Patents Examined by Allyson Trail
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 10133901
    Abstract: A system including a reader and an information terminal is provided. The information terminal displays an information code, while the reader optically reads the information code. The reader includes an emission unit and an imaging unit. The emission unit emits light in a predetermined emission state when the information code is imaged by the imaging unit. The information terminal includes an imaging unit, a control unit and a display unit. The control unit of the information terminal drives/controls the display unit to display the information code only when the predetermined emission state is imaged by the imaging unit. That is, unless the predetermined emission state of the emission unit of the reader is imaged by the imaging unit of the information terminal, the information code is not displayed on the display unit of the information terminal. Thus, security in reading the information code is further improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Eiji Muto, Koji Hayashi, Atsushi Tano
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10113701
    Abstract: A working light includes a frame and a plurality of LED modules located in the frame. Two supporting plates at two ends of the frame are respectively combined with two ratchets. Two ends of the LED modules are combined with ratchet plates. The ratchets are respectively assembled to the ratchet plates to control a rotation angle of the LED modules. The working lights can be stacked with each other in one or more directions. The ratchets are at the side portions of the LED module. Therefore, after the LED module is assembled in the frame of the working light, the ratchets allow the LED module to be rotatable within 180 degrees. Hence, the LED module can be rotated, so that the illumination angle of the LED module is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Xiamen PVTECH Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fuxing Lu, Xiaoping Lan
  • Patent number: 10114984
    Abstract: A printed memory reader adapted to determine an original value from a printed memory device including a plurality of contact pads and an encoded value created by encoding the original value. The encoded value including N bits of data, where N is equal to a number of bits of data stored in the printed memory device. The printed memory reader includes a plurality of probes arranged to contact the plurality of contact pads and a memory storage element including instructions programmed to execute the steps: a) reading the encoded value or an inverse encoded value from the printed memory device using the plurality of probes to obtain a read value; and, b) decoding the read value to obtain a decoded value equal to the original value. The printed memory reader further includes a processor arranged to execute the instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey Michael Fowler
  • Patent number: 10108825
    Abstract: A near field communication (NFC) reader is disclosed. The NFC reader includes a first section. The first section includes an NFC controller and a filter coupled to the NFC controller. The filter includes a filter capacitor. The first section further includes a first tuning circuit coupled to the filter. The first tuning circuit includes a tuner capacitor that is electrically coupled in parallel to the filter capacitor. The first tuning circuit is configured and adapted to be coupled to a coaxial cable. The NFC reader also includes a second section. The second section includes a second tuning circuit. The second tuning circuit includes a second tuner capacitor and a damping resistor. The second tuning circuit is configured and adopted to be coupled to the coaxial cable. The second section further includes an antenna coupled to the second tuning circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Renke Bienert
  • Patent number: 10110829
    Abstract: This invention provides a system and method for auto-regulation of parameters a vision system camera and/or associated illumination of objects imaged by the camera using a plurality of differentiated gain (multi-gain) settings on the camera's image sensor to determine the gain value producing the most-readable image. The image (having the best characteristics) acquired using multiple gain settings can be read for information as a discrete gain image and/or the camera parameters (e.g. global gain and/or global exposure time) can be uniformly set across the pixel array to the best values for acquisition of a subsequent, higher sampled image. This image is then read (e.g. decoded) for information contained within any identified features of interest (e.g. found IDs).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Negro, Earle B. Stokes
  • Patent number: 10108857
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus is configured to read an image of each of documents transported in a transport path from an upstream side to a downstream side in a transport direction, acquires a correction factor for correcting a read image on the basis of a fed document number, and corrects the length of the read image in the transport direction on the basis of the correction factor which has been acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Murahashi, Masatomo Kanamitsu, Wataru Beppu
  • Patent number: 10108833
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a marker with a pattern formed thereon, which includes an optical system. At least a part of the pattern that uniquely appears depending on a direction in which the pattern is viewed from an outside of the marker through the optical system, is visually identified from the outside of the marker. The pattern includes a plurality of rows of binary-coded sequences. The binary-coded sequence of each of the plurality of rows includes aperiodic sequences that are repeatedly arranged. The aperiodic sequences included in the binary-coded sequence of one row of the plurality of rows are different from the aperiodic sequences included in the binary-coded sequence of another row of the plurality of rows, and each of the aperiodic sequences includes a plurality of sub-sequences that are arranged in a predetermined order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: KOH YOUNG TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Jong Kyu Hong, Hyun Ki Lee
  • Patent number: 10102522
    Abstract: A smartcard communicating simultaneously with a smart phone and a point of sale, thereby allowing the smartcard to act as a bridge between the point of sale and the smart phone. The smart card is typically powered by the point of sale and typically communicates with the smart phone using BLUETOOTH Low Energy (BLE).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Philippe Teuwen, Cedric Colnot
  • Patent number: 10102685
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides various examples of a self-declaring wireless device installed on a vehicle operable to automatically detect, determine and declare occupancy information of the vehicle traveling on a restricted traffic lane to an electronic toll collection (ETC) system. According to one aspect, a process for performing self-declaration by a vehicle traveling on a restricted traffic lane includes the steps of: receiving sensor data collected by one or more sensors installed on the vehicle; determining occupancy data of the vehicle based on the received sensor data; and controlling a wireless transceiver installed on the vehicle to communicate with an electronic toll collection (ETC) system associated with the restricted traffic lane based on the determined occupancy data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Neology, Inc.
    Inventors: Sheshi Nyalamadugu, Joe Mullis, Bobby Leanio
  • Patent number: 10102471
    Abstract: According to one aspect, an apparatus adapted to be connected to a component that is part of a pump system or a manifold trailer includes a block defining opposing first and second exterior surfaces. In one aspect, the block includes a recess formed in the first exterior surface and extending towards the second exterior surface, and an opening formed in the second exterior surface. In another aspect, the apparatus also includes an electronic identifying device at least partially accommodated within the recess, the device including a first portion having data stored thereon that provides identification of the component. In one aspect, the electronic identifying device further includes a second portion having data stored thereon that provides one of: information associated with certification of the component; and identification of the pump system or the manifold trailer of which the component is a part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: S.P.M. FLOW CONTROL, INC.
    Inventors: Ben Ward, Jeff Myers, Connor Landrum, Preston Smith
  • Patent number: 10089571
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments generally relate to transaction card constructions, and particularly, to a two-piece transaction card construction. Disclosed embodiments include a generally planar first card component including a first surface and a generally planar second card component including a second surface wherein the first card component is separate from the second card component. In disclosed embodiments, for example, the generally planar first card component and the generally planar second card component may be configured such that one forms a cavity and the other forms an inlay component configured to be seated within the cavity. In other embodiments the generally planar first card component and the generally planar second card component may be configured such that one forms a container and the other forms a lid configured to close the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Stern, Makiko Taniguchi, Dan Makoski, Lin Yang, Carl Cepress, Austin Anderson, Jason Deperro, Elwin Ong
  • Patent number: 10089567
    Abstract: A radio tag comprising a first radio and a second radio and a method for providing a communications service are disclosed. For example, the method comprises entering, by a processor of the radio tag, an active state of the radio tag and activating the second radio when a wake-up signal is received, where the second radio draws power from a power source, transmitting, by the processor of the radio tag, data to a device or receiving the data from the device when the radio tag is in the active state, and deactivating, by the processor of the radio tag, the second radio and entering an idle state when the wake-up signal is no longer being received, where only the first radio draws power from the power source for listening for the wake-up signal in the idle state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Schleef, Craig Lee, William Francis Bradee, Matthew J. Cook, David Gordon Marten, Rick McConney, Steve Martin, Wesley B. Neibaur
  • Patent number: 10081981
    Abstract: The ladder illuminates the immediate area and itself. The ladder improves safety by strategically adding multiple light sources to the ladder, thereby illuminating the areas around the ladder. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) may be mounted in several strategic locations, including: in-board and out-board of the end cap, under each rung, and out-board on both rails facing the base of the building when the ladder is correctly placed with a rechargeable battery supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: William Finegan
  • Patent number: 10083447
    Abstract: A folding mechanism is used to authenticate purchases when making transactions using a contactless smart card. By folding the contactless card in a precise manner, the electrical resistance of the antenna circuit of the contactless card is changed by bypassing the card's built-in resistors. A user may set a folding orientation as the “password” of the contactless card. This folding orientation determines the electrical resistance of the card necessary to authenticate a purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Giacomo G. Chiarella, Daniel T. Cunnington, Eunjin Lee, Brad T. Roeger