Patents Examined by William M Anderson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7931206
    Abstract: A wireless IC device includes a radiation plate, a feeding circuit substrate on which a feeding circuit including a resonant circuit including an inductance element is provided, the feeding circuit being electromagnetically coupled to the radiation plate, and a wireless IC chip including a connection electrode, the wireless IC chip being disposed on the feeding circuit substrate. A mounting electrode is provided on the feeding circuit substrate. The frequency of signals sent and received using the radiation plate substantially corresponds to the resonant frequency of the resonant circuit. The wireless IC chip is electromagnetically coupled to the mounting electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noboru Kato, Yuya Dokai, Nobuo Ikemoto
  • Patent number: 7926726
    Abstract: A customer is made to have an object equipped with a chip (wireless chip) capable of wireless communication. Further, an antenna is arranged in each of an entrance and an exit of a saleroom in a store and a plurality of points, respectively, inside the saleroom of the store. When the customer approaches the entrance, exit, and plurality of points, positional information and time information are written from an antenna arranged in the approached point to the wireless chip. By reading information written in the wireless chip, a movement path or the like of the customer in the saleroom is judged. The needs of the customer are judged based on the result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikio Yukawa, Kazue Hosoya
  • Patent number: 7922074
    Abstract: A system and method for matching lids to cartons includes a carton feed conveyor having a plurality of cartons carried at individual flight positions defined along the conveyor, with each of the cartons having a mark applied thereto indicating a type of lid to be applied to the respective carton. A reader is operatively disposed relative to the carton feed conveyor to read the marks. A lid feed conveyor has a plurality of individual flight positions defined thereon, with each flight position on the carton feed conveyor having an assigned flight position on the lid feed conveyor. A lid placer station is supplied with different types of lids from respective separate lid magazines and is disposed along the lid feed conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie T. Long, Norman K. Fox, Jon R. Christensen
  • Patent number: 7905419
    Abstract: A method for routing data in a chipset comprising at least one host processor and an RFID-type contactless data send/receive interface includes, in response to a command for opening a data path sent by a source point located in the host processor and designating a destination point located in the contactless data send/receive interface, defining a data path linking the source point to the destination point by allocating to the data path a routing channel number and by saving in a routing table the routing channel number and routing parameters comprising at least one identifier of the source point and one identifier of the destination point, and sending to the destination point data supplied by the source point by encapsulating the data in a frame having a header field comprising the routing channel number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Inside Contactless
    Inventor: Bruno Charrat
  • Patent number: 7886969
    Abstract: A method is disclosed. The method includes providing tender at a point of service terminal operated by a load agent, the point of service terminal being in operative communication with a payment processing network. The point of service terminal thereafter sends a transaction authorization request to an issuer of a portable consumer device to be used by a user. The issuer then authorizes or does not authorize the transaction authorization request. If the transaction authorization request is approved, the portable consumer device is either initially loaded or reloaded with an amount associated with the tender provided at the point of service terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Visa U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Nizam Antoo, Chris Britt
  • Patent number: 7866561
    Abstract: A label producing apparatus includes a pressure bonding roller configured to produce a printed tag label tape by bonding a print-receiving tape paid out from a print-receiving tape roll to a base tape having a plurality of RFID circuit elements and paid out from a cover tape roll, a signal processing circuit configured to create RFID control information to be written to IC circuit parts and a transmitting portion of a radio frequency circuit, an antenna configured to write the thus created RFID control information disposed upstream of the pressure bonding roller in the transport direction of the base tape, and a print head configured to carry out print to the RFID circuit elements disposed upstream of the pressure bonding roller in the transport direction of the print-receiving tape 103. Accordingly, the RFID circuit elements are disposed on the tape at close intervals, and read/write processing can be carried out effectively and continuously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsugi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7866564
    Abstract: A dual card system for use in a communication terminal is disclosed. The dual card system includes a slave card and a master card. The master card is provided with a network security function and is connected between the communication terminal and the slave card, and has a processor for controlling the slave card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Chun-Hsin Ho
  • Patent number: 7850084
    Abstract: A computer apparatus includes an equipment-information holding unit which holds equipment information which contains setting information of equipment of the computer apparatus and license information for using the equipment. An image-data generating unit generates image data for printing the equipment information on a sheet in a predetermined form. An equipment-information setting unit stores the equipment information into the equipment-information holding unit based on image data read from the printed sheet on which the equipment information is printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kensaku Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7735721
    Abstract: An automated banking machine system and method includes ATMs which accept checks and dispense cash to users. The ATMs are operated to acquire image and magnetic data from deposited checks to determine the genuineness of checks and the authority of a user to receive cash for such checks. Cash may be dispensed to the user from the ATM in exchange for the deposited check. The ATMs dispense cash responsive to communications with a transaction host. The transaction host provides transaction identifying data to the ATM. The ATM sends the transaction identifying data and check images to an image and transaction data server for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Diebold Self-Service Systems division of Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: Songtao Ma, Tim Crews, Edward L. Laskowski
  • Patent number: 7726569
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus comprises: a photoelectric converter that converts image data into an electric signal and outputs the image data; a clock controller that generates a plurality of sampling signals having different phases to sample a level of an output signal of the photoelectric converter; a phase determination unit that compares signal levels in a sampling order, each of the signals obtained by sampling, using a respective sampling signal, the output signal of the photoelectric converter, so as to determine an optimum phase of the plurality of the sampling signals when a condition is fulfilled in which an absolute value of a variation between signal levels being compared is less than a threshold value; a storage unit in which the optimum phase is stored; and a sampling unit that samples the output signal of the photoelectric converter using the sampling signal having the optimum phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirofumi Ishii
  • Patent number: 7690564
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the present invention there is provided a computer-based method and a computer program product for automatically sorting customers who make purchases from merchants using a credit card. The computer-based method includes the following steps. An adjusted index is calculated for a customer based on an amount of money the customer spent across merchants during a time period. The adjusted index is compared to a cut-off value. The customer is classified based on the comparison of the adjusted index to the cut-off value. In an embodiment, the method also includes re-classifying the customer based on at least one of (i) information about the merchants, or (ii) a number of transactions in a predetermined industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajendra R. Rane, David Juang, Eduardo J. Alvarez, Iwao Fusillo