Patents by Inventor Robert C. Weir

Robert C. Weir 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: 10699242
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to social bookmarking and provide a method, system and computer program product for automated surfacing of tagged content adjunct to a vertical application. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for automatically surfacing tagged content in a vertical application can be provided. The method can include receiving and parsing text from content in an end user application, comparing the parsed text to social bookmarks and associated metadata from a social bookmarking system and matching portions of the content to respective ones of the social bookmarks and associated metadata based upon the comparison, and directing a visual emphasis of the matched portions of the content in the end user application, whereby the end user application is unmodified to perform the receiving, comparing and directing steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 10650348
    Abstract: One or more RFID tags may be read. An electronic document associated with the RFID tag may be identified. One or more attributes associated with the electronic document can be identified. One or more workflows can be determined according to the attribute(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian C. Schimpf, Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Publication number: 20190319902
    Abstract: A method of forwarding an instant message to electronic mail can begin with determining availability of an instant messaging client for a recipient. The method can continue with sending the instant message to the instant messaging client for the recipient. The method can include not receiving a reply to the instant message within a pre-defined period of time. The method can further include sending an electronic mail message including the instant message to the recipient upon reaching the pre-defined period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Titus Kao, Eric S. Portner, Robert C. Weir
  • Patent number: 10356019
    Abstract: A method of forwarding an instant message to electronic mail can begin with determining availability of an instant messaging client for a recipient. The method can continue with sending the instant message to the instant messaging client for the recipient. The method can include not receiving a reply to the instant message within a pre-defined period of time. The method can further include sending an electronic mail message including the instant message to the recipient upon reaching the pre-defined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Titus Kao, Eric S. Portner, Robert C. Weir
  • Publication number: 20190114590
    Abstract: One or more RFID tags may be read. An electronic document associated with the RFID tag may be identified. One or more attributes associated with the electronic document can be identified. One or more workflows can be determined according to the attribute(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Brian C. Schimpf, Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Publication number: 20190108534
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to social bookmarking and provide a method, system and computer program product for aggregating scoring of tagged content across social bookmarking systems. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for aggregating scoring of tagged content across social bookmarking systems can be provided. The method can include combining tag scores for a tag in content across multiple different social bookmarking systems into a single aggregate tag score and applying the single aggregate tag score to the tag in the content. In this regard, combining tag scores for a tag in content across multiple different social bookmarking systems into a single aggregate tag score can include computing either a simple or a weighted average of the tag scores for the tag to produce the single aggregate score.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 10171964
    Abstract: A location of a first mobile device associated with a first user is determined, and a location of a second mobile device associated with a second user is determined. A relationship between the first user and the second user is determined, and a proximity of the first mobile device relative to the second mobile device is determined. A location-oriented data service is provided to at least one of the first mobile device and the second mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Edith H. Stern, Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 10157368
    Abstract: One or more RFID tags may be read. An electronic document associated with the RFID tag may be identified. One or more attributes associated with the electronic document can be identified. One or more workflows can be determined according to the attribute(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian C. Schimpf, Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 10152721
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to social bookmarking and provide a method, system and computer program product for aggregating scoring of tagged content across social bookmarking systems. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for aggregating scoring of tagged content across social bookmarking systems can be provided. The method can include combining tag scores for a tag in content across multiple different social bookmarking systems into a single aggregate tag score and applying the single aggregate tag score to the tag in the content. In this regard, combining tag scores for a tag in content across multiple different social bookmarking systems into a single aggregate tag score can include computing either a simple or a weighted average of the tag scores for the tag to produce the single aggregate score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 10152712
    Abstract: A user inspects at least one indicator of an event. The user enables a token corresponding to an account of an aggregating entity to be received by a transaction entity and identifies at least one type of event of interest to be reported by the transaction entity to the aggregating entity. The user obtains and inspects at least one indicator from the account of the aggregating entity, where each obtained indicator is adapted to be created by the aggregating entity based upon an event message received from the transaction entity. The event message comprises the token, which is adapted to be used by the aggregating entity to identify the account and the event message corresponds to an occurrence of an event of at least one type of event of interest to be reported by the transaction entity to the aggregating entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Brian C. Schimpf, Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Publication number: 20180343549
    Abstract: A location of a first mobile device associated with a first user is determined, and a location of a second mobile device associated with a second user is determined. A relationship between the first user and the second user is determined, and a proximity of the first mobile device relative to the second mobile device is determined. A location-oriented data service is provided to at least one of the first mobile device and the second mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Edith H. Stern, Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 10120841
    Abstract: A method for generating an assent indication in a document approval and review function can include loading a document for editing in a document editor and determining a set of authors for the document. The method also can include modifying a title of the document to include an identity of at least one of the authors in the set. Finally, the method can include changing a visual appearance in the title of an identity of the assenting author responsive to one of the authors in the set assenting to a publication of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 10051445
    Abstract: A location of a first mobile device associated with a first user is determined, and a location of a second mobile device associated with a second user is determined. A relationship between the first user and the second user is determined, and a proximity of the first mobile device relative to the second mobile device is determined. A location-oriented data service is provided to at least one of the first mobile device and the second mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Edith H. Stern, Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 10007706
    Abstract: Methods, products, apparatus, and systems may provide for identifying a set of users associated with one or more collaboration artifacts. Additionally, a set of networks including a plurality of candidate social networks may be identified. Moreover, a relationship strength may be determined between the set of users associated with the one or more collaborations artifacts and each of the candidate social networks to identify one or more relevant social networks from the candidate social networks. Determining the relationship strength may include calculating a similarity metric. In addition, at least one member affiliated with the one or more relevant social networks may become aware of the collaboration artifact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter I. Rubinstein, Asima Silva, Robert C. Weir
  • Publication number: 20180121396
    Abstract: A method for generating an assent indication in a document approval and review function can include loading a document for editing in a document editor and determining a set of authors for the document. The method also can include modifying a title of the document to include an identity of at least one of the authors in the set. Finally, the method can include changing a visual appearance in the title of an identity of the assenting author responsive to one of the authors in the set assenting to a publication of the document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 25, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 9916629
    Abstract: Methods, products, apparatus, and systems may provide for identifying a set of users associated with one or more collaboration artifacts. Additionally, a set of networks including a plurality of candidate social networks may be identified. Moreover, a relationship strength may be determined between the set of users associated with the one or more collaborations artifacts and each of the candidate social networks to identify one or more relevant social networks from the candidate social networks. Determining the relationship strength may include calculating a similarity metric. In addition, at least one member affiliated with the one or more relevant social networks may become aware of the collaboration artifact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter I. Rubinstein, Asima Silva, Robert C. Weir
  • Patent number: 9892092
    Abstract: A method for generating an assent indication in a document approval and review function can include loading a document for editing in a document editor and determining a set of authors for the document. The method also can include modifying a title of the document to include an identity of at least one of the authors in the set. Finally, the method can include changing a visual appearance in the title of an identity of the assenting author responsive to one of the authors in the set assenting to a publication of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Publication number: 20170249596
    Abstract: Techniques are described for automatic suggestion for time shifting meetings. In one implementation, a computer program product comprises a computer-readable storage medium having program code embodied therewith. The program code is executable by a computing device to provide a recording option for a meeting in a meeting invitation, send a meeting invitation from an inviter to invitees, and responsive to detecting at least one invitee selecting the recording option for the meeting, adjust a calendar entry for the meeting to reflect the recording option for the meeting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventor: Robert C. Weir
  • Publication number: 20170041770
    Abstract: A location of a first mobile device associated with a first user is determined, and a location of a second mobile device associated with a second user is determined. A relationship between the first user and the second user is determined, and a proximity of the first mobile device relative to the second mobile device is determined. A location-oriented data service is provided to at least one of the first mobile device and the second mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: Edith H. Stern, Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 9563711
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to social bookmarking and provide a method, system and computer program product for automated surfacing of tagged content in a vertical application. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for automatically surfacing tagged content in a vertical application can be provided. The method can include parsing text from content in an end user application, comparing the parsed text to social bookmarks and associated metadata in a social bookmarking system and matching portions of the content to respective ones of the social bookmarks based upon the comparison, and visually emphasizing the matched portions of the content in the end user application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner