Patents Examined by Allyson Trail
  • Patent number: 10204250
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to effectively prevent fraud, theft, and the like occurring with respect to a medium manufactured from a source material. This medium is a medium that is cut into a prescribed shape from a source material on which an identifier capable of specifying a location and capable of being read by a reading device is attached at a corresponding location. The prescribed location on the medium is specified as an authentication location enabling recognition of the medium, and at least a portion of the identifier capable of specifying the prescribed location is set as an identifier of the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SIGMA P.I. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Shimada
  • Patent number: 10204336
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for generating a sensory indication on a transaction card, whereby a user is rewarded with a visual, audial, haptic, or olfactory experience. The method comprises executing a purchase transaction on the card, the transaction relating to an event, charging a power source on the card, receiving an input signal by the card, the signal indicating an output indication relevant to the event, and generating an output signal using power from the power source, based on the input signal. The card comprises a security component enabling a purchase relating to an event, a power source receiving charging energy at the time of the purchase, an input component receiving an input signal comprising information specifying a desired indication relevant to the event, an output component for generating the desired indication, one or more memories storing instructions and one or more processors executing the instructions to perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Herrington
  • Patent number: 10192196
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to tracking the handling of product recalls by product distribution centers affected by the recalls. In some embodiments, there is provided a system including: a first electronic interface receiving input of recall information; a second electronic interface at a group of product distribution centers receiving notifications of product recalls; a database configured to receive and store the recall information; and a control circuit configured to: create a record for the product recall; determine the distribution centers having products affected by the recall and assign the recall to those affected distribution centers; transmit a notification to each distribution center having products affected by the recall; receive confirmation of receipt of the notification; receive a disposition of an action of the recall from each affected distribution center; and update the database with the disposition by each affected distribution center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew B. Millhouse
  • Patent number: 10192198
    Abstract: Use of a blockchain distributed ledger to manage tracking code and physical article lifecycle. A first peer generates a cryptographic key for each of a plurality of peers, each key enabling a peer to access the distributed ledger. The first peer also generates a plurality of tracking codes and inserts first block(s) onto the distributed ledger that initiate a lifecycle for each code and make each code visible to the peers. A second peer imprints each code onto a corresponding physical article, inserts second block(s) onto the distributed ledger recording this imprinting, and inserts third block(s) onto the distributed ledger indicating that custody of the tracking codes has been transferred to a third peer. The third peer inserts fourth block(s) onto the distributed ledger indicating that receipt of custody of the tracking codes and their corresponding physical articles from the second peer has been confirmed by the third peer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HURU SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Ian A. Nazzari, Paul Eipper
  • Patent number: 10192383
    Abstract: An access control system is disclosed in which a user or guest's first entry or usage of an electronic key is reported. Reporting of the first entry or usage may include information particular to the initial transaction and may be delivered by a path that is substantially the same, but reversed, from an original key delivery path. In this way, non-networked or ‘offline’ locks/readers can report first entry or usage of an electronic key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventor: Halvor Aase
  • Patent number: 10192233
    Abstract: A system and method for media trade-in exchange. The apparatus comprises a kiosk that allows a user to provide a plurality of media items to the kiosk for verification and analysis and then calculate the exchange redemption value. The exchange redemption value is calculated based on the physical damage of a media item, the included media item packaging, the included media item documentation, and the authenticity of the media item. The user may then choose to receive the redemption value in a plurality of options comprised of cash, debit, store credit, reward points, gift card, eCodes, or may alternatively, decline to accept the redemption value offer and have the media item returned to them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Arch Holdings, LP
    Inventor: James Robert Curtis
  • Patent number: 10185857
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods obtain a sequence of images, track a label-candidate area in the sequence of images, and read a value of a barcode of interest in the label-candidate area in an image in the sequence of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: Canon Information and Imaging Solutions, Inc., Canon U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Ron S. Gutfinger, Wei-Jhy Chern
  • Patent number: 10185860
    Abstract: A method for evaluating an output pattern printed on a medium is described. A reference pattern is stored. The output pattern is printed on the medium based correspondingly on the stored reference pattern. A scan based instance of the output pattern is rendered, which has a set of features at least corresponding to the printed output pattern and zero or more features additional thereto. A difference image, having the zero or more features of the rendered scan instance, is computed based on a comparison of the rendered scan instance to the stored reference pattern. Upon the zero or more features including at least one feature, the computed difference image is evaluated in relation to a proximity of at least one feature to locations pixels of the reference pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: INTERMEC TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Erik Karl Henning Unemyr, Karl Perry
  • Patent number: 10176418
    Abstract: A secure smart card is described. The smart card can include a processor, a memory and a transceiver. The smart card can communicate with various terminals and store a digital signature and other information on the card. Another terminal can validate the information stored on the smart card using the digital signature. In certain embodiments, the terminal can also validate the information by using a blockchain. The advanced design of the smart card obviates the need for a network connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Osborn, James Zarakas, Saleem Sangi, Jeffrey Rule
  • Patent number: 10161571
    Abstract: A LED tube with a safety device is provided. The LED tube is connected with an external power supply, comprises: two conductive needle groups, each of the conductive needle groups includes two needles; at least a LED light-emitting component configured to be electrically connected with the needles; and a plurality of fuses configured at the conductive needle groups, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Xiamen PVTECH Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fuxing Lu, Rongtu Liu
  • Patent number: 10152672
    Abstract: Identification labels and their incorporation in rubber-based articles are described. The labels include RFID components and can be incorporated in tires. The labels can withstand the relatively harsh conditions associated with vulcanization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Pavel Janko, Denis Markov
  • Patent number: 10152691
    Abstract: A process management system uses a radio frequency identification (RFID) detection system in the form of, for example, a phased array antenna based RFID detection system to track and manage material storage and flow in a manufacturing process or plant. The process management system operates in conjunction with the various machines that implement manufacturing stages or steps of the manufacturing process to assure that the correct materials and processing procedures are used at or on the various production machines of the process to produce a particular product as defined by a job number or job order. The process management system is thereby able to increase the efficiencies of the plant and to increase the quality of the plant production by reducing or eliminating waste, manufacturing errors and shipping errors in the production facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: A-1 PACKAGING SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Schoening, William J. Greaves
  • Patent number: 10152759
    Abstract: A method for verification of travel and a purchase to prevent fraudulent redemption of a promotional offer for conditional transportation cost validation includes: using a customer's mobile computing device to transmit geolocation data to a validation network provider while present at the merchant's physical location; updating a token on the validation network provider's server using the geolocation data from the customer's mobile device, thereby confirming the customer's presence at the merchant's physical location; confirming the purchase by correlating transaction data from a linked payment method with the geolocation data from the customer's mobile device to update the token on the validation network provider's server; and automatically issuing a credit to the customer when the data points of the token fulfill the conditions of the promotional offer; wherein the promotional offer is to reimburse the customer for travel expenses the customer incurs for traveling to or from the merchant's physical location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Parkt, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Lyman, Tov Arneson, Alexander Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 10151872
    Abstract: An optical system is disclosed, which comprises a glass light pipe having an input surface for receiving light from a light source and an output surface through which light exits the light pipe, and a polymeric light pipe optically coupled at its input surface to the output surface of the glass light pipe to receive at least a portion of the light exiting the glass light pipe, said polymeric light pipe having a textured output surface. A plurality of microlenses is optically coupled to said textured surface of the polymeric light pipe, and a projection lens is optically coupled to the output surface of the polymeric light pipe to receive light therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Fraen Corporation
    Inventors: Marco Angelini, Claudia Bigliati, Robert A. Gobron, Rachel Taranta, Natale Baraldo
  • Patent number: 10147034
    Abstract: Various embodiments of RFID switch devices are disclosed herein. Such RFID switch devices advantageously enable manual activation/deactivation of the RF module. The RFID switch device may include a RF module with an integrated circuit adapted to ohmically connect to a substantially coplanar conductive trace pattern, as well as booster antenna for extending the operational range of the RFID device. The operational range of the RFID switch device may be extended when a region of the booster antenna overlaps a region of the conductive trace pattern on the RF module via inductive or capacitive coupling. The RFID switch device may further include a visual indicator displaying a first color if the RFID switch device is in an active state and/or a second color if the RFID switch device is in an inactive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Neology, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Mullis, Sheshi Nyalamadugu
  • Patent number: 10140568
    Abstract: Various embodiments of RFID switch devices are disclosed herein. Such RFID switch devices advantageously enable manual activation/deactivation of the RF module. The RFID switch device may include a RF module with an integrated circuit adapted to ohmically connect to a substantially coplanar conductive trace pattern, as well as booster antenna for extending the operational range of the RFID device. The operational range of the RFID switch device may be extended when a region of the booster antenna overlaps a region of the conductive trace pattern on the RF module via inductive or capacitive coupling. In some embodiments, all or a portion of the booster antenna may at least partially shield the RF module when the RFID switch device is in an inactive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Neology, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Mullis, Sheshi Nyalamadugu
  • Patent number: 10140483
    Abstract: This disclosure describes the ability to efficiently track inventory using RFID tags (e.g., RFID tags). For example, an inventory shelf located within a materials handling facility may include a series of antenna elements arranged in rows embedded into the shelf that are coupled with an RFID reader. The antenna elements are configured to establish electromagnetic fields oriented along shelf rows. The fields can be used to read RFID tags included or attached to inventory items placed on the shelf row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Eugene Huebner, Somasundaram Niranjayan, Mark Glen McKinnon
  • Patent number: 10140486
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying new radio frequency identification (RFID) tag events within a particular vicinity of an RFID reader are described. In various aspects, a processor causes image sensors to capture a first set and a second set of video images, where the first set depicts a first RFID tag environment and the second set depicts a second RFID tag environment. The first RFID tag environment is static without a person moving within the first RFID tag environment and the second RFID tag environment is active with at least one person moving within the second RFID tag environment. An environment database may be generated and updated with static analytic information and active analytic information based on the first set and second set of video images, respectively. The processor may determine a RFID tag event based upon the static analytic information and the active analytic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Richard J. Lavery, Thomas E. Wulff, Rehan K. Jaffri, Sean Connolly, David Bellows, Sean D. Marvel, Russell Calvarese
  • Patent number: 10140614
    Abstract: Back-up credentials data is stored for a user. A communication channel is established with a mobile device. A cryptogram is received from the mobile device, such that the cryptogram is relayed by the mobile device from an authentication device that interacted with the mobile device. The authentication device is associated with the user. The cryptogram is verified. In response to the verification of the cryptogram, the stored back-up credentials data is made accessible to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Mastercard International Incorporated
    Inventors: Simon Phillips, Mark Britten, Mehdi Collinge
  • Patent number: 10134201
    Abstract: A parking meter includes a housing, processor, memory, network interface, display screen, first camera facing outward from the first side of the housing, second camera facing outward from the housing towards a parking space, and a payment acceptor. The meter is configured to sense a vehicle's presence in the parking space, capture an identification of the vehicle, transmit the identification to a remote networked computer system, determine that a parking violation has occurred, transmit the notice to the remote computer system, accept payment of fines, transmit notice of fine payment to the remote computer system, reset the parking time period to zero upon the vehicle's exit from the parking space, and receive updated parking rate parameters by the processor from the remote computer system via the network interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Municipal Parking Services Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Hudson, Joseph M. Caldwell, Richard C. Gage