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Patrick M Volk, Michael Breed Robin, Edwin Thorne III, JoGene Kapell: Method and system for displaying an animated focus item. Microsoft Corporation, Jones & Askew, November 11, 1997: US05687331 (508 worldwide citation)

A viewer interface is disclosed for use in an interactive television network operative for providing an animated focus item in association with a control item to indicate that the control item is in a state responsive to commands from a user input device. An "animation" is any form of highlighting t ...


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Matthew W Dunn, Joseph H Matthews III, Edwin Thorne III: Video control user interface for controlling display of a video. Microsoft Corporation, Lee & Hayes PLLC, July 15, 1997: US05648824 (425 worldwide citation)

A video control user interface is provided for use in an interactive television system. The video control user interface includes a remote control handset with a multi-purpose, multi-direction actuation pad and a set-top box configured to operate in different modes, including a movie-on-demand mode. ...


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Adam Christopher Rauch, Gregory Riker, Nathan Paul Myhrvold, Edwin Thorne III: Television scheduling system for displaying a grid representing scheduled layout and selecting a programming parameter for display or recording. Microsoft Corporation, Seed and Berry, March 24, 1998: US05731844 (270 worldwide citation)

A computer method and system for providing a user with efficient selection of a television program to view or record. The method provides concurrent display of a television schedule with a graphic description and a textual description of the television program currently selected by the user from the ...


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Matthew W Dunn, Joseph H Matthews III, Edwin Thorne III: Video control user interface for interactive television systems and method for controlling display of a video movie. Microsoft Corporation, Lee & Hayes, May 14, 1996: US05517257 (269 worldwide citation)

A video control user interface is provided for use in an interactive television system. The video control user interface includes a remote control handset with a multi-purpose, multi-direction actuation pad and a set-top box configured to operate in different modes, including a movie-on-demand mode. ...


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Patrick Michael Volk, Michael Breed Robin, Edwin Thorne III, JoGene Kapell: Systems and methods for a customizable sprite-based graphical user interface. Microsoft Corporation, Jones & Askew, September 30, 1997: US05673401 (259 worldwide citation)

An object-oriented system for generating and displaying control items that allow users of an interactive network to recognize and select control functions via a graphical user interface. The manipulation of the control items on a display screen is linked to a set-top terminal associated with the int ...


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Daniel Sung hwe Kim, Edwin Thorne III, Dennis Joseph Boyle, Markus Diebel, Elisha Tal: Detachable case for an electronic organizer. Ideo Product Development, Carr & Ferrell, May 29, 2001: US06239968 (172 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a personal information system unit detachable case. This case has a top cover assembly, a bottom cover assembly, both of which are pivotable around a longitudinal axis forming a hinge assembly. The top and bottom cover assemblies are similar in shape and function to al ...


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Edwin Thorne III, Patrick Michael Volk: Method of selecting a displayed control item. Microsoft Corporation, Jones & Askew, September 8, 1998: US05805165 (133 worldwide citation)

A method that enables focus to be given to a displayed control item when a cursor is positioned within a predetermining activating area outside of the outer edges of the displayed control item. More particularly, the computer-implemented method for selecting a displayed control item on a display scr ...


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Sven Pleyer, Edwin Thorne III, JoGene Kapell, Steven Roren Wallace, Daniel James Brown: System for character entry on a display screen. Microsoft Corporation, Jones & Askew, August 4, 1998: US05790115 (61 worldwide citation)

In association with an interactive television system, a system for displaying a control object in which characters may be entered or edited via a character spin dial. Each character and empty space in which a character may be entered is displayed in a separate cell within the control object. Each ce ...


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Eric J Makus, Robert L Usibelli, Sean M Usibelli, Edwin Thorne III, Wayne L Johnson: Displaying hierarchial relationship of data accessed via subject index. Town Compass, Ronald M Anderson, June 29, 2004: US06757673 (51 worldwide citation)

A data viewer for displaying information selected from hierarchically organized data enables hierarchical searching by displaying hierarchical levels, or alternatively, by implementing an index search of selected data elements. If the index search is selected, an alphabetically ordered list of selec ...


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Edwin Thorne III, Mark T Hanson, John P Pennock, Luis A Reyes: Method and apparatus for generating directional and force vector in an input device. Microsoft Corporation, Seed and Berry, September 23, 1997: US05670955 (42 worldwide citation)

A thumbpad input device that enables a user to generate direction and speed by manipulating a round elastic pad. The underside of the pad is lined with a set of uniformly spaced contacts positioned in a circular pattern. Each contact is paired with a corresponding switch that is coupled to a circuit ...