video stream, improving the utility of streaming by enabling viewers to view information specifically related to a story and easily navigate to the start of the story within the video stream.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/10 - Adaptations for transmission by electrical cable
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/84 - Generation or processing of descriptive data, e.g. content descriptors
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments
  • H04N 21/858 - Linking data to content, e.g. by linking an URL to a video object or by creating a hotspot

18.

System and method for targeting content based on filter activity

      
Application Number 15189331
Grant Number 10304116
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-06-22
First Publication Date 2016-12-08
Grant Date 2019-05-28
Owner CBS INTERACTIVE, INC. (USA)
Inventor Schmidt, Daniel F.

Abstract

Various embodiments are presented which comprise an electronic catalog of products, wherein the catalog comprises a taxonomy of product categories and products within the categories, wherein various users input filter parameters and these are monitored, whereupon a new set of filter parameters are accepted and compared to the past set of filter parameters to generate content recommendations.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination

19.

Method and apparatus for determining bandwidth required for a page feature

      
Application Number 14718015
Grant Number 10165037
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-05-20
First Publication Date 2016-11-24
Grant Date 2018-12-25
Owner CBS INTERACTIVE INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Trester, Jason
  • Landgrave, John

Abstract

A computer implemented method, a computer system, and computer code stored on tangible, non-transient media, for determining bandwidth of a page load for a specific feature associated with the page. Network traffic associated with requests of a loading of a page to be displayed on a device is monitored. Requests of the loaded page are assigned to an associated function of the page. At least one request chain associated with the associated function is created and a respective time for loading of each of the at least one request chains is determined. An aggregate of the respective times for loading is used to determine a bandwidth metric associated with the feature.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

20.

Techniques to aggregate and broadcast live event data in real-time

      
Application Number 14450620
Grant Number 09948739
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-08-04
First Publication Date 2016-02-04
Grant Date 2018-04-17
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Spivey, Darin

Abstract

A system to aggregate and broadcast live event data in real-time includes an aggregator host server having one or more processor circuits; and an aggregator component executing on a processor circuit to: receive a plurality of data payloads, from topic entries associated with a plurality of subscribed topics associated with a live event, from a message queue server; aggregate the plurality of data payloads into a new aggregated topic entry; and publish the new aggregated topic entry to an aggregated topic at the message queue server, when the aggregator component has a publisher role.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure

21.

Techniques to broadcast live event data in real-time

      
Application Number 14450582
Grant Number 10009394
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-08-04
First Publication Date 2016-02-04
Grant Date 2018-06-26
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Spivey, Darin

Abstract

An apparatus to broadcast live event data in real-time includes one or more processor circuits; and a subscription component operatively executing on a processor circuit to receive a topic entry from a message queue server, and to push the topic entry to a subscribed client device substantially simultaneously with the message queue server receiving the topic entry from a live data source. The apparatus may also include a communication component operatively coupled to a processor circuit to open a connection with the client device, and receive a request for a topic from the client device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure

22.

Product placement engine and method

      
Application Number 14665860
Grant Number 09443254
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-03-23
First Publication Date 2015-10-08
Grant Date 2016-09-13
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Musgrove, Timothy A.
  • Walsh, Robin Hiroko

Abstract

A product placement engine and method for automatically identifying products for association with a document, the engine including a parser, an analysis module adapted to determine word scores and to adjust the word scores of the words by predetermined weightings, a keyword constructor module adapted to construct a keyword query search string using words having the highest word scores, a search engine adapted to search a products database having product records to identify products satisfying the keyword query search string and assign product scores, and a post processing module adapted to identify word matches in each of the product records and the document and update the product score.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination

23.

Techniques to select advertisements using closed captioning data

      
Application Number 14215606
Grant Number 09712885
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-03-17
First Publication Date 2015-09-17
Grant Date 2017-07-18
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leung, Steven
  • Wong, Hanson

Abstract

An apparatus to decode closed captioning data from video data and receive advertisement according to the decode closed captioning data includes a processor circuit; and a video display component for execution on the processor circuit to receive video data from a media server, the video data including closed captioning (CC) data. The apparatus further includes a CC decoder component for execution on the processor circuit to decode the CC data to obtain text; and an ad requesting component for execution on the processor circuit to: parse the text to obtain words; provide the words to the media server; receive an advertisement from the media server; and display the advertisement.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04H 60/32 - Arrangements for monitoring conditions of receiving stations, e.g. malfunction or breakdown of receiving stations
  • H04N 21/488 - Data services, e.g. news ticker
  • H04N 21/44 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing a video clip retrieved from local storage with an incoming video stream or rendering scenes according to MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/278 - Content descriptor database or directory service for end-user access
  • H04N 21/482 - End-user interface for program selection
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/8405 - Generation or processing of descriptive data, e.g. content descriptors represented by keywords
  • H04N 21/4788 - Supplemental services, e.g. displaying phone caller identification or shopping application communicating with other users, e.g. chatting
  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/4782 - Web browsing
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04N 21/262 - Content or additional data distribution scheduling, e.g. sending additional data at off-peak times, updating software modules, calculating the carousel transmission frequency, delaying a video stream transmission or generating play-lists
  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information

24.

Media playback control

      
Application Number 14690295
Grant Number 09282381
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-04-17
First Publication Date 2015-09-03
Grant Date 2016-03-08
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Dhruv, Jignesh Yashwant
  • Senanayake, Shalitha Arosha
  • Xiques, Christopher Peter

Abstract

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for performing an action during playback based on a media manifest file. A system, such as a media player, configured to practice the method receives a media manifest, extracts, from the media manifest, a list of media chunks and at least one tag associated with the list of media chunks. The list of media chunks can describe two or more separate media assets. Then the system parses the at least one tag to identify an action to perform during playback and a playback position to perform the action. The system retrieves, for playback, at least one media chunk associated with the playback position from the list of media chunks, and, during playback of the at least one media chunk and at the playback position, performs the action. Modifying the media playback control can include temporarily disabling a media playback control.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • H04N 7/10 - Adaptations for transmission by electrical cable
  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • H04N 21/6543 - Transmission by server directed to the client for forcing some client operations, e.g. recording
  • H04N 21/8543 - Content authoring using a description language, e.g. MHEG [Multimedia and Hypermedia information coding Expert Group] or XML [eXtensible Markup Language]
  • H04N 21/262 - Content or additional data distribution scheduling, e.g. sending additional data at off-peak times, updating software modules, calculating the carousel transmission frequency, delaying a video stream transmission or generating play-lists
  • H04N 21/44 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing a video clip retrieved from local storage with an incoming video stream or rendering scenes according to MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs

25.

Adaptive content management system for multiple platforms

      
Application Number 14255585
Grant Number 09965567
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-04-17
First Publication Date 2015-09-03
Grant Date 2018-05-08
Owner CBS INTERACTIVE INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Christolini, Charles
  • Yared, Peter
  • Ruane, Trent

Abstract

A content management system generates views of digital content for presentation on a user client. The content management system includes different publication templates having different layouts for presenting content on different types of viewing devices. The publication template is based on a layout, which specifies a spatial arrangement of sections. The publication template associates publication elements such as a leading article with sections of a layout. A view matches components such as an article with sections of a publication template based on a mapping between the components and publication elements associated with the sections. The content management system generates different views for different types of viewing devices. The content management system also analyzes interactions between user clients, components, and views, and the content management system includes an analytics interface to present data about these interactions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • G06F 17/24 - Editing, e.g. insert/delete
  • G06F 17/21 - Text processing

26.

Personalization engine for characterizing a document

      
Application Number 14681060
Grant Number 09501476
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-04-07
First Publication Date 2015-07-30
Grant Date 2016-11-22
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Pradhan, Tushar
  • Osborne, Thomas
  • Potter, John

Abstract

A dynamic classification dictionary is built for use in profiling and targeting users for additional relevant content. Behavioral data is gathered from user activity, and user documents and actions are categorized. Author-generated document classification information is analyzed and assigned a first taxonomic noun to characterize the document. User-generated tags characterizing a portion of the document are assigned a second taxonomic noun. Search terms that resulted in the user accessing the document are identified and assigned a third taxonomic noun. Attributes related to the manner in which the document was accessed are evaluated and assigned a fourth taxonomic noun. The document is processed using pattern rules to extract a fifth taxonomic noun. The taxonomic nouns are aggregated into a composite set of taxonomic nouns, and the dynamic classification dictionary is build by storing the composite set of taxonomic nouns.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

27.

Personalization engine for assigning a value index to a user

      
Application Number 14681062
Grant Number 09430471
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-04-07
First Publication Date 2015-07-30
Grant Date 2016-08-30
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Pradhan, Tushar
  • Osborne, Thomas
  • Potter, John

Abstract

A dynamic classification dictionary is built for use in profiling and targeting users for additional relevant content. Behavioral data is gathered from user activity, and user documents and actions are categorized. Author-generated document classification information is analyzed and assigned a first taxonomic noun to characterize the document. User-generated tags characterizing a portion of the document are assigned a second taxonomic noun. Search terms that resulted in the user accessing the document are identified and assigned a third taxonomic noun. Attributes related to the manner in which the document was accessed are evaluated and assigned a fourth taxonomic noun. The document is processed using pattern rules to extract a fifth taxonomic noun. The taxonomic nouns are aggregated into a composite set of taxonomic nouns, and the dynamic classification dictionary is build by storing the composite set of taxonomic nouns.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

28.

Methods and systems for application programming interface mashups

      
Application Number 12981446
Grant Number 09026608
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-12-29
First Publication Date 2015-05-05
Grant Date 2015-05-05
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Goldband, Adam
  • Ulyanov, Kirill
  • Gudiboina, Satish

Abstract

Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for providing customized content delivery from one or more data sources include receiving a selection of one or more base requests for content; receiving a selection of a custom request for content; receiving a mapping of the custom request to at least one of the base requests; building an output template including the custom request mapped to the at least one of the base requests; and publishing a resource based on the output template.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • G06F 9/44 - Arrangements for executing specific programs

29.

Platform for serving online content

      
Application Number 14523765
Grant Number 09953349
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-10-24
First Publication Date 2015-04-23
Grant Date 2018-04-24
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Stroud, Monica
  • Harper, Eric

Abstract

A computer implemented method for creating a page including content includes the steps of inserting, with a computing device, one or more placeholders in the page, requesting, with a computing device, parameters, receiving, with a computing device, meta data in response to the step of requesting parameters, creating, with a computing device, frames in the page based on the meta data at positions corresponding to the placeholders, requesting, with a computing device, content, receiving, with a computing device, content in response to the request for content, and placing the content in the frames for display on a display device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • G06F 17/22 - Manipulating or registering by use of codes, e.g. in sequence of text characters
  • G06F 17/27 - Automatic analysis, e.g. parsing, orthograph correction
  • G06F 17/24 - Editing, e.g. insert/delete
  • G06F 17/21 - Text processing
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

30.

Techniques to provide an enhanced video replay

      
Application Number 14551198
Grant Number 09363542
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-11-24
First Publication Date 2015-03-19
Grant Date 2016-06-07
Owner CBS INTERACTIVE, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Goldfeder, Bruce
  • Aagaard, Ken

Abstract

Techniques to provide an enhanced video replay are described. A processor component controls a video interface module, a replay clip editing module, a replay clip selection module, and a broadcast feed module. The video interface module may receive a first and a second video stream of an event in a first and a second video resolution. The replay clip editing module may determine a time period within the second video stream that contains a scene of interest and create multiple video clips in the first video resolution. The multiple video clips each represent of a portion of the field of view of the second video stream. The broadcast feed module may interrupt a broadcast feed of the first video stream and insert the selected one of the multiple video clips into the broadcast feed. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/10 - Adaptations for transmission by electrical cable
  • H04N 7/025 - Systems for transmission of digital non-picture data, e.g. of text during the active part of a television frame
  • H04N 5/222 - Studio circuitry; Studio devices; Studio equipment
  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • H04N 21/2343 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for distribution or compliance with end-user requests or end-user device requirements
  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/2387 - Stream processing in response to a playback request from an end-user, e.g. for trick-play
  • H04N 21/6587 - Control parameters, e.g. trick play commands or viewpoint selection
  • H04N 21/8541 - Content authoring involving branching, e.g. to different story endings
  • H04N 5/91 - Television signal processing therefor
  • G11B 27/031 - Electronic editing of digitised analogue information signals, e.g. audio or video signals

31.

Controller and method to build a combined web page using data retrieved from multiple APIs

      
Application Number 14256907
Grant Number 09075890
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-04-18
First Publication Date 2014-11-20
Grant Date 2015-07-07
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Graham, William W.
  • Huang, David

Abstract

Systems, devices, and methods for using an application program interface (API) client controller to build a model view include a requestor, an executor, a converter, and one or more web APIs. Developers can create web pages that are a collection of references to API queries. The requestor maps an API path to an API request or an API call. The executor executes the API request to an API to retrieve content data. The converter then converts the retrieved content data returned by the API request to a data structure. The retrieved content data (structure) can be stored in a memory device. Multiple content data structures may be requested and stored. The data structure or data structures are then inserted in a web page template to create a model view.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/00 - Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
  • G06F 9/44 - Arrangements for executing specific programs
  • G06F 9/46 - Multiprogramming arrangements
  • G06F 13/00 - Interconnection of, or transfer of information or other signals between, memories, input/output devices or central processing units
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • G06F 9/54 - Interprogram communication

32.

A/B test configuration environment

      
Application Number 13796813
Grant Number 09201572
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-12
First Publication Date 2014-09-18
Grant Date 2015-12-01
Owner CBS INTERACTIVE, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Lyon, Clifford
  • Rothman, Ron H.

Abstract

Various embodiments are generally directed to a visual configuration environment for configuring A/B tests of variations of aspects of content presentation in a user interface of a portal of a server to support remotely accessing services that it provides. A method includes identifying multiple visual areas of a visible portion of a user interface in a first data script; visually presenting on a display the multiple visual areas in at least one menu in a first table to enable selection of first and second visual areas of the multiple visual areas for inclusion in an A/B test of multiple versions of the user interface; and visually presenting a list of all possible combinations of variations in content presentation selected in response to the visual presentation of the first table for the first and second visual areas in the form of a second table. Other embodiments are described and claimed herein.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/0482 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance interaction with lists of selectable items, e.g. menus
  • G06F 3/0484 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object or an image, setting a parameter value or selecting a range

33.

Automated experiment scheduling

      
Application Number 13797020
Grant Number 09978074
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-12
First Publication Date 2014-09-18
Grant Date 2018-05-22
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Lyon, Clifford
  • Rothman, Ron H.

Abstract

Various embodiments are generally directed to an automated A/B testing system using a combination of classical and alternative statistical analysis to control the performance A/B tests. An apparatus includes a processor circuit; and logic to commence collection of a specified number of samples of user responses to multiple versions of a user interface in a test, employ an alternative statistical analysis to analyze the samples as they are collected, determine whether a proposed version elicits a statistically significant improvement in user response over a control version, terminate the test before the specified number of samples are collected in response to a statistically significant improvement over the control version elicited by the proposed version, and complete collection of the specified number of samples and employ a classical statistical analysis to analyze the samples in response to the proposed version not eliciting the statistically significant improvement. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01L 15/00 - Devices or apparatus for measuring two or more fluid pressure values simultaneously
  • G06F 17/18 - Complex mathematical operations for evaluating statistical data
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination

34.

System and method for clustering content according to similarity

      
Application Number 14013902
Grant Number 09026518
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-08-29
First Publication Date 2014-09-04
Grant Date 2015-05-05
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Rhinelander, Ned
  • Lyon, Clifford

Abstract

Systems and methods for clustering content according to similarity are provided that identify and group similar content using a set of tags associated with the content. A topic model of a group of content is built, producing a probability distribution of topic membership for the content. Individual items of content are then clustered using a clustering algorithm, and a distance matrix from the probability distribution is built. Based on the distance matrix, individual items of content are labeled as “must-link” or “cannot-link” pairs with the group of content. The topic model is then embedded into successively smaller dimensions using a kernel method, until the clustering is stable with respect to both the behavioral and content domains.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

35.

Synchronized presentation of facets of a game event

      
Application Number 13729784
Grant Number 09892759
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-28
First Publication Date 2014-07-03
Grant Date 2018-02-13
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Crossley, Brett Marcus

Abstract

Various embodiments are generally directed to use of ancillary information related to play of a game event in which actions in the game are timestamped to enable synchronized presentation alongside an audio/visual program of the game event. An apparatus includes logic to receive a program data comprising a video recording of a game event, receive ancillary data including an indication of an action related to play of the game event, a first timestamp indicating a first time for start of the video recording, and a second timestamp indicating a second time for the action; visually present the video recording in a first portion of the display; and use the first and second timestamps to synchronize a visual presentation of the action in a second portion of the display with a depiction of the action in the visual presentation of the video recording. Other embodiments are described and claimed herein.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 13/44 - Processing input control signals of video game devices, e.g. signals generated by the player or derived from the environment involving timing of operations, e.g. performing an action within a time slot
  • G11B 27/10 - Indexing; Addressing; Timing or synchronising; Measuring tape travel
  • G11B 27/034 - Electronic editing of digitised analogue information signals, e.g. audio or video signals on discs

36.

Techniques to broadcast a network television program

      
Application Number 13711209
Grant Number 09232242
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-11
First Publication Date 2014-06-12
Grant Date 2016-01-05
Owner CBS INTERACTIVE, INC. (USA)
Inventor Chase, James M.

Abstract

Techniques to automatically switch among video signals in a television broadcast are disclosed. A trigger decoder may receive a network video signal for a network program. The network video signal may be comprised of a video signal and a trigger control signal. The trigger control signal may comprise a time period indicative of how long until a station break is to occur within the network program. The trigger decoder may separate the video signal from the trigger control signal. A latency adjuster may determine a delay between the transmission of the network video signal and the reception of the network video signal. A master control switcher clock may be reset based on the delay. The master control switcher may receive the video signal for the network program, and one or more video signals from one or more video servers containing video content. The master control switcher may select one of the video signals to output, wherein the time for switching from the video signal for the network program to another video signal is controlled by the trigger control signal and the reset clock.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/10 - Adaptations for transmission by electrical cable
  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/24 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. monitoring of server load, available bandwidth or upstream requests
  • H04N 21/2665 - Gathering content from different sources, e.g. Internet and satellite
  • H04N 21/858 - Linking data to content, e.g. by linking an URL to a video object or by creating a hotspot

37.

Techniques to provide a micro-broadcast of an event

      
Application Number 13690563
Grant Number 10178352
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-30
First Publication Date 2014-06-05
Grant Date 2019-01-08
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Goldfeder, Bruce
  • Milton, Stephen Martin

Abstract

Techniques to provide a micro-broadcast of an event are described. Video data streams of a live event at a venue may be captured in one or more wireless camera devices. The data streams may be sent to one of a network of wireless access points where they are relayed to a control center. A computer system in the control center may select one of the video data streams to be broadcast as a micro-broadcast. The selected video data stream may then be formatted for the micro-broadcast before a micro-broadcast transmitter broadcasts the formatted selected video data stream.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/18 - Closed-circuit television systems, i.e. systems in which the signal is not broadcast
  • H04N 21/2365 - Multiplexing of several video streams
  • H04N 21/218 - Source of audio or video content, e.g. local disk arrays
  • H04N 21/8549 - Creating video summaries, e.g. movie trailer
  • H04H 20/04 - Arrangements for relaying broadcast information from field pickup units [FPU]
  • H04H 60/07 - Arrangements for generating broadcast information; Arrangements for generating broadcast-related information with a direct linkage to broadcast information or to broadcast space-time; Arrangements for simultaneous generation of broadcast information and broadcast-related information characterised by processes or methods for the generation
  • G06F 3/0484 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object or an image, setting a parameter value or selecting a range

38.

Automated milestone prediction and presentation

      
Application Number 13693559
Grant Number 09904680
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-04
First Publication Date 2014-06-05
Grant Date 2018-02-27
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Crossley, Brett Marcus

Abstract

Various embodiments are generally directed to automated identification and prediction of game milestones, and to automated presentation of those predictions and of the milestones as they are achieved. A method comprises searching statistical data for an indication of a milestone specified in an alerts data towards achievement of which an extent of progress has been made; identifying the milestone in the statistical data; predicting a time required to achieve the milestone; comparing the predicted time required to a condition specified in the alerts data; comparing the predicted time required to an indication of time that remains in scheduled game events in a game season in a scheduling data; and transmitting an alert that predicts achievement of the milestone based on the predicted time required meeting the condition and on the time that remains in the season providing at least the predicted time required. Other embodiments are described and claimed herein.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • G06Q 10/00 - Administration; Management

39.

Techniques to manage a network television schedule

      
Application Number 13681354
Grant Number 09686571
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-19
First Publication Date 2014-05-22
Grant Date 2017-06-20
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Chase, James M.

Abstract

Techniques to selectively provide a video feed to broadcasting equipment are disclosed. A master control switcher may receive video feeds from video servers containing video content. The master control switcher may select one of the video feeds to output. At least one localized switcher may also receive video feeds from the video servers and select one of the video feeds to output. One of the video feeds supplied to the localized switcher(s) is the output from the master control switcher. An air server may receive video feeds from the master control switcher and the at least one localized switcher and out put the video feeds to separate broadcasting equipment. The video feeds may be arranged to reflect a schedule of programming for a local television station. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/25 - Management operations performed by the server for facilitating the content distribution or administrating data related to end-users or client devices, e.g. end-user or client device authentication or learning user preferences for recommending movies
  • H04N 21/435 - Processing of additional data, e.g. decrypting of additional data or reconstructing software from modules extracted from the transport stream
  • H04N 21/44 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing a video clip retrieved from local storage with an incoming video stream or rendering scenes according to MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/458 - Scheduling content for creating a personalised stream, e.g. by combining a locally stored advertisement with an incoming stream; Updating operations, e.g. for OS modules
  • H04N 21/462 - Content or additional data management e.g. creating a master electronic program guide from data received from the Internet and a Head-end or controlling the complexity of a video stream by scaling the resolution or bit-rate based on the client capabi
  • H04N 21/262 - Content or additional data distribution scheduling, e.g. sending additional data at off-peak times, updating software modules, calculating the carousel transmission frequency, delaying a video stream transmission or generating play-lists

40.

Automated statistics content preparation

      
Application Number 13683548
Grant Number 08996434
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-21
First Publication Date 2014-05-22
Grant Date 2015-03-31
Owner CBS Interactive, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Gleadall, George Barry
  • Paskin, Ronnie
  • Stewart, Shawn

Abstract

Various embodiments are generally directed to automated searching and comparison of game statistics to identify, rank and present statistically significant events related to game play during and/or after a game in automatically generated sentences. An apparatus comprises a processor circuit and storage storing instructions operative on the processor circuit to receive signals conveying a first set of statistical information closely related to play of a first game; search the first set of statistical information for a first set of statistical anomalies; and in response to the first set of statistical anomalies comprising an insufficient number of statistical anomalies, search a second set of statistical information less closely related to play of the first game for a second set of statistical anomalies, and transmit a multitude of sentences describing statistical anomalies of the first and second sets of statistical anomalies to a computing device. Other embodiments are described and claimed herein.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • G06N 5/00 - Computer systems using knowledge-based models
  • G06F 17/28 - Processing or translating of natural language
  • G06Q 10/00 - Administration; Management

41.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECOMMENDING APPLICATION RESOURCES

      
Application Number 13656512
Status Pending
Filing Date 2012-10-19
First Publication Date 2014-04-24
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Pradhan, Tushar
  • Lien, Sacha
  • Bishop, Brooke
  • Siegel, Matt

Abstract

A system and method to recommend one or more application resources to a user with consideration for the various devices and computing platforms the user operates.

IPC Classes  ?

42.

Multimedia aggregation technique based on RSS feeds

      
Application Number 13647387
Grant Number 09509548
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-10-09
First Publication Date 2014-04-10
Grant Date 2016-11-29
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Webster, John Clayton

Abstract

A technique to determine trending data based on the aggregation of RSS feeds received from a networking site or system is described. A computer-implemented method monitors a link path from a source for a request feed. The request feed is read and a determination is made as to which one or more of a plurality of web sites the request feed is associated with. The number of request feeds associated with particular ones of the plurality of web sites is aggregated. A determination is made, based on the number of aggregated request feeds what multimedia content is displayed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/173 - Interprocessor communication using an interconnection network, e.g. matrix, shuffle, pyramid, star or snowflake
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure

43.

Application development center testing system

      
Application Number 13569902
Grant Number 09454464
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-08-08
First Publication Date 2014-02-13
Grant Date 2016-09-27
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Fernandez, Antonio L.
  • Platter, Jeffrey H.
  • Miller, Louis E.

Abstract

An application development center system is described. A method may comprise receiving an application at a server computing device; accessing test data from one or more data sources; testing the application within a development environment resident on the server computing device utilizing the test data; and presenting test results on a user interface accessible by a client computing device. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 9/44 - Arrangements for executing specific programs
  • G06F 11/36 - Preventing errors by testing or debugging of software

44.

Techniques for providing narrative content for competitive gaming events

      
Application Number 13561692
Grant Number 08821271
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-07-30
First Publication Date 2014-01-30
Grant Date 2014-09-02
Owner CBS Interactive, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Davison, John
  • Guiro, Boubou

Abstract

Various embodiments for providing a narrative summary for content related to competitive gaming are described. An aspect may provide receiving data about a competitive gaming event, the data comprising one or more data items; selecting a narrative template for the competitive gaming event according to the data, the narrative template comprising one or more word slots and one or more data slots; filling a data slot in the narrative template with a data item; filling a word slot in the narrative template with a word selected from a word list configured for the word slot; and publishing the narrative template with the one or more word slots and the one or more data slots filled as competitive gaming narrative content. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for
  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions

45.

Techniques to provide an enhanced video replay

      
Application Number 13948782
Grant Number 08925004
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-07-23
First Publication Date 2014-01-30
Grant Date 2014-12-30
Owner CBS Interactive, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Goldfeder, Bruce
  • Aagaard, Ken

Abstract

Techniques to provide an enhanced video replay are described. A processor component controls a video interface module, a replay clip editing module, a replay clip selection module, and a broadcast feed module. The video interface module may receive a first and a second video stream of an event in a first and a second video resolution. The replay clip editing module may determine a time period within the second video stream that contains a scene of interest and create multiple video clips in the first video resolution. The multiple video clips each represent of a portion of the field of view of the second video stream. The broadcast feed module may interrupt a broadcast feed of the first video stream and insert the selected one of the multiple video clips into the broadcast feed. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/10 - Adaptations for transmission by electrical cable
  • H04N 7/025 - Systems for transmission of digital non-picture data, e.g. of text during the active part of a television frame
  • H04N 5/222 - Studio circuitry; Studio devices; Studio equipment
  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • H04N 21/8541 - Content authoring involving branching, e.g. to different story endings
  • H04N 21/6587 - Control parameters, e.g. trick play commands or viewpoint selection
  • H04N 21/2343 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for distribution or compliance with end-user requests or end-user device requirements
  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/2387 - Stream processing in response to a playback request from an end-user, e.g. for trick-play
  • H04N 5/91 - Television signal processing therefor

46.

Consistent association of a user ID with a user

      
Application Number 13485122
Grant Number 09021110
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-05-31
First Publication Date 2013-12-05
Grant Date 2015-04-28
Owner CBS Interactive, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Lyon, Clifford
  • Rothman, Ron

Abstract

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for consistently associating a user ID with a user. In one aspect, a method may comprise receiving a data request at a transceiver accessible by a server computing device, wherein, in response to receiving the data request, the server computing device is configured to: access, by one or more processors coupled to the transceiver, a first value embedded in a first cookie associated with a first expiration time; set a second cookie embedded with a second value; and reset the first cookie responsive to receiving an indication that the first cookie is expiring, wherein to reset the first cookie comprises replacing the first cookie with a third cookie set with a value equal to the first value and a third expiration time later than the first expiration time. Other embodiments are disclosed and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

47.

Real-time and interactive community-based content publishing system

      
Application Number 13460770
Grant Number 08990325
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-04-30
First Publication Date 2013-10-31
Grant Date 2015-03-24
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Eaton, Steven
  • Goodlett, Ryan
  • Hobbs, Daniel Gould
  • Lwanga, Jeremy

Abstract

A system and method is provided to enable clients to interact with a content resource (e.g., a webpage) in real-time, so that contributions from each client terminal is communicated to the other client terminals in real-time. Each client terminal can respond to real-time updates by locally updating the content resource to include most recent contributions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

48.

Systems and methods for living user reviews

      
Application Number 13863080
Grant Number 09400989
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-04-15
First Publication Date 2013-10-17
Grant Date 2016-07-26
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Smith, Aaron

Abstract

Systems and methods for creating an opinion timeline. Users are able to submit ongoing reviews for products and services based on extended use, new revelations, additional features, upgrades and the like. Users can be notified of upgrades or improvements and are requested to provide another review of the product or service which is tied to the original review. Users can also update their review of the product or service based on a change in mind. The opinion timeline can be applied to reviews of products, television shows, music, etc.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
  • G06Q 10/04 - Forecasting or optimisation, e.g. linear programming, "travelling salesman problem" or "cutting stock problem"
  • G06Q 40/00 - Finance; Insurance; Tax strategies; Processing of corporate or income taxes

49.

Media player security for full length episodes

      
Application Number 13399821
Grant Number 09215065
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-02-17
First Publication Date 2013-08-22
Grant Date 2015-12-15
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Xiques, Christopher Peter
  • Dhruv, Jignesh Yashwant
  • Senanayake, Shalitha Arosha
  • Hsu, James Kong

Abstract

A streaming video player and authentication server work in conjunction to provide secure streaming media. Player authentication is used to ensure that only users using an authorized media player authorized users can access and stream the media content. An encryption process protects unauthorized users from playing media streams that are intercepted between the content server and an authorized user. Additionally, timed tokens are used to ensure that a user authorized to access a stream during a specified time period cannot access the same stream at a later time when the user is no longer authorized.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 9/08 - Key distribution
  • H04L 9/32 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication including means for verifying the identity or authority of a user of the system
  • H04N 21/2343 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for distribution or compliance with end-user requests or end-user device requirements
  • H04N 21/2347 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving video stream encryption
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments

50.

Personalization engine for building a dynamic classification dictionary

      
Application Number 13555823
Grant Number 09619467
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-07-23
First Publication Date 2013-07-25
Grant Date 2017-04-11
Owner CBS INTERACTIVE INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Pradhan, Tushar
  • Osborne, Thomas
  • Potter, John

Abstract

A dynamic classification dictionary is built for use in profiling and targeting users for additional relevant content. Behavioral data is gathered from user activity, and user documents and actions are categorized. Author-generated document classification information is analyzed and assigned a first taxonomic noun to characterize the document. User-generated tags characterizing a portion of the document are assigned a second taxonomic noun. Search terms that resulted in the user accessing the document are identified and assigned a third taxonomic noun. Attributes related to the manner in which the document was accessed are evaluated and assigned a fourth taxonomic noun. The document is processed using pattern rules to extract a fifth taxonomic noun. The taxonomic nouns are aggregated into a composite set of taxonomic nouns, and the dynamic classification dictionary is built by storing the composite set of taxonomic nouns.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

51.

Techniques to provide an enhanced video replay

      
Application Number 13556745
Grant Number 08495697
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-07-24
First Publication Date 2013-07-23
Grant Date 2013-07-23
Owner CBS Interactive, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Goldfeder, Bruce
  • Aagaard, Ken

Abstract

Techniques to provide an enhanced video replay are described. A processor component controls a video interface module, a replay clip editing module, a replay clip selection module, and a broadcast feed module. The video interface module may receive a first and a second video stream of an event in a first and a second video resolution. The replay clip editing module may determine a time period within the second video stream that contains a scene of interest and create multiple video clips in the first video resolution. The multiple video clips each represent of a portion of the field of view of the second video stream. The broadcast feed module may interrupt a broadcast feed of the first video stream and insert the selected one of the multiple video clips into the broadcast feed. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems
  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • G06F 13/00 - Interconnection of, or transfer of information or other signals between, memories, input/output devices or central processing units

52.

Techniques for providing a narrative summary for fantasy games

      
Application Number 13338395
Grant Number 10592596
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-12-28
First Publication Date 2013-07-04
Grant Date 2020-03-17
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Miller, Louis E.

Abstract

Various embodiments for providing a narrative summary for fantasy games are described. Embodiments may include a summary engine executing on a logic device. The summary engine may select a beat writer and a story type. The summary writer may select new content from one or more databases of fantasy league data. The beat writer may affect what story type is selected. The summary engine may construct a master template according to the story type that has empty slots. The summary engine may fill the empty slots of the master template with data from the new content to generate a narrative summary, and publish the narrative template with the slots filled. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 16/958 - Organisation or management of web site content, e.g. publishing, maintaining pages or automatic linking
  • G06F 17/24 - Editing, e.g. insert/delete
  • A63F 13/828 - Managing virtual sport teams
  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers
  • A63F 13/60 - Generating or modifying game content before or while executing the game program, e.g. authoring tools specially adapted for game development or game-integrated level editor

53.

Techniques for providing a natural language narrative

      
Application Number 13338409
Grant Number 10540430
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-12-28
First Publication Date 2013-07-04
Grant Date 2020-01-21
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Locke, Matthew

Abstract

Various embodiments for providing a natural language narrative are described. Embodiments may include a summary engine that collects data about an event, and selects a template to narrate a story about the event. A template may include static text, slots for data from the event, and slots for dynamic word choice. Templates may be selected according to a story type and story “flavor.” Templates may also include conditions that determine a choice of the use of template sub-sections. Various aspects of the templates may be selected randomly, to create the impression that the story is human-generated. The stories may be published to a variety of locations and formats. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • G06F 17/24 - Editing, e.g. insert/delete
  • G06F 17/27 - Automatic analysis, e.g. parsing, orthograph correction
  • G06F 17/21 - Text processing
  • G06Q 10/10 - Office automation, e.g. computer aided management of electronic mail or groupware; Time management, e.g. calendars, reminders, meetings or time accounting

54.

Fantasy open platform environment

      
Application Number 13332633
Grant Number 08732278
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-12-21
First Publication Date 2013-06-27
Grant Date 2014-05-20
Owner CBS Interactive, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Fernandez, Antonio L.
  • Olearczyk, Francis J.
  • Thomas, Louis M.
  • Miller, Louis E.
  • Quinlivan, Patrick M.
  • Platter, Jeffrey H.
  • Dutaria, Brijesh D.

Abstract

A fantasy server application may comprise a platform generator component to generate a resource document with a host segment arranged to present a host resource document and a guest segment arranged to present a guest resource document, a host manager component to send a request to generate the host resource document with fantasy content from a fantasy content database to a host server program, receive a response with the host resource document, and add the host resource document to the host segment, and a guest manager component to generate a guest reference for use by a client device, the guest reference arranged to refer the client device to a guest server program arranged to generate the guest resource document with fantasy content from the fantasy content database, and add the guest reference to the guest server program to the guest segment. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs

55.

Fantasy open platform environment

      
Application Number 13438522
Grant Number 08935361
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-04-03
First Publication Date 2013-06-27
Grant Date 2015-01-13
Owner CBS Interactive, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Fernandez, Antonio L.
  • Olearczyk, Francis J.
  • Thomas, Louis M.
  • Miller, Louis E.
  • Quinlivan, Patrick M.
  • Platter, Jeffrey H.
  • Sutaria, Brijesh D.

Abstract

A fantasy server application may comprise a platform generator component to generate a resource document with a host segment arranged to present a host resource document and a guest segment arranged to present a guest resource document, a host manager component to send a request to generate the host resource document with fantasy content from a fantasy content database to a host server program, receive a response with the host resource document, and add the host resource document to the host segment, and a guest manager component to generate a guest reference for use by a client device, the guest reference arranged to refer the client device to a guest server program arranged to generate the guest resource document with fantasy content from the fantasy content database, and add the guest reference to the guest server program to the guest segment. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for
  • A63F 13/00 - Video games, i.e. games using an electronically generated display having two or more dimensions
  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)
  • G06Q 10/10 - Office automation, e.g. computer aided management of electronic mail or groupware; Time management, e.g. calendars, reminders, meetings or time accounting
  • A63F 13/30 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol

56.

Integration of client side applications into a fantasy open platform environment

      
Application Number 13691042
Grant Number 09495226
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-30
First Publication Date 2013-06-27
Grant Date 2016-11-15
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Fernandez, Antonio L.

Abstract

Techniques to integrate client side applications into a fantasy open platform environment include a server processor component operating within the fantasy open platform environment and operative to provide application programming interface (API) data of the client side application code to the fantasy open platform environment. The client side application may be independent from the fantasy open platform environment. Hooks may be created to allow embedding of the client side application code on the fantasy open platform environment web pages wherein the client side application code identifies on which of the fantasy open platform environment web pages the client side application code runs. A client side application executing on a client browser may be allowed to access resources of the fantasy open platform environment over a network connection.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • G06F 9/54 - Interprogram communication
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • A63F 13/335 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers using wide area network [WAN] connections using Internet
  • A63F 13/828 - Managing virtual sport teams
  • A63F 13/77 - Game security or game management aspects involving data related to game devices or game servers, e.g. configuration data, software version or amount of memory

57.

Information types for an app rating system

      
Application Number 13350267
Grant Number 08560099
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-01-13
First Publication Date 2013-05-16
Grant Date 2013-10-15
Owner CBS Interactive, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Fernandez, Antonio

Abstract

A technique to automatically provide assistance with the selection of an app for an electronic game is described. An apparatus may comprise an app rating application arranged to receive as input game performance information representing gameplay of an electronic game. The app rating application may process the game performance information and output an app rating indicator of an app corresponding to the app identifier parameter based on the performance information to assist a user in selecting the app. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)

58.

APP rating system

      
Application Number 13293826
Grant Number 08554345
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-11-10
First Publication Date 2013-05-16
Grant Date 2013-10-08
Owner CBS Interactive, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Fernandez, Antonio

Abstract

A technique to automatically provide assistance with the selection of an app for an electronic game is described. An apparatus may comprise an app rating application arranged to receive as input game performance information representing gameplay of an electronic game. The app rating application may process the game performance information and output an app rating indicator of an app corresponding to the app identifier parameter based on the performance information to assist a user in selecting the app. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)

59.

App rating system

      
Application Number 13438557
Grant Number 08676360
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-04-03
First Publication Date 2013-05-16
Grant Date 2014-03-18
Owner CBS Interactive, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Fernandez, Antonio

Abstract

A technique to automatically provide assistance with the selection of an app for an electronic game is described. An apparatus may comprise an app rating application arranged to receive as input game performance information representing gameplay of an electronic game. The app rating application may process the game performance information and output an app rating indicator of an app corresponding to the app identifier parameter based on the performance information to assist a user in selecting the app. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 19/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific applications (specially adapted for specific functions G06F 17/00;data processing systems or methods specially adapted for administrative, commercial, financial, managerial, supervisory or forecasting purposes G06Q;healthcare informatics G16H)

60.

System and method for navigating a collection of editorial content

      
Application Number 13691692
Grant Number 10395291
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-30
First Publication Date 2013-04-11
Grant Date 2019-08-27
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Olexa, Vladimir

Abstract

Systems and methods for easily navigating a collection of editorial content related to products are described. Embodiments of the invention provide seamless, continuous, structured access to relevant product reviews. Users of embodiments of the invention can advance from one product review to another by selecting navigational buttons representing the previous and next product reviews from within a product review currently being viewed. The previous product review represents the review the user was viewing prior to the currently viewed review. The next product review is determined based on a simple learning engine that presents the next relevant product, along with another relevant product that is, for example, either cheaper or more expensive than the review being currently viewed. This simplifies the user experience by eliminating the need to go back to a listing page to research products similar to the product whose review is being viewed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination

61.

System and method for generating a narrative summary

      
Application Number 13691688
Grant Number 08630919
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-30
First Publication Date 2013-04-11
Grant Date 2014-01-14
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Baran, Daniel R.
  • Musgrove, Timothy Allen
  • Walsh, Robin Hiroko

Abstract

A method and system for automatically generating a self-updating naturally-reading narrative product summary including assertions about a selected product. In one embodiment, the system and method includes evaluating an existing narrative product summary, comparing an existing attribute name, attribute value, attribute unit, and assertion model, respectively, to a current attribute name, attribute value, attribute unit, and assertion model to determine if one of the comparisons shows a change. The system and method further determines a new attribute associated with the selected product, selects an alternative product, retrieves a new assertion model with assertions that describe the selected product and identify an alternative product in a natural manner. The system and method then generates a naturally-reading narrative product summary by combining the new attribute with the new retrieved assertion model, and by combining the selected alternative product with another retrieved assertion model to recommend the selected alternative product in the narrative.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions

62.

System and method of configuring operations of communication services

      
Application Number 13250049
Grant Number 09131355
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-09-30
First Publication Date 2013-04-04
Grant Date 2015-09-08
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Coleman, Gregory
  • Dreilinger, Daniel

Abstract

Information is recorded that corresponds to an online activity of a user. The information identifies at least one or more instances of time when the online activity occurred. A communication from the communication service is delivered to the user at a selected transmission time that is based at least in part on the one or more instances of time. The communication service may be configured or otherwise instructed to send (or not send) the communication at a particular time.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • H04W 4/12 - Messaging; Mailboxes; Announcements
  • G06Q 10/10 - Office automation, e.g. computer aided management of electronic mail or groupware; Time management, e.g. calendars, reminders, meetings or time accounting
  • H04W 4/20 - Services signalling; Auxiliary data signalling, i.e. transmitting data via a non-traffic channel

63.

System and method for generating an alternative product recommendation

      
Application Number 13567472
Grant Number 08392284
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-08-06
First Publication Date 2013-01-31
Grant Date 2013-03-05
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Musgrove, Timothy A.
  • Walsh, Robin Hiroko

Abstract

A method and system for automatically generating a naturally reading narrative product summary including assertions about a selected product. In one embodiment, the method includes the steps of determining at least one attribute associated with said specific product; selecting an alternative product based on said at least one attribute; and generating a naturally reading narrative including assertions about the specific product and a recommendation of the alternative product.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce

64.

Interactive map and related content for an entertainment program

      
Application Number 13355429
Grant Number 09015759
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-01-20
First Publication Date 2013-01-24
Grant Date 2015-04-21
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Elend, Adam
  • Lynch, Michelle
  • Ferreira, Joe
  • Tice, Sean

Abstract

A system and method for providing interactive content that is correlated to events of an entertainment program.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/00 - Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • H04N 21/45 - Management operations performed by the client for facilitating the reception of or the interaction with the content or administrating data related to the end-user or to the client device itself, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies 
  • H04N 21/4788 - Supplemental services, e.g. displaying phone caller identification or shopping application communicating with other users, e.g. chatting
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments

65.

Game navigation interface for electronic content

      
Application Number 13180879
Grant Number 09361625
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-07-12
First Publication Date 2013-01-17
Grant Date 2016-06-07
Owner CBS INTERACTIVE INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Parker, Samuel
  • Schmidt, Douglas
  • Snyder, Steve

Abstract

A game navigation interface for electronic content is described. A computer-implement system may comprise a content delivery platform operative to manage multimedia content. The computer-implemented system may further comprise a game navigation application operative to manage a game for the content delivery platform. The game navigation application may comprise a monitoring component operative to monitor navigation commands for navigating multimedia content provided by the content delivery platform, and output a game trigger signal based on the navigation commands. The game navigation application may further comprise a game navigation component operative to receive the game trigger signal, and select a game arranged to assist a user in navigating the multimedia content in response to the game trigger signal. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • G06F 3/048 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI]

66.

System and method for securing embedded media

      
Application Number 13161191
Grant Number 09032497
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-06-15
First Publication Date 2012-12-20
Grant Date 2015-05-12
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Padala, Sailendra K.
  • Wei, Emma
  • Araujo, Pedro Valentin

Abstract

Set forth herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for processing media requests in a secure way. A server configured to practice the method receives, from a media player client, a request for media content. The server requests a playback token from a playback service associated with the media content and generates a tag containing the playback token. Then the server transmits to the media player client a response to the request for media content based on the tag, wherein the media player client retrieves the media content by presenting the playback token to the playback service. The media player client can be an embedded media player or other player in a web browser. The server and the playback service can operate based on a common, pre-shared feed token. Other playback client and playback service embodiments exist.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 9/00 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication
  • G06F 21/10 - Protecting distributed programs or content, e.g. vending or licensing of copyrighted material
  • H04L 9/32 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication including means for verifying the identity or authority of a user of the system

67.

System and method for generating an alternative product recommendation

      
Application Number 13569167
Grant Number 08352333
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-08-07
First Publication Date 2012-11-22
Grant Date 2013-01-08
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Baran, Daniel R.
  • Musgrove, Timothy Allen
  • Walsh, Robin Hiroko

Abstract

A method and system for automatically generating a self-updating naturally-reading narrative product summary including assertions about a selected product. In one embodiment, the system and method includes evaluating an existing narrative product summary, comparing an existing attribute name, attribute value, attribute unit, and assertion model, respectively, to a current attribute name, attribute value, attribute unit, and assertion model to determine if one of the comparisons shows a change. The system and method further determines a new attribute associated with the selected product, selects an alternative product, retrieves a new assertion model with assertions that describe the selected product and identify an alternative product in a natural manner. The system and method then generates a naturally-reading narrative product summary by combining the new attribute with the new retrieved assertion model, and by combining the selected alternative product with another retrieved assertion model to recommend the selected alternative product in the narrative.

IPC Classes  ?

68.

System and method for rating plural products

      
Application Number 13298085
Grant Number 08751331
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-11-16
First Publication Date 2012-11-22
Grant Date 2014-06-10
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Musgrove, Timothy A.
  • Walsh, Robin Hiroko
  • Gilchrist, Russell

Abstract

A system and method for rating of each of plural products comprising identifying plurality of attributes associated with a category of product, applying a scalar structure for each attribute to provide scalar value of each attribute for each of the plural products, determining an incremental competitive index for each attribute of each product based on the scalar value of each attribute and a number of products having the scalar value, and rating each product based on the determined competitive index.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions

69.

Startup bitrate in adaptive bitrate streaming

      
Application Number 13098236
Grant Number 08516144
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-04-29
First Publication Date 2012-11-01
Grant Date 2013-08-20
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Hsu, James Kong

Abstract

Streaming media at an adaptive bitrate streaming media player. Tracking a bitrate history of the player. Determining a startup bitrate from the bitrate history. Streaming at the determined bitrate. Tracking a bitrate history of the player can include storing tracked bitrates in a cookie accessible by the player; and determining a startup bitrate can include determining a startup bitrate from the cookie. Determining a startup bitrate can include determining an average tracked bitrate over the last N tracked bitrates. The average tracked bitrate can be weighted toward more recent tracked bitrates. Determining a startup bitrate can include determining a maximum startup bitrate. The bitrate history can include the maximum bitrate of the player over the last X sessions; and the maximum startup bitrate can be the lowest maximum bitrate over the last X sessions. The maximum startup bitrate can be the mode among maximum bitrates over the last X sessions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs

70.

Reduced video player start-up latency in HTTP live streaming and similar protocols

      
Application Number 13098286
Grant Number 08510460
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-04-29
First Publication Date 2012-11-01
Grant Date 2013-08-13
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Hsu, James Kong

Abstract

Technology for processing an ordered sequence of frames of a media program intended for play in an HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) player. Processing a first ordered subset of frames of the sequence. Processing a second ordered subset of frames of the sequence separate from the first subset. The second subset following on the first forms a third ordered subset of frames of the media program. Processing the second subset includes creating a manifest file of the subset. The playing time of processed frames of the first subset is at least equal to the processing time of the second subset. Processing the first subset can include creating a manifest file of the subset. The media program can include ads (at least a pre-roll ad) and content. The first ordered subset can be the pre-roll ad. The second ordered subset can be the content and remaining ads (e.g., mid-roll and post roll).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs

71.

System and method for determining sentiment from text content

      
Application Number 13098302
Grant Number 08838438
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-04-29
First Publication Date 2012-11-01
Grant Date 2014-09-16
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Leary, Adam
  • Pennie, Philip

Abstract

A system and method for determining sentiment from user-generated text content is provided. A sentiment score is determined for one or more terms in a user-generated text content. A sentiment value is determined for the text content that is based at least in part on the sentiment score for the one or more terms.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/27 - Automatic analysis, e.g. parsing, orthograph correction

72.

User data store

      
Application Number 13093658
Grant Number 08762413
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-04-25
First Publication Date 2012-10-25
Grant Date 2014-06-24
Owner CBS Interactive, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Graham, Jr., William W.
  • Pradhan, Tushar R.
  • Potter, John F.
  • Kaufman, Mark A.
  • Lone, Stephanie
  • Donnelly, Keric

Abstract

A computer system for generating a user data store and analyzing the user data store comprises a memory and a processing circuit. The memory is configured to store a user data store comprising a plurality of graphs, each graph having a user identity node. The processing circuit is configured to, for each of the plurality of graphs: receive asset data representing an asset that a user has interacted with on a website; generate a first node representing the asset data and a first link coupling the first node to the user identity node of the graph; store the first node and first link as part of the graph; receive usage data representing user interaction with a website; generate a second node representing the usage data and a second link coupling the second node to the user identity node of the graph, wherein at least one of the first node and second node further represents opinion data for a product or evaluation data for a product; and store the second node and second link as part of the graph.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • G06F 7/00 - Methods or arrangements for processing data by operating upon the order or content of the data handled

73.

Systems and methods for updating rich internet applications

      
Application Number 13076069
Grant Number 09805135
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-03-30
First Publication Date 2012-10-04
Grant Date 2017-10-31
Owner CBS INTERACTIVE INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hamm, Chris
  • Lottmann, Andrew

Abstract

Systems, computer-implemented methods, and media for updating content of a page composed of markup language in response to a triggering event method include: receiving a request that indicates a triggering event; determining the type of triggering event based on the request; determining at least one page element from amongst plural page elements of the page to be updated based on the request; generating a response to the request, the response including metadata indicating the at least one page element and the content of the at least one page element, the content of the at least one page element being composed of the markup language; and transmitting the response.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • G06F 17/20 - Handling natural language data
  • G06F 17/21 - Text processing
  • G06F 17/22 - Manipulating or registering by use of codes, e.g. in sequence of text characters
  • G06F 17/24 - Editing, e.g. insert/delete
  • G06F 17/25 - Automatic justification
  • G06F 17/26 - Automatic hyphenation
  • G06F 17/27 - Automatic analysis, e.g. parsing, orthograph correction
  • G06F 17/28 - Processing or translating of natural language
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

74.

System and method for displaying web page content

      
Application Number 13034074
Grant Number 08788927
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-02-24
First Publication Date 2012-08-30
Grant Date 2014-07-22
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Gleadall, George
  • Stewart, Shawn
  • Paskin, Ronnie

Abstract

A system and method for presenting web page content to a user. A plurality of links are identified on a web page which share a designated characteristic. A user action is detected that indicates a user's intent to select a particular link. As a response to the user action, the resource of the particular link is cached. In response to detecting that the user selects the particular link, content is presented to the user that is based at least in part on the cached resource.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions

75.

Techniques to magnify images

      
Application Number 13037067
Grant Number 08836728
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-02-28
First Publication Date 2012-08-30
Grant Date 2014-09-16
Owner CBS Interactive, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Tan, Linda
  • Lau, Julian

Abstract

Techniques to magnify images are described. An apparatus may comprise a media application that when executed by a processor is operative to present video information including images on a display. The media application may comprise a zoom control component operative to receive a zoom control directive to magnify an image portion of an image, increase a video resolution level for the image portion of the image, and magnify the image portion to form an enhanced magnified image. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G09G 5/00 - Control arrangements or circuits for visual indicators common to cathode-ray tube indicators and other visual indicators
  • H04N 21/4545 - Input to filtering algorithms, e.g. filtering a region of the image

76.

Rendering web content using pre-caching

      
Application Number 13399833
Grant Number 09065793
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-02-17
First Publication Date 2012-08-30
Grant Date 2015-06-23
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Gleadall, George
  • Paskin, Ronnie

Abstract

A first resource is provided on a user device, the first resource including a plurality of links to other resources. At least one, but not all of the plurality of links are selected for pre-caching, and at least a portion of a second resource located by the first link is automatically cached. At least the portion of the second resource is provided in response to a designated triggering event.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

77.

Associating descriptive content with asset metadata objects

      
Application Number 13460724
Grant Number 08832059
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-04-30
First Publication Date 2012-08-23
Grant Date 2014-09-09
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Baran, Dan

Abstract

Methods are provided, including a method of associating descriptive content with a set of assets. The method includes determining an asset metadata object, determining descriptive content related to the asset metadata object, and associating the descriptive content with the asset metadata object.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • G06F 7/00 - Methods or arrangements for processing data by operating upon the order or content of the data handled

78.

Media playback control

      
Application Number 13018312
Grant Number 09049494
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-01-31
First Publication Date 2012-08-02
Grant Date 2015-06-02
Owner CBS Interactive, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Dhruv, Jignesh Yashwant
  • Senanayake, Shalitha Arosha
  • Xiques, Christopher Peter

Abstract

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for performing an action during playback based on a media manifest file. A system, such as a media player, configured to practice the method receives a media manifest, extracts, from the media manifest, a list of media chunks and at least one tag associated with the list of media chunks. The list of media chunks can describe two or more separate media assets. Then the system parses the at least one tag to identify an action to perform during playback and a playback position to perform the action. The system retrieves, for playback, at least one media chunk associated with the playback position from the list of media chunks, and, during playback of the at least one media chunk and at the playback position, performs the action. Modifying the media playback control can include temporarily disabling a media playback control.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • H04N 7/10 - Adaptations for transmission by electrical cable
  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • H04N 21/6543 - Transmission by server directed to the client for forcing some client operations, e.g. recording
  • H04N 21/8543 - Content authoring using a description language, e.g. MHEG [Multimedia and Hypermedia information coding Expert Group] or XML [eXtensible Markup Language]
  • H04N 21/262 - Content or additional data distribution scheduling, e.g. sending additional data at off-peak times, updating software modules, calculating the carousel transmission frequency, delaying a video stream transmission or generating play-lists
  • H04N 21/44 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing a video clip retrieved from local storage with an incoming video stream or rendering scenes according to MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments

79.

System and method for custom segmentation for streaming video

      
Application Number 13018315
Grant Number 08583818
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-01-31
First Publication Date 2012-08-02
Grant Date 2013-11-12
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Dhruv, Jignesh Yashwant
  • Senanayake, Shalitha Arosha

Abstract

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for segmenting video. A system configured to practice the method determines a total duration of a video asset. The system identifies an optimal streaming chunk duration and a minimum streaming chunk duration. Then the system segments the video asset into a set of chunks, wherein at least one of a final chunk and a penultimate chunk is less than the optimal streaming chunk duration and greater than the minimum streaming chunk duration, and wherein each remaining chunk is of the optimal streaming chunk duration. The system can segment the video asset based on keyframes or codecs. The system can optionally compile a video manifest file, such as an m3u8 file, containing pointers to each chunk in the set of chunks. Then the system can optionally stream the video asset to a video playback device based on the video manifest file.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs

80.

Automatic catalog search preview

      
Application Number 12912474
Grant Number 08452806
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-10-26
First Publication Date 2012-04-26
Grant Date 2013-05-28
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Gurnani, Sailesh
  • Lottmann, Andrew

Abstract

A computer-implemented method for navigating a database including a plurality of records having attributes, the method including transmitting a webpage configured to display selectable filters associated with record attributes; receiving at least one attribute value based on a filter selection; transmitting a mini query to the database for a count of records in the database that satisfy the at least one attribute value; receiving the count of records; transmitting the count of records to be rendered on a display device; transmitting a full query to the database for record indicators in the database that satisfy the at least one attribute value; receiving the one or more record indicators; and transmitting the one or more record indicators.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 7/00 - Methods or arrangements for processing data by operating upon the order or content of the data handled

81.

Online waiting room system, method and computer program product

      
Application Number 13314711
Grant Number 08234135
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-12-08
First Publication Date 2012-04-05
Grant Date 2012-07-31
Owner CBS Interactive, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Herde, Patrick
  • Binenstock, Bill
  • Fernandez, Antonio
  • Hopwood, John R.
  • Lee, Terrence
  • Snyder, Steve
  • Wong, Kar Loong
  • Adams, Natalle
  • Paskin, Ronnie
  • Thomas, Louis
  • Sutaria, Brijesh
  • Smith, Daniel L.
  • Albamonte, Fausto
  • Kerlin, Christopher M.

Abstract

An exemplary embodiment of the present invention sets forth a system, method and computer program product which may include providing an online waiting room and gatekeeper for controlling access to users in a plurality of tiered classification standby lines, seeking access to an online event.

IPC Classes  ?

82.

Platform for serving online content

      
Application Number 12947416
Grant Number 08904277
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-11-16
First Publication Date 2012-03-01
Grant Date 2014-12-02
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Kroger, Monica
  • Harper, Eric

Abstract

A computer implemented method for creating a page including content includes the steps of inserting, with a computing device, one or more placeholders in the page, requesting, with a computing device, parameters, receiving, with a computing device, meta data in response to the step of requesting parameters, creating, with a computing device, frames in the page based on the meta data at positions corresponding to the placeholders, requesting, with a computing device, content, receiving, with a computing device, content in response to the request for content, and placing the content in the frames for display on a display device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

83.

On-line media player architecture

      
Application Number 13217881
Grant Number 09009733
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-08-25
First Publication Date 2012-03-01
Grant Date 2015-04-14
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Xiques, Christopher Peter
  • Hsu, James Kong

Abstract

Event-based communication in a media player architecture. The architecture can include a series of modules. The technology can define media player events, at least in part by defining event notifications and event handling processes. The various modules can register as one or both of an issuer of at least one media player event notification, and a subscriber to at least one published media player event notification. When an event occurs in a module, the module issues an event notification that is then handled by a handling process. The event handling process(es) publish the event to subscribing modules, and in some cases perform processing on the event notification before publishing.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/00 - Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
  • H04N 21/414 - Specialised client platforms, e.g. receiver in car or embedded in a mobile appliance
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • H04N 21/431 - Generation of visual interfaces; Content or additional data rendering
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/8545 - Content authoring for generating interactive applications

84.

System and method for navigating a collection of editorial content

      
Application Number 12852241
Grant Number 08346623
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-08-06
First Publication Date 2012-02-09
Grant Date 2013-01-01
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Olexa, Vladimir

Abstract

Computer-implemented systems, methods, and computer-readable media for facilitating user navigation of a collection of editorial content associated with products include displaying a first user interface including a first editorial content related to a first product previously viewed by a user, a second editorial content relating to a product navigated to by the user from the first editorial content, and a first plurality of editorial content relating to a first plurality of products; receiving a selection from the user; and navigation to editorial content in accordance with the user's selection.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

85.

System and method for generating an alternative product recommendation selected through bids

      
Application Number 13208321
Grant Number 08271353
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-08-11
First Publication Date 2012-02-09
Grant Date 2012-09-18
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Baran, Daniel R.
  • Musgrove, Timothy Allen
  • Walsh, Robin Hiroko

Abstract

A method and system for automatically generating a self-updating naturally-reading narrative product summary including assertions about a selected product. In one embodiment, the system and method includes evaluating an existing narrative product summary, comparing an existing attribute name, attribute value, attribute unit, and assertion model, respectively, to a current attribute name, attribute value, attribute unit, and assertion model to determine if one of the comparisons shows a change. The system and method further determines a new attribute associated with the selected product, selects an alternative product, retrieves a new assertion model with assertions that describe the selected product and identify an alternative product in a natural manner. The system and method then generates a naturally-reading narrative product summary by combining the new attribute with the new retrieved assertion model, and by combining the selected alternative product with another retrieved assertion model to recommend the selected alternative product in the narrative.

IPC Classes  ?

86.

System and method for clustering content according to similarity

      
Application Number 12895075
Grant Number 08548969
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-09-30
First Publication Date 2011-12-08
Grant Date 2013-10-01
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Rhinelander, Ned
  • Lyon, Clifford

Abstract

Systems and methods for clustering content according to similarity are provided that identify and group similar content using a set of tags associated with the content. A topic model of a group of content is built, producing a probability distribution of topic membership for the content. Individual items of content are then clustered using a clustering algorithm, and a distance matrix from the probability distribution is built. Based on the distance matrix, individual items of content are labeled as “must-link” or “cannot-link” pairs with the group of content. The topic model is then embedded into successively smaller dimensions using a kernel method, until the clustering is stable with respect to both the behavioral and content domains.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

87.

Systems and methods for generating user entertainment activity profiles

      
Application Number 12895101
Grant Number 08635267
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-09-30
First Publication Date 2011-09-15
Grant Date 2014-01-21
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Schmidt, Douglas

Abstract

Systems and methods for tracking a user's lifestyle and activity profile. This profile can be automatically updated in real time. User activity on a site is tracked. User activity from third party feeds is also received. The user activity is then combined to generate the user's total profile. A pulse engine processes the feeds, updates the profiles, creates pulse alerts, routes updates to APIs or user interfaces, and/or the like.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs

88.

Assigning tags to digital content

      
Application Number 12951247
Grant Number 09396188
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-11-22
First Publication Date 2011-09-15
Grant Date 2016-07-19
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Lyon, Clifford

Abstract

Assigning tags to content on a page stored within a digital document environment is described. An activity log is received for a document including data indicating search queries resulting in the location of the document by a search engine. One or more keywords are determined from the activity log, and the document is tagged with a tag associated with the keywords.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • G06F 17/24 - Editing, e.g. insert/delete

89.

System and method for an electronic product advisor

      
Application Number 13047429
Grant Number 10108719
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-03-14
First Publication Date 2011-08-18
Grant Date 2018-10-23
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bedard, Scott
  • Kasavin, Greg
  • Andrus, Patrick Cashman

Abstract

A system and method operates on a client device and acquires a suspect list of user products based on information derived from the client device. The system normalizes the list, and the user confirms the accuracy of the product list. The user product list is sent to a server where the user product list is compared to other lists using collaborative filtering techniques. The collaborative filtering techniques determine products of interest for the use and the level of interest of the user. The system computes a similarity measure based upon the number of similar products that match the user's product list and rankings provided by the user and others. Demographic and behavioral data may also be used in performing the comparison and the similarity measure. The system acquires editorial rankings of products from other users and provides a ranked list of recommended products based upon the editorial rankings.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 40/00 - Finance; Insurance; Tax strategies; Processing of corporate or income taxes
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions

90.

Controller and method to build a combined web page using data retrieved from multiple APIS

      
Application Number 12716759
Grant Number 08745639
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-03-03
First Publication Date 2011-06-30
Grant Date 2014-06-03
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Graham, Jr., William W.
  • Huang, David

Abstract

Systems, devices, and methods for using an application program interface (API) client controller to build a model view include a requestor, an executor, a converter, and one or more web APIs. Developers can create web pages that are a collection of references to API queries. The requestor maps an API path to an API request or an API call. The executor executes the API request to an API to retrieve content data. The converter then converts the retrieved content data returned by the API request to a data structure. The retrieved content data (structure) can be stored in a memory device. Multiple content data structures may be requested and stored. The data structure or data structures are then inserted in a web page template to create a model view.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/00 - Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
  • G06F 9/44 - Arrangements for executing specific programs
  • G06F 9/46 - Multiprogramming arrangements
  • G06F 13/00 - Interconnection of, or transfer of information or other signals between, memories, input/output devices or central processing units

91.

Systems and methods for decorating web pages

      
Application Number 12982354
Grant Number 09087134
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-12-30
First Publication Date 2011-06-30
Grant Date 2015-07-21
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Tierney, Chris
  • Hostetter, Chris
  • Goldband, Adam

Abstract

Computer-implemented methods and systems include proxying a request for a web page from a web server; generating a request for content from one of a plurality of downstream applications corresponding to the request; transmitting the request to the one of the plurality of downstream applications; receiving a response from the one of the plurality of downstream applications, the response including the content; decorating the content to generate a decorated web page; and transmitting the decorated web page to the web server.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • G06F 17/24 - Editing, e.g. insert/delete

92.

System and method for aggregating user data and targeting content

      
Application Number 12646530
Grant Number 08448204
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-12-23
First Publication Date 2011-06-23
Grant Date 2013-05-21
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Johnson, Erik
  • Teran, Carlos

Abstract

Systems and methods for aggregating user data and targeting content to users are described. User data is collected through quizzes and users are associated with a particular fictional or nonfictional character profile based on the user-submitted information. The user data associated with each character profile is aggregated to identify and recommend content for the user, such as television shows, news feed, web pages, promotions, advertisements, and the like. The invention can be used in connection with fan sites or other topic-specific sites that are associated with the character of the character profile.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04H 60/33 - Arrangements for monitoring the users' behaviour or opinions

93.

Personalization engine for building a user profile

      
Application Number 12827427
Grant Number 09268843
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-06-30
First Publication Date 2011-05-05
Grant Date 2016-02-23
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Pradhan, Tushar
  • Cordeiro, Mark

Abstract

User profiles are created based on taxonomic nouns related to documents accessed by the user. The profiles can be leveraged to create lists, such as mailing lists and lead lists, to target content, such as offers, to persons most likely to be interested in the content. A database of the profiles is queried based on nouns describing content to be promoted. The profiles that satisfy the query are used to generate a list. The invention can be used to create any type of list, such as mailing lists, lead lists, lists of related content, lists of related users, lists of categorized content, and the like.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

94.

Personalization engine for building a user profile

      
Application Number 12607584
Grant Number 08140515
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-10-28
First Publication Date 2011-03-17
Grant Date 2012-03-20
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Pradhan, Tushar
  • Osborne, Thomas
  • Potter, John

Abstract

Users of electronic documents are classified for profiling and targeting of additional relevant content. Behavioral data is gathered from user registration information and user activity, and user documents and actions are categorized. Registration information is combined with collaborative and editorial data to provide user profile information. Author-generated document classification information is analyzed and assigned a first taxonomic noun to characterize the document. User-generated tags characterizing a portion of the document are assigned a second taxonomic noun. Search terms that resulted in the user accessing the document are identified and assigned a third taxonomic noun. Attributes related to how the document was accessed are evaluated and assigned a fourth taxonomic noun. The document is processed using pattern rules to extract a fifth taxonomic noun. The taxonomic nouns are aggregated to determine a composite set of taxonomic nouns, and the user is categorized using the taxonomic nouns, and/or the author-generated classification.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06G 7/00 - Devices in which the computing operation is performed by varying electric or magnetic quantities

95.

System and method for presenting filter options to a user based on ongoing monitoring of filter selections

      
Application Number 12467384
Grant Number 09141671
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-05-18
First Publication Date 2010-11-18
Grant Date 2015-09-22
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Schmidt, Daniel F.

Abstract

Various embodiments are presented which comprise an electronic catalog of products, wherein the catalog comprises a taxonomy of product categories and products within the categories, wherein various users input filter parameters and these are monitored, whereupon the information about which filter parameters have been selected is used to change which values of attributes relevant to the products are displayed for the user when they are making their selections.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 11/20 - Drawing from basic elements, e.g. lines or circles
  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions

96.

System and method of managing a digital video recorder using a user television broadcast list

      
Application Number 12760361
Grant Number 08639096
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-04-14
First Publication Date 2010-10-28
Grant Date 2014-01-28
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Soohoo, Anthony
  • Russell, John
  • Wainscott, Kris
  • Clark, Jeff
  • Teran, Carlos

Abstract

A system and method of managing a digital video recorder using a user customizable television broadcast list which includes a list of a plurality of user selected television programs being displayed on a website. The television programs on the list are identified based on date and time broadcast information which are retrieved from a storage medium. The list includes television programs only to be broadcast on a particular user selected date. At least one of the user selected television programs from the list is exported to a digital video recorder (DVR) upon the user selecting the at least one user selected television program from the list. The DVR is instructed to automatically record the television programs at a predetermined date and time based on the date and time broadcast information.

IPC Classes  ?

97.

System and method for generating an alternative product recommendation

      
Application Number 12827170
Grant Number 08271351
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-06-30
First Publication Date 2010-10-21
Grant Date 2012-09-18
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Musgrove, Timothy A.
  • Walsh, Robin Hiroko

Abstract

A method and system for automatically generating a naturally reading narrative product summary including assertions about a selected product. In one embodiment, the method includes the steps of determining at least one attribute associated with the selected product, selecting an alternative product, retrieving assertion models to describe the product and to recommend an alternative product in a natural manner, and generating a naturally reading narrative by combining the attribute and the selected alternative product with the retrieved assertion models such that the generated narrative includes a recommendation of the selected alternative product. A system is provided for implementing the described method.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce

98.

Personalization engine for building a dynamic classification dictionary

      
Application Number 12696115
Grant Number 08234263
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-01-29
First Publication Date 2010-05-27
Grant Date 2012-07-31
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Pradhan, Tushar
  • Osborne, Thomas
  • Potter, John

Abstract

A dynamic classification dictionary is built for use in profiling and targeting users for additional relevant content. Behavioral data is gathered from user activity, and user documents and actions are categorized. Author-generated document classification information is analyzed and assigned a first taxonomic noun to characterize the document. User-generated tags characterizing a portion of the document are assigned a second taxonomic noun. Search terms that resulted in the user accessing the document are identified and assigned a third taxonomic noun. Attributes related to the manner in which the document was accessed are evaluated and assigned a fourth taxonomic noun. The document is processed using pattern rules to extract a fifth taxonomic noun. The taxonomic nouns are aggregated into a composite set of taxonomic nouns, and the dynamic classification dictionary is build by storing the composite set of taxonomic nouns.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 7/00 - Methods or arrangements for processing data by operating upon the order or content of the data handled

99.

Associating descriptive content with asset metadata objects

      
Application Number 12168535
Grant Number 08195679
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-07-07
First Publication Date 2010-05-27
Grant Date 2012-06-05
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor Baran, Dan

Abstract

Methods are provided, including a method of associating descriptive content with a set of assets. The method includes determining an asset metadata object, determining descriptive content related to the asset metadata object, and associating the descriptive content with the asset metadata object.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 7/00 - Methods or arrangements for processing data by operating upon the order or content of the data handled
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

100.

Personalization engine for classifying unstructured documents

      
Application Number 12362840
Grant Number 08214346
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-01-30
First Publication Date 2009-12-31
Grant Date 2012-07-03
Owner CBS Interactive Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Pradhan, Tushar
  • Osborne, Thomas
  • Potter, John

Abstract

Unstructured electronic documents are classified for profiling and targeting users for additional relevant content. Behavioral data is gathered from user activity, and user documents and actions are categorized. Profile information is combined with collaborative and editorial data to provide users with credible information regarding products. Author-generated document classification information is analyzed and assigned a first taxonomic noun to characterize the document. User-generated tags characterizing a portion of the document are assigned a second taxonomic noun. Search terms that resulted in the user accessing the document are identified and assigned a third taxonomic noun. Attributes related to how the document was accessed are evaluated and assigned a fourth taxonomic noun. The document is processed using pattern rules to extract a fifth taxonomic noun. The taxonomic nouns are aggregated to determine term vectors representing the document, and the document is categorized using the term vectors, the taxonomic nouns, or the author-generated classification.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 7/00 - Methods or arrangements for processing data by operating upon the order or content of the data handled
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