Patents by Inventor Joseph M. Jacobson

Joseph M. Jacobson 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: 7563482
    Abstract: A self-replicating monolayer system employing polymerization of monomers or nanoparticle ensembles on a defined template provides a method for synthesis of two-dimensional single molecule polymers. Systems of self-replicating monolayers are used as templates for growth of inorganic colloids. A preferred embodiment employs SAM-based replication, wherein an initial monolayer is patterned and used as a template for self-assembly of a second monolayer by molecular recognition. The second monolayer is polymerized in place and the monolayers are separated to form a replicate. Both may then function as templates for monolayer assemblies. A generic self-replicating monomer unit comprises a polymerizable moiety attached by methylene repeats to a recognition element and an ending unit that will not interfere with the chosen recognition chemistry. The recognition element is self-complementary, unless a set of two replicating monomers with compatible cross-linking chemistry is employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Joseph M. Jacobson, David W. Mosley
  • Publication number: 20090174651
    Abstract: An electronic display comprises an electro-optic material (preferably an electrophoretic medium) having a plurality of pixels, and separate first, second and third sets of addressing means for addressing these pixels. Each of the pixels is associated with one addressing means in each of the three sets, such that addressing of any specific pixel requires application of signals within predetermined ranges to each of the three addressing means associated with the specific pixel being addressed. The display may be in the form of a multi-page electronic book.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: E INK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph M. Jacobson, Barrett Comiskey, Russell J. Wilcox
  • Publication number: 20090172986
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for displaying types of information content based on the configuration of a media device are provided. The apparatus has a plurality of display panels flexibly coupled by one or more connectors. The display panels are flexibly coupled by the one or more connectors such that the display panels are capable of being arranged in a plurality of arrangements relative to one another. Each of the arrangements is indicative of a configuration of the device media. Each of the plurality of display panels has at least one viewing surface and is configured to display on the viewing surface a type of information content. The type of information content is indicative the configuration of the media device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: FIRSTPAPER LLC
    Inventors: Gilbert Fuchsberg, Eric Chan, Gary Natsume, Bernard Lo, Joseph M. Jacobson, Serge Rutman, Mark Foster
  • Publication number: 20090137408
    Abstract: A system and method for aiding in the design of molecular constructs is provided. A feature set associated with a molecular building block in a construct may be determined, wherein the feature set may comprise data indicative of third party rights that restrict use of the molecular segment or the lack of such rights. The method may include steps of defining a molecular structure for use in the construct; searching a database including a plurality of molecular structures and a plurality of rights, each right of the plurality of rights associated with each of the plurality of molecular structures; and displaying rights associated with the defined molecular structures in response to the search of said database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicant: Codon Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph M. Jacobson
  • Publication number: 20090125413
    Abstract: A system for and method of electronic content distribution is disclosed. Such content may be electronic book content, newspaper content, magazine content, and other types of content. The system includes: a processor having logic configured for filtering electronic content to remove incorrect information. The electronic content is automatically gathered from one or more content sources external to the system. The system also includes logic for assembling electronic content in a manner indicative of a predetermined template, and distributing the assembled electronic content for transmission at a scheduled time. The system also includes a communication network having an active channel configured to transmit the assembled electronic content. The system also includes a media device configured to receive and display the assembled electronic content when the media device is communicatively coupled to the active channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: FIRSTPAPER LLC
    Inventors: Vincent Le Chevalier, Gilbert Fuchsberg, Joseph M. Jacobson
  • Publication number: 20090124780
    Abstract: Fabrication and arrangement of nanoparticles into one-dimensional linear chains is achieved by successive chemical reactions, each reaction adding one or more nanoparticles by building onto exposed, unprotected linker functionalities. Optionally, protecting groups may be used to control and organize growth. Nanoparticle spheres are functionalized in a controlled manner in order to enable covalent linkages. Functionalization of nanoparticles is accomplished by either ligand exchange or chemical modification of the terminal functional groups of the capping ligand. Nanoparticle chains are obtained by a variety of connectivity modes such as direct coupling, use of linker molecules, and use of linear polymeric templates. In particular, a versatile building block system is obtained through controlled monofunctionalization of nanoparticles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Joseph M. Jacobson, David W. Mosley, Kie-Moon Sung
  • Publication number: 20090066625
    Abstract: We describe an electronic newspaper system which comprises an electronic newspaper device further comprising a low power flexible display, a radio for receiving information, a processor for processing said information for display and manipulation, memory for storing information and a battery for storing power in communication with a remote computer server capable of aggregating newspaper content and transmitting said content to said device. Additional aspects may include input means for inputting information, a back channel radio for sending information out and tracking means for tracking the position of the newspaper device. A further additional aspect of the invention comprises a business means comprising an electronic marketplace for electronic newspaper content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventor: Joseph M. Jacobson
  • Publication number: 20090046082
    Abstract: The performance of electro-wetting displays can be improved by: (a) providing a concealment member (112) which conceals the moving fluid (108) when that fluid (108) is confined to a small area; (b) using the moving fluid to cover one or more sections of a filter or reflector having differently-colored sections; (c) moving the moving fluid between the rear surface and a side surface of a microcell; (d) using as a substrate for a moving fluid a substrate resistant to wetting by the fluid but pierced by multiple conductive vias capped with a material wetted by the fluid; and (e) coloring the moving fluid with pigments or nanoparticles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2008
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Applicant: E INK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph M. Jacobson, Thomas H. Whitesides, Michael D. McCreary, Richard J. Paolini, JR., Richard M. Webber
  • Publication number: 20090040594
    Abstract: Novel addressing schemes for controlling electronically addressable displays include a scheme for rear-addressing displays, which allows for in-plane switching of the display material. Other schemes include a rear-addressing scheme which uses a retroreflecting surface to enable greater viewing angle and contrast. Another scheme includes an electrode structure that facilitates manufacture and control of a color display. Another electrode structure facilitates addressing a display using an electrostatic stylus. Methods of using the disclosed electrode structures are also disclosed. Another scheme includes devices combining display materials with silicon transistor addressing structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: E INK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Albert, Barrett Comiskey, Joseph M. Jacobson, Libing Zhang, Andrew Loxley, Robert D. Feeney, Paul S. Drzaic, Ian D. Morrison
  • Publication number: 20090027762
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are novel electrophoretic displays and materials useful in fabricating such displays. In particular, novel encapsulated displays are disclosed. Particles encapsulated therein are dispersed within a suspending, or electrophoretic, fluid. This fluid may be a mixture of two or more fluids or may be a single fluid. The displays may further comprise particles dispersed in a suspending fluid, wherein the particles contain a liquid. In either case, the suspending fluid may have a density or refractive index substantially matched to that of the particles dispersed therein. Finally, also disclosed herein are electro-osmotic displays. These displays comprise at least one capsule containing either a cellulosic or gel-like internal phase and a liquid phase, or containing two or more immiscible fluids. Application of electric fields to any of the electrophoretic displays described herein affects an optical property of the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Applicant: E INK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Barrett Comiskey, Joseph M. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 7476442
    Abstract: Fabrication and arrangement of nanoparticles into one-dimensional linear chains is achieved by successive chemical reactions, each reaction adding one or more nanoparticles by building onto exposed, unprotected linker functionalities. Optionally, protecting groups may be used to control and organize growth. Nanoparticle spheres are functionalized in a controlled manner in order to enable covalent linkages. Functionalization of nanoparticles is accomplished by either ligand exchange or chemical modification of the terminal functional groups of the capping ligand. Nanoparticle chains are obtained by a variety of connectivity modes such as direct coupling, use of linker molecules, and use of linear polymeric templates. In particular, a versatile building block system is obtained through controlled monofunctionalization of nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Joseph M. Jacobson, David W. Mosley, Kie-Moon Sung
  • Publication number: 20080264791
    Abstract: A two-phase electrophoretic medium comprises a continuous phase and a discontinuous phase. The discontinuous phase comprises a plurality of droplets, each of which comprises a suspending fluid and at least one particle disposed within the suspending fluid and capable of moving through the fluid upon application of an electric field to the electrophoretic medium. The continuous phase surrounds and encapsulates the discontinuous phase. To reduce the humidity sensitivity of the medium, a non-ionizable or crystalline polymer may be used as the continuous phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: E INK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard J. Paolini, David Miller, Barrett Comiskey, Joseph M. Jacobson, Bin Wu, Charles Howie Honeyman, Jian Lin
  • Publication number: 20080211764
    Abstract: Novel addressing schemes for controlling electronically addressable displays include a scheme for rear-addressing displays, which allows for in-plane switching of the display material. Other schemes include a rear-addressing scheme which uses a retroreflecting surface to enable greater viewing angle and contrast. Another scheme includes an electrode structure that facilitates manufacture and control of a color display. Another electrode structure facilitates addressing a display using an electrostatic stylus. Methods of using the disclosed electrode structures are also disclosed. Another scheme includes devices combining display materials with silicon transistor addressing structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicant: E INK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Albert, Barrett Comiskey, Joseph M. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 7420549
    Abstract: The performance of electro-wetting displays can be improved by: (a) providing a concealment member (112) which conceals the moving fluid (108) when that fluid (108) is confined to a small area; (b) using the moving fluid to cover one or more sections of a filter or reflector having differently-colored sections; (c) moving the moving fluid between the rear surface and a side surface of a microcell; (d) using as a substrate for a moving fluid a substrate resistant to wetting by the fluid but pierced by multiple conductive vias capped with a material wetted by the fluid; and (e) coloring the moving fluid with pigments or nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: E Ink Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph M. Jacobson, Thomas H. Whitesides, Michael D. McCreary, Richard J. Paolini, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7411719
    Abstract: A two-phase electrophoretic medium comprises a continuous phase and a discontinuous phase. The discontinuous phase comprises a plurality of droplets, each of which comprises a suspending fluid and at least one particle disposed within the suspending fluid and capable of moving through the fluid upon application of an electric field to the electrophoretic medium. The continuous phase surrounds and encapsulates the discontinuous phase. To reduce the humidity sensitivity of the medium, a non-ionizable or crystalline polymer may be used as the continuous phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: E Ink Corporation
    Inventors: Richard J. Paolini, Jr., David Miller, Barrett Comiskey, Joseph M. Jacobson, Bin Wu, Charles Howie Honeyman, Jian Lin
  • Publication number: 20080150888
    Abstract: Novel addressing schemes for controlling electronically addressable displays include a scheme for rear-addressing displays, which allows for in-plane switching of the display material. Other schemes include a rear-addressing scheme which uses a retroreflecting surface to enable greater viewing angle and contrast. Another scheme includes an electrode structure that facilitates manufacture and control of a color display. Another electrode structure facilitates addressing a display using an electrostatic stylus. Methods of using the disclosed electrode structures are also disclosed. Another scheme includes devices combining display materials with silicon transistor addressing structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: E INK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Albert, Barrett Comiskey, Joseph M. Jacobson
  • Publication number: 20080117495
    Abstract: A dielectrophoretic display comprises a substrate having walls defining at least one cavity, the cavity having a viewing surface and a side wall inclined to the viewing surface; a suspending fluid contained within the cavity; a plurality of at least one type of particle suspended within the suspending fluid; and means for applying to the fluid an electric field effect effective to cause dielectrophoretic movement of the particles to the side wall of the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Applicant: E Ink Corporation
    Inventors: Alexi C. Arango, Joseph M. Jacobson, Karl R. Amundson
  • Publication number: 20080118644
    Abstract: A self-replicating monolayer system employing polymerization of monomers or nanoparticle ensembles on a defined template provides a method for synthesis of two-dimensional single molecule polymers. Systems of self-replicating monolayers are used as templates for growth of inorganic colloids. A preferred embodiment employs SAM-based replication, wherein an initial monolayer is patterned and used as a template for self-assembly of a second monolayer by molecular recognition. The second monolayer is polymerized in place and the monolayers are separated to form a replicate. Both may then function as templates for monolayer assemblies. A generic self-replicating monomer unit comprises a polymerizable moiety attached by methylene repeats to a recognition element and an ending unit that will not interfere with the chosen recognition chemistry. The recognition element is self-complementary, unless a set of two replicating monomers with compatible cross-linking chemistry is employed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2007
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Applicant: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Joseph M. JACOBSON, David W. MOSLEY
  • Patent number: 7365394
    Abstract: Transistors are formed by depositing at least one layer of semiconductor material on a substrate comprising a polyphenylene polyimide. The substrate permits the use of processing temperatures in excess of 300° C. during the processes used to form the transistors, thus allowing the formation of high quality silicon semiconductor layers. The substrate also has a low coefficient of thermal expansion, which closely matches that of silicon, thus reducing any tendency for a silicon layer to crack or delaminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: E Ink Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin L Denis, Yu Chen, Paul S Drzaic, Joseph M Jacobson, Peter T Kazlas
  • Patent number: 7311943
    Abstract: A self-replicating monolayer system employing polymerization of monomers or nanoparticle ensembles on a defined template provides a method for synthesis of two-dimensional single molecule polymers. Systems of self-replicating monolayers may be used as templates for the growth of inorganic colloids. A preferred embodiment is a SAM-based replication, wherein an initial monolayer is patterned and used as a template for self-assembly of a second monolayer by molecular recognition. Once the second monolayer has formed, it is polymerized in place and the two monolayers are separated to form a replicate. Both monolayers may then function as templates for monolayer assemblies. A generic self-replicating monomer unit suitable for use in one embodiment comprises a polymerizable moiety attached by methylene repeats to a recognition element and an ending unit that will not interfere with the chosen recognition chemistry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Joseph M. Jacobson, David W. Mosley