Patents by Inventor Frank M. Tyneski

Frank M. Tyneski 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).

  • Publication number: 20200397146
    Abstract: Modular furniture systems and methods. The modular furniture systems generally comprise a plurality of support surfaces and/or a plurality of support structures. Each support structure is configured to support the support surface above the ground or floor. In the depicted embodiments, the support surfaces are configured to hold and support a child or infant. In other embodiments, other support surfaces can be used such as tabletops. Generally, the support structures are releasably coupled to the support surface such that they can be assembled and disassembled by the user. The modular furniture system is configured such that each support surface is compatible with a variety of support structures. Similarly, each support structure can be compatible with a variety of support surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Applicant: KIDS2, INC.
    Inventors: Franco LODATO, Frank M. TYNESKI, Hannah PALASINSKI, Trevor MAST, John A. McMILLAN
  • Patent number: 10140283
    Abstract: A method and system for populating a predictive text dictionary is provided. A connection between a handheld electronic device and a network is detected. The handheld electronic device is operable to allow a user to enter text. The handheld electronic device has a predictive text dictionary that is operable to receive and employ sets of words. User preferences for the handheld electronic device are retrieved. The predictive text dictionary of the handheld electronic device is populated with a set of words at least partially based on the user preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jason Griffin, Frank M Tyneski
  • Patent number: 9462093
    Abstract: Various devices and methods are provided for personalizing an appearance of a consumer product (14, 54, 64, 84, 94, 1800). In one embodiment, a device for personalizing an appearance of a consumer product comprises a design element (13, 53, 63, 73, 83, 93, 103, 113, 123, 1804) having a substrate (1930) having a first image (1914) applied on a first side of the substrate; and a connector (11, 51, 61, 81, 91, 121, 131, 1802) in contact with the design element, wherein the connector has an opening and is configured to be removably connected to the consumer product, wherein at least a portion of the first image is directly visible to a user via the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Skinit Acquisition LLC
    Inventors: Darrin G. Hegemier, Xin F. Mathers, Peter M. On, Yen F. Chang, Frank M. Tyneski, Terry Favish
  • Publication number: 20150111623
    Abstract: Various devices and methods are provided for personalizing an appearance of a consumer product (14, 54, 64, 84, 94, 1800). In one embodiment, a device for personalizing an appearance of a consumer product comprises a design element (13, 53, 63, 73, 83, 93, 103, 113, 123, 1804) having a substrate (1930) having a first image (1914) applied on a first side of the substrate; and a connector (11, 51, 61, 81, 91, 121, 131, 1802) in contact with the design element, wherein the connector has an opening and is configured to be removably connected to the consumer product, wherein at least a portion of the first image is directly visible to a user via the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: SKIN-IT, INC.
    Inventors: Darrin G. Hegemier, Xin F. Mathers, Peter M. On, Yen F. Chang, Frank M. Tyneski, Terry Favish
  • Publication number: 20130280463
    Abstract: Covers for consumer products and various methods are described herein. In one embodiment, a cover for a consumer product comprises a film substrate configured to cover at least a portion of a surface of the consumer product, the surface including a display screen, the film substrate being at least partially light transmissive and comprising a window portion configured to allow at least a portion of the display screen to be at least partially viewable therethrough; and an image layer on another portion of the film substrate, the image layer configured to at least partially obscure an original appearance of the surface covered by the other portion of the film substrate. The film substrate and image layer cooperate to cover and protect the display screen and decorate the consumer product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: Skinit, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter M. On, Yen F. Chang, Xin Fan, Darryl R. Kuhn, Benjamin R. Polomsky, Frank M. Tyneski
  • Patent number: 8346295
    Abstract: In accordance with the teachings described herein, systems and methods are provided for implementing a dual-mode keypad for a mobile device. The keypad may operate in a telephony mode and a text-entry mode. The keypad may include a plurality of dual-mode keys that each include an associated telephony character and at least one associated text-entry character. The dual-mode keys may include one or more toggle keys, with each toggle key having a plurality of associated text-entry characters and one associated telephony character. The dual-mode keys may be partially covered by the keypad surface so that a plurality of key surfaces extend from the key and protrude through the keypad surface. In text-entry mode, the dual-mode keys are operable to input text-entry characters. In telephony mode, the dual-mode keys are operable to input telephony characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Jason T. Griffin, Mihal Lazaridis, Frank M. Tyneski
  • Patent number: 8259074
    Abstract: A key arrangement includes a plurality of keys that are arranged in a regular grid of rows and columns. The columns include a first column, a last column, and at least one middle column. The keys in the first and last columns are smaller than the keys in the at least one middle column. A method for improving the ergonomics of a key arrangement on a keyboard of a fixed size is provided. A method for designing a key arrangement for a mobile communication device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Jason T. Griffin, Frank M. Tyneski
  • Publication number: 20120212419
    Abstract: Methods and systems for key arrangements including a plurality of keys arranged in a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns. At least one of the plurality of keys has a predetermined key width determined by dividing a face width of a device by a number of the plurality of columns. Each row of the plurality of rows has a first key located at a first end, a second key located at a second end, at least two interior keys located between the first and second keys. The respective widths of the first key and the second key are determined by subtracting a predetermined amount from the predetermined key width such that the respective widths of the first and second keys are smaller than interior key widths of the at least two interior keys.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Jason T. GRIFFIN, Frank M. TYNESKI
  • Patent number: 8217288
    Abstract: A keypad for a mobile device having a housing comprises a plurality of keys coupled to the housing. Each of the keys has means for making the selection of smaller key sizes easier for a user. The keys may incorporate a flexible or resilient upper part, or be configured to transform to a larger surface area upon the application of pressure. The keys may be configured to rotate away from a selected key. The keys adjacent a selected key may be configured to lock mechanically or electrically. The keys may have multiple parts that are movable relative to one another. The upper part of the key may include a fluid, with a selection rod positioned inside the upper part to enter the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Norman M. Ladouceur, Jason T. Griffin, Frank M. Tyneski
  • Publication number: 20120101811
    Abstract: A method and system for populating a predictive text dictionary is provided. A connection between a handheld electronic device and a network is detected. The handheld electronic device is operable to allow a user to enter text. The handheld electronic device has a predictive text dictionary that is operable to receive and employ sets of words. User preferences for the handheld electronic device are retrieved. The predictive text dictionary of the handheld electronic device is populated with a set of words at least partially based on the user preferences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Jason Griffin, Frank M. Tyneski
  • Publication number: 20120050169
    Abstract: A keypad for a mobile device having a housing comprises a plurality of keys coupled to the housing. Each of the keys has means for making the selection of smaller key sizes easier for a user. The keys may incorporate a flexible or resilient upper part, or be configured to transform to a larger surface area upon the application of pressure. The keys may be configured to rotate away from a selected key. The keys adjacent a selected key may be configured to lock mechanically or electrically. The keys may have multiple parts that are movable relative to one another. The upper part of the key may include a fluid, with a selection rod positioned inside the upper part to enter the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Norman M. Ladouceur, Jason T. Griffin, Frank M. Tyneski
  • Patent number: 8112708
    Abstract: A method and system for populating a predictive text dictionary is provided. A connection between a handheld electronic device and a network is detected. The handheld electronic device is operable to allow a user to enter text. The handheld electronic device has a predictive text dictionary that is operable to receive and employ sets of words. User preferences for the handheld electronic device are retrieved. The predictive text dictionary of the handheld electronic device is populated with a set of words at least partially based on the user preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Jason Griffin, Frank M. Tyneski
  • Publication number: 20110282476
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein relating to managing an on-demand manufacturing supply chain personalization process. In some embodiments, the management system and method is described in order to manufacturing customized products according to image and customization data with images applied to parts using a post mold image application process. In other embodiments, customized products are defined by electronic orders that specify product manufacturing data including imagery to be applied to the products. In other embodiments, manufacturing methods are described in which an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or an original design manufacturer (ODM) leverages use of an on demand customizing entity in the manufacturing supply chain. In other embodiments, customized products are described in which imagery spans across multiple components of the products. In other embodiments, re-usable tracking devices and scheduling processes based on filtered options are additionally described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: SKINIT, INC.
    Inventors: Darrin G. Hegemier, Darryl R. Kuhn, David M. Peace, Frank M. Tyneski
  • Publication number: 20090033521
    Abstract: A keypad for a mobile device having a housing comprises a plurality of keys coupled to the housing. Each of the keys has means for making the selection of smaller key sizes easier for a user. The keys may incorporate a flexible or resilient upper part, or be configured to transform to a larger surface area upon the application of pressure. The keys may be configured to rotate away from a selected key. The keys adjacent a selected key may be configured to lock mechanically or electrically. The keys may have multiple parts that are movable relative to one another. The upper part of the key may include a fluid, with a selection rod positioned inside the upper part to enter the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventors: Norman M. Ladouceur, Jason T. Griffin, Frank M. Tyneski
  • Publication number: 20080316179
    Abstract: A key arrangement includes a plurality of keys that are arranged in a regular grid of rows and columns. The columns include a first column, a last column, and at least one middle column. The keys in the first and last columns are smaller than the keys in the at least one middle column. A method for improving the ergonomics of a key arrangement on a keyboard of a fixed size is provided. A method for designing a key arrangement for a mobile communication device is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Jason T. GRIFFIN, Frank M. Tyneski
  • Patent number: 7439959
    Abstract: A key arrangement includes a plurality of keys that are arranged in a regular grid of rows and columns. The columns include a first column, a last column, and at least one middle column. The keys in the first and last columns are smaller than the keys in the at least one middle column. A method for improving the ergonomics of a key arrangement on a keyboard of a fixed size is provided. A method for designing a key arrangement for a mobile communication device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Jason T. Griffin, Frank M. Tyneski
  • Patent number: 7334952
    Abstract: A staggered keyboard for use with a portable device is provided. The staggered keyboard includes a plurality of keys arranged into a plurality of rows of keys. For each row of keys, the labeling of the keys is arranged in either a linear or an arced relationship depending upon the key layout, but the key centers are staggered from key to key along at least two distinct reference lines or arcs so that adjacent keys can be placed in overlapping and/or contiguous configurations thereby minimizing the size of the keyboard layout. By staggering the key centers while maintaining a familiar layout of the key labels, typing efficiency can be maintained while the overall size of the keyboard is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Jason T. Griffin, Frank M. Tyneski
  • Patent number: 7272411
    Abstract: In accordance with the teachings described herein, systems and methods are provided for implementing a dual-mode keypad for a mobile device. The keypad may operate in a telephony mode and a text-entry mode. The keypad may include a plurality of dual-mode keys that each include an associated telephony character and at least one associated text-entry character. The dual-mode keys may include one or more toggle keys, with each toggle key having a plurality of associated text-entry characters and one associated telephony character. The dual-mode keys may be partially covered by the keypad surface so that a plurality of key surfaces extend from the key and protrude through the keypad surface. In text-entry mode, the dual-mode keys are operable to input text-entry characters. In telephony mode, the dual-mode keys are operable to input telephony characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Jason T. Griffin, Mihal Lazaridis, Frank M. Tyneski
  • Patent number: D703676
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Michael Ellis Smith, Heekwon Chon, Frank M. Tyneski
  • Patent number: D747309
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Michael Ellis Smith, Heekwon Chon, Frank M. Tyneski, Weijong Sheu