Patents by Inventor Kurt A. Jenkins

Kurt A. Jenkins 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: 10366080
    Abstract: A database search method and system utilize user community defined facets and facet values for refining searches. The system provides access to a database having a plurality of records in respective categories of information. Each record has one or more facets to the respective category of information, usable in connection with a search as suggested additional parameters for further refining search terms or guiding user navigation of the database. The facets and facet values are defined by a computer network community of users over time and through use of the network community portal. Another embodiment is an advertising engine that displays targeted advertisements to the user based on refined search. Another embodiment is a method that utilizes refined search to help the user with navigation of a site (e.g., website or other computer network site) as a component of a GUI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Skyword Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Mihalik, Thomas A. Gerace, Russell G. Barbour, Richard A. Meyer, David A. Sandborg, James E. Bostick, Kurt F. Wescoe, Jennifer R. Hann, Timothy R. Tresch, William Evans, Keith Kost, Lauren Sozio, Patricia Travaline, Adam Oliveri, Ralph Jenkins, David McKenna, Gregory Garay, Michael Shaheen, Teresa Shine, Carl Laneave, Aaron Reinard
  • Patent number: 10338699
    Abstract: The description relates to devices. One example device can involve a mesh structure with a density profile varying from a first end of the mesh structure to a second end of the mesh structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Kurt A. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10321615
    Abstract: Described herein is a display module for an electronic device having a thermal management structure integrated on a backside of the display module. Also described herein are techniques for manufacturing a display module with an integrated thermal management structure. By integrating the thermal management structure on the backside of the display module, the display module itself becomes a passive thermal management solution for an electronic device. Accordingly, the thermal management structure described herein can be considered a part of the display component stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Taylor Stellman, Andrew D. Delano, Lincoln Ghioni, Kurt A. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10302847
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, micro light guides are constructed that include a wall and one or more features extending from or protruding into one or more surfaces of the wall. The microstructure light guide is defined by a mold and formed as a single article with uniform internal stresses. In at least some embodiments, the mold that defines the microstructure light guide employs pixelated mold portions that enable selective temperature adjustment of discrete regions of the mold portions to form the microstructure light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Kurt A. Jenkins, Lincoln M. Ghioni
  • Patent number: 10162395
    Abstract: The description relates to devices, such as computing devices. One example can include a sandwich structured composite housing. The example can also include a set of electronic components positioned over the sandwich structured composite housing. The set of electronic components can have a profile against the sandwich structured composite housing. The sandwich structured composite housing can have a corresponding negative profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kurt A. Jenkins, Edward Burress, Jaya Narain, Robert J. Bergeson, Andrew W. Hill, Taylor Stellman
  • Patent number: 10146275
    Abstract: 3D printed thermal management devices and corresponding methods of manufacturing are described herein. A thermal management device includes a single contiguous component including at least a portion of a first heat exchanger and at least a portion of a second heat exchanger. The second heat exchanger is of a different type than the first heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Lincoln Ghioni, Jeffrey Taylor Stellman, Andrew Hill, Kurt Jenkins, Robyn Rebecca Reed McLaughlin
  • Publication number: 20180321720
    Abstract: Thermal management devices and systems, and corresponding manufacturing methods are described herein. A thermal management device includes a plate having a first surface. The first surface partially defines a chamber of the thermal management device. The thermal management device also includes capillary features disposed on the plate, and walls having a first end and a second end. The walls are disposed on the plate and extend away from the first surface of the plate, at the first end, to the second end. The walls partially define the chamber of the thermal management device. The thermal management device also includes a layer of material disposed on the walls, at the second end of the wall. The layer of material partially defines the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Kurt Jenkins, Andrew Douglas Delano, Lincoln Ghioni, Jeffrey Taylor Stellman
  • Patent number: 10054995
    Abstract: Thermal management devices and systems, and corresponding manufacturing methods are described herein. A thermal management device includes a plate having a first surface. The first surface partially defines a chamber of the thermal management device. The thermal management device also includes capillary features disposed on the plate, and walls having a first end and a second end. The walls are disposed on the plate and extend away from the first surface of the plate, at the first end, to the second end. The walls partially define the chamber of the thermal management device. The thermal management device also includes a layer of material disposed on the walls, at the second end of the wall. The layer of material partially defines the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kurt Jenkins, Andrew Douglas Delano, Lincoln Ghioni, Jeffrey Taylor Stellman
  • Publication number: 20180143673
    Abstract: Thermal management devices and systems, and corresponding manufacturing methods are described herein. A phase change thermal management device is manufactured with a method that includes forming a volume of a first material. The volume of the first material defines a chamber of the thermal management device and an inner surface of a port. A layer of a second material is electroplated on the volume of the first material. The volume of the first material is melted or dissolved, such that the electroplated layer of the second material forms the chamber and the port. The melted volume of the first material is removed via the port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Kurt Jenkins, Andrew Douglas Delano, Lincoln Ghioni, Jeffrey Taylor Stellman
  • Publication number: 20180120912
    Abstract: Thermal management devices and systems, and corresponding manufacturing methods are described herein. A thermal management device includes a plate having a first surface. The first surface partially defines a chamber of the thermal management device. The thermal management device also includes capillary features disposed on the plate, and walls having a first end and a second end. The walls are disposed on the plate and extend away from the first surface of the plate, at the first end, to the second end. The walls partially define the chamber of the thermal management device. The thermal management device also includes a layer of material disposed on the walls, at the second end of the wall. The layer of material partially defines the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Kurt Jenkins, Andrew Douglas Delano, Lincoln Ghioni, Jeffrey Taylor Stellman
  • Patent number: 9939576
    Abstract: Examples of structurally supportive backlight systems and devices incorporating such backlight systems are disclosed. One disclosed example provides a backlight system comprising a reflector, a light guide comprising a glass sheet, the glass sheet being adhered to the reflector with adhesive light extracting features, and a light source positioned to direct light into the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Andrew Large, Kurt A. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 9901002
    Abstract: Structures include a substrate having a base surface. The base surface includes a plurality of protrusions extending from the base surface and/or a plurality of depressions extending into the base surface. The structures include a molded liner. The molded liner encapsulates the plurality of protrusions and/or the molded liner extends into at least a portion of the plurality of depressions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Kurt Jenkins
  • Publication number: 20170367214
    Abstract: Described herein is a display module for an electronic device having a thermal management structure integrated on a backside of the display module. Also described herein are techniques for manufacturing a display module with an integrated thermal management structure. By integrating the thermal management structure on the backside of the display module, the display module itself becomes a passive thermal management solution for an electronic device. Accordingly, the thermal management structure described herein can be considered a part of the display component stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Taylor Stellman, Andrew D. Delano, Lincoln Ghioni, Kurt A. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 9830003
    Abstract: Ring button devices and systems are disclosed herein. In one example, an electronic stylus is provided. The stylus includes a shaft, a circuit positioned within the shaft, a ring button positioned around an axis of the shaft, and a ring button sensor positioned within the shaft and connected to the circuit. The ring button is configured to contact the ring button sensor to activate a function of the stylus or a function of an electronic device in communication with the stylus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Large, Kurt A. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 9830037
    Abstract: Input device backlighting techniques are described. In one or more implementations, an input device includes a light guide configured to transmit light, a sensor assembly having a plurality of sensors that are configured to detect proximity of an object as a corresponding one or more inputs, a connection portion configured to form a communicative coupling to a computing device to communicate the one or more inputs received by the sensor assembly to the computing device, and an outer layer. The outer layer has a plurality of indications of inputs formed using openings in the outer layer such that light from the light guide is configured to pass through the openings to function as a backlight. The outer layer also has a plurality of sub-layers arranged to have increasing levels of resistance to transmission of the light from the light guide, one to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy C. Shaw, Richard D. Harley, Xuezhong Wu, Bradley R. Martin, Kurt A. Jenkins
  • Publication number: 20170248992
    Abstract: A structure for housing electronic components. The structure includes a first layer and a second layer. One or more layers may each have a modulus of elasticity of less than 2.41 MPa. One or more layers may be at least partially affixed to form a combined layer. The combined layer may have a combined modulus of elasticity of less than 2300 MPa. The combined layer may be transparent to electromagnetic waves. The combined layer may be not electrically conductive across an entire surface area of the combined layer. The combined layer may be polycarbonate free. An outermost layer may be a textile layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Kurt Jenkins, Anthony Reed, Neil O'Connell, James Alec Ishihara
  • Publication number: 20170245382
    Abstract: Structures include a substrate having a base surface. The base surface includes a plurality of protrusions extending from the base surface and/or a plurality of depressions extending into the base surface. The structures include a molded liner. The molded liner encapsulates the plurality of protrusions and/or the molded liner extends into at least a portion of the plurality of depressions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Inventor: Kurt Jenkins
  • Publication number: 20170235349
    Abstract: 3D printed thermal management devices and corresponding methods of manufacturing are described herein. A thermal management device includes a single contiguous component including at least a portion of a first heat exchanger and at least a portion of a second heat exchanger. The second heat exchanger is of a different type than the first heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Lincoln Ghioni, Jeffrey Taylor Stellman, Andrew Hill, Kurt Jenkins, Robyn Rebecca Reed McLaughlin
  • Publication number: 20170212303
    Abstract: Examples of structurally supportive backlight systems and devices incorporating such backlight systems are disclosed. One disclosed example provides a backlight system comprising a reflector, a light guide comprising a glass sheet, the glass sheet being adhered to the reflector with adhesive light extracting features, and a light source positioned to direct light into the light guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Andrew Large, Kurt A. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 9690328
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an external display layer, a shell disposed opposite the external display layer, a display module component enclosed by the external display layer and the shell, and an internal support that structurally supports the display module component and the external display layer. The internal support includes a plate disposed between the external display layer and the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Tristan Trutna, Kurt Jenkins, Timothy Large