Patents by Inventor Alan Shen

Alan Shen 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: 20070173327
    Abstract: A game console has the capability to execute programming to unlock an achievement. After the achievements are unlocked, a data store accessible by the game console over a network stores the information in the profile of the user. The achievements associated with the user profiles can be retrieved from the store along with an indicator, that is indicative of a tier level associated with the achievement where the tier indicates a certain performance level associated with unlocking a particular achievement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Publication date: July 26, 2007
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin Kilgore, Michal Bortnik, Patrick O'Kelley, Vincent Curley, Alan Shen
  • Publication number: 20070173321
    Abstract: Accomplishments among players in a gaming environment are compared. A data store that stores a plurality of user profiles which comprise information gathered from users playing one or more video games on a game console. Various accomplishments and achievements attained by the players are associated with the user profile and includes achievement stamps for unlocking various achievements in particular games. At least two user profiles may be selected from the data store to extract information related to accomplishments and achievements the selected players. The selected information may then be displayed simultaneously to facilitate comparison of the players accomplishments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Publication date: July 26, 2007
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Alan Shen, Henry Morgan, Michal Bortnik, Patrick O'Kelley, Vincent Curley
  • Publication number: 20050090272
    Abstract: A cellular telephone clock is automatically set to correlate to a timestamp contained in a Short Messaging Service (SMS) status report. Accordingly, an exemplary cell phone clock can be properly set any time the cell phone receives a status report. By setting the cell phone device time to correlate to the world time, the exemplary cell phone clock can be automatically set, without requiring any action by the user and without requiring a special time set control message. When the cell phone transmits an SMS message, the cell phone stores the device time corresponding to the time that the message was sent (DTS). When a status report is received, the exemplary cell phone stores the device time corresponding to the time that the status report was received (DTR). Additionally, the cell phone stores the world time that is included in the status report by the SMSC that handled the message (WT).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2004
    Publication date: April 28, 2005
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David Anson, Alan Shen, Scott Shell, Roman Sherman
  • Publication number: 20050090248
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for an event-based configuration interface between a service supporting mobile connectivity and device drivers exposing WWAN data services. Object identifiers (OIDs) are passed between the service and the device drivers. Asynchronous communication is enabled. Methods and systems for using OIDs to negotiate configuration, including PINs, SIMs and signal strength, of WWAN devices such as GSM and CDMA-based devices are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2003
    Publication date: April 28, 2005
    Inventors: Alan Shen, Hao Zhuang, Dan Knudson, Warren Barkley, Nagampalli Rao, Taroon Mandhana
  • Patent number: 6623105
    Abstract: Apparatus for holding and securing a printer cartridge to a printer that is easy to use and manipulate. The apparatus utilizes a number of mechanical features including cams and pivoting pins to move the cartridge axially so that the cartridge contacts a contact strip and exert force on the cartridge in a generally downward direction to secure the cartridge from moving. Preferred methods for assembling and using the apparatus are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Addmaster Corporation
    Inventor: Jingsong Alan Shen