Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm W. Joseph Melnik
  • Patent number: 6816702
    Abstract: A Consolidated Online Assessment System (COLA System) that creates, manipulates, and distributes an objected-oriented paradigm that represents the scoring and related activities as a unified and integrated family of loosely coupled objects, most notably a “Case” representing a state-machine that replaces the constructed response from the test taker as the unit of work. The Scoring Model and associated Properties that encapsulate the business rules associated with what actions are appropriate or required for a unit of work and the Responses to the unit of work which represent the test-taker-contributed content (e.g., essays or other text-based responses, audio responses, digitized video responses, scanned images, diagrams, lessons plans, etc.) and ties that content to its creator are linked to a Distinct Scorable Unit (DSU) which represents a tree-based mechanism that connects and provides inheritability for the other primary system objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Educational Testing Service
    Inventors: David L. Kuntz, Preston Cody, Georgi Stefanov Ivanov, John E. Perlow
  • Patent number: 6796800
    Abstract: An essay is analyzed automatically by accepting the essay and determining whether each of a predetermined set of features is present or absent in each sentence of the essay. For each sentence in the essay a probability that the sentence is a member of a certain discourse element category is calculated. The probability is based on the determinations of whether each feature in the set of features is present or absent. Furthermore, based on the calculated probabilities, a sentence is chosen as the choice for the discourse element category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Educational Testing Service
    Inventors: Jill Burstein, Daniel Marcu, Vyacheslav Andreyev, Martin Sanford Chodorow, Claudia Leacock
  • Patent number: 6588131
    Abstract: A sign assembly 10 that implements electronic paper to display an animated image. The sign assembly includes a controller 12, a power supply 14, a pair of substantially transparent, electrically conductive sheets 16, 18, and a sheet of electronic paper 24, which is sandwiched between sheets 16, 18. Image layers 20, 22 are imprinted on the sheets 16, 18, or are alternatively held frictionally adjacent to sheets 16, 18 by a frame assembly 56. Image layers 20, 22 include substantially transparent regions 36, 38, 40 and 42 in which sheet 24 is visible. The conductive sheets 16, 18 are connected to controller 12 which provides an electronic signal which is varied over time resulting in the display of an animated or changing image which may be visible when viewed from one or both sides of the sign assembly 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Gyricon Media, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles O'Connell, Jr.