Facebook Bolsters Social TV Patent Portfolio

Facebook has won another U.S. patent for an invention that would allow viewers to share and recommend TV shows with friends on the social network.

Badros
Badros

Google and Facebook veteran Gregory Badros is named as lead inventor on the patent, titled, “Sharing television and video programming through social networking.” Badros founded San Francisco-based Prepared Mind Innovations in 2013.

The application for the patent published Tuesday was filed in December 2012. It was filed as a divisional application for an invention that Facebook originally filed in August 2012.

Abstract: In particular embodiments, one or more computer systems of a social-networking system determine information associated with a product displayed on a display device and access a database of known products. The one or more computer systems of the social-networking system determine, by comparing the database of known products with the determined information associated with the product, an identity of the product displayed on the display device. The one or more computer systems of the social-networking system provide one or more instructions to display media content related to the identified product.

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Claims: 

1. A method comprising: by one or more computer systems of a social-networking system, determining information associated with a product displayed on a display device; by the one or more computer systems of the social-networking system, accessing a database of known products; by the one or more computer systems of the social-networking system, determining, by comparing the database of known products with the determined information associated with the product, an identity of the product displayed on the display device; and by the one or more computer systems of the social-networking system, providing one or more instructions to launch a mobile application of the identified product on a mobile device.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the information associated with the product is determined by one or more systems communicatively coupled to the display device.

3. The method of claim 1, wherein the information associated with the product is determined using closed-captioning.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein the information associated with the one or more products is determined using logo scraping.

5. The method of claim 1, wherein the information associated with the product is determined using optical character recognition (OCR).

6. The method of claim 1, wherein the one or more instructions comprise instructions to launch a website associated with the identified product.

7. One or more computer-readable non-transitory storage media in one or more computing systems, the media embodying logic that is operable when executed to: determine information associated with a product displayed on a display device; access a database of known products; determine, by comparing the database of known products with the determined information associated with the product, an identity of the product displayed on the display device; and provide one or more instructions to launch a mobile application of the identified product on a mobile device.

8. The media of claim 7, wherein the information associated with the product is determined by one or more systems communicatively coupled to the display device.

9. The media of claim 7, wherein the information associated with the product is determined using closed-captioning.

10. The media of claim 7, wherein the information associated with the one or more products is determined using logo scraping.

11. The media of claim 7, wherein the information associated with the product is determined using optical character recognition (OCR).

12. A system, comprising: one or more memory devices; and a processor communicatively coupled to the one or more memory devices, the processor operable to: determine information associated with a product displayed on a display device; access a database of known products; determine, by comparing the database of known products with the determined information associated with the product, an identity of the product displayed on the display device; and provide one or more instructions to launch a mobile application of the identified product on a mobile device.

13. The system of claim 12, wherein the information associated with the product is determined by one or more systems communicatively coupled to the display device.

14. The system of claim 12, wherein the information associated with the product is determined using closed-captioning.

15. The system of claim 12, wherein the information associated with the one or more products is determined using logo scraping.

16. The system of claim 12, wherein the information associated with the product is determined using optical character recognition (OCR).

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