Record Keeping Patents (Class 434/109)
  • Publication number: 20140295381
    Abstract: Disclosed is method and system for educating at least one player about financial planning through a financial planning game. In one implementation, to start the game, the player inputs player-associated data, based upon a plurality of life-stages and scenario for each life-stage to be configured. The scenario further comprises incomes and expenses. At first life-stage, the player is prompted for investing disposable income in financial fund, where the disposable income is an amount left after deducting the expenses from the incomes. After investing the disposable income, the player is navigated through each life-stage and corresponding scenario presented to the player for which the player-response data is captured. The player-response data represents the player's strategy in deciding on the incomes to be spent over the expenses and the disposable income invested in the financial fund.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Suresh Bhaskaramurthy, A.K. Suresh, Praveen Kumar Talagadadeevi
  • Patent number: 8688267
    Abstract: A method is provided for classifying incoming products (e.g., chicken butterflies) to be portioned into two or more types of end products (e.g., sandwich portions, strips, nuggets, etc.) to meet production goals. The method includes generally five steps. First, information on incoming products is received. Second, for each incoming product, a parameter value (e.g., the weight of an end product to be produced from the incoming product) is calculated for each of the two or more types of end products that may be produced from the incoming product. Third, the calculated parameter values for the incoming products for the two or more types of end products, respectively, are normalized so as to meet the production goals while at the same time achieving optimum parameter values. Fourth, for each incoming product, the end product with the best (e.g., largest) normalized parameter value is selected as the end product to be produced from the incoming product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: George Blaine, John R. Strong, Arthur W. Vogeley, Jr., Craig E. Pfarr
  • Patent number: 8585408
    Abstract: A method, comprising the steps of (a) representing users within a virtual environment, the virtual environment residing on one or more computers, comprising the steps of (b) collecting data pertaining to one or more of the users' activities not associated with the virtual environment relating to each of the users' performance on business-related tasks, (c) awarding incentives including points, badges, levels, prizes, etc. to a plurality of users in the virtual environment based on the collected data pertaining to the users, (d) providing information regarding a first user's incentives to at least a second user involved in activities related to the business-related tasks performed by the first user, and (e) updating the collected data in the virtual environment as the data pertaining to the performance of users changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Vince Scott Margiotta
  • 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: 8398406
    Abstract: Methods and associated systems for automated auditing of agreements. Questions relevant to qualitative and quantitative measures of an agreement relative to selected criteria are retrieved from an audit template along with associated answer options. The questions and answer options are presented to a user and user input received to provide answers to the questions. An audit score is generated to measure a degree of compliance of the agreement with the selected criteria. Scores may be presented for individual questions, or may be aggregated for groups or categories of questions. Scores may be compared to desired threshold values and suggestions to improve the score may be provided. Summary presentations of questions and answers or categories of questions and answers may be presented to monitor compliance over a number of such audits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Joel Kim Prather, David Russell Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 8353705
    Abstract: An automated attendance monitoring system is disclosed. The system includes (i) identification tags, with wireless communication capabilities, for each potential attendee, (ii) scanners for detecting the attendees' tags as they enter a given room, (iii) at least one server in communication with the scanners, (iv) handheld computing devices for use by attendance trackers, such as teachers, to verify a provisional attendance report generated by the scanners and server, and (v) software running on the server for receiving and managing the attendance data received from the scanners, and for generating attendance reports. Although particularly well-suited for tracking attendance in schools, the present invention can also be used in a variety of other settings where there is a need to track the whereabouts of a number of individuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: InCom Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Dobson, Douglas Ahlers, Bernie DiDario
  • Patent number: 7836265
    Abstract: In order to provide a storage system for enabling an administrator to manage information for each apparatus in a straightforward manner, the present invention comprises an acquiring section for acquiring a connection relationship of host apparatus, host management apparatus, storage apparatus, and storage management apparatus, a storage relationship for programs of every host apparatus, and a saving time period for saving data of every program, based on external operation, and a display control section for displaying the connection relationship and storage relationship acquired by the acquiring section on a display screen, and displaying the saved time period of every program on the same screen as the connection relationship and the storage relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Fukuguchi
  • Patent number: 7736148
    Abstract: A method of teaching accounting principles is disclosed in which two different colors are used to distinguish that which is owned and owed from that which has been used and earned. This is to establish the concept of double entry accounting. Question sets are used to distinguish assets, liabilities, income and expenditure from one another to facilitate their proper treatment in books of account. Words other than commonly accepted accounting words are used to denote accounting concepts before the teaching method moves on to using the commonly accepted accounting words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Comes Alive International, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Lawrence Frampton
  • Publication number: 20100120000
    Abstract: A method (200) for preparing a supervisor to manage an employee and for managing the employee includes the provision of a management scorecard document (400). The management scorecard document (400) can include a metric analysis portion (402), a behavior analysis portion (421), and a performance target section (434). The supervisor uses the management scorecard document (400) in a coaching session, such as a face-to-face meeting, to focus on developing employee behavior rather than simply delivering employee feedback.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventors: Valorie Bellamy, Monte Hytche
  • Publication number: 20100009320
    Abstract: A method for teaching how a borrower's FICO credit score may increase or decrease as one or more of the categories of information in a credit report is changed. The significance of modifying any one category by a borrower depends on other categories of information in the credit report that makes up the score, and a change in any one category has an effect on an increase or decrease of a credit score. The categories of information are bills; balances; debt; credit history; new credit accounts; credit file; unused credit cards; new credit cards; new accounts; and rate shopping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventor: Christopher Allen Wilkelis
  • Publication number: 20090047637
    Abstract: Disclosed is a learning system and method that allows students with basic literacy to learn essential principles of accounting. No prior learning in accounting is presumed or required. Using a simple business simulation, students develop an accounting system for themselves. The learning system and method employs many of the key human learning senses of visual, auditory, kinesthetic, gustatory and olfactory. By creating a three dimensional accounting system and continually telling the story of the business as it evolves, students are using all of the necessary senses for effective and lasting learning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Applicant: COMES ALIVE INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Peter Lawrence Frampton
  • Publication number: 20080286728
    Abstract: An accounting teaching methodology using a simulation module is disclosed in which processes are included to generate journals, ledgers and financial statements. Various inputs are allowed throughout the processes for students to perform entries at various stages. The simulation module is invented to complement traditional teaching and learning of accounting, enabling teaching and learning in an effective manner so that at the end students are able to understand accounting concepts and accounting cycles and to construct by themselves the relevant financial statements in addition to displaying said financial statements automatically. Students should also be able to perform all the processes involved leading to the financial statements after being properly taught or trained by using the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2006
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Applicant: Computer-Based Learning SDN BHD
    Inventor: Arfah Salleh
  • Publication number: 20040107118
    Abstract: A clinical reference and education system and method of use, wherein medical condition diagnosis information is gathered, stored, and distributed. More specifically, information regarding clinical/pathological differential analyses, key facts, clinical presentations, pathology features, imaging findings, anatomy information, medical references with abstracts, expert imaging center information, continuing medical education information, and related data is made available in electronic and printed forms via a general infrastructure of the present system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Inventors: Hugh Harnsberger, Anne Osborn
  • 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
  • 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: 20010032094
    Abstract: A system for indicating whether an agent or agency has met the requirements specified by a licensing entity according to criteria specified by the licensing entity. Information respecting the agent or the agency is input into the system including licensing status and status of continuing education requirements. The system can be used by entities such as banks or brokerages to verify appropriate licenses have been obtained and are maintained in force. The system can also be used to prompt agents or agencies to obtain necessary upcoming requirements for certifications. The system can be used in a multi-user environment and can be distributed across a network of computers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2001
    Publication date: October 18, 2001
    Inventors: Swarupanda Ghosh, Nicholas Bachar, Thomas F. Grillo, Thomas D. Molitor, Thomas J. Couser, Peggy A. Law, Santosh Setty, Edward Kelly
  • Publication number: 20010004520
    Abstract: For planning a production plan which satisfies a plural number of target values of management indices, upon calculating out production amount, supply amount and/or transportation means of plural products, various kinds of target values of management indices and estrangement values thereof are set into restriction conditions when those restriction conditions are formulated into a linear programming problem, and then feasible production plan is calculated out, so that the estrangement between the management indices being calculated from executable solutions of the above-mentioned linear programming problems and the target values thereof comes to be minimal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Publication date: June 21, 2001
    Inventors: Tazu Nomoto, Sachiko Iwamoto, Mitsuhiro Enomoto, Katsunari Ikezawa
  • Patent number: 6173153
    Abstract: An apparatus for taking school attendance includes a central office computer 101 interfaced with a plurality of attendance telephones 102. Typically, the interface is based on telephone lines or similar hard-wired network. Each AT device may therefore communicate with the central office computer or another AT device by data transmitted through the central office computer. A telephone interface 104 allows the central office computer to outside computers 105, including particularly the school district's central computer and database. The structure and organization of the software associated with the apparatus includes functionality related to the taking, recording and transmitting of school attendance and other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Inventor: Dean Bittman
  • 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: 5421729
    Abstract: A color-coded system of training illiterate, mentally handicapped or dyslexic individuals in the accurate ordering process which includes specifying colors designating particular items and the item bearing a particular color. Color-coded visual indicators such as catalog pages may be used to teach the individual to associate the color with the item and thereby simplify identification of the items to be ordered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Assignee: S.K. Enterprises
    Inventor: Stan Kutin
  • Patent number: 5230627
    Abstract: An instructional, developmental and educational product and method for children comprises a book of imitation checks, a checkbook ledger, and a wallet for enclosing the checkbook and checkbook ledger. The wallet constitutes a rectangular flexible base sheet foldable across the width thereof to define a rectangular central portion, a first rectangular end flap and a second rectangular end flap, said end flaps being foldable over the central portion. A first fabric band secured to the central portion defines a first pocket for mounting the checkbook ledger, and one of the rectangular end flaps has a second fabric band secured thereto a define a second pocket for receiving the book of imitation checks. A coin purse and closure flap are formed on the first fabric band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1993
    Assignee: Jaycor, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Todd
  • Patent number: 5056792
    Abstract: A business education model in which players may simulate the running of a company with the amounts and types of assets, liabilities and future commitments, contingent liabilities, of a company or other business enterprise being shown through the number, color and positions of symbols and markers on a board. The board is marked out with areas representing business premises or factory plant, areas for stocking bought raw material, tokens to represent values of raw material and goods for sale, cash and debts, these different tokens being preferably of a similar size but of different colors so that it can readily be appreciated what they represent, with their value being apparent by their total. The board also includes areas for illustrating the expense of the equipment and manning of plant, for processing cash and loans, for showing the costs of building up a marketing force and for containing tokens showing overhead expenditures incurred in the running of the model business.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Inventors: Brian Helweg-Larsen, Gordon F. Cousins
  • Patent number: 4909740
    Abstract: A G.P.A. challenge game encouraging a student to raise his/her overall grade point average and a method for playing the game. The game comprises a course document sheet, a graphic progress chart, a weekly/monthly planner sheet, and privilege and bonus privilege coupon cards. The student is responsible for recording the grades he/she receives, graphing his/her weekly grade point averages, and planning for and prioritizing scheduled tests, reports, etc. The student is rewarded for higher G.P.A. achievement by means of privilege and bonus privilege coupon cards redeemable for a variety of privileges granted to the student.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Inventor: Jerry L. Rankin
  • Patent number: 4773862
    Abstract: A method and map (10) for charting historical events by ventures A and B in a joint venture is described. The method and map enable a visual understanding of the operation of joint venture in the past and possibly more effective development of the joint venture in the future.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1988
    Assignee: Board of Governors of Wayne State University
    Inventor: Marietta L. Baba
  • Patent number: 4689018
    Abstract: A method for monitoring an individual credit card account particularly during a predetermined monitoring period. The steps of the method include the steps of setting up a form, preferably on a piece of erasable material of wallet card size. A series of numerals is provided on the card adapted to accommodate the step of being checked so as to identify a particular amount owing on the account. A series of individual purchase amounts is identified with a series or group of spaces opposite to, or related to, each monetary amount for the step of entry of indicia identifying a purchase of that amount or approximately that amount. A masking member is provided to accommodate the step of covering the spaces associated with one or more of the monetary purchase amounts to remind and warn the user of his intent not to make purchases in those amounts in order to remain within a predetermined budget.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1987
    Inventor: James R. Trinity
  • Patent number: 4674192
    Abstract: A guide for use by bookkeepers, accountants, auditors and the like in association with ledger sheets, journals, spread sheets and the like having informational indicia associated in horizontal rows and vertical columns to enable such information to be more accurately and easily read with less chance of error. The guide includes an L-shaped member having an elongated horizontal component and a shorter vertical component both of which have a longitudinally continuous transparent area delineated by beveled red lines with the area externally of the red lines being translucent with the width of the transparent area being substantially equal to the width of horizontal rows of indicia and the width of the vertical transparent area being substantially the same as the width of vertical columns of indicia. The juncture between the transparent areas is provided with a window to enable transcription of indicia on the underlying ledger sheet by inserting a writing instrument through the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Inventor: Jeanne E. Libit
  • Patent number: 4336019
    Abstract: An accounting game comprising a rectangular gameboard having two sets of blank columns printed thereon and a sheet of separable game pieces each having an accounting type legend thereon or a numerical legend. The front surface of the gameboard and the rear surface of the game pieces are flocked to provide felt-like surfaces to prevent slippage of the pieces on the gameboard. One set of columns is for assets and the other set of columns is for liabilities and owners equity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1982
    Inventor: Thomas D. Schroeder