My Patents Enrico inventions: work he protected or not

Innovations, for which Enrico did not seek patent protection.
These are some of the inventions for which Enrico did not seek patent protection, (and why).

Very-High Voltage Testing Setup – 1,000 kVolt

1974: A system to synchronize injection of high voltage power after high current event. It was part of the 1,000 kV project by Enel. The work was done while working for CESI Centro Elettrotecnico Sperimentale Italiano.

Distributed data collection system for the Garibaldi airplane carrier

1976: Naval automation, airplane carrier Garibaldi, the first airplane carrier of the Italian Navy built after WWII. A distributed data collection system using two separate data microprocessor-based collection devices connected in a point-to-point network using a master-slave communication protocol.

Submarine cable

1977: Automation system realized for the ASST company for the storage of submarine cables spare sections.
A distributed process control system using two separate data microprocessor-based control devices connected in a point-to-point network coordinating the movement of four different motor units using a master-slave communication protocol.

Arthur Nielsen Jr – A.C.Nielsen Company, Marketing Research Division

1979: The first Database Management Software running on a portable battery-powered hand-held computer, functioning with a six-line alphanumeric display of 40 characters per line and an alphanumeric keyboard.

The database handles all stock, purchase, and sales data for all the thousands of products carried by the largest US supermarket.

It allows updates and calculations of new sales based on past data, and the new data entered, for single items, on all the items of a product class, and for all the items in the entire store as a final check of the store data.

Enrico did not seek patent protection because the development work had been 100% fully financed by A.C.Nielsen Co of Northbrook Illinois, and the development contract assigned to Nielsen all rights to patent it.

Nielsen decided to protect it as a trade secret instead of seeking patent protection.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – JULY 30, 2014: The European Parliament Room (debating chamber) on July 30, 2014 in Brussels.

1980: The first LAN – Local Area Network connecting 420 microcomputers to a central unit controlling the Star configuration with a polling-selecting software layer running over a twisted-pair telephone wire connection.

Enrico sold all the terminals and the other pieces of hardware that completed the system to Olivetti Spa, Ivrea, Italy. They were used in the first European Parliament’s electronic voting systems that were installed in Strasbourg – France, and Luxembourg.

He never assigned, sold, licensed, or donated the intellectual property in the hardware and software layers of the LAN.

This intellectual property has been, and, after 40 years still is in use in 40 systems in the European Parliament, several Italian State, Regional and local assemblies, as well as the national Parliament of Albania.

It is Enrico’s exclusive intellectual property and is available for use worldwide with a proper Royalty-based license agreement.

1981: The First hand-held digital computer, with 1 megabyte of non-volatile memory, 8-bit microprocessor (Zilog Z80) running CP/M 3.0 operating system from Digital Research when connected to an external auxiliary unit complete with a floppy disk drive (1 Mbytes floppy disk).

Enrico did not seek patent protection because the development work had been 100% fully financed by A.C.Nielsen Co of Northbrook Illinois, and the development contract assigned to Nielsen all rights to patent it.

Nielsen decided to protect it as a trade secret instead of seeking patent protection

These are the Patents Enrico received for his work as a computer engineer.

My Patents Enrico inventions: while working for Nielsen, Enrico worked in close collaboration with his colleague, Ken Straub. They obtained two patents.

Automated receiver monitoring method and apparatus

United States 5,278,988

Issued January 11, 1994

A method and apparatus are provided for determining a particular transmitting station from which program signals are received and translated by a monitored receiver within a test area and including mobile receivers. A stored transmitter characteristic table includes a corresponding transmitting station identification stored with a predefined subarea of a plurality of predefined subareas within the test area for each predetermined tuned frequency of the monitored receiver. A tuned frequency of the monitored receiver is identified and the particular transmitting station corresponding to the identified tuned frequency is identified responsive to both the identified tuned frequency of the monitored receiver and the stored transmitter characteristic table. The identified transmitting station data is stored with the time of occurrence data.

2 inventors:
Enrico Massetti
Ken Straub

Receiver monitoring system with local encoding

United States 5,850,249

Issued December 15, 1998

An audience measurement system meters tuning of a receiver that receives a plurality of program signals transmitted over a plurality of channels. The receiver is located in an audience site within a dwelling, and the plurality of program signals enter the dwelling through a service entrance and are supplied therefrom to the audience site. The audience measurement system includes a code inserter, a decoder, and a home unit. The code inserter inserts a local code in each of the program signals at a location which is intermediate the service entrance and the audience site. This local code includes a unique local code inserter ID and a code inserter time stamp. The decoder decodes the unique local code inserter ID and the code inserter timestamp at the audience site. The home unit is located in the dwelling and collects and stores the decoded unique local code inserter ID and code inserter time stamp.

2 inventors:
Enrico Massetti
Ken Straub

My Patents Enrico inventions: patents obtained when independent from Nielsen

After leaving Nielsen, Enrico obtained several patents on an audience rating system for digital television and radio. He licensed several of Nielsen’s competitors worldwide before Nielsen bought from him all the rights for all these patents.

Audience rating system for digital television and radio.

United States 5,974,299

US Patent 5,974,299 – download the complete patent

Issued October 26, 1999, Sold to Nielsen September 17, 2007

An audience rating system for digital television and radio, using identification codes in control streams of time-multiplexed digital transmissions.

Audience Rating System for Digital Television and Radio

Mexico MXPA/a/2000/011625

Issued September 9, 2001, Sold to Nielsen September 17, 2007

Audience rating system for digital television and radio / Systeme de calcul du taux d’ecoute pour television et radio numeriques

Canada CA 2,323,937

Issued December 2, 1999, Sold to Nielsen September 17, 2007

An audience rating system for digital television and radio, using identification codes in control streams (C) of time-multiplexed digital transmissions (12).

Audience rating system for digital television and radio.

Europe EP1090504

Issued April 11, 2001, Sold to Nielsen September 17, 2007

An audience rating system for digital television and radio, using identification codes in control streams (C) of time-multiplexed digital transmissions (12).

AUDIENCE RATING SYSTEM FOR DIGITAL TELEVISION AND RADIO

WPOWO1999062260

Sold to Nielsen September 17, 2007

L’invention concerne un système de calcul du taux d’écoute pour télévision et radio numériques. Ce système fait appel à des codes d’identification compris dans des trains (C) de contrôle d’émissions (12) numériques à multiplexage dans le temps. Lorsqu’un poste (22) de télévision ou de radio contrôlé au moyen de ce système est allumé et réglé sur un canal, et à chaque changement de canal, un code d’identification pour chaque train numérique audio, vidéo ou train numérique auxiliaire du canal est extrait du train de contrôle et enregistré en même temps que l’heure. L’heure est également enregistrée lorsque le poste de télévision ou de radio est éteint, Ces données permettent de déterminer quelles stations, canaux et émissions sont regardés ou écoutés à un quelconque moment par les auditeurs faisant l’objet du contrôle.

Sistema de avaliação de audiência para televisão e rádio digitais

Brazil BRPI9909273

Issued November 21, 2000 Sold to Nielsen September 17, 2007

Um sistema de avaliação de audiência para televisão e rádio digitais, usando códigos de identificação em correntes de controle de transmissões digitais multiplexadas de tempo. Quando um conjunto de televisão ou rádio, que está sendo monitorado de acordo com o sistema, é ligado e sintonizado em um canal, e cada tempo que o canal é mudado, um código de identificação para cada áudio, vídeo ou corrente digital auxiliar do canal é extraído a partir da corrente de controle, e registrado junto com o tempo. O tempo é também registrado quando o conjunto de televisão ou rádio é desligado. Estes dados tornam possível determinar quais estações, canais e membros de programas da audiência sendo monitorados são assistidos ou ouvidos em qualquer tempo particular.

Audience rating system for digital television and radio.

United States 6,735,775

US Patent 6,735,775 – download the complete patent

Issued May 11, 2004, Sold to Nielsen September 17, 2007

An audience rating system for digital television and radio, using identification codes in control streams of time-multiplexed digital transmissions.

Audience rating system for digital television and radio

Australia 1,999,041,845

Sold to Nielsen September 17, 2007

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