Patents Examined by April Taylor
  • Patent number: 10043179
    Abstract: Techniques for providing vouchers to customers which automates voucher delivery and frees up agent time that would otherwise be spent interacting with customers to manually complete voucher forms. An example method includes determining eligibility of a customer to receive a voucher by a self-service computer, determining an amount of the voucher by the self-service computer, storing the amount in a payment card by the self-service computer, and dispensing the payment card to the customer by the self-service computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Sutton
  • Patent number: 10037487
    Abstract: The application discloses a single-chip financial audio IC card, including a security chip, a contact module, a non-contact module and an audio module switch. The security chip is used for controlling, analyzing and processing data, which is shared by a controlling, analyzing and processing data module; the contact module has function of contact communication, including a 7816 interface; the non-contact module has function of non-contact communication, including a RF coil; the audio module has function of acoustic communication, including a switch, a battery and a buzzer; the contact module, non-contact module and audio module are connected in parallel to the security chip. The application of single-chip financial audio IC card has the advantages of low cost, small processing difficulty, good compatibility, high security, good stability and reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU RONGSHENG INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaoming Li
  • Patent number: 10032014
    Abstract: The present technology provides dynamic security code systems and method for their creation and use. The systems include a base layer including a first pattern and a sublimating compound layer including a plurality of materials selectively covering the base layer. In some embodiments, each of the plurality of materials is configured to sublimate at respective sublimation rates. The system further includes a shielding layer configured to shield the base layer and the sublimating compound layer to form a security code. The shielding layer can be configured to control a diffusion rate of the plurality of materials through the shielding layer such that the security code is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventors: Mandar Shirish Dixit, Mona Sharma, Himanshu Mishra
  • Patent number: 10026077
    Abstract: Provided is a payment card for multiple accounts. The card comprises a card member; a plurality of programmable chips, at least one of which is releasably attached to the card member; each programmable chip has an associated personal identification number (PIN); and a control chip operable for selecting one of the programmable chips to be active during a transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ahmed Hosny, John Long
  • Patent number: 10007045
    Abstract: Fiber lighting systems and methods of switching light are disclosed. A system includes a light source and a switching device having an input that receives light from the light source, at least one output, and a microelectromechanical mirror disposed in an optical pathway between the input and the output. The mirror is repositionable to direct light from the input into the output. The system also includes a light diffusing fiber coupled to the output that emits light along its length and an electronic control unit that directs the light source to pulse the light at a frequency of 10 Hz-500 kHz and orient the mirror for directing the light to an output. The repositioning is synchronized with the pulsing such that the mirror is at a coupled orientation during a pulse and is repositioned between pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Carl Edgar Crossland, Peter Gerard Wigley
  • Patent number: 10007873
    Abstract: The disclosure is related to providing a payment processing service and a near field communication (NFC) tag processing service through the single smart card. The smart card may store identification (ID) information of one of a payment card and a NFC tag at a first memory sector and store associated information for providing a related service as the payment card and the NFC tag at predetermined memory sectors. The smart card may be also implemented with a NFC tag applet providing the ID information and the associated information as the NFC tag to the user terminal. The smart card may be recognized as the NFC tag while storing the ID information for the payment card at the first memory sector in the memory or as the payment card while storing the ID information for the NFC tag at the first memory sector in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: KT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kook Heo, Sung-Chul Kim, Youn-Pil Jeung
  • Patent number: 10007813
    Abstract: A method of transmitting information to a mobile device includes providing a card reader is provided with a read head, a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a card and device electronics that includes an analog front-end and a microcontroller. The analog to digital front end is coupled to a processing element in the microcontroller. A raw magnetic head signal is received at the analog to digital front end. The raw magnetic head signal is converted into a processed digital signal that the microcontroller can interpret. An output jack output jack signal is delivered to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventors: Amish Babu, Kartik Lamba, Elliot John Patrick Sather, Adam David Peter Rothschild, Jack Dorsey, James M. McKelvey
  • Patent number: 9990578
    Abstract: The disclosed technology relates generally to apparatus comprising conductive polymers and more particularly to tag and tag devices comprising a redox-active polymer film, and method of using and manufacturing the same. In one aspect, an apparatus includes a substrate and a conductive structure formed on the substrate which includes a layer of redox-active polymer film having mobile ions and electrons. The conductive structure further includes a first terminal and a second terminal configured to receive an electrical signal therebetween, where the layer of redox-active polymer is configured to conduct an electrical current generated by the mobile ions and the electrons in response to the electrical signal. The apparatus additionally includes a detection circuit operatively coupled to the conductive structure and configured to detect the electrical current flowing through the conductive structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: ARIZON BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Paul Johnson, Jose Antonio Bautista-Martinez, Cody Friesen, Elise Switzer
  • Patent number: 9977232
    Abstract: A light source device for an endoscope comprises a light source unit and a light source controller. The light source unit has LEDs independently emitting light of respective different colors, and emits first multicolor spectrum light having a first multicolor spectrum, into which the light from the LEDs is combined. The light source controller makes a light quantity integral of the first multicolor spectrum light in a first wavelength band equal to a light quantity integral of continuous-spectrum light in the first wavelength band and makes a light quantity integral of the first multicolor spectrum light in a second wavelength band equal to a light quantity integral of the continuous-spectrum light in the second wavelength band. The continuous-spectrum light includes at least a part of a wavelength band of light emitted from a white light source. The second wavelength band is different from the first wavelength band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichi Otani
  • Patent number: 9971996
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for redeeming a closed loop card/code funded with an amount of money. The system receives, at a merchant, an indication from a consumer of a desire to sell a closed loop account not issued by the merchant and receives a confirmation, via a computing device, of an amount of money in the closed loop account. The system presents the consumer with an offer to buy the closed loop account and receives from the consumer an acceptance of the offer. The system processes the closed loop account to yield a processed closed loop account such as by transferring the account to one of the merchant and an entity and applies a benefit to the consumer based on the processed closed loop account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GIFTCODES.COM, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Wolfe, Mark Romanelli, Sanjay Akut, Mike Kelly, Mary Jane Kelly
  • Patent number: 9959495
    Abstract: A portable data terminal that includes a housing and an environmentally responsive device for collecting data about the environment surrounding the housing. The portable data terminal also includes an encoded information reader unit with one or more data collection hardware devices, which can capture data encoded in decodable indicia, e.g., bar codes. In one embodiment, the portable data terminal is configured to operate in a mode that processes the decodable indicia, and the environmental data so as to correlate the information decoded in the decodable indicia with the environmental data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Henry Cudzilo
  • Patent number: 9911124
    Abstract: A transaction security apparatus, including an input device or receiver for inputting or receiving transaction information regarding a transaction on or involving an account, a camera or video recording device for obtaining or recording a photograph or video clip of an individual involved in the transaction, a processing device for processing the information regarding the transaction and for generating a notification message containing information regarding the transaction, and a transmitter for transmitting the notification message to a communication device associated with an account holder independently of any processing of the transaction by a transaction authorization processing computer. The apparatus transmits the photograph or the video clip to the communication device independently of any processing of the transaction by a transaction authorization processing computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: GTJ VENTURES, LLC
    Inventor: Raymond Anthony Joao
  • Patent number: 9911074
    Abstract: The invention concerns a security element having a magnetic coding consisting of magnetic coding elements. At least one of the magnetic coding elements has a grid-shaped magnetic region which is formed by a plurality of mutually parallel grid strips made of magnetic material which respectively have a magnetic anisotropy. The grid strips lead, through their magnetic anisotropy, to the magnetization direction of the coding element being able to differ from the direction of the applied magnetic field. Since the resultant magnetic signals that the grid-shaped magnetic regions deliver cannot be simulated by conventional magnetic regions, said coding elements increase the anti-forgery security of the security element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Rahm, Manfred Heim, Andreas Rauch, Jurgen Schutzmann, Winfried Hoffmuller
  • Patent number: 9890922
    Abstract: The light emitting device includes a light emitting diode and an optical lens, the optical lens includes a light incidence surface and a light exit surface, the light incidence surface includes a first light incidence surface and a second light incidence surface, herein the ratios of the minimum ones to the maximum ones of the distances between respective points, on the first light incidence surface or the second light incidence surface, and the center of the light emission surface respectively belongs to [0.5, 0.7] or [0.683, 0.695]; and the convex surface includes a first light exit surface and a second light exit surface, herein the ratios of the minimum ones to the maximum ones of the distances between respective points, on the first light exit surface or the second light exit surface, and the center of the light emission surface respectively belongs to [0.771, 0.913], or [0.883, 0.921].
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignees: HISENSE ELECTRIC CO., LTD., HISENSE USA CORPORATION, HISENSE INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaoping Li, Qiang Zhong, Mingsheng Qiao
  • Patent number: 9892423
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media configured to receive an advertisement including an image. A fraud assessment value for the advertisement can be determined. An image assessment value for the image can be determined. The fraud assessment value and a threshold value for fraud assessment can be compared. The image assessment value and a threshold value for image assessment can be compared. Fraud associated with the advertisement can be determined based on comparison of the fraud assessment value and the threshold value for fraud assessment and comparison of the image assessment value and the threshold value for image assessment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Vivek Kaul, Tara Brittany Stewart, Utkarsh Lath, Michael Francis Zolli, Balamanohar Paluri, Nikhil Johri
  • Patent number: 9881275
    Abstract: A unique identifier may be stored in an RFID chip, a bar code, or other methods of passive storage associated with the networked light bulb. The unique identifier may be accessed while the light bulb is unpowered and before the light bulb is put into service. Information is stored in a database that identifies an association between the unique identifier and a particular network. If the light bulb is put into service, the light bulb may send the unique identifier over the network. A device may receive the unique identifier and query the database for information related to the unique identifier. If the unique identifier is associated with the particular network that the light bulb is connected to, the light bulb may be added as an authorized node on the particular network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Greenwave Systems, PTE, LTD.
    Inventor: Karl Jonsson
  • Patent number: 9880343
    Abstract: A backlight unit using a micro optical switch and a three-dimensional (3D) image display device are provided. The backlight unit includes a light source configured to irradiate light, a light guide plate configured to guide the irradiated light, an optical switch array including micro optical switches disposed above the light guide plate for each of cells of the backlight unit, and a lens array disposed above and corresponding to the optical switch array. Each of the micro optical switches includes a substrate, a first electrode layer disposed on the substrate and including first holes, and a second electrode layer spaced apart from the first electrode layer and including second holes not facing the first holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dongsik Shim, Hongseok Lee, Seogwoo Hong, Changsoo Lee, Hyunjoon Kim, Bongsu Shin
  • Patent number: 9864892
    Abstract: Decoding or encoding information in a two-dimensional barcode, the barcode comprising an orientation pattern and a payload data pattern both being compiled of first and second type elements. The decoding or encoding involves a two-dimensional transformation applying at least to the payload data pattern in connection with second information that forms together with first information the information encoded in the two-dimensional barcode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SICPA HOLDING SA
    Inventor: Milan Vasic
  • Patent number: 9862222
    Abstract: Techniques are described for generating a seal that is applicable to an object, and scanning the seal to access encoded data to be used for verifying one or more characteristics of the object. The seal may be applied to a tangible document, such as a document printed on paper. The seal may encode data that is particularly associated with the document. For example, the seal may encode a hash of at least a portion of the information (e.g., text) included in the document. In some instances, the seal may encode a digital version and/or metadata of at least a portion of the information in the document. A scan of the seal may retrieve information useable to verify the authorship, provenance, originality, and/or unaltered contents of the documents. In some instances, the seal may encode information that enables the presentation of hidden information and/or metadata associated with the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: UIPCO, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander B. Nagelberg, Michael Justin Cairns
  • Patent number: 9855785
    Abstract: Techniques are described for generating a seal that is applicable to an object, and scanning the seal to access encoded data to be used for verifying one or more characteristics of the object. The seal may be applied to a tangible document, such as a document printed on paper. The seal may encode data that is particularly associated with the document. For example, the seal may encode a hash of at least a portion of the information (e.g., text) included in the document. In some instances, the seal may encode a digital version and/or metadata of at least a portion of the information in the document. A scan of the seal may retrieve information useable to verify the authorship, provenance, originality, and/or unaltered contents of the documents. In some instances, the seal may encode information that enables the presentation of hidden information and/or metadata associated with the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: UIPCO, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander B. Nagelberg, Michael Justin Cairns