Patents by Inventor Thomas M. Breuel

Thomas M. Breuel 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).

  • Publication number: 20110289395
    Abstract: The invention converts a document originating in a page-image format into a form suitable for an arbitrarily sized display, by reformatting or “re-flowing” of the document to fit an arbitrarily sized display device. A two-stage system analyzes, or “deconstructs,” page image layout. The deconstruction includes both physical (geometric) and logical (functional) segmentation of page images. The segment that image elements may include blocks, lines, and/or words of text, and other segmented image elements. The segment that image elements are synthesized and converted into an intermediate structure. The intermediate data structure is then distilled or converted or redisplayed into any number of standard print formats.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas M. BREUEL, Henry S. BAIRD, William C. JANSSEN, Ashok C. POPAT, Dan S. BLOOMBERG
  • Patent number: 6970259
    Abstract: A print management system includes a policy that determines a protection level for a document to be printed. The document is printed using forgery detection and deterrence technologies, such as fragile and robust watermarks, glyphs, and digital signatures, that are appropriate to the level of protection determined by the policy. A plurality of printers are managed by a print management system. Each printer can provide a range of protection technologies. The policy determines the protection technologies for the document to be printed. The print management system routes the print job to a printer that can apply the appropriate protections and sets the appropriate parameters in the printer. Copy evidence that can establish that a document is a forgery and/or tracing information that identifies the custodian of the document and restrictions on copying of the document and use of the information in the document are included in the watermark that is printed on the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Teresa F. Lunt, Matthew K. Franklin, David L. Hecht, Thomas A. Berson, Mark J. Stefik, R. Drew Dean, Alan G. Bell, Thomas M. Breuel, Todd A. Cass, Douglas N. Curry, Daniel H. Greene, Robert T. Krivacic
  • Publication number: 20040205568
    Abstract: The invention converts a document originating in a page-image format into a form suitable for an arbitrarily sized display, by reformatting or “re-flowing” of the document to fit an arbitrarily sized display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: Thomas M. Breuel, Henry S. Baird, William C. Janssen, Ashok C. Popat, Dan S. Bloomberg
  • Publication number: 20040158799
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for automatically extracting structured information from HTML formatted document sources by use of tree isomorphism, such that structural similarities between web pages presenting different content in the same format can be used to compare the underlying information data. The method compares several HTML formatted input document, such as web pages, by: parsing each of several HTML formatted input documents into a tree structure having at least one root node and a sub-tree containing information data; performing a tree isomorphism function operation on each input document tree structure to compare the tree structures; based on specified criteria, extracting at least a subset of systematic differences and/or similarities obtained from a systematic comparison of information data contained within corresponding sub-trees; and outputting extracted data in a desired target output format. The outputted information data may be variable data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2003
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Inventor: Thomas M. BREUEL
  • Patent number: 6493702
    Abstract: A search and recommendation system employs the preferences and profiles of individual users and groups within a community of users, as well as information derived from shared document bookmarks, to augment Internet searches, re-rank search results, and provide recommendations for documents based on a subject-matter query. The search and recommendation system operates in the context of a shared bookmark manager, which stores individual users' bookmarks (some of which may be published or shared for group use) on a centralized bookmark database connected to the Internet. The shared bookmark manager is implemented as a distributed program, portions of which operate on users' terminals and other portions of which operate on the centralized bookmark database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Eytan Adar, Thomas M. Breuel, Todd A. Cass, James E. Pitkow, Hinrich Schuetze
  • Patent number: 6457792
    Abstract: The Pendulum Whiteboard Printer is a fully-automatic robotic device for marking or otherwise effecting whiteboards, pinboards, or other vertical surfaces. The physical device consists of an effector platform suspended by two suspension wires whose lengths are adjusted by motorized spindles mounted above and on either side of the board surface. The position of the effector platform is adjusted by winding and unwinding the wires. Methods are provided for using the Pendulum Whiteboard Printer to perform various actions and for moving the effector platform to a desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Saund, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Thomas P. Moran, Daniel L. Larner, Thomas M. Breuel
  • Patent number: 6367901
    Abstract: The Pendulum Whiteboard Printer is a fully-automatic robotic device for marking or otherwise effecting whiteboards, pinboards, or other vertical surfaces. The physical device consists of an effector platform suspended by two suspension wires whose lengths are adjusted by motorized spindles mounted above and on either side of the board surface. The position of the effector platform is adjusted by winding and unwinding the wires. Electrical power is supplied to the effector platform through the suspension wires or through an on-board battery. Control of a pen and/or other apparatus on the effector platform is achieved through modulation of the power voltage. A further component of this invention is electronic and computational apparatus for controlling the device, which may include automatic visual interpretation and feedback from a video camera viewing the board and printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Saund, Thomas M. Breuel, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Thomas P. Moran, Daniel L. Larner
  • Patent number: 6321648
    Abstract: A system and method for tagging sheets of recording material, so that the origin of the sheets and the authenticity of the sheets may be determined, includes a roller that applies at least a portion of the random pattern to the document. The random pattern is applied by imprinting, embossing, or by piercing the sheet. The pattern applied to the sheet can be determined by any known forensic technique and the pattern can be imaged and stored in a database. A series of rollers may apply phase shifted random patterns to one side or both sides of the sheet. The phase shift of the random patterns may be determined to establish a sequence code. The roller or rollers including the random patterns may be installed in an image forming apparatus, preferably in a sheet transport mechanism of the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Berson, Thomas M. Breuel