Patents by Inventor Rod Fleck

Rod Fleck 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: 9351203
    Abstract: Voice call continuity is provided for calls that are carried over a hybrid network infrastructure in which access connections are distributed over loosely coupled network portions including a backend network such as a core VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service network, one or more cellular mobile networks, and a public switched telephone network (“PSTN”). The calls are routed through the core VoIP network regardless of their points of origination or termination in other network portions so that signaling and call context are anchored in the core VoIP network. The conditions under which user equipment operate are continuously monitored so that when a connection is determined to have been unacceptably degraded or is likely to be interrupted, and/or a more optimal connection is available, a handover of the call to another connection is initiated so that call continuity is maintained using the lowest cost connection that provides acceptable call quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Gursharan Sidhu, Humayun Khan, Tony Bell, Namendra Kumar, Sankaran Narayanan, Mahendra Sekaran, Vishal Soni, John Bruner, Jeffrey Kay, Anish Desai, Rod Fleck, Abhilash Nair, Gaurav Pancholi, Mansoor Jafry, Ken Wolfe
  • Publication number: 20150078332
    Abstract: Voice call continuity is provided for calls that are carried over a hybrid network infrastructure in which access connections are distributed over loosely coupled network portions including a backend network such as a core VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service network, one or more cellular mobile networks, and a public switched telephone network (“PSTN”). The calls are routed through the core VoIP network regardless of their points of origination or termination in other network portions so that signaling and call context are anchored in the core VoIP network. The conditions under which user equipment operate are continuously monitored so that when a connection is determined to have been unacceptably degraded or is likely to be interrupted, and/or a more optimal connection is available, a handover of the call to another connection is initiated so that call continuity is maintained using the lowest cost connection that provides acceptable call quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Gursharan Sidhu, Humayun Khan, Tony Bell, Namendra Kumar, Sankaran Narayanan, Mahendra Sekaran, Vishal Soni, John Bruner, Jeffrey Kay, Anish Desai, Rod Fleck, Abhilash Nair, Gaurav Pancholi, Mansoor Jafry, Ken Wolfe
  • Patent number: 8693087
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a light emitting device utilizing charged quantum dots is described. In one embodiment, charged quantum dots are suspended in a liquid between an excitation plate and a cover plate. The excitation plate carries short-wave excitation light. Charged quantum dots near the surface of the excitation plate may emit light in response to an evanescent field generated by the short-wave excitation light undergoing total internal reflection within the excitation plate. The excitation plate and the cover plate may be coated with one or more transparent electrodes. The movement of charged quantum dots within the liquid may be controlled by applying one or more bias voltages to the one or more transparent electrodes. Light emission from a particular region near the surface of the excitation plate may be controlled by moving charged quantum dots into or out of the particular region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Andreas Nowatzyk, Rod Fleck
  • Publication number: 20130003163
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a light emitting device utilizing charged quantum dots is described. In one embodiment, charged quantum dots are suspended in a liquid between an excitation plate and a cover plate. The excitation plate carries short-wave excitation light. Charged quantum dots near the surface of the excitation plate may emit light in response to an evanescent field generated by the short-wave excitation light undergoing total internal reflection within the excitation plate. The excitation plate and the cover plate may be coated with one or more transparent electrodes. The movement of charged quantum dots within the liquid may be controlled by applying one or more bias voltages to the one or more transparent electrodes. Light emission from a particular region near the surface of the excitation plate may be controlled by moving charged quantum dots into or out of the particular region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andreas Nowatzyk, Rod Fleck
  • Publication number: 20060244663
    Abstract: An antenna is specially adapted for a portable electronic device, such as a hand-held computer or cell phone, having a conductive metal housing surrounding a radio transceiver. A rectangular recess is formed in one surface of the housing, and an elongated printed circuit board is placed along an inner wall of the housing. A coaxial cable coupled to the transceiver enters the housing, and an outer shield of the cable is connected to the inner wall of the housing along a substantial length of the cable. A center conductor of the cable is connected to a conductive layer of the printed circuit board. The recess is enclosed by a window that is substantially transparent to RF energy. RF energy radiated from the printed circuit board is capacitively coupled to a sheet of conductive material, and the RF energy is then radiated from the conductive sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Publication date: November 2, 2006
    Inventors: Rod Fleck, Robert Hill
  • Publication number: 20060129861
    Abstract: A computer system has a main display attached to a computer chassis. The computer chassis includes a high power, high performance main processor running applications on a first operating system platform. The auxiliary display module has a low power, low performance auxiliary processor, a small touch-screen display and a keypad. The main processor interfaces with a keyboard on the upper surface of the chassis and a main display. In a high power mode, there is no display and keypad input in the auxiliary display module. In a power sleep mode, power is removed from the first processor, the main display and many of the components in the computer chassis. However, key functions, such as email, a contact list, and an appointment calendar can be accessed using the auxiliary display module. In a low power mode, the main display shuts off and many of the components in the computer chassis are powered down.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2006
    Publication date: June 15, 2006
    Inventors: Martin Kee, Chao-Chi Chen, Rod Fleck, Craig O'Connell, Stephen Perrin, Michael Clarke
  • Publication number: 20060085835
    Abstract: A content management (CM) system is provided to centrally control operation of one or more connected devices by issuing control requests and/or data requests. In some situations the connected device(s) include devices that control presentation of television programming-related content, such as digital video recorder (“DVR”) devices and media center devices, and in other situations may include other types of media devices and/or other electromechanical (“E/M”) devices that may be centrally controlled, such as E/M devices for home automation that may operate independently or in conjunction with the media devices. In some situations, the CM system communicates with the connected devices via a network and using appropriate protocol(s), and may be accessed remotely via a network so as to allow a user to remotely operate the CM system. The CM system may further control searching, identification, selection, and presentation of pieces of media content by the connected device(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Publication date: April 20, 2006
    Applicant: Vulcan Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Istvan, Rod Fleck, Robin Budd, Korina Stark, Marcellino Tanumihardja
  • Publication number: 20060085825
    Abstract: A content management (CM) system is provided to centrally control operation of one or more connected devices by issuing control requests and/or data requests. In some situations the connected device(s) include devices that control presentation of television programming-related content, such as digital video recorder (“DVR”) devices and media center devices, and in other situations may include other types of media devices and/or other electromechanical (“E/M”) devices that may be centrally controlled, such as E/M devices for home automation that may operate independently or in conjunction with the media devices. In some situations, the CM system communicates with the connected devices via a network and using appropriate protocol(s), and may be accessed remotely via a network so as to allow a user to remotely operate the CM system. The CM system may further control searching, identification, selection, and presentation of pieces of media content by the connected device(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Publication date: April 20, 2006
    Applicant: Vulcan Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Istvan, Rod Fleck, Robin Budd, Korina Stark, Marcellino Tanumihardja
  • Publication number: 20060080408
    Abstract: A content management (CM) system is provided to centrally control operation of one or more connected devices by issuing control requests and/or data requests. In some situations the connected device(s) include devices that control presentation of television programming-related content, such as digital video recorder (“DVR”) devices and media center devices, and in other situations may include other types of media devices and/or other electromechanical (“E/M”) devices that may be centrally controlled, such as E/M devices for home automation that may operate independently or in conjunction with the media devices. In some situations, the CM system communicates with the connected devices via a network and using appropriate protocol(s), and may be accessed remotely via a network so as to allow a user to remotely operate the CM system. The CM system may further control searching, identification, selection, and presentation of pieces of media content by the connected device(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Publication date: April 13, 2006
    Applicant: Vulcan Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Istvan, Rod Fleck, Robin Budd, Korina Stark, Marcellino Tanumihardja
  • Publication number: 20060064720
    Abstract: A content management (CM) system is provided to centrally control operation of one or more connected devices by issuing control requests and/or data requests. In some situations the connected device(s) include devices that control presentation of television programming-related content, such as digital video recorder (“DVR”) devices and media center devices, and in other situations may include other types of media devices and/or other electromechanical (“E/M”) devices that may be centrally controlled, such as E/M devices for home automation that may operate independently or in conjunction with the media devices. In some situations, the CM system communicates with the connected devices via a network and using appropriate protocol(s), and may be accessed remotely via a network so as to allow a user to remotely operate the CM system. The CM system may further control searching, identification, selection, and presentation of pieces of media content by the connected device(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Publication date: March 23, 2006
    Applicant: Vulcan Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Istvan, Rod Fleck, Robin Budd, Korina Stark, Marcellino Tanumihardja
  • Publication number: 20060061563
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to power-management methods for preventing needless dissipation of stored energy in operation of display components of electronic appliances, as well as for moving functionality from separately controlled and powered devices to a main display component in order to avoid unnecessary hardware, firmware, and software design and manufacturing complexities. In one embodiment of the present invention, techniques are applied in an electronic, information-displaying appliance using an organic-light-emitting-diode-based display component to increase the proportion of the display screen that appears dark, and that is therefore not emitting light, in order to decrease power consumption by the display component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Publication date: March 23, 2006
    Inventor: Rod Fleck
  • Publication number: 20050264986
    Abstract: A processor module is packaged with a display for a portable electronic device. The display is designed to create a space within a display housing to allow a processor module to be included in the display housing. The processor module can be designed to be integral with the display housing. Additionally, the processor module can be designed to be detachable from the display housing to provide a removable processor module. The removable processor module can be replaced with another processor module having different functionality or have stand alone functionality, as well as system functionality when attached to a display lid or a portable electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2005
    Publication date: December 1, 2005
    Inventors: Martin Kee, Michael Clarke, Rod Fleck, Chao-Chi Chen, Craig O'Connell, Stephen Perrin
  • Publication number: 20050237702
    Abstract: A processor module is packaged with a display for a portable electronic device. The display is designed to create a space within a display housing to allow a processor module to be included in the display housing. The processor module can be designed to be integral with the display housing. Additionally, the processor module can be designed to be detachable from the display housing to provide a removable processor module. The removable processor module can be replaced with another processor module having different functionality or have stand alone functionality, as well as system functionality when attached to a display lid or a portable electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2005
    Publication date: October 27, 2005
    Inventors: Martin Kee, Michael Clarke, Rod Fleck, Chao-Chi Chen, Craig O'Connell, Stephen Perrin
  • Publication number: 20050219209
    Abstract: A hand-held portable computer has a mouse button that is surrounded in close proximity by directional buttons. Placing the directional-buttons in close proximity around the mouse button makes on-screen navigation easier, since the same single finger need only be moved by a small amount to actuate one or more of these buttons. If the mouse button is actuated, a mouse cursor can be moved about a page displayed on a display screen. If the directional buttons are actuated, the page can be panned around the display screen, while the mouse cursor remains stationary. The portable computer is also provided with a plurality of hot keys, and with buttons that are located off its keyboard, such as at the back of the portable computer. In other embodiments, a touchpad is provided, along with left and right mouse buttons located adjacent to one or more directional arrow buttons. In another embodiment, the left and right mouse buttons are located on opposing regions of a keyboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2005
    Publication date: October 6, 2005
    Applicant: Vulcan Portals Inc.
    Inventors: Rod Fleck, Jeffrey Johnson, Michael Smith, Michael Clarke, Thomas Meyerhoffer
  • Publication number: 20050076088
    Abstract: A computer system has a removable module that contains a processor, other electrical components, and a battery. When the module has been removed from the computer system, the processor runs an application that interacts with the electrical components in the module to provide stand-alone functionality. When the removable module is in the computer system, the module is accessed by the computer system to cause the computer system to perform some of the functionality provided by the module. The functionality provided by the removable module includes receiving emails, displaying an appointment calendar, displaying a contacts listing, providing audio content, providing cellular telephone service, obtaining a video image, providing biometric identification information, sensing position, and displaying a television picture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2004
    Publication date: April 7, 2005
    Inventors: Martin Kee, Chao-Chi Chen, Rod Fleck, Craig O'Connell, Stephen Perrin, Michael Clarke
  • Publication number: 20050076256
    Abstract: An electronic device, such as a hand-held portable computer, is provided with capability to operate an application during a low power mode. During the low power mode, portions of hardware, software, services, and/or other components of the portable computer that are not necessary to the operation of the application is suspended or otherwise deactivated. As each task is performed by the application, the components that are no longer needed for subsequent tasks to be performed by the application are also deactivated and reactivated as needed. The deactivation can be performed in sequence from the highest-level components to the lowest-level components to ensure that components that are needed by other components are not prematurely deactivated. A specific set of events transitions the portable computer out of the low power mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Publication date: April 7, 2005
    Applicant: Vulcan Portals Inc.
    Inventors: Rod Fleck, Rex Flynn, Martin Kee, Stephen Perrin
  • Publication number: 20050073515
    Abstract: A processor module is packaged with a display for a portable electronic device. The display is designed to create a space within a display housing to allow a processor module to be included in the display housing. The processor module can be designed to be integral with the display housing. Additionally, the processor module can be designed to be detachable from the display housing to provide a removable processor module. The removable processor module can be replaced with another processor module having different functionality or have stand alone functionality, as well as system functionality when attached to a display lid or a portable electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Publication date: April 7, 2005
    Inventors: Martin Kee, Michael Clarke, Rod Fleck, Chao-Chi Chen, Craig O'Connell, Stephen Perrin
  • Publication number: 20050066209
    Abstract: A computer system has a main display attached to a computer chassis. The computer chassis includes a high power, high performance main processor running applications on a first operating system platform. The auxiliary display module has a low power, low performance auxiliary processor, a small touch-screen display and a keypad. The main processor interfaces with a keyboard on the upper surface of the chassis and a main display. In a high power mode, there is no display and keypad input in the auxiliary display module. In a power sleep mode, power is removed from the first processor, the main display and many of the components in the computer chassis. However, key functions, such as email, a contact list, and an appointment calendar can be accessed using the auxiliary display module. In a low power mode, the main display shuts off and many of the components in the computer chassis are powered down.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2004
    Publication date: March 24, 2005
    Inventors: Martin Kee, Chao-Chi Chen, Rod Fleck, Craig O'Connell, Stephen Perrin, Michael Clarke
  • Publication number: 20050066006
    Abstract: Low power email capabilities are provided for an electronic device, such as a hand-held portable computer having capability to operate an application during a low power mode. During the low power mode, portions of hardware, software, services, and/or other components of the portable computer that are not necessary for email-related operations, such as polling a server for new email, are suspended or otherwise deactivated. At least a portion of a new email is stored in a memory of a low power display module (LPDM) of the portable computer. The LPDM is provided with its own low-power processing unit, user interface, and other components to allow access to and manipulation of the stored email while other components of the portable computer remain deactivated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2004
    Publication date: March 24, 2005
    Applicant: Vulcan Portals Inc.
    Inventors: Rod Fleck, Rex Flynn, Martin Kee, Stephen Perrin
  • Publication number: 20050066207
    Abstract: A low power media player is provided for an electronic device, such as a hand-held portable computer having capability to operate an application during a low power mode. During the low power mode, portions of hardware, software, services, and/or other components of the portable computer that are not necessary to the operation of the low power media player are suspended or otherwise deactivated. Rather than repeatedly accessing a hard disk to read media files for playback, the low power media player limits its number of access operations by reading as many media files as possible during each access operation, and then caching the read media files. When playback of the media files is to be performed, the media files are read from the cache, thereby reducing the amount of power consumption attributable to hard disk access operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Publication date: March 24, 2005
    Applicant: Vulcan Portals Inc.
    Inventors: Rod Fleck, Rex Flynn, Martin Kee, Stephen Perrin