Patents Examined by Thien M. Le
  • Patent number: 11188804
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a smart card. The manufacturing method comprises: respectively hollowing out a plurality of substrates to obtain a plurality of hollowed-out substrates (101); synthesizing the plurality of hollowed-out substrates to obtain a multilayer synthesized hollowed-out substrate (102); filling the synthesized hollowed-out substrate with an internal insert (103); and coating the synthesized hollowed-out substrate with adhesive to obtain the smart card (104). By adopting the technical solution that a multilayer synthesized hollowed-out substrate is obtained by synthesizing a plurality of hollowed-out substrates, and the synthesized hollowed-out substrate is filled with an internal insert, the production difficulty of the smart card with a function of human-computer interaction is reduced, and the production efficiency is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Feitian Technologies, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhou Lu, Huazhang Yu
  • Patent number: 11189122
    Abstract: An open banknote system comprises a first banknote path plate and a second banknote path plate coupled to a frame, wherein the first banknote path plate and the second banknote path plate are disposed a distance apart, a banknote path disposed in a space between the first banknote path plate and the second banknote path plate, wherein each of a first side and a second side of the banknote path open to an area wider than a central portion of the banknote path, and a plurality of rollers each coupled to one of the first banknote path plate and the second banknote path plate, wherein each one of the plurality of rollers forms a banknote pinch point with another one of the plurality of rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Crane Payment Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Evan J. Cost
  • Patent number: 11188050
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a management method of a processing tool mounted to a processing apparatus. The management method includes an information input step of inputting product type information that indicates a product type and a serial number displayed on the processing tool or a case of the processing tool to the processing apparatus when the processing tool is mounted to the processing apparatus, and a tallying step of counting the number of inputs of the serial number regarding each identical product type and tallying the number of uses regarding each product type from the input information. Order timing of each product type is determined from the number of uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: DISCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuma Sekiya
  • Patent number: 11187384
    Abstract: An LED filament includes LED chips, two conductive electrodes, and an enclosure. The LED chips are arranged in an array along an axial direction of the LED filament and are electrically connected with one another. The two conductive electrodes are disposed corresponding to the array. Each of the two conductive electrodes is electrically connected to a corresponding LED chip at an end of the array. The enclosure is coated on two or more sides of the array and the two conductive electrodes. A portion of each of the two conductive electrodes is exposed from the enclosure. Postures of two or more of the LED chips related to an axis of the LED filament along the axial direction or related to a horizontal plane the LED filament is laid on are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG SUPER LIGHTING ELECTRIC APPLIANCE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tao Jiang
  • Patent number: 11187496
    Abstract: The method and apparatus for a remote weapon station or incorporated into manually-aimed weapons. The methodology requires use of a muzzle velocity sensor that refines the aiming of the second and subsequent fires or volleys fired from weapon systems. When firing the first volley a weapon uses an estimated velocity and, at firing, the muzzle velocity of a projectile is measured. When firing the second volley a weapon's fire control calculates an aiming point using the measured velocity of the first volley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: NOSTROMO HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Michael Sullivan
  • Patent number: 11185449
    Abstract: An ultra-high frequency (UHF) wireless sensor includes an agent activated non-metal antenna formed of a conductive stimuli-responsive hydrogel material. A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag in electronic communication with the non-metal antenna includes a wireless data communication integrated circuit (IC). The non-metal antenna is configured to be inactive prior to an interaction with an activating agent and active upon the interaction with the activating agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Sanjay E. Sarma, Rahul Bhattacharyya, Joshua E. Siegel, Sai Nithin Reddy Kantareddy, Alex Armengol Urpi, Pankhuri Sen
  • Patent number: 11188727
    Abstract: A camera-based barcode reader captures an image, determines a region of interest of a barcode within the image, and generates a barcode image from the region of interest. The camera-based barcode reader aligns each of multiple horizontal regions within the barcode image to a reference horizontal region within the barcode image. The alignment of a horizontal region includes (i) determining a set of alignment parameters to apply to the horizontal region based on a comparison of the reference horizontal region to the horizontal region when adjusted to different combinations of alignment parameters and (ii) adjusting the horizontal region according to the set of alignment parameters for that horizontal region. After aligning the barcode image, the camera-based barcode reader decodes the barcode from the barcode image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Taylor Jeffrey Lloyd, Keith Deacon, Dylan Andrew Norris, Alton Paul Werronen, Animesh Mishra, Roman Shmulevich
  • Patent number: 11186111
    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 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Alexander B. Nagelberg, Michael Justin Cairns
  • Patent number: 11182576
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for using tag placement to determine 3D object orientation. An extended reality (XR) system detects, in a two-dimensional image, a data marker associated with an object viewable in an XR environment. The XR system applies a first function to the data marker to generate a rectilinear data marker by transforming a quadrilateral that circumscribes the data marker into a rectangle. The XR system determines a three-dimensional orientation of the object based on transformation of the data marker to the rectilinear data marker. The XR system determines an XR object associated with the data marker. The XR system applies a second function to the XR object, where the second function uses the three-dimensional orientation of the data marker to modify an orientation of the XR object to generate a transformed XR object. The XR system causes the transformed XR object to be displayed within the two-dimensional image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: SPLUNK INC.
    Inventors: Devin Bhushan, Jesse Chor, Sammy Lee, Glen Wong
  • Patent number: 11180359
    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: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems LLC
    Inventors: Henry Fieglein, Scott R. Negley, III, John Joseph Morris, Thomas Cerovski, Steve Belt
  • Patent number: 11182659
    Abstract: A two-dimensional code generation method includes: performing a multiple system barcode encoding on hidden information to generate multiple system barcode of hidden encoded information; selecting a corresponding two-dimensional code version to encode standard information to generate to-be-determined standard encoded information; selecting a corresponding mask to generate a bit matrix of a two-dimensional code, and extracting the number of black dots in the bit matrix; updating the selected mask and the two-dimensional code version according to the number of black dots and the length of the hidden encoded information to determine a finally selected mask and two-dimensional code version; generating standard encoded information according to the finally selected mask and two-dimensional code version; and generating a two-dimensional code according to the hidden encoded information and the standard encoded information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Xiahong Feng
  • Patent number: 11182467
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is novel system and method for connecting an NFT digital asset collection for secure display on a feature-rich video display system commensurate with the quality and value of the NFT assets. An exemplary embodiment comprises a system involving a software application that registers one or more secure video displays, accesses by way of owner authorization an NFT digital asset collection or archive, and facilitates displaying the assets on a feature-rich high quality display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventor: Damian Medina
  • Patent number: 11176768
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a new action request is received by the data manager from any of the plurality of users and stored in the data store. The data manager provides multiple actions requests to at least some of the plurality of users and, thereafter, receives responses from responsive users. The data manager then stores the responses (optionally, with a time stamp) in the data store in a manner such that the responses are associated with corresponding ones of the responsive users. In response to receiving a request for information regarding the responses, the data manager can generate the requested information, which may comprise aggregated or individual data, and provide such information to a requesting user. The request for information may include geographic boundaries to be used in providing the requested information. In a preferred embodiment, the geographic boundaries may correspond to one or more electoral districts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: VOICE.VOTE SPC
    Inventor: Mark Selleck
  • Patent number: 11176769
    Abstract: A currency arranging and stacking apparatus with a hopper for receiving a plurality of paper currency bills and a bill stacker for receiving and stacking unfolded and paper currency bills in a common orientation. Between the hopper and bill stacker, the apparatus includes a currency unfolding apparatus, the currency unfolding apparatus having a vacuum belt under negative pressure for holding the paper currency bills and a wheel engaging the vacuum belt that rotates at a speed different from the vacuum belt, thereby unfolding folded paper currency bills. A currency creasing apparatus comprising a first creasing wheel and a second creasing wheel, creases the paper currency bills to prevent them from re-folding before uniform assembly in the bill stacker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventor: Alan Polad
  • Patent number: 11166874
    Abstract: A system for packaging an item with an identifier comprises an identifier adder, a labeler, and a packager. The identifier adder adds one or more types of silica-based tags to an item, wherein each type of silica-based tag has a first signature readable using an optical spectroscopic reader. A label is generated based at least in part on reading the one or more types of silica-based tags of the item using the optical spectroscopic reader. The label includes goods info. The packager includes the label on a package, and wherein the packager includes the item in the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: TruTag Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Pearson, Ting Zhou, Timothy Learmonth, Michael P. O'Neill
  • Patent number: 11168843
    Abstract: An LED filament includes LED chips, two conductive electrodes, and an enclosure. The LED chips are arranged in an array along an axial direction of the LED filament and are electrically connected with one another. The two conductive electrodes are disposed corresponding to the array. Each of the two conductive electrodes is electrically connected to a corresponding LED chip at an end of the array. The enclosure is coated on two or more sides of the array and the two conductive electrodes. A portion of each of the two conductive electrodes is exposed from the enclosure. An axis of the LED filament is parallel with the axial direction, and a radial direction of the LED filament is perpendicular to the axial direction. Postures of at least a part of the LED chips related to an axis are different from each other on the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG SUPER LIGHTING ELECTRIC APPLIANCE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tao Jiang
  • Patent number: 11170614
    Abstract: A method for authenticating a transaction includes replacing a first security value of a transaction device with a second security value; receiving, during a first transaction, the second security value; authenticating the first transaction based at least in part on the second security value; determining that a predetermined number of transactions have occurred during which the second verification value was not rewritten since the second security value was replaced; responsive to determining that the predetermined number of transactions have occurred, replacing the second security value on the transaction device with a third security value; receiving, during a second transaction, the third security value; and authenticating the second transaction based at least in part on the third security value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Michael Thomas, Jesse Lee, Steve Puffer, Jerome Rhodes
  • Patent number: 11170360
    Abstract: A magnetic secure transmission system includes an inductor, a switching circuit connected to the inductor, and a control circuit. The control circuit controls the switching circuit to adjust a level of a current in the inductor by a first amount over a data transmission period, such that the inductor emits a magnetic pulse including a first magnitude during the data transmission period. The control circuit controls the switching circuit to adjust the level of the current in the inductor such that the level of the current is increased and decreased repeatedly by a second amount between two different levels during a data non-transmission period, and the inductor emits a magnetic pulse including a second magnitude during the data non-transmission period. The second amount is less than the first amount, the first magnitude is greater than a threshold value and the second magnitude is less than the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Woo Lee, Hyoung-Seok Oh, Sang-Hee Kang, Kwang-Chan Lee, Dae-Woong Cho, Jung-Wook Heo
  • Patent number: 11163968
    Abstract: Techniques are described for identifying packages based on shipping label fingerprints. A first camera captures a first image of a label on a package when the package is in a first location within a warehouse. A first representation of the first image is generated. A second camera captures a second image of a label on a package when the package is in a second location within the warehouse. A second representation of the second image is generated. The second representation is matched to the first representation to identify the package placed in the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Pawel Boguszewski, Prabhu Annabathula
  • Patent number: 11164058
    Abstract: Provided is an information recording object designed such that a read angle of embedded information is easily assessed. An information recording object, which comprises a combined image including an image C1 and an image C2 formed on the image C1, is configured so that the image C1 and the image C2 are different patterns generated according to specific rules and so that the reflected light quantities differ due to respective viewing angles, and the image C1 and/or the image C2 can be recognized in the combined image in accordance with the viewing angle, and the combined image has an angle-specifying area formed using a material having the same reflected light quantity as the image C2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuko Aoyama, Jun Sato, Toshihisa Yamakawa