Patents Examined by John L. Young
  • Patent number: 6763334
    Abstract: A method and system of arranging advertisements on a network for a potential media owner or affiliate to sell ad space on a network media to an advertiser. The advertiser's conditions and the affiliate's acceptance are made on the network through an agent's server. The server provides an invitation page for entry of the advertiser's conditions. The conditions are disclosed to the affiliate on the network. When the affiliate accepts the conditions on the network, the agent's server responds to make an advertisement contract, and allocates an advertiser's web site to the ad space of the network media. The number of the responses made to the advertisement is counted at the agent's server, which delivers statistical data of the counted responses on the network to the advertiser and the affiliate for determination of the payment and for evaluation of the effectiveness of the advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Action Click Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Matsumoto, Shiro Kidera, Ryuichi Ishii
  • Patent number: 6088695
    Abstract: A system and method for coding data into physical form and for delivering the coded data to a recipient for entering the data into a form controlled by the recipient. One embodiment of the coded data is medical data generated by a plurality of different care providers and the recipient is a primary care provider. The medical data is coded in a uniform manner, such as a bar code, and is easily transported and stored, both in physical and electronic form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventor: Salim G. Kara
  • Patent number: 6081818
    Abstract: A dynamic buffer is used to display an object from a document. The cut object is visible to the user as the floating cursor is positioned to a desired insertion point. The cut object can be any combination of text, graphics or data. The display can move in conjunction with the floating cursor or be parked at a predetermined or user-selected position. The cut object can be abbreviated to fit the display, or the display can be sized or scrolled. Once an object has been cut and thus stored in the dynamic buffer, it can be edited, or pasted to a new location or merely deleted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Johnny Meng-Han Shieh
  • Patent number: 6025852
    Abstract: Manipulation of a graphic structure having a root, a joint and an end effector to a configuration positioning the structure's end effector at a goal position is aided by determining characteristic configurations for the structure having different distances between the root and the end effector. The characteristic configurations form the basis of a transition function mapping goal distances between the root and goal positions to intermediate configurations, with the intermediate configurations having end effector distances (between the root and end effector) equal to the corresponding goal distances. The intermediate configuration may be reoriented to a final configuration positioning the end effector at the goal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Inventor: Jianmin Zhao
  • Patent number: 5986671
    Abstract: A method of combining at least one captured generated digital image and a prestored digital image. The method includes providing a customer generated image in digital form; automatically determining the aspect ratio of the selected customer generated image; providing a plurality of prestored digital images, each having a predetermined location wherein the customer generated digital image may be placed, the location of each of the plurality of prestored digital images having a different predetermined size aspect ratio; and automatically selecting one of the prestored digital images wherein the location has an aspect ratio closest to the aspect ratio of the selected customer generated image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: John R. Fredlund, Ronald S. Cok
  • Patent number: 5973695
    Abstract: A method for graphically displaying a UNIX directory includes the steps of identifying a base UNIX directory (44), and obtaining a listing of entries in the base UNIX directory, including all files, all subdirectories, and all files and subdirectories in the subdirectories (46, 64). For each entry, determining parameters including whether the entry is a file or a subdirectory, a level of indentation, and a uniform resource locator to the file (72, 74). An entry name and its associated parameters are then stored in a data structure (78, 82). An HTML document is then built for displaying all the entries in the data structure in a hierarchical graphical directory structure pane in a web page (48).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Electronic Data Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew J. Walsh, Troy A. Webre
  • Patent number: 5963969
    Abstract: A document abstract system and methodology produces an abstract from a text by identifying sentences within the text that contain numerical information, such as dates and numbers. The sentences with numerical information along with the first and last sentences of the document are copied for producing the abstract. The computer generated abstract preferably includes a list of proper nouns and adjectives and most common words in the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: William A. Tidwell
    Inventor: William A. Tidwell
  • Patent number: 5953731
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and article of manufacture for providing a programming development environment that supports the development of Internet and Intranet applications. A utility allows visual selection and/or manipulation of HTML pages or forms. A user may select control from one form or HTML page and insert it into another HTML page. This results in the applet code associated with the selected control being inserted into the code for the HTML page being displayed in a code editor window or form editor window. The development computer also performs a dependency check for other codes and/or controls upon which the inserted applet depends and issues warnings or performs automatic inclusion of the dependency code and/or control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: International Business Machines Coporation
    Inventor: Howard Justin Glaser
  • Patent number: 5949413
    Abstract: A Notes-based graphic user interface displays information relating to a database user and also connects to the user's world wide web home page. To that end, the GUI includes a display view having indicia related to the user, and a plurality of tabs adjacent to the display view for changing the indicia in the display view. Among the indicia in the display view is text identifying the user's world wide web home page address. Clicking on the world wide web address causes the computer to directly connect to the user's home page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas Lerissa, Deanna McCusker, Wendy March
  • Patent number: 5937419
    Abstract: Symbols of a plurality of page turning buttons and one guide display button are displayed on a screen of a computer system. A page turning apparatus for use with a computer system has a screen data table that stores information of page turning buttons for individual pages to be turned and information of pages displayed by the page turning buttons. When one of the page turning buttons is selected by an input unit such as a mouse, the page turning apparatus obtains page information corresponding to the selected page turning button from the screen data table and replaces the current screen page of the computer system with a page corresponding to the obtained page information. In addition, the page turning apparatus has a screen page hierarchical data table corresponding to functions of pages that can be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Masami Oshiro, Shinichi Teramura, Jiro Tabata
  • Patent number: 5937418
    Abstract: A system for presenting updated content on a networked computer receives communications such as those sent by a wire copy service. The system processes the communications, organizes the communications by subject matter, and creates title or summary files. If the communications relate only to parts of stories, those communications are assembled together in a file identified by a subject identifier of the story. When a user of the system requests content, the system calls a template, which provides the format for transmitting the content. The template calls an appropriate file and inserts that file into the template to create a page. The page is then transmitted to the user. The templates may also automatically create hyperlinks in order to call up other files of content as requested by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: ICon CMT Corp.
    Inventors: Robert A. Ferris, George Alexander Holt, III
  • Patent number: 5933843
    Abstract: A method of processing a document while a plurality of successive regions of the document are displayed on a display screen of a document processing apparatus is disclosed. The display screen also displays an indicator for indicating a point thereon. The method includes the steps of: displaying the document images to overlap one another; moving the indicator on the display screen; controlling the display screen so that one of the document images corresponding to a region in which the indicator exists is displayed as an uppermost image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Takai
  • Patent number: 5933823
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for querying a document image database based on texture, i.e., analytically discernable patterns in the document images of the database. According to the invention, a document image database could be browsed for documents with a particular texture in a variety of ways. For example, a user could input an example document image with a similar appearance to the desired document. Alternatively, the user could employ a simple interface to define a synthetic document based on selection of a few categories. The synthetic document would then serve as an example for search. Or the user may employ a graphical interface to more precisely define an example for search. Thus, the user's knowledge of the general appearance of the desired document or documents provides the basis for the search.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignees: Ricoh Company Limited, Ricoh Corporation
    Inventors: John Cullen, Jonathan Hull, Peter Hart
  • Patent number: 5924104
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus are provided for displaying links on a user display interface in a computer system. A document is parsed to identify links. The identified links are checked to identify intradocument links. The identified intradocument links are displayed in a first presentation style. Other links are displayed in a second presentation style. In accordance with a feature of the invention, the visual cues provided by the distinct presentation styles for intradocument links and interdocument links assist computer users in navigating documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Joel R. Earl
  • Patent number: 5918237
    Abstract: A system and method provide a multimedia bookmark for a hypertext markup language file that has Universal Resource Locator (URL). A user wishing to later revisit a presently loaded and displayed HTML file requests the browser to store a bookmark. The browser scans the HTML file for a keyword. If the keyword is detected, the browser locates a description of the location of a multimedia bookmark data (MBD) file that is disposed at a predetermined position in the HTML file in relation to the keyword. The browser stores the MBD file with the URL as a multimedia bookmark. If the browser does not find a keyword, it scans the HTML document for TITLE information. If detected, the TITLE information is stored with the URL as a traditional, text-only bookmark. The user recalls his list of bookmarks to revisit the HTML file, and is presented with a set of multimedia bookmark representations (MBRs) generated from the stored MBDs, as well as text-only bookmarks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventor: John Richard Montalbano
  • Patent number: 5909223
    Abstract: A method of providing text faces to a graphics display system in a data processor. The method includes the steps of receiving a request for a text face from a graphics system and determining whether the requested text face has been saved. If the requested text face has been saved, then it is retrieved. If it has not been saved, then it is generated and saved for access by the graphics system. In this manner, a single generation of a text face is necessary. The storage of the generated text face saves the system from having to generate the same text face repeatedly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: Apple Computer, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Dowdy, Alexander B. Beaman
  • Patent number: 5907850
    Abstract: A system (10) allows the storing of construction drawings or blueprints in a plurality of computer files (32). The system (10) allows automatic determinations of lengths, areas and count of dimensions displayed in drawings. The measured dimensions are provided in terms of real world or full scale quantities. A scale between the full scale quantities and computer displayed dimensions is determined for each file (32) to allow subsequent measurements scaled in terms of the original blueprint designated dimensions. The dimensions are identified with particular product items so that a quantity of items and costs thereof may be automatically determined and reported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: Gary Matthew Krause
    Inventors: Gary Matthew Krause, Brent E. Marrow
  • Patent number: 5900884
    Abstract: A parametric curve generating device for developing a Bezier curve is provided. The device is capable of executing a high speed division operation with a limited magnitude of hardware scale. Adders perform calculations that are stored in registers. Convergence discrimination circuits discriminate whether data stored in the registers converge. Subsequent processing varies depending on the discrimination result. A stack memory is used to store data from the registers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiaki Minami, Tatsuhiko Yamazaki, Hayao Ohzu, Yuji Hara
  • Patent number: 5897644
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, systems, and computer program products are disclosed for displaying fixed canvas presentations, defined using HTML data, on computer output devices of unknown sizes. The invention transforms the fixed canvas image to fit within a display view that of a size other than that of the display view used to construct the original image. This transformation maintains a page layout similar to that of the original but magnified or reduced to fit the available display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Jakob Nielsen
  • Patent number: 5893915
    Abstract: A section of text in an electronic document is marked with a tag that designates a list of font faces for use in drawing the text at a computer which is remotely browsing the electronic document from a computer network. A browser at the computer chooses a font face for drawing the text from the font faces installed on the computer according to the tag-designated list, such as by matching font face name or set of font face characteristics. The browser also can include an alternative font table which stores data identifying alternative font faces for many common font faces. The browser searches the installed font faces for the alternative font faces to those in the tag-designated list when a direct match to the tag-designated font faces is not found.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: John Palmer Cordell, Thomas R. Reardon