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Image analysis March list of published pending patents 03/07Below are recently published patent applications awaiting approval from the USPTO. Recent week's RSS XML file available below.
Listing for abstract view: USPTO application #, Title, Abstract excerpt,Patent Agent. Listing format for list view: USPTO National Class full category number, title of the patent application. 03/29/2007 > 86 patent applications in 46 patent subcategories. list of published pending patents
20070071277 - Apparatus and method for embedding a watermark using sub-band filtering: The invention relates to a system for embedding a watermark into an input media signal. A plurality of sub-band signals of a sub-band encoded input signal is obtained; preferably by de-multiplexing of the corresponding bitstream. A set of sub-band signals is filtered by a sub-band filter (507) which has a... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
20070071282 - Digital watermark embedding apparatus and method, and digital watermark detection apparatus and method: A digital watermark embedding apparatus includes a watermark providing unit configured to provide a digital watermark, an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image component from a plurality of frames of video contents based on image data of the plurality of frames, the image component affecting an error occurring at... Agent: Amin, Turocy & Calvin, LLP
20070071279 - Embedding data reproduce apparatus: An image having embedded data embedded therein is read to output an image signal, spectral analysis is executed for the image signal, and the embedded data embedded in the image signal is extracted based on a result of the spectral analysis and preset data.... Agent: Foley And Lardner LLP Suite 500
20070071283 - Image processing apparatus and image processing method: For detecting tampering made on a paper document, by carrying out image processing on grayscale image data optically read from the paper document, amplifying a predetermined grayscale value on the grayscale image data, and also, reducing the other grayscale values; and detecting whether or not the paper document has been... Agent: Dickstein Shapiro LLP
20070071280 - Lossless embedding of data in digital objects: Current methods of embedding hidden data in an image inevitably distort the original image by noise. This distortion cannot generally be removed completely because of quantization, bit-replacement, or truncation at the grayscales 0 and 255. The distortion, though often small, may make the original image unacceptable for medical applications, or... Agent: Milde & Hoffberg, LLP
20070071281 - Method and apparatus for determining encoding availability, and computer product: An embedding-availability determining unit determines an availability of embedding data into an image based on an input/output characteristic of a predetermined feature amount related to a combination of an output device that outputs an image in which the data is embedded to a medium and an input device that inputs... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP
20070071278 - Method and computer-readable medium for shuffling an asian document image: A method, system, and computer-readable medium containing computer-executable instructions are provided, for randomly relocating text character images of a scanned-in Asian character document to produce a shuffled image, wherein the meaning of text in the shuffled image is not understandable although individual characters forming the text in the shuffled image... Agent: Christensen, O'connor, Johnson, Kindness, PLLC
20070071284 - Method of detecting bunched-together poster items by analyzing images of their edges: A method of detecting bunched-together overlapping postal items includes the steps of moving the postal items on edge above a camera, forming grayscale images including the bottom sides of the postal items, and analyzing the image for the purpose of detecting the presence of any overlapping postal items. The method... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070071285 - Apparatus and method for trajectory-based identification of digital data content: A computer readable storage medium includes executable instructions to receive an input trajectory of serially selected points of interest within a source digital image. Trajectory mismatch errors are computed between the input trajectory and trajectories within target digital image data. The best target digital image data is selected based upon... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP
20070071286 - Multiple biometric identification system and method: A multiple biometric identification system and method are provided. In the multiple biometric identification system and method, a plurality of unified comparison values are generated for respective corresponding candidates who may have different combinations of biometric identification information so that the comparison value vectors of the candidates can be effectively... Agent: Ladas & Parry LLP
20070071287 - Pupil detection device and iris authentication apparatus: A pupil detection device according to the present invention includes an image data extraction unit (220) for setting a plurality of concentric circles on an eye image respectively as integrating circle, and extracting the eye image data along the integrating circle, a contour integrating unit for integrating the image data... Agent: Ratnerprestia
20070071288 - Facial features based human face recognition method: A method of facial features based human face recognition is disclosed. A human face and facial features thereof with respect to an input image corresponding to a person are first detected person by person by image processing technology. Then, each of such facial features for a plurality of persons are... Agent: Rabin & Berdo, P. C.
20070071289 - Feature point detection apparatus and method: A first template of a first feature point of an object, a second template of a second feature point of the object, and a third template of a combination of the first feature point and the second feature point are previously stored. A candidate detection unit detects a plurality of... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
20070071290 - Image classification and information retrieval over wireless digital networks and the internet: A method and system for matching an unknown facial image of an individual with an image of a celebrity using facial recognition techniques and human perception is disclosed herein. The invention provides a internet hosted system to find, compare, contrast and identify similar characteristics among two or more individuals using... Agent: Clause Eight Intellectual Property Services
20070071291 - Information generating apparatus utilizing image comparison to generate information: An image comparison apparatus is assumed to receive fingerprint data in accordance with one of a sweep sensing method and an area sensing method. In operation when the image comparison apparatus receives an image the apparatus calculates a value of an accumulation of movement vectors obtained between such input images... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch
20070071293 - Method and apparatus for image processing: The present invention relates to apparatus and method, which are capable of achieving free layout editing/printout in a state of mixing image data having different format in the same page. Specifically, predetermined (different/same) image processing using block data as a unit is carried out according to the result of reading... Agent: Foley And Lardner LLP Suite 500
20070071297 - Method and system for displaying unseen areas in guided two dimensional colon screening: A method and system for displaying unseen areas in guided two dimensional (2D) colon screening, includes calculating segmentation and colon surface for a colon; calculating a centerline for the colon; designating as a current focus point a current point of intersection of a current portion of the centerline and a... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department
20070071299 - Method of processing radiographic image and processing apparatus: Frame image data sets obtained in sequence by computer tomographic (CT) imaging, and a difference value between pixel values of corresponding pixels in two consecutive frames included in the frame image data sets. Then, the difference value is compared with a threshold value. If the difference value is smaller than... Agent: Canon U.s.a. Inc. Intellectual Property Division
20070071295 - Orientation-based assessment of cardiac synchrony in medical imaging: Cardiac synchrony information is provided for medical imaging. Multidimensional motion is determined, such as by tracking tissue locations of the heart through a sequence of images. An approximate orientation of the heart is identified. The identification may be automatic or performed by a processor. A component of the multidimensional motion... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department
20070071296 - Radiographic image processing apparatus for processing radiographic image taken with radiation, method of radiographic image processing, and computer program product therefor: A radiographic image processing apparatus includes a radiographic image inputting unit, an intermediate image generating unit, a large object image generating unit, and a small object image generating unit. The radio graphic image inputting unit inputs a radiographic image which is a frame of moving picture taken radiographically. The intermediate... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
20070071292 - Speckle adaptive medical image processing: Image processing adapts to speckle. Speckle is identified from signal transitions. For example, peaks, valleys or mean crossings of image signals as a function of space or spatial location are identified. A speckle characteristic, such as speckle size, is estimated from the signal transitions. The estimation may be limited to... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department
20070071294 - System and method for medical diagnosis and tracking using three-dimensional subtraction in a picture archiving communication system: Certain embodiments of the present invention provide for a system for medical diagnosis and tracking. In an embodiment, a medical diagnosis and tracking system includes one or more medical imaging devices adapted to create one or more current images. The medical diagnosis and tracking system also includes a historical images... Agent: Mcandrews Held & Malloy, Ltd
20070071298 - System and method for polyp detection in tagged or non-tagged stool images: A method for detecting polyp candidates in tagged stool or non-tagged stool images without performing stool subtraction, includes: applying a filter to locations in image data of a colon including tagged or non-tagged stool to generate a response image based on a gradient magnitude, angle, and radius in relation to... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department
20070071300 - Method and system for automatic vision inspection and classification of microarray slides: The present invention provides a unique low cost vision inspection and classification system and methods for automatic inspection and classification of a microarray slide without manual intervention. The method first performs morphological dilation operation several times such that internal microarray spots are merged as a big connected component; then, the... Agent: Lawrence Y.d. Ho & Associates Pte Ltd
20070071301 - System and method for visualizing airways for assessment: A method for visualizing airways in chest images, includes: computing a distance map of a segmented bronchial tree; extracting data from the segmented bronchial tree using the distance map; and visualizing a three-dimensional (3D) image of the segmented bronchial tree color-coded according to the extracted data.... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department
20070071302 - Automatic currency processing system: An apparatus for currency discrimination comprises first and second stationary scanheads, disposed on opposite sides of a bill transport path, for scanning respective first and second opposing surfaces of a bill traveling along the bill transport path and for producing respective output signals. The bill travels along the transport path... Agent: Cummins-allison Corp. C/o Jenkens & Gilchrist
20070071304 - Defect detecting device, image sensor device, image sensor module, image processing device, digital image quality tester, and defect detecting method: A defect detecting device includes: a block generating section dividing an inspection image in which a defective region will be detected into a plurality of blocks; an intra-block sum calculating section calculating an intra-block sum for each of the blocks generated by the block generating section, the intra-block sum being... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch
20070071303 - Optical system and method for improving imaging properties thereof: An optical system has at least two optical elements whose spatial relation with respect to each other can be changed. At least one of the optical elements comprises a plurality of optical components. The optical system comprises first measuring means for individually measuring an image defect of each optical component,... Agent: Factor & Lake, Ltd
20070071305 - Process for identifying objects and object with electronic data carrier: Transponders are used for identifying objects such as packaging, packaging material or machines and machine elements and are attached to the object to be identified. The transponders contain data which are provided by an electronic write unit and which can be recognized by a read unit. The transponders are provided... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070071306 - Inspection method and photomask: An inspection method, includes obtaining a first optical characteristic of a projection optical system by transferring an image of an aberration measurement unit of a photomask on a first resist film coated on a first wafer by use of a first polarized exposure light; obtaining a second optical characteristic of... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
20070071307 - Pattern inspection apparatus, pattern inspection method and program: A pattern inspection apparatus which compares a plurality of partial optical image data of a same target plate to be inspected, the target plate being formed as a pattern, includes an optical image data acquiring unit which acquires optical image data of the target plate to be inspected, and a... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20070071308 - Workpiece inspection apparatus, workpiece inspection method and computer-readable recording medium storing program: A workpiece inspection apparatus includes a search unit for finding from an input reference image a first pixel group which contains a certain pixel and a second pixel group having grayscale values within a threshold, and a probability acquisition unit responsive to receipt of an optical image of a workpiece... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20070071309 - Method for measuring micro meshes: A method for measuring micro meshes includes steps of measuring a diameter of each micro mesh and an edge distance between two adjacent micro meshes, and illustrating the measuring result with a mesh code which is defined to include a diameter code and an edge distance code. The diameter code... Agent: Hdsl
20070071310 - Robot simulation device: A simulation device, for a robot, capable of judging off-line whether an article around an object to be detected interferes with the scope of a vision sensor during a measurement operation using the vision sensor, whereby the workload on an operator in the field may be reduced. Models of the... Agent: Drinker Biddle & Reath (dc)
20070071312 - Method and system for signal processing, for instance for mobile 3d graphic pipelines, and computer program product therefor: A system renders a primitive of an image to be displayed, for instance in a mobile 3D graphic pipeline, the primitive including a set of pixels. The system locates the pixels in the area of the primitive, generates, for each pixel located in the area, a set of associated sub-pixels,... Agent: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC
20070071311 - Method for processing stereo vision data using image density: An image collection system collects stereo image data comprising left image data and right image data of a particular scene. An estimator estimates a reference three dimensional image density rating for corresponding reference volumetric cell within the particular scene at a reference range from an imaging unit. An image density... Agent: Deere & Company
20070071313 - Method for performing image based regression using boosting: A method for performing image based regression using boosting to infer an entity that is associated with an image of an object is disclosed. A regression function for a plurality of images is learned in which for each image the associated entity is known. The learned regression function is used... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department
20070071314 - Capture and systematic use of expert color analysis: Embodiments of the present invention recite a method of compiling color analysis parameters. In one embodiment of the present invention, a corrected color description of at least one test subject is constructed. The corrected color description of at least one test subject is then accessed. The at least one test... Agent: Hewlett Packard Company
20070071315 - Color target layout: A printer is configured to print a color target that associates colors to which humans are most sensitive to color variance with areas of the color target within which color measurement is less prone to meassurement error. The printer then prints the color target according to the association. In an... Agent: Hewlett Packard Company
20070071316 - Image correcting method and image correcting system: The image correcting method apparatus extract face regions of persons in an image inputted using image data, calculate correction amounts with respect to a predetermined target color for the extracted face regions, respectively, display the image on a display unit, as well as show the extracted face regions in the... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070071317 - Method and an apparatus for correcting images: The method and the apparatus for correcting images extract one or more features including information about face region for each of photographed images, classify the photographed images into groups of particular photographed images having at least one common feature in accordance with at least one of the extracted one or... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070071318 - Visual processing device, visual processing method, visual processing program, and semiconductor device: It is an object of the present invention to provide a visual processing device that achieves gradation processing that further enhances the visual effect. The visual processing device 1 is a visual processing device that performs gradation processing for each image region of an input signal IS, and is provided... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack L.L.P.
20070071319 - Method, apparatus, and program for dividing images: Segmentation of the faces and facial parts, such as eyes, mouths, and noses included in an image is avoided as much as possible, when the image is divided to perform divided printing, for example. Whether the size of each of a specified number of smaller regions is greater than the... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch
20070071320 - Detection method of two-dimensional code, detection device for the same, and storage medium storing detection program for the same: A method for detecting a two-dimensional code in which three position detection patterns are provided in positions corresponding to respective apices of a right angled isosceles triangle, and a data region is provided in a region defined by the position detection patterns is provided. The method includes detecting plural position... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC
20070071322 - Pattern-based encoding and detection: A method and system for encoding a content signal having one or more content segments. The one or more content segments of the content signal are identifying or obtained. One or more encoded patterns are superimposed or inserted in a segment portion of at least one of the one or... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth, P.A.
20070071321 - Recognizing apparatus and method, recording media, and program: The present invention enables a user's movement indicating his or her intention to be recognized easily and accurately. On the basis of image data taken by a camera 13, a face direction detecting section 14 senses the direction of a user's face and a line-of-sight sensing section 15 senses the... Agent: Osha Liang L.L.P.
20070071323 - Apparatus and method for processing user-specified search image points: A computer readable storage medium includes executable instructions to define an input user interface to receive a group of user-specified search image points within a digital image. An image recognition module compares the user-specified search image points to corresponding image points in digital image data to produce digital image search... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP
20070071324 - Method for determining corners of an object represented by image data: A method for determining corners of an object represented by image data includes determining edge data associated with the object; finding estimated corners for the edge data; determining segment data of the edge data by ignoring data within a predetermined distance from the estimated corners; extending the segment data to... Agent: Lexmark International, Inc. Intellectual Property Law Department
20070071326 - System and method for vascular border detection: A system and method is provided for using the frequency spectrum of a radio frequency (RF) signal backscattered from vascular tissue to identify at least one border (e.g., tissue interface, etc.) on a vascular image. Embodiments of the present invention operate in accordance with a data gathering device (e.g., an... Agent: O'melveny & Myers LLP
20070071325 - Systems and methods for recognizing objects in an image: An image is analyzed to locate an object appearing in the image. A contour of that object is extracted from the image and normalized. Based on the normalized contour, one or more summation invariant values are determined and compared to templates comprising one or more summation invariants for each of... Agent: Lathrop & Clark LLP
20070071327 - Method for analyzing signal waveform and analyzing vehicle dynamic characteristic: A signal waveform analysis method includes: determining a trend component of an object signal by applying a zero-phase filter to the object signal; determining an oscillatory component of the object signal by removing the trend component from the object signal; determining a wavelet scalogram by performing a wavelet analysis on... Agent: Bachman & Lapointe, P.C.
20070071329 - Apparatus and program for detecting faces: Usability of a face detecting apparatus is improved, by enabling selection of a detecting mode optimal for an intended purpose, when detecting facial images from within images. During detection of images of forward facing faces, switching of the detecting mode to one of: a detection rate mode; a false positive... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070071328 - Systems and methods for automatically determining object information and systems and methods for control based on automatically determined object information: An image of high-aspect-ratio objects is analyzed to locate linear features within the image. The gradient direction for each pixel is determined, and connected pixels having similar gradient directions are grouped into line support regions. A linear feature is determined for each line support region. The linear features are analyzed... Agent: Lathrop & Clark LLP
20070071330 - Matching data objects by matching derived fingerprints: The invention relates to methods and apparatus for matching a query data object with a candidate data object by esetracting and comparing fingerprints of said data objects. In an embodiment of the invention apparatus comprising a fingerprint extraction module (110), a fingerprint matching module (210), a statistical module (120) and... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
20070071331 - Image compression by economical quaternary reaching method: In wavelet-based image compression schemes, a very sparse representation of the image signal may be obtained after quantization to transform coefficients. In addition, the nonzero coefficients 2-dimensionally cluster around the edge or texture areas. In existing systems, for example JPEG2000, in the bit-plane coding process, coefficients are repeatedly scanned and... Agent: Xiteng Liu
20070071332 - Image decoding apparatus and image decoding method: An image decoding apparatus includes an analyzing section and an image decoding section. The analyzing section determines a process quantity of a coded image data to each of a plurality of image decoding processes within a unit process time based on a parameter of the coded image data, prior to... Agent: Mcginn Intellectual Property Law Group, PLLC
20070071336 - Apparatus and method for processing image data: A computer system and methods for processing image data, such as video data, are described. The invention provides a representation of video data that can be used to assess agreement between the data and a fitting model for a particular parameterization of the data. This allows the comparison of different... Agent: Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C.
20070071334 - Image processing apparatus and method: An image processing apparatus extracts DC components of an image, generates a histogram of the extracted DC components, and detects a background level of the image based on the histogram.... Agent: Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto
20070071333 - Multi-mode image processing: An image encoding and decoding scheme operable according two different modes depending on properties of the processed image is disclosed. In the encoding, an image is decomposed into image blocks (600) comprising image elements (610). The blocks (600) are compressed into block representations (700A, 700B) according to one of two... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC
20070071335 - Quality based image compression: A system and method for quality-based image compression utilizing adaptively sized blocks and sub-blocks of discrete cosine transform coefficient data and a quality based quantization scale factor is claimed. A block size assignment element in an encoder element selects the block or sub-block of an input block of pixel data... Agent: Qualcomm Incorporated
20070071337 - Adaptive method and system for encoding digital images for the internet: A system and method comprise defining a current rectangular region of the image bitmap, quantifying spectral characteristics of the current rectangular region, dividing the current rectangular region into four rectangular sub-regions in response to the spectral characteristics being greater than a predetermined threshold value, tagging the current rectangular sub-region as... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLP
20070071338 - Method or apparatus for processing performance data from a communications network: A method and apparatus is disclosed for processing performance data from a communications network in which the performance data is converted from a time-series format into a time-frequency format and one or more frequency components removed prior to the data being utilised to monitor the network.... Agent: Hewlett Packard Company
20070071339 - Method, system and computer program product for providing entropy constrained color splitting for palette images with color-wise splitting: A method, system and computer program product for progressively encoding a digitized color image with M distinct colors allocated to a set of pixels using a data processing system, the digitized color image being provided by assigning each of the M distinct colors to an associated subset of pixels in... Agent: Bereskin And Parr
20070071340 - Image processing device, method and recording medium for compressing image data: An image processing device for compressing image data using conversion to spatial frequency components may include a dividing section that divides the image data into a plurality of pixel blocks and computes spatial frequency components of each pixel block; a segmenting section that computes an intensity of predetermined high frequency... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC
20070071345 - Device and method for enhancing image contrast: We describe a device that dynamically increases the contrast of the effective gray level based on the gray level distribution of serial images, performs soft-transfer of dynamic contrast adjustment curve when a scene switch occurs thereby realizing adaptive contrast enhancing while effectively avoiding image flicker. A device and associated method... Agent: Marger Johnson & Mccollom, P.C.
20070071347 - Image processing method, image processing apparatus, and computer-readable recording medium storing image processing program: An unnecessary component such as acne is removed completely from a predetermined structure such as a face in a photograph image without manual operation and skills. An acne removal unit fits to a face region as the structure in the image a mathematical model generated according to a statistical method... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070071348 - Method and apparatus for bit resolution extension: A bit resolution-extension method is provided. The bit resolution-extension method includes acquiring the shortest distance from a central pixel to a positive contour and the shortest distance from the central pixel to a negative contour in a filtering region which scans the positive contour comprising large pixels of a fixed... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070071346 - Method and apparatus for judging direction of blur and computer-readable recording medium storing a program therefor: Without use of special hardware such as an angular rate sensor, a direction of blur can be judged with high accuracy. A parameter acquisition unit obtains weighting parameters for principal components representing directions of blur in a predetermined structure in an image by fitting to the structure a mathematical model... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070071341 - Method for combining two images based on eliminating background pixels from one of the images: Two or more images are combined by designating one image as a threshold image based on information within the images themselves. Pixels in this threshold image are then segregating into foreground and background pixels according to some criteria. An alpha value is set to zero for background pixels indicating that... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department
20070071342 - Video acquisition with integrated gpu processing: Systems and techniques for processing sequences of video images involve receiving, on a computer, data corresponding to a sequence of video images detected by an image sensor. The received data is processed using a graphics processor to adjust one or more visual characteristics of the video images corresponding to the... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.
20070071343 - Video acquisition with integrated gpu processing: Systems and techniques for processing sequences of video images involve receiving, on a computer, data corresponding to a sequence of video images detected by an image sensor. The received data is processed using a graphics processor to adjust one or more visual characteristics of the video images corresponding to the... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.
20070071344 - Video acquisition with integrated gpu processing: Systems and techniques for processing sequences of video images involve receiving, on a computer, data corresponding to a sequence of video images detected by an image sensor. The received data is processed using a graphics processor to adjust one or more visual characteristics of the video images corresponding to the... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.
20070071349 - Focus adjustable method of optical image: A focus adjustable method of an optical image is implemented by a numerical analysis. An external light beam is allowed to pass through a lens module, thereby generating an optical image. The focus values of the optical image at four corners thereof are computed according to specified formulas to obtain... Agent: Madson & Austin Gateway Tower West
20070071350 - Image enhancement method using local illumination correction: An image processing system for implementing a variant of Retinex algorithm based on local illumination correction is provided to improve an intensity value of each position of an input image. The image processing system provides the ability to distinguish details when compressing dynamic range of a given image. Specifically, first... Agent: Myers Dawes Andras & Sherman, LLP
20070071352 - Conversion of a sub-pixel format data to another sub-pixel data format: A method of producing a plurality of filter kernels comprised of filter coefficients for use in a sub-pixel rendering operation comprises calculating a plurality of filter coefficients for each filter kernel by dividing a spatial area of an input image that is overlapped by a portion of a spatial rendering... Agent: Clairvoyante, Inc
20070071351 - Television image filtering: A digital image filtering method and system are provided. A first matrix of a plurality of pixels is selected from a digital image to be displayed. The luminosity values of each of the pixels in the pixel matrix are analysed and the luminosity difference between the maximum and minimum luminosity... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070071353 - Denoising method, apparatus, and program: A blurred image generating section generates a plurality of blurred images Sm (where m=1 to n and n≧2) different in frequency response characteristic from one another, based on an original image S0. A band-limited image generating section generates a plurality of band-limited images Tm by performing a subtraction between images... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch
20070071355 - Image processing apparatus and image processing method: The image processing apparatus and method process image data of an original image by compressing a dynamic range of the original image. The apparatus and method process the image data of the original image by continuous filtering with at least two edge preserving smoothing filters having different characteristics to generate... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070071354 - Medical imaging system with temporal filter: The invention relates to an image processing system for reduction of the noise and enhancement of edges in images of a sequence, comprising means of decomposition of spatial image signal yielding slices of different content; means of temporal filtering for differently filtering the slices according to the content; and means... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
20070071356 - Method and apparatus for blocking artifact detection and measurement in block-coded video: A method includes detecting vertical edge pixels in an image and analyzing the detected vertical edge pixels by horizontal location in the image to detect a spatial periodicity in the detected vertical edge pixels. The method further includes detecting horizontal edge pixels in the image, and analyzing the detected horizontal... Agent: Buckley, Maschoff, Talwalkar LLC
20070071357 - Method for correction of relative object-detector motion between successive views: An apparatus and method for correction of relative object-detector motion between successive views during optical tomographic imaging in three dimensions. An object of interest is illuminated to produce an image. A lateral offset correction value is determined for the image. An axial offset correction value is determined for the image.... Agent: George A Leone, Sr Patent Attorney
20070071358 - Digital image data processing apparatus: The present image processing apparatus includes a pixel arrangement controller and two data unit buffers coupled with the pixel arrangement controller. This controller can rearrange the addresses of the pixels in the corresponding data unit buffer according to the size of the block. Accordingly, the pixel data of the same... Agent: Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley, LLP
20070071359 - Image collating apparatus, image collating method, image collating program product, and computer readable recording medium recording image collating program product: An image collating apparatus includes a storage device and a processor. The storage device stores data representing a sensing image, data representing a template image, and a program. The processor detects exclusion areas in the sensing image to be excluded from the image collation operation based on classification of image... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC
20070071361 - Image display apparatus and image display method: The system control section 50 displays the entire original image as a display image, or scrolls a display image with a part of the original image being the display image, depending on relationship between the aspect ratios of the original image and the display area.... Agent: Morgan & Finnegan, L.L.P.
20070071360 - Image processing apparatus and method for image resizing matching data supply speed: An image processing apparatus includes a data supply node to receive line data scanned in a main scan direction of an image, an image enlargement unit coupled to the data supply node to apply to the line data an enlargement process for enlarging the image by an enlargement factor equal... Agent: Arent Fox PLLC
20070071362 - Dynamic reconstruction of high-resolution video from color-filtered low-resolution video-to-video super-resolution: A method is provided of solving the dynamic super-resolution (SR) problem of reconstructing a high-quality set of monochromatic or color superresolved images from low-quality monochromatic, color, or mosaiced frames. The invention includes a joint method for simultaneous SR, deblurring, and demosaicing, this way taking into account practical color measurements encountered... Agent: Lumen Intellectual Property Services, Inc.03/22/2007 > 74 patent applications in 39 patent subcategories. list of published pending patents
20070064973 - Adaptive mark placement: A method of encoding a message into a document containing known information is disclosed. The method comprises identifying (1502) a plurality of logical information content categories associated with the known information, establishing (1503) a priority order in which said message is to be added to each of the categories, determining... Agent: Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto
20070064975 - Moving object measuring apparatus, moving object measuring system, and moving object measurement: A moving object measuring apparatus includes: a movement trajectory information acquisition portion that obtains movement trajectory information indicating a movement trajectory of a moving object from images included in two or more video sequences that are stored, for each of the two or more video sequences separately; a three-dimensional trajectory... Agent: Rader Fishman & Grauer PLLC
20070064974 - Video data management: An improved solution for managing video data is provided. In particular, for each instance of a tracking object in video, an encapsulation asset is generated. The encapsulation asset includes a set of tracking object metadata, a set of background images from the video, a set of object images for the... Agent: Hoffman Warnick & Dalessandro LLC
20070064976 - Methods, systems, and computer program products for acquiring three-dimensional range information: Methods, systems, and computer program products for acquiring three-dimensional range information are disclosed. According to one aspect, acquiring three-dimensional range information of a scene includes obtaining multiple pixel-shifted images of a scene, where at least one of the images being shifted by a non-integer pixel value with respect to another... Agent: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt, P. A.
20070064977 - Image capture device and method: An image capture device, including: a motion vector detection unit that detects a motion vector of a plurality of successive images; a determination unit that determines whether the motion vector detected by the motion vector detection unit is of a predetermined amount or more in a fixed direction; and a... Agent: Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP
20070064978 - Method and system for automatic identification using digital images: The present invention provides a method and system for automatic identification (auto-identification). In one embodiment, a method for automatically identifying a person comprises acquiring white-light and UV images of a portion of the person's skin, generating a skin mask from the white-light image, and comparing the skin mask with a... Agent: Richard F. Trecartin Dorsey & Whitney LLP
20070064979 - Systems and methods for automatic skin-based identification of people using digital images: Systems and methods are provided for automatic identification of a person based on an analysis of the person's skin. In one embodiment, a method for automatically identifying a person comprises acquiring white-light and UV images of a portion of the person's skin, generating a skin mask from the white-light image,... Agent: Dorsey & Whitney LLP
20070064982 - Clinical review and analysis work flow for lung nodule assessment: An image display system includes user configurable viewports for the review and analysis of image data. The user configurable viewports include a review viewport and an analysis viewport. The review viewport displays in a review mode, a plurality of image views of the image data. The analysis viewport displays in... Agent: Cantor Colburn, LLP
20070064985 - Method and system for analyzing skin conditions using digital images: The embodiments of the present invention include a method and system for analyzing skin conditions using digital images. The method comprises acquiring a white-light image and an ultraviolet (UV) image of a portion of a body surface, such as a person's face, each of the white-light and UV images including... Agent: Richard F. Trecartin Dorsey & Whitney LLP
20070064983 - Method for automatically detecting nasal tumor: The present invention discloses a method for automatically detecting a nasal tumor from the MR (magnetic resonance) images. First, the pixels that have specific trends and are affected by contrast agents with specific level will be filtered according to the developing coefficient and control coefficient of grey prediction. Then the... Agent: Rosenberg, Klein & Lee
20070064990 - Methods and systems for image data processing: Methods, storage mediums, and systems for image data processing are provided. Embodiments for the methods, storage mediums, and systems include configurations to perform one or more of the following steps: background signal measurement, particle identification using classification dye emission and cluster rejection, inter-image alignment, inter-image particle correlation, fluorescence integration of... Agent: Daffer Mcdaniel LLP
20070064980 - Particle detector: A smoke detector (10) is disclosed which uses a beam of radiation such as a laser (16), to monitor a region, such a room (12). A camera (14) is used to capture images of part of the room (12), including a path of the laser beam. Particles in the laser... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070064981 - Repeated examination reporting: A plurality of diagnostic images of a region of interest of a subject are generated and stored in a patient database (10). In one of the images, a region of interest, such as a tumor, is identified. The database is searched for the other images of the same region of... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
20070064984 - System and method for dynamic configuration of pacs workstation displays: Certain embodiments of the present invention provide a method and system for dynamic configuration of PACS workstation displays. Certain embodiments include automatically detecting a number of display(s) in communication with a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and a display resolution associated with each of the display(s). An application window... Agent: Mcandrews Held & Malloy, Ltd
20070064988 - System and method for grouping airways and arteries for quantitative analysis: A method for grouping airway and artery pairs, includes: computing a two-dimensional (2D) cross-section of an airway; identifying regions of high-intensity in the 2D cross-section; computing a first indicator for each of the high intensity regions, wherein the first indicator is an orientation measure of the high intensity region with... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department
20070064987 - System for processing imaging device data and associated imaging report information: A system uses imaging device orientation, location and inclination data to create a link between a medical report statement and a specific image or series of images enabling a user to view a patient imaging report of a patient automatically associating a patient image and a corresponding report statement. A... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department
20070064989 - Systems and methods for analyzing skin conditions of people using digital images: Systems and methods are provided for analyzing skin conditions using digital images. The method comprises acquiring a white-light image and an ultraviolet (“UV”) image of at least a portion of a body surface, such as a person's face, each of the white-light and UV images including a plurality of pixels... Agent: Dorsey & Whitney LLP
20070064986 - Touchless identification in system for monitoring hand washing or application of a disinfectant: A system and method for monitoring hand washing or application of a disinfectant wherein a pattern recognition algorithm executed in a computer compares one or more digitized images of a user going through hand washing or disinfectant application motions with a reference set of images and creates a pass/fail report.... Agent: Grace J Fishel
20070064991 - System and method for detecting cheque fraud: A system and method for detecting cheque fraud includes a cheque scanning module and a detection module. The cheque scanning module scans cheques and matches the encoded Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) data (i.e. serial number, Customer Account Number and amount) from the scanned digital electronic images with items in... Agent: Bereskin And Parr
20070064992 - Process for the inspection of a variety of repetitive structures: A process is provided for inspection of a variety of structures on the basis of a golden template, that was attained by recording and statistical analysis of greyscale pictures and is compared to the greyscale picture of the structure to be evaluated based on position. The underlying task is to... Agent: Jeff Rothenberg, Esq.
20070064995 - Image density-adapted automatic mode switchable pattern correction scheme for workpiece inspection: An image correction device for use in a pattern inspection apparatus is disclosed, which has automatic adaptability to variations in density of a pattern image of a workpiece being tested. The device is operable to identify a two-dimensional (2D) linear predictive model parameters from the pattern image of interest and... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20070064997 - Mask defect inspecting method, mask defect inspecting apparatus, and semiconductor device manufacturing method: According to an aspect of the invention, there is provided a mask defect inspecting method including setting, for a mask to be inspected, an optical defect inspection sensitivity for defect inspection using light, setting, for the mask to be inspected, an EB defect inspection sensitivity for defect inspection using electron... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
20070064996 - Pattern inspection method and apparatus using linear predictive model-based image correction technique: An image correction device for use in pattern inspection apparatus is disclosed. This device includes a pattern extraction unit for extracting a pattern, as a cut-and-paste pattern, from a pattern existence region of an inspection reference pattern image and a pattern image of a workpiece being tested. The device also... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20070064994 - Pattern inspection method and apparatus with high-accuracy pattern image correction capability: A high-accuracy image correction device adaptable for use in pattern inspection apparatus is disclosed. The device includes a correction region designation unit which designates a correction region including a pattern and its nearby portion within each of an inspection reference pattern image and a pattern image under test. The device... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20070064993 - Pattern inspection system using image correction scheme with object-sensitive automatic mode switchability: An image correction device for use in a pattern inspection apparatus is disclosed, which has automatic adaptability to variations in density of a pattern image of a workpiece being tested. The device is operable to identify a two-dimensional (2D) linear predictive model from the pattern image of interest and determine... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20070064998 - Pattern inspection apparatus, pattern inspection method, and inspection sample: A pattern inspection apparatus for inspecting a pattern of a plurality of dies formed on an inspection sample, includes: a stream image memory device, which stores a stream image of the inspection sample; and a DD comparison unit which performs DD comparison, mutually comparing the pattern of each of the... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20070064999 - Auto distinction system: An auto distinction system images an assembled fiber band such as a filter tow which continuously moves on the front side of a background plate by a video camera, applies sync-separating to a video signal by a sync-separating circuit 5a, and clamps the video signal by a clamping circuit 5b.... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch
20070065002 - Adaptive 3d image modelling system and apparatus and method therefor: A system which resolves accuracy problems with 3D modeling techniques by using a 3D computer model that is updated using views provided by, say, a camera unit or camera system. The 2D images provided by matching the perspective view of an image within the model to that of an image... Agent: St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens, LLC
20070065000 - Apparatus and method for producing character sculpture: Disclosed herein is an apparatus and method for producing a character sculpture, wherein, when a user selects a predetermined image among 3-dimensional (3D) images with various garments or body-shapes stored in a database, it is capable of sculpturing a character sculpture corresponding to a mixed image of a user's face,... Agent: Cantor Colburn, LLP
20070065001 - Optimization and view dependency reduction for processing slice-based volumes: This invention describes an optimization and view dependency reduction method for multiplanar reformatting (MPR) of slice-based volume images. This method utilizes a traversal scheme that allows for efficient access of the computer memory layout of a sliced based volume, and therefore optimizes overall processing time. This method does not require... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department
20070065003 - Real-time recognition of mixed source text: Methods and computer program products are disclosed for the real-time classification of text from a region of interest within an image sample. A feature extractor extracts feature data associated with a plurality of region features from the region of interest. The plurality of region features are selected as to minimize... Agent: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino L.L.P.
20070065004 - Three-dimensional measurement system and method of the same, and color-coded mark: This invention provides a three-dimensional measurement system that improves the efficiency of and enables the automation of non-contact three-dimensional measurement over a wide range using a coded target. A measuring object 1 is photographed in stereo such that the resulting images include four coded marks CT each having a position... Agent: Foley And Lardner LLP Suite 500
20070065005 - Color space scalable video coding and decoding method and apparatus for the same: A color space scalable video coding and decoding method and an apparatus for the same are disclosed that can adjust color components or color depth according to the performance of a decoder side. The color space scalable video coding method includes generating transform coefficients by removing the temporal redundancy and... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070065006 - Color correction based on skin color: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, for performing color correction. One product can receive a digital image that includes a region depicting human skin; obtain a skin color value based on a sample; receive a skin parameter value that is a tan or a blush value; use the skin... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.
20070065007 - Image processing method and apparatus and storage medium: Software of a simple configuration checks whether an original image to be corrected is an image picture, and an image correction process based upon a formed histogram of the original image is not performed for an image different from the image picture. An image processing condition is set in accordance... Agent: Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto
20070065008 - Method and apparatus for dynamic image contrast expansion: The present invention discloses a method and an apparatus for applying a dynamic contrast expansion technique to plasma display panels through performing a gamma conversion for the inputted image to convert the relationship of the brightness and gray level of the inputted image into a linear relation, performing a subtraction... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC
20070065010 - Method for segmenting an image: A method for segmenting an image, which divides an image into several sub-images and outputs the same onto an N×N display respectively. (A) identifying coordinates of each of the four corners of the input image and calculating the resolution of the input image; (B) calculating respective sampled positions and resolutions... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC
20070065009 - Ultrasound image enhancement and speckle mitigation method: A method for enhancing an ultrasound image is provided, wherein the ultrasound image is segmented into a feature region and a non-feature region, while sufficiently utilizing features contained in the ultrasound image, in particular including some inconspicuous features. The enhanced image according to present invention is not susceptive of the... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070065011 - Method and system for collecting data from a plurality of machine readable documents: In a method and system for collection of data from documents present in machine-readable form, at least one already-processed document stored as a template and designated as a template document is associated with a document to be processed designated as a read document. Fields for data to be extracted are... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department
20070065012 - Image processing apparatus, image processing method, and program product: An image processing apparatus includes: a memory that stores a background image and a character image that is separate from the background image and overlaps the background image; a processing target area determining unit that determines a processing target area in the background image, the processing target area being in... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20070065013 - Method and apparatus to convert digital ink images for use in a structured text/graphics editor: In accordance with one aspect of the present invention, disclosed is an image analysis and conversion method and system, where digital ink images are converted to structured object representations of the digital ink images, capable of being edited by a structured text/graphics editor.... Agent: Fay Sharpe / Xerox - Rochester
20070065015 - Image processing apparatus and method: An object recognition apparatus in an embodiment includes an image input unit, an object detection unit, a diffuse reflection image generation unit, an object model storage unit, a difference image generation unit, a weight calculation unit, a weighted Gaussian filter application unit, a filter processing unit, and an identification unit.... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
20070065014 - Method for warped image object recognition: A computer vision system includes distorting optics producing distorted or warped input images. The system includes an integral feature object classifier trained using an undistorted image space. Undistorted integral feature values are calculated directly from distorted input images without undistorting or dewarping the distorted input image.... Agent: General Motors Corporation Legal Staff
20070065016 - Method, apparatus, computer program, computer system, and computer-readable storage medium for representing and searching for an object in an image: A method of representing an object appearing in a still or video image, by processing signals corresponding to the image, comprises deriving a plurality of numerical values associated with features appearing on the outline of an object starting from an arbitrary point on the outline and applying a predetermined ordering... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch
20070065017 - Genetic family-tree object recognition: Genetic family-tree object recognition is disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes processing an image to identify a genetic object in the image and a connector associated with the genetic object; and associating at least one other object to the genetic object based on the connector. The method may be... Agent: Raj Abhyanker, LLP C/o Portfolioip
20070065018 - Compressing image data: A method for compressing image data of an image, comprising: transforming the image data into a bit plane of first and second values; comparing each image element with a previous image element and if they are equal, recording a first value into a bit plane; and if they are not... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman
20070065023 - Image display encoding and/or decoding system, medium, and method: A display image encoding and/or displaying apparatus, medium, and method. The image encoding apparatus may include a transform unit, a quantizer, a clipper, and an entropy encoder. The transform unit converts image data to generate a transform block and the quantizer quantizes the transform block from the transform unit. The... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP
20070065020 - Image procession method and device: An image compression/decompression method is provided for compressing/decompressing image data. First, each pixel of the raw image data is received. Then, each pixel of the raw image data is compared with a default transparent code to recognize whether the pixel in the raw image data is a transparent code pixel.... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch
20070065022 - Image signal processing apparatus and method: To provide an image signal processing apparatus and method capable of reducing a memory capacity necessary for temporarily storing image data and suppressing an image processing delay. An image signal processing apparatus according to an embodiment of the invention includes: a filter that executes an image processing on captured image... Agent: Mcginn Intellectual Property Law Group, PLLC
20070065021 - System for encoding signatures for compressed storage using a signature encoding algorithm: A method of encoding markings, such as handwritten signatures includes the steps of mapping the markings for each line by creating a line profile for each line, sorting the line profiles into at least two arrays distinguished from each other by at least one characteristic contained in each line profile,... Agent: Wallenstein & Wagner, Ltd.
20070065019 - Two-dimensional coding method: A two-dimensional coding method includes: using a two-dimensional image containing plural reference pixels each having a different brightness and data pixels representing data in accordance with brightness; and coding a binary sequence of plural bits to be recorded as a hologram by matching the brightness level of the data pixel... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC
20070065024 - Decoding method and decoding apparatus: A decoding method and apparatus for decoding compressed main data and, after that, outputting the decoded main data with other data being superposed thereon. The decoding apparatus consists of an input unit for inputting the compressed main data, a memory unit for storing compressed sub data, a switch unit for... Agent: Mattingly, Stanger, Malur & Brundidge, P.C.
20070065025 - Extracting a moving object boundary: A method of extracting a moving object boundary includes estimating an initial motion vector for an object whose motion is represented by a change in position between a target image and a reference image, estimating an initial vector for a background area over which the object appears to move, using... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman
20070065026 - Method of and apparatus for lossless video encoding and decoding: Provided are a method of and apparatus for lossless video encoding and decoding, in which a differential residual block generated by calculating a difference between pixels of a residual block resulting from interprediction is encoded, thereby improving the compression rate. The method of lossless video encoding includes performing interprediction between... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070065027 - Image predictive coding method: There is disclosed image predictive coding apparatus and method, image predictive decoding apparatus and method, and recording medium which stores therein the image predictive coding method or the image predictive decoding method, of which the transform efficiency is remarkably improved in comparison with the prior art. According to the image... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack Suite 800
20070065028 - Image predictive coding method: There is disclosed image predictive coding apparatus and method, image predictive decoding apparatus and method, and recording medium which stores therein the image predictive coding method or the image predictive decoding method, of which the transform efficiency is remarkably improved in comparison with the prior art. According to the image... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack L.L.P.
20070065029 - Image predictive coding method: There is disclosed image predictive coding apparatus and method, image predictive decoding apparatus and method, and recording medium which stores therein the image predictive coding method or the image predictive decoding method, of which the transform efficiency is remarkably improved in comparison with the prior art. According to the image... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack
20070065030 - Image predictive coding method: There is disclosed image predictive coding apparatus and method, image predictive decoding apparatus and method, and recording medium which stores therein the image predictive coding method or the image predictive decoding method, of which the transform efficiency is remarkably improved in comparison with the prior art. According to the image... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack
20070065031 - Image processing device, method and recording medium for compressing image data: An image processing device for compressing image data using conversion to spatial frequency components may include a dividing section that divides the image data into a plurality of pixel blocks and computes spatial frequency components of each pixel block; a segmenting section that computes an intensity of predetermined high frequency... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC
20070065033 - Method and apparatus for adjustable image compression: A compression rate is selected for a data file representing an image wherein an image source and an image characterization is identified. Selection of a compression rate can be based upon the image source and the image characterization. The image source can be medical imaging device such as x-ray, CT... Agent: Heller Ehrman LLP
20070065032 - Method and apparatus for boundary-based image compression: Compressing a data file representing an image wherein one or more regions within the image are identified. At least one of the regions is selected and the data corresponding to the selected region is compressed at a different rate that the data corresponding to non-selected regions of the image. The... Agent: Heller Ehrman LLP
20070065034 - Wavelet matching pursuits coding and decoding: Embodiments related to coding and/or decoding data, including for example image data, using wavelet transform and matching pursuits are disclosed.... Agent: Berkeley Law & Technology Group
20070065035 - Image processing method and two-dimension discrete cosine transformation device using the same: An image processing method and a two-dimension discrete cosine transformation device using the same method are provided. The method includes steps of reading an image pixel data block, converting the data of the image pixel data block in the form of a frequency domain, limiting the converted data in the... Agent: Rosenberg, Klein & Lee
20070065036 - Image edge enhancement apparatus and method thereof: An image edge enhancement apparatus and a method thereof used for adjusting the brightness of a pixel are provided. The image edge enhancement apparatus comprises a first edge judgment circuit, a second edge judgment circuit and a process circuit. The first edge judgment circuit retrieves the edge data of the... Agent: Rabin & Berdo, PC
20070065037 - Image reading apparatus: An image reading apparatus includes an image reader, operable to read an image corresponding to an original and a back pad, the original being placed on the back pad so that outside of the original contains an area extending in overall width of the back pad; a first data generator,... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP
20070065038 - Method for correcting an image data set, and method for generating an image corrected thereby: In a method for correction of an image data set that was acquired with a planar image detector using at least two calibration images that were acquired in a preliminary procedure, as well as a method for generation of an image from a raw image data set that was acquired... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department
20070065039 - Image capturing apparatus with image compensation and method thereof: An image capturing apparatus with image compensation and a method thereof, which can perform compensation of a user's facial image that is distorted in accordance with the position of an image capturing device such as a camera. The image capturing apparatus with image compensation includes an image capturing unit capturing... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP
20070065041 - Map image matching method and apparatus: The present application relates to an image processing apparatus which can match and combines two map images correctly.... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
20070065040 - Photo image matching method and apparatus: The present application relates to an image processing apparatus which can match and combines two images including text correctly.... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
20070065042 - Method for measuring dimensions by means of a digital camera: The distance between a first detectable point (5) and a second detectable point (6) on an object (2) is measured by means of a digital camera (1) by making a first image (7) comprising said first detectable point (5), then displacing the camera (1), and subsequently making an other image... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
20070065043 - Image processing method, image processing device and program: The present invention relates to an image processing method, image processing device and program which make it possible to shorten the processing time, and which also make it possible to set tile regions in appropriate ranges, by dividing one image into a plurality of regions and performing a transformation for... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC
20070065045 - Information management apparatus, information management method, and computer program product: A feature-amount extracting unit extracts a first feature amount of information to be registered, from the information. A searching unit searches for a second feature amount of information from a feature-amount storing unit. A similarity calculating unit calculates a similarity between the first feature amount and the second feature amount.... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman
20070065044 - Method, medium, and system with a combinational photograph thumbnail: A system, medium, and method providing a thumbnail visualizing a plurality of features representing an event to facilitate a search of images. In the system, medium, and method, photographs may be classified into groups based on metadata, e.g., embedded in a photograph file, and a thumbnail may be generated by... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP
20070065046 - Data capture apparatus with handwritten data receiving component: A data capturing module combined with a portable data terminal of the hand-held type to record handwritten data. Using a digitized pad, the module can provide for direct input of handwritten data into the system, or a peripheral digital scanner can be employed to provide for data entry. Depending upon... Agent: John H. Sherman C/o Legal Department03/15/2007 > 52 patent applications in 32 patent subcategories. list of published pending patents
20070058835 - Screen image authentication: A method of verifying the authenticity of an image (1) rendered on a display screen (10) involves using a graphical representation of an authentication code (2) associated with the image. The graphical representation of the authentication code is also rendered on the display screen, while optional guide marks (3) may... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
20070058836 - Object classification in video data: A method to classify objects labels objects as human, vehicle, multiple human, or other based on output from a motion detection algorithm. Features that are extracted from the blob, such as size, shape, and area, form a basis of the classification. The extracted features are subjected to various mathematical analyses... Agent: Honeywell International Inc.
20070058838 - Object position detecting apparatus, map creating apparatus, autonomous mobile apparatus, object position detecting method, and computer program product for object position detection: An object position detecting apparatus includes range sensors, each sensing an object within a sensing region and obtaining an object information indicating existence of the object, image capturing units, each capturing an image data for the sensing region, a distance calculating unit that calculates approximate values of distances from the... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
20070058839 - System and method for capturing facial and body motion: A system and method for capturing motion comprises a motion capture volume adapted to contain at least one actor having body markers defining plural body points and facial markers defining plural facial points. A plurality of body motion cameras and a plurality of facial motion cameras are arranged around a... Agent: Brian M Berliner, Esq O'melveny & Myers, LLP
20070058837 - Video motion detection using block processing: A system detects motion in video data. In an embodiment, a difference frame is created by comparing the pixels from a first frame and a second frame. The difference frame is divided up into blocks of pixels, and the system calculates standard deviations on a block basis. A threshold value... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth, P.A.
20070058840 - Cascading inspection system and process: A process is provided for inspecting an absorbent article constructed from multiple components. A filtered image is produced from the absorbent article. In the image of the absorbent article, a nonlinear first edge and a second edge are identified at a location where there is a course change in contrast.... Agent: The Procter & Gamble Company Intellectual Property Division
20070058841 - Personal identification and method: Personal identification is implemented by picking up finger vein patterns when the user naturally grasps a grip such as doorknob. The device for personal identification has a light source provided to irradiate light on the finger from the palm side, a camera to pick up the vessel image of the... Agent: Mattingly, Stanger, Malur & Brundidge, P.C.
20070058842 - Storage of video analysis data for real-time alerting and forensic analysis: A method and apparatus for storing video data is provided. Video data, that comprises a series of frames, is received. Information about changes that are detected in the series of frames is generated. The information is aggregated to generate a plurality of video data change records. Each video data change... Agent: Hickman Palermo Truong & Becker, LLP
20070058843 - Secure identification device for verifying operator identity: A fingerprint registration and verification device and system for a public amusement ride to prevent unauthorized persons from starting and operating the ride. The device can, with the addition of the required number of power relays, can be used on rides having any operating voltage. The device consists of a... Agent: Robert V Van Gils
20070058844 - System and method for implementing algorithmic correction of image distortion within a fingerprint imaging system: A software implemented system and method for algorithmic correction of systematic image distortions within fingerprint imaging systems. The system and method may implement a three dimensional geometric model of a fingerprint imaging system to discover where a configuration prescribed by a conceptual fingerprint imaging system and an actual configuration of... Agent: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP
20070058847 - Image processing method: A method for processing a medical image represented by a digital image signal and accompanying image identification data wherein upon processing of one of the image and the image identifying data, a corresponding change of the other is effectuated.... Agent: Houston Eliseeva
20070058845 - Method for detecting abnormalities in medical screening: A computer-aided detection process for interpreting body images using knowledge based SMART algorithms. The process interprets, in real time, body scan images submitted from screening centers and other certified medical practitioners around the world, and then renders an accurate, reliable and reproducible analysis of each patient's health status relative to... Agent: Nicholas A. Diakides
20070058848 - Method of determining and correcting non-linear detector pixels: A method of determining and correcting non-linear detector pixels by: recording a test image illuminated by X-ray beams with a detector constructed pixel by pixel; performing offset correction and gain correction of the recorded test image to establish a corrected test image; filtering the corrected test image with a suitable... Agent: Graybeal, Jackson, Haley LLP
20070058846 - Three-dimensional image processing apparatus, three-dimensional image processing method and control program used in three-dimensional image processing apparatus: A 3D-image processing apparatus comprising a first acquisition device, a second acquisition device, and a computing unit. The first acquisition device acquires displacement information about first 3D-imaging data and second 3D-imaging data different from the first 3D-imaging data. The first 3D-imaging data represents one of three-dimensional images different in diagnostic... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20070058849 - Region delineation in computer tomographic angiography: The semi-automatic extraction and delineation of the cardiac region of interest in computer tomographic angiography images is time consuming and requires an experienced operator. According to the present invention, a completely automatic delineation and extraction of the CROI is provided, wherein the chest wall is detected and the region where... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
20070058850 - Method for automatic construction of 2d statistical shape model for the lung regions: A method for automatic construction of 2D statistical shape models for the lung regions in chest radiographic images. The method includes: extracting the anatomical structure contours from a chest radiograph image; generating a polygonal shape approximation for each contour; aligning a plurality of polygonal shape approximations by minimizing their distance;... Agent: Pamela R. Crocker Patent Legal Staff
20070058851 - Confirming cancellation of truncated checks: A method of operating a check processing system includes scanning a check on a first occasion to generate a first image of the check. The first image is transmitted to a financial institution. The check is scanned on a second occasion later than the first occasion to generate a second... Agent: Pitney Bowes Inc. 35 Waterview Drive
20070058852 - Reference image generation from subject image for photolithography mask analysis: A reference image is generated from a subject image of at least a portion of a photolithography mask to enable a photolithography mask inspection and analysis system that otherwise cannot generate a reference image from a reference die or digitized design data, for example, to perform a mask analysis using... Agent: Bever, Hoffman & Harms, LLP
20070058853 - Substrate inspection system: A substrate inspection system is formed with an inspection device associated with a reflow process at the end of a series of production processes for substrates, image collectors each associated with a different one of the production processes upstream to the reflow process and an image display device for receiving... Agent: Beyer Weaver LLP
20070058854 - Gear pattern inspection system: A method and apparatus for evaluating gears includes an imaging system that provides a non-contact method of evaluating gear meshing using technology that is quick, robust, and provides information not available at production rates from human inspection. The method and apparatus includes one or more imaging devices, illumination, and a... Agent: Van Dyke, Gardner, Linn And Burkhart, LLP
20070058855 - Method for rapidly establishing image space relation using plane filtering constraint: A method for rapidly building image space relation using plane filtering limitation is provided. The method comprises first getting a plurality of continuous image data taken from different shooting angles. Then, a plurality of feature points of the image data is initialized. Next, a number of feature points of those... Agent: J.c. Patents, Inc.
20070058856 - Character recoginition in video data: An example method of recognizing characters in video data includes (i) Obtaining a binary image from a scene in video data; (ii) segmenting characters in the binary image (e.g., by using region labeling); and (iii) using a character recognition model to recognize the segmented characters. The method may be incorporated... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth, P.A.
20070058857 - Method and apparatus for adjusting size of image: A method for transforming an original image to a new image is provided. The original image includes M rows of original data; the new image includes Q rows of new data. The method first generates a (2i−1)th row and a (2i)th row of intermediate data respectively based on the (2i−1)th... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch
20070058858 - Method and system for recommending a product based upon skin color estimated from an image: Embodiments of the present invention recite a computer implemented method for recommending a product based upon skin color estimated from a single captured image. In one embodiment of the present invention, a skin color estimate which is generated from a single captured image is accessed. The skin color estimate is... Agent: Hewlett Packard Company
20070058860 - Method and system for skin color estimation from an image: Embodiments of the present invention recite a computer implemented method and system for estimating skin color from an image. In embodiments of the present invention, an image of a subject and of an imaged reference color set is accessed. In embodiments of the present invention, a controlled infrastructure is not... Agent: Hewlett Packard Company
20070058861 - Projection system, information processing apparatus and method of generating modified-image data: A projection system is provided which includes: an information processing apparatus that carries out image processing on an image of an image source in which color tone of each pixel is represented with a predetermined amount of information; a projector that projects an image based on an image data signal... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC
20070058859 - True color communication: Embodiments of the present invention recite a system and method for conveying the true color of a subject. In one embodiment, the present invention comprises an image capture device, an imaged reference color set comprising at least one reference color, and a control reference color set comprising at least one... Agent: Hewlett Packard Company
20070058862 - Histogram equalization method for a vision-based occupant sensing system: A histogram equalization technique facilitates edge detection of objects imaged by a vision-based occupant sensing system by segmenting the brightness continuum of an imaging chip into predefined regions, and adjusting pixel intensities corresponding to identified histogram clusters within a given brightness region to redistribute the clusters within that region. This... Agent: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
20070058863 - Label detection: A system and a method to detect a label are described herein. The system and method are to extract a horizontal region of interest based on the image; to extract a vertical region of interest based on the image; and to identify presence of the primary label in the image... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth, P.A.
20070058864 - Method for auto-cropping a scanned image: The present invention provides a method for dynamically refine the threshold values of R(Red), G(Green), B(Blue) colors for determining a borderline pixel in response to the values of a background image, thereby to precisely determine the borderlines of the Area of Interest (AOI). The method of the invention first searches... Agent: Berkeley Law & Technology Group
20070058865 - System and methods for image segmentation in n-dimensional space: A system and methods for the efficient segmentation of globally optimal surfaces representing object boundaries in volumetric datasets is provided. An optical surface detection system and methods are provided that are capable of simultaneously detecting multiple interacting surfaces in which the optimality is controlled by the cost functions designed for... Agent: Charles C. Valauskas Baniak Pine & Gannon
20070058866 - Technique for bit-accurate comfort noise addition: The addition of comfort noise to an image serves to hide compression artifacts. To facilitate comfort noise addition, supplemental information accompanying a video image contains at least one parameter that specifies an attribute regarding comfort noise. Typically, the supplemental information includes parameters that function to turn the comfort noise on... Agent: Thomson Licensing Inc.
20070058867 - Portable device which does translation and retrieval of information related to a text object: The present invention provides a method, system and apparatus for translation and retrieval of information related to a text object. In a preferred embodiment, the apparatus comprises a housing with a viewing area for viewing text objects placed under the viewing area and a scanner that is capable of scanning... Agent: Ibm Corp (ya) C/o Yee & Associates PC
20070058868 - Character reader, character reading method, and character reading program: A character reader 1 includes: a handwriting information obtaining part that obtains handwriting information of a character which is handwritten on a sheet 4 with a digital pen 2; a character image generating part that generates partial character images in order in which the character is written, based on the... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
20070058869 - Image selection device and image selection method: When image data are input from a memory card or the like, a printing apparatus detects face region captured in these image data. Where the size and position of a face region fall within permitted ranges therefor set in advance in a permitted range table derived via sense evaluation testing,... Agent: Martine Penilla & Gencarella, LLP
20070058870 - Reducing false positives for automatic computerized detection of objects: A computer-implemented method for identifying an object of interest includes providing input data including an image and a candidate for the object of interest in the image, extracting a boundary of the candidate, and extracting a segment of a region of interest containing the candidate. The method further includes determining... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department
20070058871 - Probabilistic wavelet synopses for multiple measures: A technique for building probabilistic wavelet synopses for multi-measure data sets is provided. In the presence of multiple measures, it is demonstrated that the problem of exact probabilistic coefficient thresholding becomes significantly more complex. An algorithmic formulation for probabilistic multi-measure wavelet thresholding based on the idea of partial-order dynamic programming... Agent: Patterson & Sheridan, LLP/ Lucent Technologies, Inc
20070058873 - Data processing apparatus and method and recording medium: JPEG encoded data are entropy-decoded to quantized DCT coefficients which are sent to a prediction tap extraction circuit (41) and to a class tap extraction circuit (42). The prediction tap extraction circuit (41) and the class tap extraction circuit (42) extract what is needed from the quantized DCT coefficients to... Agent: Frommer Lawrence & Haug
20070058872 - Method and apparatus for generating thumbnail of digital image: A method and apparatus for generating a thumbnail in a size requested by an application at high definition and high speed to browse a digital image are provided. An original image is partially decoded to generate a first thumbnail and the first thumbnail is partially decoded to generate a second... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070058874 - Image data compressing apparatus and method: Data which needs to be retained with a high resolution and data which needs not to be retained therewith can be identified, compressed efficiently, and handled with ease. An image data compressing method, comprising dividing an input image into blocks to output blocked image data by means of a block... Agent: Foley And Lardner LLP Suite 500
20070058875 - Image data decoding apparatus and method: The image data decoding apparatus comprises a separating section 1005-1 for separating the synthesized-compressed data to compressed data with every resolution, decoding sections 1005-2, 1005-3 for decoding separated and compressed data with a first resolution to obtain first high-resolution data and also decoding compressed data with a second resolution obtained... Agent: Foley And Lardner LLP Suite 500
20070058877 - Method of adaptively encoding and decoding motion image and apparatus therefor: In a method of adaptively encoding input image data of a motion image in accordance with a temporal complexity of the motion image, and an apparatus therefore, the temporal complexity of the input image data is calculated. Next, an original frame rate of the input image data is converted into... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP
20070058876 - Moving image data management apparatus and method: A moving image data management apparatus which manages one or plural representative images in correspondence with a moving image recorded on a storage medium. The apparatus generates a thumbnail based on a frame image selected in a desired selection base in an arbitrary section designated in the moving image, in... Agent: Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto
20070058879 - Automatic detection of panoramic camera position and orientation table parameters: A panoramic camera is configured to automatically determine parameters of a table upon which the camera is situated as well as positional information of the camera relative to the table. In an initialization stage, table edges are detected to create an edge map. A Hough transformation-like symmetry voting operation is... Agent: Microsoft Corporation Attn: Patent Group Docketing Department
20070058878 - Method for simulating film grain by mosaicing pre-computer samples: Film grain is simulated in an output image using pre-established blocks of film grain from a pool of pre-established blocks. Successive film grain blocks are selected by matching the average intensity of a block from the pool to the average intensity of a successive one of a set of M×N... Agent: Thomson Licensing Inc.
20070058880 - Method and system for treating noise in a generated image: A process and system for improving a digital image of an object defined by pixels, acquired at the instant t and generated from an X-ray detector receiving X-rays emitted by a source. The process includes: determining a predicted image of the object at the instant t as a function of... Agent: Cantor Colburn, LLP
20070058882 - Applying localized image effects of varying intensity: A method for applying localized image effects to digital images is provided. The method includes receiving a selection representing a location in proximity to a region in the digital image requiring one or more correction. The region requiring correction is processed by an image processing engine to determine the boundaries... Agent: Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. (c/o Microsoft Corporation)
20070058881 - Image capture using a fiducial reference pattern: Systems and methods are provided related to a system for imaging an object and a fiducial reference pattern that is projected onto or beside the object. The captured image of the fiducial reference pattern is used to detect a distortion in the captured image of the object.... Agent: Agilent Technologies Inc.
20070058883 - Image processing method and x-ray ct system: An object of the present invention is to provide an image processing method for reducing noises without causing a side effect and an X-ray CT system that performs the image processing. An input image is wavelet-transformed using a gradient form. Resultant wavelet vectors are classified into categories of strongly edged... Agent: Patrick W. Rasche Armstrong Teasdale LLP
20070058884 - Auto collage: It is required to provide an automated process for forming a visually appealing digital collage (also referred to as a tapestry or photomontage) from a plurality of input images. Input images and a collage are labeled. Labels in the collage specify which regions of the input images are used to... Agent: Lee & Hayes PLLC
20070058885 - Method and system for image registration quality confirmation and improvement: A system and method for confirming the accuracy of an image registration process is provided. The method includes: receiving a first image that depicts a scene area; defining a comparison area within a second image that includes the scene area; obtaining a registration model that registers the first image to... Agent: Harness Dickey & Pierce, PLC
20070058886 - System and method for editing digital images: A system and method for editing digital images are described. The system for editing digital images forms an image template containing a selected record of one or more image editing operations performed on a first image to obtain a first edited image. The image template also contains the first edited... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman03/08/2007 > 67 patent applications in 35 patent subcategories. list of published pending patents
20070053549 - Digital watermarking systems and methods: The present invention relates to digital watermarking systems and methods. In a first implementation, so-called movie studio rough-cuts are watermarked to provide a forensic tracking clue or to provide security for distributed rough-cuts. In another implementation, a watermark is determined for a compressed video object. The watermark is compressed as... Agent: Digimarc Corporation
20070053548 - Embedding hidden auxiliary code signals in media: Methods for embedding and reading identification codes from media signals use embedded code signals modulated with the auxiliary message. These embedded code signals convey hidden tracking codes in images, video, music and printed objects. The embedded code signals are embedded by varying characteristics of the signal. The identification code varies... Agent: Digimarc Corporation
20070053550 - Reversible watermarking using expansion, rate control and iterative embedding: Reversible watermarking methods enable auxiliary data to be embedded in data sets, such as images, audio, video and software. The reversible nature of the method enables the original data set to be perfectly restored. Control systems with feedback loops are used to optimize embedding based on distortion or auxiliary data... Agent: Digimarc Corporation
20070053551 - Driving support apparatus: Disclosed is an apparatus which, even when it becomes impossible to take an image of a mobile object due to existence of an obstacle to hide the mobile object, is capable of making a simulatory screen display of the mobile object, thereby notifying a driver of a risk of collision... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP
20070053552 - Image qualification for optical navigation sensor: An image qualification method. A movements-determining method utilizes the image qualification, the image qualification method of which requires only an image frame to determine if the image frame is qualified. Thus, the image qualification proceeds in real time. The image qualification counts peaks of images of the frame to determine... Agent: Randy W. Tung Tung & Associates
20070053566 - Apparatus and method for processing an ultrasound image: The present invention relates to an apparatus for processing an ultrasound image of a target object including a periodically moving object, including: an ROI setting unit for setting regions of interest (ROIs) to each of frames constituting ultrasound volume data acquired from a target object; a VOI setting unit for... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.c.
20070053554 - Display and analysis of multicotrast- weighted magnetic resonance images: A multicontrast-weighted acquisition of three images is performed with an MRI system. Each image is normalized and then mapped to a separate color channel. A composite color image is formed by combining all the color channels, and this image is displayed or analyzed to identify different tissue types therein.... Agent: Quarles & Brady LLP
20070053567 - Image interpretation report creating apparatus: An image interpretation report creating apparatus for retrieving a key image corresponding to that in the previous examination from among images taken in this examination to display it on an image display terminal. The apparatus includes: a follow-up observation examination determining unit for determining whether this examination is an object... Agent: Sughrue Mion, Pllc
20070053565 - Image processing apparatus, image processing method, and program: An image processing apparatus which processes image data includes a plurality of modes of operation for processing the image data; and a first manipulating member which is manipulated during a first one of the modes of operation, wherein in the first mode of operation, a process is run which is... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
20070053564 - Image processing method and computer readable medium for image processing: Failure part is detected using calculated structure information. In one embodiment, the failure part is detected by comparing path node positions, numbers of node positions, branch lengths, and branch positions. That is, it is detected that although nodes a2 and a3 exist in structure information N in phase N, corresponding... Agent: Pearne & Gordon LLP
20070053556 - Iterative data reconstruction: Iterative algorithms which may be used for image reconstruction, consisting of alternating projections and backprojections usually have a slow convergence, due to correlations between simultaneously processed data and consequently a low image quality. According to the present invention, a filtering step is introduced before backprojection, allowing a parallel processing without... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
20070053555 - Medical image display method and apparatus: A medical image display method of this invention includes an organ display step for displaying an image of a predetermined organ including a desired blood vessel in a medical image on a display unit; a blood vessel selection step for selecting the desired blood vessel from the image of the... Agent: Cooper & Dunham, LLP
20070053569 - Method and apparatus for automated image analysis of biological specimens: A method and apparatus for automated cell analysis of biological specimens automatically scans at a low magnification to acquire images which are analyzed to determine candidate cell objects of interest. The low magnification images are converted from a first color space to a second color space. The color space converted... Agent: Fish & Richardson, Pc
20070053559 - Method and apparatus for identifying mole growth: A mole analysis program generates a digital signature for a first mole, based on a digital image of first, second, and third moles. The program may then determine whether the first mole matches a previously imaged mole, based on the digital signature for the first mole and baseline data with... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman
20070053561 - Method and apparatus for identifying mole growth: A mole analysis program generates a digital signature for a first mole, based on a digital image of first, second, and third moles. The program may then determine whether the first mole matches a previously imaged mole, based on the digital signature for the first mole and baseline data with... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman
20070053557 - Method and system for detection of undesirable images: A method for detecting undesirable images within an image sequence, comprising the steps of receiving the image sequence; computing one or more associated image characteristics for a group of images, wherein the group of images includes at least one image from the image sequence; identifying any undesirable group of images... Agent: Pamela R. Crocker Patent Legal Staff
20070053560 - Method and system for performing patient specific analysis of disease relevant changes of a disease in an anatomical structure: A method for performing patient specific analysis of disease relevant changes of a disease in an anatomical structure of interest is provided. The method comprises determining a percentage of the anatomical structure that is encompassed by a diseased tissue region using a patient specific healthy tissue model. The method then... Agent: General Electric Company Global Research
20070053558 - Method, apparatus and computer program for contour detection of vessels using x-ray densitometry: A method has been described for deriving contour data in X-Ray images for vessels with differential absorption through applying a contour-finding algorithm on a shadow image and finding the vessel borders through segmentation based on image intensities. In particular, the method uses the following steps: finding a densitometric area of... Agent: Gordon & Jacobson, P.c.
20070053562 - Methods of smoothing segmented regions and related devices: Automated methods for segmenting and smoothing volumes of interest, such as the mediastinal boundary of a lung. Devices and systems configured to perform the automated methods.... Agent: Fulbright & Jaworski L.l.p.
20070053568 - Osteotomy procedure: An osteotomy resection procedure for removing a wedge from a bone utilizing a localization device. The localization device being used to track reference points associated with the bone, track surgical instruments, perform calculations to determine a resection angle for the wedge, and assist a surgeon in performing the procedure.... Agent: Synnestvedt & Lechner, LLP
20070053563 - Probabilistic boosting tree framework for learning discriminative models: A probabilistic boosting tree framework for computing two-class and multi-class discriminative models is disclosed. In the learning stage, the probabilistic boosting tree (PBT) automatically constructs a tree in which each node combines a number of weak classifiers (e.g., evidence, knowledge) into a strong classifier or conditional posterior probability. The PBT... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department
20070053553 - Protocol-based volume visualization: A system for visualizing a 3D volume, in particular for medical applications, includes an input 1010 for receiving a three-dimensional set of data representing voxel values of the 3D volume. The data set is stored in a storage 1030. A processor projects the volume onto an imaginary 2D projection screen... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
20070053570 - Image processing method, and computer-readable recording medium in which image processing program is recorded: An image processing method for processing 3-dimensional CT data obtained from a 3-dimensional object composed of a single block is provided. The image processing method includes: a start point setting step of setting a start point of continuity in the 3-dimensional CT data to the single block; and a continuity... Agent: Ladas & Parry
20070053571 - Image searching apparatus, image printing apparatus, print ordering system, over-the-counter printing terminal apparatus, image capturing apparatus, image searching program and method: An image searching apparatus comprising: a readout section which reads out image data in which an image of a subject and identification information capable of uniquely identifying the subject are related; an input section for inputting identification information indicating a search target subject and an outward characteristic image of the... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch
20070053572 - Method for operating an x-ray diagnostics device: The present invention relates to a process for decomposing organic hydroperoxides in the presence of a catalyst. It provides a process for decomposing organic hydroperoxides in the presence of a catalyst into a mixture of alcohols and ketones, in which the catalyst comprises at least one ruthenium-based catalytically active metallic... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department
20070053573 - Color unmixing and region of interest detection in tissue samples: In a method and system and machine-readable medium, colors in an image (200) are unmixed (202) using a matrix X=AS, where A is a ns×nd matrix of spectral definitions, where s is the number of spectral components and d is the number of dyes into which the image is decomposed,... Agent: Nath & Associates
20070053574 - Real time image quality analysis and verification: A configurable image quality analysis system for use at a point of presentment includes an input receptive of an item image of a physical item at least partially embodying a financial transaction. An image quality module is adapted to perform a plurality of image quality tests on the item image... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20070053575 - System and method for detecting a streak in a compressed gray scale image: A system and method for detecting a streak in a JPEG image. A system is provided that includes an extraction system for extracting a DC value from each cell block in the compressed image; an identification system for identifying a peak DC value in each rank of cell blocks within... Agent: Hoffman, Warnick & D'alessandro Llc
20070053576 - Phase shifting test mask patterns for characterizing illumination and mask quality in image forming optical systems: The present invention presents three new classes of phase-shifting mask patterns. In optical image forming systems, a mask with phase shifted regions can act as a precision instrument for characterizing imaging. Three new classes of phase-shifting mask patterns have been invented to characterize projection printing tool illumination and phase-shifting mask... Agent: Beyer Weaver & Thomas, LLP
20070053578 - Pattern inspection apparatus and method and reticle for use therein: A method and apparatus for performing appropriate inspection by selecting a pattern comparison technique in accordance with the pattern feature of an object being tested are disclosed. The pattern inspection apparatus includes an optical image acquisition unit which acquires an optical image of the test object. A plurality of types... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.c.
20070053577 - Production of test patterns for test inspection: A method and an arrangement for a testing of substrates provided with a predetermined pattern, in particular circuit boards with an application of solder paste. In accordance with the invention the actual pattern applied to the substrate by means of a printing or structuring process is optically detected, the optically... Agent: Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
20070053581 - Defect inspection system: The present invention relates to a defect inspection system which can perform inspection condition setting easily in a relatively short period of time, can examine the inspection condition setting even when there is no sample, and further can provide an inspection condition and a defect signal intensity to a person,... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP
20070053580 - Image defect inspection apparatus, image defect inspection system, defect classifying apparatus, and image defect inspection method: An image defect inspection apparatus, which detects a gray level difference between corresponding pixels in two inspection images and which, if the gray level difference exceeds a detection threshold value, judges that one or the other of the pixels in the two inspection images represents a defect, comprises: a variance... Agent: Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP
20070053579 - Outer surface-inspecting method, master patterns used therefor, and outer surface-inspecting apparatus equipped with such a master pattern: The invention is to provide an outer surface-inspecting method, a master pattern and an outer surface-inspecting apparatus, which can eliminate severe positional alignment of the master pattern, avoid erroneous judgment taking acceptable products as unacceptable ones and suppress increase in number of standard pattern portions to be prepared as a... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney Pc
20070053583 - Image correcting apparatus, pattern inspection apparatus, and image correcting method, and reticle: A method and apparatus for appropriately correcting a displacement or a distortion between an optical image and a reference image or both the optical image and the reference image by using characteristics of a pattern of an object to be inspected are disclosed. An image correcting apparatus includes an optical... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.c.
20070053582 - Sample inspection apparatus, image alignment method, and program-recorded readable recording medium: A sample inspection apparatus according to an aspect of the present invention includes a first SSD calculating unit which calculates the displacement amount from a preliminary alignment position of an optical image and a reference image to a position where the SSD of a pixel value of the optical image... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.c.
20070053584 - Image recognition apparatus: An image processing unit determines the size of a circumscribed quadrangle of the target object, and predicts the overlap of the two different objects. If overlap is predicted, the target object is divided into two divided regions L_b and R_b containing the left and right edges of the target object... Agent: Carrier Blackman And Associates
20070053585 - Accelerated face detection based on prior probability of a view: A method and system for detecting faces at different views within images that allocates the computational effort based on a prior probability associated with a view is provided. A face detection system determines whether an image contains a face using detectors that are adapted to detect faces at various views... Agent: Perkins Coie LLP/msft
20070053586 - Image processing apparatus and image processing method: When a user instructs photographing by operating an operating unit, an image captured by an image sensor is stored as a photographed image in a memory. When a mode for performing color fading correction is set, the CPU instructs an image processing device to extract, from the photographed image, an... Agent: Frishauf, Holtz, Goodman & Chick, Pc
20070053587 - Techniques to improve contrast enhancement using a luminance histogram: An apparatus, system, method, and article for enhancing video sharpness are described. The apparatus may include a media processing node having a contrast enhancement module. The contrast enhancement module may receive an input image having multiple luminance regions, and create an output image using a luminance histogram and a luminance... Agent: Kacvinsky Llc C/o Intellevate
20070053588 - Method for retrieving original intact characteristics of heavily polluted images and its image processing: A method for retrieving original intact characteristics of images heavily polluted by Gaussian impulse noises is based on the fuzzy automata theory retrieves the characteristics of images heavily corrupted by Gaussian impulse noises. The retrieved characteristics are represented with fuzzy sets, each of which is also called a fuzzy partition... Agent: Chao-lieh Chen
20070053589 - Method and system for segmenting image data: Methods and system for segmenting image data are provided. The method includes fitting a topological atlas to acquired image data and generating spatially varying priors based on the fitted topological atlas. The method further includes segmenting the acquired image data based on the spatially varying priors.... Agent: The Small Patent Law Group LLP
20070053590 - Image recognition apparatus and its method: An image recognition method or apparatus, the method comprising: inputting an image containing an object to be recognized; creating an input subspace from the inputted image; storing a model subspace to represent three-dimensional object models respectively for different environments; projectively transforming the input subspace in a manner to suppress an... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
20070053591 - Method and system of handling the selection of alternates for recognized words: Methods and systems for facilitating the selection of alternates for hand written word. Rules select words user based on operating modes and cursor positions and sequential orderings. User interfaces can also be used to select words and to provide alternates for the selected words having alternates. Words that the recognizer... Agent: Workman Nydegger/microsoft
20070053592 - Method and system of handling the selection of alternates for recognized words: Methods and systems for facilitating the selection of alternates for hand written word. Rules select words user based on operating modes and cursor positions and sequential orderings. User interfaces can also be used to select words and to provide alternates for the selected words having alternates. Words that the recognizer... Agent: Workman Nydegger/microsoft
20070053593 - Method and system of handling the selection of alternates for recognized words: Methods and systems for facilitating the selection of alternates for hand written word. Rules select words user based on operating modes and cursor positions and sequential orderings. User interfaces can also be used to select words and to provide alternates for the selected words having alternates. Words that the recognizer... Agent: Workman Nydegger/microsoft
20070053594 - Process for the acquisition of images from a probe with a light scanning electron microscope: Process for the acquisition of images from a probe with a light scanning electron microscope, wherein detected image data that correspond to three dimensional probe regions are detected and stored to memory, wherein data compression ensues in that the data of images lying next to one another and over one... Agent: Jacobson Holman Pllc
20070053595 - Multi-resolution signal decomposition level selection: Multi-resolution Signal Decomposition (MSD) levels for wavelet decomposition are determined automatically in real time. At each level of decomposition, local high frequency variations are eliminated or processed, while gradual patterns present in process control data are considered for further levels of decomposition. These wavelet coefficients are the approximate coefficients, are... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth, P.a.
20070053596 - Image processing apparatus, image processing method and storage medium storing program thereof: An image processing apparatus includes an image element allocation unit that allocates image elements included in input image data to any of plural mutually-different coding processings, in accordance with a allocation reference, a coding unit that encodes, by the respective coding processings, the image elements allocated to the respective coding... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, Plc
20070053598 - Compression encoder, compression encoding method and program: A rate control unit performs data truncation on a code sequence having been sorted and bit shifted as shown in FIG. 10 so that a desired noise reduction effect is achieved. The data truncation occurs in sequence from the rightmost bit. For example, in FIG. 10, data is truncated from... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.c.
20070053599 - Compression encoder, compression encoding method and program: A rate control unit performs data truncation on a code sequence having been sorted and bit shifted as shown in FIG. 10 so that a desired noise reduction effect is achieved. The data truncation occurs in sequence from the rightmost bit. For example, in FIG. 10, data is truncated from... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.c.
20070053597 - Reduced dimension wavelet matching pursuits coding and decoding: Embodiments related to coding and/or decoding data, including for example image data, using wavelet transform and matching pursuits are disclosed.... Agent: Berkeley Law & Technology Group
20070053600 - Method and apparatus for encoding and decoding key value data of coordinate interpolator: A method and an apparatus for encoding/decoding key value data of a coordinate interpolator used in a three-dimensional graphic animation are provided. The apparatus for encoding key value data of a coordinate interpolator representing the position of each vertex of an object using coordinates of each of the vertices including... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney Pc
20070053602 - Image processing apparatus and method: An image processing apparatus segments an image into a plurality of regions in accordance with attributes of a plurality of types, and acquires feature amount data from image information of a region of a first attribute (an image region) from among the plurality of regions. The apparatus then applies compression... Agent: Cowan Liebowitz & Latman P.c. John J Torrente
20070053601 - Optimized lossless data compression methods: A method for losslessly encoding and compressing and decoding original, raw, raster data, and other files by optimizing the results of preprocessing and transformation techniques. Four stages are involved: pre-processing during which the data is replaced by predictive values and the deviations from the predictive value; mapping each block through... Agent: Gottlieb Rackman & Reisman Pc
20070053603 - Low complexity bases matching pursuits data coding and decoding: Embodiments related to coding data using a transform, and matching pursuits utilizing a relatively low complexity dictionary are disclosed.... Agent: Berkeley Law & Technology Group
20070053604 - Multi-codec transforming and/or inverse transforming system, medium, and method: A transforming and/or inverse transforming system, medium, and method for a multi-codec. The transforming system includes a first matrix storage storing 1-dimensional DCT (discrete cosine transform) matrixes corresponding to respective transformation techniques, a second matrix storage storing 2-dimensional DCT matrixes corresponding to the respective transformation techniques, a 1-dimensional transformer 1-dimensionally... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP
20070053605 - Method for generation of 3-d x-ray image data of a subject: In a method for generation of 3D x-ray image data of a subject, a number of initial 2D x-ray images of the subject are acquired from various viewing directions. A number of noise-filtered 2D x-ray images are produced by, for each noise-filtered 2D image, combining at least two of the... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department
20070053607 - Image processing apparatus and method, recording medium, and program: An image processing apparatus tone-compresses input luminance values representing luminance values of an input image. The image processing apparatus includes a conversion-curve calculator configured to calculate a conversion curve that is used for tone-compressing luminance values, on the basis of a distribution of the input luminance values; a global-luminance calculator... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
20070053606 - Techniques to improve contrast enhancement: An apparatus, system, method, and article for enhancing video sharpness are described. The apparatus may include a media processing node to receive an input image having a first level of contrast, and create an output image having a second level of contrast using a scaled luminance transfer function. Other embodiments... Agent: Kacvinsky Llc C/o Intellevate
20070053608 - Method for reducing mosquito noise: A method of reducing mosquito noise in a digital image. As mosquito noise is often most plainly visible in the “background” of an image (e.g., the sky or some other backdrop to objects within an image), the luminance value of the background of the image is first determined. Then, the... Agent: Dla Piper Rudnick Gray Cary Us, LLP
20070053609 - Method for determining optimal chamfer mask coefficients for distance transform: The coefficients of a chamfer mask are, to within a multiplicative scale factor making it possible to give them an integer value, approximations of the Euclidian distances separating the pixels covered by the mask, from the pixel under analysis placed at the center of the mask. As there are at... Agent: Lowe Hauptman Gilman & Berner, LLP
20070053610 - Image processing apparatus and control method therefor: An image processing apparatus and method include providing a same label number to adjacent black pixels that form a group of black pixels, the label number provided to each group of black pixels being unique, the black pixels being included in binary read data, determining, when the number of black... Agent: Canon U.s.a. Inc. Intellectual Property Division
20070053611 - Method and system for extracting information from a document: A computer-implemented method for extracting information from a population of subject documents. The method includes modeling a document structure. The modeled document structure includes at least a document component hierarchy with at least one record type. Each record type includes at least one record part type and at least one... Agent: Kilpatrick Stockton LLP
20070053612 - System and method for anti-moire' imaging in a one dimensional sensor array: A device and process which eliminates potential moiré patterns in digitized images by employing a one-dimensional sensor array and a sampling method of the sensor signals which produces a data set of non-uniformly spaced sensor positions. This allows the spacing of the sensors to avoid having a strong “harmonic” which... Agent: Ibm Corporation (rhf)
20070053614 - Image processing apparatus and method thereof: An image processing apparatus having an image sensing unit and a subject detection unit for performing a process of detecting a subject in an image inputted from said image sensing unit, has a detection size operation unit that sets a resolution of a target object to be detected by the... Agent: Morgan & Finnegan, L.l.p.
20070053613 - Method for converting image from low resolution into high resolution: A method of scaling up an image. The method converts a source image with M*N pixels into a target image with KM*HN pixels and includes the steps of: choosing a pixel from the source image as a processing pixel; analyzing the character of the processing pixel according to values of... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch03/01/2007 > 90 patent applications in 42 patent subcategories. list of published pending patents
20070047763 - Associating first and second watermarks with audio or video content: The present invention relates generally to processing audio or video content. In one embodiment, a method is provided including receiving audio or video content, the audio or video content includes a first watermark associated therewith, the first watermark has first data indicating that the audio or video content is rights... Agent: Digimarc Corporation
20070047760 - Digital watermark detection utilizing host carrier information: The present invention generally relates to digital watermarking and steganography. In one implementation, a method is provided including acts of receiving a media signal comprising a steganographic signal redundantly embedded therein; selecting a subset of the media signal for steganographic signal detection, wherein the subset of the media signal is... Agent: Digimarc Corporation
20070047759 - Method and apparatus for embedding information in imaged data, printed material, and computer product: In an information embedding apparatus, an image selecting unit selects original image data from an original image data group, a decoder detects a code from the selected original image data, and a candidate code determining unit calculates a candidate code. A candidate code embedding unit embeds the candidate code in... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP
20070047764 - Method for applying a digital watermark to an output image from a computer program: A visible digital watermark is applied to output images from a computer program. Various attributes of the watermark are modified from image to image, making the watermark difficult to remove. For example, a watermark indicating “not for commercial use” can be applied to all output images from the program. Such... Agent: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.l.l.c.
20070047762 - Methods and apparatus for hiding data in halftone images: We propose methods for generating a halftone image, in which each pixel takes one of two tone values. The generated image contains hidden data, which is present at data storage pixels chosen using a pseudo-random number generator. In a first case, the data is hidden within an existing halftone image... Agent: Berkeley Law & Technology Group
20070047765 - Methods and apparatus to process media: The presently claimed invention relates generally to digital watermarking and processing media files. In one implementation, a method is provided including: obtaining first media; obtaining second media; aggregating the first media and the second media to yield a unit; and examining the unit for the presence of a digital watermark.... Agent: Digimarc Corporation
20070047766 - Methods for steganographic encoding media: The present invention relates to digital watermarking and steganographic encoding. In one implementation, contours associated with vector graphics are modulated to steganographically hide a message. Additional implementations are described and claimed.... Agent: Digimarc Corporation
20070047761 - Methods of analyzing human facial symmetry and balance to provide beauty advice: A method of analyzing a person's facial features to assist in facial image makeover and hair styling comprising uploading a working image of the person onto a computer, determining horizontal balance data, determining spatial balance data, determining feature balance data, determining natural hair growth pattern data, determining color balance data,... Agent: Symonics, Inc.
20070047758 - Tamper-resistant text stream watermarking: A tamper-resistant text stream watermarking system is provided. Content such as any text-based document including programming code is encoded with a watermarking mechanism. The mechanism modifies the text itself according to a preset repeating pattern without changing the substance. Examples include patterned use of white spaces, contractions, abbreviations, order of... Agent: Merchant & Gould (microsoft)
20070047768 - Capturing and processing facial motion data: Capturing and processing facial motion data includes: coupling a plurality of sensors to target points on a facial surface of an actor; capturing frame by frame images of the plurality of sensors disposed on the facial surface of the actor using at least one motion capture camera disposed on a... Agent: Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
20070047767 - Image processing equipment: A design for the high speed identification of a pedestrian at an image is provided, having an input feature vector generation unit 23b for generating, based on an image of an object, an input feature vector u that includes as elements the object's size, the object's upper portion shape, and... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLP
20070047769 - Method for the automatic recognition of an object in an image: To enable a rapid and safe automatic recognition of the position of the catheter, particularly for an electrophysiological examination with an automatic control system of an electrode catheter, a two-stage image evaluation of an x-ray fluoroscopy image is provided. In the first analysis step, frequency polygons are herewith developed as... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department
20070047771 - Authentication apparatus: An authentication apparatus includes an input unit which inputs information on a user's fingerprint, an enrolled-image storage which stores a plurality of enrolled images, namely a plurality of fingerprint images, to be verified against a fingerprint image generated by the input unit, and an authentication unit which authenticates the user's... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP
20070047770 - Multiple biometrics enrollment and verification system: A system and method for providing quick retrieval of personal medical history profile is disclosed. The method includes maintaining in a database for each of a plurality of individuals a medical history profile and corresponding at least one biometric characteristic. The medical history profile is retrieved from the database based... Agent: Mark D. Saralino (general) Renner, Otto, Boisselle & Sklar, LLP
20070047773 - Digital processing of an iris image: A method of digital processing of an image of the iris of an eye or the like, including at least a first filtering step corresponding to a morphological closing by a first structuring element corresponding to a disk having a radius in number of pixels approximately corresponding to the thickness... Agent: Stmicroelectronics Inc. C/o Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC
20070047772 - Methods and systems for biometric identification: A method for identifying an iris image can include obtaining an iris image of an eye, segmenting the iris image, generating, from the segmented iris image, a normalized iris image, and generating, from the normalized iris image, an iris template. The method can also include generating a modified iris template... Agent: Patent Docket Administrator Lowenstein Sandler P.C.
20070047775 - Image processing apparatus and method and program: An image processing apparatus includes a face-image detector configured to detect a region of a face image from an image supplied thereto; a face-direction detector configured to detect a direction that a face in the detected face image is facing; a feature-position detector configured to detect feature positions corresponding to... Agent: Frommer Lawrence & Haug
20070047774 - Method and apparatus for performing enrollment of 2d and 3d face biometrics: A device for performing enrollment of 2D and 3D face biometrics captures an image of a pattern projected on an object, such as a human face, and distorted on the 3D surface and an image of a two-dimensional (2D) surface of the object. These images can be used for identification... Agent: Fenwick & West LLP
20070047783 - Apparatus and methods for capturing a fingerprint: An apparatus and methods for capturing a fingerprint are provided. In a first example method, first fingerprint image may be obtained in a guard region within a captured image, the guard region including less than all of the captured image. A fingerprint region may be extracted from the captured image... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20070047776 - Authentication method, authentication system, program and computer readable information recording medium: An authentication method comprising the step of designating a finger to apply for fingerprint authentication.... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP
20070047781 - Authoring tools using a mixed media environment: A Mixed Media Reality (MMR) system and associated techniques are disclosed. The MMR system provides mechanisms for forming a mixed media document that includes media of at least two types (e.g., printed paper as a first medium and digital content and/or web link as a second medium). In one particular... Agent: Fenwick & West LLP
20070047777 - Image collation method and apparatus and recording medium storing image collation program: An image collation apparatus includes a collation unit, minimum coincidence ratio extraction unit, and determination unit. The collation unit obtains a coincidence ratio between first and second images within a printing element range for each collation unit by collating the first and second images with each other. The minimum coincidence... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman
20070047778 - Method and apparatus for asperity detection: An asperity detection apparatus and method wherein asperities are detected over a period of time. The resultant information can be used to characterize the asperities as three dimensional structures and/or with respect to their elastic and/or resilient behaviors or properties over time.... Agent: Motorola, Inc.
20070047779 - Method and apparatus for asperity detection: An asperity detection apparatus and method wherein asperities are detected over a period of time. The resultant information can be used to characterize the asperities as three dimensional structures and/or with respect to their elastic and/or resilient behaviors or properties over time.... Agent: Motorola, Inc.
20070047780 - Shared document annotation: A Mixed Media Reality (MMR) system and associated techniques are disclosed. The MMR system provides mechanisms for forming a mixed media document that includes media of at least two types (e.g., printed paper as a first medium and digital content and/or web link as a second medium). In one particular... Agent: Jennifer R. Bush Fenwick & West LLP
20070047782 - System and methods for creation and use of a mixed media environment with geographic location information: A Mixed Media Reality (MMR) system and associated techniques are disclosed. The MMR system provides mechanisms for forming a mixed media document that includes media of at least two types (e.g., printed paper as a first medium and digital content and/or web link as a second medium). In one particular... Agent: Fenwick & West LLP
20070047785 - Methods and apparatus for estimating orientation in an image: Methods and apparatus for estimating an orientation are disclosed. Methods of estimating an orientation include: dividing a fingerprint image into first partial regions, measuring the gradient of each pixel of the fingerprint image, and estimating a representative orientation of each of the first partial regions; obtaining an improved fingerprint image... Agent: Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec
20070047784 - Ridge direction extraction device, ridge direction extraction method, ridge direction extraction program: A ridge direction extraction device capable of extracting ridge directions accurately even in direction unstable areas is provided. In the ridge direction extraction device, a zone direction extractor calculates ridge directions and direction confidence of each zone, and a high confidence zone area determiner determines a high confidence zone area.... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070047787 - Method and apparatus for automatic and dynamic vessel detection: A method and an apparatus automatically detect vessels in a diagnostic image. The method according to one embodiment accesses digital image data representing a diagnostic image; detects vessel candidates in the diagnostic image by processing the diagnostic image data, the step of detecting vessel candidates including identifying edge pixel pairs... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch
20070047791 - Method and mrt apparatus for evaluation of a cinematographic image series of the heart: In a method and magnetic resonance tomography apparatus for evaluation of a cinematographic image series of the heart during a heart cycle, wherein the image series is acquired with an acquisition unit, and in the image series healthy heart muscle tissue is presented as differentiable from damaged heart muscle tissue,... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department
20070047792 - Method for identification of a contrasted blood vessel in digital image data: A method is disclosed for identification of a contrasted blood vessel in digital 3D image data. The method includes: a) one image voxel, which is associated with the blood vessel, in the 3D image data is selected as a seed point, b) a current threshold value for the intensity of... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20070047789 - Method of constructing gray value or geometric models of anatomic entity in medical image: A gray value model is generated encoding photometric knowledge at landmark positions. This step exploits intensity correlation in neighborhoods sampled around landmark positions. A geometric model is generated encoding geometric knowledge between landmarks. This step exploits spatial correlation between landmarks of segmented anatomic entities.... Agent: Houston Eliseeva
20070047790 - Method of segmenting anatomic entities in digital medical images: For each of a number of landmarks in an image an initial position of the landmark is defined. Next a neighborhood around the initial position, comprising a number of candidate locations of the landmark is sampled and a cost is associated with each of the candidate locations. A cost function... Agent: Houston Eliseeva
20070047786 - System and method for creating robust training data from mri images: A method, computer program product, and data processing system for building a training set and classifier model for tissue classification from MRI images using limited training data are disclosed. In a preferred embodiment, the method begins with a given set of multispectral MRI scans of an abdominal slice of a... Agent: Vanleeuwen & Vanleeuwen
20070047788 - System and method for ultrasound specific segmentation using speckle distributions: A method for segmenting a digitized ultrasound image includes providing a digitized in-phase/quadrature ultrasound image comprising a plurality of intensities defined on an N-dimensional grid, decorrelating the ultrasound image wherein spatial correlations are substantially reduced in the intensity data, modeling the decorrelated image intensities with a statistical distribution, propagating, an... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department
20070047794 - Methods and devices for analysis of x-ray images: The present invention relates to methods and devices for analyzing x-ray images. In particular, devices, methods and algorithms are provided that allow for the accurate and reliable evaluation of bone structure from x-ray images.... Agent: Bromberg & Sunstein LLP
20070047793 - Multi-threshold peripheral equalization method and apparatus for digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis: A peripheral equalization (PE) method and apparatus for compensating for thickness reduction in outer edges of the breast in a mammogram (i.e. a two-dimensional image) while keeping the central area substantially unchanged. The PE method and apparatus can also be applied to three dimensional (tomosynthesis) images of a breast. The... Agent: Daly, Crowley, Mofford & Durkee, LLP
20070047795 - Coin detecting apparatus: A coin detecting apparatus has: a light source for emitting a light beam onto either of two surfaces of a coin; a half mirror for splitting the light beam reflected on the surface of the coin into a transmitted light beam and a reflected light beam; a full area sensor... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC
20070047797 - Electronic assembly video inspection system: An apparatus for automatically assessing the quality of a printed circuit board assembly using digitized video image analysis. The apparatus integrates with existing relatively low precision automated surface mount technology (“SMT”) manufacturing systems as an inspection station insertable at various steps in the assembly process or as a separate manually... Agent: Charmasson, Buchaca & Leach, LLP
20070047796 - Infra-red thermal imaging of laser welded battery module enclosure components: A thermal imaging system for a battery module enclosure that includes first and second battery module enclosure components between which a weld is formed includes a thermal imaging camera that focuses on the first and second battery module enclosure components within a predetermined amount of time after the weld is... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20070047798 - Pattern inspection apparatus, pattern inspection method, and program-recorded readable recording medium: It is an object of the present invention to provide a method and apparatus for performing pattern inspection which reduces the number of pseudo defects. A pattern inspection apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises an optical image acquiring unit which acquires optical image data of a... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20070047799 - Pattern inspection apparatus, pattern inspection method, and program-recorded readable recording medium: It is an object of the present invention to provide a method and apparatus for performing pattern inspection at an appropriate precision. A pattern inspection apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises an optical image acquiring unit which acquires optical image data of a target plate to... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20070047801 - Defect detecting method and defect detecting device: A defect detecting method includes: an image acquiring process for capturing an image of an inspection object having an identical sequence of pattern and acquiring the image; and a defect emphasizing process for emphasizing a defect of the captured image. The defect emphasizing process includes: an inspected-point selecting process for... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20070047800 - Method and apparatus for inspecting defects of circuit patterns: The present invention relates to a defect inspection apparatus for inspecting defects in patterns formed on a semiconductor device, on the GUI of which for the confirmation of the inspection results an area is provided for displaying any one of or facing each other the features amount of defects, and... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP
20070047802 - Training convolutional neural networks on graphics processing units: A convolutional neural network is implemented on a graphics processing unit. The network is then trained through a series of forward and backward passes, with convolutional kernels and bias matrices modified on each backward pass according to a gradient of an error function. The implementation takes advantage of parallel processing... Agent: Klarquist Sparkman LLP
20070047804 - Image processing apparatus which processes an image obtained by capturing a colored light-transmissive sample: An image processing apparatus comprises a dye amount distribution obtaining section configured to obtain a distribution of dye amounts from a sample colored with a dye. The apparatus further comprises a classification section configured to classify a point on the sample in accordance with a dye amount at a corresponding... Agent: Frishauf, Holtz, Goodman & Chick, PC
20070047803 - Image processing device with automatic white balance: According to one aspect of the present invention, there is provided a digital camera system being capable of taking a frame of image data comprising a plurality of color elements, the system being arranged: to divide the frame image data into a plurality of blocks including a plurality of pixel... Agent: Harrington & Smith, LLP
20070047805 - Image processing apparatus, image forming apparatus, image reading apparatus, image processing method, image processing program, computer-readable storage medium for storing the image processing program: The image processing apparatus according to the present invention includes: a segmentation process section for performing a segmentation process with respect to image data corresponding to an image to be processed; first and second input tone correction sections each of which performs a density correction process with respect to the... Agent: Edwards & Angell, LLP
20070047806 - Scatterness of pixel distribution: A method of evaluating element distribution within a data set, such as pixel characteristics whose scatterness is quantified. Scatterness is evaluated for individual scale levels as the image is merged through smaller scale levels. At each level, every pixel block (i.e., 2×2) in the region of interest merges to one... Agent: O'banion & Ritchey LLP/ Sony Electronics, Inc.
20070047808 - Image display device capable of supporting brightness enhancement and power control and method thereof: An image display device capable of supporting brightness enhancement and power control and a method thereof, in which the brightness and contrast are enhanced and the power of a light source is controlled in accordance with the image characteristic. In the image display method, a parameter representative of an input... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP
20070047807 - Image processor: An image processor for generating a histogram at high speeds under a low processing load. The image processor is used with a memory and generates sub-sampling image data and histogram data based on captured image data. The captured image data includes gradation values of a plurality of pixels. The image... Agent: Arent Fox PLLC
20070047809 - Environment recognition device: A color information creating part calculates the average color of captured image data in units of macro blocks, and determines to which color index the average color of each macro block corresponds. Color arrangement information formed by associating color information with the macro blocks is stored in a color index... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20070047811 - Method for background generation and its system for video surveillance: A background generating method of low process cost for use in detecting a moving object based on subtraction process performed between an input image and a base image, and an apparatus with the function of detecting a moving object using its background. The apparatus consists of a feature vector extractor... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP
20070047810 - System and method for lattice-preserving multigrid method for image segmentation and filtering: A method for segmenting a digitized image includes providing a digitized image comprising a plurality of intensities corresponding to a domain of points on an N-dimensional grid, defining a weight between each pair of adjacent points in the image based on the intensity difference of each said point pair, marking... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department
20070047812 - Apparatus, system, and method for scanning segmentation: An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for identifying content within a scanned document. The apparatus includes a modification module, an identification module, and a segmentation module. The modification module creates a modified content data set through application of a sigmoid function to a scanned content data set. The identification... Agent: Kunzler & Associates
20070047813 - Classifying regions defined within a digital image: A method for classifying regions defined within a digital image includes defining a tessellated set of regions from a plurality of regions identified by a plurality of segmented versions of the digital image and then classifying each tessellated region according to a likelihood that the tessellated region contains text.... Agent: Hewlett Packard Company
20070047814 - Image processing apparatus and method thereof: A document includes a region with a high character recognition ratio, and that with not so high a character recognition ratio. Hence, even when identical types of information are provided because they have the same attribute, it is hard to say that satisfactory information provision can be made. Also, different... Agent: Cowan Liebowitz & Latman P.C. John J Torrente
20070047815 - Image recognition apparatus, image recognition method, and image recognition program: An image recognition apparatus, includes: a reading unit that reads an image on a paper script to acquire the image data from the paper script; an additional image extraction unit that extracts an additional image added to each predetermined area of an original image from the difference extraction result by... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC
20070047816 - User interface for mixed media reality: A Mixed Media Reality (MMR) system and associated techniques are disclosed. The MMR system provides mechanisms for forming a mixed media document that includes media of at least two types (e.g., printed paper as a first medium and digital content and/or web link as a second medium). In one embodiment,... Agent: Fenwick & West LLP
20070047817 - Style aware use of writing input: Techniques for processing handwriting input based upon a user's writing style. Some techniques employ the style in which the user writes a single character, while other techniques alternately or additionally employ a group of allographs that form a handwriting style. Some implementations of these techniques, such as those implemented in... Agent: Banner & Witcoff Ltd., Attorneys For Client Nos. 003797 & 013797
20070047819 - Data organization and access for mixed media document system: A Mixed Media Reality (MMR) system and associated techniques are disclosed. The MMR system provides mechanisms for forming a mixed media document that includes media of at least two types (e.g., printed paper as a first medium and digital content and/or web link as a second medium). In one particular... Agent: Fenwick & West LLP
20070047818 - Embedding hot spots in imaged documents: A Mixed Media Reality (MMR) system and associated techniques are disclosed. The MMR system provides mechanisms for forming a mixed media document that includes media of at least two types (e.g., printed paper as a first medium and digital content and/or web link as a second medium). In one particular... Agent: Jennifer R. Bush Fenwick & West LLP
20070047820 - Computer generated land cover classification: A method and system for generating land cover classifications is provided. Embodiments of the invention are directed toward a method in a computing environment for determining land cover classification that includes identifying a geographic unit and determining a human presence datum corresponding to the geographic unit. The method can further... Agent: Perkins Coie LLP/msft
20070047821 - Image processing apparatus, image processing method and image processing program: According to the image processing apparatus, method and program of the present invention, images to be used can be automatically selected from inputted images for the number of images designated by a user. Moreover, a user can easily manually add an image to be used so that the number of... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch
20070047822 - Learning method for classifiers, apparatus, and program for discriminating targets: False positive detection of discrimination targets within images is reduced, while detection processes are accelerated. A partial image generating means generates a plurality of partial images by scanning a subwindow over an entire image. A candidate classifier judges whether each of the partial images represent a face (discrimination target), and... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070047823 - System and method for structuring and searching sets of signals: A method of searching and identifying a signal includes the steps of providing a signal having one or more signal units and identifying at least one of the signal units by a predetermined pattern having a first order. Next, comparing a group of the one or more signal units comprising... Agent: Akc Patents
20070047824 - Method, apparatus, and program for detecting faces: An apparatus detects a predetermined number of facial images from detection target images. An inclination order setting means utilizes the correlative relationships among correlative data obtained by a correlative data obtaining means and the inclinations of faces that appear in input images, to determine the relative value of the probability... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070047827 - Data compression apparatus and data compression program storage medium: A data compression apparatus includes a thinning section that thins numerical values from a succession of values constituting compressed data to create first and second compressed data; a reversible compression section for the first compressed data; a detecting section that detects an edge portion of the image; and a non-reversible... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20070047828 - Image data processing device: An image data processing device for scaling up or down input image data and outputting output image data includes a first image processing section for converting the input image data with a first resolution into intermediate image data with a second resolution, and a second image processing section for converting... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP
20070047825 - Image processing apparatus, control method for the image processing apparatus, and storage medium storing computer program for executing the control method of the image processing apparatus: An image processing apparatus includes a production unit that can produce data by putting original image data into a first region and copy-forgery-inhibited-pattern image data into a second region, and a processing unit that can perform predetermined processing to the original image data put in the first region. The image... Agent: Canon U.s.a. Inc. Intellectual Property Division
20070047826 - Information processing apparatus, image processing apparatus, control method, and computer readable storage medium: An image processing apparatus includes a decision unit configured to determine whether or not print image data includes copy-forgery-inhibited-pattern image data. Based on a decision result of the decision unit regarding whether or not the print image data includes the copy-forgery-inhibited-pattern image data, a processing unit of the image processing... Agent: Canon U.s.a. Inc. Intellectual Property Division
20070047829 - Image processing method, image processing apparatus, image forming apparatus and recording medium: An image processing apparatus in which image data is transformed to spatial frequencies to obtain multiple frequency components, the obtained frequency components are processed, the processed frequency components are inversely transformed to image data, and the number of gray levels of the inversely transformed image data is decreased, and the... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch
20070047830 - Image processing apparatus, image processing method, and program: An image processing apparatus includes a down-converter and an image converter converting first image data into higher quality second image data. The image converter includes a prediction tap extracting unit extracting, as prediction taps, a plurality of pixels used for predicting a subject pixel of the second image data from... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20070047831 - Ultrasonic color imaging characterizing ultra-fine structures and continuously distributed physical conditions: This invention discloses methods and apparatus for ultrasonic color imaging that characterizes ultra-fine structures and distributional physical conditions within the target under inspection. The disclosed complementarily incorporates information arising from a plurality of repeated sound trips forced by repeated reflections of exterior and interior interfaces of target, and expresses the... Agent: Jing Jiang Wen
20070047832 - Image signal processor and image signal processing method: The disclosed is to provide an image signal processor and its method in which the enhancement of resolution and the effective reduction of noise are compatible. The image signal processor is provided with an edge character detector that detects a character of an edge of an object, an image signal... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP
20070047834 - Method and apparatus for visual background subtraction with one or more preprocessing modules: Methods and apparatus are provided for visual background subtraction using one or more preprocessing modules. One or more effects are detected in a received image signal and one or more blocks are selectively enabled to preprocess the image signal to compensate for the detected one or more effects. Visual analysis... Agent: Ryan, Mason & Lewis, LLP
20070047833 - System or method for enhancing an image: A system and method for enhancing the contrast within an image. An enhanced image can be generated in a real-time or substantially real-time manner from an initial image. A low-contrast image is enhanced, including the visibility of text within the low-contrast image. A logarithm transform method is used to enhance... Agent: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
20070047835 - Image-processing method: An image-processing method includes: subjecting original image data indicative of an original image to a selective noise reduction by reducing noise from pixel data that meets a prescribed condition among all the pixel data in the original image data; and performing a first calibration to calibrate contrast of a backlight... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP
20070047836 - Analysis of signal oscillation patterns: A method for identifying and determining the frequency of scattered radiation fringe patterns for applications such as particle or droplet sizing and laser Doppler velocimetery. The method utilizes a series of windowed Fourier transforms performed on an intensity profile of the scattered radiation to locate a segment where a fringe... Agent: Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, P.A.
20070047837 - Method and apparatus for detecting non-people objects in revolving doors: A stereo imaging based vision system and method provides enhanced portal security through stereoscopy. In particular, a system detects non-people objects within the chamber of a revolving door by acquiring two-dimensional (2D) images from different vantage points, and computing a filtered set of three-dimensional (3D) features of the door compartment... Agent: Arthur J. O'dea Legal Department
20070047838 - Kernel regression for image processing and reconstruction: A method of image processing using kernel regression is provided. An image gradient is estimated from original data that is analyzed for local structures by computing a scaling parameter, a rotation parameter and an elongation parameter using singular value decomposition on local gradients of the estimated gradients locally to provide... Agent: Lumen Intellectual Property Services, Inc.
20070047839 - Object recognition apparatus: In an object recognition apparatus, a first division unit and a second division unit each partitions an image into a plurality of regions. A first calculation and a second calculation unit each derives, for each of the plurality of regions partitioned. A first comparison unit and a second comparison unit... Agent: Westerman, Hattori, Daniels & Adrian, LLP
20070047840 - System and method for salient region feature based 3d multi modality registration of medical images: A method for aligning a pair of images includes providing a pair of images, identifying salient feature regions in both a first image and a second image, wherein each region is associated with a spatial scale, representing feature regions by a center point of each region, registering the feature points... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department
20070047841 - Content and display device dependent creation of smaller representations of images: A method and apparatus to receive an image and to create a smaller representation of the image from a wavelet representation of the image is described. The size of the smaller representation of the image is selected to compensate for the content of the image and physical properties of the... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman
20070047845 - Contents providing system and information recording system: A contents providing system includes a communication unit, a print control unit, an expendable amount deriving unit and an expendable amount storing control unit. The communication unit communicates with a contents server having contents data. The print control unit controls a printer to print the contents data and output a... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP
20070047844 - Image processing apparatus and program product: An image processing apparatus transmits data via a network to a server equipped with a function for distributing an image received from a terminal apparatus over the network to another terminal apparatus over the network and a function for transmitting a track back notification with respect to a track back... Agent: Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. Attorneys For Client Nos. 0166889, 006760
20070047843 - Image storage device and method: An image storage device according to an example of the invention comprising a first storage unit which stores first image, a second storage unit which stores second image to be determined whether the second image includes detection target data which is the similar to data included in the first image,... Agent: SprinkleIPLaw Group
20070047842 - Interactive photo system: An interactive photo system that provides an interesting and entertaining way to link photos from the digital and analog domains. The system enables easy conversion of a paper-based photo into digital form. The conversion process generally involves a user holding up a paper-based photo image in front of a camera... Agent: Epson Research And Development Inc Intellectual Property Dept
20070047846 - Handwriting input system and method thereof: A handwriting input system includes an input module for receiving a plurality of handwriting operations, a control module for displaying at least one handwritten character via an optional interface, wherein the handwritten character is generated according to a respective one of the handwriting operations and a comparing module for recognizing... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch
20070047847 - Document ocr implementing device and document ocr implementing method: A document OCR implementing device, includes a reading part configured to read a document and form a recognition image; an obtaining part configured to perform image processing of the recognition image and obtain a state of the recognition image; a plurality of OCR engines configured to perform a character recognition... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.CPrevious industry: Electrical audio signal processing systems and devices
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