patents

I am a software engineer who invents and extends the state of the art in the areas of Software and Hardware in relation to computing machinery. Below, you find a list of my granted patents, and pending patent applications which are publicly disclosed.  Many are pending public disclosure.

Granted Patents

United States Patent 8,380,487  – February 19, 2013
Language translation of selected content in a web conference

Inventors: Bastide; Paul Roger (Boxford, MA), Loredo; Robert E. (North Miami Beach, FL)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Appl. No.: 12/819,625
Filed: June 21, 2010

Abstract
A method for translating selected content in a web conference may include receiving, by a processing device, a selected area in an image from a shared application in a web conference. The selected area may contain text for translation into a chosen language. The method may also include performing an optical character recognition process on the text in the selected area of the image to provide OCR resulting text. The method may additionally include translating the OCR resulting text into the chosen language. The method may further include presenting the translated OCR resulting text in the chosen language to at least a translation requester in the web conference.

 

United States Patent 8,463,075 – June 11, 2013
Dynamically resizing text area on a display device

Inventors: Bastide; Paul R. (Boxford, MA), Broomhall; Matthew E. (South Burlington, VT), Loredo; Robert E. (North Miami Beach, FL)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Appl. No.: 12/854,728
Filed: August 11, 2010

Abstract
Dynamically resizing a text area in which text is displayed on a display device. A camera device periodically captures snapshots of a user’s gaze point and head position while reading text, and the captured snapshots are used to detect movement of the user’s head. Head movement suggests that the text area is too wide for comfortable viewing. Accordingly, the width of the text area is automatically resized, responsive to detecting head movement. Preferably, the resized width is set to the position of the user’s gaze point prior to the detected head movement. The text is then preferably reflowed within the resized text area. Optionally, the user may be prompted to confirm whether the resizing will be performed.

United State Patent 8,495,496 – July 23, 2013
Computer method and system automatically providing context to a participant’s question in a web conference
Inventors: Bastide; Paul R. (Boxford, MA), Jacobson; John A. (Medford, MA), Martin; Scott J. (Bow, NH)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Appl. No.: 13/038,658
Filed: March 2, 2011

Abstract
Computer method and system provides context in an online meeting, a web conference or other shared slides application. A person (attendee or participant) asking a question does so in the specific section (slide) of the shared application. Screen images of these specific slides are captured and coupled to respective questions. The questions are queued for the presenter. Captured screen images provide context for the questions. Each question selected from the queue by the presenter automatically provides context without interrupting flow of the presentation and online meeting.

United States Patent 8,552,861 – October 8, 2013
Biodegradable smart sensor for mesh network applications 

Inventors: Bastide; Paul R. (Boxford, MA), Broomhall; Matthew E. (South Burlington, VT), Loredo; Robert E. (North Miami Beach, FL)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Appl. No.: 13/085,154
Filed: April 12, 2011

Abstract
Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for a biodegradable sensor device for mesh networking applications. In an embodiment of the invention, a biodegradable sensor device for mesh networking applications is provided. The device includes a frame formed of biodegradable material such as a mixture of polylactic acid and a resin, a biodegradable battery such as a flexible biodegradable lithium ion battery, an antenna, an environmental event detector formed from biodegradable material responsive to a change in environmental conditions, and signal generating circuitry configured to be responsive to detecting an environmental event by broadcasting a signal to other sensor devices in a mesh network and also to re-broadcast signals received from other sensor devices in the mesh network.

United States Patent 8,558,695 – October 15, 2013
Biodegradable device and mesh network for optimization of payload material delivery

Inventors: Bastide; Paul Roger (Boxford, MA), Broomhall; Matthew E. (South Burlington, VT), Loredo; Robert Edward (North Miami Beach, FL)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Appl. No.: 12/940,095
Filed: November 5, 2010

Abstract
A biodegradable payload material delivery and notification device includes a biodegradable shell enclosing at least a portion of a biodegradable detector that includes a payload material, and biodegradable circuitry electrically connected to the detector and capable of performing a delivery notification operation. The biodegradable shell degrades upon exposure to environmental conditions causing release of an amount of the payload material, and the detector communicates release of the amount of the payload material to the circuitry causing the circuitry to perform the delivery notification operation. The delivery notification operation includes generating and transmitting to a mesh network a signal having one or more parameters that are correlated with the amount of the payload material released. A mesh network includes a plurality of biodegradable devices and one or more edge collection devices. Each biodegradable device is configured to broadcast a signal that may be received and processed by the edge collection devices.

United States Patent    8,904,293 –  December 2, 2014
Minimizing delays in web conference switches between presenters and applications

Inventors:    Bastide; Paul R. (Boxford, MA), Broomhall; Matthew E. (South Burlington, VT), Loredo; Robert E. (North Miami Beach, FL)
Assignee:    International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Appl. No.:    12/854,728
Filed:    August 11, 2010

Abstract
A method for minimizing delays in web conference switches between presenters and applications may include receiving a key frame of content selected by a user for sharing in response to the user being a presenter and having content to share. The method may also include storing the key frame of the selected content in a buffer in response to the user not being a current presenter. The method may additionally include sharing the key frame of the content with participants of the web conference, by the processing device, in response to an indication that a previous presenter has completed his presentation and the user being a next presenter in a presenter queue.

United States Patent    8,903,926  – December 2, 2014
Online social network handle type ahead enhancement
Inventors:    Bastide; Paul R. (Boxford, MA), Broomhall; Matthew E. (South Burlington, VT), Loredo; Robert E. (North Miami Beach, FL)
Assignee:    International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Appl. No.:    13/471,029
Filed:    May 14, 2012
Abstract
Determining a correct user with whom to communicate, e.g., the correct intended recipient of an electronic message in electronic communications. In one aspect, an unintended recipient may identify the message as unintended. In another aspect, a time lapse in response or lack of response from the recipient may flag an unintended recipient. Using a likeness algorithm, users related to the recipient is identified and the message may be sent to those identified related users.

United States Patent    8,893,220 – November 18, 2014
Managing co-editing sessions
Inventors:    Bastide; Paul R. (Boxford, MA), Broomhall; Matthew E. (Goffstown, NH), Loredo; Robert E. (North Miami Beach, FL)
Assignee:    International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Appl. No.:    13/838,360
Filed:    March 15, 2013

Abstract
A computer-implemented method, system, and/or computer program mediates a co-editing session for a document. After establishing a co-editing session for a first user and a second user to co-edit a document, a first modification of the document is received from the first user. A second modification of the document, which eliminates the first modification, is subsequently received from the second user. In response to a quantity of subsequent modifications, after the first and second modifications, exceeding a predetermined value, an action is initiated to prevent further modifications to the document.

United States Patent    8,640,026 – January 28, 2014
Word correction in a multi-touch environment
Assignee:    International Business Machines Corporation(Armonk, NY)
Family ID:    47519675
Appl. No.:    13/180,259
Filed:    July 11, 2011

Abstract
A method for word correction on a multi-touch device, including: detecting a selection by a user of a word displayed in a user interface of the multi-touch device; breaking the word into logical segments; presenting the logical segments in the user interface; detecting a user-selected segment of one of the logical segments; displaying at least one alternative segment for the user-selected segment in the user interface; and altering the selected segment in response to receiving a user-selected replacement from the at least one alternative segment.

Patent Applications

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