Patents by Inventor Andy Lawrence

Andy Lawrence 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: 5859978
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for management of application programs in a computer network are disclosed. A modified hierarchical database which includes application objects that represent applications and their execution environments is utilized. Administrator tools support the creation, deletion, and modification of application objects. Each application object includes the location of an executable code for a given application, an icon, a working directory name, drive mappings, printer port captures, command line parameters, and similar information. An application launcher queries the database and updates a list of available applications which is kept in the user's desktop. The launcher automatically launches specified applications when a user runs the launcher. The launcher also uses the information in the application object to setup resources needed by the application, to create a process that executes the application, and to clean up after the application terminates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Assignee: Novell, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly E. Sonderegger, Kevin L. Hopton, Matthew G. Brooks, Andy Lawrence, Damon Janis, Lori K. Dayton, Thomas B. Oldroyd
  • Patent number: 5692129
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for management of application programs in a computer network are disclosed. A modified hierarchical database which includes application objects that represent applications and their execution environments is utilized. Administrator tools support the creation, deletion, and modification of application objects. Each application object includes the location of an executable code for a given application, an icon, a working directory name, drive mappings, printer port captures, command line parameters, and similar information. An application launcher queries the database and updates a list of available applications which is kept in the user's desktop. The launcher automatically launches specified applications when a user runs the launcher. The launcher also uses the information in the application object to setup resources needed by the application, to create a process that executes the application, and to clean up after the application terminates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: Novell, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly E. Sonderegger, Kevin L. Hopton, Matthew G. Brooks, Andy Lawrence, Damon Janis, Lori K. Dayton, Thomas B. Oldroyd