Patents by Inventor Robert John Tasman Morris

Robert John Tasman Morris 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: 6686579
    Abstract: A digital pen that has an ink writing tip includes a laser on a pen body that directs light toward paper across which the writing tip is stroked. A CMOS camera or CCD is also mounted on the pen body for detecting reflections of the laser light, referred to as “speckles”. A processor in the pen body determines relative pen motion based on the speckles. A contact sensor such as an FSR on the pen body senses when the tip is pressed against the paper, with positions being recorded on a flash memory in the pen body when the contact sensor indicates that the pen is against the paper. The memory can be later engaged with a handwriting recognition device to correlate the positions to alpha-numeric characters. Ordinary paper can be used, but, if desired, special bar-coded paper can also be used, so that the recorded positions can be tagged with a page number, form field, and absolute position on the page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald Fagin, Nimrod Megiddo, Robert John Tasman Morris, Hal Jervis Rosen, Sridhar Rajagopalan, Thomas Guthrie Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20030106985
    Abstract: A digital pen that has an ink writing tip includes a laser on a pen body that directs light toward paper across which the writing tip is stroked. A CMOS camera or CCD is also mounted on the pen body for detecting reflections of the laser light, referred to as “speckles”. A processor in the pen body determines relative pen motion based on the speckles. A contact sensor such as an FSR on the pen body senses when the tip is pressed against the paper, with positions being recorded on a flash memory in the pen body when the contact sensor indicates that the pen is against the paper. The memory can be later engaged with a handwriting recognition device to correlate the positions to alpha-numeric characters. Ordinary paper can be used, but, if desired, special bar-coded paper can also be used, so that the recorded positions can be tagged with a page number, form field, and absolute position on the page.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2000
    Publication date: June 12, 2003
    Inventors: Ronald Fagin, Nimrod Megiddo, Robert John Tasman Morris, Hal Jervis Rosen, Sridhar Rajagopalan, Thomas Guthrie Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 6345289
    Abstract: A method and system for client/server communications in which stored user information controls revealed and delivered information. A client system is Communicatively coupled to a server through an intermediate system, which acts as a persona module. User information about a user on the client system is stored on the client system. Information about advertising information is stored on the server. The intermediate system receives information about user information from the client system and information about advertising information from the server. The intermediate system acts as a user's agent to filter out irrelevant advertisement material. The intermediate system can also function to customize the advertisements received by the client system from the server, but not returning information about the user's interest or preferences to the server. A user's privacy may be further protected if the information returned to a server is at least partially untruthful.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bruce Lotspiech, Robert John Tasman Morris
  • Patent number: 5913030
    Abstract: A method and system for communications between a client system and a server communicatively coupled to the client system. User information about a user is stored on the client system. The user information comprises a plurality of attributes. Each attribute comprises information relating to the user and a willingness level indicator, indicating a level of willingness of the user to reveal the information of that attribute. A user information request is received from the server. The user information request comprises a plurality of attribute requests. Each attribute request comprises an indication of whether the attribute is required in order for the server to transmit information stored on the server to the client system. At the client system, the received attribute requests are compared with the stored attributes to determine whether each requested attribute is present on the client system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bruce Lotspiech, Robert John Tasman Morris
  • Patent number: 5848073
    Abstract: Errors or failures in a transmission system (10) can be accurately predicted by a system (18) which processes error or failure data collected by the transmission system during uniform intervals to yield data indicative of the errors or failures during each of a plurality of non-uniform, overlapping intervals. The errors or failures measured during the non-uniform intervals are selectively weighted and summed within a neural network (22), trained with historical error or failure data, to yield a set of predictions, each representing the predicted number of errors or failures during each non-uniform interval. The predictions from the neural network (22) are then thresholded by a control unit (24) and used to raise an alarm which signals the possibility of error or failure in the transmission system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmed Hashem Abdelmonem, Robert John Tasman Morris