Patents by Inventor James Noel Helfrich

James Noel Helfrich 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: 7111238
    Abstract: A Format Consistency Checker (FCC) for monitoring and enhancing text formatting within a document. The FCC builds and maintains a data table tracking all formatting “runs” within a document. The FCC operates in combination with a formatting pane, for adding formatting to a document. The formatting pane provides a log, maintained in a user interface that can be displayed in the same window as a document being edited, of all formatting in the document. A format checker determines a minority case of formatting within a particular document and offers a user an opportunity to modify the minority case formatting to make it consistent with the majority case. A bullets and numbering component determines how bullets and/or numbering have been previously applied in the document. The current format of the bullets and/or numbering is then set to be consistent with the majority case of bullets and/or numbering formatting in the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ashok Kuppusamy, Joe Keng Yap, James Noel Helfrich, Roberto C. Taboada