Patents Examined by Isaac Woo
  • Patent number: 7428549
    Abstract: Improvements in the creation, maintenance and management of web based information are provided. A development environment conducive to separation of tasks and data, works in combination with the means to present views of changed information for approval to users. Data from file systems and database systems can be combined to create a rich source of material for users, while changes to such material can be effectively controlled and released for production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yumman Chan, David B Flaxer, Miu-To Brenda Lam, Wan Ngai W. Lee
  • Patent number: 7392246
    Abstract: A method to generate an SQL sub-expression that implement access control rules stored in a library server. The SQL sub-expression is then merged with the SQL passed from an application program interface (API). The access control checking mechanism is implemented on the server side of the content management system. In this client/server environment, the query SQL statement is built in two layers: the API (client) layer and the server layer. The API sends the query string to the underlying stored procedure. The stored procedure then generates the access control logic based on the configuration parameters of the library server. This access control logic is dynamically added to the query string sent by the API. The stored procedure prepares, builds and executes this new query string as a dynamic SQL statement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rupa Bhaghavan, Tawei Hu, Kenneth Carlin Nelson, Randal James Richardt
  • Patent number: 7389306
    Abstract: A method for processing semi-structured data. The method includes receiving semi-structured data into a first format from a real business process. Preferably, the semi-structured data are machine generated. The method includes tokenizing the semi-structured data into a second format and storing the semi-structured data in the second format into one or more memories and clustering the tokenized data to form a plurality of clusters. The method also includes identifying a selected low frequency term in each of the clusters, and processing at least two of the clusters and the associated selected low frequency terms to form a single template for the at least two of the clusters. In a preferred embodiment, the method replaces the selected low frequency term with a wild card character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: ENKATA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hinrich H. Schuetze, Chia-Hao Yu, Omer Emre Velipasaoglu, Stan Stukov
  • Patent number: 7383271
    Abstract: System and method for managing a plurality of clients. A request to implement a change in configuration data is received from a user. The configuration data relates to an operation of a client. The received request is stored in a memory area. Computer-executable instructions request topology data from the memory area based on the configuration data to identify the client. The requested topology data is received from the memory area. Computer-executable instructions identify a notification service associated with the client and notify the identified notification service of the change in the configuration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ying-Kin Tony Yip, Maximiliano Maccanti, Baskaran Dharmarajan, Walter Oliver, Claudia Irene Bond, Scott M. Anson, Juanya Davon Williams
  • Patent number: 7379946
    Abstract: Methods and systems for classifying and normalizing information using a combination of traditional data input methods, natural language processing, and predetermined templates are disclosed. One method may include activating a template. Based on this template, template-specific data may also be retrieved. After receiving both an input stream of data and the template-specific data, this information may be processed to generate a report based on the input data and the template specific data. In an alternative embodiment of the invention, templates may include, for example, medical billing codes from a number of different billing code classifications for the generation of patient bills. Alternatively, a method may include receiving an input stream of data and processing the input stream of data. A determination may be made as to whether or not the input stream of data includes latent information. If the data includes latent information, a template associated with latent information may be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Dictaphone Corporation
    Inventors: Alwin B. Carus, Harry J. Ogrinc
  • Patent number: 7379951
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is provided for defining interesting portions of a workflow of a business or other type of process. Using a tracking profile editor, a portion of a given workflow is selected and associated with a named process part. Items of payload data to be used in reports are selected from a message schema associated with the given workflow. A profile is generated based on the given workflow and the selected items of payload data. A tracking profile compiler receives the created tracking profile and generates a star schema, a flattened view and OLAP cube based on the tracking profile. An interceptor extracts monitored workflow events and stores event information to a tracking stream, based on the tracking profile. A tracking service extracts information pertaining to the monitored events from the tracking stream and stores the information in the queryable database. The OLAP cube and the flattened view are updated based on the information written to the queryable database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Gueorgui Chkodrov, Zach Jason, Wayne A. Clark, Tolga Yildirim, Lucy Chao, Andrew Ng
  • Patent number: 7379944
    Abstract: The number of index entries in a grid index for indexing geometric shapes is reduced by establishing a pool storage area for geometric shapes, selecting a threshold number of grid cells which a geometric shape may overlap, storing the shape in the grid index if a geometric shape overlaps a number of grid cells not exceeding the threshold number, and storing the shape in the pool storage area if the geometric shape overlaps a number of grid cells which exceeds the threshold number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David W. Adler, Knut Stolze
  • Patent number: 7376680
    Abstract: A system and method for reading a data record from an input file only once, processing that data record according to one or more reference files, and then writing out the cleansed and updated data record to a target file such that the data record is read and written to remote storage only once, thereby making a single pass through a given database of data records. Each data record (comprising of multiple data elements) of the input file is reviewed, verified, and corrected against one or more reference databases containing similar information, assigned a unique identifying key, and, optionally, appended with new additional data elements of a matching data record from a new-data database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Inventors: Charles Loren Kettler, John A. McDill
  • Patent number: 7373353
    Abstract: The number of index entries in a grid index for indexing geometric shapes is reduced by establishing a pool storage area for geometric shapes, selecting a threshold number of grid cells which a geometric shape may overlap, storing the shape in the grid index if a geometric shape overlaps a number of grid cells not exceeding the threshold number, and storing the shape in the pool storage area if the geometric shape overlaps a number of grid cells which exceeds the threshold number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David William Adler, Knut Stolze
  • Patent number: 7363323
    Abstract: A digital content distribution system that is suitable to provide digital content readable and output the digital content in a layout viewable for the user is provided. A content distribution terminal includes a user information registration DB that stores user information, and a dictionary information DB that stores dictionary information. The content distribution terminal selects dictionary information from the dictionary information registration DB based on the user information in the user information registration DB and the content of digital content associated with the user information, and adds the selected dictionary information to the digital content. Accordingly, the user can obtain digital content including only dictionary information of a relatively high necessity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Nagahara
  • Patent number: 7359920
    Abstract: Synchronizing at least first and second instances of PIM databases stored on a client device with at least one instance of a PIM database stored on a server, by running client synchronization software on the client device, running server synchronization software on the server, which is connected to the client device over a communications link, having the client synchronization software determine changes made to the first and second instances on the client device, transmitting the changes in a single transmission, and having the server synchronization software process the changes for both the first and second instances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Intellisync Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen G. Rybicki, David J. Boothby, Robert C. Daley
  • Patent number: 7349892
    Abstract: A method and search engine for classifying a source publishing a document on a portion of a network, includes steps of electronically receiving a document, based on the document, determining a source which published the document, and assigning a code to the document based on whether data associated with the document published by the source matches with data contained in a database. An intelligent geographic- and business topic-specific resource discovery system facilitates local commerce on the World-Wide Web and also reduces search time by accurately isolating information for end-users. Distinguishing and classifying business pages on the Web by business categories using Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes is achieved through an automatic iterative process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: AOL LLC
    Inventor: Ajaipal Singh Virdy
  • Patent number: 7349902
    Abstract: A data access network system is described that includes a content server coupled to a plurality of proxy servers via an interconnect network. The content server store at least one content file. The data access network system also includes a system of maintaining content consistency between the content server and the proxy servers. The system includes a subscription manager in the content server that specifies all of the proxy servers that are subscribed to the content file. The system also includes a consistency manager that notifies all of the subscribed proxy servers that cache the content file to discard the cached content file from those proxy servers when the content file is updated in the content server. A method of maintaining content consistency between the content server and the proxy servers is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Martin F. Arlitt, John A. Dilley, Richard J. Friedrich, Tai Y. Jin, Stephane J Perret
  • Patent number: 7349894
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for a dynamic information connection engine. User actions are detected on at least one client system. In response, a determination is made whether the user is searching for supported information. When the user is searching for supported information, information is extracted electronically from third party web sites, direct supplier connections, and intermediate databases. Potential information suppliers are automatically selected in response to the detected user search. Queries are formulated from the user search and transferred to each selected supplier over a network coupling. The queries include a request for information. Responses are received from the suppliers, and the responses are used to generate a result list for the user. The result list includes information and query status information. Further, an electronic link may be provided to a web site of each supplier from which the information was derived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Sidestep, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian E. Barth, Stewart A. Kelly, Marcel D. Janssens
  • Patent number: 7349900
    Abstract: The present invention utilizes a comprehensive object oriented software architecture that is flexibly extendible to accommodate numerous features and activities associated database connectivity including opening a database session, tracking information associated with the database session and closing the database session. An automated unified database connectivity method controls and automatically manages database connectivity information. Database credentials are prepared. A database connectivity session manager object is created. A database session connection is opened automatically based upon the database connectivity session manager object. A database service action is performed. When finished the database session connectivity is automatically closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnson Jiahui Qin
  • Patent number: 7349914
    Abstract: A database system is capable of clustering data in received transactions. Clustering is based on sparse distance computations and/or simplified sufficient statistics. Each of the received transactions contain attributes or dimensions that are binary data. In some implementations, a summary table is also output to enable convenient viewing of the results of clustering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: NCR Corp.
    Inventor: Carlos Ordonez
  • Patent number: 7349930
    Abstract: A back up storage device (20) that backs up non-compressed data during a backup window period and then later after the backup window period is over and the device (20) is idle, it retrieves, compresses and then re-stores the data to reclaim space on the storage medium of the device (20). During operation, a duty cycle having a backup window period and an idle period is defined. When the back up window starts, data is down-loaded and stored on the device (20) in non-compressed form. When the idle period begins, the non-compressed data is retrieved, compressed and then re-stored on the device (20) to reclaim space on the storage medium of the device (20). In one embodiment of the invention, the back up storage device (20) is an emulated tape drive (20) that uses a software compression algorithm to compress the data stored in the device (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Quantum Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas B. Bolt
  • Patent number: 7343383
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is provided for defining interesting portions of a workflow of a business or other type of process. Using a tracking profile editor, a portion of a given workflow is selected and associated with a named process part. Items of payload data to be used in reports are selected from a message schema associated with the given workflow. A profile is generated based on the given workflow and the selected items of payload data. A tracking profile compiler receives the created tracking profile and generates a star schema, a flattened view and OLAP cube based on the tracking profile. An interceptor extracts monitored workflow events and stores event information to a tracking stream, based on the tracking profile. A tracking service extracts information pertaining to the monitored events from the tracking stream and stores the information in the queryable database. The OLAP cube and the flattened view are updated based on the information written to the queryable database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Gueorgui Chkodrov, Zach Jason, Wayne A. Clark, Tolga Yildirim, Lucy Chao, Andrew Ng
  • Patent number: 7343378
    Abstract: Architecture for generating meaningful names for a flattened data structure. The architecture comprises a system that observes user activity associated with a hierarchical data structure, and then generates meaningful names derived from file and folder names or other character string data that are easier to navigate and understand by the user. The system includes a valuation component that facilitates applying the valuation metrics to each node of the data structure. A selection component selects the one or more nodes for the naming process. A naming component receives and processes the selected node information from the selection component and generates the name(s) for the one or more nodes for the given user. An output of the naming component is the flattened representation in the form of a meaningful name(s) for the data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Cezary Marcjan
  • Patent number: 7343382
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is provided for defining interesting portions of a workflow of a business or other type of process. Using a tracking profile editor, a portion of a given workflow is selected and associated with a named process part. Items of payload data to be used in reports are selected from a message schema associated with the given workflow. A profile is generated based on the given workflow and the selected items of payload data. A tracking profile compiler receives the created tracking profile and generates a star schema, a flattened view and OLAP cube based on the tracking profile. An interceptor extracts monitored workflow events and stores event information to a tracking stream, based on the tracking profile. A tracking service extracts information pertaining to the monitored events from the tracking stream and stores the information in the queryable database. The OLAP cube and the flattened view are updated based on the information written to the queryable database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Gueorgui Chkodrov, Zach Jason, Wayne A. Clark, Tolga Yildirim, Lucy Chao, Andrew Ng