Patents by Inventor James N. Conway, Jr.

James N. Conway, 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).

  • Publication number: 20180089990
    Abstract: A system and method for configuring a remote control to command the operation of appliances, to capture demographic data, and to provide services, such as automated warranty registration, instructions, viewing guides, etc., relevant to the appliances is provided. The system includes a database and associated server that are located remotely from the remote control and accessible via a network connection. Command codes, graphical user interface elements, and services are accessed and downloaded to the remote control, as appropriate, using data supplied to the server that identifies the appliances and/or functional capabilities of the appliances. This data can be supplied by the appliances directly or can be obtained from other sources such as barcode labels, network devices, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventors: Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, JR., Robert P. Lilleness, Paul D. Arling
  • Patent number: 9818293
    Abstract: A system and method for configuring a remote control to command the operation of appliances, to capture demographic data, and to provide services, such as automated warranty registration, instructions, viewing guides, etc., relevant to the appliances is provided. The system includes a database and associated server that are located remotely from the remote control and accessible via a network connection. Command codes, graphical user interface elements, and services are accessed and downloaded to the remote control, as appropriate, using data supplied to the server that identifies the appliances and/or functional capabilities of the appliances. This data can be supplied by the appliances directly or can be obtained from other sources such as barcode labels, network devices, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, Jr., Robert P. Lilleness, Paul D. Arling
  • Patent number: 9690263
    Abstract: A system and method for upgrading a remote control application resident on a device. Information identifying a controllable appliance is caused to be uploaded to a remote server device and the uploaded information is used to automatically display user-selectable, downloadable data files relevant to the control of the controllable appliance. Downloaded data files, which may include command codes and/or graphical user interface elements, may be used within the device to upgrade the ability of the remote control application to communicate with the controllable appliance. The information uploaded to the server may also be used to generate demographic data regarding consumer preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Han-Sheng Yuh, Weidong William Wang, Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20170024999
    Abstract: A system and method for configuring a remote control to command the operation of appliances, to capture demographic data, and to provide services, such as automated warranty registration, instructions, viewing guides, etc., relevant to the appliances is provided. The system includes a database and associated server that are located remotely from the remote control and accessible via a network connection. Command codes, graphical user interface elements, and services are accessed and downloaded to the remote control, as appropriate, using data supplied to the server that identifies the appliances and/or functional capabilities of the appliances. This data can be supplied by the appliances directly or can be obtained from other sources such as barcode labels, network devices, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventors: Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, JR., Robert P. Lilleness, Paul D. Arling
  • Patent number: 9348326
    Abstract: A system and method for upgrading a remote control application resident on a device. Information identifying a controllable appliance is caused to be uploaded to a remote server device and the uploaded information is used to automatically display user-selectable, downloadable data files relevant to the control of the controllable appliance. Downloaded data files, which may include command codes and/or graphical user interface elements, may be used within the device to upgrade the ability of the remote control application to communicate with the controllable appliance. The information uploaded to the server may also be used to generate demographic data regarding consumer preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Han-Sheng Yuh, Weidong William Wang, Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9317020
    Abstract: A system and method for upgrading remote control application resident on a device. To this end, a markup language file is created. The markup language file has a representation of information used to setup the remote control application to communicate with an appliance. The markup language file may be executed, on the device or an intermediate client with which the device is synchronized, to upload the representation of the information to a remote server. At the remote server, the uploaded information is used to automatically display user-selectable, downloadable data files relevant to the control of the appliance. Downloaded data files, which may include command codes and/or graphical user interface elements, may be used within the device to upgrade the ability of the remote control application to communicate with the appliance. The information uploaded to the server may also be used to generate demographic data regarding consumer preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Han-Sheng Yuh, Weidong William Wang, Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9317021
    Abstract: A system and method for upgrading a remote control application resident on a device. Information identifying a controllable appliance is caused to be uploaded to a remote server device and the uploaded information is used to automatically display user-selectable, downloadable data files relevant to the control of the controllable appliance. Downloaded data files, which may include command codes and/or graphical user interface elements, may be used within the device to upgrade the ability of the remote control application to communicate with the controllable appliance. The information uploaded to the server may also be used to generate demographic data regarding consumer preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Han-Sheng Yuh, Weidong William Wang, Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9311814
    Abstract: A system and method for configuring a remote control to command the operation of appliances, to capture demographic data, and to provide services, such as automated warranty registration, instructions, viewing guides, etc., relevant to the appliances is provided. The system includes a database and associated server that are located remotely from the remote control and accessible via a network connection. Command codes, graphical user interface elements, and services are accessed and downloaded to the remote control, as appropriate, using data supplied to the server that identifies the appliances and/or functional capabilities of the appliances. This data can be supplied by the appliances directly or can be obtained from other sources such as barcode labels, network devices, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, Jr., Robert P. Lilleness, Paul D. Arling
  • Patent number: 9257037
    Abstract: A system and method for configuring a remote control to command the operation of appliances, to capture demographic data, and to provide services, such as automated warranty registration, instructions, viewing guides, etc., relevant to the appliances is provided. The system includes a database and associated server that are located remotely from the remote control and accessible via a network connection. Command codes, graphical user interface elements, and services are accessed and downloaded to the remote control, as appropriate, using data supplied to the server that identifies the appliances and/or functional capabilities of the appliances. This data can be supplied by the appliances directly or can be obtained from other sources such as barcode labels, network devices, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, Jr., Robert P. Lilleness, Paul D. Arling
  • Publication number: 20150364034
    Abstract: A customizable and an upgradable remote control is provided which may be customized or upgraded via a Web site or through other remote, and preferably interactive, processes. A database is provided which includes a plurality of functions of a consumer electronic device, such as a TV and/or a DVD player. A user selects among the plurality of functions at least one of the desired functions. In response to the user selection a virtual configuration is created to virtually configure the customizable remote control. The virtual configuration may be downloaded to the customizable remote control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventors: Marcus Escobosa, Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150243161
    Abstract: A system and method for configuring a remote control to command the operation of appliances, to capture demographic data, and to provide services, such as automated warranty registration, instructions, viewing guides, etc., relevant to the appliances is provided. The system includes a database and associated server that are located remotely from the remote control and accessible via a network connection. Command codes, graphical user interface elements, and services are accessed and downloaded to the remote control, as appropriate, using data supplied to the server that identifies the appliances and/or functional capabilities of the appliances. This data can be supplied by the appliances directly or can be obtained from other sources such as barcode labels, network devices, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Inventors: Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, JR., Robert P. Lilleness, Paul D. Arling
  • Patent number: 9071329
    Abstract: A customizable and an upgradable remote control is provided which may be customized or upgraded via a Web site or through other remote, and preferably interactive, processes. A database is provided which includes a plurality of functions of a consumer electronic device, such as a TV and/or a DVD player. A user selects among the plurality of functions at least one of the desired functions. In response to the user selection a virtual configuration is created to virtually configure the customizable remote control. The virtual configuration may be downloaded to the customizable remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Marcus Escobosa, Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150054631
    Abstract: A system and method for configuring a remote control to command the operation of appliances, to capture demographic data, and to provide services, such as automated warranty registration, instructions, viewing guides, etc., relevant to the appliances is provided. The system includes a database and associated server that are located remotely from the remote control and accessible via a network connection. Command codes, graphical user interface elements, and services are accessed and downloaded to the remote control, as appropriate, using data supplied to the server that identifies the appliances and/or functional capabilities of the appliances. This data can be supplied by the appliances directly or can be obtained from other sources such as barcode labels, network devices, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, JR., Robert P. Lilleness, Paul D. Arling
  • Publication number: 20150057767
    Abstract: A system and method for upgrading a remote control application resident on a device. Information identifying a controllable appliance is caused to be uploaded to a remote server device and the uploaded information is used to automatically display user-selectable, downloadable data files relevant to the control of the controllable appliance. Downloaded data files, which may include command codes and/or graphical user interface elements, may be used within the device to upgrade the ability of the remote control application to communicate with the controllable appliance. The information uploaded to the server may also be used to generate demographic data regarding consumer preferences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Han-Sheng Yuh, Weidong William Wang, Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8909739
    Abstract: A system and method for upgrading remote control application resident on a device. To this end, a markup language file is created. The markup language file has a representation of information used to setup the remote control application to communicate with an appliance. The markup language file may be executed, on the device or an intermediate client with which the device is synchronized, to upload the representation of the information to a remote server. At the remote server, the uploaded information is used to automatically display user-selectable, downloadable data files relevant to the control of the appliance. Downloaded data files, which may include command codes and/or graphical user interface elements, may be used within the device to upgrade the ability of the remote control application to communicate with the appliance. The information uploaded to the server may also be used to generate demographic data regarding consumer preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Han-Sheng Yuh, Weidong William Wang, Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140245142
    Abstract: A hand-held electronic device having a remote control application user interface that functions to displays operational mode information to a user. The graphical user interface may be used, for example, to setup the remote control application to control appliances for one or more users in one or more rooms, to perform activities, and to access favorites. The remote control application is also adapted to be upgradeable. Furthermore, the remote control application provides for the sharing of operational mode information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Mauro Dresti, Patrick H. Hayes, Robert Campbell, Weidong William Wang, Han-Sheng Yu, James N. Conway, JR., Sandro David Klein, Ingvald Alain Smith-Kielland, Alex Louie, Cheryl Scott, Wayne Scott
  • Publication number: 20130275564
    Abstract: A system and method for upgrading a remote control application resident on a device. Information identifying a controllable appliance is caused to be uploaded to a remote server device and the uploaded information is used to automatically display user-selectable, downloadable data files relevant to the control of the controllable appliance. Downloaded data files, which may include command codes and/or graphical user interface elements, may be used within the device to upgrade the ability of the remote control application to communicate with the controllable appliance. The information uploaded to the server may also be used to generate demographic data regarding consumer preferences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Han-Sheng Yuh, Weidong William Wang, Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, JR.
  • Patent number: 8558676
    Abstract: A method for configuring a controlling device to command functional operations of at least one controllable appliance. The method includes the steps of receiving at the controlling device from the at least one controllable appliance, via a first communication channel, data indicative of an identity of the at least one controllable appliance and using the data indicative of the identity of the at least one controllable appliance to configure the controlling device whereby, in response to activation of one or more command keys of the controlling device, the controlling device will be caused to transmit to the at least one controlling device, via a second communication channel, those commands selected from a library of commands that are appropriate for commanding functional operations of the at least one controllable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick H. Hayes, Gregory L. Johns, James N. Conway, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130262636
    Abstract: A system and method for upgrading a remote control application resident on a device. Information identifying a controllable appliance is caused to be uploaded to a remote server device and the uploaded information is used to automatically display user-selectable, downloadable data files relevant to the control of the controllable appliance. Downloaded data files, which may include command codes and/or graphical user interface elements, may be used within the device to upgrade the ability of the remote control application to communicate with the controllable appliance. The information uploaded to the server may also be used to generate demographic data regarding consumer preferences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: Han-Sheng Yuh, Weidong William Wang, Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, JR.
  • Patent number: 8447841
    Abstract: A system and method for upgrading remote control application resident on a device. To this end, a markup language file is created. The markup language file has a representation of information used to setup the remote control application to communicate with an appliance. The markup language file may be executed, on the device or an intermediate client with which the device is synchronized, to upload the representation of the information to a remote server. At the remote server, the uploaded information is used to automatically display user-selectable, downloadable data files relevant to the control of the appliance. Downloaded data files, which may include command codes and/or graphical user interface elements, may be used within the device to upgrade the ability of the remote control application to communicate with the appliance. The information uploaded to the server may also be used to generate demographic data regarding consumer preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Han-Sheng Yuh, Weidong William Wang, Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, Jr.