Marlin Patent Summaries

The Marlin Company currently has eight issued patents, #7743112 and #7765273, #8,516,527, #8,826,168, #9,088,576 B2, #9,094,403, #9,665,839 B2 and #9,959,522 B2 covering several aspects of electronic and digital workplace communications. There are others pending.

 

The following is a brief description of the issued patents.

 

#7,743,112 (June 22, 2010)

Secure electronic media distribution and presentation system

A method and apparatus for the distribution of electronic media content for distribution to employees of a subscriber. The system includes an electronic display for displaying selected electronic media content that may be selected, modified and/or generated by the subscriber. The system allows for dramatically increased subscriber control of the media content presented as well as for increased security for any confidential media content to be presented on the customer display. The system further provides for individual control of multiple displays that may be located in differing geographic locations while at the same time providing for ease of information management.

 

#7,765,273 (July 27, 2010)

Method and apparatus for distribution of electronic media

A method and apparatus for distribution of electronic media to replace the display of printed employee communications with electronic media. Electronic content replace the printed materials and the conventional bulletin board is replaced by an electronic display. Maintaining the employee communications in electronic form from creation to display significantly reduces and cost while dramatically improving the flexibility of a workplace communications program.

 

#8,516,527 (August 20, 2013)

(For QR code usage)

Electronic media communication system with a displayed code.

This invention allows for the addition of a scannable code to a digital signage system. For example the code could be, but not limited to, 1D codes (e.g. UPC and EAN) bar codes; or 2D (QR and DataMatrix) codes and the like. Viewers of the digital signage would scan the code with their phone or tablet with the result being one of several possibilities.  Examples include being taken to a related web page for additional information, downloading the piece of content playing on the signage or taking a survey that appears on the device.

 

#8,826,168 (September 2, 2014)

Secure electronic media distribution and presentation system

A method and apparatus for the distribution of electronic media content for distribution to employees of a subscriber. The system includes an electronic display for displaying selected electronic media content that may be selected, modified and/or generated by the subscriber. The system allows for dramatically increased subscriber control of the media content presented as well as for increased security for any confidential media content to be presented on the customer display. The system further provides for individual control of multiple displays that may be located in differing geographic locations while at the same time providing for ease of information management.

 

#9,088,576 B2 (July 21, 2015)

“MOBILE ECS TO GO V2” – WorkVyne

Electronic media creation and distribution

A method for transmitting and displaying electronic media, comprising:

receiving an electronic media collection comprising pre-assembled media content generated by a service provider computer, modified pre-assembled media content generated by a subscriber entity, and custom generated media content from end user computers associated with the subscriber entity; receiving a media content item, as the custom generated media content, from one of the end user computers; receiving a request from the end user computer to publish the media content item over a network; determining a content channel selected by the subscriber entity associated with the end user computer; determining a frame associated with the content channel, the frame comprising one of multiple frames, the multiple frames configured to display the pre-assembled media content and the modified pre-assembled media content; integrating the media content item with the pre-assembled media content and the modified pre-assembled media content; and distributing the media content item, the pre-assembled media content, and the modified pre-assembled media content to at least one other end user computer of the end user computers for presentation on a display device, the media content item displayed within the frame based on the content channel.

 

#9,094,403 (July 28, 2015)

“MOBILE ECS TO GO V1” – Adds mobility to regular ECS so that it can be viewed remotely on mobile devices and desktop computers.

Electronic media distribution system and mobile device

A method and system for the distribution of electronic media content to employees of a subscriber include an electronic display for displaying electronic media content that may be selected, modified and/or generated by the subscriber. The system allows for increased subscriber control of the media content presented as well as for increased security for any confidential media content to be presented on the customer display. The system further provides remote access for the subscriber to select, modify and/or generate electronic media content from any geographic location via a mobile device. In addition, the system provides for individual control of multiple displays that may be located in differing geographic locations while at the same time providing for ease of information management.

 

#9,665,839 B2 (May 30,2017)

“NETWORK ELECTRONIC MEDIA DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM”

Generating and presenting electronic media content to employees of a subscriber are provided. An aspect includes a service provider computer having a network connection, a service provider storage accessible by the service provider computer, and software executing on the service provider computer providing a web page allowing a subscriber to log in to the service provider computer. The software provides a plurality of electronic media to the subscriber. The subscriber selects from among the electronic media to generate an electronic media collection that is saved on the service provider storage. The software allows the subscriber to set access to the electronic media collection by a user via the web page, and the software executing on the service provider computer provides a web page allowing a user to log in to the service provider computer. The software identifies the user and presents the electronic media collection to the user.

 

#9,959,522 B2 (May 1, 2018)

(ECS enterprise capability, AKA multi-level enterprise)

“SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRONIC MEDIA”

Distribution of media data to multiple displays is managed by displaying a representation of the access relationships among users, administrators, data, and the displays in the form of a hierarchical tree diagram or corporate organizational chart. The representation can be organized as a number of linked data objects having specific levels of hierarchy, each data object expressing data distribution and access control relationships which are at least partly determined implicitly by their position within the hierarchy. By interacting graphically with the tree, a user can quickly and efficiently manage the distribution of data and the administrative access relationships among displays.

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