New patents are issued by the USPTO on Tuesdays. Both of today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital fingerprinting. Assigned to Abecassis, et al., the first patent addresses techniques for displaying video information comprising: a second screen device obtaining current play position data of a video being played on a primary screen device . Assigned to SparkCognition, the second patent addresses techniques for creating a core cognitive fingerprint that can be used to capture the evolution of a system state and potentially respond with a predetermined action if the fingerprint falls within a threshold.
9,578,392, "Second screen plot info function," assigned to Abecassis, et al.
Systems for, and methods of, displaying video information comprising: a second screen device obtaining current play position data of a video being played on a primary screen device (e.g., obtaining from the primary screen device an identification of a current play position of the video, or obtaining information to generate an acoustic fingerprint of the video); determining a current play position of the video playing on the primary screen device based upon the current play position data (e.g., identification of the current play position or the acoustic fingerprint); downloading information (e.g., video map, subtitles, moral principles, objectionable content, memorable content, performers, geographical maps, shopping, plot point, item, ratings, and trivia information) over a computer communications network into the memory of the second screen device; and displaying information on the second screen device synchronized with the contemporaneously played video on the primary screen device.
9,578,053, "Systems and methods for using cognitive fingerprints," assigned to SparkCognition, Inc.
A system and method for creating a core cognitive fingerprint. A core cognitive fingerprint can be used to capture the evolution of a system state and potentially respond with a predetermined action if the fingerprint falls within a threshold. The method includes: identifying a set of time frames within which data is extracted; providing a plurality of pattern recognizers; processing the extracted data through the plurality of pattern recognizers to generate an initial set of elements; extracting identified relationships amongst the initial set of elements; modifying the initial set of elements to include the identified relationships to create an intermediate set of elements; comparing the intermediate set of elements against assigned values to weigh each element in the intermediate set of elements to create a final set of elements; and using the final set of elements as a cognitive fingerprint.