New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern the use of digital watermarking and both are assigned to Verance. The first application discloses techniques for content synchronization using watermark timecodes. The second application discloses techniques for content management based on dither-like watermark embedding.
20160057317, "Content synchronization using watermark timecodes," assigned to Verance.
Methods, devices and computer program products allow improved synchronization among multiple contents. One disclosed method includes receiving a first and a second content and performing watermark extraction to recover a first timecode as part of a watermark embedded into a segment of that content. The first timecode conforms to a first type of timing system. Next, a timing system associated with the second content is determined, and a mapping is obtained that allows timecode conversion between the first and the second timing systems. Using the mapping to synchronize the presentation of the second content with that of the first content. Thus synchronization of multiple contents is properly maintained even when processing operations such as format conversion and transcoding cause metadata streams that carry timing information to be removed.
20160055607, "Content management based on dither-like watermark embedding," assigned to Verance.
Methods, devices and computer program products allow embedding and detection of watermarks into and from a multimedia content. One watermark embedding method includes selecting a content segment that lacks inherent features for embedding of watermarks without producing perceptible artifacts, and obtaining a first dither pattern corresponding to a first watermark symbol of a watermark symbol alphabet, where each symbol is associated with a particular dither pattern. Further, each particular dither pattern, upon combination with the multimedia content segment that lacks inherent features, produces a composite content segment without perceptible artifacts. By combining the first dither pattern with the multimedia content segment that lacks inherent features, a first composite content segment with the first embedded watermark symbol is produced. The detection of watermarks messages can be carried out quickly by examining a small portions of the multimedia because even the featureless content segments include embedded watermarks.