Patents by Inventor Richard A. Miner

Richard A. Miner 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: 20220114223
    Abstract: A computer-implemented communications method is discussed. The method includes receiving a typed user input in a texting conversation on an electronic communication channel between two or more users of electronic communications devices; analyzing the user input to identify whether the user input contains a reserved word for triggering a search; submitting a search query received in association with the reserved word to a search engine, if the user input contains a reserved word; receiving one or more search results from the search engine; and providing, in the electronic communication channel for incorporation into the texting conversation, at least one of the one or more search results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventors: Maryam Garrett, Richard A. Miner
  • Patent number: 11232162
    Abstract: A computer-implemented communications method is discussed. The method includes receiving a typed user input in a texting conversation on an electronic communication channel between two or more users of electronic communications devices; analyzing the user input to identify whether the user input contains a reserved word for triggering a search; submitting a search query received in association with the reserved word to a search engine, if the user input contains a reserved word; receiving one or more search results from the search engine; and providing, in the electronic communication channel for incorporation into the texting conversation, at least one of the one or more search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Maryam Garrett, Richard A. Miner
  • Patent number: 10621243
    Abstract: A computer-implemented communications method is discussed. The method includes receiving a typed user input in a texting conversation on an electronic communication channel between two or more users of electronic communications devices; analyzing the user input to identify whether the user input contains a reserved word for triggering a search; submitting a search query received in association with the reserved word to a search engine, if the user input contains a reserved word; receiving one or more search results from the search engine; and providing, in the electronic communication channel for incorporation into the texting conversation, at least one of the one or more search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Maryam Garrett, Richard A. Miner
  • Patent number: 9514227
    Abstract: A computer-implemented communications method is discussed. The method includes receiving a typed user input in a texting conversation on an electronic communication channel between two or more users of electronic communications devices; analyzing the user input to identify whether the user input contains a reserved word for triggering a search; submitting a search query received in association with the reserved word to a search engine, if the user input contains a reserved word; receiving one or more search results from the search engine; and providing, in the electronic communication channel for incorporation into the texting conversation, at least one of the one or more search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Maryam Garrett, Richard A. Miner
  • Patent number: 9031216
    Abstract: A computer-implemented communications method is discussed. The method includes receiving a typed user input in a texting conversation on an electronic communication channel between two or more users of electronic communications devices; analyzing the user input to identify whether the user input contains a reserved word for triggering a search; submitting a search query received in association with the reserved word to a search engine, if the user input contains a reserved word; receiving one or more search results from the search engine; and providing, in the electronic communication channel for incorporation into the texting conversation, at least one of the one or more search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Maryam Kamvar, Richard A. Miner
  • Patent number: 8600806
    Abstract: A mobile telephone system device having an electronic assistant component is disclosed. The device includes a first software module configured to provide a first operating feature to a user of the mobile telephone system and a second software module that includes a first submodule configured to provide a first additional operating feature to the user and a second submodule configured to provide a second additional operating feature to the user of the mobile telephone system. A third module is configured to track the user's use of the first operating feature by storing usage data related to the user's interaction with the first software module. A fourth module analyzes the stored usage data and determines a usage data pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Orange SA
    Inventors: Robert Mechaley, Richard A. Miner
  • Publication number: 20110230175
    Abstract: A mobile telephone system device having an electronic assistant component is disclosed. The device includes a first software module configured to provide a first operating feature to a user of the mobile telephone system and a second software module that includes a first submodule configured to provide a first additional operating feature to the user and a second submodule configured to provide a second additional operating feature to the user of the mobile telephone system. A third module is configured to track the user's use of the first operating feature by storing usage data related to the user's interaction with the first software module. A fourth module analyzes the stored usage data and determines a usage data pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventors: Robert Mechaley, JR., Richard A. Miner
  • Patent number: 7962360
    Abstract: A mobile telephone system device having an electronic assistant component is disclosed. The device includes a first software module configured to provide a first operating feature to a user of the mobile telephone system and a second software module that includes a first submodule configured to provide a first additional operating feature to the user and a second submodule configured to provide a second additional operating feature to the user of the mobile telephone system. A third module is configured to track the user's use of the first operating feature by storing usage data related to the user's interaction with the first software module. A fourth module analyzes the stored usage data and determines a usage data pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Orange S.A.
    Inventors: Robert Mechaley, Richard A. Miner
  • Publication number: 20110026468
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be implemented in, among other things, a computer-implemented method for centralized routing of voice communication over multiple communication networks including receiving at an electronic call routing system an incoming call from a calling device to a first telephone number of a mobile device. The method further includes selecting a calling address of the mobile device from among a voice over internet protocol address of the mobile device on an internet protocol network and a cellular telephone number of the mobile device on a cellular telephone network. The first telephone number is different than the cellular telephone number and the selection of the calling address is performed substantially without participation by the cellular telephone network. The method further includes connecting the incoming call to the selected calling address of the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventors: Daniel R. Conrad, Richard A. Miner, Craig E. Walker, Lawrence Alder, Minneola Ingersoll, Douglas P. Garland, Joseph S. Faber, Michael A. Pearson
  • Publication number: 20080027785
    Abstract: A mobile telephone system device having an electronic assistant component is disclosed. The device includes a first software module configured to provide a first operating feature to a user of the mobile telephone system and a second software module that includes a first submodule configured to provide a first additional operating feature to the user and a second submodule configured to provide a second additional operating feature to the user of the mobile telephone system. A third module is configured to track the user's use of the first operating feature by storing usage data related to the user's interaction with the first software module. A fourth module analyzes the stored usage data and determines a usage data pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Inventors: Robert Mechaley, Richard Miner
  • Patent number: 7277292
    Abstract: A bracing apparatus is disclosed that has a component located within an opening in a cantilevered end of a heatsink. The component has a form factor that is expandable for stabilizing the heatsink at a given elevation relative to a printed circuit board. The bracing apparatus includes a tensioning device located within an opening in the component. When deployed, the tensioning device causes the component to expand. Also included in the bracing apparatus is a coupling medium for coupling the component to the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Stephan Karl Barsun, Bryan Bolich, Richard A. Miner, Michael Wortman
  • Patent number: 7056144
    Abstract: A computing system includes a circuit board, a first connector portion electrically connected to the circuit board, an electronic component and a plurality of resilient support members. The electronic component includes a first electronic device, a second connector portion electrically coupled to the electronic device and connected to the first connector portion along an axis. The plurality of resilient support members are asymmetrically located about the axis and extend between the device and the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Stephan K. Barsun, Bryan D. Bolich, Alisa C. Sandoval, Gregory S. Meyer, Richard A. Miner
  • Publication number: 20050243524
    Abstract: A bracing apparatus is disclosed that has a component located within an opening in a cantilevered end of a heatsink. The component has a form factor that is expandable for stabilizing the heatsink at a given elevation relative to a printed circuit board. The bracing apparatus includes a tensioning device located within an opening in the component. When deployed, the tensioning device causes the component to expand. Also included in the bracing apparatus is a coupling medium for coupling the component to the printed circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Publication date: November 3, 2005
    Inventors: Stephan Barsun, Bryan Bolich, Richard Miner, Michael Wortman
  • Publication number: 20050186831
    Abstract: A computing system includes a circuit board, a first connector portion electrically connected to the circuit board, an electronic component and a plurality of resilient support members. The electronic component includes a first electronic device, a second connector portion electrically coupled to the electronic device and connected to the first connector portion along an axis. The plurality of resilient support members are asymmetrically located about the axis and extend between the device and the circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Publication date: August 25, 2005
    Inventors: Stephan Barsun, Bryan Bolich, Alisa Sandoval, Gregg Meyer, Richard Miner
  • Patent number: 6804332
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of processing communications through a multimedia interface that includes a plurality of interface devices and a plurality of input/output devices. Each of the plurality of interface device is capable of connecting to a different communications network, and each of the plurality of input/output devices is capable of processing different media types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Wildfire Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Miner, William J. Warner, Anthony M. Lovell, Eric R. Shienbrood, Keith Gabryelski, Kenneth C. R. C. Arnold, Nicholas C. d'Arbeloff, Kee Hinckley
  • Patent number: 6047053
    Abstract: A method implemented by a computer-based electronic assistant to receive and manage incoming calls to a subscriber including the steps of receiving an incoming call to the subscriber from a caller; establishing a first connection between the electronic assistant and the caller; establishing a second connection between the electronic assistant and the subscriber; over the second connection, electronically notifying the subscriber of the incoming call; in response to receiving a call accept command from the subscriber over the second connection, linking the caller and the subscriber so that they may communicate with each other; upon linking the subscriber to the caller, switching the electronic assistant to a background mode in which said electronic assistant continues to monitor the subscriber over the second connection while the subscriber is linked with the caller; and in response to receiving a summoning command, switching the electronic assistant into a foreground mode, wherein the electronic assistant whe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Wildfire Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Miner, William J. Warner, Anthony M. Lovell, Eric R. Shienbrood, Keith Gabryelski, Kenneth C. R. C. Arnold, Nicholas C. d'Arbeloff, Kee Hinckley
  • Patent number: 6021181
    Abstract: A virtual intercom method implemented by a computer-based electronic assistant and including the steps of receiving a voice command from a first party, wherein the voice command identifies a user selectable one of a plurality of subscriber parties; responding to the voice command by generating a greeting to the first party, wherein the greeting is an audio recording in the voice of the identified subscriber; receiving a message generated by the first party for the identified subscriber; and storing the received message for later playback to the identified subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Wildfire Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Miner, David M. Pelland, William J. Warner, Nancy Benovich Gilby
  • Patent number: 5652789
    Abstract: A method implemented by a computer-based electronic assistant to receive and manage incoming calls to a subscriber including the steps of receiving an incoming call to the subscriber from a caller; establishing a first connection between the electronic assistant and the caller; establishing a second connection between the electronic assistant and the subscriber; over the second connection, electronically notifying the subscriber of the incoming call; in response to receiving a call accept command from the subscriber over the second connection, linking the caller and the subscriber so that they may communicate with each other; upon linking the subscriber to the caller, switching the electronic assistant to a background mode in which said electronic assistant continues to monitor the subscriber over the second connection while the subscriber is linked with the caller; and in response to receiving a summoning command, switching the electronic assistant into a foreground mode, wherein the electronic assistant whe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Assignee: Wildfire Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Miner, William J. Warner, Anthony M. Lovell, Eric R. Shienbrood, Keith Gabryelski, Kenneth C. R. C. Arnold, Nicholas C. d'Arbeloff, Kee Hinckley