Patents Examined by Michael G. Lee
  • Patent number: 10198687
    Abstract: A payment card (e.g., credit and/or debit card) is provided with a magnetic emulator operable of communicating information to a magnetic stripe reader. Information used in validating a financial transaction is encrypted based on time such that a validating server requires receipt of the appropriate encrypted information for a period of time to validate a transaction for that period of time. Such dynamic information may be communicated using such an emulator such that a card may be swiped through a magnetic stripe reader—yet communicate different information based on time. An emulator may receive information as well as communicate information to a variety of receivers (e.g., an RFID receiver).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: DYNAMICS INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Mullen, David Lambeth, Bruce Cloutier
  • Patent number: 10197231
    Abstract: A lighting arrangement (10) is disclosed that comprises a plurality of solid state lighting elements (22) mounted on a grid of conductive wires (12), said grid comprising a plurality of grid segments (20) each defined by respective portions of adjacent conductive wires, each grid segment comprising a pair of reinforcement members (24, 26) affixed to said portions; and at least one said solid state lighting element mounted on said portions in between the reinforcement members of at least some of the grid segments. An apparatus and method for deforming such a lighting arrangement are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Sébastien Paul René Libon, Johannes Wilhelmus Weekamp
  • Patent number: 10191203
    Abstract: A stacking-type optical sheet module includes an upper optical sheet having a first structural pattern with first unit light-condensing bodies successively repeated and cross-sectional areas gradually decreasing towards the top. A lower optical sheet has a second structural pattern and is below the upper optical sheet in a stack. Second and third unit light-condensing bodies are successively disposed in the second structural pattern. The second unit bodies have a gradually decreasing cross-sectional area toward the top and are joined with the upper optical sheet, and the third unit bodies have a gradually decreasing cross-sectional area toward the top, a vertical distance from a lowest to a highest portion thereof being relatively shorter than a corresponding vertical distance of the second unit bodies. A vertical angle of the highest portion of the second unit bodies is relatively smaller than a vertical angle of the highest portion of the third unit bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: LMS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Sung Sik Cho, Dong Cheol Lee, Tae Jun Lee, Hee Jeong Kim
  • Patent number: 10194232
    Abstract: A packaging system and method for wireless earpieces. The packaging system includes wireless earpieces includes one or more sensors and a near field communication chip. The near field communication chip communicates with a number of packaging systems adjacent to the packaging system if present. The packaging system further includes packaging defining a window for displaying the wireless earpieces. The packing prevents damage to the wireless earpieces. The packaging performs a display action in response to a display criteria being met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Nikolaj Hviid, Arne D. Loermann, Matthias Lackus, Christian Begusch
  • Patent number: 10186102
    Abstract: Voter-generated ballots created using consumer-grade printers are remade to ballots scannable by specialized ballot scanners. The voter-generated ballots include a machine-readable indicia, such as a two-dimensional barcode, that encodes ballot information. The ballot information includes choices made by the voter and information for use in remaking the ballot. Voters wish to submit their votes using printouts from non-specialized printers such as those found at their homes or offices; yet election officials wish to tabulate votes using scanners that require specialized, high-quality ballots. The disclosed systems and methods bridge this gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Everyone Counts, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Contorer, Sean Mostafavi, Jim Goode, Elan Kaplan, Carolyn Hicks, Jon Thomason
  • Patent number: 10186781
    Abstract: The present invention relates to printed circuit board (PCB) tracking technology, specifically to a dipole antenna structure for a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. More specifically, the present invention relates to an edge type dipole antenna structure is implemented on an extremely small area on the edge of a ground plane provided on the PCB for various kinds of electronic products, and a PCB including the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: NETHOM
    Inventor: Gun-Hong Lee
  • Patent number: 10169691
    Abstract: Systems and methods for document and product authentication are provided using a combination of interacting absorption and emission materials that are formed into covert optically encoded markings. The markings are formed from at least one emitter and at least one absorber, that exhibit a first emission in response to a first excitation of the emitter and a change in that emission in response to excitation of the absorber such that various combinations of emitter and absorber materials create a machine readable response that cannot be detected by the human eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Spectra Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Nabil Lawandy
  • Patent number: 10163049
    Abstract: A system and method for generating virtual objects, the data for the virtual object is retrieved at least in part from a tag. The tag comprises a transparent physical surface and a visually imperceptible structure constructed in the transparent physical surface. The tag encodes the data for the virtual objects in the visually imperceptible structure. When detected by the appropriately configured capture devices, the visually imperceptible structure produces a depth pattern that is reflected in phase shifts between regions in the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Nigel David Tout, Aditya Goteti, Jack Clevenger
  • Patent number: 10152614
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to systems and methods of activating an electronic device at a point-of-sale (POS). The device may be identified by an indicia and activation may occur following purchase of the device. The method may include the steps of receiving at a central processor from the POS the indicia identifying the device purchased at the POS; enabling by the central processor a feature or functionality of the device or use of the device; and conveying to the device information material to the feature, functionality, or use. The system may include a central processor that activates the device. The central processor may include various interfaces with the POS, provider, and device, as well as a database with records related to the device and an activation processor for determining if activation is appropriate, activating the device, and sending information material to the feature, functionality, or use to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: e2interactive, Inc.
    Inventors: Merrill Brooks Smith, Phillip Craig Graves, Phil M Chakiris
  • Patent number: 10102339
    Abstract: An assembly and method for tracking implant devices within a sterile field, the assembly comprising a reader that includes a housing structure with a base and a cover, a scanner having a scanner housing, where the scanner housing is at least partially positioned in a cavity provided in the base; and an aperture provided in the cover, where the cover is configured to receive a transparent sterile sheath to at least partially encase the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Matrix IT Medical Tracking Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Branko Prpa
  • Patent number: 10088619
    Abstract: Provided are a reflection sheet which is capable of, when light sources, and the like are disposed on one side surface side of a light guide plate, preventing the reflection sheet from coming into contact with the light sources, and the like at a central part of the one edge thereof, and a light source device and a display apparatus. A reflection sheet which is oppositely disposed to the other surface of a light guide plate for emitting light made incident on one side surface from one surface thereof, and reflects the light made incident on the light guide plate to the one surface side of the light guide plate, includes a cutout part provided at a central part of one edge of four sides of the rectangular reflection sheet, and the reflection sheet is arranged so that the one edge is disposed on one side surface side of the light guide plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Sakai Display Products Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Teragawa
  • Patent number: 10078851
    Abstract: A method for identifying a simulated social media account history is provided. The method may include querying a social media account to obtain social media identification information. The querying may determine whether the account history includes one or more parameters that indicate whether the social media account is related to an automated entity or a human entity. The parameters may include at least one of less than a threshold number of friends on the account; more than a threshold frequency of historic ticket purchases per unit time; disparate location of historic ticket purchases per unit time and/or a historic record of less than a threshold reaction time to a plurality of ticket offers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Callum Merriman, Joshua C. Block
  • Patent number: 10078832
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention facilitate payment transactions by integrating the image capture and image processing capabilities of certain mobile devices with the card-based payment transaction infrastructure. In some embodiments, a camera contained in a mobile device is used to capture an image of a barcode that is visible on the surface of a substrate. The barcode may represent or otherwise encode one or more of payment account data, consumer authentication data, consumer profile data, or other relevant information. In some embodiments, the captured image may be processed by the mobile device to extract the payment account data, authentication data, or other relevant data. This data may then be communicated to a data processing element that is connected to, or forms part of, a payment processing network in order to conduct the desired payment transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Pankaj Sharma, Vikram Modi, Shantnu Singh
  • Patent number: 10074000
    Abstract: The disclosure features dendritic tags, and methods and systems for fabricating and using such tags. The methods can include obtaining at least one image of a dendritic tag attached to an article, analyzing the at least one image to identify a set of features associated with the dendritic tag, and comparing the set of features to stored information to identify the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Michael N. Kozicki
  • Patent number: 10048432
    Abstract: A backlight module includes a light guide plate that includes a light incident surface including a first light incident section and a second light incident section, a light emission surface, and a first reflection surface defining a first acute angle with respect to the first reflection surface; a light bar, which includes first and second light sources respectively corresponding to the first and second light incident section such that light from the first and second light sources is allowed to enter the light guide plate to be selectively reflected by the first reflection surface and emit outward from the light emission surface; and a control circuit, which is electrically connected to the first light source and the second light source for controlling the first light source and the second light source. Also provided is a liquid crystal display that includes the backlight module and may achieve sectionized displaying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Wuhan China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Qian Chen, Shih-Hsiang Chen
  • Patent number: 10043186
    Abstract: Methods and systems pertaining secure transaction systems are disclosed. In one implementation, a computer with a verification token associated with a computer can send user authentication data as well as a secure datum to a control server. The verification token may obtain the secure datum from a validation entity. The control server can validate the secure datum and authentication data and can generate a payer authentication response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Ayman Hammad, Patrick Faith, Krishna Prasad Koganti, Ben Rewis, Brendan Xavier Louis, Kevin Weller, Benedicto Hernandez Dominguez
  • Patent number: 10036844
    Abstract: A surface light source device 100 comprises light sources 10 and 20, a light guide plate 30, and a prism sheet 40. A plurality of ridges 41 are formed on the incident surface of the prism sheet 40. Each ridge 41 includes first and second inclined surfaces 41a and 41b whose inclination angles with respect to a normal line 45a are A1 and A2, respectively, provided that 35.5°?A1?39° and 23°?A2?30°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Yoji Oki, Kazumi Chijiwa
  • Patent number: 10031280
    Abstract: A display device includes: a lower frame having a planar shape, where a first groove is defined in an edge of the lower frame; a first intermediate frame coupled to the lower frame to define an accommodating space, where the first intermediate frame includes a side wall portion on an edge of the lower frame; a first adhesive member on the first groove, where the first adhesive member fixes the first intermediate frame to the lower frame; a second intermediate frame on the first intermediate frame; a display panel on an upper surface of the second intermediate frame; and a second adhesive member on the upper surface of the second intermediate frame, where the second adhesive member fixes the display panel to the second intermediate frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventors: Seongsik Choi, Cheuljin Park
  • Patent number: 10018326
    Abstract: The invention provides a multiplicity of light sources—such as a planar array of LEDs—and a corresponding multiplicity of primary optic lenses, the primary optic lenses being curved and positioned to narrow a source light beam emitted from each of the light sources, and a beam shaper—which could be a beam shaping micro-refractive film or films, or a segmented refractor lens with multiple facets—that is shaped and positioned to receive a light source distribution emitted from the multiplicity of primary optic lenses and to emit an output light path having an angle of distribution different than a corresponding angle of the light source distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Tony Mayer, Andrei Tsiboulia
  • Patent number: 10019214
    Abstract: A wearable computing device includes a head-mounted display (HMD) that provides a field of view in which at least a portion of the environment of the wearable computing device is viewable. The HMD is operable to display images superimposed over the field of view. When the wearable computing device determines that a target device is within its environment, the wearable computing device obtains target device information related to the target device from a programmed local tag. The target device information may include information that defines a virtual control interface for controlling the target device and an identification of a defined area of the target device on which the virtual control image is to be provided. The wearable computing device controls the HMD to display the virtual control image as an image superimposed over the defined area of the target device in the field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: John Cronin