Patents Examined by Jamara Franklin
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9940496
    Abstract: Container for a foodstuff or beverage preparation machine are disclosed that contain beverage or foodstuff preparation material and include a code encoding preparation information. Beverage or foodstuff preparation machines and systems that can be utilized with the container are also disclosed. Methods of producing and using the containers, machines, and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Marc Flick
  • Patent number: 9934704
    Abstract: There is disclosed an apparatus and method for visual identification of valves in multi valve distribution and transmission systems, and particularly for municipal utility infrastructures such as mainline, connection, drain, pressure district, pressure regulating and pressure sustaining valves. In an embodiment, the apparatus comprises a flexible, adjustable, color coded band that when assembled the apparatus forms a generally tubular shape; and the apparatus includes one or more securing mechanisms adapted to secure the apparatus to a valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Perin, Jeremy L Hunt
  • Patent number: 9933140
    Abstract: A light emitting device includes a plurality of oblong flexible substrates, each flexible substrate comprising a sheet-shaped base body and a wiring pattern formed on one face of the base body, and each flexible substrate having a plurality of light emitting sections disposed thereon; a plurality of a reflective layers, each reflective layer being disposed at a periphery of a respective light emitting section above a respective flexible substrate; an insulating reflective sheet made of a light reflecting resin, the reflective sheet having a plurality of through holes located such that the light emitting sections and at least a portion of the reflective layers are exposed via the through holes; and a plurality of adhesive members, each adhesive member adhering a respective flexible substrate to the reflective sheet in regions where the reflective layer is not formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventors: Yasuo Fujikawa, Takuya Wasa, Tomohiro Ikeda, Yohei Inayoshi, Motokazu Yamada
  • Patent number: 9927101
    Abstract: An illumination device includes a light source configured to emit laser light; and a wavelength conversion part configured to convert a wavelength of the laser light emitted from the light source and to irradiate illumination light. The wavelength conversion part includes a conversion region provided with a phosphor which converts the wavelength of the laser light and emits the wavelength-converted laser light, and a non-conversion region not provided with the phosphor and configured to transmit the laser light irradiated from the light source. The non-conversion region is formed in a pinhole shape with respect to the conversion region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Shinichi Anami
  • Patent number: 9928559
    Abstract: A method for watermarking a document containing at least one text portion comprising the following steps: —determining a specific character font comprising, for at least one character, an original graphic and at least one variation, each of the variations being associated with a different value, said character being termed encodable characters; —using the specific character font to encode an item of information in the text portion of the document, by replacing at least one original graphic with a variation, the original graphic and the variation or variations being identified as a single character by a first optical character recognition process referred to as standard OCR and identified as a plurality of characters by a second optical character recognition process referred to as specific OCR that is capable of determining if the represented character is the original graphic or one of the variations of same and, if so, making it possible to determine the variation that is represented, a strict order relations
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Paul Lahmi, Patrice Denis, Yan Diacono, Jean-Marc Ogier
  • Patent number: 9919643
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a headlamp including a first connector, a headlamp housing accommodating the headlamp, and a harness including a second connector configured to be connected with the first connector, in which the headlamp housing includes a connector holding portion holding the first and second connectors connected with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: Yoshinori Tsumiyama, Takashi Hisamura, Chad Enger
  • Patent number: 9922368
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for auctioning gift cards on the secondary market. The system can receive a prepaid debit account for resale from an owner and determine a face value for the prepaid debit account. The system can establish a floor price and offer the prepaid debit account for sale via an auction, starting at an initial price above the floor price and up to and including the face value, and can decrement the sale price at regular time intervals. The system can end the auction when a purchaser purchases the prepaid debit account at the decremented price. However, if no purchaser purchases the prepaid debit account before the decremented price is below the floor price, the system can purchase the prepaid debit account from the owner for the floor price. The system can store the prepaid debit account in an inventory for resale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: GIFTCODES.COM, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Wolfe, Shawn D. Allen
  • Patent number: 9922371
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for linking a customer's preexisting financial account to a merchant issued payment vehicle. If an account number associated with the preexisting financial account changes, the linking of the merchant issued payment vehicle is updated with an updated account number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: VANTIV, LLC
    Inventor: Bryan T. Bailey
  • Patent number: 9911079
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a carrier tape housing electronic components with seal materials includes preparing a tape-shaped main body with housing holes including bottom surfaces along a longitudinal direction, providing chip-shaped electronic components respectively into the housing holes, affixing a tape-shaped seal material having an adhesive layer on one principal surface to the tape-shaped main body such that the adhesive layer covers the housing holes and adheres to the electronic components, and forming cuts in the tape-shaped seal material to separate portions defining and functioning as the seal materials including portions at least partially overlapping with the respective housing holes in a planar view from the other portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Noboru Kato, Kunihiro Komaki
  • Patent number: 9903995
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed that relate to the coupling of light into a light guide for a backlight system. One disclosed example provides a flat-panel illuminator comprising a concentrating reflector, a light guide, and one or more light emitters. The example includes a curved reflective portion, a light guide including a planar face and an input edge positioned adjacent the concentrating reflector, and the one or more light emitters are arranged within the concentrating reflector and spaced from the input edge of the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: Neil Emerton, Lincoln Ghioni
  • Patent number: 9898744
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a tag that may include an encapsulant and a plurality of three-dimensional objects randomly oriented within the encapsulant. Each three-dimensional object may include a plurality of characteristics defining at least one statistically unique signature. At least one of the characteristics may be dependent on the orientation of the object. In some instances, the plurality of three-dimensional objects may also be randomly distributed within the encapsulant, and at least one of the characteristics defining at least one statistically unique signature may be dependent on the distribution of the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Authenticate, LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Mancevski, Paul Frederick McClure, Frank Nicholas Bruno
  • Patent number: 9897273
    Abstract: A light emitting apparatus can include: a first connecting part and a second connecting part connected to each other to form a propagation channel therebetween through which laser beam from a laser light source can propagate, and a power supply cable including a pair of terminals provided in a middle thereof and connected to and separated from each other. One of the terminals can be included in the first connecting part and the other thereof can be included in the second connecting part. When the first connecting part and the second connecting part are connected to each other, the terminals can be connected to each other to constitute a supply channel configured to supply drive power to a driving circuit. When the first and second connecting parts are disconnected, the connected terminals can be separated from each other to cut off the supply channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Toshihiro Seko
  • Patent number: 9897325
    Abstract: A light-emitting knob assembly is disclosed. The light-emitting knob assembly is disposed on a device for providing a heat source or a fire and includes a knob, a light-sensing plate, an axial bush, a base, and a light generating unit. The knob is utilized for being rotated to control the strength of the heat source or the strength of the fire of the device and driving the light-sensing plate and the axial bush to be rotated relative to the light generating unit. The light generating unit generates different brightnesses and/or different colors of lights to correspondingly display the strength of the heat source or the strength of the fire after the light-sensing plate is rotated. A user can distinguish the strength of the heat source or the strength of the fire via the light-emitting knob assembly from a distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: DARTPOINT TECH. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chi-Lin Kang, Jian-jou Chan, Chung-Hsin Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9898637
    Abstract: Disclosed is a two-dimensional code which is not likely to be affected by contamination or out-of-focus photographing thereof and can thus be accurately recognized even when it is photographed under various photographing conditions. The disclosed two-dimensional code comprises: cells representing binary-coded data that are arranged as a pattern in the form of a two-dimensional matrix, the two-dimensional code comprising: a position detection pattern; plural data blocks created by dividing a region of the two-dimensional matrix that excludes the part of the position detection pattern; and a separation space arranged between the plural data blocks that are adjacent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: KYODO PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yutaka Hosokane
  • Patent number: 9891365
    Abstract: A backlight unit includes a light guide plate configured to emit light toward a display panel, and a plurality of light source units disposed adjacent to an edge of the light guide plate so as to irradiate light toward the light guide plate. The light source units include first and second light source modules configured to irradiate different types of light toward an edge of the light guide plate. The first light source modules are disposed adjacent to a first part of the edge of the light guide plate, and the second light source modules are disposed adjacent to a second part of the edge of the light guide plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Hyun-seung Cho