Patents by Inventor Paul Krzyzanowski

Paul Krzyzanowski 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: 20070019682
    Abstract: In a device control system that provides a means for controlling a variety of device types via a unified interface, such as via a handheld controller, a synchronization protocol ensures synchronization between a plurality of such controllers in a peer-to-peer network environment, provides a means for transferring custom configurations between such controllers, and provides a means for migrating such a controller from a peer-to-peer network environment to a server-based network environment and vice-versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: January 25, 2007
    Applicant: OpenPeak Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Krzyzanowski
  • Patent number: 7154862
    Abstract: In a device control system that provides a means for controlling a variety of device types via a unified interface, such as via a handheld controller, a synchronization protocol ensures synchronization between a plurality of such controllers in a peer-to-peer network environment, provides a means for transferring custom configurations between such controllers, and provides a means for migrating such a controller from a peer-to-peer network environment to a server-based network environment and vice-versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: OpenPeak Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Krzyzanowski
  • Patent number: 7129855
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for controlling consumer electronic (CE) devices. A control unit obtains CE device command codes and “metadata” from an interactive, wirelessly accessible database. The control unit uses the metadata, which is data relating to the unique control behaviors of a CE device, to translate between a universal control command and one or more of the command codes associated with the CE device. A wireless access method is used to download the CE device metadata and command codes to a central server or to the control unit itself. The control unit provides an interface by which end users can provide feedback concerning downloaded metadata and command codes, such that erroneous data may be corrected or so that other users may determine whether the data is worth accessing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: OpenPeak Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Krzyzanowski, Glenn Harter
  • Publication number: 20060209810
    Abstract: A system that includes a telephone adapted for connection to a data communications network. The telephone is capable of discovering other devices connected to the data communications network and using those devices to extend its own functionality. The telephone is also accessible and controllable by other devices on the data communications network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Publication date: September 21, 2006
    Applicant: OpenPeak Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Krzyzanowski, Michael Kelly, Ronald Hume
  • Patent number: 7024256
    Abstract: A control server, or similar central processor, manages the distribution of data (including audio and video), voice, and control signals among a plurality of system components (such as, televisions, monitors, PDAs, portable stereo, lighting, ovens, alarm clocks, etc.) connected via a wired and/or wireless communications network. A portable controller allows a user to access and control the system components from any location within a controlled residential and/or non-residential environment, including its surrounding areas. One or more control macros can be established to control the operations and/or functions of the system components. A control macro includes commands for enabling the control server to control the system components. The control macro can be manually activated by a user, or automatically executed upon the occurrence of a commencement parameter. The control macro can also be automatically particularized for application in a specific context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: OpenPeak Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Krzyzanowski, Michael Kelly
  • Publication number: 20060053447
    Abstract: A control server, or similar central processor, manages the distribution of data (including audio and video), voice, and control signals among a plurality of devices connected via a wired and/or wireless communications network. The devices include audio/visual devices (such as, televisions, monitors, PDAs, notepads, notebooks, MP3, portable stereo, etc.) as well as household appliances (such as, lighting, ovens, alarm clocks, etc.). The control server supports video/audio serving, telephony, messaging, file sharing, internetworking, and security. A portable controller allows a user to access and control the network devices from any location within a controlled residential and/or non-residential environment, including its surrounding areas. The controllers are enhanced to support location-awareness and user-awareness functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Publication date: March 9, 2006
    Applicant: OpenPeak Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Krzyzanowski, Wayzen Lin, Michael Pitts, Justin Flores
  • Publication number: 20060007015
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for controlling consumer electronic (CE) devices are provided. A remote control unit controls one or more CE devices by obtaining control information necessary to control each CE device from a Consumer Electronic Device Control Database (CEDB). A CEDB provides control information, such as command codes and metadata, for various CE devices as well as providing a mapping between CE device types, CE brands, and particular CE devices. A remote control unit accesses the records provided by a CEDB to provide automatic and programistic control of CE devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2005
    Publication date: January 12, 2006
    Applicant: OpenPeak Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Krzyzanowski, Keith Nelson, Glenn Harter, Jonathan Alaimo
  • Publication number: 20050141566
    Abstract: In a device control system that provides a means for controlling a variety of device types via a unified interface, such as via a handheld controller, a synchronization protocol ensures synchronization between a plurality of such controllers in a peer-to-peer network environment, provides a means for transferring custom configurations between such controllers, and provides a means for migrating such a controller from a peer-to-peer network environment to a server-based network environment and vice-versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Publication date: June 30, 2005
    Applicant: OpenPeak Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Krzyzanowski
  • Publication number: 20050128048
    Abstract: Activity-based or experienced-based operations are created and defined during an initialization or setup session for one or more system component, with minimum or no user interaction. The system components include legacy and/or non-legacy devices, which are configured and managed within a controlled environment, such as a home or business peer-to-peer or client-server network. During an initialization or setup session, relevant device information and device metadata are collected via a conventional or discovery protocol interface. For a legacy device that is not automatically discoverable, a user adds the legacy device to the controlled environment by inputting the device information. The device information can also be automatically collected from an accessible database. Once the device information has been collected, the system components are configured to support one or more activity-based or experienced-based operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Publication date: June 16, 2005
    Applicant: OpenPeak Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Krzyzanowski, Justin Flores, Glenn Harter
  • Publication number: 20050097478
    Abstract: A control server, or similar central processor, manages the distribution of data (including audio and video), voice, and control signals among a plurality of system components connected via a wired and/or wireless communications network. The system components include audio/visual components (such as, televisions, monitors, PDAs, notepads, notebooks, MP3, portable stereo, etc.) as well as household appliances (such as, lighting, ovens, alarm clocks, etc.). A portable controller allows a user to access and control the system components from any location within a controlled residential and/or non-residential environment, including its surrounding areas. The portable controller includes a user and management interface that contains customized control screens for the system components. The control screens are stored in a hierarchical architecture that is searchable by region or component type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Publication date: May 5, 2005
    Inventors: David Killian, Glenn Harter, Justin Flores, Paul Krzyzanowski
  • Publication number: 20050068222
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for controlling consumer electronic (CE) devices. A control unit obtains CE device command codes and “metadata” from an interactive, wirelessly accessible database. The control unit uses the metadata, which is data relating to the unique control behaviors of a CE device, to translate between a universal control command and one or more of the command codes associated with the CE device. A wireless access method is used to download the CE device metadata and command codes to a central server or to the control unit itself. The control unit provides an interface by which end users can provide feedback concerning downloaded metadata and command codes, such that erroneous data may be corrected or so that other users may determine whether the data is worth accessing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Publication date: March 31, 2005
    Applicant: OpenPeak Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Krzyzanowski, Glenn Harter
  • Publication number: 20050055472
    Abstract: A control server, or similar central processor, manages the distribution of data (including audio and video), voice, and control signals among a plurality of devices connected via a wired and/or wireless communications network. The devices include audio/visual devices (such as, televisions, monitors, PDAs, notepads, notebooks, MP3, portable stereo, etc.) as well as household appliances (such as, lighting, ovens, alarm clocks, etc.). The control server supports video/audio serving, telephony, messaging, file sharing, internetworking, and security. A portable controller allows a user to access and control the network devices from any location within a controlled residential and/or non-residential environment, including its surrounding areas. The controllers are enhanced to support location-awareness and user-awareness functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Publication date: March 10, 2005
    Inventors: Paul Krzyzanowski, Wayzen Lin, Michael Pitts
  • Patent number: 6792323
    Abstract: A control server, or similar central processor, manages the distribution of data (including audio and video), voice, and control signals among a plurality of devices connected via a wired and/or wireless communications network. The devices include audio/visual devices (such as, televisions, monitors, PDAs, notepads, notebooks, MP3, portable stereo, etc.) as well as household appliances (such as, lighting, ovens, alarm clocks, etc.). The control server supports video/audio serving, telephony, messaging, file sharing, internetworking, and security. A portable controller allows a user to access and control the network devices from any location within a controlled residential and/or non-residential environment, including its surrounding areas. The controllers are enhanced to support location-awareness and user-awareness functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Openpeak Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Krzyzanowski, Wayzen Lin, Michael Pitts
  • Publication number: 20040163073
    Abstract: A control server, or similar central processor, manages the distribution of data (including audio and video), voice, and control signals among a plurality of system components (such as, televisions, monitors, PDAs, portable stereo, lighting, ovens, alarm clocks, etc.) connected via a wired and/or wireless communications network. A portable controller allows a user to access and control the system components from any location within a controlled residential and/or non-residential environment, including its surrounding areas. One or more control macros can be established to control the operations and/or functions of the system components. A control macro includes commands for enabling the control server to control the system components. The control macro can be manually activated by a user, or automatically executed upon the occurrence of a commencement parameter. The control macro can also be automatically particularized for application in a specific context.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Applicant: OpenPeak Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Krzyzanowski, Michael Kelly
  • Publication number: 20040133704
    Abstract: A legacy device bridge for use in a network, such as a wired or wireless residential network, is provided. The legacy device bridge performs protocol conversion to enable a network-attached entity that uses a packet-based communication protocol to communicate with and control legacy devices, such as consumer electronics, that rely exclusively on infrared (IR) or serial communication protocols. The legacy device bridge also performs a virtualization function that allows legacy devices to be advertised to the network as devices that comply with a packet-based discovery and control protocol, and to be controlled as such. The legacy device bridge is also adapted to probe, deduce and publish information relating to the state of a legacy device to other entities on the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Applicant: OpenPeak Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Krzyzanowski, Wayzen Lin
  • Publication number: 20040098456
    Abstract: A video teleconferencing and multimedia presentation system is provided. The system is integrated and network-ready to facilitate ease of set-up and operation, and also utilizes IP and/or wireless networking to provide advanced features and functionality, such as remote access and control and the ability to perform secure archiving and retrieval of recorded video and audio data. The system further utilizes a unique peer-to-peer conference network solution in order to address the bandwidth limitations that plague conventional systems and allow enhanced viewing of high-bandwidth applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Applicant: OpenPeak Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Krzyzanowski, John Trotter, Michael Pitts
  • Publication number: 20040003051
    Abstract: A control server, or similar central processor, manages the distribution of data (including audio and video), voice, and control signals among a plurality of devices connected via a wired and/or wireless communications network. The devices include audio/visual devices (such as, televisions, monitors, PDAs, notepads, notebooks, MP3, portable stereo, etc.) as well as household appliances (such as, lighting, ovens, alarm clocks, etc.). The control server supports video/audio serving, telephony, messaging, file sharing, internetworking, and security. A portable controller allows a user to access and control the network devices from any location within a controlled residential and/or non-residential environment, including its surrounding areas. The controllers are enhanced to support location-awareness and user-awareness functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Applicant: OpenPeak Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Krzyzanowski, John A. Trotter, Daniel J. Gittleman
  • Publication number: 20040003073
    Abstract: A control server, or similar central processor, manages the distribution of data (including audio and video), voice, and control signals among a plurality of devices connected via a wired and/or wireless communications network. The devices include audio/visual devices (such as, televisions, monitors, PDAs, notepads, notebooks, MP3, portable stereo, etc.) as well as household appliances (such as, lighting, ovens, alarm clocks, etc.). The control server supports video/audio serving, telephony, messaging, file sharing, internetworking, and security. A portable controller allows a user to access and control the network devices from any location within a controlled residential and/or non-residential environment, including its surrounding areas. The controllers are enhanced to support location-awareness and user-awareness functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Applicant: OpenPeak Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Krzyzanowski, Wayzen Lin, Michael Pitts
  • Patent number: 6587877
    Abstract: A system and method for managing time and expense when communicating between a host and multiple network connections. A server program, inserted between an information requesting device and the network connections, reconfigures the information requesting device forcing the information requesting device to pass all requests through the server program. The server program then determines what type of network is being connected. Additionally, the server program makes costs visible to the user, warns the user when pre-specified budgets are exceeded, postpones actions to a later time when conditions are met, and automatically adapts user customization and system configuration values to the changing conditions of use. This allows asynchronous style browsing in which users can work disconnected from a cache of documents or trade off communication cost against information needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignees: Lucent Technologies Inc., AT&T Corp.
    Inventors: Frederick Douglis, David Morris Kristol, Paul Krzyzanowski, John Andrew Trotter, James Paul Sienicki, William N. Schilit
  • Patent number: D513498
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: OpenPeak, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Krzyzanowski, Justin Flores