Patents Assigned to Imation Corp.
  • Patent number: 9583130
    Abstract: According to the disclosure, a unique and novel archiving system that allows the digital shredding of archived data is disclosed. Embodiments of the archiving system include removable disk drives that store data, which may be erased such that the data is considered destroyed but that allows the removable disk drive to be reused. The archiving system can determine which data should be erased. Then, the data is digitally shredded such that the removed data cannot be retrieved or deciphered. In alternative embodiments, a protection may be placed on the data required to be kept because the data is associated with a legal suit. This “legal hold” prevents the data from being digitally shredded. As such, the archiving system can provide a system that can dispose of data on a file-by-file or granular level without physically destroying the media upon which the data is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Bondurant, S. Christopher Alaimo
  • Patent number: 9519646
    Abstract: According to the disclosure, a unique and novel archiving system that provides one or more application layer partitions to archive data is disclosed. Embodiments include an archiving system having removable hard disk drives embedded in removable disk cartridges, referred to simply as removable disk drives. In embodiments, the removable disk drives are electrically connected to one or more drive ports that are separately addressable. The archiving system can create application layer partitions that associate the application layer partitions with one or more drive ports. Each application layer partition, in embodiments, has a separate set of controls that allow for customized storage of different data within a single archiving system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventor: Randy Kerns
  • Patent number: 9286243
    Abstract: A method for making memory more reliable involves accessing data stored in a removable storage device by translating a logical memory address provided by a host digital device to a physical memory address in the device. A logical memory address is received from the host digital device. The logical memory address corresponds to a location of data stored on the removable storage device. A physical memory address corresponding to the local address is determined by accessing a lookup table corresponding to the logical zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventor: Arunprasad Ramiya Mothilal
  • Patent number: 9268943
    Abstract: A portable desktop device and method for host computer system hardware recognition and configuration are provided. The portable desktop device causes on a first boot, the host computer system to recognize hardware devices connected thereto, and to configure hardware configuration files of the portable desktop O/S in accordance with the recognized hardware. Once the hardware configuration files have been configured, the system is rebooted. On the second boot, the host computer determines that the portable desktop has been configured for its hardware, and initiates start-up of the portable desktop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventor: Laurence Hamid
  • Patent number: 9219957
    Abstract: Limiting the sound pressure level presented to the listener's ears by one or more headphones, using processing capabilities of a personal media device. Headphones, coupled to audio signals from a personal media device, include a sensor to measure the sound pressure level presented to the listener's ears, and provide that measure to the personal media device. The personal media device, optionally aided by one or more analog circuits, adjusts the audio signal so that the sound pressure level is maintained within a recommended range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventors: Eran Schul, Douglas K. Hogue, Alan Olson, John Bruss
  • Patent number: 9173045
    Abstract: Optimized sound waves presented to the listener by headphones, notwithstanding differences in ear geometry and headphone positioning. A test signal causes an acoustic sensor to receive sound waves actually formed in the listener's ear cavity. A response from the sensor is compared with an expected ear cavity transfer function, from which desired adjustments to the audio signal are determined. The audio signal might be received from an application program, calibrated by an interface software element, and adjusted thereby, before forwarding to the headphones. Calibration might be performed from when the headphones are positioned, or dynamically in response to changes in the transfer function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventors: John Bruss, Douglas K. Hogue, Alan Olson
  • Patent number: 9143861
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an audio player and speaker system, and particularly, to a wireless audio player and speaker system. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to a portable, rechargeable, wireless boombox-style audio player, for playing audio from an external audio source, and including a wireless charging element for wirelessly recharging an external media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventor: Eran Schul
  • Patent number: 9137609
    Abstract: Various aspects of this disclosure are directed to an earphone device comprising a speaker unit including at least one balanced armature transducer to convert an electrical signal into an acoustic signal. The electrical signal may define a frequency range comprising a first frequency and a second frequency. The earphone device may further comprise an impedance correction unit configured to receive the electrical signal and compliment an impedance of the speaker unit such that a sum of an impedance of the impedance correction unit and the impedance of the speaker unit at the first frequency is substantially similar to a sum of an impedance of the impedance correction unit and the impedance of the speaker unit at the second frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventors: John R. Bruss, Douglas K. Hogue
  • Patent number: 9129114
    Abstract: Booting an operating system that includes a secure preboot environment that performs integrity checks against security threats. A computer system boots to a preboot environment, which performs integrity checks and other anti-malware operations. Once the preboot environment finishes, the system reboots into a regular environment. The preboot environment can reside on a secure portion of a flash memory, with a computer system booting therefrom; or the preboot environment can reside securely in the computer system. The preboot environment includes integrity checks for a regular environment, and anti-malware programming. Once the preboot environment is done, the computer system reboots into a regular environment, such as from the flash memory or on the computer system. The integrity checks confirm that files in the regular environment are unchanged or uninfected. The integrity checks include determining the accuracy of a trusted system configuration on the computer system, such as using a TPM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventor: Laurence Hamid
  • Patent number: 9118665
    Abstract: A security protocol for use by computing devices communicating over an unsecured network is described. The security protocol makes use of secure data provided to a peripheral memory device from a server via a secure connection. When the peripheral memory device is coupled to a computing device that attempts to establish a secure connection to the server, the secure data is used to verify that the server is authentic. Similarly, the secure data assists the server in verifying that the request to access the server is not being made by a malicious third party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventors: Darren Krahn, Laurence Hamid
  • Patent number: 9116900
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a unique and novel archiving system that includes two or more network storage systems, each network storage system including removable hard disk drives embedded in removable disk cartridges, referred to simply as removable disk drives. The removable disk drives allow for expandability and replacement such that the archiving system need not be duplicated to add new or more storage capacity. In embodiments, the archiving system accesses, writes, reads, or performs functions on data from one network storage system to another remote network storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Bondurant, S. Christopher Alaimo
  • Patent number: 9104891
    Abstract: Techniques for recovering from unexpected removal of (or other unexpected power loss) a flash memory device from a computer system. An interpolated device driver notes whenever the flash memory device is unexpectedly removed, or otherwise unexpectedly powers off or enters a locked state. If the flash memory device is reinserted, the interpolated device driver reinitializes the flash memory device, and satisfies any flash memory device security protocol, so the flash memory device and the computer system can be restored to their status just before unexpected removal. The interpolated device driver caches requests to the flash memory device, and when status is restored to just before removal, replays those requests to the flash memory device, so the flash memory device responds to those requests as if it had ever been removed. The computer system does not notice any break in service by the flash memory device due to removal and reinsertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventors: Laurence Hamid, Scott Ashdown
  • Patent number: 9087197
    Abstract: A portable desktop device and method for host computer system hardware recognition and configuration are provided. The portable desktop device once authenticated provides access to a portable desktop application that provides a beat signal to the portable desktop device. In an absence of the beat signal, the portable desktop device prevents access to the portable desktop application and/or data associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventor: Laurence Hamid
  • Patent number: 9083746
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of improving electronic security by establishing a path between a user and a secure transaction appliance. The secure transaction appliance receiving information destined for the user which includes a tagged portion, said tagged portion triggering the secure transaction appliance to forward the information to the computer from which the request was issued, and to seeking an electronic signature to verify the content or transaction by transmitting a watermark, tagged portion of the content, or similar electronic content. The secure trusted path providing the user with the tagged portion incorporating additional elements such as a watermark, or in some embodiments only the additional elements, upon a personalized security device associated with the user making interception or manipulation more complex and difficult.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventor: Laurence Hamid
  • Patent number: 9071906
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an audio player and speaker system, and particularly, to a wireless audio player and speaker system. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to a semi-permanent, wireless boombox-style audio player, for playing audio from an external audio source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventors: Douglas K. Hogue, John Bruss, Al Olson
  • Patent number: 9064114
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and device for scanning of data for signatures prior to storage. First data are received at a storage device for storage therein. Upon receipt the first data are stored in a temporary storage medium for storing other than guaranteed previously scanned data. Using a processor of the storage device, the first data are compared with at least a predetermined signature and a comparison result is determined in dependence thereupon. In dependence upon the comparison result the first data are provided to the scanned data memory when the comparison result is indicative of other than a match or the first data are other than provided to the scanned data memory when the comparison result is indicative of a match. The method and the device according to the invention substantially reduce the risk that a file infected with a computer virus is transferred from one computer to another via a portable storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventor: Laurence Hamid
  • Patent number: 9064103
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed wherein a portable memory storage device is provided for interfacing with a communications port of the computer system. During operating system start up of the operating system of the computer, fields relating to security of the operating system are prompted for. The portable memory store retrieves from memory therein data for populating said fields and provides same to the computer system mimicking a data entry device other than a portable memory store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventors: Laurence Hamid, Lawrence Reusing
  • Patent number: 9053249
    Abstract: A system for data storage including a removable memory element having a data storage device, and a docking station in communication with a host device and configured for receiving the removable memory cartridge so as to put the host system in communication with the data storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventors: David Martin Perry, Yung Yip, Christopher Thomas Bukowski, Chris James Zwettler, George Phillip Rambosek, Kellan Donald Pauly, Daniel Charles Egan, Kevin Peter Vlasich, Jason E. Moses, Denis J. Langlois, George W. Blattner
  • Patent number: 9053321
    Abstract: A removable media device, which may be a USB attached device or other type of removable media device, includes a software program located on the device which upon startup or access, the software program scans one or more of electronic files stored on the removable media device and electronic files being transferred to or from the electronic media device and to or from a host computing system for the detection of viruses therein. The software program is further configured to block the transfer of detected virus-containing electronic files and to disallow the copy or writing of files to or from the removable media device to or from a host computing system that can not be scanned. The software program is further configured to block the encryption of files being written to a removable media device if such device contains hardware or software encryption if such files can not be scanned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventors: David Paul Duncan, David Blake Farmer
  • Patent number: 9026776
    Abstract: A portable desktop device and method for host computer system hardware recognition and configuration are provided. The portable desktop device causes on a first boot, the host computer system to recognize hardware devices connected thereto, and to configure hardware configuration files of the portable desktop O/S in accordance with the recognized hardware. Once the hardware configuration files have been configured, the system is rebooted. On the second boot, the host computer determines that the portable desktop has been configured for its hardware, and initiates start-up of the portable desktop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventor: Laurence Hamid