Patents Represented by Attorney Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts
  • Patent number: 8352092
    Abstract: A method and system for workload balancing to assist in power grid load management. The method includes receiving a request to perform a task at a site powered by connection to an AC power grid, the task comprising either data processing or manufacturing an article; measuring an AC frequency of the AC power grid to obtain a current AC frequency; and performing or not performing the task at the site based on the current AC frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory Jensen Boss, Rick Allen Hamilton, II, Julianne Frances Haugh, Anne R. Sand
  • Patent number: 8348692
    Abstract: A multi-conductor cable connector comprising a connector engagement portion including: a rotatable outer housing, a threaded insert radially disposed within the outer housing, wherein the threaded insert has a slot therethrough, a key feature integral with the rotatable outer housing, the key feature configured to fit within the slot of the threaded insert, and a plurality of electrical contacts, wherein rotational movement of the rotatable housing is translated to axial movement of the threaded insert to securably engage a matingly corresponding multi-conductor cable connector. A multi-conductor cable connection pair is also provided. Furthermore, an associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: John Mezzalingua Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Noah Montena
  • Patent number: 8350641
    Abstract: A splitter device includes a first splitter comprising an input leg coupled to a provider content input port, a first output leg, and a second output leg. The provider content input port is configured to receive a downstream-propagating provider bandwidth. The splitter device further includes a first conductive path coupled to the first output leg of the first splitter, and a second conductive path coupled to the second output leg of the first splitter. The splitter device further includes a second splitter having an input leg coupled to a first home network bandwidth, a first output leg coupled to the first conductive path, and a second output leg. The splitter device further includes a third splitter having an input leg coupled to a second home network bandwidth, a first output leg coupled to the second conductive path, and a second output leg. The splitter device further includes a bridge circuit operatively coupled between the first conductive path and the second conductive path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: John Mezzalingua Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Erdogan Alkan, Raymond Palinkas
  • Patent number: 8348697
    Abstract: A coaxial cable connector includes a connector body and a post member disposed within the connector body. A coupling nut is threadingly attached to the post member wherein a flanged portion of the post member provides an axial biasing force with regard to an attached interface port. In one version, the flanged portion is slotted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: John Mezzalingua Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Souheil Zraik
  • Patent number: 8349728
    Abstract: An integrated circuit and a method of manufacturing the integrated circuit, the method including: (a) providing a substrate; (b) forming a copper diffusion barrier layer on the substrate; (c) forming a dielectric layer on a top surface of the copper diffusion barrier layer; (d) forming a copper damascene or dual damascene wire in the dielectric layer, a top surface of the copper damascene or dual damascene wire coplanar with a top surface of the dielectric layer; (e) forming a first capping layer on the top surface of the wire and the top surface of the dielectric layer; (f) after step (e) performing one or more characterization procedures in relation to said integrated circuit; and (g) after step (e) forming a second capping layer on a top surface of the first capping layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Gambino, William Hill, Kenneth E. McAvey, Jr., Thomas L. McDevitt, Anthony K. Stamper, Arthur C. Winslow, Robert Zwonik
  • Patent number: 8348449
    Abstract: A flashlight mounting system for a helmet of the type used by firefighters. The system has a light holder which is engageable with an adaptor on or secured to a helmet. A coupling is adjustable relative to the holder at engaging teeth and grooves to adjust the light and the path of the light beam. The adaptor and holder may be manually disengaged to change the orientation of the light or to allow the user to manually use the light and reattach the light in the original position without removing the helmet in dangerous environments and other environments. Inserts may be provided to adopt the light-receiving section to various styles, types and shapes of flashlights. The system allows the user to quickly adjust the flashlight and also allows the use of the light and holder with different helmets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher McCorkle, Christopher M. Stalzer, Thomas P. Muday
  • Patent number: 8352175
    Abstract: A method and system for generating optimal itineraries based on network connectivity. A computer receives a first message from which a current position of a vehicle on a trip, destination, service(s) being provided to mobile device(s) in the vehicle, service provider(s) and network(s) are extracted. Optimal itineraries are generated by generating sets of optimal parameters that include paths for which connectivity measures satisfy predefined criteria and hops that indicate positions associated with connectivity changes. A response to the first message indicates the optimal itineraries and the associated sets of optimal parameters and is sent to a vehicle-based device. Sending the response results in the mobile device(s) making the connectivity changes when the vehicle is detected at the hops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frederic Bauchot, Jean-Yves Dispensa, Francois-Xavier Drouet, Gerard Marmigere
  • Patent number: 8352491
    Abstract: A system and associated method for searching a web service registry system by use of a search module. A first embodiment of the search module has a search controller, a name parser, a dictionary, and a name composer. The first embodiment of the search module automatically searches a service registry program product with a service name through a first application programming interface (API). If a service description matching the service name does not exist within the service registry program product, then the first embodiment of the search module generates a candidate service name within the search module. A second embodiment of the search module consists of the search controller, the name parser, and the name composer. The second embodiment utilizes a separate dictionary program product through a second API in generating the candidate service name for a second search of the service registry program product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Waseem A. Roshen
  • Patent number: 8353037
    Abstract: A method and system for mitigating a propagation of a file that includes malicious code. Segments of the file are determined by a series of sizes determined by a function ƒ. Signatures identifying segments of the file are determined by applying a hash function to each segment. A complete match between the file and a malicious file is determined by determining a first match between signature(s) identifying a first set of segment(s) of the file and signature(s) identifying corresponding segment(s) of the malicious file and by determining a second match between a signature identifying a final segment of the file and a signature identifying a last segment of the malicious file. Responsive to determining the complete match, the file is identified as the malicious file and a transfer of the final segment of the file is interdicted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas North Franklin, Richard C. Mays
  • Patent number: 8351189
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes a body, a casing, and a resilient element. The casing accommodates the body such that the body can slide within the casing. The casing has an opening through which an electrical connection unit connected to the body protracts out of, or retracts into, the casing. The resilient element has an end connected to the casing and another end abutting against the body. The resilient element exerts a resilient restoring force upon the body in response to the sliding of the body. The casing has a stop structure configured to operate in conjunction with an engagement structure of the body and thereby limit the range of the sliding of the body. The engagement structure can be disengaged from the stop structure to separate the body from the casing. Accordingly, the portable electronic device has multiple uses, namely quick maintenance, easy assembly, body protection, and automatic accommodation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Askey Computer Corp.
    Inventors: Jui-Ching Yang, Ching-Feng Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8352442
    Abstract: A method and system for determining an updated data source from first and second disparate data sources. A first and second data list is received from the first and second data sources, respectively. The data elements in the first data list matching data elements in the second data list are written to a first aggregation data list. The data elements in the first data list not matching data elements in the second data list are written to an additions data list. The data elements in the second data list not matching data elements in the first data list are written to a first deletions data list. All data elements in the first aggregation data list and the additions data list are written into a second aggregation data list. All data elements matching the data elements in the first deletions data list are written into a second deletions data list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Saurabh Pandya
  • Patent number: 8351876
    Abstract: A transmitter (50) includes a nonlinear predistorter (58) having two instances of an inverting transform (106, 106?) that may be implemented in a look-up table (122) and that implements a transform which is the inverse of an average terms component (96) of a nonlinear transform model (94) for an amplifier (70). The look-up table (122) may be updated using a continuous process control loop that avoids Cartesian to polar coordinate conversions. One of the two instances of the inverting transform (106) is cascaded with a non-inversing transform (108) within a residual cancellation section (110) of the predistorter (58). The non-inversing transform (108) implements a transform which is an estimate of a deviation terms component (98) of the nonlinear transform model (94). The residual cancellation section (110) produces a weak signal that replaces an unwanted residual term in an amplified communication signal (76) with a much weaker residual term.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: CrestCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Duane McCallister, Eric M. Brombaugh
  • Patent number: 8352360
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for booking and paying a retailer having a POS, which can be a low cost thin client computer system, connected to a transaction server storing confidential user information including a retailer identification, a user code and a user wireless device phone number, said method comprising the steps of receiving at the transaction server, from the user wireless device which can be a common cellphone, an SMS containing a retailer identification, reading at the transaction server the phone number of the wireless device communicated by the carrier transporting the SMS, authentifying said phone number and retailer identification with the stored confidential user information and sending the user confidential information to the retailer POS, the user entering on the POS the user code and the POS reading and authentifying the user code with the user confidential information received from the transaction server, the retailer entering the payment information on the POS and sending it with
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Dario De Judicibus, Sandro Leopardi, Leonardo Modeo, Nicola Pergola
  • Patent number: 8352377
    Abstract: An electronic payment method and system between a seller and a buyer to purchase a good providing a dynamic allocation to the seller of predefined SMS numbers and predefined SMS messages is provided. Furthermore, an associated system to carry out an electronic payment over a public network between a seller and a buyer is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Absolu Telecom S.A.
    Inventor: Philippe Penide
  • Patent number: 8351147
    Abstract: A data storage apparatus and method. The apparatus comprises a mounting structure, a motor mechanically attached to mounting structure, and a data storage platter mechanically attached to the motor. The apparatus additionally comprises a single actuator arm comprising a first and second read/write data head or multiple radial movement mechanisms each comprising a read/write data head. The single actuator arm is configured to move axially along an arc and across a top surface of the data storage platter such that the first read/write data head has access to a first section and a second section of the data storage platter and the second read/write data head only has access to the second section of data storage platter. Each radial movement mechanism moves a different read/write data head radially all along a radius of the data storage platter and over and across different sections of the data storage platter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Franklin Charles Breslau, Ori Pomerantz
  • Patent number: 8341989
    Abstract: A key fob with a retractable key blank is provided. The present invention includes a housing having a first portion and a second portion coupled together. The housing includes an aperture formed between the first and second portions on an end of the housing. The aperture allows for a key blade to slide therethrough. The present invention further includes a key blank having a base portion and a blade portion, wherein the base portion is coupled to an activation mechanism and the blade extends from the base portion. The base portion is slideable within the housing and retained at all times within the housing. The blade portion slides out and in the housing in response to operation of the activation mechanism. The blade portion slides between an extended portion and a refracted position. The key blank is cuttable while coupled to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: M.C.M. Technologies
    Inventors: Ryan J. Hamblin, Michael Allen Mueller
  • Patent number: 8346967
    Abstract: A method and system for managing redirection for use with a system. The system includes a first webpage and a second webpage. The first webpage is operable to redirect a browser to the second webpage and subsequently, the second webpage is operable to redirect the browser to the first webpage by using a first pre-determined identifier associated with the first webpage. A second identifier associated with a component of the first webpage is assigned. In response to the second webpage redirecting the browser to the first webpage by using the first pre-determined identifier, the first pre-determined identifier is compared against the second identifier to determine whether the second identifier is different from the first pre-determined identifier. In response to a determination that the second identifier is different from the first pre-determined identifier, the browser is redirected to the component of the first webpage by using the second identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Gareth Edward Jones
  • Patent number: 8342879
    Abstract: A connector used in coaxial cable communication applications, and more specifically to coaxial connectors having features for sealing against environmental contaminants, facilitating effective attachment to a corresponding interface port, and improving the efficiency of structures and processes for attaching the connectors to coaxial cables. Furthermore, an associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: John Mezzalingua Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Amidon, Brian K. Hanson, Noah Montena, Eric Purdy
  • Patent number: 8346827
    Abstract: An information delivery method and system. The method includes receiving by a computer processor a video file, an audio file, associated data files, and associated message files The computer processor stores the video file in a first layer of a multimedia file, the audio file in a second layer of the multimedia file, the data files in first additional layers of the multimedia file, and the message files in second additional layers of the multimedia file. The computer processor stores the multimedia file on a computer readable storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: D673914
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: John Mezzalingua Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: William Witkowski