Patents Examined by Tuyen K Vo
  • Patent number: 10102469
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) sensing device in an assembly is adapted to wirelessly communicate with a remote transceiver. The sensing device includes a substrate; an antenna disposed on the substrate; an electronic circuit disposed on the substrate and electrically coupled to the antenna; a heating element electrically coupled to the electronic circuit for heating a target area; and a sensing element thermally coupled to the heating element for sensing a temperature of the heating element. The RF sensing device is configured to wirelessly receive a power and provides the power to the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Ronald D. Jesme, Nicholas T. Gabriel, Andrew P. Bonifas
  • Patent number: 10089505
    Abstract: A storage unit includes a support bar for hanging items and an RFID antenna provided within a predefined distance of the support bar. When the items hanging from the support bar are adorned with RFID tags, and the RFID antenna emits electromagnetic fields in a direction of the support bar, RFID signals identifying the items are transmitted from the RFID tags to the RFID antenna, thereby enabling a placement or a removal of an item to be automatically registered, or an accounting of the available items to be automatically performed. The RFID antenna may be a portion of a transmission line that uses shields and/or dielectric materials to shape the electromagnetic fields toward a predefined direction, and the locations of items bearing RFID tags on the support bar may be determined by varying the phase of the emitted radiofrequency and determining strengths of RFID signals when the electromagnetic fields are emitted at varying phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Eugene Huebner, Somasundaram Niranjayan, Camerin Hahn
  • Patent number: 10088129
    Abstract: Disclosed is a Discriminating Radial Illuminator (DRI), which is a portable illumination and obscuration system offering unique advantages over conventional methods of illumination. Exemplary uses include: Tactical illumination and obscuration for military, law enforcement and private security; special effects lighting for the entertainment industry; architectural and commercial lighting, both interior and exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Laurence J. Levin
  • Patent number: 10089572
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag includes a substrate; and an inductive-capacitive circuit located on the substrate. The circuit includes a corrugated inductive antenna to communicate with a RFID interrogator using radio frequency signals. The circuit further includes a capacitor coupled to the corrugated inductive antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Goodwin, Mark Roberson
  • Patent number: 10083333
    Abstract: An indicia reading terminal has a three-dimensional depth sensor, a two dimensional image sensor, an autofocus lens assembly, and a processor. The three dimensional depth sensor captures a depth image of a field of view and create a depth map from the depth image, the depth map having one or more surface distances. The two dimensional image sensor receives incident light and capture an image therefrom. The autofocusing lens assembly is positioned proximate to the two dimensional image sensor such that the incident light passes through the autofocusing lens before reaching the two dimensional image sensor. The processor is communicatively coupled to the two dimensional image sensor, the three dimensional depth sensor, and the autofocusing lens assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Todeschini, Brian L. Jovanovski, Edward C. Bremer
  • Patent number: 10081314
    Abstract: Retroreflective articles comprise a substrate and a bar code provided on the substrate. The bar code comprises at least one human-readable information which provides framing information and a machine-readable information which provides variable information. The human-readable information is visible under a first condition and invisible under a second condition, and the machine-readable information is invisible under the first condition and visible under the second condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Patrick R. Fleming, Thomas J. Dahlin
  • Patent number: 10073991
    Abstract: Systems and methods of making a diagnostic test strip, the method including marking a machine-readable pattern onto the diagnostic test strip which contains information that allows a meter designed to work with the test strip to convert raw signal data from the diagnostic test strip into a meaningful concentration value for an analyte of interest. The method further includes printing the machine-readable pattern having a modified based code that is different from a base code of the diagnostic test strip being produced, wherein the modified based code is based on a strip geometry parameter, a chemistry parameter or both the strip geometry and chemistry parameters that are measured for the diagnostic test strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Trividia Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Davies
  • Patent number: 10074062
    Abstract: A napkin useful for enabling a user to document a new idea by providing a clear open writing space, indicia inviting the secure sharing of the new idea, and a means for communicating the new idea in real-time using modern communication technology to a third party having means to assist the user with their idea. Accompanying the napkin is a holder for retaining napkins, writing instruments, and instructions for using the napkin. A business method for using the napkins to promote businesses in the invention industry is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey Robert Herman
  • Patent number: 10068231
    Abstract: A banking system operates responsive to data read from data bearing records. The system includes an automated banking machine comprising a card reader. The card reader includes a movable read head that can read card data along a magnetic stripe of a card that was inserted long-edge first. The card reader includes a card entry gate. The gate is opened for a card that is determined to be properly oriented for data reading. The card reader can encrypt card data, including account data. The machine also includes a PIN keypad. The card reader can send encrypted card data to the keypad. The keypad can decipher the encrypted card data. The keypad can encrypt both deciphered card data and a received user PIN. The card data and the PIN are usable by the machine to authorize a user to carry out a financial transfer involving the account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated
    Inventors: David N. Lewis, Klaus A. Steinbach, Jeffery M. Enright, Natarajan Ramachandran, Mark A. Douglass, Timothy Crews, Songtao Ma, Randall W. Jenkins, H. Thomas Graef, Sathish M. Irudayam
  • Patent number: 10065216
    Abstract: Various arrangements are presented for cleaning and sorting smartcards. An identifier present on the exterior of the smartcard may be scanned. A smartcard may be dispensed from an intake magazine that housing a plurality of smartcards. The smartcard may be moved along a cleaning assembly. The contacts of the smartcard may be cleaned. The contacts of the smartcard may be dried. After cleaning and drying the contacts of the smartcard, the smartcard may be sorted into either a cleaned output magazine or a cleaned rejection tray based on whether the scanning of the identifier was successfully performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Jimmy A. Pollard, Zachary S. Morrison, Aldo Alvidrez
  • Patent number: 10061947
    Abstract: A wireless user authentication system uses an AIDC device and a wireless reader to verify the identity of an individual. The AIDC device is a key fob that contains the user's credentials. The wireless reader is a device that wirelessly interrogates the AIDC device to ascertain the user's credentials. The wireless reader has a casing an interface window, a component cavity, a control panel, multiple antenna spacers, an antenna, and a processing unit. The casing is an enclosure that houses the components of the wireless reader within the component cavity. The interface window is hole that enables the user to access the control panel. the antenna spacers are rigid beams that retain the processing unit in a position that is offset from the control panel. Additionally, the antenna is wound around the antenna spacers and retained in a configuration that facilitates wirelessly communicating with the AIDC device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher J. Duca
  • Patent number: 10055622
    Abstract: A fast RFID tag identifying method includes an encoding step for encoding a pair of bits to be expressed by an RFID tag into a silence code to be used in a transmitting step for the RFID tag. The silence code is arranged such that the superposition of a plurality of silence codes from a plurality of RFID tags is decoded into a set of pairs of bits to be expressed by the RFID tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: National Central University
    Inventors: Jehn-Ruey Jiang, Ming-Kuei Yeh
  • Patent number: 10053175
    Abstract: A bicycle lighting device includes a reflection cup in which a light collection unit and a light source and are respectively located therein. A speed detector is connected to the bicycle lighting device and a controller so as to detecting the speed of a vehicle moving toward the bicycle. The light collection unit collects brightness of the headlight of the vehicle. A pulse width modulation unit is electrically connected to the light collection unit and the light source. The pulse width modulation unit adjusts the flashing frequency of the light source according to the speed of the vehicle moving toward the bicycle lighting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: GUAN HUNG TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wen-Sung Lee
  • Patent number: 10049315
    Abstract: A payment card may include a read sensor configured to detect a reading of the payment card by a card reader. In particular, the payment card may include a controller or a processor configured to count a number of times the payment card is read by other card readers. The payment card may implement card security measures based on the number of reads detected by the read sensor. The payment card may further include a magnetic stripe emulator configured to emulate signal patterns of a magnetic stripe when the magnetic stripe is read by a card reader. The controller may disable the magnetic stripe emulator when the number of reads detected by the read sensor exceeds a predetermined number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Geoffrey W. Chatterton, Anupam Pahuja
  • Patent number: 10036943
    Abstract: A light source device includes a first light-source unit, a second light-source unit, and a third light-source unit emitting light of spectra different from each other. Each of the first through third light-source units includes a heat dissipator and a light source. The light source includes a light emitting device. The heat dissipators of the first through third light-source units are disposed in an ascending order of values of T/Q of the first through third light-source units, in a direction of cooling air flow. “Q” represents a heat generation amount from the light source of each of the first through third light-source units, when the light sources are driven to obtain predetermined light intensity and lifespan. “T” represents a preset, upper-limit temperature for the light emitting device of each of the first through third light-source units to obtain the predetermined light intensity and lifespan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takehiro Nishimori, Tetsuya Fujioka, Yasunari Mikutsu, Hideo Kanai, Satoshi Tsuchiya, Jun Mashimo
  • Patent number: 10026025
    Abstract: A card reader may include a fixed body having a card moving passage, a pulling-out prevention member supported by the fixed body and structured to turn between a closing position and an open position, and structured to prevent pulling-out of the card at the closing position, a first urging member which urges the pulling-out prevention member toward the closing position, a lock member to prevent turning of the pulling-out prevention member toward the open position, and a lock member drive mechanism. The lock member may be driven by the lock member drive mechanism and swung so as to be switched from one of an unlocking attitude permitting turning of the pulling-out prevention member toward the open position and a locking attitude interfering with the pulling-out prevention member and preventing turning of the pulling-out prevention member toward the open position to the other of the unlocking attitude and the locking attitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Aiyoshi, Toshio Tatai
  • Patent number: 10026031
    Abstract: Techniques for checking into a retail establishment are provided. A retailer provides a substrate having a magnetic-field encoded tag. A consumer waves the consumer's device over the tag to electronically capture the magnetic-field encoded tag. The consumer's device is used to communicate the tag to a retailer to validate that the consumer is physically present and now checked into the retail establishment of the retailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Cain Finley, Bisser G. Paskalev
  • Patent number: 10019694
    Abstract: An inventory tracking system to determine the location of an article labeled with an RFID tag in a pocket of a container having a plurality of pockets. The system includes an antenna device that transmits a radiation beam into a pocket to read data from tagged articles. The antenna device includes a first antenna that transmits a beam at the pocket and a second antenna co-located with the first antenna. The second antenna transmits a beam with a predetermined null area oriented to overlap the first antenna's beam at the pocket. In another embodiment, the antenna device includes an antenna that transmits a beam through an antenna gateway device having openings switchable to operable or inoperable states aligned with each pocket. An RFID reader receives the read data from responding tagged articles, and a processor uses the read data to determine whether an article is in a particular pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: MEPS Real-Time, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul M. Elizondo, II
  • Patent number: 10013648
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for fabricating an electronic device comprising an electronic/electrical circuit, wherein it comprises the following steps: formation of a support-body comprising a battery inside; making of a cavity emerging on the surface of the support-body, said cavity revealing connection terminals of the battery; connection of an electronic/electrical circuit to the battery via the terminals situated in said cavity; exchanging of data in the electronic/electrical circuit by electrical contact. The invention also relates to the corresponding electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: GEMALTO SA
    Inventors: Frédéric Depoutot, François Dauphin
  • Patent number: 10012377
    Abstract: A display device is disclosed. The display device includes a display panel, a rear case positioned in a rear of the display panel, and of which a back surface is exposed to the outside, a backlight unit positioned between the display panel and the rear case and providing the display panel with light, a plurality of ribs extended from a front surface of the rear case and contacting at least a portion of the backlight unit, a boss forwardly extended from the front surface of the rear case, and a controller positioned between the backlight unit and the rear case and coupled with the boss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jinun Coo