Patents by Inventor Ferdinand Maier

Ferdinand Maier 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: 10764625
    Abstract: A method for controlling a menu displayed on a screen from a number of menu elements arranged in a grid with an input interface containing a pushbutton with a number of haptically detectable segments arranged in the grid, wherein the number of menu elements corresponds to the number of haptically detectable segments so that a haptically detectable segment on the pushbutton is assigned to each menu element of the menu, comprising receiving a position signal that depends on the position of a user's finger on the pushbutton; highlighting the menu element assigned to the haptically detectable menu element located at the finger's position; and activating a function assigned to the highlighted menu element if the pushbutton is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: fm marketing gmbh
    Inventor: Ferdinand Maier
  • Publication number: 20200064949
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle (2) comprising: a chassis (4) which is supported on wheels (6, 8) such that it can be driven in a direction of travel (5) for carrying a driver, a steering element (16) for the driver to specify the direction of travel (6), a reproduction element (48) which is arranged in the field of view of the driver in front of said driver when viewed in the direction of travel, and which is designed to display a menu (50) containing a number of menu elements (52) which are arranged to form a grid, and an input interface (36) comprising a pressure plate (40) which is arranged on the steering element (16) comprising a top side (42) and a bottom side which is situated opposite the top side (42), wherein a number of segments (44) which are arranged to form the grid (46) and can be detected in a haptic manner are formed on the top side (42) of the pressure plate (40), and wherein the number of the menu elements (52) corresponds to the number of segments (44) which can be detected in a hap
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: FM MARKETING GMBH
    Inventor: Ferdinand MAIER
  • Publication number: 20200023491
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for reconditioning a remote control (1) with a housing consisting of an upper shell (2) and a lower shell (3), and a printed circuit board (21) carrying raised keys (5) for triggering control signals by pressure, the raised keys (5) penetrating the upper shell (2), said method comprising: removing (52) the upper shell (2) and the lower shell (3); blasting (55) at least one of the raised keys (5) on the printed circuit board (21) with an antibacterial abrasive; and inserting (58) the printed circuit board (21) with the raised keys (5) supported thereon between a new upper shell (2) and a new lower shell (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Applicant: fm marketing gmbh
    Inventor: Ferdinand MAIER
  • Publication number: 20200026424
    Abstract: The invention relates to an input device (6) for operating a multimedia device (4) depending on the position of a user's finger on a pressure plate (24) comprising: the pressure plate (24) which comprises a bottom side (50) and a top side (48) opposite the bottom side (50), on which the user can move their finger, a regular grid (15) made of tactile elements (26) which can be haptically sensed by the finger of the user and which are formed on the top side (48) of the pressure plate (24), and a sensor (62) arranged on the bottom side (50) of the pressure plate (24) which is set up to transmit a button selection signal (42) to the multimedia device (4) depending on the position of the finger on the top side (48).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Applicant: FM MARKETING GMBH
    Inventor: Ferdinand MAIER
  • Patent number: 10528141
    Abstract: A remote control having a circuit board to which a guide disc with protruding locking pins is are attached. The locking pins protrude through openings of the circuit board to an opposite side and have radial locking protrusions. A locking ring with recesses on the second side of the circuit board engages the locking pins, and thus fixes the locking ring, causing the discs lying on both sides of the circuit board to be fixed on the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: fm marketing gmbh
    Inventors: Christian Weissl, Ferdinand Maier
  • Publication number: 20190200069
    Abstract: A method for controlling a menu displayed on a screen from a number of menu elements arranged in a grid with an input interface containing a pushbutton with a number of haptically detectable segments arranged in the grid, wherein the number of menu elements corresponds to the number of haptically detectable segments so that a haptically detectable segment on the pushbutton is assigned to each menu element of the menu, comprising receiving a position signal that depends on the position of a user's finger on the pushbutton; highlighting the menu element assigned to the haptically detectable menu element located at the finger's position; and activating a function assigned to the highlighted menu element if the pushbutton is pressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: fm marketing gmbh
    Inventor: Ferdinand Maier
  • Patent number: 10296038
    Abstract: A remote control having at least one multifunction button, to which force is applied in one direction by magnets and counter-magnets or mechanical springs, and to which journals with thickened heads are attached, wherein the thickened heads through interaction with bearing shells of a supporting plate serve as centering, guide, and movement stop of the multifunction button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: fm marketing gmbh
    Inventors: Ferdinand Maier, Thomas Fischer
  • Publication number: 20190113976
    Abstract: A remote control having a circuit board to which a guide disc with protruding locking pins is are attached. The locking pins protrude through openings of the circuit board to an opposite side and have radial locking protrusions. A locking ring with recesses on the second side of the circuit board engages the locking pins, and thus fixes the locking ring, causing the discs lying on both sides of the circuit board to be fixed on the circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: fm marketing gmbh
    Inventors: Christian Weissl, Ferdinand Maier
  • Publication number: 20180350535
    Abstract: The invention relates to a remote control (1, 48) comprising: a first data read-in device (24, 78) and a second data read-in device (24, 78) which are each designed to read in data in a pressure direction (20, 61) on the basis of a pressure exerted by a user, a first pressure take-up element (30) assigned to the first data read-in device (24, 78) and a second pressure take-up element (30, 85) assigned to the second data read-in device (24, 78), which elements each have a pressure take-up side (35, 89) for taking up the pressure applied by the user, and a pressure output side for outputting the pressure, which was taken up, to the respective data read-in device (24, 78); and a flexible printed circuit board (31, 86, 97) which connects the pressure take-up sides (35, 89) of the pressure take-up elements (30, 85) to each other and on which at least one capacitive measurement transducer (38, 39, 93, 94) is formed whose capacitance is dependent on the position of a finger of the user on the flexible printed circui
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: FM MARKETING GMBH
    Inventor: Ferdinand Maier
  • Publication number: 20180337675
    Abstract: The invention relates to a remote-control system (1) comprising: a pushbutton (8) that can be pressed by a user for inputting information in that the user applies a pressure in a direction (18); a sensor magnet (23) arranged on the underside of the pushbutton (8), when viewed in the pressure application direction (18); and an armature magnet (27) arranged below the pushbutton (8), when viewed in the pressure application direction (18), and fixed relative to the pushbutton (8), wherein the magnetic poles (39, 41) of the sensor magnet (23) and of the armature magnet (27) are arranged in such a way that the pushbutton (8) is pressed by the sensor magnet (23) away from the armature magnet (27), against the pressure application direction (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: fm marketing gmbh
    Inventor: Ferdinand Maier
  • Publication number: 20180052530
    Abstract: A method for navigating a focus element for highlighting menu items of a menu bar on a screen by a deflection of an actuation device on a remote control, comprising detecting a first control signal dependent on a degree of deflection of the actuation device and a second control signal dependent on an actuation force with which the actuation device is deflected; and shifting the focus element and menu items relative to each other depending on a comparison of the second control signal and a predetermined condition, if the first control signal is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Applicant: fm marketing gmbh
    Inventors: Thomas Fischer, Ferdinand Maier
  • Publication number: 20180011509
    Abstract: A remote control having at least one multifunction button, to which force is applied in one direction by magnets and counter-magnets or mechanical springs, and to which journals with thickened heads are attached, wherein the thickened heads through interaction with bearing shells of a supporting plate serve as centering, guide, and movement stop of the multifunction button.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: fm marketing gmbh
    Inventors: Ferdinand Maier, Thomas Fischer
  • Patent number: 9831051
    Abstract: The keyboard having a plurality of plate-shaped keys which are connected to actuators stabilizes the keys by all the keys and all the actuators being connected to a bending-elastic but tension-resistant band-like membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: fm marketing gmbh
    Inventor: Ferdinand Maier
  • Patent number: D803815
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: fm marketing gmbh
    Inventor: Ferdinand Maier
  • Patent number: D808931
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: fm marketing gmbh
    Inventor: Ferdinand Maier
  • Patent number: D835075
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: fm marketing gmbh
    Inventors: Ferdinand Maier, Erwin Weitgasser
  • Patent number: D837767
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: fm marketing gmbh
    Inventor: Ferdinand Maier
  • Patent number: D853991
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Ferdinand Maier, Erwin Weitgasser
  • Patent number: D866527
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: FM MARKETING GMBH
    Inventors: Ferdinand Maier, Erwin Weitgasser
  • Patent number: D887393
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: FM Marketing GmbH
    Inventors: Ferdinand Maier, Erwin Weitgasser