Patents Examined by Michael G. Lee
  • Patent number: 9699370
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a deformable lens element can be provided wherein a deformable lens element can be deformed to change an optical property thereof by the impartation of a force to the deformable lens element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ynjiun P. Wang, Chen Feng, William H. Havens, Jianhua Li
  • Patent number: 9691092
    Abstract: Methods and systems for predicting and responding to customer needs using local positioning technology are presented. In some embodiments, a customer assistance computing platform may receive one or more attributes associated with a beacon signal received by a customer computing device and an identifier associated with the customer computing device. Subsequently, the computing platform may determine an identity of a customer using the customer computing device. The computing platform then may determine a location of the customer using the customer computing device based on the one or more attributes associated with the beacon signal. Thereafter, the computing platform may determine one or more predicted needs of the customer. Then, the computing platform may generate a notification based on the predicted needs of the customer and may send the notification to the customer computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Carrie Anne Hanson, Sharon Scanlon, Kim Stittsworth, David M. Grigg, Davindar Gill
  • Patent number: 9684839
    Abstract: An article for use as a negotiable instrument includes a substrate having a front side and reverse side; first machine-printed information on the substrate's front side including an account number associated with the negotiable instrument, and a unique identifier associated with the negotiable instrument, the first machine-printed information uniquely identifying the negotiable instrument; and second machine-printed information on the substrate's reverse side that corresponds to the first machine-printed information such that comparison of respective images of the substrate's front and reverse sides indicates that the images correspond to the same negotiable instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Harland Clarke Corp.
    Inventors: Philip Magnus, Luis Sanchez, Richard Ebrey, Daniel Hartlage, Erik Mericle, Daniel Castilleja
  • Patent number: 9677891
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a positioning method and a system thereof, an encoded label generating method and a system thereof. The present invention sets forth a solution of using encoded label to determine coordinate, so as to perform positioning. The positioning method, includes: acquiring a normalized map and a first identification code for identifying the map; acquiring, by scanning a first encoded label, a second identification code and a first coordinate indicated by the first encoded label; and determining a first location in the map corresponding to the first coordinate in response to the second identification code matching with the first identification code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sheng Hua Bao, Jian Chen, Zhong Su, Li Zhang, Shiwan Zhao
  • Patent number: 9667823
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide time-varying barcodes in an active display for information exchange. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention provide a system and method for communicating information between electronic devices via a barcode image sequence. In a typical embodiment, a barcode image sequence is displayed on the display screen of a first electronic device. A second electronic device reads and decodes the barcode image sequence. The second electronic device displays an acknowledgement on the display screen of the second electronic device. The acknowledgement is read by the first electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Moon J. Kim
  • Patent number: 9659240
    Abstract: A card reader may include a card insertion port; a card conveying passage; and a card lock mechanism. The card lock mechanism may include a motor; a lock member comprising a prevention pawl; and a power transmission mechanism structured to transmit power of the motor to the lock member. The power transmission mechanism may include a worm gear having a screw gear and a helical gear engaged with the screw gear. The screw gear may be disposed on a motor side relative to the helical gear in a transmitting direction of power from the motor to the lock member. The lock member may further include a teeth part in a fan shape. The teeth part may be driven through engagement of gears including the worm gear to move the prevention pawl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinya Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 9658763
    Abstract: An apparatus that operates to cause financial transfers responsive to data read from data bearing records includes at least one processor that is in operative connection with a card reader and a touch screen display. The at least one processor causes the machine to operate to read card data from a user card, and to cause a determination that the read card data corresponds to an authorized financial account. Data corresponding to a user input character is resolved by the at least one processor responsive to contact with the touch screen display input surface, which may not include any visible output indicia that corresponds to the input character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael J. Harty, Randall Jenkins, Tim Crews, Natarajan Ramachandran
  • Patent number: 9652706
    Abstract: A wireless IC device includes a wireless IC chip arranged to process a radio signal, a power-supply circuit board that is connected to the wireless IC chip and that includes a power supply circuit including at least one coil pattern, and a radiation plate arranged to radiate a transmission signal supplied from the power-supply circuit board and/or receiving a reception signal to supply the reception signal to the power-supply circuit board. The radiation plate includes an opening provided in a portion thereof and a slit connected to the opening. When viewed in plan from the direction of the winding axis of the coil pattern, the opening in the radiation plate overlaps with an inner area of the coil pattern and the area of the inner area is approximately the same as that of opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noboru Kato, Nobuo Ikemoto
  • Patent number: 9639796
    Abstract: A payment card (e.g., credit and/or debit card) is provided with a magnetic emulator operable to act as a magnetic stripe read-head detector and a data transmitter. A multiple layer flexible PCB may be fabricated to include multiple magnetic emulators. An emulator may include a coil that includes magnetic, ferromagnetic, or ferromagnetic, material in the coil's interior. Coils may be associated with zones. As a read-head is detected to move from zone-to-zone, coils may be activated to transmit information in those zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: DYNAMICS INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey David Mullen, David Lambeth, Bruce Cloutier
  • Patent number: 9633236
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure provide a reader device for processing payment cards. The reader device is configured to harvest power from received audio signals, for example, from analog signals received on an audio bus, such as a standard 3.5 mm audio channel. In some implementations, a reader of the current technology includes a microcontroller configured to perform operations including receiving an audio signal from the host via the audio bus, analyzing the audio signal to determine when a voltage of the audio signal is negative and providing a reference signal to the power module, wherein the reference signal indicates time periods in which synchronous rectification is to be performed by the power module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy Wade
  • Patent number: 9626665
    Abstract: A system and method for performing transactions uses a plurality of tokens for retail sale, each token representing a send transaction. A computer system is connectable to receive data representing a send transaction identifier of at least one token and the computer system presents to the sender a completion interface that includes fields for receiving send transaction information comprising sender identification information, recipient identification information and options related to the transfer. In response to receipt of sufficient information entered at the completion interface, a memory stores an active, funded send transaction record in the computer system including the options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: MONEYGRAM INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Richard T. Meszaros, Eric James Sander, Yassir Zouiten
  • Patent number: 9619956
    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: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Everyone Counts, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Contorer, Sean Mostafavi, Jim Goode, Elan Kaplan, Carolyn Hicks, Jon Thomason
  • Patent number: 9621498
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and controlling method thereof are disclosed, by which side information is facilitated to be inserted or modified in a multimedia content using an optically readable code. The present invention includes the steps of acquiring an image, acquiring side information on the acquired image, converting the acquired side information to an optically readable digital code, and saving the digital code and the image in a manner of linking the digital code and the image to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Kyuseok Kim
  • Patent number: 9619838
    Abstract: A system for object tracking may comprise a system for displaying consumer account information on a wireless device comprising at least one subsystem that receives transaction information regarding a purchase of the consumer, at least one subsystem that sends selected transaction information regarding the transaction to a wireless device, and at least one subsystem that displays on the wireless device account information based on the sent selected transaction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventor: Billie J. West
  • Patent number: 9613349
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to deposit money to a monetary terminal using an account in a financial institution. When remitting money for charging up a monetary terminal to a center account 31, the user inputs to a banking system 3 remitter information containing a name (in katakana characters) and a monetary terminal ID of the monetary terminal that is to be charged up. In response to this, the banking system 3 transmits a remittance amount and the remitter information to an electronic money server 2. The electronic money server 2 extracts the name of the user and the monetary terminal ID from the received remitter information, and checks them against user registration information. Thereafter, the electronic money server 2 generates amount update information within the remitted amount, and transmits it to a cell phone 7 or an electronic money card 15, which is identified by the monetary terminal ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Norihiko Fujita, Kazuki Yamada, Hiroyuki Yamada
  • Patent number: 9607127
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for providing a set of symbols uniquely distinguishing an organism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Jan Jaap Nietfeld
  • Patent number: 9607483
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, an automated banking machine operable to perform cash withdrawals. If a withdrawal is below a threshold, authorization is obtained from a first transaction authorization computer. If a withdrawal is greater than or equal to the threshold, a first portion of the cash is dispensed responsive to authorization from a first transaction authorization computer and a second portion of the cash amount is dispensed responsive to authorization from a second transaction authorization computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Diebold Self-Service Systems division of Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: James Block, H. Thomas Graef, Paul D. Magee, Donald S. Nelson, James Meek, Daniel S. McIntyre, Mark DePietro, Natarajan Ramachandran
  • Patent number: 9608307
    Abstract: A semiconductor substrate-based system for an RFID device, in particular an RFID transponder, having a semiconductor substrate and an electronic circuit system which is structured on the semiconductor substrate is provided. The semiconductor substrate-based system also has a thin-layer battery, likewise structured on the semiconductor substrate, for supplying power to the RFID device. Moreover, an RFID device having a corresponding semiconductor substrate-based system, and a method for manufacturing a corresponding semiconductor substrate-based system are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Tjalf Pirk, Andreas Krauss, Laura Bohne, Janpeter Wolff
  • Patent number: 9600981
    Abstract: A user terminal for performing a cash withdrawal transaction comprises a reader for reading a user device, a processing resource configured to obtain from the user device account data representative of an account associated with the user device, and to receive a user request for a cash withdrawal in respect of the account, and an output device configured to issue, in response to the user request for a cash withdrawal, a token that is exchangeable for cash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: KORALA ASSOCIATES LIMITED
    Inventor: Aravinda Korala
  • Patent number: 9594873
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a framework for facilitating a medical emergency workflow. In accordance with one aspect, a code cart is paired with a computer system. The code cart may include tracking tags attached to the code cart and cart items. The computer system may include a data collector for scanning the tracking tags and an application. The application may be executable by a processor to perform steps including receiving, from the data collector, information associated with the code cart and one or more selected cart items, and updating a medical emergency record based at least in part on the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Mark Portnoy