Patents by Inventor Jeffrey Keith Bruneau

Jeffrey Keith Bruneau 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: 6977868
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus and method for synchronizing and updating the memory of an external digital device, such as a personal digital assistant, and the memory of a watch via a two way communication link providing for the synchronous transfer of data between the devices. The data transfer is accomplished by placing the external digital device and watch into an alignment device which secures and positions each device in an appropriate spatial relationship allowing data to be transferred between devices. A separate integrated display controller provides for operation of the watch display thereby conserving power required to operate the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Fossil, Inc
    Inventors: Donald R. Brewer, Jeffrey Keith Bruneau, Brian Richard Delaney
  • Patent number: 6621766
    Abstract: An electrophorectic display is used in a watch, allowing for a dynamic range of new shapes and environments of use. The present invention addresses many of the shortcomings of the prior art watch technology. Specifically, a watch that embodies the present invention is uses addressable reflective display technology such as electronic ink or gyricons. This allows a watch display that features some flexibility. Further, the display can be shaped into a variety of interesting and novel designs that cannot be accomplished using prior art displays. The flexibility of the display also allows for the novel placement of the watch display. For example, the display can be placed onto a shoe, allowing a runner to see the time without having to move his arm into a viewing position. The watch display could also be placed into a wallet, or on a purse or belt. Any flexible garment or accessory could now incorporate a watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Fossil, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Brewer, Chan Chin Pang John, Jeffrey Keith Bruneau
  • Publication number: 20030151982
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus and method for synchronizing and updating the memory of an external digital device, such as a personal digital assistant, and the memory of a watch via a two way communication link providing for the synchronous transfer of data between the devices. The data transfer is accomplished by placing the external digital device and watch into an alignment device which secures and positions each device in an appropriate spatial relationship allowing data to be transferred between devices. A separate integrated display controller provides for operation of the watch display thereby conserving power required to operate the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2002
    Publication date: August 14, 2003
    Inventors: Donald R. Brewer, Jeffrey Keith Bruneau, Brian Richard Delaney
  • Publication number: 20030026171
    Abstract: An electrophorectic display is used in a watch, allowing for a dynamic range of new shapes and environments of use. The present invention addresses many of the shortcomings of the prior art watch technology. Specifically, a watch that embodies the present invention is uses addressable reflective display technology such as electronic ink or gyricons. This allows a watch display that features some flexibility. Further, the display can be shaped into a variety of interesting and novel designs that cannot be accomplished using prior art displays. The flexibility of the display also allows for the novel placement of the watch display. For example, the display can be placed onto a shoe, allowing a runner to see the time without having to move his arm into a viewing position. The watch display could also be placed into a wallet, or on a purse or belt. Any flexible garment or accessory could now incorporate a watch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2001
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventors: Donald R. Brewer, Chan Chin Pang John, Jeffrey Keith Bruneau
  • Patent number: 6147933
    Abstract: A timepiece and chronometer with a superimposed analog/digital display arrangement. The timepiece comprises a watch case with a back and a display area, a transparent crystal, an electrically-driven digital LCD display, a superimposed analog display comprising an hour hand, minute hand, and interior bezel, an electrical analog watch movement, and a digital display driver. The digital LCD display indicates passing seconds by incrementally displaying either digits 00 through 59 or digits 01 through 60 for one second each, either in dark numerals over a light background, or vice versa. The analog display is driven by an electrical watch movement located beneath the LCD display that comprises a battery, a timing standard, timing circuitry, a stem and crown assembly, and a hand moving assembly that extends upward through the center aperture of the LCD display and couples to the analog watch hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Fossil, Inc.
    Inventors: Diarmuid John St. Colum Bland, Carla Louise Carr, Jeffrey Keith Bruneau, William Warren Morgan, III
  • Patent number: 6084828
    Abstract: A timepiece and chronometer with a superimposed analog/digital display arrangement. The timepiece comprises a watch case with a back and a display area, a transparent crystal, an electrically-driven digital LCD display, a superimposed analog display comprising an hour hand, minute hand, and interior bezel, an electrical analog watch movement, and a digital display driver. The digital LCD display indicates passing seconds by incrementally displaying either digits 00 through 59 or digits 01 through 60 for one second each, either in dark numerals over a light background, or vice versa. The analog display is driven by an electrical watch movement located beneath the LCD display that comprises a battery, a timing standard, timing circuitry, a stem and crown assembly, and a hand moving assembly that extends upward through the center aperture of the LCD display and couples to the analog watch hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Fossil, Inc.
    Inventors: Diarmuid John St. Colum Bland, Carla Louise Carr, Jeffrey Keith Bruneau, William Warren Morgan, III
  • Patent number: D433951
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Fossil, Inc.
    Inventors: Diarmuid John St. Colum Bland, Shannon Elizabeth Washburn, Jeffrey Keith Bruneau, William Warren Morgan, III
  • Patent number: D435464
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Fossil, Inc.
    Inventors: Diarmuid John St. Colum Bland, Carla Louise Carr, Jeffrey Keith Bruneau, William Warren Morgan, III