Patents by Inventor Steven Fyke

Steven Fyke 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: 20190228601
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling access to a secured space are disclosed. The system includes a locking device fastenable to an access point of the secured space, a server, and a network for communication between the locking device and server. The locking device includes an actuator, a memory, and a processing unit for generating a control signal for the actuator to move the locking device into a locked state or a closed state. The server includes a storage unit to store authorization data for the locking device, and a processing unit which can receive a security request for the locking device from a user computing device; determine whether the security request includes requesting data that corresponds to the authorization data stored for the locking device; generate a security command based on the security request; and communicate the security command to the locking device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Jeanne Grzenda, Timothy Kyowski, Steven Fyke, Jason T. Griffin
  • Patent number: 9477321
    Abstract: A handheld electronic communication device includes a plurality of text entry keys arranged in a keyfield. A navigation home region includes a navigation home key, and a navigation travel region bounds the navigation home region. The navigation travel region overlies text entry keys within the keyfield. A user navigates by actuating the navigation home key and then moving his finger across keys lying within the navigation travel region and otherwise generally used to effect text entry into the device. The navigation home key is preferably configured for dual levels of actuation, as may be the text entry keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jason T. Griffin, Steven Fyke
  • Patent number: 9417702
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device having a microprocessor housed within a body including a display area and a contact-sensitive area is disclosed. The contact-sensitive area detects contact engagement therewith and produces instruction data based thereupon. A microprocessor-run software program receives instruction data from the contact-sensitive area. The contact-sensitive area has a home zone area and a plurality of activity launch zone areas. The software program is programmed to process the instruction data and determine sweeping contact motion detected on the contact-sensitive area originating at the home zone area and terminating at one of the plurality of activity launch zone areas. The program responsively launches an operator-instructed activity corresponding to the activity launch zone area at which the sweeping contact motion terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Steven Fyke, Kevin Orr, Vahid Moosavi
  • Patent number: 9274698
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed that provides for character or text selection and editing. The text and character selection is made by user contact with a touch sensitive screen. In order to allow for refinement of the selection, a second expanded view is implemented as compared to the original display configuration of the screen. Furthermore, the selection is described in relation to two endpoints of the block of text. Additionally, a point is specified as the point desired for insertion of the selected text. The expanded view is implemented along with the original view as required when making character selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Steven Fyke, Alexander Kornilovsky
  • Patent number: 9253803
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for relaying short range communication data between electronic devices. In one example, a first and second short range wireless communication link is established with a first and second wireless communication device, respectively. The first wireless communication device maintains a wireless connection to a wireless telecommunications network. A first and second set of data is received from the first and second wireless communication devices over the first and second links, respectively. At least one of the first set of data and the second set of data is relayed to at least one of the second wireless communication device and the first wireless communication device, respectively, over the second and first links, respectively. The relaying forms a multi-party connection with the first wireless communication device and the second wireless communication device to the wireless telecommunications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Steven Fyke
  • Patent number: 9077485
    Abstract: A mobile communications device, method, and computer program product for providing security on a mobile communications device are described. In accordance with one example embodiment, the mobile communications device comprises: a processor; a communications subsystem connected to the processor operable to exchange signals with a wireless network and with the processor; a storage element connected to the processor and having a plurality of application modules and data stored thereon, the data comprising at least user application data associated with the application modules and service data including data for establishing communications with the wireless network; and a security module operable to determine if a battery level falls below a predetermined threshold and perform a security action comprising erasing or encrypting at least some of the data on the storage element if the battery power falls below the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Michael S. Brown, Neil Adams, Steven Fyke, Herbert Little
  • Publication number: 20150056919
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for relaying short range communication data between electronic devices. In one example, a first and second short range wireless communication link is established with a first and second wireless communication device, respectively. The first wireless communication device maintains a wireless connection to a wireless telecommunications network. A first and second set of data is received from the first and second wireless communication devices over the first and second links, respectively. At least one of the first set of data and the second set of data is relayed to at least one of the second wireless communication device and the first wireless communication device, respectively, over the second and first links, respectively. The relaying forms a multi-party connection with the first wireless communication device and the second wireless communication device to the wireless telecommunications network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Steven FYKE
  • Patent number: 8963744
    Abstract: A key activation system for use in an electronic device is provided. The system comprises an activation mechanism associated with a key in the system, a first feedback system and a second feedback system. The activation mechanism is associated with the key activation system and provides a first feedback sense when the activation mechanism has triggered the first activation condition. The second feedback system provides a second feedback sense indicating when the key triggers the second activation condition. In the system, the second feedback system operates independently from the activation mechanism and the first activation condition is triggered before the second activation condition when the activation mechanism is initially engaged. An activation mechanism may be centrally located for a set of keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jason Griffin, Roman Rak, Steven Fyke, Norman Ladouceur
  • Patent number: 8904286
    Abstract: A method and hierarchical menu is provided for displaying on the screen of a wireless handheld electronic device an extended menu or a short menu, which is a subset of the corresponding extended menu. The method includes displaying a page on a screen and receiving an ambiguous request/selection when no menu is displayed. In response to the ambiguous selection, a short menu corresponding to the displayed page is displayed on the screen. Various short menus are provided with their respective menu items being dependent and adjustable based upon the position of a cursor on the displayed page, the currently opened application, and/or the previous selections. Further, a selection from the short menu is capable of displaying the extended menu corresponding thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Lee, Andrew Bocking, Jason T. Griffin, Steven Fyke, Janna Corrine Louise Hickson, Harry Major, Sherryl Lee Scott, Matthew Bells, Thanh Vuong
  • Patent number: 8878784
    Abstract: Method and arrangement for affecting diagonal movement of a cursor 171 on a display screen 322 of a handheld communication device 300. The method includes sensing movement at an auxiliary user input 328 of the handheld communication device 300 indicative of a user's desire to affect diagonal movement of the cursor 171 on the display screen 322 of the handheld communication device 300. X-direction signals and Y-direction signals are produced based on the sensed movement at the auxiliary user input 328. During that time while necessary signals are being collected and processed, the cursor 171 is held steady on the display screen 322 until a predetermined criterion is met for discriminating whether the user has indicated x-direction cursor movement, y-direction cursor movement or diagonal cursor movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Lee, Andrew Bocking, David Mak-Fan, Steven Fyke, Matthew Bells
  • Patent number: 8849845
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for displaying search results on an electronic device. The method includes: displaying at least a portion of a first set of search results; capturing one or more images using a camera device of the electronic device, the camera device being directed in a same direction as a display of the electronic device, the image comprising one or more subjects; determining corresponding points of regard in the one or more images for at least one of the one or more subjects, the points of regard being indicative of areas on the display at which a gaze of the corresponding subject is directed; determining one or more search results associated with the points of regard; and displaying further search results based on information associated with the one or more search results associated with the points of regard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jerome Pasquero, Steven Fyke
  • Patent number: 8787865
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a circuit and method for activating an electronic device from a low power state. The activation circuit comprises: a first accelerometer in the device; a second accelerometer which is activated upon receiving a movement signal from the first accelerometer; an input device; and a circuit to provide power to the input device when a series of connected movements signals from at least one of the first and the second accelerometers match a predetermined movement gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Kevin Orr, Steven Fyke, David Mak-Fan
  • Patent number: 8780046
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device with a body which houses a microprocessor-run software application is disclosed. The software application program requires operator navigation therein during use. Furthermore, the application program is programmed to receive a directional navigation instruction from the operator utilizing a navigation tool. The instruction indicates a direction and degree of navigation with the application program. The application program is further programmed to receive a complimentary instruction from the operator that adapts the instructed degree of navigation to be affected in the application program by the received directional navigation instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jason T. Griffin, Steven Fyke
  • Patent number: 8706173
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a system and method for managing power and activation of a communication device. The system comprises: a microprocessor controlling the electronic device; an accelerometer; and a power application operating on the microprocessor. The application provides instructions to the microprocessor to place the electronic device in a low power state from a higher power state upon determining from movement data generated by the accelerometer that the electronic device has been returned to around a resting location where the electronic device was previously in a stationary state from a first location that is in a spaced relationship to the resting location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Blackberry Limited
    Inventor: Steven Fyke
  • Patent number: 8654078
    Abstract: Method and arrangement that provides a power-saving mode for a handheld electronic device having a reduced alphabetic keyboard. The power-saving mode is enabled through disabling a sensor that detects motion of a ball of the trackball navigation tool and disabling the display screen of the handheld electronic device. The power-saving mode may be exited before disablement of the sensor when the display screen is disabled first.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Lee, Andrew Bocking, David Mak-Fan, Steven Fyke
  • Publication number: 20130246976
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device having a microprocessor housed within a body including a display area and a contact-sensitive area is disclosed. The contact-sensitive area detects contact engagement therewith and produces instruction data based thereupon. A microprocessor-run software program receives instruction data from the contact-sensitive area. The contact-sensitive area has a home zone area and a plurality of activity launch zone areas. The software program is programmed to process the instruction data and determine sweeping contact motion detected on the contact-sensitive area originating at the home zone area and terminating at one of the plurality of activity launch zone areas. The program responsively launches an operator-instructed activity corresponding to the activity launch zone area at which the sweeping contact motion terminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Steven FYKE, Kevin ORR, Vahid MOOSAVI
  • Patent number: 8463326
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device transitionable between different configurations includes a keyboard panel having a slot, a display panel, a coupler that rotary couples the keyboard panel and the display panel and slidingly engages the slot of the keyboard panel. The display panel is positioned such that is substantially parallel with the keyboard panel in a compact configuration. When the device is transitioned from the compact to translated configuration, the coupler engages the slot. When the device is transitioned from the translated to expanded configuration, the display panel is rotated about the coupler such that the centerpoint of the display panel is closer to the centerpoint of the keyboard panel in the expanded configuration as compared to the translated configuration. The coupler can comprise a rotation control mechanism coupled to a biasing member or can have teeth that engages a track or can be a cam that engages a t-shaped slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Behzad Aghaei, Norman M. Ladouceur, Steven Fyke
  • Patent number: 8463315
    Abstract: A handheld wireless communication device cradleable in one hand by an operator during text entry. A display, key field and trackball are all located on a front face of the device. Alphanumeric input keys include several alphabetic keys with letters arranged in a traditional (QWERTY), but non-ITU Standard E.161 telephone letter layout. A microprocessor is provided that receives operator commands from the keys and the trackball navigation tool and which affects corresponding changes to the display based on user input. The keys of the key field are arranged in rows and columns and at least one of the rows and columns is arranged with a long axis thereof radially oriented relative to the trackball navigation tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Jason T. Griffin, Steven Fyke
  • Patent number: 8446371
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device having a microprocessor housed within a body including a display area and a contact-sensitive area is disclosed. The contact-sensitive area detects contact engagement therewith and produces instruction data based thereupon. A microprocessor-run software program receives instruction data from the contact-sensitive area. The contact-sensitive area has a home zone area and a plurality of activity launch zone areas. The software program is programmed to process the instruction data and determine sweeping contact motion detected on the contact-sensitive area originating at the home zone area and terminating at one of the plurality of activity launch zone areas. The program responsively launches an operator-instructed activity corresponding to the activity launch zone area at which the sweeping contact motion terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Steven Fyke, Kevin Orr, Vahid Moosavi
  • Patent number: 8396902
    Abstract: A mobile electronic communications device and a method for modifying a scheduling database are provided. The scheduling database can be modified via the mobile electronic communications device in communication with a proximate electronic device comprising a display device, when the mobile electronic communications device is engaging in an oral communications session with a second communications device. Time slot data associated with an available time slot is retrieved from the scheduling database, via the mobile electronic communications device. The time slot data associated with the available time slot is transmitted, via the mobile electronic communications device, to the proximate electronic device to cause the proximate electronic device to display the time slot data associated with the available time slot at the display device. Input data is received at the mobile electronic communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Jerome Pasquero, Steven Fyke, Michael Joseph DeFazio