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Cloud-Based Vertical Search Engine (Lesavich): U.S. Patent No. 8,463,765

General-purpose search engines (Yahoo, Google, Bing, etc.) are being increasingly supplemented by vertical (or specialty or topical) search engines that focus on a specific segment of online content. Vertical search engines search selected topics to a greater depth - but to a smaller breadth - using vertical taxonomies and ontologies. The general-purpose search engines have an easier challenge since they search the entire universe of the Internet. The vertical search engines face the challenge of limiting themselves to a defined segment of the Internet, and searching that segment as quickly and thoroughly as possible while staying within the vertical sector of the search engine, but not missing any relevant search results.

This patent directly addresses that need. It uses a cloud communications network that consists of public, private, community and hybrid networks. The vertical search engine created by this patent is a cloud application that provides on-demand vertical searches, broadband network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity and measured search services. This invention dramatically improves the vertical search engine infrastructure by providing accurate and current vertical electronic information while using less bandwidth and less processing cycles than a non-cloud communications network. The invention covered by this patent can also be used to create user-defined, custom vertical search engines by collecting and storing information accessed from the Internet by scanning QR codes and other types of barcodes as well as other types of custom information. For example, it can scan QR codes for information about video games, plays, music, movies, and other products and events to create a user-defined, custom vertical search engine that can be re-accessed by the user.

U.S. Patent No. 8,463,765 for a "Method and System for Creating Vertical Search Engines with Cloud Computing Networks" would be an excellent acquisition for any search engine company or online business looking to improve its product’s market niche performance, or for a general search engine provider that wants to expand its base and offer new and unique vertical search services for selected users.

High-Speed, Truly Random Number Generator (Scarlett): U.S. Patent No. 9,971,568 and PCT, European, Chinese and Japanese Patent Applications

There are random acts of kindness, but there is also a need for randomness for many computer applications – from running simulations to encryption to artificial intelligence (AI) applications. The invention covered by this portfolio uses birefringent splitting, a process that is quantum mechanical in nature and known to be unpredictable. A series of layers take a beam of photons and randomly shuffle the energy so that the output is a random light intensity. Pairing this with a pixel detector produces 250 simultaneously streams of 1-2GHz random data.

This portfolio includes U.S. Patent No. 9,971,568 for the "Generation of random numbers through the use of quantum-optical effects within a mirror cavity system," as well PCT Patent Application 2016141192, European Patent Application 3265906, Chinese Patent Application 107408033 and Japanese Patent Application 2018513506.

There is currently no device that meets the random data requirements of high-performance computers. The device created by this invention will permit its integration into data centers, or it could be scaled down to a chip-level device that can be incorporated into numerous computing solutions. This portfolio provides an opportunity for high-performance super computer manufacturers, chip manufacturers, fiber optics infrastructure providers and hard drive providers to provide an added-value service for its customer base.

Improved Internet Searching of News Items (Barhon): U.S. Patent No. 8,589,373

There is no shortage of information – it is all out there on the web…somewhere. The challenge is finding and retrieving it in a timely manner. The invention covered under this patent provides dramatically improved searching on the Internet, especially searching for news items and/or creating an auto-generated newspaper. The invention creates “recursive clustering” under which the user can – at any level in the tree – either choose a specific news item from the cluster or from the shown sub-clusters or continue in the tree. This patent also includes an improvement that enables searching by keywords to generate an automatic newspaper. And the patent also includes other features such as requesting images or video, updating of headlines, multi-level sub-clustering, setting time limits on the search, and marking certain news items as no longer of interest.

U.S. Patent No. 8,589,373 for a "System and Method for Improved Searching on the Internet or Similar Networks and Especially Improved Metanews and/or Improved Automatically Generated Newspapers" has a 2003 Priority Date and 17 Forward Citations. Evidence-of-Use is available upon request. This patent would be a strategic acquisition for search engine or online news summary provider.

Secure/Non-Secure Video Conferencing Switch (3E Technologies): Four U.S. Patents

This portfolio relates to computer security systems consisting of an integrated switch for secure and non-secure video conferencing. The technology disclosed in these patents provides the following advantages:

Patent No.Description
7,519,298VWS secure/non-secure bypass switch
7,539,421Self-contained secure videoconferencing console
7,623,149Integrated secure encryption apparatus
8,103,169VWS secure/non-secure bypass switch

This portfolio would be a strategic acquisition for a provider of video conferencing and distance learning services as well as a manufacturer of video conferencing equipment, telemedicine systems, telepresence devices and other electronic products.

Mining of Event Data for PIM Software (Hunte): U.S. Patent No. 7,577,963 “Event Data Translation System”

This patent covers a system to identifying and extracting calendar events from various data formats and delivering them to Personal Information Management (PIM) software. PIM software allows a user to record, track and manage personal information that may include tasks, calendar entries and events. This technology covered by this patent enables and simplifies the transaction of event data from digital calendars having multiple display formats – publicized, for example, in web pages, emails and stand-along files – to PIM software, web pages or other formats. The input data can be in formats such as HTML, delimited text files, word-processor file, spreadsheet format, PDFs, syndication feeds, and IiCal and hCal calendar-data formats.

This patent is a valuable and key acquisition for companies that develop and sell software for personalinformation management, event management, syllabus management, project management and calendar management, as well as device manufacturers that include these functionalities in their products.

Information Retrieval System (Salmon Technologies): U.S. Patent No. 7,415,289 “Apparatus and Method for Deploying an Information Retrieval System”

This patent describes abase station and multiple display stations for information retrieval. A voice command to one of the display stations retrieves information from the base station and displays it in real time, and the data may be presented visually and aurally. The source of the information may be data stored at the base station, or data relayed by the base station from network sources such as the Internet or radio and/or television broadcast stations.

Statistical-Pairs Arbitrage Technique (Sutton): U.S. Patent No. 8,533,098 "Automated trading system and methodology for real-time identification of statistical arbitrage market opportunities"

This patent teaches a technology for automated trading system and a methodology for real-time identification of statistical arbitrage market opportunities, providing several advantages:

This patent would be a key acquisition for investment banks, hedge funds, asset management groups, and other asset management groups, as well as quantitative and algorithmic trading software developers.

Graphical, Multidimensional Password Creation (NIC): U.S. Patent No. 8,347,103 "System and Method for Authenticating a User Using a Graphical Password"

This patent enables users of a device or computer system to create a password by selecting from a series of graphical images that each include one or more associated attributes. A password is created not from letters and digits, but from the combination of attributes of the selected images. Additionally, the graphical password includes time, motion and/or keyboard input attributes so the password in multidimensional. This patent is a likely acquisition for computer hardware OEMs as well as developers of security, anti-virus and operating system software.

Multi-User Database Management (Peled): U.S. Patent No. 8,195,621 "Database Schema Management System".

This patent covers a software system for managing database format and structure modifications in a multi-user environment. It provides a number of services to the users of a database that prevent the database from responding in an unexpected manner to simultaneous conflicting changes. In addition, a version control service allows changes to be reversed without loss of data. This patent would be a valuable acquisition to any business – from financial institutions and manufacturers, to online and brick-and-mortar retailers – that must maintain a large database that is regularly accessed by multiple users.

Knowledge Driven Software Architecture (Zhuk): U.S. Patent Nos. 7,774,751 and 7,966,093 "Adaptive Mobile Robotics System".

This portfolio is a potentially valuable asset for software development companies that require changing scenarios to be directly included in a software application, and for the companies involved in development of intelligent multi-robot systems having adaptive behavior models. The system learns the changing scenarios on the basis of inputs supplied by a subject matter expert. Further, the technology describes a system that allows an expert to provide the input in ontology language (which is closer to natural language) and translates the input to figure out a user’s intent. The system can learn new rules at run time to match the expert’s expectation.

Secure Passwords Utilizing Spatial and Chromatic Patterns (Neginsky): U.S. Patent No. 7,844,825 “ "Method of generating a spatial and chromatic password".

This patent covers a method of generating a non-linear spatial and chromatic password that results in a password that offers a high level of security and anti-decryption characteristics.

The technology includes the steps of establishing a spatial password entry pattern (SPEP) within boundary conditions of a matrix of a password entry screen (PES), with the SPEP including coordinates of the matrix of the PPS. The method also includes selecting a first color from a color selection keypad (CSK) having many selectable colors. The first color is then mapped to a first coordinate of the SPEP of the matrix. Then, a second color from said CSK is mapped to a second coordinate of said SPEP. The above steps of selection and mapping are then repeated for N coordinates, each corresponding to a selected color of the CSK, until all coordinates falling within the boundary conditions defining said non-linear SPEP are fully mapped.

Customer-Specific Customized Catalogues (VPiColor): U.S. Patent No. 7,249,067 "System and Method for Creating Customized Catalogues".

Most retailers continue to develop, print and mail conventional ink-on-paper catalogues because they generate sales. However, under current technology, every recipient receives the same catalogue, regardless of that customer’s needs, preferences or buying history. This patent covers technology for creating a unique catalogue tailored to the buying history of each individual customer! Rather than sending the same printed catalogue to all customers, a customized catalogue can be produced that has the likelihood to create substantially more sales from each recipient and to significantly increase customer loyalty! Any retailer that is currently using direct mail is a potential acquirer of this patent.

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