Patents Represented by Attorney Ference & Associates LLC
  • Patent number: 7958334
    Abstract: A novel trace cache design and organization to efficiently store and retrieve multi-path traces. A goal is to design a trace cache, which is capable of storing multi-path traces without significant duplication in the traces. Furthermore, the effective access latency of these traces is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Galen A. Rasche, Jude A. Rivers, Vijayalakshmi Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 7953976
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for enabling a Pervasive Authentication Domain. A Pervasive Authentication Domain allows many registered Pervasive Devices to obtain authentication credentials from a single Personal Authentication Gateway and to use these credentials on behalf of users to enable additional capabilities for the devices. It provides an arrangement for a user to store credentials in one device (the Personal Authentication Gateway), and then make use of those credentials from many authorized Pervasive Devices without re-entering the credentials. It provides a convenient way for a user to share credentials among many devices, particularly when it is not convenient to enter credentials as in a smart wristwatch environment. It further provides an arrangement for disabling access to credentials to devices that appear to be far from the Personal Authentication Gateway as measured by metrics such as communications signal strengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Giles, Reiner Sailer
  • Patent number: 7953031
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for enabling an apparatus having a wireless module mounted thereon to detect an access point while saving power consumption in a battery. An apparatus according to the present invention preferably has a system main body, a cover which covers a surface of the system main body, an antenna disposed to the cover, a lid sensor which detects that the cover is opened from the system main body and outputs a lid event signal, a wireless module which is connected with the antenna and detects an access point upon receiving a power, and a power supply module. This power supply module supplies the power to the wireless module in response to output of the lid event signal from the lid sensor. As a result, even if this portable computer is in an OFF state, the power is supplied to the wireless module when the cover is opened, thereby detecting an access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasumichi Tsukamoto, Takayuki Katoh
  • Patent number: 7954116
    Abstract: A combination compact disk player and jewelry box is disclosed having a housing, a compact disk (CD) player internally mounted in the housing with built-in compact disk storage. Mechanism for playing the CDs is provided and at least one slide out drawer is provided for holding jewelry and other trinkets therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Po Yi Ng, Chris Heatherly, Mikal Barry Greaves, Jonathan Guerra
  • Patent number: 7945291
    Abstract: A computer system is provided with an antenna which disables inappropriate wireless communications when a communication controller is inconsistently connected with the antenna. The computer having a diversity antenna connected to a detachable wireless LAN card containing a controller for providing wireless communication is mounted in a mini PCI slot, comprising a switch device for recognizing the identification information (ID) of the wireless LAN card to be mounted by BIOS executed on a CPU, in which the connection between the diversity antenna and the wireless LAN card is maintained in an off state (default) as an initial state in which the wireless LAN card is mounted, and the connection is enabled based on the identification information recognized by the BIOS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Fujii, Masaharu Itoh, Kozo Matsunaga, Shunya Uno
  • Patent number: 7941657
    Abstract: A mobile device, such as a laptop or notebook computer, capable of booting from at least two environments. If a remote environment is present, the mobile device may boot from the remote environment. The mobile device may also boot from the local environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd
    Inventors: Daryl Cromer, Richard W. Cheston, Howard Locker, Randall S. Springfield
  • Patent number: 7940672
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the identification of correlated burst events among two or more data streams, given one or more specific query time spans are disclosed. Also broadly contemplated is the act of finding, from one or more data streams, those streams that have correlated burst events with another given data stream within a time span.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shyh-Kwei Chen, Michail Vlachos, Kun-Lung Wu, Philip Shi-lung Yu
  • Patent number: 7933740
    Abstract: Arrangements and methods for performing structural clustering between different time series. Time series data relating to a plurality of time series is accepted, structural features relating to the time series data are ascertained, and at least one distance between different time series via employing the structural features is determined. The different time series may be partitioned into clusters based on the at least one distance, and/or the k closest matches to a given time series query based on the at least one distance may be returned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vittorio Castelli, Michail Vlachos, Philip S. Yu
  • Patent number: 7930525
    Abstract: A novel trace cache design and organization to efficiently store and retrieve multi-path traces. A goal is to design a trace cache, which is capable of storing multi-path traces without significant duplication in the traces. Furthermore, the effective access latency of these traces is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Galen A. Rasche, Jude A. Rivers, Vijayalakshmi Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 7925764
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method, computer program product and apparatus for integrating resource and coordinator components in a heterogeneous computer system. The technique disclosed involves the introduction of a negotiation phase into the resource enlistment or registration process wherein the resource component and coordinator component request and respond with indicators showing the quality of service that each supports, thus jointly establishing at runtime a quality of service to be supported for the resource and coordinator pairing. The qualities of service may include commit phase support and recovery support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Graham Castree Charters, Amanda Elizabeth Chessell
  • Patent number: 7917916
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for removing the driver map component from being stored on the service partition and placing it on a server for retrieval at a later time. Only the actual device drivers that are required for that system will be provided. A central repository will be provided for applications and device drivers that would leverage the AMT area. The AMT IDE-R would be used to store the hook to network install, for example an IT administrator initiated network install to an unpowered system. Two situations exist in which this method will be used. The first situation involves supplying ImageUltra content to a system that is connected to the Local Area Network while ImageUltra is running. The second situation involves supplying ImageUltra content to a system that is not connected to the Local Area Network while ImageUltra is running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd
    Inventors: Arnold S. Weksler, Neal R. Caliendo, Jr., Jeffrey M. Estroff, Scott E. Kelso, John C. Mese, Nathan J. Peterson, Jose R. Ruiz, Rod D. Waltermann
  • Patent number: 7904567
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method, computer program product and apparatus for integrating resource and coordinator components in a heterogeneous computer system. The technique disclosed involves the introduction of a negotiation phase into the resource enlistment or registration process wherein the resource component and coordinator component request and respond with indicators showing the quality of service that each supports, thus jointly establishing at runtime a quality of service to be supported for the resource and coordinator pairing. The qualities of service may include commit phase support and recovery support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Graham Castree Charters, Amanda Elizabeth Chessell
  • Patent number: 7895392
    Abstract: Color-based caching allows each cache line to be distinguished by a specific color, and enables the manipulation of cache behavior based upon the colors of the cache lines. When multiple threads are able to share a cache, effective cache management is critical to overall performance. Color-based caching provides an effective method to better utilize a cache and avoid unnecessary cache thrashing and/or pollution. The color based caching can be monitored to improve memory performance and guarantee Quality-Of-Service of cache utilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines
    Inventors: Xiaowei Shen, David F. Bacon, Robert W. Wisniewski, Orran Krieger
  • Patent number: 7894186
    Abstract: A computer cover retention bar (or lock bar) is provided that is functionally integrated with a padlock and/or Kensington lock setup in such a way that full closure via the padlock and/or Kensington lock will ensure that the retention bar, itself provided with detents or hooks that themselves act to keep the cover fully closed with respect to a chassis or body of the desktop or workstation, cannot be moved. This then ensures that the locking action of a padlock or Kensington lock goes a measure beyond the norm, in that a cover can indeed remain fully closed without, e.g., affording unauthorized individuals from prying open the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singpore) Pte. Ltd
    Inventors: Timothy S. Farrow, William F. Martin-Otto
  • Patent number: 7890294
    Abstract: Arrangements are provided for performing structural clustering between different time series. Time series data relating to a plurality of time series is accepted, structural features relating to the time series data are ascertained, and at least one distance between different time series via employing the structural features is determined. The different time series may be partitioned into clusters based on the at least one distance, and/or the k closest matches to a given time series query based on the at least one distance may be returned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vittorio Castelli, Michail Vlachos, Philip S. Yu
  • Patent number: 7887941
    Abstract: Provision of an extension-type battery pack which is improved in safety thereof against dropping and impact application. Although a battery pack is susceptible to damage caused by an impact since partial battery cells are located outside the outline of a notebook PC when it is mounted on the notebook PC, the battery pack is provided with a partition wall structure including an air space and a fireproof wall formed of a material which does not melt at a temperature of combustible gas discharged from a gas discharge valve of the respective battery cells. The material of the fireproof wall is preferably mica or the like. The partition wall structure can be provided between an inside battery compartment and an outside battery compartment of the battery pack or can be provided among other battery cells. This prevents fire spreading to other battery cells even if high-temperature combustible gas is discharged from a battery cell damaged by an impact or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Seita Horikoshi, Kenshin Yonemochi
  • Patent number: 7882368
    Abstract: In a method of publishing creative content to at least one local digital display device, a first unit of the creative content is stored on a first portable digital storage medium in an encrypted format. The digital replication is encrypted with a selected one of a plurality of private encryption keys. The first portable digital storage medium is transferred to the local digital display device. A preselected public key is entered into the local digital display device. The preselected public key corresponds to the selected one of the plurality of private encryption keys. At least a portion of the first unit of the creative content is decrypted by employing the public encryption key using a public key/private key decryption algorithm. The portion of the creative content is displayed on the local digital display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Alessi, Alberto Gabriel Mendoza Padial, H L Courtland Whited, Jennifer Phelan Hernandez, James A. Stikeleather
  • Patent number: 7876754
    Abstract: Methods and arrangements for monitoring at least one interconnection between at least two nodes in a distributed network. At least one subscriber node is prompted to ascertain the integrity of an interconnection with at least one parent node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Marcos N. Novaes
  • Patent number: 7822730
    Abstract: Most recent research of scalable inductive learning on very large streaming dataset focuses on eliminating memory constraints and reducing the number of sequential data scans. However, state-of-the-art algorithms still require multiple scans over the data set and use sophisticated control mechanisms and data structures. There is discussed herein a general inductive learning framework that scans the dataset exactly once. Then, there is proposed an extension based on Hoeffding's inequality that scans the dataset less than once. The proposed frameworks are applicable to a wide range of inductive learners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Wei Fan, Haixun Wang, Philip S. Yu
  • Patent number: 7818459
    Abstract: A method and apparatus relates to hardware-to-hardware data transmission in computer systems, and in particular, it relates to method and system for operating I/O adapters attaching either one or more computing devices to an I/O periphery, to a network, or to other computing devices. It is proposed to operate a memory local to the network coupling adapter as a cache memory relative to a system memory associated with the one or more computing devices for storing transmission control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gerd Konrad Bayer, Wolfgang Eckert, Markus Michael Helms, Juergen Maergner, Christoph Raisch, Thomas Schlipf, Klaus Theurich