Patents by Inventor Robert B. Vance, Jr.

Robert B. Vance, Jr. 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: 7043264
    Abstract: A robust data delivery system between a server and a mobile client uses the Short Message Service (SMS) and General Packet Radio System (GPRS) services. A user and/or messaging provider set preferences on the mobile client for service coverage estimation that balances SMS and GPRS service coverage estimations for the mobile client, and/or service selection preferences that are expressed using a balance of cost of service and reliability of service. The mobile client receives a message from the server, sent using either the SMS or GPRS services. The mobile client checks the status of its SMS and GPRS signals. The mobile client weighs preference settings and the SMS and GPRS signal statuses to decide whether to answer the server using SMS or GPRS. If GPRS is selected, then the mobile client answers using GPRS; if SMS is selected, then the mobile answers using SMS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: America Online, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert B. Vance, Jr., Anthony T. Patterson, Brian McElhinney, Joseph Parr, Charles A. Carey
  • Patent number: 6065047
    Abstract: A system for navigating an online information system is disclosed. Subscribers provide topic and action preferences to traverse to a customized content area in which related tasks may be completed. Customized content areas are reached after subscribers make three or fewer selections. Paths to customized content areas are similar for all combinations of topics and actions so subscribers learn quickly how to navigate to any area of the information service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: America Online, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin D. Carpenter, Alexander D. Crosett, III, Scott L. Kauffman, Robert B. Vance, Jr., Susan D. Wylie, Gary A. Yeauger
  • Patent number: 5878219
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that integrates through a single client application access to information resources from a proprietary online service and the Internet. Using a single Web-based client, subscribers enter selections regarding the type of information they would like to retrieve. Relevant information is retrieved from the Internet using the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) addressing scheme of the Internet to locate information on the Internet. Relevant information is retrieved from the online service using extensions to the URL addressing scheme. The extensions map to a proprietary protocol used to obtain information resources from the online service. The client application understands the URLs and extended URLs and manages presentation of the information regardless of the source. Using the present invention, subscribers to online services are no longer required to toggle between a Web browser and service provider communication software in order to view content from both locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: America Online, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert B. Vance, Jr., John C. Pampuch, Bruce A. MacNaughton