Patents by Inventor William McKenna

William McKenna 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: 20190250143
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and compositions for determining an improved estimate of the fractional abundance of target analytes (e.g., specific polynucleotide sequences) in a sample using a nanopore sensor having one or more nanopores-, e.g., by correcting errors inherent to identifying and correlating electrical signals to amounts of a target analyte or reference analyte in a sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Yanan Zhao, William McKenna, William B. Dunbar
  • Patent number: 10366080
    Abstract: A database search method and system utilize user community defined facets and facet values for refining searches. The system provides access to a database having a plurality of records in respective categories of information. Each record has one or more facets to the respective category of information, usable in connection with a search as suggested additional parameters for further refining search terms or guiding user navigation of the database. The facets and facet values are defined by a computer network community of users over time and through use of the network community portal. Another embodiment is an advertising engine that displays targeted advertisements to the user based on refined search. Another embodiment is a method that utilizes refined search to help the user with navigation of a site (e.g., website or other computer network site) as a component of a GUI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Skyword Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Mihalik, Thomas A. Gerace, Russell G. Barbour, Richard A. Meyer, David A. Sandborg, James E. Bostick, Kurt F. Wescoe, Jennifer R. Hann, Timothy R. Tresch, William Evans, Keith Kost, Lauren Sozio, Patricia Travaline, Adam Oliveri, Ralph Jenkins, David McKenna, Gregory Garay, Michael Shaheen, Teresa Shine, Carl Laneave, Aaron Reinard
  • Publication number: 20170221128
    Abstract: A system and method for recommending a product to a user in response to a query for a product with a feature wherein the recommendation is accompanied by a quotation expressing a sentiment about the feature or the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Boris Galitsky, Eugene William McKenna
  • Patent number: 9646078
    Abstract: A system and method for recommending a product to a user in response to a query for a product with a feature wherein the recommendation is accompanied by a quotation expressing a sentiment about the feature or the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: Boris Galitsky, Eugene William McKenna
  • Publication number: 20160310433
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are oral solid dosage forms comprising purified neutral acrylic polymer, methods of treating a disease or condition using the same, and methods of preparing the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Inventor: William McKenna
  • Patent number: 9300636
    Abstract: Techniques utilizing common encryption approaches for data from multiple parties enable those parties to discover information that is held in common by the parties without disclosing to any party information that is not held in common by the parties. Encrypted information for each party can be compared to determine which encrypted values match, and those encrypted values can be returned to any of the parties such that a party can determine which corresponding data the parties have in common without having access to any other data of any other parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: ACXIOM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eugene William McKenna
  • Publication number: 20150312221
    Abstract: Techniques utilizing common encryption approaches for data from multiple parties enable those parties to discover information that is held in common by the parties without disclosing to any party information that is not held in common by the parties. Encrypted information for each party can be compared to determine which encrypted values match, and those encrypted values can be returned to any of the parties such that a party can determine which corresponding data the parties have in common without having access to any other data of any other parties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Applicant: Acxiom Corporation
    Inventor: Eugene William McKenna
  • Patent number: 9104883
    Abstract: Techniques utilizing common encryption approaches for data from multiple parties enable those parties to discover information that is held in common by the parties without disclosing to any party information that is not held in common by the parties. Encrypted information for each party can be compared to determine which encrypted values match, and those encrypted values can be returned to any of the parties such that a party can determine which corresponding data the parties have in common without having access to any other data of any other parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: ACXIOM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eugene William McKenna
  • Patent number: 8959016
    Abstract: Apparatus, system and method for performing an action such as accessing supplementary data and/or executing software on a device capable of receiving multimedia are disclosed. After multimedia is received, a monitoring code is detected and a signature is extracted in response thereto from an audio portion of the multimedia. The ancillary code includes a plurality of code symbols arranged in a plurality of layers in a predetermined time period, and the signature is extracted from features of the audio of the multimedia. Supplementary data is accessed and/or software is executed using the detected code and/or signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: William McKenna, Jason Bolles, John Kelly, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch
  • Publication number: 20150039321
    Abstract: Apparatus, system and method for reading ancillary code embedded into digital audio, where a processing device executes a decoder application that includes a decoder application interface that is communicatively coupled to a media player application within one or more frameworks of the processing device. As digital audio is received and sampled, the decoder application is configured to transform the digital audio from a time domain to a frequency domain and to process frequency characteristics to determine the presence of ancillary audio codes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Arbitron Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Neuhauser, John Stavropoulos, William McKenna
  • Publication number: 20140341984
    Abstract: Disclosed in certain embodiments is an oral dosage form comprising a plurality of particles, each particle comprising a compressed core comprising: (i) an active agent susceptible to abuse and (ii) a gelling agent; wherein the plurality of particles contains a therapeutically or prophylactically effective amount of the active agent; and wherein the viscosity of the dosage form mixed with from about 0.5 to about 10 ml of an aqueous liquid is unsuitable for parenteral or nasal administration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Rama Abu Shmeis, Sheetal R. Muley, William McKenna
  • Publication number: 20140323512
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are oral solid dosage forms comprising purified neutral acrylic polymer, methods of treating a disease or condition using the same, and methods of preparing the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Purdue Pharma L.P.
    Inventor: William McKenna
  • Publication number: 20140188561
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method for determining grip sensing for a portable device that is configured to produce media exposure data. At least one sensor associated with a portable device produces sensed grip readings representing a manner in which the device was grasped. The sensed grip readings may be processed to determine a manner of usage or a user identity. Additional sensor readings, such as touch screen readings and accelerometer readings may be combined with the grip sensing. The sensor data may be combined with the media exposure data for report generation for audience measurement purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Tenbrock, William McKenna
  • Patent number: 8412941
    Abstract: Techniques utilizing common encryption approaches for data from multiple parties enable those parties to discover information that is held in common by the parties without disclosing to any party information that is not held in common by the parties. Encrypted information for each party can be compared to determine which encrypted values match, and those encrypted values can be returned to any of the parties such that a party can determine which corresponding data the parties have in common without having access to any other data of any other parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Acxiom Corporation
    Inventor: Eugene William McKenna
  • Publication number: 20110271093
    Abstract: Techniques utilizing common encryption approaches for data from multiple parties enable those parties to discover information that is held in common by the parties without disclosing to any party information that is not held in common by the parties. Encrypted information for each party can be compared to determine which encrypted values match, and those encrypted values can be returned to any of the parties such that a party can determine which corresponding data the parties have in common without having access to any other data of any other parties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: Acxiom Corporation
    Inventor: Eugene William McKenna
  • Publication number: 20110242845
    Abstract: The present invention provides an integrated backlight illumination assembly for an LCD display comprising: a plurality of solid state light sources for providing a point light source; a plurality of light guide films having light redirecting areas provided between the plurality of solid state light sources for redirecting and spreading the point light sources to a uniform plane of light, a light redirecting bar located between opposing light guide films, the light redirecting bar comprising a top capping portion and a bottom portion, the bottom portion being aligned perpendicular to the top capping portion wherein said bottom portion has at least one light redirecting feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: SKC Haas Display Films Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Qi HONG, Robert P. Bourdelais, William McKenna
  • Patent number: 7992210
    Abstract: Techniques utilizing common encryption approaches for data from multiple parties enable those parties to discover information that is held in common by the parties without disclosing to any party information that is not held in common by the parties. Encrypted information for each party can be compared to determine which encrypted values match, and those encrypted values can be returned to any of the parties such that a party can determine which corresponding data the parties have in common, without having access to any other data of any other parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Acxicom Corporation
    Inventor: Eugene William McKenna
  • Publication number: 20100011205
    Abstract: Techniques utilizing common encryption approaches for data from multiple parties enable those parties to discover information that is held in common by the parties without disclosing to any party information that is not held in common by the parties. Encrypted information for each party can be compared to determine which encrypted values match, and those encrypted values can be returned to any of the parties such that a party can determine which corresponding data the parties have in common, without having access to any other data of any other parties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: Acxiom Corporation
    Inventor: Eugene William McKenna
  • Publication number: 20090282019
    Abstract: A system and method for recommending a product to a user in response to a query for a product with a feature wherein the recommendation is accompanied by a quotation expressing a sentiment about the feature or the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicant: ThreeAll, Inc.
    Inventors: Boris Galitsky, Eugene William McKenna
  • Patent number: 7610627
    Abstract: Techniques utilizing common encryption approaches for data from multiple parties enable those parties to discover information that is held in common by the parties without disclosing to any party information that is not held in common by the parties. Encrypted information for each party can be compared to determine which encrypted values match, and those encrypted values can be returned to any of the parties such that a party can determine which corresponding data the parties have in common, without having access to any other data of any other parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Acxiom Corporation
    Inventor: Eugene William McKenna