Patents by Inventor Jonathan O. Nelson

Jonathan O. Nelson 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: 9392101
    Abstract: Non-verbal communications between users of wireless mobile devices are facilitated using image messages. An image message may e.g. convey information about the sender user, in particular, current information about the sender user. In one aspect, a user may select an image message category, and select an image message among the image messages of the selected image message category for transmission, to quickly, efficiently and graphically convey (current) information about the user. The process may be performed to form a mixed media message. Received image message to convey current information may be aged via time and/or color displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: VARIA HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Tyrol R. Graham, Eric J. Hull, Jonathan O. Nelson
  • Patent number: 8934872
    Abstract: A mobile electronic communication device includes a processor unit, a transceiver, a keypad and a light unit. Each key of the keypad is associated with a contact of a contact list. The light unit can perform light functions to notify a user of the reception and/or status of messages received via the transceiver. The light functions include providing an indication of the age of a received message that was sent by a contact in the contacts list. The age of the message is indicated by a modulation of the illuminating light. In one embodiment, the age of a message is indicated as one of a set of predetermined age ranges, with each age range being represented by a unique color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Varia Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Eric J. Hull, Jonathan O. Nelson, Gary N. Mager
  • Publication number: 20110151844
    Abstract: Non-verbal communications between users of wireless mobile devices are facilitated using image messages. An image message may e.g. convey information about the sender user, in particular, current information about the sender user. In one aspect, a user may select an image message category, and select an image message among the image messages of the selected image message category for transmission, to quickly, efficiently and graphically convey (current) information about the user. The process may be performed to form a mixed media message. Received image message to convey current information may be aged via time and/or color displays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: Varia Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Tyrol R. Graham, Eric J. Hull, Jonathan O. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20110124367
    Abstract: A mobile electronic communication device includes a processor unit, a transceiver, a keypad and a light unit. Each key of the keypad is associated with a contact of a contact list. The light unit can perform light functions to notify a user of the reception and/or status of messages received via the transceiver. The light functions include providing an indication of the age of a received message that was sent by a contact in the contacts list. The age of the message is indicated by a modulation of the illuminating light. In one embodiment, the age of a message is indicated as one of a set of predetermined age ranges, with each age range being represented by a unique color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: VARIA HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: ERIC J. HULL, JONATHAN O. NELSON, GARY N. MAGER
  • Publication number: 20110039600
    Abstract: A wireless mobile phone is provided with one or more buttons and complementary logic to facilitate entry of encoded representations of a variable length encoding scheme of alphanumeric data. As a result, a user may use the provided facilities to engage in non-verbal communication for sensitive subject matters in the middle of a call. In one embodiment, the encoded representations are Morse codes. In another embodiment, the encoded representations are custom designed. In one embodiment, the complementary logic further facilitates echoing on a display, alphanumeric data corresponding to any entered encoded representations. Additionally, each of the code entry buttons includes one or more light emitting diodes (LEDs), and the LEDs are lit to visually echo the encoded representations of the variable length encoding scheme of letters, numbers or punctuations entered through a standard input keypad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: Varia Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan O. Nelson, Walter G. Bright, G. Eric Engstrom, Tyrol R. Graham
  • Patent number: 7877103
    Abstract: Non-verbal communications between users of wireless mobile devices are facilitated using image messages. An image message may e.g. convey information about the sender user, in particular, current information about the sender user. In one aspect, a user may select an image message category, and select an image message among the image messages of the selected image message category for transmission, to quickly, efficiently and graphically convey (current) information about the user. The process may be performed to form a mixed media message. Received image message to convey current information may be aged via time and/or color displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Varia Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Tyrol R. Graham, Eric J. Hull, Jonathan O. Nelson
  • Patent number: 7831208
    Abstract: A wireless mobile phone is provided with one or more buttons and complementary logic to facilitate entry of encoded representations of a variable length encoding scheme of alphanumeric data. As a result, a user may use the provided facilities to engage in non-verbal communication for sensitive subject matters in the middle of a call. In one embodiment, the encoded representations are Morse codes. In another embodiment, the encoded representations are custom designed. In one embodiment, the complementary logic further facilitates echoing on a display, alphanumeric data corresponding to any entered encoded representations. Additionally, each of the code entry buttons includes one or more light emitting diodes (LEDs), and the LEDs are lit to visually echo the encoded representations of the variable length encoding scheme of letters, numbers or punctuations entered through a standard input keypad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Varia Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan O. Nelson, Walter G. Bright, G. Eric Engstrom, Tyrol R. Graham
  • Patent number: 7826827
    Abstract: A mobile electronic communication device includes a processor unit, a transceiver, a keypad and a light unit. Each key of the keypad is associated with a contact of a contact list. The light unit can perform light functions to notify a user of the reception and/or status of messages received via the transceiver. The light functions include providing an indication of the age of a received message that was sent by a contact in the contacts list. The age of the message is indicated by a modulation of the illuminating light. In one embodiment, the age of a message is indicated as one of a set of predetermined age ranges, with each age range being represented by a unique color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Varia Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Eric J. Hull, Jonathan O. Nelson, Gary N. Mager
  • Patent number: 7702315
    Abstract: A mobile communication device, such as a wireless mobile phone, is provided with a unified message function equipped to facilitate a user in interacting with a communication partner including messages of different message types supported by the mobile communication device via a unified thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Varia Holdings LLC
    Inventors: G. Eric Engstrom, Tyrol R. Graham, Jonathan O. Nelson, Eric J. Hull
  • Publication number: 20080132254
    Abstract: Non-verbal communications between users of wireless mobile devices are facilitated using image messages. An image message may e.g. convey information about the sender user, in particular, current information about the sender user. In one aspect, a user may select an image message category, and select an image message among the image messages of the selected image message category for transmission, to quickly, efficiently and graphically convey (current) information about the user. The process may be performed to form a mixed media message. Received image message to convey current information may be aged via time and/or color displays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventors: Tyrol R. Graham, Eric J. Hull, Jonathan O. Nelson
  • Patent number: 7212808
    Abstract: A mobile communication device, such as a wireless mobile phone, is provided with a unified message function equipped to facilitate a user in interacting with communication messages of different message types supported by the mobile communication device via an unified message box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Wildseed Ltd.
    Inventors: G. Eric Engstrom, Tyrol R. Graham, Jonathan O. Nelson, Eric J. Hull
  • Patent number: 7167731
    Abstract: An apparatus, such as a communication device, is provided with emoticon input logic associated with an input key to improve the ease-of-use of the apparatus for entering emoticons, e.g. into a text message, while the apparatus is operating e.g. in a text mode. Responsive to a selection of the associated input key, one or more emoticons are displayed for selection. A user may “scroll” through the one or more displayed emoticons to “select” an emoticon. In one embodiment, current focus is place on one of the displayed emoticons, and the emoticon with the current focus is automatically selected upon elapse of a predetermined amount of time after the current focus was placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Wildseed Ltd.
    Inventor: Jonathan O. Nelson
  • Patent number: 7167703
    Abstract: Non-verbal communications between users of wireless mobile devices are facilitated using image messages. An image message may e.g. convey information about the sender user, in particular, current information about the sender user. In one aspect, a user may select an image message category, and select an image message among the image messages of the selected image message category for transmission, to quickly, efficiently and graphically convey (current) information about the user. The process may be performed to form a mixed media message. Received image message to convey current information may be aged via time and/or color displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Wildseed, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tyrol R. Graham, Eric J. Hull, Jonathan O. Nelson
  • Patent number: 6987991
    Abstract: An apparatus, such as a communication device, is provided with emoticon input logic associated with an input key to improve the ease-of-use of the apparatus for entering emoticons, e.g. into a text message, while the apparatus is operating e.g. in a text mode. Responsive to a selection of the associated input key, one or more emoticons are displayed for selection. A user may “scroll” through the one or more displayed emoticons to “select” an emoticon. In one embodiment, current focus is placed on one of the displayed emoticons, and the emoticon with the current focus is automatically selected upon elapse of a predetermined amount of time after the current focus was placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Wildseed Ltd.
    Inventor: Jonathan O. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20040224670
    Abstract: A mobile electronic communication device includes a processor unit, a transceiver, a keypad and a light unit. Each key of the keypad is associated with a contact of a contact list. The light unit can perform light functions to notify a user of the reception and/or status of messages received via the transceiver. The light functions include providing an indication of the age of a received message that was sent by a contact in the contacts list. The age of the message is indicated by a modulation of the illuminating light. In one embodiment, the age of a message is indicated as one of a set of predetermined age ranges, with each age range being represented by a unique color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2004
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Inventors: Eric J. Hull, Jonathan O. Nelson, Gary N. Mager
  • Publication number: 20040137955
    Abstract: A mobile communication device, such as a wireless mobile phone, is provided with a unified message function equipped to facilitate a user in interacting with communication messages of different message types supported by the mobile communication device via an unified message box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Inventors: G. Eric Engstrom, Tyrol R. Grahm, Jonathan O. Nelson, Eric J. Hull
  • Publication number: 20040137884
    Abstract: A mobile communication device, such as a wireless mobile phone, is provided with a unified message function equipped to facilitate a user in interacting with a communication partner including messages of different message types supported by the mobile communication device via a unified thread.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Inventors: G. Eric Engstrom, Tyrol R. Grahm, Jonathan O. Nelson, Eric J. Hull
  • Patent number: 6720863
    Abstract: A mobile electronic communication device includes a processor unit, a transceiver, a keypad and a light unit. Each key of the keypad is associated with a contact of a contact list. The light unit can perform light functions to notify a user of the reception and/or status of messages received via the transceiver. The light functions include providing an indication of the age of a received message that was sent by a contact in the contacts list. The age of the message is indicated by a modulation of the illuminating light. In one embodiment, the age of a message is indicated as one of a set of predetermined age ranges, with each age range being represented by a unique color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Wildseed Ltd.
    Inventors: Eric J. Hull, Jonathan O. Nelson, Gary N. Mager
  • Publication number: 20040018858
    Abstract: An apparatus, such as a communication device, is provided with emoticon input logic associated with an input key to improve the ease-of-use of the apparatus for entering emoticons, e.g. into a text message, while the apparatus is operating e.g. in a text mode. Responsive to a selection of the associated input key, one or more emoticons are displayed for selection. A user may “scroll” through the one or more displayed emoticons to “select” an emoticon. In one embodiment, current focus is placed on one of the displayed emoticons, and the emoticon with the current focus is automatically selected upon elapse of a predetermined amount of time after the current focus was placed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2001
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Inventor: Jonathan O. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20030060240
    Abstract: Non-verbal communications between users of wireless mobile devices are facilitated using image messages. An image message may e.g. convey information about the sender user, in particular, current information about the sender user. In one aspect, a user may select an image message category, and select an image message among the image messages of the selected image message category for transmission, to quickly, efficiently and graphically convey (current) information about the user. The process may be performed to form a mixed media message. Received image message to convey current information may be aged via time and/or color displays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventors: Tyrol R. Graham, Eric J. Hull, Jonathan O. Nelson