Patents Examined by Laura Brutman
  • Patent number: 5325294
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing authorized access to medical information concerning an individual while preserving the confidentiality of, and preventing unauthorized access to, such information. A computer database receives and stores the individual's medical information, after the individual is tested to establish this information and the date on which such information was most recently obtained. The computer database does not contain the individual's name, address or any other similar information by which the individual can be identified. The individual is given an identification card containing a photograph or holographic image of the individual and containing a confidential first identification number that is unique for the individual, where both the image and the first identification number are visually perceptible and cannot be altered on the card without detection of such alteration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Inventor: Sharon A. Keene
  • Patent number: 5325290
    Abstract: Systems and methods for preparing reports and for displaying information concerning transactions between service providers and service customers including preprocessing of records relating to transaction details in order to create indices enabling rapid sorting of the records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Assignee: Compucom Communications Corp.
    Inventors: Lynn S. Cauffman, Jeffrey N. Thompson, John M. Cauffman
  • Patent number: 5323315
    Abstract: A system for monitoring the status of individual items of personal property which serve as collateral for securing financing. The system receives financing information from a first financing source and a second financing source. A unique identification code is associated with each individual item of personal property which serves as collateral for securing financing from the first and second financing sources. The financing information from the first financing source is compared with the financing information from the second financing source based at least in part upon the identification codes of the items of personal property to identify particular items of personal property that simultaneously serve as collateral to secure financing from both the first and second financing sources. The affected first and second financing sources are notified about the identified item of personal property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1994
    Assignee: Vintek, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Highbloom
  • Patent number: 5321604
    Abstract: A process is disclosed for merging promotional information, based on multiple requests and relating to different promotions, into a single stream for the printing and mailing of coupons, checks or other promotional items. The requests relating to a particular promotion are matched with an associated promotion control record, with one or more promotions similarly associated with an account control record in the, case of preparing checks. Prior to printing, individual data entries for various promotions are combined, and sorted in a sequence predetermined for qualification for various postal rate classifications, thus to minimize the cumulative cost of mailing the entries. Pertinent information associated with each entry is printed on sheets of card stock, each sheet separable into four individual segments to provide four checks or coupons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Assignee: Fulfillment Systems Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Peach, Paul H. Korba, Kenneth M. Rapp
  • Patent number: 5315513
    Abstract: MODTRAN is a moderate resolution model and computer code used to predict atmospheric transmittance and background radiance in the microwave, infrared, visible and near ultraviolet spectral regions (0 to 50,000 cm.sup.-1 or 0.2 m to infinity). The code maintains complete compatibility with LOWTRAN 7, specifically, MODTRAN retains all of the capabilities of the LOWTRAN 7 model. Both codes contain the same six built-in model atmospheres; spherical refractive geometry, aerosol models, clouds (water and ice), rain attenuation and options to calculate single scattered solar/lunar radiance, solar/lunar irradiance and multiply scattered thermal and solar radiance. The MODTRAN code improves LOWTRAN'S spectral resolution from 20 to 2 cm.sup.-1 full width/half maximum (fwhm) with an option to vary the resolution between 2 and 50 cm.sup.-1 (fwhm). The band model parameters were formulated from the HITRAN line atlas for twelve atmospheric gases: H.sub.2 O, CO.sub.2, O.sub.3, N.sub.2 O, CO, CH.sub.4, O.sub.2, NO, SO.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Leonard W. Abreu, Francis X. Kneizys, Gail P. Anderson, James H. Chetwynd, Lex Berk, Larry Bernstein, David Robertson
  • Patent number: 5315509
    Abstract: A computer implemented method facilitates the capability for shop re-work orders to be effectively scheduled, knowing the time and location of item availability that is needed to correct the problem found in the re-work shop orders. The system automatically identifies alternate components or items that can be used in the shop orders and provides realistic shipping dates so that the re-work shop orders can be scheduled. If components or items are not available, the system provides feedback to the material planning system to re-plan items using traditional material planning systems such as the MRP (material requirement planning) systems and provide projected shipping dates so that re-work orders can be scheduled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Bharath Natarajan
  • Patent number: 5313392
    Abstract: From a blank goods layout map of a gondola showing a goods layout on each gondola by contours, a user request is inputted for displaying information of the merchandise management, the information responding to the request is output for the corresponding goods layout map, a user request is inputted for a selected elemental operation, and the inputted request is transferred to the elemental operation for execution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1994
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Temma, Kichizo Akashi, Tatsumi Nishimoto, Tetsuo Kusuzaki, Isao Tsushima
  • Patent number: 5311423
    Abstract: A method of managing information used and generated in the scheduling and exhibition of performances is disclosed. A video network includes a video server that operates several video recorders to simultaneously exhibit video performances or programs on a plurality of channels. The video server is controlled in real time in accordance with data presented to it in an exhibition plan. The exhibition plan is generated through the performance of an exhibition manager process which operates on a computer. The exhibition manager manages information related to the performances to be exhibited, schedules the performances in accordance with user-supplied timing data, prints reports, and maintains a personal information manager having a database describing studios, contacts, and other information related to licensing the performances for exhibition on the network. The information related to performances includes repeat factors and short titles which the exhibition manager calculates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Assignee: GTE Service Corporation
    Inventor: Deborah P. Clark
  • Patent number: 5311426
    Abstract: A semi-automated biological sample analyzer and subsystems are provided to simultaneously perform a plurality of enzyme immuno assays for human IgE class antibodies specific to a panel of preselected allergens in each of a plurality of biological samples. A carousel is provided to position and hold a plurality of reaction cartridges. Each reaction cartridge includes a plurality of isolated test sites formed in a two dimensional array in a solid phase binding layer contained within a reaction well which is adapted to contain a biological sample to be assayed. The carousel and cartridges contain structures which cooperate to precisely position the cartridges in each of three separate dimensions so that each cartridge is positioned uniformly. An optical reader operating on a principle of diffuse reflectance is provided to read the results of the assays from each test site of each cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Joseph P. Donohue, Mark W. Bailey, Christopher N. Mattimiro
  • Patent number: 5307260
    Abstract: Order entry apparatus for automatic estimation a transformation model comprising a pattern composed of a plurality of parameters representing custom product specifications, production line conditions and factors for composing the estimates for production cost and completion date. The parameters of this transformation model are specified by learning, leading to estimation for the requested product specifications, in broad consideration of conditions such as those of the production line. The use of a neural network model as this pattern transformation model makes pattern transformation more flexible and pattern learning more efficient. Estimation accuracy is also increased by entering values of predicted charges in production line conditions such as loads or stock obtained from resource requirements planning, process design, capacity requirements planning, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Watanabe, Hisashi Onari, Kichie Matsuzaki, Hideaki Matoba, Hidetoshi Inaba
  • Patent number: 5305203
    Abstract: A computer-aided surgical device for aiding a surgeon in positioning a surgical instrument (power or manual) when performing surgery on unexposed and exposed portions of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Assignee: Faro Medical Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Simon Raab
  • Patent number: 5305202
    Abstract: An ECG analysis system for use in conjunction with an ambulatory ECG recorder. The invention includes a playback deck which is capable of receiving and downloading information from a cassette tape to a dedicated digital analysis unit. The playback deck is capable of receiving information from the cassette tape during rewind of the tape therein as well as during playback of the tape. The dedicated digital analysis unit includes a superimposition template and a minute-by-minute ECG template which allow interaction between the dedicated digital analysis unit and the operator for simplification of analysis, manipulation, editing, and report generation. The system is capable of processing information from a cassette tape while it is being rewound in the playback deck and producing preliminary summary report information related to ECG data on the tape for use by a system operator before the tape completes its rewind operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Assignee: Quinton Instrument Company
    Inventors: Stuart L. Gallant, Paul R. Caron, Walter E. Palmer, David J. Lubocki
  • Patent number: 5299115
    Abstract: A product-demand production-control system and method stores past-product demand data during past time periods for use with other data to compute product demands in such manner that the past-product demand data is used to estimate the product demands in current and near-future time periods. The system measures and stores the product demand data for a plurality of predetermined time periods and a plurality of products, and preestimates the product demand for a plurality of products for near-future time periods. Product-demand estimates for current and near-future time periods are revised for a plurality of products in response to weighted emphasis or confidence regarding product demand data in time periods just prior to the current time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Assignee: Mrs. Fields Software Group Inc.
    Inventors: Randall K. Fields, Paul R. Quinn, Barrie R. Tondevold
  • Patent number: 5299116
    Abstract: A baggage tracing system includes a plurality of bag inventory stations, each equipped with a menu-driven workstation for entering documentary information related to the bag. Bag content data is also entered, as well as video images illustrating the bag and its contents. Each workstation is also menu-driven for entering claim requests. Bag records and claim records input via the workstation are transferred to a centralized data base for storage, and for retrieval on request to carry out matching functions for matching claim requests with bag records. The baggage tracing system of the invention can operate autonomously, or transmit and receive bag and claim records with respect to other remotely located systems or equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Assignee: Baggage Services Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan K. Owens, William E. Gonseaux
  • Patent number: 5297034
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for providing pathology diagnostic opinions to physicians at sites remote from where the consulting pathologist is physically located. The system includes a robotically controlled microscope at the remote site equipped with a video camera means for collecting video signals from the microscope. The system also uses a bidirectional communication means to link the microscope with a pathologist workstation. The workstation includes a monitor for viewing images received from the video camera means and control means for generating control signals which are sent over the bidirectional communication means to thereby remotely control the microscope. Preferably, the system also includes means for electronically storing the X, Y, and Z microscope stage coordinates for particular points of the specimen viewed by the pathologist together with means for storing electronically and reproducing photographically the images viewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: Corabi International Telemetrics, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald S. Weinstein
  • Patent number: 5293313
    Abstract: A medical diagnostic imager (10) reconstructs (96) raw scan data into digital image representations which are stored in a mass storage memory (46) such as DRAM or disk. As the scanner reconstructs the series of images, each digital representation image is transferred to an image VRAM (100) into one of a plurality of selected image areas. A video monitor (24) displays the electronic image representations from the image VRAM in the selected pattern of images, e.g. a 4.times.3 grid of images. The digital image representations are transferred to the image VRAM and displayed on the video monitor as they are generated such that the monitor displays the previously generated images and the most recently generated image as it develops during the reconstruction process. The diagnosing physician selects (104) one of the images and selectively adjusts (110) the window and level of its gray scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Assignee: Picker International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Cecil, John J. Barni, Lawrence R. McMillen
  • Patent number: 5291396
    Abstract: Goods which come in different sizes, shapes, numbers, etc. are packed in assemblies which comprise a tray and a plurality of open-top box-like modules which sit snugly side-by-side in the tray. Each module is prepacked and contains only one size, shape, etc. goods. At its destination the loaded assembly, usually along with other loaded assemblies, becomes the display package for the different size, shape, etc. goods. The method of the invention utilizes a lap-top computer working with a mainframe by which the order is placed and immediately gives pricing information. In the case of a custom or tailored order of different numbers of various sizes of goods, the computer is able to indicate whether the order will make up a complete shipment of packing assemblies, with the correct number of prefilled modules to fill the trays with none left over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Assignee: Duracell Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Calcerano, Joseph T. Ricci
  • Patent number: 5291397
    Abstract: A control system for the manufacture of a product is disclosed. A network of events and activities and a baseline schedule is constructed. Actual and predicted deviations to the baseline schedule, which are called slack variables, are used to predict the actual final completion date, using parallel processing. These slack variables are also used to selectively allocate resources to elements of the manufacturing process. Critical elements and critical dates are readily determined. The incremental cost of incremental schedule improvement can be readily determined. The current status of a project can be described in a single variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Inventor: Roger A. Powell
  • Patent number: 5291403
    Abstract: A plurality of original image signals which represent a plurality of radiation images are obtained by exposing recording media to radiations with different energy levels which have passed through an object constituted of a plurality of tissues exhibiting different levels of radiation absorptivity with respect to radiations with different energy levels. An extracted image signal representing an extracted image of a predetermined tissue in the object is obtained on the basis of the original image signals. A processed image signal representing a processed image is obtained by calculating a processed image signal component S' corresponding to a predetermined picture element in the extracted image according to formula S'=Sorg+.beta..multidot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wataru Ito
  • Patent number: 5291394
    Abstract: A system and process for allowing virtual allocations of resources to lots to closely mimic actual allocations of resources to lots is disclosed. Virtual allocations represent planned or scheduled allocations of an organization's resources to produce various products. Actual allocations represent the actual course of events which occur while the product is being manufactured. A manufacturing interpreter interactively functions with an expert in a manufacturing environment to produce a comprehensive and accurate definition of resources utilized in a manufacturing environment. The manufacturing interpreter further allows the expert to define a comprehensive and accurate process flow description for various products. The process flow description specifies the resources, resource attribute capabilities, and order for applying resources to a single lot to produce a completed product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventor: William Chapman