Patents Examined by Andrew 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: 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: 5357428
    Abstract: A system for mapping and/or displaying spatio-temporal features of underlying event-related neural activity involves measuring the event-related evoked potential values at a limited number of points over the region of interest, deriving a first grid of potential values at points over the area of interest representing at least a tenfold increase in the number of points by a Kriging-type of spatial statistical interpolation, and using the first grid to derive for the region of interest a second grid of points current density values by a Laplacian conversion. A plurality of second grids of current density values spaced apart in time are derived and displayed on a monitor in cartoon-type fashion to provide a cartoon-type display of the features of the event-related evoked response over the region of interest varying with time. Various other displays are possible for highlighting specific features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Micro-Tek, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles L. Stone, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5357430
    Abstract: The invention concerns a text translation system, wherein the memory of a computer system stores the word type, the semantic type, a juncture code, a position code, a transfer code, as well as the associated translation into the target language for each word of the source language. By means of the juncture code and the position code, the compounds of the source language are decomposed into the words of which they consist. For these words the associated translations into the target language are read from the memory. The translations are then compounded following standard translation rules. For this purpose, translation peculiarities of compounds are taken into account by the transfer code. The invention eliminates storing compounds in the memory of the computer system. Instead, only the individual words of which the compounds consist are stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ulrike Rackow, Ulrike Schwall
  • Patent number: 5353219
    Abstract: A customer self ordering system is provided for a retail sales store that reduces labor costs, increases efficiency, facilitates managerial tasks and improves customer service. The system provides one or more clusters, each of which is usually operated by a single employee. At least two customer ordering terminals are included with each cluster. A customer enters an order by manipulating a touch screen at each customer ordering terminal. Software for running the customer ordering terminals is designed to be self-teaching, while the proximity of the customer terminal to a cashier terminal at the cluster permits easy customer access of employees for assistance. Terminals may be provided in order preparation areas for displaying customer orders. Additionally, the system operates several managerial subroutines, and the system can accumulate all order data quickly and efficiently for accounting purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Assignee: Management Information Support, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond J. Mueller, Christopher K. Neimeister, John R. Counter, Michael P. Marcus
  • Patent number: 5331548
    Abstract: A computerized urological diagnostic method and system for use, for example, in preoperative assessment of prostatectomy candidates and other therapeutical measures in patients (males and females) with voiding complaints. The system includes a digital processor, a database, suitable input/output devices, and pressure and flow rate trandsucers for measure the patient's isometric detrusor pressure immediately before voiding and detrusor pressure and flow rate during micturition. These signals are processed and displayed to provide the clinician with objective data of bladder contractility and urethral resistance. With such data, the clinician can make informed treatment decisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Inventors: Harm J. Rollema, Ron van Mastrigt
  • Patent number: 5319548
    Abstract: An interactive golf game information system receives, stores, analyzes and outputs a plurality of different types of information related to golf. The system generates a golf play recording card for every hole on a golf course. The recording cards can be customized to display information on how previous rounds of golf on the same course were played or how the system recommends to play the course. A golfer uses these recording cards to record a single character for each stroke on each hole. Each single character represents one of a number of golf clubs used and a golf ball location on the actual golf course. After the golfer is finished playing, the cards are inserted into the system which reads the marks recorded on the golf play recording cards by recognizing each of the characters marked on each card. After the system reads and processes the information recorded on the cards, the system compiles statistical information and analyzes a golfer's performance based on information recorded read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1994
    Inventor: Craig D. Germain
  • Patent number: 5317511
    Abstract: A computer program is described which makes it easier for a computer programmer to view and understand the source code of other programs. The user can look up the definition of, or references to, a name without typing the name. After the name has been looked up, the user can return automatically to his original location in the text. Multiple return locations are saved. The invention incorporates knowledge of the syntax of the programming language and creates an internal cross-reference. As a result, lookups are rapid and accurate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Inventor: Harvard R. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 5309355
    Abstract: An apparatus for composing individualized sales presentations created by various data sources from customer profiles managed by organizational hierarchy matrixes directed by multiple operating programs. The apparatus provides the means for synergistically creating and displaying customized presentations in a convenient manner for both the client and salesperson to achieve a more accurate, efficient and comprehensive marketing presentation. Organizational hierarchies of data sources are arranged so that an infinite number of sales presentation configurations can be created. Multiple microprograms automatically compose the sales presentations initiated by determinants received from client profiles stored on optical memory or smart cards, sales agent assessment of client profiles or centralized sales systems responsive to client profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Inventor: Lawrence B. Lockwood
  • Patent number: 5305206
    Abstract: An operations manual generation apparatus for use with a host system. The apparatus has an input for receiving ordering input data when an operator places an order following a prescribed procedure for requesting an operations manual from the host system. The apparatus has a first memory which stores first information needed to prepare the requested operations manual. The apparatus also has a second memory for storing instruction information which includes a set of guidance text data which describes the minimum number of operating steps needed to be carried out by an operator. Finally, an edit controller is provided for analyzing the first information to select a suitable combination of guidance text data, so that an operations manual may be output which has been automatically optimized to minimize the number of steps which the operator must take to cause the host system to perform the desired function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Inoue, Kanji Kanai, Ikuo Yoshida, Akio Kizawa, Tadaaki Sakashita, Yoshitaka Hori
  • Patent number: 5291395
    Abstract: A system and method for presenting, selecting and retrieving actual samples of wallcoverings based upon selected criteria generated by the user. The user is provided with an input card or brochure listing a number of design characteristics. This input card or brochure includes a chart of color-range cells, each cell representing a range of shades of a base color. Based upon these characteristics, the system would produce a listing of all design patterns, such as wallcoverings which meet these characteristics. The computer system would generate a listing of these patterns. Additionally, the system could include a warehouse/storage facility operatively connected to the computer so as to physically provide the user with the design patterns which were chosen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Inventor: Max Abecassis
  • Patent number: 5287269
    Abstract: An access control system and method is provided for an activities center wherein activities are available for customers. The control system employs a plurality of access cards, a comptroller processor, at least one credit station and a plurality of access stations. Each access card is encoded for a respective customer, and the comptroller processes data, creates customer account files correlated to each customer's account file identifier, stores the customer account files, verifies customer account files to determine availability of credit and issues either approval or disapproval. The credit station reads an account file identifiers on an access cards and signals the processor to open the customer account file. An access station is associated with each activity and reads an access card to signal the comptroller processor to open the customer account file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1994
    Assignee: Boardwalk/Starcity Corporation
    Inventors: John Dorrough, Steven M. Renfrow
  • Patent number: 5270928
    Abstract: A translation machine capable of analyzing a syntax of a sentence described in a source language, converting the syntax in the source language into a syntax in a target language so that a translated sentence is generated in accordance with the syntax in the target language includes a unit for storing an information of predetermined rules of a non translation, a unit connected to the storing unit for controlling a translation of the sentence described in the source language so that a part of the sentence structured on a predetermined grammer rule is inhibited to be translated, and a unit connected to the controlling unit for outputting the part of the sentence which is inhibited of the translation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hitoshi Suzuki, Yoji Fukumochi, Shuzo Kugimiya, Ichiko Sata, Tokuyuki Hirai
  • Patent number: 5257185
    Abstract: A knowledge system having a development configuration by which a knowledge engineer enters knowledge content into a database, and a user configuration employed by the end user to access the database for interactive learning, information retrieval, and problem solving in a specified subject area. The knowledge is organized by a hierarchy of topic nodes, with each node having an associated plurality of cross referenceable information units representing a variety of types, or categories, of information. The user can control the navigation path and information display sequence among information units in accordance with personal learning needs and style. One category can include a pattern of prompts and possible responses. The separation of knowledge content from program logic permits non-programmers to set up, modify, and maintain the knowledge content of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Assignee: Ann W. Farley
    Inventors: Ann W. Farley, Clifford I. Waggoner, James W. Dutton, David C. Allabaugh
  • Patent number: 5247436
    Abstract: A system for mapping and/or displaying spatiotemporal features of underlying event-related neural activity involves measuring the event-related evoked potential values at a limited number of points over the region of interest, deriving a first grid of potential values at points over the area of interest representing at least about a five fold increase in the number of points by a Kriging-type of spatial statistical interpolation, and using the first grid to derive for the region of interest a second grid of points of current density values by a Laplacian conversion. A plurality of second grids of current density values spaced apart in time are derived and displayed on a monitor in cartoon-type fashion to provide a cartoon-type display of the features of the event-related evoked response over the region of interest varying with time. Various other displays are possible for highlighting specific features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1993
    Assignee: Micro-Tek, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles L. Stone, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5239467
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved method of processing and displaying geophysical data so as to enhance the evaluation and interpretation of subtle variations in the earth's geological and lithological structures. In particular, the dynamic range of geophysical data is compressed to more nearly approximate the inherent dynamic range limitations of visual displays of the geophysical data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Amoco Corporation
    Inventors: Michael C. Kelly, Jean M. Rickert
  • Patent number: 5182707
    Abstract: An apparatus for recording analysis of a reagent test strip having a plurality of color blocks for testing different constituents of a fluid, comprises a reference panel having a plurality of visually distinguishable and calibrated color areas or spots, a plurality of first lights for designating the testing of a different constituent or parameter, a plurality of second lights each located adjacent a different color spot, a cavity or space adjacent groups of color spots, detection optical detector for detecting the presence of the reagent strip positioned in the space, and a microcomputer for recording and storing test results and having means for directing sequential testing of the different parameters and for turning the lights on and off during the sequential testing. The apparatus includes switches for signaling the microcomputer to record and store the test data and for turning the apparatus on and off. The invention includes a process for operating the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1993
    Assignee: Healthdyne, Inc.
    Inventors: Tommy G. Cooper, Ross E. Smith, Emil S. Macha
  • Patent number: 5164899
    Abstract: A method and apparatus which enables a computer to understand and manipulate minimally formatted text of such documents as resumes, purchase order forms, insurance forms, bank statements and similar items is disclosed. The documents are digitized by an optical scanner and translated into ASCII text by an optical character reader. The invention manipulates the digital image of the document to find blocks of contiguous text. After separating the text by block, each block is converted into an ASCII character file. Next, these files are processed by a Grammar, which uses pattern matching techniques and syntax rules to enable the host computer to understand the text. After further manipulation by the invention, the text is either stored or outputted in a form which greatly facilitates its use and readability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1992
    Assignee: Resumix, Inc.
    Inventors: David Sobotka, Ka L. Leung, Yul J. Inn, Lance Tokuda
  • Patent number: 5162992
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of identifying attributes when documents are grouped to form document relationships within a document management system. Document groupings frequently require the identification of all documents within the relationship with a particular attribute. However, when individual documents store attributes along with document contents, individual querying of each document is required when the information is sought later. This invention provides a Vector Relational Characteristical Object, available to access mechanisms, and containing fields to identify a particular attribute. Each field in the Vector Relational Characteristical Object is followed by an identifier which uniquely identifies the document which possess the particular attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corp.
    Inventor: Marvin L. Williams