Patents Examined by April Taylor
  • Patent number: 9846855
    Abstract: Tracking and associating consumable components with the respective pieces of wellbore servicing equipment to which they are coupled may include using identifier tags coupled to each piece of wellbore servicing equipment and to each consumable component. An identifier tag reader may be used to read both the identifier tag of the piece of wellbore servicing equipment and the identifier tag of the consumable component, thereby enabling association of the consumable component to the piece of wellbore servicing equipment to which it is coupled, for the duration of such coupling. Such association may be carried out and/or tracked in one or more databases, wherein other information pertaining to either piece of equipment may be associated with both pieces of equipment. In addition, usable life spans of consumable components may be more easily determined based at least in part on such association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip A. Rogers, Stanley V. Stephenson, Keith A. Frost
  • Patent number: 9836736
    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: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    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: 9830485
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for pick verification using moving radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. A robotic picker moves an item storage structure within range of a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag reader, wherein the item storage structure comprises multiple items and the items each have an RFID tag affixed. The RFID tag reader emits an electric field. The robotic picker moves the item storage structure while the RFID tag reader emits the electric field. An RFID tag identification device receives responses from energized RFID tags affixed to the items. The RFID tag identification device determines that an energized RFID tag is in motion and selects an identifier broadcast by the energized RFID tag that is in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ned Lecky
  • Patent number: 9792544
    Abstract: The present application provides an interposer, including an interposer substrate, at least one through silicon via, a first shield layer, a first insulation layer, a first cable layout layer, and at least one first bump. The interposer substrate includes an upper surface and a lower surface; the at least one through silicon via is buried in the interposer substrate and runs through the upper surface and the lower surface; the first shield layer is disposed on the upper surface of the interposer substrate and the first shield layer has electrical conductivity; the first insulation layer is disposed at the first shield layer; the first cable layout layer is disposed at the first insulation layer and is electrically connected to the at least one through silicon via.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xingchang Wei, Huichun Yu, Xiaobo Huang, Xingyun Luo
  • Patent number: 9773436
    Abstract: A mattress age indicating device includes an enclosure and an indicating assembly contained within the enclosure. The age indicating device may be configured to present an indication related to the mattress's age and may be coupled to the mattress or other bedding or seating product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Terrance L. Myers, John A. Garrett
  • Patent number: 9767325
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the disclosure may include systems and methods for calculating the wind deflection of a rifle bullet using concentric scales. The scales are marked radially on each side, one side pertaining to wind speed and the opposite side pertaining to wind direction. The scales of one side include indicia of deflection at various wind speeds, and the scales of the other side include indicia for various wind directions. Using both sides together and in sequence, correction can be made for both wind speed and wind direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: William Thomas Pifer
  • Patent number: 9767493
    Abstract: Various systems, methods, and apparatuses are described for retrieving a customer check. One example method may comprise generating a list of items included on at least one open check. The example method may further comprise receiving from a customer a selection of an item from the list, wherein the item is included on a check associated with the customer. The example method may further comprise identifying the check associated with the customer based at least in part on the selected item. Similar and related methods, apparatuses, systems, and computer program products are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventors: Eric Goetschalckx, Taylor Morgan, Andrew Smith, Yen-Nien Wu
  • Patent number: 9760124
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for OLED-based displays are provided. Methods may include receiving card identification from a contactless communications chip at an OLED-based foldable display. Methods may include receiving a handwritten signature at a pressure-sensitive portion on the display. Methods may include transmitting the card identification information to a secure entity hub. Methods may include receiving a packet from the secure entity hub. The packet may include the identification number, an acceptance of the handwritten signature and card blank information. Methods may include activating a card blank attached to the display with card blank information. Methods may include transmitting a second packet to the secure entity hub comprising the identification number and a message that the card blank has been activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Julie Kisselburg Johnson, James M. Heddleson, Monika V. Kapur, William P. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 9760820
    Abstract: A method for generating a color QR code includes: generating a grayscale image according to a color image; providing a QR code and dividing the grayscale image into the number of grayscale image modules matching module numbers of the QR code; generating a threshold mask image from grayscale image modules; cutting out each center block from center part of each grayscale image module and calculating characteristics values of the center blocks; identifying color of each module of the QR code, and comparing the characteristics values of the center blocks of the grayscale image to the corresponding threshold value compensated by robustness value to identify center blocks needing pixel luminance adjustment; dividing the center blocks needing pixel luminance adjustment into multiple layers of blocks; adjusting pixel luminance of the multiple layers of blocks using the robustness value times with corresponding weightings; and generating a fused color QR code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Pei-Yu Lin, Wei-Chih Liao, Ran-Zan Wang
  • Patent number: 9734493
    Abstract: A terminal includes a housing, a touch screen, and an imaging assembly. The imaging assembly in one embodiment is disposed in the housing so that an imaging axis extends externally from the housing. The imaging assembly can be utilized for capture of images disposed externally to the housing. In one embodiment a frame of image data captured utilizing an imaging assembly can be processed for attempting to decode a decodable indicia. In one embodiment a frame of image data captured utilizing an imaging assembly can be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Garrison Gomez, Timothy R. Fitch, Melvin D. McCall, James F. O'Donnell, George S. Smith, II, David Sperduti
  • Patent number: 9734367
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for verifying that items have been correctly retrieved to fulfill orders or shipments. A plurality of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are energized with an electromagnetic field emitted from an RFID reader, wherein individual ones of the RFID tags include a sensor. Motion data is reported by the RFID tags and detected via the RFID reader. Subsequently, at least one of the plurality of RFID tags is selected from the plurality of RFID tags based at least in part on the motion data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ned Lecky, Ryan Scott Russell, Wesley Scott Lauka
  • Patent number: 9721200
    Abstract: In a smart card having an antenna structure and a metal layer, an insulator layer is formed between the antenna structure and the metal layer to compensate for the attenuation due to the metal layer. The thickness of the insulator layer affects the capacitive coupling between the antenna structure and the metal layer and is selected to have a value which optimizes the transmission/reception of signals between the card and a card reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: COMPOSECURE, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John Herslow, Michele Logan, David Finn
  • Patent number: 9721134
    Abstract: Systems and methods for use with a handheld mark reader that reduce the time between activation of the reader's trigger and the reader returning a successful decode response. Image processing may be performed prior to the user actuating the trigger and thus obtaining a decodable image with reduced delay. Separate pre-trigger and post-trigger parameters may be used for image decoding. A feedback loop may be incorporated for repeated parameter updates. An adjustable lens may be utilized either with illumination OFF or ON.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventor: James A. Negro
  • Patent number: 9710137
    Abstract: A method can include receiving information via a touch-sensitive user interface; analyzing at least a portion of the information to determine a hand preference; and controlling a graphical user interface based at least in part on the determined hand preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Xin Feng, Scott Edwards Kelso
  • Patent number: 9710803
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is provided. The mobile terminal includes a short-range communicator, a security server and a payment method thereof, the mobile terminal including a short-range communicator which exchanges data by a predetermined short-range technology, a payment processor which performs a payment process corresponding to a preset standard in response to a user's request for payment, and a secure world which communicates with the payment processor, extracts secure information from data and stores the data therein and masks the secure information from the outside. Thus, the secure data may be masked at the time of communication with the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sun-eung Park, Do-jun Yang, Tae-kwang Um, Cheol-ju Hwang
  • Patent number: 9710741
    Abstract: An information code generation method producing information code by an information code generation apparatus is provided. Cells are arranged inside a predetermined code area of the information code. The cells function as a unit of information. The information code generation method includes providing a specific pattern region and a data recording region inside the code area, the specific pattern region being disposed with a specific pattern having a predetermined shape, the data recording region storing a data using multiple kinds of cells; and showing at least a part of the code area using a shape, a pattern, a color, or a combination of the shape, the pattern, and the color. The shape, the pattern, the color, or the combination of them identifies a classification regarding a code content of at least either a record content stored in the code area or a display content shown in the code area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Kazuto Nosaka
  • Patent number: 9703994
    Abstract: Checking of security elements for value documents, which have a plurality of magnetic regions, includes at least a high-coercivity magnetic region having a high-coercivity magnetic material, a low-coercivity magnetic region having a low-coercivity magnetic material, and, where applicable, a combined magnetic region containing both the high-coercivity and the low-coercivity magnetic material. After magnetization of all magnetic materials or the magnetic regions formed therefrom in one direction with a first magnetic field region, only the low-coercivity magnetic material is remagnetized in another direction in a subsequent second magnetic field region. Magnetic signals of the magnetic regions are captured while the security element is still subjected to the second magnetic field region. On the basis of the signals all three types of magnetic region can be reliably distinguished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventors: Elisabeth Paul, Armin Stockli
  • Patent number: 9697390
    Abstract: A card reader may include a plurality of IC contact points to communicate data with a card; an IC contact block holding the plurality of the IC contact points; a cable including a first end side connected with the plurality of the IC contact points; a control circuit board with which a second end side of the cable is connected; a front face cover which including an insertion port for the card; a main body frame which is fixed to the front face cover; and a sealing member which is formed in a ring shape and is disposed between the front face cover and the main body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Hirofumi Kuwaki
  • Patent number: 9697458
    Abstract: An antenna module includes an antenna element including coil patterns and via conductors coupling together two adjacent two coil patterns. At least one of the coil patterns has a spiral shape, is wound three or more turns parallel or substantially parallel to an outer edge of a principal surface of a multilayer body, includes a first partial pattern including an outer end portion, a second partial pattern extending parallel or substantially parallel with the first partial pattern and being adjacent to the first partial pattern with a first gap provided therebetween, and a third partial pattern extending parallel or substantially parallel with the second partial pattern and being adjacent to the second partial pattern with a second gap provided therebetween, the second gap being smaller than the first gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventors: Hiromi Murayama, Yuya Dokai, Tsuyoshi Mukai, Kazuaki Higashibata, Masato Nomura, Noboru Kato
  • Patent number: 9691233
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a document holding cassettes that can be used in an automated banking machine that includes circuitry that is wirelessly powered through inductive coupling. The cassette can wirelessly communicate with the automated banking machine through induction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Diebold Self-Service Systems, Division of Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: Kenneth Turocy, William Beskitt, Mike Ryan, Eric Klein, David A. Peters, H. Thomas Graef