On Thursdays the USPTO publishes new pending patent applications. Today's Spotlight Applications address aspects of digital watermarking and fingerprinting. Both applications are assigned to Philips (NL). The first application discloses recoverable marks for films. The second application discloses techniques for fingerprinting, identifying, and synchronizing video.
20090161908, "Recoverable Marks for Films," assigned to Philips (NL).
Techniques for making and using recoverable marks for films. The recoverable mark consists of a portion of a film to which a watermark that is imperceptible to viewers of the film has been applied and an original mark that is applied to the portion of the film with the watermark. Application of the original mark to the portion modifies the watermark, and consequently, if the original mark is altered, the modifications to the watermark preserve the original mark. In one application of the technique, the watermark is applied to a digital master of the film, a master analog copy is made from the digital master, and a unique original mark is applied to each of the copies made from the master analog copy.
20090167942, "Fingerprint, Apparatus, Method For Identifying And Synchronizing Video," assigned to Philips (NL).
There is provided a fingerprint (340) for a video stream (110) comprising a sequence of scenes (200a, 200b, 200c), wherein the fingerprint (340) includes information indicative of durations of the scenes (200a, 200b, 200c). The information indicative of the durations of the scenes (200a, 200b, 200c) is included in the fingerprint (340) in an order in which the scenes (200a, 200b, 200c) are included in the video stream (110). Moreover, each duration is optionally defined as a count of a number of video frames (260, 270) therein. The method is capable of generating a fingerprint which is susceptible to more simply and more efficiently synchronizing first and second data signals together.