Patents by Inventor Thomas M. Hoag

Thomas M. Hoag 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: 5129076
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for automatically assigning a name to a storage file. This assignment technique is particularly pertinent to storage files used in conjunction with an optical storage system. The automatically assigned name is used throughout the system to identify the storage file for all purposes including loading and unloading the storage file to and from the various drives within the system, initializing the storage file for use, and reading and writing to and from the storage file. Automatic name assignment normally occurs when a storage file is placed within a mass storage library. A name becomes necessary at that time because the storage file is then available to the system. Alternate automatic name assignment also occurs when for any reason the system is unable to read the name written on a storage file. The automatically asigned name may be replaced with a user supplied name upon operator request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Harrison L. Freeman, Richard G. Mustain, Carol A. Peters, Thomas M. Hoag