Patents Examined by Justin M Pats
  • Patent number: 9117186
    Abstract: The instant application describes a method for receiving, at a hub and from a first partner, a request for a common identifier for linking an account of the customer associated with the first partner with an account of the customer associated with a second partner to provide the customer with enhanced joint account services; in response to the request, generating the common identifier and providing the common identifier to the first partner; generating at the hub a common ID status based on a first partner customer ID status and a second partner customer ID status; and forwarding the common ID status to the first partner and the second partner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventors: Christopher J. Shunk, Bhaskar Srinivasiah, Lisa Jenzeh
  • Patent number: 9111253
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide methods and apparatuses enabling groupware to track time associated with a workflow task. A workflow object representing a workflow task is provided. The workflow object is associating with a time period, a project code, and an identifier of a groupware client user participating in the workflow task. In response to an event indicating completion of the workflow task, the time period, the project code, and the identifier is automatically transmitted to a backend application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Christian G. Bjoernsen, Nir Kol, Frederic E. Samson, Iryna Vogler-Ivashchanka, Dana Cohen Bar-On, Eric Wood
  • Patent number: 9104989
    Abstract: Systems and methods that enable resolving deadlock cycles by victim selection based on cost and/or priority of strongly connected components in a static wait-for graph. As such, victims can be selected by iteratively estimating total deadlock resolution cost (based on cost of strongly connected components) for remaining deadlock participants, selecting the participant with the least estimated total cost as the next victim, and reducing the wait-for graph after removing the victim vertex. The victim selection algorithm can be a cost-based greedy algorithm, wherein during each victim selection iteration, a single optimal victim is selected based on estimated remaining cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Yuxi Bai, Alexandre Olegovich Verbitski, Ming-Chuan Wu
  • Patent number: 9098820
    Abstract: Methods, including service methods, articles of manufacture, systems, articles and programmable devices provide a conservation modeling engine framework. Programmable conservation modeling engines in communication with different customizable resource conservation modules, each resource conservation module customized to a distinct resource, select one of the modules customized to a resource identified for conservation, and user-defined criteria as a function of the identified resource and the selected module. Input data is selected and collected as a function of the resource identified and the selected module and used to weight the input data. Different optimized conservation plans are created as a function of the weighted input data and the selected module, each of the optimized conservation plans displayed having a different implementation cost, a different time for implementation and a different total amount of the identified resource saved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Alfred J. Brignull, Michele Palladino Brignull, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Ruthie D. Lyle, Anne R. Sand
  • Patent number: 9020829
    Abstract: A method of assigning web service requests to service providers includes searching for an optimal assignment from all possible assignments using a genetic algorithm (GA) that represents possible assignments as chromosomes, and converging towards an assignment of web service request to service providers that maximizes overall business value for all workflows to the service providers. An adaptive mutation scheme is used to introduce mutation into populations of chromosomes. The mutation scheme includes a mutation rate that increases when chromosomes under evaluation fail to improve its workload against the metric over a certain number of generations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Wen-Syan Li, Thomas Phan
  • Patent number: 9009061
    Abstract: In a method of determining cooling resource capacity allocations for resource units in a shared environment for optimized operations, cost parameters associated with operating the resource units in at least one of delivering and receiving cooling resources are identified, one or more constraints associated with operating the resource units are identified, in which at least one of the one or more constraints comprises meeting at least a total cooling demand of components in the shared environment, a cost function that correlates the plurality of identified cost parameters is developed, a minimized cost function is solved for through application of a Lagrange multiplier subject to the identified one or more constraints, and cooling resource capacity allocations for the resource units that result in optimized operations in the shared environment based upon the minimized cost function solution are determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L. P.
    Inventors: Ratnesh Kumar Sharma, Amip J. Shah, Cullen E. Bash, Chandrakant Patel
  • Patent number: 9002722
    Abstract: A lifecycle obsolescence forecasting system. The system may include a data integrator configured to receive part information for a plurality of parts. The system may include a sustainability optimizer configured to receive one or more sustainability requirements for a part in the plurality of parts. The system may include a forecaster coupled to the data integrator and the sustainability optimizer, wherein the forecaster may be configured to analyze the part information and the one or more sustainability requirements to establish a component stock-out date for the part, wherein the component stock-out date may comprise a date when a last spare of the part is forecast to be removed from stock, and wherein the component stock-out date may be established as a function of at least the part usage rate and a corresponding failure rate of the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William E. Helms, Bobby Gene Bradley, Jr., Courtney LeeAnne Matzkind, David Michael Matlock, Kerry Hale Burden, Charles V. Bauerle
  • Patent number: 8954343
    Abstract: An improved system for matching individuals seeking personal relationships includes: (a) a plurality of personality categories into which an individual may be categorized, (b) a plurality of psychology-based, personality traits, (c) a plurality of preferences on various subjects that an individual may have, (d) a plurality of images for consideration by an individual, each of the images configured such that an individual who would chose to be associated with an image can be assessed to possess one of the plurality of personality traits and preferences, (e) a user interface for presenting the plurality of images and allowing an individual to identify with which of these the individual elects to be associated, and (f) an algorithm configured to utilize these elected associations to categorize this individual into one of the personality categories and to ascribe to the individual a specific set of preferences in various subject areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Woofound, Inc.
    Inventors: Carson Wright, Joshua Spears, Jason Truluck, Noreen Honeycutt, Colin Murray, Daniel Sines, Randie V. Ursal
  • Patent number: 8909541
    Abstract: In general, in one aspect, a method for developing an asset by competition includes specifying standards for an asset, receiving from potential contestants indicia of interest in participating in an asset development competition in which the contestants compete to develop an asset, and determining an estimated likelihood that the asset development competition will result in an asset that meets the minimum standards based on historical information about the performance of the contestants from whom the indicia of interest were received. Steps may be taken to increase the estimated likelihood of success, upon a determination that the likelihood is less than desired. Steps may be taken to prevent registration by additional participants, upon a determination that the estimated likelihood is at or above a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Appirio, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan J. Fairfax, Javier Fernandez-Ivern, John M. Hughes, Michael Lydon, David Messinger
  • Patent number: 8868441
    Abstract: A change to a goal specified for an IT environment is to be made. Responsive to the changed goal, the IT environment is changed. This change is performed non-disruptively. Further, during the change, management to the existing goal is continued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mythili K. Bobak, Tim A. McConnell, Michael D. Swanson
  • Patent number: 8862493
    Abstract: In a computer-implemented process modeling and simulating environment, an analyzer receives a process model with parameters in combination with data from previous or planned process performances. An analyzer receives a simulation target from a user, calculates evaluation results that represent the influence of the parameters in view of the simulation target, and presents the evaluation results as indicators to the user. Upon receiving modifications to the performance data, the process is simulated with modified performance data. Alternatively, the evaluation results are converted to computer instructions to automatically modify the process parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventors: Mathias Fritzsche, Roger Kilian-Kehr, Wasif Gilani, Ralph Gerbig
  • Patent number: 8855806
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a system and method for managing shipment release from a storage area in a materials handling facility are described. Embodiments may include a system configured to identify multiple shipments that each includes one or more units that are eligible to be conveyed from a storage area to a respective packing station in a materials handling facility. The identification of a given shipment may include determining that shipment is compatible with a packing capability of the packing station. The system may be configured to evaluate each respective shipment according to one or more shipment-related criteria to generate a ranking of at least some of the multiple shipments. The system may, in response to determining that a particular shipment is ranked highest relative to other shipments of the ranking, generate an instruction to convey the units of that particular shipment from the storage area to the respective packing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yusuke Hara, Natalie T. Nguyen, Christopher David Rotella, Cherie G. Wong, Arlen R. Dean
  • Patent number: 8856018
    Abstract: A computer-based method for dynamic path regeneration in a production environment as a function of stochastic event-driven parameters and constraints is described. The method includes examining existing status codes, for a plurality of remaining production jobs, to determine a current status for a production unit, applying at least one of predecessor relationships and successor relationships for the remaining production jobs to the existing status codes, analyzing historical job performance statistics for a number of previous production units based on production job performance data associated with the previous production units, and providing a user interface that depicts the remaining production jobs in order of criticality, the order of criticality determined based on the existing status codes, the at least one of predecessor relationships and successor relationships, and the analysis of the historical job performance statistics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Shankar Sundaram, Tsao-Feng Wei
  • Patent number: 8849687
    Abstract: Disclosed is a computerized method for dispatching energy from distributed resources in a discharge event so that the energy stored in individual devices is levelized, or so that an operator request is met. Evaluation of event parameters may be deferred. The method may be utilized to dispatch energy from plug-in electric vehicles. Systems and methods to account for electricity dispatched to or from electric vehicles are disclosed. Systems and methods for incentivizing consumers to participate in a dispatch event or curtail energy use are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: GridPoint, Inc.
    Inventors: David Hakim, Steven Hugg, Edward Shnekendorf, Sarah Cartwright, Zach Axelrod, Nicholas Jhirad, Louis Szablya, R. Karl Lewis, Brian Golden, Michaela Barnes, Alexei Cowett, David Hyams
  • Patent number: 8849689
    Abstract: An appointment tracking and dynamic modification system is provided that is associated with an appointment scheduling application. A registered attending client/customer is assigned an appointment with a service provider and appointment data associated with the assigned appointment, including data indicating the location of the appointment and the time of the appointment, is obtained. The physical location and/or status of the registered attending client/customer, and/or service provider, is then monitored to calculate an estimated arrival time, and/or availability, of the registered attending client/customer, and/or service provider, at the appointment time and location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Sridhar Jagannathan, Stoyan P. Kenderov, Eran Arbel
  • Patent number: 8849690
    Abstract: A system and method for aircraft maintenance planning according to which an optimized bill of work is generated for a line maintenance station at which one or more airplanes are parked or are expected to be parked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: American Airlines, Inc.
    Inventors: Su-Hsia Yang, Pengcheng Zhang, Mei Zhang, Nancy Lee Lillo, Arunprakash Dhanabal, Tze-Yun Lin
  • Patent number: 8838469
    Abstract: A system uses elasticity modeling to enable cross category optimization of store display space for merchandise for any group of stores and items using point-of-sale data. A space elasticity curve is periodically created for each combination of performance metric, store cluster, planogram, and item segment, and is then scaled by individual store. A user can select any combination of stores and planograms, and the system then reconstructs the elasticity curves as individual “synthetic items,” which are averaged across the selected stores by creating average synthetic SKU records that reflect the estimated average store performance in each performance metric. The synthetic items are then used to either evaluate macro space performance across or within store areas, or to determine the best use of overall store display space available to permit management to optimally allocate display space for merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventor: Joseph S. Bottom
  • Patent number: 8838467
    Abstract: A change to a goal specified for an IT environment is to be made. Responsive to the changed goal, the IT environment is changed. This change is performed non-disruptively. Further, during the change, management to the existing goal is continued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mythili K. Bobak, Tim A. McConnell, Michael D. Swanson
  • Patent number: 8831967
    Abstract: A workflow management apparatus including a workflow table in which tasks are associated with respective users and a task list that is a list of tasks corresponding to a user. The apparatus identifies the user in charge of a target task that is the target of processing in the workflow and determines whether or not the processing of the target task has been completed. If the apparatus has determined that the processing has not been completed, the apparatus determines whether or not the target task meets a predetermined condition. If the apparatus has determined that the predetermined condition is met, the target task is registered in the task list corresponding to the user in charge of the target task, and when the target task has been registered and is thus considered to have been processed, the apparatus advances to the processing of the next task in the workflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaya Soga
  • Patent number: 8825508
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus perform automatic assignment in an environment. The apparatus according to one embodiment comprises an event handler for extracting event elements from reports in the environment; an assignment handler for assigning information to the reports, the assignment handler assigning information to the reports by assigning events to the reports using the event elements of the reports, and assigning staff of the environment to the events; and an action handler for generating actions for the events and sending the actions to the assigned staff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Ascom Tateco AB
    Inventor: Agneta Nilsson