Patents Examined by Michael Horabik
  • Patent number: 7227448
    Abstract: A system for controlling locking/unlocking of at least one openable panel of a vehicle is provided. The system is especially designed to prevent unauthorized persons from intercepting and copying signals transmitted between the vehicle and a transmission/reception device held by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Valeo Electronique
    Inventors: Eric Menard, Colin Smith
  • Patent number: 7221257
    Abstract: Cards communication devices, and methods of forming the same and encoding visibly perceptible information on communication devices are provided. A remote intelligent communication device includes: a card-thin housing including: an upper surface; a lower surface; and at least one side extending between the upper surface and the lower surface forming the card-thin housing, the side having visibly perceptible information thereon; and communication circuitry within the housing configured to at least one of communicate and receive electronic signals. A method of forming a card includes: providing a substrate having: an upper surface; a lower surface, and the upper and lower surfaces individually having a length and a width; and a plurality of sides individually having a thickness less than the lengths and the widths of the surfaces; and encoding visibly perceptible information on at least one of the sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark E. Tuttle
  • Patent number: 7218243
    Abstract: A system and method for configuring a remote control to command the operation of appliances, to capture demographic data, and to provide services, such as automated warranty registration, instructions, viewing guides, etc., relevant to the appliances is provided. The system includes a database and associated server that are located remotely from the remote control and accessible via a network connection. Command codes, graphical user interface elements, and services are accessed and downloaded to the remote control, as appropriate, using data supplied to the server that identifies the appliances and/or functional capabilities of the appliances. This data can be supplied by the appliances directly or can be obtained from other sources such as barcode labels, network devices, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick H. Hayes, James N. Conway, Jr., Robert P. Lilleness, Paul D. Arling
  • Patent number: 7199724
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided to aide in emergency egress of a structure. More particularly, egress indicators are co-located with hazard sensors. During detection of a hazard condition, locations of sensors detecting the hazard are identified and a pathway directing traffic away from the hazard is determined. Finally, the egress indicators are operated to direct traffic down the determined pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Janice M. Danvir, Marc K. Chason, Katherine M. Devanie, David A. Hume
  • Patent number: 7170391
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for authenticating entities to use an intelligent interactive Electronic Document Code stored in an RFID tag attached to a document as a means for third parties to ascertain a document is not counterfeit and has not been revoked or changed. In addition, such intelligent RFID tags can uniquely identify a particular document and data related to the document. The authenticating agency can utilize a public or private Electronic Document Code database as a means for the authenticating agency and third parties to authenticate documents and data in documents. The intelligent interactive Electronic Document Code can be used as an anti counterfeit mechanism enabling third parties requested to provide services, benefits or monetary payments to authenticate documents and or the data associated with the document is not counterfeit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventors: Kathleen Lane, William H Lane, III
  • Patent number: 7170390
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for conditioning the access of a user of a remotely-accessible device, which tracks and monitors objects, by using a preprogrammed expiration time and date and comparing that to a reliable time and date source, such as a time and date received from a global positioning system receiver, and disabling the processing of signals of the remotely-accessible device if the time and date comparison reveals that the license, service, lease, rental or commodity agreement has expired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Topp Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis F. QuiƱones, Victor Maldonado
  • Patent number: 7161469
    Abstract: A method of reading a plurality of transponders 14.1 to 14.n forming part of an electronic radio frequency identification system 10 comprises the steps of prompting the transponders at 38 to transmit preambles 30 only of respective response digital sequences to a reader 12. The reader then locks onto the preamble 30 transmitted by one of the transponders and immediately causes a mute signal 38 to be broadcast to mute all of the transponders not yet transmitting. The reader then transmits during a first time window 42 a first command 40 to cause the one transponder to transmit a remainder of the sequence. Having received and read the remainder, the reader transmits a second command 44 during a second time window 46 to cause the one transponder to switch to a sleep mode wherein the one transponder no longer transmits any part of the sequence, and to unmute the muted transponders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: BTG International Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Gordon Gervase Turner, John McMurray
  • Patent number: 7126499
    Abstract: A keyboard. The keyboard comprises at least one key, a base, a membrane assembly and a circuit board. The membrane assembly is disposed between the base and the key. At least part of the circuit board is disposed in the key. The keyboard is connected to a notebook computer or a personal computer via a connection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Darfon Electronics Corp.
    Inventors: Chih-Nan Lin, Chih-Hsiang Chiang, Ling-Hsi Chao
  • Patent number: 7119662
    Abstract: A contactless IC chip is mounted or adhered on a certificate and used in a service system having an interrogator and a computer system. The interrogator and the computer system are interconnected via a network such as the Internet. The IC chip is used as an electronic tag and the interrogator receives first information by reading information printed on the certificate including a digital signature and by receiving second information from the electronic tag through an antenna of the interrogator. Then, the first information from the certificate and the digital signature are used by the computer to calculate third information that is compared with the second information received from the electronic tag. If the comparison results in a match, then the certificate is deemed authentic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akiko Horiguchi, Mitsuo Usami, Masaru Ohki
  • Patent number: 7109883
    Abstract: A process variable transmitter connects a serial bus to an accessory load. A supply limiter circuit provides a first supply current limit and provides a stored energy output. A recessive driver circuit draws a drive current from the stored energy output and couples the drive current to the serial bus. The recessive driver circuit provides a drive current limit. A dominant driver circuit has a dominant state in which it conducts the drive current, and an inactive state in which the drive current is available to the accessory load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Steven R. Trimble, Kelly M. Orth, Richard L. Nelson, David G. Tyson
  • Patent number: 7109891
    Abstract: A method for arranging 37 Mandarin Phonetic Symbols (MPS) on a keypad includes arranging the 37 symbols onto 12 keys of the keypad. With this particular arrangement, a maximum number of combinations of MPS generated by pressing three keys on the keypad is reduced from 48 to 16, making input of Chinese characters considerably faster and more convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Inventec Appliances Corp.
    Inventors: Hai-Ming Zhang, Shih-Kuang Tsai, Dai-Shui Ho
  • Patent number: 7102543
    Abstract: A portable unit for the input of data in a digital device, includes a control panel (1) on which is located a table (2) with a group of symbols (16) in a number of fields (13), and a base plate (3) with pressure contacts (4, 5). Two selection elements (8, 9) can be moved parallel to the rows (14) and the columns (15) of the table (2) until they are situated opposite to or above a pressure contact (4, 5) in the extension of a selected row (14) or column (15); a pressure mechanism (7) changes the position of the pressure contacts (4, 5) by means of the selection elements (8, 9) situated opposite to or under the latter; and a number of additional pressure contacts (6) which can be manually operated, whose number is equal to the maximum number of symbols (16) of a field (13) is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventor: Gerhardus Johannes Breukink
  • Patent number: 7098803
    Abstract: A telemetered characteristic monitor system includes a remotely located data receiving device, a sensor for producing signal indicative of a characteristic of a user, and a transmitter device. The transmitter device includes a housing, a sensor connector, a processor, and a transmitter. The transmitter receives the signals from the sensor and Tirelessly transmits the processed signals to the remotely located data receiving device. The processor coupled to the sensor processes the signals from the sensor for transmission to the remotely located data receiving device. The data receiving device may be a characteristic monitor, a data receiver that provides data to another device, an RF programmer for a medical device, a medication delivery device (such as an infusion pump), or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred E. Mann, Richard E. Purvis, John J. Mastrototaro, James D. Causey, James Henke, Peter Hong, John H. Livingston, Clifford W. Hague, Brad T. Hite
  • Patent number: 7091885
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and is enabled with disambiguation software. The device provides output in the form of a default output and a number of variants. The output is based largely upon the frequency, i.e., the likelihood that a user intended a particular output, but various features of the device provide additional variants that are not based solely on frequency and rather are provided by various logic structures resident on the device. The device enables editing during text entry and also provides a learning function that allows the disambiguation function to adapt to provide a customized experience for the user. The disambiguation function can be selectively disabled and an alternate keystroke interpretation system provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: 2012244 Ontario Inc.
    Inventors: Vadim Fux, Michael G. Elizarov, Sergey V. Kolomiets
  • Patent number: 7084734
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for providing secure authentication of a user to a machine and/or system and secure operation of the machine and/or system thereafter are provided. A representative method, amount others, includes: authenticating a user to a system directly or via a proximity device; authenticating the proximity device to a receiver in the system; upon successful authentication, initiating operation of the system; and intermittently communicating between the proximity device and the receiver to verify whether the proximity device is within continued proximity of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventor: Abhishek Singh
  • Patent number: 7084782
    Abstract: A telemetry system and method for communicating information axially along a drill string comprised of a drive train supported within a housing. The system includes an axial conducting loop formed by the drill string for conducting an axial electrical signal embodying the information between a first axial position and a second axial position in the drill string, which axial conducting loop extends between the first and second axial positions. A transmitter transmits information to the axial conducting loop. The drive train includes a downhole end which extends from and is located below the housing. At least one of the first and second axial positions is located in the downhole end. The method includes the step of conducting the axial electrical signal between the first and second axial positions through the axial conducting loop which extends between the first and second axial positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan L. Davies, Edward James Cargill, Gary L. Donison, Boguslaw Wiecek, Daniel P. Lupien, Richard D. Bottos, Richard T. Hay
  • Patent number: 7084735
    Abstract: A system and method for selectively limiting at least one operational characteristic, such as maximum speed, of a vehicle. A vehicle limitation control signal is supplied to the vehicle over a wireless communication network. In response to the limitation control signal, the maximum speed of the vehicle is limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: IDSC Holdings, LLC.
    Inventor: Michael Kapolka
  • Patent number: 7084781
    Abstract: A universal in-vehicle remote control automatically assists in appliance activation configuration. The appliance responds to a radio frequency activation signal having characteristics represented by one of a plurality of activation schemes. The user is automatically prompted to select one of a plurality of subsets of possible activation schemes. For each activation scheme in the subset, an activation signal is transmitted. User input is received indicating whether or not at least one transmitted activation signal successfully activates the appliance. If the user input indicates success, data representing the activation scheme is associated with a user activation input channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Mark D. Chuey
  • Patent number: 7084736
    Abstract: A device and method for checking authorization of users, for example, of a public transportation system, in which individual authorization data, containing user-specific data, are stored in personal chip cards and contactlessly transmitted to a portable identification device and visually reproduced by a Virtual Retinal Display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Swisscom Mobile AG
    Inventor: Rudolph Ritter
  • Patent number: 7081837
    Abstract: A keyboard of reduced size is provided in which multiple characters are assigned to each of the primary keys. The selection of the characters to be assigned to each specific primary key is based on the touch typing rules associated with a specific standardized keyboard, preferably allowing at least three rows of keys to be reduced to a single row of keys. A disambiguating system is used to interpret which of the characters and/or symbols assigned to a particular key is intended, typically by applying a set of disambiguating rules to generated input sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Inventor: Taylor Bollman