Patents by Inventor Frederic D. Fox

Frederic D. Fox 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: 7752106
    Abstract: A weather-based financial index is based at least in part on weather. The index may take into account any of a variety of weather factors, such as temperature, precipitation, humidity, number of sunny or overcast days in a period of time, number of freeze days in a period of time, etc. Weather factor value(s) are combined with one or more financial components to provide the weather-based financial index. The index may be traded on an exchange, such as the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). The value of the index may be calculated based on any period or on any geography (or combination of geographies). Historical values of the index or component(s) thereof may be used to predict future values of the index. Values of the index may provide insight into the direction of a component of the index, a market or industry corresponding to the component, or the index itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Planalytics, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Mark Corby, Roberto Correa Machado, Jr., Frederic D. Fox
  • Patent number: 7184983
    Abstract: A system and method for valuating weather-based financial instruments including weather futures, options, swaps, and the like. The system includes weather forecast, weather history, and financial databases. Also included in the system is a central processing trading server that is accessible via a plurality of internal and external workstations. The workstations provide a graphical user interface for users to enter a series of inputs and receive information (i.e., output) concerning a financial instrument. The method involves collecting the series of inputs—start date, maturity date, geographic location(s), risk-free rate, and base weather condition—affecting the value of the financial instrument and applying a pricing model modified to account for weather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Planalytics, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M Corby, Frederic D Fox
  • Patent number: 7103560
    Abstract: A system and method for forecasting future retail performance are described herein. The system includes a storage device that stores a sales history database, a weather history database, and a weather forecast database. An analyzer determines the extent to which past retail performance of a plurality of products at a plurality of locations was affected by weather using the sales history database and the weather history database. A configurator, coupled to the analyzer, estimates expected future retail performance of the products at the stores for a plurality of future time periods using the weather forecast database and results produced by the analyzer. A graphical user interface, coupled to the analyzer and the configurator, enables users to view and manipulate results produced by the analyzer and the configurator to thereby forecast future retail performance of the products at the locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Planalytics, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic D. Fox, Douglas R. Pearson, Diane Caine, Steven Mann, Ron M. Shapiro, Harve C. Light, Suzzane M. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 7080018
    Abstract: A system and method that allows for weather-based planning of future activities and/or events, and the like. The system includes weather forecast, weather history, activities, advertisement and external information source databases. Also included in the system is a central processing planning server that is accessible via a plurality of internal and external workstations. The workstations provide a graphical user interface for users to enter a series of inputs and receive information (i.e., output) concerning weather-based information. The method involves collecting the series of inputs—geographic location(s), time period(s), and preferred weather pattern(s)—affecting a future event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Planalytics, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic D. Fox, Douglas R. Pearson
  • Patent number: 7069232
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for short-term forecasting of future retail performance are described herein. The system includes a Web-based graphical user interface, a weather history database and a weather forecast database. The method and computer program product allow users (e.g., retail managers and the like) to produce maps and related charts, using weather and sales history correlation analyzes, indicating weather favorability for specific retail products in specific geographic areas during specific future (and past) time periods. The weather favorability maps thereby facilitate retail-based advertising, allocation, placement, promotion and staffing decisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Planalytics, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic D. Fox, Steven A. Beck, Mark D. Compher, William E. Kirk, James R. VanOstenbridge, David G. Estornell, Paul E. Walsh
  • Patent number: 7031927
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for weather and/or terrestrial vegetation-based water renovation and management forecasting are described herein. The system includes a water renovation and management forecast system that acts as an analysis engine, where the analysis engine executes a request for the evaluation of water. The system may also include a front end system that preferably provides a graphical user interface to the users of the present invention to access the water renovation and management forecast system. In addition, a database stores both past (i.e., history) and future (i.e., forecast) weather and/or terrestrial vegetation data that are used by the water renovation and management forecast system in the analysis of the water. Data in the database are passed in via the front end system, collected by the water renovation and management forecast system, or derived by the water renovation and management forecast system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Strategic Weather Services
    Inventors: Steven Beck, Sam D. Campbell, Frank deNoyelles, Stephen L. Egbert, Frederic D. Fox, David Penny, Stephen J. Randtke
  • Patent number: 6584447
    Abstract: A system and method for forecasting future retail performance are described herein. The system includes a storage device that stores a sales history database, a weather history database, and a weather forecast database. An analyzer determines the extent to which past retail performance of a plurality of products at a plurality of locations was affected by weather using the sales history database and the weather history database. A configurator, coupled to the analyzer, estimates expected future retail performance of the products at the stores for a plurality of future time periods using the weather forecast database and results produced by the analyzer. A graphical user interface, coupled to the analyzer and the configurator, enables users to view and manipulate results produced by the analyzer and the configurator to thereby forecast future retail performance of the products at the locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Planalytics, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic D. Fox, Douglas R. Pearson, Barb Frutchy Senst, Tim Brown, Syd Weinstein
  • Publication number: 20020133385
    Abstract: A system and method for forecasting future retail performance are described herein. The system includes a storage device that stores a sales history database, a weather history database, and a weather forecast database. An analyzer determines the extent to which past retail performance of a plurality of products at a plurality of locations was affected by weather using the sales history database and the weather history database. A configurator, coupled to the analyzer, estimates expected future retail performance of the products at the stores for a plurality of future time periods using the weather forecast database and results produced by the analyzer. A graphical user interface, coupled to the analyzer and the configurator, enables users to view and manipulate results produced by the analyzer and the configurator to thereby forecast future retail performance of the products at the locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Publication date: September 19, 2002
    Inventors: Frederic D. Fox, Douglas R. Pearson, Barbara F. Senst, Timothy M. Brown, Syd Weinstein
  • Patent number: 6418417
    Abstract: A system and method for valuating weather-based financial instruments including weather futures, options, swaps, and the like. The system includes weather forecast, weather history, and financial databases. Also included in the system is a central processing trading server that is accessible via a plurality of internal and external workstations. The workstations provide a graphical user interface for users to enter a series of inputs and receive information (i.e., output) concerning a financial instrument. The method involves collecting the series of inputs—start date, maturity date, geographic location(s), risk-free rate, and base weather condition—affecting the value of the financial instrument and applying a pricing model modified to account for weather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: Strategic Weather Services
    Inventors: Paul M. Corby, Frederic D. Fox
  • Publication number: 20020032644
    Abstract: A system and method for valuating weather-based financial instruments including weather futures, options, swaps, and the like. The system includes weather forecast, weather history, and financial databases. Also included in the system is a central processing trading server that is accessible via a plurality of internal and external workstations. The workstations provide a graphical user interface for users to enter a series of inputs and receive information (i.e., output) concerning a financial instrument. The method involves collecting the series of inputs—start date, maturity date, geographic location(s), risk-free rate, and base weather condition—affecting the value of the financial instrument and applying a pricing model modified to account for weather.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Publication date: March 14, 2002
    Inventors: Paul M. Corby, Frederic D. Fox
  • Patent number: 5832456
    Abstract: A system and method for forecasting future retail performance are described herein. The system includes a storage device that stores a sales history database, a weather history database, and a weather forecast database. An analyzer determines the extent to which past retail performance of a plurality of products at a plurality of locations was affected by weather using the sales history database and the weather history database. A configurator, coupled to the analyzer, estimates expected future retail performance of the products at the stores for a plurality of future time periods using the weather forecast database and results produced by the analyzer. A graphical user interface, coupled to the analyzer and the configurator, enables users to view and manipulate results produced by the analyzer and the configurator to thereby forecast future retail performance of the products at the locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Strategic Weather Services
    Inventors: Frederic D. Fox, Douglas R. Pearson, Diane Caine, Steven Mann, Ron M. Shapiro, Harve C. Light, Suzanne M. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 5521813
    Abstract: A computer-based system and method which incorporates long-range weather forecasts in a predictive model which quantifies historical weather impact relationships between datasets, and uses the long-range weather forecasts to predict future weather impact on managerial plans. The predictive model can use multiple regression or a neural network. In a retail application, the computer-based system and method has a weather impact predictive model based on correlations of historical weather and point-of-sale store transactions data. The weather impact model is coupled with long-range weather forecasts to adjust managerial plans for buying, distribution, financial budgeting, promotional and advertising applications. A graphical user interface provides easy assimilation of analysis for specific managerial planning applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Assignee: Strategic Weather Services
    Inventors: Frederic D. Fox, Richard J. Fox, Michael A. Rhoads, Douglas R. Pearson, William R. Young