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Gregory L Slaughter, Bernard A Traversat, Robert J Block: Highly-available distributed cluster configuration database. Sun Microsystems, B Noel Kivlin, Conley Rose & Tayon PC, January 11, 2000: US06014669 (366 worldwide citation)

The cluster configuration database is a distributed configuration database wherein a consistent copy of the configuration database is maintained on each active node of the cluster. Each node in the cluster maintains its own copy of the configuration database and configuration database operations can ...


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Robert J Block, James G Hanko, J Kent Peacock: Method and apparatus for distributing load in a computer environment. Sun Microsystems, O&apos Melveny & Myers, December 2, 2003: US06658473 (51 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a method and apparatus for distributing load in a multiple server computer environment. In one embodiment, a group manager process on each server periodically determines the server's capacity and load (i.e., utilization) with respect to multiple resources. The cap ...


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Gregory L Slaughter, Bernard A Traversat, Robert J Block, Xiaoyan Zheng: Mechanism for reliable update of virtual disk device mappings without corrupting data. Sun Microsystems, B Noel Kivlin, Conley Rose & Tayon PC, December 12, 2000: US06161191 (38 worldwide citation)

A cluster implements a virtual disk system that provides each node of the cluster access to each storage device of the cluster. The virtual disk system provides high availability such that a storage device may be accessed and data access requests are reliably completed even in the presence of a fail ...


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Robert J Block, Andrew Carter: System and method for financing an insurance transaction. Ocean Tomo, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, May 11, 2010: US07716076 (14 worldwide citation)

A method for structuring an insurance transaction. The method includes providing insurance coverage to reimburse an insured entity in the event that the insured entity incurs a loss based on the occurrence of one or more defined events, designating an insurance premium amount to be paid by the insur ...


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Robert J Block, James G Hanko, J Kent Peacock: Method and apparatus for making a computational service highly available. Sun Microsystems, Martine Penilla & Gencarella, July 15, 2008: US07401114 (10 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a method and apparatus for making a computational service highly available in a multiple server computer environment. In the thin client computing paradigm, end user terminals rely on remote server computers for operation of most functions traditionally associated with ...


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Gregory L Slaughter, Bernard A Traversat, Robert J Block, Xiaoyan Zheng: Mechanism for reliable update of virtual disk device mappings without corrupting data. Sun Microsystems, B Noël Kivlin, Meyertons Hook Kivlin Kowert & Goetzel P C, September 7, 2004: US06789122 (10 worldwide citation)

A cluster implements a virtual disk system that provides each node of the cluster access to each storage device of the cluster. The virtual disk system provides high availability such that a storage device may be accessed and data access requests are reliably completed even in the presence of a fail ...


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Robert J Block, James H Christensen: Method of producing iron and steel from iron ore. HeaTran, C Clark Dougherty Jr, April 20, 1976: US03951644 (2 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to an improved method of producing molten iron and steel from iron ore wherein the iron ore is charged to a shaft furnace along with coke and limestone and the mixture is blasted with a heated gas so that the iron ore is reduced to pig iron. By the present invention, at ...


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Michael Hill, Lang J McHardy, Andrew W Carter, Robert J Block: Non-disclosure bond for deterring unauthorized disclosure and other misuse of intellectual property. Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, April 24, 2008: US20080097773-A1

The invention in some embodiments comprises a non-disclosure bond that deters a receiving party from disclosing confidential information and/or compensates a disclosing party in the event the receiving party discloses the confidential information.


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Robert J Block, Andrew Carter: Systems and methods for insuring intellectual property holding companies. Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, March 23, 2006: US20060064367-A1

A method is performed by an insurance transaction workstation for structuring an insurance transaction between an insured entity owning an intellectual property holding company (IPHC) and an insurer. The method includes receiving an insurance coverage request for protection against a loss based on a ...