Patents by Inventor Michael N Abernethy, Jr.

Michael N Abernethy, Jr. 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: 10542055
    Abstract: A method for providing relationship-centric resources includes establishing a communication session between a first device and a second device, determining, during the communication session between the first and second devices, an intersection of mutual topics of interest between users of the first and second devices by cross-referencing sets of interests for the users, retrieving content based on a determination that the content meets a content descriptor, and simultaneously displaying the retrieved content. The content descriptor describes a nature of the communication session. The retrieving is further based on a determination that the content is related to a mutual topic of interest from the intersection of mutual topics of interest between the users of the first and second devices. The determination of relatedness is based on a cross-reference between the content and the mutual topic of interest. The cross-reference is stored in a lookup table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael N Abernethy, Jr., Gabriel A Cohen, Ronald E Craig, Travis M Grigsby
  • Patent number: 10343062
    Abstract: Updating contact information for a first communication device according to metadata associated with a virtual world is provided. In response to an avatar of a first user interacting with an avatar of a second user in the virtual world, information comprising a name of the avatar of the second user and metadata associated with the avatar of the second user is sent to the first user. In response to receiving the information, contact information associated with the name of the avatar of the second user is determined. The contact information is organized based on the metadata. The organized contact information is prioritized according to the metadata. A speed dial setting corresponding to the prioritized contact information is assigned. The assigned speed dial setting is assigned to the first communication device. The assigned speed dial setting is stored in the first communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael N. Abernethy, Jr., Travis M. Grigsby, Daniel E. Morris, Nazgol Sedghi
  • Publication number: 20170142038
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of interlacing responses within an instant messaging (IM) system can include, responsive to a request from a user in an IM session, storing an IM message fragment input by the user and associating the IM message fragment with a message selected from an IM session transcript. The method can include recalling the IM message fragment and outputting, at least in part, the IM message fragment in response to the message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: Michael N. Abernethy, JR., Travis M. Grigsby, Frank L. Jania
  • Publication number: 20160381089
    Abstract: A method for providing relationship-centric resources includes establishing a communication session between a first device and a second device, determining, during the communication session between the first and second devices, an intersection of mutual topics of interest between users of the first and second devices by cross-referencing sets of interests for the users, retrieving content based on a determination that the content meets a content descriptor, and simultaneously displaying the retrieved content. The content descriptor describes a nature of the communication session. The retrieving is further based on a determination that the content is related to a mutual topic of interest from the intersection of mutual topics of interest between the users of the first and second devices. The determination of relatedness is based on a cross-reference between the content and the mutual topic of interest. The cross-reference is stored in a lookup table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael N Abernethy, JR., Gabriel A Cohen, Ronald E Craig, Travis M Grigsby
  • Patent number: 9477940
    Abstract: Relationship-centric resources are provided to users during a communication session. After establishing a communication session between a first communication device and a second communication device, content that meets a content descriptor is retrieved. This content descriptor describes a nature of a relationship between users of the first and second communication devices. The retrieved content, which meets the content descriptor, is then simultaneously displaying on both the first communication device and the second communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael N. Abernethy, Jr., Gabriel A. Cohen, Ronald E. Craig, Travis M. Grigsby
  • Publication number: 20160051893
    Abstract: Updating contact information for a first communication device according to metadata associated with a virtual world is provided. In response to an avatar of a first user interacting with an avatar of a second user in the virtual world, information comprising a name of the avatar of the second user and metadata associated with the avatar of the second user is sent to the first user. In response to receiving the information, contact information associated with the name of the avatar of the second user is determined. The contact information is organized based on the metadata. The organized contact information is prioritized according to the metadata. A speed dial setting corresponding to the prioritized contact information is assigned. The assigned speed dial setting is assigned to the first communication device. The assigned speed dial setting is stored in the first communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Michael N. Abernethy, Jr., Travis M. Grigsby, Daniel E. Morris, Nazgol Sedghi
  • Patent number: 8312105
    Abstract: Provided is a method for displaying information such as lists of data, files and icons in a window of a graphical user interface (GUI). Unlike a typical display methodology, which arranges items in a “machine-dependent” sorting order, the disclosed technology provides a “natural” sorting order. The list, or names associated with the files or icons are incorporated into a query and the query is transmitted to a web service. The web service parses the query to determine a natural order appropriate to the material represented by the list, files, or icons rearranges the list, files or icons into the natural order and returns a response to the originator of the query. The operating system or GUI that originated the query receives the response, parses the response and displays the list, files or icons in the corresponding natural order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael N. Abernethy, Jr., Travis M. Grigsby, Jacob L. Moilanen, Nazgol Sedghi
  • Patent number: 8188845
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided for controlling an output of a vehicle mounted display based on the current cargo loading of the vehicle so as to change the appearance of the vehicle. The mechanisms may identify at least one identifier of contents of a current cargo loading of the vehicle. The at least one identifier may identify at least one product currently being transported by the vehicle. The mechanisms may further correlate the at least one identifier with display data to be rendered on the vehicle mounted display. The mechanisms may further output the display data to the vehicle mounted display such that the display data is rendered on the vehicle mounted display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael N. Abernethy, Jr., Travis M. Grigsby, Steven M. Miller, Lisa A. Seacat
  • Patent number: 8161405
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products are provide for accepting a user's selection of sort options for sorting a table according to embodiments of the present invention. Embodiments include selecting a representative shape for displaying sort options; identifying one or more columns in the table available for selection as a key for sorting; displaying, together in a GUI, identifications of the one or more columns and the representative shape; and receiving, as a user's selection of one of the columns as a key for sorting, an invocation of a GUI control associated with an identification of the selected columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael N. Abernethy, Jr., Travis M. Grigsby
  • Patent number: 8156497
    Abstract: A mechanism for sharing tasks is provided in which individuals in a share group may signal their intent to complete individual shared tasks and communicate that intent to other individuals in the share group. A required time for completion of the shared tasks may be associated with an individual's signaling of the intent to complete the shared task. The completion of the shared task by the individual signaling intent to complete may be monitored and, if not completed within the associated required time, the performance of the shared task may again be shared with the individuals of the share group. In this way, another individual may signal that individual's intent to perform the shared task and the process may be repeated until the shared task is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael N. Abernethy, Jr., Kulvir S. Bhogal, Travis M. Grigsby, Alexandre Polozoff
  • Patent number: 8141078
    Abstract: A mechanism for sharing tasks is provided in which individuals in a share group may signal their intent to complete individual shared tasks and communicate that intent to other individuals in the share group. A required time for completion of the shared tasks may be associated with an individual's signaling of the intent to complete the shared task. The completion of the shared task by the individual signaling intent to complete may be monitored and, if not completed within the associated required time, the performance of the shared task may again he shared with the individuals of the share group. In this way, another individual may signal that individual's intent to perform the shared task and the process may be repeated until the shared task is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael N. Abernethy, Jr., Kulvir S. Bhogal, Travis M. Grigsby, Alexandre Polozoff
  • Patent number: 7996768
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, systems, and media to perform operations on filtered components of documents are disclosed. Embodiments comprise a method of performing an operation on selected components of an electronic document using at least one criterion to filter selected parts from other parts of the electronic document. In some embodiments, the method includes analyzing the electronic document to generate the filtering criteria. One embodiment includes presenting a list of filtering criteria to a user, whereupon the user may choose one or more criteria. Other variations of embodiments generally include apparatuses, systems and media that allow a user to choose specific text fonts, text styles, text entry dates, and text entry authors as filtering criteria, for such operations as spell checking, grammar checking, printing, and copying the document components, or text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael N. Abernethy, Jr., Srinivasa R. Borusu, Travis M. Grigsby, Lakshmi Potluri
  • Patent number: 7925988
    Abstract: A system and method for providing sticky applications are provided. A “sticky application” is an operating system (OS) level application that has the ability to “stick” to web applications and become a part of the web page on which the web application is running. While the sticky application is stuck to the web application, it behaves as if it were a web application with respect to the user. When the user chooses to “unstick” the application, it will return to behaving as an OS level application. The sticky application imitates being a web-based application instead of an operating system level application while stuck. This imitation involves the sticky application being placed on pixel coordinates within a web page of the web application and the sticky application remaining in the pixel coordinates within the web page where it is placed even when a user modifies the representation of the web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael N. Abernethy, Jr., Travis M. Grigsby
  • Patent number: 7827165
    Abstract: Mechanisms for providing a social network aware input dictionary are provided. A social network of users is monitored to determine the words and terms utilized by the users as part of their communication and interaction within the social network. Words and terms are ranked, or prioritized, within the social network based on a determined increase/decrease in popularity of the words/terms as determined from the monitoring of the social network. Based on the ranking of these words/terms, individual input dictionaries associated with devices used by the users of the social network may be automatically updated to include/remove these words/terms and/or increase/decrease a relative priority of the words/terms within the input dictionaries. Such automatic updating may be performed regardless of whether the particular user has used the word/term or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael N. Abernethy, Jr., Travis M. Grigsby, Daniel E. Morris, Frank A. Nuzzi
  • Publication number: 20100274851
    Abstract: Provided is a method for displaying information such as lists of data, files and icons in a window of a graphical user interface (GUI). Unlike a typical display methodology, which arranges items in a “machine-dependent” sorting order, the disclosed technology provides a “natural” sorting order. The list, or names associated with the files or icons are incorporated into a query and the query is transmitted to a web service. The web service parses the query to determine a natural order appropriate to the material represented by the list, files, or icons rearranges the list, files or icons into the natural order and returns a response to the originator of the query. The operating system or GUI that originated the query receives the response, parses the response and displays the list, files or icons in the corresponding natural order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael N. Abernethy, JR., Travis M. Grigsby, Jacob L. Moilanen, Nazgol Sedghi
  • Publication number: 20100122211
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products are provide for accepting a user's selection of sort options for sorting a table according to embodiments of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael N. Abernethy, Jr., Travis M. Grigsby
  • Patent number: 7689355
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product that enables a direction service to automatically inform the requester or user of the directions of advertisement associated with the various businesses and/or landmarks situated on a directional map generated by the service. The service provider of the navigational service enhances the directional offerings to include advertisements associated with specific businesses and/or points of interest within the service's mapping database. When a generated route/direction includes landmarks (e.g., one or more of the businesses or other point of interest), which have an associated advertisement, the service displays (or outputs via audible or other means) the advertisement to the user, along with the directions. In this way the user is provided an output that includes the directions, landmarks (businesses and/or points of interest) along the routes, as well as an output of the specific advertisement associated with each of these landmarks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael N. Abernethy, Jr., Kulvir S. Bhogal, Travis M. Grigsby, Alexandre Polozoff
  • Publication number: 20100042285
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided for controlling an output of a vehicle mounted display based on the current cargo loading of the vehicle so as to change the appearance of the vehicle. The mechanisms may identify at least one identifier of contents of a current cargo loading of the vehicle. The at least one identifier may identify at least one product currently being transported by the vehicle. The mechanisms may further correlate the at least one identifier with display data to be rendered on the vehicle mounted display. The mechanisms may further output the display data to the vehicle mounted display such that the display data is rendered on the vehicle mounted display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael N. Abernethy, JR., Travis M. Grigsby, Steven M. Miller, Lisa A. Seacat
  • Publication number: 20090175428
    Abstract: A method for managing transient telephone contacts including capturing a telephone call identifying information related to a telephone communication, associating the telephone call identifying information with a telephone number related to the telephone communication, and providing the telephone call identifying information in response to a telephone operation involving the telephone number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael N. Abernethy, JR., Travis M. Grigsby, Frank L. Jania
  • Publication number: 20090125833
    Abstract: A system and method for providing sticky applications are provided. A “sticky application” is an operating system (OS) level application that has the ability to “stick” to web applications and become a part of the web page on which the web application is running. While the sticky application is stuck to the web application, it behaves as if it were a web application with respect to the user. When the user chooses to “unstick” the application, it will return to behaving as an OS level application. The sticky application imitates being a web-based application instead of an operating system level application while stuck. This imitation involves the sticky application being placed on pixel coordinates within a web page of the web application and the sticky application remaining in the pixel coordinates within the web page where it is placed even when a user modifies the representation of the web page.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventors: Michael N. Abernethy, JR., Travis M. Grigsby