Patents Assigned to Prodigy Services Company
  • Patent number: 5442771
    Abstract: A method for storing data in an interactive computer network is described. In preferred form, the method features steps for establishing data stores of prescribed capacities within a network for delivering an interactive service. The stored data is used in presenting the applications that makeup the service. The method features steps for associating storage control parameters with the application data to be stored and supplying data to the respective stores in excess of their respective capacities. The method includes steps for retaining data at the stores based on the respective prescribed storage control parameters and the date usage experience at the respective stores. In preferred form, the method features steps for providing the data stores with a temporary cache for storing data during a data use session and a variable-content, permanent, file for retaining data between data use sessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: Prodigy Services Company
    Inventors: Robert Filepp, Michael L. Gordon, Alexander W. Bidwell, Allan M. Wolf, Francis C. Young, Duane Tiemann, Kenneth H. Appleman, Sam Meo
  • Patent number: 5361393
    Abstract: Method for improving the process of uploading data from a terminal computer to a host computer with interactive, data receiving screens. The method features use of spreadsheet software to format data to be uploaded in a data source file. The data to be uploaded is laid out in single-row, multi-column form within the spreadsheet so that vivid, hard copy journals of the data may be created that facilitate examination of the data and memorializes its existence. Additionally, the data layout may be transformed and provided with additional information using the spreadsheet to create the data source file having a single-column, multi-row format suitable to facilitate entry of the data to the interactive screens for uploading. Additionally, the method features use of a management program that includes instruction for directing and coordinating the feeding of the data contained the source file to an interface program that enters the data in the predetermined fields of the interactive screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignee: Prodigy Services Company
    Inventor: Michael Rossillo
  • Patent number: 5347632
    Abstract: An interactive computer system network enables a user to display desired information, such as news, financial and cultural information, and perform desired transactional services, such as banking and shopping, through any of a plurality of types of personal computers. User inputs are received by the personal computer and are translated into personal computer-independent data objects and executable code objects which are then processed by the network. These objects comprise partitioned applications required to process user inputs, portions of which are distributed and stored either locally within the personal computer or remotely in a host computer. User characteristics are monitored by the system in order to generate and display specific advertisements to the user based on individual usage characteristics and predetermined interests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: Prodigy Services Company
    Inventors: Robert Filepp, Michael L. Gordon, Alexander W. Bidwell, Francis C. Young, Allan M. Wolf, Sam Meo, Duane Tiemann, Robert D. Cohen, Mel Bellar, Kenneth H. Appleman, Lawrence Abrahams, Michael J. Silfen