Patents by Inventor Kevin Howard Orr

Kevin Howard Orr 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: 10209883
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device having a microprocessor housed within a body including a display area and a contact-sensitive area is disclosed. The contact-sensitive area detects contact engagement therewith and produces instruction data based thereupon. A microprocessor-run software program receives instruction data from the contact-sensitive area. The contact-sensitive area has a home zone area and a plurality of activity launch zone areas. The software program is programmed to process the instruction data and determine sweeping contact motion detected on the contact-sensitive area originating at the home zone area and terminating at one of the plurality of activity launch zone areas. The program responsively launches an operator-instructed activity corresponding to the activity launch zone area at which the sweeping contact motion terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Steven Henry Fyke, Kevin Howard Orr, Vahid Moosavi
  • Publication number: 20160349988
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device having a microprocessor housed within a body including a display area and a contact-sensitive area is disclosed. The contact-sensitive area detects contact engagement therewith and produces instruction data based thereupon. A microprocessor-run software program receives instruction data from the contact-sensitive area. The contact-sensitive area has a home zone area and a plurality of activity launch zone areas. The software program is programmed to process the instruction data and determine sweeping contact motion detected on the contact-sensitive area originating at the home zone area and terminating at one of the plurality of activity launch zone areas. The program responsively launches an operator-instructed activity corresponding to the activity launch zone area at which the sweeping contact motion terminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Applicant: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Steven Henry FYKE, Kevin Howard ORR, Vahid MOOSAVI
  • Patent number: 9405362
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for interfacing between a mobile device and a PC. The mobile device utilizes a connection with the PC for taking advantage of the larger display and input devices such as the keyboard on the PC to improve the user interface (UI). This also enables the user to take advantage of the mobile device's wireless connectivity at the same time, e.g. where the PC does not have the same connectivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Sean Elliott Wilson, David Paul Yach, Kevin Howard Orr, Steven Henry Fyke, Andrew Douglas Bocking
  • Patent number: 9124305
    Abstract: A device, method and system for efficiently powering a near field communication device are provided. The device comprises: a module configured to: exchange data with a near field communication (NFC) device; and transmit energy to the NFC device; and, a processor configured to: receive, using the module, energy data from the NFC device, the energy data comprising data for determining a difference between a current energy level of an energy storage apparatus at the NFC device and a given amount of energy for performing a given function at the NFC device; determine the difference from the energy data; and, transmit, using the module, an amount of energy corresponding to the difference, to the NFC device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Douglas James Arthur Burrell, Kevin Howard Orr, Ahmed Abdelsamie, Mikolaj Matthew Mruk
  • Patent number: 9065932
    Abstract: A device for providing notifications while mated with a carrying case is provided. The device comprises: an indicator; a first detector configured to detect when the device is mated with a carrying case, the carrying case having an open configuration and a closed configuration, wherein the indicator is hidden in the closed configuration and at least partially exposed in the open configuration; a second detector configured to detect when the carrying case is in the open configuration; and, a processor configured to place the indicator in a given notification mode when the first detector detects that the device is mated with the carrying case and the second detector detects that the carrying case is in the open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Ahmed Abdelsamie, Alan James Deciantis, Omar George Joseph Barake, Steven Anthony Lill, Marc Elis Meunier, Kevin Howard Orr, Craig Eric Ranta
  • Patent number: 9020428
    Abstract: NFC-capable systems and devices, and related methods, for controlling operation of an NFC-capable mobile device are disclosed. Through NFC communication, the NFC-capable mobile device detects a load associated with a surface proximate the NFC-capable mobile device. Based at least partly on a determined sustained intensity of the load, the NFC-capable mobile device triggers operation of a camera of the NFC-capable mobile device to capture an image of the surface proximate the NFC-capable mobile device. Based at least partly on a determined correspondence of the captured image with stored image data, the NFC-capable mobile device executes a device control command, such as to control some aspect of the NFC-capable mobile device based on the detected surface, which may be part of a holster for holstering the NFC-capable mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Marc √Člis Meunier, Vahid Moosavi, Kevin Howard Orr
  • Patent number: 9013435
    Abstract: A method includes: detecting a first touch at a first location on a touch-sensitive display; detecting a second touch at a second location on the touch-sensitive display; and displaying a navigation indicator on the touch-sensitive display in response to detecting the second touch while first touch contact is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Blackberry Limited
    Inventors: Steven Henry Fyke, Jason Tyler Griffin, Kevin Howard Orr, Laura Mahan
  • Publication number: 20150065037
    Abstract: A device, method and system for efficiently powering a near field communication device are provided. The devices comprises: a module configured to: exchange data with a near field communication (NFC) device; and transmit energy to the NFC device; and, a processor configured to: receive, using the module, energy data from the NFC device, the energy data comprising data for determining a difference between a current energy level of an energy storage apparatus at the NFC device and a given amount of energy for performing a given function at the NFC device; determine the difference from the energy data; and, transmit, using the module, an amount of energy corresponding to the difference, to the NFC device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Douglas James Arthur BURRELL, Kevin Howard ORR, Ahmed ABDELSAMIE, Mikolaj Matthew MRUK
  • Patent number: 8970507
    Abstract: Methods of waking a portable electronic device are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises: causing the portable electronic device to enter a sleep mode in which a touch-sensitive display is deactivated a force sensing transducer measures forces applied to the touch-sensitive display at a reduced rate relative to a rate of a full power mode when in the sleep mode; causing a force sensing transducer to measure forces applied to the touch-sensitive display at the rate of the full power mode in response to detection of an inertial event; causing the touch-sensitive display to be reactivated in response to detection of a force which is greater than a predetermined wake force threshold; and causing the portable electronic device to wake in response to detection of a touch event within a first predetermined duration of the detection of the force which is greater than a predetermined wake force threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Marc Edward Holbein, Kevin Howard Orr, Aleksandar Sasha Papo, Adam Louis Parco, Christopher James Grant
  • Publication number: 20150017909
    Abstract: NFC-capable systems and devices, and related methods, for controlling operation of an NFC-capable mobile device are disclosed. Through NFC communication, the NFC-capable mobile device detects a load associated with a surface proximate the NFC-capable mobile device. Based at least partly on a determined sustained intensity of the load, the NFC-capable mobile device triggers operation of a camera of the NFC-capable mobile device to capture an image of the surface proximate the NFC-capable mobile device. Based at least partly on a determined correspondence of the captured image with stored image data, the NFC-capable mobile device executes a device control command, such as to control some aspect of the NFC-capable mobile device based on the detected surface, which may be part of a holster for holstering the NFC-capable mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Marc √Člis Meunier, Vahid Moosavi, Kevin Howard Orr
  • Publication number: 20140333431
    Abstract: A device for providing notifications while mated with a carrying case is provided. The device comprises: an indicator; a first detector configured to detect when the device is mated with a carrying case, the carrying case having an open configuration and a closed configuration, wherein the indicator is hidden in the closed configuration and at least partially exposed in the open configuration; a second detector configured to detect when the carrying case is in the open configuration; and, a processor configured to place the indicator in a given notification mode when the first detector detects that the device is mated with the carrying case and the second detector detects that the carrying case is in the open configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Ahmed ABDELSAMIE, Alan James DECIANTIS, Omar George Joseph Barake, Steven Anthony LILL, Marc Elis MEUNIER, Kevin Howard ORR, Craig Eric RANTA
  • Publication number: 20140267055
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a keyboard comprising a plurality of mechanical keys, a plurality of touch sensors interspersed among the plurality of mechanical keys to detect touches on the mechanical keys, and a controller coupled to the touch sensors and configured to group touch sensor data in a first set of groups to identify a first coordinate value of a touch location on the keyboard and to group the touch sensor data in a second set of groups to identify a second coordinate value of the touch location. The first set of groups differs from the second set of groups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Douglas James Arthur BURRELL, Kevin Howard ORR, David Ryan WALKER
  • Patent number: 8751839
    Abstract: A method and electronic device for activating components based on predicted device activity. The method and device include maintaining a set of device activity information storing data collected from components in the device. The device activity information may be maintained over a predetermined time period and may include times associated with the collected component data. The device activity information may include data regarding scheduled events. Device activity and the appropriate activation state of a component on the device may be predicted based on the current time, current data collected from components in the device and data in the device activity information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Kevin Howard Orr, Matthew Bells
  • Publication number: 20140078092
    Abstract: A method includes: detecting a first touch at a first location on a touch-sensitive display; detecting a second touch at a second location on the touch-sensitive display; and displaying a navigation indicator on the touch-sensitive display in response to detecting the second touch while first touch contact is maintained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Steven Henry FYKE, Jason Tyler Griffin, Kevin Howard Orr, Laura Mahan
  • Publication number: 20140009393
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for interfacing between a mobile device and a PC. The mobile device utilizes a connection with the PC for taking advantage of the larger display and input devices such as the keyboard on the PC to improve the user interface (UI). This also enables the user to take advantage of the mobile device's wireless connectivity at the same time, e.g. where the PC does not have the same connectivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: Blackberry Limited
    Inventors: Sean Elliott WILSON, David Paul Yach, Kevin Howard Orr, Steven Henry Fyke, Andrew Douglas Bocking
  • Patent number: 8624858
    Abstract: A method includes: detecting a first touch at a first location on a touch-sensitive display; detecting a second touch at a second location on the touch-sensitive display; and displaying a navigation indicator on the touch-sensitive display in response to detecting the second touch while first touch contact is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Blackberry Limited
    Inventors: Steven Henry Fyke, Jason Tyler Griffin, Kevin Howard Orr, Laura Mahan
  • Patent number: 8614627
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system and method for controlling the output level of an enunciator on a portable electronic device. In one embodiment, this is provided a portable electronic device, comprising: a microprocessor; an enunciator connected to the microprocessor configured to provide an enunciation in response to enunciation events, the enunciator having at least a first enunciation setting and a second enunciation setting; a sensor; a monitoring circuit connected to the sensor for providing a trigger signal in response to a notable movement of the portable electronic device; and an enunciator management module to: activate the enunciator at the first enunciation setting in response to an enunciation event; adjust the output of the enunciator to the second enunciation setting in response to a first trigger signal from the monitoring circuit; and re-activate the enunciator at the second enunciation setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Kevin Howard Orr
  • Publication number: 20130311540
    Abstract: Methods and electronic devices for initiating a complementary application are described. In one example embodiment, a method, implemented by a processor of a first electronic device is described. The method includes: establishing a connection between the first electronic device and a second electronic device; receiving a communication, wherein the communication includes textual information; determining if the textual information includes at least one key term; and if the textual information includes the at least one key term, initiating an application on the second electronic device based on the at least one key term.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Steven Henry Fyke, Kevin Howard Orr
  • Patent number: 8565736
    Abstract: A portable communication device, such as a cellular telephone, communicates via a wireless communication link with a remote user interface device, such as a hands-free interface. The portable communication device and the remote user interface device each comprises a motion sensor, by which each device can determine motion of the device with respect to the earth. The devices may share, via the wireless communication link, motion messages. The wireless communication link may be terminated as a function of the motion of the devices. After the wireless communication link is terminated, the remote user interface device may automatically enter a low-power mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Vahid Moosavi, Sean Elliott Wilson, Kevin Howard Orr
  • Publication number: 20130229437
    Abstract: An electronic mobile device includes a display for displaying a graphical element. A tilt sensor is configured to sense first and second tilt angles of the mobile device. A processor is coupled to the display and the tilt sensor and configured to move the graphical element relative to the display in a first direction based on the first tilt angle, and to move the graphical element relative to the display in a second direction based on the second tilt angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Kevin Howard Orr, Alexander Kornilovsky, Alexei Skarine