US Patent No: 6,546,419

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Method and apparatus for user and device command and control in a network

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Method and system for performing a service on a home network having a plurality of home devices connected thereto, by: connecting a client device to the home network for displaying a user interface; executing a software agent on the client device for obtaining selection information for the network devices and displaying the selection information on a user interface displayed on the client device; selecting a first home device connected to the network from the user interface being displayed on the client device; reading first capabilities data for the first home device, where the first capabilities data includes information in a structured format for identifying the capabilities of the first home device; reading second capabilities data for a second home device connected to the network, where the second capabilities data includes information in the structured format for identifying the capabilities of the second home device; comparing the first and second capabilities data of the first and second home devices, respectively; selecting the second home device from the user interface displayed on the client device; and sending control and command data from the client device to the first and second home devices to cause the first and second home devices to communicate with each other to perform the service.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.SUWON-SI GYEONGGI-DO58060

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Humpleman, Richard 343 Lower Vintners Cir., Fremont, CA 94539 38 3607
Wang, Dongyan 440 Oak Grove Dr. #302, Santa Clara, CA 95054 25 1031

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HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P. (2)
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INFOGEAR TECHNOLOGY (1)
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SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (5)
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SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (2)
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MediaLink Technologies Corporation (1)
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* 2009/0222,508 Network Site Testing 8 2009
* 2010/0036,723 Sweepstakes Incentive Model and Associated System 5 2009
 
SONY CORPORATION (17)
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* 2001/0025,327 Information processing device, method thereof and recording medium 0 2001
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* 7,840,120 Communication system, recording apparatus and method, recording medium, and program 0 2006
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SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (30)
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* 8,558,757 Display system 0 2004
* 2005/0156,933 Display system 20 2004
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9,143,343 Method and apparatus for providing GUI 1 2009
* 2010/0162,118 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING GUI 23 2009
9,164,718 Output device and method for output without an output driver 3 2011
9,015,329 Portable information apparatus that includes touch sensitive screen interface and wireless communication circuitry for selecting an output device on the touch sensitive screen and for wireless transmitting output stream to the selected output device 4 2013
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9,342,141 Audio/video device, apparatus and method for controlling audio/video device 0 2013
 
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* 6,941,562 Method of 70 2001
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