Patents by Inventor Philip P. Macnak

Philip P. Macnak 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: 7519042
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for mixed-media call formatting. A preferred format for a call can be determined from different mixed media communication formats. The mixed media communication formats can include a text format and an audible speech format. A media format mode signal can be sent or received. The media format mode signal can indicate a preferred format for a call. The call can be connected in the preferred format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Gorday, Paul Edward Gorday, Salvador Sibecas, Philip P. Macnak
  • Patent number: 6023515
    Abstract: A mass excited acoustic device (1100) includes a soundboard (1102), a pedestal (1104) and a transducer (300). The soundboard (1102) has a predetermined resonance frequency and couples motional energy to a device user. The pedestal (1104) includes a platform (1106) formed for mounting a transducer (300), and a foot (1108). The platform (1106) and foot have an axis extending centrally therethrough. The foot (1108) is contiguous to the platform (1106) and to the soundboard (1102), and is substantially smaller in size than the platform (1106) and separates the platform (1106) from the soundboard (1102). The transducer (300) is coupled to the platform (1106) about the axis and converts an electrical input signal into motional energy generated in a direction parallel to the axis. The motional energy is delivered to the soundboard (1102) through the foot (1108) without substantially modifying the resonance frequency of the soundboard (1102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. McKee, Charles W. Mooney, Irving Harold Holden, deceased, Gerald Eugene Brinkley, Philip P. Macnak
  • Patent number: 5945772
    Abstract: A damped resonant piezoelectric alerting device (600) includes a motional mass (130), a damping element (136, 156) magnetically coupled to the motional mass (130) and a piezoelectric actuator (100) which is constrained to an actuator mount (132) at a first end and coupled to the motional mass (130) at a second end. The piezoelectric actuator (100) responds to a control signal (108, 110) to generate an alternating out-of-plane movement (812, 814) of the motional mass (130) at an amplitude (412, 414). The alternating out-of-plane movement (812, 814) of the motional mass (130) is transformed into tactile energy to provide a tactile alert about a resonant frequency (608). The amplitude (412, 414) of the out-of-plane movement (812, 814) of the motional mass (130) is controlled by the damping element (136, 156). The alternating out-of-plane movement (812, 814) of the motional mass (130) is also transformed into acoustic energy to provide an audible alert above the resonant frequency (608).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Motorla, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip P. Macnak, Thomas James Rollins
  • Patent number: 5883886
    Abstract: A meter reading device (22) for wirelessly transmitting meter readings from a plurality of meters (30) includes a receiver (44) for receiving a synchronization signal (60), a clock (40) connected to the receiver, a wireless transmitter (46) connected to the receiver for transmitting meter readings in synchronization with the synchronization signal, and a microcomputer (32) pre-programmable to receive meter readings from the meter and to actuate the wireless transmitter at a different specific time for each of the meters. The transmitter transmits a radio frequency signal carrying only meter readings on a reverse channel of a two-way paging system (10) during a particular reverse channel time-slot (90) of a synchronous two-way paging protocol. A messaging terminal (18) of a the two-way paging system transfers signals carrying meter readings, along with time-slot identification, to a meter reading correlator (24) which correlates the signals with each of the meters based upon the time-slot identification alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Thomas Eaton, Von Alan Mock, Philip P. Macnak
  • Patent number: 5650763
    Abstract: A non-linear reciprocating device (100, 200) includes an armature (12) including non-linear suspension members (14, 16); a compliant contactor (50, 72), coupled to a power source (BT), and further coupled to the armature (12) for generating an interrupting signal; an electromagnetic driver (25), coupled to the non-linear suspension members (14, 16) for effecting an electromagnetic field in response to the interrupting signal; and a magnetic motional mass (18) suspended by the non-linear suspension members (14, 16), and coupled to the electromagnetic field for generating a reciprocating movement of the magnetic motional mass (18) which is transformed through the non-linear suspension members (14, 16) and the electromagnetic driver (25) into tactile energy. The compliant contactor can be either a single pole compliant contactor (50) or double pole compliant contactor (72).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. McKee, Gerald Eugene Brinkley, Philip P. Macnak, James Gregory Mittel
  • Patent number: 5546411
    Abstract: A method and apparatus adaptively selects a communication strategy for communicating a message in a selective call radio communication system including a fixed portion (100) and a portable portion (101). The fixed portion (100) transmits (402) an alert signal to the portable portion (101), and awaits (404) an acknowledgment signal including a signal quality estimate from the portable portion (101). The portable portion (101) receives (602) the alert signal, and computes (604, 606) the signal quality estimate therefrom. The portable portion (101) then sends (608) the acknowledgment signal to the fixed portion (100). In response to the acknowledgment signal, the fixed portion (100) selects (407) a transmission strategy in accordance with the signal quality estimate. For compatibility, the transmission strategy requires a matching reception strategy in the portable portion (101).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford D. Leitch, Robert J. Schwendeman, Philip P. Macnak
  • Patent number: 5287541
    Abstract: A satellite communication system (1110) provides geographic protocol conversion for message delivery between communication transceivers (1118, 1118') operating within at least two geographic areas (1116, 1116'). The satellite based communication system (1110) comprises a first communication transceiver (1118) which provides two-way message delivery within a first radiotelephone network (1114) located within at least a first geographic area (1116), the two-way message being encoded in a first predetermined message transmission protocol. The first communication transceiver (1118) further enables two-way message delivery with a communication satellite (1120), the message also being encoded in the first predetermined message transmission protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1994
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter L. Davis, Philip P. Macnak
  • Patent number: 5164737
    Abstract: An antenna (10) is described comprising a generally elongate, magnetically permeable core (12) having a major axis, an insulating substrate (20) being affixed to the core (12) along an axis parallel to the major axis, and having at least a pair of opposed spaced conductive runners (21) positioned along the substrate normal to said major axis. A plurality of charge storage devices (16) are secured between the pair of opposed spaced conductive runners (21). An electrically conductive split sleeve (14) is positioned surrounding the core (12), and has first and second edge portions in electrical connection with the pair of opposed spaced conductive runners (21) opposite said charge storage devices (16). Arrangements for mechanically mounting the antenna (10) are provided which are integral to the antenna (10). The mechanical mounting arrangements are separate from the arrangements provided for electrically connecting the antenna 10 to the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1992
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley A. Murray, Edward L. Ehmke, Philip P. Macnak
  • Patent number: 5129095
    Abstract: A global communications system is described having terrestrial transmitters for transmitting coded message signals in each of a plurality of geographic areas. The global communication system further includes at least one satellite transmitter for transmitting the coded messages signals in each of a plurality of global geographic areas. The coded message signals transmissions include channel identification codewords identifying the terrestrial channels and the satellite channel. The terretrial channel is selected for operation when the channel identification codeword received matches a first predetermined channel identification codeword. The satellite channel is selected for operation when the channel identification codeword does not match the first predetermined channel identification codeword. When the satellite channel is selected the terrestrial channel is periodically reselected to enable decoding the channel identification codeword received on the terrestrial channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter L. Davis, Philip P. Macnak
  • Patent number: 5117460
    Abstract: An individual desiring to operate a pager via voice commands sends a message to a repository of voice recognition codebooks requesting access to a particular codebook. The repository device(s) respond by transmitting the codebook of that individual to at least one pager, which stores the codebook therein. In a second embodiment, each individual operating a pager by voice commands is provided with a codebook module, which contains suitable memory storage having at least that operator's codebook stored therein. By inserting the codebook module (or card) into the pager, that pager becomes at least partially controllable by the voice commands of that operator. The codebook module may be easily removed to permit the communication device to be rapidly reprogrammed by inserting the codebook of another operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Berry, Paul F. Smith, Kamyar Rohani, Winfield J. Brown, Jr., Philip P. Macnak
  • Patent number: 5008952
    Abstract: A satellite paging system is described for providing geogrpahic protocol conversion for data packet delivery to communication receivers located in a plurality of geographic areas. The system includes a transmitter for transmitting data packets formatted in a first predetermined data format to the communication satellite. The satellite includes a receiver for receiving the data packets and a programmable encoder coupled to the receiver for encoding the received data packets into encoded data packets in a second predetermined data format corresponding to the signaling requirements of each geographic delivery area. A satellite transmitter coupled to the programmable encoder then transmits the encoded data packets in the second predetermined data format to a portable communication receiver, operable in the second predetermined data format in the geographic delivery area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter L. Davis, Philip P. Macnak
  • Patent number: 4951044
    Abstract: A paging receiver having acknowledge back capability is provided with the capability to request a received message to be forwarded to an alternate paging receiver in a paging system after having received its address and associated message. The paging receiver includes an entry device for selecting the alternate paging receiver to which the message is further to be sent, and after the selection is made, the paging receiver generates the acknowledge back response requesting the message be further sent to the selected alternate paging receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard E. Nelson, Philip P. Macnak
  • Patent number: 4817196
    Abstract: An antenna tuning arrangement is provided for a miniature personal communications device which is normally worn on the body. The device includes a wristband having an antenna and antenna tuning elements which are normally concealed, to allow the antenna to be tuned while the device is being worn. A receiver in the communications device is coupled to the antenna and to a tuning indicator circuit which provides a tuning indication when the tuning element is adjusted without requiring entry into the device. The tuning indicator operation is selectable and draws no power when not selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip P. MacNak, James S. Irwin
  • Patent number: 4804954
    Abstract: A system transmitting synchronization signals and coded message signals is described. In particular, coded synchronization signals are used to indicate the transmission of coded message signals or the absence of transmission of coded message signals following the transmission of the coded synchronization signal, thereby providing a battery saving function for a personal communications receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1989
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip P. Macnak, David F. Williard
  • Patent number: 4803487
    Abstract: A personal message receiving apparatus is described including a portable communications receiver, intended to be carried by the user, which receives, detects and stores messages transmitted on a first radio frequency communication channel. The stored message is then subsequently transmitted over a second communications channel to a presentation unit having a second receiver which is intended to be carried by the user. The second receiver receives, and detects the message, and presents the message to the user in the form of a visual display. The message may also be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: David F. Willard, Philip P. Macnak
  • Patent number: 4786902
    Abstract: A wrist worn device includes a digital watch circuit and a receiver circuit which responds to coded message signals including selective call signalling and message information. An input steering circuit interfaces between the watch circuit and the receiver circuit for normally providing control of the watch circuit by switches located in the device case. The normal watch functions of the switches are permanently marked on the device case. The watch circuit and the receiver circuit couple to an information selector circuit which normally selects the watch output for a common display. When coded message signals are received, the switches are enabled to control the receiver circuit, and the received message information is selected for display. New indicia, electronically selected by the information selector circuit, are displayed on the display defining the new functions of the switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1988
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter L. Davis, Philip P. Macnak
  • Patent number: 4521776
    Abstract: A radio paging device is provided which includes apparatus for preventing turn off of the paging device until all selective calling message signals which are stored in the pagers memory have been displayed. The pager of the present invention further includes apparatus for automatically initiating interrogation of the memory when the user attempts to turn off the paging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1985
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: George W. Smoot, Philip P. Macnak
  • Patent number: 4471259
    Abstract: A shock-resistant low profile crystal package and internal crystal mounting apparatus capable of adequately protecting a multi-electrode crystal plate from high-G forces occasionally experienced by the mishandling of the particular article in which the component has been mounted. The crystal plate is positioned within an aperture of the base member and is supported about its edge during wire-bonding of the electrode pattern to the terminal connecting pins of the base member. Since the crystal plate is free-floating about its central position, the crystal can undergo thin film metallization of an electrode pattern from either side of the crystal plate to achieve desired frequency parameters. A ceramic retaining ring is placed on top of the crystal plate and the overall package is hermetically sealed by the welding of a cover to each end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1984
    Assignee: Motorola Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Stoermer, Aristotelis S. Arvanitis, Philip P. Macnak
  • Patent number: 4438433
    Abstract: A pager includes means for receiving emergency calls immediately upon reception of the emergency calls and means for receiving non-emergency calls and, storing the non-emergency calls for subsequent readout upon interrogation. The pager is shown implemented in hard-wired logic form and alternatively in a programmable microprocessor form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1984
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: George W. Smoot, Philip P. Macnak