Patents by Inventor Frank J. Kozak

Frank J. Kozak 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: 20190088164
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of providing location-based information with respect to a topological map. A method may include (a) receiving a query for location-related information, (b) optionally generating data representing the topological map, (c) accessing the location-related information in a map-to-scale, (d) optionally determining an association between one or more points (or links) in the map-to-scale and one or more corresponding points (or links) in a topological map, (e) identifying one or more points (or links) in the map-to-scale that relate to the location-related information and that correspond to one or more points (or links) in the topological map, (f) optionally determining a relative position of the location-related information with respect to the identified one or more map-to-scale points (or links), and (g) displaying the location-related information with respect to the corresponding one or more points (or links) in the topological map.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: William N. Gale, Joseph P. Mays, Frank J. Kozak
  • Patent number: 10176729
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of providing location-based information with respect to a topological map. A method may include (a) receiving a query for location-related information, (b) optionally generating data representing the topological map, (c) accessing the location-related information in a map-to-scale, (d) optionally determining an association between one or more points (or links) in the map-to-scale and one or more corresponding points (or links) in a topological map, (e) identifying one or more points (or links) in the map-to-scale that relate to the location-related information and that correspond to one or more points (or links) in the topological map, (f) optionally determining a relative position of the location-related information with respect to the identified one or more map-to-scale points (or links), and (g) displaying the location-related information with respect to the corresponding one or more points (or links) in the topological map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: William N. Gale, Joseph P. Mays, Frank J. Kozak
  • Publication number: 20180122270
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of providing location-based information with respect to a topological map. A method may include (a) receiving a query for location-related information, (b) optionally generating data representing the topological map, (c) accessing the location-related information in a map-to-scale, (d) optionally determining an association between one or more points (or links) in the map-to-scale and one or more corresponding points (or links) in a topological map, (e) identifying one or more points (or links) in the map-to-scale that relate to the location-related information and that correspond to one or more points (or links) in the topological map, (f) optionally determining a relative position of the location-related information with respect to the identified one or more map-to-scale points (or links), and (g) displaying the location-related information with respect to the corresponding one or more points (or links) in the topological map.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: William N. Gale, Joseph P. Mays, Frank J. Kozak
  • Patent number: 9892660
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of providing location-based information with respect to a topological map. A method may include (a) receiving a query for location-related information, (b) optionally generating data representing the topological map, (c) accessing the location-related information in a map-to-scale, (d) optionally determining an association between one or more points (or links) in the map-to-scale and one or more corresponding points (or links) in a topological map, (e) identifying one or more points (or links) in the map-to-scale that relate to the location-related information and that correspond to one or more points (or links) in the topological map, (f) optionally determining a relative position of the location-related information with respect to the identified one or more map-to-scale points (or links), and (g) displaying the location-related information with respect to the corresponding one or more points (or links) in the topological map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: William N. Gale, Joseph P. Mays, Frank J. Kozak
  • Publication number: 20120084348
    Abstract: A trust architecture, including an intermediary for use therewith, which may be referred to as a Personal Privacy Stronghold (“PPS”), is disclosed which facilitates user management, including control, enablement, extension and augmentation, of unsolicited server operations, allowing the user to control such operations without compromising their ability to use other functionality. Such stateful operations may be used, for example, to monitor and track the user's Internet activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Wei-Yeh LEE, Frank J. Kozak
  • Publication number: 20120084151
    Abstract: A trust architecture, including an intermediary for use therewith, which may be referred to as a Personal Privacy Stronghold (“PPS”), is disclosed which facilitates user management, including control, enablement, extension and augmentation, of unsolicited server operations, allowing the user to control such operations without compromising their ability to use other functionality. Such stateful operations may be used, for example, to monitor and track the user's Internet activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Frank J. Kozak, Wei-Yeh Lee
  • Publication number: 20120084349
    Abstract: A trust architecture, including an intermediary for use therewith, which may be referred to as a Personal Privacy Stronghold (“PPS”), is disclosed which facilitates user management, including control, enablement, extension and augmentation, of unsolicited server operations, allowing the user to control such operations without compromising their ability to use other functionality. Such stateful operations may be used, for example, to monitor and track the user's Internet activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Wei-Yeh Lee, Frank J. Kozak
  • Publication number: 20110301843
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of providing location-based information with respect to a topological map. A method may include (a) receiving a query for location-related information, (b) optionally generating data representing the topological map, (c) accessing the location-related information in a map-to-scale, (d) optionally determining an association between one or more points (or links) in the map-to-scale and one or more corresponding points (or links) in a topological map, (e) identifying one or more points (or links) in the map-to-scale that relate to the location-related information and that correspond to one or more points (or links) in the topological map, (f) optionally determining a relative position of the location-related information with respect to the identified one or more map-to-scale points (or links), and (g) displaying the location-related information with respect to the corresponding one or more points (or links) in the topological map.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventors: William N. Gale, Joseph P. Mays, Frank J. Kozak
  • Patent number: 7400972
    Abstract: A navigation system provides information about railroad crossing locations. A geographic database used by the navigation system includes data that indicate whether an at-grade railroad crossing is located along a road segment. Using this information, a route calculation function in the navigation system calculates a route to a destination that avoids road segments that have at-grade railroad crossings. In this way, the delays associated with waiting for a train to cross a road are avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Navteq North America, LLC
    Inventor: Frank J. Kozak
  • Publication number: 20040243305
    Abstract: A navigation system provides information about railroad crossing locations. A geographic database used by the navigation system includes data that indicate whether an at-grade railroad crossing is located along a road segment. Using this information, a route calculation function in the navigation system calculates a route to a destination that avoids road segments that have at-grade railroad crossings. In this way, the delays associated with waiting for a train to cross a road are avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Frank J. Kozak
  • Patent number: 6751549
    Abstract: A navigation system provides information about railroad crossing locations. A geographic database used by the navigation system includes data that indicate whether an at-grade railroad crossing is located along a road segment. Using this information, a route calculation function in the navigation system calculates a route to a destination that avoids road segments that have at-grade railroad crossings. In this way, the delays associated with waiting for a train to cross a road are avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Navigation Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Frank J. Kozak
  • Patent number: 6463384
    Abstract: A navigation system provides a user thereof with warnings or advisories about toll gates that require exact change. The warnings or advisories are provided when the navigation system calculates a solution route to a destination specified by the user. The warnings or advisories are also provided when the user queries the navigation system about a particular specified portion of a road. The navigation system uses a geographic database that includes data about roads in a geographic region. The geographic database includes data about toll gates located along portions of roads including data about whether a toll gate along a portion or a road requires exact change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: Navigation Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Kaplan, Frank J. Kozak
  • Patent number: 6415226
    Abstract: A feature for a motor vehicle that includes a navigation system and one or more safety systems that detect an area around the vehicle. The navigation system uses geographic data and the one or more safety systems also use geographic data. The feature advises the vehicle driver to travel along roads that are represented by data that enables operation of the one or more safety systems. According to one embodiment, when the navigation system is requested to calculate a route to a destination, the navigation system favors roads that are represented by geographic data that enables operation of the one or more of the safety systems. According to another embodiment, the feature is implemented interactively, while the vehicle is being driven, by indicating which paths ahead of the vehicle are favored as being represented by data that enables operation of the one or more safety systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: Navigation Technologies Corp.
    Inventor: Frank J. Kozak
  • Patent number: 6411896
    Abstract: A navigation system feature that provides information about bicycle traffic and/or travel by bicycle. According to one aspect of the disclosed subject matter, a navigation system uses a geographic database to provide navigation-related features, such as route calculation and route guidance, for both motorized vehicles and bicycles. When providing navigation-related features for travel by bicycle, the navigation system evaluates the road segments for suitability for travel by bicycle. According to another aspect of the disclosed subject matter, a navigation system in a motorized vehicle provides warnings about actual and/or bicycle traffic around the motorized vehicle as the motorized vehicle is being driven. Using a geographic database that includes data about the locations of bicycle lanes and paths, the navigation system provides warnings as the motorized vehicle approaches a bicycle lane or path or otherwise is in proximity to a bicycle lane or path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Navigation Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: David Shuman, Frank J. Kozak
  • Patent number: 6381533
    Abstract: A data collection system and method match the positions of one or more cellular phones, or other types of wireless phones, to data indicating the locations of roads in a geographic area to derive data about phones located in vehicles traveling along the roads. The data about phones located in vehicles traveling along the roads are used for updating or refining a geographic database, traffic monitoring and reporting, or for other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Navigation Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Aaron I. Crane, Joseph R. Roberts, Frank J. Kozak
  • Patent number: 6317685
    Abstract: A feature for a navigation system that provides an evaluation of alternate routes. According to this feature, the navigation system compares the actual time of travel along a route to the estimated time of travel along the route. If the actual time of travel exceeds the estimated time of travel, alternate routes to the destination are calculated and provided to the user. This feature enables driver-experienced traffic conditions to be taken into account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Navigation Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Frank J. Kozak, Lawrence M. Kaplan
  • Patent number: 6278935
    Abstract: A navigation system provides a user thereof with warnings or advisories about toll gates that require exact change. The warnings or advisories are provided when the navigation system calculates a solution route to a destination specified by the user. The warnings or advisories are also provided when the user queries the navigation system about a particular specified portion of a road. The navigation system uses a geographic database that includes data about roads in a geographic region. The geographic database includes data about toll gates located along portions of roads including data about whether a toll gate along a portion or a road requires exact change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: Navigation Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Kaplan, Frank J. Kozak
  • Patent number: 6188957
    Abstract: A navigation system feature that provides information about bicycle traffic and/or travel by bicycle. According to one aspect of the disclosed subject matter, a navigation system uses a geographic database to provide navigation-related features, such as route calculation and route guidance, for both motorized vehicles and bicycles. When providing navigation-related features for travel by bicycle, the navigation system evaluates the road segments for suitability for travel by bicycle. According to another aspect of the disclosed subject matter, a navigation system in a motorized vehicle provides warnings about bicycle traffic around the motorized vehicle as the motorized vehicle is being driven. Using a geographic database that includes data about the locations of bicycle lanes and paths, the navigation system provides warnings as the motorized vehicle approaches a bicycle lane or path or otherwise is in proximity to a bicycle lane or path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Navigation Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Stephan V. Bechtolsheim, Lawrence M. Kaplan, Frank J. Kozak
  • Patent number: 4817929
    Abstract: A fixture for assisting in clamping the folded-back end portion of a cable to the load supporting main portion of the cable by clamps spaced apart lengthwise of the cable portions. Two elongated members of the fixture are pivoted together at one end for movement from an open position to a closed position. The members have confronting surfaces which in the closed position retain the cable portions in side-by-side relation when disposed lengthwise between the members. The confronting surfaces of the members have opposed recesses which in the closed position firmly grip the clamps so that the clamps may be tightened by means of a wrench or similar tightening device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1989
    Assignee: Detroit Edison Company
    Inventor: Frank J. Kozak