Patents Assigned to Checkpoint Systems Inc.
  • Patent number: 10301852
    Abstract: Example product security devices and associated methods are provided. An example product security device may include a first jaw and a second jaw that are operably coupled together to slide between an open position and a closed position. The example product security device may include a locking mechanism. In a locked state, the locking mechanism may permit movement of the first jaw towards the second jaw but prevent movement away from the second jaw. The example product security device may also include a product engagement pin. The product engagement pin may fasten the product security device to a product by piercing through the product and being received by the second jaw. A shroud having a shroud orifice may surround the product engagement pin and be operably coupled to the first jaw such that the shroud is movable relative to the product engagement pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Anthony F. Piccoli
  • Patent number: 10184274
    Abstract: An example security device is provided that includes a core and a shuttle. The core includes an internal jaw and a guide surface and a distance between the internal jaw and the guide surface varies across a length of the core. The shuttle includes an opening that forms an external jaw. A jaw gap is defined between the internal jaw and the external jaw that is configured to receive a portion of an item to protect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Schneider, Anthony F. Piccoli
  • Patent number: 9982464
    Abstract: A security device is provided including a security lock configured to retain an object when locked, a receiver configured to receive a security code transmission, and processing circuitry configured to transition the security lock between a locked state and unlock permissive state based on receipt of a security code. The security lock may initially be set to the unlock permissive state. At the first instance in which a security code is received, the processing circuitry may transition the security lock to a key permissive mode in which the security lock transitions to a locked state and in response to a subsequent receipt of the security code the security lock transitions to the unlock permissive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Benoit Perreau, David P. Christianson, Donald Matthew Johnson
  • Patent number: 9965933
    Abstract: Devices, apparatuses, and methods for detecting product straps are provided. An example product security device for detecting product straps may include a base, and a pivot member affixed to the base via a first hinge. The pivot member may be configured to physically engage a strap to maintain the pivot member in a non-deflected position. The example device may further include a biasing member configured to urge the pivot member into a deflected position and a sensor configured to detect when the pivot member is in the deflected position. The sensor may be configured to, in response to detecting that the pivot member is in the deflected position, generate an alert signal. The example device may also include processing circuitry configured to receive the alert signal and, in response to receiving the alert signal, transmit an alert triggering signal to initiate an alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Schneider, Haiming Gu, Jianrui Zheng, Jianjun Mei
  • Patent number: 9959723
    Abstract: A security device is provided including a product presence sensor configured to sense a change in product presence relative to the product presence sensor and a directional element configured to direct the product presence sensor in a sensing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Benoit Perreau, David Christianson
  • Patent number: 9870686
    Abstract: A system, method, and device for improving the functioning of security tags for use with merchandise are provided. A security tag device, to be used in conjunction with a tag monitoring device, may be provided with a product. The product may be conductive or may have metallic packaging. The security tag may include a planar dielectric substrate having a first side and an opposing side. An electronic article surveillance (EAS) circuit may be placed on the first side of the planar dielectric substrate. A ferrite sheet having a first side and an opposing side may be coupled to the opposing side of the planar dielectric substrate. A metal backing sheet may be coupled to the opposing side of the ferrite sheet. The planar dielectric substrate may be centered or offset on the ferrite sheet and the ferrite sheet may be centered or offset on the metal backing sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kefeng Zeng, John B. Mingle, George West, Trang Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9816297
    Abstract: A security device is provided including a security lock configured to retain an object when locked, a receiver configured to receive a security code transmission, and processing circuitry configured to transition the security lock between a locked state and unlock permissive state based on receipt of a security code. The security lock may initially be set to the unlock permissive state. At the first instance in which a security code is received, the processing circuitry may transition the security lock to a key permissive mode in which the security lock transitions to a locked state and in response to a subsequent receipt of the security code the security lock transitions to the unlock permissive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Benoit Perreau, David P. Christianson, Donald Matthew Johnson
  • Patent number: 9805563
    Abstract: A security device includes: a housing having a plug receptacle; a spool rotatably coupled to the housing; a locking mechanism having a locked state and an unlocked state, the locked state preventing the spool from rotating in a first direction, and the unlocked state allowing rotation of the spool in the first direction and in a second direction; a plug having an inserted position and a removed position with respect to the plug receptacle, the inserted position maintaining the locking mechanism in the locked state, and the removed position allowing alteration of the locking mechanism from the locked state to the unlocked state; a cable coupled to the spool and to the plug; an alarm circuit which activates an alarm upon sensing discontinuity of the cable and/or the plug moving from the inserted position to the removed position, the alarm circuit coupled to and rotating with the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Ningsheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 9652954
    Abstract: A security tag may include a pin cover, a pin housing, a receiving gap disposed between the pin cover and the pin housing, a pin configured to engage an article placed within the receiving gap, and a biasing member configured to actuate the pin by urging the pin toward the pin cover in response to the article being substantially placed within the receiving gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony F. Piccoli, Wei Wu, Seth Strauser
  • Patent number: 9589438
    Abstract: A tag monitoring device configured to interface with a security tag adapted to be disposed on a corresponding product in a monitoring environment may include a transmitter, a receiver and processing circuitry. The transmitter transmits a periodic signal pulse during a transmit cycle. The receiver monitors for a response from the security tag after the transmit cycle. The processing circuitry is configured to control the receiver with respect to enabling the receiver to detect the response. The processing circuitry is configured to perform dynamic tuning of the receiver by calculating an average random noise level for a predetermined period of time, comparing the average random noise level to a first threshold and a second threshold, applying an incremental gain reduction in response to the average random noise level being greater than the first threshold, and applying an incremental gain increase in response to the average random noise level being less than the second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph R. Galanti
  • Patent number: 9576417
    Abstract: According to some example embodiments, systems, apparatus, methods, computer readable media, and computer program products are provided for implementing an item pusher apparatus with channel-based shuttle displacement detection. One example method includes determining a position of a channel engagement member affixed to a shuttle, where the shuttle is movable and configured to at least exert a force on an item to urge the item towards a stopping member. The channel engagement member is configured to at least physically interface with as channel defined such that movement of the shuttle alone a defined movement path causes movement of the channel engagement member in a direction that is nonparallel to the defined movement path in at least one plane. Example systems apparatuses, methods, computer readable media, and computer program products are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: David P. Christianson
  • Patent number: 9508238
    Abstract: A system and device for detecting and/or deactivating a security tag when passing through an electronic article surveillance (EAS) portal. The portal may be oriented by the arrangement of one or more antennas to generate an electromagnetic field at or within the portal to detect and/or deactivate the security tag. The electromagnetic field may detect and/or deactivate a security tag located at any orientation on merchandise as the security tag passes through the portal. The portal may be mounted on a counter at a point-of-sale station in which merchandise having security tags attached thereto are passed through the portal. The portal may also be mounted to a floor in which a shopping cart having merchandise is passed through the portal so that security tags attached to the merchandise in the cart are detected and/or deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Kefeng Zeng, Ronald Decker, Nimesh Shah, Brennan Bradley
  • Patent number: 9508034
    Abstract: A system and method for the rapid bulk commissioning of RFID tags includes exploiting simultaneous writing of plural tags via isolated communications bands, avoiding write acknowledgement, collision/retransmission, and other delays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Heiko Doering
  • Patent number: 9487970
    Abstract: A security device for placement about a merchandise item includes a housing, cable and a clip. The housing includes a lock device, a spool for receiving the cable and a ratchet assembly to maintain the cable tightened about the merchandise item. The clip is connected to the cable and is engagable with the housing. The lock device locks the clip to the housing when the clip is attached to the housing and allows the spool to release cable from the housing when the clip is not locked to the housing. When the clip is locked to the housing, the lock device allows ratcheting of cable onto the spool but not unwinding of cable from the spool. The clip contains alarm logic fully contained within the clip configured to generate an alarm if the cable is severed. In some configurations, the alarm logic can transmit/receive wireless messages with a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Brian V. Conti
  • Patent number: 9472074
    Abstract: A tag controller may be configured to interface with one or more security tags and at least one of the tags may be adapted to be disposed on a product in a monitoring environment. The tag controller may include processing circuitry configured to receive location information indicative of tag location responsive to initial movement of a tag, and compare the location information to alerting criteria. The alerting criteria may include at least a position component and a temporal component. The processing circuitry may be further configured to initiate an alerting function responsive to the alerting criteria being met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Zachary Cody Hazelwood, Richard Hoehn, Merril F. Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 9461354
    Abstract: An antenna device and supports for an antenna. The antenna device includes a plate-like support, having a from, back, and surrounding side face. The surrounding side face has a first groove. The front of the support has at least one second groove. The first antenna cable is located in the first groove and in the second groove. The first and second end regions of the second groove are spaced apart from the surrounding side face. The first end region of the second groove has a first opening to the first groove, and the second end region of the second groove has a second opening to the first groove. The first antenna cable is routed through the first and second openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Harald G√ľnter, Peter Schneider
  • Patent number: 9447611
    Abstract: A security device includes a locking member, a ratchet mechanism, and a plurality of cables. The cables are wrapped around an object. An attachment clip is releasably snap-fitted into the body of the security device. The ratchet mechanism includes a spool and a locking pawl or lever. A key is used to unlock the clip from the housing. An alarm system is contained in the housing and actuates an audible alarm upon certain unauthorized actions occurring. Insertion of the clip into the housing automatically actuates the ratchet mechanism preventing movement of the cable in the unwind direction and activates the alarm system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian V. Conti, Christopher J. Fawcett, David P. Christianson, Mitchell S. Goldstein
  • Patent number: D804345
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony F. Piccoli, Wei Wu
  • Patent number: D816464
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony F. Piccoli
  • Patent number: D832728
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Anthony F. Piccoli