Patents Examined by Allyson Trail
  • Patent number: 9911075
    Abstract: A RFID transponder includes an active load modulation unit and an energy harvesting unit coupled to the active load modulation unit. The active load modulation unit performs active load modulation on transmitted signals. The energy harvesting unit harvests RF energy from the ambient environment, converts the RF energy to DC energy, stores the DC energy, and supplies the DC energy to the active load modulation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Peter Thueringer, Franz Amtmann
  • Patent number: 9911104
    Abstract: An apparatus that operates to cause financial transfers responsive to data read from data bearing records, includes at least one processor that is in operative connection with a card reader, a check acceptor, a cash dispenser and a display. The at least one processor causes the machine to operate to read card data from a user card, and to cause a determination to be made that the read card data corresponds to an authorized financial account. The at least one processor is operative to cause data to be read from a check and/or cash to be dispensed, and a financial transfer to or from the account corresponding to the value thereof. Machine instructions are output and user transaction inputs can be received through either a primary or an auxiliary touch screen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul D. Magee, James Block, Randall W. Jenkins, Tim Crews, Michael J. Harty, Richard C. Lute, Klaus Steinbach, Natarajan Ramachandran, Songtao Ma, Sathish Irudayam, Robert Konecny, James D. Atkinson
  • Patent number: 9904834
    Abstract: Methods and systems for auto-tuning a handheld scanning device that can account for changes in the orientation between the handheld scanning device and a presented symbol can include capturing a first image containing a presented symbol, recording an orientation parameter and parameters associated with capturing the first image containing the presented symbol, capturing a subsequent image containing the presented symbol, recording an orientation parameter of the presented symbol contained in the subsequent image, comparing the orientation parameter of the symbol contained in the subsequent images to the orientation parameter of the presented symbol contained in the subsequent image, determining if the orientation parameter of the presented symbol contained in the subsequent images is substantially similar to the orientation parameter of the symbol contained in the first image, and recording parameters associated with capturing the subsequent images containing the presented symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: Earle Stokes, James A. Negro
  • Patent number: 9903574
    Abstract: Inventive embodiments include a device for distributing power to devices over an area, with a power density of at least one Watt per ft2 (or 900 cm2 if we go metric). The device includes a flexible substrate; a circuit comprising a thin film conductor having a thickness of 400 nanometers or less, wherein the circuit is adhered to the substrate; a plurality of devices positioned on the sheet and attached to the circuit wherein each device of the plurality is driven at substantially the same voltage; and the power delivered to the devices is at least 90% of the input power of the energized circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Heilux, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron J. Golle, John T. Golle, Walter J. Paciorek
  • Patent number: 9904919
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, and systems pertaining to the verification of portable consumer devices are disclosed. In one implementation, a verification token is coupled to a computer by a USB connection so as to use the computer's networking facilities. The verification token reads identification information from a user's portable consumer device (e.g., credit card) and sends the information to a validation entry over a communications network using the computer's networking facilities. The validation entity applies one or more validation tests to the information that it receives from the verification token. If a selected number of tests are passed, the validation entity sends a device verification value to the verification token, and optionally to a payment processing network. The verification token may enter the device verification value into a CVV field of a web page appearing on the computer's display, or may display the value to the user using the computer's display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventor: Ayman Hammad
  • Patent number: 9898697
    Abstract: A support device, which supports a belt-shaped sheet wound around a hollow cylindrical shaft core so as to feed the belt-shaped sheet, includes a support shaft that is insertable into a hollow part of the shaft core, a frame that supports the support shaft, an antenna surface perpendicular to an axis line of the support shaft, and a loop antenna provided to the antenna surface. The shaft core includes a non-contact data carrier capable of at least one of storing and transmitting predetermined data. The loop antenna includes a loop unit coiled to define a loop surrounding the axis line. When the shaft core is seen through the loop antenna along the axis line, the loop unit is disposed in the vicinity of the shaft core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: LINTEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kaori Matsushita, Katsumi Katakura, Masayuki Narukawa, Kenichi Watanabe, Naoya Okamoto
  • Patent number: 9897725
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application provide a dual view field display panel and a dual view field display apparatus. The dual view field display panel includes first display regions and second display regions alternatively arranged in a row direction and/or a column direction. The dual view field display panel further includes a first substrate; a second substrate arranged opposite to the first substrate; a grating structure between the first substrate and the second substrate. The grating structure includes a first grating layer made of metal and located within the first substrate, and the first grating layer is provided at one side of the first substrate facing the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chia Chiang Lin
  • Patent number: 9893411
    Abstract: The invention relates to electrical activity sensor attachable to a power cable of an electrical device for detecting an impulse generated in the power cable in response to a change in electrical power state of the electrical device. The electrical activity sensor includes an antenna assembly having an antenna element operable to magnetically couple with an electrical pulse generated in the power cable to induce an electrical signal in response to a change in electrical power state of the electrical device. The antenna element is shaped in a plurality of loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Ali Louzir, Jean-Yves Le Naour, Maxime Ruee
  • Patent number: 9892354
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for suspending and resuming transactions through wireless beacon communications. A merchant may set up a wireless beacon with employee devices. The beacons may connect to a user's device and assist the employee with determining and suspending a transaction for the user. Based on the connections between the user's device and a wireless beacon attached to an employee device, the employee device may receive an identifier for the user. The identifier may also be received from a previous check-in by the user. The employee or a user may scan one or more items that the user may wish to purchase. A transaction may be generated using the scan and may be associated with the user's identifier. Later the transaction may be recalled using the user's identifier or a transaction code identifying the transaction. Payment information for the user may also be associated with the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Mobeen Syed
  • Patent number: 9886659
    Abstract: An RFID tag includes a substrate; a chip that is joined to the substrate; antenna wiring that is formed above the substrate and is electrically coupled with the chip; and a protector that is provided to the substrate and protects the chip by covering the chip, wherein a length l of the protector satisfies l?lmax, the lmax being expressed by the following expression: lmax =?{square root over (4?by/3ph)} where ?by represents a bending strength of a material of the protector, h represents a thickness of the protector, and p represents a uniformly distributed load that is received by the protector under a usage environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Takayoshi Matsumura
  • Patent number: 9885821
    Abstract: A backlight module and an anti-peeping display device are provided. The backlight module comprises a light guide plate, a lens and a light source. The lens is provided between the light source and the light guide plate, and light emitted from the light source is incident upon the light guide plate through the lens at a same incident angle; a light emission surface of the light guide plate is provided with protrusions, the light emission surface of the light guide plate is a total reflection surface except the regions where the protrusions are provided; a light emission surface of the protrusion is parallel with that of the light guide plate, a surface for performing a first reflection on light incident upon the protrusion is a total reflection surface, and the light incident upon the protrusion exit perpendicularly to the light emission surface of the protrusion after being totally reflected once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xinli Ma, Ki Man Kim
  • Patent number: 9881277
    Abstract: Inventory management systems and related methods employ radio frequency based tracking of a worker's hands to monitor performance of inventory tasks. An inventory management system includes inventory bins, a user-wearable unit configured to be worn in proximity to a user's hand, fixed RF antennas configured to transmit at least one RF interrogation signal and receive at least one RF response signal, a RF transceiver operatively coupled with the fixed RF antennas, and a management module operatively coupled with the RF transceiver. The user-wearable unit includes an RF transceiver configured to transmit RF response signals in response to reception of the at least one RF interrogation signal. The management module is configured to process signals generated by the RF transceiver to track locations of the user-wearable unit and identify an inventory bin based on proximity of the user-wearable unit to the identified inventory bin to monitor performance of an inventory system task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Tye Michael Brady
  • Patent number: 9881276
    Abstract: Ultrasonic tracking of a worker's hands may be used to monitor performance of assigned tasks. An inventory system includes inventory bins configured to store inventory items, an ultrasonic unit, ultrasonic transducers, and a management module. The ultrasonic unit is configured to be worn by a user in proximity to the user's hand and to periodically emit ultrasonic sound pulses. The ultrasonic transducers are arranged relative to the inventory bins and configured to receive the emitted pulses. The management module is operatively coupled with the ultrasonic transducers and configured to process signals generated by the ultrasonic transducers to identify an inventory bin based on proximity of the ultrasonic unit relative to the identified inventory bin. The management module monitors performance of an assigned task based on the identified inventory bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Evan Cohn
  • Patent number: 9881346
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system to validate promotional offers in the nature of a reduction or rebate of certain travel expenses through a network of local merchants who offer to offset travel costs in exchange for patronage. The system allows verification of the travel and the purchases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Ian Lyman, Tov Arneson, Alexander Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 9876537
    Abstract: A reader device includes an array of antenna coils configured to electromagnetically couple with devices implanted beneath or within skin of a human body. An implanted device can include a loop antenna or other means configured to couple with at least one antenna coil of the reader device to receive radio frequency energy from the reader device. The antenna coil array is configured to mount to the skin surface to improve the coupling between the implanted device and coils of the array. Further, the reader device is configured to select two or more antenna coils of the array and to operate the selected antenna coils to emit radio frequency power at respective amplitudes and relative phases to provide radio frequency power to the implanted device while increasing efficiency of the power transfer and reducing the exposure of the skin to radio frequency energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Jiang Zhu, Sean Korhummel, Stephen O'Driscoll, You Zou
  • Patent number: 9865104
    Abstract: A system and approach utilizing a multi-dimensional code on a card and a gesture applied to the card for a scan. The two-dimensional card may contain information about the card holder, other individuals, the facility or area at which access is desired, and a gesture relating to scanning the card. Appropriate information and a correct gesture applied to the card during a scan may enable a holder of the card to gain access to the facility or area. The gesture may legitimize the card holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ying Huang, Zhaocheng Sheng, Chen Chen
  • Patent number: 9858449
    Abstract: An MR sensor structured to detect whether or not magnetic data are recorded in a magnetic stripe of a card having first and second tracks may include a first resistor and a second resistor serially-connected with each other and disposed at positions where the first track is passed; and a third resistor and a fourth resistor serially-connected with each other and disposed at positions where the second track is passed. The second resistor and the fourth resistor may be connected with a power supply, and the first resistor and the third resistor may be ground grounded. A potential difference between a first midpoint between the first resistor and the second resistor and a second midpoint between the third resistor and the fourth resistor may be an output of the MR sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kawate, Tadashi Taguchi, Katsuhisa Higashi, Yukihiko Takita, Kazutoshi Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9852425
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of authorizing a transaction process, whereby a communication between a payment device and a payment processing network is established. Subsequently a transaction is initialized at the payment device, the input of a first User Identification Metric (UIM) is requested, the input of a second UIM is requested, the first and second UIMs are verified and the transaction process proceeds if both UIMs are verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Simon Phillips
  • Patent number: 9846875
    Abstract: An electronic transaction verification system for use with transaction tokens such as checks, credit cards, debit cards, and smart cards that gathers and transmits information about the transaction token and biometric data. Customers can be enrolled in the system by receiving customer information that includes at least a biometric datum, associating the received customer information with a transaction instrument issued to the customers and storing the received customer information and the issued transaction instrument information in a database for future reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Biometric Payment Solutions
    Inventor: Joan Tibor McNeal
  • Patent number: 9836720
    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: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: HURU SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Ian A. Nazzari, Paul Eipper