Patents by Inventor Peter Ward

Peter Ward 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: 7455837
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and compositions for the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis. The present invention also provides methods of providing a prognosis to a patient with sepsis. In particular, the present invention relates to compositions and methods for the detection of C5aR expression and the correlation of C5aR expression level with prognosis in sepsis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Renfeng Guo, Niels C. Riedemann, Peter A. Ward, Markus Huber-Lang, J. Vidya Sarma
  • Patent number: 7412596
    Abstract: A method and system for enabling security attestation for a computing device during a return from an S4 sleep state. When the computing device enters into the S4 state following a successful boot up, the attestation log is appended to the TPM tick count and the log is signed (with a security signature). When the device is awaken from S4 state, the BIOS obtains and verifies the log created during the previous boot. The CRTM maintains a set of virtual PCRs and references these virtual PCRs against the log. If the values do not match, the return from S4 state fails and the device is rebooted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: David Carroll Challener, Daryl Carvis Cromer, Joseph Wayne Freeman, Steven Dale Goodman, James Patrick Hoff, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Randall Scott Springfield, James Peter Ward
  • Publication number: 20080175914
    Abstract: The invention relates to a compound of formula (I) or a salt thereof: wherein: R1 is C1-4alkyl, C1-3fluoroalkyl, —CH2CH2OH or —CH2CH2CO2C1-2alkyl; R2 is a hydrogen atom (H), methyl or C1fluoroalkyl; R3 is optionally substituted C3-8cycloalkyl or optionally substituted mono-unsaturated-C5-7cycloalkenyl or an optionally substituted heterocyclic group of sub-formula (aa), (bb) or (cc); in which n1 and n2 independently are 1 or 2; and in which Y is O, S, SO2, or NR10; or R3 is a bicyclic group (dd) or (ee): and wherein X is NR4R5 or OR5a. The compounds are phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitors, in particular PDE4 inhibitors. Also provided is the use of a compound of formula (I), or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, in the manufacture of a medicament for the treatment and/or prophylaxis of an inflammatory and/or allergic disease in a mammal such as a human, for example chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, or allergic rhinitis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventors: David George ALLEN, Diane Mary Coe, Caroline Mary Cook, Michael Dennis Dowle, Christopher David Edlin, Julie Nicole Hamblin, Martin Redpath Johnson, Paul Spencer Jones, Richard Graham Knowles, Mika Kristian Lindvall, Charlotte Jane Mitchell, Alison Judith Redgrave, Peter Ward
  • Patent number: 7389536
    Abstract: Access to secure data through a portable computing system is provided only when a timer within the system is running. The timer is reset with the portable system connected to a base system, either directly, as by a cable, or indirectly, as through a telephone network. In an initialization process, the portable and base systems exchange data, such as public cryptographic keys, which are later used to confirm that the portable system is connected to the same base system. In one embodiment, the initialization process also includes storing a password transmitted from the portable system within the base system, with this password later being required within the reset process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Lenovo Singapore Pte Ltd.
    Inventors: David Carroll Challener, Ernest Nelson Mandese, Hernando Ovies, James Peter Ward
  • Patent number: 7367018
    Abstract: Computer method and apparatus for managing process and plant engineering data for chemical or other engineering processes across applications. The method and apparatus include a respective class view for each of multiple software applications, a composite class view, a conceptual data model and a resulting consolidated multi-tier data model. The multi-tier data model enables sharing of engineering and other data from the multiple software applications with other process and plant engineering applications and programs. An amalgamator synthesizes the class views, composite views and conceptual data model into the multi-tier data model. In forming the multi-tier data model, there is a one-to-one mapping between an attribute in the class view and composite class view, and a one-to-one mapping between an attribute in the composite class view and a data path in the conceptual data model to corresponding software applications from which the attribute originated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Aspen Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Noble, Douglas M. Laing, Andrew McBrien, Peter Ward
  • Patent number: 7269747
    Abstract: A computer system is presented which provides a trusted platform by which operations can be performed with an increased level trust and confidence. The basis of trust for the computer system is established by an encryption coprocessor and by code which interfaces with the encryption coprocessor and establishes root of trust metrics for the platform. The encryption coprocessor is built such that certain critical operations are allowed only if physical presence of an operator has been detected. Physical presence is determined by inference based upon the status of registers in the core chipset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryan Charles Catherman, Steven Dale Goodman, James Patrick Hoff, Randall Scott Springfield, James Peter Ward
  • Patent number: 7263608
    Abstract: A Trusted Computing Platform Alliance (TCPA) endorsement certificate is provided by comparing a trusted platform module (TPM) public key transmitted by an owner of the computing device to which the TPM belongs to a copy of the key as originally stored in a remote database prior to vending the device. If a match is found the certificate is created using the public key, and then sent to the owner of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: David Carroll Challener, James Patrick Hoff, Randall Scott Springfield, James Peter Ward
  • Patent number: 7257701
    Abstract: A method and system for configuring an operating system in a computer system including language selection during bootup rather than at manufacture. A first aspect of the method and system comprises providing a plurality of operating system images in the computer system, each of the plurality of operating system images being based upon a particular language, selecting one of the plurality of operating system images based on the language supported by the computer system and loading the selected operating system image into the computer system. A second aspect of the method and system comprises providing a language-independent operating system image in the computer system, determining a language supported by the computer system, loading the language-independent operating system image into the computer system, and associating the language supported by the computer system with the language-independent operating system image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard Wayne Cheston, Daryl Carvis Cromer, Howard Jeffrey Locker, David Benson Rhoades, Randall Scott Springfield, James Peter Ward
  • Patent number: 7257108
    Abstract: A network includes a plurality of wall plates, each of the wall plates couples a network resource such as a computer or a network attached device to the network and includes an RFID circuit to detect proximate devices having an RFID tag. The proximate devices can be network attached devices or non network attached devices such as desks, phones, and artwork. Logic is included within each wall plate which includes wall plate physical location information. The logic is designed to respond to a broadcast signal. In so doing, the physical location of any resource can be determined. The physical location of all known resources are provided to an inventory application in the network, thereby allowing network administrators and users to remotely determine the physical location (room, floor, building, etc.) of any and all known resources attached to the network. Likewise, local computer users are able to identify the network resources located in their vicinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard W. Cheston, Daryl Carvis Cromer, Dhruv Manmohandas Desai, Howard Jeffrey Locker, James Peter Ward
  • Patent number: 7254722
    Abstract: A motherboard for a computer system is presented which provides a trusted platform by which operations can be performed with an increased level trust and confidence. The basis of trust for the motherboard is established by an encryption coprocessor and by code which interfaces with the encryption coprocessor and establishes root of trust metrics for the platform. The encryption coprocessor is built such that certain critical operations are allowed only if physical presence of an operator has been detected. Physical presence is determined by inference based upon the status of registers in the core chipset on the motherboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd
    Inventors: Ryan Charles Catherman, Steven Dale Goodman, James Patrick Hoff, Randall Scott Springfield, James Peter Ward
  • Patent number: 7218944
    Abstract: A wireless communication network comprising: (1) a plurality of mobile devices each configured to receive a beacon being broadcasted within the network and determine based on information transmitted within the beacon whether the mobile device is supported within the network; and (2) one or more access devices configured to broadcast the beacon within the network. Each of the mobile devices has a transmitting mechanism for communicating with the one or more access device. However, only those mobile devices that are supported by the network respond to the receipt of the beacon. Thus, no transmission occurs from the mobile devices until the device is identified as being supported by the network. These mobile devices instantiating a communication path with the one or more access devices and request an authentication from the one or more access devices. In this manner, a handshake mechanism is established between the access devices and the mobile devices that are supported by the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daryl Carvis Cromer, Philip John Jakes, Howard Jeffrey Locker, James Peter Ward
  • Patent number: 7203183
    Abstract: Apparatus and method provides dynamic load balancing of network bandwidth between access points in an 802.11 wireless LAN. The access point generates and monitors average bandwidth utilization of client devices connected to said access point. The average bandwidth utilization for each client device is aggregated and selected clients are forced to roam to other access points if the aggregate bandwidth is equal or exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daryl Carvis Cromer, Philip John Jakes, Howard Jeffrey Locker, James Peter Ward
  • Patent number: 7200652
    Abstract: A method and system for providing automatic notification of an end of lease of a computer system and its location within a computer network is disclosed. The computer network includes a server computer system and multiple client computer systems. A message is initially sent from the server computer system to all the client computer systems to inquire the lease status of each of the client computer systems. At each of the client computer systems, a determination is made as to whether or not a current date falls within a predetermined amount of days from the end of lease date for the client computer system. If the current date falls within the predetermined amount of days from the end of lease date for the client computer system, the physical location of the client computer system is obtained from a storage device located at an Ethernet wall plate to which the client computer system is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Wayne Cheston, Daryl Carvis Cromer, Howard Jeffrey Locker, James Peter Ward
  • Publication number: 20070051452
    Abstract: Laminates comprising at least two glass plys surrounding at least one interlayer having at least one bore extending through the laminate are produced by excluding the interlayer from the area surrounding the bore(s) and positioning a load bearing insert around the bore. The insert may be positioned before or after the laminating process. The invention reduces the tendency for delamination around the area of the bore when the laminate is placed under load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Publication date: March 8, 2007
    Inventors: Peter Ward, Eric Rowland, William Brunt
  • Patent number: 7174463
    Abstract: A method for authentication in a computer system includes registering a biometric template in the computer system, thereafter, verifying the authenticity of the registered biometric template and then comparing the biometric template with a biometric image of a user if the biometric template is authentic. If the user's biometric image matches the biometric template, the computer system will continue to boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Daryl Carvis Cromer, Joshua James Jankowsky, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Andy Lloyd Trotte, James Peter Ward
  • Patent number: 7167982
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for securing decrypted files in a shared environment. A filter driver in a kernel space may be configured to control service requests to encrypted files stored in a shared area, e.g., a shared directory on a disk unit, accessible by multiple users. The filter driver may receive a service request to open an encrypted document in the shared area issued from an authorized user. Upon receiving the encrypted data, the filter driver may decrypt the encrypted data. The filter driver may subsequently store the decrypted data in a file in a non-shared area, e.g., a non-shared directory. The non-shared area may be accessible only by the authorized user that requested access to the encrypted file. By storing the decrypted data in a file in the non-shared area, a file once decrypted may be protected in a file sharing environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte Ltd.
    Inventors: Scott Thomas Elliott, James Patrick Hoff, Christopher Scott Long, David Rivera, James Peter Ward
  • Patent number: 7155605
    Abstract: A data processing system and method are disclosed for maintaining a secure data block within the system. A block of data is established within the system. The block of data is associated with a particular user and a particular application. A hardware master key pair is established for the system. The hardware master key pair includes a master private key and a master public key. The hardware master key pair is associated with the system for which it was established so that the master private key is known to only that system. The block of data is encrypted utilizing the master public key. The master private key is required to decrypt the encrypted block of data. This data processing system is the only system capable of decrypting the encrypted block of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Daryl Carvis Cromer, Howard Locker, Andy Lloyd Trotter, James Peter Ward
  • Patent number: 7146433
    Abstract: A remote mobile unit (MU) including a radio device is provided with an ability to communicate through a LAN by remote association with an access point (AP) that is out of range for communication with the radio device of the remote MU. The remote MU transmits a quest frames that is received and retransmitted by one or more intermediate MUs until a connection is made with the AP. Each of the intermediate MUs adds an identifying address to the request, forming a path that is used in both directions to transmit a response from the AP to the remote MU and to transmit data between the AP and the MU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Lenovo Singapore Pte. Ltd
    Inventors: Daryl Carvis Cromer, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Andy Lloyd Trotter, James Peter Ward
  • Patent number: 7107460
    Abstract: An embedded security subsystem, and method for implementing the same, which provide secure controllability of a data security device within a data processing system. The embedded security subsystem of the present invention includes a persistent enable flag for providing control access to the data security device, wherein the persistent enable flag is accessible only in response to a power-on reset cycle of the data processing system. The persistent enable flag is read-only accessible to runtime program instructions. A pending state change flag that is write accessible by runtime program instructions is utilized for setting an intended next state of the persistent enable flag such that control access to the data security device is enabled only during a subsequent power-on reset of said data processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daryl Carvis Cromer, Scott Thomas Elliott, James Patrick Hoff, Howard Jeffrey Locker, David Rivera, Randall Scott Springfield, James Peter Ward
  • Publication number: 20060159684
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compositions and methods for the prevention and treatment of blood-borne and toxin mediated diseases, and in particular anti-C5a antibodies for the prevention and treatment of sepsis in humans as well as other animals. The present invention also relates to methods of generating anti-C5a antibodies employing C-terminal truncated C5a peptides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Publication date: July 20, 2006
    Applicant: The Regents of The University Of Michigan
    Inventors: Peter Ward, Markus Huber-Lang, Vidya Sarma, Boris Czermak