New Patents Could Propel Microsoft’s Digital Media

Microsoft has just been awarded two United States patents for a proprietary method of packing a high-definition television signal onto a hard drive…

Patent 6,510,177, granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Jan. 21, is entitled “System and method for layered video coding enhancement.”

Patent 6,683,980, issued Jan. 27, is entitled “System and method for compressing data.” Both touch on the same development; one is systems oriented, the other is focused on bit-level encoding.

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