Patents Examined by April A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 12020527
    Abstract: A banknote storage container (1) comprising a housing (2) enclosing an internal banknote receiving compartment (8), said housing (2) including a banknote input aperture (3) in communication with a banknote receiving compartment ingress opening (3?); the banknote receiving compartment (8) includes a pair of pivotable bascule members (4, 5), said bascule members (4, 5) disposed in opposing lateral positions within the banknote receiving compartment, and each of said pair of bascule members (4, 5) includes a gate element (16) disposed at an end of the bascule member proximal to the ingress opening (3?) and a banknote contact portion (15) at an end of the bascule member distal from the ingress opening (3?); and the banknote contact portion (15) of each of said bascule members (4, 5) protrudes into the banknote receiving compartment (8) such that when a leading edge of a banknote received into said banknote receiving compartment (8) simultaneously comes into contact with the banknote contact portion (15) of each o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: Innovative Technology Limited
    Inventors: Jack Yates, John Shaw
  • Patent number: 11995507
    Abstract: A reading device includes: a handy scanner; an adjuster; and a pedestal. The handy scanner includes a head incorporating a reading sensor and a handle which is a gripping part having one end portion connected to the head, and configured to read a code symbol image by the reading sensor. The adjuster is attached to the head and surrounds a readable angular area of the reading sensor. The pedestal is a portion to which the adjuster is detachably coupled, and holds the adjuster in such a direction that the readable angular area of the reading sensor is substantially equal in an up-down direction with respect to a horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Inventor: Kento Kawata
  • Patent number: 11983598
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for scanning swiped barcodes are disclosed. An example method includes in response to detecting an object, capturing first images while focused at a swipe focus distance representing a pre-determined expected swipe distance range within which a scan target is expected to be swiped across a FOV. In response to a barcode decoded based upon the first images, exiting the swipe decode phase. In response to no barcode decoded during a time period representing an expected amount of time during which a scan target is expected to be swiped across the FOV, exiting the swipe decode phase and initiating a re-presentation decode phase including sequentially focusing the imaging scanner at a plurality of pre-determined, re-presentation focus distances, capturing one or more second images at each of the plurality of pre-determined, re-presentation focus distances, and, attempting to decode a barcode in one or more of the second images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Vladimir Gurevich, Thomas Lackemann, Jason S. Mak
  • Patent number: 11960960
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for adjusting imaging parameters of a bioptic barcode reader. The method includes capturing, by an imaging assembly, an initial image of a target object having an indicia thereon. The imaging assembly captures the initial image according to an initial imaging parameter. The method further includes attempting to decode the indicia from the initial image, and responsive to being unable to decode the indicia, detecting a substantially static presence of the target object within a field of view (FOV) of the imaging assembly. The method then includes, responsive to detecting the substantially static presence of the target object within the FOV, adjusting the initial imaging parameter to a subsequent imaging parameter, wherein the subsequent imaging parameter is different than the initial imaging parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher W. Brock, Edward Barkan, Robert Sanders
  • Patent number: 11954548
    Abstract: A connector that is configured to receive a smart card includes: a first contact configured to receive a power supply voltage and corresponding to a first (power supply) contact area of the smart card, a second contact configured to receive a reference voltage and corresponding to contact a second (reference voltage) contact area of the smart card, and a third contact corresponding to a three-state (input/output) contact area of the smart card. A first light-emitting diode having an anode coupled to the third contact and a cathode coupled to the second contact. A second light-emitting diode has a cathode coupled to the third contact and an anode coupled to the first contact. Turning on/off of the first and second light-emitting diode is controlled by the smart card through the signal at the three-state (input/output) contact area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignees: STMicroelectronics (Grand Ouest) SAS, STMicroelectronics (Rousset) SAS
    Inventors: Frederic Gouabau, Olivier Rouy
  • Patent number: 11931994
    Abstract: A composite image heat transfer is disclosed for use on specific merchandising articles, sports jerseys, or other apparel for a specific sport. A scannable mark would be embedded in a heat transfer positioned on a sports jersey, such as a jersey number or a club crest. The scannable mark would be scanned by a user to provide stats, personal information, or other information about the corresponding sports team/club and/or individual athlete. The user can also register the scannable mark and follow the sports team/club and/or athlete on social media. Thus, the composite image heat transfer with embedded scannable mark would link each jersey number with information related to the corresponding player/athlete, and each club crest would be linked to information related to the corresponding club/team. This would enable a strong interaction through social media and other web tools between athletes and/or clubs and fans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Retail Information Services LLC
    Inventor: Paulo J. De Castro
  • Patent number: 11922429
    Abstract: An apparatus, including a transaction terminal including an input device or receiver which inputs or receives information regarding an account and transaction information, a camera or video recording device which obtains or records a photograph or video clip of an individual involved in the transaction, and a processor, and a central processing computer including a database and a display which displays information or data to a user or operator. The apparatus transmits a notification message to a communication device associated with an account holder of the account. The central processing computer provides for a retrieval, by the user or the operator via the display, of the information regarding the transaction and the photograph or the video clip of the individual involved in the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: GTJ VENTURES, LLC
    Inventor: Raymond Anthony Joao
  • Patent number: 11920766
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to an adjustable light fixture and method of installing the same. Various embodiments of the adjustable light fixture comprise a light head comprising a light source, a lens, and a frame; a socket base configured to be secured relative to a socket of a light assembly; and an extender located between the light head and the socket base and configured to move between an extended configuration and a compressed configuration. In various embodiments, the adjustable light fixture is installed by engaging the socket base with a corresponding socket of a light assembly and adjusting the extender toward the compressed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventor: Alan Barry Feit
  • Patent number: 11887091
    Abstract: Provided is a money handling apparatus that can be easily introduced in a store. The money handling system includes: a money handling apparatus installed in a store and capable of executing basic functions including a checkout function; and a operation terminal connected to the money handling apparatus. When executing the checkout function, the money handling apparatus receives, through the operation terminal, an input of prices and quantities of items a customer purchases in the store, to calculate a transaction amount. The apparatus recognizes and counts money, which is deposited through an inlet for paying the transaction amount, to calculate a deposit amount of deposited money, and stores the deposited money inside the money handling apparatus. When the deposit amount exceeds the transaction amount, the money handling apparatus feeds out money corresponding to a difference therebetween, and dispenses the fed out money as change to an outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Tasuku Nakamoto, Ryuji Kataoka, Kazuhiro Doi
  • Patent number: 11882628
    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: August 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla Laboratories, LLC
    Inventor: Jovan Hutton Pulitzer
  • Patent number: 11853827
    Abstract: A handheld device contains a main body and a sensor disposed on the main body, which is configured to sense biometric data of a person. A recess formed in the main body is disposed relative to the sensor such that an electronic device with a light means is temporarily receivable in the recess and positionable in the recess below the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventors: Dirk Morgeneier, Roberto Wolfer
  • Patent number: 11816944
    Abstract: Secure cash deposit containers, such as secure cash bags or secure cash boxes equipped with an integrated bill scanner and a transmitter. The integrated bill scanner may receive and count the bills, and then store them in the secure cash deposit container. A transmitter in communication with the scanner may then transmit a report to the bank servicing the commercial establishment's cash deposit account. The bank may then automatically credit the amount reported by the scanner to the commercial establishment cash deposit account. The amount credited may be subject to further verification, for example, by a bank teller or by a bank's automated cash counting and sorting machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Will Kerns Maney, Jr., Oscar Guerra, Ruthie D. Lyle
  • Patent number: 11810098
    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: June 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    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: 11810416
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus has: a processing unit having, at a front side of a housing, openings through which at least one of feeding a sheet in the housing or feeding the sheet out from the housing is performed; a storage chamber configured to store the sheet fed in the housing, and a door disposed at an opening part of the storage chamber is capable of being locked; a control unit configured to control transport of the sheet between a container, the openings and the storage chamber, the container configured to be capable of being detachably mounted to the processing unit or the storage chamber and configured to be stored the sheet fed in the sheet processing apparatus; and an attachment unit provided at the back side of the processing unit or on the back side of an outer surface of the storage chamber, the attachment unit to which the container is capable of being mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Koki Fukuda, Kisho Yanase, Masashi Kuwada
  • Patent number: 11803713
    Abstract: A battery-powered device comprising a power input providing power to the device is described herein, with a housing having an opening for receiving a smartcard. There may be at least one electrical contact within the housing, the at least one electrical contact connected to the power input. There is also provided a power supply for one or more battery-powered devices each having at least one electrical contact within a housing configured to make contact with a smartcard introduced into an opening in the housing, the power supply comprising a power input (e.g., a wire or circuit). There may be an electrical output connected to the power input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Miura Systems Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Graham Hodges, Enrique Garrido, Darren Leigh Shaw, Matthew Michael James Watts
  • Patent number: 11763105
    Abstract: A card socket configured for placing a subscriber identification module (SIM) or a memory card includes a first interface, where the first interface is coupled to the SIM or the memory card through a switch. The first interface is further coupled to a first terminal of the switch. A SIM system is coupled to a second terminal of the switch. A memory card system is coupled to a third terminal of the switch. A detection circuit is configured to detect that a card placed in the terminal device is a SIM or a memory card. A control circuit controls the first terminal of the switch to couple to the second terminal of the switch or controls the first terminal of the switch to connect to the third terminal of the switch, based on a detection result of the detection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Inventor: Jiangtao Yang
  • Patent number: 11763121
    Abstract: RFID tags are provided for incorporation into the packaging of a microwavable food item, with the RFID tag being configured to be safely microwaved. The RFID tag includes a substrate having opposing first and second surfaces. An antenna is secured to the first surface, with the antenna defining a gap and being configured to operate at a first frequency. An RFID chip is electrically coupled to the antenna across the gap. A shielding structure is secured to the second surface of the substrate, with at least a portion of the shielding structure being in substantial alignment with the gap. The shielding structure is configured to limit the voltage across the gap when the antenna is exposed to a second frequency that is greater than first frequency. Also provided are methods for manufacturing RFID tags from a web in which conductive layers are secured to opposing surfaces of a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Retail Information Services LLC
    Inventors: Ian J. Forster, Norman A. Howard, Edward J. McGinniss
  • Patent number: 11763641
    Abstract: A Universal-Serial-Bus interface communicatively couples a first electronic device and a second electronic device with one another. The Universal-Serial-Bus interface includes an electrical connection structure to electrically connect the first electronic device and the second electronic device with one another and a switch to disconnect the electrical connection structure. A measurement circuit to measure one or more electrical properties is associated with the electrical connection structure and/or the first electronic device. One or more processors configured to control the switch based on the measured one or more electrical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Inventors: Oliver Dietz, Stefan Schmelter
  • Patent number: 11756388
    Abstract: A computer system for automatically handling and releasing funds for deposit items has a memory storing instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause the system to receive an image of a cheque received and scanned by an automated teller machine (ATM) for deposit into a first account of an institution associated with the ATM. The scanned image of the cheque is analyzed to identify an institution and account on which that cheque is drawn. If that account has sufficient available funds to cover the cheque, then the first account is credited in the amount of the cheque without placing a hold on any of the credited amount and funds of the account on which the cheque is drawn are encumbered in that same amount. After crediting the first account, an indication is provided that the funds are available (e.g., to withdraw). Related methods and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: The Toronto-Dominion Bank
    Inventors: A Warren Pratten, Randall Walton Martin, Martin Albert Lozon, Graham Allan Anderson, Ratnadeep Bhadra, James Kenneth McCrae, Dino Paul D'Agostino
  • Patent number: 11741774
    Abstract: A cassette housing for rebalancing bills among storage cassettes is disclosed. The cassette housing is fixedly and operably coupled to a transaction device and includes docking apparatus structured to receive a first storage cassette and a second storage cassette, a transport apparatus operatively coupled to the docking apparatuses and a housing computing system. The transport apparatus is structured to facilitate transferring the bills among the storage cassettes. The housing computing system is structured to generate a first storage data packet and a second storage data packet associated with the first storage cassette and the second storage cassette, respectively. A rebalancing instruction may be generated by a remote computing system based on the first storage data packet and the second storage data packet. The cassette housing is structured to cause the transport apparatus to transport bills based on a rebalancing instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.
    Inventors: Christian Mande, Darren Goetz, Frank Digangi, Dennis Montenegro