Technicolor Scores T-Commerce Patent

Technicolor won a U.S. patent for an invention that could allow viewers to purchase products marketed on television with a remote control and a smartphone equipped with NFC (near field communication) technology.

Technicolor and Thomson research and development manager Jean-Marie Steyer is named as lead inventor on the patent, titled, “Method for using a remote control for a payment transaction and associated device.” Technicolor subsidiary Thomson Licensing is named as assignee on the patent, which was published on Tuesday.

Abstract: Remote control device of a data receiver, the data being representative of an audiovisual content, the data receiver receiving information relating to payment of an object and data representative of the object, the remote control device comprising means of configuring the data receiver useful for processing data representative of an audiovisual content, remote control device being characterized in that it comprises a user interface for initializing a payment transaction, a first wireless interface for receiving information useful for payment of the object and a second wireless interface for transmitting payment information with a remote payment unit.

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Claims: 

1. A remote control device of a set-top box, said set-top box storing recorded data representative of an audiovisual content including information relating to a payment of an object and data representative of said object, the remote control device comprising a unit for configuring said set-top box for processing data representative of an audiovisual content, said remote control device comprising: a user interface for initializing a payment transaction of said object presented in said audiovisual content, a first wireless communication interface for receiving, directly from said set-top box, said information relating to the payment of said object, a second wireless communication interface using a radio-frequency identification method for transmitting said payment information to a mobile remote payment unit positioned in proximity to said remote control device, said second wireless communication interface being compatible with a near field communication (NFC) standard and adapted to a near field communication.

2. The device according to claim 1 further comprising an electronic payment terminal module.

3. The device according to claim 1 further comprising a securing module for securing data transmitted by said first communication interface and said second communication interface.

4. A method for transmitting payment information for an object, said method comprising receiving, by a set-top box, data representative of an audiovisual content including data representative of said object, said data representative of the object comprising said payment information, said set-top box being controlled by a remote control device, said method comprising, in said remote control device: initializing said payment, receiving said payment information directly from said set-top box, through a first wireless communication interface, transmitting said payment information to a mobile remote payment unit positioned in proximity to said remote control device through a second wireless communication interface, said second wireless communication interface using a radio-frequency identification RFID method for matching said remote control device and said remote payment unit, said second wireless communication interface being compatible with a near field communication (NFC) standard and adapted to a near field communication.

5. The method according to claim 4 wherein said remote payment unit is contained within a telecommunication device.

6. The method according to claim 4 wherein said telecommunication device comprises a smartphone module.