New patents are issued by the USPTO on Tuesdays. Today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital watermarking and digital fingerprinting. Assigned to Fuji Xerox (JP), the first patent addresses techniques for deforming image elements of a watermark from intermediate print data. Assigned to Abecassis et al., the second patent addresses techniques for implementing a second screen trivia function.
9,613,301, "Print data processing apparatus and non-transitory computer readable medium storing program for deforming image elements of a watermark from intermediate print data," assigned to Fuji Xerox (JP).
Provided is a print data processing apparatus including an intermediate data acquisition section that acquires intermediate data which is generated from document data described in a page description language and includes plural image elements, an extraction section that extracts image elements of a watermark from among the image elements of the intermediate data acquired by the intermediate data acquisition section, a deformation section that deforms each of the image elements of the watermark extracted by the extraction section into a shape that does not include an overlapping portion between the image elements of the watermark, and an output section that outputs an image element group of the watermark deformed by the deformation section, to an image data generation device that generates image data for a printing device from the intermediate data.
9,615,142, "Second screen trivia 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.