Clearplay, Inc.

United States of America

Back to Profile

Receive daily alerts for new
USPTO trademarks filed by this owner
1-8 of 8 for Clearplay, Inc. Sort by
Query
Patent
World - WIPO
Aggregations Reset Report
IPC Class
H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information 3
H04N 5/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details of television systems 2
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 1
G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions 1
H04N 11/00 - Colour television systems 1
See more
Found results for  patents

1.

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSOCIATING ONE OR MORE FILTER FILES WITH A PARTICULAR MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION

      
Application Number US2006014609
Publication Number 2006/113742
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-04-18
Publication Date 2006-10-26
Owner CLEARPLAY, INC. (USA)
Inventor Jarman, Matthew T.

Abstract

A method, apparatus, computer program product (10A) and computer accessible code configured to link or otherwise associate content filters with a multimedia presentation, e.g., a movie. The content filter data includes an identifier value ( 12) with an aspect ratio identifier or as a function of an aspect ratio (16) for a particular multimedia presentation associated with the filter information. In one implementation, association between a filter set and a multimedia presentation involves a filtering application that searches a particular multimedia presentation to locate aspect ratio (16) information and further searches filter information for a matching aspect ratio identifier.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 9/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details of colour television systems
  • H04N 11/00 - Colour television systems
  • H04N 9/79 - Processing of colour television signals in connection with recording
  • H04N 5/76 - Television signal recording
  • H04N 7/00 - Television systems
  • H04N 5/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details of television systems

2.

MEDIA PLAYER CONFIGURED TO RECEIVE PLAYBACK FILTERS FROM ALTERNATIVE STORAGE MEDIUMS

      
Application Number US2006000522
Publication Number 2006/074403
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-01-05
Publication Date 2006-07-13
Owner CLEARPLAY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jarman, Matthew T.
  • Iverson, Brent L.

Abstract

A media player (10) configured with a first removable memory reader, such as a DVD drive (16), and a second removable memory reader, such as a flash memory reader (16), adapted to communicate with a removable memory containing filter data (30). The media player ( 10) is configured to allow filtered playback of a multimedia presentation, such as a movie. Filtered playback causes certain portions of the multimedia presentation to be skipped, muted, blurred, cropped, or otherwise modified to eliminate or reduce potentially objectionable scenes, language, or other content. The second memory reader (10) provides a convenient medium for the loading of filter information, whether data files, executable program code, or the like, to local memory of the media player to employ during filtered playback. Alternatively, the filters may be accessed from the removable storage media during playback rather than loading to local memory.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information

3.

METHOD AND USER INTERFACE FOR DOWNLOADING AUDIO AND VIDEO CONTENT FILTERS TO A MEDIA PLAYER

      
Application Number US2005038141
Publication Number 2006/045104
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-10-20
Publication Date 2006-04-27
Owner CLEARPLAY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jarman, Matthew, T.
  • Iverson, Brent, L.

Abstract

A client server arrangement for downloading media content filters from a server device (16) to a client device (12). The media content filters define portions of a separate audio visual presentation containing potentially objectionable subject matter. Depending on user selections, identified portions of the audio/visual presentation may be skipped and/or muted during play. In one particular implementation, the client device, e.g., a DVD player, is configured to initiate a connection with a server device. Upon successful connection, the server device transmits one or more media content filters to the client device. The client device may be configured to determine whether a particular media content filter is available, to facilitate deletion of some existing media content filters in order secure adequate memory space, and t ensure that the media player has an active account, before initiating a connection with the server device. The server device may be configured to determine whether the media player is associated with an active user account, whether requested filter is available, and whether adequate memory space is available at the media player, before transmitting media content filters to 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

4.

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR FILTERING OBJECTIONABLE PORTIONS OF A MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION

      
Application Number US2005012448
Publication Number 2005/099413
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-04-12
Publication Date 2005-10-27
Owner CLEARPLAY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jarman, Matthew Thomas
  • Seeley, Jason

Abstract

A method for filtering portions of a multimedia presentation. A stream of multimedia media data read from a memory media (330a) is compared with a filter file associated with the multimedia data (316a). The filter file includes a start position (321a), a stop position (323a), and a filtering action (325a) to perform on the portion of the multimedia content (327a) that begins at the start position and ends at the stop position. When the multimedia data read from the media corresponds with the filter file, the designated filtering action is performed. Aspects of the invention also pertain to the format for the filter file, format for accessing filter files on a memory media

IPC Classes  ?

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

5.

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR BLOCKING AUDIO/VISUAL PROGRAMMING AND FOR MUTING AUDIO

      
Application Number US2004035157
Publication Number 2005/060424
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-10-22
Publication Date 2005-07-07
Owner CLEARPLAY, INC. (USA)
Inventor Jarman, Matthew Thomas

Abstract

A program blocking application that blocks programming for one or more possible users, based on various criteria associated with the program. A program word muting application that selectively mutes context specific words as a function of program specific criteria.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details of television systems
  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information

6.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING PLAY OF AN AUDIO SIGNAL

      
Application Number US2004027882
Publication Number 2005/020034
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-08-26
Publication Date 2005-03-03
Owner CLEARPLAY, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jarman, Matthew, Thomas
  • Meisel, William, S.

Abstract

Apparatus and methods conforming to the present invention comprises a method of controlling playback of an audio signal by analyzing close caption text for objectionable words (210) in conjunction with analysis of the corresponding audio signal. Objection text or other specified text in the close caption signal is identified through comparison with user identified objectionable text. Upon identification of the objectionable text, the audio signal is analyzed to identify the audio portion corresponding to the objectionable text by matching objectionable text with objectional audio sequence (240). Upon identification of the audio portion, the audio signal may be controlled to mute the audible objectionable text.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information

7.

FILTERING OBJECTIONABLE MULTIMEDIA CONTENT

      
Application Number US2001030481
Publication Number 2002/037853
Status In Force
Filing Date 2001-09-27
Publication Date 2002-05-10
Owner CLEARPLAY, INC. (USA)
Inventor Jarman, Matthew, T.

Abstract

In accordance with the present invention, a filtering process is based on the output side of a multimedia decoder. A navigator (310a) monitors the current play position of the multimedia content and compares that position with navigation objects (316a). Each navigation object (316a) defines a start position, a stop position, and an filtering action to perform on the portion of the multimedia content that begins at the start position and ends at the stpo position. When the current play position falls within the portion of multimedia content defined by a particular navigation object, the navigator (310a) activates the filtering action that was assigned to the navigation object (316a). Filtering actions include skipping, muting, reframing, etc., the portion of multimedia content defined by a navigation object. A variety of systems may be used to implement the present invention, such as computer systems (consumer and server), television systems, and audio systems.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems

8.

CLIENT-SERVER SYSTEM WITH FILTERING OF AUDIO-VIDEO CONTENT

      
Application Number US2001031169
Publication Number 2002/035840
Status In Force
Filing Date 2001-09-27
Publication Date 2002-05-02
Owner CLEARPLAY, INC. (USA)
Inventor Jarman, Matthew, T.

Abstract

A navigator (310c), located at a server system (390c), monitors the current play position of multimedia content at a consumer system (380c) and compares the position with navigation objects (316c). Each navigation object (316c) defines a start position, a stop position, and a filtering action to perform on the portion of the multimedia content that begins at the start position and ends at the stop position. When the current play position falls within the portion of multimedia content defined by a particular navigation object (316c), the navigator (310) sends the filtering action to the consumer (380c) for processing. Filtering actions include skipping, muting, reframing, etc., the portion of multimedia content defined by a navigation object (316c). Alternatively, a navigator (310) may be located at a consumer (380) and the consumer system (380) monitors and filters the multimedia content based on the received (e.g. downloaded) navigation objects (316c) from the server (390).

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/41 - Structure of client; Structure of client peripherals
  • H04N 21/431 - Generation of visual interfaces; Content or additional data rendering
  • H04N 21/439 - Processing of audio elementary streams
  • H04N 21/442 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. detecting the failure of a recording device, monitoring the downstream bandwidth, the number of times a movie has been viewed or the storage space available from the internal hard disk
  • H04N 21/454 - Content filtering, e.g. blocking advertisements