Patents Examined by Allyson Trail
  • 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10074075
    Abstract: Embodiments include a computer-implemented management platform for securely generating tracking codes, and for verifiably imprinting those tracking codes onto physical articles. In an embodiment, one or more hardware processors generate tracking code(s) and send the tracking code(s) towards an automated computer-controlled production line, and which physically imprint each tracking codes onto a corresponding article, and physically verify the physical imprinting. If a tracking code was correctly imprinted on its corresponding article, one or more records are recorded in a durable storage medium, which indicate that the tracking code imprinted on an article. If a tracking code was incorrectly imprinted on its corresponding article, the factory line physically rejects the corresponding article. Embodiments also include the computer-implemented management platform securely managing those physical articles throughout their lifecycle, based on the securely-generated and verifiably-imprinted tracking codes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: HURU SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Ian A. Nazzari, Paul Eipper
  • Patent number: 10072488
    Abstract: A method, system, and associated apparatus are described for installing, inventorying, actuating, and/or accessing down-hole equipment in a wellbore. This comprises tagging a casing by inserting permanent components of material compositions within sections along the length of a casing. Inserted components and/or portions of an original section function as unique readable active and/or passive markers. The piping system is at least one pipe having a plurality of markers placed in radial sections strategically arranged with independently identical or different material compositions or embedded in a length of the wellbore casing. The sections function as markers forming a readable pattern readable by the reader(s). The reader is one of or a combination of any of the group consisting of a plug, a probe, a sensor, and/or a computer for reading markers. The reader travels in either a forward or backward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: AOI (Advanced Oilfield Innovations)
    Inventors: Andre Orban, Daniel Maurice Lerner, Barry Kent Holder
  • Patent number: 10074119
    Abstract: A system or method is provided to analyze and determine distinguishing or secondary characteristics among merchants. In particular, the system may collect basic merchant information, such as name, type of business, products/services offered, location, owner, and other basic information regarding merchants. The system may determine merchants that are similar in type, size, location, of other factors, based on the basic information. They system may then determine distinguishing or secondary characteristics among similar merchants. The distinguishing or secondary characteristics may be determined from consumers' transactions with the merchants or other data detected by sensors or devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Kamal Zamer
  • Patent number: 10073106
    Abstract: A sample identification system for an automated sampling and dispensing device is described. In an example implementation, the sample identification system includes a sample probe configured to contact a sample positioned within a sample vessel. Further, the sample identification system includes an identifier capture device configured to measure a sample identifier associated with the sample vessel and generate a data signal in response thereto, where the data signal corresponds to an identity of the at least one sample. During operation, the identifier capture device scans a sample holder, a sample vessel, or a table top of the automated sampling and dispensing device to measure the sample identifier and to generate the data signal in response thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Elemental Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler Yost, David Diaz, Daniel R. Wiederin, Kevin Hahn
  • Patent number: 10068232
    Abstract: A credit card reader is attached to a mobile device to process credit card transactions at the point of sale. In response to detecting attachment of the credit card reader to the mobile device, the credit card reader displays a one-time password for authenticating the credit card reader. The algorithm used to generate the one-time password is synchronized with a user token configured to display one-time passwords. If there is a match between the one-time passwords of the credit card reader and the token, the credit card reader is authentic. Further, if there is a match, the credit card reader may allow the user to process credit card transactions through the credit card reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Nima Sharifi Mehr
  • Patent number: 10055614
    Abstract: A detection activity of a card may be sensitive to capacitance changes in adjacent and non-adjacent pads on the card. Accordingly, the detection activity may remain sensitive to faster-moving devices and/or reduced detection sampling rates. A second detection activity may follow a first detection activity, which may increase a probability of a successful communication sequence subsequent to the first detection activity. A card may, therefore, immediately transition to a low-power mode of operation after verification to reduce power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: DYNAMICS INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Mullen
  • Patent number: 10032099
    Abstract: Weighted transaction cards and methods of manufacturing the same. The weighted transaction cards may include a metallic member that comprises at least a portion of a layer of the transaction card. The metallic member may be encapsulated and/or disposed in an opening of a surround to define an inlay. The inlay may be laminated with one or more additional layers according to traditional card manufacturing techniques (e.g., a hot lamination process). The weighted transaction cards may have a weight significantly greater than traditional plastic transaction cards such that the weighted transaction cards. The inlay may include an antenna for contactless or dual interface with transaction card readers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: CPI CARD GROUP—COLORADO, INC.
    Inventor: Barry Mosteller
  • Patent number: 10032325
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for generating a signature on a card. The computer may present a user interface on a touch device having a bounding box that is specified by a width and height representative of a space on the card. The computer may receive signature data generated by an input stroke on the touch device. The computer may determine from the signature data coordinates of a signature represented by the input stroke. The computer may generate a set of points representing a curvature of the input stroke. The computer may scale the set of points such that the coordinates are maximized within the space. The computer may convert the scaled set of points from a vector format to a raster format. The raster formatted scaled set of points in the space may be imprinted on the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Westen, Robert Andersen
  • Patent number: 10028081
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer-readable media configured to determine a location of a user, identify the user and provide additional services based on the determined location and/or identity are provided. In some examples, a signal emitted from a beacon may be detected by a personal computing device of a user within a predefined proximity of the beacon. The location of the beacon, and the device detecting the signal, may be determined and the identity of the user associated with the device may be determined. Authentication information may be requested from the user. The request for authentication information may be transmitted to the personal computing device and the user may provide the authentication information via the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Sharon Scanlon, Davindar Gill, Pete Bertanzetti
  • Patent number: 10007823
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide code readers for reading codes provided as patterns imprinted on objects. Light interacts with a pattern by e.g. being reflected from or transmitted through the pattern, and at least some of the light that has interacted with the pattern is incident on photosensitive element(s) of one or more photodetectors of a code reader. The code reader employs centroid-measuring photodetector(s), i.e. photodetectors that detect light in such a manner that centroid of a pattern can be obtained directly from the photocurrents generated as a result of the photosensitive elements detecting light incident thereon. The code reader is then configured to process the detected light to determine a centroid of the pattern from the detected light and to decode data encoded in the pattern based on a position of the centroid. Such code readers are substantially less complex than camera-based devices and avoid mechanical scanning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: ANALOG DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Shrenik Deliwala, Alain Valentin Guery
  • Patent number: 10009000
    Abstract: A device includes a switch having multiple ports, an antenna coupled to each corresponding port, a tunable matching network coupled between each antenna and each port, and a controller to detune ports having antennas that are not transferring power when a selected antenna is transferring power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: INTERMEC, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas John Schuster, John Jorgenson, Fengyu Ge
  • Patent number: 10002008
    Abstract: A manual is disclosed for a frequency converter and a method, apparatus and a computer program product are disclosed for configuring a frequency converter. The manual can include a data storage storing operational configuration information of the frequency converter; wherein the configuration information is encoded to the data storage to be wirelessly readable from the data storage. The configuration information is obtained from the manual by wireless reading, and installed to the frequency converter by transmitting the obtained configuration information over a wireless connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: ABB Oy
    Inventors: Mika Juslin, Juha Martinmaa, Petri Kahelin
  • Patent number: 9996791
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) enabled mirror includes a mirror comprising a reflective layer. The reflective layer comprises at least one layer of a metallic material. At least one portion of the reflective layer is removed to form a booster antenna from a remaining portion of the reflective layer. A dielectric coating is applied to the mirror where the reflective layer was removed. The RFID-enabled mirror further includes an RFID chip coupled to the booster antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Neology, Inc.
    Inventors: Sheshi Nyalamadugu, Joe Mullis