Patents Examined by Peter Choi
  • Patent number: 7725341
    Abstract: A planning system and method is disclosed. The planning system includes at least one business rule remote from at least one client, a meeting editor, and at least one tracker communicatively connected to the meeting editor, wherein the at least one tracker tracks at least two data items selected from the group consisting of invitees to at least one of the at least one meetings, respondents to invitations to the meeting, at least one speaker of the meeting, at least one host of the meeting, finances of the meeting, and a venue of the meeting, and wherein the at least one tracker communicates the at least two data items with the meeting editor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Advanced Health Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Brady, Kevin McMurtry, Greg Miller
  • Patent number: 7707059
    Abstract: A system and method for adaptive marketing using insight driven customer interaction. The invention uses a closed-loop process for developing insight that may be used to refine further customer interactions. Results of a first customer interaction such as a marketing campaign are stored in a database. The results may be used to retrain predictive models and gain new insights regarding how customers are responding to marketing campaigns. The insights may be used to refine the offers delivered to customers or to extend additional offers in an effort to increase the likelihood that customers will redeem the offers. After each marketing campaign, the results are stored in the database. New and/or modified offers are created based on insights provided by the results of past campaigns. This process may be repeated such that subsequent campaigns are based on insights generated by the predictive models. The insight enables businesses to better target customers with better offers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services GmbH
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Reed, Theodore Ansusinha, Hari S. Hariharan
  • Patent number: 7702531
    Abstract: Disclosed is a business driven learning solution and related methods for managing the learning and training needs of a sales-oriented organization in a manner that is responsive to dynamic business needs. The invention employs modules of interrelated and interdependent business processes for the identification and prioritization of learning needs, the selection of learning approaches, the development of learning content, the coordination and delivery of learning instruction, and the overall management and administration learning efforts. Embodiments of the inventions disclosed include sales training objects to provide a template for sales training that is focused on a solution, and how to position and sell the solution, rather than on the products that make up the solution. As a result, the sales force is educated, understands the customers' business requirements, and is able to craft specific value propositions to a given customer with respect to that solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services GmbH
    Inventors: William Christopher Draper, John R. Hubbell, Thomas Kenneth Stovall, Renata Marek, Brian Koldyke
  • Patent number: 7693734
    Abstract: A method for scheduling conference resources is provided, that includes receiving a request for a conference reservation. The request may include the identities of a plurality of proposed participants, a proposed start time, and at least one fixed resource criterion. In accordance with a particular embodiment of the present invention, a projected location of at least one of the proposed participants is automatically calculated. The projected location may be a location at which the at least one of the proposed participants is expected to be at approximately the proposed start time. The method may also include automatically calculating a projected location of at least one invitee of the conference. In accordance with this embodiment, the projected location of the at least one invitee may be used to select an optimal one of a plurality of fixed resources, that match the at least one fixed resource criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Christenson, Shamim S. Pirzada
  • Patent number: 7693735
    Abstract: An apparatus and method provides dynamic schedule mediation by scheduling and monitoring appointments between a service provider and customers. The apparatus and method uses a statistical analysis to determine a best appointment time based on at least one of: historical performance patterns, the type of service requested during the appointment, geographic location of the customer or the service provider, time of day, time of year, weather, skills of the service provider, and automobile traffic conditions. The system and method continuously monitors changes to the appointment initiated by the customer or the service provider and notifies the other. The statistical information of a service provider may also be used to evaluate the rules of the service provider and to evaluate individual field service personnel of the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Etadirect Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Irad Carmi, Yuval Brisker
  • Patent number: 7685010
    Abstract: A method, system, computer program product, and related business methods for concisely communicating real-time business information to end users in an enterprise network is described. An integrated business system having at least ERP and CRM functionality is accessed via a browser-based user interface. A plurality of portlet windows are simultaneously displayed within a browser window, each portlet window occupying a relatively small area therein. The portlet windows are selected and arranged according to a customizable user profile for each user, and include reporting portlets displaying up-to-date business results retrieved from the integrated business system. Each reporting portlet further comprises report access links associated with at least one of the business results that, when selected by the user, invoke browser-based displays of up-to-date business data underlying those business results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Netsuite, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan M. Goldberg, Craig S. Sullivan, Baruch Goldwasser, Luke A. Braud
  • Patent number: 7680686
    Abstract: The present invention relates to business to business market price control and management systems. More particularly, the present invention relates to systems and methods for generating price modeling and optimization modules in a business to business market setting wherein price changes are optimized to achieve desired business results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Vendavo, Inc.
    Inventors: Jens E. Tellefsen, Soulaymane Kachani
  • Patent number: 7672861
    Abstract: Systems, program products, and methods of human resources planning and development are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Hani A. Al-Otaibi, Maan J. Khalife, Saad Younes Mousa
  • Patent number: 7672862
    Abstract: Generating a supply chain plan includes accessing data describing a supply chain network having buffers. Each buffer is operable to store items and is associated with a corresponding time variable. The supply chain network is constrained by a constraint. A linear programming problem is generated for the supply chain network. The linear programming problem is approximated by discretizing the time variables of the buffers to yield discretized time variables and by relaxing the constraint to yield a relaxed constraint. An optimized supply chain plan is calculated for the approximated linear programming problem. The optimized supply chain plan describes a quantity of items at each buffer for at least one time value of the corresponding time variable. The optimized supply chain plan is adjusted to satisfy the constraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: i2 Technologies US, Inc.
    Inventors: Narayan Venkatasubramanyan, Manoj Abraham, David Michael, Mehdi Sheikhzadeh
  • Patent number: 7668743
    Abstract: An apparatus for planning a demand-supply scheme of a supply chain so as to increase the corporate profit. A demand-supply scheme including order receipt, order placement, purchase and supply in the unit of a month of each step of a supply chain that includes various steps, such as product sales steps, product-producing steps, steps of producing parts for producing products, etc. is set so that the order placement to each producing step becomes within an order receivable range that is calculated from the equipment, the manpower, the number of times of operation, etc. of the producing step. Furthermore, a demand-supply scheme is planned and changed so as to maximize a profitability index that is calculated by using a cost regarding the production of a product that includes a material cost, a manpower cost, and an equipment cost, a stock management cost, a transportation cost, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kuniya Kaneko, Hidetsugu Kojima, Hayaaki Fujiyoshi, Toshihiro Nakamura, Motohisa Kondo, Hirosumi Suzuki, Kentaro Otokubo
  • Patent number: 7653566
    Abstract: A system and method for automating a business procedure is disclosed. The workflow management system includes an administrator, a process designer, a workflow database, a process engine and a web client. The system may interact with a form generator and a business application program. The system first analyzes the business process and models the process as a combination of detailed activities. The system assigns the properties to each activity according to the business rules. After modeling the business process and after the business process is initiated, the process engine allocates the workitems to the participant. The system can automate a very complicated business process and can be expanded and adapted to ever-changing business environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Handysoft Global Corporation
    Inventors: Kyu Dong Kim, Young Hoon Kim, Byung Kwon Kwak, Gab Youl Lim
  • Patent number: 7640181
    Abstract: A secure election system provides a downloadable ballot viewer object for the casting of ballots. The ballot viewer object authenticates the user, permits user interaction in the casting of ballots, seals the cast ballot image by encryption, and transmits the cast ballot to election headquarters. The ballot viewer object may be used to perform secure voting on the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Hart InterCivic, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil L. McClure, Victor L. Babbitt, Roberts Simon Harry George
  • Patent number: 7620564
    Abstract: A method for making and organizing a sales territory plan includes guiding users through the development of sales goals, strategies, and targeted lists of accounts derived from the quantifiable characteristics. Historical sales data and strategy are reviewed to define a sales record, which is then segmented based upon commonalties and categorized. The segmented record is analyzed by individual sales territory to create a territory dashboard from which trends and relationships are then evaluated. These trends and relationships are further analyzed using a territory strategies analysis for planning sales strategies based on account segments, sales goals, and other relevant criteria, and to establish a tactical sales action plan. A system and computer process implement one or more steps of the method for territory analysis, goal setting, and strategy and tactics development. In order to derive further benefit execution and follow-up steps are also conducted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: HarvestGold
    Inventor: Steven A. Lippock
  • Patent number: 7617117
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for estimating requirements for completion of a project. These mechanisms, which may be implemented by a data processing system, define general project factors for a general kind of project as well as analysis rules for this general kind of project. A complexity matrix that defines a plurality of complexity measures for a plurality of project factors for a specific project is provided. The analysis rules are applied to the project factors of the complexity matrix to generate a single complexity measure for the specific project. This complexity measure is used by an estimation mechanism to generate an estimate of requirements for completing the project. Exceptional combinations of project factors may be defined to force the single complexity measure to a maximum value when the conditions of the exceptional combinations are met by the complexity measures of the complexity matrix for a specific project.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: James Gilbert Starkey
  • Patent number: 7617118
    Abstract: A service element is defined and represented by a data structure. It includes one or more components and/or one or more other service elements. A service element providing a complete function is a service offering. Management of service elements and/or service offerings is facilitated by a Service Development Tool. In different aspects, the management includes various tasks associated with creating, modifying and deleting service elements, establishing relationships, error checking and optimization. In a further aspect, service elements are packaged and distributed to enable customers to deliver the service elements. Additionally, the hosting of software packages is facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul G. Greenstein, Galina Grunin, Gregory Leytes, Luu Q. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 7584117
    Abstract: A method of determining a business's innovation capability consists of using a computer and internet based system which has a questionnaire program to obtain answers relating to 6 foundation capabilities and 6 innovation capabilities which are weighted and transformed by an algorithm into a value index which is used by management to improve innovation performance and by management and investors to forecast future growth and profitability of the business.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Wave Global Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Darryl Bubner
  • Patent number: 7542918
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a controller for controlling a system, capable of presentation of a plurality of candidate propositions resulting in a response performance, in order to optimise an objective function of the system. The controller has a means for storing, according to candidate proposition, a representation of the response performance in actual use of respective propositions; means for assessing which candidate proposition is likely to result in the lowest expected regret after the next presentation on the basis of an understanding of the probability distribution of the response performance of all of the plurality of candidate propositions; where regret is a term used for the shortfall in response performance between always presenting a true best candidate proposition and using the candidate proposition actually presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Omniture, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Paul Rolleston Phillips
  • Patent number: 7512543
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for performing a stochastic analysis of one or more hydrocarbon reservoir exploitation strategies taking into consideration one or more uncertain parameters. The method optimizes an objective function that considers the gain in value of a reservoir management goal attributable to these exploitation strategies. The methodology may be used to decide whether or not to implement a strategy. Alternatively, it may be used to decide which competing strategy will yield the maximum benefit. In another embodiment of the present invention, the value of information obtained from the installation of additional sensors or new measurements is also considered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Bhavani Raghuraman, Benoit Couet
  • Patent number: 7461008
    Abstract: A method and system of planning modification of a configuration of an item of equipment supports an integrated approach toward managing one or more configuration modifications and planning and scheduling issues. Planning factors are tracked. One or more planning factors are relevant to a modification of a configuration of an item of equipment. A balanced configuration modification plan and schedule is arranged based on the planning factors. It is decided whether to institute the balanced configuration plan or at least a portion of the balanced configuration plan. The resources to carry out the balanced configuration plan are allocated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services GmbH
    Inventors: Gary R. Garrow, Charles P. Newton, III, Patrick E. Weir, David P. West, II, Michael Wetzer
  • Patent number: 7386751
    Abstract: A generic service management system is disclosed. The generic service management system comprises a registration scheme; a search-and-execution scheme; and a detection-and-replacement scheme, used for detecting and replacing the invalid service provider, such as a semiconductor equipment manager. The present invention provides a GEV (Generic Evaluator) having the capabilities of error-detecting and data backup, and further combines Jini infrastructure and the programming technology of design by contract. The GEV archives the credit values of all the service providers for letting a client (such as a factory manager) to select a service provider having a higher credit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: National Cheng Kung University
    Inventors: Fan-Tien Cheng, Haw-Ching Yang, Chia-Ying Tsai