Patents by Inventor Paul M. Thompson

Paul M. Thompson 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: 20220066604
    Abstract: Devices, methods and graphical user interfaces for manipulating user interfaces based on fingerprint sensor inputs are provided. While a display of an electronic device with a fingerprint sensor displays a first user interface, the device may detect movement of a fingerprint on the fingerprint sensor. In accordance with a determination that the movement of the fingerprint is in a first direction, the device allows navigating through the first user interface, and in accordance with a determination that the movement of the fingerprint is in a second direction different from the first direction, the device allows displaying a second user interface different from the first user interface on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2021
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Inventors: Benjamin J. POPE, Daniel W. JARVIS, Nicholas G. MERZ, Scott A. MYERS, Michael A. CRETELLA, Michael ENG, James H. FOSTER, Terry L. GILTON, Myra HAGGERTY, Byron B. HAN, M. Evans HANKEY, Steven P. HOTELLING, Brian R. LAND, Stephen Brian LYNCH, Paul MEADE, Mushtaq A. SARWAR, John P. TERNUS, Paul M. THOMPSON, Marcel VAN OS, John A. WRIGHT
  • Patent number: 11209961
    Abstract: Devices, methods and graphical user interfaces for manipulating user interfaces based on fingerprint sensor inputs are provided. While a display of an electronic device with a fingerprint sensor displays a first user interface, the device may detect movement of a fingerprint on the fingerprint sensor. In accordance with a determination that the movement of the fingerprint is in a first direction, the device allows navigating through the first user interface, and in accordance with a determination that the movement of the fingerprint is in a second direction different from the first direction, the device allows displaying a second user interface different from the first user interface on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Pope, Daniel W. Jarvis, Nicholas G. Merz, Scott A. Myers, Michael A. Cretella, Michael Eng, James H. Foster, Terry L. Gilton, Myra Haggerty, Byron B. Han, M. Evans Hankey, Steven P. Hotelling, Brian R. Land, Stephen Brian Lynch, Paul Meade, Mushtaq A. Sarwar, John P. Ternus, Paul M. Thompson, Marcel Van Os, John A. Wright
  • Patent number: 11061793
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may estimate the power being consumed by an OLED display screen of an electronic device, may provide further information about that power usage, may modify or change functions performed by the electronic device based on that power usage, and may inform an application's developer about the amount of power being used by the electronic device while the electronic device is running the application. One example may estimate the power being used by an OLED display screen of an electronic device by determining the content of images being displayed during a duration. The estimated power may then be presented to a user. The estimated power may be used in decisions to modify or change parameters of the screen or other device components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Abhinav Pathak, Conor J. O'Reilly, Shashi K. Dua, Udaykumar R. Raval, Christopher W. Chaney, Amit K. Vyas, Albert S. Liu, Roberto Alvarez, Rohit Mundra, Vladislav Sahnovich, Patrick Y. Law, Paul M. Thompson, Paolo Sacchetto, Chaohao Wang, Arthur L. Spence, Jean-Pierre Simon Guillou, Mohammad Ali Jangda, Christopher Edward Glazowski, Yifan Zhang, Prajakta S. Karandikar, Han Ming Ong
  • Patent number: 10845398
    Abstract: Interface circuits that may utilize a limited number of pins to detect a presence of an accessory, determine whether the accessory can provide or receive power, communicate with the accessory regarding at least that transfer of power, and transfer power accordingly. One example may provide detection circuitry for a host that may detect the presence of a pull-down resistor on a data pin of an accessory. The pull-down may indicate that a power consuming accessory has been connected. This example may detect the presence of power on a power pin. The presence of the power on the power pin may indicate that a power providing accessory has been connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Thompson, Parin Patel, Alan C. Cooney, Alexei E. Kosut, Glen A. Rhodes
  • Patent number: 10667940
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods correction of spinal deformity that overcome current limitations by utilizing a dynamic, multi-segment torso orthosis that allows motion during wear. The disclosed embodiments utilize a series of elastically coupled segments that conform to the circumference of the torso of a patient. Adjustable elastic coupling mechanisms are utilized to create and alter forces and moments that are applied to the torso through the segments. These elastic coupling mechanisms also allows each circumferential segment to move relative to the other segments giving the brace dynamic capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Green Sun Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Thompson, Paul M. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10559251
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may estimate the power being consumed by an OLED display screen of an electronic device, may provide further information about that power usage, may modify or change functions performed by the electronic device based on that power usage, and may inform an application's developer about the amount of power being used by the electronic device while the electronic device is running the application. One example may estimate the power being used by an OLED display screen of an electronic device by determining the content of images being displayed during a duration. The estimated power may then be presented to a user. The estimated power may be used in decisions to modify or change parameters of the screen or other device components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Abhinav Pathak, Conor J. O'Reilly, Shashi K. Dua, Udaykumar R. Raval, Christopher W. Chaney, Amit K. Vyas, Albert S. Liu, Roberto Alvarez, Rohit Mundra, Vladislav Sahnovich, Patrick Y. Law, Paul M. Thompson, Paolo Sacchetto, Chaohao Wang, Arthur L. Spence, Jean-Pierre Simon Guillou, Mohammad Ali Jangda, Christopher Edward Glazowski, Yifan Zhang
  • Publication number: 20190361056
    Abstract: Interface circuits that may utilize a limited number of pins to detect a presence of an accessory, determine whether the accessory can provide or receive power, communicate with the accessory regarding at least that transfer of power, and transfer power accordingly. One example may provide detection circuitry for a host that may detect the presence of a pull-down resistor on a data pin of an accessory. The pull-down may indicate that a power consuming accessory has been connected. This example may detect the presence of power on a power pin. The presence of the power on the power pin may indicate that a power providing accessory has been connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Thompson, Parin Patel, Alan C. Cooney, Alexei E. Kosut, Glen A. Rhodes
  • Patent number: 10404088
    Abstract: Methods, circuits, and apparatus to distribute power among devices in an electronic system where a device may receive power from more than one source, may have a bidirectional power connector, or both. One example may resolve conflicts when an electronic device receives power from more than one source. In this example, the device may determine which source may provide the most power, and may select to receive power from the power source that may deliver the most power. Other examples may have a preference to receive power from a particular source or via a specific connector. Other examples may switch from receiving power over a first connector to providing power over the first connector, while others may receive and provide power over different connectors at the same time. Another may be connected to a battery, and may draw power from the battery or not depending on the type of battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexei E. Kosut, Paul M. Thompson, Parin Patel, Alan C. Cooney, Glen A. Rhodes
  • Publication number: 20190262160
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods of correction of spinal deformity that overcome current limitations by utilizing a dynamic, multi-segment torso orthosis that allows motion during wear. The disclosed embodiments utilize a series of elastically coupled segments that conform to the circumference of the torso of a patient. Adjustable elastic coupling mechanisms are utilized to create and alter forces and moments that are applied to the torso through the segments. These elastic coupling mechanisms also allow each circumferential segment to move relative to the other segments giving the brace dynamic capability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: Green Sun Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Thompson, Paul M. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10317436
    Abstract: Interface circuits that may utilize a limited number of pins to detect a presence of an accessory, determine whether the accessory can provide or receive power, communicate with the accessory regarding at least that transfer of power, and transfer power accordingly. One example may provide detection circuitry for a host that may detect the presence of a pull-down resistor on a data pin of an accessory. The pull-down may indicate that a power consuming accessory has been connected. This example may detect the presence of power on a power pin. The presence of the power on the power pin may indicate that a power providing accessory has been connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Paul M. Thompson, Parin Patel, Alan C. Cooney, Alexei E. Kosut, Glen A. Rhodes
  • Publication number: 20180349244
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may estimate the power being consumed by an OLED display screen of an electronic device, may provide further information about that power usage, may modify or change functions performed by the electronic device based on that power usage, and may inform an application's developer about the amount of power being used by the electronic device while the electronic device is running the application. One example may estimate the power being used by an OLED display screen of an electronic device by determining the content of images being displayed during a duration. The estimated power may then be presented to a user. The estimated power may be used in decisions to modify or change parameters of the screen or other device components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Abhinav Pathak, Conor J. O'Reilly, Shashi K. Dua, Udaykumar R. Raval, Christopher W. Chaney, Amit K. Vyas, Albert S. Liu, Roberto Alvarez, Rohit Mundra, Vladislav Sahnovich, Patrick Y. Law, Paul M. Thompson, Paolo Sacchetto, Chaohao Wang, Arthur L. Spence, Jean-Pierre Simon Guillou, Mohammad Ali Jangda, Christopher Edward Glazowski, Yifan Zhang, Prajakta S. Karandikar, Han Ming Ong
  • Publication number: 20180350297
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may estimate the power being consumed by an OLED display screen of an electronic device, may provide further information about that power usage, may modify or change functions performed by the electronic device based on that power usage, and may inform an application's developer about the amount of power being used by the electronic device while the electronic device is running the application. One example may estimate the power being used by an OLED display screen of an electronic device by determining the content of images being displayed during a duration. The estimated power may then be presented to a user. The estimated power may be used in decisions to modify or change parameters of the screen or other device components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Abhinav Pathak, Conor J. O'Reilly, Shashi K. Dua, Udaykumar R. Raval, Christopher W. Chaney, Amit K. Vyas, Albert S. Liu, Roberto Alvarez, Rohit Mundra, Vladislav Sahnovich, Patrick Y. Law, Paul M. Thompson, Paolo Sacchetto, Chaohao Wang, Arthur L. Spence, Jean-Pierre Simon Guillou, Mohammad Ali Jangda, Christopher Edward Glazowski, Yifan Zhang
  • Publication number: 20170060211
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that manages power allocated through a set of bus interfaces on a computer system. During operation, the system obtains a first request for revocable current beyond a reserved current for a first bus interface from the set of bus interfaces, wherein the request is associated with a first device connected to the first bus interface. Next, the system allocates the revocable current to the first bus interface from an extra-current budget for the set of bus interfaces. Upon detecting a connection of a second device that requires non-revocable current over the extra-current budget to a second bus interface from the set of bus interfaces, the system transmits a first notification to the first device to relinquish the revocable current. Finally, the system allocates the non-revocable current to the second device from the relinquished revocable current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Fernando A. Urbina, J. Rhoads Hollowell, II, Steven Lee, Steven J. Sfarzo, Paul M. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20170025879
    Abstract: Interface circuits that may utilize a limited number of pins to detect a presence of an accessory, determine whether the accessory can provide or receive power, communicate with the accessory regarding at least that transfer of power, and transfer power accordingly. One example may provide detection circuitry for a host that may detect the presence of a pull-down resistor on a data pin of an accessory. The pull-down may indicate that a power consuming accessory has been connected. This example may detect the presence of power on a power pin. The presence of the power on the power pin may indicate that a power providing accessory has been connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Paul M. Thompson, Parin Patel, Alan C. Cooney, Alexei E. Kosut, Glen A. Rhodes
  • Publication number: 20170025862
    Abstract: Methods, circuits, and apparatus to distribute power among devices in an electronic system where a device may receive power from more than one source, may have a bidirectional power connector, or both. One example may resolve conflicts when an electronic device receives power from more than one source. In this example, the device may determine which source may provide the most power, and may select to receive power from the power source that may deliver the most power. Other examples may have a preference to receive power from a particular source or via a specific connector. Other examples may switch from receiving power over a first connector to providing power over the first connector, while others may receive and provide power over different connectors at the same time. Another may be connected to a battery, and may draw power from the battery or not depending on the type of battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexei E. Kosut, Paul M. Thompson, Parin Patel, Alan C. Cooney, Glen A. Rhodes
  • Patent number: 9529398
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that manages power allocated through a set of bus interfaces on a computer system. During operation, the system obtains a first request for revocable current beyond a reserved current for a first bus interface from the set of bus interfaces, wherein the request is associated with a first device connected to the first bus interface. Next, the system allocates the revocable current to the first bus interface from an extra-current budget for the set of bus interfaces. Upon detecting a connection of a second device that requires non-revocable current over the extra-current budget to a second bus interface from the set of bus interfaces, the system transmits a first notification to the first device to relinquish the revocable current. Finally, the system allocates the non-revocable current to the second device from the relinquished revocable current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Fernando A. Urbina, J. Rhoads Hollowell, II, Steven Lee, Steven J. Sfarzo, Paul M. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20160091950
    Abstract: This application relates to methods, apparatus, and systems for throttling a subsystem of a computing device, when a current demanded by the subsystem exceeds a threshold value, in order to protect a power supply providing the current to the subsystem. By reducing the current demanded by the subsystem, the subsystem can be powered by a power supply having a smaller dynamic current range than the subsystem, thereby removing the need to provide a larger power supply for the subsystem. The demand current is measured before the current provided by the power supply significantly increases and a transient current source providing current to the subsystem is depleted. In this way, the subsystem can be throttled before the power supply is aware of an increase in the current demand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Inventors: Paul M. THOMPSON, Mark A. YOSHIMOTO
  • Patent number: 9216222
    Abstract: The present invention is directed at isoamyl nitrite formulations suitable for use in medicinal applications. The formulations include a composition of isoamyl nitrite in combination with an epoxidized vegetable oil, identified as stabilized isoamyl nitrite. The isoamyl nitrite may also be combined with petrolatum. Methods of treatment of the formulations are applicable to cyanide poisoning, H2S poisoning as well as treatment for elevated blood pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Albert M. Zwiener, Kenneth H. Carson, Joseph A. McDonough, Larry A. Cabell, Norma L. Cantu, Sandra J. Drabik, Andrew P-Z. Clark, Paul M. Thompson, Richard Michael Corbett
  • Publication number: 20150297387
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods correction of spinal deformity that overcome current limitations by utilizing a dynamic, multi-segment torso orthosis that allows motion during wear. The disclosed embodiments utilize a series of elastically coupled segments that conform to the circumference of the torso of a patient. Adjustable elastic coupling mechanisms are utilized to create and alter forces and moments that are applied to the torso through the segments. These elastic coupling mechanisms also allows each circumferential segment to move relative to the other segments giving the brace dynamic capability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew Thompson, Paul M. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20150135108
    Abstract: Devices, methods and graphical user interfaces for manipulating user interfaces based on fingerprint sensor inputs are provided. While a display of an electronic device with a fingerprint sensor displays a first user interface, the device may detect movement of a fingerprint on the fingerprint sensor. In accordance with a determination that the movement of the fingerprint is in a first direction, the device allows navigating through the first user interface, and in accordance with a determination that the movement of the fingerprint is in a second direction different from the first direction, the device allows displaying a second user interface different from the first user interface on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Pope, Daniel W. Jarvis, Nicholas G. Merz, Scott A. Myers, Michael A. Cretella, Michael Eng, James H. Foster, Terry L. Gilton, Myra Haggerty, Byron B. Han, M. Evans Hankey, Steven P. Hotelling, Brian R. Land, Stephen Brian Llynch, Paul Meade, Mushtaq A. Sarwar, John P. Ternus, Paul M. Thompson, Marcel Van Os, John A. Wright