Patents by Inventor Rick Hamilton

Rick Hamilton 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: 10430852
    Abstract: In an approach for aggregating interests across a social network to influence search results by a user, a processor retrieves a set of product documents given a rating by social network connections of a user within a social network. A processor categorizes each product document of the set of product documents such that there is at least a first product category. A processor receives a search request for a product from the user. A processor determines that the product of the search request corresponds to the first product category. A processor presents a search result product based on ratings of product documents of the first product category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Swaminathan Balasubramanian, Mark Bell, Gregory J. Boss, Rick A. Hamilton, II
  • Publication number: 20190294304
    Abstract: A system and method for enhancing the rendering of one or more objects based on payment and account options. The system includes a computer infrastructure configured to control enhancement rendering of an object in a virtual universe by providing at least one augmentation attribute to a tag of the object. The method includes providing enhancement rendering of an object in a virtual universe by augmenting the object based on a status of a user viewing the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Rick A. HAMILTON, II, Steven M. HARRISON, Brian M. O'CONNELL, Clifford A. PICKOVER, Keith R. WALKER
  • Publication number: 20190295104
    Abstract: A method implemented in a computer infrastructure having computer executable code, including generating one or more ad-avatars in a virtual universe (VU) and monitoring information from the VU. Additionally, the method includes directing the one or more ad-avatars to perform one or more viral advertisements in the VU based on the information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Rick A. HAMILTON, II, Jenny S. LI, Clifford A. PICKOVER, Anne R. SAND
  • Patent number: 10424101
    Abstract: A method for rendering a virtual world avatar of a computerized system is disclosed. The method comprises defining a plurality of receptor points located on the virtual world avatar, wherein the plurality of receptor points is associated with at least one object that moves between the plurality of receptor points based upon at least one predetermined trigger, changing a state of at least one of the plurality of receptor points from a first state to a second state based upon a measurable quantity and a predetermined threshold to update the associated at least one object, and in response to the measurable quantity no longer satisfying the predetermined threshold, reverting the state of the at least one of the plurality of receptor points from the second state back to the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vittorio Castelli, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Clifford A. Pickover, John J. Ritsko
  • Patent number: 10423988
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for item inquiry and information presentation via standard communication paths. More particularly, the method and system detects an item associated with an avatar of a virtual universe (VU) user in a VU and determine information associated with the item. Additionally, the method and system are operable to display the information in the VU in a high-resolution component of the VU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vittorio Castelli, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Brian M. O'Connell, Clifford A. Pickover, Keith R. Walker
  • Publication number: 20190286201
    Abstract: A system and method of discovery, validation and delivery of power to an electronic device through a universal power center is provided. The method comprises providing a power tip for an electronic device with a unique identification and broadcasting the unique identification to a power center. The method further includes verifying the unique identification and connection location of the electronic device, determining power requirements for the connected electronic device based on the unique identification and connection location, and delivering power to the electronic device based on the determined power requirements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Kulvir S. BHOGAL, Gregory J. BOSS, Rick A. HAMILTON, II, Alexandre POLOZOFF
  • Publication number: 20190287119
    Abstract: A method implemented in a computer infrastructure having computer executable code, including generating one or more ad-avatars in a virtual universe (VU) and monitoring information from the VU. Additionally, the method includes directing the one or more ad-avatars to perform one or more viral advertisements in the VU based on the information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Rick A. HAMILTON, II, Jenny S. LI, Clifford A. PICKOVER, Anne R. SAND
  • Patent number: 10419360
    Abstract: Systems and methods to establish and execute market-driven variable price offerings among the lenders and borrowers in a bandwidth-sharing ad hoc network for shared bandwidth usage. The method comprises establishing and executing market-driven variable price offerings among lenders and borrowers. A bandwidth-sharing ad hoc network for shared bandwidth usage is formed based on the established and executed market-driven variable price offering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, Peter G. Finn, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Jenny S. Li
  • Patent number: 10412104
    Abstract: Approaches for providing data protection in a networked computing environment are provided. A method includes detecting, by at least one computer device, a breach of a first system in the networked computing environment. The method also includes generating, by the at least one computer device, a second system in the networked computing environment, wherein the second system includes a patch based on the breach. The method additionally includes converting, by the at least one computer device, the first system to a decoy system. The method further includes generating, by the at least one computer device, a third system in the networked computing environment, wherein the third system has reduced security relative to the first system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Jeffrey R. Hoy, Agueda M. H. Magro
  • Publication number: 20190272515
    Abstract: A method. A power and frequency regulation meter, to which AC power is supplied through an AC power line, includes: an AC frequency meter that receives AC power from an AC power line and measures a current AC frequency on the AC power line; an AC power consumption meter that receives AC power from the AC power line and measures a current power consumption on the AC power line over a period of time; an AC power consumption display that receives AC power from the AC power line and displays power consumption; a frequency regulation credits display that displays a frequency regulation credit. A power consumption moving average of a last N power current power consumptions measured by the AC power consumption meter is calculated. A credits or debit is calculated based on a current power consumption, the current AC frequency and the power consumption moving average.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Julianne F. Haugh, Anne R. Sand
  • Publication number: 20190273751
    Abstract: Approaches for managing security breaches in a networked computing environment are provided. A method includes detecting, by at least one computer device, a breach of a production system in the networked computing environment, wherein the networked computing environment includes a decoy system interweaved with the production system. The method also includes receiving, by the at least one computer device, a communication after the detecting the breach. The method further includes determining, by the at least one computer device, the communication is associated with one of a valid user and a malicious user. The method additionally includes, based on the determining, routing the valid user to an element of the production system when the communication is associated with the valid user and routing the malicious user to a corresponding element of the decoy system when the communication is associated with the malicious user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Jeffrey R. Hoy, Agueda M.H. Magro
  • Publication number: 20190272514
    Abstract: A power and frequency regulation meter to which AC power is supplied through an AC power line, including: an AC frequency meter that receives AC power from an AC power line and measures a current AC frequency on the AC power line; an AC power consumption meter that receives AC power from the AC power line and measures a current power consumption on the AC power line over a period of time; an AC power consumption display that receives AC power from the AC power line and displays power consumption; a frequency regulation credits display that displays a frequency regulation credit; and a case that encases the AC frequency meter, the AC power consumption meter, the AC power consumption display, the frequency regulation credits display. A credit or debit is calculated based on a current power consumption, the current AC frequency, and a power consumption moving average.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Julianne F. Haugh, Anne R. Sand
  • Patent number: 10391414
    Abstract: A cognitive system is provided which includes an interactive device, such as a toy, for communicating with a user. The cognitive system includes different levels of communication capability for communicating with the user via the interactive device. The system adjusts from one level of communication capability to another level of communication capability of the different levels of communication capability based on occurrence of one or more specified conditions of user communication with the interactive device. For instance, the different levels of communication capability may include multiple levels of language capabilities, and the one or more specified conditions may include one or more language-based interaction conditions, time-based interaction conditions, or physical-based interaction conditions of the user with the interactive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, Kevin C. McConnell, Yin Xia, Yu Lin Zhai
  • Patent number: 10397635
    Abstract: Provided are techniques for detecting a presentation of media content on a first display device; synchronizing contextual data corresponding to the media content with the media content; transmitting the contextual metadata corresponding to the media content to a second display device in response to the detecting, wherein the second display device is a different device than the first display device; and presenting the contextual metadata, in synchronization with the media content, on the second display device in conjunction with the presentation of the media content on the first display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kulvir S. Bhogal, Gregory J. Boss, Sheryl L. Comes, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Anne R. Sand
  • Publication number: 20190260774
    Abstract: Approaches for providing data protection in a networked computing environment are provided. A method includes detecting, by at least one computer device, a breach of a first system in the networked computing environment. The method also includes generating, by the at least one computer device, a second system in the networked computing environment, wherein the second system includes a patch based on the breach. The method additionally includes converting, by the at least one computer device, the first system to a decoy system. The method further includes generating, by the at least one computer device, a third system in the networked computing environment, wherein the third system has reduced security relative to the first system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Jeffrey R. Hoy, Agueda M.H. Magro
  • Publication number: 20190257547
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to ventilation systems and methods, and more particularly to selectively configurable climate control systems and methods for use in data centers and the like. A device includes a support element and a plurality of ducts connected to the support element. The device also includes a manifold in fluid communication with each one of the plurality of ducts and a plurality of valves. Each respective one of the plurality of valves is associated with a respective one of the plurality of ducts. Moreover, there is at least one actuator operatively connected to the plurality of valves, which is structured and arranged to individually actuate each one of the plurality of valves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher J. DAWSON, Vincenzo V. DILUOFFO, Rick A. HAMILTON, II, Michael D. KENDZIERSKI
  • Patent number: 10380604
    Abstract: A method implemented in a computer infrastructure having computer executable code, including generating one or more ad-avatars in a virtual universe (VU) and monitoring information from the VU. Additionally, the method includes directing the one or more ad-avatars to perform one or more viral advertisements in the VU based on the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, Jenny S. Li, Clifford A. Pickover, Anne R. Sand
  • Patent number: 10379822
    Abstract: A system dynamically assesses computer code as it is constructed to determine if there is better wording for the code, a more efficient way of writing that code, or preferred code or programming language based on a set of predetermined factors and then proposes the best resource for obtaining that piece of code. The predetermined factors may include, but are not limited to an enterprise's policy, and business rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kelley Anders, Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Jeremy R. Fox, Rick A. Hamilton, II
  • Patent number: 10372426
    Abstract: A system dynamically assesses computer code as it is constructed to determine if there is better wording for the code, a more efficient way of writing that code, or preferred code or programming language based on a set of predetermined factors and then proposes the best resource for obtaining that piece of code. The predetermined factors may include, but are not limited to an enterprise's policy, and business rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kelley Anders, Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Jeremy R. Fox, Rick A. Hamilton, II
  • Patent number: 10369473
    Abstract: A method for providing virtual world functionality to a user of a base virtual world having base virtual world functionality and a base world list of base virtual world users, includes providing a virtual world layer, communicating to the base virtual world that the virtual world layer will overlay the base virtual world and adding the virtual world layer to the base world list in order to register the virtual world layer with the base virtual world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: George R. Dolbier, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Neil A. Katz, Brian M. O'Connell