US Patent Application No: 2004/0015,941

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Information-processing apparatus equipped with nonvolatile memory device and firmware-updating method for use in the apparatus

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An information-processing apparatus includes a nonvolatile memory device configured to store firmware. The information-processing apparatus has a first unit for issuing an instruction to make an operating system execute a shutdown process, and to update the firmware, stored in the nonvolatile memory device, after the operating system has completed the shutdown process. The information-processing apparatus also has a second unit, responsive to the instruction to update the firmware, for updating the firmware only after the operating system has completed the shutdown process.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBATOKYO25742

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Sekine, Norihisa Ome-shi, JP 2 43

Cited Art Landscape

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HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P. (2)
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INTEL CORPORATION (2)
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FUJITSU LIMITED (1)
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* Cited By Examiner

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SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION (2)
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PHOENIX TECHNOLOGIES LTD. (3)
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MEDIATEK INC. (3)
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PANASONIC CORPORATION (1)
* 2007/0261,050 Terminal Device for Updating Computer Program and Update Method 8 2005
 
Micron Technology, Inc. (1)
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TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD. (1)
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AMERICAN MEGATRENDS, INC. (2)
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SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (1)
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AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (13)
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GIGA-BYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. (1)
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SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC (2)
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BROADCOM CORPORATION (3)
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GOOGLE INC. (1)
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WINBOND ELECTRONICS CORP. (1)
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OGILVIE, JOHN W. (1)
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LG ELECTRONICS INC. (5)
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Sprint Communications Company L.P. (1)
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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (1)
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HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P. (1)
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MCDATA CORPORATION (1)
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LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE LTD. (2)
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FUJITSU LIMITED (2)
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INTEL CORPORATION (5)
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IN COMM TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD. (1)
* 2004/0199,911 Apparatus and method for upgrading execution code of the portable memory device 2 2004
* Cited By Examiner