Patents Examined by Michael G. Lee
  • Patent number: 10380472
    Abstract: A semiconductor device that is resistant to bending stress and has a structure in which an antenna circuit, an electric double layer capacitor for storing electricity, and the like are formed over a signal processing circuit that is provided over a substrate and has a charging circuit. The signal processing circuit having the charging circuit is provided over a substrate, and the antenna circuit and the electric double layer capacitor are provided over the signal processing circuit. The antenna circuit is electrically connected to the signal processing circuit, and the electric double layer capacitor is electrically connected to the charging circuit. With such a structure, a wiring for connecting the charging circuit and the electric double layer capacitor can be made short. Accordingly, a semiconductor device that is resistant to bending stress can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kaoru Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 10373113
    Abstract: A computer system for dynamically managing the transport vector of items receives a client identification and handling parameters from an input device. The system identifies, within a client database, different transport vectors associated with the client identification. The system then accesses one or more item-specific variables associated with the particular item. The system also filters the different transport vectors by the item-specific variables and the handling parameters such that a remaining subset of the different transport vectors all conform with the item-specific variables and the handling parameters. The system selects a specific transport vector from the remaining subset of the different transport vectors based upon a ranking of a user specified attribute. The system then generates a physical digital encoding that conforms with a particular template associated with the specific transport vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: International Fulfillment Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Devin C. Johnson, Ben Whitesides
  • Patent number: 10366318
    Abstract: A micro radio frequency identification tag for use on articles in an equipment identification and tracking system includes a substrate, an RFID chip, a power storage means, an antenna, and a conductive means. The substrate has a pair of surfaces. The RFID chip and power storage means are operatively retained on one surface. The antenna is operatively retained on the other surface of the substrate and acts as a conductive layer. The conductive means extends between the surfaces of the substrate to operatively connect the antenna to the RFID chip and power storage means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Brian K. Blank
  • Patent number: 10366262
    Abstract: An information code reading system includes an information code terminal and a server communicably connected to the terminal. In the terminal, an information code with first and second information is imaged, and transmitted to the server information indicating the information code. The server decodes the information indicating the information code received from the terminal, and memorize information showing that the information code has become an object being read, when the second information is provided via the decoding process. From the server, either the first information or information related to the first information provided via the decoding process is transmitted to the terminal. Hence, in the terminal, a process is performed with the first information received from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Atsushi Tano, Takao Ushijima
  • Patent number: 10360422
    Abstract: In some aspects, a colored coded analyte sensor is provided. The analyte sensor has a body and a plurality of machine-readable colored codes associated with the body. The colored codes may contain red, green, and blue hues, which are discernable into coded information. The coded information may include the analyte sensor model, analyte sensor calibration constant, expiration or manufacture date of the analyte sensor, analyte sensor counterfeiting codes, warnings, messages to the user, etc. Colored code reading systems, apparatus and methods for reading such color-coded information associated with the analyte sensor are provided, as are numerous other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ascensia Diabetes Care Holdings AG
    Inventors: Paul M. Ripley, Xin Wang, Narasinha Parasnis, Swetha Chinnayelka
  • Patent number: 10360421
    Abstract: A method that includes scanning for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) broadcasts from beacon devices located at fixed locations, filtering the BLE broadcasts to generate a subset of the BLE broadcasts based on signal strength of the respective BLE broadcast or an identifier indicating an unapproved device transmitted the BLE broadcast, identifying within the subset of the BLE broadcasts a first BLE broadcast with a first data packet indicating that a first beacon device is within a specified distance from the asset tag manager, parsing the first data packet to locate a first beacon identifier associated with the first beacon device, creating a second data packet with the first beacon identifier and an asset tag identifier associated with the asset, and transmitting a first wireless broadcast including the second data packet, where the first wireless broadcast is received by a hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Enovate Medical, LLC
    Inventor: Arlow Farrell
  • Patent number: 10352531
    Abstract: An optical diffusion plate and a light source module are provided. The optical diffusion plate includes a light incident surface, a light emitting surface, at least one pattern region, and a reflection layer. The pattern region is located on at least one of the light incident surface and the light emitting surface. The reflection layer covers a portion of the pattern region. The pattern region includes a central region located at a central position, a plurality of first circular regions, and at least one second circular region. The central region is surrounded by the first circular regions and the second circular region alternatively, and perimeter of the central region is adjacent to one of the first circular regions. Coverage rates of the reflection layer at the second circular region and the central region are higher than coverage rates of the reflection layer at the first circular regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: Fang-Ju Yeh, Jin-Rang Liu, Hsin-Hung Lee, Chiao-Chih Yang
  • Patent number: 10354223
    Abstract: Methodologies, systems, and computer-readable media are provided for reading machine readable features of objects. A local terminal generates a temporary object number corresponding to an unreadable object and captures an image of the unreadable object. A message is sent to a number of portable devices requesting that a duplicate of the unreadable object be located and that a machine readable feature on the duplicate object be read. Once a duplicate object is located, one of the portable devices reads a machine readable feature on the duplicate object, and the portable device calls a service offered by a server to retrieve a data value corresponding to the duplicate item from a database. This data value is then sent to the local terminal invoking a service offered by the terminal to replace the temporary object number with the data value corresponding to the duplicate item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Jimmie Russell Clark, Christopher Soames Johnson, William Ross Allen
  • Patent number: 10344948
    Abstract: There is a category of situations which may have previously been considered direct replacement but in fact takes on many elements of a true retrofit; namely, replacing existing LED lighting systems (which they themselves were retrofits) with different LED lighting systems that (i) overcome a deficiency or inadequacy of the existing LED lighting system retrofit, (ii) adds a functionality to the existing LED lighting system retrofit, or (iii) reestablishes functionality that would otherwise be lost with the existing LED lighting system retrofit. Discussed herein are means to provide improved glare control, horizontal beam containment, playability and control functionality for interfacing with third party controls in these so-called retrofit-of-a-retrofit, or “upgrade” situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Gordin, Joel D. DeBoef, Aric D. Klyn, Alan W. Sheldon
  • Patent number: 10337693
    Abstract: As lighting systems age the need for retrofits—namely where newer lighting technology is used to replace older or different technology, but where a direct replacement is not possible without some kind of modification to the rest of the lighting system—increases. The residential lighting retrofit market is well established with a one-for-one light source replacement approach that is widely embraced; for example, a table lamp with a failed incandescent bulb can be readily replaced with an LED bulb despite the disparate power requirements because of the onboard driver system, and this avoids having to modify the lamp itself, the outlet, incoming power, etc. No such solution exists for specialized lighting systems such as sports and wide area lighting systems. The present invention is directed to such a solution, and one which is cost effective, easy to implement, and customizable to meet the varying site requirements of such specialized systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Gordin, Timothy A. Barker, Andrew J. Schembs, Alan W. Sheldon, Luke C. McKee, Chris P. Lickiss, Aric D. Klyn, Joel D. DeBoef
  • Patent number: 10318223
    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: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC
    Inventor: John Cronin
  • Patent number: 10307798
    Abstract: A cleaning device for removing contamination on a substrate holder used with an electroplating cell includes an arm, a cleaning agent supplier, a nozzle and a receiver. The cleaning agent supplier is coupled to the arm and configured to supply a cleaning agent. The nozzle is coupled to the cleaning agent supplier and configured to spray the cleaning agent onto the substrate holder to remove the contamination. The receiver is coupled to the arm and configured to receive the cleaning agent after the cleaning agent is sprayed onto the substrate holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTER MANUFACTURING COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yu-Young Wang, Chung-En Kao, Victor Y. Lu
  • Patent number: 10310161
    Abstract: A planar illumination device according to an embodiment includes: a light source; a light guide plate including a light incident side surface on which the light source is arranged; a housing that includes side walls surrounding outer circumferential surfaces of the light source and the light guide plate; a first light blocking sheet that is adhered to an outer side surface and a top end surface of a side wall opposed to the light source among the side walls and that covers the top end surface, a top surface of the light source, and part of a top surface of the light guide plate; and a second light blocking sheet that is adhered to top end surfaces of the side walls other than the side wall to which the first light blocking sheet is adhered and that covers at least the top end surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MINEBEA MITSUMI INC.
    Inventor: Kazumasa Adachi
  • Patent number: 10300838
    Abstract: A device for micro-adjustment of a lighting module has a first end including a thread to be driven into a surface of the lighting module. A second end of the device includes a micro-adjustment thread for attachment of a nut. A flange is positioned between the thread of the first end and the micro-adjustment adjustment thread of the second end. The device also includes a driving feature positioned between the flange and the micro-adjustment adjustment thread. The driving feature has an outer diameter that is smaller than an outer diameter of the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: VALEO NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Kayla Greene, Gavin Warner, Mark Madden, Mark Singleton, Brad Baker
  • Patent number: 10301755
    Abstract: A wet treatment device (1) for the wet treatment of textile making-ups (T) has a treatment drum (10) which is driven about a vertical axis of rotation (A) in a direction of rotation (V) by a rotary drive. The treatment drum (10), which can be loaded at the top, has a drum shell (13) arranged on the circumferential side relative to the axis of rotation (A) and having an outlet opening (20). The latter opens into a return line device (30) which is arranged to be fixed against rotation and which has an annular channel (32) enclosing the treatment drum (10) radially and formed so as to be open in the direction of the outlet opening (20). In addition, the return line device (30) has a discharge opening (31), which is positioned above the drum base (11) and closer to the axis of rotation (A) than the first outlet opening (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Industriefärberei, Faserveredlung und Faserausrüstung Wilhelm Plack, Inhaber: Ludwig Plack e.K.
    Inventor: Ludwig Plack
  • Patent number: 10299655
    Abstract: A dishwasher appliance includes a caloric heat pump system that is configured for heating and cooling a wash chamber of a tub. A field generator is positioned such that caloric material stages are moved in and out of a field of the field generator during operation of the caloric heat pump system. A pump circulates a heat transfer fluid between a first heat exchanger, a second heat exchanger and the caloric material stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Alexander Benedict, David G. Beers
  • Patent number: 10296770
    Abstract: There is described an indicia reading terminal that can be operative to capture a succession of frames of image data and that can be operative so that a certain frame of the succession of frames is subject to quality evaluation processing where a result of the quality evaluation processing is responsive to one or more of an incidence and sharpness of edge representations of the frame of image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ynjiun P. Wang, Shulan Deng
  • Patent number: 10289882
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing information flow when handling cargo. A mobile reader may be configured to connect to wirelessly readable memory devices provided on aircraft cargo containers. The memory device stores onward handling information for individual pieces of cargo stored in the container. The mobile reader may be further configured to display the onward handling information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AMADEUS S.A.S.
    Inventors: Matthew Coxall, Maria Krasko
  • Patent number: 10282653
    Abstract: An article of manufacture comprises a wearable, stretchable synthetic or natural textile article. At least one RFID tag is mounted on the wearable, stretchable synthetic or natural textile article. A stretch-activated switch on the at least one RFID tag has a first mode and a second mode. The first mode is associated with a first RFID tag state and the second mode is associated with a second RFID tag state. The stretch-activated switch comprises a ground contact, an RFID enable contact and a contact to slidably engage the ground contact and the RFID enable contact to transition between the first RFID tag state and the second RFID tag state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Scott DeBates, Douglas Lautner, Jagatkumar Shah, Mary Hor-Lao
  • Patent number: 10269197
    Abstract: A system for controlling access to one or more enclosed areas comprises at least one access card reader and controller powered via a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) interface, each access card reader and controller being capable of controlling access through a particular entrance to a particular enclosed area and an access control server in communication with the at least one access card reader and controller, the access control server being capable of controlling the operation of the at least one access card reader and controller, and a signal converter disposed between the access card reader and the access control server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Isonas, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Radicella, Richard Burkley, Kriston Chapman, Shirl Jones, Roger Matsumoto