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: 9467401
    Abstract: A current email addressed to an email address of a user account associated with a user can be received by an automated reply service with an automated reply enabled. The automated reply can include an automated reply notification. A current context of the current email can be compared to a previously established monitored reply history of the user to determine a normal reply to the email. A risk assessment can be applied to the default automated reply notification and the normal reply of the current email with weighting for current email aspects including urgency, recipients, sender, subject, and information in an automated reply notification. An action can be performed to the default automated reply notification based on the risk assessment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Itzhack Goldberg, Neil Sondhi, Asima Silva, Robert C. Weir
  • Patent number: 9460452
    Abstract: Detecting click fraud that includes a client device capable of accessing a server hosting a web page containing an advertisement. The client device includes a network interface allowing access to the server and code on the client device. The code accesses and displays a web page containing an advertisement, provides mechanisms (e.g., an applet, an ActiveX control, a plugin, a JavaScript, a browser scripting language, browser extensions, or code native to the browser) associated with each pixel cluster where each mechanism captures information regarding the transit of the pixel cluster by a cursor on the web page, and collects information based on the capturing by each associated mechanism regarding the transit of the pixel cluster by a cursor on the web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 9367521
    Abstract: Instant message systems are enhanced by establishing at least one handling rule that is evaluated in an instant messaging environment, each established handling rule defining a condition based upon at least one of identified content or identified context, and a corresponding event handling action to be performed within the instant message environment. Upon identifying an instant message conversation within the instant message environment between a user and a correspondent, each handling rule is evaluated and the event handling action of an associated handling rule is performed if it is determined that the condition of handling rule is satisfied. Further, an indication that the corresponding event action was performed is conveyed to a corresponding user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner, Marjorie R. Willner
  • Publication number: 20160092916
    Abstract: Detecting click fraud that includes a client device capable of accessing a server hosting a web page containing an advertisement. The client device includes a network interface allowing access to the server and code on the client device. The code accesses and displays a web page containing an advertisement, provides mechanisms (e.g., an applet, an ActiveX control, a plugin, a JavaScript, a browser scripting language, browser extensions, or code native to the browser) associated with each pixel cluster where each mechanism captures information regarding the transit of the pixel cluster by a cursor on the web page, and collects information based on the capturing by each associated mechanism regarding the transit of the pixel cluster by a cursor on the web page.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Inventors: Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Publication number: 20160085876
    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: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 9251522
    Abstract: Detecting click fraud that includes a client device capable of accessing a server hosting a web page containing an advertisement. The client device includes a network interface allowing access to the server and code on the client device. The code accesses and displays a web page containing an advertisement, provides mechanisms (e.g., an applet, an ActiveX control, a plugin, a JavaScript, a browser scripting language, browser extensions, or code native to the browser) associated with each pixel cluster where each mechanism captures information regarding the transit of the pixel cluster by a cursor on the web page, and collects information based on the capturing by each associated mechanism regarding the transit of the pixel cluster by a cursor on the web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick O'Sullivan, Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 9235648
    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: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Publication number: 20160004670
    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: September 16, 2015
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Inventors: Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 9165262
    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: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Publication number: 20150222577
    Abstract: A presentation being presented to an audience can be detected, the presentation including a plurality slides presented during the presentation. While the presentation is being presented to the audience, a message can be received from an audience member pertaining to at least one of the plurality of slides presented during the presentation. An association between the message from the audience member and the slide(s) presented during the presentation to which the message pertains can be automatically created. Responsive to detecting the presentation has completed, the message from the audience member pertaining to the slide(s) presented during the presentation can be communicated to the presenter of the presentation in a manner that indicates, independent of text entered into a body or subject line of the message by the audience member, to the presenter the association created between the message and the slide(s) presented during the presentation to which the message pertains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Inventor: Robert C. Weir
  • Publication number: 20150220505
    Abstract: A presentation being presented to an audience can be detected, the presentation including a plurality slides presented during the presentation. While the presentation is being presented to the audience, a message can be received from an audience member pertaining to at least one of the plurality of slides presented during the presentation. An association between the message from the audience member and the slide(s) presented during the presentation to which the message pertains can be automatically created. Responsive to detecting the presentation has completed, the message from the audience member pertaining to the slide(s) presented during the presentation can be communicated to the presenter of the presentation in a manner that indicates, independent of text entered into a body or subject line of the message by the audience member, to the presenter the association created between the message and the slide(s) presented during the presentation to which the message pertains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Robert C. Weir
  • Publication number: 20150172235
    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: February 27, 2015
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Titus Kao, Eric S. Portner, Robert C. Weir
  • Patent number: 9054898
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of sorting electronic messages can include identifying at least one recipient of an electronic message and retrieving a classification scheme of the recipient. An identifier can be included within the electronic message. The identifier can specify a tag selected from the classification scheme of the recipient. The electronic message, including the identifier specifying the selected tag, can be sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marc Dreyfus, Derek S. Lam, Michael Muller, Asima Silva, Ping Wang, Robert C. Weir
  • Patent number: 9031915
    Abstract: A contact management data processing system can be provided. The system can include a contact manager coupled to a list of contacts and stored staleness criteria stored in connection with the list of contacts. The system also can include stale contact management logic. The logic can include program code enabled to apply the stored staleness criteria to a selected contact to identify a stale contact, and to manage the stale contact in the list of contacts. In aspects of the embodiment, the list of contacts can be stored in a personal computer, in a server remotely disposed from the contact manager, in a telephone such as a cellular telephone or voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) telephone, or in a personal digital assistant to name but a few.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Edith H. Stern, Robert C. Weir, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 8972504
    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: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Titus Kao, Eric S. Portner, Robert C. Weir
  • Publication number: 20150052153
    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: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Peter I. Rubinstein, Asima Silva, Robert C. Weir
  • Patent number: 8938395
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting click fraud where data is received corresponding to a tracking of movement of a cursor on a web page. The movement of the cursor is associated with at least one vector. The at least one vector represents at least a portion of the cursor movement. A confidence level useable in the determination of click fraud is determined. The confidence level is responsive to analysis of the at least one vector representing at least a portion of the cursor movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Barry E. Willner, Edith H. Stern, Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Robert C. Weir, Sean Callanan
  • Patent number: 8935175
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting click fraud where the movement of a cursor on a web page is tracked prior to an advertisement on the web page being clicked by a controller of the cursor. The tracking is performed by client code on a client device displaying the web page. A path taken by the movement of the cursor is mapped to at least one vector associated with the path by the client code. The at least one vector is useable to detect a click fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Barry E. Willner, Edith H. Stern, Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Robert C. Weir, Sean Callanan
  • Patent number: 8935176
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting click fraud where data related to at least one vector associated with a path taken by movement of a cursor on a web page prior to an advertisement on the web page being clicked by a controller of the cursor is received. Click fraud is detected based on an analysis of the received data. A pattern in the at least one vector is analyzed to determine if the cursor movement is human-like and a click fraud detected if the cursor movement is not human-like. In another embodiment, the at least one vector associated with the path is stored and compared with previously stored vectors associated with the path and a click fraud detected if the stored at least one vector is analogous to at least one of the previously stored vectors associated with the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Barry E. Willner, Edith H. Stern, Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Robert C. Weir, Sean Callanan
  • Patent number: 8904267
    Abstract: The present invention is a system, method and apparatus for converting a slide show presentation for use within a non-presentation application such as a Web conferencing or virtual classroom application. In accordance with the present invention, a slide show presentation in its native format can be processed to extract slide title information for each slide in the slide show presentation. Additionally, important text within slide further can be extracted. Each slide in the slide-show can be converted to a raster image and disposed within markup. The markup can be annotated with the important text and both the markup and the slide title can be provided to the non-presentation application for use in concert with the non-presentation application. In this way, the context of each slide can be preserved for use within the non-presentation application as can an image of each slide itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Duncan L. Mewherter, Amy D. Travis, Koah-Hsing Wang, Robert C. Weir