Patents by Inventor Gerhard D. Klassen

Gerhard D. Klassen 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: 20180046333
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for previewing new events in a computing device having a plurality of applications for managing respective events are described. Individual applications are each represented by an application icon on a screen of a graphical user interface for the device. In response to a new event of a one of the applications, the application's icon is visually modified to notify of the new event. A visual modification may be determined in response to the new event, for example, to preview a content of the event. The visual modification may include a count of all new events that remain to be disposed. On a selection of the visually modified icon, additional previewing may be provided. Activation of the application having a visually modified application icon may be configured to automatically initiate the application at the new event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, Craig A. Dunk, Christopher R. Wormald
  • Patent number: 9830045
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for previewing new events in a computing device having a plurality of applications for managing respective events are described. Individual applications are each represented by an application icon on a screen of a graphical user interface for the device. In response to a new event of a one of the applications, the application's icon is visually modified to notify of the new event. A visual modification may be determined in response to the new event, for example, to preview a content of the event. The visual modification may include a count of all new events that remain to be disposed. On a selection of the visually modified icon, additional previewing may be provided. Activation of the application having a visually modified application icon may be configured to automatically initiate the application at the new event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, Craig A. Dunk, Christopher R. Wormald
  • Publication number: 20170147172
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for representing a conversation of related messages is provided. In a message collection user interface for displaying messages sent and received by a communications device, a dynamic session placeholder is used for a respective conversation of related messages. The message collection user interface is displayed including any dynamic session placeholders in the list of messages. As messages from the conversation are occasioned, the dynamic session placeholder is updated. When the message collection is displayed, it is displayed in accordance with the updated session placeholder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, Shaul Wisebourt
  • Patent number: 9602446
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for representing a conversation of related messages is provided. In a message collection user interface for displaying messages sent and received by a communications device, a dynamic session placeholder is used for a respective conversation of related messages. The message collection user interface is displayed including any dynamic session placeholders in the list of messages. As messages from the conversation are occasioned, the dynamic session placeholder is updated. When the message collection is displayed, it is displayed in accordance with the updated session placeholder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, Shaul S. Wisebourt
  • Patent number: 9514441
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for conducting at least two concurrent conversation sessions is provided whereby a user may quickly switch between sessions. A graphical user interface may be provided comprising a first portion for conducting a first communication session and a second portion for immediately invoking a switch to a second communication session. In operation, the first portion of the graphical user interface is switched to immediately conduct said second communication session in response to a user input to invoke the switch. The second component can display notifications for concurrent session activities and a particular notification selected by a user to invoke the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, Shaul Wisebourt
  • Patent number: 9503400
    Abstract: An improved handheld electronic device and an associated method are provided in which time data regarding certain aspects of a messaging conversation on a handheld electronic device are made available to a user. Such time data is provided, for instance, in situations where an interruption has occurred during a messaging conversation. Time data can also be provided to a user on demand in certain circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, Christopher R. Wormald, Lawrence E. Kuhl
  • Patent number: 9385973
    Abstract: An improved handheld electronic device and an associated method are provided in which time data regarding certain aspects of a messaging conversation on a handheld electronic device are made available to a user. Such time data is provided, for instance, in situations where an interruption has occurred during a messaging conversation. Time data can also be provided to a user on demand in certain circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, Christopher R. Wormald, Lawrence E. Kuhl
  • Patent number: 9325643
    Abstract: An improved handheld electronic device and an associated method are provided in which time data regarding certain aspects of a messaging conversation on a handheld electronic device are made available to a user. Such time data is provided, for instance, in situations where an interruption has occurred during a messaging conversation. Time data can also be provided to a user on demand in certain circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, Christopher R. Wormald, Lawrence E. Kuhl
  • Publication number: 20160037016
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system and method for uploading an image file to an image repository from a mobile handheld communications device having an integrated camera. In an embodiment, the method comprises: upon determining capture of an image using the integrated camera, automatically initiating an image upload module; configuring the image upload module to display an image upload user interface having user selectable image upload settings; and upon receiving user instructions, uploading the image file to the image repository with the selected image upload settings. The upload settings may be preselected and the device may be preauthorized to access an account on the image repository.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Applicant: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. KLASSEN, Terrill DENT
  • Patent number: 9203646
    Abstract: A method and system of message transport selection for a communication device configured for communication over a plurality of message transports are provided. A determination is made as to whether any of the plurality of message transports is available for sending an outgoing message from the communication device. One of the available message transports is then selected, and the outgoing message is sent from the communication device using the selected message transport. Even though the outgoing message may be of a message type associated with one of the plurality of message transports, other message transports may be selected and used to send the outgoing message from the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, David P. Yach
  • Patent number: 9203949
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system and method for integrating an image upload object with a message list. In an embodiment, the method comprises: creating an image upload object for each image to be uploaded; and displaying the image upload object in a message list such that the image upload object may be selected and opened as a message. In another embodiment, the method may further comprise associating with the image upload object at least one of a text description, a thumbnail of the image, a date, and a file link to the uploaded image. In another embodiment, an image upload object in the message list may be configured such that the image upload object may be forwarded to another user as a message, and the associated uploaded image may be accessed by the other user via the file link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, Terrill Dent, Scotte Zinn
  • Patent number: 9112999
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for allowing a user to select, from a plurality of TTY-modes, one TTY-mode to associate with one phone number. The associated TTY-mode will be used for either incoming or outgoing calls using that phone number. Further disclosed are a plurality of TTY-modes to associate with individual phone numbers, and, a selectable set of default TTY-modes to use if no TTY-mode is associated with a particular phone number. Selectable audio modes, associable with phone numbers or with TTY-modes, is also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: David J. Dougall, Gregory J. Fields, Gerhard D. Klassen, Mohamed Farid
  • Patent number: 9098169
    Abstract: An improved handheld electronic device and an associated method are provided in which enhanced information regarding an “availability” of a user of a handheld electronic device is provided to another electronic device in a messaging environment. Such availability data provides step-wise indications of the relative availabilities of one or more users of electronic devices in a messaging environment. The step-wise indications can, for instance, range from an availability level of “currently active” to several levels of nonavailability. The device and method can be incorporated into an existing messaging environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, Christopher R. Wormald, Darcy R. Phipps, Craig A. Dunk
  • Publication number: 20150106457
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for representing a conversation of related messages is provided. In a message collection user interface for displaying messages sent and received by a communications device, a dynamic session placeholder is used for a respective conversation of related messages. The message collection user interface is displayed including any dynamic session placeholders in the list of messages. As messages from the conversation are occasioned, the dynamic session placeholder is updated. When the message collection is displayed, it is displayed in accordance with the updated session placeholder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Gerhard D. KLASSEN, Shaul S. WISEBOURT
  • Patent number: 8873885
    Abstract: A system and method of resizing an image on a mobile communication device prior to transmitting to an online image repository is disclosed. In accordance with one embodiment, the method comprises: determining a size of an original image; determining whether there are any default file sizes to which the original image may be resized; when a default file size does not exist, receiving a custom image size, resizing the original image in accordance with the received custom image size to create a resized image, and transmitting the resized image to the online image repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, Terrill Dent
  • Patent number: 8843569
    Abstract: This relates to a method of operating a mobile device. The method includes providing groups data comprising information for each of a plurality of instant messaging services operable on the mobile device. The groups data is stored in a database and used with a multi-community service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, Craig A. Dunk, Christopher R. Wormald
  • Patent number: 8818349
    Abstract: A method for deploying an application to a mobile device comprises providing a web page to a computing device coupled to a communications network for receiving the web page, the web page comprising a configuration determination and loading component for deploying the application to the mobile device coupled to the computing device, the web page determining configuration information about the mobile device for determining specific application components for loading; and providing specific application components for loading onto the mobile device in response to the web page. The web page may determine specific application components for the mobile device in response to the configuration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, Garth Newton, Christopher R. Wormald
  • Patent number: 8803980
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system and method for geotagging objects on a mobile handheld communication device. In an embodiment, the method comprises: providing a user interface with a plurality of user selectable options for obtaining geographic location coordinates; receiving a user selection of one of the plurality of options; and tagging an object with the geographic location coordinates obtained from the selected one of the plurality of options. In another embodiment, the method may further comprise obtaining from an active global positioning system (GPS) module the geographic location coordinates for a current location to tag the object. The method may further comprise providing previously saved geographic location coordinates to tag the object. The object may be an image object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, Thomas Murphy, Gordon Bowman
  • Patent number: 8750914
    Abstract: An improved handheld electronic device and an associated method are provided in which enhanced information regarding an “availability” of a user of a handheld electronic device is provided to another electronic device in a messaging environment. Such availability data provides step-wise indications of the relative availabilities of one or more users of electronic devices in a messaging environment. The step-wise indications can, for instance, range from an availability level of “currently active” to several levels of nonavailability. The device and method can be incorporated into an existing messaging environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, Christopher R. Wormald, Darcy R. Phipps, Craig A. Dunk
  • Patent number: 8745149
    Abstract: An improved handheld electronic device and an associated method are provided in which time data regarding certain aspects of a messaging conversation on a handheld electronic device are made available to a user. Such time data is provided, for instance, in situations where an interruption has occurred during a messaging conversation. Time data can also be provided to a user on demand in certain circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, Christopher R. Wormald, Lawrence E. Kuhl