Patents Examined by Thien M. Le
  • Patent number: 11907791
    Abstract: Smartcards with metal layers manufactured according to various techniques disclosed herein. One or more metal layers of a smartcard stackup may be provided with slits overlapping at least a portion of a module antenna in an associated transponder chip module disposed in the smartcard so that the metal layer functions as a coupling frame. One or more metal layers may be pre-laminated with plastic layers to form a metal core or clad subassembly for a smartcard, and outer printed and/or overlay plastic layers may be laminated to the front and/or back of the metal core. Front and back overlays may be provided. Various constructions of and manufacturing techniques (including temperature, time, and pressure regimes for laminating) for smartcards are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Amatech Group Lijited
    Inventors: Mustafa Lotya, David Finn, Darren Molloy
  • Patent number: 11907798
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein include an apparatus for providing RFID-based locations for items located in an indoor environment including an RFID scanner to transmit interrogating RFID signals and to receive RFID identifiers for RFID tags, the RFID tags being affixed to the items in the indoor environment. The apparatus can additionally include an indoor location tracking device to determine a current location of the apparatus within the indoor environment, wherein the apparatus is mobile and configured to be moved throughout the indoor environment. The apparatus can further include an RFID-location processor to receive RFID data from the RFID scanner and location data from the indoor location tracking device, correlate portions of the RFID data with portions of the location data, and generate RFID-based location data for the items located in the indoor environment based, at least in part, on the correlated portions of the RFID data and the location data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Target Brands Inc.
    Inventors: David Groomes, Kalyan Manepalli, Tim Milne, Cameron Peickert
  • Patent number: 11907777
    Abstract: The information code has an information code area constituted of colored information cells with two or more colors, the information code area having the specific information recorded using the information cells as information units, and a teacher code area having teacher cells with the same colors and the same number of colors as the information cells so as to identify the colors of the information cells. In the information code, the teacher code area is placed away from the information code area or inside the information code area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: VARIETY M-1 INC.
    Inventor: Toshiaki Mitake
  • Patent number: 11907799
    Abstract: A convertible slot scanner assembly for capturing at least one object appearing in a field of view (FOV) is provided that includes an imaging assembly, a controller, an image decoder, a chassis, a first window, and a housing. The chassis is configured to accommodate the imaging assembly and includes an optical cavity, an opening, and a flange portion at least partially surrounding the opening. The first window is configured to at least partially cover the opening of the chassis. The housing includes a housing cavity that is dimensioned to at least partially accommodate the chassis. The housing is positionable in a first, horizontal configuration and a second, vertical configuration. In the horizontal configuration, the first window is in a generally horizontal orientation. In the vertical configuration, the first window is in a generally upright orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Darran Michael Handshaw, Edward Barkan, Mark Drzymala
  • Patent number: 11899233
    Abstract: The invention provides a light generating system (1000), comprising a plurality of light sources (10), an elongated luminescent body (100), and a body holder structure (2000), wherein: the plurality of light sources (10) are configured to provide light source light (11), wherein the light sources (10) are solid state light sources, wherein the plurality of light sources (10) are configured in a light source array (15); the elongated luminescent body (100) has a length (L) and a width (W), wherein the elongated luminescent body (100) comprises luminescent material (120) configured to convert at least part of light source light (11) into luminescent material light (8), wherein the elongated luminescent body (100) and the light source array (15) are configured parallel; the body holder structure (2000) comprises an elongated slit (205) for hosting the elongated luminescent body (100), wherein the elongated slit (205) has a cavity wall (1205) defining the elongated slit (205) and a slit opening (1206), wherein
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Petrus Hendrikus Antonis, Ludovicus Johannes Lambertus Haenen, Peter Vanpoucke, Barry Mos, Christoph Gerard August Hoelen, Dominique Maria Bruls, Simon Eme Kadijk, Li Yun
  • Patent number: 11893864
    Abstract: An input device has a support that has a user control area and that has a coupling area for coupling an object to be monitored to the input device; an electromechanical transducer structure that is coupled both to the user control area and to the coupling area; and a control apparatus that uses the electromechanical transducer structure to implement a user control function of the user control area and further to implement mechanical integrity monitoring of the object to be monitored and/or the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Diebold Nixdorf Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Dietz
  • Patent number: 11892741
    Abstract: Provided is a display device including a front housing, a display panel, a circuit board, a middle frame, a battery module, and a rear housing; wherein the front housing and the middle frame are connected to form an accommodation space, wherein the display panel and the circuit board are disposed in the accommodation space, a battery accommodation portion is disposed on the circuit board, wherein the battery module is disposed in the battery accommodation portion, and the rear housing covers the circuit board and is snap-fit to the middle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lei Cao, Junmin Sun, Jinggang Wei, Wenbin Wang, Zifeng Wang, Yan Ren, Yunpeng Wu
  • Patent number: 11892127
    Abstract: An LED filament includes a plurality of LED chips arranged in an array substantially along an axial direction of the LED filament and electrically connected with one another; two conductive electrodes disposed corresponding to the array, each of the two conductive electrodes being electrically connected to a corresponding LED chip at an end of the array; an enclosure coated on at least two sides of the array and the two conductive electrodes, and a portion of each of the two conductive electrodes being exposed from the enclosure; a surface of the enclosure defines a surface extending direction along the axial direction of the LED filament, a long side of each of the LED chips defines an LED extending direction, and the surface extending direction and the LED extending direction of at least one of the LED chips define an included angler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG SUPER LIGHTING ELECTRIC APPLIANCE CO., LTD
    Inventor: Tao Jiang
  • Patent number: 11887091
    Abstract: Provided is a money handling apparatus that can be easily introduced in a store. The money handling system includes: a money handling apparatus installed in a store and capable of executing basic functions including a checkout function; and a operation terminal connected to the money handling apparatus. When executing the checkout function, the money handling apparatus receives, through the operation terminal, an input of prices and quantities of items a customer purchases in the store, to calculate a transaction amount. The apparatus recognizes and counts money, which is deposited through an inlet for paying the transaction amount, to calculate a deposit amount of deposited money, and stores the deposited money inside the money handling apparatus. When the deposit amount exceeds the transaction amount, the money handling apparatus feeds out money corresponding to a difference therebetween, and dispenses the fed out money as change to an outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Tasuku Nakamoto, Ryuji Kataoka, Kazuhiro Doi
  • Patent number: 11888241
    Abstract: An antenna device includes a patch antenna serving as a first antenna; and a second antenna including capacitance loading elements, the capacitance loading elements being located above the patch antenna and also arranged separately in a predetermined direction. Also, an antenna device includes a patch antenna serving as a first antenna; and a second antenna including capacitance loading elements, the capacitance loading elements being located above the patch antenna, and a slit-like cutout part in a predetermined direction being formed in at least one of side edges of the capacitance loading elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: YOKOWO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Sone
  • Patent number: 11888549
    Abstract: A mobile device includes an NFC (Near Field Communication) antenna including a metal coil and a first dielectric substrate, a coupling metal element, and a second dielectric substrate. The metal coil is disposed on the first dielectric substrate. The coupling metal element is adjacent to the metal coil. The coupling metal element does not directly touch the metal coil. The coupling metal element is disposed on the second dielectric substrate. The coupling metal element is configured to adjust the operational frequency of the NFC antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: WISTRON NEWEB CORP.
    Inventors: Ting-Han Shih, Ching-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 11886952
    Abstract: Systems and methods for age verification are disclosed. According to one disclosed embodiment, a system includes: a scanner configured to scan a passive data source on an identification card; and a processor coupled to the scanner, the processor configured to: receive a scanner signal from the scanner; verify an age of a user based on the scanner signal; and transmit verification information to a point of sale device, the point of sale device configured to authorize a sale of age-restricted material based on the verification information. According to another disclosed embodiment, a system includes: a scanner configured to scan a passive data source on an identification card; and a processor coupled to the scanner, the processor configured to: receive a scanner signal from the scanner; verify an age of a user based on the scanner signal; and transmit a verification signal to an age-restricted device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Integrated Solutions International, LLC
    Inventors: Michael F. Sweeney, Thomas J. Stopyra
  • Patent number: 11882628
    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: August 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla Laboratories, LLC
    Inventor: Jovan Hutton Pulitzer
  • Patent number: 11880438
    Abstract: Embodiments of devices and methods for restricting access to certain age related devices are disclosed, including an accessory for an aerosol delivery device comprising an interface that is configured to provide access to age restricted material within the aerosol delivery device; and authentication circuitry that is configured to receive an age verification of a user, wherein the access is not provided to the aerosol delivery device without the age verification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Integrated Solutions International, LLC
    Inventors: Michael F. Sweeney, Thomas J. Stopyra
  • Patent number: 11875218
    Abstract: In one aspect, the technology processes image data depicting a physical object to extract payload data that is encoded on the object in the form of tiled code blocks. The payload data is encoded in conjunction with an associated reference signal. To account for possible inversion of the imagery, the decoding includes determining spatial correspondence between the image data and the reference signal. A patch of the image data smaller than the block size is then selected, and correlated with a spatially-corresponding patch of the reference signal. From the correlation it may be concluded that the chosen patch exhibits inversion. In such case a subset of the image data is adjusted prior to decoding to compensate for the inversion. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Adnan M. Alattar, Vojtech Holub
  • Patent number: 11869319
    Abstract: A fixed retail scanner and related methods comprises imagers configured to capture image data, and a processor operably coupled to the imagers. The processor configured to provide image data from at least some of the imagers in real-time during a transaction to a decoder within the data reader for decoding an optical code on an object within the image data, generate annotations for the image data based on an analysis of image content of the image data to generate annotated image data, and provide the annotated image data from at least some of the imagers to an external system in real-time during the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Datalogic USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Howard, Aric Zandhuisen, Matt Monte
  • Patent number: 11861430
    Abstract: A system (100) and a method for marking a product (10) utilize an encoding that specifies the presence or absence of each of a plurality of luminescent materials, at least one of which exhibits a predetermined decay behavior. The decay behavior of a plurality of different materials is detected, and based thereon the presence or absence of the luminescent materials is inferred. A corresponding encoding specifies whether or not the respective materials are present. In this way, different encodings can be associated in advance with different properties of the product (10). The luminescent materials that specify the associated encoding can be applied to the product (10) as a mark (20) in accordance with a determined property of the product (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: SENSOR-INSTRUMENTS ENTWICKLUNGS- UND VERTRIEBS-GMBH
    Inventors: Walter Braumandl, Alexander Baumann, Helmut Löw
  • Patent number: 11853829
    Abstract: Cards made in accordance with the invention include a decorative layer attached to a core layer, where the decorative layer is designed to provide selected color(s) and/or selected texture(s) to a surface of the metal cards. At least one of the decorative layers is a layer derived from plant matter (e.g., wood). The cards may be dual interface smart cards that can be read in a contactless manner and/or via contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: CompoSecure, LLC
    Inventors: John Herslow, Adam Lowe, Luis Dasilva
  • Patent number: 11853825
    Abstract: Systems/techniques that can facilitate video/animated QR codes are provided. In various aspects, a processor can identify a QR code. In various instances, the processor can decompose the QR code into a static fragment and a plurality of dynamic fragments. The static fragment can be a portion of the QR code that contains sufficient information to facilitate an online transaction, whereas the plurality of dynamic fragments can be a plurality of portions of the QR code that collectively contain sufficient information to facilitate an offline transaction. In various instances, the processor can sequentially render a plurality of frames on an electronic display, where each frame depicts the static fragment and a corresponding one of the plurality of dynamic fragments. Accordingly, a point-of-sale device can facilitate an online transaction by scanning one frame rendered by the processor, and/or can facilitate an offline transaction by scanning all frames rendered by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventors: Oscar Charles Edward Sanderson, Patrick Babcock, Laura Clark, Rajvijay Govindaraju
  • Patent number: 11853841
    Abstract: A portable tracking device including a substantially rectangular base unit. A display screen, a video camera, a keypad, a pair of lights, an activation control, a video control, a bar code scanner, and a camera control are disposed on the base unit. The pair of lights includes a first light and a second light. The bar code scanner is configured to scan the barcode of each of a plurality of tags. The first light of the pair of lights is configured to activate when a user scans the barcode of one of the plurality of tags a first time. The first light of the pair of lights is configured to deactivate and the second light of the pair of lights is configured to simultaneously activate when the user scans the barcode of one of the plurality of tags a second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventor: Michael Lamar LaBou