Patents by Inventor Jensen M. Harris

Jensen M. Harris 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: 9864489
    Abstract: To increase command-access efficiency and to optimize a user's available user interface work space, an improved user interface is provided for displaying logical groupings of selectable software functionality controls that are associated with one or more selected top-level functionalities. Upon selection of a top-level functionality tab, selectable functionalities associated with the top-level functionality tab are divided into logical groupings and are presented in a customizable functionality control section below the tab. Upon selection of a different top-level functionality tab, selectable functionalities associated with the subsequently selected top-level functionality tab may either replace the first functionality control section or may be displayed in a separate functionality control section adjacent to the first functionality control section if real estate is available in the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Erin Elizabeth Dean, Jensen M. Harris, Aaron Michael Butcher, Jesse Clay Satterfield
  • Publication number: 20170357392
    Abstract: An improved user interface is provided for displaying selectable software functionality controls that are relevant to a selected object and that remain visibly available for use while the selected object is being edited. Upon selection of a particular object for editing, functionality available for editing the object is presented in a ribbon-shaped user interface above the software application workspace to allow the user ready and efficient access to functionality needed for editing the selected object. The display of relevant functionality controls is persisted until the user dismisses the display, selects another top-level functionality control or selects another object for editing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jesse Clay SATTERFIELD, Aaron M. BUTCHER, David A. MORTON, Jensen M. HARRIS, Justin DENNEY
  • Publication number: 20170205971
    Abstract: An improved user interface is provided for displaying a gallery of images showing different formatting options combinations that may be applied to a selected object. When a particular image is selected an associated formatting options combination is automatically applied to the selected object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew M. Himberger, Tracey M. Gauthier, Aaron M. Butcher, Jensen M. Harris, Jesse Clay Satterfield
  • Patent number: 9690448
    Abstract: An improved user interface is provided for displaying selectable software functionality controls that are relevant to a selected object and that remain visibly available for use while the selected object is being edited. Upon selection of a particular object for editing, functionality available for editing the object is presented in a ribbon-shaped user interface above the software application workspace to allow the user ready and efficient access to functionality needed for editing the selected object. The display of relevant functionality controls is persisted until the user dismisses the display, selects another top-level functionality control or selects another object for editing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jesse Clay Satterfield, Aaron M. Butcher, David A. Morton, Jensen M. Harris, Justin Denney
  • Patent number: 9690450
    Abstract: An improved user interface is provided for displaying selectable software functionality controls that are relevant to a selected object and that remain visibly available for use while the selected object is being edited. Upon selection of a particular object for editing, functionality available for editing the object is presented in a ribbon-shaped user interface above the software application workspace to allow the user ready and efficient access to functionality needed for editing the selected object. The display of relevant functionality controls is persisted until the user dismisses the display, selects another top-level functionality control or selects another object for editing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jesse Clay Satterfield, Aaron M. Butcher, David A. Morton, Jensen M. Harris, Justin Denney
  • Patent number: 9658743
    Abstract: An improved user interface is provided for displaying selectable software functionality controls that are relevant to a selected object and that remain visibly available for use while the selected object is being edited. Upon selection of a particular object for editing, functionality available for editing the object is presented in a ribbon-shaped user interface above the software application workspace to allow the user ready and efficient access to functionality needed for editing the selected object. The display of relevant functionality controls is persisted until the user dismisses the display, selects another top-level functionality control or selects another object for editing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jesse Clay Satterfield, Aaron M. Butcher, David A. Morton, Jensen M. Harris, Justin Denney
  • Patent number: 9645698
    Abstract: An improved user interface is provided for displaying a gallery of images showing different formatting options combinations that may be applied to a selected object. When a particular image is selected an associated formatting options combination is automatically applied to the selected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew M. Himberger, Tracey M. Gauthier, Aaron M. Butcher, Jensen M. Harris, Jesse Clay Satterfield
  • Publication number: 20160117069
    Abstract: An improved user interface is provided for displaying selectable software functionality controls and for presenting logical groupings of particular functionality controls associated with a selected top-level functionality. Underneath a row of top-level functionality tabs, functionalities controls associated with a given top-level functionality tab are presented in logical groupings. Selection of a particular tab switches modes of the user interface to present controls for functionalities associated with the selected tab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Publication date: April 28, 2016
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jensen M. Harris, Aaron M. Butcher, David A. Morton, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Justin Denney
  • Patent number: 9223477
    Abstract: An improved user interface is provided for displaying selectable software functionality controls and for presenting logical groupings of particular functionality controls associated with a selected top-level functionality. Underneath a row of top-level functionality tabs, functionalities controls associated with a given top-level functionality tab are presented in logical groupings. Selection of a particular tab switches modes of the user interface to present controls for functionalities associated with the selected tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jensen M. Harris, Aaron M. Butcher, David A. Morton, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Justin Denney
  • Publication number: 20150370771
    Abstract: An out-space actuator is selected to access an out-space user interface for a document editor program. An out-space actuator is associated with an in-space user interface having a displayed document. When the out-space actuator is selected, an out-space user interface is displayed that includes an expanded feature selection surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC.
    Inventors: Marina Dukhon, Jensen M. Harris, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Elaine Y. Law, Mirko Mandic, Paula Guntaur
  • Publication number: 20150339281
    Abstract: An out-space actuator is selected to access an out-space user interface for a document editor program. An out-space actuator is associated with an in-space user interface having a displayed document. When the out-space actuator is selected, an out-space user interface is displayed that includes an expanded feature selection surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC.
    Inventors: Marina Dukhon, Jensen M. Harris, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Elaine Y. Law, Mirko Mandic, Paula Guntaur
  • Publication number: 20150309679
    Abstract: To increase command-access efficiency and to optimize a user's available user interface work space, an improved user interface is provided for displaying logical groupings of selectable software functionality controls that are associated with one or more selected top-level functionalities. Upon selection of a top-level functionality tab, selectable functionalities associated with the top-level functionality tab are divided into logical groupings and are presented in a customizable functionality control section below the tab. Upon selection of a different top-level functionality tab, selectable functionalities associated with the subsequently selected top-level functionality tab may either replace the first functionality control section or may be displayed in a separate functionality control section adjacent to the first functionality control section if real estate is available in the user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Erin Elizabeth Dean, Jensen M. Harris, Aaron Michael Butcher, Jesse Clay Satterfield
  • Patent number: 9098473
    Abstract: An out-space actuator is selected to access an out-space user interface for a document editor program. An out-space actuator is associated with an in-space user interface having a displayed document. When the out-space actuator is selected, an out-space user interface is displayed that includes an expanded feature selection surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Marina Dukhon, Jensen M. Harris, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Elaine Y. Law, Mirko Mandic, Paula Guntaur
  • Patent number: 9015621
    Abstract: To increase command-access efficiency and to optimize a user's available user interface work space, an improved user interface is provided for displaying logical groupings of selectable software functionality controls that are associated with one or more selected top-level functionalities. Upon selection of a top-level functionality tab, selectable functionalities associated with the top-level functionality tab are divided into logical groupings and are presented in a customizable functionality control section below the tab. Upon selection of a different top-level functionality tab, selectable functionalities associated with the subsequently selected top-level functionality tab may either replace the first functionality control section or may be displayed in a separate functionality control section adjacent to the first functionality control section if real estate is available in the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Erin Elizabeth Dean, Jensen M. Harris, Aaron Michael Butcher, Jesse Clay Satterfield
  • Patent number: 9015624
    Abstract: A floating command object is provided for offering a set of commonly or frequently used commands in close proximity to a selected text, data or other object in a document. When a given object is selected for editing, the floating object automatically displays near the object to allow easy selection of relevant commands such as formatting property commands. The object remains displayed to allow multiple command selections until it is closed by user action. If a mouse or touchpad pointer is moved away from the displayed object, the displayed object becomes increasingly translucent to visually deemphasize the relevance of the object to the new position of the pointer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Roland Radtke, Jesse Clay Satterfield, Jensen M. Harris, Mark A. Peters, Deepak Menon, Mark R. Ligameri
  • Patent number: 8799808
    Abstract: An adaptive multi-line view user interface is provided that varies the manner in which data is displayed as the size of the user interface is changed. As the available horizontal space in the user interface becomes too small to display the text or data on a given display line, the data is rearranged to fit the available space. Text or data that will be truncated as the width of the user interface is decreased is moved to a separate display line beneath the line in which the truncated text or data was previously displayed. A maximum number of lines may be specified for displaying text or data. After the maximum number of lines is reached, additional text or data truncated by narrowing the width of the user interface is not displayed. The displayed lines of text or data may be displayed according to a progressively lighter font from line to line so that lines at or near the top of a given displayed text or data record are darker and more readily draw the attention of a reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jesse Clay Satterfield, Richard Hank Leukart, Martijn E. Van Tilburg, Jensen M. Harris, William A. Avery, Bruce D. Wiedemann
  • Patent number: 8782179
    Abstract: Multiple pieces of information can be arranged into a single construct that allows the employee to ascertain information quickly while at her workstation. Selection of information for placement into the construct can employ various statistical models and the like. Selective pieces of information can be masked for a user's construct based upon access rights of the user. Constructs can be configured by a user based on personal preferences as well as by an administrator. Population of metadata upon the construct can be performed automatically through an instruction of the administrator or be overridden by a user request. In addition, various types of synchronization can be implemented between constructs, such that identical or near-identical information is populated upon multiple constructs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Eran Megiddo, Joshua T. Goodman, Jensen M. Harris, Susan T. Dumais, Michael V. Ehrenberg, Srikanth Shoroff, William H. Gates, III
  • Patent number: 8700385
    Abstract: Providing for generation of a task oriented data structure that can correlate natural language descriptions of computer related tasks to application level commands and functions is described herein. By way of example, a system can include an activity translation component that can receive a natural language description of an application level task. Furthermore, the system can include a language modeling component that can generate the data structure based on an association between the description of the task and at least one application level command utilized in executing the computer related task. Once generated, the data structure can be utilized to automate computer related tasks by input of a human centric description of those tasks. According to further embodiments, machine learning can be employed to train classifiers and heuristic models to optimize task/description relationships and/or tailor such relationships to the needs of particular users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Susan T. Dumais, William H. Gates, III, Srikanth Shoroff, Michael Ehrenberg, Jensen M. Harris, Richard J. Wolf, Joshua T. Goodman, Eran Megiddo
  • Publication number: 20140019896
    Abstract: An improved user interface is provided for displaying selectable software functionality controls that are relevant to a selected object and that remain visibly available for use while the selected object is being edited. Upon selection of a particular object for editing, functionality available for editing the object is presented in a ribbon-shaped user interface above the software application workspace to allow the user ready and efficient access to functionality needed for editing the selected object. The display of relevant functionality controls is persisted until the user dismisses the display, selects another top-level functionality control or selects another object for editing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jesse Clay Satterfield, Aaron M. Butcher, David A. Morton, Jensen M. Harris, Justin Denney
  • Patent number: 8505026
    Abstract: Computer applications commonly have various services that improve application functionality for a user. Different services can be applied to other sources, such as other applications, and users can perform functionality upon the other sources. This not only provides a user with greater options in using a source, but can also provide a user with a more familiar context when using the source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Eran Megiddo, Jensen M. Harris, Richard J. Wolf