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Robert M Fries: Interactive entertainment and information system using television set-top box. Microsoft Corporation, Michalik & Wylie PLLC, November 13, 2001: US06317885 (415 worldwide citation)

An interactive entertainment and information system using a television set-top box, wherein pages of information are periodically provided to the set-top box for user interaction therewith. The pages include associated meta-data defining active locations on each page. When a page is displayed, the u ...


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Robert M Fries, Brian Wahlert: System and method for upgrading client software. Microsoft Corporation, Lee & Hayes PLLC, July 23, 2002: US06425125 (229 worldwide citation)

A system for upgrading software has multiple clients coupled to an upgrade server. The clients store an old version of software. The upgrade server stores both the old version of software and a new version of software. The upgrade server creates an upgrade file from the old and new versions of the s ...


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Michael E Pietraszak, Robert M Fries, Robert S T Gibson, Jonathan A Wray: Application program interfaces for electronic program guide data services. Microsoft Corporation, Workman Nydegger, January 24, 2006: US06990677 (89 worldwide citation)

EPG services are provided, which enables a device such as a computer, a set top box or the like to collect EPG data from multiple EPG data providers or sources. The EPG data is collected at the device by EPG loaders. Each EPG loader collects EPG data from a particular source. The EPG loaders deliver ...


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John M Parchem, Robert M Fries: Compositing digital information on a display screen based on screen descriptor. Microsoft Corporation, Ronald M Anderson, April 28, 1998: US05745095 (76 worldwide citation)

A method and system for producing a composite image of two or more graphic objects. In a set top box (44) designed to be used with a television receiver or video monitor (40), an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) (76) is provided that includes a dynamic composition engine (DCE) (84), wh ...


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Manoj K Valiyaparambil, Vivek Sahasranaman, Vinay S Badami, Abid Ali, Amit Singla, Karandeep Singh Anand, Robert M Fries: Creating frequent application-consistent backups efficiently. Microsoft Corporation, Workman Nydegger, November 3, 2009: US07613750 (50 worldwide citation)

Data can be protected at a production server in a virtually continuous fashion, without necessarily imposing severe constraints on the source application(s). For example, a production server can create an application-consistent backup of one or more volumes, the backups corresponding to a first inst ...


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Heidi H Breslauer, Michael K Fleming, Robert M Fries: System and method for controlling access to broadcast services. WebTV Networks, Workman Nydegger, October 21, 2003: US06637027 (44 worldwide citation)

A multimedia system is described that is capable of presenting multimedia segments including television broadcasts, radio broadcasts, stored video information, stored audio information, and Web pages. The multimedia system includes a conditional access manager which is a common interface between the ...


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Nikhil Vijay Chandhok, Michael L Michael, Robert M Fries: Using a data protection server to backup and restore data on virtual servers. Microsoft Corporation, Woodcock Washburn, March 1, 2011: US07899788 (38 worldwide citation)

A method and system for backing up and restoring data of virtual machines. A virtual machine may be discovered through a directory service or via an agent that is installed on the host operating system that is running the virtual machine. If the agent is installed on the virtual machine, the agent m ...


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Michael E Pietraszak, Robert M Fries, Robert S T Gibson, Jonathan A Wray: Systems and methods for electronic program guide data services. Microsoft Corporation, Workman Nydegger, June 7, 2005: US06904609 (36 worldwide citation)

EPG services are provided, which enables a device such as a computer, a set top box or the like to collect EPG data from multiple EPG data providers or sources. The EPG data is collected at the device by EPG loaders. Each EPG loader collects EPG data from a particular source. The EPG loaders deliver ...


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Anders B Vinberg, Robert M Fries, Kevin Grealish, Galen C Hunt, Aamer Hydrie, Edwin R Lassettre, Rob Mensching, Geoffrey Outhred, John M Parchem, Przemek Pardyak, Bassam Tabbara, Rene Antonio Vega, Robert V Welland, Eric J Winner, Jeffrey A Woolsey: Model-based provisioning of test environments. Microsoft Corporation, Lee & Hayes PLLC, February 15, 2011: US07890951 (35 worldwide citation)

Model-based provisioning of test environments includes accessing a model of an application to be installed in a test environment of a system and further accessing a model of the system and a model of the test environment. An installation specification for the application is also generated, the insta ...


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Robert M Fries: Television tuning device screen saver advertising. Microsoft Corporation, Workman Nydegger, December 6, 2005: US06973664 (33 worldwide citation)

Television tuning device screen saver advertising is disclosed. The television tuning device that is connectable to the Internet. While the user has his or her device connected to the Internet, advertising information may be cached. When the device enters a screen saver mode, the previously cached i ...



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