Patents Examined by Keith Goodman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7857218
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for use with a handheld code reader that has an operating characteristic that can have at least first and second different states, the method for switching between the different states of the operating characteristic, the method comprising the steps of specifying a circumstance set including at least one of reader orientation and a threshold movement level for the reader, monitoring at least one of movement and orientation of the reader determining when the circumstance set occurs and changing the operating characteristic state when the circumstance set occurs, wherein the operating characteristic is one of an illumination mode and a code decoding algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventor: Laurens Nunnink
  • Patent number: 7845558
    Abstract: A three dimensional (3d) bar code can be affixed to a financial instrument (e.g., the credit card) sent to a consumer. Upon receiving the financial instrument, the consumer can acquire an image of the 3D bar code with an image capture device (e.g., a camera) of a mobile device. The mobile device can interpret or decode the 3D bar code to extract a web address. The mobile device may then send a request for a web page associated with the web address, which could be returned by the web server at the financial institution. The web page may allow the consumer to enter personal information. Upon receiving the personal information, the financial institution can verify the information, authenticate the consumer, and activate the financial account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventors: Layne D Beemer, Christopher L Toomer, Steven E Arthur
  • Patent number: 7841513
    Abstract: A system is provided for radio frequency identification authentication of memorabilia. The system includes a database, a radio frequency identification tag having a unique identifier, a reader, and a user interface. The radio frequency identification tag is provided to a memorabilia item. The reader is configured to read the radio frequency tag and to determine a geographic location where the reader reads the radio frequency identification tag. The user interface is configured to enter information associated with the memorabilia item into the database, wherein the information comprises the unique identifier, a name of an authenticator, a description of the memorabilia item, and a time of authentication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Robin Dale Katzer, Sunil K. Ponnangath
  • Patent number: 7789306
    Abstract: A voting method. A ballot paper is received. The received ballot paper includes a recorded vote. The recorded vote includes candidate/party information for an election held on a voting day in a jurisdiction. The ballot paper includes a burnable radio frequency identification (RFID) tag including an on-tag fuse that is not blown. The recorded vote is not revealable while the fuse is not blown and is revealable in response to the fuse being subsequently blown. After the ballot paper is received, the ballot paper is authenticated and the fuse is blown to reveal the recorded vote, followed by counting the ballot paper and directing the ballot paper to a candidate box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frederic Bauchot, Jean-Yves Clement, Gerard Marmigere, Pierre Secondo
  • Patent number: 7780088
    Abstract: An illumination assembly for emitting light for imaging a target object having an illumination source that emits at least one light beam upon activation toward an illumination guide. The illumination guide has a first and a second side such that the light beam from the illumination source is scattered between the first and second sides. A textured surface is located substantially along the first side of the illumination guide. The scattered light exits the illumination guide from the textured surface to form a prescribed illumination pattern for imaging a target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Igor Vinogradov
  • Patent number: 7775446
    Abstract: Card type information device includes wiring board having a wiring pattern with an electronic component mounted on a first face of wiring board and an antenna connecting electrode, antenna board having antenna pattern with antenna terminal electrode formed on a first face of antenna board, magnetic material placed between wiring board and antenna board confronting each other, flexible wiring board for coupling the antenna connecting electrode to antenna terminal electrode, and housing for accommodating wiring board, antenna board, magnetic material, and flexible wiring board. Wiring board and antenna board are made from one and the same insulating motherboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shozo Ochi, Osamu Uchida, Shigeaki Sakatani, Daisuke Sakurai, Masato Mori, Hiroshi Sakurai, Hidenobu Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 7770789
    Abstract: Payment card transactions at a point of sale (POS) are secured in certain embodiments by intercepting, with a POS security layer installed on a POS terminal, payment data from the POS terminal, transmitting the payment data from the POS security layer to a server security application installed on a POS server, and providing false payment data from the POS security layer to a POS terminal application installed on the POS terminal. The false payment data in various embodiments is processed as if it were the payment data, such that the POS terminal transmits an authorization request to the POS server using the false payment data. In addition, the authorization request may be transmitted from the POS server to a payment gateway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Shift4 Corporation
    Inventors: John David Oder, II, John David Oder, Kevin James Cronic, Steven Mark Sommers, Dennis William Warner
  • Patent number: 7770805
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for coding a two dimensional (2D) optical identification (OID) with the same gray level and a printing product thereof. The printing product includes a 2D-OID, which includes a positioning block and a plurality of data coding blocks. The positioning block has a plurality of specific patterns arranged as an N×M matrix, wherein the specific patterns along a first edge thereof and the specific patterns along a second edge thereof are filled. The data coding blocks are disposed around the positioning block and include the specific patterns arranged as the N×M matrix, wherein the specific pattern in a center of the data coding blocks is filled. A specific number of the remaining specific patterns in each data coding block are filled to serve as a code for representation of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Generalplus Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Tung-Tsai Liao, Shih-Chien Lin, Yu-Tang Chang
  • Patent number: 7766245
    Abstract: A machine readable code is defined by a portion of graphical indicium located on a substrate; wherein the code is delimited by a temporary boundary that is generated by a reading machine relative to a fixed trigger point only when the code is being read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Fracture Code Corporation Aps
    Inventors: Stephen Paul Pinchen, Jens Jacob Juul Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 7726575
    Abstract: There is provided in one embodiment an indicia reading terminal that can execute a spatial measurement mode of operation in which the indicia reading terminal can determine a dimension of an article in a field of view of the indicia reading terminal and/or determine other spatial information. In determining a dimension of an article, an indicia reading terminal can utilize setup data determined in a setup mode of operation and/or data determined utilizing the setup data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ynjiun P. Wang, Kevin Ahearn, Stephen P. Deloge, Michael A. Ehrhart, William H. Havens, Robert M. Hussey, Thomas J. Koziol, Jianhua Li, Jingquan Li, James Montoro, Sven M. A. Powilleit
  • Patent number: 7661588
    Abstract: A financial transaction card includes an enclosure, a step detector, and a processing device. The enclosure includes an account identifier linked to a financial account or record such that the financial transaction card can be used toward the purchase or use of at least one of goods and services. The step detector is positioned within the enclosure and configured to perceive movement caused each time a person carrying the financial transaction card takes a step. The processing device is positioned within the enclosure and in communication with the step detector, the processing device being configured to identify movement perceived by the step detector and to determine a cumulative number of steps taken by the person while carrying the financial transaction card. Stored-value card assemblies, methods of promoting sales of stored-value cards, methods of using a stored-value card, and other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Porvaznik, Timothy P. Clegg, Primoz Samardzija
  • Patent number: 7654467
    Abstract: An IC card case storing an IC card in a case body which has an opening part formed on one side plate thereof and a fingerprint sensor set up on an internal side of other side plate thereof in a manner of facing inside the opening part, the case body includes: a case side control controlling the fingerprint sensor and performing communications with the IC card; and a power source supplying power to the case side control, wherein the case body is constituted such that when storing the IC card inside the case body, the IC card covers over the fingerprint sensor facing the opening part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Takao
  • Patent number: 7641106
    Abstract: A cash dispensing automated banking machine activated responsive to user cards includes a secure enclosure. The secure enclosure includes a chest portion and a moveable door. The door has mounted thereon a locking bolt work mechanism which is operative to selectively secure the door in a closed position. The door is mounted to the chest through hinge assembles that enable the door to be selectively adjusted in up-down and right-left directions. The chest door includes dead bolt portions at the hinge side that resist separation of the door from the chest if the hinge is compromised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: Douglas A. Kovacs, Gerald T. Sedlock, Richard E. Dunlap
  • Patent number: 7637429
    Abstract: An electronic voting system includes a vote security device (VSD), a user interface for presenting a ballot to a voter, and an audit trail printer operatively coupled to the VSD. The printer prints an audit trail ballot only in response to verifying encrypted and/or digitally signed messages received from the VSD that indicates the voter's ballot selections. The printer is structured to allow the voter to view but not access the audit trail ballot. The voter is able to accept or reject the audit trail ballot using the user interface. If the ballot is rejected, the VSD causes the printer to print a rejection indicator on the ballot, and if the voter accepts the ballot, the VSD causes the printer to print an acceptance indicator on the ballot. A digitally signed record of the voter's ballot selections is generated and stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Cordery, Matthew J. Campagna, Bertrand Haas
  • Patent number: 7597258
    Abstract: A system is provided for improved elections which may separate the identity of the voter from the content of the vote she casts. The system may be implemented using electronic or other communication methods. Separate entities may be used to implement the system, with one entity acting as a member services system, and another entity acting as an election services system. The member services system may control voter information for all members of a group eligible to vote in a specific election. The election services system may control the voting process, including receiving votes from members, without having access to the voter information controlled by the member services system. The two entities might be configured so that no single person or organization may connect the voter information to a particular vote. This separation of voter information from information in the members' votes may comply with various government regulations relating to elections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: CCComplete, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald B. Feldkamp, G. Scott Scholler, Michael J. Baum, Robert C. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7578446
    Abstract: An identification card holder with flash memory card reader has a body and a card reader module. The body has an identification card holder and a card reader side. The identification card holder holds a personal identification card. The card reader module is formed on the card reader side, is a flash memory card readable and is an audio file playable processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Inventor: Shin Yen