Work Schedule Patents (Class 434/108)
  • Publication number: 20150056578
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a gamified Productivity Enhancing System.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: ADP, LLC
    Inventors: Susan Olenick, Helene Jeiven, Osaze Eke, LaMont Boykins
  • Patent number: 8794971
    Abstract: A method and system for applying a task to a crowdsourcing platform for processing are disclosed. For example, a method forwards the task having a question to the crowdsourcing platform, and receives a plurality of answers to the question, wherein the plurality of answers is provided by a plurality of workers associated with the crowdsourcing platform. The method analyzes the plurality of answers on a per-worker basis to determine an adjustment, and applies the adjustment to the plurality of answers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Yellowpages.com LLC
    Inventors: Donghui Feng, Sveva Besana, Clarke Retzer, Micah Winkelspecht, Remi Zajac
  • Patent number: 8678919
    Abstract: A controller of gaming machines that permit wagering on wagering games includes a first memory location that stores a first time-based schedule of gaming actions to be taken by the gaming machines that are located remote from the controller. A second memory location stores identities of first gaming machines. One of the first and second memory locations stores a pointer that links the other of the first and second memory locations and associates the first gaming machines with the first schedule so that one of the first schedule and first gaming machines can be modified independent of and without modifying the other of the first schedule and the first gaming machines. A data transmitter transmits instructions corresponding to the gaming actions defined by the first schedule to the first gaming machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher W. Blackburn, Robert T. Davis, Christopher J. Frattinger, Timothy J. Holman, Suzanne J. Ruebusch, Terry D. Warkentin
  • Patent number: 8636514
    Abstract: A web-based stock market simulation educational tool provides a dynamic, interactive, stock market simulation educational tool. Participants create companies, research each other's companies, and manage their own portfolio as they perform bank transactions (loans and Certificates of Deposits) and buy and sell shares which influence the price of each company. Teachers also known as instructors and students also known as participants or investors participate in the educational process. The currant invention will include an investment option for students that mirrors or indexes the entire market within the overall simulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Derek Luebbe
  • Patent number: 8523571
    Abstract: A family organization and communication tool is preferably provided via a web site that enables internet access by both parents and their children. The tool provides features for the managing, scheduling and sharing of information among the parents and children of blended families. Specifically, the tool provides for an access schedule calendar to which can be posted specific events requiring the pick up and drop off responsibilities of a parent. Additionally, the tool provides a means for electronically requesting a swap or trade in days of responsibility for a child and the tool provides for an “ask and approve” expense log for the sharing of children's expenses among parents. The tool further provides for date and time stamping of access by the parents or children to each web page within the tool and for protected entries, entries that can only be edited or deleted by the original creator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Avirat, Inc.
    Inventors: Jainarain R. Kissoon, Deonarine Kissoon, Kathleen Kissoon, Lawrence Patterson, Dara Wegener-Volker, Paul Volker
  • Patent number: 8475169
    Abstract: A teaching apparatus for enterprise input-output includes a base, said base defining a market system; a first block body defining a management module; a plurality of bands defining a production system and a product development system module, and a business system module, each band being sandwiched between two adjacent cuboids of the first block body; a vertical column defining a planning system module; a second block body defining a strategy module; a reverse quadrangle cone defining an information processing module; a cuboid vertical column disposed at a top of the reverse quadrangle cone; and a core solid column defining an internal information system, the core solid column penetrating through a center of the first block body, the bands, the vertical column, the second block body, the reverse quadrangle cone, and the cuboid vertical column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Guoqiang Wang
  • Patent number: 7542932
    Abstract: The systems and methods of the invention are directed to portfolio optimization and related techniques. For example, the invention provides a method for multi-objective portfolio optimization for use in investment decisions based on competing objectives and a plurality of constraints constituting a portfolio problem, the method comprising: generating an initial population of solutions of portfolio allocations; performing a first multi-objective process, based on the initial population and the competing objectives, to generate a first interim efficient frontier; performing a second multi-objective process, based on the initial population and the competing objectives, to generate a second interim efficient frontier; and fusing the first interim efficient frontier with the second interim efficient frontier to create an augmented efficient frontier for use in investment decisioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kete Charles Chalermkraivuth, Srinivas Bollapragada, Piero Patrone Bonissone, Michael Craig Clark, Neil Holger White Eklund, Naresh Sundaram Iyer, Rajesh Venkat Subbu
  • Publication number: 20030129569
    Abstract: A family management system provides a family manager with family-related and work-related information. This information may be provided to the family manager in the form of one or more screens depicting calendars, e-mail, and/or other tasks. In particular, family-related and work-related matters may be merged on a single screen so that the family manager can facilitate scheduling better between family-related and work-related matters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventors: Jeri L. Callaway, William Caldwell Crosswy, Philip H. Doragh
  • Patent number: 6585520
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for enhancing a memorization process by using a mnemonic display implemented with a grid learning system. First, the grid learning system is implemented on a predetermined display area of a display device with a plurality of aligned border sections to form the mnemonic display, the border sections containing one or more guiding elements in a predetermined order. When one or more learning entities to be memorized by a user of the mnemonic display are identified, the learning entities are placed in the grid learning system, wherein the first guiding element contained in each learning entity is aligned with a same guiding element in at least one border section, and wherein the locations of the learning entities with reference to the corresponding border sections assist the user to memorize the learning entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Inventor: Dennis R. Berman
  • Publication number: 20030054325
    Abstract: A method of adding time-zone capability to existing PIM software that lacks such capability. A separate time-zone application runs in parallel with the existing PIM software. When the time-zone application determines that the user's time zone has changed, it changes appointments in the PIM database to reflect the new time zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventors: David Miller, Alex Shore
  • Patent number: 6408218
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring the assembling, testing, and inspection of a product is provided comprising a plurality of kits, wherein each kit contains a plurality of parts to be assembled together to form a product. The apparatus further comprises a plurality of cue cards with each card having a status indicator corresponding to the assembly progress of a particular kit. A display device is further provided to visually display the plurality of cue cards. The status indicator of each cue card can indicate to load the parts into the kits, that the parts are ready to be assembled, that the parts are being assembled, and that the parts in the kit are assembled. A movable indicator, such as a pin, is movable between the status positions to visually indicate the same. The cue card further includes a priority level indicator that corresponds to the priority level of a particular kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Textron Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Francis W. Hallahan, Thomas M. Olson
  • Patent number: 6345821
    Abstract: A game for designating chores is provided comprising a board structure having a front face from which markings can be erased. Defined areas of the face are divided into at least a chore region and a name region. Numbered chores are listed in the chore region. Game participant's names are associated with a particular chore by the random selection of game pieces. Each of the game pieces have a different chore number. Playing the game involves spinning a pointer on a spinning number card imprinted with chore numbers or rolling dice having cube surfaces that display chore numbers or randomly selecting one piece from a set of balls, chips, coins or pieces of paper which have been imprinted with chore numbers. The chore number on the selected piece is then assigned to the participant who selected it and that person must complete the chore within the prescribed time period. The board base may include a choice region within which are listed rewards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Inventor: Karen L. Labrot
  • Publication number: 20010014866
    Abstract: A system for scheduling time intervals for a plurality of users comprises a database associated with one or more server means for storing a profile for each potential invitee of the system. Each invitee profile comprises user profiles that have information regarding available and unavailable times for that user and the electronic mail address for the user and resource profiles having information about the available times for a particular resource such as a room or equipment. A request generator connected over a network to the one or more server generates a request for allocation of a time interval for one or more of the plurality of invitees. The system then provides a busy time determination device that gathers the profiles for the plurality of invitees that were requested by the request generating means and that are available in the databases and determines whether those invitees are available during the time interval requested by the request generating means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Publication date: August 16, 2001
    Inventors: DOUGLAS W. CONMY, STEVEN R. BECKHARDT, JOHN BANKS-BINICI, ROBERT SLAPIKOFF
  • Publication number: 20010014867
    Abstract: A network based electronic calendaring system for a plurality of users comprises one or more databases which store a profile for each potential invitee of the system. The database may be stored at one or more servers. The invitee profile may comprise a user profile that contains information regarding available and unavailable times for that user. Connected to the databases over the network are one or more client systems operating a calendaring system. The calendaring system enables a user to request allocation of a time interval for one or more of the plurality of invitees. The calendaring system gathers the profiles for each of the one or more requested invitees and determines whether each of the invitees is available during the requested time interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Publication date: August 16, 2001
    Inventor: DOUGLAS WALTER CONMY
  • Patent number: 5810395
    Abstract: A method for indicating and tracking the progress of activities is disclosed wherein a table containing a calendar covering at least a portion of a calendar year is provided. Activities which are intended to be undertaken during the period of time covered by the calendar are listed in the table and a group of symbols is selected, which symbols are representative of the status and relative priority of such listed activities from commencement through completion or abandonment thereof. The symbols should be readily modifiable so that they can be altered to represent changes in the status and priority of the activities as such status and priority changes occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Inventor: Dale C. Morgan
  • Patent number: 5554034
    Abstract: An organizer is disclosed herein for identifying a workpiece with a noted project or owner on a work chart. The chart has rows and columns containing indicia characterizing the workpiece and further including visual labels of a given shape and identification color. An identical set of labels is provided separate from the chart and having corresponding shape and color to those labels carried on the chart. A selected one of the separate labels is affixed to a particular workpiece so as to identify the workpiece with a particular row and column of indicia. A marking pen and an eraser is included to complete the organizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Inventor: Farnaz Zand
  • Patent number: 5546564
    Abstract: A data estimating system for estimating a value of the highest probability which would correspond to a desired factor by statistically processing data having been determined from a plurality of factors. The factors are roughly divided into basic factors and environmental factors, and each of which is further classified into predetermined grades. The basic factor is a factor which would most generally affect on the determination of the data value. A weighed average is calculated in each class of the basic and environmental factors to be subject to statistical processing. The weighed average of the basic factor is then corrected by the use of a ratio of the weighed average of the environmental factor to the weighed average of all data as a correcting index, so as to provide a final estimation value. Thus using the environmental factor as a correcting index would enable to provide a result with high accuracy of estimation by simple calculation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Horie
  • Patent number: 5443387
    Abstract: A planning too includes at least one set of detachable slips and at least one support, one side of which can temporarily receive slips in a given order. The slips each have a side which can be written on and a side partially coated with a pressure-sensitive adhesive allowing the slips to be stuck down, unstuck and stuck down again repeatedly. The slips are taken from a pad of slips which is mounted on the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: Avenay Partners S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Jerome Mortemard de Boisse
  • Patent number: 5429373
    Abstract: Play money to be earned and spent by children comprising a plurality of sheets of bills of money of various numerical denominations, the money having printed thereon the denominations, a happy child face and "money" printed thereon, such money adapted to be earned by children as a reward for activities and for spending or playing video games; and a pouch having a front face and a rear face, each face fabricated in a rectangular configuration and coupled together along side edges and bottom edges leaving an open top edge for the passage of money, the pouch having a flap to close the top edge with a releasable fastener associated with respect thereto, the pouch having printed thereon "money" and a space for receipt of a child's name.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Inventors: Mona J. Chelko, Bernard J. Chelko
  • Patent number: 5317699
    Abstract: A schedule management system has a dispersive management unit. A data communication unit provides for communicating between a common schedule data storage memory units and for updating the schedule data which is so commonly stored. Data storage is based on the names of the storage unit and the user's, which names are transmitted from the schedule data storage unit. The schedule data storage unit may be updated from the storage unit management table in order to transmit the updated information to the other schedule data storage units. Therefore, the adjustment of the schedule can be effectively realized even among the remote users so that every one will be aware of the update data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Sugita, Yuji Izuwa
  • Patent number: 5304066
    Abstract: A method for managing work progress of separate work jobs in a machine shop having a plurality of separate machining operations comprises applying to a work order document a row of colored labels with each colored associated with a respective one of the machining operations. The operator of an operation can therefore readily select jobs that require that operation by simple visual observation. Once that operation is effected, the label is removed and available for the next operation which is readily apparent due to the colored label. The selection of the colors associated with the various operations is effected so that ready recollection is available due to associated by alliteration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Inventor: Walter A. Sontag
  • Patent number: 4859187
    Abstract: An enhancement device for database management systems utilizing a board or screen format having an array of cells with a set of mnemonic icons selctively positioned as portals to associated keys identifying records in the database, the set of icons preferably consisting of common playing cards arrangeable in a mnemonic composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Inventor: Richard E. Peterson
  • Patent number: 4853495
    Abstract: An electronic blackboard wherein a multiplicity of heads for reading and writing storage data in relation to memories are disposed lengthwise and breadthwise on the surface of a board so that data can be read from and written into the memories on the board surface. Also disclosed is an electronic blackboard system which comprises input/output control means for controlling a storage data input/output operation in which heads which are disposed on the surface of a board are sequentially scanned to read or write storage data and data processing means for processing storage data, whereby storage data relative to a memory which is stuck on the board surface is read or written with a predetermined relationship between the head position and the storage data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Assignee: Shimizu Construction Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomonori Ouchi, Otsuro Wakamatsu, Hiroshi Kawanishi, Masao Yasui
  • Patent number: 4700318
    Abstract: Construction of projects such as buildings, bridges, dams, industrial plants, means of transport, or the like with the aid of means and methods for incremental depiction of such buildings, etc. Complex structural features of the construction project are divided into discrete increments and characterized by ordered work activities essential to their construction, then are depicted as in construction drawings to assist in supervision of the project itself. Such characterization and depiction enable urgencies to be emphasized, as by shading structural features due to be started or finished by some given time in the construction schedule differently from those not due until later--or to have been completed earlier. Likewise, during actual construction, deviations from the project schedule can be distinguished readily, as by depicting structural features due (or overdue) in boldest shading and by diminishing the boldness of shading the more time is available within which to complete subsequent features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1987
    Inventor: Stuart Ockman
  • Patent number: 4511161
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dividing the working space of a restaurant into selected stations and for assigning service personnel to these stations comprising identification elements each associated with a respective subject and adapted for being magnetically attracted onto a layout which comprises a transparent plastic sheet on which are drawn divisions of the restaurant into separate sections and an underlying floor plan showing on a reduced scale, the physical area of the restaurant. A correlation sheet is secured in proximity to the layout to indicate the particular subject associated with its respective identification element and its station in accordance with the number of stations which the restaurant is to be divided at any given time of day. A plurality of transparent sheets are furnished corresponding to the maximum number of divisions of the restaurant into separate sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1985
    Inventor: John Gruner
  • Patent number: 4386475
    Abstract: My invention provides a movable overrider system for moving a reference element board 15r over the front faces of track-supported module boards 15 of a modular scheduling board system 10. An upper wall track 12 supports a trolley bracket 20 that carries a pair of wheels 21 engaging a retainer lip 17 and resting on a path 14 of the upper wall track 12, while lower track 11 supports boards 15. Holders 25 on the lower edge 24 of trolley bracket 20 hold the back of the reference element board 15r to hang downward from the trolley bracket. Holders 25 and bracket 20 are dimensioned to suspend reference board 15r at the same vertical level as track-supported boards 15 so that reference board 15r can roll along the length of tracks 11 and 12 and override the track-supported boards while staying in horizontal alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1983
    Inventor: Wallace A. Krapf
  • Patent number: RE30959
    Abstract: A scheduling board providing for the orderly listing of jobs or operations scheduled and/or contracted to be performed and the progress thereof in relation to the time allotted to each for their completion, said board incorporating an elongate, relatively narrow-width slideway extending along one side edge thereof for the reception of a plurality of discrete "day-date" tabs arranged in column formation therein, and further incorporating a wider channel disposed to the side of said slideway adapted to be filled with a multiplicity of transversely extending semi-rigid strips inscribed on their face with job or operation data, the vertical height of each of said strips being a known fraction of the vertical height of the day-date tabs, said column of day-date tabs being slidable upwardly in response to upward push force applied to the lowermost or lower tabs upon each uppermost tab having been removed from the slideway, and said topmost strip(s) being manually liftable from said channel by bowing force applied f
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1982
    Inventors: John S. Anderson, Virginia B. Anderson