Patents Examined by Christle I Marshall
  • Patent number: 10176415
    Abstract: A method of harvesting power in a passive RFID device including a passive biometric authentication engine, including the steps of receiving a command from a powered RFID reader and supplying power extracted from an excitation field of the RFID reader to the biometric authentication engine whilst the RFID reader waits for a response to the command. Responsive to determining that a period that the RFID device has been waiting for a response exceeds a predetermined threshold, and that a process being performed by the biometric authentication engine has not been completed, a request for a wait time extension is sent to the RFID reader to cause it to continue supplying the excitation field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Zwipe AS
    Inventor: Jean-Hugues Wendling
  • Patent number: 10176413
    Abstract: A tamper or copy resistant information bearing device is disclosed. The information bearing device comprises a first data bearing pattern and a second data bearing pattern in overlap. At least a portion of the first data bearing pattern overlaps with at least a portion of the second data bearing pattern to form an overlapping region comprising an overlapped data bearing pattern. At least some information bearing elements of the first type and at least some information bearing elements of the second type in said overlapping data bearing pattern are joined or connected in abutment to form a plurality of overlapped information bearing elements. An overlapped information bearing element comprises a first portion due to said information bearing element of the first type, a second portion due to said information bearing element of the second type, and a third portion due to merging or overlapping of said information bearing element of the first type and said information bearing element of the second type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: EASY PRINTING NETWORK LIMITED
    Inventors: Tak Wai Lau, Wing Hong Lam
  • Patent number: 10176423
    Abstract: A card, such as a payment card, or other device may include an electronics package. The electronics package may include electronic components mounted on a flexible, printed circuit board. The electronics package may be laminated (e.g., via a hot, cold, or molding lamination process) between layers of transparent polymer. A hologram may be fixed to one side of the electronics package such that the hologram may be viewed from the exterior of the laminated card having transparent polymer layers. As such, the hologram may not be removed without breaching the integrity of a transparent polymer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: DYNAMICS INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Mullen, Eric R. Nicklaus
  • Patent number: 10170294
    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: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Mingyan Fu, Liangliang Cao, Lilei Su, Dignwei Liang
  • Patent number: 10163123
    Abstract: A wireless device is enabled to provide offers. The wireless device receives card data for a financial account card and stores the card data in a memory associated with the wireless device. Responsive to using the card data in a transaction at a first merchant location, the wireless device receives transaction line-item data from a computing system associated with the first merchant location. The wireless device determines merchant information for a second merchant location and determines an offer associated with the second merchant location based on the line-item data and the merchant information for the second merchant. The wireless device presents the offer when the wireless device is near the second merchant location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Loomis
  • Patent number: 10146119
    Abstract: A light source device, an illumination device, and a projector which are capable of thinning a bundle of light beams while being low in a focal magnification ratio, and are small in size are to be provided. The light source device includes a first light source unit adapted to emit a first light beam, a second light source unit adapted to emit a bundle of light beams including a second light beam and a third light beam, a reduction optical system adapted to reduce the bundle of light beams, and a combining optical system adapted to combine the first light beam and the reduced bundle of light beams with each other. The combining optical system is provided with a light transmitting area and a light reflecting area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Matsubara, Koichi Akiyama, Noriyuki Hirano
  • Patent number: 10141629
    Abstract: A wireless parking meter with an improved antenna location is described. The antenna may be located within a covering protruding from the top of the parking meter, allowing radio frequency (RF) signals to be transmitted through a portion of the parking meter with high permittivity to the RF signals. Additionally or alternatively, the antenna may be located within the parking meter housing above a lower parking meter mechanism housing so that RF signals can be transmitted through the dome covering of the parking meter, which may have a high permittivity to the RF signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: J.J. MACKAY CANADA LIMITED
    Inventors: George Allan MacKay, Gregory Emile Chauvin, Neil Stuart Erskine, Darren Scott Cameron, Donald Wesley Church, Ben Garvey, Josh Michael Bablitch, Matt Gonia, Glenn Eric Pederson, Robert Thomas Buczkiewicz
  • Patent number: 10142374
    Abstract: Computer-implemented techniques include detecting, using a camera of a computing device having one or more processors, a digital watermark displayed by a display of a computing system. The digital watermark can be a visual indicator that is detectable by the camera of the computing device, and the computing system can further comprise a set of speakers and a set of cameras. The techniques can include determining, by the computing device, a unique identifier for the computing system based on the digital watermark. The techniques can also include automatically coordinating, by the computing device, an audio/video conference session between the computing device and the computing system using the unique identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Mark Chang
  • Patent number: 10133899
    Abstract: A baggage management system according to an embodiment includes a storage unit and a processor. The storage unit stores a baggage terminal identification corresponding to a baggage terminal which is provided with a baggage that is a subject of a baggage management event. The storage unit also stores a clock time of the baggage management event, the clock time being stored in association with the baggage terminal identification. The processor receives a search condition corresponding to the baggage terminal identification. The processor identifies the clock time stored in the storage unit in association with the baggage terminal identification that corresponds to the search condition. The processor identifies a video file of a video recording recorded at the identified clock time. A display unit displays the identified video file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Ito, Masami Yamanashi, Shinichi Kashiwagi
  • Patent number: 10133824
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods for associating flexible Internet based information with physical objects is described. An example system includes a database server configured to generate a tag responsive to receiving a request from a requesting device. The tag is encoded with a uniform resource locator. The database server is further configured to associate a tag type of a plurality of tag types with the tag. The tag type indicates an intended use of the tag. The system further includes a memory configured to store data corresponding to the tag. The data may include the uniform resource locator and the tag type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: DYNOTAG, INC.
    Inventors: Murat Divringi, Ozan Eren Bilgen
  • Patent number: 10134031
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus, processes, computer program code and means for conducting transactions are described which allow a first party to a transaction to identify a second party to a transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Kevin Laracey
  • Patent number: 10127410
    Abstract: Disclosed are fibers which contain identification fibers. The identification fibers can contain a plurality of distinct features, or taggants, which vary among the fibers and/or along the length of the identification fibers, tow band, or yarn. The disclosed embodiments also relate to the method for making the fibers. Characterization of the fibers can include identifying distinct features, combinations of distinct features, and number of fibers with various combinations of distinct features and correlating the distinct features to supply chain information. The supply chain information can be used to track the fibers, fiber band, or yarn from manufacturing through intermediaries, conversion to final product, and/or the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Andrew Ervin McLeod, Scott Gregory Gaynor, Steven Anthony Wilson, Lydia Juanita Salyer, Humberto Collazo, Larry Wayne Renfro, Jeremy Kenneth Steach, Brian Douglas Seiler, Clarissa Tatum
  • Patent number: 10115051
    Abstract: A tag or smart label including a humidity sensor, and methods of manufacturing and using the same, are disclosed. The tag or smart label includes a substrate or backplane with a battery or antenna, a humidity sensor, and an integrated circuit thereon. The integrated circuit is in electrical communication with the humidity sensor and the antenna or battery, and is configured to process a signal from the humidity sensor corresponding to the humidity level or value in the environment to be monitored, and provide or generate a signal that represents the humidity level/value. The humidity sensor includes first and second electrodes that are a predetermined distance apart, a humidity-sensitive material having one or more electrical, mechanical or chemical properties that vary as a function of the humidity level/value, and a water- and/or humidity-permeable membrane covering the humidity-sensitive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Thin Film Electronics ASA
    Inventors: Mao Takashima, Aditi Chandra
  • Patent number: 10115050
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic document, such as an integrated circuit card, that includes a body having a cavity that opens into one of the faces of the body and is defined by walls. The body also includes: an antenna having at least one turn extending between two ends that terminate in a wall of the cavity, a module including a microprocessor and at least two connection terminals dedicated to the antenna and electronically connected by electrical connections firstly to the microprocessor and secondly to the ends of the antenna. The ends of the antenna are arranged in zigzag shapes and each of them is made up of at least two rectilinear portions that are connected together by a bend and in which the rectilinear portion terminating in the cavity is at an angle of inclination relative to the wall at which it terminates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: IDEMIA FRANCE
    Inventors: Elodie Gragnic, Olivier Bosquet
  • Patent number: 10114994
    Abstract: An animal identification code is described comprising two numbers, one of which is encoded into a human-readable marking and the other of which is encoded into a machine-readable marking, where the two numbers and the two encodings are different. The combination of the two numbers, plus additional information not marked on a first animal, such as time of read, is looked up a first table to determine conditional validity and from there to a second table to determine a valid and unique animal ID associated with the animal, a primary key. The animal may be a rodent in a vivarium and the markings may be tattooed on the animal tail. The second marking may be a vine code with a spine where the spine is aligned with the animal tail. The first number may be unique within a first animal population such as an animal study. The combination of the first and second marking may be reused on a second animal wherein the lifetimes of the first and second animal do not overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Vium, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Howard Heath, Jonathan Betts-Lacroix
  • Patent number: 10102497
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are provided for enabling mobile device-based item acquisition and tracking. One exemplary method performed on a mobile device comprises entering a wireless scan mode, detecting a signal from a tag associated with an item in a first area and in proximity to the tag, presenting information associated with the tag, and adding the information to a list. The method further comprises detecting a second tag in a second area, and sending the list to a second device. A second exemplary method performed by a processing terminal comprises receiving the list from a mobile device, entering a wireless scan mode, detecting a signal from a tag associated with an item in proximity to the tag, determining whether the item associated with the detected tag is present on the received list, and enabling the mobile device to complete a transaction to purchase the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence Douglas, Thomas Christopher Clarke, Deborah Nally
  • Patent number: 10083419
    Abstract: A barcode scanner device 200 is formed as a wrist watch with a main body 210 and strap 220 and includes a camera 211 to capture an image of a barcode 11. The scanner 200 generates an inventory request message sent by a communication interface 215 to a local server 30 based on the captured barcode. In a capture mode, live camera images may be displayed on touch-screen display 212 while capturing the barcode with guides and feedback for the user. In a display mode, inventory data from database 32 may be accessed in a large data field on the touch screen display 212.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: ASDA STORES LIMITED
    Inventors: Philip Alexander Stout, Michael Patrick Amos
  • Patent number: 10083392
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing biometric RFID devices includes producing a plurality of identical biometric identification devices that are each adapted to receive at least two different types of RFID module, and installing a respective RFID module into each of the devices corresponding to a selected RFID protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: ZWIPE AS
    Inventor: Peter Robert Lowe
  • Patent number: 10078831
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed that facilitate provisioning of a toll system communication device used in an electronic toll collection system, such as EZ Pass. The toll system communication device (e.g., an EZ Pass tag) can have user credentials provided to it that are associated with a user payment account. As a user travels a toll road, the toll system communication device is interrogated at a toll booth location. In response to the interrogation, the toll system communication device provides information identifying the toll system communication device and associated user credentials. The user credentials may be obtained from or authenticated with a mobile device within close proximity to the vehicle equipped with the toll system communication device. Using the user credentials and the identifying information, a user payment account may be provisioned to pay tolls accrued by the vehicle using the toll road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventors: Yuk Lun Li, Manuel Enrique Caceres, Gregory Dial
  • Patent number: 10073197
    Abstract: An autofocus lens system includes no conventional moving parts and has excellent speed and low power consumption. The system includes a small electronically-controlled focusing-module lens. The focusing-module lens includes two adjustable polymeric surfaces (e.g., two adjustable-surface lenses in a back-to-back configuration). The curvature of the surfaces can be adjusted to change focus. The performance of the autofocus lens system is extended by adding a conventional first and second lens, or lens group, on either side of the focusing-module lens. What results is an autofocus lens system with excellent near field and far field performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: H. Sprague Ackley, Alain Gillet