Patents by Inventor Bret P. Anderson

Bret P. Anderson 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: 10303325
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses enabling a multi-application environment. In some embodiments, these techniques and apparatuses enable multi-application environments having combinations of immersive interfaces, windows-based interfaces, and a desktop treated as an immersive interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Jarrett, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Nils Anders Sundelin, Bret P. Anderson, Tsz Yan Wong, Chaitanya Dev Sareen, Patrice L. Miner, Jensen Harris, David A. Matthews, Jennifer Nan, Matthew I. Worley
  • Patent number: 10191633
    Abstract: Application closing techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a computing device recognizes an input as involving selection of an application displayed in a display environment by the computing device and subsequent movement of a point of the selection toward an edge of the display environment. Responsive to the recognizing of the input, the selected application is closed by the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Brian S. LeVee, Jan-Kristian Markiewicz, Gerrit H. Hofmeester, Nils A. Sundelin, Chaitanya Dev Sareen, Matthew I. Worley, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Adam E. Barrus, Benjamin Salim Srour, Bret P. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9703893
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide for use of multiple different search engines. The individual search engines are configured to conduct searches in different ways across a search space that includes different types of data sets. In at least some embodiments, the type of search engine that is utilized is selected to due characteristics of the data set(s) that is (are) to be searched. In search spaces that include different types of data sets, combining and mixing different search engines to collectively search the search space can provide a desirably fast and robust user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David A. Matthews, Matthew R. Lerner, David G. De Vorchik, Stuart Sechrest, Song Zou, Bret P. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20170147196
    Abstract: Computer-readable media, computerized methods, and computer systems for intuitively invoking a presentation action (e.g., rendering a menu) by applying a drag-operation at a top-level control button rendered at a touchscreen display are provided. Initially, aspects of a user-initiated input applied at the top-level control button are detected. These aspects may include an actuation location and a distance of a drag-movement therefrom. If a distance of the drag-movement at the touchscreen display is greater than a threshold distance in a particular radial direction from the actuation location, the user-initiated input is considered a drag-operation. Typically, a set of trigger boundaries are constructed based on system metrics to assist in disambiguating the drag-operation from a tap-type operation. If a drag-operation is identified, the presentation action is invoked; otherwise, a principle action associated with the top-level control button (e.g., manipulating content of an application) may be invoked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: DAVID A. MATTHEWS, CHAITANYA D. SAREEN, PATRICE L. MINER, BRET P. ANDERSON, JASON SILVIS
  • Publication number: 20170068428
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses for managing an immersive interface in a multi-application immersive environment. In some embodiments, these techniques and apparatuses enable a user to alter sizes and/or a layout of multiple immersive interfaces with as little as one selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Tsz Yan Wong, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Nils A. Sundelin, Bret P. Anderson, Patrice L. Miner, Chaitanya Dev Sareen, Robert J. Jarrett, Jennifer Nan
  • Patent number: 9588604
    Abstract: A shared edge for a display environment is described. In one or more implementations, a display environment of a computing device that is implemented using a plurality of display devices is configured to include a shared edge defined through a described arrangement of at least two of the display devices in relation to each other. Responsive to an input that describes movement of a cursor across at least a portion of the shared edge, an element is displayed in the display environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Qixing Zheng, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Matthew P. Duignan, Yaou Wei, Jennifer Nan, Bret P. Anderson, Joshua A. Clow, Robert J. Jarrett
  • Patent number: 9563352
    Abstract: Computer-readable media, computerized methods, and computer systems for intuitively invoking a presentation action (e.g., rendering a menu) by applying a drag-operation at a top-level control button rendered at a touchscreen display are provided. Initially, aspects of a user-initiated input applied at the top-level control button are detected. These aspects may include an actuation location and a distance of a drag-movement therefrom. If a distance of the drag-movement at the touchscreen display is greater than a threshold distance in a particular radial direction from the actuation location, the user-initiated input is considered a drag-operation. Typically, a set of trigger boundaries are constructed based on system metrics to assist in disambiguating the drag-operation from a tap-type operation. If a drag-operation is identified, the presentation action is invoked; otherwise, a principle action associated with the top-level control button (e.g., manipulating content of an application) may be invoked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David A Matthews, Chaitanya D Sareen, Patrice L Miner, Bret P Anderson, Jason Silvis
  • Publication number: 20170031533
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that are capable of containing an application in an immersive non-windowed environment. For instance, the application may be configured for use in a windowed environment. Containing the application in the immersive non-windowed environment may involve selectively implementing functionality that is associated with the application based at least in part on whether the functionality is applicable to the immersive non-windowed environment. For example, when a request to implement functionality that is not applicable to the immersive non-windowed environment is received, functionality that is applicable to the immersive non-windowed environment may be implemented in lieu of the functionality that is not applicable to the immersive non-windowed environment. In another example, no action may be taken with regard to the request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventors: Miron Vranjes, Nils Anders Sundelin, Bret P. Anderson, Alex Snitkovskiy, Robert J. Jarrett
  • Patent number: 9535597
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses for managing an immersive interface in a multi-application immersive environment. In some embodiments, these techniques and apparatuses enable a user to alter sizes and/or a layout of multiple immersive interfaces with as little as one selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Tsz Yan Wong, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Nils A. Sundelin, Bret P. Anderson, Patrice L. Miner, Chaitanya Dev Sareen, Robert J. Jarrett, Jennifer Nan
  • Publication number: 20160210027
    Abstract: Application closing techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a computing device recognizes an input as involving selection of an application displayed in a display environment by the computing device and subsequent movement of a point of the selection toward an edge of the display environment. Responsive to the recognizing of the input, the selected application is closed by the computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Inventors: Brian S. LeVee, Jan-Kristian Markiewicz, Gerrit H. Hofmeester, Nils A. Sundelin, Chaitanya Dev Sareen, Matthew I. Worley, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Adam E. Barrus, Benjamin Salim Srour, Bret P. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9329774
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses for switching back to a previously-interacted-with application. In some embodiments, these techniques and apparatuses enable selection of a user interface not currently exposed on a display through a simple gesture that is both easy-to-use and remember.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Chaitanya Dev Sareen, Tsz Yan Wong, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Matthew I. Worley, Bret P. Anderson, Nils A. Sundelin, Patrice L. Miner, Jennifer Nan, Robert J. Jarrett, David A. Matthews
  • Patent number: 9323867
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a search tool that utilizes multiple different search engines. The individual search engines are configured to conduct searches in different ways across a search space that includes different types of data sets. In at least some embodiments, the type of search engine that is utilized is a function of characteristics of the data set(s) that is (are) to be searched. In search spaces that include different types of data sets, combining and mixing different search engines to collectively search the search space can provide a desirably fast and robust user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David A. Matthews, Matthew R Lerner, David G. De Vorchik, Stuart Sechrest, Song Zou, Bret P Anderson
  • Publication number: 20160034157
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses enabling region-based sizing and positioning of application windows. In some embodiments, these techniques and apparatuses enable sizing and positioning of application windows to provide an optimized layout of application windows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: Miron Vranjes, Nils Anders Sundelin, Oliver R. Jones, Alex Snitkovskiy, Bret P. Anderson, Roberto S. Francioso, Chaitanya Dev Sareen, Tsz Yan Wong, Michael A. Seibert
  • Patent number: 9223472
    Abstract: Application closing techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a computing device recognizes an input as involving selection of an application displayed in a display environment by the computing device and subsequent movement of a point of the selection toward an edge of the display environment. Responsive to the recognizing of the input, the selected application is closed by the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Brian S. LeVee, Jan-Kristian Markiewicz, Gerrit H. Hofmeester, Nils A. Sundelin, Chaitanya Dev Sareen, Matthew I. Worley, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Adam E. Barrus, Benjamin Salim Srour, Bret P. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20150317062
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses enabling a multi-application environment. In some embodiments, these techniques and apparatuses enable multi-application environments having combinations of immersive interfaces, windows-based interfaces, and a desktop treated as an immersive interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventors: Robert J. Jarrett, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Nils Anders Sundelin, Bret P. Anderson, Tsz Yan Wong, Chaitanya Dev Sareen, Patrice L. Miner, Jensen Harris, David A. Matthews, Jennifer Nan, Matthew I. Worley
  • Publication number: 20150317397
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide for use of multiple different search engines. The individual search engines are configured to conduct searches in different ways across a search space that includes different types of data sets. In at least some embodiments, the type of search engine that is utilized is selected to due characteristics of the data set(s) that is (are) to be searched. In search spaces that include different types of data sets, combining and mixing different search engines to collectively search the search space can provide a desirably fast and robust user experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventors: David A. Matthews, Matthew R. Lerner, David G. De Vorchik, Stuart Sechrest, Song Zou, Bret P. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9158445
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses for managing an immersive interface in a multi-application immersive environment. In some embodiments, these techniques and apparatuses enable a user to alter sizes and/or a layout of multiple immersive interfaces with as little as one selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Tsz Yan Wong, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Nils A. Sundelin, Bret P. Anderson, Patrice L. Miner, Chaitanya Dev Sareen, Robert J. Jarrett, Jennifer Nan, Matthew I. Worley
  • Patent number: 9128605
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses enabling thumbnail-image selection of applications. In some embodiments, these techniques and apparatuses enable a user interface having selectable thumbnail images for applications not currently exposed on a display. The techniques and apparatuses may enable selection of this user interface through a simple gesture that is both easy-to-use and remember. Further, selection of applications not currently exposed on the display may be selected through thumbnail images representing each application's application interface as it will appear on selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jennifer Nan, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Patrice L. Miner, Matthew I. Worley, Bret P. Anderson, Robert J. Jarrett, Nils A. Sundelin, Michael A. Seibert, Chaitanya Dev Sareen, Tsz Yan Wong, Brian S. LeVee
  • Patent number: 9104440
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses enabling a multi-application environment. In some embodiments, these techniques and apparatuses enable multi-application environments having combinations of immersive interfaces, windows-based interfaces, and a desktop treated as an immersive interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Jarrett, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Nils A. Sundelin, Bret P. Anderson, Tsz Yan Wong, Chaitanya Dev Sareen, Patrice L. Miner, Jensen Harris, David A. Matthews, Jennifer Nan, Matthew I. Worley
  • Patent number: 9104307
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses enabling a multi-application environment. In some embodiments, these techniques and apparatuses enable multi-application environments having combinations of immersive interfaces, windows-based interfaces, and a desktop treated as an immersive interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Jarrett, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Nils A. Sundelin, Bret P. Anderson, Tsz Yan Wong, Chaitanya Dev Sareen, Patrice L. Miner, Jensen Harris, David A. Matthews, Jennifer Nan, Matthew I. Worley