Patents Represented by Attorney Lacasse & Associates, LLC
  • Patent number: 7196633
    Abstract: An integrated radio tower light controller and alarm reporting device is described that is made up of solid-state current sensing modules that monitor the AC current distributed to the various lights/beacons and report various alarm modes. In addition, a solid-state flasher module is used to flash the radio tower beacons at the FAA/FCC specified rate along with reporting various alarm modes. Two mechanical relays are also included for reporting failures with the flasher module and AC power failure. Connecting terminals and testing switches are included to connect to various power leads, alarm leads, and to test the various functions of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: AT&T Knowledge Ventures, LP
    Inventors: John Patrick Ardelan, Jr., Darrell Gene Dearing, George Lester Phelps
  • Patent number: 7181481
    Abstract: A base table and related auxiliary table spaces are reorganized concurrently via a database utility. The database utility determines which auxiliary tables are related to the base table and automatically includes their respective auxiliary table in the same invocation of the utility. The reorganization is performed via allocated shadow data sets. The original data sets are switched with the newly built shadow data sets including the LOB shadows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Julie Chen, William James Franklin, John Marland Garth, Li-Mey Lee, John Richard Lyle, Frances Hwa Villafuerte, Jay A. Yothers
  • Patent number: 7171422
    Abstract: A representation of nested electronic data archives permitting archived resources to be efficiently accessed during use is disclosed. A method and system is disclosed which selectively expands and efficiently stores the contents of an archive during use. In a preferred embodiment, the system comprises a nested associative data structure to store compressed and uncompressed portions of a nested archive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Iona Technologies
    Inventors: David Hayes, Gary Tully
  • Patent number: 7170468
    Abstract: A section of a housing on a portable computing device is removed or folded away, thereby exposing a free edge of an LCD screen as well as electrical (data and power) connectors and structural connectors. Connectors are placed symmetrically across the exposed edge whereby a male connector on one side mates with a female connector on the other device. Two such devices are physically pushed together, with locking catches securing the two devices together. Upon docking, the two devices recognize the new configuration and re-map the desktop area of the display into a single display for the combined device. In a preferred embodiment, either a top edge or a side edge is selectively exposed independently on the same device, to mate two devices in either a portrait or landscape orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Eric Andrew Knopf
  • Patent number: 7165147
    Abstract: The concept of isolated ordered regions to maintain coordinates of nodes is used by associating each node with coordinates relative to a containing region. Modifications to nodes within a region only affect the nodes in that region, and not nodes in other regions. Traversals that retrieve information from the nodes can rebase the coordinates from their containing region and return with a total order. Access patterns and usage are used to recognize and prefetch pages. The probability of revisiting traversed nodes are identified and pages in a bufferpool are replaced based upon the identified probabilities (e.g., replacing pages with the least probability of a revisit).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Edison Lao Ting, James C. Kleewein
  • Patent number: 7120364
    Abstract: The invention relates to optical communications using techniques for providing efficient high speed polarization bit interleaving. One common architecture for high-speed time-division-multiplexing employs two modulators having a same bit rate, wherein two separately modulated streams of data bits are combined into a high-speed single serial stream of data bits, instead of providing a single higher-cost higher-speed modulator. The present invention has found with the availability of fast data modulators, that polarization bit interleaving can be employed more efficiently for higher speed data transmission in optical network systems by providing an optical modulator including a single data modulator, rather than multiplexing different data streams from different modulators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignees: JDS Uniphase Corporation, JDS Uniphase Inc.
    Inventors: George Kovar, Edmond J. Murphy, Richard Habel, Jozef Finak
  • Patent number: 7098553
    Abstract: A wind-capturing electrical generator device comprising a plurality of generators is driven by wind created by traffic passing in close proximity at high speeds. The device preferably uses horizontally or vertically mounted Savonius-type or helical-turbine-type rotors attached to electrical generators in order to capture the wind and produce electrical energy. A plurality of electrical generator devices may be mounted in a configuration such that they are in close proximity to vehicular passageways (e.g., highway overpasses, tunnels, or train rails). The wind created by the traffic is used to rotate the vanes and their attached generators in order to produce electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventors: Theodore F Wiegel, Kenneth C Stevens
  • Patent number: 7096342
    Abstract: An LUN/LBA interface is utilized to obtain the benefits of a content addressed storage (CAS) interface. Reference data is manipulated in a manner similar to a CAS system, where an object ID (OID) table is used to maintain OIDs generated for hashed LBAs. A first tier logic block is used to provide a LUN/LBA storage interface to application programs and to facilitate the writing of reference data. A second tier logic block hashes the content of reference data to be written and stores the OID generated to the first OID table. A third tier logic block facilitates writing the reference data to an LUN and to verify the accuracy of reference data to be read from the LUN. Reference data may be written to a storage area in accordance with a write-once, write-many, or write-many with versioning policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence Yiumchee Chiu, Prasenjit Sarkar, Surugucchi Krishnakumar Rao, Kaladhar Vorunganti
  • Patent number: 7089567
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a system and method of performing efficient XML-RPC. Generally, the system comprises a client which generates XML-RPC requests in a compression format which encodes tags, attributes and attribute values as tokens rather than strings and transmits the request to a server. The server gets the requests from the client, invokes the corresponding method and sends a response encoded in the same format that the clients request was encoded in. In a further aspect of the present invention, the client receives a URL of a valid XML-RPC server. The client establishes a persistent connection with the server via a request utilizing the URL. The method to be called utilizing XM-RPC is passed to the client along with the associated parameters. The client generates and XML-RPC request which is transmitted in an encoding format which represents at least a portion of the tags (and attributes and attribute values if present) as tokens rather than strings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Marc Georges Girardot, Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 7089225
    Abstract: A heuristic approach is used to order materialized view (MW) candidates in a list based on descending order of their reduction power. A query (e.g., SQL query) is then matched with the MVs in the list order, wherein searching is stopped when matching has been found. The query is matched with materialized views in the ordered list by identifying a materialized view candidate as follows: identifying an MV that is not locked by a REFRESH process; identifying a matching MV that does not require a regroup; identifying a matching MV that does not require a rejoin; identifying a matching MV that does not require a residual join; or identifying an MV with largest reduction power from the list of candidates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ruiping Li, Irene Ching-Hua Liu, Lee-Chin Hsu Liu, Guogen Zhang
  • Patent number: 7085693
    Abstract: The system generally comprises a probe device, a computing device, an electronic media, a presentation device, and a suitable medium as a specimen. The probe is manipulated over the specimen and information from the probe is transmitted to the computing device. The computing device uses the probe information to identify the image and probe position on the specimen. Based upon the specimen and position of the probe on the specimen, electronic media is presented simulating an output of a real tool used to inspect an actual specimen. The hand manipulation of the probe coordinated with the display of the electronic media provides the visceral experience normally encountered by a user of the real tool. In one embodiment, the probe is a camera and the specimen an image identified by examination of an image feature database. In an alternative embodiment, the probe is a finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Guthrie Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 7076477
    Abstract: A robust way is described for optimizing complex data base queries while retaining the optimization speed of heuristic methods. The heuristic join-sequencing algorithm is modified to permit any of, or a combination of: (1) multiple passes of the heuristic algorithm, each with a different metric, producing multiple plans; (2) complex combinations of the criteria by which such heuristics make their choices; and/or (3) backtracking to consider alternatives to any particular decision in the sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eileen Tien Lin, Guy Maring Lohman
  • Patent number: 7076766
    Abstract: Described is a framework that enables a Delegating Visitor Pattern. In the Delegating Visitor Pattern, a visitor object (a) performs operations on a parent object; (b) selects which objects are child objects of the parent object; and (c) selects a child visitor object for each of the child objects. In one embodiment, the framework is one for developing user interfaces that enables a programmer to use Mirror Composition to construct user interfaces. Mirror Composition is an extension of the model-view-controller paradigm. In Mirror Composition, the UI is generated from a tree of view objects, where each view object is an object editor that provides for the modification and viewing of an underlying domain object. The tree of the view objects closely mirrors the tree of the domain objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventors: Steve Wirts, Gary Albelli, Eric Lazarus
  • Patent number: 7058668
    Abstract: Analysis of a history of previous location reports received from a tracked entity is performed and this analysis is utilized to estimate the relevance of future location reports over time. This is accomplished via associating a computed expiration time with each location report, wherein this expiration time is used by an application to estimate the relevance degradation of a location report over time. Thus, the expiration time value acts as a threshold that controls the shape of a relevance degradation curve of a location report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stefan B. Edlund, Jussi Petri Myllymaki
  • Patent number: 7031060
    Abstract: The instant invention provides an add/drop device including a wavelength filter, a quarter waveplate disposed on either side of the wavelength filter, and a polarizing beamsplitter disposed on either side of the quarter waveplates. Each polarizing beamsplitter has an input port and an output port for launching and receiving a beam of light having a known polarization. A polarization switch is optically coupled to each input/output port for selectably rotating the polarization of the input/output beams of light. Advantageously, the polarization switches, which work in cooperation with each other and the polarizing beam splitters, provide means for a non-moving parts add/drop device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: JDS Uniphase Corporation
    Inventors: Hongwei Mao, Kok Wai Chang, Yi-Xin Chen
  • Patent number: 7027995
    Abstract: A global positioning system (GPS) is used to detect locations (dynamic locations) associated with meeting participants and the proximity between participants is used to create one or more location clusters. Next, the availability of suitable meeting locations (static locations) are identified and an optimum meeting location, given the participant clusters and their proximity to the available meeting locations, is determined. Additionally, the center of mass associated with each of the clusters is also used to determine optimal meeting locations. Lastly, participants are notified regarding the optimized location for the meeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James H. Kaufman, Joann Ruvolo
  • Patent number: 7014371
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a laser diode module and a fabricating method therefor, which facilitates the fabrication of the laser diode module in a short time with a low manufacturing cost and high long term reliability. The laser diode module is formed by optically aligning a lens formed fiber disposed within a ferrule to a laser diode element. Ferrule fixing parts are utilized to hold the ferrule in place and are secured in position using a YAG laser welding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: The Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichiro Irie, Jun Miyokawa, Takeo Shimizu
  • Patent number: 7013311
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for XML query cursor implementation through the steps of query translation and processing, query result navigation, and positioned update. An XML query cursor implemented in Interface Definition Language (IDL) as well as an extension to XQuery, an XML query language, is described. These steps are addressed by one of three approaches: multi-cursor, outer union, or hybrid. In each approach, XML data is assumed to be stored in a relational database with a mapping that maps each element to a row in a relational database table. In each approach, a system and method provide for cursor movements and positioned updates in increments of a node, sub-tree, or entire document. Given a user's navigation patterns, a system and method is provided to select either a multi-cursor, outer union, or hybrid approach as an optimal implementation for an XML query cursor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua Wai-ho Hui, Ning Li, Hui-I Hsiao, Parag V. Tijare
  • Patent number: 6996145
    Abstract: The invention provides a semiconductor laser module which can suppress overcurrent flowing into a thermo-module, wherein the thermo-module (5) carries out a heating action when a reverse current flows from lead pin (16f) through lead pin (16a), and contrarily carries out a cooling action when a current flows from the lead pin (16a) through the lead pin (16f). An overcurrent limiting means (20) is provided, which can suppress overcurrent flowing into the thermo-module (5) in its heating direction. The overcurrent limiting circuit (20) is provided with a bypass line (21), a resistor (22), and a diode (23). When a current flows in the heating direction, the diode (23) is turned on, whereby the current is shunted to the thermo-module (5) and bypass line (21) for flow, and accordingly, the overcurrent flowing into the thermo-module (5) can be effectively suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: The Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Aikiyo, Chihomi Furuhashi, Takashi Koseki
  • Patent number: 6961127
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for optical inspection with a scanner which is arranged for detection and measurement of defects in or on a material which is inspected. The inspection takes place in successive sweeps essentially in the transverse direction of the material, with each respective sweep corresponding to a plurality of pixels in said scanner. The invention is characterized in that it comprises a rolling buffer storing at least one sweep which precedes another sweep in which at least one pixel indicates triggering corresponding to a detected defect in the material. The invention also relates to a device for such inspection. By means of the invention, an improved measurement accuracy is obtained when detecting defects using the measurement system described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Svante Bjork AB
    Inventor: Svante Bjōrk