Patents Examined by Benjamin Morales Fernandez
  • Patent number: 10198108
    Abstract: Detecting a signal from a touch and hover sensing device, in which the signal can be indicative of concurrent touch events and/or hover events, is disclosed. A touch event can indicate an object touching the device. A hover event can indicate an object hovering over the device. The touch and hover sensing device can ensure that a desired hover event is not masked by an incidental touch event, e.g., a hand holding the device, by compensating for the touch event in the detected signal that represents both events. Conversely, when both a hover event and a touch event are desired, the touch and hover sensing device can ensure that both events are detected by adjusting the device sensors and/or the detected signal. The touch and hover sensing device can also detect concurrent hover events by identifying multiple peaks in the detected signal, each peak corresponding to a position of a hovering object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Michael King, Omar S. Leung, Paul G. Puskarich, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Andrea Mucignat, Avi E. Cieplinski, Muhammad U. Choudry, Praveen R. Subramani, Marc J. Piche, David Amm, Duncan Robert Kerr
  • Patent number: 10185392
    Abstract: A method for transmitting information to a driver of a motor vehicle, with at least two information channels being provided to transmit information, includes presenting the information via at least a first information channel for the driver, determining a perception quantity representing perception by the driver with regard to the information presented, and defining a transmission of the information via a further information channel on the basis of the perception quantity determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Alexander Mueller
  • Patent number: 10130312
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a medical imaging apparatus and a control method for the same, particularly a technology configured to correct and convert medical image data. Therefore, based on medical image data acquired by a medical imaging apparatus performing medical imaging diagnosis, an image having the same quality as an image outputted on a display unit of the medical imaging may be outputted on other display device. The medical imaging apparatus includes a medical image acquisition unit acquiring medical image data of an object and a memory unit storing output image information of display device and display device information including the type of display device outputting a medical image of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Yoon Gu Hwang, Gil-Ju Jin
  • Patent number: 10088955
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing interference caused by a near field communication antenna that is in close proximity of a touch sensor that the near field communication antenna will cause electromagnetic interference with operation of the touch sensor when the near field communication antenna is transmitting, wherein specific electrodes of the touch sensor are grounded when the near field communication antenna is actively transmitting a signal, thereby enabling the touch sensor to continue operating at the same time as the near field communication antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Joshua Konopka
  • Patent number: 10055050
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a touch panel that includes a touch sensor panel configured to detect coordinates of a touch position provided on a screen configured to display an object for an input operation; and a processor coupled to the touch panel and configured to: suppress output of coordinate information of a contact position on an invalid area when a contact to the invalid area set in a part of the screen of the touch sensor panel is detected; output coordinate information of a contact position of the contact to an area other than the invalid area when a contact to the area other than the invalid area is detected; and change the invalid area in accordance with a degree of overlap of a display area of the object and a standard invalid area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventors: Hideyuki Koike, Susumu Kashiwagi
  • Patent number: 9811175
    Abstract: A forward pointing direction associated with a handheld device is estimated or determined by, for example, calculating a center of rotation of the device. A resultant combined or selected bias estimate may then be used to compensate the biased output of the sensor in, e.g., a 3D pointing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: IDHL Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew G. Liberty, Bryan A. Cook
  • Patent number: 9665230
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a touch technology, and more particularly to a touch device and a fabrication method thereof. The touch device comprises a sensing area and a peripheral area. The touch device further comprises a sensing electrode layer, a shading layer, a signal transmission line layer, and a conductive layer. The sensing electrode layer extends from the sensing area to the peripheral area. The shading layer is disposed on the peripheral area to overlay the sensing electrode layer and has a through hole to expose a portion of the sensing electrode layer. The signal transmission line layer is disposed on the shading layer and does not cover the through hole. The conductive layer fills the through hole and electrically connects the sensing electrode layer. In addition, a fabrication, method of a touch device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: TPK Touch Solutions (XIAMEN) Inc.
    Inventors: Yuh-Wen Lee, Hsiang-Lung Hsia, Yanjun Xie, Feng Chen, Fengming Lin, Xianbin Xu, Keming Ruan
  • Patent number: 9658723
    Abstract: Detecting the presence of a finger in proximity of a screen that generates detection signals in the horizontal direction and vertical direction includes sampling the detection signals and generating raw-data vectors X and Y. The raw data have a maximum for elements of the vector that define the position of the finger on the screen in the directions X and Y, respectively. The vectors X and Y are divided into subsets defined as “macro-areas” and cumulative values computed of each macro-area by adding together all the elements of the vector X and of the vector Y that belong to the macro-area. The maximum values are selected from among horizontal cumulative values and vertical cumulative values. A value identifying the macro-area selected on the basis of the maximum values is supplied, or no value supplied in the presence of elements of disturbance in the proximity of the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Nunziata Ivana Guarneri, Alessandro Capra
  • Patent number: 9582033
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided that includes a case for securing an overlay template and a touch-sensitive surface in an aligned relationship. The case is configured to receive an overlay template and a touch-sensitive surface. The case includes at least one opening enabling access to a sensing area of the touch-sensitive surface in which an object comes into contact. The touch-sensitive surface is divided into a plurality of regions associated with respective functions of a software application. The overlay template depicts the regions and a layout of the regions into which the touch-sensitive surface is divided. The case is configured to securely hold the received touch-sensitive surface and the overlay template in place in an instance in which the overlay template is placed on the touch-sensitive surface while inserted in the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: McKesson Corporation
    Inventor: Cliff Edwards
  • Patent number: 9552764
    Abstract: A display device includes a display portion, a hold capacitor, a write transistor writing a drive voltage corresponding to a video signal to the hold capacitor, a drive transistor driving the display portion in accordance with the drive voltage written to the hold capacitor, and a pulse width adjusting portion adjusting a width of a pulse signal causing a drive pulse used to drive at least one of the write transistor and the drive transistor so as to correspond to an environmental change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: JOLED Inc.
    Inventors: Naobumi Toyomura, Junichi Yamashita, Katsuhide Uchino
  • Patent number: 9537866
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to control the use of applications on handheld device is based on network service, the method comprising the steps of: receiving a network identifier; correlating the network identifier with application and/or feature limitations stored on the mobile device; and limiting application usage based on the results of such correlating step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Ian James McDonald, Brian Oliver, Alan Panezio, David Lloyd Heit, Nicholas Alfano, Gregory Scott Henderson, Douglas Gisby
  • Patent number: 9507436
    Abstract: An exemplary information processing apparatus performs predetermined information processing in accordance with an attitude of an input member having an imaging device and an attitude sensor. The information processing apparatus calculates a first position according to the attitude of the input member by using imaging information based on an image including a predetermined imaging target captured by the imaging device. Further, the information processing apparatus calculates a second position according to the attitude of the input member, which position is on a predetermined straight line or a predetermined plane, by using a result of detection of the attitude sensor. When the first position is calculable, the predetermined information processing is performed by using a control position based on at least the first position. When the first position is incalculable, the predetermined information processing is performed by using a control position based on at least the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryoma Aoki, Munetaka Tsuda
  • Patent number: 9507447
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a substrate, a flexible printed circuit (FPC), a touch sensor, and an inductive-charging element. The FPC is coupled to the substrate. The touch sensor is disposed on the substrate. The touch sensor includes electrodes made of conductive material. The inductive-charging component is disposed on the substrate or the FPC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Atmel Corporation
    Inventor: Esat Yilmaz
  • Patent number: 9501185
    Abstract: An active array of a capacitive touch panel includes a plurality of first electrodes, a plurality of second electrodes and a plurality of first auxiliary electrodes, where the first electrodes are connected to a scan signal transmitting circuit of the capacitive touch panel, and are used for receiving a plurality of scan signals, respectively; the second electrodes are connected to a detecting circuit of the capacitive touch panel; and the first electrodes and the first auxiliary electrodes are fabricated in a same metal layer, and the first electrodes are not connected to the first auxiliary electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventors: Chia-Wei Hu, Jui-Ni Li, Shen-Feng Tai
  • Patent number: 9491604
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for speed-dialing an emergency phone call, from a mobile communication device to an enterprise, based on enterprise location data and a selected enterprise emergency-response service. Enterprise location data can be based on prior interaction between a token, uniquely associated with the mobile communication device, and an enterprise electronic location system. Upon termination, possibly automatic, of a first emergency phone call, a second emergency phone call, to an alternate emergency-response service, can be enabled or automatically dialed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Mark Michael
  • Patent number: 9448675
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally provide an input device including a display device having an integrated capacitive sensing device. The input device includes a plurality of select line blocks, a plurality of gate low voltage lines, a gate high voltage line coupled to at least one select line included in at least one of the select line blocks, a plurality of transmitter electrodes, and a processing system coupled to the plurality gate low voltage lines and the plurality of transmitter electrodes. Each select line block includes a plurality of select lines. Each gate low voltage line is coupled to a different select line block. The processing system is configured to drive the plurality of transmitter electrodes for capacitive sensing, receive resulting signals from the plurality of gate low voltage lines, and determine positional information based on the resulting signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventors: Stephen L. Morein, Petr Shepelev, Joseph Kurth Reynolds, Jeffrey Lukanc
  • Patent number: 9442597
    Abstract: A touch sensitive device that detects the occurrence of an electrostatic discharge event on the device by analyzing one or more ESD sensors located in various locations on the touch sensitive device is provided. A touch controller can scan touch nodes on the touch sensitive device while simultaneously scanning one or more ESD sensors to detect if a possible ESD event has occurred during the acquisition of a touch image. If an ESD event has occurred during the acquisition of touch data, the touch controller can act to either ignore the data, or compensate the data to account for effects on the touch data caused by the ESD event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David H. C. Shih, Albert Lin, Jacob L. Matlick
  • Patent number: 9398493
    Abstract: A method for operator controlled mobility for user equipment is described. The method includes assigning a set of radio access technologies from a plurality of radio access technologies to a user equipment. The set of radio access technologies is assigned based at least in part on a subscribed level of service corresponding to the user equipment. An indication of the assigned set of radio access technologies is signaled to the user equipment. The user equipment generates a measurement report for a subset of a neighbor cell list. The subset represents radio access technologies in the neighbor cell list that are also in the set of assigned radio access technologies. The measurement report is transmitted to the base station. Apparatus are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Ivan Ore
  • Patent number: 9024921
    Abstract: An organic light emitting diode (OLED) display including: a substrate including a pixel area; a peripheral area enclosing the pixel area; a gate line; a data line; corresponding driving lines; a pixel electrode; an organic light emitting layer; a common electrode; and a getter formed at the peripheral area and partially overlapping the common electrode, wherein the driving lines overlapping the getter have a plurality of openings filled with the getter such that the getter amount may be increased, thereby increasing the moisture absorption amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ki-Nyeng Kang, Kie Hyun Nam, Young-Hee Nam
  • Patent number: 9008631
    Abstract: A system and method for providing context information along with a voice call is disclosed. In some examples, a calling device receives context information from a user and transmits the context information when establishing a voice call with the user. The context information may include various types of media, such as pictures or videos taken by a calling device. In some examples, a destination mobile device receives a voice call that does have context information and sends a request to a calling mobile device for information related to the voice call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Small, Sinclair Temple, Patrick Carney, Maura Collins, Valerie Goulart, Ming Ligh, Georgiana Gormley, Jeff Gough