Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Daniel P. Morris
  • Patent number: 6654034
    Abstract: A system and method for GUI on multiple monitors that are located in the same user work space. This invention involves a computer using an external source that is able to keep track of what applications the user has outside of his/her computer. The computer still has all of these applications within it, but when they are not needed they are taken off the screen. Two methods are disclosed to track these functions of the applications. The first method involves using a connection with the Internet with all the users devices. The second method involves using a video camera to conduct a visual search for certain devices that are on the user's desk. Certain of the items on a user's desk such as an Internet picture frame, a television, a telephone, a calculator, etc. are connected to the Internet. Whether or not the item on the user's desk is being used is determined by the Internet connection. Other items such as a clock, radio, etc. could have a separate source to identify the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dimitri Kanevsky, Alexander Zlatsin
  • Patent number: 6653027
    Abstract: An attenuating embedded phase shift photomask blank that produces a phase shift of the transmitted light is formed with an optically translucent film made of metal, silicon, nitrogen or metal, silicon, nitrogen and oxygen. A wide range of optical transmission (0.001% up to 20% at 193 nm) is obtained by this process. A post deposition process is implemented to obtain the desired properties (stability of optical properties with respect to laser irradiation and acid treatment) for use in industry. A special fabrication process for the sputter target is implemented to lower the defects of the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Marie Angelopoulos, Katherina E. Babich, Cameron James Brooks, S. Jay Chey, C. Richard Guarnieri, Michael Straight Hibbs, Kenneth Christopher Racette
  • Patent number: 6646355
    Abstract: A new interconnection scheme is disclosed for a tape automated bonding (TAB) package, a flip chip package and an active matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD) panel, where an electrically conducting adhesive is used to form an electrical interconnection between an active electronic device and its components. The electrically conducting adhesive can be a mixture comprising a polymer resin, a no-clean solder flux, a plurality of electrically conducting particles with an electrically conducting fusible coating which provides a metallurgical bond between the conducting particles as well as to the substrates. The advantages of using the electrically conducting adhesives include reduction in bonding pressure and/or bonding temperature, control of interfacial reactions, promotion of stable metallurgical bonds, enhanced reliability of the joints, and others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sung Kwon Kang, Sampath Purushothaman
  • Patent number: 6641971
    Abstract: A chemically amplified resist composition comprises an aqueous base soluble polymer or copolymer having one or more polar functional groups, wherein at least one of the functional groups is protected with a cycloaliphatic silyl ketal group but may also include other protecting groups as well as unprotected acidic functionalities. A ratio of protected to unprotected acidic functionalities is preferably selected to most effectively modulate a solubility of the resist composition in an aqueous base or other developer. The resist composition further comprises an acid generator, preferably a photoacid generator (PAG), and a casting solvent, and may also include other components, such as, a base additive and/or surfactant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Wu-Song Huang, David R. Medeiros
  • Patent number: 6641899
    Abstract: A method for forming a self aligned pattern on an existing pattern on a substrate comprising applying a coating of the masking material to the substrate; and allowing at least a portion of the masking material to preferentially attach to portions of the existing pattern. The pattern is comprised of a first set of regions of the substrate having a first atomic composition and a second set of regions of the substrate having a second atomic composition different from the first composition. The first set of regions may include one or more metal elements and the second set of regions may include a dielectric. The masking material may comprise a polymer containing a reactive grafting site that selectively binds to the portions of the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew E Colburn, Stephen M Gates, Jeffrey C Hedrick, Elbert Huang, Satyanarayana V Nitta, Sampath Purushothaman, Muthumanickam Sankarapandian
  • Patent number: 6643639
    Abstract: An adaptive resource indexing and lookup method for a customer self service system that performs resource search and selection and includes a resource library having selectable resources. The method includes steps of: receiving a current user query for requesting resources; receiving a user context vector associated with the current user query, the user context vector comprising data associating an interaction state with the user; mapping each user query and associated context vector to a sub-set of resources from the resource library; and, generating a response set including the sub-set of resources that are most relevant to the user's query. An adaptive indexing function implementing a supervised learning algorithm is applied for increasing the value of search results for a current user in their context and for enhancing and optimizing the performance of the resource indexing functions by increasing their relevance and specificity for mapping user queries to resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Debra L. Biebesheimer, Donn P. Jasura, Neal M. Keller, Daniel A. Oblinger, Stephen J. Rolando
  • Patent number: 6632536
    Abstract: New etch barriers of indium-tin-oxide in the manufacturing process of thin film transistor-liquid crystal display are self-assembled monolayers, such as n-alkylsilanes. A typical process of applying a self-assembled monolayer is to ink a hydrolyzed n-octadecyltrimethoxysilane solution on to a stamp and then to transfer the solution onto ITO. The surface of the stamp may be polar enough to be wet with polar self-assembled monolayer solutions of an akylsilane. A non-polar stamp surface may be treated with oxygen plasma to obtain a wettable polar surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen L. Buchwalter, Gareth Geoffrey Hougham, Kang-Wook Lee, John J. Ritsko, Mary Elizabeth Rothwell, Peter M. Fryer
  • Patent number: 6622507
    Abstract: An electromechanical device having a size no larger than about 10 microns utilizing a working fluid in the high pressure liquid or supercritical fluid state. A process of preparing the electromechanical device involves the introduction of the liquid or supercritical fluid therein which permits the retention of the working fluid in the liquid or supercritical state after introduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John Michael Cotte, Kenneth John McCullough, Wayne Martin Moreau, John P. Simons, Charles J. Taft, Richard P. Volant
  • Patent number: 6617698
    Abstract: Reworkable thermally conductive adhesive composition comprising a cured reaction product from a diepoxide wherein the epoxy groups are connected through an acyclic acetal moiety, a cyclic anhydride and a thermally conductive filler are provided and used to bond semiconductive devices to a chip carrier or heat spreader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Buchwalter, Michael Anthony Gaynes, Nancy C. LaBianca, Stefano Sergio Oggioni, Son K. Tran
  • Patent number: 6616863
    Abstract: Materials containing precursors to electrically conductive polymers and electrically conductive polymers are described which have a high degree of crystallinity. The high degree of crystallinity is achieved by preparing the materials under conditions which provide a high degree of mobility to the polymer molecules permitting them to associate with one another to form a crystalline state. High levels of electrical conductivity are achieved in the electrically conductive materials without stretch orienting the material. The enhanced electrical conductivity is isotropic as compared to a stretch oriental film which has isotropic electrical conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Marie Angelopoulos, Yun-Hsin Liao, Ravi F. Saraf
  • Patent number: 6617086
    Abstract: A new group of non-chemically amplified negative tone water/aqueous base developable (photo) resists based on redistribution of carbon-oxygen bonds in pendant ester groups of the polymers has been found.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Marie Angelopoulos, Edward D. Babich, Inna V. Babich, Katherina E. Babich, James J. Bucchignano, Karen E. Petrillo, Steven A. Rishton
  • Patent number: 6614935
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for for encoding units of digital information such as pictures, whereby all the data is first analyzed by running a compression pass over all the data, using the in the encoder embedded rate control mechanism. Picture attributes, such as quantization scale setting and bits produced will be extracted from the resulting bitstream, and analyzing this, indiviudal unit (picture) quantization scale and bit allocation settings are prepared for a next pass for either a constant- or variable bit rate, whereby buffer boundaries are observed. In a second compression pass through the same data, a constant- or variable bit rate compressed bitstream is produced, but this time bypassing the embedded rate control mechanism, and using the prepared picture bit allocation and quantization scale settings instead. Additionally, a mechanism will supervise the total bit production accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rajesh Rajagopalan, Peter Westerink
  • Patent number: 6606412
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for classifying the motion of an object such as a human being in a moving picture. A template is prepared in advance, which includes the Gabor wavelet expansion coefficients of an object image in a plurality of frames of a video image sequence representing each of a plurality of different reference motions of an object in a moving picture. Then, processing is performed to obtain the Gabor wavelet expansion coefficients of an object image in a plurality of frames of a video image sequence representing an unknown motion of the object. Matching factors are calculated based on the expansion coefficients for the unknown motion and the expansion coefficients for the reference motions in the template, and finally the unknown motion is classified based on the matching factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tomio Echigo, Junji Maeda, Hiroki Nakano
  • Patent number: 6603149
    Abstract: An OLED device which is capable of utilizing light transmitted from the sides of the OLED as well as the surface of the OLED is provided. The OLED device comprises an OLED having a substrate surface and sides for emission of photons therethrough and at least one adjacent light-folding means, wherein said light-folding means collects and redirects photons emitted from the sides of the OLED into coincident paths of light which are substantially parallel to said photons emitted from said substrate surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Russell Alan Budd, George Liang-Tai Chiu, Richard Alan Haight
  • Patent number: 6603690
    Abstract: A static column redundancy scheme for a semiconductor memory such as an eDRAM. By utilizing the existing scan registers for SRAM array testing, the column redundancy information of each bank or each microcell of the memory chip can be scanned, stored and programmed during the power-on period. Two programming methods are disclosed to find the column redundancy information on the fly. In the first method, the column redundancy information is first stored in the SRAM, and is then written into the program registers of the corresponding bank or microcell location. In the second method, the column redundancy information is loaded directly into the program registers of a bank or microcell location according to the bank address information without loading the SRAM. Since the new static column redundancy scheme does not need to compare the incoming addresses, it eliminates the use of control and decoding circuits, which significantly reduces the power consumption for memory macros.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Howard Hao Chen, Louis Lu-Chen Hsu, Li-Kong Wang
  • Patent number: 6603204
    Abstract: A low-k dielectric metal conductor interconnect structure having no micro-trenches present therein and a method of forming such a structure are provided. Specifically, the above structure is achieved by providing an interconnect structure which includes at least a multilayer of dielectric materials which are applied sequentially in a single spin apply tool and then cured in a single step and a plurality of patterned metal conductors within the multilayer of spun-on dielectrics. The control over the conductor resistance is obtained using a buried etch stop layer having a second atomic composition located between the line and via dielectric layers of porous low-k dielectrics having a first atomic composition. The inventive interconnect structure also includes a hard mask which assists in forming the interconnect structure of the dual damascene-type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen McConnell Gates, Jeffrey Curtis Hedrick, Satyanarayana V. Nitta, Sampath Purushothaman, Cristy Sensenich Tyberg
  • Patent number: 6597410
    Abstract: A computerized projector system which automatically adapts projected images emanating from projectors to fit the size and conditions of screens on which the images are displayed. Moreover, disclosed is a novel method of utilizing a computerized projector system which automatically adapts projected images to a shape and condition in correlation with the size and configuration of the screens onto which the images are projected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Fuad Elias Doany, Dimitri Kanevsky, Alexander Zlatsin
  • Patent number: 6593586
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for forming an alignment layer for use in a liquid crystal cell layer for use in a liquid crystal cell using an ion beam source that includes the steps of: (1) providing a substrate having a surface; (2) providing an ion beam source that emanates an ion beam; (3) providing a mask layer disposed between the substrate surface and the ion beam source. The mask layer has at least two openings disposed between the ion beam source and the substrate surface. The shape and position of the openings reduce the irregularity of the beam exposure in a border region on the surface of the substrate resulting from the ion beam source. The present invention may be used in conjunction with substrate treatment using multiple sweeps with a single ion beam source, or with a substrate treatment using a single sweep with multiple ion beam sources. Also disclosed is an apparatus for practicing the disclosed method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Praveen Chaudhari, Eileen Ann Galligan, James Patrick Doyle, James Andrew Lacey, Shui-Chih Alan Lien, Hiroki Nakano, Minhua Lu
  • Patent number: 6592449
    Abstract: A fan module including: two or more individual fans, each fan having an air movement means and a motor engaged with the air movement means for accelerating air entering each of the two or more individual fans; a temperature sensor for sensing a temperature associated with the two or more fans and for outputting a first signal corresponding to the temperature; rotational speed sensor for outputting a second signal corresponding to a rotational speed of each of the two or more fans; and a processor for receiving the first and second signals and controlling the two or more individual fans based on the first and second signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas M. Cipolla, Richard I. Kaufman, Lawrence S. Mok
  • Patent number: 6593644
    Abstract: A semiconductor or dielectric wafer with conducting vias is used as a substrate in an integrated circuit packaging structure, where high density inter and intra chip contacts and wiring are positioned on the substrate face on which the integrated circuitry is mounted, and external signal and power circuitry is contacted through the opposite face. Use of a substrate such as silicon permits the use of conventional silicon processes available in the art for providing high wiring density together with matching of the thermal expansion coefficient of any silicon chips in the integrated circuits. The use of vias through the substrate allows a high density of connections leaving the silicon substrate and provides short paths for the connections of power and signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: George Liang-Tai Chiu, John Harold Magerlein