Patents Examined by Vernal Brown
  • Patent number: 10380814
    Abstract: Users may enter a facility singly or in groups. Users may present entry credentials to a scanner. The entry credentials assist in identification of the user. After entry, users are tracked within the facility. If determinations about one or more of identification or tracking by an automated system fall below a threshold value, an employee associated with the facility is presented with a user interface. The user interface may include a gallery of images including those of the user and others in the facility. User input to the user interface is then used to reestablish one or more of identification or tracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Meilandt Mathiesen, Maren Marie Costa, Nishitkumar Ashokkumar Desai, Christopher Richard Fescoe, Casey Louis Thurston, Jason Michael Famularo, Sudarshan Narasimha Raghavan
  • Patent number: 10186098
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for access control via a mobile device are described herein. One device includes instructions stored thereon executable by a processor to track a location of a mobile device in a facility based on communications between the mobile device and a plurality of beacons located in the facility, wherein the mobile device is associated with a particular user having access rights associated with the facility, determine that the mobile device is located in a particular area of the facility, determine whether the user is allowed access to the particular area based on the access rights, and provide a notification responsive to a determination that the user is not allowed access to the particular area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Magesh Lingan, Anantha Padmanabha Rahal U, Roshan Valder, Bryan Jones, Sanjay Roy
  • Patent number: 10181064
    Abstract: A device, a system, and methods for tracking conductive composite pressurized gaseous storage tanks. The system including anchoring an RFID device in a non-conductive blind boss, wherein the anchor material has a low dielectric and has minimal reflection of RF energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Quantum Fuel Systems LLC
    Inventors: Mark Leavitt, Mark Warner, David Rea, Ketan Patel, Yongkui Wen
  • Patent number: 10176348
    Abstract: A tag access apparatus accesses an RFID tag provided with a first antenna having a radio wave directivity along a longitudinal direction of a plurality of test tubes arranged at a predetermined interval. The tag access apparatus has a multi-filler helical antenna which is provided in a direction opposite to the radio wave directivity of the first antenna and which maintains an electric field strength at a central part of the multi-filler helical antenna at a level that allows access to the RFID tag, at the time of access to the RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Yusuke Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 10169696
    Abstract: A RFID system for checking medical items includes a processing unit; two RFID readers connected with the processing unit; at least an antenna connected to each of the RFID readers; and a plurality of RFID tags being respectively attached to a plurality of medical items. The RFID tags are configured to store identification codes that respectively and uniquely correspond to the medical items that the RFID tags are attached to. The RFID readers are configured to respectively read the identification codes of the medical items from the RFID tags through the antennas before and after a surgical operation and send the identification codes to the processing unit. The processing unit is configured to receive the identification codes and determine the completeness of the medical items based on the received identification codes. A method for checking medical items with the RFID system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Hui Ling Lee
  • Patent number: 10169625
    Abstract: A Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system including an RFID reader and a reader proxy authenticates itself to a verification authority. The proxy receives a proxy challenge from a verification authority and determines a proxy response based on the proxy challenge and a proxy key known to the proxy. The proxy response is then sent to the verification authority along with an identifier for the reader. The reader then authenticates an RFID tag by sending a tag response to the verification authority, which determines whether the reader is authentic based on the authenticity of the proxy response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Impinj, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Diorio, Scott A. Cooper, Matthew Robshaw
  • Patent number: 10152874
    Abstract: A method for a positioning server configured to locate positioning devices and to maintain information on users, who are associated with respective positioning devices. The server receives one or more alert messages from an alerting positioning device. Each alert message conveys identifying information of the alerting positioning device. The server uses the identifying information to retrieve a location estimate of the alerting positioning device. The server forms a first set of other positioning devices in a vicinity of the alerting positioning device and sends an assist request message to the positioning devices in the first set. The assist request message indicates the location estimate of the alerting positioning device and/or said descriptive information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignees: Airista Flow, Inc., Arista International Oy
    Inventor: Renato Francesco de Lorenzo
  • Patent number: 10140567
    Abstract: A presently-powered RFID tag can itself determine its own relative movement with respect to a reader. This RFID tag can responsively alter its read state to thereby permit the RFID tag to respond to a subsequent read inquiry. By one approach the RFID tag assesses its own movement by monitoring the strength of its received power. By another approach, the RFID tag has a power source that becomes electrically charged via radio-frequency energy received by the tag antenna and that power source is configured to become operably discharged at a point in time that corresponds to a typical null-sensing duration of time for a given application setting for that RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce W. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 10140791
    Abstract: A user interface method for an automated door lock, including providing a sensor operable to identify two-dimensional locations of an object within a detection plane that extends outward from a door, providing an unlocker operative to automatically unlock the door, identifying, by a processor coupled with the sensor and the unlocker, a linear movement of the object within the detection plane, in a first direction of motion, further identifying, by the processor, a linear movement of the object within the detection plane, in a second direction of motion substantially orthogonal to the first direction of motion, and activating, by the processor, the unlocker in response to the identifying and the further identifying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Neonode Inc.
    Inventors: Sairam Iyer, Stefan Holmgren, Per Rosengren
  • Patent number: 10137860
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for remote keyless entry authentication. An example remote keyless entry system includes a key fob and a vehicle. The key fob generates a secured message with a plaintext space and a ciphertext space. The vehicle (i) determines whether the key fob may be authorized based on first information in the plaintext space, (ii) decrypts an encrypted value in the ciphertext space based on a predicted full counter value, and (iii) determines whether the key fob is authorized based on second information in the encrypted value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Andre Zielinski, Kevin Thomas Hille, Xin Ye
  • Patent number: 10127356
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, methods, and software for monitoring compliance of sanitizees (e.g., health care workers, food service workers, sanitization/janitorial workers etc.) with sanitization protocols to be followed for encounters with sanitization-protocol targets (e.g., patients, food-preparation areas, health care facilities/appurtenances, restrooms, etc.). In one example, a system includes sanitization verification systems located close to the targets and mobile node devices issued to the sanitizees. Each verification system can be configured to test the efficacy of sanitization procedures performed by the sanitizees prior to encountering a target, to provide authorizations, via the node devices, to the sanitizees to proceed with target encounters, and to open monitoring sessions during which the node devices record information concerning interactions with the targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cooper-Atkins Corporation
    Inventors: Michael G. Colburn, Nitai Friedman
  • Patent number: 10121335
    Abstract: Techniques and apparatuses enabling a wearable haptic device for the visually impaired. The techniques enable users to interact with their mobile devices using haptics, both to receive information, such as through haptic projections providing Braille symbols from their devices, and to make selections for their devices, such as through haptic guides. The techniques may also enable users to better move from place to place by providing haptic output indicating objects and impediments to the user of the wearable haptic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Itisha C. Deokar, Jiri Slaby
  • Patent number: 10102406
    Abstract: A UHF radiofrequency identification (RFID) system comprising a UHF RFID reader and at least one UHF RFID antenna for enabling communication of the UHF RFID reader with UHF RFID tags affixed on articles within a cabinet having electrically conductive walls and at least one door, the UHF RFID antennas being positioned within the cabinet and the UHF RFID system further comprises at least one conductive surface (e.g., a brewer, brasseur, or cross-connector) enclosed in a compartment positioned within the cabinet and comprising a conductive surface set in movement by a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Guy Venture, Jean-Baptiste Pantaloni
  • Patent number: 10064788
    Abstract: In one exemplary method relating to a lockable medication container, a request from a user may be received by a medication provider for a medication. The medication may be placed in a medication container with a locking mechanism that is operable to lock and unlock the medication container. The medication container may be locked using the locking mechanism. The locked medication container with the medication within may be provided to the user. Subsequent to providing the locked medication container to the user, a request may be received from the user to access the medication in the medication container. A credential may be sent to the user that is usable, via the locking mechanism, to unlock the medication container. The user may then input the credential into the locking mechanism to unlock the medication container and access the medication therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Satish Poddar
  • Patent number: 10062234
    Abstract: A system for regulating access to a resource by a plurality of users is provided. The system comprises: a plurality of portable access keys, each being provided to one of the users and having an associated variable access parameter; an access barrier, having an open state allowing passage through and a closed state denying access to the resource, and defining an access queue; a sensor that determines an access queue characteristic related to a number of users in the access queue; a controller, which sets an access criterion based on the determined access queue characteristic; and a detector, located at the access barrier and which determines the variable access parameter of a portable access key when it is brought into the vicinity of the detector. The controller sets the access barrier in its open state if the variable access parameter determined by the detector meets the access criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: LO-Q, PLC
    Inventors: Christopher Bayne, Christopher Butler, Leonard Sim
  • Patent number: 10055916
    Abstract: A remote access system is configured for use with a fob configured to lock and unlock a vehicle, the vehicle including a door having a handle, a window, and a window actuator. The system includes a position sensor configured to detect proximity between and relative position of the fob and the door of the vehicle. The remote access system also includes a contact sensor configured to detect contact with the handle. The system further includes a processor configured to communicate with the position sensor and the contact sensor to lower the window a predetermined amount that facilitates opening of the door via the window actuator upon the processor determining: 1) the handle has been contacted, and 2) the fob is disposed at a specified position relative to the door of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eric E. Helligrath
  • Patent number: 10049565
    Abstract: A device for controlling at least one electrical apparatus comprising a microprocessor wired to an RF transceiver, the microprocessor storing operating protocol commands as sent over a wireless network, the RF transceiver and microprocessor being configured in cooperation with software code residing in the microprocessor to receive real-time data as sourced from a network time source of the wireless network, and a clock circuit connected to the microprocessor and configured for storing the real-time data, whereby the device controls power to the electrical apparatus according to the operating protocol commands at real-time as obtained from the wireless network by which the operating protocol commands are sent and as kept by the clock circuit, thus eliminating the need for a separate GPS receiver in the device for receiving real-time data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Wireless Telematics LLC
    Inventors: William D. McWhirter, Gregory A. Kimmel, John S. Weaver, Allan L. Ross
  • Patent number: 10049365
    Abstract: A system and method of managing equipment is disclosed. The system incorporates a tagging device to attach identification tags to each piece of equipment. A scanning device is used to read the identification tags and relay this information to an equipment server. An input device is used to input information to the equipment server. The equipment server runs the equipment management program. The system flags a potential asset assigned to an asset creating individual. Equipment is designated an asset after use in an asset creating event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: PROVA GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Tommy Lee Davis, Jr., David Earl Doser, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10045718
    Abstract: A wearable sensor vehicle with a bio-input sensor and a processor. When the vehicle is worn, the sensor is arranged so as to sense bio-input from the user. The sensor senses bio-input, the processor compares the bio-input to a standard, and if the standard is met the processor indicates a response. The user may be uniquely identified from the bio-input. One or more systems on or communicating with the vehicle may be controlled transparently, without requiring direct action by the user. Control actions may include security identification of the user, logging in to accounts or programs, setting preferences, etc. The sensor collects bio-input substantially without instruction or dedicated action from the user; the processor compares bio-input against the standard substantially without instruction or dedicated action from the user; and the processor generates and/or implements a response based on the bio-input substantially without instruction or dedicated action from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Atheer, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen Yang Yang, Mohamed Nabil Hajj Chehade, Sina Fateh, Sleiman Itani
  • Patent number: 10039327
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an electronic vaping system. In an embodiment, the electronic vaping system may be paired (e.g., communicate, exchange data, integrate, have a symbiotic relationship, share, etc.) with a computing device. In an embodiment, an electronic vapor (eVapor) device may be built into a computing device. In an embodiment, the eVapor device may be a portable device separate from the computing device. In an embodiment, the computing device may comprise an application, wherein the application may allow the eVapor device and the computing device to share functionality. In an embodiment, the application may allow personalized login information, and a profile and settings may be associated with the personalized login information. In an embodiment, the profile and settings may be associated with vapor settings, flavors, attributes, etc. In an embodiment, the application may comprise security features, such as password protection, encryption/decryption, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: LunaTech, LLC
    Inventor: John Cameron