Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Gerald E. Linden
  • Patent number: 8322624
    Abstract: A smart card having a multi-layer substrate; a transponder module disposed in a first layer of the multi-layer substrate; a first antenna disposed in the first layer of the multi-layer substrate; and a second antenna disposed in a second layer of the multi-layer substrate. A switch and a capacitor in series with the second antenna. The first antenna may be tuned to a different frequency than the second antenna. An RFID chip and antenna in a mold mass disposed in a recess in the first layer of a substrate, behind a hologram disposed on the first layer of the substrate. The switch for the second antenna disposed under the RFID chip. A layer of ferrite material disposed between the hologram and the RFID chip. LEDs disposed behind the hologram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Feinics Amatech Teoranta
    Inventor: David Finn
  • Patent number: 8241094
    Abstract: A micro-abrasive blasting device comprises a mixing chamber, a delivery conduit extending from external the mixing chamber to the mixing chamber and a discharge conduit extending from the mixing chamber. Abrasive material may selectively be sealed in the chamber by positioning the discharge conduit to abut the inlet port. The chamber may be spherical to deliver consistent powder perturbation at all mixing chamber orientations. Methods of using the device are disclosed. Methods of making the device by blow molding are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Boaz Barry Groman
  • Patent number: 8240022
    Abstract: Method of connecting an antenna wire to a transponder chip. A transponder chip or chip module in a recess in a substrate, and an antenna wire mounted to the surface of the substrate and having end portions spanning the recess. The end portions are spaced wider than the chip, to allow the chip to be inserted (installed) into the recess from the same side as the antenna past the end portions of the antenna wire. The chip may be moved in the recess so that its terminals are under the wires, or the wires may be repositioned to be over the terminals, for subsequently bonding thereto. Prior to installing the chip in the recess, insulation may be removed from the end portions of the antenna wire, which may also be flattened to improve bonding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Feinics Amatech Teorowita
    Inventor: David Finn
  • Patent number: 8207711
    Abstract: A current-driven load such as LEDs or laser diodes is driven by a current driver having a two stages (or phases), the summed outputs of which have ripple which is forced to be out-of-phase with one another. In analog embodiments, an output (ripple or switching) of a master stage hysteresis controller is phase-shifted and scaled, and modulates the input of a slave stage hysteresis controller so that the slave stage pulls into a ripple-canceling phase. In a digital embodiment, a faster of the two phases is designated “master”, maximum and minimum thresholds are set, and the slave phase's on time is based on a previous cycle's slave phase ON time, the master stage OFF time and an offset. The slave controller preferentially “locks” to the anti-phase of the master stage (or phase) and the ripple current at the summed output substantially cancels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Analog Modules, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian D. Crawford, Jeffrey T. Richter, Steven L. Pickles, John A. Harwick
  • Patent number: 8184670
    Abstract: In a pulsed laser diode driver an energy storage capacitor is continuously being charged to a supply voltage Vr. When a pulse is initiated, energy stored in the capacitor is delivered to the laser diode load. The capacitor voltage Vd at the end of a pulse is used to control Vr to ensure that Vd is maintained above a minimum voltage Vm required to ensure operation of a current control device (such as FET) just above saturation. Test pulses (such as with attenuated currents or reduced pulsewidth) may be fired to determine an initial optimum value for Vr. After a test pulse, a slightly high estimate for Vr may be used and may be iterated (incremented) down to an optimum value Vm during a firing burst. A digital processor may be used to calculate and store data to optimize the performance. Various embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Analog Modules, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian D. Crawford, John A. Harwick, Timothy M Ayres
  • Patent number: 7980477
    Abstract: A dual interface inlay having a bottom sheet; an antenna wire mounted to the top surface of the bottom sheet; end portions of the antenna wire formed with squiggles or meanders forming contact areas of increased surface area for subsequent attachment of a chip or chip module to the antenna wire; conductive material applied to the end portions of the antenna wire; a top sheet disposed over the bottom sheet for lamination thereto; and recesses formed in a bottom surface of the top sheet, at positions corresponding to the contact area. The antenna wire may be insulated wire, and insulation may be removed from the end portions of the antenna wire. Silicon cushions may be disposed in the bottom sheet under the contact areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Féinics Amatech Teoranta
    Inventor: David Finn
  • Patent number: 7979975
    Abstract: An antenna wire (210, 260, 310, 410, 510, 610, 710) is mounted to a substrate (204, 254, 304, 404, 504, 604, 704) so that end portions (210a/b, 260a/b, 310a/b, 410a/b, 510a/b, 610a/b, 710a/b) of the wire are spaced far enough apart for a transponder chip (208, 250, 308, 408, 508, 608, 708) to be positioned therebetween, such as into a recess (206, 256, 306, 406, 506, 606, 706) in the substrate. The end portions are left unmounted, as “wire bridges”, “jump loops”, or “flat loops”. The end portions may be re-positioned to be over the terminals (208a/b, 258a/b, 308a/b, 408a/b, 508a/b, 608a/b, 708a/b) of the chip for bonding. Or, the chip (or substrate) may be moved (such as side-to-side, or rotated) so that the chip's terminals are under the end portions of the wire for bonding. Insulation may be removed from the end portions of the wire prior to bonding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Feinics Amatech Teavanta
    Inventor: David Finn
  • Patent number: 7927188
    Abstract: A micro-abrasive blasting device and method for perturbation control using a plurality of delivery conduits of various lengths and/or apertures. The user is able to individually open and close bypass conduit pinch valve(s) external to micro-abrasive blasting device to affect the perturbation intensity internal to the mixing chamber. By selectively opening and closing flow through delivery conduits it is possible to provide a more consistent perturbation rate and select the perturbation intensity internal to mixing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: Boaz Barry Groman
  • Patent number: 7855642
    Abstract: A Disturbance-Sensing System comprises a fixed unit comprising a small and self-powered unit for associating with an object being protected, and for sensing an alarm event such as movement of the object being protected, and for remotely notifying the an owner or person responsible for the object being protected that the alarm event is occurring; and a mobile unit which may be carried by an owner of or person responsible for the object being protected, for receiving the notification of the alarm event. The fixed unit may be attached to or otherwise disposed in, on or in proximity to the object being protected. The mobile unit may comprise a user's cell phone. Various means for attaching the fixed unit to an object being protected are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventor: William Veiga, III
  • Patent number: 7773202
    Abstract: A laser spot tracker device comprising a laser tracker receiver using a quadrant detector incorporated into a pair of binoculars or optical telescope system with a crosshair or reticule. Directional information from the laser tracker receiver is displayed to an operator (JTAC) to allow the reticule to be manually steered on to the target illuminated by the laser, thus identifying the target to the spotter. The laser code may be pre-selected to track a particular designator, or, the tracker may read out the code or codes of laser spots within its field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Analog Modules, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian D. Crawford, Noal Chandler, John Harwick, William Hudson, Dwight Wildon
  • Patent number: 7762470
    Abstract: An RFID token apparatus has a connection module for interfacing with an appliance capable of communicating and interacting with remote servers and networks, a translation module for moving signals between a USB interface and a smart card interface, a processor module which may be capable of operating as a dual-interface (DI) chip; and an input/output module having at least one RF antenna and a modulator. An RFID-contactless interface according to ISO 14443 & ISO 15693 and/or NFC. A wireless interface according to ZIGBEE wireless, BLUETOOTH wireless, WLAN 802.11, UWB, USB wireless and/or any similar interface. An RFID reader apparatus has a housing; a slot for a contact or contactless fob; and a USB stick alternately protruding from the housing and retracted within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: DPD Patent Trust Ltd.
    Inventors: David Finn, Dennis Ryan
  • Patent number: 7748636
    Abstract: A portable RFID reader apparatus having a contactless interface and slots or recesses for insertion of contactless smart card fobs, including ID card, and having a wireless interface for communicating with a token plugged into a computer, provides physical and logical access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: DPD Patent Trust Ltd.
    Inventor: David Finn
  • Patent number: 7731570
    Abstract: The present invention is a micro-abrasive blasting device (55) with superior perturbation control via a plurality of delivery conduits (25) of various lengths and apertures. The user is able to individually open and close bypass conduit pinch valve (99) external to micro-abrasive blasting device (55) to affect the perturbation intensity internal to the mixing chamber (23). By selectively opening and closing flow through delivery conduits (25) it is possible to provide a more consistent perturbation rate and select the perturbation intensity internal to mixing chamber (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: Boaz Barry Groman
  • Patent number: 7632113
    Abstract: A retractable USB stick comprises: an elongate housing having an open end, a USB stick disposed within the elongate housing, and means for causing the USB stick to project out of and retract back into the housing. The means for causing the USB stick to project may be patterned after comparable means in a lipstick dispenser mechanism of U.S. Pat. No. 3,941,489. The means for causing the USB stick to project/retract may comprise an outer holder having an elongate housing with an opening at one end, an intermediate sleeve sized disposed between the USB stick and the holder, and means for imparting reverse motion includes a toothed wheel disposed at a back end of the intermediate sleeve, teeth on an inner surface of the outer holder and teeth on an elongate linear track extending from the back end of the USB stick. Optionally, the USB stick may be releasably locked in the open position, and means may be provided for closing the open end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: DPD Patent Trust Ltd.
    Inventor: David Finn
  • Patent number: 7607972
    Abstract: The present invention is a micro-abrasive blasting device (75) constructed from a disposable pipette structure (80) comprising a delivery conduit (30) extending from a delivery conduit inlet (35) through a tapered section (33) to form a delivery conduit outlet (37) and a inlet port (27); contiguous pipette structure (80) expands from inlet port (27) to form a hollow bulb mixing chamber (23) and then narrows to form a discharge port (29) section; a discharge conduit (10) is in fluid communications with discharge port (29) and extends from a discharge conduit inlet (12) internal to mixing chamber (23) to a discharge conduit outlet (14) external to mixing chamber (23); a particulate matter (50) is disposed within mixing chamber wall (25); discharge conduit inlet (12) abuts inlet port (27) preventing particulate matter (50) from exiting mixing chamber 23.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: Boaz Barry Groman
  • Patent number: 7597250
    Abstract: A pocket-size RFID reader apparatus having a contactless interface and a slot for insertion of a contactless smart card fob, and having a biometric sensor, thereby providing two levels of personalization. The apparatus may have a wireless interface; and a slot for insertion of a wireless SD I/O device. The apparatus may have a slot for insertion of an external memory device. The apparatus may have a mechanical connection (contact) interface. The apparatus may also have an RF interface for reading an electronic immobilizer within the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: DPD Patent Trust Ltd.
    Inventor: David Finn
  • Patent number: 7581308
    Abstract: Method of connecting an antenna wire to a transponder chip. A transponder chip in a recess in a substrate, and an antenna wire mounted to the surface of the substrate and having end portions spanning the recess. The end portions are spaced wider than the chip, to allow the chip to be inserted into the recess from the same side as the antenna. The end portions may then be repositioned to be over corresponding terminals of the chip, for bonding thereto. The recess may be substantially larger than the chip, so that the chip and/or the substrate may be moved from side-to-side in the recess for positioning the terminals under the end portions, for bonding thereto. Insulation may be removed from the end portions prior to mounting the chip in the recess, to enhance subsequent bonding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Advanced Microelectronic and Automation Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: David Finn
  • Patent number: 7546671
    Abstract: Forming an inlay comprising an antenna wire having two end portions and a site for a transponder chip, comprises: mounting the wire to a surface of substrate; and leaving the end portions of the antenna wire free-standing, as loops adjacent terminal areas of a site on the substrate for the transponder chip. With the transponder chip installed on the substrate, the free-standing loops are repositioned to be substantially directly over the terminals of the transponder chip, in preparation for interconnection of the loops to the terminals of the transponder chip, then are bonded to the terminals. An embedding tool for mounting the wire on the substrate may embed the wire in or adhesively place a self-bonding wire on a surface of the substrate. The substrate may have two transponder chips, and function as a secure inlay. An anti-skimming feature is included in the inlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Micromechanic and Automation Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: David Finn
  • Patent number: 7348948
    Abstract: A driver supplying a total current to a load has a plurality (n) of driver stages (ST1 . . . STn). One stage is a master stage. Each driver stage has a switching device (Q) and an inductor (L) connected in series between the switching device and the output of the driver stage. The switching devices are turned ON in sequence with one another, during a cycle time (Tc) which is determined by sensing current through the inductor (L1) in the master stage. When the switching device is turned ON current through the inductor rises, when the inductor current reaches the value of a demanded current the switch is turned OFF, and after the switch is turned OFF the inductor continues to supply (output) current to the load with a current which ramps down. A rectifying device (D) connected between the inductor and the supply line allows current to continue to flow in the inductor and be supplied to the load after the switch is turned OFF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Analog Modules, Inc
    Inventors: Ian D. Crawford, John Harwick, Miguel Morales
  • Patent number: 7288471
    Abstract: A method for forming solder bumps on an electronic component. Providing a transfer substrate having a plurality of solder balls, disposing the transfer substrate on the surface of the electronic component, heating to reflow the solder balls onto the electronic component; and removing the sacrificial substrate. The transfer substrate may comprise a sacrificial film and a metal layer patterned with a mask which is used to form solder balls on the transfer substrate. Or, the transfer substrate may comprise a sheet of silicone rubber having solder balls embedded at least partially in the sheet. A method of aligning a part being bumped with a transfer substrate, using a shuttle mechanism and an alignment film is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Inventor: John Mackay