Patents Examined by Dohm Chankong
  • Patent number: 8547213
    Abstract: There is provided a remote control system which changes the functions corresponding to a specific operation unit provided for a controlling apparatus in accordance with distance, thereby improving the convenience for a user. The remote control system includes a controlled apparatus such as a TV set and a controlling apparatus such as a remote controller which remotely controls the controlled apparatus. A measuring unit measures the distance between the controlled apparatus and the controlling apparatus. A changing unit changes the functions to be executed when a specific one of a plurality of operation units provided for the controlling apparatus is operated, in accordance with the measured distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuya Ota
  • Patent number: 8533314
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method for content categorization, where the method comprises transmitting, by a content categorization request entity, a categorization ability negotiation request to a content categorization providing entity to request the categorization ability of the content categorization providing entity; receiving the categorization capability of the content categorization providing entity returned by the content categorization providing entity. Furthermore, embodiments of the present invention disclose a system for content categorization, content categorization request entity and content categorization providing entity. Categorization ability negotiation or subscription helps to learn the content categorization ability so that the content categorization request entity or content categorization providing entity may mutually and accurately acquire content categorization capability information without delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jie Tang, Yiling Liu
  • Patent number: 8478857
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method for content categorization, where the method comprises transmitting, by a content categorization request entity, a categorization ability negotiation request to a content categorization providing entity to request the categorization ability of the content categorization providing entity; receiving the categorization capability of the content categorization providing entity returned by the content categorization providing entity. Furthermore, embodiments of the present invention disclose a system for content categorization, content categorization request entity and content categorization providing entity. Categorization ability negotiation or subscription helps to learn the content categorization ability so that the content categorization request entity or content categorization providing entity may mutually and accurately acquire content categorization capability information without delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jie Tang, Yiling Liu
  • Patent number: 8392555
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling message throughput rates of clients connected to a broker device in a publish/subscribe network are disclosed. The broker device determines a maximum allowable message throughput for each client connected to the broker device. If a message-producing rate of a client exceeds the maximum allowable message throughput of the client, the broker device sends a negative acknowledgement (NACK) packet to the client and messages from the client are not accepted at the broker device. The NACK packet includes a maximum allowable message throughput of the client, so the client can adjust its message-producing rate based on the maximum allowable message throughput of the client. The present invention can be applied to a publish/subscribe network as well as a TCP/IP network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Martin J. Gale, Jane P. Porter, Andrew J. E. Stanford-Clark
  • Patent number: 8327004
    Abstract: Novel storage area networks (SANs) and methods of operation thereof utilize a plurality of hosts coupled via an interconnect with one or more storage units. A manager device, process or other functionality in communication with a plurality of agent processes, devices or other functionality, each of which is associated with a host. The agents identify attributes of (i) their associated hosts, (ii) interconnect to which that host is coupled, and/or (iii) storage units to which that host is coupled via the interconnect. The manager responds to these attributes identified by the agents to manage the SAN. The manager can be implemented on a first digital data processor and the hosts on further digital data processors. These digital data processors can be coupled via a first network, e.g., an IP or other network, to support communications between the manager and the agents. A second network, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Duane M. Baldwin, Paul L. Bradshaw, Barbara J. Camacho, Ron H. Clark, Alireza R. Daryan, Daniel G. Douglas, Roman D. Druker, Douglas P. Dunham, David W. Groves, Allen R. Heitman, Vincent J. Hoang, Nancy L. Hobbs, Lisa A. Huston, Gregory J. Knight, David L. Merbach, Amir Nakhforoush, Vinh-Thuan Nguyen-Phuc, Gregory J. Tevis, William R. Yonker, Michael L. Lamb, Raymond M. Swank
  • Patent number: 8301775
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and machine readable media are disclosed for managing bandwidth usage of a content provider. According to one embodiment, a system for managing bandwidth usage of a content provider can comprise a content provider system adapted to maintain and provide content and a first affiliate system comprising an affiliate network, an affiliate server communicatively coupled with the affiliate network, and a client. The client can be adapted to selectively request the content from either the content provider system or the affiliate server of the first affiliate system based on bandwidth costs for the content provider system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Starz Entertainment, LLC
    Inventor: Richard T. Brownrigg, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8301755
    Abstract: A method, system and medium for efficiently propagating service impact data in a directed acyclic graph. One or more service components, impact rules and business rules will be grouped together into a directed acyclic graph and a related metadata array. Impact propagation uses related metadata array to minimize traversal of the graph. As nodes of the graph are updated to propagate impact data a determination is made as to when no further impact propagation is required and calculations are terminated without having to traverse the entire graph. This method will allow a system or business administrator to maintain real-time notification and visualization of, the impacted state of all objects in the graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: BMC Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Geert De Peuter, David Bonnell
  • Patent number: 8285880
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for servicing requests that are issued in a protocol other than the protocol expected by the service. For example, many people want to use their mobile devices to interact with services, which require the ability to have multiple related messages in a session. However, their mobile devices do not have protocols that support interacting with such services. One technique provided herein is to interpose an intermediary between the mobile devices and the services to provide session capabilities on behalf of the mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Zhou Ye, Calvin Wang
  • Patent number: 8266264
    Abstract: A network service administration system including a plurality of service objects, a plurality of address objects; and a service configuration application for a multifunction appliance running on a client computer coupled to the appliance via a network. The service configuration application includes an interface allowing subscribers to configure at least a subset of application content services provided by the appliance and including a rule set implementing rules in ones of said application content services in said subset based on changes to configurations of any other of said application content services. Each of said service objects may comprise an individual network service definition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Taqi Hasan, Elango Ganesan
  • Patent number: 8250223
    Abstract: A method for downloading a firmware loader from a host computer to a portable electronic device establishes a communication connection between the host computer and the portable electronic device. Transmission parameters between the portable electronic device and the portable electronic device are configured. The firmware loader is transmitted from the host computer to the portable electronic device according to the transmission parameters. The firmware loader is verified, where the portable electronic device obtains a start address of the firmware loader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Chi-Hsien Chen
  • Patent number: 8244793
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and computer program products are described for resetting a HyperTransport link in a blade server, including reassigning, by a blade management module, a gate signal from enabling a transceiver to signaling a HyperTransport link reset; sending, by the blade management module to a reset sync module on an out-of-band bus, the gate signal; and in response to the gate signal, sending, by the reset sync module to the blade processor, HyperTransport reset signals. The HyperTransport link includes a bidirectional, serial/parallel, high-bandwidth, low-latency, point to point data communications link. The blade server includes the blade processor, the reset sync module, and the baseboard management controller. The blade server is installed in the blade center. The blade center includes the blade management module. The blade management module is coupled to the baseboard management controller by the blade communication bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Justin P. Bandholz, Andrew S. Heinzmann, James J. Parsonese
  • Patent number: 8219709
    Abstract: The present invention allows similar named entities having trademarks or tradenames or other monikers in common, to market their complete electronic media identity, including web site and generic electronic mail boxes, using the same domain name which is shared without requiring sub-delegation. It satisfies both the uniqueness requirements of the current addressing system and sovereign trademark laws which have long been at odds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Carolyn J Hughes
  • Patent number: 8219706
    Abstract: A method includes receiving network distance information, receiving a request from a client for an identity of a peer providing content, and identifying a first peer and a second peer providing the content. The network distance information includes a compilation of network distance information provided by a plurality of service providers. The method further includes determining that a network distance between the first peer and the client is less than a network distance between the second peer and the client based on the network distance information, and providing the identity of the first peer to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Alexandre Gerber, Jia Wang, Oliver Spatscheck, Jennifer Yates, Michael Merritt
  • Patent number: 8214533
    Abstract: The invention provides quality assured network services in a multi-domain network and comprises a network service management device for managing device clusters incorporated within the operations management network of each provider network and receiving service orders, and a multi-domain service broker for providing a broker function for achieving agreement between a plurality of providers, and the multi-domain service broker further comprises a device for collecting domain information and information relating to the services each provider is able to provide from the network service management devices, and a device which on receipt of a network service request from a customer, extracts the network service management device of the domain which is able to satisfy the required quality level, and then issues instructions for the setting of the required information within the extracted network service management device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Nishi
  • Patent number: 8212878
    Abstract: An on-vehicle camera calibration apparatus includes: an on-vehicle camera; a camera parameter calculation unit configured to calculate camera parameters from a characteristic amount of a road surface sign photographed by the on-vehicle camera and recognized by an image processing and to output the camera parameters, wherein the camera parameters include an installation height and installation angle of the on-vehicle camera in photographing; and a camera parameter calibration unit configured to perform optical axis calibration control of the on-vehicle camera by the camera parameters output from the camera parameter calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Shima, Shoji Muramatsu, Yuji Otsuka, Tatsuhiko Monji, Kota Irie
  • Patent number: 8214511
    Abstract: Provided is a real-time streaming protocol (RTSP) based progressive streaming method. The progressive streaming method based on a real-time streaming protocol, wherein a server transfers SDP information and performs streaming of a contents file to a client connected, the method including the steps of: a) if a “pause” request message is received from the client, transmitting a “pause” response message including the number of TCP packets already transferred to the client, and pausing streaming of the contents file; and b) if a “replay” request message including the number of the TCP packet to be transferred is received from the client, transmitting a “replay” response message and restarting transmission of the TCP packets from the next TCP packet to the TCP packet transferred to the client before the contents file is paused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Soon-Heung Jung, Jae-Gon Kim, Jin-Woo Hong, Kwang-Deok Seo
  • Patent number: 8214431
    Abstract: A content providing method includes the steps of preparing, on a network, a bulletin board server that provides an electronic bulletin board and a content server that accommodates content; enabling, by the bulletin board server, a second user to make a post on a topic when a first user introduces the topic under a predetermined title on the electronic bulletin board; outputting, by the bulletin board server, a list indicating recommended content as a playlist to an apparatus of a user who accesses via the network when the second user posts information on the recommended content that suits the title in the topic; and outputting, by the content server, designated content to the apparatus of the user to which the playlist is output when the content included in the playlist is designated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yasushi Miyajima, Kosei Yamashita, Yoichiro Sako, Toshiro Terauchi, Makoto Inoue, Masamichi Asukai, Mitsuru Takehara, Takatoshi Nakamura, Toru Sasaki, Masafumi Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8190730
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, a location system is provided using both RF and IR signals for the determination of an object. Another embodiment of the invention provides a direct network connection for a receiver. The direct connection may be provided for connection to an Ethernet network, a telephone network, a cable TV network, a UTP network, a Universal Serial Bus (USB), a medical telemetry network or the Internet. A web server is optionally provided according to an embodiment of the invention. According to a further embodiment, a fixed location identifier is provided to receive signals from a transmitter and then transmit a signal to a receiver, which may be connected to a network. According to a further embodiment, two identifiers may be transmitted, one identifier corresponding to an object, while a second identifier identifies a group designator of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Consortium P, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael K. Dempsey
  • Patent number: 8180862
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method for auto-configuring a network is disclosed. The method can include communicating with at least one node in a processing complex, receiving node connection data from the at least one node querying a node to verify at least a portion of the node connection data, and auto-configuring system partitioning in response to the node connection data. In some embodiments, the method can also include verifying the node connection data by transmitting a request for a universally unique identifier and a node identifier. The node identifier can be associated with the universally unique identifier. The node identifier can be utilized in data transmitted between nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Marcus A. Baker, Marlene J. Gillingham, Mark V. Kapoor, Sheldon J. Sigrist, Karen A. Taylor, Steven J. Zaharias
  • Patent number: 8166115
    Abstract: An electronic message identification method and system is provided for identifying and managing electronic messages. The electronic message identification method and system may be used for sending an electronic file to a customer by receiving an approval from the customer indicating acceptable content for electronic files that are sent to the customer; receiving the electronic file from a sender, the electronic file including file content and a message content identifier corresponding to the file content; comparing the message content identifier to the approval from the customer; and delivering the file content to an electronic mailbox of the customer, if the message content identifier is consistent with the approval from the customer indicating acceptable content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Robert G. Krause, Wayne H. Orbke