Patents Examined by Ari M. Bai
  • Patent number: 5321611
    Abstract: A system for increasing the speed at which test answers are processed. The system receives electronic representations of test answers and organizes the test answers into separate groupings. The system next displays a particular grouping of test answers to a test resolver so that the resolver can score the test answers. In displaying the answers, the system uses a matrix of cells and displays one test answer in each of the cells. The test resolver can thus simultaneously view multiple test answers, which facilitates efficient scoring of the answers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Assignee: National Computer Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay V. Clark, William L. Bramlett, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5317508
    Abstract: There is provided an image editing apparatus, which comprises language image uniting dictionary storing informations on words, on relation between meanings of the words, and on image, a grammer dictionary storing grammer, image editing rule and, a language parsing means to parse a linguistic sentence, an image retrieving means to retrieve image information and an image editing means to edit image, and, being input information on an intended image in natural language, parses the input sentence, retrieves images for expressing the meaning thereof, processes and snystesizes the retrieved images, all automatically, so that, an intended image can be obtained by simple operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shusaku Okamoto, Toshiyuki Maeda, Fumio Maehara
  • Patent number: 5315508
    Abstract: A purchase order processing system allows purchase orders issued from a number of consignees each requiring different processing operations to be processed simply and in an error free manner. The system prompts a user for only that information required by a selected consignee to process a purchase order issued thereby. In processing a purchase order, the system verifies packing information against stored purchase order data. The system automatically generates shipping labels and advance shipping notices in compliance with the diverse requirements of the various consignees. In order to process purchase orders from different consignees, the system of the present invention utilizes nonconsignee specific software that operates in accordance with consignee specific data files that define the purchase order processing requirements of a consignee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: Monarch Marking System
    Inventors: James M. Bain, David J. Best, James G. Markham, Mark S. Morrow, Debra A. Stellwag, Raymond D. Tavener
  • Patent number: 5311425
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reservation system terminal connected to a host computer for controlling the overall reservation status. The terminal can inquire of the host computer the present reservation status, request the reservation acquisition, and prepare, refer to, or change the reservation record to be received by the host computer. The terminal is provided with a terminal computer, a display unit (17) and a pointing device. The terminal computer can execute in parallel mode a plurality of tasks such as a reservation process for a reservation acquisition task, a reservation edition process for reservation record preparation and a change task, a reservation record reference process for preparing a reservation record reference task, etc. In each of these processes (reservation, reservation, edition, reservation record reference), images are formed, respectively, and displayed in multiwindow fashion. Each image includes a plurality of arranged visible parts operable by the pointing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Assignee: Japan Airlines, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takaya Inada
  • Patent number: 5311428
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for imaging of a subject. Radiation intensity data is transformed to a frequency domain, filtered, retransformed and then backprojected to allow an operator to examine a cross sectional image of the subject. Based upon this image, a filter function is adjusted and a second image is presented. Further adjustments can be made in the filter function to fine tune the image. The filter adjustments are all rapidly performed with the aid of a pointing device that can easily and intuitively allow the user to adjust the filter function characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Assignee: Summit World Trade Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Hayes, Matthew P. Grabnic
  • Patent number: 5307261
    Abstract: The invention creates a number of End Item Configuration lists, each End Item Configuration list including a listing of those custom components and variations of standard components which are utilized for a selected configuration of a complex product. A basic bill of materials is also created including a listing of those standard components utilized for all configurations of the complex product. Thereafter, a relationship is established between a particular End Item Configuration list and a customer contract for the manufacture of a selected configuration of a complex product. Based upon the established relationship, a selected one of the End Item Configuration lists is retrieved and combined with a basic bill of materials to create a complete bill of material utilizing both the End Item Configuration list and the basic bill of materials, which may then be utilized in the manufacture of a particular configuration of a complex product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Reino A. Maki, Herman Mitchell, Sujan K. Mukherjee, Badari N. Panuganti, April D. E. Stiles
  • Patent number: 5305199
    Abstract: A reprographic machine includes an inventory tracking system for monitoring consumable supplies. Usage data from a plurality of networked reprographic machines is supplied to a single tracking system for monitoring inventories of supplies consumed by the network. Automatic or semi-automatic ordering can be provided via a remote interactive communication system. Order confirmation, projected shipment dates and shipment confirmations can be provided from the reorder site. The system can provide inventory monitoring customized to a local network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Martin F. LoBiondo, Paul A. Baiter
  • Patent number: 5305196
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for building a database for use in a retail store marketing program. A reader scans a customer's check which has been received at the retail store to detect a checking account identification number. The checking account identification number provides a unique customer identification code to distinguish between a plurality of customers using a plurality of different banking institutions. A data processor includes a stored database of unique customer identification codes. Circuitry is provided for transmitting the detected unique customer identification code to a data processor. The processor is operable for comparing the unique customer identification code against the stored database and for detecting the occurrence of a match between information in the stored database and the detected unique customer identification code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Assignee: Credit Verification Corporation
    Inventors: David W. Deaton, Rodney G. Gabriel
  • Patent number: 5305207
    Abstract: A processing and retrieving method for the characters of a character language to/from a memory device. The character is built-up with at least one unit or root. The method comprises the steps of designating the first stroke of the unit with a first number, designating the last stroke of the unit with a number, assembling a numerical group for the character from the numbers, and using the groups to process or retrieve the character to/from the memory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Inventor: Jen-Hwa Chiu
  • Patent number: 5303146
    Abstract: An electronic spreadsheet of the present invention includes a scenario manager having a preferred interface and methods for creating and managing various versions or "scenarios" of a spreadsheet model. Methods are provided for specifying an area of the model to track (capture area) and capturing various versions (modifications) of the base model. Additional methods are provided for automatically identifying and reporting information cells which are affected ("changing" and "result" cells) from version to version. Preferred storage methodology is also described for maintaining multiple versions of a spreadsheet or data model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Assignee: Borland International, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Ammirato, Gavin Peacock
  • Patent number: 5303151
    Abstract: A translation assistance program of a word processing program used to translate a source language document written in a source language to a target language document written in a target language. The translation assistance program displays the source language document on a translation screen portion of a display device. The translation assistance program then compares each source term in a product glossary with the source terms in the source language document. The product glossary associates each source term it stores with a target term which translates the source term into the target language. For each source term from the source language document which is stored in the product glossary, the translation assistance program: 1) underlines the source term in the source language document, 2) inserts a translation handle on the translation screen portion immediately after the source term, and 3) associates the translation handle with the target term which translates the source term into the target language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Angelika G. C. Neumann
  • Patent number: 5295066
    Abstract: A method of an apparatus for controlling production process which is capable of predetermining a standard production term of every process, of detecting an actual advance situation at a completion time of every process or every predetermined term, of collating the detected advance situation with the predetermined standard production term, and of detecting delay of production at every process over the standard production term. Thereby, a counterplan for recovering delay can be considered in its early stages, delay over the appointed date of delivery can be prevented before it happens, and actual results of orders in the future can be heightened. In addition, as the detection of the production delay is automatically carried out using computers or the like, the apparatus can contribute to reduction of labor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1994
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiaki Aoki
  • Patent number: 5293310
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a system for enabling an authorized user of the system to automatically apply customized rating adjustments to transaction charges. To this end, a structure is employed for supplying to a central processor information identifying criteria for rating and for customized rating adjustments. The central processor compares data entered through an input device with information stored in memory. The central processor, after correlating the identifying information with the entered input data, generates a base rate and a modified rate (which incorporates a customized rating adjustment) for a particular transaction and user. The calculated charges are made available for output to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Terri A. Carroll, Jacques E. Hasbani
  • Patent number: 5293312
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for mounting on an existing x-ray simulator and calculating a back projected computed tomographic image. The detector array is linear and outputs signals from the photodiodes mounted therein to a preprocessor for smoothing, correcting and filtering and subsequent processing to transform the signal from that produced by an x-ray originating from a fan beam source, e.g., in a polar coordinate system, into the signal which would have been produced by a detector in an array on which a parallel beam is incident on a Cartesian coordinate system. The transformed data is converted to a gray scale value for a picture element having a specific position in the Cartesian coordinate system and output to an appropriate display. Data is taken at each incremental angle as the beam source and detector array rotate around a target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Inventor: Robert G. Waggener
  • Patent number: 5291401
    Abstract: A teleradiology system for sending the raw data from a complete patient study to a remote location for a radiologist to make a final diagnosis. The system consists of two segments, a sending segment and a receiving segment. The sending segment consists of a universal floppy disk reading unit capable of reading raw data from a radiological device, (e.g., CAT Scanner, Nuclear Medicine Imaging device, Magnetic Resonance Imaging device, and the like) a personal computer, and a high speed modem. The receiving segment consists of a high speed modem to receive the data from the sending segment, a personal computer to control the receiving and manipulation of the data, and a high resolution monitor to view the images. The segments communicate through the modems and over existing telephone systems. At the remote location, the radiologist has the raw data and the capability of utilizing true windowing functions and true density values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Assignee: Telescan, Limited
    Inventor: Bruce T. Robinson
  • Patent number: 5291398
    Abstract: The method and system for electronically processing transactional data and monitoring annuity funds includes identifying and storing annuity fund data, customer data, annuity beneficiary data, and banking institution data. Banking institutions which hold non-annuity funds for a particular annuity beneficiary are classified as non-available banking institutions for that beneficiary. The system sums all annuity funds identified with a single annuity beneficiary and designated for certificates of deposits issued by one of the banking institutions that is not classified as a non-available banking institution. If the sum exceeds the predetermined fund limit, that identified banking institution is classified as a non-available banking institution for that particular annuity beneficiary. The system then commands the transfer of all additional annuity funds identified with that single annuity beneficiary to another banking institution that is an available institution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Inventor: Bernard P. Hagan
  • Patent number: 5291405
    Abstract: A documentation management system including an optical disk for storing a predetermined format for a document and data entered in the document, an area setting device for setting in a predetermined portion of the format least one first area in which a person having a read right may read data, and at least one second area in which a person having a write right may write data, and a document processor having an input device to input the format and the data, and an output device for displaying the format and the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Kohari
  • Patent number: 5283736
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus for processing digital image data of pixels which are obtained by radiographing an image area including a subject so as to generate image signals and by converting the image signals into digital image data, each of the digital image data representing a density level corresponding to an amount of radioactive ray transmitted through each portion of the image area. The apparatus comprises a circuit for analyzing the digital image data of pixels; and a circuit for determining a desired portion of said image area on the basis of the analyzing result and for further determining an image processing condition for the image area on the basis of digital image data of the desired portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Sumiya Nagatsuka, Hisanori Tsuchino
  • Patent number: 5283732
    Abstract: A golf club number computing device for computing a best golf club number for a player which includes range finding means for finding the range from a player to a hole, computing means, data input means connected to the computing means for receiving range data and player personal data, memory means in the computing means, data tables in the memory means holding golf club number data related to the range data and player personal data, and display means connected to the computing means for displaying a computed best golf club number from the data tables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Inventor: Frank Mauritz
  • Patent number: 5280426
    Abstract: A computerized system/network includes a central control unit which communicates with a player control unit operated by players or clients who wish to participate in or play a game of chance held in a region geographically remote for the player/client. The central control unit communicates with agent control units geographically located in the region where the game of chance to be participated in is played. Communication between the central control unit and player control unit is isolated from the agent control unit. Selected game play data is transmitted between the central control unit and the agent control unit. An agent located on-site where the game of chance is to be played purchases, holds and collects units of participation ordered by the central control unit, on order of the player/client. Game purchase funds and game winning funds are transferred between the central control unit and the agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1994
    Inventor: C. Lawrence Edmonds