Patents Examined by Donald T. Hajec
  • Patent number: 5808287
    Abstract: In a system for electro-optically reading bar code symbols, a movable reflector is positioned for directly receiving light reflected off a bar code symbol, and for reflecting this light to a sensor. The reflector movement provides the sensor with a field of view that extends across the entire bar code symbol. The reflector and the sensor are mounted in a housing having a handle for enabling a user to hold and support the housing in one's hand, and to aim the housing at the bar code symbol during reading. A signal processor in the housing processes an electrical signal from the sensor to generate therefrom data descriptive of the bar code symbol being read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard M. Shepard, Edward D. Barkan, Jerome Swartz
  • Patent number: 5808290
    Abstract: A magnetic data processing device for a bankbook having a magnetic stripe. A magnetic head is arranged for reading and writing magnetic data when the bankbook is in a magnetic data processing position. Three rows of drive and pinch rollers are arranged to convey the bankbook. The central row is arranged near the magnetic head, and the pinch rollers of the outside rows a removable for regulating the pinching pressure between the respective drive and pinch rollers. The pinching pressure is reduced when the bankbook is substantially within the magnetic data processing position. Also, the magnetic head is movable between a normally retracted position and an operative position when the bankbook is substantially within the magnetic data processing position. Also, a dummy head is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Hideyuki Umeno
  • Patent number: 5808587
    Abstract: The present invention provides an antenna equipment for a wireless access control system, which includes a plurality of print substrates which are stacked in a unitary assembly; and a plurality of coil patterns each of which has a starting end and a terminating end, the patterns being respectively formed on the plurality of print substrates; wherein each of the plurality of coil patterns are connected each other at at least one of the starting end and the terminating end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Hochiki Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Shima
  • Patent number: 5808286
    Abstract: A casing, including a grip portion and a head portion, houses a pair of light sources for illumination, an image sensing device, an optical system for forming an image on the image sensing device, a photosensor for detecting the luminance of symbol reading area, a signal processing circuit, and a light quantity detection circuit. The housing extends from the head portion towards the symbol reading area. An ambient light window is provided in the housing for introducing ambient light into the symbol reading area. A light source driving circuit controls an amount of light emitted by the light source, by increasing or decreasing the amount of light, such that the combined ambient light and light source illumination is between predetermined levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Nukui, Shuzo Seo, Takeharu Shin, Nobuhiro Tani, Yukihiro Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 5804806
    Abstract: A device and a method for processing coded information, including reading coded data from a chip card, reading a barcode reproduced on an item, and comparing the information read and information stored relating to a series of prespecified items. It also includes processing the results of these comparisons and writing, to the memory of the chip card, information arising on the one hand from the results of these comparisons and on the other hand from the date of purchase. Reading data from and writing information to the chip card is provided in respect of at least two different types of chip cards and includes identification of specific particulars and of acceptance or rejection of the chip cards on the basis of the specific particulars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Marketlink
    Inventors: Aneace Haddad, Bernard Chevalier
  • Patent number: 5804809
    Abstract: A unitary hand-held bar code scanner and reader produces an elliptical beam, oriented with its major axis along the direction of the bars, utilizing optics employing far field diffraction effects to shape the beam and maintain its elliptical aspect (length to width ratio) constant over a distance in front of the scanner were bar codes may be located. The optics eliminates parallax even though the photodetector and light source (preferably a laser diode) are located offset from each other on a board on which the optics are mounted. A housing assembly has channels which mount the board therein without shock absorbing devices. A digital microcomputer controller and peripheral devices regulate the optical power output from the laser diode and prevents catastrophic failure, if the electrical current through the laser diode exceeds safe limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: PSC Inc.
    Inventors: Jay M. Eastman, Anna M. Quinn, Scott R. Grodevant, John A. Boles
  • Patent number: 5804804
    Abstract: A device for supplying and receiving to and from a plurality of automatic teller machines installed side by side on an installation surface has a carrier station for transmitting, over a wireless channel, an instruction signal for designating an automatic teller machine for cash receipt and delivery, and a cassette carrier capable of running to the designated automatic teller machine. The cassette carrier has a carrier body equipped with a power source and a running mechanism, and a transport cassette placed on the carrier for holding the cash therein. In accordance with the instruction signal and a result of detection by a position sensor, the cassette carrier runs to a predetermined position facing the designated automatic teller machine and is positioned with respect to the designated automatic teller machine. In this state, cash are transferred between the transport cassette and the designated automatic teller machine by a transfer mechanism provided on the movable carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Hirose Electronic System Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunio Fukatsu, Nobuhiko Matsukawa, Shigeo Aoyagi
  • Patent number: 5804811
    Abstract: A battery-free non-contacting information card of a relatively simple arrangement which prevents an IC chip or the like from being destroyed by an excess voltage. This non-contacting information card includes a resonance circuit (3) for receiving a carrier signal (e.g., FSK signal) modulated on the basis of information supplied from a card reader/writer (2), an information processing systems (5), (6), (7) for obtaining information from the carrier signal and a rectifier systems (13) for obtaining a voltage by rectifying the carrier signal, wherein the non-contacting information card can be operated by the voltage obtained at the output side of the rectifier circuit (13). The resonance circuit (3) includes a variable capacitive element (3d).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Sony Chemicals Corporation
    Inventors: Shoshichi Saitoh, Masahiro Fujimoto, Katsuhisa Orihara, Susumu Yanagibori
  • Patent number: 5804803
    Abstract: A client computer with a scanner capable of scanning objects for a code. The client computer scans the object of interest and translates the code into a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) that specifies both a server computer and the location within the server of information that is relevant to the object. The client computer transmits the URL to the server computer, receives the information related to the object from the server computer, and communicates the information to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian John Cragun, Wayne Jay Rothschild
  • Patent number: 5804810
    Abstract: An object in a storage area or moving vehicle is monitored by attaching an electronic tag to the object. An electronic device detects the presence of the object by communicating with the tag while the object is in storage or is being moved by the vehicle. The tags may also determine the location of an attached object and may reroute the object if it deviates from a given shipping schedule. A group of objects is monitored by two electronic tags, each attached to an object in the group. Each tag has circuitry for communicating information relating to an object in the group to a second tag. Each tag also includes a memory connected to the circuitry that is capable of storing the information, and a controller connected to the memory and the circuitry. A computer is used that has circuitry for communicating with a tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Par Government Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Louis A. Woolley, James H. Weimar
  • Patent number: 5801365
    Abstract: A method of fund raising for a non-profit organization by discounted collection on special issue checks includes collecting funds from members of the organization and depositing the funds in an account in a bank, issuing special checks backed by the funds to the members, use of the checks at face value by the members to purchase goods or services from the participating merchants, clearing of the checks back to the bank on which they are drawn, and payment on the checks to the named payee merchants at the face value minus a prearranged discount. The checks are MICR encoded with a discount value prior to presentation for collection. The discount is credited to the organization minus any service fees required by the bank or clearing process and a share of the discount to an intermediary company which negotiates cooperation of the bank and acceptance of the checks at face value and discounted collection by the merchants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Inventor: Richard B. Katz
  • Patent number: 5801372
    Abstract: A batteryless non-contact type IC card using an electromagnetic wave as a communication medium includes an antenna resonance circuit for data transmission and reception, the antenna resonance circuit including first and second terminals; a bridge rectifying circuit coupled to the antenna resonance circuit for rectifying a signal from the antenna resonance circuit; and a switch for switching, in accordance with a switching signal, so that a lower-voltage is supplied to the first terminal of the antenna resonance circuit and a higher-voltage signal is extracted from the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsuo Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 5801660
    Abstract: A planar antenna apparatus adapted to excite a small radiating element by electromagnetic coupling is provided. The antenna apparatus has a triplate line including ground conductor plates formed on the upper and lower surfaces of a dielectric substrate and a feed line sandwiched by the ground conductor plates. A coupling hole is formed through one of the ground conductor plates, and a mechanism is provided near the coupling hole for electrically interconnecting the two ground conductor plates. A radiating section coupled to the feed line through the coupling hole has one end grounded to form a short patch antenna. The short patch antenna has a size substantially half the size of a patch antenna. Also, the connecting mechanism prevents unnecessary coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masataka Ohtsuka, Yoji Isota, Shintaro Nakahara, Makoto Matsunaga, Yoshihiko Konishi
  • Patent number: 5801368
    Abstract: Apparatus for recording and reproducing information prevents the bearing surface of an auxiliary bearing of a card carriage which is in sliding contact with an auxiliary guide rail from being locally worn. A main guide rail and the auxiliary guide rail are spaced in the same plane. The axis of the auxiliary guide rail is oblique at a predetermined very small angle to the axis of the main guide rail. The auxiliary bearing has a bearing bore having a slot-shaped cross section. Portions of the bearing surface of the bearing bore which are in contact with the auxiliary guide rail are displaced transversely to the direction of the stroke of the card carriage during the stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Nippon Conlux Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hayashi, Tadao Ogino, Minoru Matsuo
  • Patent number: 5801370
    Abstract: A multi-directional bar code reading device for reading an object that is to be read by projecting scanning beams from many directions, includes a plurality of mirrors (2) arranged around a beam scanning unit (1) and a plurality of beam sources (3) for emitting beams toward the beam scanning unit (1). The beam scanning unit (1) is irradiated with beams generated from the plurality of beam sources (3), scanning beams are reflected by the plurality of mirrors (2) and are projected from a plurality of directions onto an object (5) to be read, and light reflected from the object (5) is detected in order to read bar codes on the object (5) to be read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Hiroaki Katoh, Toshimasa Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 5801364
    Abstract: A system and method for printing a postage indicia, including a desired postage amount and encrypted information, onto a piece of mail. The mail when inserted into the normal mail system can be verified as having legally issued postage through realtime access to a central registered user database. A user takes a powerable postal dispensing device to an authorized agent of a postal authority in order to obtain a replenishment of the amount of postage stored within the portable postage dispensing device. A desired amount of postage is entered into the dispensing device by an authorized agent through a host processor-based system. The user is then able to access this stored postage at the user's location through a complementary host processor-based system. The authorized agent uses a PC bond system designed to allow data to be entered into the portable dispensing device only upon exercising a series of comprehensive checks based, in part, by data stored within the portable dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: E-Stamp Corporation
    Inventors: Salim G. Kara, Jonathan W. Whitney, David M. Gressett
  • Patent number: 5798514
    Abstract: A circular bar code includes first teeth directed radially inward from an outer ring and defining a radial position at which information is encoded and second teeth, tooth directed radially outward from an inner ring and opposing a corresponding one of the first teeth, wherein the information is encoded based on subdivisions of a gap between opposing first and second teeth. In one implementation, the circular bar code is printed on a disk coated with an antibiotic. The disk is used for determining the effectiveness of the antibiotic in killing bacteria, wherein the circular bar code provides identity and concentration information for the antibiotic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: AccuMed Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Domanik
  • Patent number: 5798511
    Abstract: A photographic printer effects a second printing operation for one original frame (60) on a developed photo film (10), after a first printing operation is effected. First correcting information is used in the first printing operation for correcting an exposure amount of the original frame. To produce a photographic print, first and second equipment information is predetermined, which is associated respectively with the first and second printing operations. The first and second equipment information represents an ID of each photographic printer for effecting the first and second printing operation, or represents an ID of a printer group to which each printer belongs. The first correcting information of the original frame and the first equipment information is written to a magnetic recording layer (10c) in the first printing operation. The magnetic recording layer is formed on the photo film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Takaaki Terashita
  • Patent number: 5798508
    Abstract: A system and method for issuing and clearing traveler's checks that are paid for by credit card. A quantity of traveler's checks having a total value are sold to a buyer. An account identifier is received from the buyer. A lock is placed against the identified account for a lock value of at least a portion of the total value. Preferably, the identified account is a credit card account. The lock value and the credit card account number are communicated to a credit card clearing house and an authorization that a lock equal to the lock value has been placed against the credit card account is then received from the credit card clearing house. Information identifying the credit card account of the buyer of each traveler's check that is sold is communicated to the traveler's check issuer, which stores the information in a database. When the buyer cashes a traveler's check, the traveler's check issuer obtains payment on the check.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Walker Asset Management, L.P.
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, T. Scott Case
  • Patent number: 5798734
    Abstract: An antenna apparatus, a method of manufacturing the same, and a method of designing the same, are provided. A first dielectric layer, first dielectric film, second dielectric layer and second dielectric film are laminated on a flat metal plate in the mentioned order. A radiation element fed through a feeding line is arranged below another radiation element that is not fed through the feeding line. The feeding line forms, along its overall length, a microstrip line having the dielectric layer sandwiched by the feeding line and the flat conductive plate, resulting in no model change from the microstrip line to a triplate line or vice versa, with reduced feeding loss. The thickness of the dielectric layer is so set as to be sufficiently small compared with the used wavelength, to thereby suppress the radiation from discontinuities lying on the microstrip line constituted of the feeding line and flat conductive plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masataka Ohtsuka, Yoji Isota, Makoto Matsunaga, Yoshihiko Konishi, Shintaro Nakahara