Patents by Inventor Charlton Lui

Charlton Lui 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: 7825922
    Abstract: A user is provided with guidelines that are temporarily displayed with content, in order to assist the user in accurately writing electronic ink. The guidelines may appear when the user moves a writing tool close to a display and writing surface. Alternately, the guidelines may appear after the user has begun to write electronic ink, so that the guidelines can correspond to the angle at which the user is writing, the size of the user's handwriting, or both. As the user writes the electronic ink onto the writing surface, the handwritten electronic ink is added to the content being rendered on the display. After the user has finished writing electronic ink and moves the writing tool away from the writing surface, the guidelines may be deleted. Accordingly, the user can employ the temporary guidelines without the guidelines themselves becoming a permanent part of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Leroy B Keely, Charlton Lui, Marieke Iwema, Luis M Huapaya, Jeffrey W Pettiross, Erik M Geidl
  • Publication number: 20070097102
    Abstract: A user is provided with guidelines that are temporarily displayed with content, in order to assist the user in accurately writing electronic ink. The guidelines may appear when the user moves a writing tool close to a display and writing surface. Alternately, the guidelines may appear after the user has begun to write electronic ink, so that the guidelines can correspond to the angle at which the user is writing, the size of the user's handwriting, or both. As the user writes the electronic ink onto the writing surface, the handwritten electronic ink is added to the content being rendered on the display. After the user has finished writing electronic ink and moves the writing tool away from the writing surface, the guidelines may be deleted. Accordingly, the user can employ the temporary guidelines without the guidelines themselves becoming a permanent part of the content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Publication date: May 3, 2007
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Leroy Keely, Charlton Lui, Marieke Iwema, Luis Huapaya, Jeffrey Pettiross, Erik Geidl
  • Publication number: 20070076952
    Abstract: Flexible and efficient systems and methods for organizing, analyzing, and processing digital ink incrementally analyze input data (e.g., representing ink strokes) as the user continues to add to, edit, or modify the data. In this manner, processing is performed promptly as the ink is entered, and the processing system and method can effectively keep up with the user. This prevents long processing delays, because the systems and methods need not first process a large volume of ink data present after the user has entered has completely filled a page with ink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Sashi Raghupathy, Michael Shilman, Zile Wei, F. Jones, Charlton Lui
  • Publication number: 20070053592
    Abstract: Methods and systems for facilitating the selection of alternates for hand written word. Rules select words user based on operating modes and cursor positions and sequential orderings. User interfaces can also be used to select words and to provide alternates for the selected words having alternates. Words that the recognizer believes correct to a high actual or relative probability may be skipped over in automatic processes, and the display of words that the recognizer is less confident are correct can be modified. The user can adjust such sensitivity settings for determining the probability of correctness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Publication date: March 8, 2007
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Williamson, Charlton Lui, Dan Altman
  • Publication number: 20070053593
    Abstract: Methods and systems for facilitating the selection of alternates for hand written word. Rules select words user based on operating modes and cursor positions and sequential orderings. User interfaces can also be used to select words and to provide alternates for the selected words having alternates. Words that the recognizer believes correct to a high actual or relative probability may be skipped over in automatic processes, and the display of words that the recognizer is less confident are correct can be modified. The user can adjust such sensitivity settings for determining the probability of correctness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Publication date: March 8, 2007
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Williamson, Charlton Lui, Dan Altman
  • Publication number: 20070053591
    Abstract: Methods and systems for facilitating the selection of alternates for hand written word. Rules select words user based on operating modes and cursor positions and sequential orderings. User interfaces can also be used to select words and to provide alternates for the selected words having alternates. Words that the recognizer believes correct to a high actual or relative probability may be skipped over in automatic processes, and the display of words that the recognizer is less confident are correct can be modified. The user can adjust such sensitivity settings for determining the probability of correctness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Publication date: March 8, 2007
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Williamson, Charlton Lui, Dan Altman
  • Patent number: 7167165
    Abstract: A user is provided with guidelines that are temporarily displayed with content, in order to assist the user in neatly and accurately writing electronic ink. The guidelines may appear when the user moves a writing tool, such as a stylus or pen, close to a display and writing surface. Alternately, the guidelines may appear after the user has begun to write electronic ink, so that the guidelines can correspond to the angle at which the user is writing, the size of the user's handwriting, or both. As the user writes the electronic ink onto the writing surface, the handwritten electronic ink is added to the content being rendered on the display. After the user has finished writing electronic ink and moves the writing tool away from the writing surface, the guidelines are deleted, and are not added to the displayed content. In this way, the user can employ the temporary guidelines to accurately and legibly write electronic ink into content, without the guidelines themselves becoming a permanent part of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corp.
    Inventors: Leroy B Keely, Charlton Lui, Marieke Iwema, Luis M Huapaya, Jeffrey W Pettiross, Erik M Geidl
  • Publication number: 20070005591
    Abstract: In a computing device, a method and system for searching for matching ink words or phrases, by comparing a given search term of at least one word (and possibly alternates) with the words in a document, including recognized ink words and any possible alternates for those recognized words as returned by a recognizer. Various matching tests are possible because of the use of alternates, which also may have corresponding probability rankings that may influence the search. Searching may occur in actively edited ink documents, or the recognition results may be saved as saved search file data that can be searched independent of recognition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Publication date: January 4, 2007
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Charlton Lui, Gregory Manto, Vikram Madan, Ryan Cukierman, Jon Clark
  • Publication number: 20060269138
    Abstract: In a computing device that receives handwritten data, a method and system that facilitates the selection of alternates for a hand written word. A mechanism uses rules to select a word for the user based on the operating mode (state) of the system. In a cursor operating mode, a word is selected and the alternates are provided for the word based on the position of on screen cursor relative to the word (within or adjacent the word). If not on a word having alternates, the selection can move to another word that has alternates. If multiple words are selected, (selection mode), the system selects the first word of those selected that has alternates. Menu options to go to the next or previous recognized word may also be placed on the menu for easy navigation among words, and a user can automatically walk through multiple word sets to receive alternates for each word, one-word at a time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Publication date: November 30, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Williamson, Charlton Lui, Dan Altman
  • Publication number: 20060123336
    Abstract: A method, a computer system and a computer-readable medium having instructions for a processor stored thereon are provided for growing a page on a display. Input indicating a first position or designation of content on a page of an electronic document and an amount of white space to be inserted in the page is received. Responsive to the received input, at least some of the content of the page of the electronic document is moved to insert white space. The moving starts from a point based on the first position. The portion of the content being moved is moved a distance based on the amount of white space indicated in the received input. The page is grown by an amount based on the amount of the white space indicated in the received input. A respective size of other pages of the electronic document remains unchanged. Also provided are a method, a computer system and a computer-readable medium having instructions for a processor stored thereon for deleting a portion of a page and reducing a size of the page.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Publication date: June 8, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Dan Altman, Eric Fox, Steve Weil, Marieke Iwema, Charlton Lui
  • Publication number: 20060115155
    Abstract: A logical separation between pages, such as an implicit page break, is introduced to separate text entered during one handwriting session from text entered during another handwriting session. The amount of time elapsed since ink has been captured on the previous page is a factor that may be used to determine whether to insert an implicit page break into the new page. A change in context, such as a different date or different recognized subject matter labels, is also a factor that may be considered in determining whether to insert an implicit page break.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Publication date: June 1, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Charlton Lui, Anthony Smith, Dan Altman, Cynthia Tee, Evan Feldman
  • Publication number: 20060117254
    Abstract: A method, a computer system and a computer-readable medium having instructions for a processor stored thereon are provided for growing a page on a display. Input indicating a first position or designation of content on a page of an electronic document and an amount of white space to be inserted in the page is received. Responsive to the received input, at least some of the content of the page of the electronic document is moved to insert white space. The moving starts from a point based on the first position. The portion of the content being moved is moved a distance based on the amount of white space indicated in the received input. The page is grown by an amount based on the amount of the white space indicated in the received input. A respective size of other pages of the electronic document remains unchanged. Also provided are a method, a computer system and a computer-readable medium having instructions for a processor stored thereon for deleting a portion of a page and reducing a size of the page.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Publication date: June 1, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Dan Altman, Eric Fox, Steve Weil, Marieke Iwema, Charlton Lui
  • Publication number: 20060078202
    Abstract: Electronic ink layout analysis systems and methods provide flexibility and efficiency in organizing, analyzing, and processing digital ink. These layout analysis systems and methods allow users substantial freedom in entering electronic ink into a pen-based computer system. Using these systems and methods, a user's input digital ink is not constrained by requirements that a user write in a specific screen orientation, that a user write in one specific orientation on all portions of a page, or that a user write using a specific minimum or maximum sized stroke. Rather, the systems and methods freely allow the user to write anywhere on a given page, in any orientation or size, while still enabling effective and efficient handwriting recognition and other processing of the input digital ink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Publication date: April 13, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Shilman, Zile Wei, Yu Zou, Patrice Simard, Sashi Raghupathy, F. Jones, Charlton Lui, Jian Wang
  • Publication number: 20060033751
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system, method and medium for receiving and acting upon user input. In one embodiment, the user may only have access to a limited input device, like a stylus. Using the present invention, a user is provided with intuitive responses from the system based on inputs from the limited input device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Leroy Keely, Charlton Lui, F. Jones, Ryan Cukierman, Susanne Cazzanti, Marieke Iwema, Robert Jarrett
  • Publication number: 20050198591
    Abstract: A lasso select tool that allows a user to draw a flexible line of selection ink in order to select one or more graphical objects for manipulation. As the user draws this selection line, the lasso select tool continuously redraws and displays a connection line connecting one end of the selection line with the opposite end of the selection line. This connection line thus graphically demonstrates to the user the area that is presently encompassed by the resulting lasso enclosure. Further, the lasso select tool will change the appearance of any object selected with the lasso enclosure. The lasso select tool also selects objects that are only substantially encompassed by the lasso enclosure. For example, the lasso select tool may select ink objects that are only 60% or more encompassed by the lasso enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Publication date: September 8, 2005
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Jarrett, Gerhard Schobbe, Marieke Iwema, Charlton Lui, F. Jones, Emily Rimas, Bodin Dresevic, Subha Bhattacharyay
  • Publication number: 20050198590
    Abstract: A lasso select tool that allows a user to draw a flexible line of selection ink in order to select one or more graphical objects for manipulation. As the user draws this selection line, the lasso select tool continuously redraws and displays a connection line connecting one end of the selection line with the opposite end of the selection line. This connection line thus graphically demonstrates to the user the area that is presently encompassed by the resulting lasso enclosure. Further, the lasso select tool will change the appearance of any object selected with the lasso enclosure. The lasso select tool also selects objects that are only substantially encompassed by the lasso enclosure. For example, the lasso select tool may select ink objects that are only 60% or more encompassed by the lasso enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Publication date: September 8, 2005
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Jarrett, Gerhard Schobbe, Marieke Iwema, Charlton Lui, F. Jones, Emily Rimas, Bodin Dresevic, Subha Bhattacharyay
  • Publication number: 20050193321
    Abstract: A computer system and method for providing user feedback when creating, modifying, or editing electronic documents. An insertion point icon is placed in a document at a position for insertion and/or deletion of text, graphics, data, etc. Upon receiving a user input indicating movement, the insertion point icon is divided into two icons, one stationary at the position, and one moving with user input. When movement is complete, space contained between the icons may be deleted or inserted. The system may be used to shift handwritten text to subsequent lines on an electronic document containing handwritten text, and may be used to bring two groups of text together, deleting space in between. A connection line may be displayed between the icons to provide feedback regarding the action to be taken.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Publication date: September 1, 2005
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Marieke Iwema, Leroy Keely, Susanne Alysia Cazzanti, F. Jones, Charlton Lui, Rob Jarrett
  • Publication number: 20050120302
    Abstract: A method, a computer system and a computer-readable medium having instructions for a processor stored thereon are provided for growing a page on a display. Input indicating a first position or designation of content on a page of an electronic document and an amount of white space to be inserted in the page is received. Responsive to the received input, at least some of the content of the page of the electronic document is moved to insert white space. The moving starts from a point based on the first position. The portion of the content being moved is moved a distance based on the amount of white space indicated in the received input. The page is grown by an amount based on the amount of the white space indicated in the received input. A respective size of other pages of the electronic document remains unchanged. Also provided are a method, a computer system and a computer-readable medium having instructions for a processor stored thereon for deleting a portion of a page and reducing a size of the page.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2005
    Publication date: June 2, 2005
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Dan Altman, Eric Fox, Steve Weil, Marieke Iwema, Charlton Lui
  • Publication number: 20050111014
    Abstract: A digital ink environment is provided for non-native ink application programs to create independent ink services for sharing between different application programs and transmission. The digital ink environment is provided for interacting with embedded or linked ink words or other ink data in a compound ink document. The user is provided with the freedom to input digital ink so they can write anywhere in the ink environment, in any orientation, and using any desired stroke size provided by the ink environment. The ink environment is provided in an activated state for in-situ user interaction and manipulation in a computing environment, for example a pen-based environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Publication date: May 26, 2005
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Charlton Lui, Justin Tolmer
  • Publication number: 20050096914
    Abstract: In a computing device that receives handwritten data, a method and system that facilitates the selection of alternates for a hand written word. A mechanism uses rules to select a word for the user based on the operating mode (state) of the system. In a cursor operating mode, a word is selected and the alternates are provided for the word based on the position of on screen cursor relative to the word (within or adjacent the word). If not on a word having alternates, the selection can move to another word that has alternates. If multiple words are selected, (selection mode), the system selects the first word of those selected that has alternates. Menu options to go to the next or previous recognized word may also be placed on the menu for easy navigation among words, and a user can automatically walk through multiple word sets to receive alternates for each word, one-word at a time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2004
    Publication date: May 5, 2005
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Williamson, Charlton Lui, Dan Altman