Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Shawn B. Dempster
  • Patent number: 7092997
    Abstract: It is desirable to send documents to a user in such a way as to minimize the bandwidth and other computer resources required. To this end, a document may be categorized as (1) delta information (information that changes rapidly), (2) sub-template information (information that changes less frequently) and (3) template information, which changes very seldom. The template information and sub-template information are compressed and cached at a site remote from the requesting party. Compressing and caching both sub-template information and template information results in a significant savings of bandwidth and computing resources, such as would be required if the sub-template information were treated as delta information and were not stored in a cache as is the case in the prior art. This savings is enhanced when the compressed template and sub-template information are sent to a large number of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Digital River, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephane Kasriel, Walter Mann, Xavier Casanova
  • Patent number: 6981649
    Abstract: A power control device for automatically and proportionately metering power to a heating device used to create a warm microenvironment conducive to the health and growth of an animal during a predetermined incubation period is herein disclosed. The power control device transmits proportionally more power to a heating device where an ambient temperature measured outside of the microenvironment is nearer a predetermined lower limit, and proportionately less power when the ambient room temperature measured outside of the microenvironment is nearer a predetermined upper limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Novonix Corporation
    Inventors: Mark H. Jaeger, Thomas K. Hiniker, Michael W. Lundgreen
  • Patent number: 6981017
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for predicting which network objects are likely to be requested by a web user from a web server, such as that used in conjunction with an internetworking environment. A request made by a web user for a web object is parsed and dynamic values contained therein normalized. A prediction is made based on the normalized request, statistical measures, and other factors about what other web objects the web user is likely to request. The predictive information is then made available to the web server and the predicted net objects are pre-downloaded to the Web client. A pre-download statistics server may be used to record and provide statistics to assist in the prediction process. Examples described herein relate to web pages, but the invention is broadly applicable to many different types of requests for information (such as, for example, database queries and other libraries of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Digital River, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephane Kasriel, Xavier Casanova, Walter Mann
  • Patent number: 6963874
    Abstract: A data collection system collects statistics related to each visit to each web-page within a web-site. In addition to collecting path information related to traversals to and from each web-page, the system collects information regarding the particular session, such as the visitor's connection speed, the time required to download the web-page to the visitor's system, the duration of time that the visitor spent at the page, whether the user clicked the ‘back’ button to leave the site, and so on. The data reporting system presents statistics based on the collected data in an easy-to-use and easy-to-understand form that is customizable by the user. By collecting and reporting performance factors related to each web-page, or sets of web-pages within a web-site, marketers and webmasters can address any perceived deficiencies and/or can optimize the performance of select pages to achieve specific marketing objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Digital River, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephane Kasriel, Sara Swanson, Walter Mann
  • Patent number: 6574108
    Abstract: Disclosed is a printed circuit board (PCB) layout for increasing the ability of the PCB to transfer heat away from a component mounted thereon. The locations of signal vias in the PCB are selected so as to define continuous pathways in a PCB heat sink layer. This allows heat to be effectively conducted away from thermal vias connected to heat sink layer, thereby preventing PCB-mounted components from overheating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Allen Nicholas Kramer, Mark Berg
  • Patent number: 6522498
    Abstract: The present invention provides a magnetic shield that would reduced the magnetic flux leakage from the base of the spindle motor to the printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) in a disc drive. The magnetic shield integrated in the disc drive as part of the spindle motor without increasing costs to assembly of the disc drive. The magnetic shield is made of layers of different materials to provide effective shielding. The magnetic shield is designed such that shielding effect is not affected during temperature changes in the disc drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Poh Lye Lim, Victor Chi Siang Choo, Niroot Jierapipatanakul, Yu Nang Zai
  • Patent number: 6462912
    Abstract: An improved latch system for use in a disc drive is provided including an improved means for eliminating tolerances in the parked position of the actuator arm in the landing zone on the disc. According to this system, the latch system includes latch arm having a rotary engaging portion which engages a portion of the transducer support arm or actuator arm in the disc drive to prevent movement of the transducer when the shock appears; this latch arm is directly coupled to an air vane which extends parallel to the edge of the disc in a region nearly adjacent to the actuator arm and at a distance at a center of the disc which is just greater than the radius of the disc so that the vane extends partially along an arc or a line near to the edge of the disc. The latch arm and vane are arranged so that in the presence of disc rotation, wind generated by the disc presses against the vane, and the vane moves away from the disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Narayanaswamy Pasupathy, Long Van Ngo, Mark Joseph Fernandes, Ramgopal Battu
  • Patent number: 6442179
    Abstract: A data storage communication channel includes a transmission medium, an initiator interface and a frequency selective multiplexer. The initiator interface includes first and second serial transmit ports. The frequency selective multiplexer includes first and second modulators and a circulator. The first and second modulators have first and second frequency bands and are coupled to the first and second serial transmit ports, respectively. The circulator is coupled between the first and second modulators and one end of the transmission medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Bruce E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6442000
    Abstract: An actuator and a method for using an actuator in a disc drive having a limited range of rotation wherein an actuator arm for providing motion for reading or writing data to or from media engages a shaft or post fixed within the actuator arm for communicating with the actuator arm by means of clips affixed to the shaft. The clips have flexible wings affixed to the actuator arm whereby the shaft and the actuator arm are held in a fixed relationship allowing the arm to rotate with respect to the shaft while movement between the actuator arm and the shaft other than by rotation is prevented by the shape of the flexible wings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: See Jee Johaan Koong, Michael Joo Chiang Toh, Choon Kiat Lim, Wai Onn Chee, Kevin Arthur Gomez
  • Patent number: 6417993
    Abstract: An improved system for mounting the head suspensions to the actuator mounting arms of a disc drive actuator. The mounting system of the invention includes novel features on both the head suspension mounting plates and on the actuator head mounting arms that facilitate head suspension mounting without the introduction of plastic deformation in any of the mounting elements. The mounting plate of the invention includes a boss and a hole. The boss and hole are dimensioned for interference fit with complementary elements on a second mounting plate located on the opposite side of the actuator head mounting arm, to provide the retention force of the mounting system. The bosses of the mounting plates also form an interference fit with cooperative holes in the actuator head mounting arm. Compliance features are included with the holes on the actuator head mounting arm to prevent plastic deformation of the material of the head mounting arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Rishi Kant, Steve R. Speckmann, Mark A. Schwandt
  • Patent number: 6414807
    Abstract: A disk drive system is described for forming and reading precise optically detectable patterns on rotating members of a disk and spindle assembly used in data storage system. In particular the invention describes a magnetic disk drive employing a laser system to form and sense optical clock patterns placed on the rotating members of the disk drive. These optically detectable patterns are used to create an accurate clock track. The clock may be used to create multiple accurate magnetic patterns on one or more disks attached to a disk and spindle assembly in a magnetic data storage system. By successively changing the radius at which the magnetic patterns are created it is then possible to create multiple magnetic patterns at successive radii with all such magnetic patterns having a precise geometric relationship to each other. Alternatively, the accurate clock pattern may stand alone as an encoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Charles A. Bates, Lawrence M. Bryant, David S. Kuo, Eric G. Rawson
  • Patent number: 6411472
    Abstract: A disc drive, includes a base, a disc stack rotatably attached to the base, and an actuator assembly movably attached to the base. The actuator assembly includes arms on one end for holding the one or more transducers and a portion of a voice coil motor on the other end of the actuator assembly. A bearing cartridge is attached to an opening in the actuator assembly. A tolerance ring is used to attach the bearing cartridge to the opening in the actuator assembly. The tolerance ring includes a dampening material therein. The tolerance ring includes a layer of viscoelastic material which can be a viscoelastic damping adhesive material. The viscoelastic material is sandwiched between the first layer of metallic material and the second layer of metallic material. The tolerance ring includes a plurality of ridges formed about the periphery of the tolerance ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: David S. Allsup
  • Patent number: 6411471
    Abstract: A pivot mechanism is disclosed for mounting a rotatable actuator on a base of a disc drive. The pivot mechanism is made up of a shaft on which a housing is rotatably mounted by a lower ball bearing set and an upper bearing provided by co-acting surfaces of the shaft and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Xiong Liu, Joseph Cheng-Tsu Liu, Choon Kiat Lim, Wai Meng Chan
  • Patent number: 6411461
    Abstract: A method of correcting track misregistration in a servo system for a disc drive including one or more discs includes positioning a head over a track located on a disc and maintaining the head centered over the track. The process for maintaining the head centered may include measuring the radial position of the head relative to the disc and determining correction factors for a zero acceleration path. Correction factors are determined by modeling an actuator transfer function to produce an estimated position signal. Subsequently, an estimated disturbance signal is determined by subtracting the measured position and the estimated position signal and filtering it with an adaptation filter. Thereafter, the estimated disturbance signal is subtracted from the measured radial position to produce a modified position measurement signal. The head is repositioned in accordance with the modified position measurement signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Gabor Szita
  • Patent number: 6407878
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention relates to an apparatus and method for retaining a disc drive head disk assembly (HDA) during a servo track writing procedure. The HDA includes a base, a disc stack coupled to a spindle rotatably attached to the base by a spindle shaft, and an actuator assembly pivotally attached to the base at a pivot shaft. Attached to one end of the actuator assembly proximal the disc stack is one or more transducers for reading/writing information from/to the discs. In one embodiment, the method includes restraining the ends of the spindle shaft and pivot shaft during servo track writing so that relative deflection therebetween is minimized. That is, all but rotational motion of the components is substantially eliminated. An apparatus for restraining the ends of the spindle shaft and pivot shaft is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Brent M. Weichelt, Mark A. Toffle, Jason Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 6400533
    Abstract: There is provided an inertial latching system which includes a first latch member configured to engage a second latch member at a junction point. The first latch member includes a latch pivot mounted to the base. One side of the latch pivot extends to form a first arm whilst a balancing mass is found at another side of the latch pivot. Joined to the first arm is a finger which provides a contact line ending in a proximal point. The second latch member has a contact surface which provides a contact point. The inertial latching system is configured such that the ratio of a first length to a second length is smaller than the ratio of a third length to a fourth length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Cheng-Tsu Liu, Michael Joo Chiang Toh, Yiren Hong, Chor Shan Cheng, Choon Kiat Lim, Niroot Jierapipatanakul
  • Patent number: 6388413
    Abstract: A disc drive includes a base and a disc rotatably attached to the base. The disc drive also includes an actuator assembly rotatably attached to said base and a device for moving the actuator assembly. The disc drive includes servo circuitry and a controller for controlling movement of the actuator and head switches during track seek operations. The disc drive determines the average seek time for each head and also measures the amount of time for a head switch from the transducer head having the shortest average seek time to all the other transducing heads in the disc drive. When a seek is performed, the controller in the disc drive determines if the shortest average seek time plus the seek time from the transducing head to the transducing head on the surface containing the target track and sector is less than the average seek time of the head on the surface having the target track and sector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Wei Loon Ng, Ming Zhong Ding, Patrick T. Wong
  • Patent number: 6377424
    Abstract: A head and gimbal assembly (“HGA”) for supporting a pair of read/write heads at a desired fly height above a pair of adjacent discs. The HGA includes a rigid support arm, and a pair of thin, sheet metal suspensions mounted on opposed surfaces of the support arm. An end of each of the suspensions extends beyond an end of the support arm. These overhanging end portions include cutout sections defining a pair of back-to-back gimbals on which the read/write heads may be mounted. The suspensions may additionally include electrical connectors etched into the surface for transferring electrical signals between the read/write heads and the control electronics of the disc drive. In operation, a single HGA may be located between two adjacent discs, so that one of the heads on the HGA performs read/write operations on one of the two adjacent discs, and the other of the heads performs read/write operations on the other of the two adjacent discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: John R. Yaeger
  • Patent number: 6362542
    Abstract: A slider assembly for selectively altering a position of a transducing head with respect to a track of a rotatable disc having a plurality of concentric tracks includes a slider body having a main portion and a head portion separated by a gap. The head portion carries the transducing head. The slider body is arranged to be supported by a support structure over a surface of the rotatable disc. A pair of structural elements are disposed on opposite side surfaces of the slider body between the main portion and the head portion across the gap. At least one of the structural elements is a microactuator responsive to electrical control signals to selectively bend to alter the position of the head portion with respect to the main portion of the slider body. The structural elements may be complementary microactuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Vlad Joseph Novotny
  • Patent number: 6362933
    Abstract: A system for loading a transducing head (22) to a flying elevation proximate a rotating surface of a disc (16) is disclosed. The system includes a piezoelectric device (40) that is selectively expanded and contracted to control a height of the head (22) on a flexure spring (14) from the surface of the disc (16). The system preferably includes control circuitry (50) for generating electrical control signals to manage the expansion and contraction of the piezoelectric device (40) according to operating characteristics of the disc (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Sampietro, Khosrow Mohajerani, Anoush M. Fard, Richard G. Krum, Jeffrey G. Barina, Muhammad A. Hawwa