Patents Examined by Jacques Veillard
  • Patent number: 8819054
    Abstract: There is provided a method including acquiring content distribution information with respect to a criterion denoted by an attribute of metadata supplied to the content, determining as an option, of a plurality of options, a candidate of a search condition to be added as a query related to the attribute, based on the distribution information, displaying a screen including the attribute and the option, and retrieving content from the candidate displayed in the displaying step based on an attribute value corresponding to an option of the plurality of options selected by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ken-ichi Abe
  • Patent number: 8751503
    Abstract: A computer-readable, non-transitory medium stores therein an operation management support program that causes a computer to execute a process that includes acquiring execution history information recording for each element group included in activity diagrams expressing work procedures for operation processes executed by a system, correlations between elements and access destinations thereof; searching among elements not yet selected from among all element groups, for a second element having an access destination coinciding with that of a first element selected from among all element groups, the searching performed by referring to the acquired execution history information; setting the first and the second elements as synonymous elements, if a second element is retrieved at the searching; extracting from among the element groups included in the activity diagrams including synonymous elements, a common element string of elements common among the activity diagrams that include the synonymous elements; and output
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Masataka Sonoda
  • Patent number: 8751523
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention receive a search query from a user. In response to the search query, a snapshot of the file system in its current state is taken. A coherent search of the snapshot is performed using the search query. Results of the search are presented to a user. In other embodiments, a subsequent snapshot of the file system is taken after the first search is finished. A difference between the first snapshot and the subsequent snapshot is computed, and this difference is searched using the search query. Results of both searches are merged and results are presented to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Donald James Brady, Eric Brandon Tamura
  • Patent number: 8631010
    Abstract: A method may include obtaining, based on a content of a search query, one or more documents in a first language; identifying one or more documents in a second language that contain an anchor that links to the one or more documents in the first language, the second language being different than the first language; and translating one or more terms of the search query into the second language using content included in the one or more documents in the second language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Gravano, Monika H. Henzinger
  • Patent number: 8401994
    Abstract: A plurality of mid-tier databases form a single, consistent cache grid for data in a one or more backend data sources, such as a database system. The mid-tier databases may be standard relational databases. Cache agents at each mid-tier database swap in data from the backend database as needed. Consistency in the cache grid is maintained by ownership locks. Cache agents prevent database operations that will modify cached data in a mid-tier database unless and until ownership of the cached data can be acquired for the mid-tier database. Cache groups define what backend data may be cached, as well as a general structure in which the backend data is to be cached. Metadata for cache groups is shared to ensure that data is cached in the same form throughout the entire grid. Ownership of cached data can then be tracked through a mapping of cached instances of data to particular mid-tier databases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Chi Hoang, Tirthankar Lahiri, Marie-Anne Neimat, Chih-Ping Wang, John Miller, Dilys Thomas, Nagender Bandi, Susan Cheng
  • Patent number: 8370351
    Abstract: A method and system for generating playlists for content items is provided. Generating a playlist involves monitoring user interaction with one or more content items as user-content interactions, determining a context associated with one or more user-content interactions, and generating a playlist of the content items based on the user-content interactions and the associated context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Swaroop Kalasapur, Yu Song, Doreen Cheng
  • Patent number: 8306997
    Abstract: Sources of operational problems in business transactions often show themselves in relatively small pockets of data, which are called trouble hot spots. Identifying these hot spots from internal company transaction data is generally a fundamental step in the problem's resolution, but this analysis process is greatly complicated by huge numbers of transactions and large numbers of transaction variables to analyze. A suite of practical modifications are provided to data mining techniques and logistic regressions to tailor them for finding trouble hot spots. This approach thus allows the use of efficient automated data mining tools to quickly screen large numbers of candidate variables for their ability to characterize hot spots. One application is the screening of variables which distinguish a suspected hot spot from a reference set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: James Howard Drew
  • Patent number: 8296330
    Abstract: The hierarchical approach may start at the bottom of the hierarchy. As it moves up the hierarchy, knowledge from children and cousins is used to classify items at the parent. In addition, knowledge of improper classifications at a low level are raised to a higher level to create new rules to better identify mistaken classifications at a higher level. Once the top of the hierarchy is reached, a top down approach is used to further refine the classification of items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Nathan Bennett, Nam H. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8285747
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to an apparatus and methods for operating a storage system. The storage system incorporates a storage device associated with a client into a logical group of storage devices managed by the storage system. Thereafter, the storage system is capable of satisfying data access requests from an incorporated storage device managed by the storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: NetApp, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. English
  • Patent number: 8280871
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for designating an item as being of a particular type when the item has been selected after being returned in response to a search and by identifying which mode, of a plurality of modes, in which the search engine was operating when the item was selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Jignashu Parikh, Bipin Suresh
  • Patent number: 8190608
    Abstract: A system performs cross-language query translations. The system receives a search query that includes terms in a first language and determines possible translations of the terms of the search query into a second language. The system also locates documents for use as parallel corpora to aid in the translation by: (1) locating documents in the first language that contain references that match the terms of the search query and identify documents in the second language; (2) locating documents in the first language that contain references that match the terms of the query and refer to other documents in the first language and identify documents in the second language that contain references to the other documents; or (3) locating documents in the first language that match the terms of the query and identify documents in the second language that contain references to the documents in the first language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Gravano, Monika H. Henzinger
  • Patent number: 8156118
    Abstract: A method and system for generating playlists for content items is provided. Generating a playlist involves monitoring user interaction with one or more content items as user-content interactions, determining a context associated with one or more user-content interactions, and generating a playlist of the content items based on the user-content interactions and the associated context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Swaroop Kalasapur, Yu Song, Doreen Cheng
  • Patent number: 8078604
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for identifying executable scenario solutions relevant to a user query and returning such executable scenario solutions as search results in response to the user query are provided. Upon receiving a user query, a plurality of results is returned, each result being representative of a series of steps which may be implemented to address a particular issue relevant to the received user query. Often, a series of steps or scenario includes a number of sub-scenarios, each of which is to be executed sequentially to achieve the desired result. Accordingly, upon selection of a particular search result, the user may be guided through a series of sub-scenario result options until an item having direct association to a series of steps is selected. Once selected, the executable scenario solution is presented to the user for execution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Thekkthalackal Varugis Kurien, Steven E. Jackson, Scott A. Field, Philip J. Lafornara
  • Patent number: 8065301
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamically updating ranking of items retrieved in response to a search query are provided. Specifically, systems and methods according to the invention preferably decrease a value associated with a selected item and increase a value of non-selected items that, prior to the selection, had a lesser weight than the selected item. Alternatively, if the list was ranked from higher value to lowest value, the selected item would be rewarded by an increase in its score and the non-selected items that previously had a higher value would have their respective values decreased. It should be noted than any and all values and weights described herein may be normalized to ensure appropriate results. Alternative embodiments of the invention are directed to methods and systems for classifying groups of items into meta-products and then updating the rankings of the items based at least in part on the meta-product classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Shopping.com
    Inventors: Adam Ginsburg, Oren Glickman, Amir Ashkenazi
  • Patent number: 8024339
    Abstract: A computer readable medium includes executable instructions to receive a query, receive information about the identity of the query requester, send the query to at least one data source, receive data from the at least one data source, and apply confidentiality criteria to the data based on a set of rules to produce masked confidential data. The masked confidential data is returned in a report in response to the query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Business Objects Software Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul Andrew Barker, Philip John Marson
  • Patent number: 7996402
    Abstract: A system performs cross-language query translations. The system receives a search query that includes terms in a first language and determines possible translations of the terms of the search query into a second language. The system also locates documents for use as parallel corpora to aid in the translation by: (1) locating documents in the first language that contain references that match the terms of the search query and identify documents in the second language; (2) locating documents in the first language that contain references that match the terms of the query and refer to other documents in the first language and identify documents in the second language that contain references to the other documents; or (3) locating documents in the first language that match the terms of the query and identify documents in the second language that contain references to the documents in the first language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Gravano, Monika H. Henzinger
  • Patent number: 7970785
    Abstract: Sources of operational problems in business transactions often show themselves in relatively small pockets of data, which are called trouble hot spots. Identifying these hot spots from internal company transaction data is generally a fundamental step in the problem's resolution, but this analysis process is greatly complicated by huge numbers of transactions and large numbers of transaction variables to analyze. A suite of practical modifications are provided to data mining techniques and logistic regressions to tailor them for finding trouble hot spots. This approach thus allows the use of efficient automated data mining tools to quickly screen large numbers of candidate variables for their ability to characterize hot spots. One application is the screening of variables which distinguish a suspected hot spot from a reference set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: James Howard Drew
  • Patent number: 7962484
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing a bulk append into an LDAP Server Directory Store. A conversion tool may receive an input file in LDIF format. The conversion tool performs a schema check on each entry in the input file, and creates a plurality of output files in SQL or another LDAP database structured format. One output file is created for each attribute in the input file. In addition, a file for an attribute table and a file for a catalog table may be created. One or more SQL Loading tools then load the output files into the LDAP Server Directory Store in parallel, except for the DN catalog table. After the other output files have been loaded, the DN catalog file is loaded into the LDAP Server Directory Store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Ajay Keni, Neelima Bawa
  • Patent number: 7958100
    Abstract: A method of managing medical information is disclosed. The method comprises receiving, at a first computer, requests for medical information from a second computer. The first computer responds by sending a set of instructions to the second computer. The instructions are sufficient to allow the second computer to automatically retrieve the requested medical information from a third computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Heart Imaging Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Robert M. Judd, Enn-Ling Chen, Raymond J. Kim
  • Patent number: 7930280
    Abstract: A method and system provide for management of a collection of data records. The data records have associated therewith an identifier or code that indicates the most coarse level of granularity with which the data record is associated in a hierarchy of sampling subsets created across a range of granularity levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Arthur Zaifman, Carsten Lund, Frederick True