Patents Represented by Attorney Amin, Turocy & Calvin, LLP
  • Patent number: 7606890
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and methodology facilitating remote namespace management in an industrial control environment. An industrial control system is provided that includes an industrial controller to communicate with a network such as the Internet. Namespace information relating to network locations of associated control devices are accumulated by the control system and/or a server interacting with the control system. The accumulated namespace data can then be employed to manage automated activities such as determining a network topology or mapping. Accumulated topology information can be utilized to determine a status of the collective entity contributing to the network and facilitating remote management of the entity. Such status can be employed to determine current device information in order to launch a plurality of other automated procedures to located devices in the topology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Joseph Baier, Douglas Francis McEldowney, David Michael Callaghan, Douglas R. Wylie
  • Patent number: 7570929
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for adjusting transmission power of different portions of a data packet. The system and method is especially useful when utilizing the IEEE 802.11 standard protocol due to the varying transmission data rates of a packet. A IEEE 802.11 packet includes a preamble portion, a header portion and a data portion. The preamble portion has a data rate of 1 Mbps, the header has a data rate of 1 or 2 Mbps and the data portion has a data rate of 1, 2, 5.5 or 11 Mbps. At a given fixed power level, a transmission at a higher data rate has a lower transmission range than a transmission at a lower data rate. Therefore, the present invention provides for a system and method that adjusts the power level of different portions of a data packet, so that the entire data packet has a more uniform range. This eliminates the need for components in the system receiving a preamble portion of a transmission at higher ranges to remain idle during transmission of an entire frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Trompower
  • Patent number: 7562161
    Abstract: The subject invention relates to a Universal Graphics Adapter (UGA) that is a hardware-independent design that encapsulates and abstracts low-level graphics hardware in a standard manner through firmware. UGA is a firmware standard, intended to wrap existing or planned hardware, including VGA. UGA does not require the use of real-mode assembly language, direct hardware register, or frame buffer access to program, thus providing advantages over conventional systems. UGA supports basic drawing operations, continuous display modes, and power management. As a firmware-based standard, UGA facilitates updating a system to support both evolving and new hardware features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Maciej Maciesowicz
  • Patent number: 7548831
    Abstract: There is provided with a method including: acquiring string data made up of a plurality of monitoring items from an apparatus to be monitored at predetermined or arbitrary time intervals; storing each acquired string data in a storage temporarily; calculating an average and variation for each of the monitoring items and correlation information indicating a correlation between the monitoring items by using each string data stored in the storage; normalizing the acquired string data by using the average and the variation of each monitoring item; calculating a distance from the correlation information for normalized string data by carrying out a computation using the normalized string data and the correlation information; and deciding whether or not there is an abnormal sign in the apparatus to be monitored depending on whether or not calculated distance falls within a confidence interval set in advance for a certain probability distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Akihiro Suyama
  • Patent number: 7548789
    Abstract: An editor in an industrial automation environment comprises an input component that receives modification data relating to at least one of lifecycle and deployment of an object, the object is associated with a programmable logic controller and configured in accordance with a hierarchically structured data model. An implementation component can implement the modification data with respect to the object. The editor can further comprise a security component that determines that an entity providing the data to the input component is authorized to implement the modification data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sujeet Chand, Stephen C. Briant, Kenwood H. Hall, Gavan W. Hood, John J. Baier, Michael D. Kalan
  • Patent number: 7543053
    Abstract: The subject invention provides for an intelligent quarantining system and method that facilitates a more robust classification system in connection with spam prevention. The invention involves holding back some messages that appear to be questionable, suspicious, or untrustworthy from classification (as spam or good). In particular, the filter lacks information about these messages and thus classification is temporarily delayed. This provides more time for a filter update to arrive with a more accurate classification. The suspicious messages can be quarantined for a determined time period to allow more data to be collected regarding these messages. A number of factors can be employed to determine whether messages are more likely to be flagged for further analysis. User feedback by way of a feedback loop system can also be utilized to facilitate classification of the messages. After some time period, classification of the messages can be resumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua T. Goodman, Robert L. Rounthwaite, Geoffrey J. Hulten, Derek Hazeur
  • Patent number: 7541920
    Abstract: Systems and methods that can enhance protection of alarms and events within an industrial control environment are provided. An alarm security component employs cryptographic mechanisms and techniques to encrypt alarms and/or events related to field devices of an industrial controller system. Also included is a two-way mutual authentication using cryptography, thereby ensuring that an alarm is a valid alarm and that the clients using the alarms are authorized alarm clients. Effectively, the innovation can regulate access to alarms and events by unauthorized external entities (e.g., monitors and/or users) by employing cryptographic mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Tambascio, Kenwood H. Hall, John J. Baier, Eric G. Dorgelo, Charles M. Rischar, David K. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7542761
    Abstract: Architecture that facilitates initiation of a user feedback signal during a telephone call when perceiving reduced voice quality. In response to receiving the feedback signal, the telephone network performs a number of measurements on the system and related to the user device that can be analyzed to determine the problem, and potentially resolve the problem. The feedback signal can be initiated by any number of user input means, including selection of a key or combination of keys on a cell phone keypad that generate signals which can be interpreted by the telephone network as the feedback signal, e.g., a DTMF signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Falguni Sarkar
  • Patent number: 7542969
    Abstract: A method of searching for information includes receiving a query, providing the query to a first search engine that searches a set of data sources, the data sources having relationships to an ontology, receiving search results from the search engine, analyzing the search results to determine at least one statistic corresponding to the search results and the query, wherein the statistic is based upon a relevance score that is calculated based upon a first weighting function related to a concept, a second weighting function related to a data source item, a set of items related to the concept, and a set of items related to the search results, and providing at least one concept to a user, wherein said at least one concept correspond to said at least one statistic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Alain T. Rappaport, Dan Adamson, Leo Shih
  • Patent number: 7539452
    Abstract: A waste toner collecting apparatus of the present invention reliably prevents waste toner from spilling when replacing the waste toner box by opening the front cover of an image forming apparatus as the first through fifth shutters close the respective waste toner conveyance end sections. The first through fifth shutters are locked when no waste toner box is mounted in the image forming apparatus. The first through fifth shutters are unlocked when a waste toner box is mounted in the image forming apparatus. It can reliably prevent an operation error of operating the image forming section with the waste toner conveyance end sections left in an open state as the stay of the cover presses the first through fifth shutters when a waste toner box is not mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsutomu Sato, Masayuki Kasukawa
  • Patent number: 7539659
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or method that effectuates selective viewing of multimedia audio and/or visual content. The disclosed system can include a component that obtains multimedia audio or visual content from a broadcast server, categorizes the multimedia audio or visual content, and associates index tags to categorized multimedia audio or visual content. The index tags are utilized to provide a facility to search or summarize the categorized multimedia audio or visual content, wherein the resultant searches and summarizations can be displayed on a display associated with the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Curtis G. Wong, Dale A. Sather, Kenneth Reneris, Thaddeus C. Pritchett, Eric J. Horvitz, Talal Ali Batrouny
  • Patent number: 7538664
    Abstract: An alarm generation system within an industrial automation environment comprises a packaging component that packages contextual data together with an alarm. A provision component relays the packaged contextual data and the alarm to an appropriate device. Thus, customized alarms can be provided for certain recipients given particular situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric G. Dorgelo, Kenwood H. Hall, David K. Johnson, Jan Bezdicek, Charles Martin Rischar, Dale Robert Sapach, John J. Baier, Kevin Michael Tambascio, Daniel Cernohorsky
  • Patent number: 7539974
    Abstract: A rules runtime engine for scheduling and concurrently processing of rules. The engine efficiently runs a large number of rules in a parallel fashion. This is accomplished by authoring rules in a rule definition language, passing these rules through the translator for communication to the runtime engine and, scheduling and concurrently processing the translated instructions using the runtime engine. The engine also receives configuration data that instantiates the instructions thus, giving form to a living set of rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas R. Beck, Steven J. Menzies, Raymond W. McCollum, Radu R. Palanca
  • Patent number: 7539436
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided with a cooling mechanism mechanism having an air-cooling fan and a cooling duct for guiding cooling air from this air-cooling fan to desired positions to be cooled. A plurality of rectangular holes are formed in the longitudinal direction of the cooling duct. Positions of the rectangular holes are not located directly above the respective paper delivery rollers and are slightly shifted from the paper delivery rollers toward the rear side. On the front side of the cooling duct there are formed an opening for discharging cooling air toward the ADU and an opening for discharging cooling air toward the rear side of the control panel operated by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shuji Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 7539260
    Abstract: To detect the number of transmit antennas, a fast Fourier transform operation is performed on the received samples of the transmitted long training symbols of a preamble. Next, each of the Fourier transformed results is multiplied with the reference frequency-domain representation of the long training symbol so as to remove the effect of the symbols and to maintain the channel information. Next, inverse Fourier transform or least squares operations is performed on the multiplied values to compute channel impulse response. The number of shifted impulse response in the channel impulse response represents the detected number of transmit antennas. Packets containing preambles of the present invention may be received by extended devices as well as by legacy receivers that are not configured to receive and interpret these preambles. The training symbols may be cyclically-shifted and transmitted on different transmit antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Albert van Zelst, Vincent K. Jones, D. J. Richard van Nee
  • Patent number: 7539478
    Abstract: The present invention provides a large capacity, user defined audio content delivery system. The system delivers uninterrupted music and delivers information content (e.g., news by evaluating and encoding an input audio stream while outputting another stream. Undesirable audio content (e.g., advertisements and unwanted news) are not present in the output audio stream as only desired portions of information content are stored for playback on demand. The invention also includes a user interface that is simple enough to facilitate utilization of the audio system in an automobile and employs standard hardware available in typical computing and/or personal digital assistant equipment. Additionally, the audio system can be portable (e.g., as portable as a personal digital assistant) and can be updated in real time or off line via a personal computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Cormac Herley, Jonathan C. Platt
  • Patent number: 7539549
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for controlling and diagnosing the health of a motorized system. The systems may comprise a diagnostics system and a controller, wherein the diagnostics system employs a neural network, an expert system, and/or a data fusion component in order to assess the health of the motorized system according to one or more attributes associated therewith. The controller may operate the motorized system in accordance with a setpoint and/or a diagnostics signal from the diagnostics system. Also disclosed are methodologies for controlling and diagnosing the health of a motorized system, comprising operating a motor in the motorized system in a controlled fashion, and diagnosing the health of the motorized system according to a measured attribute associated with the motorized system, wherein the motor may be operated according to a setpoint and/or the diagnostics signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Discenzo, Peter Unsworth, Sarat Babu Vetcha, Kenneth A. Loparo, Carl J. Dister, Edward J. Tomkin
  • Patent number: 7539431
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus that forms a toner image on a sheet of paper, a technique for achieving adequate toner collection from the photoconductive surface of the photoconductor to suit the situation is provided. An image forming apparatus performs image forming processing using plural image forming stations aligned along a specific direction and each transferring a toner image of a different color onto a transferred body moving in the specific direction, and includes: a toner collection unit provided to at least one image forming station among the plural image forming stations at any of second and subsequent places from an upstream side in the specific direction and configured to collect toner adhering onto a photoconductor in the at least one image forming station near a toner image transfer position of the photoconductor on a downstream side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Watanabe, Masashi Takahashi, Mitsuaki Kouyama
  • Patent number: 7539364
    Abstract: Actuators facilitating mechanical beam steering for optical integrated circuits are disclosed. The mechanical beam steering can mitigate thermal sensitivity of optical circuits, for example, arrayed waveguides. Also disclosed are methods for fabricating optical integrated circuits employing actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: NeoPhotonics Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Cole, Michael Guerrero, Kenneth Purchase, Anthony J. Ticknor, Kenneth McGreer, David Menche
  • Patent number: D603210
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Inventor: Philip Bradley Davis