Patents by Inventor William Francis Phillips

William Francis Phillips 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: 6807570
    Abstract: A web browser loads and displays a web page and reads the html of the web page to identify an entry for a link which is marked for pre-loading. Then, the web browser automatically pre-loads into memory another html and associated graphics files corresponding to this link. This automatic pre-loading occurs without the link being selected by a user of the web browser. If the user subsequently selects the link, then the corresponding html and associated graphics files will be available from local memory so there is little delay in fetching the html and associated graphics files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael John Allen, Michael Sloan Bomar, William Francis Phillips
  • Patent number: 6009429
    Abstract: A guided tour of some portion of the World Wide Web (WWW) works as part of an ordinary web page, can be served by any web server, and can be used by web browsers without additional software. The system guides a user through a tour by displaying in sequence actual web pages in the tour along with a corresponding teaching web page. The teaching web page includes educational information about the current web page. The tour includes commentary, allowance for side trips, true visiting of the tour pages, not mere copies, maps, and "static" (user clicks for next page) and "dynamic" (a timer controls how long a tour page is on-screen) tours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Dan Greer, William Francis Phillips, Will Joseph Roden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5987466
    Abstract: A method of browsing the Worldwide Web of the Internet and presenting elements of a web page to a user. The web browser requests a desired HTML and then requests other elements of the page based upon user defined priority levels. Elements are presented to the user in priority sequence as soon as received eliminating unnecessary waiting for lower priority or unrequested elements, as well as partial display of desired elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Dan Greer, William Francis Phillips
  • Patent number: 5918239
    Abstract: A a client web browser receives a first user selection of a link displayed on a web page. The first user selection indicates a preference by the user for deferred display of another web page corresponding to the link. In response to the first user selection, the web browser loads the other web page from a server or other remote repository into a memory device local to the client web browser. Next, the user makes a second selection of the link (after the first user selection). The second user selection indicates a preference by the user for immediate display of this other web page. In response, the web browser fetches and displays this other web page from the local memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael John Allen, William Francis Phillips
  • Patent number: 5642430
    Abstract: A system determines display durations of each of a plurality of images in a presentation based on a respective amount of the information content in the image, the greater the information content the longer the display time. There are various techniques for determining the information content of each of the images. For example, the system determines for each image the number of pixels at each of a multiplicity of respective pixel levels and the total number of pixels at one or more pixel levels for which the respective number(s) of pixels are significantly larger than the numbers of pixels at the other pixel levels. The pixels represented by these one or more pixel levels likely represent background or other mundane information. Consequently, only the pixels at the other values are considered as containing important information and their total number represents the total information content of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Dan Greer, William Francis Phillips