Patents by Inventor Dale R. Langner

Dale R. Langner 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: 7626515
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for integrated control, access, and customizable presentation of navigation related, flight information data on a multifunction display (MFD) within a cockpit. The MFD includes a bezel having controls located thereon which are adapted for controlling display formats, communication devices, navigational devices, and equipment sensors. A display is located adjacent to the bezel. The display is adapted to include at least one display region having navigation related data. At least one of the controls is operable to variably select a display format for the at least one display region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale R. Langner, Philip I. Straub
  • Patent number: 7516928
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for portable electronic devices includes a mount (12) with a mounting ball (16) that mates with a socket assembly (22) formed in a housing (18) of an electronic device (20). The socket assembly includes an orifice (32) formed in the back of the housing, a seat (34) positioned in the orifice for matingly receiving the ball, and a spring element (36) partially surrounding the seat. The seat includes a concave center portion (38) and a plurality of flexible, interconnected arms (40,42,44) extending from the concave center portion. The spring element substantially encircles the flexible arms to allow the flexible arms to flex outward when receiving the ball and to then contract inwardly to contact the ball when the ball is seated fully in the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert M. Kalis, Joshua C. Reeson, Dale R. Langner, Paul E. Skelton
  • Patent number: 7475858
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a mounting assembly for mounting an electronic device to a surface. The mounting assembly generally includes a base including a mounting ball and a socket assembly operable to frictionally engage the ball to removably couple the socket assembly to the base. The base may be removably coupled with the surface and the socket assembly may be removably coupled with the electronic device. Such a configuration enables the electronic device to be easily positioned in confined environments by first attaching the base to the surface, then attaching the socket assembly to the base and positioning the socket assembly in a desired orientation, and finally attaching the electronic device to the socket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert M. Kalis, Stephen P. Waite, Paul E. Skelton, Dale R. Langner
  • Patent number: 7296771
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a mounting assembly (100) for mounting an electronic device (D) to a surface (S). The mounting assembly (100) generally includes a base (102) including a mounting ball (110) and a socket assembly (104) operable to frictionally engage the ball (110) to removably couple the socket assembly (104) to the base (102). The base (102) may be removably coupled with the surface (S) and the socket assembly (104) may be removably coupled with the electronic device (D). Such a configuration enables the electronic device (D) to be easily positioned in confined environments by first attaching the base (102) to the surface (S), then attaching the socket assembly (104) to the base (102) and positioning the socket assembly (104) in a desired orientation, and finally attaching the electronic device (D) to the socket assembly (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert M. Kalis, Stephen P. Waite, Paul E. Skelton, Dale R. Langner
  • Patent number: 7219867
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for portable electronic devices includes a mount (12) with a mounting ball (16) that mates with a socket assembly (22) formed in a housing (18) of an electronic device (20). The socket assembly includes an orifice (32) formed in the back of the housing, a seat (34) positioned in the orifice for matingly receiving the ball, and a spring element (36) partially surrounding the seat. The seat includes a concave center portion (38) and a plurality of flexible, interconnected arms (40,42,44) extending from the concave center portion. The spring element substantially encircles the flexible arms to allow the flexible arms to flex outward when receiving the ball and to then contract inwardly to contact the ball when the ball is seated fully in the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventors: Robert M. Kalis, Joshua C. Reeson, Dale R. Langner, Paul E. Skelton
  • Patent number: 6985801
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for integrated control, access, and presentation of flight information within the cockpit. Cockpit instrument systems and methods are provided which include a first cockpit instrument panel which has a first display proximately located to a first bezel. The first display is operable to present navigational data, communication data, and flight information data including airspeed, attitude, and altitude. The systems and methods further include a second cockpit instrument panel located adjacent to the first cockpit instrument panel. The second cockpit instrument panel has a second display proximately located to a second bezel. The second display is operable to present navigational data, communication data, and flight information data including detailed engine parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip I. Straub, Dale R. Langner
  • Patent number: 6946976
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cockpit display systems are provided. A cockpit display is segmented into a first and a second region, within the first region flight setting data are presented including communication settings and navigational settings. The second region of the display presents additional settings and graphical data. Moreover, the display is encompassed by a bezel having flight controls and flight sensors integrated in close proximity to the bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale R. Langner, Philip I. Straub
  • Patent number: 6867711
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for integrated control, access, and customizable presentation of navigation related, flight information data on a multifunction display (MFD) within a cockpit. The MFD includes a bezel having controls located thereon which are adapted for controlling display formats, communication devices, navigational devices, and equipment sensors. A display is located adjacent to the bezel. The display is adapted to include at least one display region having navigation related data. At least one of the controls is operable to variably select a display format for the at least one display region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale R. Langner, Philip I. Straub
  • Patent number: 6842122
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for customized displays and customized presentations of cockpit data. Configurable soft keys or controls located in close proximity to a cockpit display are provided. Each key is configured to perform a desired display function or other function. Labels are displayed adjacent to each of the soft keys to identify each of the soft keys. A display is operable to provide multiple views, each view within the display is adapted to be overlaid with additional cockpit data if so configured. Furthermore, each view is capable of being presented from one or more selectable perspectives as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale R. Langner, Philip I. Straub
  • Patent number: 6842672
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for integrated control, access, and presentation of flight information within the cockpit. Cockpit instrument systems and methods are provided which include a first cockpit instrument panel which has a first display proximately located to a first bezel. The first display is operable to present navigational data, communication data, and flight information data including airspeed, attitude, and altitude. The systems and methods further include a second cockpit instrument panel located adjacent to the first cockpit instrument panel. The second cockpit instrument panel has a second display proximately located to a second bezel. The second display is operable to present navigational data, communication data, and flight information data including detailed engine parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip I. Straub, Dale R. Langner
  • Patent number: 6832138
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for integrated control, access, and presentation of flight information within the cockpit. Cockpit instrument systems and methods are provided which include a first cockpit instrument panel which has a first display proximately located to a first bezel. The first display is operable to present navigational data, communication data, and flight information data including airspeed, attitude, and altitude. The systems and methods further include a second cockpit instrument panel located adjacent to the first cockpit instrument panel. The second cockpit instrument panel has a second display proximately located to a second bezel. The second display is operable to present navigational data, communication data, and flight information data including detailed engine parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip I. Straub, Dale R. Langner
  • Patent number: 6663064
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for removably mounting an electronic device to a surface and for positioning the device with respect to the surface. The apparatus includes a cradle securable to the electronic device and a pivot link, which has a first end and a second end. The first end being pivotally coupled to the cradle. The apparatus also includes a support having a mounting pedestal coupled thereto. The second end of the pivot link is pivotally coupled to the support. The apparatus has a base which has a lower face that can be coupled to the surface and an upper face. The upper face has a receiving slot for the pedestal, the slot having a shoulder extending thereabove to engage the pedestal. The slot further has an open end to allow the pedestal to be moved within the slot. The base further includes a releasable locking arm having a retaining ridge located in line with the open end of the slot to selectively hold the pedestal within the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Minelli, Dale R. Langner, Brian Schoenfish, John B. Whiteside
  • Patent number: D510285
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul E. Skelton, Dale R. Langner, Joshua C. Reeson
  • Patent number: D513237
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale R. Langner, Jared S. Klein
  • Patent number: D526611
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale R. Langner, Jared S. Klein
  • Patent number: D540703
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul E. Skelton, Dale R. Langner, Jonathan C. Burrell, Joshua C. Reeson
  • Patent number: D543875
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul E. Skelton, Dale R. Langner, Jonathan C. Burrell, Joshua C. Reeson
  • Patent number: D561083
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale R. Langner, Jared S. Klein
  • Patent number: D496901
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale R. Langner, Jared S. Klein
  • Patent number: D496902
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale R. Langner, Jared S. Klein