Patents Examined by Cristina Owen Sherr
  • Patent number: 7472091
    Abstract: The present invention includes a virtual customer database system for delivering personalized services to a consumer operating a communication device. The virtual customer database system includes an administrator and a distributed database. The distributed database may be selectively loaded by the administrator with customer related information extracted from participating businesses. The distributed database includes secure databases associated with each participating business and a public participant database. The administrator may process push and pull service requests by selectively querying the distributed database. Sensitive customer specific information may remain with each corresponding participating business while responses to the requests may include personalized customer specific information provided via a common interface standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services GmbH
    Inventors: Michael L. Gailey, Eric A. Portman, Michael J. Burgiss
  • Patent number: 7418428
    Abstract: A system and method manage delivery of energy from a distribution network to one or more sites. Each site has at least one device couple to the distribution network. The at least one device controllably consumes energy. The system includes a node and a control system. The node is coupled to the at least one device for sensing and controlling energy delivered to the device. A control system is coupled to the node and distribution network for delivering to the node at least one characteristic of the distribution network. The node for controls the supply of energy to the device as a function of the at least one characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Robertshaw Controls Company
    Inventors: Gregory A. Ehlers, James H. Turner, Joseph Beaudet, Ronald Strich, George Loughmiller
  • Patent number: 7406447
    Abstract: A system for determining an opening price for products traded over a distributed, networked computer system, includes a plurality of workstations for entering orders for financial products into the distributed, networked computer system and a server computer coupled to the workstations for receiving the orders. The server computer executes a server process that determines an opening price for the product. The server process identifies the oldest of interest at the most aggressive price on each side of the market and selects the older interest of the identified interest to designate as initial interest. The server process matches initial interest against all contra side interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel F. Moore, Yek Eng, Mark DeNat, Michael Galus, Richard Justice, Bruce E. Friedman, Timothy Vincent, John Hughes, Peter Martyn
  • Patent number: 7401052
    Abstract: A method for validating warranty compliance for compatible fluid use of a printing system entails fluidly engaging a replaceable fluid container with a print station. The container includes a smart card adapted to track volumetric credits. Through use, the print station requests that fluid be added to a reservoir from the container. The method continues by ascertaining the presence of the smart card in the reader/writer and reading the smart card to obtain information related to the fluid. The print station operates per the information from the smart card. The method ends by ascertaining the amount of fluid amount removed from the container and writing the withdrawn amount to the smart card as a debit, thereby maintaining printhead operation under warranty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Dan C. Lyman
  • Patent number: 7353208
    Abstract: A system and method of transaction processing is provided and includes a transaction terminal accessing a communications network. The transaction terminal sends first transaction information for a transaction across the communications network to a server. The first transaction information, which may include an account number and a transaction amount, is received and processed at the server communicating with the communications network. At least a portion of the first transaction information is stored and made accessible via the Internet. The server sends second transaction information based on the first transaction information to a transaction processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Transaction Network Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Rod Stambaugh
  • Patent number: 7343349
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention offer systems and methods for the transfer of persistently secure electronic representations of funds and/or descriptive data through the use of digital rights management (DRM) containers transmitted as e-mail attachments. Further embodiments of the invention provide authentication services and customer support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Jove Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Lange Ranzini, Chris J. Weiderman, Don L. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 7292987
    Abstract: The disclosed system translates into different languages HTML documents available through the World Wide Web. HTML documents are translated by machine translation software bundled in a browser. Alternatively, documents are retrieved as needed, translated, and stored on a Web server so user requests are serviced with a document that has been translated from a different language. The disclosed invention expands usage of the Internet for non-English speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: America Online, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary A. Flanagan, John A. Lammers
  • Patent number: 7272575
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for facilitating service transactions, both on-line and off-line, for transacting services driven by purchasers or by service providers. In particular, the invention makes services freely tradable as goods via standardizing material terms describing such service transactions. The method includes steps defining a set of service classification and material terms, registering a plurality of participants of the service marketplace, searching and compiling at least one offer and one request for offers provided by the participants for selling or buying services while the offer and the request for offer is described in the set of service classification and material terms, evaluating and matching the offer and the request for offer based upon the degree of identicalness of the set of service classification and material terms recited in the offer and the request for offer, and communicating to matched participants of the result generated by the evaluating and matching step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Inventor: Lilly Mae Vega
  • Patent number: 7236943
    Abstract: A game system, for soliciting donations to charities and organizations as a promotion to expose charitable groups or other organizations to a wider range of potential donors as well as to expand the locations currently available. To encourage such donations the system includes a sub-system that provides the donor and non-donors alike with an opportunity to play a game of chance with the credits that the person receives with each donation. The donor may then save such credits or play them, and to the extent a person wins, a promotional prize will be awarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Inventor: D. Keith Heflin
  • Patent number: 7233912
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for delivering a plurality of products from a vending machine is disclosed. The method generally allows an offer for a package to be output, in which the package defines a plurality of products, including a selected product. An apparatus is also disclosed to carry out the method steps of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Daniel E. Tedesco, James A. Jorasch, Robert R. Lech, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Patent number: 7222104
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for facilitating transfer of usage rights for digital content. The system comprises digital content, a usage rights module containing usage rights information associated with the content for a user, a transfer permission module containing transfer permission information for the content, a current user identification module containing identity information indicating the identity of the user, and means for manipulating the current user identification module to change the identity information. The content can be transferred form one user to another and the current user identification module can be manipulated to reflect the current user and to permit the current user to have usage rights in the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: ContentGuard Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Bijan Tadayon, Aram Nahidipour, Xin Wang, Michael C Raley, Guillermo Lao, Thanh T Ta, Charles P Gilliam
  • Patent number: 7219082
    Abstract: A financial transaction network includes a customer network serviced by a host processor. The financial transaction network provides customers with a plurality of diverse and interchangeable financial products and financial services that customers may utilize to directly manage their financial assets. The host processor acts as a communications switch validating incoming transaction requests and routing them to specialized subsystems. The host processor maintains central records that can be accessed by network participants. The financial transaction network enables customers to continually interchange account values relating to any financial product, or financial service within the network. With its accessibility, speed and finality of settlement, the network permits these interchanges to be accomplished with maximum efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Patrick Forte
  • Patent number: 7216105
    Abstract: An offline code-based reload device and method for adding value to a reconfigurable memory storage means in a portable storage medium. Reload is effected using a reload device not directly connected by telephone or any other communication network to a value supplier. The system uses a “one time use number” (“OTN”) generated by a computer program containing an algorithm containing information on the value to be added and a transaction sequence number (“TSN”). Upon presentation of the portable storage medium to the reload device and entry of the OTN into a numeric keypad, the reload device decodes or disassembles the OTN to verify its authenticity, validate that it was created for the specific portable storage medium presented to the reload device and to verify through the TSN that the OTN has not been previously used to add value from the receiving reload device or any other reload device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Coinamatic Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Richard I.C. Adamson
  • Patent number: 7203666
    Abstract: A virtual postage metering system and method provides value added services corresponding to postage metering transactions. Funds are not stored at a user's site, reducing the risk of unauthorized modification of accounting balances. There is a database record of every mailpiece, thereby improving verification since all valid pieces are known. Furthermore, the present invention enables the Post to know the volume of mail to be processed prior to receipt of physical mail pieces. Since more mailer data is available (e.g. when users usually mail, how much mail per day, average postage amount) the virtual postage metering system enables the postal service to predict mail handling patterns. Additionally, users have the option to pay as they go which contrasts present systems in which funds must be on deposit prior to being downloaded to a meter although such downloaded funds may remain in the meter for weeks before being used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Linda V Gravell, Jeffrey D Pierce, Leon A. Pintsov, John G. Rahrig, David W. Riley
  • Patent number: 7197484
    Abstract: The present invention provides a net trade advice system in which not only data such as stock prices is presented, but also asset management advice can be obtained as if a user is served by a professional adviser at the window, and transactions can be made. The present invention provides an asset management advice system that comprises a database storing purchase and sale signals relating to assets to be traded, which signals are calculated based on data such as stock prices, foreign exchange market prices and commodities-futures prices, the amount of remains (such as the amount of issuance of securities and the amount of existence of commodities), and the volume of business (such as trading volume and purchase and sale prices) of assets to be traded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Goldenchart Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sumio Yuyama
  • Patent number: 7188087
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for restricting use of digital content are provided. Among those embodiments which may be construed as providing a method for restricting use of digital data, a preferred method includes the steps of: enabling a user to receive digital data; and preventing the user from copying the digital data to a digital data recording medium if: (a) copy information corresponding to the digital data indicates that such copying is not to be permitted; or (b) the digital data recording medium is not an authorized digital data recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Tim Goldstein
  • Patent number: 7171392
    Abstract: In a postage meter system (FIG. 2), a user enters information,indicative of a batch of mail pieces to be franked (30). The mail pieces are franked(31), and when the batch is completed, data relating to the batch are made the subject of a cryptographic engine(33). The data digitally signed, or a message authentication code (MAC) is derived, all in a postal security device (PSD)(32). The data are communicated(34), preferably by means of public-key cryptography(35). These data are then made available to the postal authority in a secure way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Ascom Hasler Mailing Systems Inc
    Inventors: George Brookner, Roman Kresina, Lorenz Frey
  • Patent number: 7171389
    Abstract: Disclosed is a land website that provides a personalized database on which data can be stored, retrieved, customized and communicated (e.g., by e-mail) relating to a particular piece of property. The database can be accessible via a password and a security code over the Internet and may be encrypted for transmission. Land websites can be established that contain image data, map libraries, virtual tours, legal descriptions, title information, e-documents, actual pictures of property and various other information. Unique 3-D imaging of composite images can be provided on the land website as well as fly-around composite 3-D images. The land website provides a unique way of packaging information relating to a piece of land in a single, accessible location. A boundary applet tool is provided on the land website portal that allows a user to simply and easily draw boundaries around the property of interest and then submit an order for more detailed information about the property of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Landnet Corporation
    Inventor: Craig Harrison
  • Patent number: 7162452
    Abstract: A memory element is provided in the recording medium that is readable but not writeable by external devices, and whose content changes each time select material is recorded onto the medium. The content of this memory element forms a unique encryption key for encrypting the content encryption key. This encrypted content encryption key is further encrypted using a public key that corresponds to a private key of the intended rendering device. Although the unique encryption key is determinable by reading and processing the content of the externally read-only memory element, the decryption of the content encryption key requires both the unique encryption key and the private key of the intended rendering device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Michael A. Epstein
  • Patent number: 7152045
    Abstract: A tokenless identification system and method for authorization of transactions and transmissions. The tokenless system and method are principally based on a correlative comparison of a unique biometrics sample, such as a finger print or voice recording, gathered directly from the person of an unknown user, with an authenticated biometrics sample of the same type obtained and stored previously. It can be networked to act as a full or partial intermediary between other independent computer systems, or may be the sole computer systems carrying out all necessary executions. It further contemplates the use of a private code that is returned to the user after the identification has been complete, authenticating and indicating to the user that the computer system was accessed. The identification system and method of additionally include emergency notification to permit an authorized user to alert authorities an access attempt is coerced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Indivos Corporation
    Inventor: Ned Hoffman