Patents Examined by Edwin C. Holloway, III
  • Patent number: 10290165
    Abstract: A vehicle entry device is designed to equip a vehicle and may include: a housing defining a cavity and adapted to be fixed to the vehicle; and an electronics module disposed in the cavity, including: a printed circuit board; an antenna connected to the printed circuit board and configured to capture a NFC signal, wherein the antenna includes windings directly arranged on the printed circuit board; an NFC receiver connected to the printed circuit board, in communication with the antenna and configured to receive the NFC signal from the antenna; and a processing element connected to the printed circuit board, in communication with the NFC receiver and configured to provide a control signal to a control system equipping the vehicle, based on the NFC signal transmitted by the NFC receiver, said control signal allowing access to the vehicle. A vehicle trim component may be equipped with such vehicle entry device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DURA OPERATING, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Farges, Francis Delavigne, Lionel Bitauld, Joseph Bosnjak
  • Patent number: 10277597
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for controlling access to vehicles in rental, loaner, shared-use, and other vehicle fleets. Some of the present systems, devices, and methods use encrypted virtual keys that can be relayed to a vehicle computing device via a user's mobile device. Such virtual keys can be command-specific such that successful use of a virtual key results execution of a predetermined command or group of commands, and further commands require one or more additional virtual keys with the additional commands. Others of the present systems, devices, and methods provide tools: for provisioning or initial pairing of vehicle computing devices with corresponding vehicles, identifying and permitting a user to select locally available vehicles, prompting vehicle computing devices to retrieve pending commands from a server, and/or various other functions described in this disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SILVERCAR, INC.
    Inventors: Allen Darnell, Matt McMillan
  • Patent number: 10269195
    Abstract: Physical access to secure areas is automatically performed based on presence or detection of a wireless device. When a wireless cellular device is detected by a network serving a secure building, a unique identifier of the wireless cellular device is obtained. The identifier of the wireless cellular device may be compared to electronic calendars. If a matching calendar entry is determined, then the wireless cellular device is calendared to meet an employee or tenant inside the building. Physical access may thus be automatically granted, based on possession of a recognized cellular device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Craig Arthur Klein, Gregory O. Harp, Joseph Eric Sineath
  • Patent number: 10269199
    Abstract: A method and system for providing energy efficient hands free vehicle door operation that includes receiving a first LF polling signal of a pair of LF polling signals and creating a first RF polling response message packet in response to the first LF polling signal. The method and system also include receiving a second LF polling signal of the pair of LF polling signals and creating a second RF polling response message packet in response to the second LF polling signal. The method and system further include aggregating the first RF polling response message packet and the second RF polling response message packet into an aggregated RF polling response message packet that is contained within an aggregated RF polling response signal that is transmitted from a portable device to a vehicle in response to the pair of LF polling signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Brian K. Lickfelt
  • Patent number: 10260767
    Abstract: An environmental control device (100), such as a thermostat, is disclosed. The environmental control device (100) has one or more terminals (222, 222a-222d) and a respective configurable interface circuit (102, 102a-102d, 300) coupled to each terminal for selectively configuring the terminal (222, 222a-222d) for a corresponding input or output connection to an HVAC system (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Michael S. Schuler, Pei Jin Li, Zhan Jun Ding, William J. Fenske
  • Patent number: 10249120
    Abstract: An operation communication system is provided including a server, a mobile device, and a reader device. The server and the reader device communicate data with one another via the mobile device. The mobile device may communicates with the reader device via Bluetooth, for example. The mobile device may communicate with the server via the Internet, for example, Associated methods, devices and apparatuses are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: John R. Ahearn, Joseph W. Baumgarte, Gabriel D. Focke, Michael S. Henney
  • Patent number: 10246930
    Abstract: A system and method for remotely controlling and determining a status of a barrier that include determining that a vehicle is parked at a predetermined vicinity of the barrier. The system and method also include sending at least one barrier control signal to remotely control movement of the barrier based on the initial state of the barrier. The system and method additionally include determining a current state of the barrier. The system and method further include presenting the current state of the barrier, wherein the current state of the barrier is presented to display if the current state of the barrier is a closed state based on the at least one barrier control signal sent to remotely control movement of the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian K. Lickfelt, Kevin Lamm
  • Patent number: 10244347
    Abstract: A mobile computing device, including: a first memory device having first computer-readable instructions tangibly recorded thereon; a first hardware processor configured to execute the first computer-readable instructions recorded on the first memory device; and an RFID component that includes a transceiver configured to receive a proximity signal from at least one RFID reader when the RFID component is within a predetermined range of the at least one RFID reader, and a second memory device configured to store the proximity signal, wherein the first hardware processor is configured to, upon executing the instructions recorded on the first memory device, control at least one operation of the mobile computing device in accordance with the proximity signal received by the transceiver of the RFID component from the at least one RFID reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON INC.
    Inventors: Gary Jason Myers, Matthias Welsh, Robert Wayne Knight, II, Timothy Schaefer
  • Patent number: 10229548
    Abstract: Generally speaking, and pursuant to these various embodiments, a method, apparatus, and computer-readable medium is provided that allows a guest to contact an owner or operator of a secured premises or area to gain access to the secured premises. An access control device initiates contact with a guest device and provides a resource to contact an owner device. If the owner decides to grant access to the guest, the owner selects a suitable input on the owner device so that the owner device sends an authorized signal to the guest device. The guest device acts as a gateway and forwards the authorized signal to the access control device. The access control device operates in response to reception of the authorized signal to grant the guest access to the secured premises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Daniel-Wayman, James Scott Murray, Cory Jon Sorice
  • Patent number: 10224902
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for manufacturing thin RFID tags adapted to be mounted proximate an interfering substance, such as metal or liquid. Each tag comprises: a web substrate having a predetermined thickness; an antenna attached to the substrate; and an RFID integrated circuit connected to the antenna, the RFID integrated circuit comprising a tank circuit adapted to be tuned in response to an RF signal after the tag has been mounted proximate the interfering substance. In one embodiment, the tag is manufactured using roll-to-roll manufacturing technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: RFMicron, Inc.
    Inventors: Shahriar Rokhsaz, Stanley Drobac
  • Patent number: 10217304
    Abstract: An intelligent vehicular electronic key system includes a cloud server, a first user device, a second user device and a vehicle control unit. The vehicle control unit is installed inside a vehicle and is connected to the cloud server through the Internet. When activating an electronic key sharing function, the first user transmits an electronic key information link to the second user device. After activating the electronic key information link, the second user device transmits a privilege authentication request and receives an access confirmation to and from the cloud server. The second user device further activates a vehicle control function and transmits a vehicle control signal to the vehicle control unit through the cloud server for the vehicle control unit to control operation of the vehicle. Accordingly, sharing access privilege of the electronic key enhances operation convenience of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ivtes Ltd.
    Inventor: Chi-Ting Chen
  • Patent number: 10207677
    Abstract: An apparatus operable to provide a communication link between a passive entry and passive (PEPS) start system of a target vehicle and a user device operable to control the PEPS system, the apparatus comprising: i) a first wireless transceiver adapted to be installed in a first vehicle and configured to communicate with the user device and with a second wireless transceiver associated with a second vehicle; and ii) a master controller module configured in a blind rebroadcast mode: a) to receive via the first wireless transceiver a control message sent from a transmitting source and to transmit the control message via the first wireless transceiver to the second wireless transceiver associated with the second vehicle; and b) to receive via the first wireless transceiver a response message originated by the PEPS system of the target vehicle and to transmit the response message via the first wireless transceiver to the transmitting source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Marcelo Lazarini, Alex Smith
  • Patent number: 10204509
    Abstract: A system and method for using an RFID tag to automatically setup and configure a universal remote control to command appliances of various types and various manufacturers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Steve LanPing Huang, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 10205287
    Abstract: One embodiment is directed to a method of reading RFID tags in an interconnection system comprising at least one port. The method comprises initiating a localized read transaction to read any RFID tag attached to a first connector and any RFID tag attached to a second connector inserted into the port. The method further comprises, as a part of the localized read transaction, reading any RFID tag configured to respond to a first type of RFID interrogation signal, wherein the first connector comprises an attached RFID tag that is configured to respond to the first type of RFID interrogation signal; and, as a part of the localized read transaction, reading any RFID tag configured to respond to a second type of RFID interrogation signal, wherein the second connector comprises an attached RFID tag that is configured to respond to the second type of RFID interrogation signal. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity UK Limited
    Inventors: Ian Miles Standish, Stephen Lambourn, David James Mather
  • Patent number: 10192377
    Abstract: The present invention is generally a movable barrier operator configured for remote actuation, and more specifically, to a movable barrier operator configured to generate a barrier command in response to an authorized mobile device joining wireless network. The authorization may be established by connecting the mobile device to the operator through a wireless communication means. The wireless communication means may include known protocols such as Bluetooth™, Wi-Fi, NFC, ZigBee™, or any other type of wireless communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ELIKA ACCESS SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Tehranchi, Pezhman Karimi, Daniel Perez
  • Patent number: 10186097
    Abstract: The present invention is generally a movable barrier operator configured for remote actuation, and more specifically, to a movable barrier operator configured to generate a barrier command in response to an authorized mobile device joining wireless network. The authorization may be established by connecting the mobile device to the operator through a wireless communication means. The wireless communication means may include known protocols such as Bluetooth™, Wi-Fi, NFC, ZigBee™, or any other type of wireless communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: ELIKA ACCESS SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Tehranchi, Pezhman Karimi, Daniel Perez
  • Patent number: 10115256
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to remote administration of a portable electronic key. An activation signal may be delivered to wireless communications circuitry of the portable electronic key to enable the key to perform one or more tasks. A smart device can receive information related to the activation signal from a server device. The smart device may deliver the activation signal to the portable electronic key via a wireless communications link established in accordance with a wireless networking standardized communications protocol. A user verification procedure may be performed at one of the portable electronic key and the smart device. The user verification procedure may indicate if a holder of the portable electronic key is authorized to use the key. Delivery of the activation signal may be initiated in response to completion of the user verification procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Videx, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul R. Davis
  • Patent number: 7952463
    Abstract: A vehicle security system includes a screen for displaying a message, a fingerprint reader provided to the screen to detect a fingerprint of a driver touching the screen with a finger, a switch having a first state for allowing engine start of a vehicle and a second state for prohibiting the engine start, and a controller for keeping the switch in the second state until receiving the fingerprint from the reader and for changing the switch to the first state upon receiving the fingerprint from the reader. The reader can detect the fingerprint of the driver without being noticed by the driver, because the message leads the driver to unquestioningly touch the screen with the finger. Even if the vehicle is stolen by the driver, the driver is identified by the detected fingerprint so that a chance of catching the driver can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Iichirou Terao
  • Patent number: 7948361
    Abstract: Systems and methods for employing histological and physiological biometric markers that are substantially unique to an individual in order to activate a device, participate in a transaction, or identify himself or herself, wherein at least one biometric marker is obtained by one or more electrical contacts on the surface of the skin. A biometric identification of an individual is obtained by a heartbeat waveform, which is acquired by one or more direct electrical contacts. A mechanism for biometric authentication is used that includes one or more electrodes, an electrical signal receiver, a memory module, and a processing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Ensign Holdings
    Inventors: Richard Bennett, Rick V. Murakami
  • Patent number: 7948356
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is capable of reducing unnecessary consumption of electric power. The mobile terminal includes a terminal status detecting unit which detects a first terminal status and a second terminal status, the first terminal status being a status of the mobile terminal before a change in the mobile terminal takes place, and the second terminal status being a status of the mobile terminal after the change in the mobile terminal takes place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiromi Kawamura, Masayuki Imada