Access Rights To Interactive Controls Patents (Class 715/743)
  • Patent number: 7676750
    Abstract: A method of printing includes providing a computer server linked to a plurality of printers, initiating a print job on a user computer device, querying the computer server for one or more available printers; transmitting identification information and location information of each printer from the computer server to the user computer device; displaying the information in the form of a list to the user computer device; selecting by a user one of the printers in the list; transmitting the selection to the computer server; transmitting configuration information for the selected printer to the user computer device; configuring the print data by with the configuration information; and transmitting the configured print data from the user computer device to the selected printer for printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: David Zachery Lindsey, Jr., Samuel Leo Rhodus, Kenneth Ross Wilkerson
  • Patent number: 7644366
    Abstract: A method for managing and displaying related information in a graphical user interface includes storing each of a plurality of related datasets in a discrete file. A compound file is stored linking the discrete data files to each other. A common window for the combined file is displayed in the graphical user interface. A discrete window for each discrete file is displayed within the common window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Computer Associates Think, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert S. McKinney
  • Patent number: 7640503
    Abstract: The present invention provides a computer management method. This method involves responding to a “get web page” request by generating a web page with graphic representation of computer system objects and embedded script-based context-sensitive menu control. Once the web page is displayed, the method provides for responding to selection of one of said graphic representations by activating and inactiving menu items in accordance with properties of said objects embedded in said web page with said objects under control of said script-based context-sensitive menu control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Bryan J. Jacquot, Edgar Circenis, Kurt M. Olender
  • Patent number: 7640336
    Abstract: A report card provides a supervisor or master account holder (e.g., a parent) with information about the activities of an individual or sub-account user (e.g., a child). For example, the report card may include a list of sites (e.g., content identifiers and/or uniform resource locators) that an individual has visited or attempted to visit. Other information (e.g., e-mail and address book activity and instant messaging and contact list activity) also may be provided in addition to tools that allow the master account holder to access information about the activities and to adjust parental controls for the activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: AOL LLC
    Inventors: Larry L. Lu, Eric O'Laughlen, John Crowley
  • Publication number: 20090299847
    Abstract: An interactive promotion platform for supplying a call center agent with promotional incentive information to provide to a customer. The interactive promotion platform includes a promotion database having a promotional incentive index into which a promoting entity inputs one or more promotional incentives for inclusion in the promotional incentive index. A promotion allocation dashboard displays to an allocator the promotional incentive index and enables the allocator to designate at least one promotional incentive from in the promotional incentive index and allocate the designated promotional incentive to one or more call center agents. A computer network including a network link connects the call center agent to the interactive promotion platform and provides substantially real time updated information on the designated promotional incentive to the call center agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Jodi Keeter, David Barber, Donna Jeffrey, Brad Smrcina, Shane Painter
  • Patent number: 7600187
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus for communicating with a management apparatus for storing a plurality of electronic prepaid information and authentication information related to the plurality of electronic prepaid information, and replaying to inquiry request for electronic prepaid information based on authentication information through a portable communication terminal storing authentication information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Hasebe, Takashi Tamura, Saburo Shimizu, Tetsu Sekine, Shuta Hamada, Utami Soma
  • Patent number: 7574667
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method of appending a group of files to files on a clipboard of a desktop are provided. The system, apparatus and method include displaying a first window having an option that allows a group of files to be appended to files on the clipboard and asserting the option to append the files. The first window is ordinarily displayed after at least one file has been copied onto the clipboard and a second file is selected to be copied. In the case where at least one file has not already been copied onto the clipboard, a second window is displayed. The second window has an option that allows only one file or group of files to be copied onto the clipboard. The first window further contains an option that allows a file or a group of files to replace file or files already copied on the clipboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Neal Richard Marion, George F. Ramsay, III
  • Patent number: 7574509
    Abstract: Systems and methods of transmitting process control information to a portable communication device associate a resource link with the process control information and transmit the process control information and the resource link to the portable communication device. A session identifier is associated with the process control information and the session identifier and the resource link are transmitted to the portable communication device. A message and the resource link associated with the process control information are provided at the portable communication device. A user selects the resource link to initiate a communication link between the portable communication device and a wireless communication service. The portable communication device may receive one of video information, audio information, still image information, and software application information in response to initiation of the communication link between the wireless communication service and the portable communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Nixon, Neil J. Peterson, Trevor D. Schleiss, Teresa Chatkoff
  • Patent number: 7568164
    Abstract: The invention provides a service providing system in which it is determined whether users have use authority to utilize a service providing apparatus, such as a projector, so that only users having the use authority can utilize the service providing apparatus. The invention also provides a service providing system and a service providing apparatus. In accordance with the invention, users are allowed to have use authority to utilize the service providing apparatus through entrance into an arbitrary place, or the like so that the service providing apparatus can be conveniently utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Taniguchi, Yoshiki Fukui, Naruhide Kitada
  • Patent number: 7567964
    Abstract: A configurable search engine is provided in which, in an embodiment, by running the search engine an administrator can configure the search options available to a user by selecting from a choice of options without writing code. The user may be able to further configure the search options. In an embodiment, the search engine combines searches of multiple tables in a manner that appears seamless to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: John Brice, James N. Phelps, Sargent L. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 7539740
    Abstract: The management apparatus of web servers of the present invention monitors occurrence of link breakage set by requesting to other sites. For this purpose, log information resulting from an access from an external web site to HTTP contents is acquired from the web server. Then, refer information is generated by extracting the linking relationship with the external web site to the web page from the thus acquired log information. Furthermore, upon update of the HTTP contents, the possibility of occurrence of link breakage caused by page deletion is recognized with reference to refer information, and warning is issued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Junichi Hasunuma
  • Patent number: 7533345
    Abstract: A method for managing visibility of GUI components in an application includes initializing the application and invoking a visibility manager. A user interface of the application is then displayed wherein display of the GUI components are determined by the visibility manager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventor: Andreas S. Krebs
  • Publication number: 20090100346
    Abstract: A method and computer program product for receiving an indication of an email being generated for at least one recipient. The email is analyzed to determine if the email includes at least one link to a piece of content on a remote content resource. If the email includes at least one link to a piece of content on a remote content resource, the at least one recipient is analyzed to determine if the at least one recipient has sufficient rights to access the piece of content on the remote content resource.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: Patrick Joseph O'Sullivan, Robert Cameron Weir, Edith Helen Stern, Barry E. Willner
  • Publication number: 20090070684
    Abstract: Particular embodiments of the present invention are related to a social network site with enhanced user interaction functionality. In particular implementations, a method includes accessing a list of contacts that are connected to an owner of a personal page of a social network; identifying one or more contact pairs from the list, wherein the contacts in each contact pair are not connected to each other; computing an affinity score for each identified contact pair; randomly selecting one or more of the contact pairs based on corresponding affinity scores; providing a friend connector user interface module to the owner of the personal page, wherein the friend connector user interface prompts the owner to invite the contacts of the selected contact pair to establish a connection association relative to the social network; and conditionally transmitting an invitation to the contacts of the contact pair based on one or more actions of the owner relative to the friend connector interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: William Clement Aldrich, Ryo Chijiiwa, Vu Hao Thi Truong, Michael Speiser
  • Patent number: 7487351
    Abstract: The conventional method of limiting the number of receiving apparatus has a problem that if the limited number of appliances is reduced to limit distribution to unspecified appliances outside a home, distribution to appliances in the home is limited unnecessarily. If the limited number of appliances is increased, distribution to appliances outside the home cannot be sufficiently limited. The invention provides at least one receiving apparatus, (e.g., digital television sets and PCs,) connected to a network and capable of receiving and using predetermined data, and a transmitting apparatus, (e.g., an AV server) for transmitting the data to the receiving apparatus via the network. Use of the data on the network is managed based on the transmission time required for transmission of predetermined information between the transmitting apparatus and the receiving apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yasushi Ayaki, Naoshi Usuki, Yoshihiro Morioka, Natsume Matsuzaki, Yuusaku Ohta
  • Patent number: 7475353
    Abstract: An implementation for a user at a receiving Web station keeping track of logged on Web sites, and a convenient universal logoff interface button to logoff the logged on Web site. The combination of an implementation at a receiving display station generating a GUI including a universal logout button, means associated with said logout button for enabling a user to select a Web site for logout and means at said receiving station responsive to said selection of a Web site for logging said receiving station out of said Web site. The Web browser tracks the Web sites that the user is logged onto, and upon interactive request by the user a menu of logged on Web sites is provided in association with the displayed logoff button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Frank A. Nuzzi
  • Patent number: 7469383
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medical apparatus for diagnosis and/or treatment using a procedure (20), with an operating console (11) to control the use of components of the procedure (20), the operating console (11) having an input device (22), an output device (27) and an assistance module (26) to assist the user, which can be adapted to users' varying levels of training. This enables the user interfaces of the operating console to be adapted to the varying levels of knowledge of the medical operating personnel, so that the user in question is offered only those commands, with corresponding additional information, which the user has for example already learned during training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Erik Busch
  • Patent number: 7461358
    Abstract: In one implementation, a method provides a graphical user interface (GUI) to display representations of modifications to a knowledge entity that is stored in a knowledge base. The method includes displaying in a first GUI area a representation of a first modification that was previously applied to the knowledge entity, displaying in the first GUI area a representation of a first version of a second modification that was previously applied to the knowledge entity, and receiving user input specifying a change to the first version of the second modification. The method further includes displaying in the first GUI area a representation of a second version of the second modification that is based upon the specified change, and applying the second version of the second modification to the knowledge entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventor: Yuh-Cherng Wu
  • Publication number: 20080235596
    Abstract: A method and system for managing a remote control session (RCS) during which control of input mechanisms of authorized users for manipulating a shared computer screen is time-sliced among the authorized users. No more than one authorized user has control of the input mechanisms at each time during the RCS. Each authorized user is able to view the shared portion of the computer screen throughout the RCS and has been assigned a priority, a control time slice (CTS), and an inactivity threshold. Sole control of the input mechanisms is provided to a first authorized user who requested control of the input mechanisms. Sole control of the input mechanisms is transferred from the first authorized user to a second authorized user who requested control of the input mechanisms. The first and second authorized user are each scheduled to have sole control of the input mechanisms for a specified time duration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventors: Kulvir Singh Bhogal, Gregory Jensen Boss, Rick Allen Hamilton, Alexandre Polozoff
  • Patent number: 7427988
    Abstract: A method of customising an animation. A broadcast station renders first animated objects in response to locked graphic data and unlocked metadata. The metadata facilitates customisation, by including parameter interface information as well as actual parameter values, so that the first animation objects can be customised without reference to the locked graphic data. A distribution station receives signals from the broadcaster, and cumulatively renders second animated objects in response to second locked graphic data and second unlocked metadata, the latter of which is modified in response to distributor data. A television receives signals from the distributor, and cumulatively renders third animated objects in response to third locked graphic data and third unlocked metadata, which is modified in response to viewer data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Autodesk Canada Co.
    Inventors: Christopher Vienneau, Amit Parghi
  • Patent number: 7424680
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling the ability of scripts to access objects defined at the client. The client stores an access control data structure having multiple entries. Each entry is associated with one or more objects for which access is to be controlled. The entries include a source identifier field containing one or more URLs and a permission identifier field containing data defining a permission. When the client receives a script from a script source, such as a web site, the client begins execution of the script until the script requests access to an object. The client identifies a relevant entry of the access control data structure, which is an entry that is associated with the requested object and lists the URL of the script source in the source identifier field. The client applies the permission defined by the permission identifier of the relevant entry to the request, thereby granting or denying access to the script.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Wiltse J. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 7392481
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for providing content-owner control in a device is optionally networked. A method for accessing media content has steps of initiating a first view providing access to at least a portion of a first content within the first view, initiating a second view providing access to a second content within the second view and preventing the second content from being accessed with the first content in the first view. Additionally, access to a third content with the first content is allowed in the first view. An apparatus includes a first view configured to provide access to a first content, a second view configured to provide access to a second content, and a graphical subsystem configured to prevent the second content from being access in the first view. In one variation, the first view is a media content view, and the second view is a web view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Sonic Solutions, a California corporation
    Inventors: Greg Gewickey, Todd Collart
  • Patent number: 7383192
    Abstract: A value chain flow diagram expresses the flow of money, things, claims, persons, information, services, values or the like related to the lifecycle of products (planning, designing, manufacturing, distribution, sale, use, disposal) which are generated among enterprises, departments of an enterprise, clients, users, stockholders, authentication organizations or regional inhabitants. In the product value chain flow diagram, individual components such as the enterprises, the departments of the enterprise, the clients, the users, the stockholders, the authentication organization or the regional inhabitants are expressed by block shapes such as boxes and circles and the flow of the money, the things, the claims, the persons, the information, the services, the values or the like is expressed by specific symbols or linear or curved arrows labeled with icons. Further, the components which are expressed by blocks are connected with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Shinya Sekimoto, Hiroshi Yamazaki, Kyoko Suzuki, Kosuke Ishii
  • Patent number: 7363587
    Abstract: A collaboration system synchronizes an application or applications running on one or more computer systems. Each of the applications has a local data copy and the applications commence operation by creating consistent local copies from a common third copy. The consistency is maintained by distributing address space independent selections and commands to each application as they are entered at a controlling system. The selections and commands are generated by directly manipulating a presentation of each local data copy. When a selection and command arrive at a destination, the selection is used to find and selection the data and the command is applied to the data located by the selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Arnold Schaeffer, David R. Anderson, Jack H. Palevich
  • Patent number: 7360095
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method, apparatus, and computer instructions for warning of a presence of a person in a zone having an inadequate security clearance. Movement of the person in the zone is detected. A message is broadcast to selected data processing systems associated with the zone, wherein the data processing systems initiate actions to protect data in the selected data processing systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Janice Marie Girouard, Mark Joseph Hamzy, Emily Jane Ratliff
  • Patent number: 7360163
    Abstract: When a user or a portable device enters work space, the user or the portable device entering the work space is detected by reading of an ID tag, and a connection interface public server for managing connection interfaces of computational resources which these user and portable device have and a coordination server for performing coupling processing are notified. The coordination server acquires the connection interfaces corresponding to the computational resources of the entering user or the portable device from the public server and couples these and thereby, it is constructed so that linkage between the computational resources shareable in the work space can be performed to make use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Masuda
  • Patent number: 7346692
    Abstract: Disclosed is an information processing apparatus for switching a first session and a second session in executing processing, the apparatus comprising: storage controlling means which, if a first module belonging to a group is activated in the first session, then stores correspondence between the first session and the group; and activation controlling means which, if a second module belonging to the group is activated in the second session, then stops activation of the second module based on the stored correspondence between the first session and the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Watanabe, Nobuaki Yamaguchi, Yasuo Nomura, Rie Usukura, Atsushi Kimura, Yasuhito Shikata, Hiroyuki Mitsubori
  • Patent number: 7334039
    Abstract: Techniques for forming a rule to respond dynamically to requests for one or more resources on a network include providing, to a resource administrator, an interface for specifying the rule. The interface includes a first presentation area that displays data defining request information items associated with a request for the resource. The interface also includes a second presentation area that displays data defining access information items used to cause a server to respond to the request. The interface also includes a first input area for receiving commands from the resource administrator for deriving a value for at least one of the access information items. Code, which can be executed to apply the rule specified in the interface, is automatically generated. The code is automatically retrieved and executed when a request is received with a particular value for at least one particular request information item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Majkut, Vivek Sharma
  • Publication number: 20080034296
    Abstract: Method and computer program product for displaying user participation in a Web application. At least one predetermined rule is established for a plurality of user participation levels based upon an amount of at least one parameter of activity on a Web application server. An amount of the at least one parameter of activity that is attributable to a particular registered user is measured and the at least one predetermined rule is applied to the measured amount of the at least one parameter to determine a current participation level for the registered user. The registered user is then provided with a graphical user interface that displays the current participation level of the registered user in relation to the plurality of participation levels. Optionally, the user interface is persistent and provides the registered user with instructions on reaching the next participation level and information about benefits available at that level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventors: NATHAN CHRISTOPHER BYBEE, THEODORE JACK LONDON SHRADER, JACKIE COLE WHEELER
  • Patent number: 7328406
    Abstract: A system, method and software permitting the publication of resource availability information and the management of reservation requests therefor are provided. In an exemplary embodiment, a resource provider provides authorization, availability, descriptive, linking and criteria information for a resource available for reservation presented on a publicly accessible web site. Users permitted to access to the data can browse and search the published resource related data and request appointments with or reservations of the listed resources. Resource providers are permitted to actively or automatically manage reservations and appointments requesting their resources. Available on a publicly accessible web site, resource providers may also control and define access limitations for various groups of viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Tandberg Telecom AS
    Inventors: Ken Kalinoski, Kirk Norsworthy, James Stephens
  • Patent number: 7287227
    Abstract: A method for the editing of web pages by selectively providing editing logic and data that associates portions of the page with data sources used to provide the portions. Identical pages are provided to both editors and non-editors, preferably by retrieving and viewing the page in a browser. The editor can use the editing logic to edit the displayed page. The invention uses the associating data in order to update data sources used to provide the web page in accordance with the edits. The use of associating data by the invention supports functionality that allows for updating of a wide variety of data sources with potentially complex relations to the provided web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: VE Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: David E. Ries, James A. Curran
  • Patent number: 7266835
    Abstract: A user can perform secure transactions via an interactive television ticker. While viewing an advertisement scrolling in the ticker, the user can select that advertisement to initiate an on-line transaction. That resulting transaction can be performed within the ticker. A visual indicator (such as an icon) can be displayed in the ticker to indicate to the viewer that the transaction is secure, so as to allow confidential information to be safely exchanged. Security can be provided by way of a security application integrated with software of the ticker or by way of another security component with which the ticker software communicates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Digeo, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard V. Halbert
  • Patent number: 7251785
    Abstract: A method and system of providing access privileges to records of members of a community may comprise storing an assignment of a member of a community to a first position in the community to generate a first relationship. Access privileges to records of the member may be automatically provided to a manager of the first position based on the first relationship. An additional assignment of the member to a second position in the community may be stored to generate a second relationship. During the pendency of the additional assignment, a manager of the second position may be automatically provided with disparate access privileges to records of the member based on the second relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Electronic Data Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Kathryn A. Howard
  • Patent number: 7246367
    Abstract: The invention relates to the synchronized playback of video and/or audio recordings in terminals of a communications network. A server stores recordings including timing markers, each of which indicates an internal position within the recording. The system comprises groups of user terminals, at least one channel being assigned to each group. A recording is transmitted to the terminals belonging to the same group and stored there. In response to a start command, the playback of the recording is started at each terminal. Status information indicating at least the playback position of the recording is maintained, and the playback is controlled by transmitting new status information to the terminals of the group. The playback status is changed at each terminal according to said new status information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Jukka-Pekka Iivonen
  • Patent number: 7225408
    Abstract: A system facilitates the secure access, transfer and update of patient record information and the creation and navigation of image menus supporting the location and access of desired patient record data by a user. A system provides a user interface for use by a portable processing device for accessing and navigating patient record information. The system receives user identification information for use in authorizing user operation of the portable processing device and initiates display of an image including a plurality of links to a corresponding plurality of individual patients. The system also initiates display of a patient record content index image including a plurality of links to a corresponding plurality of items of patient record information in response to user selection of a link to one of the plurality of individual patients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin O'Rourke
  • Patent number: 7222369
    Abstract: A method includes storing a plurality of role data entries on a storage device coupled to a computer system, each role data entry corresponding to an assigned role of at least one of a plurality of individuals, each role corresponding to an enterprise with which the individual is associated and corresponding to a set of resources accessible through the computer system, receiving at the computer a resource request from one of the individuals, determining whether the requested resource is included in the set of accessible resources corresponding to the assigned role of the requesting individual, and selectively permitting access to the requested resource if the resource is determined to be in the set of resources corresponding to the assigned role of the requesting individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventors: Matthias Vering, Peter Barth, Sven Schwerin-Wenzel, Thomas Anton, Peter Bittner
  • Patent number: 7197712
    Abstract: Methods and systems for server visualization and control are provided. In various embodiments, multiple clients connect to a server to receive various services from service providers, including financial services. When a client connects to a server, it provides authentication credentials to the server. The server, upon authenticating the client, may provide a set of additional credentials relating to service providers. These additional credentials may be used to receive services from the service providers. The client may connect to the services through a server visualization and control library resident on a server that provides a layer between clients and services such that an application developer who is developing a service may not need to be aware that multiple clients may connect to the service or that the service may be instantiated multiple times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Essex Radez LLC
    Inventor: John Muehlhausen
  • Patent number: 7188314
    Abstract: A graphical user interface supports an interactive client-server authentication based on Random Partial Pattern Recognition algorithm (RPPR). In RPPR, an ordered set of data fields is stored for a client to be authenticated in secure memory on the server side. A graphical user interface presents a clue generated at the server to the client, such positions in the ordered set of a random subset of data fields from the ordered set. The client enters input data in multiple fields of the interface according to the clue, and the server accepts the input data from the client. The input data includes storage units representing alpha-numeric characters, images and colors corresponding to the field contents for the data fields. The interface includes indicators for elapsed time and status of the authentication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Authernative, Inc.
    Inventor: Len L. Mizrah
  • Patent number: 7159179
    Abstract: The invention provides a service providing system in which it is determined whether users have use authority to utilize a service providing apparatus, such as a projector, so that only users having the use authority can utilize the service providing apparatus. The invention also provides a service providing system and a service providing apparatus. In accordance with the invention, users are allowed to have use authority to utilize the service providing apparatus through entrance into an arbitrary place, or the like so that the service providing apparatus can be conveniently utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Taniguchi, Yoshiki Fukui, Naruhide Kitada
  • Patent number: 7149738
    Abstract: A system and method for managing data resources includes a policy definition layer, a policy deployment layer and a policy execution layer. The policy definition layer provides for creating, editing and visualizing policies through a user interface using intuitive simple language constructs. The policy deployment layer converts the created policies into a relational format that can be directly stored in a policy database. The policy execution layer executes the deployed policies on occurrence of an event. A resource abstraction and notification layer provides the interfacing of the resources with the policy definition layer, policy deployment layer and the policy execution layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Manoj Kumar, Mukesh Mohania, Upendra Sharma, Vishal S Batra
  • Patent number: 7127677
    Abstract: A system for generating a requisition comprises a client computer system and a server computer system connected via a network. The client computer is configured to allow a plurality of users to access the server computer system. The system further includes a server application comprising a user interface running on the server computer system and having a multi-tier architecture. The multi-tier architecture includes a first tier of client application code for initiating processing by the server application in response to input by a user of the client computer system, a middle tier of object-oriented server application code, and a third tier of shared access and data code. An application programming interface is configured to allow a user, such as a system administrator or the like, to customize the user interface. In a further aspect, a method of customizing a server application is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Chien-Sheng Chou
  • Patent number: 7124370
    Abstract: A user of an instant messaging system may store names of other users of the instant messaging system on a participant list (which may be referred to as a “buddy list”), and the names may be categorized into one or more groups. Similarly, a user of a mobile device, such as a mobile telephone, may store contact information about people on the mobile device. Information describing the on-line presence of the user within the instant messaging system or geographic location of a mobile device, such as a mobile telephone associated with the user system, may be disseminated to users on the participant list or people on the contact list based on notification information that is associated with groups of users or contacts. A delegation model is used to control whether a user is permitted to make modifications to the notification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: America Online, Inc.
    Inventor: Edmund J. Fish
  • Patent number: 7107538
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and schema are provided for enforcing security on an attribute of an object. An instance of an object is created or modified using the schema where a number of the attributes for the object include descriptors. The attributes of the created or modified object are checked to ensure that the modifier has access rights to the attributes. If the modifier does not have the access rights, then values are not assigned to the attributes requested by the modifier. When the modifier provides values for an attribute having the corresponding descriptor, the values are also checked to determine if they are references to a second object. In which case, a check is made to ensure the modifier has an access right to the second object. If no such access right exists, then the values are not assigned to the attribute as originally requested by the modifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Novell, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Andrew Hinckley, Dale Robert Olds, Matthew Gerrit Brooks
  • Patent number: 7089501
    Abstract: A method and a device for menu-assisted operator control, in particular for motor vehicles, using a multifunctional operator control, includes a multifunctional display device and a processing device which controls the display build-up of the multifunctional display device and which is able to access electronic devices to be operated and/or controlled. Assisted operator control of the electronic devices is provided in that, at least within one selection menu that is able to be displayed on the multifunctional display device, functions of one or more of the electronic devices are grouped by related objects and are displayed as object icons on the multifunctional display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Joerg Lilienthal, Matthias Heimermann
  • Patent number: 7076736
    Abstract: The Brain system employs a graphical user interface to facilitate user interaction with highly flexible, associative “matrices” that enable users to conveniently organize digitally-stored “thoughts” (inter-related information) and their network of inter-relationships. The Brain system offers a solution that facilitates the capture of information from a company's repositories and showcases it in an engaging and dynamic visual interface. The Brain accomplishes this by providing a connector system that serves as an interface between the Brain server and whatever repositories are employed to store data. By use of a special type of connector, the Brain can permit a single user to collaborate with a number of different repositories at different locations and of different sorts under a single associative interface. A client can also interface directly with multiple data stores that are configured for interaction with the associative interface described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Thebrain Technologies Corp.
    Inventor: Harlan M. Hugh
  • Patent number: 7065785
    Abstract: A telephony-over-LAN (ToL) system having a graphical user interface (GUI) wherein an authorized or guest user may be locked within a ToL window, having full access to the ToL features, but denied access to other parts of the computer system. In such a system, the terminal user or subscriber may click on a “Guest” button on the ToL client GUI screen before leaving the computer. The ToL guest user may then execute the call normally. According to a first embodiment of the invention, the ToL client locks the user into the ToL client screen. Keystrokes and mouse cursor movements which would allow exiting the ToL client are prevented. According to a second embodiment, of the invention, the ToL client screen is “maximized” and the minimize or resize window functions are blocked. When the terminal subscriber returns, a password is entered to regain full access to the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Shmuel Shaffer, William J. Beyda
  • Patent number: 7051282
    Abstract: A multi-layer graphical user interface provides multiple types of information in at least two layers of a common display space, such as a window. In one implementation, a shared network folder includes two layers of display objects to separately represent files contained in the folder and users with whom the folder is shared. The first or top layer may represent the files with conventional words, icons or other symbols. The second or lower level may represent the users with whom the folder is shared with words, icons or other symbols that are dimmed, blurred, or otherwise de-emphasized relative to the top layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Cezary Marcjan
  • Patent number: 7039870
    Abstract: In a storage network, two access restriction methods, i.e., zoning and LUN security are available. These functions must be set for each units of the storage network. This disadvantageously takes a long period time and manpower. Since the setting is independently conducted for each unit, inconsistent setting cannot be prevented. A utility program having a management console screen using integrated representation of the zoning and the LUN security is provided. The program removes the user's setting operation for each unit and detects any inconsistent user's operation for the screen. Therefore, the inconsistent setting can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobumitsu Takaoka, Yasunori Kaneda, Satoshi Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 7020645
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing user logon and state-less authentication are described in a distributed processing environment. Upon an attempted access by a user to an online resource, transaction, or record, a logon component asks the user to supply a logon ID and a password. The logon component verifies the provided information, and upon successful identification, a security context is constructed from information relevant to the user. The security context is sent to the user and is presented to the system each time the user attempts to invoke a new resource, such as a program object, transaction, record, or certified printer avoiding the need for repeated logon processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Eoriginal, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen F. Bisbee, Jack J. Moskowitz, Keith F. Becker, Ellis K. Peterson, Gordon W. Twaddell
  • Patent number: 6985948
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus searches for documents with access rights created for them. A file information obtaining section obtains predetermined information from a file. A right information obtaining section obtains right information indicating a user who can access a file. An index storing section stores an index in which information obtained by the file information obtaining section is associated with right information obtained by the right information obtaining section. A keyword inputting section accepts keyword input for searching for a file. A user specifying section specifies a user who inputted a keyword. A search query generating section generates a search query from a keyword input from the keyword inputting section and information indicating a user specified by the user specifying section. A searching section searches the index storing section for an index corresponding to a search query generated by the search query generating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Taguchi, Tatsuya Shindo, Kohtaro Egawa