Patents Assigned to International Business Machines
  • Patent number: 10419617
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to interactive voicemail tagging of messages and responses to provide improved navigation and tracking of information requested/contained in voicemail messages and responses. Users may tag portions of the recorded message/response to indicate presence of a request for information, an answer providing requested information, etc. and navigate to particular portions of the recorded message/response using the tags. Accordingly, in one embodiment a computer-implemented method for interactive voicemail message and response tagging and processing includes: receiving a prompt having associated therewith one or more prompt tags; receiving a response corresponding to the prompt, the response having associated therewith one or more response tags; and processing the response to determine either or both of a content of the response and a context of the response. Corresponding systems and computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: George P. Carper, James E. Damgar, Socheat Sou, Howard Ruihua Zhao
  • Patent number: 10414406
    Abstract: A method, executed by a computer, includes receiving movement data and distracting conditions data corresponding to one or more driving sessions for a user and identifying a potentially distracting condition for the user encountered during the one or more driving sessions. The method also includes determining one or more distraction-free intervals and one or more distraction-present intervals corresponding to driving during the one or more driving sessions. The method also includes comparing movement data corresponding to the one or more distraction-free intervals with movement data corresponding to the one or more distraction-present intervals to produce distraction effect information. A computer system and computer program product corresponding to the method are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert G. Farrell, Jonathan Lenchner
  • Patent number: 10419968
    Abstract: A method includes positioning a proxy between a client and a server; the proxy receiving the client's Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) communications intended for establishing a communication connection to the server; the proxy initiating a TCP communication with the server after receiving the client's TCP; and the proxy determining a TCP congestion control algorithm based upon identifying information of the received client's TCP and on properties of the sever to provide optimum communications as a communication proxy between the client and the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dakshi Agrawal, Erich M Nahum, Vasileios Pappas, Franck Le Thai, Maroun Touma, Dinesh C Verma
  • Patent number: 10419860
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a method of stimulating a cornea. A non-limiting example of the method includes capturing a sound with a microphone. A non-limiting example of the method also includes transducing the sound to an electric signal by a microprocessor. A non-limiting example of the method also includes stimulating a piezo-electric element adjacent to a receptor of the cornea, wherein the piezo-electric element is positioned on an eye lens with an electric signal. A non-limiting example of the method also includes mechanically stimulating a receptor of the cornea with the stimulated piezo-electric element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Amos Cahan, Katsuyuki Sakuma
  • Patent number: 10419876
    Abstract: An approach includes contacting a predefined contact information when a mobile device, which is password protected, is lost and subsequently found. The approach includes receiving an activation event predefined for a specified password protected mobile device, and receiving predefined contact information stored in the mobile device while the mobile device remains password protected, upon the receipt of the activation event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rhonda L. Childress, Itzhack Goldberg, Clifford A. Pickover, Neil Sondhi, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 10419564
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and system includes a processor(s) in a first computing environment obtaining, from a computer system in the first environment, a system message indicating an issue in the computer system. The processor(s) evaluate the message to determine details of the issue and determine recommended action(s) to remedy the issue. The processor(s) generate a notification comprising the action(s), which include calls to portions of the computer system and the notification comprises respective selection options to trigger the processor(s) to execute each of the one or more recommended actions in the first environment. The processor(s) transmit the notification to a computing node in a second computing environment to communicate to a computing device in that environment. The processor(s) receive a response indicating selection of a respective selection option. The processor(s) translate the option into a recommended action and issue calls in the recommended action to the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Wilhelm Mild, Omar-Qais Noorshams, Pradeep Parameshwaran, Guenter Vater, Robert Vaupel, Mariia Zrianina
  • Patent number: 10419582
    Abstract: An approach is described for processing command line templates for database queries. A method pertaining to such approach may include retrieving a set of command line templates based upon command line information received from a plurality of respective clients in a computing environment. The method further may include receiving a command line query from a first client among the plurality of respective clients and searching the set of command line templates based upon contents of the command line query. The method further may include transmitting to the first client at least one command line recommendation based upon the search. In an embodiment, retrieving the set of command line templates according to the method may include receiving from a centralized server at least one update with respect to the set of command line templates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jordan A. Eliseo, Su Liu, Andrew F. Ly
  • Patent number: 10419538
    Abstract: A method begins by a processing module of a dispersed storage and task (DST) execution unit receiving a data request for execution by the DST execution unit, the data request including a slice name associated with an encoded data slice of the data request. The method continues with the processing module generating a scoring resultant corresponding to each of a plurality of memories of the DST execution unit, in accordance with a ranking function and the slice name. The method continues with the processing module selecting one of the plurality of memories of the DST execution unit in accordance with a mapping function and executing the data request utilizing the one of the plurality of memories of the DST execution unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew D. Baptist, Joseph M. Kaczmarek, Manish Motwani, Jason K. Resch
  • Patent number: 10419557
    Abstract: A computer system receives digital content for communication to a user. Digital fingerprints are calculated from the digital content. The fingerprints are compared to identify redundant digital content. Digital identifications associated with the digital fingerprints are communicated to a user device to determine whether the digital content exists in local storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sandeep Bazar, Sandeep R. Patil, Sachin C. Punadikar
  • Patent number: 10419527
    Abstract: The described herein relates to repairing a file system. Repairing the file system includes identifying a corrupted node of a tree corresponding to the file system and determining a status of a parent node of the corrupted node based on a status bit of the parent node. Repairing the file system also includes disabling the parent node to an off-line mode when the status bit indicates that the parent node is in an on-line mode; fixing the corrupted node while the parent node is in the off-line mode; and enabling the parent node to the on-line mode in response to fixing the at least one corrupted node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Asmahan A. Ali, Ali Y. Duale, Mustafa Y. Mah
  • Patent number: 10412985
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for providing suggestions based on a flavor signature delta measured between samples prepared according to a recipe. An application obtains a flavor signature for a canonical sample prepared according to the recipe and a flavor signature for a sample subsequently prepared according to the recipe. The application generates a flavor signature delta from the flavor signatures of the samples. The flavor signature delta indicates a difference in the measure of each of the olfactory compounds in the samples. The application identifies one or more ingredients, each ingredient identified from at least one of the olfactory compounds present in the flavor signature delta. The application then generates one or more suggestions for preparing a sample based on the identified ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Donna K. Byron, Carmine Michael Dimascio, Florian Pinel
  • Patent number: 10413495
    Abstract: A method for forming a photosensitizer product that is resistant to absorption by living tissue that may include binding a photosensitizer compound with an oxide-containing particle to provide the photosensitizer derivative having a microscale size, and mixing the photosensitizer derivative into a lotion. The microscale size of the photosensitizer derivative obstructs absorption by cell tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott B. King, Brandon M. Kobilka, Joseph Kuczynski, Jacob T. Porter, Jason T. Wertz
  • Patent number: 10413944
    Abstract: Identification of a material composition. The material composition is configured with a color additive that is embedded or otherwise not visible. The color additive identifies the specific material composition. A discrete section or sub-section of the material is deformed such that the embedded color additive is made visible in the optical spectrum, after which the discrete section or sub-section may be sorted for recycling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sean M. Ackley, Camillo Sassano
  • Patent number: 10413359
    Abstract: Methods and systems for laser assisted delivery of therapeutic agents include preparing a site with an ultraviolet laser beam, at a wavelength appropriate for tissue ablation, such that an opening is produced in a surface of the site's tissue; and applying one or more agents to the prepared site, such that the agents penetrate the tissue through the opening to a predetermined depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jerome M. Felsenstein, James L. Hedrick, James J. Wynne, Donna S. Zupanski-Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10416859
    Abstract: Embodiments can provide a computer implemented method in a data processing system comprising a processor and a memory, the memory comprising instructions that are executed by the processor to cause the processor to implement a system for providing profile photo enhancement, the method comprising receiving, from a specification source, one or more specifications for image acceptance criteria; receiving, from an uploading user, an image; examining, through an image processing toolbox, the image to determine if all of the image acceptance criteria are met; if all image acceptance criteria are met, accepting the image; and if one or more image acceptance criteria are not met, processing the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, John M. Boyer
  • Patent number: 10416987
    Abstract: A method for updating software in a computer system, comprising at least a central processor and multiple adapter cards, wherein the adapter cards are attached to a network, the method comprising (i) the central processor generating a distribution map based on configuration data of the network (100); (ii) the central processor sending the software update data and the distribution map to a receiving adapter card of the adapter cards; (iii) in response to receiving the software update data and the distribution map, the receiving adapter card applying the received software update data and creating at least one modified distribution map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gerd K. Bayer, Volker M. Boenisch, David G. Chapman, Jakob C. Lang, Angel Nunez Mencias
  • Patent number: 10414913
    Abstract: An article of manufacture includes a macromolecular block copolymer. The macromolecular block copolymer includes a first extruded high molecular weight polymer and a second extruded high molecular weight polymer bonded to the first extruded high molecular weight polymer. The first extruded high molecular weight polymer has a first characteristic rigidity value along a first length, and the second extruded high molecular weight polymer has a second characteristic rigidity value along a second length that is different from the first characteristic rigidity value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Suraush Q. Khambati, Joseph Kuczynski, Jason T. Wertz
  • Patent number: 10414646
    Abstract: A method of forming at least one Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) includes forming a beam structure and an electrode on an insulator layer, remote from the beam structure. The method further includes forming at least one sacrificial layer over the beam structure, and remote from the electrode. The method further includes forming a lid structure over the at least one sacrificial layer and the electrode. The method further includes providing simultaneously a vent hole through the lid structure to expose the sacrificial layer and to form a partial via over the electrode. The method further includes venting the sacrificial layer to form a cavity. The method further includes sealing the vent hole with material. The method further includes forming a final via in the lid structure to the electrode, through the partial via.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Russell T. Herrin, Jeffrey C. Maling, Anthony K. Stamper
  • Patent number: 10415721
    Abstract: A micro electrical mechanical system (MEMS) valve is provided. The MEMS valve includes first and second bodies, a medium and a thermal element. The first body defines a first channel and a second channel intersecting the first channel. The second body defines a third channel and is movable within the first channel between first and second positions. When the second body is at the first positions, the second and third channels align and permit flow through the second and third channels. When the second body is at the second positions, the second and third channels misalign and inhibit flow through the second channel. The medium is charged into the first channel at opposite sides of the second body. The thermal element is proximate to the first channel and is operable to cause the medium to drive movements of the second body to the first or the second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yongchun Xin, Daniel Piper, Jonathan Fry, Jang Sim
  • Patent number: 10415742
    Abstract: A photographic monopod includes an extendable shaft, a bracket for fixing a photographic device at a first end of the extendable shaft, and a grip at a second end of the extendable shaft. The grip is opposite to the first end of the extendable shaft. The photo graphic monopod further includes a shutter control switch for controlling a shutter of the photographic device, and a shaft extension sensor for sensing a degree to which the extendable shaft is extended. The photographic monopod additionally includes a logic circuit for receiving the degree to which the extendable shaft is extended from the shaft extension sensor and disabling a connection between the shutter control switch and the photographic device when the degree to which the extendable shaft is extended exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ashish Kundu, Amit A. Nanavati, Clifford A. Pickover, Komminist Weldemariam