US Patent Application No: 2005/0229,173

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Automatic firmware update proxy

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An embodiment of the present invention is a system and method relating to automatic firmware image update by proxy for BIOS or other embedded firmware image. When a server equipped with a baseboard management controller (BMC) and detects that its BIOS code image is corrupted or out of date, it may broadcast a request for an image update over an out-of-band network. One or more donor systems on the network may respond to the request and send the requestor a new image. The recipient system uses management policies to determine from which donor system to accept an update. In another embodiment, the BMC retrieves a new BIOS image from a predetermined location and updates the BIOS image accordingly.

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INTEL CORPORATIONSANTA CLARA, CA24113

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hannon, William R Beaverton, OR 5 42
Mihm, James T Gresham, OR 5 47

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (6)
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* 8,271,966 Methods and apparatus for patching software in accordance with instituted patching policies 2008
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8,132,055 Operating system-firmware interface update recovery 0 2009
 
HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD. (3)
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HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P. (2)
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MEDIATEK INC. (1)
* 8,155,043 Wireless communication receiver, system, and method for loading firmware 0 2007
 
ARUBA NETWORKS, INC. (1)
9,015,694 Cloud-based firmware distribution service 0 2013
 
LINKEDIN CORPORATION (1)
7,818,622 Method for recovering data processing system failures 2 2008
 
LENOVO ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD. (4)
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ALCATEL-LUCENT USA INC. (1)
* 2010/0298,011 Method and Appartus for Remote Software Installation and Execution on a Mobile Device 2 2009
 
BLACKBERRY LIMITED (1)
* 8,701,101 System and method for managing upgrades for a portable electronic device 0 2007
 
LENOVO INTERNATIONAL LIMITED (3)
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SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (1)
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FUJITSU LIMITED (2)
* 7,631,174 Method of updating firmware in computer server systems 4 2005
* 7,640,425 Disk apparatus and electronic apparatus 2 2007
 
ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C. (2)
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DELL PRODUCTS L.P. (1)
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INSYDE SOFTWARE CORP. (1)
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HITACHI, LTD. (1)
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INVENTEC CORPORATION (1)
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AXIS AB (1)
* 8,032,881 Method and system for upgrading a plurality of devices 4 2007
 
HITACHI SOLUTIONS, LTD. (2)
* 8,549,510 Firmware update apparatus and method 0 2009
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INTEL CORPORATION (3)
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FUJITSU SIEMENS COMPUTERS GMBH (1)
7,941,658 Computer system and method for updating program code 0 2007
 
STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (1)
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