Patents by Inventor Erol Otus

Erol Otus 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: 5801703
    Abstract: A menu interface including a bounded region divided into menu panels, each panel having a menu option. Selection of the menu option replaces the menu panel corresponding to a particular option with an expanded menu panel having tools, options, features and controls corresponding to the selected option. The menu interface is customizable to allow a user to expand, or contract, one or more panels to provide efficient access to the tools, options, features and controls of the expanded menu panels. Expanded menu panels maintain their relative order, and do not contract after a user makes a selection. Expansion and contraction of menu panels is expressly controlled by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Island Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Lori Bowden, Sharon L. Jochums, Erol Otus
  • Patent number: 5588107
    Abstract: A menu interface including a bounded region divided into menu panels, each panel having a menu option. Selection of the menu option replaces the menu panel corresponding to a particular option with an expanded menu panel having tools, options, features and controls corresponding to the selected option. The menu interface is customizable to allow a user to expand, or contract, one or more panels to provide efficient access to the tools, options, features and controls of the expanded menu panels. Expanded menu panels maintain their relative order, and do not contract after a user makes a selection. Expansion and contraction of menu panels is expressly controlled by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Assignee: Island Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Lori Bowden, Sharon L. Jochums, Erol Otus