Patent number 8554791 is assigned to
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to the field of information processing systems. In one aspect, the present invention relates to a system and method for providing simplified file navigation on computer systems used to communicate over the Internet.
"Computer systems have attained widespread use for providing information management capability to many segments of today's society. A personal computer system can usually be defined as a microcomputer that includes a system unit having a system processor and associated volatile and non-volatile memory, a display monitor, a keyboard, a fixed disk storage device, an optional removable storage device and an optional printer. These personal computer systems are information processing systems which are designed primarily to give independent computing power to a single user (or a group of users in the case of personal computers which serve as computer server systems) and are inexpensively priced for purchase by individuals or small businesses.
"In recent years, there has been significant growth in the use of the personal computers to exchange information over the Internet. With the growth, there are increasingly unsophisticated or first-time computer users who are not familiar with file directory protocols for naming and storing files on the computer system. For example, conventional file directory systems allow the user to store a file in any of a plurality of directories or sub-directories in a memory storage device, such as a hard disk. As a result, inexperienced users can be confused by overly complex directory structures, can forget where the file was stored, or will inadvertently save different file types in different directories without understanding how to retrieve the files.
"Consequently, there is a need for a simplified file navigation system for storing and retrieving files. In addition, a significant need exists for preserving the integrity of the operating system and the applications stored on computers. Further limitations and disadvantages of conventional systems will become apparent to one of skill in the art after reviewing the remainder of the present application with reference to the drawings and detailed description which follow."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "The method and apparatus of the present invention provides a simple, intuitive, reliable and stable computing environment for a personal Internet communicator (PIC). In one embodiment, the present invention defines a fixed directory structure wherein user data files (such as documents, pictures and videos) automatically directed to be saved in a predefined directory. In support of the simplified directory structure, applications on the PIC are modified so that the applications always attempt to save files to a predefined or default directory. In embodiments of the present invention where the user is permitted to override the default directory and save to another directory location, there is no memory of the previous store location so that the user is continually directed to the predefined directory. In addition, the fixed directory structure may be locked so that it cannot be moved, renamed or deleted. As a consequence, the fixed directory structure acts as a fundamental starting directory structure for the user.
"The objects, advantages and other novel features of the present invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art from the following detailed description when read in conjunction with the appended claims and accompanying drawings."
URL and more information on this patent, see: Lavin, Jeffrey M.. Persistent Folder Associations for Personal Internet Communicator. U.S. Patent Number 8554791, filed
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