Patents Assigned to Propel Software Corporation
  • Patent number: 7370120
    Abstract: Methods and systems for accelerating data communication by reducing network latency particularly by data compression in which requested data is recursively compressed by an encoder and sent to the requester in codes which may or may not be understood by the requester. The requester can subsequently request data corresponding to unknown codes. The request-reply sequence is also recursive and continues until the requested data is present at the requester. To further accelerate communication, a persistently connected network is employed, together with a new socket layer capable of combining multiple messages from different machines, threads, and/or processes into single TCP/IP packets to be relayed along message hubs in the persistent network. These features are introduced singly and combined to create a new caching network. A new content distribution network can take advantage of these data communication improvements since requested content can be distributed in caches in a caching network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Propel Software Corporation
    Inventors: Steven T. Kirsch, David J. Murray
  • Patent number: 7206814
    Abstract: An e-mail filtering method and system that categorize received e-mail messages based on information about the sender. Data about the sender is contained in the message and is used to identify the actual sender of the message using a signature combining pieces of information from the message header or derived from information in the message header. This and other information about the message is then sent by each member of an e-mail network to one or more central databases (in one embodiment, the information will also be stored at a database associated with the recipient's e-mail program and filtering software) which stores the information and compiles statistics about e-mails sent by the sender to indicate the likelihood that the e-mail is unsolicited and determine the reputation of the sender (a good reputation indicates the sender does not send unwanted messages while a bad reputation indicates the sender sends unsolicited e-mail messages).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Propel Software Corporation
    Inventor: Steven T. Kirsch
  • Patent number: 7054917
    Abstract: A method of reducing network congestion and service latency associated with downloading Web pages containing third party advertisements. In one embodiment, pattern recognition algorithms are employed to determine whether a request for a URL may be satisfied by the content associated with a URL which is contained in the client's cache; if there is a pattern match, the cached contents associated with the URL are delivered to the browser to satisfy the request. In another embodiment, images associated with HTML snippet ads are requested and cached by client software before they are requested by the browser downloading the Web page where the images will be displayed. In a third embodiment, latency is reduced by “time shifting,” wherein a cached ad is displayed while client software requests and caches the ad originally requested ad, which will be shown the next time the URL is requested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Propel Software Corporation
    Inventors: Steven T. Kirsch, Reuben R. Beckmann, Peter K. Lee