New patents are issued by the USPTO on Tuesdays. Both of today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital fingerprinting. Assigned to Facebook, the first of today's patents addresses techniques for commercial detection based on audio fingerprinting. Assigned to Google, the second patent addresses techniques for facilitating flip-resistant media fingerprinting.
9,503,781, "Commercial detection based on audio fingerprinting," assigned to Facebook.
A commercial detection system generates a probe audio fingerprint of an audio signal associated with a media stream on a broadcast channel and determines whether the media stream has commercial content based on analysis of the probe audio fingerprint. The commercial detection system determines whether a same match between the probe audio fingerprint and a reference audio fingerprint is observed across multiple broadcast channels. Responsive to the number of same matches exceeding a predetermined threshold, the commercial detection system determines that the media stream has commercial content. The commercial detection system may also apply a trained feature analysis model to extracted acoustic features of the audio signal. The commercial detection system determines whether the media stream has commercial content based on a confidence score assigned to the probe audio fingerprint. The commercial detection system reduces false positive detection using program guide information of the media stream.
9,501,510, "Systems and methods for facilitating flip-resistant media fingerprinting," assigned to Google.
Systems and methods for facilitating media fingerprinting are provided. In one aspect, a system can include: a memory, a microprocessor, a communication component that receives media; and a media fingerprinting component that fingerprints the media. The media fingerprinting component employs a fingerprint generation component stored in the memory and includes: a first hash generation component that generates sets of hashes corresponding to versions of the media; and a second hash generation component that computes a final hash based, at least, on hashing the sets of hashes. In some aspects, the media fingerprinting component can generate a flip-resistant fingerprint based, at least, on the final hash. In some aspects, the flip-resistant fingerprint is the final hash.