Patents Examined by Steven S. Paik
  • Patent number: 10733392
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide robotic multiple-slot test card support systems comprising: a test robot system comprising a robotic arm and an end-effector; and a first card support apparatus comprising: a plurality of lateral supports; a plurality of angled shelf supports each extending between a pair of the plurality of lateral supports defining an array of angled card slots, wherein the shelf supports along the columns are vertically separated and each comprises: a guide exterior surface and an interior surface configured to support a payment test card with at least a portion of a face of the test card being flush with the interior surface; wherein each card slot repeatedly positions the respective test card at substantially the same position within the card slot each time the test card is released by the end-effector enabling repeated accurate retrieval by the end-effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy M. Fenton, Christopher D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10578290
    Abstract: An LED spot lamp with double sides emitting light including a lamp cap, a lamp cup with one end connected with the lamp cap together and a lens connected to the other end of the lamp cup is provided. A cavity is encircled by the lamp cup and the lens. An LED light source including a circuit board provided with LEDs and an LED driver for driving the LEDs to emit light, and a radiator supporting the circuit board and dissipating heat generated by the LEDs are arranged in the cavity. The circuit board includes a main light emitting plate irradiating the lens, and an auxiliary light emitting plate irradiating the direction away from the lens. The lamp cup is of a light transmitting glass structure. The brightness of light emitted from the main light emitting plate is greater than that of light emitted from the auxiliary light emitting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG NVC LAMPS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Xiaorong Zheng, Renyan Zhan
  • Patent number: 10558901
    Abstract: A device for and a method of outputting a magnetic field which is selected according to the type of card reader into which the device is inserted. Different card readers have different reader head types and different number of reader heads, and different modes of outputting the magnetic field, usually with the same information contents, are selected in order to cater for different reader types. In one example, the sensing coils of different reader heads may have different angles to the swipe plane, so that different field line angles may be selected to adapt to the actual reader head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: CARDLAB APS
    Inventor: Finn Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10553082
    Abstract: The invention relates to blocking fraudulent gathering of credit card and debit card information during a legitimate payment transaction at a credit/debit card reader. The invention includes the installation, preferably in a non-uniform manner, of blockers onto one or more faces or surfaces of the card reader. Properly installed blockers will tend to prevent the easy installation of a flush mounted skimmer device that is designed to overlay the legitimate card reader at a store or point of sale location such as a gasoline pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: PHILLIPS 66 COMPANY
    Inventor: Gary S. Brush
  • Patent number: 10535059
    Abstract: A retail store is comprised of a retail space having billboard paper with images of items and item codes for purchasing the items. The retail store further includes a pick area where physical items of the store are located. A device operated by a user scans the item codes and the item codes are communicated to a server for item information and item pricing. As item identifiers are moved to a cart depicted on the device by the user, the server communicates the item details to a display device in the pick area where corresponding items are picked for a transaction of the user in real time. When the user checks out and pays for the items in the cart, the user retrieves the bagged items for the transaction from a pickup drive-thru accessible from an external area of the retail store where the pick area is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: John Coker Goodwin, III
  • Patent number: 10532921
    Abstract: Fuel dispensers, systems and methods are provided for electronically transmitting data characterizing fueling transactions in a fueling environment, and in particular from a fuel dispenser. In an exemplary embodiment, a fuel dispenser is provided having a printer module that can perform operations that enable any one or more of replacing a printer, providing a user with a printed transaction record at a remote location, and/or provide the user with an electronic transaction record. The application of the printer module can facilitate providing a user with a printed and/or electronic transaction record, while minimizing, or eliminating, changes to standard communication protocol associated with components of a payment terminal that can deliver formatted transaction data to a typical printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems LLC
    Inventors: Henry Fieglein, Scott R. Negley, III, John Joseph Morris, Thomas Cerovski, Steve Belt
  • Patent number: 10535226
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for conducting a checkless cash access settlement are provided. In one embodiment, a cash advance method includes the following: a customer initiates a cash access transaction via a cash access system; the customer receives authorization or denial; the customer provides identification and the financial card to a cashier or attendant; the cashier or attendant validates the customer's identity, retrieves the transaction information, and completes the cash advance application; the application prints a non-negotiable instrument, such as a transaction receipt; the customer signs the receipt confirming the transaction with a physical receipt or electronic capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Everi Payments Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Potts, Richard Beer
  • Patent number: 10524309
    Abstract: A method is provided for interacting with audience members in an event, each of the potential attendees having available thereto a unique identifier. The method comprises creating, for an attendee, a unique ID (UID) on a mobile wireless device (MWD) by the steps of inputting to the MWD one of the unique identifiers, combining the obtained unique identifier with a UID time stamp at the time of creation of the UID; receiving with a server on a first wireless channel communications from the MWD; registering the UID at the physical location of the event; generating a visual query; displaying on the MWD response indicators; receiving at the server from the registered attendee a response, to the query over the first wireless channel; and storing in a database on the server the received response in association with the displayed query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: TESLA LABORATORIES, LLC
    Inventor: Jovan Hutton Pulitzer
  • Patent number: 10504123
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, included inputting, entering, or receiving, with or using an input device or a receiver, information regarding an account and transaction information regarding a transaction on or involving the account; obtaining or recording, with or using a camera or a video recording device, a photograph or a video clip of an individual involved in the transaction; processing, with or using a processor, the transaction information; storing, in a database of a computer, information regarding the transaction and the photograph or the video clip of the individual involved in the transaction, and transmitting the information regarding the transaction and the photograph or the video clip of the individual involved in the transaction to a communication device independently of any processing of the transaction by a transaction authorization processing computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: GTJ VENTURES, LLC
    Inventor: Raymond Anthony Joao
  • Patent number: 10489696
    Abstract: An article allows an engraved code to be detected. The engraved code includes a plurality of dot dented portions defined on the article. Each of the dot dented portions has a quadrilateral pyramid shape with a coating layer on a prior stage dented portion having a quadrilateral pyramid shape. Corner dented portions dented at acute angles outward along a diagonal direction are defined at four corner positions of an opening peripheral edge portion of the prior stage dented portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasushi Suzuki, Toshiyuki Take, Takashi Murakami, Kokichi Nakayama, Kazushi Imamura
  • Patent number: 10489697
    Abstract: An engraved code includes a plurality of dot dented portions defined on an article. The engraved code includes an opening peripheral edge portion of each of the dot dented portions which has a polygonal or quadrilateral shape. This configuration leads to detection of each dot dented portion as a polygonal or quadrilateral dot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazushi Imamura, Yasushi Suzuki, Kokichi Nakayama, Takashi Murakami, Toshiyuki Take
  • Patent number: 10482367
    Abstract: The disclosed technology relates generally to apparatus comprising conductive polymers and more particularly to tag and tag devices comprising a redox-active polymer film, and method of using and manufacturing the same. In one aspect, an apparatus includes a substrate and a conductive structure formed on the substrate which includes a layer of redox-active polymer film having mobile ions and electrons. The conductive structure further includes a first terminal and a second terminal configured to receive an electrical signal therebetween, where the layer of redox-active polymer is configured to conduct an electrical current generated by the mobile ions and the electrons in response to the electrical signal. The apparatus additionally includes a detection circuit operatively coupled to the conductive structure and configured to detect the electrical current flowing through the conductive structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on Behalf of Arizona State University
    Inventors: Paul B. Johnson, Jose Antonio Bautista-Martinez, Cody A. Friesen, Elise Switzer
  • Patent number: 10395081
    Abstract: A method of encoding indicia for one or more fields and subfields of a document is described. The one or more fields and subfields are encoded in extraction fields of the document with field descriptors. The field descriptors are unique at a parent level for the one or more fields and subfields, and provide information on relationships between the one or more fields and subfields. The field descriptors can include a current level of the field, a field's count identifier, a total number of fields at the current level, and an indication if the current level has subfields. The field descriptors can be encoded in the extraction field border via an embedded barcode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Lundberg, Eric Swanson, Robert Nguon
  • Patent number: 10318818
    Abstract: A system detects a transaction outcome by obtaining video data associated with a transaction area and analyzing the video data to obtain at least one video transaction parameter concerning transactions associated with the transaction area. The transaction area can be a video count of items indicated in the video data as detected by an automated item detection algorithm applied to the video data. The system obtains at least one expected transaction parameter concerning an expected transaction that occurs in the transaction area, such as a scan count of items scanned at a point of sale terminal. The system automatically compares the video transaction parameter(s) to the expected transaction parameter(s) to identify a transaction outcome that may indicate fraudulent activity such as sweethearting in a retail environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Stoplift
    Inventors: Malay Kundu, Vikram Srinivasan, Joshua Migdal, Xiaowei Chen
  • 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
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT MOBILE SECURITY GMBH
    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