Patents by Inventor Alex Simmons

Alex Simmons has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9165290
    Abstract: Notes may be shared in an online meeting with online meeting attendees through a software application associated with organizing an online meeting, for example, online meeting software, calendaring software, note-taking software, or the like. Notes may be created and/or shared before, during, and/or after the online meeting by meeting attendees. Meeting attendees may be notified when notes are shared for the online meeting. Notes may be shared with items of the software application associated with organizing the online meeting. For example, notes may be shared in online meeting software with the online meeting. Notes may be shared among items of different software applications, for example, notes shared in the online meeting software may be automatically shared with a calendar item in a calendaring software application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Cynthia Wessling, Thomas Underhill, Alex Simmons, Hong Lin, Stuti Jain, Kitty Chou, Charles Duze, Sirirat Reinikka, Shruti Kasetty, Syed Bilal, Jeffrey Bell, David Rasmussen
  • Publication number: 20130110925
    Abstract: Notes may be shared in an online meeting with online meeting attendees through a software application associated with organizing an online meeting, for example, online meeting software, calendaring software, note-taking software, or the like. Notes may be created and/or shared before, during, and/or after the online meeting by meeting attendees. Meeting attendees may be notified when notes are shared for the online meeting. Notes may be shared with items of the software application associated with organizing the online meeting. For example, notes may be shared in online meeting software with the online meeting. Notes may be shared among items of different software applications, for example, notes shared in the online meeting software may be automatically shared with a calendar item in a calendaring software application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Cynthia Wessling, Thomas Underhill, Alex Simmons, Hong Lin, Stuti Jain, Kitty Chou, Charles Duze, Sirirat Reinikka, Shruti Kasetty, Syed Bilal, Jeffrey Bell, David Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 7751623
    Abstract: A handwriting guide including an active and/or inactive writing guide is rendered by displaying a shaded outline object having a line for receiving electronic ink, displaying the active writing guide thereby indicating a location of a current active context, and expanding the active and/or inactive writing guide up to a maximum width of the outline object in response to receiving more electronic ink within a line. The active writing guide can comprise a bracket displayed on each corner of a writing area distinguished on a line and can correspond to an insertion point upon switching to text mode. A drawing guide that includes an active and/or inactive drawing guide is rendered by displaying a shaded drawing guide and the active drawing guide in response to detecting ink strokes within the drawing guide. The active drawing guide can comprise a bounding rectangle encompassing a drawing area that receives ink strokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Simmons, Benoit Barabe, Peter Engrav, Christopher Pratley, Owen Braun, Kentaro Urata
  • Patent number: 7533338
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for making rich, flexible, and more natural electronic ink annotations in an electronic document include creating a first context node associated with a first portion of a base portion of an electronic document; creating a second context node associated with an annotation to the base portion; and linking the second context node with the first context node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Duncan, Bodin Dresevic, Jamie Wakeam, Herry Sutanto, Sashi Raghupathy, Timothy H. Kannapel, Zoltan Szilagyi, Jerome Turner, Todd Landstad, Thomas Wick, Alex Simmons, Peter Engrav, Kevin Phillip Paulson, Kentaro Urata, Steve Dodge, David M. Bargeron, Michael Shilman
  • Patent number: 7296240
    Abstract: Displaying a membrane, or container, around a document object on an electronic document page. In response to placing the insertion point (IP) on the page, a ghost membrane can be displayed on an output screen at the IP. After content is added at the IP, a membrane around the content can be displayed. This membrane can be continually displayed, even when an IP is not in the document object. One or more handles may be displayed around the membrane of a document object containing an IP or underlying a cursor. An IP can also be placed within a hit region associated with a membrane of a document object, allowing a user to add content to that document object at the IP. Similarly, selected text can be dragged from one document object to another document object and added to that document object when the selected text contacts a hit region of the document object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Yalovsky, Alex Simmons, Owen C. Braun, Christopher Pratley
  • Patent number: 7249320
    Abstract: Grouping pages of an electronic document into a series and displaying a title area for that series. The title area on the viewable area of a display screen whenever a page within a page grouping is displayed. The title area may contain editable document objects accessible while viewing any page in the page group. Some of these document objects may contain information derived from other computer programs, such as a scheduling program and information may be automatically placed into these document objects. The format of the title area may be customized and the entire title area may be hidden from view. Also, pages may be moved from one page group to another. These moved pages may be associated with the title area of the new page group, with the title area of the original page group inserted into the page as a document object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Simmons, Stuart Stuple, Christopher Pratley
  • Publication number: 20070109281
    Abstract: A free-form wiper tool may be used to select and move document objects in an electronic document. A free-form wipe selection may be determined by analyzing the shape of a free-form selection in order to distinguish it from a free-form lasso selection. Once determined, document objects situated on the document in an intended direction are selected. The group of selected objects may be moved, although selected objects may be restricted in their movement, so as to be wiped or moved along only one degree of motion. Selection input may be made using a stylus and a tablet computer, and document objects may include electronic ink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Publication date: May 17, 2007
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Simmons, Benoit Barabe
  • Publication number: 20060257025
    Abstract: Displaying a writing guide for a free-form document editor by detecting electronic ink, classifying the detected ink as corresponding to handwriting or a drawing, and displaying a handwriting guide or a drawing guide in response to classifying the detected ink as handwriting or a drawing, respectively. The writing guides can provide feedback regarding the classification of the detected ink and can be resized as additional ink is detected. The handwriting guide can comprise a writing area, writing guide portion, bullet guide, indent marker, character notches, gesture guide, or sacrificial guide to create meaningful structure within an outline object of an electronic document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Publication date: November 16, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Simmons, Kentaro Urata, Peter Engrav, Christopher Pratley, Owen Braun, Stuart Stuple
  • Publication number: 20060233464
    Abstract: A user interface can display electronic ink in one section of a display device and corresponding recognized or converted text in another section of the display device that was generated from a electronic ink recognition system. Each page of electronic ink and each corresponding page of converted or recognized text are linked to one another. In other words, each page of electronic ink can be displayed only with its corresponding page of converted or recognized text until a command or message is received that editing of the converted or recognized text has been completed. Once the command or message is received that editing of the converted or recognized text has been completed, then the link between an electronic ink page and its corresponding converted text page is broken. This means that the converted text page can now be saved independently of its corresponding electronic ink page.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Publication date: October 19, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Alex Simmons
  • Publication number: 20060212812
    Abstract: A note-taking application is provided which includes a free-form selection tool. In certain embodiments, a particular selection may be based in part on the speed or velocity of a user selection. The free-form selection tool is configured to provide more or less precise selections based in part on the speed of a selection. The free-form selection tool is further operable to recognize when a user is attempting to retry a selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Publication date: September 21, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Simmons, Ian McGraw, Owen Braun, Benoit Barabe, Peter Engrav
  • Publication number: 20050206627
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide for automatic adjustment of electronic highlighter cursor height in response to a determined height of images or typed or handwritten text to be highlighted. The highlighter thickness or cursor height of an electronic highlighter, such as an electronic pen or mousing device, automatically adjusts based on the text or images the user is highlighting. When the user focuses the electronic highlighter on text or images to be highlighted, the height of the text or images is determined, and the height or thickness of the highlighter cursor is automatically adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Publication date: September 22, 2005
    Inventor: Alex Simmons
  • Publication number: 20050179648
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system for tapping to create document structure, such as writing. A tapping gesture received from the user is interpreted by a writing application to indicate that the user is about to write in a certain location on the page. While in pen mode, the user taps the pen, the gesture recognizer tells the writing application that a “tap” has occurred, and the writing application creates a new paragraph with an active writing guide attached to it at that location. A tap below text creates a new paragraph. The new paragraph may be located at any available indent level depending on the location of the tap. The tapping gesture may also be used for clearing or moving selections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Publication date: August 18, 2005
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Benoit Barabe, Kentaro Urata, Alex Simmons
  • Publication number: 20050183029
    Abstract: The present invention provides a glom widget to the pen user of a PC that allows them to access contextual tools near a location where they are writing. If the user selects the glom widget, a context menu drops down that contains several of the most common tools and/or commands that a user creating handwriting might want to access. The glom widget menu can also contain contextual commands that are easier to comprehend and use since they are presented directly next to the content on the page to which they relate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Publication date: August 18, 2005
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Benoit Barabe, Kentaro Urata, Alex Simmons
  • Publication number: 20050179647
    Abstract: Automatic detection and switching between computer-enabled input modes is provided. An automatic switching input mode may be selected that allows input modes to be automatically switched from one mode to another based on user behavior. If a user's computer system is in selection mode (keyboard or mousing device), the user may enter and manipulate data via mouse movement or keyboard selection. If the user moves an electronic pen to the user's computer display screen, her computer system automatically switches to pen input mode without the requirement that the user manually switch to pen mode. Subsequently, if the user moves her mousing device or selects a key on her keyboard, her system automatically switches back to selection mode. Additionally, one input mode may be readily latched for operation as a different input mode. For example, a user may latch a pen input mode for operation as a mouse input mode. Conversely, a mouse input mode may be latched for operation as a pen input mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Publication date: August 18, 2005
    Inventors: Alex Simmons, Christopher Pratley, Kentaro Urata
  • Publication number: 20050044106
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for making rich, flexible, and more natural electronic ink annotations in an electronic document include creating a first context node associated with a first portion of a base portion of an electronic document; creating a second context node associated with an annotation to the base portion; and linking the second context node with the first context node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2003
    Publication date: February 24, 2005
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Duncan, Bodin Dresevic, Jamie Wakeam, Herry Sutanto, Sashi Reghupathy, Timothy Kannapel, Zoltan Szilagyi, Jerome Turner, Todd Landstad, Thomas Wick, Alex Simmons, Peter Engrav, Kevin Paulson, Kentaro Urata, Steve Dodge, David Bargeron, Michael Shilman
  • Publication number: 20040177324
    Abstract: Grouping pages of an electronic document into a series and displaying a title area for that series. The title area on the viewable area of a display screen whenever a page within a page grouping is displayed. The title area may contain editable document objects accessible while viewing any page in the page group. Some of these document objects may contain information derived from other computer programs, such as a scheduling program and information may be automatically placed into these document objects. The format of the title area may be customized and the entire title area may be hidden from view. Also, pages may be moved from one page group to another. These moved pages may be associated with the title area of the new page group, with the title area of the original page group inserted into the page as a document object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Simmons, Stuart Stuple, Christopher Pratley