Patents by Inventor Michael J. Darnell

Michael J. Darnell 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: 10447342
    Abstract: Disclosed is a guided surface waveguide probe with a charge terminal that is elevated over a lossy conducting medium. A primary coil can be coupled to an excitation source within a substructure. A secondary coil can provide a voltage to the charge terminal with a phase delay (?) that matches a wave tilt angle (?) associated with a complex Brewster angle of incidence (?i,B) associated with the lossy conducting medium. The primary coil can be configured to inductively couple to the secondary coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, Christopher R. Lamon, James M. Salvitti, Jr., Robert S. Galloway, Jr., James T. Darnell, Fredrick A. Genz, Wes Pogorzelski, Michael P. Taylor, Philip V. Pesavento, Timothy J. Lougheed, Jr., Jerry A. Lomax
  • Patent number: 8336073
    Abstract: Strategies are described for adding a mark to media content at a source location in response to the activation of a marking mechanism, and then resuming the presentation of the media content at a second location based on the mark. The source location may be the same as the destination location, or the source location may differ from the destination location. In the latter case, the source location can correspond to a first room in a home that provides a first media processing mechanism, and the destination location can correspond to a second room in the home that provides a second media processing mechanism. The marking mechanism can correspond to a mark button provided by a remote control. Various user interface displays facilitate the adding of the mark and the resuming of the presentation, including various timelines displays, mark panel displays, thumbnail displays, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Edward M. Tecot, Michael J. Darnell, Laurie June Vertelney, Shannon C. Hegg
  • Publication number: 20110047574
    Abstract: Strategies are described for adding a mark to media content at a source location in response to the activation of a marking mechanism, and then resuming the presentation of the media content at a second location based on the mark. The source location may be the same as the destination location, or the source location may differ from the destination location. In the latter case, the source location can correspond to a first room in a home that provides a first media processing mechanism, and the destination location can correspond to a second room in the home that provides a second media processing mechanism. The marking mechanism can correspond to a mark button provided by a remote control. Various user interface displays facilitate the adding of the mark and the resuming of the presentation, including various timelines displays, mark panel displays, thumbnail displays, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Edward M. Tecot, Shannon C. Hegg, Laurie J. Vertelney, Michael J. Darnell
  • Patent number: 7836473
    Abstract: Strategies are described for adding a mark to media content at a source location in response to the activation of a marking mechanism, and then resuming the presentation of the media content at a second location based on the mark. The source location may be the same as the destination location, or the source location may differ from the destination location. In the latter case, the source location can correspond to a first room in a home that provides a first media processing mechanism, and the destination location can correspond to a second room in the home that provides a second media processing mechanism. The marking mechanism can correspond to a mark button provided by a remote control. Various user interface displays facilitate the adding of the mark and the resuming of the presentation, including various timelines displays, mark panel displays, thumbnail displays, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Edward M. Tecot, Shannon C. Hegg, Laurie J. Vertelney, Michael J. Darnell
  • Publication number: 20090222850
    Abstract: Advertisement skip view is described. In embodiment(s), a video stream of recorded media content can be distributed to a media device when requested at the media device to render as television media content for viewing. The recorded media content can include one or more advertisement pods that each include one or more advertisements. A skip command can be received from the media device to skip an advertisement in an advertisement pod that is rendered for viewing, such as when a viewer initiates a skip command at the media device. A focal position in a next advertisement in the advertisement pod can then be determined to skip to the focal position in the next advertisement. The recorded media content can then be distributed to the media device from the focal position in the next advertisement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michael J. Darnell
  • Patent number: 7506275
    Abstract: User interface navigation is described. In an embodiment, an indicator displayed on a user interface rotates in place to indicate selectable directions of travel. When an input is received to stop the indicator from rotating, the indicator moves in a direction of travel. When another input is received, the indicator stops moving in the direction of travel, and again rotates in place to indicate other selectable directions of travel. An input can also be received to initiate selecting a user-selectable control on the user interface when the indicator is positioned over the user-selectable control, over a portion of the user-selectable control, or proximate the user-selectable control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan I Conradt, Michael J. Darnell
  • Patent number: 7389477
    Abstract: Systems and methods for repositioning selectable content. Content that includes selectable items is displayed on a display device through a user interface. When an item is selected, the item is repositioned and sometimes resized so that the selected item is more easily viewed. If the item includes text, the text is more legible because it has been enlarged. Other items included in the content that are not currently selected are not enlarged or modified. When a new item is selected, the new item is repositioned or resized and the previously selected item returns to a previous state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Inventors: Monique Barbanson, Pradip K. Fatehpuria, Michael J. Darnell
  • Patent number: 7353459
    Abstract: Systems and methods for repositioning selectable content. Content that includes selectable items is displayed on a display device through a user interface. When an item is selected, the item is repositioned and sometimes resized so that the selected item is more easily viewed. If the item includes text, the text is more legible because it has been enlarged. Other items included in the content that are not currently selected are not enlarged or modified. When a new item is selected, the new item is repositioned or resized and the previously selected item returns to a previous state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Monique Barbanson, Pradip K. Fatehpuria, Michael J. Darnell
  • Patent number: 6907576
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enlarging selectable content. Content that includes selectable items is displayed on a display device through a user interface. When an item is selected, the item is enlarged such that the selected item is more easily viewed. If the item includes text, the text is more legible because it has been enlarged. Other items included in the content that are not currently selected are not enlarged or modified. When a new item is selected, the new item is enlarged and the previously selected item returns to an unselected size and is no longer enlarged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Monique Barbanson, Pradip K. Fatehpuria, Michael J. Darnell
  • Publication number: 20030164861
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enlarging selectable content. Content that includes selectable items is displayed on a display device through a user interface. When an item is selected, the item is enlarged such that the selected item is more easily viewed. If the item includes text, the text is more legible because it has been enlarged. Other items included in the content that are not currently selected are not enlarged or modified. When a new item is selected, the new item is enlarged and the previously selected item returns to an unselected size and is no longer enlarged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Publication date: September 4, 2003
    Inventors: Monique Barbanson, Pradip K. Fatehpuria, Michael J. Darnell
  • Patent number: 5596700
    Abstract: The invention is a system for creating annotations (notes) from text entered by a user. The notes are permanently and persistently associated with a title text in a window and are either displayed or hidden along with the window having the associated title text. The title of the window, the note position and the note text are stored in nonvolatile storage as a note record, preferably along with all other note records to form a note dictionary. Thereafter, when each new window having a title is displayed, the system compares the new window title with each note title previously recorded. If the new title is the same as any note titles, then the note text is displayed at the note position. When a window is closed or altered in a way that would affect the way that the notes should be displayed, the system searches the note records to find all notes being displayed on the particular window and processes them accordingly. For example, if the window is being closed, then all associated notes are hidden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Darnell, Elissa D. Smilowitz
  • Patent number: 5450538
    Abstract: A computer interface system employing a menu-graphical graphical user interface for the entry of text data in a data store receives user inputs for controlling the graphical user interface, which interface provides a document form display including at least one data entry field for text entry. The system is invested with the ability to generate a pointer in the display which is positionable in response to a control input from a user. The system is responsive to a selected positioning of the pointer and to a further control input from the user for varying the size of the data field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Howard J. Glaser, Michael J. Darnell
  • Patent number: 4941102
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for debugging a forward-chaining (rule-based) expert system are disclosed. A single STEP command controls the expert system and automatically presents prefire and postfire displays for observing the system's performance. The debugger alternates between prefire and postfire states. In the prefire state, before the selected rule is fired, the conflict set of rules eligible to be fired, the selected rule to be fired, and the data for that rule are displayed in separate windows. Entry of the STEP command fires the rule and changes the debugger's state to postfire. In the postfire state, the just-fired rule and data updated thereby are displayed. Entry of the STEP command in the postfire state changes the state to prefire and automatically presents the prefire display for the next selected rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Darnell, Joseph M. Hary, Robert J. Quinn