Patents by Inventor Akihiko Obata

Akihiko Obata has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20030105668
    Abstract: A goods information collecting system for collecting information on goods on a network gives a contribution right to a user, records and manages an article when the user contributes the article, associates the article with information on goods, generates a link to the information on goods, displays the article, records and manages an operation history of other users with respect to the displayed article, calculates an influence degree showing the degree to which the contributed contents have an effect on the goods selection of other users, and generates a point given to the user contributing the article, based on the calculated influence degree.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Satoko Segawa, Akihiko Obata
  • Publication number: 20030065580
    Abstract: There is provided a sales promotion support method in an on-line shopping environment in which a goods provider server used by a goods provider that provides goods is connected to a user terminal used by a user through a communication path, wherein the goods provider server registers information on a user, presents information on goods to a user, manages service points to be given on the registered user basis, and in the case of detecting that a first user that has browsed through information on goods at a user terminal has distributed information on goods to a second user, updates service points of the first user that is a distribution origin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Publication date: April 3, 2003
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Akihiko Obata, Satoko Segawa
  • Patent number: 6462767
    Abstract: A virtual proximity service control system capable of realizing informal and unplanned communication and a TV conference with which virtual proximity feeling can be obtained between remote persons in an office. The virtual proximity service uses a network formed by connecting a plurality of communication terminals of users in the office. Prior to commencing communication with the companion, the image of the department to which the companion belongs, information of the members of the department, another person who is performing communication with the department and relative sections, and address information of the terminal of the foregoing persons are acquired to perform communication while considering the state of the companion. Moreover, an opportunity to perform communication with a person adjacent to the companion can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Akihiko Obata, Kazuo Sasaki
  • Patent number: 6298374
    Abstract: A communication management apparatus and recording medium which manages positions in the real world in connection with virtual spaces in a virtual world that correspond to these positions; which makes, while maintaining a substitute join either of the virtual spaces of the virtual world, the substitute in the virtual world move to follow the physical movement of a communicating person who moved to another place; and which displays the destination of the substitute of the communicating person in the virtual world or the destination of the communicating person in the real world, whereby a communicating person who wishes to communicate with another person physically moved, is able to know the destination of the substitute which moved in the virtual world to follow the physical movement of the other person, or the physical movement destination of the other person and is also able to communicate with the other person through designating the substitute of the other person who physically moved as the partner for com
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Kazuo Sasaki, Akihiko Obata
  • Publication number: 20010011299
    Abstract: A plurality of user terminals regularly accessing Internet Relay Chat (IRC) services are also in communication with a service selecting host. The service selecting host is configured to collect data from the plurality of user terminals. The collected data includes information about the users at the user terminals and information about the user terminals activity in the accessing of the IRC services. The service selecting host compiles and sorts the collected data concerning IRC services to produce information provided to the user terminals. The information provided to the user terminals allows users at the user terminals to more easily select sorted IRC services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2001
    Publication date: August 2, 2001
    Inventors: Youji Kohda, Kazuki Matsui, Kenichi Sasaki, Ryuichi Matsukura, Yasuhide Matsumoto, Iwao Otsuka, Akihiko Obata, Makoto Okada, Satoshi Okuyama
  • Patent number: 6249806
    Abstract: A plurality of user terminals regularly accessing Internet Relay Chat (IRC) services are also in communication with a service selecting host. The service selecting host is configured to collect data from the plurality of user terminals. The collected data includes information about the users at the user terminals and information about the user terminals activity in the accessing of the IRC services. The service selecting host compiles and sorts the collected data concerning IRC services to produce information provided to the user terminals. The information provided to the user terminals allows users at the user terminals to more easily select sorted IRC services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Youji Kohda, Kazuki Matsui, Kenichi Sasaki, Ryuichi Matsukura, Yasuhide Matsumoto, Iwao Otsuka, Akihiko Obata, Makoto Okada, Satoshi Okuyama
  • Patent number: 6195684
    Abstract: An electronic conference aiding system having a structure in which one common information processing apparatus having a common display unit having a size sufficiently large for attendants to commonly watch display and a plurality of personal information processing apparatuses each having a personal display unit for exclusively creating and displaying information at a position adjacent to each attendant are connected into a network through data communication passage, wherein a comment, a reference material or the like is, as an object, related to a file displayed on the common display unit or the personal display unit in such a manner that the object is displayed at an unspecific position on the file to indicate the relation as a previous step in place of immediately embedding the object at a specific position of the file. The necessity of considering the position on the displayed file can be eliminated and the object is related to the overall portion of the file when the object is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Satoru Watanabe, Akihiko Obata
  • Patent number: 6072487
    Abstract: The scroll synchronizing system has a moving amount acquiring unit for acquiring a screen area to be moved and its moving amount, when the screen of an application program moves, a drawing information control unit for controlling the information of the drawing object, and an application executing unit for judging the drawing object to be moved according to the information acquired by the moving amount acquiring unit, sequentially updating the information in the drawing information control unit of the drawing object to be moved, and redrawing the drawing object to be moved. The drawing object drawn on the general application program is synchronized with the change of the screen of the general application program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Jun Kakuta, Akihiko Obata
  • Patent number: 5801677
    Abstract: A cursor movement unit controls the movement of the cursor of a user's own terminal and the cursor of another terminal according to a cursor movement (i.e., right, left, up, down) command received by the input receiving portion of the user's own terminal or provided from the other terminal. A scrolling unit scrolls the document according to the cursor movement command, when either the user's own terminal cursor or the other terminal cursor is located within a predetermined distance from one end of the window. A notifying unit sends to the other terminal a cursor movement command received by the user's own terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Akihiko Obata
  • Patent number: 5726669
    Abstract: A multi-window communication system performs a communication and telewriting between terminals having multi-window functions. This system inputs commands for a window frame change, a screen scrolling and various function execution designation, and analyzes and executes a command inputted by said inputting means and transmitted from another terminal. It displays window display data stored in a memory under the control of a command analysis, and transmits and receives transmitting and receiving signals to or from another terminal, under the control of a command analysis. Then, the system maintains window management data, changes a window frame and controls a scrolling of a window screen, under the control of the command analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Akihiko Obata, Hajime Kamata, Katsutoshi Yano, Motomitsu Adachi
  • Patent number: 5018082
    Abstract: A guidance message display control system for displaying a guidance message on terminal equipment, such as multi-media communication terminals. The system maintains and updates a skill level which corresponds to the length of delay occuring before the display of the guidance message. The system awaits a choice selection by a users. If within a predetermined time delay the user has not input a valid selection, then the guidance message is displayed and the skill level is decreased. On the other hand, if a valid selection is made within the predetermined period, then the skill level is increased. Thus, guidance messages are displayed based upon user skill. That is, the messages appear for the unskilled user, but only appear as needed for the skilled user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Akihiko Obata, Motomitsu Adachi, Hajime Kamata, Katsutoshi Yano