Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Michael A. Glenn
  • Patent number: 7461377
    Abstract: A method for dynamically managing printers comprises a mechanism for printing from a network of printers that belong to a virtual printer group to meet the user's request for printing. The invention does this by requesting an options and capabilities file from each printer and then generating a virtual printer group, such that when a user wants to print a file, the invention looks for the best suited printer for the user and sends a file to that printer for printing. The invention has the capability to keep track of each printer's printing capabilities dynamically and to communicate to the user about the status of printing and printer location, and of informing a system administrator for manual intervention should the need arise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Electronics for imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravi Someshwar, Nick Hartzel, Margaret Motamed, Ramgopal Vidyanand
  • Patent number: 7168069
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing multimedia instruction enhanced data by the use of an abstract routine generator and a translator. The abstract routine generator takes the multimedia instruction enhanced data and generates abstract routines to compile the multimedia instruction enhanced data. The output of the abstract generator is an abstract representation of the multimedia instruction enhanced data. The translator then takes the abstract representation and produces code for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Ulrich Sigmund
  • Patent number: 7133833
    Abstract: A lightweight directory access protocol workflow management system. The invention converts a logical process into a reusable Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directory representation. The directory representation is a hierarchical tree structure where each process element in the process is represented as an LDAP directory entry and is assigned a unique distinguished name and is stored in a Directory Server database or filesystem. The tree structure of the LDAP representation allows the sharing of LDAP trees or subtrees among users. The LDAP trees and subtrees can be remotely located and distributed among different LDAP servers. Another preferred embodiment of the invention provides a graphical user interface for creating a Workflow process definition which is comprised of process elements: activities; actions; and entry/exit points. The user constructs a Workflow process using the process elements, logically interrelating each activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Netscape Communications Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy Chone, Edwin Khodabakchian
  • Patent number: 6836651
    Abstract: A portable cellular phone system is provided, wherein matched sets of algorithmically generated communication units are generated, each defining an increment of authorized communication. One set is stored on a system server, i.e. a service provider, and the pre-paid set is available for use within a portable cellular phone. The portable cellular phone, which is normally non-activated, automatically contacts the system server upon selective activation by the user, to initiate a call (outgoing or incoming). A voice recognition system allows the user to place calls and/or receive calls. During a call, the portable cellular phone and the system server allow authorized access to communication, while the communication units are decremented at the system server and at the portable cellular phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Assignee: Telespree Communications
    Inventors: Edna Segal, Alon Segal
  • Patent number: 6831973
    Abstract: A method and supporting apparatus for an executive phone patch is disclosed. An administrative assistant uses a first phone line to communicate with a first party, places first party on-hold, and establishes a connection with a second party. Once the second party is on the line, the two lines are connected together and the assistant is isolated from the conversation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Applied Minds, Inc.
    Inventors: William Daniel Hillis, Bran Ferren, Peter G. Peterson
  • Patent number: 6824054
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a transponder reading device for reading out a plurality of inductive passive transponders having a resonant circuit. A transmitter is provided to create an alternating magnetic field having an operating frequency fB, in which the number of transponders may be placed such that same are magnetically coupled to each other. A retuning means is further provided which is arranged in the alternating magnetic field and has such a frequency-dependent impedance that a voltage induced in the resonant circuits of the transponders by the alternating magnetic field has a maximum in the range of the operating frequency fB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forshcung e.V.
    Inventors: Niels Christoffers, Juergen Niederholz, Dirk Hammerschmidt, Gerd Vom Boegel
  • Patent number: 6826525
    Abstract: A method for detecting a transient in a discrete-time audio signal is performed completely in the time domain and includes the step of segmenting the discrete-time audio signal so as to generate consecutive segments of the same length with unfiltered discrete-time audio signals xs(T−1). The discrete-time audio signal in a current segment is subsequently filtered. Then either the energy of the filtered discrete-time audio signal in the current segment can be compared with the energy of the filtered discrete-time audio signal in a preceding segment or a current relationship between the energy of the filtered discrete-time audio signal in the current segment and the energy of the unfiltered discrete-time audio signal in the current segment can be formed and this current relationship compared with a preceding corresponding relationship. On the basis of the one and/or the other of these comparisons it is detected whether a transient is present in the discrete-time audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Hilpert, Jürgen Herre, Bernhard Grill, Rainer Buchta, Karlheinz Brandenburg, Heinz Gerhäuser
  • Patent number: 6818904
    Abstract: An ultraviolet radiation sensor that indicates a predetermined cumulative exposure to ultraviolet radiation is disclosed. The presently preferred sensor comprises a membrane, a base, an ultraviolet degradable adhesive, and an indicating mechanism. The ultraviolet degradable adhesive adheres a portion of the membrane to the base, thereby maintaining the membrane in a biased state. The ultraviolet degradable adhesive fails when a predetermined cumulative exposure has been attained. Upon failure of the adhesive, the membrane reflexively restores itself to an unbiased state and activates the indicating mechanism. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the sensor is worn by a user to indicate when the skin of the user has been exposed to excessive ultraviolet radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Applied Minds, Inc.
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, W. Daniel Hillis
  • Patent number: 6819548
    Abstract: The invention provides a laptop stand that elevates the laptop display such that the display is at a user's eye-level, while at the same time minimizing the amount of desktop space occupied by the laptop computer. The invention provides a stand that holds the laptop computer in an unfolded position such that the laptop's display is elevated to eye-level and facing forward. In particular, the presently preferred embodiment of the invention provides a modular laptop stand that is inexpensive to produce, variously adjustable, and that is substantially flat when not in use, such that it is readily shipped and stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Applied Minds, Inc.
    Inventors: W. Daniel Hillis, Bran Ferren
  • Patent number: 6816241
    Abstract: A compact, lightweight instrument for non-invasive blood analyte determination employs a light source incorporating an assembly of LED's interconnected within a thermally stable substrate. A large diameter mixer couples the signal to a fiber optic probe for delivering the signal to a tissue measurement site. Back-diffused light is collected and dispersed across an array of photo detectors in a miniature spectrometer instrument. A high-speed DSP executes an algorithm for predicting concentration of a target analyte, which is output to a LCD display. Instrument control is by means of keypad or voice recognition. High conversion efficiency of the light source results in extremely low power dissipation and virtually no heat generation, making incorporation of the light source and the spectrometer into a single unit practicable. High-speed pulsing of the signal allows application of high-sensitivity, synchronous detection techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Sensys Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Dragan Grubisic
  • Patent number: 6815961
    Abstract: Several embodiments of integrated circuit probe card assemblies are disclosed, which extend the mechanical compliance of both MEMS and thin-film fabricated probes, such that these types of spring probe structures can be used to test one or more integrated circuits on a semiconductor wafer. Several embodiments of probe card assemblies, which provide tight signal pad pitch compliance and/or enable high levels of parallel testing in commercial wafer probing equipment, are disclosed. In some preferred embodiments, the probe card assembly structures include separable standard components, which reduce assembly manufacturing cost and manufacturing time. These structures and assemblies enable high speed testing in wafer form. The probes also have built in mechanical protection for both the integrated circuits and the MEMS or thin film fabricated spring tips and probe layout structures on substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: NanoNexus, Inc.
    Inventors: Sammy Mok, Fu Chiung Chong
  • Patent number: 6812956
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing appropriate output signals to output devices in a teleconference setting is disclosed. Input signals are obtained from input devices, and descriptive information describing the teleconference is received from several sensors. On a substantially continuous basis, using the descriptive information, a desirability is computed for each of several possible output configurations, each output configuration specifying a routing of output signals to output devices. The most desirable output configuration is then selected, and output signals are provided to output devices as specified by the selected output configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Applied Minds, Inc.
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, W. Daniel Hillis, Mark E. Duttweiler, Russel Howe
  • Patent number: 6812718
    Abstract: Several embodiments of massively parallel interface structures are disclosed, which may be used in a wide variety of permanent or temporary applications, such as for interconnecting integrated circuits (ICs) to test and burn-in equipment, for interconnecting modules within electronic devices, for interconnecting computers and other peripheral devices within a network, or for interconnecting other electronic circuitry. Preferred embodiments of the massively parallel interface structures provide massively parallel intergrated circuit test assemblies. The massively parallel interface structures preferably use one or more substrates to establish connection between one or more integrated circuits on a semiconductor wafer, and one or more test modules. One or more layers on the intermediate substrates preferably include MEMS and/or thin-film fabrication spring probes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: NanoNexus, Inc.
    Inventors: Fu Chiung Chong, Sammy Mok
  • Patent number: 6809818
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for obtaining atmospheric spectroscopy measurements from an observation platform using retroreflectors is disclosed. The observation platform is located above the surface of a planetary body, and at least one retroreflector is located on the surface of the planetary body. Electromagnetic radiation from a radiation source that is incident upon the retroreflector is reflected to a spectrometer located on the observation platform. By analyzing the received radiation, the spectrometer obtains atmospheric spectroscopy measurements for the atmospheric region through which the incident and reflected radiation pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Applied Minds, Inc.
    Inventors: W. Daniel Hillis, Bran Ferren
  • Patent number: 6799976
    Abstract: Several embodiments of integrated circuit probe card assemblies are disclosed, which extend the mechanical compliance of both MEMS and thin-film fabricated probes, such that these types of spring probe structures can be used to test one or more integrated circuits on a semiconductor wafer. Several embodiments of probe card assemblies, which provide tight signal pad pitch compliance and/or enable high levels of parallel testing in commercial wafer probing equipment, are disclosed. In some preferred embodiments, the probe card assembly structures include separable standard components, which reduce assembly manufacturing cost and manufacturing time. These structures and assemblies enable high speed testing in wafer form. The probes also have built in mechanical protection for both the integrated circuits and the MEMS or thin film fabricated spring tips and probe layout structures on substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: NanoNexus, Inc.
    Inventors: Sammy Mok, Fu Chiung Chong
  • Patent number: 6801190
    Abstract: A text entry system uses word-level analysis to automatically correct inaccuracies in user keystroke entries. The system determines one or more alternative textual interpretations of each sequence of inputs detected within an auto-correcting keyboard region. The actual contract locations for the keystrokes may occur outside the boundaries of the specific keyboard key regions associated with the actual characters of the word interpretations proposed for selection, where the distance from each contact location to each corresponding intended character may increase with the expected frequency of the intended word in the language or in a particular context. Each such sequence corresponds to a complete word, and the user can easily select the intended word from among the generated interpretations. Once the user selects the desired string, it is automatically accepted for output and the next input detected starts a new input sequence corresponding to the entry of a next word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: America Online Incorporated
    Inventors: B. Alex Robinson, Michael R. Longé
  • Patent number: 6801929
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein enables a collection of computers and associated communications infrastructure to offer a new communications process which allows information providers to broadcast information to a population of information consumers. The information may be targeted to those consumers who have a precisely formulated need for the information. This targeting may be based on information which is inaccessible to other communications protocols. The targeting also includes a time element. Information can be brought to the attention of the consumer precisely when it has become applicable, which may occur immediately upon receipt of the message, but may also occur long after the message arrives. The communications process may operate without intruding on consumers who do not exhibit the precisely-specified need for the information, and it may operate without compromising the security or privacy of the consumers who participate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: BigFix, Inc.
    Inventors: David Leigh Donoho, David Salim Hindawi, Lisa Ellen Lippincott
  • Patent number: 6791171
    Abstract: Several embodiments of stress metal springs are disclosed, which typically comprise a plurality of stress metal layers that are established on a substrate, which are then controllably patterned and partially released from the substrate. An effective rotation angle is typically created in the formed stress metal springs, defining a looped spring structure. The formed springs provide high pitch compliant electrical contacts for a wide variety of interconnection systems, including chip scale semiconductor packages, high density interposer connectors, and probe contactors. Several embodiments of massively parallel interface integrated circuit test assemblies are also disclosed, comprising one or more substrates having stress metal spring contacts, to establish connections between one or more separated integrated circuits on a compliant wafer carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: NanoNexus, Inc.
    Inventors: Sammy Mok, Fu Chiung Chong
  • Patent number: D529616
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Sensys Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Deros, James Ryan Henderson
  • Patent number: D499739
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: America Online, Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven F. Mansour, German W. Bauer