LONDON The Peer-to-Patent organization is seeking prior art and annotations on an IBM patent application for a processor that claims advances in dynamic readjustment and which the organization says has just 13 days left for challenges.
IBM’s application (No. 20070220238) for a "dynamic readjustment and interpolation of progress in the execution of multi-step program by a computing device" is posted on the Peer-to-Patent site .
The application discloses an invention that provides a displayable progress indicator for a program execution by a corresponding computing device. The progress indicator is updated to accurately reflect the progress of the program execution by the computing device.
The invention discloses a method for updating and inserting a progress indicator of a multi-step program execution by a computing device. This method involves a computation for each step of the multi-step program based on a completion time baseline for each step of the multi-step program. The method would apply to any multi-step application or operating system program that is executable in steps by any type of computing device. The progress indicator can have any form including the form of a progress bar.
Peer-to-Patent is an initiative of New York Law School's Institute for Information Law and Policy in co-operation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The pilot program allows for public participation in the patent examination process by inviting the public to submit annotated prior art relevant to examining computer and software-related patent applications.
The Peer-to-Patent Web site enables those who sign up to review and discuss posted patent applications; share research to locate references to relevant earlier publications; submit these prior art references with an explanation of relevance; and annotate and evaluate submitted prior art.