Google has secured an Indian patent for an invention regarding a method and system for transferring annotations associated with video files. Annotations provide a mechanism for supplementing video with useful information and can contain, for example, metadata describing content of the video, subtitles, or additional audio tracks.
These annotations can be of various data types, including text, audio, graphics, or other forms. To make their content meaningful, annotations are typically associated with a particular video, or with a particular portion of a video. Pinkesh K Jain, assistant controller of patents & designs, Mumbai, has granted the patent.
Google had filed the application for this patent in 2009 – titled Annotation Framework for Video – as a national phase application under Patent Co-operation Treaty. The application was examined under Sections 12 and 13 of the Patents Act, 1970, and first examination report (FER) was issued in 2014. In response to the FER, Google’s agent submitted its reply.