Patents Examined by Jamara Franklin
  • Patent number: 10049241
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) reader identifies in which room among several rooms the RFID reader is more likely to be located. The RFID reader includes a transmitter for transmitting an interrogating radio frequency (RF) signal. It includes a receiver for receiving RF signals generated in corresponding pairs of RFID tags. The RFID tag pairs are attached to corresponding regions of each of the rooms. Each of said RFID tag pair including a first RFID tag and a second RFID tag that are spaced from each other by a distance that is larger or equal to ?/4 and smaller than or equal to ?/2 with respect to a frequency of a responding RF signal originated in the pair of RFID tags. A processor selects a larger RSSI of the RSSI's of the signal pair. The processor determines a corresponding sum of the RSSI's selected from each signal pair associated with each room. The processor evaluates in accordance with determined sums, the location in which said RFID reader is more likely to be located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: THOMSON Licensing
    Inventors: Luis Montalvo, Ali Louzir, Guillaume Bichot, Philippe Gilberton
  • Patent number: 10040994
    Abstract: The present invention provides a phosphor represented by the following formula: K2[Ge1-xF6]:Mnx4+, wherein 0<x<0.2. The phosphor has a hexagonal phase of a P63mc space group. The present invention also provides a method for fabricating the above phosphor. The present invention further provides a light-emitting device and a backlight module employing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Lextar Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Chun Che Lin, Ling-Ling Wei, Huan Jiao, Ru-Shi Liu, Ching-Yi Chen, Yu-Chun Lee, Tzong-Liang Tsai
  • Patent number: 10042102
    Abstract: A display module including a display panel and a backlight module disposed on a side of the display panel is provided. The backlight module includes a light guide, a light emitting diode, and a first optical film. The light emitting diode has a light emitting surface adjacent to the light guide. The first optical film is located between the light guide and the display panel. The first optical film includes a plurality of first prisms extending along a first direction. The first prisms corresponding to the light emitting surface form a main portion and a peripheral portion located outside the main portion. The main portion has a first height larger than a second height of the peripheral portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Bo-Tsuen Chen, Hsia-Ching Chu, Kuei-Ling Liu, Kuo-Chang Su
  • Patent number: 10044727
    Abstract: In an approach for authenticating a request for an electronic transaction, a computer determines whether a request from a user for an electronic transaction is suspicious. The computer determines one or more contacts of the user. The computer then determines, based on at least a response from the one or more contacts, whether the request for the electronic transaction is suspicious, wherein determining the request is not suspicious validates authentication of the electronic transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Bender, David E. Nachman, Michael P. Shute
  • Patent number: 10039267
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a device, apparatus and method for biometric and location monitoring of an animal. The device comprises an animal monitoring tag with sensor(s) for collecting biometric and location data, and a wireless transceiver. An apparatus for biometric and location monitoring of an animal, comprises the device operatively connected to a system including a wireless transceiver, a server, a set of algorithms for determining the presence of any conditions related to the animal; and an alert means. A method of biometric and location monitoring includes the steps of monitoring and collecting animal data via a device installed on an animal, transmitting the data to the system, analyzing the animal data with a set of algorithms to identify any conditions related to the animal, and generating a message concerning the condition of the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Travis Thiex, Chad Wosje
  • Patent number: 10041651
    Abstract: A projection lamp includes a transparent first shell, a second shell connected with the first shell, a light source seat, a light source fixed on the light source seat, a hollow cylinder-shaped light processing cylinder, and a driving device connected with the light processing cylinder. The light source and at least one part of the light source seat are received in the light processing cylinder, and do not rotate along with the light processing cylinder. The projection lamp of the present invention utilizes the light processing cylinder, so that a pattern projected is in a rolling state, and is unlikely to cause a dizzy feeling. Due to the fact that the transparent first shell is adopted, through a preset light processing effect designed on the first shell, the change of the projected pattern is more abundant and more interesting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Jun Xi
  • Patent number: 10036524
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp (100) includes a light source (10), a lens (20), a housing (30), and a vent portion (40). The housing (30) is combined with the lens (20) to form a lamp space (50) in which the light source (10) is disposed. The lamp space (50) includes a narrow gap region (50a) having a width of 10 mm or less between the lens (20) and the housing (30). This width corresponds to the distance between them. The vent portion (40) is provided on the housing (30) at a position facing the narrow gap region (50a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Teppei Tezuka, Youzou Yano, Kouji Furuuchi
  • Patent number: 10032228
    Abstract: A mobile computerized apparatus or method configured to coordinate towing facilities and roadside assistance providers and their available capacity to tow and provide roadside assistance and match users with those towing facilities and roadside assistance providers is disclosed. The apparatus or method may be configured to consider the following factors in matching the towing facilities/roadside assistance providers and users: (a) availability of nearby towing facilities; (b) telematics information from the vehicle to assist with the diagnosis/repairs; (c) preset preferences of the user; (d) insurance information (such as the type of the vehicle the user has and the user's home address); and (e) the capabilities of the towing facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Robert Wasserman, Tara Cavallaro Kozlowski, Ryan M. Briggs, Imran Iqbal
  • Patent number: 10032154
    Abstract: A method of processing a purchase transaction includes generating a transaction file containing a product code, which is transmitted from a user computing device when an image of a product code identifier is captured by the user computing device, a first user ID of the customer, and an indicator of whether or not the customer has opted in to receive electronic receipts. The method further includes generating an electronic receipt based on the transaction file, storing a conversion table containing the first and second user IDs of the customer, converting the first user ID contained in the transaction file to the second user ID based on the conversion table, when the indicator indicates that the customer has opted in, and storing the electronic receipt in association with the second user ID. The electronic receipt is transmitted in response to a request for electronic receipts associated with the second user ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masanori Sambe
  • Patent number: 10019862
    Abstract: The system and method providing enhanced security ballot image records of the present invention includes an enhanced security ballot image tabulator and an enhanced security ballot image audit station. The tabulator processes each ballot of a plurality of ballots to be tabulated to provide an enhanced security ballot image record having diachronically and synchronically coordinated enhanced security ballot image files, each for another ballot of the plurality of ballots to be tabulated. The enhanced security ballot image record may be broadcast upon completion of tabulation and/or simulcast real time during tabulation or otherwise provided such as on a secure media upon completion of tabulation to the public or other parties interested in the tabulation of cast votes. The enhanced security audit station receives the enhanced security ballot image record and analyzes it to selectively identify out-of-bounds diachronic and/or synchronic security parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: James McNeel Keller
  • Patent number: 10013646
    Abstract: An information entry and reporting system and method for tracking data associated with retail transactions at the point of sale. Transaction data is converted into a machine readable dataform pattern and printed onto a sales receipt provided to the purchaser. Subsequently, the purchaser uses a suitably configured scanning device to read the dataform pattern into his or her computer. Software algorithms decode the scanned dataform pattern, extract the transaction data and store it for subsequent analysis and reporting. The system includes a computer, software adapted to retrieve selected data, assemble the retrieved data in a format suitable for encoding and encode the data in a dataform pattern, a printer to print the encoded transaction data, a scanning device to capture the encoded data, software to decode the transaction data and software to display the data in human readable form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Peter N. Ching
  • Patent number: 10013829
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein for securing merchandise. In one embodiment an apparatus for securing merchandise comprises a locking mechanism limiting access to one or more items, one or more optical sensors configured to detect a plurality of wavelengths and an intensity associated with each wavelength from at least one light beam emitted by an optical key, and a control device comprising a control circuit and a memory device. The control device being configured to store a lock code comprising a plurality of wavelength values and a plurality of intensity values each associated with a wavelength value on the memory device and determine whether to release the locking mechanism based on whether intensities of each of the plurality of wavelengths detected by the one or more optical sensors match the lock code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Taylor, Nicholaus A. Jones, Aaron J. Vasgaard, Jeffrey S. Cruz
  • Patent number: 10007912
    Abstract: A method for processing transactions within a token transfer device, such as a smartphone or other portable electronic device. The method includes storing a transaction token having a specified transaction resource value and an associated validation parameter in the memory of the token transfer device. A transaction communication interface initiates a transaction service with a token recipient terminal and invokes a token state manager. The token state manager determines an event corresponding to the specified validation parameter by determining a transaction resource network connect activity status and by determining condition register data associated with the validation parameter. The token state manager then issues a transaction modification call based on the determined event and the validation parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Nitin Gaur, Gregory Louis Truty
  • Patent number: 9996778
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of storing data using one or more nucleic acids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventor: George M. Church
  • Patent number: 9984356
    Abstract: Methods and systems using unique item identifiers and a wireless device to (a) authenticate authorization to take possession of an item and (b) specifying and/or tracking service processing of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventors: James Andrew Janis, David Dwane Conklin, Robert Alan Young
  • Patent number: 9982865
    Abstract: A parallel-connected LED illuminant, including: a parallel-connected bracket, LED light emitting unit groups, and fluorescent powder layers. The parallel-connected bracket includes two or more than two linear substrate monomers. The linear substrate monomers are disposed in parallel. Each of the LED light emitting unit groups is disposed in the straight line on each of the linear substrate monomers along the long axis thereof. The LED illuminant is connected in series with electrode pins disposed at two ends of the parallel-connected bracket. The surface of each linear substrate monomer where each LED light emitting unit group is disposed is coated with each of the fluorescent powder layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventors: Wenbo Ma, Yiping Kong, Xincheng Yuan, Minkang Zhou
  • Patent number: 9976729
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pot light accessory adapter having a perimeter rim, a flange having an aperture and having means for connecting the adapter to a pot light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Kory Keogan
  • Patent number: 9978061
    Abstract: A method for processing a transaction using a dynamic PAN (Primary Account Number), performed by a payment device that provides a card reader with ISO (International Standardization Organization) standards of track 2 information. A PAN area of the track 2 information is divided into a first area, in which a BIN (Bank Information Number) is included, and a second area, in which the BIN is not included. A dynamic area is formed by encrypting the second area and a dynamic PAN area is formed by combining the first area with the dynamic area. Track 2 information (which includes the dynamic PAN area) is provided to the card reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventors: Hae Chul Park, Byungsoo Kim, Jeongjin Lee
  • Patent number: 9970649
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein describe systems and methods for heat sinks within light fixtures. In embodiments, the heat sink may be a passive system that creates a cross-flow thermal management system to dissipate large amounts of heat in a slim light fixture. Embodiments may utilize a series of wings assembled in a linear design that are positioned perpendicular to the length of the light fixture to preserve the cross-flow heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Fluence Bioengineering
    Inventors: Nicholas Klase, Randall Johnson
  • Patent number: 9959541
    Abstract: A wireless device is enabled to receive a financial account card that is inserted into a card slot of the wireless device. The wireless device reads card data from the financial account card when it is inserted into the slot and programs an RFID (radio frequency identification) tag or a memory included in the wireless device. The wireless device may then be used to provide payment by transmitting the card data via radio frequency to a nearby RFID reader using the RFID tag. The financial account card may also be ejected from the wireless device and swiped by a magnetic card reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Gregory M. Gannon