Patents by Inventor Mark Burleson

Mark Burleson 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: 9877111
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for configurations of a loudspeaker and assembly of the loudspeaker. The loudspeaker may include a frame, a voice coil, a magnetic structure that includes a magnetic gap, a surround, a spider, and a circumferential spacer element. The circumferential spacer element may include a first tier attached to an outer rim of the surround; and a second tier attached to an outer rim of the spider, wherein the circumferential spacer element is coupled to the frame such that the voice coil is suspended at least partially within the magnetic gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Burleson, Richard Warren Little
  • Patent number: 9784757
    Abstract: A touch sensor is associated with a housing that is adapted for attachment to the outer perimeter of a fluid conduit. The housing can be attached to the fluid conduit such that the touch sensor can detect the presence of fluid within the fluid conduit. The output of the touch sensor can be used by an indicator or processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Deron Stambaugh, Mark Burleson, Anthony Russo
  • Publication number: 20160353207
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for configurations of a loudspeaker and assembly of the loudspeaker. The loudspeaker may include a frame, a voice coil, a magnetic structure that includes a magnetic gap, a surround, a spider, and a circumferential spacer element. The circumferential spacer element may include a first tier attached to an outer rim of the surround; and a second tier attached to an outer rim of the spider, wherein the circumferential spacer element is coupled to the frame such that the voice coil is suspended at least partially within the magnetic gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Mark Burleson, Richard Warren Little
  • Publication number: 20160334436
    Abstract: A touch sensor is associated with a housing that is adapted for attachment to the outer perimeter of a fluid conduit. The housing can be attached to the fluid conduit such that the touch sensor can detect the presence of fluid within the fluid conduit. The output of the touch sensor can be used by an indicator or processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Inventors: Deron STAMBAUGH, Mark BURLESON, Anthony RUSSO
  • Patent number: 9451345
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for configurations of a loudspeaker and assembly of the loudspeaker. The loudspeaker may include a frame; a voice coil; a magnetic structure having a magnetic gap; a surround; a spider; and a staggered circumferential spacer element. The staggered circumferential spacer element may include an upper tier attached to an outer rim of the surround; and a lower tier attached to an outer rim of the spider. The staggered circumferential spacer may be coupled to the frame such that the voice coil is suspended at least partially within the magnetic gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Burleson, Richard Little
  • Patent number: 9423413
    Abstract: A touch sensor is associated with a housing that is adapted for attachment to the outer perimeter of a fluid conduit. The housing can be attached to the fluid conduit such that the touch sensor can detect the presence of fluid within the fluid conduit. The output of the touch sensor can be used by an indicator or processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Deron Stambaugh, Mark Burleson, Anthony Russo
  • Patent number: 9268356
    Abstract: Embodiments of a modular knob system include a modular knob shell, bearing componentry, and detent componentry. A specific knob shell embodiment may accommodate various different detent mechanisms so that a single knob shell can be used with numerous switching mechanisms. The knob system also may include electronic, magnetic or other sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Burleson
  • Publication number: 20150264457
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for configurations of a loudspeaker and assembly of the loudspeaker. The loudspeaker may include a frame; a voice coil; a magnetic structure having a magnetic gap; a surround; a spider; and a staggered circumferential spacer element. The staggered circumferential spacer element may include an upper tier attached to an outer rim of the surround; and a lower tier attached to an outer rim of the spider. The staggered circumferential spacer may be coupled to the frame such that the voice coil is suspended at least partially within the magnetic gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Burleson, Richard Little
  • Patent number: 9066179
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for configurations of a loudspeaker and assembly of the loudspeaker. The loudspeaker configuration may include a circumferential spacer element having a first surface and a second surface. The first surface may be attached to an outer rim of a first suspension element. An inner rim of the first suspension element may be attached to an outer rim of a diaphragm. A central portion of the diaphragm may be coupled to a voice coil. The second surface may be attached to an outer rim of a second suspension element. An inner rim of the second suspension element may be coupled to a lower surface of the diaphragm. The circumferential spacer element has a structural shape configured to be coupled to a loudspeaker frame such that the voice coil may be suspended at least partially within a magnetic gap of a magnetic structure of the loudspeaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Burleson, Richard Warren Little
  • Publication number: 20150071482
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for configurations of a loudspeaker and assembly of the loudspeaker. The loudspeaker configuration may include a circumferential spacer element having a first surface and a second surface. The first surface may be attached to an outer rim of a first suspension element. An inner rim of the first suspension element may be attached to an outer rim of a diaphragm. A central portion of the diaphragm may be coupled to a voice coil. The second surface may be attached to an outer rim of a second suspension element. An inner rim of the second suspension element may be coupled to a lower surface of the diaphragm. The circumferential spacer element has a structural shape configured to be coupled to a loudspeaker frame such that the voice coil may be suspended at least partially within a magnetic gap of a magnetic structure of the loudspeaker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Burleson, Richard Warren Little
  • Publication number: 20140260776
    Abstract: Several embodiments of a modular knob system are disclosed. The modular knob system includes a modular knob shell, bearing componentry, and detent componentry. The knob system also may include electronic, magnetic, or other sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Burleson
  • Patent number: 8667851
    Abstract: A mechanical interface for a touch sensor includes a housing for the sensor, a triggering member for triggering the sensor, and biasing means for biasing the triggering member away from the sensor. Application to the triggering member of a predetermined force overcoming the biasing force causes the triggering member to move toward and into an electric field generated about the sensor, thereby triggering the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Touchsensor Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory W. Bobeczko, Mark Burleson, David Kinsman, Andrew J. Livingston
  • Publication number: 20130003272
    Abstract: A mechanical interface for a touch sensor includes a housing for the sensor, a triggering member for triggering the sensor, and biasing means for biasing the triggering member away from the sensor. Application to the triggering member of a predetermined force overcoming the biasing force causes the triggering member to move toward and into an electric field generated about the sensor, thereby triggering the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory W. Bobeczko, Mark Burleson, David Kinsman, Andrew J. Livingston
  • Publication number: 20100259497
    Abstract: A user interface includes a user interface substrate and an associated integrated sensing electrode and backlight mask in the form of an opaque material having an aperture or otherwise light-transmissive portion therein. The integrated sensing electrode and backlight mask is positioned between the user interface substrate and a light source, such that indicia in the form of the aperture is visible at a surface of the user interface substrate when the light source is illuminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Livingston, Mark Burleson, Deron Stambaugh
  • Publication number: 20100253653
    Abstract: A virtual knob interface includes a substrate, a virtual knob associated with the substrate, and a number of touch sensors associated with the substrate and with the virtual knob. The virtual knob and touch sensor are configured and arranged such that the touch sensors detect manipulation of the virtual knob by a user. The knob can be removable from the substrate. Features can be provided to disable control of a device or function controlled by the knob when the knob has been removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Deron Stambaugh, Mark Mathews, Mark Burleson
  • Publication number: 20080001766
    Abstract: A touch sensor is associated with a housing that is adapted for attachment to the outer perimeter of a fluid conduit. The housing can be attached to the fluid conduit such that the touch sensor can detect the presence of fluid within the fluid conduit. The output of the touch sensor can be used by an indicator or processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Applicant: TOUCHSENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Deron Stambaugh, Mark Burleson, Anthony Russo