Patents Examined by Thien M. Le
  • Patent number: 10266107
    Abstract: An adjuster mechanism that includes an adjustment gear, a housing with a radial lip, and a ball stud having stud teeth and a threaded portion threadingly engaged with the lip to retract and extend the ball stud relative to the lip during rotation of the ball stud. The gear having a gear body situated at least partially inside the housing and having splines for engaging the stud teeth to rotate the ball stud during rotation of the gear. Recessed inward relative to a gear body outer surface is a clutch tab that extends from a recessed side wall to form a side hinge. A stop wall on the clutch tab is engageable with the stud teeth when rotating the gear body in a first direction or second direction and disengageable from the stud teeth when rotating the gear body in the other of the first direction or second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Burton Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John E. Burton
  • Patent number: 10271161
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for merchant item and service return processing using wireless beacons. A merchant may include a returns and customer service area at a merchant location for use in providing refunds, exchanges, or other services related to items sold by the merchant. The merchant location may include a wireless beacon at or nearby the area. The beacon may provide communication services with a device for the user. Using the beacon, the merchant may be informed that a user has arrived at the area and pull up a receipt and/or transaction history for the user with the merchant. The merchant may also be informed about past returns by the user that may assist the merchant in preventing fraud. Moreover, the merchant may also view similar items to the item purchased by the user for use in exchanges, which may include item delivery and/or availability information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mobeen Syed, Dennis Michael Driscoll
  • Patent number: 10269022
    Abstract: A system for verifying an item in a package using a database comprises a database and a verifier. A package producer provides the database with an identifier for one or more items each of a type, wherein the package producer produces a package, where the package includes the one or more items each of the type with an associated one or more selected tag identifiers that are placed in a location on an item of the one or more items. The verifier verifies the one or more items of the type using 1) the associated one or more selected tag identifiers as detected using a spectral signature or 2) a tag characteristic as detected using an imager, and 3) the identifier retrieved from the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: TruTag Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. O'Neill, Peter Pearson, Ting Zhou, Timothy Learmonth
  • Patent number: 10267983
    Abstract: A planar illumination apparatus according to an embodiment includes: a light-guiding plate that emits light made incident from a side face; a plurality of light sources that are arranged on the side face side and have respective light-emitting faces that emit light to be made incident on the side face; a substrate having a mounting face on which the light sources are mounted, the mounting face facing a face of the light sources opposite the light-emitting faces; and wiring that is formed on a face of the substrate opposite the mounting face and are connected to the light sources. The wiring includes wiring extending from both ends of the light sources connected in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: MINEBEA MITSUMI INC.
    Inventors: Makoto Furuta, Takahito Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10268943
    Abstract: The present specification describes an ultra-high frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID) device, having a wire inlay bonded with a plastic material; and, an electronic integrated circuit attached thereto. The wire inlay is formed by looping and embedding the wire in a predefined circular design on a substrate. The UHF RFID device operates within frequencies ranging from 840 MHz to 960 MHz. The electronic integrated circuit comprises a transponder chip operating at frequencies ranging from 840 MHz to 960 MHz; and the transponder chip is a Class 1 Generation 2 UHF RFID transponder chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: APK IDENTIFICATION
    Inventors: Puneet Kapoor, Alok Kapoor
  • Patent number: 10268944
    Abstract: The invention relates to a payment device 100 comprising a secure integrated circuit SE with a dual interface. A connector 110 is connected to the contact type interface in order to communicate with an external reader. An antenna 140 is connected to the contactless interface. The device also comprises a reader circuit 120, 130, 150 compatible with the secure integrated circuit SE, wherein the reader circuit is connected in parallel to the connector 110. An independent battery BAT is used to power the reader circuit. A power switching circuit 160 connected to a communication field detection circuit 170, wherein said power switching circuit is capable of powering the reader circuit after a communication field is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GEMALTO SA
    Inventor: Michel Thill
  • Patent number: 10253966
    Abstract: The LED construction of the invention simplifies the thermal path for heat by directly connecting the LED and the heatsink, removing the circuit board from the thermal path. This is accomplished by a heatsink boss that protrudes from the heat sink, through an opening in the circuit board, and contacting the LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Aluminis, LLC
    Inventors: Glen Hanington, James Grady
  • Patent number: 10255472
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for transmitting traffic-related data in road traffic include transmitting the traffic-related data in the form of dynamically generated QR codes from a transmission or display device to a mobile unit hosted by at least one vehicle, and wherein the mobile unit hosted by the vehicle is designed likewise to transmit dynamically generated QR codes. The mobile unit may include an organic light emitting diode (OLED) display, or a smartphone, tablet, or similar device positioned for visibility through a vehicle window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Gussen, Christoph Arndt, Frederic Stefan, Frank Petri
  • Patent number: 10248399
    Abstract: An electronic device including a memory is disclosed. The memory stores instructions controlling the electronic device to acquire information on a first external electronic device, access a server storing a software program related to the first external electronic device, receive at least a portion of the software program related to the first external electronic device from the server through the communication interface, install the at least a portion of the software program, transmit the at least a portion of the information on the first external electronic device and/or at least one part of the received at least a portion of the software program to a second external electronic device, and provide a user interface to the display using the installed at least a portion of the software program. The user interface is used for the second external electronic device to perform an operation related to the first external electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Seokhyun Yoon
  • Patent number: 10247373
    Abstract: A lighting system can include a luminaire and a bracket for mounting the luminaire to a structure during installation. The bracket can be configured for mounting to the structure independent of the luminaire. Once the bracket is mounted, the luminaire can be hung or suspended from the bracket to facilitate wiring the luminaire. Once the hung luminaire is wired, the installer can readily move the luminaire into a long-term operating position with respect to the bracket and fasten the luminaire to the bracket with a clip or other appropriate fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Christopher Ladewig, Steven D. Lowe, Matthew D. LeClair
  • Patent number: 10248899
    Abstract: The disclosure features wireless power transmitters configured to detect a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, the transmitters including a transmitter resonator, a transmitter impedance matching network coupled to the transmitter resonator, an amplifier coupled to the transmitter impedance matching network, a detection subsystem connected to the transmitter resonator, and a controller coupled to the amplifier and to the detection subsystem and configured so that during operation of the transmitter, the controller is configured to control the transmitter resonator, the amplifier, and the impedance matching network to cycle the transmitter between a power transmission mode and a RFID tag detection mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Morris P. Kesler, Dustin J. Alinger, Karl Twelker, Oguz Atasoy, Shrenik Vora, Noam Katz
  • Patent number: 10248823
    Abstract: Provided are techniques for the placement of a code on an object that does not interfere and is not displayed in a captured visual image of the object. Also provided are techniques for capturing a first image of an object in the visual light spectrum; capturing a second image of the object in a non-visual light spectrum; extracting metadata, stored in the non-visual light spectrum corresponding to the object from the second image; and storing the first image in conjunction with the metadata. Also provided are techniques for storing the metadata in conjunction with the object in the non-visual light spectrum, wherein the metadata is stored in a quick response (QR) code or a bar code and the non-visible light spectrum is ultraviolet light or infrared light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Barry A. Kritt, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10248905
    Abstract: A system for student check in and check out wherein unique identification badges are used in conjunction with a centralized communication system to maintain a database of each student's intended destinations on a day to day basis, thereby ensuring each student is transported to a correct intended destination and tracked throughout the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Lane Beatty
  • Patent number: 10245875
    Abstract: Techniques are described for generating a seal that is applicable to an object, and scanning the seal to access encoded data to be used for verifying one or more characteristics of the object. The seal may be applied to a tangible document, such as a document printed on paper. The seal may encode data that is particularly associated with the document. For example, the seal may encode a hash of at least a portion of the information (e.g., text) included in the document. In some instances, the seal may encode a digital version and/or metadata of at least a portion of the information in the document. A scan of the seal may retrieve information useable to verify the authorship, provenance, originality, and/or unaltered contents of the documents. In some instances, the seal may encode information that enables the presentation of hidden information and/or metadata associated with the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: United States Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Alexander B. Nagelberg, Michael Justin Cairns
  • Patent number: 10242303
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a carrier signal generation circuit can be used for a Radio-frequency identification (RFID) transponder device. A frequency divider circuit has a first input to receive a first frequency signal, a second input to receive a division ratio signal, and an output to provide a carrier signal as a function of the first frequency signal and the division ratio signal. A phase difference circuit has a first input to receive an analog reader device carrier signal, a second input to receive a signal based on the first frequency signal and an output to provide a digital phase difference signal as a function of the reader device carrier signal and the signal based on the first frequency signal. A signal processor has an input coupled to the output of the phase difference circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS INTERNATIONAL N.V.
    Inventors: Vinko Kunc, Iztok Bratuz, Albin Pevec, Kosta Kovacic, Maksimiljan Stiglic
  • Patent number: 10242308
    Abstract: The present invention provides a radio frequency identification and sensing device comprising an antenna module, a RFID sensing module, and battery module. The antenna module has a first flexible substrate having an antenna circuit formed thereon. The RFID sensing module comprises a second flexible substrate, a RFID chip, a sensor formed on the second flexible substrate and a memory module formed on the second flexible substrate, wherein the sensor is utilized to detecting an environmental status for generating a plurality of sensing data, and the memory module is utilized to store the plurality of sensing data. The RFID chip is utilized to transfer the plurality of data to a reading device. The battery module is utilized to provide electrical power for operating the RFID sensing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Securitag Assembly Group Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Tian lin Yan, Cheng hung Chang, Way Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 10242297
    Abstract: A card reader may include a main body frame having a card passage, and a bezel which having a card insertion port and attached to a front end side portion of the main body frame. In a case that a width direction of the card is referred to as a first direction and a portion of the main body frame which is covered by the bezel is referred to as a frame front end part, the bezel includes width direction cover parts respectively covering both sides in the first direction of the frame front end part, both ends in the first direction of the frame front end part are opened, and the frame front end part is structured so that side faces in the first direction of the card passage are structured by the width direction cover parts of the bezel which serve as guide faces for a card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Aiyoshi
  • Patent number: 10236936
    Abstract: Establishing a communication link may include transmitting by a first device an unmodulated first electromagnetic EHF signal and receiving by a second device the first electromagnetic EHF signal. The second device may determine whether the received first electromagnetic EHF signal indicates that a first shield portion and a second shield portion are in alignment. The transmission of a modulated second electromagnetic EHF signal may be enabled when the received first electromagnetic EHF signal indicates that both the shield portions are in alignment and may be disabled when the received first electromagnetic EHF signal indicates that the first and second shield portions are not in alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Keyssa, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary D. McCormack, Ian A. Kyles
  • Patent number: 10220296
    Abstract: A score tracking device for billiards incorporates a frame assembly further subdivided into three (3) sections, each bisected by a middle frame member. A plurality of balls simulating a scoring means is maintained with each section and traversing along a track. A given position of a ball within a respective track designates a given score in a counting manner. The device is configured with hardware suitable to securing the device from a ceiling, a wall, or being supported on a horizontal support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Craig A. Colpitts
  • Patent number: 10223565
    Abstract: There is provided in one embodiment a data collection system including a data collection terminal having an encoded information reader device and a computer spaced apart from the data collection terminal. The data collection terminal in one embodiment can be configured to be responsive to configuration data expressed in an extensible markup language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Yeakley, Aldo Mario Caballero