Patents by Inventor Gerald W. Smith

Gerald W. Smith 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: 20200153808
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods disclosed herein include an embedded secret provisioning system that is based on a shared-derivative mechanism. Embodiments of this mechanism use a trusted third-party topology, but only a single instance of a public-private key exchange is required for initialization. Embodiments of the system and methods are secure and any of the derived secret keys are completely renewable in untrusted environments without any reliance on asymmetric cryptography. The derived secrets exhibit zero knowledge attributes and the associated zero knowledge proofs are open and available for review. Embodiments of systems and methods can be implemented in a wide range of previously-deployed devices as well as integrated into a variety of new designs using minimal roots-of-trust.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: William V. Oxford, Gerald E. Woodcock, Stephen E. Smith, Roderick Schultz, Marcos Portnoi, Stuart W. Juengst, Charles T. Schad, Michael K. Eneboe, Alexander Usach, Keith Evans
  • Patent number: 10567362
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods disclosed herein include an embedded secret provisioning system that is based on a shared-derivative mechanism. Embodiments of this mechanism use a trusted third-party topology, but only a single instance of a public-private key exchange is required for initialization. Embodiments of the system and methods are secure and any of the derived secret keys are completely renewable in untrusted environments without any reliance on asymmetric cryptography. The derived secrets exhibit zero knowledge attributes and the associated zero knowledge proofs are open and available for review. Embodiments of systems and methods can be implemented in a wide range of previously-deployed devices as well as integrated into a variety of new designs using minimal roots-of-trust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Rubicon Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: William V. Oxford, Gerald E. Woodcock, III, Stephen E. Smith, Roderick Schultz, Marcos Portnoi, Stuart W. Juengst, Charles T. Schad, Michael K. Eneboe, Alexander Usach, Keith Evans
  • Publication number: 20190274848
    Abstract: A prosthetic arm apparatus including a plurality of segments that provide a user of the prosthetic arm apparatus with substantially the same movement capability and function as a human arm. The segments are connectable to one another and connectable to a prosthetic support apparatus that may be adorned by the user. Each segment of the plurality of segments provides a portion of the movement capability, enabling the plurality of connected segments connected to the harness mount to provide substantially the same movement capability as that lacking in the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher O. Evans, N. Christopher Perry, Dirk Albertus van der Merwe, Christopher C. Langenfeld, John Matthew Kerwin, Stewart M. Coulter, Stanley B. Smith, III, Keith David Violette, Steven W. Nickson, Thomas S. Schnellinger, Alexander H. Muller, Gerald Michael Guay
  • Patent number: 10292838
    Abstract: A prosthetic arm apparatus including a plurality of segments that provide a user of the prosthetic arm apparatus with substantially the same movement capability and function as a human arm. The segments are connectable to one another and connectable to a prosthetic support apparatus that may be adorned by the user. Each segment of the plurality of segments provides a portion of the movement capability, enabling the plurality of connected segments connected to the harness mount to provide substantially the same movement capability as that lacking in the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA PRODUCTS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Christopher O. Evans, N. Christopher Perry, Dirk Albertus van der Merwe, Christopher C. Langenfeld, John Matthew Kerwin, Stewart M. Coulter, Stanley B. Smith, III, Keith David Violette, Steven W. Nickson, Thomas S. Schnellinger, Alexander H. Muller, Gerald Michael Guay
  • Patent number: 9600343
    Abstract: It has been recognized that to accurately measure the required resource capacity of computing systems such as servers, various relevant factors should be considered, since the capacity may be excess or insufficient. This measurement can be reflected by the ratio of the theoretical minimum server capacity required relative to the actual server capacity provisioned, hereinafter also referred to as the “fully loaded utilization”, which can be expressed in various ways, including as a percentage or an efficiency index or other number or value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Cirba IP Inc.
    Inventors: Tom S. Yuyitung, Andrew D. Hillier, Gerald W. Smith
  • Patent number: 8473377
    Abstract: A data management system may include computer code to receive data that may include financial data and related data. The computer code may store the data in a database. The financial data may include data not tracked by a general ledger, such as contractual commitments, operating leases, head count, environmental incidents, lost time, disposal of operations, etc. The financial data may be applicable to different business units. The computer code may be configured to permit access to, entry of, and sign-off on the data only by users granted authority to do so. The financial data may include different data categories, and the data management system may be configured to use a different workflow to manage the data based on the data category of the financial data. The computer code may generate reports from the data retrieved from the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services
    Inventors: Gerald W. Smith, Joseph L. Luna, Thomas C. Robinson, Paul A. Wulf, Hacene Benchikha
  • Publication number: 20120144008
    Abstract: It has been recognized that to accurately measure the required resource capacity of computing systems such as servers, various relevant factors should be considered, since the capacity may be excess or insufficient. This measurement can be reflected by the ratio of the theoretical minimum server capacity required relative to the actual server capacity provisioned, hereinafter also referred to as the “fully loaded utilization”, which can be expressed in various ways, including as a percentage or an efficiency index or other number or value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: CiRBA Inc.
    Inventors: Tom S. Yuyitung, Andrew D. Hillier, Gerald W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20100064358
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for managing system identification information for workforce members such as employees, contractors and consultants that are affiliated with a business entity such as a corporation. The method and apparatus provide for the association of system identification information of a workforce member with each such workforce member in memory and further provides a review process of the same information by the relevant workforce member and one or more of the workforce member's supervisors. The review process allows each of the workforce member and the applicable supervisor(s) to confirm and, in some instances, reject the system identification information as being valid or not valid. The method and apparatus further maintains the review status of the workforce member and the applicable supervisor(s) and in one embodiment, provides for an audit of the same so that any discrepancies in the reviews are brought to light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventors: Joseph M. Luna, Gerald W. Smith, Ernestine M. Dach, Hacene Benchikha
  • Publication number: 20090222361
    Abstract: A data management system may include computer code to receive data that may include financial data and related data. The computer code may store the data in a database. The financial data may include data not tracked by a general ledger, such as contractual commitments, operating leases, head count, environmental incidents, lost time, disposal of operations, etc. The financial data may be applicable to different business units. The computer code may be configured to permit access to, entry of, and sign-off on the data only by users granted authority to do so. The financial data may include different data categories, and the data management system may be configured to use a different workflow to manage the data based on the data category of the financial data. The computer code may generate reports from the data retrieved from the database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Applicant: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES GMBH
    Inventors: Gerald W. Smith, Joseph L. Luna, Thomas C. Robinson, Paul A. Wulf, JR., Hacene Benchikha
  • Publication number: 20080319769
    Abstract: An operations instance is created in an operations environment, and an activity item is created related to the operations instance. An initialization level for the activity item is identified and one or more parameters associated with the activity item are initialized based on the initialization level, wherein one of the parameters comprises an escalation parameter. An escalation report is generated based on the escalation parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: ACCENTURE
    Inventors: Hacene Benchikha, Gerald W. Smith, Joseph M. Luna
  • Patent number: 6988658
    Abstract: A system for facilitating a transaction between a merchant and a consumer includes a consumer interface and a settlement administrator. The consumer interface is configured to emit a consumer identity signal configured to identify a consumer, and the settlement administrator is configured to receive the consumer identity signal and to receive an amount owing signal indicative of an amount owing from said consumer. The settlement administrator is further configured to facilitate one or more payments between an account of the merchant and an account of the consumer upon receipt of the consumer identity signal and the amount owing signal. In addition, the system may include an incentive administrator configured to emit an offer signal indicative of an incentive offer. The incentive administrator may be configured to receive the consumer identity signal so that the incentive offer may be based at least in part on the consumer identity signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20040267672
    Abstract: A system and method for conducting secure electronic transactions are provided. More specifically, a system and method are provided for conducting secure transactions utilizing tokens, such as transaction cards, such as credit cards or the like, on a computer. The computer is token-enabled, having a token reader and software in communication with itself allowing the token user to communicate with a goods and/or services provider that supports a secure on-line transaction. Moreover, a system and a method are provided for conducting secure transactions on-line with a token having a microchip embedded therein for additional security.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventors: William J. Gray, Gerald W. Smith, Carl J. Larkin, Lee J. Peart, Peter D. Saunders, Stuart Fiske, Darren N. Morford
  • Publication number: 20040226995
    Abstract: A system for facilitating a transaction between a merchant and a consumer includes a consumer interface and a settlement administrator. The consumer interface is configured to emit a consumer identity signal configured to identify a consumer, and the settlement administrator is configured to receive the consumer identity signal and to receive an amount owing signal indicative of an amount owing from said consumer. The settlement administrator is further configured to facilitate one or more payments between an account of the merchant and an account of the consumer upon receipt of the consumer identity signal and the amount owing signal. In addition, the system may include an incentive administrator configured to emit an offer signal indicative of an incentive offer. The incentive administrator may be configured to receive the consumer identity signal so that the incentive offer may be based at least in part on the consumer identity signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Applicant: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald W. Smith
  • Patent number: 5924081
    Abstract: An audit monitoring system (10) is provided for use with any of a multiplicity of different coin operated vending machines (300). The audit monitoring system includes an interface assembly (102) for use in replacing an existing data link (330) within vending machine (300) and interfacing with row and column conductors (306) of vending machine (300). The interface assembly (102) is coupled to an audit monitoring assembly (100) which interprets the communications transferred between a controller (310), coin changer (322), bill validator (324), and motor matrix (304) of vending machine (300). Audit monitoring assembly (100) is powered from a power supply (302) of vending machine (300) and includes interface circuitry (110, 120, 130, 180, 190) for receipt of digital logic level signals, serial data or relay logic signals from vending machine (300).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Audit Systems Co.
    Inventors: Eugene G. Ostendorf, John C. Cowles, Irwin D. Morris, Gerald W. Smith
  • Patent number: 5767423
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for light fastness testing. The apparatus for holding samples for testing comprising a planar member and vacuum to hold a sample against the test area of the planar member. A heating and cooling device in contact with said planar member, a heat sink, in contact with the heating and cooling device and a fan to direct air over the heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Alphonse D. Camp, Keith B. Kahen, Gary A. Granath, Gerald W. Smith
  • Patent number: 5734115
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for light fastness testing comprising a light source, means for dividing ultraviolet and visible light from infrared rays, means to direct the visible component of light into spherical cavity, and means to mount test samples in apertures in said cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Alphonse D. Camp, Keith B. Kahen, Gary A. Granath, Gerald W. Smith
  • Patent number: 5641050
    Abstract: A dispensing machine payment acceptance apparatus for dispensing products or services from a dispensing machine upon user request and payment is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a data card scanner apparatus for acquiring payment and other information. It also comprises an electrical signals interface between the scanner and the dispensing machine to indicate proper payment has been made. Cash payment, such as coins and paper bills, may also be accepted and apparatus is disclosed in the dispensing machine payment acceptance apparatus for generating electrical signals indicative of an amount of cash accepted. The invention discloses a card swallowing feature which enable the scanner to retain the card when the data card is defective or has other predetermined characteristics. In some embodiments the scanner has a geometrical form factor substantially similar to a standard bill validator apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Assignee: Verifone, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald W. Smith, Dich C. Tran
  • Patent number: 5611931
    Abstract: A high temperature ceramic membrane device for separation of fluids at high temperature, the device comprises: (a) a housing having: (i) an entrance for introducing fluids to the housing to be separated, (ii) an exit for removing fluids after being subjected to separation; (b) a plate mounted in one end of the housing, the plate having openings therein; (c) ceramic membrane comprised of porous ceramic tubes having a closed end and an open end, the tubes permeable by a fraction of the fluid to be removed from the fluid as filtrate and impermeable to a second fraction, the open end designed to remove the filtrate from the tube, the tubes mounted in the openings in the plate so that the closed end is projected into the housing and the open end is extended outside the housing for removing the filtrate; (d) a seal for sealing the plate in the housing; (e) insulation provided in the housing, the insulation means located adjacent the plate and surrounding the tubes projecting therethrough, the insulation adapted to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: Media and Process Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Paul K. T. Liu, Hillary K. Sabol, Gerald W. Smith, Richard J. Ciora, Jr.
  • Patent number: RE39234
    Abstract: An audit monitoring system (10) is provided for use with any of a multiplicity of different coin operated vending machines (300). The audit monitoring system includes an interface assembly (102) for use in replacing an existing data link (330) within vending machine (300). The interface assembly (102) is coupled to an audit monitoring assembly (100) which interprets the communications signals transferred between a controller (310), coin changer (322) and bill validator (324) of vending machine (300). Audit monitoring assembly (100) is powered from a power supply (302) of vending machine (300) and includes interface circuitry (110,120,130) for receipt of digital logic level signals, serial data or relay logic signals from vending machine (300).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Audit Systems Company
    Inventors: Eugene G. Ostendorf, John C. Cowles, Irwin D. Morris, Gerald W. Smith
  • Patent number: RE40588
    Abstract: An audit monitoring system (10) is provided for use with any of a multiplicity of different coin operated vending machines (300). The audit monitoring system includes an interface assembly (102) for use in replacing an existing data link (330) within vending machine (300) and interfacing with row and column conductors (306) of vending machine (300). The interface assembly (102) is coupled to an audit monitoring assembly (100) which interprets the communications transferred between a controller (310), coin changer (322), bill validator (324), and motor matrix (304) of vending machine (300). Audit monitoring assembly (100) is powered from a power supply (302) of vending machine (300) and includes interface circuitry (110, 120, 130, 180, 190) for receipt of digital logic level signals, serial data or relay logic signals from vending machine (300).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Audit Systems Company
    Inventors: Eugene G. Ostendorf, John C. Cowles, Irwin D. Morris, Gerald W. Smith