Patents Examined by Pedro R. Kanof
  • Patent number: 6938007
    Abstract: In one aspect, an automated method is provided for updating cost data for a software application in a maintenance environment. The method includes collecting functional metrics data and determining a composite index. A maintainability index is calculated, and an average cost per full-time equivalent is recorded. A maintenance unit cost is then calculated from the composite index, the maintainability index, and the average cost per full-time equivalent. In another aspect, an automated method is provided for computing cost of a software application in an enhancement environment. The method includes collecting functional metrics data, determining a composite, and calculating a maintainability index. An average cost per full-time equivalent is recorded, and a size of the application in function points is estimated. An enhancement unit cost is then calculated from the composite index, the maintainability index, the average cost per full-time equivalent, and the estimated function point size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Electronics Data Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Carol M. Iulianello, Paula J. Jamieson, Katherine H. DiPietro, Kriste M. Vincent Lawrence, James C. Erbelding, Mira M. Thompson, Graham R. Anderson, Hassan T. Rashid
  • Patent number: 6778968
    Abstract: An automated internet based exchange system is described for controlling the exchanging of ownership interests in objects on a secondary market. The automated exchange includes one or more sub-exchanges for maintaining information representative of secondary market transactions and for controlling said transactions. The automated exchange includes a secondary portfolio auction sub-exchange, a pricing and valuation services sub-exchange, an electronic contract negotiation services sub-exchange and a delivery and auditing service sub-exchange. The automated exchange also includes a logic switch manager that creates opportunistic auctions from a transaction for a product or service so as to trigger further auctions or service sales on the same or different secondary markets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: ViaLogy Corp.
    Inventor: Sandeep Gulati
  • Patent number: 6574609
    Abstract: A method of managing content data and associated metadata. According to the method, the content data and the associated metadata are generated. The content data is transferred to a content host, and the metadata and usage condition data for the associated content are transferred to an electronic store. The metadata and/or the usage condition data are altered in order to form promotional data, and the promotional data is transferred from the electronic store to a customer's system. In one preferred method, the content data is encrypted with a first encrypting key before being transferred to the content host. The first encrypting key is encrypted with a second encrypting key, and the encrypted first encrypting key is transferred along with the metadata and usage condition data to the electronic store. Additionally, the encrypted first encrypting key is transferred along with the promotional data to the customer's system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Edgar Downs, George Gregory Gruse, Marco M. Hurtado, Cesar Medina, Kenneth Louis Milsted
  • Patent number: 6574608
    Abstract: A Web-based buyer-driven system of commerce efficiently and inexpensively connects buyers and sellers. In general, the system includes a Web site globally accessible by potential buyers and sellers. Potential buyers post descriptions of products and services they desire on the Web site. Interested sellers of those products and services can access the descriptions posted by the buyers and selectively post responses to buyers. The responses preferably include information identifying the seller and describing the product or service offered by the seller. The system determines if the potential buyer retrieves a response directed to him from a potential seller and, if so, it charges that potential seller a small fee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: iWant.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Shabbir M. Dahod, Robert F. Gurwitz, Andrew Marcuvitz, Allen E. Olsen, Peter J. Spellman
  • Patent number: 6546373
    Abstract: A system for recovering refundable taxes such as value-added taxes (VAT) uses a transaction card, such as a credit or debit or electronic cash card, to record purchases made by a traveler that are subject to VAT in a foreign country. The traveler loads the transaction card with a software application that is able to record the purchases subject to VAT. The traveler uses the card to make purchases in the foreign country, and the card calculates and accumulates the VAT subject to refund. When leaving the foreign country, the traveler inserts the card into a terminal, the software application reads the VAT subject to refund, and the traveler selects whether to receive the refunded VAT in cash in local currency or in the currency of the country in which the traveler resides (“home currency”), as cash value on the card (if a cash or debit card), as a credit on the card (if a credit card), or by check in local or home currency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: MasterCard International Incorporated
    Inventor: Peter J. Cerra
  • Patent number: 6513016
    Abstract: An automated product pricing system including a physical store system, a virtual store system, and a control system. The physical and virtual store systems are capable of transmitting sales data indicative of the number of sales of identified respective products. The control system is adapted to receive the sales data from the physical store system and the virtual store system. In response thereto, the control system generates price change data including a changed price of an identified product based on the sales data received from at least one of the physical and virtual store systems. The price change data is then transmitted by the control system to at least one of the physical and virtual store systems to thereby change the price of the identified product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: Automated Business Companies
    Inventor: Charles C. Freeny, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6453299
    Abstract: A computer implemented system awards promotional incentives. A participant in the awards system calls or connects to an interactive platform for registering and/or redeeming credits preferably described in uniquely identified certificates. In a telephone environment, the interactive platform is connected to a toll free telephone number where a participant's call is handled by a computer controlled voice response unit. In a computer network environment, a computer user connects to the interactive platform over the network. The participant receives awards credits based on the unique identification of certificates. Award credits for a participant are accumulated in a stored record associated with the participant until redeemed. Award credits can also be acquired as an instant winner based on a random or algorithmic selection of callers to receive such credits. Awards include electronic prizes such as free long distance telephone time, electronic cash and/or service credits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Aspen Marketing, Inc.
    Inventor: Brad Wendkos
  • Patent number: 6430537
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are described for managing a request queue for a jukebox system. According to one aspect of the present invention, a method is disclosed for managing a queue of a jukebox. The method includes the step of arranging a set of service identifiers in a queue based upon a time of receipt corresponding to each service identifier. The method also includes the step of receiving a request to expedite an identified service corresponding to one service identifier in the queue. According to the method, payment is then received for the request to expedite the identified service. The method further includes the steps of rearranging the plurality of service identifiers in the queue, thereby causing the identified service to be expedited, and performing the service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel E. Tedesco, James A. Jorasch, Magdalena Mik
  • Patent number: 6418418
    Abstract: An information processing system for transactions by telephone of the present invention comprises a receiving terminal, operated by an operator, for inputting information from a customer taken over a telephone, storage means for storing information necessary in repeated transactions, and a voice recognition device having a voice recognition unit for recognizing specific vocabulary spoken by a customer or a voice response device having a push button signal recognition unit for confirming a push button signal generated by customer operations of push buttons of a telephone, wherein, for repeated transactions, a transaction name or transaction code arbitrarily designated by a customer at the time of a transaction beforehand or for the first time and information relating to this transaction name or transaction code are stored at a storage means in such a manner as to correspond with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masataka Nakamura
  • Patent number: 6363356
    Abstract: The present invention, generally speaking, makes possible an associates program for electronic content distribution by providing a mechanism whereby a referrer may be identified at the time of purchase in a download-then-pay system. In accordance with one embodiment of the invention, an identifier or marker is added to the electronic content at the time of download. Merchant and purchase location information may also be added. At the time of purchase, a commerce module retrieves the identifier and presents it to the merchant server. The commerce module may also form part of the download or may originate from another source. The identifier may be used for various purposes. For example, the identifier may be used, directly or indirectly, to identify a referrer, to whom a referral fee is then credited. Also, the identifier may be used to look up offer information, since the price at the time of purchase may be different than the offer price at the time of download.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Preview Software
    Inventor: Cay S. Horstmann
  • Patent number: 6339766
    Abstract: Methods and systems for enabling an account holder to authorize the transfer of funds from an account using a limited-use account number. An account issuer establishes an account for the account holder and associates a regular account number and a limited-use account number with the account. The limited-use account number remains inactive until the account holder requests activation thereof The regular account number is activated and is made available to the account holder for use in any desired number of transactions. Upon receiving the request for activation of the limited-use account number, the account issuer activates the limited-use account number for either a specified period of time or a specified number of transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: TransactionSecure
    Inventor: Brian R. Gephart
  • Patent number: 6311166
    Abstract: A method is provided for assessing control risk in a model-based reasoning system used for analyzing financial accounting systems by decomposing and quantifying the risk factors in the model so that the risk factors can be used to determine areas in the accounting system where sufficient control is lacking and to determine which controls are key and thus should be subject to detailed testing. Factors quantified are failure impact risk, failure coverage risk, allowable risk, control detection risk, control strength, control defeat factor, attenuation factor, and control contribution. The present invention is used to enhance a hierarchical flow chart generating system, such as the Comet system, by providing risk analysis operative on a particular class of hierarchically structured flow charts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: Price Waterhouse World Firm Services BV
    Inventors: Robert A. Nado, Mitra M. Chams, Jefferson L. Delisio, Walter C. Hamscher, Robert W. Halliday
  • Patent number: 6285989
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for a universal auction specification system is disclosed. The universal auction specification system comprises a network accessible set of trading primitives. A script generator is used for combining the set of trading primitives into a temporal protocol script representing a particular auction specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Ariba, Inc.
    Inventor: Yoav Shoham
  • Patent number: 6282517
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for formulating and submitting a purchase request over a computer network and making said purchase request available to a dealer immediately. A Data Center system has a system database, a buyer interface, and a dealer interface. The system database includes an exclusive database region for each participating dealer. A potential buyer submits a purchase request over a computer network to the Data Center system. The purchase request includes a product identification data and a buyer location information. The Data Center system further contains dealer information, product information, and the like. The Data Center system determines at least one appropriate dealer to receive the purchase request. The Data Center creates a purchase request record from the data and information provided in the purchase request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: autobytel.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Don P. Wolfe, Douglas S. Nottage, Kevin J. Waggoner, Tim E. Nelson
  • Patent number: 6253186
    Abstract: A computerized arrangement for detecting potentially fraudulent suppliers or providers of goods or services includes a processor, a storage device, an input device for communicating data to the processor and storage device, and an output device for communicating data from the processor and storage device. The storage device includes a claims data file for storing information relating to a plurality of claims submitted for payment by a selected supplier or provider, one or more encoding lookup tables for use with the claims data file to produce an encoded claims data file, and a neural network program for analyzing the encoded data to produce an indicator of potentially fraudulent activity. The indicator may be compared to a predetermined threshold value by the apparatus or method to identify fraudulent suppliers. In addition to the neural network, at least one expert system may be used in the identification process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina
    Inventor: E. Steele Pendleton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6230144
    Abstract: A cell format, an accounting device and a method for providing accounting information to a network for determining payment information between operators in the network. The cell format includes a data field including at least a portion of a data signal, a header field attached to the data field, the header field providing control information for processing the cell including a priority level field and an accounting field, wherein the accounting field indicates an entity that is to receive payment for the processing of the cell. The accounting bit is set to a first value to indicate that an entity on the ingress side of the network is to receive payment. The accounting bit is set to a first value to indicate that an entity on the egress side of the network is to receive payment. The entity is an Internet Service Operator. The first value includes a value of one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Nokia Telecommunications Oy
    Inventors: Kalevi Kilkki, Jussi Ruutu
  • Patent number: 6138103
    Abstract: A decision-making method suitable for production planning in an uncertain demand environment. To this end, the method comprises combining an implosion technology with a scenario-based analysis, thus manifesting, a sui generis capability which preserves the advantages and benefits of each of its subsumed aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Feng Cheng, Daniel Patrick Connors, Thomas Robert Ervolina, Ramesh Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 6105005
    Abstract: A multi-purpose data processing system that is capable of going on-line to provide an operative link with established financial markets in support of subscriber trading. The system has two modes of operation. A first mode is directed to support for financial transactions or services that are necessary, but not critical. The second mode addresses a lost trading link from a primary trading system pursuant to a catastrophic event, and provides a remote trading platform to a plurality of pre-select traders. The second mode is accessible via disaster declaration, and the system permits custom terminal configuration in accordance with designated traders. Operation allows quick assess to markets when the primary market link outlet is down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Evelyn Fuhrer
  • Patent number: 6078898
    Abstract: A system for transactional taxation includes a secure stored data device, such as a smart card, having means for storing purchaser-specific data, an interface device for communicating with the secure stored data device and means for determining a tax rate on a purchase using the purchaser-specific data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Davis, Jane B. Walton
  • Patent number: 6078889
    Abstract: A management librarian for shipping carriers is configured to access a registry containing carrier identifiers corresponding to the carriers and module identifier corresponding to carrier rate modules. The carrier rate modules contain item rating instructions arranged to rate the item for a respective carrier from among the carriers. The carrier management librarian is also configured to load into the executable space of a client application a selected carrier rate module corresponding to the selected carrier based on module identifiers accessed in the registry. An entry point for the item rating instructions is identified, based on an associated module identifier corresponding to the selected carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Boucher, Terri A. Carroll, Jacques E. Hasbani, Kenneth Karbowski, Edward M. Rauh