Top Digital Communication Patent – Audio network distribution system – US7643894

U.S. Patent 7643894 was awarded to Netstreams, LLC on 2010-01-05 and describes a “Audio network distribution system.” This patent has been cited 319 times by other U.S. patents which places it in the top 500 cited patents since 2010 according to our law firm research, and makes it of the most innovative digital communication patents in the field of electrical engineering. The abstract states:

This invention is a networked audio system (20). The invention includes a plurality of speaker nodes (100), a plurality of self-sufficient audio source node devices (300), an internet interface (400), a network control server (310), a legacy converter and controller (600) that connects to one or more legacy sources (500), all connected via an internet protocol network (200). Link: U.S. Patent 7643894

This patent was originally filed on 2003-05-08 which gives it a processing time of 2434 days, compared to an average processing time of 1206 in the field. Netstreams, LLC has 8 total patents. The first named inventor is Michael Braithwaite of Pflugerville, TX. The primary examiner was Ping Lee.

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Top Audio-visual Technology Patent – Wired, wireless, infrared, and powerline audio entertainment systems – US8103009

U.S. Patent 8103009 was awarded to KCS Industries Inc. on 2012-01-24 and describes a “Wired, wireless, infrared, and powerline audio entertainment systems.” This patent has been cited 294 times by other U.S. patents which places it in the top 500 cited patents since 2010 according to our law firm research, and makes it of the most innovative audio-visual technology patents in the field of electrical engineering. The abstract states:

A method and system for communicating audio signals between an input device and an output device via a network. The output device can include loudspeakers and headphones. In some embodiments an output device, for example a center channel speaker, transmits audio signals to other output devices. In some embodiments, the output device is coupled to, or combined with, a speaker stand or speaker bracket. The network can be wireless, wired, infrared, RF, and powerline. Link: U.S. Patent 8103009

This patent was originally filed on 2003-01-27 which gives it a processing time of 3284 days, compared to an average processing time of 1576 in the field. KCS Industries Inc. has 34 total patents. The first named inventor is William A. McCarty of San Diego, CA. The primary examiner was Xu Mei.

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Top Furniture, Games Patent – Distributed electronic entertainment method and apparatus – US7657910

U.S. Patent 7657910 was awarded to EOSpace Inc. on 2010-02-02 and describes a “Distributed electronic entertainment method and apparatus.” This patent has been cited 344 times by other U.S. patents which places it in the top 500 cited patents since 2010 according to our law firm research, and makes it of the most innovative furniture, games patents in the field of other fields. The abstract states:

A distributed electronic entertainment method and apparatus are described. In one embodiment, a central management resource is coupled to multiple out-of-home venues through a wide area network (WAN). The central management resource stores content and performs management, monitoring and entertainment content delivery functions. At each venue at least one entertainment unit is coupled to the WAN. Multiple entertainment units in a venue are coupled to each other through a local area network (LAN). In one embodiment, an entertainment unit includes a user interface that comprises at least one graphical user interface (GUI). The entertainment unit further comprises a local memory device that stores entertainment content comprising music, a peripheral interface, and a user input device. A plurality of peripheral devices are coupled to the at least one entertainment unit via the peripheral interface, wherein a user, through the user input device and the user interface, performs at least one activity from a group comprising, playing music, playing electronic games, viewing television content, and browsing the Internet. Link: U.S. Patent 7657910

This patent was originally filed on 2000-03-03 which gives it a processing time of 3623 days, compared to an average processing time of 2404 in the field. EOSpace Inc. has 16 total patents. The first named inventor is Roger D. McAulay of San Francisco, CA. The primary examiner was Andrew Joseph Rudy.

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Top Measurement Patent – Solid-state image sensor – US7683954

U.S. Patent 7683954 was awarded to Stanley Electric Co., Ltd. on 2010-03-23 and describes a “Solid-state image sensor.” This patent has been cited 336 times by other U.S. patents which places it in the top 500 cited patents since 2010 according to our law firm research, and makes it of the most innovative measurement patents in the field of instruments. The abstract states:

A solid-state image sensor of a charge sorting method used in a time-of-flight measurement method, in which noise derived from background light, which is caused by the reflection light from the subject derived from background light is eliminated, reflection light from the subject derived from a predetermined light source, which is previously set in the solid-state image sensor, is effectively extracted as a signal component to achieve high sensitivity and low noise, which is a solid-state image sensor that is equipped with a plurality of charge-storage sections, discriminates photoelectrons generated by incoming light on the incoming timing and sort to the above-described plurality of charge-storage sections, and measures the timing of the incoming light, in which the sensor has: a plurality of capacitors that capable of conducting to the plurality of charge-storage sections; and a control section that controls a conducted state between the above-described plurality of charge-storage sections and the above-described plurality of capacitors, in which by selectively conducting the above-described plurality of charge-storage sections and the above-described plurality of capacitors by the control of the above-described control section, the difference component of charge stored in the above-described plurality of charge-storage sections is extracted. Link: U.S. Patent 7683954

This patent was originally filed on 2007-09-27 which gives it a processing time of 908 days, compared to an average processing time of 1635 in the field. Stanley Electric Co., Ltd. has 1015 total patents. The first named inventor is Michinori Ichikawa of Tokyo, Tokyo. The assistant examiner was Dwight Alex C Tejano.

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Apple patent by Steve Jobs from 2011 for media management for groups of media items – US7958441

This Apple patent lists Steve Jobs as an inventor and is directed towards media management for groups of media items. Mr. Jobs was awarded U.S. Patent 7958441 entitled “Media management for groups of media items” on June 7, 2011. The utility patent has been cited 59 times by other U.S. patents in the field of audio-visual technology and in other fields.

Apple  patent by Steve Jobs from 2011 for media management for groups of media items - US7958441
Improved techniques to utilize and manage a group of media items (or media assets) on a computing device are disclosed. The group of media items can be utilized and managed at a host computer for the host computer as well as a media device (e.g., media player) that can couple to the host computer. One popular example of a group of media items is know as a playlist, which can pertain to a group of audio tracks. One aspect pertains to a graphical user interface that enables a user to trade-off storage capacity of a media device between media asset storage and data storage. Another aspect pertains to a graphical user interface that assists a user with selecting media items to fill a group of media items. Still another aspect pertains to providing a persistent media device playlist at a host computer. Yet still another aspect pertains to imposing capacity limits to a playlist, such as a media device playlist. Link: U.S. Patent 7958441

Apple filed this utility patent on April 1, 2005 giving it a processing time of 2258 days (compared to an average processing time of 1905 in the field). They have a total number of 15027 patents. The first named inventor is Steve P. Jobs of Palo Alto, CA. The patent was allowed by primary examiner Kyle R Stork and examiner .

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