Patents by Inventor Patrick M. Volk

Patrick M. Volk 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: 5687331
    Abstract: A viewer interface is disclosed for use in an interactive television network operative for providing an animated focus item in association with a control item to indicate that the control item is in a state responsive to commands from a user input device. An "animation" is any form of highlighting that is non-static, including but not limited to flashing, varying illumination, varying size, varying shape, varying position, varying color, varying display components, a moving and/or changing cartoon type image, a video image, a sound track, or a combination of these elements. Selection of the control item to receive focus and selection of options presented by control items having focus are accomplished by viewer interaction with the remote control unit, and such selections do not require a keyboard or mouse to indicate the viewer's desire to change the focus from one control item to another or to select an option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick M. Volk, Michael Breed Robin, Edwin Thorne, III, JoGene Kapell
  • Patent number: 4870257
    Abstract: A method and apparatus (30) for packaging processed film in a photographic print-processing system. The method includes the steps of reading a dealer identifier from the customer envelope (10) and, after processing, determining the number of photographic prints in the order, determining the number of wallets (43) needed to hold the prints, retrieving the correct number of wallets having a predetermined imprint thereon as determined by the dealer code, and packaging the prints in the wallets. The wallets may be retrieved from a wallet storage (44) that contains wallets having different imprints thereon or can be selected as blank wallets on which the desired imprint is printed after retrieval and before the photographic prints are packaged therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Assignee: Ciba-Geigy Corporation
    Inventors: Maxwell G. Maginness, Patrick M. Volk