Patents Examined by Gita D. Shingala
  • Patent number: 5692206
    Abstract: The contract generation system of the present invention automates the generation of various legal documents related to a negotiated agreement. The contract generation system provides various standard documents that can be customized for each deal. The contract generation system also provides a database for containing general contract data, which is linked to the contract documents containing the textual provisions of the contract. The contract generation system also includes alternate provisions that can replace provisions in the standard documents, as well as supplemental and additional provisions that can be added to the standard documents. The contract generation system also allows for the contract documents to be manually edited to further customize the documents for a specific deal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: Taco Bell Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Bryce Shirley, Albert Michael Castro
  • Patent number: 5689648
    Abstract: A system and devices for publication of newspapers and the like. The system uses an electronic memory/display unit (24) which preserves the convenience of printed material, but which has the advantages of a computer display. The system utilizes a cable television (CATV) network to distribute the information. Data are transmitted over the system from a newspaper publication facility (2). The newspaper publication facility is provided with a data processing facility (4) that transmits newspaper data (6) to a satellite transmitting facility (8). The transmitted data are provided to a cable television satellite receiving station (12) by way of satellite link (14). Signal generators (16) are coupled to the satellite link and provide appropriate signals to a CATV network transmission facility (18). Network transmission facility (18) transmits newspaper signals over a CATV line (20) to a plurality of subscriber facilities (22) with the electronic memory/display units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: Raychem Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen H. Diaz, Scott Summit
  • Patent number: 5680305
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the invention provide objective evaluations of a business entity's real estate situation and condition for use by customers including (but not limited to) the business entity. Information is processed to determine indicators of amount, price, area, grade, and risk; and those indicators are combined to provide a total score. The system includes a database for storing a variety of data, such as utilization measures and business information, and data corresponding to businesses which are similar to the business entity. Process actuators process the information to derive the several indicators, the score, and other measures, which is printed or displayed for customers and/or the business entity. Preferably, a report is generated which details information including the score to provide a well-rounded picture of a particular real estate situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Inventor: Mahlon Apgar, IV
  • Patent number: 5678051
    Abstract: The translator of the present invention includes the following units. A unit for analyzing semantic structure of a received source language sentence through a morphological and syntactic analyses, a unit for transforming the semantic structure of the source language sentence into that of the target language by determining target language words equivalent to individual words composing the source language sentence while, in case of need, supplementing a word to conform to the grammar of the target language, and a unit for generating a target language sentence by rearranging the determined words in conformance with the semantic structure of the target language. The translator further includes a unit for holding various display modes applied to a word supplemented in order to display it distinguishable from the other words composing the target language sentence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial C., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shoichi Aoyama
  • Patent number: 5664206
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and process which has the advantages of shortening the time and cost required to create a new localized version of a software product by automating much of the language translation process; by providing tools to automate the modifications to the program being localized, thereby reducing the probability of creating errors in the localization process and providing some measure of consistency between subsequently localized new releases of the product, and between different locales. The system disclosed includes an environment and tools to develop software modules to create methods to display, enter or print various single and multi-byte character sets. Moreover the system disclosed provides a mechanism for an independent software developer to localize a software product, using only a binary copy of the target program and the localization tool kit for that product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime Murow, Gary D. Hethcoat, Richard J. Kwan, Hideki Hiura
  • Patent number: 5631828
    Abstract: The method and computer-based system for electronically processing transactional data and monitoring annuity or life insurance funds includes identifying and storing fund data, customer data, beneficiary data, and banking institution data. In one embodiment, banking institutions which hold non-annuity or non-life insurance funds for a particular beneficiary over a pre-determined initial amount are monitored. The system sums all funds, whether qualified or unqualified or annuity or life insurance funds, identified with a single beneficiary and held by the banking institutions. If the sum exceeds the predetermined fund limit, the system either commands the transfer of all additional or excess funds identified with that single beneficiary to another banking institution or transfers the excess funds into an account established for another annuity beneficiary which is a pre-approved beneficiary from a group initially identified by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Inventor: Bernard P. Hagan
  • Patent number: 5615110
    Abstract: When a non-cash transaction occurs, the corresponding computer account writing system will be in operation. The computer account writing system outputs information signals which include the transaction (non-cash instant payment) information and the private address code of the true owner recorded in the system, to the transaction signal transmitting station. The transaction signal transmitting station immediately sends out the transaction information signals according to the ID code or the true owner in the covering area. The true owner can rapidly receive the signals by all account receiver carried by him/her, and can be informed that a transaction involving one of his accounts, is taking place. According to the signals received, the true owner can make a determination at once whether he should take action or not. If, within an arranged period of time the true owner does not take ally action, then it is determined that the true owner agrees to the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Inventor: Kam-Fu Wong
  • Patent number: 5482048
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring and quantitating facial movements useful in detecting, characterizing and treating facial paralysis or abnormal facial movements. A preferred embodiment of the system comprises a plurality of markers applied to a plurality of facial zones, apparatus for recording images of the marked face at repose and for recording images of the marked face at selected maximal facial movements, apparatus for assigning location coordinates to the markers of each recorded facial image, apparatus for converting location coordinates of each marker of each facial image to actual positions on the face, apparatus for determining the change in actual marker position on the face at each selected maximal facial movement and apparatus for displaying the actual marker position changes for each selected facial movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh
    Inventor: Peter C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5418718
    Abstract: In a single-byte character set English text mixed with a double-byte character set Japanese text, both an English spelling aid and a Japanese spelling aid can be provided and each respective spelling aid will be invoked depending upon whether the SBCS character set is indicated for English text or the DBCS character set is indicated for Japanese text. Still further, for a text which is mixed national languages of for example, English and German, the linguistic flag field can include additional information identifying the national language for a particular text string. Then if the linguistic flag field indicates that there is a misspelling for German, or a misspelling for English, then the corresponding text string can be highlighted on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Chan S. Lim, Gregg A. Salsi
  • Patent number: 5410473
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for recording electrocardiogram information, in which ST deviation can readily be visualized and ischemia can be diagnosed with ease at the same time. Compressed recorded waveforms of electrocardiogram waveforms are partitioned and recorded as compressed waveforms of a plurality of lines in a first recording area of a recording paper for recording electrocardiogram information. A predetermined number of lines of the recorded compressed electrocardiogram waveforms in the first recording area are selected in a second recording area neighboring the first recording area, the selected waveforms are superimposed in synchronism with a predetermined characteristic point of the selected waveforms, and the waveforms are recorded while changing location in the area neighboring the predetermined lines of the first recording area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Assignee: Fukuda Denshi Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mutsuo Kaneko, Yumi Nishimura, Noriko Igarashi, Minako Sakai, Akihiro Motoki
  • Patent number: 5392212
    Abstract: An apparatus for correlating an unknown word with a plurality of dictionary ords includes a first memory area storing data corresponding to the unknown word and a plurality of second memory areas respectively storing data corresponding to the plurality of dictionary words. A control mechanism coupled to the first and second memory areas divides the unknown word into a plurality of unknown word fragments and divides each of the plurality of dictionary words stored in the second memory areas into a plurality of dictionary word fragments. An arithmetic logic unit compares the unknown word fragments to the dictionary word fragments and generates an output signal indicating a hit when an unknown word fragment corresponds to at least one of the dictionary word fragments. A hit counter counts the number of hits. The first memory area and the plurality of second memory areas may be implemented using circular shift registers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Commerce
    Inventor: Jon C. Geist
  • Patent number: 5392211
    Abstract: A frame image signal which is output cyclically is converted to a digital signal and input to a first multiplier in a digital filter. The first multiplier multiplies a digital image signal Y.sub.i of each frame by (1-a), and supplies the product (1-a).multidot.Y.sub.i to a first input terminal of an adder. The coefficient a is a negative coefficient whose absolute value is not more than 1, so that (1-a) becomes a positive coefficient of not less than 1. An output of the adder serves as an output Y.sub.i ' of the digital filter from which the residual image has been erased, and is supplied to a subsequent unit, e.g., a display unit (not shown) connected to the output of the adder. The output Y.sub.i ' of the adder is also supplied to a frame memory and is delayed by one frame period. Therefore, an output Y.sub.i-1 ' of the frame memory is a one-frame preceding image output. The signal Y.sub.i-1 ' is input to a second multiplier and is multiplied by the coefficient a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Mitsuo Oe
  • Patent number: 5384703
    Abstract: A summary is automatically formed by selecting regions of a document. Each selected region includes at least two members of a seed list. The seed list is formed from a predetermined number of the most frequently occurring complex expressions in the document that are not on a stop list. If the summary is too long, the region-selection process is performed on the summary to produce a shorter summary. This region-selection process is repeated until a summary is produced having a desired length. Each time the region selection process is repeated, the seed list members are added to the stop list and the complexity level used to identify frequently occurring expressions is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: M. Margaret Withgott, Douglass R. Cutting
  • Patent number: 5377102
    Abstract: The line-data generating unit of this apparatus automatically reads a map image through an image scanner, generates a digital-image signal in a pattern-recognition module, prepares line data in a line-data image processing unit, and stores the line data in RAM (I). A data converter retrieves the line data from the line-data generating unit, prepares plane data, and issues the plane data to a property-data preparation unit. Through a closed-area-data image processing unit, the property-information preparation unit, based on instructions input from a keyboard, interpolates points of discontinuity in the plane data; assigns properties corresponding to such points, and prints the output. RAM (II) stores completed data. The interpolation of points of discontinuity in the plane data is performed jointly and simultaneously by input terminals PCi (i=1, 2, . . . , n).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Inventor: Kenji Nishiishigaki
  • Patent number: 5377105
    Abstract: A method of deconvolving the far-spaced detector response of a dual-spaced neutron logging tool, coupled with dynamic matching of the near-spaced detector response, improves the vertical resolution of the tool's formation porosity measurements. Near/far ratio processing and the standard shop calibration procedure are retained to continue to provide accurate, borehole compensated formation porosity measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Assignee: Halliburton Logging Services
    Inventor: Michael P. Smith
  • Patent number: 5371675
    Abstract: A computer programmed to represent a spreadsheet that can be displayed to a user, the spreadsheet including an array of cells for storing user entered data, the programmed computer including programmed logic for designating a group of one or more cells within the spreadsheet, the group of one or more cells containing a first set of user entered data; programmed logic for creating an alternative for the group of one or more cells, said alternative containing a second set of user entered data that is different from the first set of user entered data; and programmed logic for enabling the user to select between the group of one or more cells and the alternative as the source of the data that is used in a corresponding group of cells within the spreadsheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Lotus Development Corporation
    Inventors: Irene Greif, Richard A. Landsman, Robert Balaban
  • Patent number: 5365427
    Abstract: A system for evaluating the pre-existing free throw ability of the player, evaluating the players shot path, then defining the optimal path of the thrown ball from the point of release of the player to the rim of the target goal, and providing a target area suspended along the optimal path to assist the player in developing his or her ability to emulate the optimal path in adjusting their free throw method. The preferred, exemplary embodiment of the present invention teaches a two dimensional target path or three dimensional target conduit suspended along the defined optimal path of the calculated "perfect" free throw for the evaluated player, the target provided by a laser or series of lasers. The resulting target provides a visual indicator of the optimal path of the ball in free throw, which the user can attempt to emulate during practice, in order to improve and redefine his or her free throw ball path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventors: Gerard C. Soignet, Wyndham C. Payne
  • Patent number: 5359508
    Abstract: Self-organizing data-base that charges users who find data in it and pays users who supply the data found. Has a built in feedback mechanism, called the Pay-off Meter (POM), that tells users what data needs supplying based on the number of request for that data over time. The POM outputs an expected Pay-off for supplying a piece of data. A sensitive and potent feedback loop is created insuring that the more a piece of data is requested during a period of time, the more likely the data will be supplied by a requestor or by someone a requestor tells of the pay-off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Inventor: Michael T. Rossides
  • Patent number: 5325295
    Abstract: A rapid method for the simultaneous measurement of aggregation or agglutination in plurality of microtest wells or other sample-holding vessels comprises providing a plurality of light beams having discrete focal points adapted to be focused on the contents of a plurality of wells or other vessels and a plurality of photodetectors therefor, directing the light beams through the wells or other vessels and contents thereof, continuously agitating the wells or other vessels and contents thereof with a circular movement effective to permit aggregation or agglutination while preserving the integrity of the material, producing a plurality of output signals from the detectors are proportional to the light absorbencies of the beams as they pass through the wells or other vessels and contents thereof, repeatedly sampling the signals at a predetermined time interval and determining changes in optical densities from the signals obtained after each predetermined time interval by comparing each signal sampled after each p
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services
    Inventors: Joseph C. Fratantoni, Betty J. Poindexter
  • Patent number: 5321618
    Abstract: An apparatus for remotely monitoring the performance of an implanted cardioverter defibrillator includes a remote apparatus adapted which receives commands from and transmits data to a central monitoring facility over telephone communication channels. The remote apparatus includes equipment for acquiring a patient's ecg waveform and transmitting that waveform to the central facility over the telephone communication channel. The remote apparatus also includes a segment, responsive to a command received from the central monitoring facility, for enabling the emission of audio tone signals from the cardioverter defibrillator. These audio tones are detected and sent to the central monitoring facility via the telephone communication channel. The remote apparatus also includes patient alert devices which are activated by commands received from the central monitoring facility over the telephone communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Inventor: Lawrence Gessman