Patents by Inventor Patrick Coffman

Patrick Coffman 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: 20210397789
    Abstract: Private and secure autocomplete suggestions are enabled based on a user contacts database, even when an application has not been granted access to the user contacts database. A keyboard process can receive and display suggestions based on input provided via the keyboard. The suggestions are generated based on a contacts database of a user. The suggestions are generated without exposing the contacts database to the application. Suggestions are then displayed to the user without exposing the suggestions to the application. Once a suggestion is selected by a user, the selected suggestion is provided to the application for insertion into a text field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Zeheng Chen, Jessica Aranda, Patrick Coffman, Patrick W. Demasco, Julien Freudiger, Karan Misra, Stephen J. Rhee, Guy L. Tribble
  • Publication number: 20210397647
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques to enable limited access to a photos library by enabling application specific virtual photo libraries. When an application requests access to the photos library, the user can select an option to enable or configure a virtual photos library, and then select specific assets (e.g., photos, videos) within the photos library to be selected for inclusion into an application specific virtual photos library.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Matthew J. Dickoff, Jessica Aranda, Patrick Coffman, Richard L. Hagy, Stephen J. Rhee, Nicole R. Ryan, Adam C. Swift, Gavin B. Thomson, Brandon J. Van Ryswyk
  • Publication number: 20210397728
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems, methods, and computer-readable media for identifying an asset privacy management trigger on an end-user device related to a third-party application. In response to identifying the asset privacy management trigger, a privacy selection interface to enable a user to select a limited asset access option is displayed. In response to the limited asset access option being selected, an asset selection interface is displayed, where the asset selection interface is configured to define a sub-set of assets of the end-user device as authorized for the third-party application based on user selection. In response to a subsequent request to access assets of the end-user device by the third-party application, the third-party application is able to access only the defined sub-set of assets. For different third-party applications or scenarios, the asset privacy management triggers and asset sub-set definitions may vary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Gavin B. Thomson, Richard L. Hagy, Patrick Coffman
  • Publication number: 20210397751
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide a software-based privacy indicator for a camera and microphone that focuses not purely on hardware status (e.g., on or off), but on whether potentially private data is flowing to the system or an application. If based purely on hardware status, the indicator for an electronic device may be shown in scenarios where no data actually flows to the system or applications. The privacy indicator will be enabled if any camera or microphone data is relayed to the operating system or an application that is executed via the operating system. When the device uses the microphone and camera to capture environmental metadata about the surroundings of the device without providing any audio samples, images, or video frames to the system or an application, the privacy indicator will not be enabled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Deepak Iyer, Jessica Aranda, Cindy M. Barrett, Patrick Coffman, Julien Freudiger, Alexander S. Haas, Nahir A. Khan, Behkish J. Manzari, Kevin M. Miller, Brian Pietsch, Stephen J. Rhee, Stefan Stuerke, Eric L. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20210400131
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an electronic device displays an incoming call user interface in response to receiving an indication of an incoming call. In some embodiments, the incoming call user interface is displayed overlaid on a respective user interface that is optionally associated with an application other than the application associated with the incoming call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Jae Woo CHANG, Nathan DE VRIES, Marcel VAN OS, Christopher Patrick FOSS, Heena KO, Patrick L. COFFMAN, Robert GARCIA, III
  • Publication number: 20210400037
    Abstract: An access control system is provided to prevent the surreptitious granting of access to privacy related functionality on an electronic device. Software-based events to grant access to device functionality can be validated by confirming that the software event corresponds with a hardware input event. This validation prevents the spoofing of a user interface input that may be used to fraudulently grant access to specific functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: James R. Montgomerie, Jessica Aranda, Patrick Coffman, Julien Freudiger, Matthew Hansen Gamble, Ron Huang, Anant Jain, Glen S. Low, Andrey Pokrovskiy, Stephen J. Rhee, Matthew E. Shepherd, Ansh Shukla, Katherine Skinner, Kyle Martin Sluder, Christopher Soli, Christopher K. Thomas, Guy L. Tribble, John Wilander
  • Publication number: 20210400624
    Abstract: A location control subsystem is provided that allows a user of an electronic device to define the granularity used to provide location coarseness. A user can define a coarse location granularity for an application. When a coarse device location is reported to an application, the location can be provided with at least a minimum degree of variable specificity based on the selected location coarseness. When an application is granted a coarse location, the application is to interpret the provided location indicating that the user may be anywhere within a geographic region of variable specificity, as opposed to being close to a center point with a horizontal accuracy based on the precision of the location fix, as when a fine granularity location is provided. In addition to reducing the spatial resolution of the location that is reported to the application, the temporal resolution may also be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Adam Driscoll, Siraj Taqi Abidi, Jessica Aranda, Matthew Ball, Krishna Behara, Patrick Coffman, Charlie Deets, Christopher Foster, Ron Huang, Erik Neuenschwander, Stephen J. Rhee, Maria Ryen, Brandon Van Ryswyk, Christian Schroeder, Shuli Zhou
  • Patent number: 11138024
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed that create user interface (UI) instances for corresponding input/output resources, such as display resources, and each of these UI instances have separate lifecycle states or information maintained by the respective UI instances. System processes for the display resources (e.g. different displays or different windows for the same display devices) can control access to their respective display resource and can report changes in the lifecycle states to their respective UI interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen F. Holt, Gordon J. Freedman, Shubham Kedia, Stephen C. Moseley, Cindy M. Barrett, Patrick Coffman
  • Publication number: 20210194889
    Abstract: An application can specify a location service authorization type to be enforced by a mobile device. After the user authorizes the location service through an authorization dialog, the application can receive location service according to the authorization type. A first authorization type allows the application to receive continuous location updates and location events from a location service on the mobile device only when the application is in use. A second authorization type allows the application to always receive continuous location updates and location events when the application is running in a foreground or background. A status indicator can be displayed to indicate the authorization associated with a received location service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: Stephen J. Rhee, Adam M. Driscoll, Jeffrey Michael Bartunek, Ronald K. Huang, Erik Neuenschwander, Patrick Coffman, Guy L. Tribble
  • Patent number: 10965687
    Abstract: An application can specify a location service authorization type to be enforced by a mobile device. After the user authorizes the location service through an authorization dialog, the application can receive location service according to the authorization type. A first authorization type allows the application to receive continuous location updates and location events from a location service on the mobile device only when the application is in use. A second authorization type allows the application to always receive continuous location updates and location events when the application is running in a foreground or background. The text of the authorization dialog can be customized by the application to provide more detail on how the location data will be used by the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Rhee, Adam M. Driscoll, Jeffrey Michael Bartunek, Ronald K. Huang, Erik Neuenschwander, Patrick Coffman, Guy L. Tribble
  • Publication number: 20200326908
    Abstract: This is directed to controlling the output of audio based on the mode of an electronic device. In particular, this is directed to an electronic device having a sound mode, silent mode, and mute mode controlling the output of audio along different audio output routes. In the sound mode, all audio can be output, while only registered or authorized audio can be output in the silent mode. In the mute mode, no audio can be output. The sound and silent modes can be enabled using an interface of the device (e.g., a switch having two possible states), while the mute mode can be enabled using an accessory coupled to the device. To disengage the mute mode, a user can provide a corresponding instruction using the accessory, or providing an instruction on the device related to volume control. For example, a user can change the device volume using an on-device interface, or toggle a sound/silent switch to a sound mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Patrick Coffman, Meriko Borogove, Jonathan Bennett, Gregory Chapman, Anthony Guetta, Deepak Iyer, Eric Johnson
  • Patent number: 10725731
    Abstract: This is directed to controlling the output of audio based on the mode of an electronic device. In particular, this is directed to an electronic device having a sound mode, silent mode, and mute mode controlling the output of audio along different audio output routes. In the sound mode, all audio can be output, while only registered or authorized audio can be output in the silent mode. In the mute mode, no audio can be output. The sound and silent modes can be enabled using an interface of the device (e.g., a switch having two possible states), while the mute mode can be enabled using an accessory coupled to the device. To disengage the mute mode, a user can provide a corresponding instruction using the accessory, or providing an instruction on the device related to volume control. For example, a user can change the device volume using an on-device interface, or toggle a sound/silent switch to a sound mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Coffman, Meriko Borogove, Jonathan Bennett, Gregory Chapman, Anthony Guetta, Deepak Iyer, Eric Johnson
  • Patent number: 10667078
    Abstract: An application can specify a location service authorization type to be enforced by a mobile device. After the user authorizes the location service through an authorization dialog, the application can receive location service according to the authorization type. A first authorization type allows the application to receive continuous location updates and location events from a location service on the mobile device only when the application is in use. A second authorization type allows the application to always receive continuous location updates and location events when the application is running in a foreground or background. The text of the authorization dialog can be customized by the application to provide more detail on how the location data will be used by the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Rhee, Adam M. Driscoll, Jeffrey Michael Bartunek, Ronald K. Huang, Erik Neuenschwander, Patrick Coffman, Guy L. Tribble
  • Patent number: 10645573
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable medium for providing telecommunications carrier configuration at activation of a mobile device. In one implementation, a method is provided. The method includes receiving a request for activation of a mobile device, and during activation of the mobile device, determining for the mobile device a telecommunications carrier from a number of telecommunications carriers, and identifying information associated with the determined telecommunications carrier for configuring the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Fleischman, Patrick Coffman, Jeremy Wyld, Gregory N. Christie, Jerrold Von Hauck, Audra Men-jhi Liu, Sebastien Sahuc, Muralidhar S. Vempaty, Shruti Chugh, Ashutosh Chaubey, Dallas De Atley, Jean-Marc Padova, Heath Culp, Bruno Posokhow, Brian Cassidy, John N. Lehner
  • Publication number: 20200034111
    Abstract: This is directed to controlling the output of audio based on the mode of an electronic device. In particular, this is directed to an electronic device having a sound mode, silent mode, and mute mode controlling the output of audio along different audio output routes. In the sound mode, all audio can be output, while only registered or authorized audio can be output in the silent mode. In the mute mode, no audio can be output. The sound and silent modes can be enabled using an interface of the device (e.g., a switch having two possible states), while the mute mode can be enabled using an accessory coupled to the device. To disengage the mute mode, a user can provide a corresponding instruction using the accessory, or providing an instruction on the device related to volume control. For example, a user can change the device volume using an on-device interface, or toggle a sound/silent switch to a sound mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Patrick Coffman, Meriko Borogove, Jonathan Bennett, Gregory Chapman, Anthony Guetta, Deepak Iyer, Eric Johnson
  • Patent number: 10470038
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable medium for providing telecommunications carrier configuration at activation of a mobile device. In one implementation, a method is provided. The method includes receiving a request for activation of a mobile device, and during activation of the mobile device, determining for the mobile device a telecommunications carrier from a number of telecommunications carriers, and identifying information associated with the determined telecommunications carrier for configuring the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Fleischman, Patrick Coffman, Jeremy Wyld, Gregory N. Christie, Jerrold Von Hauck, Audra Men-jhi Liu, Sebastien Sahuc, Muralidhar S. Vempaty, Shruti Chugh, Ashutosh Chaubey, Dallas De Atley, Jean-Marc Padova, Heath Culp, Bruno Posokhow, Brian Cassidy, John N. Lehner
  • Publication number: 20190289423
    Abstract: An application can specify a location service authorization type to be enforced by a mobile device. After the user authorizes the location service through an authorization dialog, the application can receive location service according to the authorization type. A first authorization type allows the application to receive continuous location updates and location events from a location service on the mobile device only when the application is in use. A second authorization type allows the application to always receive continuous location updates and location events when the application is running in a foreground or background. The text of the authorization dialog can be customized by the application to provide more detail on how the location data will be used by the application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen J. Rhee, Adam M. Driscoll, Jeffrey Michael Bartunek, Ronald K. Huang, Erik Neuenschwander, Patrick Coffman, Guy L. Tribble
  • Patent number: 10387109
    Abstract: This is directed to controlling the output of audio based on the mode of an electronic device. In particular, this is directed to an electronic device having a sound mode, silent mode, and mute mode controlling the output of audio along different audio output routes. In the sound mode, all audio can be output, while only registered or authorized audio can be output in the silent mode. In the mute mode, no audio can be output. The sound and silent modes can be enabled using an interface of the device (e.g., a switch having two possible states), while the mute mode can be enabled using an accessory coupled to the device. To disengage the mute mode, a user can provide a corresponding instruction using the accessory, or providing an instruction on the device related to volume control. For example, a user can change the device volume using an on-device interface, or toggle a sound/silent switch to a sound mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Coffman, Meriko Borogove, Jonathan Bennett, Gregory Chapman, Anthony Guetta, Deepak Iyer, Eric Johnson
  • Publication number: 20190215642
    Abstract: An application can specify a location service authorization type to be enforced by a mobile device. After the user authorizes the location service through an authorization dialog, the application can receive location service according to the authorization type. A first authorization type allows the application to receive continuous location updates and location events from a location service on the mobile device only when the application is in use. A second authorization type allows the application to always receive continuous location updates and location events when the application is running in a foreground or background. The text of the authorization dialog can be customized by the application to provide more detail on how the location data will be used by the application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen J. Rhee, Adam M. Driscoll, Jeffrey Michael Bartunek, Ronald K. Huang, Erik Neuenschwander, Patrick Coffman, Guy L. Tribble
  • Patent number: 10331311
    Abstract: Information items in a file system are arranged into groups that are created according to a grouping component. A non-hierarchical view displays visual representations (e.g., icons, thumbnail images) of the information items arranged in visually delineated groups according to an arrange type that can be specified for each group. Various view formats are available including icon, list and column view formats. In each view format, a condensed mode can be selected for one or more groups, resulting in multiple visual representations of items being displayed in a fixed amount of screen space in the non-hierarchical view. In icon view, each condensed group includes a single row of visual representations that can be navigated separately from other groups in the non-hierarchical view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David Hart, Laurent Baumann, Patrick Coffman, Aram David Kudurshian, Kevin Tiene