Patents by Inventor David P. Greene

David P. Greene 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: 7116223
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to monitor a container associated with an item. According to one embodiment, an indication that a container has been opened is received. For example, the container may transmit a signal when a person opens the container to access an item. Based on the received indication, ownership of the item may be transferred and/or another item may be provided (e.g., to the person who opened the container). According to other embodiments, item quality information, item warranty information, and/or security information are determined based on the received indication. According to still other embodiments, a sender receives a notification based on the indication or the indication is recorded as an acceptance of an agreement. In yet another embodiment, the indication is used to verify that the container was opened in accordance with an item requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Edith H. Stern, David P. Greene, Philip Shi-lung Yu, Barry E. Willner, Robert E. Chapman
  • Patent number: 7072839
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided wherein a consumable item parameter is exchanged between a consumable item and a consuming device. According to one embodiment, a consumable item parameter request is transmitted to a device associated with a consumable item, and the consumable item parameter is then received. The device may comprise, for example, the consumable item or a device associated with dispensing the consumable item. The device may also comprise, for example, a device associated with a consumption of the consumable item, a device adapted to control a consumption of the consumable item, or a device that consumes the consumable item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: International Buisness Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Barry E. Willner, Edith H. Stern, Paul A. Moskowitz, Samuel Dinkin, Philip S. Yu, David P. Greene, William Grey
  • Patent number: 7051120
    Abstract: A system, method, apparatus, and computer program code for delivering a treatment includes generating a personal area network associated with a patient, said personal area network transmitting a patient identifier associated with said patient, retrieving treatment data associated with said patient identifier, and operating a treatment device pursuant to said treatment data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David P. Greene, Edith H. Stern, Barry E. Willner, Philip Shi-lung Yu
  • Patent number: 7016968
    Abstract: A system, method, apparatus, and computer program code for providing content to a device, wherein operation of the device may be interrupted as a result of a display of content by the device. According to embodiments of the present invention, a plurality of content segments can be identified or selected. In addition, a device (e.g., computer, cellular telephone, personal digital assistant) associated with a recipient of the content segments can be identified or selected. The content segments can then be provided to the device in such a way that display of a content segment by the device may interrupt operation of the device, thereby providing focus on the content segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Barry E. Willner, Philip Shi-lung Yu, David P. Greene, Edith H. Stern
  • Patent number: 6934390
    Abstract: A system to transfer electronic information includes reception of a command to transmit a file of electronic information. In response to the received command, the file of electronic information is automatically copied to create a copied file of electronic information, the copied file is transmitted, and the file of electronic information is rendered unusable. By rendering the file of electronic information unusable after copying the file, no additional usable copies of the file will remain. As a result, a degree of protection is provided to any copyright interest in the electronic information embodied therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul A. Moskowitz, Stephen J. Boies, Samuel Dinkin, David P. Greene, William Grey, Philip Shi-lung Yu, Edith H. Stern
  • Patent number: 6879835
    Abstract: A method of transferring data includes reception of a message from a first mobile device operated by a user, storage of the message according to a location of the first mobile device, reception of an indication that a second mobile device operated by a second user is located proximate to the location, and transmission of the message to the second mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David P. Greene, Edith H. Stern, Philip Shi-lung Yu, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 6807464
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to facilitate a distribution of information. According to one embodiment, vehicle control information is determined, the vehicle control information being dependent on time in formation, operator information, and/or vehicle information. For example, an intersection control signal may be determined. The vehicle control information is then transmitted to an automobile device, which in turn arranges for the vehicle control information to be provided to an operator. For example, a graphical representation of an intersection control signal may be displayed on an automobile's windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Philip Shi-lung Yu, David P. Greene, Edith H. Stern, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 6701271
    Abstract: A system, method, apparatus, and computer program code for using physical characteristic information obtained from two or more subjects to help evaluate subjects or to determine a course of action to take with the subjects includes receiving data indicative of one or more physical characteristics from two or more subjects, determining an evaluation of the data, and providing a notification to a device of the evaluation. A physical characteristic of a subject might be or include the subject's heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar level, posture, temperature, respiration rate, facial response or position, weight, height, galvanic skin response, pheromone emission, brain wave pattern or rhythm, odor, motion, etc., or a change in any one or more of them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Barry E. Willner, Edith H. Stern, David P. Greene, Philip Shi-lung Yu
  • Publication number: 20030134645
    Abstract: A system, method, apparatus, and computer program code for providing data. According to embodiments of the present invention, a system or method allows a device or entity to provide data to a data perimeter of one or more transmitters, the data being associated with a particular device, location and/or person. A data perimeter may allow a person or device to receive information or other data and/or may form a virtual or intangible boundary created by wireless transmission of the data by one or more transmitters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventors: Edith H. Stern, Philip Shi-Lung Yu, David P. Greene, Barry E. Willner
  • Publication number: 20030130862
    Abstract: A system, method, apparatus, and computer program code for distribution of “soft goods” and other forms of electronic or digital content via a distribution network includes motivating a distributor or other party in the network to establish one or more additional distributors in the network. Motivation can be provided to a distributor to expand the distribution network by providing an incentive, compensation or other benefit to a distributor that helps establish another distributor in a network or searches for one or more distributors that have characteristics or meet requirements associated with the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventors: Edith H. Stern, David P. Greene, Barry E. Willner, Philip Shi-Lung Yu
  • Publication number: 20030125846
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to facilitate a distribution of information. According to one embodiment, vehicle control information is determined, the vehicle control information being dependent on time in formation, operator information, and/or vehicle information. For example, an intersection control signal may be determined. The vehicle control information is then transmitted to an automobile device, which in turn arranges for the vehicle control information to be provided to an operator. For example, a graphical representation of an intersection control signal may be displayed on an automobile's windshield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventors: Philip Shi-lung Yu, David P. Greene, Edith H. Stern, Barry E. Willner
  • Publication number: 20030125017
    Abstract: A system, method, apparatus, and computer program code for delivering a treatment includes generating a personal area network associated with a patient, said personal area network transmitting a patient identifier associated with said patient, retrieving treatment data associated with said patient identifier, and operating a treatment device pursuant to said treatment data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventors: David P. Greene, Edith H. Stern, Barry E. Willner, Philip Shi-Lung Yu
  • Publication number: 20030122670
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to monitor a container associated with an item. According to one embodiment, an indication that a container has been opened is received. For example, the container may transmit a signal when a person opens the container to access an item. Based on the received indication, ownership of the item may be transferred and/or another item may be provided (e.g., to the person who opened the container). According to other embodiments, item quality information, item warranty information, and/or security information are determined based on the received indication. According to still other embodiments, a sender receives a notification based on the indication or the indication is recorded as an acceptance of an agreement. In yet another embodiment, the indication is used to verify that the container was opened in accordance with an item requirement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventors: Edith H. Stern, David P. Greene, Philip Shi-lung Yu, Barry E. Willner, Robert E. Chapman
  • Publication number: 20030104820
    Abstract: A method of transferring data includes reception of a message from a first mobile device operated by a user, storage of the message according to a location of the first mobile device, reception of an indication that a second mobile device operated by a second user is located proximate to the location, and transmission of the message to the second mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Inventors: David P. Greene, Edith H. Stern, Philip Shi-lung Yu, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 6539947
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, method and computer program product for monitoring and controlling bio-enhancement implants is provided. With the apparatus, system, method and computer program product, a user may control the operation of implantable devices within the user's body by operation of a personal digital device. The personal digital device may obtain operational settings of the various implantable devices based on information stored within the personal digital device and/or information obtained from a network. The settings of the various implants are established in view of the possible interactions of the implants with one another. The personal digital device further monitors the operation of the implantable devices and the user's biological indicia. Based on the monitoring, the operation of the implantable devices are modified to obtain a desired result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen J. Boies, Sam Dinkin, David P. Greene, William Grey, Paul A. Moskowitz, Philip S. Yu
  • Publication number: 20030032434
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to facilitate compliance with location dependent requirements, such as laws and regulations that vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. According to one embodiment, location information associated with a user is determined. Requirement information is then determined based on the location information. The user's compliance with the requirement information is then facilitated, such as by displaying an appropriate indication to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2001
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Inventors: Barry E. Willner, John J. Shedletsky, Edith H. Stern, Philip Shi-lung Yu, David P. Greene
  • Publication number: 20030028390
    Abstract: A system is provided in which first data associated with a user and owned by a first data owner is received, second data associated with the user and owned by a second data owner is received, and a service to provide to the user is determined based on the first data and the second data. As a result, a seller may spontaneously offer an appropriate service to a user, thereby increasing both the user's satisfaction with the seller and the seller's chance of profit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventors: Edith H. Stern, Barry E. Willner, Philip Shi-lung Yu, David P. Greene, John J. Turek
  • Publication number: 20030023500
    Abstract: A system for buying and selling merchandise includes a network having a plurality of user terminals, a memory device for storing a predetermined event for the merchandise, and at least one processor, accessible by the plurality of user terminals, for automatically adjusting a price of the merchandise based on the predetermined event, and matching buyers with the merchandise to facilitate a transaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2001
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen J. Boies, Samuel H. Dinkin, David P. Greene, William Grey, Paul Andrew Moskowitz, Philip Shi-Lung Yu
  • Publication number: 20030023451
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system, method, apparatus, means, and computer program code for notifying a user of a privacy level associated with an interaction conducted by or otherwise involving the user either before, during or after the interaction. Once a determination is made regarding what level of privacy is being applied to an interaction, a notification may be sent to the user to inform the user of such privacy level. In some embodiments, the notification may include an icon or other image that is displayed on a user device (e.g., computer, cellular telephone) or with software that the user is using during the interaction. Different interactions between the user and the service provider may have different privacy levels associated with them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventors: Barry E. Willner, David P. Greene, Edith H. Stern, Philip Shi-lung Yu
  • Publication number: 20030016799
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to facilitate a communication associated with a destination identifier. According to one embodiment, a request to facilitate a communication in association with a destination identifier is received from a party, the destination identifier having a primary purpose other than communication. The destination identifier may comprise, for example, an automobile license plate number or a Social Security number. Information is then transmitted to enable the requested communication. For example, a message from a requesting party may be forwarded to an electronic mail address associated with a license plate number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2001
    Publication date: January 23, 2003
    Inventors: Edith H. Stern, David P. Greene, Barry E. Willner, Philip Shi-lung Yu