Patents Examined by A. Bodendorf
  • Patent number: 5487001
    Abstract: A method is provided for determining petrophysical properties associated with various lateral locations of a subterranean layer. The method employs velocity and density log data, corresponding to a preselected reference lateral location, in combination with seismic data to determine a range of values of at least one petrophysical property associated with a desired lateral location ("nonreference") offset from the reference lateral location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1996
    Inventor: Dennis B. Neff
  • Patent number: 5455766
    Abstract: The control system is programmable by the user by inserting a preprogrammed key into the system console. The key changes the default values normally used by the control system to those values selected by a particular surgeon. The control console thus emulates the performance characteristics of a wide variety of different types of microsurgical control systems, leaving the surgeon free to perform the operation without having to adjust to a new or unfamiliar system. The display screen is self-illuminating and provides a plurality of control menus generated by data stored in computer memory circuits. By bank switching the memory circuits, the display can be caused to appear in a wide variety of different languages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Assignee: Storz Instrument Company
    Inventors: Gregg D. Scheller, R. Bruce Lucas, Gideon Yefet, David Dallan
  • Patent number: 5452204
    Abstract: An image reconstructing operation unit reconstructs an image by a two- or three-dimensional Fourier transform. The unit comprises a plurality of operating mechanisms for performing an operation to reconstruct an image, a plurality of local memory mechanisms, provided correspondingly to the operating mechanisms, provided correspondingly to the operating mechanisms, for storing data used in the operations and the operation results, a shared memory mechanism for storing data after the first- and second-dimension processes and the first-, second-, and third-dimension processes, a data transmission mechanism for transmitting data between the local memory mechanism and the shared memory mechanism, and an instruction control mechanism for controlling the operation of each mechanism and its timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Assignee: Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsutoshi Ino, Shiro Nakatao
  • Patent number: 5442546
    Abstract: To automatically generate translation templates containing variables which can be replaced with various words or phrases from a bilingual pair of sentences, the machine translation system reads the first language sentence and second language sentence which are mutually equivalent, analyzes the morphemes and phrases of the sentences, identifies the word correspondence between the first language sentence and the second language sentence with reference to the bilingual dictionary, generates a translation template by replacing the corresponding words of the first language sentence and second language sentence with variables which are mutually correspondent, extracts the phrase correspondence between the first language sentence and the second language sentence, generates a generalized template wherein the corresponding phrases are replaced with variables, and generates a partial template wherein the corresponding phrases are separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kaji, Yuko Kida, Yasutsugu Morimoto
  • Patent number: 5440481
    Abstract: A Process for analyzing full-text is provided for identifying often-repea, high user interest, word phrases in a database. Often-repeated, high user interest, word phrases are defined as pervasive theme areas (PTAs). The process also allows the relationship defined as connectivity among the various PTAs to be identified. In addition, phrases that are in proximity to the PTAs and which are strongly supportive of the PTAs are identified. Numerical indices, figure of merit, and user defined thresholds are used to quantify relations between PTAs and among PTAs and phrases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1995
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Ronald N. Kostoff, David L. Miles, Henry J. Eberhart
  • Patent number: 5434776
    Abstract: A method and system for creating multi-lingual computer programs by dynamically loading messages is provided. In a preferred embodiment, a user specifies a preferred language in which the computer program will communicate. The computer program has one or more associated message sets, each set in a unique natural language. At least some of the message sets are preferably stored in a message file on the computer system. After the computer program is invoked, a Localizer searches the message file for a message set in the preferred language. After selecting the message set, the Localizer makes a memory allocation request, loads the selected message set into the allocated memory, passes the address of the allocated memory to the computer program, and returns control to the computer program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Naveen K. Jain
  • Patent number: 5428529
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for managing the display or the printing of a copyright notice or security label for a soft copy document, so as to provide appropriate security for the document as desired by its author. A special copyright notice can be displayed on the first page or predetermined pages of the document as it is displayed on a display screen. If a printer is connected to the system and commanded to print the document, a cover page will be printed which includes the copyright notice, before the rest of the document is printed. If a "Do Not Copy" label is included in the soft copy of the structured document, any printer command, write to disk command, or telecommunication command will be aborted, thereby giving effect to the author's desired restriction not to copy the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas V. Hartrick, Patricia E. Higgins, Nicholas J. Sabia
  • Patent number: 5420787
    Abstract: An improved multi-unit analyzer is provided by virtue of the present invention. An analog-to-digital converter (A/D) digitizes a multi-unit signal, a pulse detector triggers when the multi-unit signal reaches a specified threshold, and a pulse sampler outputs a packet of samples of the signal around the point where the signal passes the threshold. The packet is then transformed into a point on a plane, the P-plane. The transformed point is compared to one or more rectangles in the P-plane, to determine if the point falls within any rectangle. If a point falls within a rectangle, a pulse is output on a line corresponding to the rectangle. This compare and output process is given a high priority. A low priority process displays the packet of samples in a window corresponding to the rectangle which encloses the point in the P-plane which results from the transformation of the packet of samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Department of Human Services
    Inventors: Timothy J. Gawne, Barry J. Richmond
  • Patent number: 5418716
    Abstract: A slot table contains (1) all possible sentence patterns (VPs), arranged in rows, which a predicate in an input sentence can take, and (2) arguments of the VPs expressed as slot conditions in slots positioned in a finite number of positions. A grammatical case pattern table contains columns corresponding to respective grammatical cases of the basic patterns arranged in the order in which the cases appear in a basic pattern before shifting; all the grammatical case patterns are expressed as binary values representing existing/non-existing ones of the respective grammatical cases in respective rows corresponding to the grammatical case patterns. The binary values are added up to numbers of the position information in the basic pattern, and the grammatical cases, which correspond to columns that correspond to the last number among numbers of the binary values, are treated as grammatical cases for arguments of the VP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Suematsu
  • Patent number: 5412567
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for adding a word to a lexical transducer in a computer system. The invention allows a user of the computer system to specify a word to be added to the lexical transducer database. The lexical transducer represents words as ordered sequences of symbols, i.e., characters and morphological tags. "Upper" and "lower" symbols are associated with arcs. The arcs join states and form a path. Each path determines an upper and lower sequence of ordered symbols. The upper sequence of symbols represents a base form of a word and the lower sequence of symbols represents a surface form of the same word. The user adds a word to the lexical transducer by specifying a "model" word already existing in the lexical transducer, along with a new word that has surface forms analogous to the model word. The new word is added to the lexical transducer by sharing, as much as possible, the existing arcs of the path of the model word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Lauri Karttunen
  • Patent number: 5406482
    Abstract: An oil well pumping unit has a walking beam which raises and lowers a rod connected to a downhole pump. To perform well analysis, it is desirable to know the position of the rod during the stroke. An accelerometer is mounted on the pumping system unit to move in conjunction with the rod. An output signal from the accelerometer is digitized and provided to a portable computer. The computer processes the digitized accelerometer signal to integrate it to first produce a velocity data set and second produce a position data set. Operations are carried out to modify the signal and produce a position trace with stroke markers to indicate positions of the rod during its cyclical operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: James N. McCoy
    Inventors: James N. McCoy, Jerry B. West, Augusto L. Podio
  • Patent number: 5404296
    Abstract: A massively parallel computer arrangement and method for processing seismic data, comprising signal amplitude as received by a plurality of receivers each for a plurality of shots, to generate a profile of subterranean formations. Initially, the arrangement, iteratively for a plurality of subsets of the shot data referred to as "shot chunks," converts, the signal amplitude data into frequency component amplitude data identifying the amplitudes of the frequency components of the signal data. After that is done for all of the shot chunks, the arrangement iteratively processes the amplitude data for successive frequency chunks to generate a profile, during each iteration iteratively generating profile information for successive subterranean layers and processing the frequency component amplitude data to downward-migrate the receiver and shot data to facilitate generating profile information for the next layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: Tinking Machines Corporation
    Inventor: William D. Moorhead
  • Patent number: 5379216
    Abstract: A volume transform system, which includes a computer processor and a novel volume transform software, receives a set of invasion parameters from a parameterization system, the parameterization system producing a set of invasion parameters which represent a resistivity profile of a formation traversed by a wellbore. The volume transform system functions to perform a quantitative invasion analysis on the invasion parameters in the volume dimension by computing the volume of mud filtrate (Vmf) for each unit of depth in the wellbore and producing a new output record medium, or a new log, which quantitatively illustrates the volume of the mud filtrate (vmf) invasion into the formation traversed by the wellbore as a function of depth in the wellbore. The aforementioned quantitative invasion analysis in the volume dimension compensates for variations in drilling mud, porosity, formation water, and saturation gradient from well to well and between hydrocarbon and water zones with a wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Elton L. Head
  • Patent number: 5379212
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for locking a memory device to prevent unauthorized data from being written to the memory device is disclosed. In a preferred embodiment an address of a memory device is selected such that when that address is selected, a "1" is written to an auxiliary memory device. This event causes the write-enable of the main memory to be disabled thereby locking the main memory device and preventing subsequent write operations thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Assignee: United States Voting Machines, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry W. Sarner, David C. Beckwith
  • Patent number: 5377098
    Abstract: The amount of time required to perform panel beating and/or repainting and like repair work is estimated by sequentially compiling data which indicate which panel is damaged, the degree of the damage, the degree of repair difficulty and the area thereof. The compliation is made firstly for large deformations, then for intermediate damages. After this, in the case of sections wherein the damage is considered as being small, the area data alone is compiled. This large intermediate and small data is compiled for each of the damaged panels and converted into time and used in combination with labor rates and/or materials costs, to estimate the cost of the repair. Other embodiments feature the compilation of repainting data including painting and undercoating of panels which define the chassis and/or form part of the vehicle compartments and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Sakai
  • Patent number: 5373440
    Abstract: A patron inserts a coded game card into a game machine which reads the code and determines whether the game card has been played within a designated time period. If the game card has been played within such period, the game machine is not permitted to operate and a message will be generated. If the card has not been played within the time period, the game machine operates and randomly positions a number of product and/or service representations with respect to one another. Prescribed combinations of the representations permit the patron to win a prize. Symbols, which may include symbols representing a business identity, may optionally be employed as wild cards in forming the prescribed combinations. In addition to bearing a unique game card code, the game card can also contain establishment codes which permit a game card to be played only at particular establishments. Other game cards can be specially coded to provide maintenance instructions to the game machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Assignee: UC'NWIN Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Leopold Cohen, Charles I. Bernhaut, Robert T. Grindell
  • Patent number: 5361200
    Abstract: A data collection system is disclosed for use with a panel of human respondents who answer a series of questions, and their answers are analyzed and displayed on video monitors in real time. The respondents use "smart" keypads to enter their answers using a numerical value from zero (0) through ten (10), inclusive. The numerical values from up to twenty (20) of the keypads are communicated to an intelligent junction box, at which time the numerical values are temporarily stored in memory, retaining the identity of the keypad from which each answer was derived. Up to ten (10) intelligent junction boxes can be connected to a central computer, which is a standard DOS-based personal computer, thereby allowing up to two hundred (200) keypads to be in use in a single data collection system. The numerical values from the junction boxes are communicated to the central computer and analyzed, using statistical techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignee: Parker Marketing Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth N. Weybright, Thomas M. Forde, Jr., Lawrence H. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 5361199
    Abstract: An automated procurement system, in which a buyer workstation is in communication with a mainframe database that stores global data relevant to procurement documents and reports. The workstation is programmed with an interactive buyer interface that displays procurement documents, provides support data to aid in decision-making, and provides various document attachments. Data is uploaded and downloaded to and from the mainframe and the workstation in a manner that is transparent to the buyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Shoquist, Gary C. Young, Amy L. Mathis, Bob W. Withers
  • Patent number: 5359510
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system capable of scheduling conventional tournaments. The system may also be made universal in that the system may be adapted for use in different types of tournaments such as single or double elimination tournaments for any type of tournament event. The tournament management system includes a digital computer having a processor operating under a set of instructions, memory, at least one input port, and at least one output port. Also included is a data entry device such as a keyboard for entering and converting tournament information into machine readable data signals. The data entry device is connected to the computer via a first data transfer device. Tournament information data signals are received and stored in computer memory for processing by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Inventor: Anthony L. Sabaliauskas
  • Patent number: RE34915
    Abstract: Cents-off merchandise coupons are distributed and redeemed immediately and electronically. An electronic display of coupons valid for use in a particular store is presented to customers in that store. When a customer makes a selection of coupons from the display, the selection is recorded. The customer is subsequently identified at a store checkout station as the one who made the selection. In a preferred embodiment, the identification is made by scanning a special card adapted for use with the system. The items purchased in the store by the customer are recorded, and any matches between the coupons selected and the items purchased are determined electronically. The customer is immediately credited in accordance with the terms of the matched coupons. Redeemed coupons are periodically cleared electronically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Assignee: Coupco, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Nichtberger, Kevin McGlynn, Corey Snook