Patents by Inventor Michael R. O'Brien

Michael R. O'Brien 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: 20080294727
    Abstract: The present invention relates to unsubscribing from notification of future messages in an existing message thread. A method for controlling user notification of future electronic mail (email) messages in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes: receiving an email message addressed to a user; determining if the email message belongs to an existing message thread; and in the case the email message belongs to an existing message thread, presenting the user with a selection of a plurality of options for controlling notification of future emails addressed to the user and belonging to the existing message thread.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Paul B. Moody, Jodi L. Coppinger, Niklas Heidloff, Michael R. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20080295000
    Abstract: A system for conveniently removing recipients from a message being added to a message thread that enables a user to filter people from a recipient list of a message being added to a message thread. The system advantageously enables a user to filter out potential recipients based on a) their previous non-participation in the thread, b) their lack of registered interest in a topic of the thread, and/or c) their being listed only as recipients by way of their being contained in a group indicated in the recipient list.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Oliver Kieselbach, Niklas Heidloff, Gregory R. Klouda, Michael R. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 7437484
    Abstract: A method is provided for optimizing a SyncML slow sync between a proprietary client and server. When a slow sync is detected, the client and server can depart from the normal SyncML protocol and process summary data without having to compare all items on a field-by-field basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen T. Auriemma, Maria M. Corbett, Michael R. O'Brien, Ashok C. Mammen
  • Publication number: 20080178196
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically generating and receiving notifications regarding accesses to documents in a shared repository, where the notifications are filtered such that they are only generated and/or received for accesses that match a personal interest profile of a local user. The personal interest profile of the local user includes a number of keywords determined to be of interest to the local user, as well as a number of important person identifiers associated with other users determined to be important to the local user. The system is operable to provide notifications in response to accesses by important other users to shared documents, including reading of those documents by the important other users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventors: Niklas Heidloff, Michael R. O'Brien, Carl J. Kraenzel
  • Publication number: 20080147795
    Abstract: A system for minimizing the time required to initiate and terminate an instant messaging session. An initial message in an instant messaging session is checked to determine whether it has any significant content. If the received initial message has insignificant content, then a non-intrusive notification is provided to the user, without changing the current focus in the user interface. A pre-composed response message may also be automatically transmitted to the initiating user, requesting that a more significant message be sent. When an initial message in an instant messaging session is received that is determined to have significant content, the user is promptly notified in a different manner, which may be intrusive such that the current focus of the user interface is changed to a new window or the like containing the newly initiated instant messaging session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventors: Niklas Heidloff, Michael R. O' Brien, Shruti Kumar
  • Publication number: 20080120382
    Abstract: Linked non-shared documents within email messages are made accessible to a recipient. Upon initiation of sending of an email message by a user, the MIME of the email is automatically parsed through to detect URL tags indicating that a linked document is contained within the email message. Upon detection of a URL tag, the prefix of the URL is checked to determine if it is accessible to a recipient. If the prefix indicates that the link is not accessible to the recipient, the sender is provided with at least the following options for making the linked document accessible to the recipient: sending the linked document as an in-line document by converting the document into HTML format and embedding it into a multi part MIME message, sending the linked document as an attachment with a link to a file system or document library, or converting the linked document into a pdf file and sending it as an attachment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Niklas Heidloff, Shruti Kumar, Michael R. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20080120383
    Abstract: A method and system for preventing recipients from being added and/or removed from a message thread in an e-mail and/or calendaring application. Recipients of a thread message may be allowed to seek and obtain permission from a thread originator to insert a recipient to and/or remove a recipient from the thread. The originating user of a message thread can prevent insertion and/or removal of recipients in an e-mail message thread and/or a calendaring system invitation message by selecting from corresponding message composition user interface options. A mechanism persistently registers the recipient removal and/or insertion settings provided by the originating user, for example as settings stored in and conveyed with the messages themselves. The originating user can permit non-originating users to insert and/or remove recipients from the thread.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventors: Shruti Kumar, Patrick Joseph O'Sullivan, Niklas Heidloff, Michael R. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20080098070
    Abstract: A system for adding new recipients to an e-mail thread. The system includes a server device configured to administer an electronic mail (E-MAIL) application. At least one client device being operably associated via a network with the server device. The at least one client device configured to add new E-MAIL recipients to the E-MAIL thread of the distributed E-MAIL message via a user interface (UI) having a menu selection for adding recipients to the thread. The UI being operably associated with the client device and the server device. The client device is further configured to add the identity of the new E-MAIL recipient to a persistent store table located on the client device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Niklas Heidloff, Shruti Kumar, Michael R. O'Brien, Patrick J. O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 7323999
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically generating and receiving notifications regarding accesses to documents in a shared repository, where the notifications are filtered such that they are only generated and/or received for accesses that match a personal interest profile of a local user. The personal interest profile of the local user includes a number of keywords determined to be of interest to the local user, as well as a number of important person identifiers associated with other users determined to be important to the local user. The system is operable to provide notifications in response to accesses by important other users to shared documents, including reading of those documents by the important other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Niklas Heidloff, Michael R. O'Brien, Carl J. Kraenzel
  • Publication number: 20080021962
    Abstract: A system for forcing e-mail addresses into the Bcc: field of transmitted messages in order to enforce user privacy. A user interface enables a user to indicate that their e-mail address is not to be included in a “To:” or “Cc:” field of an e-mail message from another user when the number of e-mail addresses contained in those fields exceeds a threshold size. The user's e-mail address and the associated threshold are stored for future reference when new messages are sent by the other user. Subsequently, when a new message is generated by the other user in which the number of e-mail addresses contained in the “To:” and/or “Cc:” field exceeds the threshold, then the disclosed system moves the user's e-mail address from the “To:” or “Cc:” field to the “Bcc:” field of the message before the message is transmitted to its recipients. Privacy messages may either be sent individually to specific users, or may be automatically generated as a result of a general privacy setting being indicated by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventors: Corinne M. Ryan, Michael R. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 6990578
    Abstract: When electronic mail is to be sent by an off-line user to a recipient who holds a digital certificate, the sender's mail program allows the sender to compose the mail, but the mail is placed in plain text in the sender's local outbox and flagged for subsequent encryption. When the sender later connects to a mail server to send the outgoing mail, the sender's mail software, in response to the flagged mail will request the recipient's certificate from the server and use the received certificate to encrypt the mail message before it leaves the sender's workstation. In accordance with one embodiment of the invention, after using a digital certificate to encrypt a mail message, the certificate is discarded. In accordance with another embodiment, if the certificate is not available or located by the mail server, a message is sent to the sender informing him that the certificate cannot be located and the mail cannot be sent in encrypted form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Michael R. O'Brien, Steven R. Beckhardt, Elizabeth A. Lorenson, Douglas W. Conmy
  • Patent number: 6795809
    Abstract: A system for automatically distributing discount coupons or certificates in a retail store, conditioned on a preselected combination of present and past shopping behavior of a customer whose order is being processed at a checkout stand. Generation of a printable discount coupon can be based on any desired combination of customer-supplied data, obtained from a customer identification data base, past shopping activity, derived from data gathered during previous customer visits to the store, and present shopping activity, as evidenced by items identified in the current customer order. Collection of data pertaining to past behavior of customers is facilitated by filtering all sales transaction data at the point of sale. If all of the preselected conditions for generation of a coupon are satisfied, the coupon is generated and printed at the checkout stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Catalina Marketing International, Inc
    Inventors: Michael R. O'Brien, George W. Off, Timothy L. Cherney, Gary M. Katz
  • Publication number: 20020002485
    Abstract: A system for automatically distributing discount coupons or certificates in a retail store, conditioned on a preselected combination of present and past shopping behavior of a customer whose order is being processed at a checkout stand. Generation of a printable discount coupon can be based on any desired combination of customer-supplied data, obtained from a customer identification data base, past shopping activity, derived from data gathered during previous customer visits to the store, and present shopping activity, as evidenced by items identified in the current customer order. Collection of data pertaining to past behavior of customers is facilitated by filtering all sales transaction data at the point of sale. If all of the preselected conditions for generation of a coupon are satisfied, the coupon is generated and printed at the checkout stand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 1998
    Publication date: January 3, 2002
    Inventors: MICHAEL R. O'BRIEN, GEORGE W. OFF, TIMOTHY L. CHERNEY, GARY M. KATZ
  • Patent number: 6321210
    Abstract: A system for automatically distributing discount coupons or certificates in a retail store, conditioned on a preselected combination of present and past shopping behavior of a customer whose order is being processed at a checkout stand. Generation of a printable discount coupon can be based on any desired combination of customer-supplied data, obtained from a customer identification data base, past shopping activity, derived from data gathered during previous customer visits to the store, and present shopping activity, as evidenced by items identified in the current customer order. If all of the preselected conditions for generation of a coupon are satisfied, the coupon is generated and printed at the checkout stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Catalina Marketing International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. O'Brien, George W. Off, Timothy L. Cherney
  • Patent number: 5612868
    Abstract: A system for generating, in a retail store, a printable discount coupon image solely in response to a customer's action concerning the purchase of an item. The system includes at least one customer checkout terminal, a store controller, a file for storing the terms of at least one coupon deal in which a discount coupon image is generated upon the purchase of a triggering product. The system identifies the triggering product in the customer order, associates it with the coupon deal, and automatically generates data defining at least one discount coupon for a product, typically other than the triggering product, based on the details of the coupon deal, which are not communicated to the customer prior to processing the customer order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: Catalina Marketing International, Inc
    Inventors: George W. Off, Michael C. Scroggie, Thomas L. Mindrum, Michael R. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 5173851
    Abstract: A system for creating discount coupons in response to the purchases of products. Improvements disclosed include the printing of a "negative" coupon in response to the failure to purchase a particular product, and the printing of a coupon in response to the purchase of multiple triggering items, either without limitation as to the identification of the items, or with the requirement that the items fall into a predefined trade group. Other features of the invention permit the use of instantly redeemable "coupons," such that an instant discount is applied to a customer bill rather than having a coupon printed, and the logging, without printing, of possible coupon printings for statistical purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1992
    Assignee: Catalina Marketing International, Inc.
    Inventors: George W. Off, Michael C. Scroggie, Thomas L. Mindrum, Michael R. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 4910672
    Abstract: A system for creating discount coupons in response to the purchases of products. Improvements disclosed include the printing of a "negative" coupon in response to the failure to purchase a particular product, and the printing of a coupon in response to the purchase of multiple triggering items, either without limitation as to the identification of the items, or with the requirement that the items fall into a predefined trade group. Other features of the invention permit the use of instantly redeemable "coupons," such that an instant discount is applied to a customer bill rather than having a coupon printed, and the logging, without printing, of possible coupon printings for statistical purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Assignee: Catalina Marketing Corporation
    Inventors: George W. Off, Michael C. Scroggie, Thomas L. Mindrum, Michael R. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 4723212
    Abstract: Apparatus, and a corresponding method, for creating a discount coupon in response to the purchase of a product other than the one to which the coupon applies. A record pertaining to each item purchased is examined to determine whether the item is intended to trigger the creation of a coupon. If it is, at least one associated coupon deal record is retrieved, and a coupon becomes a candidate for printing, subject to a maximum number of coupons per transaction. The apparatus also validates coupons presented for redemption, scanning a list of purchased products to determine whether any falls into the same product group specified on the coupon, and also determining whether the coupon date is valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1988
    Assignee: Catalina Marketing Corp.
    Inventors: Thomas Mindrum, George Off, Michael C. Scroggie, Michael R. O'Brien