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Patent Issued for Apparatus and Methods for Updating Firmware

May 6, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Dell Products L.P. (Round Rock, TX) has been issued patent number 8707297, according to news reporting originating out of Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews editors.

The patent's inventors are Brown, Michael E. (Pflugerville, TX); Domsch, Matthew L. (Round Rock, TX).

This patent was filed on July 26, 2006 and was published online on April 22, 2014.

From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "This disclosure relates to information handling systems.

"As the value and use of information continues to increase, individuals and businesses seek additional ways to process and store information. One option available is an information handling system (IHS). An information handling system generally processes, compiles, stores, and/or communicates information or data for business, personal, or other purposes thereby allowing users to take advantage of the value of the information. Because technology and information handling needs and requirements vary between different users or applications, information handling systems may also vary regarding what information is handled, how the information is handled, how much information is processed, stored, or communicated, and how quickly and efficiently the information may be processed, stored, or communicated. The variations in information handling systems allow for information handling systems to be general or configured for a specific user or specific use such as financial transaction processing, airline reservations, enterprise data storage, or global communications. In addition, information handling systems may include a variety of hardware and software components that may be configured to process, store, and communicate information and may include one or more computer systems, data storage systems, and networking system."

Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "The following presents a general summary of several aspects of the disclosure in order to provide a basic understanding of at least some facets of the disclosure. This summary is not an extensive overview of the disclosure. It is not intended to identify key or critical elements of the disclosure or to limit the scope of the claims. The following summary merely presents some concepts of the disclosure in a general form as a prelude to the more detailed description that follows.

"In one aspect, a method for updating firmware comprises executing a native operating system change management program that acts cooperatively with a firmware update package to update a firmware program in the information handling system.

"In another aspect, an apparatus comprises an information handling system running an operating system. An operating system change management program in a memory of the information handling system acts cooperatively with the operating system and a firmware update package to update a firmware program in the information handling system.

"In yet another aspect, a method for updating firmware comprises building a firmware update package that is executable in a change management program running in a native operating system on an information handling system, and storing the firmware update package in a repository available to a user."

For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Brown, Michael E.; Domsch, Matthew L.. Apparatus and Methods for Updating Firmware. U.S. Patent Number 8707297, filed July 26, 2006, and published online on April 22, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Dell Products L.P., Information Technology, Information and Data Storage.

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Source: Information Technology Newsweekly

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