Patents by Inventor Daniel E. Cowan

Daniel E. Cowan 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: 6457050
    Abstract: A system and method for dynamically restoring communications within a network following an outage comprising a database containing the current configuration of switching elements within the network and a plurality of instructions resident on a memory device for operating a control computer wherein the plurality of instructions includes a code segment for receiving alarms from the switching elements identifying an outage, a code segment for selecting restoration switching elements based upon the configuration of the switching elements in the database, and a code segment for implementing a restoration route utilizing the restoration switching elements to restore communications within the network are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: MCI Communications Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel E. Cowan, Gerard Lawrence Commerford, Mark B. Turner
  • Patent number: 6389129
    Abstract: A generic interface is provided for interfacing multiple client application programs with multiple network devices. The client application programs may differ from each other and may include application programs for performing a network restoration, network maintenance, and network administration. The network devices may be of different device types. The interface converts communications between the client application programs and the network devices so that the communications are compatible with the requirements of the destination. The interface may include added functionality, such as an automatic auditing mechanism and a data link manager mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: MCI Communications Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel E. Cowan
  • Publication number: 20020031214
    Abstract: A generic interface is provided for interfacing multiple client application programs with multiple network devices. The client application programs may differ from each other and may include application programs for performing a network restoration, network maintenance, and network administration. The network devices may be of different device types. The interface converts communications between the client application programs and the network devices so that the communications are compatible with the requirements of the destination. The interface may include added functionality, such as an automatic auditing mechanism and a data link manager mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 1997
    Publication date: March 14, 2002
    Inventor: DANIEL E. COWAN
  • Patent number: 6105031
    Abstract: A real-time device data management (RTNDD) system for managing access to data describing devices in a telecommunications network. The RTNDD system maintains a partition data structure for each device. The partition data structure has a header section and a port data section. The header section contains data elements describing the device (e.g., number of ports and device type). The port data section has a port data structure for each port of the device that contains data elements describing the port (e.g., current cross-connect and actual port address for device). The RTNDD system also provides a standard interface through which external systems access the device data. The standard interface has functions for reading and writing to the partition data structures. Each read function reads multiple data elements of a header section or a port data structure at a time, and each write function writes a single data element of a device at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: MCI Communications Corporation
    Inventors: Gerard Lawrence Commerford, Jr., Daniel E. Cowan, Mark B. Turner
  • Patent number: 5983226
    Abstract: A real-time device data management (RTNDD) system for managing access to data describing devices in a telecommunications network. The RTNDD system maintains a partition data structure for each device. The partition data structure has a header section and a port data section. The header section contains data elements describing the device (e.g., number of ports and device type). The port data section has a port data structure for each port of the device that contains data elements describing the port (e.g., current cross-connect and actual port address for device). The RTNDD system also provides a standard interface through which external systems access the device data. The standard interface has functions for reading and writing to the partition data structures. Each read function reads multiple data elements of a header section or a port data structure at a time, and each write function writes a single data element of a device at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: MCI World Com, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald L. Commerford, Jr., Daniel E. Cowan, Mark B. Turner
  • Patent number: 5909682
    Abstract: A real-time device data management (RTNDD) system for managing access to data describing devices in a telecommunications network. The RTNDD system maintains a partition data structure for each device. The partition data structure has a header section and a port data section. The header section contains data elements describing the device (e.g., number of ports and device type). The port data section has a port data structure for each port of the device that contains data elements describing the port (e.g., current cross-connect and actual port address for device). The RTNDD system also provides a standard interface through which external systems access the device data. The standard interface has functions for reading and writing to the partition data structures. Each read function reads multiple data elements of a header section or a port data structure at a time, and each write function writes a single data element of a device at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: MCI Worldcom, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel E. Cowan, Gerard L. Commerford, Jr., Mark B. Turner