Patents by Inventor David Earl Washington

David Earl Washington 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: 9639237
    Abstract: Context menus are described. In one or more implementations, an option is displayed in a user interface by a computing device, the option selectable to cause a representation of an object to be added to a context menu. In response to selection of the option, the context menu is configured by the computing device to include the representation of the object such that the representation of the object is selectable to launch the object by the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David Earl Washington, Lyon Wong, Aryeh N. Polsky, Tira L. Cohene, David Burg, Brendan M. Dohm, Jason A. Christensen, Adam C. Lusch
  • Patent number: 9612670
    Abstract: A system and method for implementing an efficient and easy to user interface for a touch screen device. A cursor may be placed by a user using simple inputs. The device operates places the cursor coarsely and refines the cursor placement upon further input from the user. Text may be selected using a gripper associated with the cursor. The user interface allows text selection without occluding the text being selected with the user's finger or the gripper. For selecting text in a multi-line block of text, a dynamic safety zone is implemented to simplify text selection for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Weir, Jennifer L. Anderson, Jennifer Wolfe, Gerrit H. Hofmeester, Jan-Kristian Markiewicz, Andrew R. Brauninger, Stuart J. Stuple, David Earl Washington, Matthew J. Kotler, Ryan Demopoulos, Amish Patel
  • Patent number: 9552411
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject matter described herein relate to paragraph snapping. In aspects, trending data is collected and prepared for sending to one or more target machines. Upon receiving the trending data, a target machines installs the trending data locally and deletes previously installed trending data. After installation, the trending data may be used to suggest text in response to input from a user. If a user selects suggested text, the text may be added to a local dictionary of the target machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Ethan Keller, David A. Stevens, Bryan Douglas Scott, David Earl Washington
  • Patent number: 9400567
    Abstract: A system and method for implementing an efficient and easy to user interface for a touch screen device. A cursor may be placed by a user using simple inputs. The device operates places the cursor coarsely and refines the cursor placement upon further input from the user. Text may be selected using a gripper associated with the cursor. The user interface allows text selection without occluding the text being selected with the user's finger or the gripper. For selecting text in a multi-line block of text, a dynamic safety zone is implemented to simplify text selection for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Weir, Jennifer L. Anderson, Jennifer Wolfe, Gerrit H. Hofmeester, Jan-Kristian Markiewicz, Andrew R. Brauninger, Stuart J. Stuple, David Earl Washington, Matthew J. Kotler, Ryan Demopoulos, Amish Patel
  • Publication number: 20140365448
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject matter described herein relate to paragraph snapping. In aspects, trending data is collected and prepared for sending to one or more target machines. Upon receiving the trending data, a target machines installs the trending data locally and deletes previously installed trending data. After installation, the trending data may be used to suggest text in response to input from a user. If a user selects suggested text, the text may be added to a local dictionary of the target machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel Ethan Keller, David A. Stevens, Bryan Douglas Scott, David Earl Washington
  • Publication number: 20130067373
    Abstract: A system and method for implementing an efficient and easy to user interface for a touch screen device. A cursor may be placed by a user using simple inputs. The device operates places the cursor coarsely and refines the cursor placement upon further input from the user. Text may be selected using a gripper associated with the cursor. The user interface allows text selection without occluding the text being selected with the user's finger or the gripper. For selecting text in a multi-line block of text, a dynamic safety zone is implemented to simplify text selection for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Weir, Jennifer L. Anderson, Jennifer Wolfe, Gerrit H. Hofmeester, Jan-Kristian Markiewicz, Andrew R. Brauninger, Stuart J. Stuple, David Earl Washington, Matthew J. Kotler, Ryan Demopoulos, Amish Patel
  • Publication number: 20120110507
    Abstract: Context menus are described. In one or more implementations, an option is displayed in a user interface by a computing device, the option selectable to cause a representation of an object to be added to a context menu. In response to selection of the option, the context menu is configured by the computing device to include the representation of the object such that the representation of the object is selectable to launch the object by the computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Earl Washington, Lyon Wong, Aryeh N. Polsky, Tira L. Cohene, David Burg, Brendan M. Dohm, Jason A. Christensen, Adam C. Lusch
  • Patent number: D671144
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David Earl Washington, Peter Seraphim Ponomarev, Ilana Rae Smith, Kieran Phelan, Kristie Eileen Smith