Patents by Inventor Timothy J. Sutherland

Timothy J. Sutherland 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: 20190132993
    Abstract: In some examples, an electronic device includes an outer housing and a heat spreader inside an inner chamber defined by the outer housing. The heat spreader is structurally engaged to the outer housing to provide structural support for the outer housing, and the heat spreader is to spread heat along two different directions. Electronic components are in thermal contact with a surface of the heat spreader to transfer heat produced by the electronic components to the heat spreader.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventor: TIMOTHY J SUTHERLAND
  • Publication number: 20190049740
    Abstract: In some examples, an apparatus includes a housing to removably attach to an electronic device that includes first and second cameras spaced apart by a first distance. The apparatus includes a first light transmissive region of the housing to align with the first camera, the first light transmissive region to pass light from an environment to the first camera. The apparatus further includes a second light transmissive region of the housing spaced apart from the first light transmissive region by a second distance different from the first distance, and a light conduit to pass the light from the environment through the second light transmissive region to the second camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Timothy J. SUTHERLAND, Philip WRIGHT
  • Patent number: 9407740
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device is described. The mobile electronic device includes a circuit board and a battery. The circuit board has opposing first and second peripheral edges. The first peripheral edge has a first cutout and the second peripheral edge has a second cutout. The battery is located adjacent to the circuit board and has opposing first and second curved end portions. The first curved end portion extends at least partially through the first cutout. The second curved end portion extends at least partially through the second cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Joseph L Allore, Timothy J Sutherland
  • Patent number: 9363892
    Abstract: A circuit assembly (1800) includes a first circuit substrate (1200) defining a first major face (1201) and a second circuit substrate (1500) defining a second major face (1502). A plurality of electrical components (1203,1204,1205) can be disposed on one or more of the first major face or the second major face. One or more substrate bridging members (1301,1302,1303,1304) are disposed between the first circuit substrate and the second circuit substrate. Each substrate bridging member can define a unitary structure having a first end bonded to the first major face and a second end bonded to the second major face to bridge the first circuit substrate and the second circuit substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Paul R Steuer, Mark A Barabolak, Patrick J Cauwels, Timothy J Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20160021226
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device is described. The mobile electronic device includes a circuit board and a battery. The circuit board has opposing first and second peripheral edges. The first peripheral edge has a first cutout and the second peripheral edge has a second cutout. The battery is located adjacent to the circuit board and has opposing first and second curved end portions. The first curved end portion extends at least partially through the first cutout. The second curved end portion extends at least partially through the second cutout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Joseph L. Allore, Timothy J. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 9203458
    Abstract: An inline tray assembly (300) for receiving multiple data cards is shown. The tray assembly (300) can include: an inline tray assembly (300) including a tray module (302) configured to receive multiple different data cards and a tray receptacle (304). The tray module (302) has a first data card receiving cavity (306) for receiving a first data card (308) and a second data card receiving cavity (310) for receiving a second data card (312). The first and the second data card receiving cavities (306) and (310) are shown aligned along an x-axis, in compass (314). The tray receptacle (304) has an opening (316) or interface configured to receive the tray module (302). Advantageously, this structure provides an improved assembly capable of accepting two or more data cards in a small area and minimizes the possibility of damage to the data cards. Thus, a user can easily insert and place data cards in a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Sutherland, Paul L. Fordham
  • Patent number: 9203463
    Abstract: A mobile communication device is provided having a peripheral metal bezel made up of a plurality of metal segments. At least one of the metal segments on the bezel is configured to be a main antenna that is connected to a transceiver circuit via an antenna matching circuit. Proximate to the main antenna is another metal segment on the metal bezel that is configured to be a capacitance proximity sensor. The capacitance proximity sensor, in conjunction with a capacitance sensing circuit provide information to the circuitry within the mobile communication device to tune the antenna matching circuit to impedance match the transceiver with the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Vijay L. Asrani, Khan Mohammed Shams, Timothy J. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20150188210
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing an electronic device (700) that includes a back housing (702) at least partially formed from a plurality of discrete antenna elements (706) and an antenna switching module (701) for selectively coupling two or more of the antenna elements to an antenna feed (723). The coupled antenna elements form an antenna for transmitting and/or receiving wireless communication signals. The antenna switching module includes a plurality of switches (716) configured to selectively couple together two or more of the antenna elements; a plurality of electrical posts (729) coupled to the switches; a plurality of radio frequency chokes (735) respectively coupled to the electrical posts; and a biasing module (725) coupled to the radio frequency chokes for selectively applying a bias voltage to the switches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Applicant: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Vijay L Asrani, Timothy J. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20150171916
    Abstract: A mobile communication device is provided having a peripheral metal bezel made up of a plurality of metal segments. At least one of the metal segments on the bezel is configured to be a main antenna that is connected to a transceiver circuit via an antenna matching circuit. Proximate to the main antenna is another metal segment on the metal bezel that is configured to be a capacitance proximity sensor. The capacitance proximity sensor, in conjunction with a capacitance sensing circuit provide information to the circuitry within the mobile communication device to tune the antenna matching circuit to impedance match the transceiver with the antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Applicant: MOTOROLA MOBILITY LLC
    Inventors: Vijay L. Asrani, Khan Mohammed Shams, Timothy J. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 9059505
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing an electronic device (700) that includes a back housing (702) at least partially formed from a plurality of discrete antenna elements (706) and an antenna switching module (701) for selectively coupling two or more of the antenna elements to an antenna feed (723). The coupled antenna elements form an antenna for transmitting and/or receiving wireless communication signals. The antenna switching module includes a plurality of switches (716) configured to selectively couple together two or more of the antenna elements; a plurality of electrical posts (729) coupled to the switches; a plurality of radio frequency chokes (735) respectively coupled to the electrical posts; and a biasing module (725) coupled to the radio frequency chokes for selectively applying a bias voltage to the switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Vijay L Asrani, Timothy J Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20150022986
    Abstract: A circuit assembly (1800) includes a first circuit substrate (1200) defining a first major face (1201) and a second circuit substrate (1500) defining a second major face (1502). A plurality of electrical components (1203,1204,1205) can be disposed on one or more of the first major face or the second major face. One or more substrate bridging members (1301,1302,1303,1304) are disposed between the first circuit substrate and the second circuit substrate. Each substrate bridging member can define a unitary structure having a first end bonded to the first major face and a second end bonded to the second major face to bridge the first circuit substrate and the second circuit substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Paul R. Steuer, Mark A. Barabolak, Patrick J. Cauwels, Timothy J. Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20140321033
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device with an enhanced battery pack construction is shown. The mobile electronic device (10) includes: a housing (12) including a front housing (14) and a rear housing (16) having a reservoir area (18); a user interface (20) connected to the front housing (14); and a battery pack (22) including a planar inwardly facing surface (24) and a nonplanar outwardly facing surface (26), the nonplanar outwardly facing surface (26) being substantially complementarily configured to be received in the reservoir area (18) of the rear housing (16). Advantageously, this construction helps to provide a uniquely shaped mobile electronic device with enhanced ergonomics, adapted to be comfortably held in a user's hand and can conform to a user's palm. Advantageously, this construction is adapted to accommodating expansion and contraction of the battery pack (22), when it comprises a Lithium Ion Polymer, in one embodiment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: MOTOROLA MOBILITY LLC
    Inventors: Jerald A. Hallmark, Steven R. Fischl, Jason N. Howard, David Kyungtag Lim, Hossein Maleki, Michael F. Spence, Timothy J. Sutherland, Jason P. Wojack
  • Publication number: 20140104767
    Abstract: An inline tray assembly (300) for receiving multiple data cards is shown. The tray assembly (300) can include: an inline tray assembly (300) including a tray module (302) configured to receive multiple different data cards and a tray receptacle (304). The tray module (302) has a first data card receiving cavity (306) for receiving a first data card (308) and a second data card receiving cavity (310) for receiving a second data card (312). The first and the second data card receiving cavities (306) and (310) are shown aligned along an x-axis, in compass (314). The tray receptacle (304) has an opening (316) or interface configured to receive the tray module (302). Advantageously, this structure provides an improved assembly capable of accepting two or more data cards in a small area and minimizes the possibility of damage to the data cards. Thus, a user can easily insert and place data cards in a device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: MOTOROLA MOBILITY LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Sutherland, Paul L. Fordham
  • Patent number: D710342
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Toshihiro Fujimura, Paul M. Pierce, Timothy J. Sutherland
  • Patent number: D712861
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Toshihiro Fujimura, Paul M Pierce, Timothy J Sutherland
  • Patent number: D712888
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Toshihiro Fujimura, Paul M Pierce, Timothy J Sutherland
  • Patent number: D712889
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Toshihiro Fujimura, Paul M Pierce, Timothy J Sutherland
  • Patent number: D721668
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Toshihiro Fujimura, Paul M Pierce, Timothy J Sutherland
  • Patent number: D724045
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Toshihiro Fujimura, Paul M Pierce, Timothy J Sutherland
  • Patent number: D746248
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Christopher A Arnholt, Xinrui Jiang, Paul M Pierce, Timothy J Sutherland