Patents by Inventor Miles A. Kirby

Miles A. Kirby 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: 9793738
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods directed to wireless power are disclosed. A charging device includes an antenna circuit for wirelessly receiving power from a first device via a power antenna. Received power can be stored in an energy storage device. The antenna circuit can wirelessly power or charge a plurality of second electronic devices via the power antenna based on power stored in the energy storage device. Furthermore, a wireless charging apparatus is disclosed that includes a display for receiving a device placed on its surface. Changes in a magnetic field in response to the placement of the chargeable electronic device on the surface of the display is detected. A communication link with the chargeable electronic device in response to the change in the level of the magnetic field is activated. A transmit antenna circuit wirelessly transmits power to the chargeable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul E. Jacobs, Miles A. Kirby, Ernest T. Ozaki, Michael J. Mangan
  • Patent number: 9583953
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to portable wireless charging. A portable charging system may comprise at least one antenna positioned within a portable enclosure. The at least one antenna may be configured to receive power from a power source and wirelessly transmit power to a receive antenna coupled to a chargeable device positioned within a near-field of the at least one antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Miles A. Kirby, William H. Von Novak, Michael J. Mangan
  • Patent number: 9407327
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless power. A method may comprise detecting one or more transmit elements positioned within an associated charging region. The method may further comprise selecting at least one transmit element of the detected one or more transmit elements to receive wireless power therefrom to enable for optimal charging of a charging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Miles A. Kirby, Matthew S. Grob
  • Patent number: 9240824
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless electronic devices. A method may comprise receiving a wireless signal with an antenna and identifying one of a wireless charging module and a near-field communication module to which the received signal is associated. The method may further comprise conveying the received signal to the identified one of the wireless charging module and the near-field communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: John Hillan, Miles A. Kirby, Ernest T. Ozaki, Stuart A. Heilsberg, Michael J. Mangan, Stephen Frankland
  • Patent number: 9184632
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless power transfer. A power transmitting device is attached to an existing furniture item or is embedded in a host furnishing. The power transmitting device includes a transmit antenna to wirelessly transfer power to a receive antenna by generating a near field radiation within a coupling-mode region. An amplifier applies a driving signal to the transmit antenna. A presence detector detects a presence of a receiver device within the coupling-mode region. The presence detector may also detect a human presence. An enclosed furnishing detector detects when the furnishing item is in a closed state. A power output may be adjusted in response to the closed state, the presence of a receiver device, and the presence of a human.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Miles A Kirby, Rinat Burdo, Virginia W Keating, Ernest T Ozaki, Michael J Mangan, William H Von Novak
  • Patent number: 9130394
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless power. A host device peripheral may comprise a wireless power charging apparatus, which may include transmit circuitry and at least one antenna coupled to the transmit circuitry. The at least one antenna may be configured to wirelessly transmit power within an associated near-field region. Additionally, the host device peripheral may be configured to couple to a host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Rinat Burdo, Miles A. Kirby, Ernest T. Ozaki, Virginia Walker Keating, James I. Jaffee, Nigel P. Cook, Harry M. Hunsicker, Michael J. Mangan
  • Patent number: 8947042
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless power. A wireless charging device may comprise a charging region configured for placement of one or more chargeable devices. The charging device may further include at least one transmit antenna configured for transmitting wireless power within the charging region. Furthermore, the charging device is configured to exchange data between at least one chargeable device of the one or more chargeable devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Miles A. Kirby, Ernest T. Ozaki, Rinat Burdo, Virginia Walker Keating, Michael J. Mangan, Anne Katrin Konertz, Paul E. Jacobs, William Von Novak, Roy F. Quick, Jr., Roy H. Davis, Nigel P. Cook, Lukas Sieber, Hanspeter Widmer
  • Patent number: 8810194
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to retrofitting existing electronic devices for wireless power transfer and near-field communication. Retrofitting circuitry includes an antenna for receiving a signal from an external source, and conversion circuitry for converting the signal to be used by an electronic device. The antenna and conversion circuitry are configured to retrofit to the electronic device, where the electronic device did not originally include the antenna or conversion circuitry. The antenna and conversion circuitry may be configured to receive and convert the signal to generate wireless power for the electronic device. The antenna and the conversion circuitry may also be configured to enable the electronic device to send and receive near-field communication data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Miles A Kirby, Matthew S Grob, Ernest T Ozaki, Stanley S Toncich, Nigel P Cook, Stanley B Kinsey, John Hillan, Stephen Frankland
  • Publication number: 20130300358
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless power transfer. A transmitting device or a receiving device for use in a wireless transfer system may be equipment or a household appliance. The transmitting device includes a transmit antenna to wirelessly transfer power to a receive antenna by generating a near field radiation within a coupling-mode region. An amplifier applies an RF signal to the transmit antenna. A presence detector detects a presence of a receiver device within the coupling-mode region. A controller adjusts a power output of the amplifier responsive to the presence of a receiver device. The presence detector may also detect a human presence. The power output may be adjusted at or below the regulatory level when the presence signal indicates human presence and above a regulatory level when the presence signal indicates human absence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Miles A. Kirby, Matthew S. Grob, Ernest T. Ozaki, Paul E. Jacobs, William H. Von Novak, Alireza Hormoz Mohammadian, Stanley S. Toncich
  • Publication number: 20130249481
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods directed to wireless power are disclosed. A charging device includes an antenna circuit for wirelessly receiving power from a first device via a power antenna. Received power can be stored in an energy storage device. The antenna circuit can wirelessly power or charge a plurality of second electronic devices via the power antenna based on power stored in the energy storage device. Furthermore, a wireless charging apparatus is disclosed that includes a display for receiving a device placed on its surface. Changes in a magnetic field in response to the placement of the chargeable electronic device on the surface of the display is detected. A communication link with the chargeable electronic device in response to the change in the level of the magnetic field is activated. A transmit antenna circuit wirelessly transmits power to the chargeable electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul E. Jacobs, Miles A. Kirby, Ernest T. Ozaki, Michael J. Mangan
  • Patent number: 8487478
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless power transfer. A transmitting device or a receiving device for use in a wireless transfer system may be equipment or a household appliance. The transmitting device includes a transmit antenna to wirelessly transfer power to a receive antenna by generating a near field radiation within a coupling-mode region. An amplifier applies an RF signal to the transmit antenna. A presence detector detects a presence of a receiver device within the coupling-mode region. A controller adjusts a power output of the amplifier responsive to the presence of a receiver device. The presence detector may also detect a human presence. The power output may be adjusted at or below the regulatory level when the presence signal indicates human presence and above a regulatory level when the presence signal indicates human absence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Miles A. Kirby, Matthew S. Grob, Ernest T. Ozaki, Paul E. Jacobs, William H. Von Novak, Alireza Hormoz Mohammadian, Stanley S. Toncich
  • Publication number: 20100279606
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless electronic devices. A method may comprise receiving a wireless signal with an antenna and identifying one of a wireless charging module and a near-field communication module to which the received signal is associated. The method may further comprise conveying the received signal to the identified one of the wireless charging module and the near-field communication module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: John Hillan, Miles A. Kirby, Ernest T. Ozaki, Stuart A. Heilsberg, Michael J. Mangan, Stephen Frankland
  • Publication number: 20100225270
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless power. A portable chargeable device may comprise an energy storage device configured to receive power from a power source. Furthermore, the portable chargeable device may comprise a transmitter including at least one antenna and configured to transmit power stored in the energy storage device within an associated near-field region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Paul E. Jacobs, Miles A. Kirby, Ernest T. Ozaki, Michael J. Mangan
  • Publication number: 20100225272
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless power. A method may comprise detecting one or more transmit elements positioned within an associated charging region. The method may further comprise selecting at least one transmit element of the detected one or more transmit elements to receive wireless power therefrom to enable for optimal charging of a charging device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Miles A. Kirby, Matthew S. Grob
  • Publication number: 20100194206
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless power. A host device peripheral may comprise a wireless power charging apparatus, which may include transmit circuitry and at least one antenna coupled to the transmit circuitry. The at least one antenna may be configured to wirelessly transmit power within an associated near-field region. Additionally, the host device peripheral may be configured to couple to a host device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Rinat Burdo, Miles A. Kirby, Ernest T. Ozaki, Virginia W. Keating, James I. Jaffee, Nigel P. Cook, Harry M. Hunsicker, Michael J. Mangan
  • Publication number: 20100194335
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless power. A wireless charging device may comprise a charging region configured for placement of one or more chargeable devices. The charging device may further include at least one transmit antenna configured for transmitting wireless power within the charging region. Furthermore, the charging device is configured to exchange data between at least one chargeable device of the one or more chargeable devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Miles A. Kirby, Ernest T. Ozaki, Rinat Burdo, Virginia W. Keating, Michael J. Mangan, Anne Katrin Konertz, Paul E. Jacobs, William Von Novak, Roy F. Quick, JR., Roy H. Davis, Nigel P. Cook, Lukas Sieber, Hanspeter Widmer
  • Publication number: 20100194334
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to retrofitting existing electronic devices for wireless power transfer and near-field communication. Retrofitting circuitry includes an antenna for receiving a signal from an external source, and conversion circuitry for converting the signal to be used by an electronic device. The antenna and conversion circuitry are configured to retrofit to the electronic device, where the electronic device did not originally include the antenna or conversion circuitry. The antenna and conversion circuitry may be configured to receive and convert the signal to generate wireless power for the electronic device. The antenna and the conversion circuitry may also be configured to enable the electronic device to send and receive near-field communication data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Miles A. Kirby, Matthew S. Grob, Ernest T. Ozaki, Stanley S. Toncich, Nigel P. Cook, Stanley B. Kinsey, John Hillan, Stephen Frankland
  • Publication number: 20090284245
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless power transfer. A transmitting device or a receiving device for use in a wireless transfer system may be equipment or a household appliance. The transmitting device includes a transmit antenna to wirelessly transfer power to a receive antenna by generating a near field radiation within a coupling-mode region. An amplifier applies an RF signal to the transmit antenna. A presence detector detects a presence of a receiver device within the coupling-mode region. A controller adjusts a power output of the amplifier responsive to the presence of a receiver device. The presence detector may also detect a human presence. The power output may be adjusted at or below the regulatory level when the presence signal indicates human presence and above a regulatory level when the presence signal indicates human absence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Miles A. Kirby, Matthew S. Grob, Ernest T. Ozaki, Paul E. Jacobs, William H. Von Novak, Alireza Hormoz Mohammadian, Stanley S. Toncich
  • Patent number: 7110789
    Abstract: A system and a method for docking a wireless communications device are provided. The system includes a docking station on which a wireless communications device is docked. A display on the docked wireless communications device provides the display for the docking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Kyocera Wireless Corp.
    Inventors: Troy Curtiss, Matthew Charles Golden, David Werner, Andrew Glen Lejman, Miles Kirby
  • Patent number: 6788946
    Abstract: Systems and methods for delivering information include a communications network defined by at least a wireless telephone network coupled to a computer network, where the communications network is associated with a plurality of communication devices that define a group communications net. A communications manager is operable to provide a group communication session by receiving a data packet from one member of the group communications net and transmitting the data packet through the computer network to at least one of the other members of the group communications net. A message module having a plurality of informational messages is associated with the communications manager, and a delivery module is coupled to each of the message module, the communications manager, and the communications network. The delivery module is operable to monitor the group communication session and to deliver one of the plurality of informational messages to the group communications net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Qualcomm Inc
    Inventors: Diane Winchell, Jon Korecki, Miles Kirby