Patents Examined by April L Baugh
  • Patent number: 7024450
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for deploying and activating services in a communications network. In the context of a communications network that deploys service functionality by distributing managed software objects to service processing nodes, the present invention relates to selectively dispensing managed objects from a central repository and coordinating the instantaneous activation or deactivation of services throughout the network. Furthermore, where a managed object service creation environment is coupled to such a network, the method and apparatus of the present invention provides security, back-up, and version control of managed objects and other network data stored in the repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: MCI, Inc.
    Inventors: Ajay P. Deo, Andrew Dugan, Allen Holmes, Kelvin R. Porter, Terence A. Robb
  • Patent number: 7013336
    Abstract: A method for determining a change in the SAF-TE enclosure status and a change in the SAF-TE device slot status, each with a single issuance of one new command, replacing countless re-issuance of similar commands. Use is made of a common disconnection/reconnection capability as well as a tagged command queuing technique, such that multiple types of status changes in a SAF-TE enclosure are concurrently determined. Since each of the new commands described here is initiated by the host adapter, the host adapter is prepared for receiving asynchronously a changed status from the reconnecting target device such as a SEP whenever it becomes available, without resorting to use of a complex SCSI protocol known as ÔÇťasynchronous event notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Allen King
  • Patent number: 6915342
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring a business office appliance by a remote service center using logs that are transferred to the remote service center. When the service center analyzes the data in the logs, it can detect warning messages or error messages from application software controlling the monitored appliances and remotely diagnose or fix those monitored appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Ricoh Company Limited
    Inventor: Tetsuro Motoyama
  • Patent number: 6880019
    Abstract: A RARP processing section of a network scanner obtains a MAC address corresponding to a user name from a MAC address table, and broadcasts a RARP request by use of this MAC address. While, a PC sends a pair of a self-IP address and a mail address to a RARP processing section in response to the RARP request. After obtaining an IP address of this PC, a scanner scans an original, and generates e-mail to which the image is appended. Next, an SMTP transmitting section directly transmits the generated e-mail to the PC. At this time, the SMTP transmitting section uses the IP address of PC obtained by the RARP processing section. In the network to which HDCP is introduced, the network scanner automatically obtains the IP address of PC, and directly transmits image data to the PC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Panasonic Communications Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Toyoda
  • Patent number: 6816878
    Abstract: A system for providing alert notifications to multiple persons or to a plurality of related geographic locations. The system stores a database of information including a plurality of communications identifiers and additional information for subscribers having those identifiers, including geographic locations and/or school/organization membership information. The system responds to commands identifying alerts to be delivered to affected geographic areas or schools/organizations, by retrieving communications identifiers in the threatened geographic location or associated with the named school/organization, establishing a communications connection using each retrieved communication identifier, and delivering the alert. Alerts may be initiated by authorized personnel via telephone or Internet interaction with the system, or may be generated automatically from data feeds such as the EMWIN system of the National Weather Service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Inventors: Steven L. Zimmers, Daniel W. Davis
  • Patent number: 6775709
    Abstract: A network routing device has a timing unit that sets times for issuing a network information update message to one or more other routing devices in the network. A message receiver receives a message from the one or more other routing devices that includes network information of the one or more other routing devices. The time of issuance of the network information update message from the routing device is determined in response to the received message and the state of the timer so that the router's time of issuance is synchronized to the receiving of the network information message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Brig Barnum Elliott
  • Patent number: 6738801
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for facilitating communications in a hierarchical network between slave servers communicating in a first data format and slave servers communicating in a second data format. A second version of network software which coexists with an existing first version of network software is installed in a master server. The first version of the network software processes data in a first format and the second version of the network software processes data in a second format different from the first format. The master server is provided with a first converting means for converting the first format data to the second format data when a first predetermined event is detected, and a second converting means for converting the second format data to the first format data when a second predetermined event is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Yasunari Kawaguchi, Nobuichi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6622161
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a means, system and method for controlling the storage space required by a storage means which contains information items associated with an information transfer application. The information transfer application is typically an email application 10 which allows a user to send or receive information items such as electronic mail, electronic documents, electronic files and the like, and stores the items in a mail database or mail file 23 which utilises the storage means. The application 10 includes a transfer control means 20 which is activated whenever a user attempts to access a received item 50 or create a new item 32 for sending. Once activated, the transfer control means 20 compares 35 the storage space required by the storage means to store the items contained in the database 23 with a first set level and prevents further transmission of information items if the required storage space exceeds 37 a first set level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Philip Jensen
  • Patent number: 6553413
    Abstract: The present invention is a network architecture or framework that supports hosting and content distribution on a truly global scale. The inventive framework allows a Content Provider to replicate and serve its most popular content at an unlimited number of points throughout the world. The inventive framework comprises a set of servers operating in a distributed manner. The actual content to be served is preferably supported on a set of hosting servers (sometimes referred to as ghost servers). This content comprises HTML page objects that, conventionally, are served from a Content Provider site. In accordance with the invention, however, a base HTML document portion of a Web page is served from the Content Provider's site while one or more embedded objects for the page are served from the hosting servers, preferably, those hosting servers near the client machine. By serving the base HTML document from the Content Provider's site, the Content Provider maintains control over the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: F. Thomson Leighton, Daniel M. Lewin