New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital watermarking and digital fingerprinting. Assigned to Google, the first of today's applications discloses techniques for key phrase detection with audio watermarking. Assigned to The Nielsen Company, the second application discloses techniques for fingerprint layouts for content fingerprinting.
20190214030, "Key phrase detection with audio watermarking," assigned to Google.
Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for using audio watermarks with key phrases. One of the methods includes receiving, by a playback device, an audio data stream; determining, before the audio data stream is output by the playback device, whether a portion of the audio data stream encodes a particular key phrase by analyzing the portion using an automated speech recognizer; in response to determining that the portion of the audio data stream encodes the particular key phrase, modifying the audio data stream to include an audio watermark; and providing the modified audio data stream for output.
20190215560, "Fingerprint layouts for content fingerprinting," assigned to The Nielsen Company.
A method is disclosed for identifying the media content. The method includes receiving fingerprint media content from a content provider to obtain a first set of fingerprints, the first set of fingerprints including a first subset of fingerprints in a first fingerprint layout and a second subset of fingerprints in a second fingerprint layout. The method can include receiving a second set of fingerprints for media content displayed on the electronic device, the second set of fingerprints comprising a third subset of fingerprints in the first fingerprint layout and a fourth subset of fingerprints in the second fingerprint layout. The method can include matching a first fingerprint in the first subset of fingerprints to a second fingerprint in the third subset of fingerprints or a third fingerprint in the second subset of fingerprints to a fourth fingerprint in the fourth subset of fingerprints in order to identify the media content.