Patents by Inventor Michael Thomas Pope

Michael Thomas Pope 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).

  • Publication number: 20180342843
    Abstract: Technologies are described for an audio jack housing configured to concentrically align with an opening in a chassis of a computing device and to accept a plug associated with external audio components. When the housing is aligned with the opening, a snout of the audio jack housing abuts an interior surface of the opening and does not protrude into the opening. The chassis where the opening is located may be constructed from a plastic material to reduce a risk of shorting-out when a metal plug is inserted into the housing. The chassis may include alignment features to concentrically align the audio jack housing with the opening during assembly, such that interior edges of the opening and interior edges of the snout are flush creating a smooth interior entry into the audio jack housing through the opening and the snout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Thomas Pope, Christina Ashley Yee, David Kazmierz Szczypinski
  • Patent number: 10141699
    Abstract: Technologies are described for an audio jack housing configured to concentrically align with an opening in a chassis of a computing device and to accept a plug associated with external audio components. When the housing is aligned with the opening, a snout of the audio jack housing abuts an interior surface of the opening and does not protrude into the opening. The chassis where the opening is located may be constructed from a plastic material to reduce a risk of shorting-out when a metal plug is inserted into the housing. The chassis may include alignment features to concentrically align the audio jack housing with the opening during assembly, such that interior edges of the opening and interior edges of the snout are flush creating a smooth interior entry into the audio jack housing through the opening and the snout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Thomas Pope, Christina Ashley Yee, David Kazmierz Szczypinski
  • Patent number: 9092192
    Abstract: A key/display assembly includes a first switch and a display module disposed aside the first switch. A touch-sensitive input panel overlies the first switch and the display module, and the touch-sensitive input panel includes a first touch-sensitive region proximate the first switch. The electronic mobile device further includes a first key defined by the first switch and the first touch-sensitive region. As such, the first key is actuated by pressing the first touch-sensitive region to displace the first touch-sensitive region and thereby actuate the first switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Blackberry Limited
    Inventors: Paul John Kudrna, Michael Thomas Pope, James Nelson Aldrich, Chin Feng Hsu, Yun Sun Lee, David Anthony Dettling
  • Patent number: 8955995
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes key lighting assemblies, electronic devices and keycaps. In one aspect, a key lighting assembly comprises a keycap defining at least one key. The keycap has one or more decorations. The assembly comprises a keycap, defining a key. The keycap has a non-opaque portion to identify the key. The assembly further comprises a light guide which is mounted in spaced relation with the keycap and an optical radiation source optically coupled to the light guide. The assembly further comprises a first opaque layer disposed on a first surface of the light guide. The first opaque layer defines a first opaque layer opening for passing optical radiation from the light guide to the keycap. The first opaque layer opening is located to permit optical radiation to be transmitted from the light guide to the non-opaque portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Blackberry Limited
    Inventors: Michael Thomas Pope, Benjamin Michael Finney, Jimmy Bedolla
  • Patent number: 8362372
    Abstract: A key/display assembly includes first and second switches, a display module, and a lens is disposed adjacent the display module. The lens includes a first contact region, a second contact region, and an inner surface that supports a first foot between the first contact region and the second contact region. A first key is defined by the first switch and the first contact region and is actuated by deflecting the first contact region to actuate the first switch. A second key is defined by the second switch and the second contact region and is actuated by deflecting the second contact region to actuate the second switch. When actuating the first key, the first foot inhibits the second contact region from actuating the second switch. When actuating the second key, the first foot inhibits the first contact region from actuating the first switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Paul John Kudrna, Michael Thomas Pope, James Nelson Aldrich
  • Publication number: 20120314396
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes key lighting assemblies, electronic devices and keycaps. In one aspect, a key lighting assembly comprises a keycap defining at least one key. The keycap has one or more decorations. The assembly comprises a keycap, defining a key. The keycap has a non-opaque portion to identify the key. The assembly further comprises a light guide which is mounted in spaced relation with the keycap and an optical radiation source optically coupled to the light guide. The assembly further comprises a first opaque layer disposed on a first surface of the light guide. The first opaque layer defines a first opaque layer opening for passing optical radiation from the light guide to the keycap. The first opaque layer opening is located to permit optical radiation to be transmitted from the light guide to the non-opaque portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Thomas POPE, Benjamin Michael FINNEY, Jimmy BEDOLLA
  • Publication number: 20120199457
    Abstract: A key/display assembly includes first and second switches, a display module, and a lens is disposed adjacent the display module. The lens includes a first contact region, a second contact region, and an inner surface that supports a first foot between the first contact region and the second contact region. A first key is defined by the first switch and the first contact region and is actuated by deflecting the first contact region to actuate the first switch. A second key is defined by the second switch and the second contact region and is actuated by deflecting the second contact region to actuate the second switch. When actuating the first key, the first foot inhibits the second contact region from actuating the second switch. When actuating the second key, the first foot inhibits the first contact region from actuating the first switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: Paul John Kudrna, Michael Thomas Pope, James Nelson Aldrich
  • Publication number: 20120200502
    Abstract: A key/display assembly includes a first switch and a display module disposed aside the first switch. A touch-sensitive input panel overlies the first switch and the display module, and the touch-sensitive input panel includes a first touch-sensitive region proximate the first switch. The electronic mobile device further includes a first key defined by the first switch and the first touch-sensitive region. As such, the first key is actuated by pressing the first touch-sensitive region to displace the first touch-sensitive region and thereby actuate the first switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: Paul John Kudrna, Michael Thomas Pope, James Nelson Aldrich, Chin Feng Hsu, Yun Sun Lee, David Anthony Dettling