Patents by Inventor Francis J. Canova, Jr.

Francis J. Canova, Jr. 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: 9367083
    Abstract: A computing device housing is described. The housing includes a front shell and a back shell coupled to a mid-frame. An infrared port may be an integral portion of the housing or the mid-frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Francis J. Canova, Jr., Jeffrey Charles Hawkins, Traci Angela Neist, Dennis Joseph Boyle, Robert Gregory Twiss, Amy Aimei Han, Elisha Avraham Tal, Madeleine Leugers Francavilla
  • Publication number: 20150168998
    Abstract: A computing device housing is described. The housing includes a front shell and a back shell coupled to a mid-frame. An infrared port may be an integral portion of the housing or the mid-frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Francis J. Canova, JR., Jeffrey Charles Hawkins, Traci Angela Neist, Dennis Joseph Boyle, Robert Gregory Twiss, Amy Aimei Han, Elisha Avraham Tal, Madeleine Leugers Francavilla
  • Patent number: 8456428
    Abstract: A mobile computing device includes a housing, a touch screen display coupled to the housing, a processor coupled to the touch screen display, and a user input device responsive to a sliding manipulation by a user. The processor may be configured to activate a keyboard entry area on the touch screen display responsive to the sliding manipulation. The mobile computing device may include a cellular phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Francis J. Canova, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7975072
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a method for scheduling an event. The method includes signaling a request from a first computer to schedule an event to a second computer. A schedule is then received from the second, the schedule includes indicators of available time periods in the calendar period from the second computer. A consolidated schedule is then generated. The consolidated schedule comprises information comparing the indicators of available time periods from the second computer with indicators of available time periods from the first computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Access Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Francis J. Canova, Jr., Neal A. Osborn, Eric Michael Lunsford
  • Publication number: 20090276494
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a method for scheduling an event. The method includes signaling a request from a first computer to schedule an event to a second computer. A schedule is then received from the second, the schedule includes indicators of available time periods in the calendar period from the second computer. A consolidated schedule is then generated. The consolidated schedule comprises information comparing the indicators of available time periods from the second computer with indicators of available time periods from the first computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Applicant: ACCESS SYSTEMS AMERICAS, INC.
    Inventors: Francis J. Canova, JR., Neal Osborn, E. Michael Lunsford
  • Publication number: 20090225056
    Abstract: A mobile computing device includes a housing, a touch screen display coupled to the housing, a processor coupled to the touch screen display, and a user input device responsive to a sliding manipulation by a user. The processor may be configured to activate a keyboard entry area on the touch screen display responsive to the sliding manipulation. The mobile computing device may include a cellular phone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventor: Francis J. Canova, JR.
  • Patent number: 7571254
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a method for scheduling an event. The method includes signaling a request from a first computer to schedule an event to a second computer. A schedule is then received from the second, the schedule includes indicators of available time periods in the calendar period from the second computer. A consolidated schedule is then generated. The consolidated schedule comprises information comparing the indicators of available time periods from the second computer with indicators of available time periods from the first computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Access Systems Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis J. Canova, Jr., Neal Osborn, E. Michael Lunsford
  • Patent number: 7466961
    Abstract: The present invention is a compact personal digital assistant (PDA) and cellular telephone with foldable dual-sided display. By utilizing flexible display technology, both a PDA and a cellular telephone are incorporated into one device. In a closed state, in one embodiment, the present invention corresponds to the form used for typical cellular telephone use (e.g., candy bar size). In an open state, in one embodiment, the present invention corresponds to the form used for typical PDA use by providing an enlarged viewing area. The present invention provides the benefit of two distinct devices in one device by allowing for common operations and functionality without compromising the respective form factor of either device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Palm, Inc.
    Inventors: Rich Gioscia, Francis J. Canova, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7296107
    Abstract: Embodiments of this invention provide for a portable computer that determines whether an accessory device is actively connected to it. In one embodiment, the portable computer may include a signal line accessible through an output of the portable computing device. The signal line may be connected to a communication device such as a communication cradle. The portable computer may detect a signal on the signal line to determine whether the communication device is actively connected to the portable computer. If the communication device is actively connected, the portable computer suspends implementation of a time-out feature that would otherwise reduce power consumption of the portable computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Palm, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric M. Lunsford, Steven C. Lemke, Neal A. Osborn, Francis J. Canova, Jr., Scott R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7155488
    Abstract: A method for communicating between a first handheld computer and a second handheld computer is provided. The method includes selecting at least a first information item from a first index on the first handheld computer, and signaling the first information item to the second handheld computer. The method includes identifying a second information item on the second handheld computer that corresponds to the first information item, and synchronizing the second information item with the first information item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Palmsource, Inc.
    Inventors: E. Michael Lunsford, Jesse Donaldson, Francis J. Canova, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6906741
    Abstract: A method of videoconferencing is disclosed. The method of videoconferencing includes initiating, with a first handheld computer, a conferencing call with a second handheld computer. The method also includes communicating, by the first handheld computer to the second handheld computer, a combination of at least two of video data, audio data, text data, and application data. Further, the method includes accessing selectively and substantially simultaneously, by the second handheld computer a combination of at least two of video data, audio data, text data, and application data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Palm, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis J. Canova, Jr., Albert H. Ting
  • Patent number: 6901434
    Abstract: A method for communicating between a first handheld computer and a second handheld computer is provided. The method includes selecting at least a first information item from a first index on the first handheld computer, and signaling the first information item to the second handheld computer. The method includes identifying a second information item on the second handheld computer that corresponds to the first information item, and synchronizing the second information item with the first information item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: PalmSource, Inc.
    Inventors: E. Michael Lunsford, Jesse Donaldson, Francis J. Canova, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6850780
    Abstract: The present invention is a compact personal digital assistant (PDA) and cellular telephone with foldable dual-sided display. By utilizing flexible display technology, both a PDA and a cellular telephone are incorporated into one device. In a closed state, in one embodiment, the present invention corresponds to the form used for typical cellular telephone use (e.g., candy bar size). In an open state, in one embodiment, the present invention corresponds to the form used for typical PDA use by providing an enlarged viewing area. The present invention provides the benefit of two distinct devices in one device by allowing for common operations and functionality without compromising the respective form factor of either device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: palmOne, Inc.
    Inventors: Rich Gioscia, Francis J. Canova, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6721892
    Abstract: A dynamic performance circuit adjustment system and method that flexibly adjusts the performance of a logic circuit. The dynamic performance circuit adjustment system and method facilitates flexible power conservation. In one exemplary implementation, a dynamic performance adjustment control circuit controls performance adjustments to a logic circuit (e.g., a processor) and adjusts support functions for the logic circuit. The logic circuit performs operational functions (e.g., processing) or tasks that have different performance requirements. For example, some tasks performed by the logic circuit are required to be performed in a relatively short duration of time and other tasks performed by logic circuit have relatively longer time limitations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: palmOne, Inc.
    Inventors: Neal Osborn, Francis J. Canova, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6665803
    Abstract: Embodiments of this invention provide for a portable computer that determines whether an accessory device is actively connected to it. In one embodiment, the portable computer may include a signal line accessible through an output of the portable computing device. The signal line may be connected to a communication device such as a communication cradle. The portable computer may detect a signal on the signal line to determine whether the communication device is actively connected to the portable computer. If the communication device is actively connected, the portable computer suspends implementation of a time-out feature that would otherwise reduce power consumption of the portable computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Palm, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric M. Lunsford, Steven C. Lemke, Neal A. Osborn, Francis J. Canova, Jr., Scott R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6535199
    Abstract: An accessory device for a handheld computer includes a peripheral portion to detachably couple to an accessory rail of a handheld computer. The accessory device includes a cover portion dimensioned to extend over a front surface of the handheld computer including a display when the peripheral portion is coupled to the accessory rail. The cover portion houses one or more electrical components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Palm, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis J. Canova, Jr., E. Michael Lunsford
  • Patent number: 6523124
    Abstract: Embodiments of this invention provide for a portable computer that determines whether an accessory device is actively connected to it. In one embodiment, the portable computer may include a signal line accessible through an output of the portable computing device. The signal line may be connected to a communication device such as a communication cradle. The portable computer may detect a signal on the signal line to determine whether the communication device is actively connected to the portable computer. If the communication device is actively connected, the portable computer suspends implementation of a time-out feature that would otherwise reduce power consumption of the portable computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Palm, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric M. Lunsford, Steven C. Lemke, Neal A. Osborn, Francis J. Canova, Jr., Scott R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6184796
    Abstract: A personal communication device which includes the ability to generate dual tone multi-frequency (DTMF) signals to provide automatic telephone dialing of a numbers received in messages. A message which includes a number is received, decoded, and displayed on a display device. The user may then select to have a number which is included as part of the message encoded into an audible DTMF, series of signals which can be coupled to a conventional “touch-tone” telephone (i.e. a telephone that supports tone dialing) through speaker in the personal communication device and the microphone of the conventional telephone. The user may select all or any part of the message to be encoded into DTMF signals. Accordingly, if the message includes other information in addition to a telephone number, the user can parse the message to indicate which portion of the message includes the number to be dialed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Pacific Communication Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose L. Rivero, Brent Beatty, Bryon K. Tiller, David J. Allard, Francis J. Canova, Jr., Neal A. Osborn
  • Patent number: 5615384
    Abstract: A mobile, hand-held personal communicator includes a casing for housing a cellular phone, modem, and data processing system. Graphics image files are stored and can be selectively displayed on a touchscreen display. A zoom function magnifies areas of a graphics image, such as a fax image, that has been received and stored in the PC. When the zoom function is selected, the user touches the screen, and a magnification frame or window appears. When the user removes his/her finger, the area within the frame is magnified. The user can also drag the frame around the screen, while still touching the screen, to select a specific area to be magnified when the user releases the screen. A pan function allows the user to shift the image within a viewing area. The user can pan the image by touching the display at an initial touch point, and moving his/her finger keeping it in contact with the screen, to shift the touch point to a new touch point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Allard, Francis J. Canova, Jr., Debra A. G. Johnson, Charles S. Lanier, James R. Lewis, Byron K. Tiller, William Villafana, Raymond L. Yee
  • Patent number: D449283
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: 3Com Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph K. Sipher, Dallas Grove, Steven O. Elliott, Jeffrey C. Hawkins, Scott D. Lincke, Edward J. Vertatschitsch, Hamid Giuseppe-Maria Arjomand, Livius Dumitru Chebeleu, Kulbir S. Sandhu, Francis J. Canova, Jr.