Patents Examined by Daniel Stcyr
  • Patent number: 7232064
    Abstract: A method and system for building and utilizing a database containing images of transactions. As transactions are performed, a camera takes images of the transactions. These images are correlated to data that outlines the details of the transaction that includes date, time and sometimes the amount of money exchanged. The images and data are stored in a database for easy retrieval using query instructions so that a particular transaction and its corresponding image are quickly retrieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Transcore, Inc.
    Inventor: William Daniel Toohey
  • Patent number: 7229013
    Abstract: Employees gain access to a payroll and work management system by authentication at a multi-purpose terminal with a bankcard encoded with a unique account number and a personal identification number (PIN). The terminal may then be used to check-in and checkout of work, to receive new work instructions or assignments, to review payroll details, to print a payroll stub, to execute financial transactions, to print a receipt of financial transactions or to review or to upload the results of work quality audits. The invention also includes systems and methods that utilize such multi-purpose terminals to calculate the payroll and deductions for each employee and to issue electronic fund transfers from the employer's bank account to deposit the net pay in a bank account associated with each employee's bankcard so that the pay is immediately accessible by each employee, such as by withdrawal of cash at an ATM or by purchases at a point of sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: American EPS, Inc.
    Inventor: Nebil Ben-Aissa
  • Patent number: 7229011
    Abstract: One method involves payment of money to a recipient traveling to one or more foreign countries by entering into a remote computer money transfer information from a sender. The money transfer information comprises recipient identification information, at least one country where the money is to be received, and a payment amount in an originating currency. The money transfer information is transmitted to a host computer system. When ready to receive payment in the designated country, recipient identification information along with a request to withdraw a portion of a possible payment amount is entered into a payout computer. The recipient identification information and the request to withdraw is transmitted to a host computer system, and the requested withdrawal is provided to the recipient in the local currency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignees: The Western Union Company, First Data Corporation
    Inventors: Kurt L. Hansen, Dean A. Seifert, Mark Thompson, Mike Michelsen
  • Patent number: 7229019
    Abstract: The invention comprises an information carrier on which the position of a measuring point (37, 41) may be determined using a mobile readout device, as well as an attendant method of determining a position wherein the information carrier features a surface onto which a visible primary information has been applied, in the manner of a book or a geographic map, wherein at least one machine-readable pattern has been printed on the surface, said pattern coding a position information, which upon bringing to bear methods of image analysis and of local sampling of parts (36, 40) of the surface, will allow a determination of position for a measurement point (37, 41) and wherein the pattern coding the position information is transparent in such a way that the primary information on the surface remains visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Anitra Medienprojekte GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Bock
  • Patent number: 7225987
    Abstract: An integrated scanner for scanning a barcode is formed on a common substrate. The scanner may include a micro-machined mirror, a laser diode, and a detector, mounted on a single substrate or several connected substrates. Lenses can be used to focus a laser beam from the laser diode as well as expand a laser beam deflected by the micro-machined mirror. The scanner may also scan a barcode without using a micro-machined mirror by rotating the laser diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome Swartz, Miklos Stern, Joseph Katz, Yajun Li
  • Patent number: 7222792
    Abstract: A method and system for aiding the selecting/culling or reformatting of encoded containers stored in a multi-rack array with respect to certain desired characteristics of compositions held within the containers employing a corresponding graphical interface that indicates the physical position of the containers within the array, and selection operations to be performed with respect to one or more containers in the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Stanley Routburg, Kenneth Hendrata
  • Patent number: 7222798
    Abstract: The invention relates to a contact-less identification device comprising a flat conducting structure as an electromagnetic sensor or transducer, and more particularly the invention relates to contactless cards, hybrid cards and radio operated electronic labels and tags. The electromagnetic sensor architecture according to the invention is suitable for all the applications where contactless or hybrid cards are of advantage: high volume paying and toll applications (public transportation, public sport events, person and good identification, access to controlled areas, control of shipment of goods, handling of luggage, product control in chain production environments), etc. The contact-less identification device according to the invention has had its performance enhanced by the use of space-filling techniques in the design of its electromagnetic sensor and by the use of a planar capacitor in conjunction with said flat conducting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Fractus, S.A.
    Inventors: Juan Ignacio Ortigosa Vallejo, Carles Puente Ballarda
  • Patent number: 7222796
    Abstract: A clip that utilizes a magnet to attach identification cards to clothing. The clip includes a clasp, a hinged metal bendable strap, and a magnetic connector which together allow identification cards to be displayed anywhere on a garment without penetrating, clamping or biting the fabric. The invention is connected to an identification card by passing the card attachment clasp through a slotted hole cut in the card and snapping it closed. The clasp is attached to a bendable strap that ties the card to the magnetic connector. The hinged metal bendable strap can bend and flex allowing the position of displayed card to adjust to the movement of the person wearing it. The magnetic connector consists of two parts. The first part is a ferrous metal plate which is fixed to the back of the bendable strap. The second part is an extra strong magnet which is placed behind clothing fabric when attaching the invention to a person's clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventor: Curt Michael Taras
  • Patent number: 7222795
    Abstract: A loading apparatus with which it is possible to securely connect connection terminals of a recording medium to terminal electrodes, thereby enhancing the reliability of operations of the loading apparatus. A holder (34) which holds a recording medium (100) having connection terminals (105) and which is moved between an insertion/take-out position where the recording medium is inserted or taken out and a completion position where the loading of the recording medium is completed, and a lock lever (42) for locking the holder in the insertion/take-out position, are provided, and the locking of the holder in the insertion/take-out position by the lock lever is released when the connection terminals of the recording medium are connected to the terminal electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7222788
    Abstract: To minimise the power consumption when registering an electronic ticket, a bidirectional communication in a higher frequency band is initiated when the electronic ticket has received a wake-up signal in a lower frequency band via a highly sensitive receive module. During entry stamping, a wake-up telegram containing an identity of the detection space is transferred to and stored in the electronic ticket. The wake-up telegram is received in the lower frequency band by another receive module in the electronic ticket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens VDO Automotive AG
    Inventors: Bruno Wenger, Alfred Lauper
  • Patent number: 7219845
    Abstract: A card-type electronic device has a multilayer printed wiring board and a case which houses the multilayer printed wiring board. The case has an opening. The multilayer printed wiring board includes a plurality of insulating layers and a plurality of conductive layers, which are alternately stacked, and has a flat surface on one side thereof along a stacked direction. The flat surface is formed of one of the insulating layers, and at least a part of the flat surface is exposed to the outside of the case through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Noboru Nishida
  • Patent number: 7213751
    Abstract: A method for creating synchronized transmission of messages in a wireless electronic shelf labeling system comprising at least two transmitters, a plurality of receiving label-units and a central processing unit capable of issuing messages to be transmitted via said transmitters. Wherein a first step involves determining, for each transmitter, the signal delay between issuing of a message at the central processing unit and transmission of the message from the transmitter. Wherein a second step involves actively delaying, in response to said determined signal delay, transmission from the individual transmitters such that synchronized transmission from all transmitters is achieved. The present invention further relates to a wireless electronic shelf labeling system and a transmitter for such a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Pricer AB
    Inventors: Björn Bäcklund, Fredrik Tjerneld
  • Patent number: 7213767
    Abstract: An RFID tag that is integrated into a substantially cylindrically-shaped structure that can be attached to an object to be identified through radio frequency identification techniques by sliding the substantially cylindrically-shaped structure over at least a portion of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: SDGI Holding, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Tethrake, Robert Varner, Jeffrey H. Nycz, Paul Elliott
  • Patent number: 7210627
    Abstract: A system for verifying the authenticity of data contained in a magnetic medium using the remanent noise characteristics of the magnetic medium. One embodiment of the invention includes an over-sampled modulator and at least one channel in communication with an output of the over-sampled modulator. The at least one channel is configured to filter the output of the over-sampled modulator and the at least one channel is configured to vary the bandwidth of the filter applied to the output of the over-sampled modulator in response to variations in the bandwidth of the signal generated by the sensing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Inventors: Robert E. Morley, Jr., Edward J. Richter, George L. Engel
  • Patent number: 7207485
    Abstract: A method of packing an object, the object having an interface surface having coded data disposed thereon or therein, wherein the coded data includes a plurality of coded data portions, each coded data portion being indicative of an identity of the object, wherein the method includes, in a sensing device: (a) sensing at least one coded data portion; (b) generating, using the sensed coded data portion, indicating data indicative of the identity of the object; and, (c) transferring the indicating data to at least one of: (i) a packing system which is responsive to the indication to pack the object. (ii) a computer system which is responsive to the indication to cause a packing system to pack the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Kia Silverbrook, Paul Lapstun
  • Patent number: 7207487
    Abstract: A method, system, and program product for the electronic delivery and distribution of a solicitation for votes on shareholder issues from an issuer to a plurality of voters. The method includes creating an electronic solicitation message for the issuer; tagging the electronic solicitation message with at least one parameter to ensure the electronic solicitation message is available to the voters holding a shareholder position with the issuer; presenting the electronic solicitation message to the voters; recording and compiling a plurality of information regarding each viewing of the transmitted solicitation message; aggregating a plurality of electronic voting results from the voters; and reporting the aggregated electronic voting results to the issuer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Swingvote, Inc.
    Inventor: Anne O. Faulk
  • Patent number: 7201327
    Abstract: A memory card comprising a die paddle having opposed, generally planar first and second die paddle surfaces and multiple peripheral edge segments. Disposed along and in spaced relation to one of the peripheral edge segments of the die paddle is a plurality of contacts, each of which has opposed, generally planar first and second contact surfaces. An inner body partially encapsulates the die paddle and the contacts, the first contact surface of each of the contacts and the first die paddle surface of the die paddle being exposed in and substantially flush with a generally planar first inner body surface of the inner body. The inner body further defines a generally planar second inner body surface which is disposed in opposed relation to the first inner body surface, the second contact surface of each of the contacts being exposed in the second inner body surface. At least one electronic circuit element is attached to the first die paddle surface and electrically connected to at least one of the contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Amkor Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Chul Woo Park, Sang Jae Jang, Sung Su Park, Choon Heung Lee, Suk Gu Ko
  • Patent number: 7201311
    Abstract: A time savings information management guide that can direct readers to key resources is disclosed. The processes that readers use to identify resources of interest are integrated into a formal reproducible process for large-scale application. The message mapping technique is a process by which the key ideas (messages) described in information resources, including but not limited to books, articles, abstracts, monographs, advertisements, and scientific posters, are identified, categorized, and quantitatively scored for relevance from the point of view of the reader (i.e., consumer, a doctor, researcher, etc).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Thomson Scientific Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Liberti, Geraldine E. Liberti, Johanna M. Harrison, Sarah Conaway, John E. Knapp
  • Patent number: 7198196
    Abstract: A stored-value card assembly comprises a stored-value card and a magnetic sheet. The stored-value card defines a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface. The first surface includes an account identifier linking the stored-value card to at least one of a financial account or a financial record. The stored-value card is substantially non-magnetic. The magnetic sheet is placed on the second surface of stored-value card and is removably coupled to the stored-value card. Methods of assembling a stored-value card assembly, methods of encouraging purchase and facilitating use of a stored-value card assembly, and other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Ted C. Halbur, Bettina C. Gillen
  • Patent number: 7195157
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a consumer interactive shopping and marketing system. The system includes a portable data terminal for communicating information over a communication network. The present system has aspects that may be used within a shopping establishment or at a user's home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome Swartz, Thomas K. Roslak, Mauro Premutico, Adam Petrovich, Edward Barkan