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(12) Demande de brevet: (11) CA 2547927
(54) Titre français: DISPOSITIF ELECTRONIQUE A MAIN DOTE D'UN CLAVIER OPTIMISE POUR S'UTILISER AVEC LES POUCES
(54) Titre anglais: HAND-HELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH A KEYBOARD OPTIMIZED FOR USE WITH THE THUMBS
(51) Classification internationale des brevets (CIB):
  • G06F 3/023 (2006.01)
  • H04W 88/02 (2009.01)
  • G06F 15/02 (2006.01)
  • H01H 13/70 (2006.01)
(72) Inventeurs (Pays):
  • GRIFFIN, JASON T. (Canada)
  • WALTERS, DAVID M. (Canada)
  • HOLMES, JOHN A. (Canada)
  • LAZARIDIS, MIHAL (Canada)
(73) Titulaires (Pays):
  • RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED (Canada)
(71) Demandeurs (Pays):
  • RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED (Canada)
(74) Agent: BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS LLP
(45) Délivré:
(22) Date de dépôt: 2002-07-25
(41) Mise à la disponibilité du public: 2003-01-25
Requête d’examen: 2006-06-06
(30) Licence disponible: S.O.
(30) Langue des documents déposés: Anglais

(30) Données de priorité de la demande:
Numéro de la demande Pays Date
60/307,755 Etats-Unis d'Amérique 2001-07-25

Abrégé anglais





A hand-held electronic device with a keyboard optimized for use with the
thumbs is
provided. The handheld device includes a keyboard, a display, and a processor.
The keyboard is
horizontally positioned symmetrically between a left edge and a right edge of
a face of the
hand-held messaging device. The keyboard has a plurality of keys arranged in a
plurality of rows
across the face, wherein each row of keys is arranged in a concave pattern.
The display is
vertically positioned between the keyboard and a top edge of the face and is
horizontally
positioned symmetrically between the left edge and the right edge of the face.
The processor is
coupled to the keyboard and the display, and controls the operation of the
hand-held messaging
device.


Note : Les revendications sont présentées dans la langue officielle dans laquelle elles ont été soumises.


1. A keyboard for a messaging device comprising:
a plurality of keys that are arranged in a grid pattern having a plurality of
rows,
said keys including at least a plurality of letter keys representing one or
more of the 26
letters of the alphabet and a plurality of specialized keys representing
functions, with the
specialized keys being positioned around the periphery of the letter keys in
the same rows
as the letter keys, wherein the letter keys have a first shape, a first size,
and a first vertical
orientation; and the specialized keys have a second shape, a second size, and
a second
orientation, with the second shape being substantially the same as the first
shape, the
second size being smaller than the first size, and the first vertical
orientation and the
second vertical orientation being substantially the same.

2. The keyboard of claim 1, further comprising a space key positioned below
the
plurality of keys, said space key having a size and a shape that is different
from the
plurality of keys.

3. The keyboard of claim 1, wherein the first and second shapes of the
plurality of
keys are one of oval, round, or rectangular.

4. The keyboard of claim 1, wherein the keyboard has a vertical reference and
the
first and second vertical orientations are aligned with the vertical
reference.

5. The keyboard of claim 1, wherein the keyboard has a vertical reference and
the
first and second vertical orientations are tilted relative to the vertical
reference.



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6. The keyboard of claim 1, wherein the first and second vertical orientations
are
tilted at an angle that is selected from the range of about 20 degrees to
about 70 degrees
relative to a vertical reference of the keyboard.

7. The keyboard of claim 5, wherein the plurality of keys are split between a
left side
set and a right side set, with the first and second vertical orientations of
the left side set
being at a negative angle and the first and second vertical orientations of
the right side set
being at a positive angle.

8. The keyboard of claim 1, wherein the keyboard has a vertical reference, the
plurality of keys are arranged in a plurality of columns, and the plurality of
columns are
substantially aligned with the vertical reference.

9. The keyboard of claim 1, wherein the keyboard has a vertical reference, the
plurality of keys are arranged in a plurality of columns, and the plurality of
columns are
tilted relative to the vertical reference.

10. The keyboard of claim 9, wherein the plurality of columns are tilted at a
common
angle.

11. The keyboard of claim 10, wherein the common angle is selected from the
range of
about 20 degrees to about 70 degrees relative to a vertical reference.

12. The keyboard of claim 9, wherein the plurality of keys are split between a
left side
set and a right side set, with the plurality of columns being split between
the left side set



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and the right side set of keys, with the columns of the left side set being at
a negative
common angle and the columns of the right side set being at a positive common
angle.

13. The keyboard of claim 1, wherein the plurality of rows are concave in
shape.

14. The keyboard of claim 1, wherein the letter keys comprise 26 keys that are
arranged in the format of a QWERTY-style keyboard, and one of said letter keys
has a
third shape, a third size, and a third orientation.

15. The keyboard of claim 14, wherein the third shape is different from the
first and
second shapes and the third size is substantially the same as the first size.

16. The keyboard of claim 15, wherein the letter key that has the third shape,
size and
orientation is positioned in the center of the plurality of keys.

17. A mobile device comprising:
a front surface;
a back surface; and
the keyboard of claim 1, wherein the keyboard occupies over half the front
surface
of the device.

18. A mobile device comprising:
a front surface;
a back surface; and


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the keyboard of claim 1, wherein the keyboard is horizontally positioned
symmetrically on the front surface of the device.

19. A mobile device comprising:
a front surface,
a keyboard associated with the front surface for text entry, the keyboard
comprising a plurality of keys including keys associated with the 26 letters
of the alphabet
and specialized keys associated with functions, said plurality of keys being
arranged in a
grid pattern that includes a plurality of rows;
a back surface;
a left side surface;
a right side surface;
a top surface;
a bottom surface;
at least two functional keys associated with at least one of the back surface,
the left
side surface, the right side surface, the top surface, and the bottom surface,
said functional
keys being positioned at locations on the device that are conducive to
operation of the
functional keys by both a left-handed and a right-handed user;
a display positioned on the front surface in the vicinity of the keyboard; and
a processor coupled to the keyboard and the display for controlling the
operation of
the device.

20. The mobile device of claim 19, wherein the functional keys are associated
with the
back surface.


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21. The mobile device of claim 20, further comprising at least one functional
key
associated with at least one of the left side surface and the right side
surface of the device.

22. The mobile device of claim 19, wherein the functional keys are associated
with
both the left side surface and the right side surface, and the left side
surface functional
keys are functionally the same as the left side surface functional keys and
are positioned at
mirror image positions relative to one another.

23. The mobile device of claim 20, wherein the functional keys that are
positioned on
the back surface are split between left side functional keys and right side
functional keys,
with the left side functional keys being functionally the same as the right
side functional
keys.

24. The mobile device of claim 23, wherein the left side functional keys and
the right
side functional keys are positioned on the device as a mirror image of one
another, with
said left side functional keys being operationally positioned for a left hand
user and the
right side functional keys being operationally positioned for a right hand
user of the
mobile device.

25. The mobile device of claim 20, wherein the functional keys that are
positioned on
the back surface comprise a single column of keys that are vertically aligned
with one
another and extend across a portion of the width of the back surface such that
the keys
may be contacted from either side of the device.

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26. The mobile device of claim 19, wherein the keyboard includes a plurality
of rows,
with each row being arranged in one of a concave-up pattern, a concave-down
pattern, an
arc shape, or along two intersecting line segments.

27. The mobile device of claim 19, wherein the plurality of keys have a shape
that is
selected from the group comprising oblong, oval, rectangular, or round.

28. The mobile device of claim 20, wherein the functional keys positioned on
the back
surface are arranged horizontally symmetrically on the back surface of the
device.

29. The mobile device of claim 20, wherein the functional keys positioned on
the back
surface have substantially the same shape as one another, and substantially
the same
vertical orientation relative to a vertical reference of the device.

30. The mobile device of claim 19, further comprising a thumb-wheel coupled to
the
processor and positioned on one of the front surface of the device or a side
surface of the
device.

31. The mobile device of claim 19, wherein the front and back surfaces include
an
angled corner portion, with the right side surface connecting the front and
back surfaces,
and one of the functional keys is associated with the right side surface at
the angled corner
portion.

32. The mobile device of claim 19, wherein the functional keys are associated
with the
top surface of the device and are equidistantly spaced along the top surface.


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États admin

Titre Date
(22) Dépôt 2002-07-25
(41) Mise à la disponibilité du public 2003-01-25
Requête d'examen 2006-06-06

Taxes périodiques

Description Date Montant
Dernier paiement 2017-07-05 450,00 $
Prochain paiement si taxe applicable aux petites entités 2018-07-25 225,00 $
Prochain paiement si taxe générale 2018-07-25 450,00 $

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Historique des paiements

Type de taxes Anniversaire Échéance Montant payé Date payée
Requête d'examen 800,00 $ 2006-06-06
Enregistrement de documents 100,00 $ 2006-06-06
Dépôt 400,00 $ 2006-06-06
Taxe périodique - Demande - nouvelle loi 2 2004-07-26 100,00 $ 2006-06-06
Taxe périodique - Demande - nouvelle loi 3 2005-07-25 100,00 $ 2006-06-06
Taxe périodique - Demande - nouvelle loi 4 2006-07-25 100,00 $ 2006-06-06
Taxe périodique - Demande - nouvelle loi 5 2007-07-25 200,00 $ 2007-07-24
Taxe périodique - Demande - nouvelle loi 6 2008-07-25 200,00 $ 2008-07-24
Taxe périodique - Demande - nouvelle loi 7 2009-07-27 200,00 $ 2009-07-24
Taxe périodique - Demande - nouvelle loi 8 2010-07-26 200,00 $ 2010-07-23
Taxe périodique - Demande - nouvelle loi 9 2011-07-25 200,00 $ 2011-06-17
Taxe périodique - Demande - nouvelle loi 10 2012-07-25 250,00 $ 2012-07-06
Taxe périodique - Demande - nouvelle loi 11 2013-07-25 250,00 $ 2013-07-09
Taxe périodique - Demande - nouvelle loi 12 2014-07-25 250,00 $ 2014-07-03
Taxe périodique - Demande - nouvelle loi 13 2015-07-27 250,00 $ 2015-07-03
Taxe périodique - Demande - nouvelle loi 14 2016-07-25 250,00 $ 2016-07-06
Taxe périodique - Demande - nouvelle loi 15 2017-07-25 450,00 $ 2017-07-05

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Abrégé 2002-07-25 1 19
Description 2002-07-25 23 1 044
Revendications 2002-07-25 6 172
Dessins 2002-07-25 14 372
Page couverture 2006-07-31 2 55
Dessins représentatifs 2006-07-28 1 17
Revendications 2010-08-27 4 107
Dessins représentatifs 2011-06-20 1 12
Revendications 2013-05-27 3 117
Description 2013-05-27 24 1 106
Revendications 2016-09-14 4 160
Description 2014-08-11 25 1 149
Revendications 2014-08-11 3 107
Revendications 2015-06-09 3 132
Correspondance 2006-06-29 1 38
Correspondance 2006-07-13 1 15
Poursuite-Amendment 2010-03-26 3 101
Poursuite-Amendment 2010-08-27 9 373
Poursuite-Amendment 2011-06-23 3 82
Poursuite-Amendment 2011-11-04 2 112
Poursuite-Amendment 2012-12-03 3 117
Poursuite-Amendment 2014-02-13 4 153
Poursuite-Amendment 2013-05-27 10 398
Poursuite-Amendment 2016-03-18 5 310
Poursuite-Amendment 2014-08-11 12 456
Poursuite-Amendment 2014-12-09 4 296
Correspondance 2014-11-21 3 146
Correspondance 2015-02-09 3 427
Correspondance 2015-02-09 3 453
Poursuite-Amendment 2015-06-09 6 234
Poursuite-Amendment 2016-09-14 6 251
Poursuite-Amendment 2017-03-27 4 256
Poursuite-Amendment 2017-09-27 5 176
Revendications 2017-09-27 3 107