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Lot W120615-A - Cartridge Based Data Storage - Methods and Interfaces, Assemblies, Pickers

Lot Description:

The patents in this lot generally relate to cartridge-based data storage. In particular, the patents in this lot pertain to systems, methods, apparatus, and devices related but not limited to: tape cartridge identification and media element sensing/detecting; picker or manipulator or engagement mechanisms; data cartridge/media access, handling/securing/retrieving assemblies and autochangers; storage racks or magazines and portable carrying devices; testing and cleaning techniques/processes.



Exemplary Patent(s):

Patent US7274285 generally teaches systems and methods for object identification and object presence detection. When storing distinguishable objects such as tape cartridges, it is generally desirable to have a mechanism for identifying those objects present within a defined area environment. Specifically, US7274285 pertains to such environments, in which storing distinguishable objects like tape cartridges occur, and in which various object identification, removal and replacement activities take place.



Patent Lot Citation(s):

This lot is forward referenced by the following companies: BEC Companies, Inc., Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., DigitalOptics Corporation Europe Limited, Exabye Corporation, FotoNation Vision Limited, Fujitsu Limited, Google Inc., Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V., Imation Corp., International Business Machines Corporation, Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Microsoft Corporation, NEC Corporation, Netapp, Inc., New Bright Industrial Co., Ltd., NextEngine, Inc., Novell, Inc., NXP B.V., Olympus Imaging Corp., Oracle America, Inc., Overland Storage, Inc., Panasonic Corporation, Plasmon IDE, Inc., Production Automation, Inc., Quantum Corporation, Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc. , Samsung Electronics Co., LTD, Spectra Logic Corporation, Storage Technology Corporation, Sumitomo Machinery Corp. of America, Tandberg Data ASA, Thales, TKA Fabco Corp., and Wachovia Corporation.



Relevant Industry Segments:

Data storage systems



Number of Patents: 25 US

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Patents:

US5579516
Method For Storing Data Files On A Multiple Volume Media Set

Granted Date: 11/26/1996
Filing Date: 12/15/1994

US5584207
Integrated Drive System

Granted Date: 12/17/1996
Filing Date: 03/20/1995

US5596556
Linear Displacement And Support Apparatus For Use In A Cartridge Handling System

Granted Date: 01/21/1997
Filing Date: 02/18/1993

US5638349
Cartridge Handling System With Dual Cartridge Engaging Assembly

Granted Date: 06/10/1997
Filing Date: 11/10/1995

US5717665
Locking Devices For Use In A Cartridge Handling System

Granted Date: 02/10/1998
Filing Date: 11/13/1996

US6028733
DATA CARTIDGE CADDY-TO-STORAGE RACK INTERLOCK AND RELEASE SYSTEM

Granted Date: 02/22/2000
Filing Date: 05/09/1997

US6259579
PICKER INDEXING AND MULTIMEDIA CARTRIDGE REFERENCING

Granted Date: 07/10/2001
Filing Date: 05/17/1999

US6266316
Automatic Splaying Picker Finger

Granted Date: 07/24/2001
Filing Date: 03/01/1999

US6301218
Cartridge Engaging Assembly With Floating Finger And Flexible Gate Assemblies

Granted Date: 10/09/2001
Filing Date: 09/17/1999

US6309162
Data Storage System With Redundant Media Handling Assemblies

Granted Date: 10/30/2001
Filing Date: 05/13/1999

US6327113
Rotatable Cartridge Engaging Assembly

Granted Date: 12/04/2001
Filing Date: 12/08/1999

US6333829
Cartridge Engaging Assembly Within A Storage Array

Granted Date: 12/25/2001
Filing Date: 03/10/2000

US6404724
Automatic Splaying Picker Finger

Granted Date: 06/11/2002
Filing Date: 05/11/2001

US6417977
System For Testing And Cleaning A Removable Media Drive

Granted Date: 07/09/2002
Filing Date: 08/18/2000

US6421306
Single-Side Engaging Picker For Data Cartridges

Granted Date: 07/16/2002
Filing Date: 04/29/1996

US6433955
SPLIT COMPOUND GEAR ASSEMBLY FOR A DRIVE LOADER

Granted Date: 08/13/2002
Filing Date: 09/07/2000

US6469850
Automatic Splaying Picker Finger

Granted Date: 10/22/2002
Filing Date: 02/11/2002

US6480443
SYSTEM FOR RESTRAINING A CARTRIDGE WITHIN AN INSERTABLE MAGAZINE

Granted Date: 11/12/2002
Filing Date: 04/14/2000

US6538752
System And Method For Positioning A Component Using Feedback

Granted Date: 03/25/2003
Filing Date: 05/17/2001

US6553444
Method And System For Sensing The Proper Insertion Of A Portable Memory Element

Granted Date: 04/22/2003
Filing Date: 10/28/1999

US6967791
Illumination Systems And Methods

Granted Date: 11/22/2005
Filing Date: 12/06/2001

US7088539
APPARATUS FOR DETECTING MEDIA

Granted Date: 08/08/2006
Filing Date: 11/18/2003

US7274285
System And Method For Improved Object Identification

Granted Date: 09/25/2007
Filing Date: 07/24/2001

US7861031
ACCESS CONTROL MANAGEMENT

Granted Date: 12/28/2010
Filing Date: 03/01/2007

US5455810
Flexible Member Tensioning Apparatus

Granted Date: 10/03/1995
Filing Date: 06/03/1994



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