Patents by Inventor Matthew D. Hill

Matthew D. Hill 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: 10313497
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device may be provided that contains a conductive housing and other conductive elements. The conductive elements may form an antenna ground plane. One or more antennas for the handheld electronic device may be formed from the ground plane and one or more associated antenna resonating elements. Transceiver circuitry may be connected to the resonating elements by transmission lines such as coaxial cables. Ferrules may be crimped to the coaxial cables. A bracket with extending members may be crimped over the ferrules to ground the coaxial cables to the housing and other conductive elements in the ground plane. The ground plane may contain an antenna slot. A dock connector and flex circuit may overlap the slot in a way that does not affect the resonant frequency of the slot. Electrical components may be isolated from the antenna using isolation elements such as inductors and resistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Michael Hobson, Erik L. Wang, Kenneth A. Jenks, Robert J. Hill, Robert W. Schlub, Richard H. Dinh, Tang Yew Tan, Adam D. Mittleman, Bartley K. Andre, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iullis, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Steven P. Jobs, Duncan Robert Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Douglas B. Satzger, Calvin Q. Seid, Christopher J. Stringer, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zorkendorfer
  • Publication number: 20190147424
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to systems and methods for design and use of web-based applications for account management. Some aspects relate to design tools that enable the use of a virtual agent or avatar as part of an account collection or management web application. Some aspects relate to applications, utilities and tools for node-based web resource design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew D. HILL, Scott L. McGREW, Casey F. UHRIG, Greg W. JOHNSON, Kyle J. NELSON, Thomas GILLESPIE
  • Publication number: 20190141171
    Abstract: An enclosure and a method for forming an enclosure are disclosed. The enclosure may be formed from metal, such as aluminum, and further include a non-metal portion allowing for transmission and receipt of electromagnetic waves. The non-metal portion may be interlocked to the enclosure and in particular, to a region within the enclosure including a first material having a relatively high strength and stiffness compared to the non-metal portion. Interlocking means may include forming dovetail cuts into the enclosure to receive the non-metal portion, a hole or cavity drilled into the enclosure which includes internal threads, and a rod inserted into the first material to provide a tension to the non-metal portion. Methods of assembling internal components using anodization are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew D. Hill, Derek C. Krass, Benjamin Shane Bustle, Lucy Elizabeth Browning, Michael Benjamin Wittenberg, James B. Smith, Ashutosh Y. Shukla, Scott A. Myers
  • Patent number: 10244659
    Abstract: A thermal distribution assembly for an electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device includes an enclosure defined by a metal band and a non-metal bottom wall formed by glass, sapphire, or plastic. In this regard, the enclosure may include a relatively low thermal conductivity. However, the thermal distribution assembly provides heat transfer capabilities that offset thermal conductivity losses by using a non-metal bottom wall, and also provides added structural support. The thermal distribution assembly may include a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer. The first and third layers provide structural support, while the second layer provides a relatively high thermally conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel W. Jarvis, David A. Pakula, David J. Dunsmoor, Ian A. Spraggs, Lee E. Hooton, Marwan Rammah, Matthew D. Hill, Robert F. Meyer, James A. Bertin, Eric M. Bennett, Simon C. Helmore, Melissa A. Wah, Jon F. Housour, Douglas G. Fournier, Christopher S. Tomasetta
  • Publication number: 20190077177
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing having an opening that includes an interior surface with a portion that is only viewable from an external vantage point at a viewing angle that is other than ninety degrees (90°). The electronic device also includes a SIM card tray that is removable from the housing via the opening and the SIM card tray includes an angled surface. Information is encoded in the form of text that is laser etched on the angled surface. The text is characterized as having an aspect ratio that corresponds to the viewing angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Jennifer L. Hawthorne, Michael J. Northrop, Tristan E. Lee, Marwan Rammah, Matthew D. Hill
  • Patent number: 10218827
    Abstract: An enclosure and a method for forming an enclosure are disclosed. The enclosure may be formed from metal, such as aluminum, and further include a non-metal portion allowing for transmission and receipt of electromagnetic waves. The non-metal portion may be interlocked to the enclosure and in particular, to a region within the enclosure including a first material having a relatively high strength and stiffness compared to the non-metal portion. Interlocking means may include forming dovetail cuts into the enclosure to receive the non-metal portion, a hole or cavity drilled into the enclosure which includes internal threads, and a rod inserted into the first material to provide a tension to the non-metal portion. Methods of assembling internal components using anodization are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Hill, Derek C. Krass, Benjamin Shane Bustle, Lucy Elizabeth Browning, Michael Benjamin Wittenberg, James B. Smith, Ashutosh Y. Shukla, Scott A. Myers
  • Patent number: 10217094
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to systems and methods for design and use of web-based applications for account management. Some aspects relate to design tools that enable the use of a virtual agent or avatar as part of an account collection or management web application. Some aspects relate to applications, utilities and tools for node-based web resource design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: BEGUIDED INC., THE INTERPROSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew D. Hill, Scott L. McGrew, Casey F. Uhrig, Greg W. Johnson, Kyle J. Nelson, Thomas F. Gillespie
  • Publication number: 20190041909
    Abstract: An electronic disclosed herein may include a band formed from metal that combines with a bottom wall formed from a non-metal to form an enclosure that carries internal components. The electronic device may include a transparent cover and a display assembly partially covered by a border having a uniform dimension. The electronic device may include a vision system designed for facial recognition of a user of the electronic device. A bracket assembly may hold the vision system. The bracket assembly may not be affixed to the enclosure and may move relative to the enclosure. The electronic device may include a battery assembly having multiple battery components coupled together. The electronic device may further include a receiver coil for wireless charging of the battery assembly. The electronic device may include a circuit board assembly having stacked circuit boards. The electronic device may further include a dual camera assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: David A. PAKULA, Daniel W. JARVIS, Shimon ELKAYAM, Brandon R. GARBUS, Christopher S. GRAHAM, Karl Ruben F. LARSSON, Ashley E. FLETCHER, Jared M. KOLE, Eric S. JOL, Aaron A. ORO, Michael D. QUINONES, Gregory N. STEPHENS, Ian SPRAGGS, James A. BERTIN, Simon C. HELMORE, Melissa A. WAH, Matthew D. HILL, Jon F. HOUSOUR, Douglas G. FOURNIER, Christopher S. TOMASETTA
  • Publication number: 20190033934
    Abstract: An electronic device is configured to detect the presence or absence of a case that is positioned over at least one surface of the electronic device. When a case is present, the electronic device is configured to determine one or more characteristics of the case and adjust one or more operations of the electronic device based on at least one characteristic of the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Myers, Ihtesham H. Chowdhury, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Benjamin J. Pope, Matthew D. Hill, Dhaval N. Shah, Martin J. Auclair
  • Publication number: 20190036201
    Abstract: A housing for an electronic device is disclosed. The housing comprises a first component and a second component separated from the first component by a gap. The housing also includes a first molded element disposed at least partially within the gap and defining at least a portion of an interlock feature, and a second molded element disposed at least partially within the gap and mechanically engaging the interlock feature. The first component, the second component, and the second molded element form a portion of an exterior surface of the housing. A method of forming the housing is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew D. Hill, Michael B. Wittenberg, Shane Bustle, Duy P. Le
  • Patent number: 10180755
    Abstract: The systems and techniques described herein generally relate to an electronic device having a touch-sensitive surface or region that is configured to receive force-based user input and dynamically adjust a force threshold used to recognize the force-based user input. In particular, the device may include one or more force sensors that are configured to detect a touch that exceeds a dynamically adjustable threshold. In some embodiments, the threshold is dynamically adjusted in response to a detected or estimated stability condition. By dynamically adjusting the threshold, the device may be better adapted or optimized for use with a particular support accessory or support configuration. In some cases, multiple sub-regions may be defined over the touch-sensitive surface, each sub-region having a different force threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Hill, Rasamy Phouthavong, Scott A. Myers
  • Patent number: 10174052
    Abstract: There are disclosed a series of quinuclidines having the Formula (I), which bind to the nicotinic ?7 receptor and may be useful for the treatment of disorders of the central nervous system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
    Inventors: James H. Cook, II, F. Christopher Zusi, Matthew D. Hill
  • Patent number: 10148000
    Abstract: A housing for an electronic device is disclosed. The housing comprises a first component and a second component separated from the first component by a gap. The housing also includes a first molded element disposed at least partially within the gap and defining at least a portion of an interlock feature, and a second molded element disposed at least partially within the gap and mechanically engaging the interlock feature. The first component, the second component, and the second molded element form a portion of an exterior surface of the housing. A method of forming the housing is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Hill, Michael B. Wittenberg, Shane Bustle, Duy P. Le
  • Patent number: 10095287
    Abstract: An electronic device is configured to detect the presence or absence of a case that is positioned over at least one surface of the electronic device. When a case is present, the electronic device is configured to determine one or more characteristics of the case and adjust one or more operations of the electronic device based on at least one characteristic of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Myers, Ihtesham H. Chowdhury, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Benjamin J. Pope, Matthew D. Hill, Dhaval N. Shah, Martin J. Auclair
  • Publication number: 20180276449
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a fingerprint sensor having a set of capacitive elements configured for capacitively coupling to a user fingerprint. The fingerprint sensor may be disposed under a control button or display element of an electronic device, for example one or more of a control button and a display component. A responsive element is responsive to proximity of the user fingerprint, for example one or both of a first circuit responsive to motion of the control button, and a second circuit responsive to a coupling between the fingerprint and a surface of the display element. The fingerprint sensor is disposed closer to the fingerprint than the responsive element. The control button or display component may include an anisotropic dielectric material, for example sapphire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Pope, Shawn Arnold, Barry J. Corlett, Terry L. Gilton, Syed Husaini, Steven Webster, Scott A. Myers, Matthew D. Hill, Benjamin B. Lyon
  • Patent number: 10007832
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a fingerprint sensor having a set of capacitive elements configured for capacitively coupling to a user fingerprint. The fingerprint sensor may be disposed under a control button or display element of an electronic device, for example one or more of a control button and a display component. A responsive element is responsive to proximity of the user fingerprint, for example one or both of a first circuit responsive to motion of the control button, and a second circuit responsive to a coupling between the fingerprint and a surface of the display element. The fingerprint sensor is disposed closer to the fingerprint than the responsive element. The control button or display component may include an anisotropic dielectric material, for example sapphire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Pope, Shawn Arnold, Barry J. Corlett, Terry L. Gilton, Syed Husaini, Steven Webster, Scott A. Myers, Matthew D. Hill, Benjamin B. Lyon
  • Patent number: 10007833
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a fingerprint sensor having a set of capacitive elements configured for capacitively coupling to a user fingerprint. The fingerprint sensor may be disposed under a control button or display element of an electronic device, for example one or more of a control button and a display component. A responsive element is responsive to proximity of the user fingerprint, for example one or both of a first circuit responsive to motion of the control button, and a second circuit responsive to a coupling between the fingerprint and a surface of the display element. The fingerprint sensor is disposed closer to the fingerprint than the responsive element. The control button or display component may include an anisotropic dielectric material, for example sapphire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Pope, Shawn Arnold, Barry J. Corlett, Terry L. Gilton, Syed Husaini, Steven Webster, Scott A. Myers, Matthew D. Hill, Benjamin B. Lyon
  • Patent number: 10000018
    Abstract: A stretch release adhesive is disclosed. The stretch release adhesive can be used for extracting an electrical component from an interior surface of a housing of a mobile computing device. The stretch release adhesive can have a double-sided adhesive body configured to adhere the component to the interior surface of the housing. A portion of the double-sided adhesive body is configured to extend out from between the electrical component and the interior surface of the housing to provide a graspable portion. When the stretch release adhesive is adhered between the electrical component and the internal surface of the housing, the stretch release adhesive can receive a pulling force at the graspable portion. If pulled with enough force, the stretch release adhesive will extend outwardly from between the electrical component and the internal surface of the mobile computing device, then completely release the electrical component from the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan C. Mag, Matthew D. Hill, Scott A. Myers, Liane J. Fang, Tyler B. Cater
  • Patent number: 10002347
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to systems and methods for design and use of web-based applications for account management. Some aspects relate to design tools that enable the use of a virtual agent or avatar as part of an account collection or management web application. Some aspects relate to applications, utilities and tools for node-based web resource design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignees: THE INTERPOSE CORPORATION, BEGUIDED, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Hill, Scott L. McGrew, Casey F. Uhrig, Greg W. Johnson, Kyle J. Nelson, Thomas F. Gillespie
  • Patent number: 9972459
    Abstract: A tactile switch assembly can include a tactile switch structure electrically connected to one end of a flexible circuit. The tactile switch assembly has a first length when the flexible circuit is in an unfolded state and a smaller second length when the flexible circuit is in a folded state. The flexible circuit folds over itself one or more times in the folded state. The tactile switch structure can include a stiffener positioned over a switch. The flexible circuit can extend over at least a portion of a top surface of the stiffener and wrap around the stiffener at a bend region and extend under at least a portion of a bottom surface of the stiffener. One or more component chambers can be created in openings in the stiffener that provide additional locations for one or more electrical components to be electrically connected to the flexible circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Hill, Matthew P. Rao, Alex M. Lee, Benjamin J. Pope, Jared M. Kole, Scott A. Myers, Stefan C. Mag