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Victor A Aijala, Gerald B Cohen, James M Jensen, Wendell D Lynch, Juan C Urbi: Method and apparatus for encoding/decoding broadcast or recorded segments and monitoring audience exposure thereto. The Arbitron Company, Eugene L Flanagan III, Curtis Morris & Safford P C, November 26, 1996: US05579124 (530 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatus for encoding and decoding information in broadcast or recorded segment signals are described. In certain embodiments, an audience monitoring system encodes identification information in the audio signal portion of a broadcast or recorded segment using spread spectrum encoding. ...


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Michel Fardeau, Michel Briend, Marc Tommasi, Serge Galant: Method and apparatus for automatically identifying a program including a sound signal. The Arbitron Company, Eugene L Flanagan III, Curtis Morris & Safford P C, December 3, 1996: US05581800 (351 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for automatically identifying a program broadcast by a radio station or by a television channel, or recorded on a medium, by adding an inaudible encoded message to the sound signal of the program, the message identifying the broadcasting channel or station, the program, and/or ...


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Michel Fardeau, Michel Briend, Marc Tommasi, Serge Galant: Method and apparatus for automatically identifying a program including a sound signal. The Arbitron Company, Eugene L Flanagan III, Curtis Morris & Safford P C, November 12, 1996: US05574962 (345 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for automatically identifying a program broadcast by a radio station or by a television channel, or recorded on a medium, by adding an inaudible encoded message to the sound signal of the program, the message identifying the broadcasting channel or station, the program, and/or ...


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Michael D Ellis, Stephen M Dunn, Michael W Fellinger, Fancy B Younglove, David M James, David L Clifton, Richard S Land: Method and system for producing a signature characterizing an audio broadcast signal. The Arbitron Company, Eugene L Flanagan III, Curtis Morris & Safford P C, March 18, 1997: US05612729 (235 worldwide citation)

A method and system for producing a signature which characterizes an audio broadcast signal for use in broadcast signal recognition, wherein the signature is based on a comparison of time-displaced frequency band values each representing a respective frequency band of the audio broadcast signal. Eac ...


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William Perlman, Richard Leghorn: Rating-dependent parental lock-out for television reception. OKTV, Curtis Morris & Safford P C, December 10, 1996: US05583576 (204 worldwide citation)

A technique for selectively inhibiting television receiving apparatus from displaying those television programs which satisfy predetermined content ratings criteria. Television program information associated with television programs that are receivable by the television receiving apparatus during a ...


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Gerald B Cohen, Louis W Conley, Roberta M McConochie, Robert H Patchen, James D Peacock, Claude A Rankin, Thomas W White: Self-administered survey systems, methods and devices. Control Data Corporation, Eugene L Flanagan III, Curtis Morris & Safford P C, April 14, 1998: US05740035 (163 worldwide citation)

Self-administered survey devices include a display, an input device, a memory and a control device which controls the display to show at least one survey question and control the memory to store a response to the at least one question. A system and method for carrying out self-administered surveys u ...


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Michael D Ellis, Stephen M Dunn, Michael W Fellinger, Fancy B Younglove, David M James, David L Clifton, Richard S Land: Method and system for recognition of broadcast segments. The Arbitron Company, Eugene L Flanagan III, Curtis Morris & Safford P C, April 15, 1997: US05621454 (147 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to a method of producing a signature characterizing an interval of a video signal representing a picture for use in broadcast segment recognition. The signature is produced based on portions of the video signal representing corresponding regions of the picture. The inve ...


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Michael D Ellis, Stephen M Dunn, Michael W Fellinger, Fancy B Younglove, David M James, David L Clifton, Richard S Land: Method and apparatus for producing a signature characterizing an interval of a video signal while compensating for picture edge shift. The Arbitron Company, Eugene L Flanagan III, Curtis Morris & Safford P C, November 5, 1996: US05572246 (131 worldwide citation)

Signatures are produced for characterizing an interval of a video signal representing a picture for use in broadcast segment recognition. The signature is produced based on portions of the video signal representing corresponding regions of the picture each spaced by a certain amount from a nominal e ...


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Alan D Wittstein, Giacomo A Ciocca: Mobile telephone device for storing a plurality of changable charge rates and time limit data. Megatrend Telecommunications, Gregor N Neff Esq, Curtis Morris & Safford P C, May 20, 1997: US05631947 (128 worldwide citation)

The mobile telephone is well adapted for use as a rental phone. It has an on-board computer which computes and stores telephone usage and control information such as charges for usage of the telephone. Time and charge limits can be set for the telephone. For example, the telephone can be set to disa ...


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Carl Snyder, W Harry Mandeville, Howard G Tennent, Larry K Truesdale, James J Barber: Carbon fibrils. Hyperion Catalysis International, Barry Evans, David Rubin, Curtis Morris & Safford P C, January 13, 1998: US05707916 (122 worldwide citation)

A volume of carbon fibrils that includes a multiplicity of fibrils having a morphology consisting of vermicular tubes that are free of a continuous thermal carbon overcoat and have graphite layers that are substantially parallel to the fibril axis and a process for preparing such fibrils.