Patents by Inventor Peter F. Theis

Peter F. Theis 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: 6870927
    Abstract: The present invention comprises four principal elements: (1) a telephone instrument; (2) a computer; (3) an automatic dialer; and (4) a telephone line. These elements allow for automatic dialing of local and long distance calls in the United States, as well as automatic dialing of international calls. The automatic dialing feature is accomplished, in part, by implementing a computerized data base grouped in N-files. These files may be searched by the computer system during and after the caller dials a number. If the dialed number matches one of the numbers in the files, the system may automatically out-dial the dialed number. The present invention also relates to a system for automatically selecting, preparing and entering supplemental information to information entered to completed or change an alphabetic, alphanumeric or numeric address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Inventor: Peter F. Theis
  • Patent number: 6201864
    Abstract: The present invention allows for the automatic dialing of local and long distance calls in the United States, as well as automatic dialing of international calls. The automatic dialing feature is accomplished, in part, by implementing a computerized data base grouped in N—files. These files may be searched by the computer system during and after the caller dials a number. If the dialed number matches one of the numbers in the files, the system may automatically out-dial the dialed number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: Illinois Technology Transfer LLC
    Inventor: Peter F. Theis
  • Patent number: 5917904
    Abstract: The present invention comprises four principle elements: (1) a telephone instrument; (2) a computer; (3) an automatic dialer; and (4) a telephone line. These elements allow for automatic dialing of local and long distance calls in the United States, as well as automatic dialing of international calls. The automatic dialing feature is accomplished, in part, by implementing a computerized data base grouped in n-files. These files may be searched by the computer system during and after the caller dials a number. If the dialed number matches one of the numbers in the files, the system may automatically out-dial the dialed number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Illinois Technology Transfer, LLC
    Inventor: Peter F. Theis
  • Patent number: 5642411
    Abstract: A communications distribution system is disclosed for facilitating the handling of telephone calls within a plurality of groups. Each of the groups includes a line group and a channel group interconnected by an anticipatory call distributor (ANCD) for determining the availability of channels for connecting to a line from the associated line group, and for reassigning channels to other groups as long as a certain minimum capacity is maintained in each group. The ANCD also anticipates whether any channels are expected to become available within a predetermined period. In response to channel availability, or to a channel that is expected to become available, a priority and availability logic sets an appropriate status register, which is checked by switching command logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Assignee: Illinois Technology Transfer LLC
    Inventor: Peter F. Theis
  • Patent number: 5639208
    Abstract: A rotary turbine employs rotors that are rotated primarily by the frictional forces of a pressurized medium flowing through a gap that separates the rotors from the stationary housing. The rotors are coupled to a source of pressurized medium that creates a medium flow through the gap. The frictional forces between the flowing medium and the rotors create a torque that rotates the rotors. A compressor is formed of a rotor assembly that includes first and second counter-rotating rotors having substantially smooth surfaces. The rotors are separated by a gap that allows the medium to flow therethrough, with the surface of at least one of the rotors contacting the medium, such that the flow of the medium through the gap is induced by surface friction between the contact surface and the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: Illinois Technology Transfer LLC
    Inventor: Peter F. Theis
  • Patent number: 5577163
    Abstract: A speech categorization system includes first and second timers which generate first and second measured durations indicative of duration of selected higher and lower amplitude segments included in a voice message. A higher amplitude segment is classified in a first category when the first and second measured durations corresponding to the higher amplitude segment and an adjacent lower amplitude segment satisfy a classification test, and a counter counts the number of the higher amplitude segments classified in the first category. Accented syllables in the higher amplitude segment are recognized to aid classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Inventor: Peter F. Theis
  • Patent number: 5518363
    Abstract: A rotary turbine including a source of a pressurized medium and a rotor assembly. In one embodiment, the rotor assembly includes first and second rotors, and the surface of each rotor is substantially smooth. The pressurized medium flows between the rotors, turning the rotors. The smooth rotor surfaces do not cause substantial turbulence in the medium. Accordingly, the exit velocity of the pressurized medium is maintained at a substantial higher level than if the rotors included blades or other protrusions extending outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Assignee: Illinois Technology Transfer LLC
    Inventor: Peter F. Theis
  • Patent number: 5315688
    Abstract: A speech categorization system includes first and second timers which generate first and second measured durations indicative of duration of selected higher and lower amplitude segments included in a voice message. A higher amplitude segment is classified in a first category when the first and second measured durations corresponding to the higher amplitude segment and an adjacent lower amplitude segment satisfy a classification test, and a counter counts the number of the higher amplitude segments classified in the first category Accented syllables in the higher amplitude segment are recognized to aid classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Inventor: Peter F. Theis
  • Patent number: 5301996
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for reducing the air pressure ahead of the contact patch of a rotating wheel by directing an air jet substantially at right angles or forwardly of right angle to the plane of the wheel to increase, improve traction and the heating characteristics. In an embodiment the air is heated so as to further improve the traction and other characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Inventor: Peter F. Theis
  • Patent number: 5201028
    Abstract: A speech categorization system includes first and second timers which generate first and second measured durations indicative of duration of selected higher and lower amplitude segments included in a voice message. A higher amplitude segment is classified in a first category when the first and second measured durations corresponding to the higher amplitude segment and an adjacent lower amplitude segment satisfy a classification test, and a counter counts the number of the higher amplitude segments classified in the first category. To detect spoken itemized words such as numbers or letters, the classification test can include the requirement that the lower amplitude segment be relatively short as compared to the preceding higher amplitude segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Inventor: Peter F. Theis
  • Patent number: 4982420
    Abstract: A system which presents a user with a sequence of prompt messages and stores user responses to at least selected ones of these prompt messages, classifies the stored user responses in a first category when the user responds to a first one of the prompt messages and not to a second one of the prompt messages, and classifies the stored user reponses in a second category when the user responds to both the first and second prompt messages. In addition, this system classifies the stored user response in a third category when the response includes any one of a plurality of code words, and in a fourth category when the user response includes none of these code words. An alternate embodiment classifies stored user responses in accordance with the duration of the response to a selected prompt message. The described classification techniques materially enhance transcription efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Inventor: Peter F. Theis
  • Patent number: 4856050
    Abstract: A message retrieval system is disclosed which includes a plurality of answering machines, each connected to respected telephone line. Each answering machine records telephone responses on a respective message memory unit and all message memory units are connected to a single message processor. The message processor is in turn connected to a number of retrieval consoles used by operators to transcribe messages from the message memory units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Inventors: Peter F. Theis, Gregory Buchberger
  • Patent number: 4800583
    Abstract: Overflow calls intended for a telephone answering center are automatically diverted to an overflow center which automatically answers the overflow calls and records information acquired from the overflow calls. This recorded information is digitally encoded and then transmitted back from the overflow station to the telephone answering center, where it is received and used to allow operators at the telephone answering center to place callbacks, or to take other appropriate action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Inventor: Peter F. Theis
  • Patent number: 4747125
    Abstract: A programmed conversation recording system presents a caller with a sequence of messages and records caller responses to these messages during respective calling periods. According to this invention, pauses in the caller response are automatically detected and timed and a patience interval is provided which varies in real time during the recording period as a function of the duration of the caller response. The recording period is automatically terminated when the duration of a pause in the caller response exceeds the patience interval. By varying the patience interval in real time during the recording period, the recording system can be programmed to respond properly, even to responses to complex questions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1988
    Inventors: Gregory D. Buchberger, Peter F. Theis
  • Patent number: 4719647
    Abstract: A message retrieval system is disclosed which includes a plurality of answering machines, each connected to respected telephone line. Each answering machine records telephone responses on a respective message memory unit and all message memory units are connected to a single message processor. The message processor is in turn connected to a number of retrieval consoles used by operators to transcribe messages from the message memory units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1988
    Assignee: Morgan Electronics
    Inventors: Peter F. Theis, Gregory Buchberger
  • Patent number: 4692817
    Abstract: A programmed conversation recording system utilizes distinctive control signals to condition voice actuated circuitry to respond to silence intervals, pause intervals, and speech length intervals to select and start the appropriate prerecorded message for creating a facsimile of a live conversation with an unrehearsed and untrained respondent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Assignee: Morgan Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter F. Theis
  • Patent number: 4559416
    Abstract: A line activity monitor for a plurality of telephone lines operates to record a log for each call indicative of the time at which the telephone line entered each of a plurality of states during the call. In this way, complete information regarding line usage is recorded for each call, and the use of averages or summary statistics is avoided. Detailed analysis can then be applied to the information contained in the logs, tailored to the individual application. The disclosed line activity monitor also acts to record a coded signal with each log. This coded signal is generated by an operator following the answering of an incoming call, and can be used to indicate the purpose of the call to further enhance the line usage statistics developed from the information in the logs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1985
    Assignee: Morgan Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter F. Theis, Gregory D. Buchberger
  • Patent number: 4539436
    Abstract: A programmed conversation recording system utilizes distinctive control signals to condition voice actuated circuitry to respond to silence intervals, pause intervals, and speech length intervals to select and start the appropriate prerecorded message for creating a facsimile of a live conversation with an unrehearsed and untrained respondent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1985
    Inventor: Peter F. Theis
  • Patent number: 4439635
    Abstract: A message delivery system is described which includes a plurality of announce units, each of which includes means for storing a respective message segment. A controller activates selected ones of the announce units in sequence in order to broadcast a message made up of a plurality of message segments to a number of line interface units. Each of the line interface units is connected to a respective telephone line and acts to transmit the message to the associated telephone line. The controller activates selected ones of the announce units which store selected message segments in a predetermined sequence such that a total message made up of a number of separate segments is broadcast to the line interface units. Each message segment is recorded with an end of segment signal which is detected by the announce unit at the end of the respective segment. Each announce unit generates an end of segment signal which is used by the controller in order automatically to sequence the announce units in the proper order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1984
    Assignee: Peter F. Theis
    Inventors: Peter F. Theis, Gregory Buchberger
  • Patent number: 4338494
    Abstract: An improved telephone call inventorying and sequencing system includes a plurality of automatic telephone answering machines and associated message memory units; a plurality of transcribing stations; and a matrix interconnecting the transcribing stations and the message memory units. A computer controls the matrix to connect each requesting transcribing station with a selected one of the message memory units. In each case, the computer selects the available message memory unit having the oldest untranscribed recorded message. In this way, recorded messages are transcribed in substantially the order in which they are recorded, and callback delays are therefore kept more nearly constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1982
    Inventor: Peter F. Theis