Patents Examined by Steven S. Paik
  • Patent number: 10217577
    Abstract: Described herein are several examples of an apparatus that features receptacles configured to accept interchangeable buttons. Each of the interchangeable buttons has a receptacle interface on a first side, which allows them to electrically connect to and communicate with the aforementioned apparatus, and a unique user-perceivable label on a second side. Electronic elements embedded in each interchangeable button, or alternatively located on its first side, correspond to a unique user-perceivable label. Based on these electronic elements, the apparatus recognizes each button individually, and identifies their user-perceivable label. As a result, the interchangeable buttons may be re-positioned on the apparatus and maintain their intended functionality according to their user-perceivable label. In addition, new interchangeable buttons with different user-perceivable labels and new functionality, according to their labels, can be introduced to the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: William Daniel Strauss, Scott Edward De Haas, Gregory Mack Garner, Jeffrey John Peters, Anthony Wood
  • Patent number: 10208937
    Abstract: The invention relates to a light emission system that includes a light source support having a first cooperation member, a printed circuit board fixed to the light source support and a connection system, a connection cable including a connection plug. The connection plug has a second cooperation member. The connection system, the support and the plug are arranged in such a way that when the connection system and the plug are connected to one another, the first and the second cooperation members cooperate together to form a fixed mechanical link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: VALEO VISION
    Inventors: David Dorn, Christophe Cherreau, Pierre Renaud, Silas Bakary, Laurent Garrouste
  • Patent number: 10204251
    Abstract: A network based system and method for managing inventory is disclosed. A smartphone device is connected to a portable barcode scanner using a communication connection. A scanner adapter application on the smartphone device receives output date comprising order data, and parses the order data, passing it to an upload application. The smartphone device further comprises an order management application to take order data from the scanner adapter application and smartphone user data entry to access a backend server system to retrieve and collect detailed order data in support of order submission. The detailed order data contains data elements necessary for completion and submission of orders. An API configured to receive the at least part of the order data from the upload application processes the order information into an electronic order, and sends the electronic order to a vendor server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: MSC Services Corp.
    Inventors: William Patrick Fenty, III, Charles Bonomo, Joseph Patrick Lo Faso, Alan P. Yang
  • Patent number: 10176421
    Abstract: This disclosure includes a method for manufacturing a portable data carrier, an inlay for a data carrier, and a data carrier. A data carrier body has a gap for a chip and a chip is incorporated into the gap. In a subsequent step a cover layer is laid on the data carrier body, and the data carrier body and the cover layer are laminated. After the incorporation of the chip and before the lamination, a stabilizing agent is applied into the gap of the core layer, which remains soft or flexible during the lamination and cures or is activated (e.g. by means of UV radiation) only after the lamination, in order for mechanical tensions to be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Walter Ponikwar, Thomas Tarantino, Tobias Salzer, Andreas Braun, Gunter Endres
  • Patent number: 10133978
    Abstract: A device such as a disposable cartridge has an RFID tag (30) having an antenna (10), and a fluidic element (20, 160), the antenna having a shape to at least partly enclose an area, at least a part of the fluidic element being located in this area. By having such a structure, the device can be made more compact or the antenna can be made larger, and hence the costs for a given performance can be reduced, or the storage space for a given number of devices can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Minicare B.V.
    Inventors: Bernardus Jozef Maria Beerling, Petrus Johannes Wilhelmus Van Lankvelt, Wendela Meertens, Jeroen Hans Nieuwenhuis
  • Patent number: 10133885
    Abstract: A digital imaging based symbol reading system has the capacity to automatically read both visible and invisible symbols in the same application environment. Typically, the system reads the symbols in a user-transparent manner. The system may employ visible/invisible illumination switching during operation. The system may include LED illumination sources. A method for reading both visible and invisible symbols using a single device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Van Horn, Sean Philip Kearney
  • Patent number: 10109132
    Abstract: Disclosed are a sampling method for anti-counterfeiting information about a cash note, and a sampling apparatus for anti-counterfeiting information about a cash note, which executes the method. The sampling method for anti-counterfeiting information about a cash note comprises: through differences collected between sensors, utilizing a law of the differences to restore spatially coupled power-frequency of low-frequency electromagnetic interference signals acquired by an effective signal sensor (21); and then performing common-mode signal elimination on voltage waveform data corresponding to the anti-counterfeiting information, thereby thoroughly elimination the spatially coupled power-frequency or low-frequency electromagnetic interferences that magnetic signal sensors suffer from during the collection of magnetic anti-counterfeiting signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GRG Banking Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hui Liu, Zhuwen Chen, Bihai Yuan
  • Patent number: 10055626
    Abstract: A checkout system for data reading, and related methods of use, the checkout system including one or more data reading devices with a conveyor for transporting items toward a read zone of the data reading devices, and an exception identification system capable of identifying exception items transported through the read zone without being successfully identified by the data reader. The checkout system includes an exception handling system operable to receive exception handling input for resolving an exception associated with the exception item, and a feedback system for receiving the exception handling input and determining whether and how to adjust an object recognition model of the data reading devices to improve performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: DATALOGIC USA, INC.
    Inventors: Justin Beghtol, Mohamed Hamidat, Michael P. Svetal
  • Patent number: 9773436
    Abstract: A mattress age indicating device includes an enclosure and an indicating assembly contained within the enclosure. The age indicating device may be configured to present an indication related to the mattress's age and may be coupled to the mattress or other bedding or seating product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Terrance L. Myers, John A. Garrett
  • Patent number: 9652705
    Abstract: RFID tag structures are disclosed. In one embodiment, the RFID tag includes a flexible substrate, a strap attached to the substrate, an RFID IC mounted on the strap, and an antenna. The strap has a first surface, a second surface, and first and second terminals exposed on the first surface. The second surface of the strap is attached to the substrate. The RFID IC is electrically coupled to the first and second terminals. The antenna is attached to the first surface of the flexible substrate and connected to the first and second terminals on the first surface of the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Automated Assembly Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Lindblad, David Neuman
  • Patent number: 9355512
    Abstract: A closing unit, closing apparatus, and method for locking and/or unlocking a lock is provided. The closing unit can include an actuator for moving or for blocking and releasing a locking and unlocking unit of the lock, an electrical energy supply arrangement, a switch between the electrical energy supply arrangement and the actuator, an encryption/decryption unit, a key memory, as well as a passive RFID basic circuit having an antenna, where at least the actuator, the switch between the electrical energy supply arrangement and the actuator, the encryption/decryption unit, and the key memory are disposed in a housing that cannot be opened without destroying it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: micro-sensys GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Jurisch, Peter Peitsch
  • Patent number: 9135543
    Abstract: Systems and methods related to three-dimensional coding are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for encoding data is described that includes generating a pattern in a substrate. The pattern includes elements and each element has one of an aperture or a protrusion. The aperture or protrusion has unique x, y coordinates within the pattern. The method also includes varying a depth of at least one element. The varied depth encodes data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Simon Regis Louis Lancaster-Larocque
  • Patent number: 9111186
    Abstract: A new framework for extending monochrome barcodes to color which offers higher data rates is described. In one embodiment of the present invention, the framework encodes independent data in each of the cyan, magenta, and yellow print colorant channels commonly used in color printing and decodes the data from each of the complementary red, green, and blue channels in capture color channels. The framework effectively increases the capacity of monochrome barcodes by a factor of three. In another embodiment of the present invention, a physical model based approach mitigates the effect of cross-channel interference among the print-colorant channels and capture color channels. In another embodiment of the invention, a pilot block methodology is used to estimate the model parameters and enable cross-channel interference cancellation. In another embodiment of the invention, an expectation maximization (EM)-type methodology estimates the model parameters and enables cross-channel interference cancellation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: University of Rochester
    Inventors: Henryk Blasinski, Orhan Bulan, Gaurav Sharma
  • Patent number: 9081993
    Abstract: A card reader includes a taking-out detection mechanism for detecting taking-out of a card from a taking-out ready state, which is a state that a part of the card is protruded from the card insertion-and-ejection port to an outer side of the card reader so that the card is capable of being taken out from the card reader, and a resistance applying mechanism structured to abut with the card taken out from the card reader to apply a frictional resistance to the card so as to disturb taking-out of the card. The resistance applying mechanism may include a feed roller configured to feed the card in a direction ejecting the card from an inside of the card reader until the taking-out ready state and, when start of taking-out of the card from the taking-out ready state is detected by the taking-out detection mechanism, the feed roller may be temporarily rotated in a direction taking the card into the card reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Kitazawa
  • Patent number: 9064137
    Abstract: A system is provided comprising first and second parts that are brought together for each occasion the system is used. The first part comprises a label having a plurality of discrete magnetic portions arranged in a predetermined pattern unique to the first part, and the second part comprises a magnetic reader for identifying the magnetic pattern on the first part and generating a signal indicative of the pattern. The second part also includes a programmable controller configured to receive signals from the reader to confirm the identity of the first part and permit further operation of the system upon a positive identification of the first part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Kwang Suk Kim, Terry Chung
  • Patent number: 8876005
    Abstract: A wireless Bluetooth® paired connection is established between a Bluetooth® module in an electro-optical, handheld reader and a Bluetooth® module in a mobile terminal via a human interface device (HID) profile. Data capture from a target is initiated upon one type of manual actuation, e.g., a single pull, of a trigger on the reader. A soft keyboard is caused to appear on a display on the terminal, either immediately, or after a predetermined event, after the establishment of the Bluetooth® paired connection. The soft keyboard is caused to disappear upon manual actuation of the trigger with a different type of manual actuation, e.g., a double pull, of the trigger. Another double pull of the trigger will cause the soft keyboard to reappear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Evans, Mariya Wright
  • Patent number: 8876003
    Abstract: A read head is configured to be coupled to the mobile device. The read head is positioned in a housing. The read head has a slot for swiping a magnetic stripe of a financial transaction card to enable a financial transaction between a buyer and seller. The read head reads data from the magnetic stripe and produces a signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe. The read head includes an output jack adapted to be inserted at least one of the audio jack or microphone input port of the mobile appliance to provide a signal indicative of data stored on the magnetic stripe to, the mobile device. The output jack extends at least 2 mm from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventor: Jim McKelvey
  • Patent number: 8844803
    Abstract: Systems and methods of monitoring progress of delivery of a patient-specific medication are disclosed. A patient/medication identification (ID) device is provided on a package containing the medication, the patient/medication ID device comprising medication/patient information indicative of the medication and the patient. At least one location ID device is provided at a location, the at least one location ID device comprising a unique location ID associated with the location. The medication/patient information and the patient/medication ID are read. Delivery progress information indicative of a last-known read location where at least one of the medication/patient ID information and the unique location identifier was read is generated. The delivery progress information is stored in a database. The delivery progress information is accessed from the database in response to the request. A delivery status of the medication is indicated to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Utech, Cynthia Yamaga
  • Patent number: 8844814
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification automatic detecting system with an antenna net includes a radio frequency identification module, an enhancing surface wave-guide coaxial cable structure including a coaxial cable having at least one aperture region without an outer conducting layer, a receiving apparatus having a plurality of receiving spaces and a plurality of extension wires disposed adjacent to the receiving spaces and coupled or connected to the outer conducting layer of the coaxial cable. The electromagnetic field is formed in nearby regions adjacent to the receiving spaces because the electromagnetic wave caused by the current generated from the radio frequency identification module is transmitted by the outer conducting layer and extension wires. The radio frequency identification electronic tag on the object is triggered automatically when the object is moved toward or moved out from the respective receiving space such that the automatic detecting effect is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Tai-Hwa Liu, Yi-Chun Sung
  • Patent number: 8763913
    Abstract: An RFID tag assembly for attachment to an enclosure surface including a door, an RFID tag attached to one face of the door or wrapped around the door, and an attachment device for connecting the door to the enclosure surface to allow the door to move to a position that shows both sides of the door. The RFID tag can include a ground plane, the tag wrapped around the door such that the ground plane is on the back of the door and the RFID tag antenna is on the front of the door. A ground plane can be provided on the enclosure inner or outer surface in alignment with the RFID tag antenna, with the antenna directly or inductively coupled to the ground plane when the door is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Roland K. Alo, Aaron R. Cox, Joel A. Gotelaere, Max J. C. Koschmeder, Kenneth E. Lubahn, Michael J. MacPherson