Patents by Inventor Michael D. McGuire

Michael D. McGuire 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: 10990930
    Abstract: Computerized devices search each of a group of different calendars of a group of attendees of a proposed event for an available timeslot within each of the calendars that meets boundary conditions specified for the proposed event. In response to failing to find an available time slot in common to all attendee calendars that meets the boundary conditions, the devices autonomously identify a common existing event scheduled within the calendars of the attendees that can accommodate the boundary conditions and add the new event to the existing event, or reschedule a previously scheduled event of one or more of the attendees to create a common, free timeslot for the new event where the event cannot be accommodated within an existing event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James D. Cleaver, Mark Donovan, Stephen J. Lea, Michael J. Mcguire
  • Patent number: 6792160
    Abstract: A tone correction system, method and interface is described in which a digital image is initially filtered to obtain a corresponding locally averaged value for each pixel value of the image. The image is optimally filtered using a cone-type filter having a small filter radius and which favorably weights the center pixel values of the radius. Shadow and highlight values are obtained from selected shadow and highlight functions, respectively, using the locally averaged values. A tone function is derived from each of the shadow an highlight values for each pixel. Each pixel value of the image is then remapped according to its derived shadow and highlight tone functions. The tone corrected image can be reinteratively corrected by adjusting parameters of the shadow and highlight functions and remapping the image data until a desired image quality is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Rodney Shaw, Michael D. McGuire
  • Patent number: 6689943
    Abstract: A guitar is constructed to have a hollow body and to have a top member that has a pickup mounting portion integrally formed therein. A slot is cut into the pickup support area, and a pickup is received in the slot. Guitar strings are mounted on the guitar and stretched across the pickup which functions as a bridge to define the lower endpoint of the free length of the guitar strings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Gibson Guitar Corp.
    Inventors: Michael D. McGuire, Jr., Matthew L. Klein
  • Publication number: 20030021488
    Abstract: A tone correction system, method and interface is described in which a digital image is initially filtered to obtain a corresponding locally averaged value for each pixel value of the image. The image is optimally filtered using a cone-type filter having a small filter radius and which favorably weights the center pixel values of the radius. Shadow and highlight values are obtained from selected shadow and highlight functions, respectively, using the locally averaged values. A tone function is derived from each of the shadow an highlight values for each pixel. Each pixel value of the image is then remapped according to its derived shadow and highlight tone functions. The tone corrected image can be reinteratively corrected by adjusting parameters of the shadow and highlight functions and remapping the image data until a desired image quality is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventors: Rodney Shaw, Michael D. McGuire
  • Publication number: 20020092403
    Abstract: A guitar is constructed to have a hollow body and to have a top member that has a pickup mounting portion integrally formed therein. A slot is cut into the pickup support area, and a pickup is received in the slot. Guitar strings are mounted on the guitar and stretched across the pickup which functions as a bridge to define the lower endpoint of the free length of the guitar strings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Inventors: Michael D. McGuire, Matthew L. Klein
  • Patent number: 5991438
    Abstract: Error diffusion algorithms such as the celebrated Floyd Steinberg error-diffusion algorithm are high-performance halftoning methods in which quantization errors are diffused to "future" pixels. Originally intended for grayscale images, they are traditionally extended to color images by error-diffusing each of the three color planes independently (separable error-diffusion). Adding a design rule which is based on certain characteristics of human color perception to the error-diffusion paradigm results in a color halftoning algorithm having output of considerably higher quality when compared to separable error-diffusion. These benefits are achieved by adding the Minimum Brightness Variation Criterion (MBVC) to the design rules of color error-diffusion halftoning methods. Halftone values are constrained to be vertices of a Minimum Brightness Variation Quadruple (MBVQ) associated with each pixel of the color image being processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventors: Doron Shaked, Nur Arad, Andrew Fitzhugh, Irwin Sobel, Michael D. McGuire
  • Patent number: 5434672
    Abstract: Error distribution in printing and information processing systems is accomplished according to combined internal and external super-pixel error diffusion techniques, effective for distributing whole or fractional error contributions both within and without a selected super-pixel. For a particular super-pixel, error amounts of a selected internal subject pixel are provided to another internal subject pixel until a determined or selected final pixel error value within the selected super-pixel has been determined. This final, internal error value is distributed fractionally or wholly among selected super-pixels within a predetermined super-pixel neighborhood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventor: Michael D. McGuire
  • Patent number: 5402245
    Abstract: A system selectively enables a printer to deposit on a sheet C, M, Y and K color dots at each of the plurality of pixel locations to produce a color image. The system comprises a memory for storing C, M, Y and K color values for each pixel in the color image and a processor for controlling selective deposition of the C, M, Y and K colors. The processor determines a gray value for each pixel location from values stored in the C, M, and Y color planes. The processor subtracts the determined gray value from the C, M, and Y values which correspond to the pixel location and then determines a relationship of the gray value to a non-linear function and in dependence upon the relationship alters the C, M and Y pixel values accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventors: Ricardo J. Motta, Andrew E. Fitzhugh, Michael D. McGuire, Gary J. Dispoto
  • Patent number: 5015022
    Abstract: A lock for a sliding panel such as a sliding glass door includes a chain which bends in only one direction. The chain, when latched, forms an incompressible column between the openward edge of the panel and the door frame. Unlatching allows the chain to bend in its allowed direction and fall vertically along side the door frame, thus allowing the panel to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Inventor: Michael D. McGuire
  • Patent number: 4793236
    Abstract: A self-aligning neck joint for releasably securing the neck of an electric guitar to the guitar body and maintaining the neck in fixed proper alignment with the body. The neck joint includes a first bracket secured in a channel in the underside of the upper end of the neck and a second bracket secured in a neck pocket in the guitar body such that upon securing the brackets together the neck is secured to and fixed in proper alignment with the guitar body. The brackets each define a pair of rows of interlocking undercut teeth with one of the rows of teeth on the second bracket being moveable in a transverse direction for selective engagement and disengagement with the mating teeth on the first bracket to allow the brackets to be moved out of engagement and the neck separated from the guitar body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Assignees: Albert J. Carness, Michael D. McGuire
    Inventors: Michael D. McGuire, Stephen J. Boulanger
  • Patent number: D390250
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: Gibson Guitar Corporation
    Inventor: Michael D. McGuire
  • Patent number: D392310
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Assignee: Gibson Guitar Corp.
    Inventor: Michael D. McGuire