Patents by Inventor Bret Taylor

Bret Taylor 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: 10135207
    Abstract: A communication plug configured to be mated with a communication outlet. The plug has first contacts configured to physically contact and form electrical connections with second contacts of the outlet. The plug also includes a substrate with wire contacts and first, second, third, and fourth layers. The first layer includes first conductors connecting a first portion of the first contacts with a first portion of the wire contacts. The fourth layer includes second conductors connecting a second portion of the first contacts with a second portion of the wire contacts. The second layer includes a first plurality of capacitor plates electrically connected to first selected ones of the first contacts. The third layer includes a second plurality of capacitor plates electrically connected to second selected ones of the first contacts. Each of the first plurality of capacitor plates forms a capacitor with at least one of the second plurality of capacitor plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: LEVITON MANUFACTURING CO., INC.
    Inventors: Wenbo Cui, Jon Clark Riley, Bret Taylor, Kenn Peterson, Stephen M. Morton, Phil R. Mansur, Ryan C. Moore
  • Patent number: 9971100
    Abstract: A dust cap for use with a fiber optic connector. The connector has a ferrule comprising an optical fiber. The ferrule has an end portion that includes an end surface of the optical fiber through which optical signals are transmitted. The dust cap includes a cover and wiping material. The cover is removably positionable over the end portion of the ferrule. The wiping material is positioned at least partially inside the cover. The wiping material may be adjacent the end surface of the optical fiber when the cover is positioned over the end portion of the ferrule. The wiping material may be wiped across the end surface of the optical fiber when the cover is positioned over the end portion of the ferrule. The wiping material may be moveable with respect to the end surface of the optical fiber and may wipe thereacross when moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: LEVITON MANUFACTURING CO., INC.
    Inventors: Bryan L. Sparrowhawk, Bret Taylor, Evan Gustafson, Ryan Moore, Brian Engelhardt
  • Patent number: 9859663
    Abstract: Shields, wire connectors, crimping devices, and wire managers. At least some of the shields are used with a cable that includes a jacket surrounding wire pairs, and a different pair shield surrounding each wire pair. Such shields include a compressible member positioned adjacent end portions of a portion of the wire pairs. The compressible member presses a conductive member against the pair shield surrounding each wire pair in the portion of wire pairs. At least some of the wire connectors include a conductive body positionable alongside a selected wire having a connector surrounded circumferentially by an insulating jacket. The body includes a receptacle with a tapered opening defined between first and second edge portions of the body. As a portion of the selected wire passes through the opening into the receptacle, the first and second edge portions cut through the insulating jacket to contact the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: LEVITON MANUFACTURING CO., INC.
    Inventors: Bryan L. Sparrowhawk, Bret Taylor
  • Patent number: 9831606
    Abstract: A communication connector including elongated contacts, and an optional flexible compensation circuit. The elongated contacts include a plurality of contact pairs. Each pair includes first and second contacts configured to transmit a differential signal. The elongated contacts may each have first and second portions with first and second heights, respectively. The first height is greater than the second height. The first portion of the first contact is positioned alongside the first portion of the second contact to capacitively couple the first and second contacts together. The optional flexible compensation circuit includes compensation circuitry configured to at least partially reduce crosstalk between the elongated contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: LEVITON MANUFACTURING CO., INC.
    Inventors: Jon Clark Riley, Bret Taylor, Charles R. Bragg, Darrell W. Zielke, Tom Sauter, Hua Wang
  • Publication number: 20170254963
    Abstract: A dust cap for use with a fiber optic connector. The connector has a ferrule comprising an optical fiber. The ferrule has an end portion that includes an end surface of the optical fiber through which optical signals are transmitted. The dust cap includes a cover and wiping material. The cover is removably positionable over the end portion of the ferrule. The wiping material is positioned at least partially inside the cover. The wiping material may be adjacent the end surface of the optical fiber when the cover is positioned over the end portion of the ferrule. The wiping material may be wiped across the end surface of the optical fiber when the cover is positioned over the end portion of the ferrule. The wiping material may be moveable with respect to the end surface of the optical fiber and may wipe thereacross when moved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Inventors: Bryan L. Sparrowhawk, Bret Taylor, Evan Gustafson, Ryan Moore, Brian Engelhardt
  • Publication number: 20170222375
    Abstract: A communication plug configured to be mated with a communication outlet. The plug has first contacts configured to physically contact and form electrical connections with second contacts of the outlet. The plug also includes a substrate with wire contacts and first, second, third, and fourth layers. The first layer includes first conductors connecting a first portion of the first contacts with a first portion of the wire contacts. The fourth layer includes second conductors connecting a second portion of the first contacts with a second portion of the wire contacts. The second layer includes a first plurality of capacitor plates electrically connected to first selected ones of the first contacts. The third layer includes a second plurality of capacitor plates electrically connected to second selected ones of the first contacts. Each of the first plurality of capacitor plates forms a capacitor with at least one of the second plurality of capacitor plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Wenbo Cui, Jon Clark Riley, Bret Taylor, Kenn Peterson, Steve Morton, Phil R. Mansur, Ryan C. Moore
  • Publication number: 20170110834
    Abstract: A communication connector including elongated contacts, and an optional flexible compensation circuit. The elongated contacts include a plurality of contact pairs. Each pair includes first and second contacts configured to transmit a differential signal. The elongated contacts may each have first and second portions with first and second heights, respectively. The first height is greater than the second height. The first portion of the first contact is positioned alongside the first portion of the second contact to capacitively couple the first and second contacts together. The optional flexible compensation circuit includes compensation circuitry configured to at least partially reduce crosstalk between the elongated contacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Inventors: Jon Clark Riley, Bret Taylor, Charles R. Bragg, Darrell W. Zielke, Tom Sauter, Hua Wang
  • Publication number: 20170110833
    Abstract: A communication connector including elongated contacts, and an optional flexible compensation circuit. The elongated contacts include a plurality of contact pairs. Each pair includes first and second contacts configured to transmit a differential signal. The elongated contacts may each have first and second portions with first and second heights, respectively. The first height is greater than the second height. The first portion of the first contact is positioned alongside the first portion of the second contact to capacitively couple the first and second contacts together. The optional flexible compensation circuit includes compensation circuity configured to at least partially reduce crosstalk between the elongated contacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Inventors: Jon Clark Riley, Bret Taylor, Charles R. Bragg, Darrell W. Zielke, Tom Sauter, Hua Wang
  • Patent number: 9608379
    Abstract: A communication connector including elongated contacts, and an optional flexible compensation circuit. The elongated contacts include a plurality of contact pairs. Each pair includes first and second contacts configured to transmit a differential signal. The elongated contacts may each have first and second portions with first and second heights, respectively. The first height is greater than the second height. The first portion of the first contact is positioned alongside the first portion of the second contact to capacitively couple the first and second contacts together. The optional flexible compensation circuit includes compensation circuity configured to at least partially reduce crosstalk between the elongated contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: LEVITON MANUFACTURING CO., INC.
    Inventors: Jon Clark Riley, Bret Taylor, Charles R. Bragg, Darrell W. Zielke, Tom Sauter, Hua Wang
  • Publication number: 20160172794
    Abstract: Shields, wire connectors, crimping devices, and wire managers. At least some of the shields are used with a cable that includes a jacket surrounding wire pairs, and a different pair shield surrounding each wire pair. Such shields include a compressible member positioned adjacent end portions of a portion of the wire pairs. The compressible member presses a conductive member against the pair shield surrounding each wire pair in the portion of wire pairs. At least some of the wire connectors include a conductive body positionable alongside a selected wire having a connector surrounded circumferentially by an insulating jacket. The body includes a receptacle with a tapered opening defined between first and second edge portions of the body. As a portion of the selected wire passes through the opening into the receptacle, the first and second edge portions cut through the insulating jacket to contact the conductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Bryan L. Sparrowhawk, Bret Taylor
  • Patent number: 9343822
    Abstract: Shields, wire connectors, crimping devices, and wire managers. At least some of the shields are used with a cable that includes a jacket surrounding wire pairs, and a different pair shield surrounding each wire pair. Such shields include a compressible member positioned adjacent end portions of a portion of the wire pairs. The compressible member presses a conductive member against the pair shield surrounding each wire pair in the portion of wire pairs. At least some of the wire connectors include a conductive body positionable alongside a selected wire having a connector surrounded circumferentially by an insulating jacket. The body includes a receptacle with a tapered opening defined between first and second edge portions of the body. As a portion of the selected wire passes through the opening into the receptacle, the first and second edge portions cut through the insulating jacket to contact the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: LEVITON MANUFACTURING CO., INC.
    Inventors: Bryan L. Sparrowhawk, Bret Taylor
  • Patent number: 9189125
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method comprises associating a document with a document log; receiving, from a first client computer, a first section of the document; determining a first change in the document in the first section; generating a first message that includes the first change; storing the first message; sending, to each client computer of one or more client computers, the first message, which when received by the client computer, causes the client computer to update the document stored on the client computer with the first change and to present the first change to a user in a user interface associated with the document log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Quip, Inc.
    Inventors: Bret Taylor, Kevin Gibbs, Jonathan Mcalister, Casey Maloney Rosales Muller, Patrick Linehan, Matthew Cahill, Mihai Paparita
  • Patent number: 9058389
    Abstract: A search engine may perform a search for a user search query over a number of possible search categories. For example, the search query may be performed for general web documents, images, and news documents. The search engine ranks categories based on the search query and/or the documents returned for each category and presents the search results to the user by category. Higher ranking categories may be presented more prominently than lower ranking categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Bret Taylor, Marissa Mayer, Orkut Buyukkokten
  • Publication number: 20140273626
    Abstract: Shields, wire connectors, crimping devices, and wire managers. At least some of the shields are used with a cable that includes a jacket surrounding wire pairs, and a different pair shield surrounding each wire pair. Such shields include a compressible member positioned adjacent end portions of a portion of the wire pairs. The compressible member presses a conductive member against the pair shield surrounding each wire pair in the portion of wire pairs. At least some of the wire connectors include a conductive body positionable alongside a selected wire having a connector surrounded circumferentially by an insulating jacket. The body includes a receptacle with a tapered opening defined between first and second edge portions of the body. As a portion of the selected wire passes through the opening into the receptacle, the first and second edge portions cut through the insulating jacket to contact the conductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan L. Sparrowhawk, Bret Taylor
  • Publication number: 20140282078
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method comprises associating a document with a document log; receiving, from a first client computer, a first section of the document; determining a first change in the document in the first section; generating a first message that includes the first change; storing the first message; sending, to each client computer of one or more client computers, the first message, which when received by the client computer, causes the client computer to update the document stored on the client computer with the first change and to present the first change to a user in a user interface associated with the document log.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Quip, Inc.
    Inventors: BRET TAYLOR, KEVIN GIBBS, JONATHAN MCALISTER, CASEY MALONEY ROSALES MALONEY ROSALES MULLER, PATRICK LINEHAN, MATTHEW CAHILL, MIHAI PAPARITA
  • Publication number: 20130024445
    Abstract: A search engine may perform a search for a user search query over a number of possible search categories. For example, the search query may be performed for general web documents, images, and news documents. The search engine ranks categories based on the search query and/or the documents returned for each category and presents the search results to the user by category. Higher ranking categories may be presented more prominently than lower ranking categories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Bret Taylor, Marissa Mayer, Orkut Buyukkokten
  • Patent number: 8301656
    Abstract: A search engine may perform a search for a user search query over a number of possible search categories. For example, the search query may be performed for general web documents, images, and news documents. The search engine ranks categories based on the search query and/or the documents returned for each category and presents the search results to the user by category. Higher ranking categories may be presented more prominently than lower ranking categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Bret Taylor, Marissa Mayer, Orkut Buyukkokten
  • Patent number: 8235731
    Abstract: A substrate operable to construct a male-type connector, a female-type connector, and/or a multi-outlet module. The substrate has a plurality of circuits and an edge card male connector including contacts for each circuit. For each circuit, the substrate has a ground plane connected to one or more of the contacts for the circuit. The ground planes may be implemented as localized, electrically floating, isolated ground planes. The substrate may include multiple layers upon which portions of the circuits and ground planes may be disposed. The ground plane corresponding to each of the plurality of circuits may be located in close proximity to conductive elements of the circuit so as to provide a localized common ground to which energy can be conveyed from the conductive elements to thereby limit an amount of energy radiated outwardly from the conductive elements to surrounding conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Alan Poulsen, Bryan L. Sparrowhawk, Jason Erickson, Bret Taylor, Adam Bily
  • Patent number: 7917286
    Abstract: Optical character recognition (OCR) for images such as a street scene image is generally a difficult problem because of the variety of fonts, styles, colors, sizes, orientations, occlusions and partial occlusions that can be observed in the textual content of such scenes. However, a database query can provide useful information that can assist the OCR process. For instance, a query to a digital mapping database can provide information such as one or more businesses in a vicinity, the street name, and a range of possible addresses. In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, this mapping information is used as prior information or constraints for an OCR engine that is interpreting the corresponding street scene image, resulting in much greater accuracy of the digital map data provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Bret Taylor, Luc Vincent
  • Publication number: 20090063425
    Abstract: A search engine may perform a search for a user search query over a number of possible search categories. For example, the search query may be performed for general web documents, images, and news documents. The search engine ranks categories based on the search query and/or the documents returned for each category and presents the search results to the user by category. Higher ranking categories may be presented more prominently than lower ranking categories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Bret Taylor, Marissa Mayer, Orkut Buyukkokten