US Patent No: 7,200,611

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TV program database

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Abstract

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Before a programming guide is created, a unique code is assigned to each TV program that can be identified in the programming guide. Prior to the creation of the programming guide, a viewer selects the unique code corresponding to the TV show that the viewer would like to record whenever that TV show is broadcast. When the programming guide is created, the corresponding unique codes are associated with each TV program in the programming guide. The TV program corresponding to the viewer-selected unique code is then scheduled to be recorded in accordance with the announced broadcast schedule in the programming guide. A recording is made of the TV program corresponding to the viewer-selected unique code as the TV program is broadcast in accordance with the announced broadcast schedule in the programming guide.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
MICROSOFT CORPORATIONREDMOND, WA29040

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Potrebic, Peter J Calistoga, CA 75 526
Taylor, Thomas H Redmond, WA 93 746

Cited Art Landscape

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6,289,169 Apparatus and method of displaying recording 35 1999
 
FUJITSU LIMITED (1)
2003/0105,809 Method and system for distributing digital content, and server and terminal stations therefor 23 2002
 
NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION (1)
2003/0051,252 Method, system, and apparatus for acquiring information concerning broadcast information 39 2002
 
PATENTLAB LLC (1)
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SHARP LABORATORIES OF AMERICA, INC. (1)
2003/0206,710 Audiovisual management system 19 2001
 
SONY CORPORATION (1)
2002/0150,387 Information processing system, portable information terminal apparatus, information processing method, program information providing apparatus, program information providing method, recording/reproducing apparatus, recording/reproducing method, computer-program storage medium, and computer program 40 2002
 
STARSIGHT TELECAST, INC. (1)
4,706,121 TV schedule system and process 1114 1986
 
THOMSON LICENSING (1)
2003/0067,554 System and method for personalized TV 225 2001
 
Videoguide, Inc. (1)
6,233,734 System and method for controlling the broadcast and recording of television programs and for distributing information to be displayed on a television screen 52 1999

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
MICROSOFT CORPORATION (2)
8,209,720 TV program database 0 2006
8,594,481 Managing synchronization of media programs to portable devices 0 2008
 
ADVANCED HEALTH MEDIA, LLC (1)
8,478,993 System and method for distributing and creating presentations 0 2010
 
AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (1)
8,612,456 Scheduling recording of recommended multimedia programs 0 2008
 
HITACHI MAXELL, LTD. (1)
7,362,952 Personal digital assistant apparatus 3 2004
 
SONY CORPORATION (1)
7,373,122 Reproduction device information setting method, and information setting program 2 2004

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7.5 Year Payment $3600.00 $1800.00 $900.00 Oct 3, 2014
11.5 Year Payment $7400.00 $3700.00 $1850.00 Oct 3, 2018
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Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unintentional $1,640.00 $820.00 $410.00