Patents by Inventor Alaa S. Youssef

Alaa S. Youssef 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).

  • Patent number: 10275845
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, system, and computer program product for distributing luggage among a plurality of outlet ports of a luggage distribution unit is provided. The method includes associating, using a processor system, a passenger key and a luggage identification (ID) device of a luggage unit, and assigning, using the processor system, the luggage ID device to a dispensing unit based at least in part on a determination of a desired distribution of luggage units among the plurality of outlet ports. The method also includes detecting a location of the passenger key, providing a status of the luggage ID device of the luggage unit, and signaling the presence of the luggage ID device and the luggage unit at the dispensing unit. The method includes receiving the association to access the at least one luggage unit, and releasing the luggage unit responsive to receiving the association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tamer A. Mahfouz, Nader M. Nassar, Tamer M. Nassar, Hesham E. M. Soultan, Alaa S. Youssef
  • Publication number: 20180300464
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a computer-implemented method, computer system, and computer program product for authenticating a user. The method includes receiving a userID. The method further includes retrieving a password entry pattern associated with the userID. Each password in the set of password entries is compared to the pre-established password entry pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Tamer A. Mahfouz, Nader M. Nassar, Tamer M. Nassar, Hesham E. Soultan, Alaa S. Youssef
  • Publication number: 20180270107
    Abstract: Embodiments for fault detection in an end-to-end communication flow between microservices within a cloud computing environment by one or more processors. A communication pattern may be established between an invoking microservice and one or more microservices to enable fault detection of a failure of an end-to-end communication flow between the invoking microservice and the one or more microservices, wherein the communication pattern includes a request to self-monitor for the fault detection by the one or more microservices, and an acknowledgement response provided by the invoking microservice to the one or more microservices indicating success or failure of the end-to-end communication flow between the invoking microservice and the one or more microservices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nader M. NASSAR, Tamer M. NASSAR, Hesham E. SOULTAN, Alaa S. YOUSSEF
  • Patent number: 9906520
    Abstract: In an approach to multi-user authentication, one or more computer processors receive a first user login. The one or more computer processors determine whether at least one additional user login is received. The one or more computer processors receive an access request from the first user. The one or more computer processors receive an access request from the at least one additional user. In response to receiving the access request from the first user and the access request from the at least one additional user, the one or more computer processors determine whether the access request from the first user and the access request from the at least one additional user meet pre-defined criteria. In response to determining the access requests meet pre-defined criteria, the one or more computer processors authorize the access request of the first user and the access request of the at least one additional user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ahmed Fouad, Tamer A. Mahfouz, Nader M. Nassar, Tamer M. Nassar, Alaa S. Youssef
  • Publication number: 20170362033
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, system, and computer program product for distributing luggage among a plurality of outlet ports of a luggage distribution unit is provided. The method includes associating, using a processor system, a passenger key and a luggage identification (ID) device of a luggage unit, and assigning, using the processor system, the luggage ID device to a dispensing unit based at least in part on a determination of a desired distribution of luggage units among the plurality of outlet ports. The method also includes detecting a location of the passenger key, providing a status of the luggage ID device of the luggage unit, and signaling the presence of the luggage ID device and the luggage unit at the dispensing unit. The method includes receiving the association to access the at least one luggage unit, and releasing the luggage unit responsive to receiving the association.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: TAMER A. MAHFOUZ, NADER M. NASSAR, TAMER M. NASSAR, HESHAM E.M. SOULTAN, ALAA S. YOUSSEF
  • Publication number: 20170163623
    Abstract: In an approach to multi-user authentication, one or more computer processors receive a first user login. The one or more computer processors determine whether at least one additional user login is received. The one or more computer processors receive an access request from the first user. The one or more computer processors receive an access request from the at least one additional user. In response to receiving the access request from the first user and the access request from the at least one additional user, the one or more computer processors determine whether the access request from the first user and the access request from the at least one additional user meet pre-defined criteria. In response to determining the access requests meet pre-defined criteria, the one or more computer processors authorize the access request of the first user and the access request of the at least one additional user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Ahmed Fouad, Tamer A. Mahfouz, Nader M. Nassar, Tamer M. Nassar, Alaa S. Youssef
  • Patent number: 7827613
    Abstract: A digital rights management (DRM) system and methodology for a Java client implementing a Java Runtime Environment (JRE). The JRE comprises a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and Java runtime libraries components and is capable of executing a player application for presenting content that can be presented through a Java program (e.g., a Java application, applet, servlet, bean, etc.) and downloaded from a content server to the client. The DRM system includes an acquisition component for receiving downloaded protected contents; and a dynamic rights management layer located between the JRE and player application for receiving requests to view or play downloaded protected contents from the player, and, in response to each request, determining the rights associated with protected content and enabling viewing or playing of the protected contents via the player application if permitted according to the rights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence Koved, Magda M. Mourad, Jonathan P. Munson, Giovanni Pacifici, Marco Pistoia, Alaa S. Youssef
  • Patent number: 7308717
    Abstract: A digital rights management (DRM) system and methodology for a Java client implementing a Java Runtime Environment (JRE). The JRE comprises a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and Java runtime libraries components and is capable of executing a player application for presenting content that can be presented through a Java program (e.g., a Java application, applet, servlet, bean, etc.) and downloaded from a content server to the client. The DRM system includes an acquisition component for receiving downloaded protected contents; and a dynamic rights management layer located between the JRE and player application for receiving requests to view or play downloaded protected contents from the player, and, in response to each request, determining the rights associated with protected content and enabling viewing or playing of the protected contents via the player application if permitted according to the rights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence Koved, Magda M. Mourad, Jonathan P. Munson, Giovanni Pacifici, Marco Pistoia, Alaa S. Youssef
  • Patent number: 7305431
    Abstract: The invention deals with the enforcement of Service Level Agreement for the services provided over a client-server network. The invention discloses a method, system and a program product for automatic enforcement of SLAs. This is achieved by automatic metering of requests for service and allocation of resources of the server based on the SLA, current available resources and the needs of the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Neeran M Karnik, Arun Kumar, Girish B Chafle, Alaa S Youssef, Ruby Arora
  • Patent number: 7277870
    Abstract: A method of securely receiving data on a user's system from a web broadcast infrastructure with a plurality of channels. The method comprising receiving promotional metadata from a first web broadcast channel, the promotional metadata related to data available for reception; assembling at least part of the promotional metadata into a promotional offering for review by a user; selecting by a user, data to be received related to the promotional metadata; receiving data from a second web broadcast channel, the data selected from the promotional metadata, and wherein the data has been previously encrypted using a first encrypting key; and receiving the first decrypting key via a computer readable medium, the first decrypting key for decrypting at least some of the data received via the second web broadcast channel. In another embodiment, a method and system to transmit data securely from a web broadcast center is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Magda Mourad, Jonathan P. Munson, Giovanni Pacifici, Ahmed Tantawy, Alaa S. Youssef
  • Patent number: 7213005
    Abstract: A method, a system and computer readable medium of securely receiving data on a user's system from a web broadcast infrastructure with a plurality of channels. The method includes encrypting the data using a first encrypting key, wherein the first encrypting key is self-contained with all the information necessary to decrypt the data encrypted with the first encrypting key and encrypting the first decrypting key, using a second encrypting key. Next promotional metadata related to at least part of the encrypted data on a first web broadcast channel for reception by at least one user's system is broadcasted. Broadcasting at least part of the encrypted data over a second broadcast channel and transferring the encrypted first decrypting key, which has been encrypted with the second encrypting key, to the user's system via a computer readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Magda Mourad, Jonathan P. Munson, Giovanni Pacifici, Ahmed Tantawy, Alaa S. Youssef
  • Patent number: 7171558
    Abstract: A digital rights management system for controlling the distribution of digital content to player applications. The system comprises a verification system, a trusted content handler, and a user interface control. The verification system is provided to validate the integrity of the player applications; and the trusted content handler is used to decrypt content and to transmit the decrypted content to the player applications, and to enforce usage rights associated with the content. The user interface control module is provided to ensure that users of the player applications are not exposed to actions that violate the usage rights. The preferred embodiment of the present invention provides a system that enables existing content viewers, such as Web browsers, document viewers, and Java Virtual Machines running content-viewing applications, with digital rights management capabilities, in a manner that is transparent to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Magda M. Mourad, Jonathan P. Munson, Tamer Nadeem, Giovanni Pacifici, Marco Pistoia, Alaa S. Youssef
  • Patent number: 6834110
    Abstract: A method of securely providing data to a user's system over a broadcast infrastructure. The method comprising the steps of: encrypting the data using a first encrypting key; encrypting a first decrypting key using a second encrypting key; dividing at least part of the encrypted data into a series of logical packages; placing at least some of the logical packages into a broadcast carousel for cyclical broadcast over the broadcast infrastructure; broadcasting the packages in broadcast carousel so that they can be received by at least one user's system, wherein the broadcast is cyclical and repeats periodically; and transferring the encrypted first decrypting key, which has been encrypted with the second encrypting key, to the user's system. In another embodiment, a system is disclosed to carry out the above method in a broadcast infrastructure and an image overlaid on top of a primary image being displayed isused to denote that additional logical packages are available for receipt by broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Franco Marconcini, Jonathan P. Munson, Giovanni Pacifici, Ahmed Tantawy, Alaa S. Youssef
  • Publication number: 20040111506
    Abstract: A performance management system and method for cluster-based web services comprising a gateway for receiving a user request, assigning the user request to a class, queuing the user request based on said class, and dispatching the user request to one of a plurality of server resources based on the assigned class and control parameters. The control parameters are continuously updated by a global resource manager which tracks and evaluates system performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ashish Kundu, Vijay K. Naik, Mangala Gowri Nanda, Giovanni Pacifici, Michael Joseph Spreitzer, Asser N. Tantawi, Pradeep Varma, Alaa S. Youssef
  • Publication number: 20040064557
    Abstract: The invention deals with the enforcement of Service Level Agreement for the services provided over a client-server network. The invention discloses a method, system and a program product for automatic enforcement of SLAs. This is achieved by automatic metering of requests for service and allocation of resources of the server based on the SLA, current available resources and the needs of the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Inventors: Neeran M. Karnik, Arun Kumar, Girish B. Chafle, Alaa S. Youssef, Ruby Arora
  • Publication number: 20030196114
    Abstract: A system for providing persistent access control of protected content is disclosed. The method on a client system includes sending a first request for authentication of the client to a server system. Subsequently, the client is authenticated by the server. Next, a user on the client attempts to access a file comprising a trailer and content encrypted with an encrypting key. Then, a second request for access to the content is sent to the server by the client, wherein an identifier from the trailer is included in the second request. The identifier identifies the content or an access control policy of the content. The server determines that the second request is in accordance with an access control policy associated with the content, and grants access to the content. Lastly, the client accesses the content in accordance with the access control policy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES
    Inventors: Glenn E. Brew, Marco M. Hurtado, David Medina, Jonathan P. Munson, Stefan Nusser, Giovanni Pacifici, Alaa S. Youssef
  • Publication number: 20030135464
    Abstract: A method of securely receiving data on a user's system from a web broadcast infrastructure with a plurality of channels. The method comprising the steps of: receiving promotional metadata from a first web broadcast channel, the promotional metadata related to data available for reception; assembling at least part of the promotional metadata into a promotional offering for review by a user; selecting by a user, data to be received related to the promotional metadata; receiving data from a second web broadcast channel, the data selected from the promotional metadata, and wherein the data has been previously encrypted using a first encrypting key; and receiving the first decrypting key via a computer readable medium, the first decrypting key for decrypting at least some of the data received via the second web broadcast channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2000
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Magda Mourad, Joseph P. Munson, Giovanni Pacifici, Ahmed Tantawy, Alaa S. Youssef
  • Publication number: 20030079133
    Abstract: The invention described herein introduces a system which binds the content to a person or any other entity like a company. So duplication of the content and rendering of content is only allowed to a well defined number of devices. The devices used in a system according to the present invention are provided for playing unencrypted content as well. Thus, users are enabled to play their currently existing audio CDs with the same device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2001
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gerd Breiter, Oliver Petrik, Werner Ederer, Jonathan Munson, Giovanni Pacifici, Alaa S. Youssef, Abdelsalam Helal
  • Publication number: 20030009770
    Abstract: A method for receiving digital content data on a user's system for playing or recording, the content data being compressed and encrypted with a first encrypting key, said method comprising the steps of: tuning a receiver to a selected frequency; receiving content data through a broadcast transmission at the selected frequency; assembling the content data that is received; and transferring the content data to a player for playing the content data after all the content data has been received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 1999
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: AHMED TANTAWY, FRANCO MARCONCINI, JONATHAN P. MUNSON, GIOVANNI PACIFICI, ALAA S. YOUSSEF
  • Publication number: 20020161996
    Abstract: A digital rights management (DRM) system and methodology for a Java client implementing a Java Runtime Environment (JRE). The JRE comprises a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and Java runtime libraries components and is capable of executing a player application for presenting content that can be presented through a Java program (e.g., a Java application, applet, servlet, bean, etc.) and downloaded from a content server to the client. The DRM system includes an acquisition component for receiving downloaded protected contents; and a dynamic rights management layer located between the JRE and player application for receiving requests to view or play downloaded protected contents from the player, and, in response to each request, determining the rights associated with protected content and enabling viewing or playing of the protected contents via the player application if permitted according to the rights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Inventors: Lawrence Koved, Magda M. Mourad, Jonathan P. Munson, Giovanni Pacifici, Marco Pistoia, Alaa S. Youssef