Patents Represented by Attorney Daniel E. McConnell
  • Patent number: 7758291
    Abstract: An arrangement of securing frame assemblies is provided within a shipping enclosure and engaging packages being handled. The frame assemblies have rigid frame members and distensible bags mounted on the frames. The distensible bags are, in use, distended as by being inflated or otherwise filled with a pressurized fluid to engage and secure freight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Edmund Maresh, Eric Allen Stegner, Robert William Stegner
  • Patent number: 7668424
    Abstract: Apparatus which adjusts an optical connection between a waveguide and an optical interconnection component that launches light into the waveguide or receives light emitted from the waveguide. The apparatus includes: an excitation light element emitting light that causes the waveguide to fluoresce into the waveguide via the optical interconnection component; an observation unit that observes the waveguide from a side face, different from the end face into which light is launched into the waveguide or light having propagated through the waveguide is emitted, and which receives fluorescent light emitted by the waveguide; and a connection adjusting component that adjusts the optical connection between the optical interconnection component and the waveguide based on the intensity of the fluorescent light received at the light observing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 7480968
    Abstract: A product package clip has tamper evident protection which is formed integrally with the clip. Breakage of frangible connectors indicates that the clip, and thus the package, has been the target of tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Edmund Maresh, Eric Allen Stegner, Robert William Stegner
  • Patent number: 7475268
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for managing voltage supply in multiple linked systems. The method may comprise the steps of connecting a plurality of digital data processing elements and a plurality of power supplies into at least two power domains, each of the domains having at least one processing element and at least two power supplies; monitoring a supply of electrical power to the at least two power domains; sensing a drawn current drawn from associated power supplies; sensing a loss of electrical supply to associated power supplies; and responding to a sensed outage of one of said power supplies by switching power supply for a domain in which there is a sensed outage to another domain which has capacity to support the domain with an outage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond Mathew Clemo
  • Patent number: 7398884
    Abstract: A packaging material which impart fragility capability and is easily manufactured and handled in preparing a product for shipment. The material is fabricated as a planar body having fold lines on which the body may be folded to encircle a product being packaged. The planar body is formed with locking features which enable a handler to easily secure the material about the packaged product and with defined openings facilitating handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Allen Stegner, Robert William Stegner, Christopher John Sattora
  • Patent number: 7391266
    Abstract: Protection for the transmission of higher amplitude outputs required of differential amplifiers formed by thin oxide transistors with limited maximum voltage tolerance used where compliance with communication protocol standards requires handling voltages which may, in transition, exceed desirable levels is provided by limiting the voltage across any two device terminals under power down conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hayden C. Cranford, Jr., Carrie E. Cox
  • Patent number: 7377393
    Abstract: An arrangement of securing frame assemblies is provided within a shipping enclosure and engaging packages being handled. The frame assemblies have rigid frame members and distensible bags mounted on the frames. The distensible bags are, in use, distended as by being inflated or otherwise filled with a pressurized fluid to engage and secure freight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Edmund Maresh, Eric Allen Stegner, Robert William Stegner
  • Patent number: 7330247
    Abstract: Apparatus and method which adjusts an optical connection between a waveguide and an optical interconnection component that launches light into the waveguide or receives light emitted from the waveguide. The apparatus includes: an excitation light element emitting light that causes the waveguide to fluoresce into the waveguide via the optical interconnection component; an observation unit that observes the waveguide from a side face, different from the end face into which light is launched into the waveguide or light having propagated through the waveguide is emitted, and which receives fluorescent light emitted by the waveguide; and a connection adjusting component that adjusts the optical connection between the optical interconnection component and the waveguide based on the intensity of the fluorescent light received at the light observing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 7272778
    Abstract: A method and systems to test a communication system (200) comprising a plurality of emitters (205), receivers (210) and channels (220) are disclosed. According to the method of the invention the data used for the test are preprocessed so as to be analyzed on the fly by the receivers during the test. In a preferred embodiment, a connection identifier value characterizing emitter and receiver addresses as well as data properties, if any, is associated to each data and CRC bits are computed to format frames comprising data, connection identifier value and CRC bits (410). During the test, the communication system transmits frames from emitters to corresponding receivers. Upon frames reception, receivers extract data (455), connection identifier value (460) and CRC bits (465) and compute CRC bits on received data (470). The comparison (475) of transmitted and computed CRC bits in receiver allows determining whether or not frames have been well transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alain Blanc, Bruno Mesnet, Rene Gallezot
  • Patent number: 7240406
    Abstract: A package fastening clip having enhanced security of engagement with packaging materials by the provision of at least three material engaging legs, one of which cooperates with a latch member to secure the clip in assembled position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ivan Neil Liverman, Mark Edmund Maresh, Eric Allen Stegner, Robert William Stegner
  • Patent number: 7203763
    Abstract: A server farm formed by a plurality of computer systems joined together by a network processor which transfers data exchanged with an external network supported by the server farm at a data rate substantially the same as the data flow rate of the network and related method
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Francis Edward Noel, Jr., Charles Joseph Sannipoli
  • Patent number: 7086291
    Abstract: Devices and their subassemblies typically undergo stresses during manufacturing and testing processes and during general use. To provide visual indication of stress or strain levels endured, a preferred embodiment includes frangible material deposited on particular isolated areas of devices and/or their subassemblies. The frangible material, when applied according to one methodical embodiment, provides visible indication of overstrain as cracks in the frangible material deposits, and of non overstrain when cracks are not visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Anthony Holung, Noboru Kodama, Tin-Lup Wong
  • Patent number: 6954633
    Abstract: The SMS messages of a mobile telephone are used to call up information which is unconnected in time and location with the mobile telephone. To specify the desired information and to define the brief commands the user of the mobile telephone uses data-processing equipment with data lines to the information provider, e.g. Internet connection, by means of which he can deposit query profiles with the information provider. In addition, the query profiles can be produced using a speech computer. The user can call up the dormant query profiles by means of simple brief commands and obtain the required information. The desired information will be reproduced either visually or acoustically via the mobile telephone. The advantages of both communication media are therefore combined with one another in an ideal manner, where the hardware of the mobile telephone and/or its method of operation remain unchanged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jorg Metternich, Gerald Arnold, Michael Ehrmantraut, Stefan Akerblom
  • Patent number: 6907007
    Abstract: A method and system for injecting/extracting a control cell into/from a data connection transmitted from a source switching node to a destination switching node of an Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) network. The injecting method consists in adding to the ATM cell a switch routing label (SRL) and a protocol engine correlator (PEC) by the control point of the injection switching node before injecting the cell into the connection. The extracting method consists in setting a control flag in the control block of the incoming cell if this cell includes an extraction condition indicating that it is a control cell to be extracted, and adding to the control cell a switch routing label corresponding to the control point (CP SRL) and a reserved static protocol engine correlator (SPEC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ange Aznar, Claude Basso, Mathieu Girard, Daniel Orsatti, Dominique Rigal, Jean-Claude Zunino
  • Patent number: 6895330
    Abstract: A system and method of the type for aiding a user in navigating a route through a facility so as too efficiently locate specific items within a facility is provided. The system includes a facility processor having a database and software stored thereon for mapping an interactive route from selected location to selected location within a facility, a label located proximate individual items, the label electronically communicating information specific to the item it is associated with, and a digital device having the interactive route electronically stored thereon, the digital device electronically communicating with the facility processor and the labels for tracking movement of the digital device along the route via communication with the labels and communicating a direction to move to follow the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Thomas Cato, Kerry A Ortega, Thomas John Sluchak
  • Patent number: 6839629
    Abstract: A system and method of the type for aiding a user in navigating a route through a facility so as too efficiently locate specific items within a facility is provided. The system includes a facility processor having a database and software stored thereon for mapping an interactive route from selected location to selected location within a facility, a label located proximate individual items, the label electronically communicating information specific to the item it is associated with, and a digital device having the interactive route electronically stored thereon, the digital device electronically communicating with the facility processor and the labels for tracking movement of the digital device along the route via communication with the labels and communicating a direction to move to follow the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Robert Thomas Cato, Kerry A Ortega, Thomas John Sluchak
  • Patent number: 6829545
    Abstract: A method of calculating capacity of an intelligent battery is provided for, whereby an intelligent battery and a portable electronic device are capable of allowing for power consumption by a minute current undetectable by a conventional circuit without any special cost required so as to consequently allow an error of capacity data to be smaller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Shigefumi Odaohhara
  • Patent number: 6822964
    Abstract: A method is described for sending frames of data from at least two ingresses to one egress in an ATM network. Each frame of data to be sent is partitioned into cells. The egress creates an identification for each of the ingresses and sends the identification to the ingresses. Each of the ingresses includes the received identification in each of the cells and sends the cells to the egress. And then, the egress combines the received cells into frames depending on the included identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Droz, Douglas Dykeman
  • Patent number: 6823393
    Abstract: A method and system for setting the value of a type of service field in an Internet Protocol (IP) datagram in accordance with an application level protocol. The IP datagram is transmitted within a socks connection from a source application on a source device. The IP datagram includes a source IP address field in an IP header and a source port field in a Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) header. In accordance with the method of the present invention a source address of the source device is retrieved from the source IP address field of an incoming IP datagram. An application address of the source application is retrieved from the source port field of the incoming IP datagram. A type of service value has been associated with the retrieved source address and the retrieved application address. The type of service value is then determined and written to a type of service field within the IP datagram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Olivier Hericourt
  • Patent number: 6819673
    Abstract: A method and system for establishing a Systems Network Architecture (SNA) session between SNA resources through a packet/cell switching network. The packet/cell switching network includes an origin access node that provides client access services, and at least one destination access node that provides server access services. In accordance with the method of the present invention a SNA session request is received from a source SNA resource for establishing an SNA session with a target SNA resource. An undirected message is broadcast over the packet/cell switching network to identify the destination access nodes that support the source SNA resource and that provide server access services. One or more positive replies are received from respectively one or more of the destination access nodes that support the source SNA resource and that provide server access services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Didier Giroir, Olivier Hericourt