Patents Examined by Christle I Marshall
  • Patent number: 10929837
    Abstract: A user having an account with a payment provider receives an unregistered payment card that is associated with the payment provider, and that includes a magnetic strip encoded with a number unique to the card and a machine readable code such as a QR/barcode embossed thereon. The user may then open an application on the user's mobile device to capture the number associated with the card by, for example, scanning the QR/barcode, capturing an image of the number, speaking the number into the device, or manually entering the number into the user's device. The user may also authenticate with the payment provider by entering login credentials. The user may then confirm a request to link the number of the card with the user's payment provider account, which activates and links the card to the user account so that the user can immediately use the card for purchases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: German Scipioni
  • Patent number: 10911899
    Abstract: A method includes: sending, by a first processing device, a first message including an instruction to a first tag to collect first data from at least one device, the first tag coupled to a first physical object for organizing the first physical object; receiving, by the first processing device, a second message from the first tag, the second message including the first data; obtaining, by the first processing device, a first descriptor as being associated with the first data; and presenting, by the first processing device, at least the first descriptor to a user as an indication to a location of the first physical object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Adero, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack J. Shen, Jeremiah Prousalis, Kristen Johansen, Adrian Yanes, Nathan Kelly
  • Patent number: 10896361
    Abstract: The present invention embraces a method to obtain barcoded information off a computer screen under high ambient lighting conditions, including a direct sunlight environment. The method includes a user prompting a computer to present an active window on all or a portion of its screen. The computer generates a communication sequence, comprising information commonly included on a barcode, and displays the communication sequence on the computer screen. After activating the scanner into an alternative or screen mode, the user places the scanner on the active window of the computer screen and the scanner asynchronously receives the communication sequence. The scanner decodes the received communication sequence and obtains encoded information of the computer. The encoded information may include a unique identifier of the computer, such as a MAC address. With the MAC address, the scanner may wirelessly communicate with the computer to exchange other information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: H. Sprague Ackley, Damien Francou
  • Patent number: 10891619
    Abstract: A dynamic transaction card that includes a number of layers, each of which may be interconnected to one another, is disclosed. The dynamic transaction card may include an outer layer, a potting layer, a sensor layer, a display layer (including, for example, LEDs, a dot matrix display, and the like), a microcontroller storing firmware, Java applets, Java applet integration, and the like, an EMV™ chip, an energy storage component, one or more antennas (e.g., Bluetooth antenna, NFC antenna, and the like), a power management component, a flexible printed circuit board (PCB), a chassis, and/or a card backing layer. The dynamic transaction card may be activated by authenticating the card user through user authentication input recognition, which may be gesture and/or voice recognition processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: James Zarakas, David Wurmfeld, Tyler Locke
  • Patent number: 10892154
    Abstract: A conductive structure comprising: a plurality of conductive devices; a first conductive spring sheet, comprising a first connecting point; and a second conductive spring sheet, comprising a second connecting point. Each of the conductive devices comprises a first conductive end and a second conductive end. The second conductive end is connected to the second connecting point, and the first conductive end is connected to the first connecting point corresponding to the second connecting point to which the second conductive end is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Mingyan Fu, Liangliang Cao, Lilei Su, Dingwei Liang
  • Patent number: 10878371
    Abstract: RFID systems may be configured to use session-dependent replies. When an RFID tag is involved in a certain inventorying session, the tag may respond to inventorying commands with a reply that is at least partly generated based on the session. For example, the tag may generate a reply with a string that has parity based on the session or includes an identifier for the session. The string may be a random number, a tag identifier or item identifier, or any other suitable data sent from the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Impinj, Inc.
    Inventors: Theron Stanford, Alberto Pesavento, Vadim Lobanov, Christopher J. Diorio
  • Patent number: 10878425
    Abstract: A user having an account with a payment provider receives an unregistered payment card that is associated with the payment provider, and that includes a magnetic strip encoded with a number unique to the card and a machine readable code such as a QR/barcode embossed thereon. The user may then open an application on the user's mobile device to capture the number associated with the card by, for example, scanning the QR/barcode, capturing an image of the number, speaking the number into the device, or manually entering the number into the user's device. The user may also authenticate with the payment provider by entering login credentials. The user may then confirm a request to link the number of the card with the user's payment provider account, which activates and links the card to the user account so that the user can immediately use the card for purchases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: German Scipioni
  • Patent number: 10872287
    Abstract: The invention provides a closure member (10, 110) for covering and/or closing a container (100, 200), in particular a bottle, the closure member (10, 110) comprising: a shell element (13, 113) comprising an opening (13d, 113d), the shell element (13, 113) being at least partially made of a conductive material, and a transponder (20, 120) comprising an antenna, the antenna being arranged at the opening (13d, 113d).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: GCL INTERNATIONAL SARL
    Inventors: Marco Giovannini, Piero Cavigliasso, Davide Capra, Luca Viale
  • Patent number: 10872331
    Abstract: A computerized system for activating, issuing and otherwise managing transactions and activities pertaining to stored-value cards over a communications network. A central information database is provided for storing stored-value cardholder and card purchaser information received directly from respective stored-value cardholders and card purchasers PCs through a universal central processor via respective communication gateways. The central processor is coupled for communication realtime to multiple unaffiliated stored-value card processing networks normally operated by respective hosts. Each network includes a stored-value card processor coupled to a stored-value card database and multiple respective merchant communication devices. The central processor is programmed for managing the activation and issuance of transactions and activities for the stored-value card through the respective unaffiliated networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Blackhawk Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Sullivan, J. Simmons Graves
  • Patent number: 10859244
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide lighting fixture mounting kits for mounting a flat panel lighting fixture to a mounting surface. One mounting kit comprises a mounting frame and a lighting fixture. When the mounting frame is secured to the mounting surface, a junction box is accessible therethrough. The mounting frame and lighting fixture are shaped for engagement and attachment to one another. Another mounting kit comprises a mounting plate and a lighting fixture. The mounting plate may comprise indexing tabs for alignment with corresponding indexing slots of the lighting fixture and extending outwardly from a plate portion of the mounting plate. The lighting fixture may comprise a back portion having therein one or more indexing slots for receiving an indexing tab therein. Insertion of the indexing tab into the indexing slot guides the engagement of the lighting fixture with the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Feit Electric Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Halliwell
  • Patent number: 10853817
    Abstract: A user having an account with a payment provider receives an unregistered payment card that is associated with the payment provider, and that includes a magnetic strip encoded with a number unique to the card and a machine readable code such as a QR/barcode embossed thereon. The user may then open an application on the user's mobile device to capture the number associated with the card by, for example, scanning the QR/barcode, capturing an image of the number, speaking the number into the device, or manually entering the number into the user's device. The user may also authenticate with the payment provider by entering login credentials. The user may then confirm a request to link the number of the card with the user's payment provider account, which activates and links the card to the user account so that the user can immediately use the card for purchases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: German Scipioni
  • Patent number: 10854031
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for detecting unauthorized devices at transaction devices are disclosed. A method for detecting an unauthorized device in a card slot of a transaction device may include inserting a card slot insert into a card slot for a transaction device, wherein the card slot insert has a width and thickness based on a manufactured width and thickness of the transaction device, and comprises a first indicator indicating that the card slot is secure and a second indicator indicating that the card slot is not secure. When the card slot insert is inserted to a manufactured depth of the card slot, the first indicator is visible outside the card slot, and the second indicator is not visible outside the card slot. When an object is in the card slot, the first indicator and at least a portion of the second indicator are visible outside the card slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: VeriFone, Inc.
    Inventors: Davey Faoro, Donald James Jones
  • Patent number: 10839276
    Abstract: A tamper-proof barcoded quality indicator operative to provide a machine-readable indication of exceedance of time and temperature thresholds following actuation thereof, including a first barcode including a first colorable area and being machine-readable before exceedance of the time and temperature thresholds, a second barcode including a second colorable area and not being machine-readable before exceedance of the time and temperature thresholds, a coloring agent located at a first location on the indicator, a coloring agent pathway operative to allow the coloring agent to move, at a rate which is at least partially a function of time, from the first location to the first and second colorable areas simultaneously for simultaneous coloring thereof upon exceedance of the time and temperature thresholds, thereby causing the first barcode to become unreadable and at the same time causing the second barcode to become machine-readable, and a tamper-proof actuator element operative to actuate the indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventor: Yaron Nemet
  • Patent number: 10839182
    Abstract: An information reader includes a reader main unit and a case. The case houses therein an inner pad serving as an electrostatic capacity type of switch used by an operator to enable an information reading unit to read information. The inner pad is assembled within the case to be directed toward a touch detection region of the case. A switch unit, which is separated from the reader main unit, is provided with a touch electrode pad to which electrical charge is applied in response to an operator's touch operation, a wiring line one of whose both ends is electrically connected to the touch electrode pad, and a transmission pad to which the other end is electrically connected. The transmission pad is assembled with the case on the outer surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Akihiro Sugiura, Masaaki Kuriyama, Koji Konosu, Hiroshi Hishida, Hidenori Ishii, Yoshihiro Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10839281
    Abstract: A smart radio frequency identification (RFID) system for controlling operation of electrical units is disclosed. The system includes a RFID tag, a control unit coupled to the RFID tag, a relay unit connected to the control unit and to the electrical unit, and an external RFID reader for generating radio frequency (RF) signals for sending data to the RFID tag when the RFID reader is placed next to the RFID tag. The RFID tag checks and stores the data and passes the data along to the control unit. The control unit sends a control signal to the relay unit in accordance with instructions contained in the data, causing the relay unit to operate the electrical unit between a first state and a second state. The system may also include sensors to monitor certain conditions of the electrical unit and cause the control unit to turn off the electrical unit when the conditions are abnormal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Mostafa D. Awheda, Abdulhadi E. Abdulhadi
  • Patent number: 10810479
    Abstract: An identification device to be adhered to the skin of an animal having a top side and a bottom side comprising: a substrate with a printable surface with biocompatible pigment displaying visually discernible information disposed on the top side of the substrate; biocompatible adhesive on bottom side of substrate; an electronic component below the top side of the substrate comprising an electronic device with the ability to send, receive, and store information; and a carrier sheet, wherein the substrate and the adhesive are flexible, elastic, biocompatible, breathable, and comprised of material allowing for transmission of moisture and vapor at a rate that allows the device stay affixed to the skin for its pre-determined useful timeframe to slow down deterioration of components below substrate and to minimize skin irritation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Idion
    Inventors: Peter Costantino, Michael Gilvary
  • Patent number: 10803438
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a reading apparatus is arranged between an operator and a customer face-to-face standing. The reading apparatus includes a main body, a first image capturing section for the operator, a second image capturing section for the customer, and a processing section, an output section. The first image capturing section is arranged at the main body and photographs a commodity. The second image capturing section is arranged at the main body and photographs the customer-holding object. The processing section executes sales registration. The output section acquires images captured by the first and second image capturing sections to output the images to the processing section. When transaction starting is instructed, the output section acquires the images captured by the first and second image capturing sections and adds an identifier to each image to be output to the processing section. The identifier represents a source capturing an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshimi Urushibata, Toshihiro Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10803263
    Abstract: A wireless tag reading apparatus includes an input control means, an extraction means, a storage control means, and a determination means. The input control means receives an input of a signal obtained by converting the radio wave received by an antenna that receives a radio wave from a wireless tag. The extraction means extracts the phase of the radio wave received by the antenna from the signal received by the input control means. The storage control means causes the storage medium to store the phase of the radio waves extracted by the extraction means for each reception position at which the antenna received the radio waves. The determination means determines whether the wireless tag that transmitted the radio wave is inside a predetermined region based on the amount of change of phase stored in the storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shigeaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10803265
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the present invention is an imaging engine including: a first imaging assembly having a first FOV; a second imaging assembly having a second FOV; and an aiming assembly configured to emit an aiming light pattern, the aiming light pattern including a first portion and a second portion, the first portion configured to correlate with the first FOV, the second portion configured to correlate with the second FOV, wherein the aiming light pattern is configured such that a combined power of any part of the aiming light pattern encompassed by a 7 mrad cone, as measured from the aiming assembly, is less than or equal to 1 mW, and the total combined power of the entire aiming light pattern is greater than 1 mW.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chinh Tan, Caihua Chen, Mark Drzymala, Edward Barkan, Carl D. Wittenberg
  • Patent number: 10796314
    Abstract: A commodity return processing device is configured to communicate with a point-of-sale (POS) server, and includes a display, scanner, an input device, and a processor. The processor is configured to control the scanner to read a customer ID that identifies a customer, control the display to show a list of transactions made by the identified customer, determine a commodity to be returned included in one of the transactions in response to a selection made by the customer via the input device, retrieve from the POS server information about one or more requirements for accepting a return of the commodity using a commodity code assigned to the commodity, determine whether the requirements are met based on at least one of a condition of the commodity and the current date, and perform a refund process for the commodity if the requirements are met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Daisuke Miyagi