Patents Represented by Attorney Kunzler & Associates
  • Patent number: 7167915
    Abstract: Computing devices storing and executing applications across a network each include agent software to communicate with the application at the computing device to retrieve storage utilization information. At a server on the network, data representative of storage utilization by the applications executing at the several computing devices across the network is collected from the agents for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Justin Bendich, Steven M. Corrigan, Stephen C. Donovan, Edward M. McCrickard, W. Scott McCullough
  • Patent number: 7155872
    Abstract: Open frames are disclosed by which structural support is provided, each frame comprising an array of slender members formed into a plurality of zig zag frame elements defining apexes, where the slender members of different zig zag frame elements integrally intersect each other at non-midpoint locations. A linear member bridges between and is integrated with some or all of the asymmetrical points of intersection, in some embodiments. The apexes so formed may comprise two slender members in some cases and four in others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Larry R. Francom
  • Patent number: 7150464
    Abstract: A device and method are disclosed for a configurable snowshoe and ski device. The device may include a base member having a bottom for traversing over snow, and a plurality of wings rotatably coupled to the member, the wings convertible between a skiing configuration in which the wings form a surface for gliding over snow and a snowshoe configuration in which the wings extend outward laterally. Also, the device may include a traction device connected to the base member and configured for gripping snow or ice when the plurality of wings is in the snowshoe configuration. The method may include rotatating a plurality of wings coupled to a base member outward laterally to form a snowshoe configuration, and rotating the plurality of wings inward to form a skiing configuration in which the wings form a surface for gliding over snow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Inventor: Lane Ekberg
  • Patent number: 7141028
    Abstract: An system, apparatus, and method are disclosed for therapeutic light and sound, comprising the steps of exposing a user to spectral light and laterally directed sound and adjusting the manner of exposure sufficient to elicit a desired autonomic nervous response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Inventor: Barry McNew
  • Patent number: 7140931
    Abstract: A system and apparatus are disclosed for improving safety and hydro-flow thrust from a hydro-drive device. The apparatus may include a shroud having a first opening for the ingress of water, and a second opening for the egress of water, a diverter connected with the shroud and angled in a direction selected to direct water to form a vortex as the water exits the shroud, and a screen connected with the second opening and configured to allow a substantially free flow of water and to prevent marine, plant, animal, and human life from contacting the hydro-drive device. The system may include a motor, a hydro-drive device coupled to the motor, and the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Inventors: George I. Norman, Thomas W. Peterson
  • Patent number: 7141781
    Abstract: An improved device, method, and system efficiently couple high-frequency energy from radiation-assisted field emission. A radiation source radiates an emitting surface with an electromagnetic field. The electromagnetic field reduces the potential barrier at the emitting surface, allowing electrons to tunnel from the surface. The tunneling electrons produce a current. The electron tunneling current oscillates in response to the oscillations of the electromagnetic field radiation. Two or more electromagnetic fields of different frequencies radiate the emitting surface, causing photomixing. The electron tunneling current oscillates in response to the difference of the frequencies of the electromagnetic fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Inventor: Mark J. Hagmann
  • Patent number: 7142007
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, microprocessor device and computer program for configuring a termination network of a communication device includes a voltage comparator for comparing a voltage across the termination network with a reference voltage; a logic arrangement for setting a digital control vector in response to a state returned by said voltage comparator; and a first switching apparatus for activating a first weighted-value resistor in response to the setting of the digital control vector. At least a second switching apparatus for activating a second weighted-value resistor, and wherein each of the first and the second weighted-value resistors is represented by a value in the digital control vector may be provided, the first and second resistors are connected in series or in parallel. The digital control vector may be stored in a logic register and distributed to a plurality of termination networks. The logic arrangement may include a finite state machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew B. Baecher, James Stephen Mason
  • Patent number: 7137819
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for teaching sequencing principles. An educational toy is provided with a plurality of panels that interlock with each other in a sequential pattern to form a multi-sided enclosure. A coded element may be represented on at least one of the panels. The coded element may be an element in a series forming a sequence to indicate the sequence pattern of the various panels. The sequence code or pattern to open the multi-sided enclosure is encrypted in the structural design of the various panels. Additional educational material may be represented on the various panels. In addition, an object containing educational material thereon may be included in the interior of the multi-sided enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Inventor: Diane Bagüés
  • Patent number: 7136856
    Abstract: A request is received from a user associated with the client and a transaction aging value is copied to a security aging value associated with the cached user security profile if the transaction aging value is specified with the user request. A decay time is calculated utilizing a profile refresh time stamp associated with the cached user security profile and a system clock. The cached user security profile is then refreshed if a refresh event occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Getachew G. Birbo, Joyce Yuan-Sheng Hsiao, Sandra L. Sherrill, Andrew D. Tollerud, Yoshinobu Ueno, Jack Chiu-Chiu Yuan, James E. Zimmer
  • Patent number: 7134029
    Abstract: An apparatus for regulating power allocated to components within a computer system includes a sensor to sense power drawn by a first device within a computer system, the first device having device resources needed to satisfy functional demand required of the first device. A second sensor is provided to sense power drawn by a second device within the computer system, the second device having device resources needed to satisfy functional demand required of the second device. A power-monitoring module is provided to monitor the power drawn and the functional demand required of the first and second devices. A system control module, operably connected to the power-monitoring modules, is provided to regulate power allocated to the first and second devices by optimizing use of the device resources in accordance with the temperature, power drawn, and respective functional demands of the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David F. Hepner, Andrew Dale Walls
  • Patent number: 7130143
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for measuring magnetoresistive head assembly resistance. A measurement module measures a reference voltage across a reference resistance while applying a reference current to the reference resistance. In addition, the measurement module measures a test voltage across a first biasing resistor, a MR head assembly, and a second biasing resistor connected in series while applying the reference current to the first biasing resistor, the MR head assembly, and the second biasing resistor. A computation module calculates the MR head assembly resistance from the reference voltage, the test voltage, the reference resistance, and the resistances of the first and second biasing resistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Larry LeeRoy Tretter
  • Patent number: 7130927
    Abstract: A method of bandwidth management for ensuring a guaranteed bandwidth to each station of a transmission network (18) comprising a plurality of stations (10, 12, 14, 16), forming a logical ring wherein one of the stations is the ring manager and wherein a token frame is circulating along the logical ring from station to station, each station being allowed to transmit data to other stations over the transmission network when it receives the token frame while holding the token during the time the station is transmitting data. A credit of data bytes allowed to be transmitted is allocated to each station upon reception of the token frame when an Utilization Rate based upon the number of data bytes sent by all stations since the preceding reception of the token frame is greater than a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lionel Denecheau, Denis Esteve, Patrick Sicsic
  • Patent number: 7130867
    Abstract: Provided are methods, apparatus and computer programs for improved data storage and management. The invention can be implemented in a replacement or add-on to existing operating system file systems. Files in a file system are separated into a set of information components and then all information components of the file system are analyzed to identify duplication of information content. When information components with duplicate content are identified, duplicates are deleted from physical storage and indexes are generated to reflect inclusion of the retained copy of an information component in a plurality of different files. Improvements to content searching is enabled, since relevant components can be identified without retrieving whole files and since search results will include fewer duplicate results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: James Steven Luke
  • Patent number: 7126778
    Abstract: It has been discovered by the inventors that the efficiency and data integrity of a storage device can be improved by dynamically adjusting certain operating parameters to optimal values during the operation of the storage device. In one embodiment, the physical properties of a storage device such as a hard disk drive are measured during the manufacturing process to determine the dependency of the storage device upon the environmental conditions in which the storage device is operating. The physical properties of the storage device and the effect the operating environment of the storage device has upon the storage device performance are determined, and optimal values for the write current of the storage device are stored in a lookup table. The temperature in which the storage device is operating is used as a reference into the data that resides in the lookup table. Optimal values for the precompensation delay may also be stored in the lookup table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Bernd Lamberts
  • Patent number: 7127434
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus, system, and method for postage stamp generation. The apparatus includes print module configured to print a customized image or text based stamp, and a communication module for receiving verification from a server. The apparatus may include a creation module for creating an image or text based stamp, and a selection module for selecting a stamp from a pre-approved selection of stamps. In one embodiment, the apparatus may comprise a personal computer configured for postage stamp generation. Alternatively, the apparatus may include handheld electronic devices, notebooks, or the like. The system may comprise the apparatus, a verification server, and a printer operatively coupled to the apparatus. The method comprises selecting or creating a stamp, sending the stamp to the server for verification, receiving verification, previewing the stamp, purchasing the stamp, and printing the stamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Inventor: Leonard W. Burningham
  • Patent number: 7118026
    Abstract: A system, such as a checkout station, for positively identifying items includes a reader that reads coded information affixed to an item. The system further includes a capture module, such as a camera. The capture module captures a visual characteristic of the item to be identified, such as the color, size, shape, or texture of the item. The visual characteristic of the item is compared with visual characteristics of candidate items stored within a database. If multiple items within the database are associated with the item to be identified, the images of the candidate items may be displayed to a user. The user may then select the candidate item that most resembles the item to be identified. The coded information of the item being identified is then compared with coded information of the selected item within the database. If the coded information of both items corresponds, the item is positively identified and is accepted for purchase by a consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Hunter Harris, Lawrence Arthur Heyl, Jonathan Hudson Connell, II, Hollis Phillip Posey
  • Patent number: 7117380
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system, and a method are provided for autonomic power adjustment in an electronic device. The apparatus, system, and method include a collector configured to collect indicia of a user's body position in relation to an electronic device for a user who maintains close proximity to the electronic device. A determination module is provided that determines a power state for the electronic device based on the indicia. A power control module selectively adjusts power supplied to subsystems of the electronic device to transition to the determined power state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Daniel Kangas
  • Patent number: 7117333
    Abstract: The process, apparatus, and system estimate the size of a data block in a data buffer to efficiently recover the data block to the memory of a computer. The data block resides in a data buffer prior to being written to a destination medium. If the data block cannot be written to the destination medium, the process, apparatus, and system create a data block size estimate. The data block size estimate may be based on the size of the largest data block in the data buffer. Alternately, the data block size estimate may be based on the size of a data block in the memory of the computer. The computer reserves a memory space proportional to the data block size estimate and recovers the data block to the memory space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ralph Thomas Beeston, Kirby Grant Dahman, Gavin Stuart Johnson, Trang Thuy Le
  • Patent number: 7117209
    Abstract: Control statements related to record input, output, filtering, and formatting in a data processing system are scanned by a parser to find one or more trimming control parameters referenced in the control statements. A record trimming module scans selected data records backwards beginning at the end of the record. A record length associated with a data record is decremented as trailing values that match a value specified in the trimming control parameters are trimmed from the processed records. Processed data records are output to a specified file. The present invention increases the efficiency of processing data records within data processing applications such as pipelined sort utilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Frank L. Yaeger
  • Patent number: 7116523
    Abstract: A lead routing module for interconnecting two devices in a suspension assembly. The suspension assembly including at least a suspension, a slider/head assembly, and a lead routing module. The suspension assembly may also include a microactuator. The lead routing module routes electrical signals between at least two devices in the suspension assembly such that the termination leads and/or pads of each device may be conveniently located. The suspension assembly may be used in a disk drive system, or alternatively, in a disk test system used for testing disks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Francis Chee-Shuen Lee, Michael Lee McGhee, Salvador Navarro, Ullai Vasant Nayak, Eric Christian O'Brien, Wing Chun Shum, Randall George Simmons