Patents Examined by Daniel Hess
  • Patent number: 10288398
    Abstract: A non-lethal, non-impact smart projectile fired from a suitable launcher and equipped with a digital camera, CPU microprocessor and computer vision programming that can recognize a designated target and track a moving target, while moving at high speed. An image dataset of the target stored in memory of the CPU that enables the projectile to recognize a human or small UAV “drone” in real time within fractions of a second. A steering and braking system comprising several fins/air brakes, controlled by the CPU and MEMS micro-actuators, that enable the projectile to track a moving target or slow the projectile down. A projectile equipped with actuators that dispenses a non-lethal, non-impact payload or payloads as the projectile approaches the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Nicholas A. Verini
  • Patent number: 10281768
    Abstract: A surface light source device includes: a plurality of LEDs emitting a light; a substrate having the plurality of LEDs mounted thereon; a light distribution control element arranged on the substrate, and distributing the light emitted from the plurality of LEDs; a reflection sheet reflecting a part of the light distributed by the light distribution control element to a display surface side of the surface light source device; a housing accommodating the plurality of LEDs, the substrate, the light distribution control element, and the reflection sheet; and a retaining member retaining the light distribution control element and the substrate under a state in which the retaining member is in contact with a surface of the light distribution control element that is opposite to a surface of the light distribution control element in contact with the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Hideyuki Murai, Masaaki Takeshima, Kengo Nishikawa, Nobuhiro Miura
  • Patent number: 10268850
    Abstract: An indicia reader is adapted for hand held operation to read information bearing indicia (IBI) at a point of transaction (POT) and is operated by: configuring the indicia reader in a store to provide at least one store specific indicia read notice; reading an IBI at a POT with the indicia reader and providing the at least one store specific indicia read notice to a customer when each IBI is read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Xiaoxun Zhu, Qian Mao
  • Patent number: 10262251
    Abstract: A quality management system for products including a multiplicity of bar coded quality indicators each operative to provide a machine-readable indication of exceedance of at least one threshold by at least one product quality affecting parameter, a barcode indicator reader operative to read the barcoded quality indicators and to provide output indications, the barcoded quality indicators being readable by the barcode indicator reader at all times after first becoming readable, including times prior to, during and immediately following exceedance of the at least one threshold by the at least one product quality affecting parameter, and a product type responsive indication interpreter operative to receive the output indications and to provide human sensible, product quality status outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Nemet, Ephraim Brand
  • Patent number: 10262320
    Abstract: A user enables a communication, such as through a tap, between an NFC-enabled payment or funding card and a mobile device. Card information, such as the card number, type, and expiration date, are read by the mobile device. The user is then authenticated through the user device, such as by entering a CVV code, a PIN for the card, a cardholder name, and/or a billing address for the card. If confirmed, the card is added to the user's mobile/cloud wallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Ali Minaei Moghadam
  • Patent number: 10255464
    Abstract: A payment terminal such as a payment reader may receive and form electrical connections with an electronic transaction card such as an EMV chip card. The payment terminal may provide a clock signal at a rate that exceeds a specified rate for the EMV chip card. The payment terminal may transmit messages to the EMV chip card and monitor receive messages at a data connection. The payment terminal may determine that the clock rate is excessive based on a timeout of a receive message, an error rate of a receive message, or a receive message indicating that one of the transmit messages was not received by the EMV card. The payment terminal may reduce the clock rate to a rate that is below the specified rate for the EMV chip card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: David Terra, Ross Glashan
  • Patent number: 10252489
    Abstract: A remote frequency communication device is embedded into a physical product build from carbon fiber materials whereby the communication device can interact with an interrogation device such as a mobile phone or tablet. The present invention specifies a method to layer the communication device in a way that prevents the conductive carbon fiber material from short-circuiting the electro-magnetic field of the interrogating device by integrating insulating and protective layers around the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Verifir, Inc.
    Inventor: Jurgen Schmerler
  • Patent number: 10235619
    Abstract: A transaction card construction and computer-implemented methods for a transaction card are described. The transaction card has vector-formatted visible information applied by a laser machining system. In some embodiments, systems and methods are disclosed for enabling the sourcing of visible information using a scalable vector format. The systems and methods may receive a request to add visible information to a transaction card and capture an image of the visible information. The systems and methods may capture data representing the image. The systems and methods may also determine an ambient color saturation of the image. Further, systems and methods may translate the image based on the ambient color saturation of the image. The systems and methods may also map the translated image to a bounding box and convert the mapped image into vector format. In addition, the systems and methods may provide the converted image to a laser machining system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Edwards, Jiawei Zhao
  • Patent number: 10236264
    Abstract: A wireless IC device includes an element body including first and second principal surfaces, an RFIC element buried in the element body, and an antenna coil disposed in the element body. The antenna coil includes a first wiring pattern provided on the second principal surface, a first metal pin reaching the first principal surface and the second principal surface, a second metal pin reaching the first principal surface and the second principal surface, and a second wiring pattern provided on the first principal surface. Terminal surfaces of the first input/output terminal and the second input/output terminal of the RFIC element face the second principal surface of the element body and are spaced away from the antenna coil while being connected to the first wiring pattern through first and second conductors extending from the second principal surface of the element body in a direction of the first primary surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Naoto Ikeda, Shunji Mandai, Yoichi Saito
  • Patent number: 10229293
    Abstract: A card handling device is provided comprising a housing having an entrance aperture through which a card can be delivered and an exit aperture from which the card can leave the housing, wherein the exit aperture is located lower than the entrance aperture. A floor member is provided within the housing, onto which a card is delivered after passing through the entrance aperture. The floor member is movable between a first orientation in which it extends towards the exit aperture such that a card can slide along the floor member, under the influence of gravity, towards the exit aperture, and a second orientation in which it extends away from said exit aperture so that in use a card can slide along the floor member under the influence of gravity away from the exit aperture. A control system is also provided for controlling movement of the floor member between the first orientation and the second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Marcus Willis
  • Patent number: 10228094
    Abstract: A lighting device includes a bulb shell, a base portion, a light bar module, a core stem, a lamp cap and a driving piece. The light bar module is composed of a plurality of light bars. Each light bar houses a plurality of LED chips. Electrical connectors are set at the two ends of each light bar respectively. The core stem extends upwardly from the base portion and has an expansion portion at the top. The electrical connector of light bars is fixed to the expansion portion. The open end of the lamp cap is connected to the bottom of the bulb shell. The driving piece is placed in the lamp cap. The lighting device achieves a technical effect in which the lighting effect is uniform and the lighting angle is large.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Liangliang Cao, Xiaobo Chen
  • Patent number: 10216840
    Abstract: Various of the disclosed embodiments concern computer systems, methods, and programs for extracting information from an asset tag that can be used to monitor the corresponding asset. An operator, e.g., employee of an enterprise, logs into an application executed by a mobile device that includes a camera. A tag template can then be manually selected by the operator or automatically selected by the application. The tag template is used during scanning to locate and identify machine-readable elements, human-readable elements, structural elements, or some combination thereof. Once the application registers a successful scan of the asset tag, the operator can review and confirm the information was extracted correctly. Generally, the extracted information is transmitted to an asset management system, which creates a database entry that allows the asset to be continually monitored by the enterprise, e.g., each time the asset tag is subsequently scanned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Flexera Software LLC
    Inventor: Timothy Charles Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10217037
    Abstract: There is provided a physical redemption device such as a card and a system for purchasers to buy cryptocurrencies through a digital sale system. Cards are printed and packaged using a printer system to include a (secret) unique redemption code in a tamper resistant/tamper evident manner as well as a viewable unique verification code. The cards are distributed through retailers, similar to gift cards, for redemption via an online store or mobile application. Retailers activate the cards for purchasing. The redemption process is provided by an electronic interface (e.g. software system) that provides access to buy a cryptocurrency, preferably from among many different kinds of cryptocurrencies. Redemption uses the respective redemption code applied to each card. The verification code may be used to verify the authenticity and redeemability of the card prior to or after purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: DECENTRAL INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Di Iorio, Shu Wang, Addison Taylor Cameron-Huff
  • Patent number: 10216167
    Abstract: A system for positional monitoring of a slat flap lever control assembly including multiple radio frequency identification device (RFID) tags operatively coupled to a movable portion of the control assembly, the movable portion operatively coupled to a lever. Also included is a RFID reader operatively coupled to a stationary portion of the control assembly and in operative communication with the RFID tags. Further included is a processor operatively connected to the RFID reader. The processor is configured to transmit a carrier signal via the RFID reader to the RFID tags. The processor is also configured to receive, via the RFID reader, reflected signals from the RFID tags, each of the reflected signals comprising a different carrier frequency. The processor is further configured to determine, based on the reflected signal from the RFID tags, an angular position of the movable portion of the lever assembly relative to the stationary portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Darrell E. Ankney
  • Patent number: 10216970
    Abstract: A programmable control system of an optical reading device, comprising: an instruction printed matter which prints at least one instruction pattern with the corresponding encoded data; an optical reading device used to read the encoded data; and a programming processing device which is coupled with the optical reading device and has a program code database unit saving a plurality of program codes corresponded to the encoded data; and the programming processing device reads at least one encoded data via the optical reading device and stores it into a main program register unit or a function register unit; wherein the programming processing device combines the sequenced program codes in the main program register unit and the function register unit into a program code sequence to transmit to a programmable control equipment to proceed the manipulation after the optical reading device reads a startup instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Jen-Chi Chang
  • Patent number: 10210508
    Abstract: An apparatus such as a mobile phone includes a contactless smart card or payment device, where the smart card is intended for use in both commerce transaction payment and transit fare payment (or other venue access) environments. The payment device may function as both an electronic wallet for commerce transactions and as a transit system card, for access to and fare payment of transit services. Implementation of both functions may be achieved by use of a dynamic memory management system that permits data for both the payment and transit applications to be stored on the card, with the transit data and storage locations isolated from those used to store data intended for use in paying for commerce transactions. The transit application specific data may include access control data (keys, passwords, identification data) or data required for fare calculations (rates, historical data on system use), for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Visa U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Ayman Hammad, Brian Triplett, Philip B. Dixon
  • Patent number: 10210522
    Abstract: Techniques for detecting counterfeit checks include using sensors to determine correspondence between a portion of sensed check information and related information; analyzing behavior related to accounts to a check deposit transaction; and controlling check depositing through user interface controls or communication. These techniques can be employed individually or in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Reynaldo Medina, III, Nandhini Sridaran, Mario Gutierrez, Robert G. Wood, Adam Newman, William Barfield
  • Patent number: 10192154
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a dot pattern on which code information and x and y coordinate information can be defined even if the dot pattern is extremely small, and proposes an information reproducing method and an information reproducing device based on the dot pattern. More specifically, a medium such as a printed material on which is formed a dot pattern portion by arranging in accordance with a given rule dots generated by a dot code generating algorithm in order to recognize various kinds of multimedia information is scanned as image data by scanning means. Then, the image data is converted into code data. Multimedia information corresponding to the code data is read out of storing means to be reproduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Kenji Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10185913
    Abstract: The purpose is to provide an antenna device ensuring good communication performance using a magnetic shielding effect, even when an antenna is arranged at back surface cover side of an electronic apparatus, and an electronic apparatus incorporating this antenna device. An antenna device incorporated in an electronic apparatus and communicating with an external apparatus via an electromagnetic field signal, including: an antenna coil inductively coupled to the external apparatus and arranged by winding around a conducting wire such that conducting wires opposing in width direction via an opening will be close to each other; a thermal diffusion sheet opposing to the external apparatus and arranged inside of a housing of the electronic apparatus; and a conductive sheet overlapped with a part of the antenna coil and the thermal diffusion sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Katsuhisa Orihara, Norio Saito
  • Patent number: 10184758
    Abstract: A point of aim shows where a weapon is aimed on a target. An electronic device determines an impact location on the target of a projectile fired from the weapon, determines a distance from the point of aim to the impact location, and moves the point of aim in order to sight the weapon to the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Philip Lyren