Patents Examined by Mark Tremblay
  • Patent number: 6457648
    Abstract: A dual-interface card reading device, having a main body and cover plate assembled to form an opening which accommodates insertion of a magnetic card or an IC card, one side of the opening defining a hollow slide groove to enable swiping of a magnetic card or an IC card. A magnetic head extends into the opening to read the magnetic card, and at one end of the hollow slide groove is an IC card contact interface for reading the IC card. A user can thus simultaneously swipe either type of card at an appropriate interface while achieving the effects of small size, low cost, and convenient operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Singular Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Wen-Hui Chen, Jing-Chang Yang, Szu-hung Lin
  • Patent number: 6454174
    Abstract: This invention produces a unique number that identifies the purchaser of the ticket based upon information obtained about the purchaser and the purchaser's computer system during the purchase of the ticket. The system will produce an additional unique number that may take the form of a bar code that is printed on the ticket during the production of the ticket. The bar code may be encrypted and related to the printer that printed the ticket. A reader at the location that the ticket is presented for the purchaser's entrance reads the bar code that contains information about the printer that printed the ticket and verifies the information contained in the bar code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Sansone
  • Patent number: 6454169
    Abstract: Techniques for determining a position for a rotating optical element, or spinner, of a bar code scanner are described. A diffractive element is positioned so as to be struck by a laser beam produced by a laser source and reflected from the spinner when the spinner is in a reference position. The diffractive element diffracts the reflected beam to produce a diffracted line which strikes a reference position photodetector, thereby causing the reference position photodetector to produce a reference position photosignal. The reference position photosignal can be read by a controller to determine when the spinner is in the reference position, and the position of a Hall sensor can be read at the same time in order to calibrate the reading of the Hall sensor with the reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: William Martin Belknap, John Baird Keys
  • Patent number: 6431456
    Abstract: An IC card capable of reinforcing the prevention of the electrostatic damage without causing a rise in the cost of a semiconductor integrated circuit chip. The semiconductor integrated circuit chip (2) is mounted on a card substrate (1), and plural connection terminals (3) are exposed. The connection terminals are connected to predetermined external terminals (4) of the semiconductor integrated circuit chip, first overvoltage protection elements (7, 8, 9) connected to the external terminals are integrated in the semiconductor integrated circuit chip, and second overvoltage protection elements such as surface-mount type varistors (11) connected to the connection terminals are mounted on the card substrate. The varistors are variable resistor elements having a current tolerating ability greater than that of the first overvoltage protection elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Nishizawa, Yosuke Yukawa, Takashi Totsuka
  • Patent number: 6427914
    Abstract: A retail terminal includes a first terminal cabinet and a second terminal cabinet. The retail terminal includes a controller secured to the first terminal cabinet, the controller having a controller data port associated therewith. The retail terminal also includes a port expander device secured to the second terminal cabinet. The port expander device has a first expander data port, a second expander data port, and a third expander data port associated therewith. The retail terminal also includes a first retail peripheral device secured to the second terminal cabinet. The first retail peripheral device has a first peripheral data port associated therewith. The retail terminal further includes a second retail peripheral device secured to the second terminal cabinet. The second retail peripheral device has a second peripheral data port associated therewith. The controller data port is electrically coupled to the first expander data port via a first data cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L. Snyder
  • Patent number: 6427915
    Abstract: A checkout terminal includes a first bagging station and a second bagging station which is spaced apart from the first bagging station. The terminal also includes an item transport mechanism. The item transport mechanism is positionable between a first transport position and a second transport position. The item transport mechanism is configured to transport a first item for purchase of the number of items for purchase to the first bagging station when the item transport mechanism is positioned in the first transport position. The item transport mechanism is further configured to allow a second item for purchase of the number of items for purchase to be advanced to the second bagging station when the item transport mechanism is positioned in the second transport position. A method of operating a checkout terminal is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Charles K. Wike, Jr., Kurt J. Lippert, Paul F. Nugent, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6412690
    Abstract: In the present credit card security method, a credit card company requests a person applying for a credit card account to submit a name and a birth month. The credit card company associates a credit card with essential information, prints the credit card, and issues the credit card to the person. The essential information comprises an account number, the person's name, and an expiration date comprising an expiration month and an expiration year. The expiration month is the birth month of the person. The credit card is printed with the account number, name, and expiration year, but not the expiration month. The credit card company still requires the correct expiration month to be submitted before authorizing a credit card transaction. The cardholder can verbally provide the expiration month to a sales clerk in a telephone or point-of-sale transaction, and can personally enter it into a computer in an Internet transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Inventor: Abdo Malki
  • Patent number: 6409081
    Abstract: A method of operating a checkout terminal having a movable item shelf includes the step of positioning the item shelf in an assisted shelf position. The method also includes the step of operating the checkout terminal so as to perform an assisted retail function while the item shelf is positioned in the assisted shelf position. The method further includes the step of moving the item shelf from the assisted shelf position to a self-service shelf position. Moreover, the method includes the step of operating the checkout terminal so as to perform a self-service retail function while the item shelf is positioned in the self-service shelf position. A checkout terminal is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Paul F. Nugent, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6398114
    Abstract: A sheet-framed IC carrier has a sheet frame having an aperture, and a backing film with a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer on one surface thereof which is adhered to the back surface of the sheet frame. An IC carrier having an IC module is secured in the aperture of the sheet frame with the adhesive layer on the backing film. When the IC carrier is removed from the sheet-framed IC carrier, no excessive load is exerted on the IC module and no projection remains on the peripheral edge of the carrier base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiichi Nishikawa, Hiroshi Harima, Kazuyoshi Irisawa, Jun Takahashi, Akiko Moriyama, Mayumi Inada, Yoshikazu Fukushima, Masaki Wakamatsu
  • Patent number: 6390363
    Abstract: A checkout terminal includes a terminal base having (i) a customer side, and (ii) a personnel side which is opposite the customer side. The checkout terminal also includes a code entry device secured to the terminal base. The code entry device is operable in (a) an assisted mode of operation in which a first item for purchase is entered with the code entry device by retail personnel, and (b) a self-service mode of operation in which a second item for purchase is entered with the code entry device by a customer. During operation of the code entry device in the personnel mode of operation (a) the retail personnel is positioned on the personnel side of the terminal base, and (b) the customer is positioned on the customer side of the terminal base. During operation of the code entry device in the self-service mode of operation the customer is positioned on the customer side of the terminal base. A method of operating a checkout terminal is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: James Morrison, John C. Addy, Alfred J. Hutcheon
  • Patent number: 6386446
    Abstract: A system and method for using write-and-destroy transaction cards which cannot be reprogrammed. The write-and-destroy transaction cards are programmed (i.e., written to) at bit increments representing, in total, the stated value of the card. The stated value may be represented in one or a plurality of denominations and currencies. In use, the remaining value of a card can be ascertained at a merchant location by reading those bits which have not been erased. The remaining value can additionally be confirmed by contacting the issuing financial institution using a unique serial number which may be encoded onto each transaction card. Upon confirmation that the card has sufficient value to conduct the desired transaction, the card is decremented by erasure of the bits representing that value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Cirporation
    Inventors: Maria Azua Himmel, Herman Rodriguez, Newton James Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6386449
    Abstract: An automatic terminal distributor for reading and memorizing product data in sales outlets in general, characterized by comprising: a container (2) provided internally with a plurality of compartments (8) for a corresponding plurality of terminals (38) for reading the bar code printed on product packages, the terminals being provided with units for memorizing the data; moving means (12) for the compartments (8) within the container (2); means (24) for identifying the users of the sales outlets; a control unit (20) which controls the compartment moving means (12) in such a manner as to cause a selected one of the compartments (8) to face at least one door (18) provided on the container, the control unit causing the door to open when the significant user data have been recognized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Datalogic S.p.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Signoretto
  • Patent number: 6375083
    Abstract: A smart card with a card carrier on which a data processing circuit and also a connection assembly for the contactless communication of data between the data processing circuit and an external data processing station are provided. In the course of producing a prior art smart card, an integrated circuit is applied to a card carrier made of plastic. Afterwards, a transmitting/receiving coil connected to corresponding terminals of the integrated circuit is applied along the outer edges of the prior art smart card. In the case of the prior art smart card, the fact that defective prior art smart cards have to be destroyed is disadvantageous. According to the invention, the data processing circuit and the connection assembly are provided in a region of at least one module carrier and the card carrier has a region for accommodating the module carrier. This makes it possible firstly to test the completed module carrier in respect of its proper functioning before it is incorporated into a card carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Manfred Fries, Frank Püschner, Josef Mundigl, Jürgen Fischer, Detlef Houdeau
  • Patent number: 6364207
    Abstract: A data carrier (1) which can be operated in a contact-bound mode and in a contactless mode and a circuit (1A) for such a data carrier (1) has supply voltage generating means (35), for deriving a supply voltage (VDD) for various circuit sections of the data carrier (1) and of the circuit (1A) from a received useful HF signal (HF), and additional switching means (91) by means of which the application of a potential (VDD), which appears as a result of the supply voltage generated by the supply voltage generating means (35), to at least one contact terminal (17A) can be inhibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: U.S. Philips Corp.
    Inventors: Peter Thüringer, Wolfgang Eber, Dominik J. Berger
  • Patent number: 6354497
    Abstract: A method of operating a checkout terminal having a display monitor includes the step of operating the checkout terminal so as to perform an assisted checkout transaction while the display monitor is positioned in an assisted monitor position. The method also includes the step of pivoting the display monitor such that the display monitor is positioned in a self-service monitor position. Moreover, the method includes the step of operating the checkout terminal so as to perform a self-service checkout transaction while the display monitor is positioned in the self-service monitor position. A checkout terminal is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Kurt J. Lippert, Charles K. Wike, Jr., Paul F. Nugent, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6343739
    Abstract: A method of providing security to operation of a self-service checkout terminal having a video camera and a printing device associated therewith includes the step of capturing a first video image of a customer with the video camera during operation of the self-service checkout terminal by the customer and generating an electronic video file in response thereto. The method also includes the step of determining if the customer has tendered payment for an item for purchase and generating a payment-tendered control signal in response thereto. The method further includes the step of extracting a second video image from the electronic video file, the second video image being representative of the first video image. The method also includes the step of printing a transaction receipt with the printing device in response to generation of the payment-tendered control signal. The printing step includes the step of printing the second video image on a portion of the transaction receipt with the printing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Kurt J. Lippert
  • Patent number: 6334573
    Abstract: An integrated scanner for scanning a barcode omnidirectionally is formed an a common substrate. The scanner may include a mirror assembly or scan module, a laser diode, and a detector, mounted on a single substrate or several connected substrates. Lenses can be used to focus a laser beam from the laser diode as well as expand a laser beam deflected by the micro-machined mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yajun Li, Paul Dvorkis, Simon Bard, Raj Bridgelall
  • Patent number: 6328217
    Abstract: There is provided an integrated circuit card for loading an application copy thereon and a method of loading an application copy onto the integrated circuit card, wherein the application copy is one of a plurality of copies of an application. The application copy has an associated application identifier that uniquely identifies the application from other applications and an application copy number that is unique for each copy of the application. The integrated circuit card includes a microprocessor and a memory coupled to the microprocessor. The memory includes an application history list area for storing application identifiers and application copy numbers of applications that have been previously loaded onto the integrated circuit card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Mondex International Limited
    Inventors: David Barrington Everett, Stuart James Miller, Anthony David Peacham, Ian Stephen Simmons, Timothy Philip Richards, John Charles Viner
  • Patent number: 6328212
    Abstract: A system for reading data stored on a target in two different viewing planes includes a laser light source for generating a laser light beam and mirrors for focusing the laser beam on the two spaced apart viewing planes. Sensors detect the light reflected from each of the two viewing planes and generates an electrical signal indicative of the detected light. A signal processor, processes and decodes the data associated with the viewing plane on which the beam is in focus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Boris Metlitasky, Jerome Swartz, Edward Barkan
  • Patent number: 6326679
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein is a device and method in which a heat sink (22) is attached to support leads (18) of a leadframe (10) via a welding or mechanical joining technique. The method is performed prior to semiconductor device packaging and is usually performed after the leadframe is etched or stamped, and before it is cut into strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Anthony M. Chiu, Robert Alvarez