Patents Examined by Allyson Trail
  • Patent number: 9995872
    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: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Fraen Corporation
    Inventors: Marco Angelini, Claudia Bigliati, Robert A. Gobron, Rachel Taranta, Natale Baraldo
  • Patent number: 9989224
    Abstract: A lighting system and related methods are disclosed herein. The lighting system may have a mounting fixture and a light fixture. The mounting fixture is configured to engage a mounting surface. The light fixture is configured to engage the mounting fixture and has a driver configured to drive a light source. A first fastener having a movable elongated member is configured to removably couple the light fixture to the mounting fixture in an extended configuration. A second fastener having a quick connect feature is configured to removably couple the light fixture to the mounting fixture in a retracted configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Ledvance LLC
    Inventors: Steven Howard Ray, Brett James Pardikes, Christopher M. White
  • Patent number: 9990525
    Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) having an on-chip electroluminescent silicon light source arrangement is disclosed. In the IC, the light source arrangement is a two-dimensional display arrangement and the IC includes an on-chip modulator operable to modulate data indicative of a state of the IC which can be displayed by the display arrangement, thereby providing an optical representation of the state of the IC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: INSiAVA (Pty) Ltd.
    Inventors: Marius Eugene Goosen, Petrus Johannes Venter
  • Patent number: 9982861
    Abstract: A light-emitting module is disclosed. The light-emitting module includes a condensing lens for condensing incident light into a space, a light source for providing first light to pass through the condensing lens, a first optical path conversion member for reflecting the first light to provide first reflected light to pass through the condensing lens, a second optical path conversion member for reflecting the first reflected light to provide second reflected light to pass through the condensing lens and a wavelength conversion unit for receiving the second reflected light, converting a wavelength of the received second reflected light, and radiating light the wavelength of which has been converted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Park, Byungwoo Jeoung, Sangok Yeo
  • Patent number: 9978010
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention relate to a smart card that includes an OLED display. The smart card may store data associated with multiple purchasing instruments and utilize the OLED display to present sensitive data associated with a user selected purchasing instrument. In response to the selection, the smart card may transmit sensitive data associated with the selected purchasing instrument. The OLED display may allow the smart card to include a customizable face. The OLED display may present video, colors or any suitable text. For example, the OLED display may present a user's credit limit, rewards or spend categories. Such smart cards may be easily re-branded as a result of the smart card not being permanently tied to an embossed number. New sensitive data may be pushed to the smart card and thereby allow it to be used immediately based on the new sensitive data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Donald Joseph Cardinal, Julie Kisselburg Johnson, James M. Heddleson, Richard McKinnon, Russell Kendall, Cameron Wadley, Willard H. Waldron, III
  • Patent number: 9977941
    Abstract: Disclosed is a barcode scanner. The barcode scanner can include a scanning tower and a first reflector. The scanning tower can define a scanning window. The first reflector can be located within the scanning tower proximate an illumination source. The first reflector can be configured to redirect light towards into a scanning volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua Minter, Mark Allen Rambler
  • Patent number: 9971964
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a smart tag for attachment to an object. The smart tag comprises an electronic system for contactless communication, a support to which at least part of the electronic system is fixed and at least one destruction component means configured to act on at least one element of the electronic system, when the smart tag is removed from said object, to demolish said at least one element of the electronic system. In at least one embodiment, the destruction component may be a demolisher movably mounted to pass through said support from a first position on one side of the support to a second position on the other side of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventors: Jean-Miguel Robadey, Eric Suligoj
  • Patent number: 9970618
    Abstract: A lighting assembly includes a composite lens, an optical reflector housing, and a lighting source. The composite lens has a clear lens portion, an opaque lens portion, and a first attachment feature. The optical reflector housing has a second attachment feature engaged with the first attachment feature, and further has a reflective inner surface. The optical reflector housing reflects incident light internally via the reflective inner surface and directs the reflected incident light through the clear portion. The composite lens defines a lighting cavity in conjunction with the optical reflector housing when the first and second attachment features are mutually engaged. The lighting source irradiates the lighting cavity with the incident light. A stacked headlight assembly includes vertically stacked first and second headlight assemblies, each having a composite lens, optical reflector, and lighting source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey T. Zawacki
  • Patent number: 9969496
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus includes: a linear light source having an elongated shape; and an optical component which transmits light emitted from the linear light source. The optical component has an entrance surface where the light emitted from the linear light source enters and (ii) an exit surface where the light which has entered the entrance surface exits. The optical component includes, on the exit surface, a light diffuser row including a plurality of light diffusers which are arranged in a line. In a plan view of the exit surface, a first direction in which light-emitting elements included in the linear light source are arranged intersects with a second direction in which the light diffusers are arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Ohta, Nobuyuki Matsui, Naotaka Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9965716
    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: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 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: 9946912
    Abstract: Examples of techniques for encoding data in a 2D symbology are disclosed. In one example implementation according to aspects of the present disclosure, a computer-implemented comprises assigning a first color representative of a 0-bit and a second color representative of a 1-bit. The method further comprises designating a starting cell pair and an ending cell pair. The method also comprises generating, by a processing device, the 2D symbology. The 2D symbology comprises a series of cells in a cell space starting with the starting cell pair and ending with the ending cell pair. Each cell between the starting cell pair and the ending cell pair corresponds to a bit of a binary string and has a common cell length. The cells corresponding to a 0-bit are colored the first color and the cells corresponding to a 1-bit are colored the second color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Erich Guenter, Mark E. Maresh, Colm Nolan, Juan F. Vargas, Michael J. Whitney
  • Patent number: 9941450
    Abstract: A bottom electrically conductive surface is disposed on the top surface of a substrate and a top electrically conductive surface disposed on the bottom surface of a superstrate. A bare die electronic device is disposed with at least one of its top conductor in direct electrical communication with the bottom electrically conductive surface and/or its bottom conductor in direct electrical communication with the top conductive surface. A non-conductive adhesive secures the substrate to the superstrate so that the bare die electronic device is retained in direct electrical communication. The non-conductive adhesive has a melting point temperature at least greater than a minimum operating temperature of the operating temperature range of the bare die, so that the non-conductive adhesive does not melt and flow thereby preventing a separation or degradation of the direct electrical connection of the bare die electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: ARTICULATED TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: John J. Daniels
  • Patent number: 9928456
    Abstract: Laminated cards with user interfaces are provided. The user interfaces can have enhanced tactile feel. In one embodiment, a card may be constructed to have a dual-layer user interface. In another embodiment, a card may be constructed to include a support structure. In yet another embodiment, a card may include a relatively soft material that covers at least a portion of the user interface. In yet another embodiment, a card may include a user interface that is fluidically coupled to a bladder. In a further embodiment, a card can include any combination of a user interface, which may be a dual-layer user interface, a support structure, a soft material that at least partially covers a user interface, and a bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: DYNAMICS INC.
    Inventors: Bruce S. Cloutier, James H. Workley, William T. Shepherd
  • Patent number: 9921357
    Abstract: A backlight unit includes a lightguide, a light source that emits light to the lightguide, and a barrier layer positioned over the lightguide in a light emitting direction relative to the lightguide. The barrier layer defines a bezel area of the backlight unit, and an active area of the backlight unit from which light is emitted from the lightguide is an area adjacent to a boundary of the bezel area. A prism structure is positioned in the bezel area, wherein stray light emitted from the light source uncoupled to the lightguide is at least partially coupled into the lightguide by the prism structure or directed to a greater degree along the lightguide. The prism structure may be configured as a plurality of lenticular triangular prisms, and may be mounted to a mounting frame, back reflector, or flat panel connector of the backlight unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: David James Montgomery, Takeshi Ishida, Hisashi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9922224
    Abstract: A system for identifying and authenticating an object includes an indicium having randomly applied fluorophores that emit light when excited. The fluorophores produce a unique, random pattern that uniquely identifies any object to which the indicium is attached. The indicium may also include an identification code. An imaging unit with a flash excites and captures the photo-luminescence of the indicium in the form of a random image. The identification and authentication of the object is done by sending the image captured via a mobile phone or other device such as a laptop or notepad to a server of an authentication unit via the Internet or other communication media to correlate with a reference image of the indicium captured at the time of manufacture. This assures the authenticity of the product with a high degree of confidence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Narayan Nambudiri
  • Patent number: 9922278
    Abstract: For ensuring the integrity of a physical document, an apparatus is disclosed. A system, method, and program product also perform the functions of the apparatus. The apparatus for ensuring the integrity of a physical document includes a processor, a memory that stores code executable by the processor. The processor identifies an integrity symbol within a physical document, the first integrity symbol representative of content of the physical document, and converts the integrity symbol into an integrity map having at least two values, the integrity symbol being a symbolic representation of the integrity map suitable for printing. The processor compares content of the physical document to the integrity map to verify integrity of the physical document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Robert James Kapinos, Timothy Winthrop Kingsbury, Scott Wentao Li, Russell Speight VanBlon
  • Patent number: 9922280
    Abstract: Examples of techniques for encoding data in a 2D symbology are disclosed. In one example implementation according to aspects of the present disclosure, a computer-implemented comprises assigning a first color representative of a 0-bit and a second color representative of a 1-bit. The method further comprises designating a starting cell pair and an ending cell pair. The method also comprises generating, by a processing device, the 2D symbology. The 2D symbology comprises a series of cells in a cell space starting with the starting cell pair and ending with the ending cell pair. Each cell between the starting cell pair and the ending cell pair corresponds to a bit of a binary string and has a common cell length. The cells corresponding to a 0-bit are colored the first color and the cells corresponding to a 1-bit are colored the second color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Erich Guenter, Mark E. Maresh, Colm Nolan, Juan F. Vargas, Michael J. Whitney
  • Patent number: 9913940
    Abstract: A method of establishing a wireless operating communication between the extracorporeal blood treatment device and a medical accessory and extracorporeal blood treatment device configured for implementing the method are provided; the method comprises the steps of establishing a wireless auxiliary communication between the blood treatment device and the medical accessory, transferring configuration data using the wireless auxiliary communication and establishing the wireless operating communication between the blood treatment device and the medical accessory based on the configuration data. A maximum operating distance of the wireless auxiliary communication is shorter than a maximum operating distance of the wireless operating communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Gambro Lundia AB
    Inventor: Thierry Court
  • Patent number: 9916529
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multifunctional touch smart card, having: an operation center, a touch part, a security element, and a battery. The touch part is capable of controlling operation of the operation center and the security element. The battery supplies power to the operation center, the security element, and the touch part. A touch button design is adopted for the smart card of the present invention, so a button of the present invention can be disposed at any position of the smart card. Thus, not only may the card have a more beautiful appearance design, but also it is easier to lay out circuits of the smart card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: GOTRUST TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Darren Tien-Chi Lee, Jeng Lung Li
  • Patent number: 9916488
    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: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Intermec Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Erik Karl Henning Unemyr, Karl Perry