Patents by Inventor James A. Orr

James A. Orr 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: 9494989
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that provide for the powering of active components in connector inserts at each end of a cable may in various ways. For example, where a host is coupled to a device that is not self-powered, the host may provide power for circuitry at each end of the cable. In various embodiments of the present invention, the device may request higher voltage from the host, such that more power can be delivered. In these cases, the device may regulate the voltage received from the host to a lower voltage, and then provide the lower voltage to circuitry at one or both ends of the cable. Where the host is connected to a device that is self-powered, the host and the self-powered device may power their respective connector insert circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Baker, William O. Ferry, James Orr
  • Patent number: 8924545
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to creating a persona from observed characteristics of content and to sharing a network persona derived from observed characteristics of content. In one scenario, a computer system observes one set of properties for a first portion of content on a network. The first portion of content is from a first account. The computer system also observes a different set of properties for a second portion of content on the network, where the second portion of content is from a second account. The computer system then correlates an association between the first account and the second account as part of a network persona that is based on the first properties and one or more corresponding properties from the second portion of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Harvey James Orr, Kimberly Maughan Saunders, Guillermo Proano, Edward James Lehman, Maria Balsamo, Dirk Myers, Peter Gilmore Dodd
  • Publication number: 20140369800
    Abstract: A palletiser (10) including a conveyor (11) for conveying objects (14-18) to be palletised to a loading region (27) and a palletising head (26) which is movable between the loading region (27) and a palletising region (28). The palletising head (26) is rotatable and has first and second movable abutments (35, 36) which are oriented generally perpendicular to each other. Each movable abutment (35, 36) is movable relative to and independently of the other movable abutment (35, 36) in a manner to maintain the generally perpendicular orientation between them. The movable abutments (35, 36) are operable to engage surfaces of one or more objects (14-18) to be palletised in the loading region (27), the surfaces being generally perpendicular to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Peter Geoffrey Marks, Seyed Ali Mirfendereski, Justin Illingworth Hindle, Scott Alan Anderson, Kenneth James Orr, Dallas Andrew Coote
  • Publication number: 20140359319
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that provide for the powering of active components in connector inserts at each end of a cable may in various ways. For example, where a host is coupled to a device that is not self-powered, the host may provide power for circuitry at each end of the cable. In various embodiments of the present invention, the device may request higher voltage from the host, such that more power can be delivered. In these cases, the device may regulate the voltage received from the host to a lower voltage, and then provide the lower voltage to circuitry at one or both ends of the cable. Where the host is connected to a device that is self-powered, the host and the self-powered device may power their respective connector insert circuits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Paul A. Baker, William O. Ferry, James Orr
  • Patent number: 8862912
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that provide for the powering of active components in connector inserts at each end of a cable may in various ways. For example, where a host is coupled to a device that is not self-powered, the host may provide power for circuitry at each end of the cable. In various embodiments of the present invention, the device may request higher voltage from the host, such that more power can be delivered. In these cases, the device may regulate the voltage received from the host to a lower voltage, and then provide the lower voltage to circuitry at one or both ends of the cable. Where the host is connected to a device that is self-powered, the host and the self-powered device may power their respective connector insert circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Baker, William O. Ferry, James Orr
  • Publication number: 20130185412
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to creating a persona from observed characteristics of content and to sharing a network persona derived from observed characteristics of content. In one scenario, a computer system observes one set of properties for a first portion of content on a network. The first portion of content is from a first account. The computer system also observes a different set of properties for a second portion of content on the network, where the second portion of content is from a second account. The computer system then correlates an association between the first account and the second account as part of a network persona that is based on the first properties and one or more corresponding properties from the second portion of content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard Harvey James Orr, Kimberly Maughan Saunders, Guillermo Proano, Edward James Lehman, Maria Balsamo, Dirk Myers, Peter Gilmore Dodd
  • Publication number: 20130173936
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that provide for the powering of active components in connector inserts at each end of a cable may in various ways. For example, where a host is coupled to a device that is not self-powered, the host may provide power for circuitry at each end of the cable. In various embodiments of the present invention, the device may request higher voltage from the host, such that more power can be delivered. In these cases, the device may regulate the voltage received from the host to a lower voltage, and then provide the lower voltage to circuitry at one or both ends of the cable. Where the host is connected to a device that is self-powered, the host and the self-powered device may power their respective connector insert circuits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Baker, William O. Ferry, James Orr
  • Publication number: 20130159273
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to optimizing searchable resources and to returning relevant search results. In one scenario, a computer system monitors multiple different social media sites to observe conversations related to the searchable resources. The computer system identifies terminology related to the searchable resources from any one or more of the observed conversations. The identified terminology identified may be based on topic, author, and/or place. The computer system then accesses known terminology used to search for the searchable resources and correlates a relationship between the known terminology and the identified terminology. The computer system also modifies the searchable resources to be responsive to a search request that is expressed using the identified terminology.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard Harvey James Orr, Dirk Myers, Kimberly Maughan Saunders, Guillermo Proano, Edward James Lehman, Jennifer Rowe Lussier
  • Publication number: 20130066862
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to efficiently correlating internet resources and to providing relevant content to a user. In an embodiment, a computer system gathers portions of information from multiple different resources and organizes the gathered information into different indices according to at least one of the following data axes: author, topic and source. The computer system computes correlations between the organized information across the data axes so that each portion of information has relationship information linking it to other portions of organized information. The computer system also intelligently learns which other informational items are to be searched for based on the computed correlations and returns the additional data relevant to the gathered data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard Harvey James Orr, Dirk Myers, Kimberly Maughan Saunders, Guillermo Proano, Edward James Lehman, Maria Balsamo
  • Patent number: 8312302
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that provide for the powering of active components in connector inserts at each end of a cable may in various ways. For example, where a host is coupled to a device that is not self-powered, the host may provide power for circuitry at each end of the cable. In various embodiments of the present invention, the device may request higher voltage from the host, such that more power can be delivered. In these cases, the device may regulate the voltage received from the host to a lower voltage, and then provide the lower voltage to circuitry at one or both ends of the cable. Where the host is connected to a device that is self-powered, the host and the self-powered device may power their respective connector insert circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Baker, William O. Ferry, James Orr
  • Publication number: 20120005496
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that provide for the powering of active components in connector inserts at each end of a cable may in various ways. For example, where a host is coupled to a device that is not self-powered, the host may provide power for circuitry at each end of the cable. In various embodiments of the present invention, the device may request higher voltage from the host, such that more power can be delivered. In these cases, the device may regulate the voltage received from the host to a lower voltage, and then provide the lower voltage to circuitry at one or both ends of the cable. Where the host is connected to a device that is self-powered, the host and the self-powered device may power their respective connector insert circuits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Baker, William O. Ferry, James Orr
  • Publication number: 20090260300
    Abstract: A method for removing accumulated snow, ice, or other solid material from the exterior of an asset protection apparatus is disclosed. The asset protection apparatus comprises at least one interior layer contacting an asset surface; a first inflatable layer affixed to said interior layer, a second inflatable layer affixed to said first inflatable layer, wherein said first and second inflatable layers each contain a plurality of inflatable cells mechanically and fluidly connected to one another, and wherein each cell is capable of inflation and expansion and deflation; and at least one exterior layer affixed to said second inflatable layer; wherein said first inflatable layer is inflated and expanded to fragment and remove a substance accumulated on said exterior layer. Alternatively, the second inflatable layer may be inflated and expanded to fragment and remove a substance accumulated on said exterior layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventor: James Orr
  • Publication number: 20070267545
    Abstract: An asset protection apparatus comprising at least one module is disclosed. A module comprises at least one interior layer contacting an asset surface; at least one thermal layer affixed to said at least one interior layer, wherein said at least one thermal layer includes heat adding and heat removal means capable of removing or adding heat to said asset surface or a substance adjacent said at least one thermal layer; and at least one exterior layer affixed to said at least one thermal layer, wherein said at least one exterior layer is constructed of a material or plurality of materials that alone or in combination are resistant to degradation from exposure to outdoor elements, wherein said apparatus is cooperatively secured to said asset surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Inventor: James Orr
  • Publication number: 20060231683
    Abstract: The Aircraft & motor vehicle protection system invention eliminates the safety and environmental hazards associated with the safety and environmental elements such as (1) sun, (2) heat, (3) thunderstorms, (4) hail, (5) rain & fuel contamination, (6) bird and animal nesting and droppings, (7) freezing rain, (8) frost, (9) ice, (10) snow, and (11) extreme cold that are possibly introduced to aircraft and ground vehicles parked or tied down and exposed to the elements and animals. The invention, which utilizes inflatable/deflatable modules to form the complete system, with multiple layers of protection, with each layer eliminating one or more of the eleven hazards, ensures the elimination of the hazardous concerns associated with parked aircraft increases the percentages for safe flight, reduces the opportunity for damage to the aircraft and assists in maintaining the value of the aircraft. This invention also provides the protection for ground vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Publication date: October 19, 2006
    Inventor: James Orr
  • Publication number: 20060032680
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a capacitive touch sensitive device. One aspect of the touch sensitive device described herein is a reduction in the number of sensor circuits needed for circular or linear capacitive touch sensitive devices while maintaining the same resolution and absolute position determination for a single object. A related aspect of the touch sensitive device described herein a coding pattern that allows each sensor circuit of a capacitive touch sensitive device to share multiple electrodes at specially chosen locations in a sensor array such that the ability to determine the absolute position of a single object over the array is not compromised.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2005
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Applicant: Fingerworks, Inc.
    Inventors: John Elias, Wayne Westerman, James Orr
  • Publication number: 20050124448
    Abstract: A power transmission belt drive system, a method of installing it, and a kit of components for converting a vehicle from a chain drive system to a belt drive system. The invention provides a belt drive system for motorcycles and bicycles which is virtually indestructible, and maintenance-free and requires no lubrication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2004
    Publication date: June 9, 2005
    Inventor: James Orr
  • Publication number: 20040226436
    Abstract: A tandem cylinder arrangement and a method of operating such a cylinder used particularly in valve actuators. Two load plates are provided with fluid acting on each load plate and the tending to move both load plates together. A cavity between the two load plates is isolated from the hydraulic fluid and a vent allows gasses to enter from and to ingress to the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Applicant: WOOD GROUP PRESSURE CONTROL CANADA, INC. d/b/a BARBER INDUSTRIES
    Inventor: James Orr
  • Patent number: 5953810
    Abstract: Combinations of inorganic corrosion-protection, passivating chemical treatment, and selected organic-type coatings of flat-rolled mild steel of selected thickness gauge and mechanical properties, provide for fabrication of composite-coated unitary sheet metal structures for lightweight and durable roof covering. Weathertight features with provisions for subsurface air circulation, free of liquid from precipitation, are provided by fabricating interfitting slot configurations on four linear sides of a viewable tab portion. Methods of fabrication provide for ease of assembly while providing configurations which compensate for barriers to entry of liquids where linearly-extending slots interfit during horizontally-extended assembly, and provide a horizontally-oriented appearance for viewable tab portions throughout a horizontally-extended assembly of unitary flat-rolled sheet metal roof covering structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Weirton Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Goodhart, Paula J. Costantini, Ray A. Benesh, James A. Orr
  • Patent number: 5404016
    Abstract: An infrared dewar-detector assembly for use as a common module which is interchangeable between various military infrared detection systems. The detector is cooled to cryogenic temperature for improved sensitivity. The dewar of the common module incorporates a metal coldfinger mounted on a base plate for attachment to an associated cryo-engine. The coldfinger supports the detector on a beryllium bridge platform. The configurations of both the platform mount and the base plate are selected to minimize the vibrations transmitted to the detector.Signal paths from the detector include ribbon cables extending within the vacuum side of the dewar and having indium dot terminations making direct connections with a ceramic feedthrough header which, on the ambient pressure side of the unit, also includes indium pocket contacts for direct connection to the plug terminals of the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: Santa Barbara Research Center
    Inventors: Frank M. Boyd, David A. Hitzelberger, Wallace Y. Kunimoto, James A. Orr, Leonard E. Peck
  • Patent number: 5308332
    Abstract: This invention relates to reciprocable sheaths for hypodermic syringes that have latches to hold the sheaths over the needle of the syringes. A spring is employed to normally move the sheath over the needle and the expansion of the spring is limited to 90.degree. of the free expansion dimension to positively move the sheaths and latches to the fully protected position. Volume numbers and graduations are placed on the exterior of the syringe plumger for greater clarity of reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: Square One Medical, LP
    Inventors: John A. B. Dillard, III, James A. Orr