By Targeted News Service
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 18 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y. , has been assigned a patent (8,539,445) developed by five co-inventors for a "method for generating a robust software signature." The co-inventors are Rosario Gangemi, Lavinio-Rome, Italy, Luigi Pichetti, Rome, Alessandro Terenzi, Ceccano, Italy, Alessandro Capomassi, Rome, and Marcello Vitaletti, Rome.
The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and a corresponding system and computer-usable medium for discovering software products on a plurality of one or more computers. The discovering method, system and/or computer-usable medium can populate a software catalogue without the manual intervention of an administrator. Such an approach reduces the cost of producing and maintaining a comprehensive knowledge base (e.g., the catalogue), which contains definitions of software products and the related signature. Signature definitions combine information obtained by the data gathering process and information contained in the registries. This combination allows the creation of a robust signature which reduces to a great extent the possibilities of both "false positive" and "false negative" results."
The patent application was filed on Aug. 18, 2008 (12/193,556). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8539445.PN.&OS=PN/8539445&RS=PN/8539445
Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.