Patents Examined by April A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10813168
    Abstract: A method is provided for interacting with audience members in an event, each of the potential attendees having available thereto a unique identifier. The method comprises creating, for an attendee, a unique ID (UID) on a mobile wireless device (MWD) by the steps of inputting to the MWD one of the unique identifiers, combining the obtained unique identifier with a UID time stamp at the time of creation of the UID; receiving with a server on a first wireless channel communications from the MWD; registering the UID at the physical location of the event; generating a visual query; displaying on the MWD response indicators; receiving at the server from the registered attendee a response, to the query over the first wireless channel; and storing in a database on the server the received response in association with the displayed query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Jovan Hutton Pulitzer
  • Patent number: 10803374
    Abstract: A circuit provides a physically unclonable function. The circuit includes a first portion that provides a random value that varies according to an input to the circuit and a second portion that hashes the random value to provide an output value from the circuit. The first portion covers the second portion to prevent access to the random value. A breach of the first portions may alter operation of the first portion in a detectable manner. The first portion may cover a surface of a cube or parallelepiped. The first portion may be wrapped around a parallelepiped a plurality of times to cover each facet thereof from different directions. The output from the second portion may not intersect the first portion. The circuit may also include an external layer disposed on the first portion. The external layer may be glued to the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Silvio Micali
  • Patent number: 10796211
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes technologies related to generating authentication image to verify a two-dimensional (2D) code offline. In some implementations, a 2D code is parsed to identify a plurality of black pixels and a plurality of white pixels. A target image is parsed to identify a plurality of black pixels and a plurality of white pixels. The plurality of black pixels and the plurality of white pixels of the images are converted to a first plurality of binary arrays and a second plurality of binary arrays based on a predetermined rule. At least a portion of the first plurality of binary arrays and a portion of the second plurality of binary arrays are compared, and an authentication image including a plurality of black pixels, a plurality of white pixels, and a plurality of transparent pixels is generated based on comparison results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Wei Guo
  • Patent number: 10782002
    Abstract: A light-emitting diode (LED) optical component comprises a component substrate and an disposed on the component substrate. The LED emits light when provided with electrical power. An optical element is disposed at least partly in contact with the component substrate such that at least a portion of the emitted light is incident on the optical element. A second optical element can optionally be disposed between the LED and the component substrate or on a side of the component substrate opposite the LED. An LED optical system includes a system substrate on which one or more LED optical components are disposed. The system substrate can be or include one or more optical elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: X Display Company Technology Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Bower, Matthew Meitl, Ronald S. Cok, Brent Fisher
  • Patent number: 10760755
    Abstract: A lighting system for automobiles is proposed which includes a laser light source emitting a primary laser light bundle within a solid angle area around a beam direction, a photoluminescence element positioned within the emitted primary light beam, and a protective element that protects against stray laser rays. The photoluminescence element is configured to absorb the laser rays impinging on said element and by means of the photoluminescence to radiate secondary light rays. The lighting system includes a protection system with a protective element of an elongated shape having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the protective element is positioned within the beam direction of the primary light beam and downstream of the photoluminescence element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Varroc Lighting Systems, s.r.o.
    Inventors: Joachim Brandel, Markus Klein, Tomas Kreml, Jan Kratochvil
  • Patent number: 10755154
    Abstract: An indicia reading device for decoding decodable indicia includes an illumination subsystem, an aimer subsystem, an imaging subsystem, a memory, and a processor. The illumination subsystem is operative for projecting an illumination pattern. The aimer subsystem is operative for projecting an aiming pattern. The imaging subsystem includes a stereoscopic imager. The memory is in communication with the stereoscopic imager and is capable of storing frames of image data representing light incident on the stereoscopic imager. The processor is in communication with the memory and is operative to decode a decodable indicia represented in at least one of the frames of image data. The stereoscopic imager is configured to capture multiple images at a baseline distance apart to create three-dimensional images with depth information of the decodable indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: Serge Thuries, H. Sprague Ackley
  • Patent number: 10748130
    Abstract: In some examples, a system and method for activating a payment instrument. The method includes leveraging an activation feature associated with a payment instrument. The representation, obtained by a sensor, of the activation feature is received by the payment processing system. The payment processing system compares the representation of the activation feature with stored activation features corresponding to a user associated with the payment instrument. If the representation matches a user-associated activation feature, the payment processing system activates the payment instrument, wherein activating further includes granting the recipient access to a predetermined amount of funds through the activated payment instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Ayokunle Omojola, Robert Andersen, Daniele Perito, Joachim Bekmann
  • Patent number: 10747966
    Abstract: A card reader may include a main body frame comprising a bag-shaped card holding portion and a partitioning portion; a case body; a locking member; a driving mechanism; and a sealing member. The locking member may be provided on the front side of the partitioning portion. The driving mechanism may include a driving source and a power transmission mechanism. The driving source and the power transmission mechanism or the power transmission mechanism may include a sliding member. An opening may be formed in the partitioning portion. The sealing member may include a seal body portion, and a cylindrical cover portion. A through hole may be formed to penetrate the seal body portion. A first end of the cover portion is connected to the seal body portion. The sliding member may penetrate through the cover portion. The cover portion may extend and contract in the front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Shinya Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 10739655
    Abstract: The present disclosure belongs to the field of display technology, and particularly relates to an optical waveguide display substrate, a manufacturing method thereof, and a display apparatus. The optical waveguide display substrate comprises a side light source, an alternating-electric-field electrode structure, and a light scattering layer, wherein the side light source is provided at at least one side of the light scattering layer, the light scattering layer is switchable between a transparent state and a light scattering state under influence of an alternating electric field applied by the alternating-electric-field electrode structure, so that incident light from the side light source is scattered out of the optical waveguide display substrate to form a display image, and the light scattering layer comprises a polymer network and a light scattering liquid crystal material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Changcheng Ju
  • Patent number: 10733392
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide robotic multiple-slot test card support systems comprising: a test robot system comprising a robotic arm and an end-effector; and a first card support apparatus comprising: a plurality of lateral supports; a plurality of angled shelf supports each extending between a pair of the plurality of lateral supports defining an array of angled card slots, wherein the shelf supports along the columns are vertically separated and each comprises: a guide exterior surface and an interior surface configured to support a payment test card with at least a portion of a face of the test card being flush with the interior surface; wherein each card slot repeatedly positions the respective test card at substantially the same position within the card slot each time the test card is released by the end-effector enabling repeated accurate retrieval by the end-effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy M. Fenton, Christopher D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10719716
    Abstract: A system detects a transaction outcome by obtaining video data associated with a transaction area and analyzing the video data to obtain at least one video transaction parameter concerning transactions associated with the transaction area. The transaction area can be a video count of items indicated in the video data as detected by an automated item detection algorithm applied to the video data. The system obtains at least one expected transaction parameter concerning an expected transaction that occurs in the transaction area, such as a scan count of items scanned at a point of sale terminal. The system automatically compares the video transaction parameter(s) to the expected transaction parameter(s) to identify a transaction outcome that may indicate fraudulent activity such as sweethearting in a retail environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Vikram Srinivasan, Joshua Migdal, Xiaowei Chen
  • Patent number: 10720004
    Abstract: Various methods, apparatuses, and media for providing an automated delivery of a safe deposit box are provided. The methodology includes operations of receiving a first user request for the delivery of the safe deposit box, the first user request including user account information; determining, based on information included in the first user request, a safe deposit box warehouse facility location that relates to the safe deposit box to be delivered, and determining at least one facility parameter; determining, based on the information included in the first user request, user delivery requirements; determining, based on each of the safe deposit box warehouse facility location, the at least one facility parameter, and the user delivery requirements, at least one delivery option; receiving a user selection of a desired delivery option; and transmitting information relating to a delivery schedule for delivering the safe deposit box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Joe Raquepaw, Lauren Ready, Gary Desilva, Eric C. Thinguldstad, Jeffrey Dean Mathwig
  • Patent number: 10713645
    Abstract: A method implemented on an augmented reality (AR) electronic device includes receiving a request to activate a transaction card account on a transaction card. The transaction card account is activated on the transaction card. A virtual representation of account information corresponding to the transaction card account is displayed on the AR electronic device. The exterior of the transaction card is free of account identifying information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: John Ross Neale, William R. Breed, Jasvir K. Singh, Geraldine M. Carolan, Kristine Collings, Kourtney Eidam
  • Patent number: 10713663
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising: a memory; and a processor coupled to the memory and configured to: obtain an image of a barcode from a product, wherein the barcode comprises a signature; obtain a notification associated with authentication of the product based on the signature; and provide the notification as an audio, a video, or a combination of audio and video. A method comprising: obtaining a smart device; coupling a scanner system to the smart device; obtaining a product comprising a barcode; scanning, using the scanner system, the barcode to obtain an image of the barcode, wherein the barcode comprises a signature; and obtaining, using the smart device and based on the signature, a notification associated with authentication of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Authentix, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohamed Lazzouni, Will Ewin, Jamie Kawabata
  • Patent number: 10713447
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the technical field of backlight code printing, and provides a backlight position correction device, which includes an assembly line and an alignment mechanism. The assembly line is configured to drive linear motion of the backlight; and the alignment mechanism is used to adjust a plurality of back-up backlights such that the backlights are in the same straight line. The alignment mechanism includes a fixing plate and a motion component. The fixing plate is disposed at a side of the assembly line. The motion component is disposed at a side of the assembly line opposite to the fixing plate, and configured to push a side of the backlight such that the backlight abuts against the fixing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Jiabin Xie, Zailin Hong, Xiaoguang Hong
  • Patent number: 10699083
    Abstract: An antenna substrate includes a substrate, a modulating/demodulating circuit and a switch circuit each mounted on the substrate, and a printed antenna printed on the substrate. The printed antenna includes a plurality of unit coils. An end of one of the plurality of unit coils is electrically connected to the modulating/demodulating circuit. The switch circuit, according to a received control signal, selectively switches between an electrically interrupted state and a state in which a portion or all of the plurality of unit coils is electrically connected in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Wataru Shirai
  • Patent number: 10690297
    Abstract: A tubular light comprises an elongate light source (10) and a tubular housing (18) around the light source. An optical beam shaping arrangement (20) is provided within the housing. It has an effective focal distance, in the plane perpendicular to the length axis, which varies in dependence on the angular position around the optical beam shaping arrangement. The effective focal distance is longer for light in a light output optical axis direction than for light output laterally to the sides of the light output optical axis. This means the beam shaping, e.g. collimation, is greater at the edges of the light output beam than in the middle, so there is light mixing within the output beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Hendrikus Hubertus Petrus Gommans, Jochen Renaat Gheluwe
  • Patent number: 10685503
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided that detects a first presence of a driver in a vehicle, based upon detecting the first presence, provides a user interface for the driver to enter first user information, information, and communicates the first sensitive information to a vendor to authenticate the combines the first user information and the vehicle information to generate the first sensitive driver to enable the vendor to perform a financial transaction with the driver using the first sensitive information while the vehicle is in motion. The processor is programmed to initiate automatically, on behalf of the driver, the financial transaction with the vendor in response to a sensed state or location of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 10679470
    Abstract: An example item carousel system is described. The system includes a terminal including a processor and a scanner. The system includes a carousel rotatably mounted to the terminal, the carousel including two or more bagging sections configured to receive bags. The system includes a motorized actuator configured to actuate rotation of the carousel relative to the terminal. The terminal is configured to read data from a machine readable identifier associated with an item using the scanner, and retrieve, using a retrieval module, item characteristics associated with the item from an item database. The terminal is configured to identify one bagging section of the two or more bagging sections of the carousel capable of receiving the item with the item characteristics, and mechanically rotate the carousel relative to the terminal with the motorized actuator such that the identified one bagging section is oriented toward a bagging area of the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus Adam Jones, Aaron Vasgaard, Matthew Allen Jones
  • Patent number: 10679106
    Abstract: A single dual-sided product placement and information strip includes a first side with product information for consumers and a second side with product placement information for placing products on a display shelf. The dual-sided product placement and information strip enables information necessary for consumers to be printed on the first (consumer-facing) side and information that assists stockers to place products on shelves to be printed on the second (opposing) side. Also disclosed are systems and methods for formatting and printing the dual-sided product placement and information strips. The single dual-sided product placement and information strip may be printed alone or in a single sheet along with one or more other dual-sided product placement and information strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Electronic Imaging Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Roger Burch, Jr., Christopher David Frensley, Paul Douglas Brooking