Patents by Inventor Chris L. Odell

Chris L. Odell 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: 5444695
    Abstract: A token ring local area network (LAN) testing apparatus is provided. The apparatus monitors history or status of token ring stations. Such information is useful in isolating token ring faults that may occur during its operation. The apparatus includes current and past memory lists that contain status information for each token ring station. The current station memory list contains addresses of all token ring stations that are present during a current neighbor notification process. The last station memory list contains addresses of all token ring stations that were present in the token ring during the neighbor notification process that was previous to the current neighbor notification process. A neighbor notification process is a conventional part of the token ring media access control (MAC) protocol. Included with the addresses in these lists is a determined one of a number of state characters that is indicative of station status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignees: Forte Networks, Inc., Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Copley, David G. Fish, Chris L. Odell, Charles H. Whiteside
  • Patent number: 5425017
    Abstract: A testing apparatus for token ring local area networks (LANs) which can insert into the token ring network without requiring a separate port on a media access unit (MAU). The testing apparatus of the present invention is connected between a regular network station and the MAU. The testing apparatus is insertable into the network through the MAU, and the regular network station is able to insert into the network through the testing apparatus. Once inserted, the regular network station and the testing apparatus act as separate stations in series on the LAN. Due to its central position in this configuration, the testing apparatus is able to test for possible faults that might be present in the network and/or in the station to which it is connected. In addition, since the testing apparatus does not require a separate port on the MAU, no active user on the network needs to be disconnected for any extended period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1995
    Assignees: Forte Networks, Inc, Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Copley, David G. Fish, Gordon A. Jensen, Chris L. Odell, Charles H. Whiteside, Thomas S. Wisdom, Jr.
  • Patent number: D353342
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Assignees: Fluke Corporation, Forte Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Indle G. King, Roger L. Howell, Chris L. Odell, Jeffrey T. Samson, Harry B. Taylor, Steven W. Fisher