Patents Examined by Daniel Stcyr
  • Patent number: 7377438
    Abstract: A signal processing means (40) outputs a signal (41) representing a number when a combination of at least two imagers (11), (12) detects a spatial arrangement of a plurality of code portions of a coded data source (60)—where the spatial arrangement of the plurality of code portions represents the number, and where imager combinations can comprise spatial, temporal, and light property combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Inventor: Leonard Reiffel
  • Patent number: 7374082
    Abstract: Payment transactions using a payment infrastructure are efficiently combined with e-merchandise transactions using an e-merchandise infrastructure, while allowing each infrastructure to concentrate on its primary function. An electronic payment device configured according to the payment infrastructure is interrogated by a payment module (also configured according to the payment infrastructure) of a first terminal to obtain financial data. Electronic merchandise-related information is generated by an electronic merchandise module (configured according to the electronic merchandise infrastructure) of the first terminal, and such information is transferred to the electronic payment device within a transaction conducted in accordance with the financial data and the payment infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: MasterCard International Incorporated
    Inventors: Eddy L. H. Van de Velde, David A. Roberts, Patrik Smets
  • Patent number: 7370809
    Abstract: A monocoque card for performing transactions is disclosed. The card comprises a substrate having a lenticular portion on a front side and a flat portion on a back side. The substrate has a thickness between 28 and 34 thousandths of an inch. Inks are applied on the flat portion on the back side and an information bearing portion is applied over the inks and for use in performing the transactions. A method for making such a monocoque card is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Technologies Photogram Inc.
    Inventor: Pierre Gougeon
  • Patent number: 7370805
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for activating and using a transaction card comprising two storage media is provided. A composite transaction card comprises a transaction portion detachably coupled to an activation portion. The transaction portion comprises a substantially planar transaction portion substrate having a machine readable transaction storage medium applied thereto. The transaction storage medium has transaction card data associated with an account stored therein. The activation portion comprises a substantially planar activation portion substrate having a machine readable activation storage medium applied thereto. The activation storage medium has activation data associated with the account stored therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: e2Interactive, Inc.
    Inventors: Merrill Brooks Smith, Sean Keith Chariker
  • Patent number: 7370810
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first circuit which operates in accordance with an internal clock, a second circuit which generates information of which an external apparatus is to be notified, an interface section which notifies the external apparatus of the information generated by the second circuit without using the first circuit upon receiving a predetermined command from the external apparatus, and a plurality of terminals each of which is connectable to one of power terminals and ground terminals provided on a substrate. The information is determined depending on whether each of the plurality of terminals is electrically connected to the power terminal or ground terminal on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Nobuyoshi Nara
  • Patent number: 7364080
    Abstract: Described is a system and method for bar code detection. The method comprises generating a digitized bar pattern (DBP) including a series of elements corresponding to elements of a scanned bar code, and identifying a first set of margins around a first portion of the series of elements. When an attempt to decode the first portion is unsuccessful, the first portion is analyzed to determine a second set of margins around a second portion of the series of elements, the second set of margins being within the first set of margins, and the second portion is input to a decoding algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dariusz Madej, Miroslav Trajkovic
  • Patent number: 7364070
    Abstract: A method for real-time remote shopping using a real-time remote shopping system includes the steps of (a) obtaining the commodity information from a hand-held terminal and registering the information on a customer, (b) sending the shopping request information including the commodity information to a host server or a mobile terminal through the wired/wireless communication device, (c) receiving, at the mobile terminal, the shopping request information from the hand-held terminal or the host server, and sending the shopping data processed in real-time to the host server or the hand-held terminal, (d) receiving, at the hand-held terminal, the shopping data from the server or the hand-held terminal, and (e) sending, at the hand-held terminal, a shopping-ended signal to the host server or the hand-held terminal, and paying the price. The hand-held terminal includes a hand-held electronic device of the customer. The system and method can be applied to an internet shopping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute
    Inventor: Seok Kyu Chang
  • Patent number: 7364078
    Abstract: An apparatus for entering information into a battery test/charger that includes a bar code reader, a controller that is used to receive information from the bar code reader wherein the controller controls a battery tester/charger. In addition, a method for entering information into a battery tester/charger that includes reading a bar code and inputting information into a controller for the battery tester charger based on the bar code. An additional method of recording information about a battery that includes printing information on a bar code reflecting information about the battery and associating the bar code with the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: SPX Corporation
    Inventors: Kurt Raichle, Scott Krampitz, Jeff Patterson, Richard Rassel, Garret Miller
  • Patent number: 7360688
    Abstract: A new credit card system which enables improved reading and other operations. Reading can be done in the short edge of the credit card thereby shortening the aspect ratio and size of the card reader. The reader can be electrical, reading information via contacts, or can be optical readers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Scott C. Harris
  • Patent number: 7360684
    Abstract: Controlling electronic withdrawals by a transaction processor including receiving in the transaction processor from a withdrawal device a withdrawal request, where the withdrawal request includes a withdrawal device identifier, a drawer identifier, a drawee identifier, and a withdrawal amount; transmitting from the transaction processor to a drawee a request for limitations on electronic withdrawals for the drawer, where the limitations include a limitation on drawer location; receiving in the transaction processor from storage in computer memory of the drawee data representing the limitations on electronic withdrawals for the drawer, including the limitation on drawer location; and authorizing, by the transaction processor, an electronic withdrawal in dependence upon the limitations, including the limitation on drawer location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Susann Marie Keohane, Gerald Francis McBrearty, Shawn Patrick Mullen, Jessica Murillo, Johnny Meng-Han Shieh
  • Patent number: 7360696
    Abstract: In a data printing method of printing a plurality of data items, each including a name of an object, on a print sheet by a printer which has a function for printing a plurality of types of meshing patterns, the method includes the step of printing the plurality of data items so that adjacent ones of the data items are covered with the meshing patterns different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: NEC Infrontia Corporation
    Inventor: Kazunari Iriuchijima
  • Patent number: 7357331
    Abstract: A selectable, multi-purpose card comprising a plurality of features stored in memory means operatively mounted on the card and selection means for allowing a user to select a feature in a few simple steps, preferably in a single step. In one embodiment the card includes a plurality of magnetic strips positioned on the card in a manner to allow swiping each magnetic strip separately using conventional reading devices. Each magnetic strip activates a different feature of the card. In another embodiment the card includes a programmable magnetic strip, a plurality of features stored in memory means mounted on the card, a plurality of buttons or contacts, and means for programming the magnetic strip with a different card feature. The card may also include a thin, flexible display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
    Inventor: George Blossom
  • Patent number: 7357326
    Abstract: A hand-held, compact fixed mounted or mobile optical symbol scanner assembly that employs black-light emitting diodes to illuminate luminescent or fluorescent bar code symbols that are invisibly printed or formed the surface of an article. The scanner employs an array of far blue or UV LEDs or laser diodes. An optional nosepiece or shroud on the distal face of the scanner device limits glare from ambient light and also protects against stray UV light. A filter disposed in advance of the imager device blocks the illuminating wavelength but transmits the luminescent light from the target. With proper selection of optical filters and illumination LED wavelengths, the scanner can be used with inks or dyes that fluoresce when exposed to light in the visible spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Industrial Data Entry Automation Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: John R. Hattersley, Francis O. Blackwell, III
  • Patent number: 7350703
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a storage device comprising an antenna for transmission of data to and/or from a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. More specifically, the invention relates to a low or ultra-low temperature storage device comprising an antenna for transmission of data between a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag and an RFID tag transceiver and its use for item identification, organization, classification, databasing, tracking or locating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Gougen Ambartsoumian
  • Patent number: 7350702
    Abstract: A portable consumer device is disclosed. The portable consumer device includes a body and a computer readable medium coupled to the body. The computer readable medium comprises a data string including one or more wildcard values. The data string is specifically associated with the consumer. For example, the data string may represent one or more products that the consumer prefers to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Visa U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Corinne Bortolin, Loc Nguyen, Liane Redford
  • Patent number: 7347376
    Abstract: The invention is an apparatus configured to provide self-alignment in use when measuring the print quality of an encoded indicium. The apparatus is configured to exclude ambient light, and to align an encoded indicium located at a first aperture defined in a first surface of the apparatus with an imager positioned at a second aperture defined in a second surface of the apparatus. A source of illumination is provided to illuminate the encoded indicium during an interval when the encoded indicium is undergoing a verification process. An illumination control is provided to control the source of illumination. The apparatus can be controlled using a computer and a computer program recorded on a machine-readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Biss, Andrew Longacre, Jr., William H. Havens, Donna M. Fletcher, Eunice Sonneville
  • Patent number: 7347367
    Abstract: A system and method of verifying item placement on a security scale. The system includes a computer for receiving incremental weight signals from a security weight scale, wherein some of the incremental weight signals are unrelated to placement of items on the security weight scale, and an item detector for detecting movement of the item from a scanner following scanning of the item and for generating an item detection signal, wherein the computer ignores the incremental weight signal unless it receives the item detection signal within a predetermined time period preceding receipt of the incremental weight signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel F. White
  • Patent number: 7347362
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for assisting a check-cashing entity to efficiently and accurately locate relevant positive pay information or other reconcilement information regarding a check or other negotiable instrument that has been presented in association with a request to cash, deposit, use as payment or other otherwise accept the check or negotiable instrument. In various embodiments, when a plurality of potentially useful reconcilement information sources are selected for querying in association with a proposed check-cashing transaction from amongst a set of available reconcilement information sources, factors relating to the transaction, factors relating to characteristics of the information sources, and factors relating to preferences on the part of the check-cashing entity may be considered in order to select and prioritize the querying of information sources that are deemed likely to hold desired reconcilement information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventors: Leslie Michelassi, Lisa C. Tidwell, Randy Templeton, Sharat Shankar
  • Patent number: 7347381
    Abstract: A method for the secure reading of answers to questions or quires by an RFID reader that were made by marking answers with a pencil or ballpoint pen on a material. The questions are securely transmitted because an identification on the material indicates the order of the transmitted questions or from which electrical contacts the answers correspond to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Darryl T. Rathbun, Thomas J. Foth
  • Patent number: 7347372
    Abstract: A system for notifying an operator of a result of attempting to read a number of product labels on an item which produces only a single good read indication or bad read indication. The system includes a good read indicator, a bad read indicator, and control circuitry for notifying an operator of a result of attempting to read a number of product labels, including at least one of a barcode label and a radio frequency identification label on an item. The control circuitry activates a bad read indicator to indicate a single bad read indication if the control circuitry fails to receive item identification information from at least one of the barcode label and the radio frequency identification label, and activates a good read indicator to indicate a single good read indication if the control circuitry receives item identification information from at least one of the barcode label and the radio frequency identification label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: John C Goodwin, III