Patents by Inventor Stephen J. Rhee

Stephen J. Rhee 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: 20160360354
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for a mobile device determining its location based on a location of a companion device are described. A mobile device can receive a request for determining a location of the mobile device from an application. The request can include an accuracy specification providing a lower limit on accuracy of the determined location. The mobile device can determine that the mobile device is incapable of achieving that accuracy. The mobile device can then submit a location request to a companion device that has paired with the mobile device. The companion device, upon receiving the location request, can determine a location of the companion device and provide the location of the companion device to the mobile device. The mobile device can then designate the location of the companion device as the location of the mobile device, and provide the location to the application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Rhee, Bradley Joel Jensen, Robert Mayor, Ronald K. Huang
  • Publication number: 20160353237
    Abstract: An application manager of a mobile device can provide a user with the ability to control whether an application can use location information provided by a location subsystem of the mobile device. The application can request to be notified by the location subsystem when the mobile device crosses a geofence. When the mobile device crosses the geofence, the location subsystem provides a notice to the application. The application manager can intercept the notice to the application, and present an alert on a user interface. The application manager can then provide the notice to the application only upon receiving an input through the user interface confirming that the application still has permission to use location information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew E. Shepherd, Ronald K. Huang, Stephen J. Rhee, Daniel T. Kurtz, Erik Neuenschwander
  • Patent number: 9473883
    Abstract: An application can specify a location service authorization type to be enforced by a mobile device. After the user authorizes the location service through an authorization dialog, the application can receive location service according to the authorization type. A first authorization type allows the application to receive continuous location updates and location events from a location service on the mobile device only when the application is in use. A second authorization type allows the application to always receive continuous location updates and location events when the application is running in a foreground or background. The text of the authorization dialog can be customized by the application to provide more detail on how the location data will be used by the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Rhee, Adam M. Driscoll, Jeffrey Michael Bartunek, Ronald K. Huang, Erik Neuenschwander, Patrick Coffman, Guy L. Tribble
  • Patent number: 9429437
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for determining the location and direction of travel of a mobile device using map vector constraints is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Donald MacGougan, Stephen J. Rhee, Robert Mayor, Ronald K. Huang
  • Publication number: 20160142979
    Abstract: In general, in one aspect, a method includes receiving, on a mobile device, an indication that an application executing on the mobile device has entered a background state, determining, based on data received from a location system of the mobile device, that the mobile device has remained within a geographic area during a time interval, the geographic area being defined by a radius determined according to an application type of the application, and disabling at least a portion of the location system of the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: Glenn Donald MacGougan, Jay N. Bruins, Robert Mayor, Ronald Keryuan Huang, Stephen J. Rhee
  • Publication number: 20160066179
    Abstract: Reduced resolution location determination for improved anonymity of a user location is disclosed. In some implementations, a first location of a computing device operating in a geographic area is determined. A population density of the geographic area is estimated. A grid overlay is generated, including a number of cells based on the estimated population density. Using the grid overlay, a second location is generated for the computing device that is less precise than the first location. The less precise second location can be used in a local search or other application to improve the anonymity of the user location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: Ronald K. Huang, Lukas M. Marti, Stephen J. Rhee, Robert Mayor, Tadaaki Shimada
  • Patent number: 9253728
    Abstract: In general, in one aspect, a method includes receiving, on a mobile device, an indication that an application executing on the mobile device has entered a background state, determining, based on data received from a location system of the mobile device, that the mobile device has remained within a geographic area during a time interval, the geographic area being defined by a radius determined according to an application type of the application, and disabling at least a portion of the location system of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Donald MacGougan, Jay N. Bruins, Robert Mayor, Ronald K. Huang, Stephen J. Rhee
  • Publication number: 20150350843
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and program products for determining a location of a mobile device using a location application programming interface (API) are described. A mobile device can receive an input requesting the mobile device to monitor entry into and exit from a significant location. The mobile device can call a start-monitoring instance function of an object of a location manager class as declared in the API to start monitoring, and call a stop-monitoring instance function of the object as declared in the API to stop monitoring. The mobile device can store the entry and exit, or provide a record of the entry or exit to a function that is conformant to the API for performing various tasks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Bradley Joel Jensen, Ronald K. Huang, Stephen J. Rhee, Jay N. Bruins, Adam M. Driscoll, Lukas M. Marti, Michael P. Dal Santo, Patrick Thomas Dillon
  • Publication number: 20150350823
    Abstract: An application can specify a location service authorization type to be enforced by a mobile device. After the user authorizes the location service through an authorization dialog, the application can receive location service according to the authorization type. A first authorization type allows the application to receive continuous location updates and location events from a location service on the mobile device only when the application is in use. A second authorization type allows the application to always receive continuous location updates and location events when the application is running in a foreground or background. The text of the authorization dialog can be customized by the application to provide more detail on how the location data will be used by the application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen J. Rhee, Adam M. Driscoll, Jeffrey Michael Bartunek, Ronald K. Huang, Erik Neuenschwander, Patrick Coffman, Guy L. Tribble
  • Publication number: 20150176998
    Abstract: A location-aware device detects if a personal or point of interest region has been entered or exited and a current context of the device. In response, an operating mode is selected based on the region and a current context of the device. The operating mode is configurable by a user, including setting geofence parameters, context parameters and operating mode parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Inventors: Ronald K. Huang, Robert Mayor, Maximilian H. Luttrell, Brendan J. Langoulant, Vera Carr, Stephen J. Rhee, Gregory Novick
  • Publication number: 20140256306
    Abstract: Among other things, we describe a method that includes receiving, on a mobile device, an indication that an application executing on the mobile device has entered a background state, receiving, from the application, a value indicating a condition for providing location data to the application, disabling a resource associated with the application, while the resource associated with the application is disabled, storing location data received from a location system of the mobile device, and when the condition indicated by the value is met, enabling the resource associated with the application, and providing the stored location data to the application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Donald MacGougan, Jay N. Bruins, Robert Mayor, Ronald K. Huang, Stephen J. Rhee, Jay L. Prunty, Pejman Lotfali Kazemi
  • Patent number: 8738031
    Abstract: Among other things, we describe a method that includes receiving, on a mobile device, an indication that an application executing on the mobile device has entered a background state, receiving, from the application, a value indicating a condition for providing location data to the application, disabling a resource associated with the application, while the resource associated with the application is disabled, storing location data received from a location system of the mobile device, and when the condition indicated by the value is met, enabling the resource associated with the application, and providing the stored location data to the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Donald MacGougan, Jay N. Bruins, Robert Mayor, Ronald Keryuan Huang, Stephen J. Rhee, Jay L. Prunty, Pejman Lotfali Kazemi
  • Publication number: 20140062777
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to assist a global positioning system (GPS) module to determine GPS position estimates for a wireless communication device is disclosed. Processing circuitry in the wireless communication device determines a potential or an actual inaccuracy in a GPS position estimate obtained from a GPS module. The processing circuitry obtains a set of map vector data stored in or associated with the wireless communication device. The processing circuitry determines a location estimate of the wireless communication device based on at least a portion of the set of map vector data. The processing circuitry provides the location estimate to the GPS module and obtains an updated GPS position estimate from the GPS module, the updated GPS position estimate based at least in part on the location estimate provided to the GPS module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn D. MacGougan, Robert W. Mayor, Stephen J. Rhee
  • Publication number: 20130346423
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for determining the location and direction of travel of a mobile device using map vector constraints is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Glenn Donald MacGougan, Stephen J. Rhee, Robert Mayor, Ronald K. Huang
  • Publication number: 20130316725
    Abstract: Among other things, we describe a method that includes receiving, on a mobile device, an indication that an application executing on the mobile device has entered a background state, receiving, from the application, a value indicating a condition for providing location data to the application, disabling a resource associated with the application, while the resource associated with the application is disabled, storing location data received from a location system of the mobile device, and when the condition indicated by the value is met, enabling the resource associated with the application, and providing the stored location data to the application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Donald MacGougan, Jay N. Bruins, Robert Mayor, Ronald K. Huang, Stephen J. Rhee
  • Publication number: 20130288718
    Abstract: In general, in one aspect, a method includes receiving, on a mobile device, an indication that an application executing on the mobile device has entered a background state, determining, based on data received from a location system of the mobile device, that the mobile device has remained within a geographic area during a time interval, the geographic area being defined by a radius determined according to an application type of the application, and disabling at least a portion of the location system of the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Donald MacGougan, Jay N. Bruins, Robert Mayor, Ronald K. Huang, Stephen J. Rhee