Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Martin & Associates, L.L.C.
  • Patent number: 6297766
    Abstract: A portable weather indicating device includes a housing with a display that can be carried by a user during hiking, biking, or other activities. A communication link and microprocessor are located in the housing for receiving and processing weather data. A global locating device, such as a global positioning system (GPS) receiver, inputs a user's location into the microprocessor. The display receives data from the microprocessor that is representative of at least one graphical weather image. The graphical weather image indicates the location input from the global locating device and the weather data. The graphical weather image includes an area encompassing the user's location and a location marker representative of the user's location within that area. A system for displaying weather data includes the portable weather indicating device and one or more base stations positioned at different locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Douglas Koeller
  • Patent number: 6289500
    Abstract: In an object oriented computer system, a domain-neutral object is modified with domain-specific run-time extensions to customize the object to a particular domain. A special factory uses the extension identifier to create the domain-neutral object with appropriate extensions in a collection that corresponds to the domain extension. If the special factory is not available, or if a specialized collection associated with the particular extension type has not been previously created, the domain-neutral object with appropriate extensions is created in a default collection. In this manner, an object that is domain-neutral can be customized to a particular domain and created in an appropriate collection for objects of that type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Randy Dee Baxter, Brent Allen Carlson, Albert S. Lee
  • Patent number: 6266708
    Abstract: A framework for use with object-oriented programming systems includes one or more objects of a class called “Socket” that receive and process packets of work. As various applications execute, they require servicing of tasks, which correspond to the packets of work mentioned above. The packets of work are represented in the framework by objects of a class called “WorkUnit”. When a WorkUnit object is generated by an application, it in turn generates an object of a class called “Retriever” which is associated with the appropriate Socket object needed for servicing the WorkUnit. The Retriever object retrieves the Socket object to service the WorkUnit from an object of a class called “SessionInfo”. The SessionInfo object is a single object for maintaining registries of Socket objects and objects of a class called “ApplicationInfo”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shawn M. Austvold, Rebecca B. Legler, Marshall P. Cline, Daniel R. Dahl, Jim Evans, Peter M. Gaertner, Neal Hale, Sujatha Pothireddy
  • Patent number: 6227928
    Abstract: A fixture, process and kit allow a user to construct game calls at home with little effort and at low cost. A kit that includes the fixture, call frames, and reeds provides the materials a person needs to construct game calls to custom specifications. The fixture includes a base block that is placed on a flat surface, such as a table. The base block includes a reed recess where one or more reeds are placed flat, one atop the other. Once the reed or reeds are in place, clamps are used to secure each end of the reed or reeds to the base block. Once the ends are secure, a tensioning rod is used to stretch the reed or reeds to the desired tension. Once the reed or reeds are to the desired tension, the bottom portion of a call frame is inserted into a frame recess in the base block by sliding the call frame under the reed or reeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Inventor: Joseph S. Beasley
  • Patent number: 6222634
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for printing related web pages allows a web user to select a web page, then print all of the related web pages based on a predetermined criteria. In a first embodiment, each web page includes an applet that is run on the web client system when a print button on the page is pressed. The client applet communicates with a print tool running on the server that parses the selected page and builds a list of related pages and allows the user to select which of the related pages will be printed. Once the user selects the pages to be printed, the print tool constructs a temporary web page that contains all the web pages the user selected. This temporary web page may then be printed using the standard print function supplied with the browser. In a second embodiment, a print utility in the web client allows a user to print related web pages by parsing a selected web page and building a list of related pages. The user may then select from a the list of related pages which pages to print.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Joel C. Dubbels, Kevin P. Gibson
  • Patent number: 6212667
    Abstract: Testcases are run to test the design of an integrated circuit. The coverage of the testcases is evaluated and compared against one or more microarchitecture models that define the behavior of a portion of the integrated circuit. If the coverage of the testcases is not adequate, new testcases are generated to test the previously untested behavior specified in the microarchitecture models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Porter Geer, Ronald Nick Kalla, Jerome Martin Meyer, Shmuel Ur
  • Patent number: 6205471
    Abstract: A framework for use with object-oriented programming systems provides a common message processing system structure that can be placed on any OOP platform and be configured to support any e-mail message protocol standard or specific mail server function. The framework defines an e-mail message as a number of distinct objects, each of which contains information that describes some portion of the message. All messages received by a system in which the framework is implemented are defined on this core object structure. Another set of objects and methods define the processing steps required for a mail server to process a message. A message is received as a class of message objects, which are assigned a message type that determines the subsequent processing steps to which the message object is subjected. As a message is processed, the objects of which it is comprised are changed, so that the message processing can be interrupted and then resumed without loss or duplication of processing steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank William Gilchrist, Eric Nels Herness, Eric H. Jenney, John Christopher Ripstra, George James Romano
  • Patent number: 6192368
    Abstract: According to the present invention, an object change manager includes methods afterCreation( ), beforeDeletion( ), beforeChange( ) and afterChange( ) that may be invoked when an object is changed. The object change manager automatically updates all data structures, such as indexes and has tables, that correspond to the object being changed when one of these methods is called. The object change manager is an extensible framework that allows a programmer to define custom change management environments. The object change manager of the preferred embodiments is a portion of code that automatically propagates changes to objects to their corresponding data structures in a way that is transparent to the programmer, without requiring excessive overhead in the object infrastructure code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Neal Gerard, Steven Lester Halter, Steven J. Munroe, Robert Eugene Westland
  • Patent number: 6177873
    Abstract: A weather warning apparatus and associated method notifies a user when weather alerts are issued according to geographical areas of interest and weather notification parameters that are set by the user. The weather warning apparatus includes a communication link for receiving transmitted alerts, such as weather warnings, watches and statements, civil emergencies, and the like. The weather warning apparatus also includes a user interface for selecting geographic areas of interest and weather notification parameters, such as weather events that may be of interest to a user at a desired time of day or time interval. The user's selection of geographic area and weather notification parameters allows the weather warning apparatus to filter out unwanted weather alerts that are outside of the desired geographic area, type of weather event notification, time or time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Brian J. Cragun
  • Patent number: 6178449
    Abstract: A transaction time measurement mechanism has a transaction time manager running on a server computer system, a transaction time agent running on a client computer system that is coupled to the server computer system via a network, and a simple protocol for allowing them to directly and efficiently communicate. The transaction time agent is configured according to configuration data stored in a configuration table in a transaction time database, and stores transaction time data in a statistics table according to this configuration. The data in the statistics table is indexed to allow retrieving only the transaction time data of interest. The simple communication protocol supports multiple transaction time managers in a network computing environment that may all communicate with a single client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ron Frank Forman, John M. Pechacek, Walter H. Schwane
  • Patent number: 6173439
    Abstract: In an object oriented computer system, an object oriented framework defines an interface mechanism that provides a common interface to a non-object oriented persistent datastore. This common interface can be customized by various types within the framework by effectively hiding attributes on the common interface that are not needed by a particular type. Attributes defined on the common interface may be accessed at any level in the framework through a process of delegation from one level to the next. In addition, one or more of these attributes on the common interface may be defined at various levels, which causes those attributes to be accessed at their respective levels instead of delegating to different levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brent Allen Carlson, Timothy James Graser, Ulf Jesper Thomas Lindblom, Anders Magnus Nilsson, Torbjorn Pernbeck
  • Patent number: 6163813
    Abstract: An intelligent creator design pattern for instantiating a new application subclass of an application base class without revising existing application code in an object-oriented programming system. The intelligent creator design pattern of this invention specifies a base class to be inherited by an intelligent creator subclass added to an existing application to instantiate a new application subclass responsive to recognition of predetermined application input data without modification to the remainder of the application code. A dynamic list object that includes methods for autonomously updating a list of references to all intelligent creator subclasses eliminates knowledge of specific creator subclasses from the application. The dynamic list object code need not be updated when adding creator subclasses because the list object is self-updating responsive to the recognition methods of each new creator subclass added to the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Eric Howland Jenney
  • Patent number: 6161112
    Abstract: A presentation control mechanism allows a user to set presentation attributes for one or more presentation items on a web page. These presentation attributes determine how a presentation item is presented to the user. A user may set global presentation attributes that may serve as the default presentation attributes for each individual presentation item. A user can also setup or change the individual presentation attributes for each presentation item on the web page. In this manner, a user can alter the presentation of items on a web page to suit the user's individual taste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian John Cragun, Paul R. Day
  • Patent number: 6147683
    Abstract: A graphical selection marker provides a visual indication of selected items in a list and their relative position in the display window. The graphical selection marker is suitably provided on a scroll bar in each location on the scroll bar that represents a selected item in the list. In this manner, the graphical selection marker indicates a selected item in the list, even if the selected item is not currently visible in the display window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Edward Martinez, Michael David Rahn
  • Patent number: 6144967
    Abstract: A framework for use with object oriented programming systems encapsulates the common attributes of log analysis tools and permits framework implementers to generate customized log analysis tools that share a common structure and organization but are extended only in attributes that are specific to a particular tool. The framework defines a Log object that represents the activity log that is to be analyzed and is responsible for dividing itself into multiple, smaller LogSection objects. Each of the LogSection objects represents a portion of the activity log from which some information can be gathered. The information in a LogSection object is further mapped onto LogEvent objects. Each LogSection object can be referenced by an Analyzer object that controls the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Clifton Malcolm Nock
  • Patent number: 6138127
    Abstract: A class in an object oriented system may be made recyclable by inheriting a recycle.oval-hollow. method from a recyclable class. When automatic garbage collection is attempted on an instance of a class that is recyclable, the garbage collector invokes the recycle.oval-hollow. method on the instance to determine whether or not the instance should be disposed of by the garbage collector. One or more predetermined recycle criteria are used to determine whether a recyclable instance should, in fact, be recycled. If the instance satisfies the recycle criteria, appropriate recycling logic is executed to cause the instance to be recycled, and the garbage collection of the instance is not performed. If, however, the instance is not recyclable, or if it does not satisfy the recycling criteria, it is disposed of by the garbage collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Alan Pasch
  • Patent number: 6111575
    Abstract: A graphical undo/redo manager provides a graphical indication of multiple tasks that were recently performed. A user may undo multiple tasks in one step by selecting a task the user wishes to revert to, and the graphical undo/redo manager then undoes all the commands that were done subsequent to the selected task, taking the computer program to a desired state in only one user operation. In similar fashion, a user may redo multiple tasks in one step by clicking on a selected subsequent task (that was previously undone) that the user wishes to go forward to, and the graphical undo/redo manager then redoes all the commands between the last undo and the selected task, including the selected task. In addition, the graphical undo/redo manager provides for collapsing multiple tasks into a marker, either automatically when certain commands are executed in the computer program or upon command by a user for future reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Edward Martinez, Michael David Rahn
  • Patent number: 6105056
    Abstract: A framework for use with object-oriented programming systems provides a common message processing system structure that can be placed on any OOP platform and be configured to support any e-mail message protocol standard or specific mail server function. The framework defines an e-mail message as a number of distinct objects, each of which contains information that describes some portion of the message. All messages received by a system in which the framework is implemented are defined on this core object structure. Another set of objects and methods define the processing steps required for a mail server to process a message. A message is received as a class of message objects, which are assigned a message type that determines the subsequent processing steps to which the message object is subjected. As a message is processed, the objects of which it is comprised are changed, so that the message processing can be interrupted and then resumed without loss or duplication of processing steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank William Gilchrist, Eric Nels Herness, Eric H. Jenney, John Christopher Ripstra, George James Romano
  • Patent number: D437442
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventor: James W. Lucas
  • Patent number: D443939
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Inventor: Bud H. Thomas