Patents by Inventor Ian Robertson

Ian Robertson 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: 10284511
    Abstract: A method and system of selecting messaging settings on a messaging client are provided. When an outgoing message to be sent from the messaging client is addressed to a message recipient, the messaging client accesses a data store to determine whether specific messaging settings have been stored for the message recipient. If specific messaging settings have been stored for the message recipient, the messaging client selects the specific messaging settings for the message recipient to control the message characteristics of the outgoing message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Ian Robertson
  • Publication number: 20180337890
    Abstract: A method, and associated system, for security processing of a request for a resource in a network security system. The request for the resource and a duplicate of request for the resource are forwarded to a first proxy server and a second proxy server, respectively. A first output including the received request, and a second output including the duplicate of the received request, are received from first proxy server and the second proxy server, respectively. A determination is made of whether the first output and the second output differ; if not the received request or the duplicate of the received request is transmitted to a web server for satisfying the request; if so a first alarm is generated and transmission to the web server of the received request and the duplicate of the received request is blocked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventor: Ian Robertson
  • Patent number: 10110565
    Abstract: A method, and associated system, for security processing of a request for a resource in a network security system. The request for the resource and a duplicate of request for the resource are forwarded to a first proxy server and a second proxy server, respectively. A first output including the received request, and a second output including the duplicate of the received request, are received from first proxy server and the second proxy server, respectively. A determination is made of whether the first output and the second output differ; if not the received request or the duplicate of the received request is transmitted to a web server for satisfying the request; if so a first alarm is generated and transmission to the web server of the received request and the duplicate of the received request is blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Ian Robertson
  • Patent number: 10074118
    Abstract: Listing content is transmitted from a wireless mobile device to a server, where it is automatically posted in a listing database and made available on a network, such as the Internet, to third parties. The listing content may include both image data, captured by an integrated camera of the wireless mobile device, and text data, input by a user of the wireless mobile device. The wireless mobile device may provide an interface on its display to facilitate the capture of the listing content in discrete data components. After capture, the discrete data components for a single listing may be automatically associated together such that it is unnecessary for a user to manually associate them. The captured listing content may be automatically transmitted to the server in response to a single user selection received through the interface on the wireless mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: OVERSTOCK.COM, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter K. Johnson, J. Doug Minnick, Ian Robertson, Samuel J. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20180199264
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system and method for selecting a network for use by a communication device to process a data transmission. The method comprises: determining whether an amount of data sent by the communication device over a first network in communication with the communication device has reached a data limit; and if the amount of data has reached the data limit, selecting a second network for use by the communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: Neil Patrick ADAMS, Ian ROBERTSON
  • Publication number: 20180103012
    Abstract: A method, and associated system, for security processing of a request for a resource in a network security system. The request for the resource and a duplicate of request for the resource are forwarded to a first proxy server and a second proxy server, respectively. A first output including the received request, and a second output including the duplicate of the received request, are received from first proxy server and the second proxy server, respectively. A determination is made of whether the first output and the second output differ; if not the received request or the duplicate of the received request is transmitted to a web server for satisfying the request; if so a first alarm is generated and transmission to the web server of the received request and the duplicate of the received request is blocked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventor: Ian Robertson
  • Patent number: 9913204
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system and method for selecting a network for use by a communication device to process a data transmission. The method comprises: determining whether an amount of data sent by the communication device over a first network in communication with the communication device has reached a data limit; and if the amount of data has reached the data limit, selecting a second network for use by the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Neil Patrick Adams, Ian Robertson
  • Patent number: 9887963
    Abstract: A method, and associated system, for security processing of a request for a resource in a network security system. The request for the resource is received from a client device. A duplicate of the received request is created. The received request and its duplicate are forwarded to a first proxy server and a second proxy server, respectively. A first output including the received request, and a second output including the duplicate of the received request, are received from first proxy server and the second proxy server, respectively. A determination is made of whether the first output and the second output differ; if not the received request or the duplicate of the received request is transmitted to a web server for satisfying the request; if so a first alarm is generated and transmission to the web server of the received request and the duplicate of the received request is blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Ian Robertson
  • Patent number: 9747622
    Abstract: Listing content is transmitted from a wireless mobile device to a server, where it is automatically posted in a listing database and made available on a network, such as the Internet, to third parties. The listing content may include both image data, captured by an integrated camera of the wireless mobile device, and text data, input by a user of the wireless mobile device. The wireless mobile device may provide an interface on its display to facilitate the capture of the listing content in discrete data components. After capture, the discrete data components for a single listing may be automatically associated together such that it is unnecessary for a user to manually associate them. The captured listing content may be automatically transmitted to the server in response to a single user selection received through the interface on the wireless mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Overstock.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter K. Johnson, J. Doug Minnick, Ian Robertson, Samuel J. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9661063
    Abstract: A system, device and method are provided for merging information from a plurality of network sources using a mobile device capable. The mobile device receives data of a first type from a first network source, then merges the received data with data of a different type stored at the mobile device to create a merged data set, the merging including matching an identifier associated with the received data against an identifier associated with the stored data. The merged data set is then merged with a data record at a different network source, this merging including matching an identifier associated with the merged data set against an identifier associated with the data record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Ian Robertson
  • Publication number: 20160359726
    Abstract: A method for optimizing network design includes identifying a set of terminal-to-terminal shortest paths in a network, wherein a terminal-to-terminal shortest path is a best connection between two terminals, evaluating a terminal betweenness for each non-terminal vertex in the network, wherein the terminal betweenness of a vertex is a fraction of the total number of terminal-to-terminal shortest paths that include said vertex, calculating an average terminal betweenness for each terminal-to-terminal shortest path based on the terminal betweenness of the vertices in the path, iteratively adding the terminal-to-terminal shortest paths to an output graph in order of decreasing average terminal betweenness until all terminals are represented on the output graph, and using the output graph to design or adjust a network. The method may also include displaying the output graph to a user. A computer program product and computer system corresponding to the method are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventors: Cecilia J. Aas, Ian Robertson
  • Publication number: 20160359727
    Abstract: A method for optimizing network design includes identifying a set of terminal-to-terminal shortest paths in a network, wherein a terminal-to-terminal shortest path is a best connection between two terminals, evaluating a terminal betweenness for each non-terminal vertex in the network, wherein the terminal betweenness of a vertex is a fraction of the total number of terminal-to-terminal shortest paths that include said vertex, calculating an average terminal betweenness for each terminal-to-terminal shortest path based on the terminal betweenness of the vertices in the path, iteratively adding the terminal-to-terminal shortest paths to an output graph in order of decreasing average terminal betweenness until all terminals are represented on the output graph, and using the output graph to design or adjust a network. The method may also include displaying the output graph to a user. A computer program product and computer system corresponding to the method are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventors: Cecilia J. Aas, Ian Robertson
  • Publication number: 20160164840
    Abstract: A method, and associated system, for security processing of a request for a resource in a network security system. The request for the resource is received from a client device. A duplicate of the received request is created. The received request and its duplicate are forwarded to a first proxy server and a second proxy server, respectively. A first output including the received request, and a second output including the duplicate of the received request, are received from first proxy server and the second proxy server, respectively. A determination is made of whether the first output and the second output differ; if not the received request or the duplicate of the received request is transmitted to a web server for satisfying the request; if so a first alarm is generated and transmission to the web server of the received request and the duplicate of the received request is blocked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Inventor: Ian Robertson
  • Patent number: 9361107
    Abstract: Augmented processor hardware contains a microcode interpreter. When encrypted microcode is included in a challenge from a service requiring authentication, the microcode may be passed to the microcode interpreter. Based on decryption and execution of the microcode taking place at the processor hardware, tampering by potentially abusive device software may be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Ian Robertson, Roger Paul Bowman, Robert Henderson Wood
  • Publication number: 20150346922
    Abstract: A system for arranging components in a two-dimensional area includes a component preparation module for providing a set of components for arrangement, determining rectangular covers for each component, and ordering components according to a predefined order preference, and a core layout module for mapping components in order to positions in the arrangement with a first width and in a first direction, including: a row module for positioning components in order in a first full row across the first direction of the first width aligning one of the top or bottom sides of the covers of adjacent components until the next component does not fit in the first width, and a sub-row module for positioning components in any available space within the height of the first full row to form one or more sub-rows in the first direction and extending a distance less than the first width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventor: Ian Robertson
  • Patent number: 9148448
    Abstract: Systems and methods for establishing a security-related mode of operation for computing devices. A policy data store contains security mode configuration data related to the computing devices. Security mode configuration data is used in establishing a security-related mode of operation for the computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Neil Patrick Adams, Herbert Anthony Little, Michael Stephen Brown, Ian Robertson, Michael Grant Kirkup, Michael Kenneth Brown, David Victor MacFarlane
  • Patent number: 9032186
    Abstract: Augmented processor hardware contains a microcode interpreter. When encrypted microcode is included in a message from a service, the microcode may be passed to the microcode interpreter. Based on decryption and execution of the microcode taking place at the processor hardware, extended functionality may be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Ian Robertson, Roger Paul Bowman, Robert Henderson Wood
  • Patent number: 8934406
    Abstract: A communications system may include an advertising server for sending advertisement messages based upon keywords. The communications system may further include at least one mobile wireless communications device having a processor cooperating with at least one audio transducer and a wireless transceiver for recognizing keywords in voice communications. The processor may cooperate with the advertising server to receive advertisement messages therefrom based upon the keywords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Ian Robertson, Martyn Mallick
  • Patent number: 8918078
    Abstract: A mobile communications device for communicating with a wireless network, including an electronic storage having data stored thereon, a processor connected to the storage for accessing the data, a communications sub-system connected to the processor for exchanging signals with the wireless network and with the processor, a user input interface connected to send user input signals to the processor in response to user action, and a security module associated with the processor for detecting a trigger condition and automatically taking a security action if a bypass user action is not detected after detection of the trigger condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Ian Robertson
  • Patent number: 8914630
    Abstract: Systems and methods for handling electronic messages. An electronic message that is associated with a digital certificate is to be processed. A decision whether to check the validity of the digital certificate is based upon digital certificate checking criterion. An IT administrator may provide to one or more devices configuration data that establishes the digital certificate checking criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Ian Robertson, Michael Grant Kirkup, Herbert Anthony Little