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Title: US6002394: Systems and methods for linking television viewers with advertisers and broadcasters
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Schein, Steven M.; Menlo Park, CA
O'Brien, Sean A.; San Jose, CA
Leftwich, James Jay; Palo Alto, CA
Broughton, Susan; Tracy, CA

Assignee: StarSight Telecast, Inc., Fremont, CA
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Published / Filed: 1999-12-14 / 1997-04-11

Application Number: US1997000837078

IPC Code: Advanced: H04N 5/445; H04N 5/782; H04N 7/08; H04N 7/088; H04N 7/16; H04N 5/45; H04N 5/775;
IPC-7: H04N 7/10; H04N 7/14;

ECLA Code: H04N21/443M; H04N5/445M; H04N5/782; H04N7/08; H04N7/088D; H04N7/16E3; H04N21/2362; H04N21/258U3; H04N21/262D; H04N21/262R; H04N21/4143; H04N21/4227; H04N21/433D; H04N21/433R; H04N21/434S; H04N21/442E2; H04N21/45M3; H04N21/458; H04N21/462S; H04N21/472D; H04N21/472R; H04N21/475D; H04N21/475P; H04N21/478S; H04N21/4782; H04N21/4786; H04N21/482G; H04N21/482S; H04N21/81C; H04N21/81D1; H04N21/84; H04N21/858U; T04N5/45; T04N5/775; T04N21/422R; T04N21/431L3; T04N21/47;

U.S. Class: Current: 725/039; 348/E05.104; 348/E05.105; 348/E05.112; 348/E07.024; 348/E07.034; 348/E07.063; 386/E05.043; 715/719; 725/040; 725/043; 725/056; 725/059;
Original: 345/327; 348/013; 348/012; 348/010; 348/006;

Field of Search: 348/013,12,10,6,7,2,906 455/6.3,5.1,3.1,2 H04N 710, 714

Priority Number:
1997-04-11  US1997000837078
1995-10-02  US1995000537650
1996-04-19  US1996000015648P
1996-07-26  US1996000022826P

Abstract:     The present invention provides systems and methods for providing television schedule information to a viewer, and for allowing the viewer to link, search, select and interact with information in a remote database, e.g., a database on the internet. The television schedule information can be displayed on a variety of viewer interfaces, such as televisions screens, computer monitors, PCTV screens and the like. The television schedule information may be stored on the viewer's computer, television, PCTV, or a remote server (e.g., a website), or the television schedule information may be downloaded from a remote database to the viewer's computer, television or PCTV.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Flynn, Nathan; Srivastava, Vivek

Maintenance Status: CC Certificate of Correction issued

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CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
    This application is a continuation-in-part of Provisional patent application Ser. Nos. 60/022,826, filed on Jul. 26, 1996, and 60/015,648, filed on Apr. 19, 1996, and U.S. patent application Ser. No. 08/537,650, filed on Oct. 2, 1995, now abandoned, the complete disclosures of which are incorporated herein by reference. This application is also related to U.S. Patent Application Serial No. unassigned, filed Apr. 11, 1997 (Attorney Docket No. 14774-004410), and its Appendices A, B, and C, the complete disclosure which is also incorporated herein by reference.

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What is claimed is:     1. An interactive television system having a display screen comprising:
  • means for storing television schedule information including television program titles;
  • means for displaying some of the schedule information including television program titles on the screen;
  • means for selecting one of the displayed television program titles;
  • a plurality of Internet data sources, each data source having a unique address;
  • means responsive to the television program title selecting means for searching the Internet to identify one or more data sources from the plurality of Internet data sources having data contextually related to the selected television program title;
  • means for selecting a data source from the one or more identified data sources having data contextually related to the selected television program title;
  • means responsive to the data source selecting means for establishing a link to the selected data source according to the unique address of the selected data source;
  • means for searching the linked data source for the data contextually related to the selected television program title; and
  • means for displaying the data from the linked data source on the screen.


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Other Abstract Info: DERABS C2000-136046

Other References:
  • VideoGuide, "VideoGuide User's Manual," pp. 1-27 (p. 11 is the most relevant).


  • Continuity Data:
    Application Number Filed Notes

    US1997000837078 1997-04-11  is a related to the prior publication
         US20080178221A1 issued 2008-07-24  System and methods for linking television viewers with advertisers and broadcasters

    13403579   is a continuation of
    US2007000894660  2007-08-20   (pending) [presumed granted]
         US8615782 issued 2013-12-24   System and methods for linking television viewers with advertisers and broadcasters

    12788999   is a continuation of
    US2007000894660  2007-08-20   (pending) [presumed granted]
         US8615782 issued 2013-12-24   System and methods for linking television viewers with advertisers and broadcasters

    11894660   is a continuation of
    US2001009810324  2001-03-16   (pending)

    11894660   is a continuation of
    US2001000810324  2001-03-16   (pending)
         US20030005445A1 issued 2003-01-02   Systems and methods for linking television viewers with advertisers and broadcasters

    US2001000810324   is a continuation of
    US1999009416161  1999-10-11
         US6263501 issued 2001-07-17 2001-07-17  Systems and methods for linking television viewers with advertisers and broadcasters

    US2001000810324 2001-03-16  is a continuation of
    US1999000416161  1999-10-11   (granted)
         US6263501 issued 2001-07-17   Systems and methods for linking television viewers with advertisers and broadcasters

    US2001000810324   is a continuation of
    US1999000416161  1999-10-11
         US6263501 issued 2001-07-17   Systems and methods for linking television viewers with advertisers and broadcasters

    US1999000416161   is a continuation of
    US1997008837078  1997-04-11
         US6002394 issued 1999-12-14 1999-12-14  Systems and methods for linking television viewers with advertisers and broadcasters

    US1999000416161 1999-10-11  is a continuation of
    >US1997000837078<  1997-04-11   (granted)
         US6002394 issued 1999-12-14   Systems and methods for linking television viewers with advertisers and broadcasters

    US1999000416161   is a continuation of
    >US1997000837078<  1997-04-11
         US6002394 issued 1999-12-14   Systems and methods for linking television viewers with advertisers and broadcasters

    US1997000837078 1997-04-11  is a non-provisional of provisional
    US1996060022826P  1996-07-26

    US1997000837078 1997-04-11  is a non-provisional of provisional
    US1996060015648P  1996-04-19

    US1997000837078 1997-04-11  is a non-provisional of provisional
    US1996000022826P  1996-07-26

    US1997000837078 1997-04-11  is a non-provisional of provisional
    US1996000015648P  1996-04-19

    >US1997000837078<   is a continuation in part of
    US1995008537650  1995-10-02   (abandoned)

    >US1997000837078<   is a continuation in part of
    US1995000537650  1995-10-02   (abandoned)


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