USO0RE42780E

(19) United States (12) Reissued Patent

(10) Patent Number: US (45) Date of Reissued Patent:

K00 (54)

METHOD AND APPARATUS OF COMPOSING

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References Cited

MENU FOR USERS U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS

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Inventor:

Eun Jeong K00, Seoul (KR)

5,867,226 A 5,999,228 A

(73) Assignee: LG Electronics Inc., Seoul (KR)

6,169,543 B1

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Jun- 14, Related US. Patent Documents

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Patent NO‘: Issued: Appl. No.: Filed:

6,950,148 Sep. 27, 2005 10/005,425 Dec. 3, 2001

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Prtmary Exammer * Sherrie Hsia (74) Attorney, Agent, or Ftrm * Lee, Hong, Degerman, Kan & Waime g y (57) ABSTRACT

U.S. Applications: (63)

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Reissue of:

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1/2001 Wehmeyer

FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS

(21) Appl.No.: 12/815,340 Flledl

2/1999 Wehmeyer et a1. 12/1999 Matsuura et a1.

Continuation of application No. 12/409,465, ?led on

The present invention relates to a method of composing a user menu by proving a shortened route to the menu the user

Mar. 23, 2009, noW Pat. No. Re. 41,481, Which is a continuation of application No. 11/827,990, ?led on Jul. 13, 2007, noW Pat. No. Re. 40,742.

menu so that the user can ?nd a menu he or she Wants more

selected among a hierarchically structured On Screen Display

conveniently. The method comprises the steps of deciding Whether an item is optionally selected out of the hierarchi

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Foreign Application Priority Data

cally structured OSD menu items; deciding Whether a user menu registration button for the optionally selected item is

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pressed; adding an registering index to the the currently selected menu selected item the user once menu the user

Dec. 4,

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menu registration button is properly pressed; displaying the

H04N 5/50

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H04N 5/445

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registered user menu on an OSD menu if a user vieW menu is

established; actuating a corresponding menu item When an

US. Cl- ........................................ .. Field Of Classi?cation Search ................ .. 348/569,

348/563, 564, 734; 725/14, 46, 47; H04N 5/50, H04N 5/445

Optional item is selected among the user menu; and deleting a menu item from the user menu ifa deletion button is pressed

on an optionally selected item out of the user menu.

See application ?le for complete search history.

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FIG.2A Main Source VIDEO AUDIO SPECIAL

PIP Source Channel Scan Channel Lable

TIME IDCK

Convergence

FIG. 2B Ant/Cable

SETIP VIDEU AUDIO

P]? Source Channel Scan

Video DVD

SPECIAL TIME

Channel Lable Convergence

HD/SI'B PC Input

LOCK

FIG. 2C SETUP VIDEO AUDIO SPECIAL

TIME LOCK

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FIG. 3A Main Source

Aspect Ratio Panorama

PC Input

Ant/Cable Aspect Ratio

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HD/STB PC Input

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User

menu display ?

Yes Initial OSD menu display

User menu display

Place cursor on optional

Place cursor on optional

menu item by using

menu item by using

direction keys

direction keys User menu deletion

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Delete index data on

corresponding item

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METHOD AND APPARATUS OF COMPOSING MENU FOR USERS

And an object of the present invention to provide an appa ratus of composing a menu for a user in order to help the user

to easily ?nd a more frequently used menu by providing a shortened step to the menu the user selected out of hierarchi

Matter enclosed in heavy brackets [ ] appears in the original patent but forms no part of this reissue speci?ca

cally structured OSD menu.

In other words, the present invention provides an apparatus

tion; matter printed in italics indicates the additions made by reissue.

and method of composing a menu in which a user registers a certain menu item he or she frequently uses among the hier archically structured OSD menu with a user menu, helping the user to ?nd his or her favorite menu more conveniently.

CROSS-REFERENCE T0 RELATED APPLICATIONS

To achieve the above object, there is provided a method of composing a menu which includes steps of: deciding whether an item is optionally selected out of the hierarchically struc

This application is a continuation reissue application of US. Reissue application Ser No. 12/409,465, ?led on Mar. 23, 2009 now US. Pat. No. RE41,481, issued on Aug. 10, 2010, which is a continuation reissue application of US. Reissue application Ser. No. 11/827,990, ?led on Jul. 13,

tured OSD menu items; deciding whether a user menu regis

tration button for the optionally selected item is pressed; registering the selected menu with the user menu by adding an index to the currently selected item once the user menu reg

2007, now US. Pat. No. RE40, 742 issued on Jun. 16, 2009,

istration button is properly pressed; displaying the registered

which is a reissue application ofU.S. Pat. No. 6,950,148 B2,

user menu on an OSD menu if a user view menu is estab

the entirety ofwhich is incorporated herein by reference. This application claims the bene?ts ofpriority under 35 U.S.C. §119, 120 to Korean Application No. 10-2000-0072910,?led

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menu item from the user menu if a deletion button is pressed on an optionally selected item out of the user menu. There is

on Dec. 4, 2000, the entirety of which is incorporated herein

by reference.

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In general, household digital appliances having a large

OSD menu, a memory for storing index data on the OSD

menu to provide the data to the graphics processing unit, a 30

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS 35

The above objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent from the following

detailed description when taken in conjunction with the

accompanying drawings, in which:

All currently used digital appliances do have a variety of

FIG. 1 is a block diagram of a device in accordance with a 40

functions anytime by using a remote control.

preferred embodiment of the present invention; FIGS. 2A to 2C is an exemplary view of a state of On

Screen Display menu in accordance with the present inven

In such case, however, the structure or composition of the remote control is usually very complicated to be able to provide all kinds of functions. Therefore, most of the users prefer an OSD menu.

microcomputer for displaying the OSD menu or the user menu on the screen by controlling the said graphics process

ing unit.

display screen like a digital TV system use On Screen Display (OSD) in order to transmit information to users and help the users to designate functions they personally want.

functions, and the users are able to change the designated

provided an apparatus of composing a user menu for display ing On Screen display (OSD) menu with a hierarchical struc

ture, a graphics processing unit for graphically processing the

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to a television system. In particular, the present invention relates to a method of com posing a menu forusers of digital televisions and an apparatus of composing a menu for users of digital televisions. 2. Description of the Related Art

lished; actuating a corresponding menu item when an optional item is selected among the user menu; and deleting a

tion; FIGS. 3A to 3C is an exemplary view ofa state ofa user 45

menu display in accordance with the present invention; and FIG. 4 is an operation ?ow chart.

Fortunately, as a processor and memory capacity equipped

in the household appliances have been continuously devel oped, it became possible to establish a menu using a graphic just as good as a personal computer in terms of the capacity thereof. Accordingly, the OSD menu for designating a variety of

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT 50

A preferred embodiment of the present invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawings. In the following description, same drawing reference numer

functions especially in the digital appliances has been hierar chically structured and the depth of the hierarchy itself got

deeper and complicated. On the other hand, although digital appliances with various

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provided to assist in a comprehensive understanding of the invention. Thus, it is apparent that the present invention can

kinds of functions are available, and as hierarchically struc tured OSD menu has more complicated structures, the users had to go through a number of steps in order to con?rm or

be carried out without those de?ned matters. Also, well known functions or constructions are not described in detail

change the establishment of the menu they want. 60

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is, therefore, an object of the present invention to provide a shortened step to the menu the user selected out of hierar

chically structured OSD menu.

since they would obscure the invention in unnecessary detail. FIG. 1 is a block diagram of an OSD menu composition device in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention. As shown in FIG. 1, the OSD menu com

position device includes: a graphics processing unit 130 for

a method of composing a menu for a user in order to help the

user to easily ?nd a more frequently used menu by providing

als are used for the same elements even in different drawings. The matters de?ned in the description are nothing but the ones

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graphically processing the OSD menu or the user menu to display the menu on CPT 140 screen; a memory 150 for storing index data on the OSD menu and the user menu (for

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example, display position, caption size, color etc.) to provide

button on the remote control 110 at the state that an optional

the data to the graphics processing unit 130; a remote control 110 for the vieW and selection of the OSD menu, and regis

item out of the OSD menu is being activated. The microcom puter 120 then detects What the user pressed, and stores index

tration, vieW and selection of the user menu; and a microcom

data on the corresponding item into the user menu domain of

puter 120 for displaying the OSD menu or the user menu on

the memory 150 for registering it With the ‘user menu’ item. Similar to What is illustrated in FIG. 2(b), if the user presses the ‘user menu registration’ button equipped in the remote control 110 While the ‘Main Source’ item is being activated at the same time, the ‘Main Source’ item is registered, and as shoWn in FIG. 2(c), ‘Panorama’ item is registered if the ‘Pan orama’ item is being activated.

the CPT 140 screen by controlling the graphics processing unit 130 and by checking an output signal from the remote control 110 in case that the OSD menu or the user menu

display button is pressed, and for registering an optionally selected menu item With the user menu by storing the index for the selected menu item into the user menu domain of the memory 150 in case that a user menu registration button 160 is pressed on an optional menu item selected among the

Also, to see the user vieW menu, the user just needs to pressure the user vieW menu button on the remote control 11 0.

The graphics processing unit 130 that is controlled by the

currently displayed OSD menu. The microcomputer 120 includes a remote control signal

microcomputer 120 reads the index data in the user menu domain from the memory 150.

receiving circuit 190 as Well as EEPROM or ?ash memory to store a control program for user menu registration.

Later, the graphics processing unit 130 processes the index

The operation and effects of the embodiment according to

data that have been read from the memory 150 folloWing the designated manner, and displays ‘user menu’ on the CPT 140

the present invention are noW explained With reference to the

exemplary vieWs shoWn in FIGS. 2 and 3, and an operation ?oW chart shoWn in FIG. 4. For a better understanding, the preferred embodiment of the present invention is explained in three procedures: OSD

20 screen.

As an illustration, the ‘user menu’ displayed on the CPT 140 screen can be shoWn similar to the exemplary vieW of

FIG. 3(a).

menu display, registration of an item in the OSD menu to the user menu, and user menu display.

Therefore, if the user Wishes to see detailed items of ‘Main 25

First of all, the OSD menu is displayed based on the fol

110 to ‘Main Source’, as shoWn in FIG. 3(b), and press a

loWing operation.

con?rm key 170. Then, the microcomputer 120 detects this,

The user presses OSD menu button on the remote control

110, Which is detected by the microcomputer 120. The micro computer then controls the graphics processing unit 130 to

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display the OSD menu.

Accordingly, the graphics processing unit 130 reads index data of the OSD menu (such as, display position, caption siZe, color etc.) that have been stored in the memory 150 and carries out a designated graphics processing in order to dis play the initial OSD menu including items like ‘SETUP’, ‘VIDEO’, ‘AUDIO’, ‘SPECIAL’, ‘TIME’, or ‘LOCK’ on the

In other Words, When the user menu is being displayed, the 35 user can move the cursor to the menu item he or she Wants to

delete, and press the user menu deletion button 180 on the

remote control 110. The microcomputer 120 again detects

At this time, if the user selects ‘SETUP’ item on the OSD 40

FIG. 2(b) is displayed on the CPT 140 screen. On the other hand, if the user selects ‘SPECIAL’ item among the initial OSD menu by using the remote control 110,

menu screen, siZe and color.

Accordingly, the present invention provides the user With a 45

user can ?nd the menu he or she Wants out of the hierarchi 50

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appended claims. What is claimed is: [1. A method of composing a user menu for displaying On Screen Display (OSD) menu With a hierarchical structure, the

orama’ sequentially by using the direction key on the remote above, the user can choose certain menu items he or she

cally structured OSD menu more easily. While the invention has been shoWn and described With

reference to certain preferred embodiments thereof, it Will be understood by those skilled in the art that various changes in form and details may be made therein Without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as de?ned by the

that the initial OSD menu is being displayed, What the user needs to do is to select ‘SPECIAL’, ‘Aspect Ratio’, and ‘Pan control 110. In addition, When the OSD menu is displayed as described

more convenient Way to ?nd a menu item he or she Wants, in

Which the user can register the frequently used menu items and press the key once to display the CPT screen so that the

then ‘Aspect Ratio’ item, especially ‘Panorama’ item out of the detailed items of ‘Aspect Ratio’, the hierarchically struc tured OSD menu like the exemplary vieW of FIG. 2(c) is displayed on the CPT 140 screen. If the user Wants to activate ‘Panorama’ item in the state

this, and deletes the index data on the corresponding menu stored in the memory 150, deleting the user menu item. In the meantime, once the user menu is registered as above, the user menu is displayed in a pre-designated format, Which

can be optionally composed of display position of the user

displayed on the CPT 140 screen.

Referring to FIG. 2(a), if the user selects ‘Main Source’ using the remote control 110 While the ‘SETUP’ item is being activated, the ‘Main Source’ is also activated and the hierar chically structured OSD menu like the exemplary vieW of

and controls the system to actuate the corresponding opera tion based on the decision regarding the designated ‘Pan orama’ function, as shoWn in FIG. 3(c). Although the procedures of the user menu registration and vieW only have been explained above, the user also can delete any item from the user menu at any time.

CPT 140 screen.

menu by using a direction key equipped in the remote control 110, ‘SETUP’ item is activated and the hierarchically struc tured OSD menu like the exemplary vieW of FIG. 2(a) is

Source’, he or she can move the cursor of the remote control

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method comprising the steps of: deciding Whether an item is optionally selected out of the hierarchically structured OSD menu items;

frequently uses, and registers them With the user menu. Then, using the user vieW menu buttons equipped in the remote

deciding Whether a user menu registration button for the

control 110, the user can easily search for the menu he or she Wants. More details are folloWed beloW.

registering the selected menu With the user menu by adding

To begin With, in order to register a speci?c menu item With the ‘user menu’, the user presses the ‘user menu registration’

optionally selected item is pressed; an index to the currently selected item once the user

menu registration button is properly pressed;

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activating a menu itemfrom theplurality ofmenu items of the first menu;

displaying the registered user menu on an OSD menu if a

user vieW menu is established; actuating a correspond ing menu item When an optional item is selected among

registering the activated menu item with a second menu;

displaying the registered menu item ofthe second menu on

the user menu; and deleting a menu item from the user menu if a deletion

the display;

button is pressed on an optionally selected item out of the user menu.] [2. A method of composing a user menu for displaying On Screen Display (OSD) menu With a hierarchical structure of claim 1, Wherein said user menu is setting if the user select

activating a menu item ofthe second menu;

actuating an operation corresponding to the activated menu item ofthe second menu; and deleting a menu itemfrom the second menu when a delete

request is received. 13. The method of claim 12, wherein the first menu is

‘main source’ using the remote control.] [3. A method of composing a user menu for displaying On Screen Display (OSD) menu With a hierarchical structure of claim 1, Wherein the user select ‘special’ item among the initial OSD menu using the remote control, then the hierar

displayed at the same time as the second menu.

14. The method ofclaim 12, wherein the deleted menu item is no longer displayed on the second menu.

chically structured OSD menu is displayed.]

15. The method ofclaim 12, wherein the deleted menu item is displayed on the first menu.

[4. A method of composing a user menu for displaying On Screen Display (OSD) menu With a hierarchical structure of

comprising:

16. An apparatus for composing a menu, the apparatus a display configured to display a?rst menu comprising a

claim 1, Wherein When the user menu displayed the user can

choose certain item.]

plurality of menu items; and

[5. A method of composing a user menu for displaying On Screen Display (OSD) menu With a hierarchical structure of

a processing unit configured to: activate a menu item from the plurality ofmenu items of the first menu when a first input to activate the menu item is received;

claim 1, Wherein said registering step registers a speci?c user menu; the user presses the ‘user menu registration’ button on

the remote control, a microcomputer detects the user pressed button, and stores index data on the corresponding item into

register the activated menu item with a second menu

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when a second input to register the activated menu

item is received; control the display to display the second menu when a

the user menu domain.]

[6. A method of composing a user menu for displaying On Screen Display (OSD) menu With a hierarchical structure of

display input is received, wherein the second menu comprises at least the registered menu item;

claim 1, Wherein a user can delete any item from the user 30 menu at any time by deletion button on the remote control

activate a menu item of the second menu when the menu

[7. A method of composing a user menu for displaying On

item of the second menu is selected; actuate an operation corresponding to the activated menu item ofthe second menu; and

Screen Display (OSD) menu With a hierarchical structure of

claim 1, Wherein a user canbe optionally composed of display position of the user menu screen, siZe and color.] [8. A method of composing a user menu for displaying On Screen Display (OSD) menu With a hierarchical structure of claim 1, Wherein if the user Wishes to see detailed items of

input is received. 17. The apparatus ofclaim 16, wherein the?rst menu is displayed at the same time as the second menu.

18. The apparatus of claim 16, wherein the deleted menu

‘main source’, the user moves the cursor of the remote control

and presses a con?rm key.] [9. An apparatus of composing a user menu for displaying On Screen Display (OSD) menu With a hierarchical structure,

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19. The apparatus of claim 16, wherein the deleted menu 20. A methodfor composing a menu, the method compris

ing:

45 OSD menu; a memory for storing index data on the OSD menu to

provide the data to the graphics processing unit;

input; actuating an operation corresponding to the activated 55

of claim 9, Wherein said graphics processing unit displays the

menu item ofthe second menu; and deleting a menu itemfrom the second menu when a second

input is received. 2]. The method of claim 20, wherein the first menu is displayed at the same time as the second menu. 60

22. The method ofclaim 20, wherein the deleted menu item is no longer displayed on the second menu.

control signal receiving circuit.]

23. The method ofclaim 20, wherein the deleted menu item is displayed on the first menu.

12. A methodfor composing a menu, the method compris

ing:

display;

displaying the second menu, which comprises the regis teredmenu item, on the display responsive to a single key activating a menu item ofthe second menu;

user menu on the screen.]

displaying a plurality ofmenu items ofa?rst menu on a

items on a display;

registering the activated menu item with a second menu; 50

a remote control having a deletion button for deletion a menu item from the user menu.]

[11. An apparatus of composing a user menu for displaying On Screen Display (OSD) menu With a hierarchical structure of claim 9, Wherein said microcomputer includes a remote

displaying a first menu comprising a plurality of menu

activating a menu itemfrom theplurality ofmenu items of the first menu;

a microcomputer for displaying the OSD menu or the user

[10. An apparatus of composing a user menu for displaying On Screen Display (OSD) menu With a hierarchical structure

item is no longer displayed on the second menu.

item is displayed on the first menu.

the apparatus comprising: a graphics processing unit for graphically processing the

menu on the screen by controlling said graphics process ing unit and for actuating a corresponding menu item When an optional item is selected among the user menu; and

delete a menu itemfrom the second menu when a third

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