Patents Examined by Ali Neyzari
  • Patent number: 9980090
    Abstract: A system and method for associating a mobile computing device with a particular seat in a seating environment. The system collects first sensor data from device sensors of a first mobile computing device based on activity detected within the seating environment. The system then determines, for each of a plurality of seats in the seating environment, a degree of correlation with the mobile computing device based at least in part on the first sensor data, and associates the mobile computing device with the seat, among the plurality of seats, having the highest degree of correlation with the first mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sunvir Gujral, Paul Jacobs, Ravinder Chandhok, Liat Ben-Zur, Sandeep Sharma
  • Patent number: 9974900
    Abstract: A dose request device for a medicament delivery device can include a housing, a dose request button, a short-range non-contact identifier, a communication interface configured to communicate with the medicament delivery device, and a controller. The short-range non-contact identifier can be configured to be capable of reading an identification code from a tag when the tag is disposed within a first range and not to be able to read the identification code from the tag when the tag is disposed beyond a second range. The controller can be configured and programmed to determine whether the identification code read by the short-range non-contact identifier matches any authorized identification code of a set of one or more authorized identification codes, and if so, and if the dose request button is pressed, the controller can then communicate a dose request to the medicament delivery device via the communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Smiths Medical ASD, Inc.
    Inventors: Grant Adams, Larry Zalesky
  • Patent number: 9973416
    Abstract: A system for detecting a fault in a first transmission medium that affects a transmission or reception of electromagnetic waves that convey data and that propagate along a surface of the first transmission medium, selecting a backup communication medium from one or more backup communication mediums according to one or more selection criteria, and redirecting at least a portion of the data to the backup communication medium to mitigate the fault. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis
  • Patent number: 9965661
    Abstract: A sensory totem badge capable of transmitting individualized information and includes: a totem badge body attached or sewed onto an object surface; an e-tag, installed to the totem badge body, and including an NFC chip and an NFC coil; and a totem individualized information, stored in the e-tag or a cloud server; such that when a mobile sensing device is near the e-tag of the totem badge body, the implication represented by a totem on the totem badge body, the story behind it, or private words can be read. Therefore, the totem badge body is given with intangible specificity and commemoration to achieve higher value and sense of technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: PORTWELL INC.
    Inventors: Lin-Heng Chang, Kuang-Hung Cheng, Chih-Kae Guan
  • Patent number: 9963109
    Abstract: A passive entry system for an automotive vehicle that is configured to prevent relay attacks by analyzing magnet vectors and angles created by a plurality of antennas mounted on the vehicle is disclosed. A vehicle including a control unit configured to broadcast a wake-up signal to prompt a fob to power-up if the fob is in a low-power consumption mode and to transmit signals through a plurality of antennas coupled to the vehicle is provided, along with a fob configured to recognize the wake-up signal and to generate a response signal for the control unit in response to recognize the wake-up signal. The fob includes a controller that is programmed to receive signals transmitted from each of the plurality of antennas coupled to the vehicle, retrieve constant values from stored a memory, and calculate a magnetic integrity defining the relative position of each of the plurality of antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: HUF NORTH AMERICA AUTOMOTIVE PARTS MFG. CORP.
    Inventors: Yi Luo, John Nantz
  • Patent number: 9967508
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for remotely controlling electric equipment. For example, the device has a plurality of buttons, the plurality of buttons are configured to make one closed loop. A plurality of outside colored portions extend along outside of at least two adjacent buttons, the color of each outside colored portion is different from each other. A plurality of inside colored portions extend along inside of at least two adjacent buttons, the color of each inside colored portion is different from each other. A predetermined function is allocated to a series of buttons indicated by the corresponding inside or outside colored portion. In addition, the device may have a controller to recognize a command and sends the command to the electric equipment, wherein the controller recognizes the allocated function as the command when the buttons corresponding to the colored portion for the allocated function are stroked in predetermined direction in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventors: Ren Zhang, Qi Li
  • Patent number: 9959691
    Abstract: A latch release backup system for a latch assembly of a motor-vehicle door is provided with a key cylinder configured to receive a vehicle key and which is rotatably mounted to the motor-vehicle door, and a mechanical coupling arrangement mounted within the motor-vehicle door and operable to convert a rotation of the key cylinder into actuation of an actuation group of the latch assembly for causing latch release. The key cylinder defines an electrical interface socket designed to receive the vehicle key. An electronic control unit is mounted within the motor-vehicle door and is electrically connected to the electrical interface socket to receive identification information (Id) from the vehicle key when plugged into the electrical interface socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES S.p.A.
    Inventors: Francesco Cumbo, Marlia Marco, Santaniello Liberatore
  • Patent number: 9953476
    Abstract: An illustrative example method of operating a capacitive vehicle entry control device includes: determining a plurality of capacitance values of the vehicle entry control device during a measurement period; determining an average capacitance of the plurality of capacitance values; determining whether the determined average capacitance exceeds an average threshold; determining a range of the plurality of capacitance values; determining whether the determined range exceeds a range threshold; and initiating a vehicle entry process when the determined average capacitance exceeds the average threshold or when the determined range exceeds the range threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Morgan D. Murphy, Kevin J. Hawes, Kris R. Stark
  • Patent number: 9948642
    Abstract: At least two biometric measurement signals are generated by contact with a single individual. At least one feature is extracted from each signal of the at least two biometric measurement signals, the extracted features are combined to generate a combined biometric signal. The combined biometric signal is compared with a defined biometric signal associated with a known individual, responsive to the combined biometric signal matching the defined biometric signal, a signal is transmitted indicating that the single individual is the known individual. The biometric measurement signals can be collected by a biometric identification device worn or carried by the single individual. The processing may be done by the biometric identification device or a remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignees: Anhui Huami Information Technology Co., Ltd., Huami Inc.
    Inventors: Fei Wang, Ting Chen, Yajun Zhao
  • Patent number: 9940764
    Abstract: A base station may include a transceiver, an indicator, and a processor programmed to detect presence of a key fob using one or more inputs. When the key fob is detected, the processor may direct the transceiver to broadcast an interference signal using the transceiver to prevent the key fob from detecting and responding to challenge requests and set the indicator to indicate presence of the broadcast. When an access request is received from a modem, using the transceiver the base station may temporarily discontinue broadcast of an interference signal to send a challenge request to the key fob and receive a challenge response, and send a response to the access request including information based on the challenge response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Livio, Inc.
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Joey Ray Grover, Scott Smereka, Justin Dickow
  • Patent number: 9928702
    Abstract: A first response locator system includes at least one emergency locator unit having a main body and a lighting unit for generating light in a plurality of different colors. Indicia is disposed along the main body, and a speaker for generating an audible sound is positioned along the main body. An internal controller controls the operation of the speaker and the lighting unit. A remote operation device communicates with the internal controller and includes a plurality of buttons for selectively activating one or both of the lighting unit and the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: First Response Locator Systems of America, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Bauldree, Angela Glynn
  • Patent number: 9922678
    Abstract: Systems and techniques include a method including: receiving a data request for first data stored at a storage device; reading second data from discrete units of storage of the storage device, the second data comprising the first data read from two or more of the discrete units of storage, error correction code redundancies read from the two or more of the discrete units of storage, and parity data read from at least one of the discrete units of storage; detecting, based on the error correction code redundancies, an error in a first portion of the first data stored in one of the two or more of the discrete units of storage; and recovering the first portion of the first data using the parity data and a second portion of the first data read from one or more remaining ones of the two or more of the discrete units of storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Marvell World Trade Ltd.
    Inventors: Gregory Burd, Nedeljko Varnica, Heng Tang
  • Patent number: 9922182
    Abstract: An access key for a device having a fingerprint activated lock includes an electrically conductive member having surface features formed on a surface thereof that can he recognized by the fingerprint activated lock as a unique fingerprint. A second electrically conductive member is electrically coupled to the first electrically conductive member. The second electrically conductive member is electrically coupled to the body of a user such that the sensor recognizes the first electrically conductive member as a fingerprint. The second electrically conductive member is preferably a ring, stylus or gripping portion upon which the first electrically conductive member is mounted. The electrically conductive member is preferably constructed from a capacitive elastomer such as an electrically conductive silicone. The access key functions as a synthetic fingerprint to limit access to a system to a possessor of the key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Griffin Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Wierenga, Jennifer Ann Murphy, Evan Reese
  • Patent number: 9916868
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a spindle to rotate a magnetic recording medium and a magnetic field generator to expose a track of the medium to a DC magnetic field. The magnetic field generator is configured to saturate the track during an erase mode and reverse the DC magnetic field impinging the track during a writing mode. A laser arrangement heats the track during the erase mode and, during the writing mode, heats the track while the track is exposed to the reversed DC magnetic field so as to write a magnetic pattern thereon. A reader reads the magnetic pattern and generates a read signal. A processor is coupled to the reader and configured to determine an anisotropy parameter using the read signal. The apparatus can further comprise a Kerr sensor that generates a Kerr signal using the magnetic pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Kangkang Wang, Xiaobin Zhu, Ganping Ju, Kai Chieh Chang, Yingguo Peng, Timothy J. Klemmer, Jan-Ulrich Thiele, Pin-Wei Huang
  • Patent number: 9911017
    Abstract: This invention presents an improved RFID method, system or apparatus which includes integrating one or more RFID elements or devices in an object, placing one or more RFID elements or devices on an object, and providing a smart placer which determines and places the RFID in the most efficient location in respect to interference, attenuation or frequency shifts that may exist, to improve the performance or efficiency of the RFID transponder and reader system ability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Christian Peter Uhl, Birektawit Waktola, Ray Freeman
  • Patent number: 9911261
    Abstract: A secure storage device includes a container having a void for external access to the interior space. A closure lid, similarly dimensioned according to the void, may be joined to the container and can be manipulated between an open or closed state. An air evacuation system is also provided including a pressure release valve, a pressure indicator, and a pressure control system, such as a pump, for providing pressure to move air through a fluid communication channel from the interior space to the exterior of the container. A lock is fixed to the closure lid to conditionally restrict a change in state of the closure lid in response to an access control system. The access control system is configured to present an input, validate user input, and permit a state change of the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SneakGuard, LLC
    Inventor: Graeme Gordon
  • Patent number: 9898901
    Abstract: A computer terminal located in an environment may include an actuator, retractable privacy barrier attached to the computer terminal by the actuator, a display, a memory, a processor, and a terminal application stored in the memory. The actuator is typically configured to extend the retractable privacy barrier to thereby reduce viewability of the computer terminal. The terminal application is typically configured for initiating an interactive session with a user, determining that a trigger event has occurred, and in response to determining that the trigger event has occurred, transmitting a control signal to the actuator, the control signal causing the actuator to extend the retractable privacy barrier. The present invention is further configured for monitoring one or more parameters of the environment, and displaying, via the display, data associated with the one or more parameters of the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Manu Jacob Kurian, Joseph Benjamin Castinado
  • Patent number: 9898926
    Abstract: Techniques are described for controlling electronic devices via a plurality of communication channels. For example, a control device may undergo a programming process to enable communication between the control device and a particular electronic device via a first communication channel. After programming is complete, the control device is configured to transmit command(s) to the particular electronic device via the first communication channel. The control device is further configured to perform a pairing sequence with the particular electronic device via the first communication channel to enable control of the particular electronic device via the second communication channel. The control device may determine the proper pairing sequence to be performed and monitor whether the user has performed the proper pairing sequence using the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Yamtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Syed R. Naqvi
  • Patent number: 9896063
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a wireless communications system for a fleet of automotive vehicle comprising: a server in communication with a wireless wide area network and including a database; a fob including a memory storing a unique fob identifier, the fob in communication with a wireless local area network; and a control unit in the automotive vehicle including a memory storing a vehicle identifier. The control unit is in communication with the server via the wireless wide area network and with the fob via the wireless local area network, wherein the server stores data correlating the fob identifier to the vehicle identifier in the database, and when the fob transmits a communication to the vehicle through the local area network the vehicle accesses the database to validate the key fob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Huf North America Automotive Parts Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Leonardo Poma
  • Patent number: 9889979
    Abstract: A lock-box may include a set of walls defining a compartment, an electromechanical lock assembly, and a door rotatably coupled to the set of walls that, when in a closed position, forms a fully enclosed lock-box, the door including a front side that includes a user interface in communication with the electromechanical lock assembly, and by which a user interfaces to lock and unlock the door. The front side of the door further includes a panel configured to be backlit and an illumination device configured to backlight the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Safemark Systems, LP
    Inventor: Scott Nelson