Patents by Inventor F. David Jones

F. David Jones 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: 9350690
    Abstract: Determining user use context for electronic messaging and disseminating a subset of the user use context to recipients and/or senders of such electronic message is disclosed herein. By way of example, the user use context can be based on a general context of recipients, such as speed with which a message is disseminated or consumed, number of child messages spawned, rate at which such messages are spawned, and so on. Additionally, user use context can also be based on individual context, by comparing individual interaction to a message (e.g., time to read, time to delete, number of child messages, etc.), with a baseline usage context determined for the individual. The context can be disseminated to recipients of the message or to the sender, to provide an overview of perception of the electronic message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, Dragos A. Manolescu, Matthew Jason Pope, Matthew B. MacLaurin, F. David Jones, Mary P. Czerwinski, Raymond E. Ozzie
  • Publication number: 20150346837
    Abstract: Aspects relate to detecting gestures that relate to a desired action, wherein the detected gestures are common across users and/or devices within a surface computing environment. Inferred intentions and goals based on context, history, affordances, and objects are employed to interpret gestures. Where there is uncertainty in intention of the gestures for a single device or across multiple devices, independent or coordinated communication of uncertainty or engagement of users through signaling and/or information gathering can occur.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Meredith June Morris, Eric J. Horvitz, Andrew Daivd Wilson, F. David Jones, Stephen E. Hodges, Kenneth P. Hinckley, David Alexander Butler, Ian M. Sands, V. Kevin Russ, Hrvoje Benko, Shawn R. LeProwse, Shahram Izadi, William Ben Kunz
  • Patent number: 9170731
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Marieke Iwema, Leroy B. Keely, Susanne Alysia Clark Cazzanti, F. David Jones, Charlton E. Lui, Rob Jarrett
  • Patent number: 9134798
    Abstract: Aspects relate to detecting gestures that relate to a desired action, wherein the detected gestures are common across users and/or devices within a surface computing environment. Inferred intentions and goals based on context, history, affordances, and objects are employed to interpret gestures. Where there is uncertainty in intention of the gestures for a single device or across multiple devices, independent or coordinated communication of uncertainty or engagement of users through signaling and/or information gathering can occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Meredith June Morris, Eric J. Horvitz, Andrew David Wilson, F. David Jones, Stephen E. Hodges, Kenneth P. Hinckley, David Alexander Butler, Ian M. Sands, V. Kevin Russ, Hrvoje Benko, Shawn R. LeProwse, Shahram Izadi, William Ben Kunz
  • Patent number: 9081439
    Abstract: User interfaces, methods, systems, and computer-readable media for activating and/or displaying text input systems on display devices may include: (a) displaying a text input system activation target at a user changeable location on a display device; (b) receiving user input directed to the activation target; and (c) activating a text input system in response to the user input. Such user interfaces, methods, and systems further may include (d) displaying a pre-interaction condition of the activation target; (e) receiving user input directed to the activation target in this pre-interaction condition; and (f) changing an appearance of the activation target from the pre-interaction condition to a larger size and/or a different visual appearance in response to this user input. Additional aspects of this invention relate to computer-readable media for providing user interfaces, systems, and methods as described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Adrian J. Garside, F. David Jones, Josh A. Clow, Judy C. Tandog, Leroy B. Keely, Tracy Dianne Schultz
  • Patent number: 9076125
    Abstract: Providing for graphical visualization of contextual information pertinent to electronic messaging is described herein. By way of example, contextual network usage information or messaging disposition can be determined for a set of participants to electronic communication. The contextual information is compiled into categories and organized at least as a function of category. The compiled data can be transformed into a visualization of user disposition or context and output to a user device as a multi-dimensional graphical rendering. By rendering contextual data graphically, the rich and diverse information available from usage histories, current user context and user dispositions can be output and consumed rapidly and efficiently, resulting in productive electronic interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Dragos A. Manolescu, Matthew Jason Pope, Raymond E. Ozzie, Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, F. David Jones, Mary P. Czerwinski
  • Publication number: 20150172236
    Abstract: Determining user use context for electronic messaging and disseminating a subset of the user use context to recipients and/or senders of such electronic message is disclosed herein. By way of example, the user use context can be based on a general context of recipients, such as speed with which a message is disseminated or consumed, number of child messages spawned, rate at which such messages are spawned, and so on. Additionally, user use context can also be based on individual context, by comparing individual interaction to a message (e.g., time to read, time to delete, number of child messages, etc.), with a baseline usage context determined for the individual. The context can be disseminated to recipients of the message or to the sender, to provide an overview of perception of the electronic message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer, Dragos A. Manolescu, Matthew Jason Pope, Matthew B. MacLaurin, F. David Jones, Mary P. Czerwinski, Raymond E. Ozzie
  • Publication number: 20140111440
    Abstract: User interfaces, methods, systems, and computer-readable media for activating and/or displaying text input systems on display devices may include: (a) displaying a text input system activation target at a user changeable location on a display device; (b) receiving user input directed to the activation target; and (c) activating a text input system in response to the user input. Such user interfaces, methods, and systems further may include (d) displaying a pre-interaction condition of the activation target; (e) receiving user input directed to the activation target in this pre-interaction condition; and (f) changing an appearance of the activation target from the pre-interaction condition to a larger size and/or a different visual appearance in response to this user input. Additional aspects of this invention relate to computer-readable media for providing user interfaces, systems, and methods as described above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: ADRIAN J. GARSIDE, F. DAVID JONES, JOSH A. CLOW, JUDY C. TANDOG, LEROY B. KEELY, TRACY DIANNE SCHULTZ
  • Patent number: 8619053
    Abstract: User interfaces, methods, systems, and computer-readable media for activating and/or displaying text input systems on display devices may include: (a) displaying a text input system activation target at a user changeable location on a display device; (b) receiving user input directed to the activation target; and (c) activating a text input system in response to the user input. Such user interfaces, methods, and systems further may include (d) displaying a pre-interaction condition of the activation target; (e) receiving user input directed to the activation target in this pre-interaction condition; and (f) changing an appearance of the activation target from the pre-interaction condition to a larger size and/or a different visual appearance in response to this user input. Additional aspects of this invention relate to computer-readable media for providing user interfaces, systems, and methods as described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Adrian J. Garside, F. David Jones, Josh A. Clow, Judy C. Tandog, Leroy B. Keely, Tracy Dianne Schultz
  • Publication number: 20130293500
    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: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: LEROY B. KEELY, CHARLTON E. LUI, F. DAVID JONES, RYAN EDWARD CUKIERMAN, SUSANNE ALYSIA CLARK CAZZANTI, MARIEKE IWEMA, ROBERT JARRETT
  • Publication number: 20120293418
    Abstract: User interfaces, methods, systems, and computer-readable media for activating and/or displaying text input systems on display devices may include: (a) displaying a text input system activation target at a user changeable location on a display device; (b) receiving user input directed to the activation target; and (c) activating a text input system in response to the user input. Such user interfaces, methods, and systems further may include (d) displaying a pre-interaction condition of the activation target; (e) receiving user input directed to the activation target in this pre-interaction condition; and (f) changing an appearance of the activation target from the pre-interaction condition to a larger size and/or a different visual appearance in response to this user input. Additional aspects of this invention relate to computer-readable media for providing user interfaces, systems, and methods as described above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Adrian J. Garside, F. David Jones, Josh A. Clow, Judy C. Tandog, Leroy B. Keely, Tracy Dianne Schultz
  • Patent number: 8253708
    Abstract: User interfaces, methods, systems, and computer-readable media for activating and/or displaying text input systems on display devices may include: (a) displaying a text input system activation target at a user changeable location on a display device; (b) receiving user input directed to the activation target; and (c) activating a text input system in response to the user input. Such user interfaces, methods, and systems further may include (d) displaying a pre-interaction condition of the activation target; (e) receiving user input directed to the activation target in this pre-interaction condition; and (f) changing an appearance of the activation target from the pre-interaction condition to a larger size and/or a different visual appearance in response to this user input. Additional aspects of this invention relate to computer-readable media for providing user interfaces, systems, and methods as described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Adrian J. Garside, F. David Jones, Josh A. Clow, Judy C. Tandog, Leroy B. Keely, Tracy Dianne Schultz
  • Patent number: 8132125
    Abstract: A freeform selection tool for a computer system with a graphical user interface allows a user to draw a freeform selection path so as to select one or more graphical objects. The user is provided with the freedom to input selection ink, in any orientation, and using any desired selection path size provided by the select tool. The selecting tool may change the visual appearance of any graphical object once selected. The selecting tool provides the ability to select ink or graphical object with a particular property to be used for the selection. The selecting tool can recognize various selection gestures coordinated with a semantic relationship of the ink so that the number of selection ink strokes can be minimized. The selecting tool may change for different selection modes depending on the type of graphical object encountered and change of the context for a particular selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Marieke Iwema, Leroy B. Keely, F. David Jones, Robert J. Jarrett
  • Publication number: 20120005282
    Abstract: Electronic mail messages may be collaboratively ranked and filtered. User actions on an electronic mail message received from a sender by one or more recipients may be monitored. Statistics may be generated based on the user actions. The generated statistics may be utilized to provide a quality ranking of the electronic mail message based on the generated statistics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Nicole D. Steinbok, Jonathan J. Cadiz, John C. Platt, F. David Jones, David John Rasmussen, Thirumalesh K. Bhat, Mark R. Dawson, Eli Y. Tamanaha, Bill Li, Brian D. Williams
  • Patent number: 8037417
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Jarrett, Gerhard A. Schobbe, Marieke Iwema, Charlton E. Lui, F. David Jones, Emily K. Rimas, Bodin Dresevic, Subha Bhattacharyay
  • Publication number: 20110202830
    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: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marieke Iwema, Leroy B. Keely, Susanne Alysia Clark Cazzanti, F. David Jones, Charlton E. Lui, Rob Jarrett
  • Patent number: 7996589
    Abstract: An interface is provided between a handwriting receiving panel and an auto complete process. A user writes onto the handwriting receiving panel which recognizes the handwritten text. The handwritten text is forwarded to the auto complete process which provides suggested content to the user based on the handwritten text. The user can select the suggested content for use with another application. Alternatively, the user may add additional information to the handwriting receiving panel to enable the auto complete process to provide more or different suggested content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Tracy D. Schultz, Adrian Garside, Takanobu Murayama, Leroy B. Keely, Judy C. Tandog, Tobiasz A. Zielinski, Jeffrey W. Pettiross, Joshua A. Clow, Shawna J. Davis, F. David Jones
  • Patent number: 7954054
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Marieke Iwema, Leroy B. Keely, Susanne Alysia Clark Cazzanti, F. David Jones, Charlton E. Lui, Rob Jarrett
  • Patent number: 7890890
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Jarrett, Gerhard A. Schobbe, Marieke Iwema, Charlton E. Lui, F. David Jones, Emily K. Rimas, Bodin Dresevic, Subha Bhattacharyay
  • Patent number: 7870501
    Abstract: An improved approach to highlighting a graphical object in a graphical user interface is disclosed. A body of a highlighted graphical object may, upon selection or highlighting, be changed to a transparent color, and a graphical outline, or “halo,” is added surrounding the original graphical object's body. The halo may be in the same color as the graphical object originally was, preserving any meaning attributed to the color of the graphical object and simplifying the user's ability to identify the selected object(s), as well as the ability to select the highlighted object for further processing. The highlighted graphical object may also be displayed with a bounding box to further identify the selected object(s). A moving version of the highlighted graphical object may be drawn during a moving process, in which the moving version has an appearance distinct from the original object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Marieke Iwema, Shawna Davis, Robert J. Jarrett, F. David Jones, Guy Barker, Bodin Dresevic