Patents by Inventor Jonathan C. Burrell

Jonathan C. Burrell 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: 6976916
    Abstract: An ergonomic and weatherproof hand-held electronic device 10. The device 10 includes a housing 12 which surrounds internal electronics. An input 28 and a display screen 32 are mounted on the housing 12. The housing 12 is has a narrow width such that, when held in a hand, the thumb of that same hand may extend fully across the input 28 for full access. The display screen 32 is mounted vertically below the input 28 such that the device may be more stable and more easily grasped. The device includes two cylindrical cavities 48 to receive batteries 42. The cavities 48 are located at the rear vertical edges of the housing such that the rear of the housing 12 is relatively rounded and thus easier to grasp. The battery cavities open to the exterior of the housing. A battery cover 54 is mounted to the housing and seals the cavities 48. A contact for each cavity 48 is located on the cover, and a bus bar extends between the contacts to complete the circuit between the batteries 42.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventors: Gary L. Burrell, Jonathan C. Burrell
  • Patent number: 6955279
    Abstract: A carrying assembly (10,110) having an easy release clip for carrying of an electronic device (12,112) is disclosed. In both a first and a second preferred embodiment, the easy release clip of the carrying assembly (10,110) allows a user to insert and remove the electronic device (12,112) in one step and without having to depress a release key. In the first preferred embodiment, the carrying assembly (10) is adjustable so that the electronic device (12) may be positioned in a horizontal position, a vertical position, or any position between horizontal and vertical. The carrying assembly (10) broadly comprises a rear panel (14), a spring component (16) including an integral leaf spring (46), a retainer button (18), and a base (20). In a second preferred embodiment, the carrying assembly (110) is fitted to a lanyard so that the electronic device (112) may be worn around the user's neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: John J. Mudd, Jonathan C. Burrell, John B. Whiteside, David Lammers-Meis
  • Patent number: 6909946
    Abstract: A system and method for wirelessly linking electronic marine components (14) to associated displays (16) to reduce or eliminate the need for application-specific wiring between the components (14) and the displays (16). The system includes an electronic component (14) adapted for mounting on a marine vessel (12) and operable for generating data representative of a function of the electronic component (14); a wireless transmitter (20) coupled with the electronic component (14) for wirelessly transmitting the data; a display (16) adapted for mounting on the marine vessel (12) remotely from the electronic component (14) and operable for displaying information corresponding to the data; and a wireless receiver (24) coupled with the display (16) and operable for wirelessly receiving the data from the wireless transmitter (20). The wireless transmitter (20) and the wireless receiver (24) transmit and receive the data via BlueTooth or WiFi communication protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Darrin W. Kabel, Jonathan C. Burrell
  • Patent number: 6853955
    Abstract: A portable apparatus (10) providing both substantially automated performance monitoring and audio entertainment features. In a preferred embodiment the apparatus (10) broadly comprises a portable housing (12); an attachment mechanism (14); a GPS component (16); a heart rate monitor component (17); an audio component (18); a user interface (20); a processor (26); and a power supply (30). The housing (12) may include a headset (1112a) wherein the GPS component (16) is located, and a second housing component (1112b) wherein the processor (26) is located, wherein the GPS component (16) communicates with the processor (26) in a wireless manner. The apparatus (10) is adapted to determine a number of laps or a distance, to provide an elapsed time, and to determine a speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan C. Burrell, John H. Lovitt, John C. Conrad
  • Publication number: 20030085873
    Abstract: An ergonomic and weatherproof hand-held electronic device 10. The device 10 includes a housing 12 which surrounds internal electronics. An input 28 and a display screen 32 are mounted on the housing 12. The housing 12 is has a narrow width such that, when held in a hand, the thumb of that same hand may extend fully across the input 28 for full access. The display screen 32 is mounted vertically below the input 28 such that the device may be more stable and more easily grasped. The device includes two cylindrical cavities 48 to receive batteries 42. The cavities 48 are located at the rear vertical edges of the housing such that the rear of the housing 12 is relatively rounded and thus easier to grasp. The battery cavities open to the exterior of the housing. A battery cover 54 is mounted to the housing and seals the cavities 48. A contact for each cavity 48 is located on the cover, and a bus bar extends between the contacts to complete the circuit between the batteries 42.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventors: Gary L. Burrell, Jonathan C. Burrell
  • Patent number: 6506119
    Abstract: An ergonomic and weatherproof hand-held electronic device 10. The device 10 includes a housing 12 which surrounds internal electronics. An input 28 and a display screen 32 are mounted on the housing 12. The housing 12 is has a narrow width such that, when held in a hand, the thumb of that same hand may extend fully across the input 28 for full access. The display screen 32 is mounted vertically below the input 28 such that the device may be more stable and more easily grasped. The device includes two cylindrical cavities 48 to receive batteries 42. The cavities 48 are located at the rear vertical edges of the housing such that the rear of the housing 12 is relatively rounded and thus easier to grasp. The battery cavities open to the exterior of the housing. A battery cover 54 is mounted to the housing and seals the cavities 48. A contact for each cavity 48 is located on the cover, and a bus bar extends between the contacts to complete the circuit between the batteries 42.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventors: Gary L. Burrell, Jonathan C. Burrell
  • Patent number: 6328575
    Abstract: A method and connector for connecting an electroluminescent (EL) lamp to a printed circuit board utilizing a pair of unique connector clips. Each connector clip is formed of bent sheet metal and has a bottom, a top, a closed bent end and an open end. Each connector clip is attached to a printed circuit board and the periphery of an EL lamp is positioned in the clips by sliding the EL lamp into the mouth of the connector clips. In particular, the EL lamp has a pair of contact pads on a bottom surface thereof, such that each pad contacts the bottom of a corresponding one of the connector clips. In a method of attaching the EL lamp to the printed circuit board, the EL lamp is releasably positioned in the clips by sliding the lamp into the clips. In one embodiment, positioning the EL lamp into the clips is done manually. In another embodiment, positioning the EL lamp into the clips is accomplished by a surface mount device and, particularly, by a vacuum-holding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventor: Jonathan C. Burrell
  • Patent number: 5951399
    Abstract: An ergonomic and weatherproof hand-held electronic device 10. The device 10 includes a housing 12 which surrounds internal electronics. An input 28 and a display screen 32 are mounted on the housing 12. The housing 12 is has a narrow width such that, when held in a hand, the thumb of that same hand may extend fully across the input 28 for full access. The display screen 32 is mounted vertically below the input 28 such that the device may be more stable and more easily grasped. The device includes two cylindrical cavities 48 to receive batteries 42. The cavities 48 are located at the rear vertical edges of the housing such that the rear of the housing 12 is relatively rounded and thus easier to grasp. The battery cavities open to the exterior of the housing. A battery cover 54 is mounted to the housing and seals the cavities 48. A contact for each cavity 48 is located on the cover, and a bus bar extends between the contacts to complete the circuit between the batteries 42.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventors: Gary L. Burrell, Jonathan C. Burrell
  • Patent number: 5680192
    Abstract: An electro-optical display device having an improved connector arrangement. The display device includes a plurality of pixels arranged in commons and segments, with a lead trace associated with each commons and with each segment. These lead traces extend outward from an endmost commons to an edge of the device for subsequent connection to driving apparatus. The set of leads associated with the set of commons extends normally from such set of commons to the proximate edge of the device. The remaining set of leads, associated with the segments, is provided with lead traces which are redirected to also extend towards this same side of the device. As such, all leads for the device are accessible on a single side of the device. This may be accomplished by dividing the remaining set of commons in half, with each of these half-sets of leads being directed to a location on an associated side of the initial leads for the first set of commons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventors: Gary L. Burrell, Jonathan C. Burrell
  • Patent number: 5665000
    Abstract: An ergonomic and weatherproof hand-held electronic device 10. The device 10 includes a housing 12 which surrounds internal electronics. An input 28 and a display screen 32 are mounted on the housing 12. The housing 12 is has a narrow width such that, when held in a hand, the thumb of that same hand may extend fully across the input 28 for full access. The display screen 32 is mounted vertically below the input 28 such that the device may be more stable and more easily grasped. The device includes two cylindrical cavities 48 to receive batteries 42. The cavities 48 are located at the rear vertical edges of the housing such that the rear of the housing 12 is relatively rounded and thus easier to grasp. The battery cavities open to the exterior of the housing. A battery cover 54 is mounted to the housing and seals the cavities 48. A contact for each cavity 48 is located on the cover, and a bus bar extends between the contacts to complete the circuit between the batteries 42.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventors: Gary L. Burrell, Jonathan C. Burrell
  • Patent number: 5626320
    Abstract: An instrument mounting bracket for the control yoke of an aircraft. The mounting bracket includes a main body having a C-shaped configuration which is intended to receive the yoke. Mounted to the main body is a presser plate which acts in conjunction with the main body to grip the yoke therebetween. The main body also includes a pair of threaded attachment holes, with one hole being normal to the plane of the C-shape and the other being within such plane. Either hole may receive a threaded shaft having an enlarged section. An extension arm which includes a mount for the instrument is provided with a through hole for the threaded shaft. Passing the shaft through the extension arm and tightening it within one of the attachment holes secures the extension arm to the main body, and permits angular adjustment of the arm with respect to the body. The extension arm may thus be positioned such that the instrument mount is located in front of the yoke handles, readily accessible to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan C. Burrell, Christopher J. Hanshew
  • Patent number: 5564560
    Abstract: A dual function button for keyboards and keypads. The button includes a first contact switch which is activated by a first manual pressure. The first contact switch is preferably formed by a resilient cover having a conductive pellet on its interior face, and a flexible substrate having spaced contacts below the pellet. The first manual pressure causes the pellet to impinge upon the spaced contacts, completing a first circuit. The button also includes a second contact switch which is activated by a second, greater, manual pressure. The second contact switch includes the resilient cover of the first switch, a rigid substrate mounting spaced contacts, and a flexible conductive dome mounted on the rigid substrate below the resilient cover. The second manual pressure will cause the dome to resiliently deform and impinge upon the contacts, closing a second circuit. In this manner two functions may be provided by a single switch. The two functions may advantageously be a dual-speed cursor control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Minelli, Jonathan C. Burrell, Sheldon T. Wheaton
  • Patent number: 5207240
    Abstract: A self aligning nozzle for a flapper valve through which fluid at a controlled pressure is supplied to a servo system. The nozzle which is retained in a semi-spherical member and is adapted to be rotated about its axial center to maintain a face of an orifice in a perpendicular relationship with a face on a lever that moves about a pivot in response to an operational pressure differential in the servo system in a shut off position to prevent leakage into the servo system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1993
    Assignee: Allied-Signal Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan C. Burrell
  • Patent number: RE38699
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Laverick, Jonathan C. Burrell, Gary L. Burrell
  • Patent number: D509760
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan C. Burrell, David F. Lammers-Meis
  • Patent number: D480081
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: David Laverick, Jonathan C. Burrell, David Lammers-Meis
  • Patent number: D486083
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: David Laverick, Jonathan C. Burrell, David Lammers-Meis
  • Patent number: D365032
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Laverick, Jonathan C. Burrell, Gary L. Burrell
  • Patent number: D365292
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1995
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Laverick, Jonathan C. Burrell, Gary L. Burrell
  • Patent number: D384661
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan C. Burrell, Lawrence W. Beason, Gary L. Burrell, David J. Laverick