Patents Examined by Clark A. Jablon
  • Patent number: 5060153
    Abstract: A transaction system where at least one teller machine, operating in an on-line mode and an off-line mode, is connected to a host computer. The teller machine can be set during the off-line mode into either of two key wait states for responding to a key wait request command from the host computer so that when a first key wait code is set, further transmission from the teller machine is prohibited until a predetermined key on the keyboard is activated, but when a second code is set, transmission is continued without the necessity of activating the aforementioned key and the transactional data can be further printed for a subsequent backup check.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigemitsu Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 5058012
    Abstract: A method of determining a numerical index from a cored well that corresponds to the performance data of a portion of a reservoir and a method of extrapolating the performance of such portion of a reservoir to the entire reservoir through use of the numerical index. Selected variables which affect fluid flow in the reservoir are compared by a statistical analysis computer program to performance data of the computer simulated portion of the reservoir after both the data and variables have been normalized to dimensionless values. The resulting numerical index is computed for the cored wells both inside and outside the small reservoir area, and a contour or iso-index map is drawn. Well performance outside the simulated area can be compared to expected performance through the numerical index values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Marathon Oil Company
    Inventors: Steven B. Hinchman, Raymond T. Brickey, Michael J. Heymans
  • Patent number: 5058011
    Abstract: A radiant ray CT for reconstructing an image at a high effective rate, high resolution, and high picture quality with a shortened scan time and thus with less exposure. The apparatus comprises a source of radiant ray, such as an X-ray, and a group of detectors disposed in confronting relation with a reconstructive region for accommodating a body to be examined interposed therebetween, wherein scanning is performed according to spatial and timing controls of the radiant ray generating positions so that each of the radiant ray transmitting paths is interpolated with one another substantially at the center of the reconstructive region between adjacent or neighboring view data groups and between confronting view data groups each corresponding to each of the adjacent or neighboring view groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Yokogawa Medical Systems, Limited
    Inventor: Hideo Nagai
  • Patent number: 5056021
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for abstracting meanings from natural language words. Each word is analyzed for its semantic content by mapping into its category of meanings within each of four levels of abstraction. The preferred embodiment uses Roget's Thesaurus and Index of Classification to determine the levels of abstraction and category of meanings for words. Each of a sequence of words is mapped into the various levels of abstraction, forming a file of category of meanings for each of the words. The common categories between words are determined, and these common elements are output as data indicative of the most likely categories of meaning in each of the levels of abstraction to indicate the proper meaning intended to be conveyed. This data is then processed according to a rule to obtain a result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Inventor: Carolyn Ausborn
  • Patent number: 5053955
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for merging promotional information, based on multiple requests and relating to different promotions, into a single stream for the printing and mailing of coupons, checks or other promotional items. The requests relating to a particular promotion are matched with an associated promotion control record, with one or more promotions similarly associated with an account control record in the case of preparing checks. Prior to printing, individual data entries for various promotions are combined, and sorted in a sequence predetermined for qualification for various postal rate classifications, thus to minimize the cumulative cost of mailing the entries. Pertinent information associated with each entry is printed on sheets of card stock, each sheet separable into four individual segments to provide four checks or coupons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Assignee: Fulfillment Systems Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Peach, Paul H. Korba, Kenneth M. Rapp
  • Patent number: 5053606
    Abstract: A credit authorization terminal (CAT), when communication processing is performed between the CAT and a host computer to perform settlement processing for one customer, performs input processing of information concerning settlement for the next customer in parallel with the communication processing. The CAT can continuously perform input processing of information concerning settlement for a plurality of customers. The CAT continues to perform communication processing to perform settlement processing for one customer without hanging up a line between the CAT and the host computer, when communication processing is terminated for the previous customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Assignee: Omron Tateisi Electronics Co.
    Inventor: Ryuichi Kimizu
  • Patent number: 5051999
    Abstract: A paging receiver receiving message information having one of a plurality of (BCH) code word structures has a programmable error correcting apparatus for correcting bit errors within the message information. The programmable error correcting apparatus may be configured in response to identifying a signalling system and the code word structure corresponding to ther signalling system, or in response to changes in the code word structure within the message. A simplified error correcting apparatus may correct a single bit error within a code word structure. The programamble error correcting apparatus is capable of correcting any two bit error combination within the code word structure and contains sequential and combinational logic circuits. The programmable error correcting apparatus is integrated together with a microprocessor on a monolithic integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1991
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Erhart, Joan S. DeLuca, Kevin T. McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 5050077
    Abstract: An improved method of scheduling a meeting among terminal users who are provided with calendaring applications for storing and retrieving times and dated events. A prompting screen is presented to a meeting scheduler with blanks for keying in desired times, dates, and prospective attendees for a meeting. In response to the schedulers keying to this screen, a comparison is made with the calendar of events for each prospective attendee. As a result of the nonavailability of a meeting time which complies with the desired times, dates and attendees, certain of these factors are automatically altered or "relaxed" in order to achieve an acceptable meeting time. An option list of meeting times is then presented to the scheduler for selection of a meeting time. Based upon the selection of the scheduler, a meeting notification screen is then constructed for transmittal to each attendee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: James P. Vincent
  • Patent number: 5047933
    Abstract: A method for digitizing seismic traces comprising optically digitizing the seismic sections to produce a digitized image, normalizing the digitized image for brightness to produce a normalized digitized image, geometrically straightening the digitized image, and recovering the negative portions of said seismic traces to produce a fully restored wave form of the digitized image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1991
    Assignee: Chevron Research Company
    Inventors: Yoichi Harita, James C. Schatzman
  • Patent number: 5047932
    Abstract: A method for coding the input of Chinese characters from a keyboard according to the first phonetic symbols and tones thereof includes the steps of making a dictionary; establishing a conversion table which converts each of Chinese phonetic symbols to an approximate English letter in accordance with the phonetic similarities therebetween; establishing coding rules for coding the Chinese characters in accordance with the first phonetic symbols and tones thereof; setting a mode selection symbol as the first symbol of the instruction codes for the English letter mode, the mode selection symbol being an English letter which is not present in the conversion table; and making an ASCII code keyboard which has a plurality of English alphabet keys, some of the English alphabet keys being respectively marked with a corresponding Chinese phonetic symbol according to the conversion table. The dictionary has an instruction code index section and an input/output conversion section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1991
    Assignee: Talent Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventor: Kou-Chang Hsieh
  • Patent number: 5047748
    Abstract: A remote monitoring system for a multi-position loading dock facility having a vehicle restraint lock at each loading/unloading position is disclosed. The monitoring system includes a data processor, and a keyboard and monitor associated therewith, which may be coupled to lock sensing switches and other signalling devices at each loading/unloading position. The data processor, supplied with the developed signals corresponding to the condition of a truck at each loading/unloading position, is operable to continually process these signals to allow display and recording of a plurality of types of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1991
    Assignee: Rite-Hite Corporation
    Inventor: Glen Trickle
  • Patent number: 5041975
    Abstract: A new borehole correction software, for use in a well logging truck computer, obtains an accurate measurement of the true conductivity of a formation in a borehole by subtracting a correction term, which is a function of the mud conductivity, the borehole radius, the standoff distance, and an estimated value of the formation conductivity, from certain raw data received by a receiver thereby producing a set of eighteen complex output voltages which represent signals that would have been recorded from the receiver had there been no borehole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald N. Minerbo, John W. Miles
  • Patent number: 5036461
    Abstract: A transaction terminal for use with diverse credit or other transaction cards is provided with an interface unit for receiving a plurality of modules, wherein each module contains programming information corresponding to transactions that may be carried out with at least one of the diverse identification cards presented to the machine. Accordingly, financial institutions who issue cards can independently arrange and program their own security and transaction routines which are to be carried out with the cards and distribute such routines in a secure manner for use on a common terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1991
    Inventors: John C. Elliott, James A. O'Connell, Lawrence Ladouceur, William Altman, Keith Jarett
  • Patent number: 5029082
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for detecting and processing bioelectric signals, such as ECG, VCG, EEG, etc, comprising: a plurality of electrodes for detecting electric signals from different locations on a human or animal body; a signal collecting device for synchroneously collecting multi-channel signals via the electrodes; a signal processing device for performing time domain, frequence domain and space domain processing on the collected signals; and a signal output device including a CRT and a graphic printer. In addition, the apparatus further comprising an external memory, a keyboard and an alarming device. By using the apparatus and method of the present invention, the examination of heart brain and other organs may be performed simultaneously by way of synchronized sampling multi-domain processing, curves and parameters tables displaying an automatic judgement, thereby accomplishing a quick detection and processing of the bioelectric signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Assignees: Wide Trade Foundation Ltd. & Export Corporation, China Xiao Feng Technology & Equipment Co., China National Electronics Import
    Inventors: Xiguang Shen, Genquan Feng, Ruan Lian, Changqing Wang, Jing Lian, Chi Liu, Shizhong Lai, Jilin Yang, Qinwei Yiu, Gunagqi Zhang, Peixin Feng, Yiexun Xia, Baohuai Li, Lijun Cai, Jianping Su, Shi Zheng
  • Patent number: 5029081
    Abstract: A bioenergy control system in which bioenergy numbers are calculated based on the date-of-birth information inputted by an input keyboard. The information such as personality information corresponding to the bioenergy numbers is retrieved from a first memory to be delivered to a first output device and then the bioenergy numbers plus their associated information is stored in a second memory upon request. In response to key information, desired information in the second memory is retrieved and outputted by a second output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Inventor: Satoru Kagawa
  • Patent number: 5029083
    Abstract: In an energy subtraction processing for radiation images, a plurality of stimulable phosphor sheets laid one upon the other are simultaneously exposed to a radiation of high energy passing through an object, and then a different stimulable phosphor sheet is exposed to a radiation of low energy passing through the same object. Digital image signals detected from the stimulable phosphor sheets exposed to the high energy radiation are weighted and subjected to arithmetic averaging. A subtraction processing is carried out between an image signal obtained by the arithmetic averaging and an image signal detected from the stimulable phosphor sheet exposed to the low energy radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Shimura, Nobuyoshi Nakajima, Masamitsu Ishida
  • Patent number: 5025376
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for imaging an object undergoing high energy irradiation, such as a patient being treated by radiation teletherapy, the apparatus employing an array of ion chambers in a detector, the detector being rotatable with respect to the object, the image being obtained by acquiring projection data from each of the ion chambers at a sequence of predetermined orientations, the projection data for each location being reconstructed into an image by convolution filtering or other reconstruction technique, and subsequently employed in a back-projection of all projection data, which may then be displayed on a video monitor. The detector employs a liquid fluorocarbon as the ionizing medium in the plurality of ion chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1991
    Assignee: University of Florida
    Inventors: Frank J. Bova, Lawrence T. Fitzgerald, Walter Mauderli
  • Patent number: 5023786
    Abstract: A translating apparatus including a morphological analysis portion for dividing an inputted sentence of a source language into a string of morphemes; a syntactic analysis portion for analyzing a construction of the string of the morphemes; a conversion portion for converting the inputted sentence into a target language; a translation generation portion for generating a translated sentence of the target language; a syntactic decision device which decides whether or not a prepositional or indefinite phrase for modifying a verb or a relative clause of nonrestrictive use accompanied by a comma located immediately before the phrase exists in the string of the morphemes; and a symbol generating device which generates in the translated sentence, first and second symbols indicative, respectively, of a start position and an end position of the relative clause or the prepositional or indefinite phrase found by the syntactic decision device such that a translation of the relative clause or the prepositional or indefinit
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1991
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shuzo Kugimiya, Hitoshi Suzuki, Yoji Fukumoshi, Ichiko Sata, Tokuyuki Hirai, Yumi Nishida
  • Patent number: 5023781
    Abstract: An electronic cash register is provided which an operator can operate by inserting a card therein on which at least an operable period of time for which said register is operable has been recorded. The register can be operated when the present time is within the operable period of time recorded on the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1991
    Assignee: Omron Tateisi Electronics Co.
    Inventor: Masaki Yamato
  • Patent number: RE33662
    Abstract: The motion picture branching method is superseded by an animation method which enables rapid and repeated switching of multiple tracks of different camera-originated animation of the same character during continuous action in a scene, and enables branching at the termination of an action to multiple actions or scenes. This method is the basis of a double-circuit video system that enables a player to repeatedly touch or hit an animated character during a continuous action as displayed on a projection screen or television monitor and thus change the action repeatedly. Another system embodiment enables the player to swing a racket before the screen or television monitor, hit the mid-air projected image of a perspective ball animated action, return the ball back to the animated character opponent, and play a simulated game during the the player exercises the same skills used to play the game simulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Inventors: Preston E. Blair, Frank S. Preston