Patents by Inventor Anthony F. Piccoli

Anthony F. Piccoli has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20120019385
    Abstract: A multi-attach disposable security tag that is attached to an article in two stages. In a first stage, an attachment clip is coupled to an article, such as but not limited to clothing, to be protected by a manufacturer or assembler. This attachment clip is durable to withstand harsh manufacturing environments. Once the article with the attachment clip is ready for presentation, for example, at a retail establishment, during a second stage, the attachment clip is then permanently secured in a locking mechanism of a housing containing a deactivatable security element therein. The security element may comprise EAS (including AM, RF, EM and microwave), RFID (including LF, HF and UHF) elements or any combination thereof. A preferred embodiment of the security tag uses all non-ferrous components including its locking mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: James Brodzik, Anthony F. Piccoli, Lawrence Appalucci, Gary Mazoki, Thomas J. McKeown, Seth Strauser, Wu Wei
  • Publication number: 20110024509
    Abstract: Security labels and tags including elements and methods of making them are disclosed. The elements are in the form of an oriented polymer layer, conductive traces clad to the polymer layer to form an open loop forming a window in the interior of the loop and an open support framework extending into the window to support the polymer layer in the window. In some embodiments the open support framework is in the form of parallel, interleaved linear extensions from the conductive traces which extend into the window. In other embodiments the open support framework is in a pattern of intersecting sections (e.g., a fishbone pattern) located in the window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Jack Mingle, Gary Mazoki, Anthony F. Piccoli
  • Publication number: 20110018716
    Abstract: A security tag that is attached to an article in two stages. In a first stage, a first portion of an attachment clip is coupled to an article, such as but not limited to clothing, to be protected by a manufacturer or assembler. This attachment clip is durable to withstand harsh manufacturing environments. Once the article with the attachment clip is ready for presentation, for example, at a retail establishment, during a second stage, a second portion of the attachment clip is then permanently secured in a locking mechanism of a housing containing a security element therein. The security element may comprise EAS (including AM, RF, EM and microwave), RFID (including LF, HF and UHF), benefit denial (e.g., ink-filled or dye-filled capsules) elements or any combination thereof. Because the security tag is not removed from the article at the point-of-sale, the security element is deactivatable. A preferred embodiment of the security tag uses all non-ferrous components including its locking mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony F. Piccoli, Lawrence Appalucci, James Brodzik, Gary Mazoki, Thomas J. McKeown, Seth Strauser
  • Publication number: 20100225485
    Abstract: A security hard tag, uses an attachment clip to couple to an article, such as but not limited to clothing, to be protected and which can only be released from the article by use of an authorized detacher that is inserted into the security hard tag. The attachment clip may include various types of locking mechanisms on its two ends, one end which is permanently secured within the security hard tag housing and the other end which is releasably secured within the housing. Before being releasably secured within the housing, the one end is inserted through or around a portion of an article, or through a security tag loop attached to the article, and then that end is locked into the housing. The detacher uses a cam, either located on the detacher itself or positioned within the security hard tag housing, to interact with the one end of the attachment clip to release the locked end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Lawrence Appalucci, Anthony F. Piccoli, Gary Mazoki, Thomas J. McKeown, James Brodzik
  • Patent number: 7183917
    Abstract: A re-usable identification tag that includes a combination of RFID (radio frequency identification) elements and EAS (electronic article surveillance) elements, or multiple RFID elements without an EAS element, or multiple EAS elements without RFID elements. Systems and methods for tracking or detecting a re-usable identification tag having multiple elements therein to correspond with multiple detection zones such that as the re-usable tag moves from one detection zone to another, the tag can be tracked and/or activate an alarm and/or transmit data to a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony F. Piccoli, Gary T. Mazoki
  • Patent number: 7129843
    Abstract: A security tag includes a combination of a resonant frequency circuit with an adjacent amplification shield for enhancing output signal amplitude. The amplification shield is located adjacent to the resonant frequency circuit and is preferably in the same or substantially the same plane as the resonant frequency circuit or is in a close, generally parallel plane. In an exemplary embodiment, the resonant frequency circuit includes an inductor electrically coupled to a capacitor. The resonant frequency circuit has a center frequency and is arranged to resonate in response to exposure to electromagnetic energy at or near the center frequency, providing an output signal having an amplitude. The amplification shield is arranged to direct a portion of the electromagnetic energy to the resonant frequency circuit to amplify the amplitude of the output signal from the resonant frequency circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony F. Piccoli, Lawrence Appalucci, David Lopez Perez, Luis Francisco SolerBonnin, Gary T. Mazoki
  • Patent number: 7042413
    Abstract: A three-dimensional dipole antenna system for an RFID tag that optimizes detection for a given available volume in which to situate the RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary T. Mazoki, Anthony F. Piccoli, Thomas J. Clare, Eric Eckstein
  • Publication number: 20040233042
    Abstract: A re-usable identification tag that includes a combination of RFID (radio frequency identification) elements and EAS (electronic article surveillance) elements, or multiple RFID elements without an EAS element, or multiple EAS elements without RFID elements. Systems and methods for tracking or detecting a re-usable identification tag having multiple elements therein to correspond with multiple detection zones such that as the re-usable tag moves from one detection zone to another, the tag can be tracked and/or activate an alarm and/or transmit data to a database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Applicant: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC
    Inventors: Anthony F. Piccoli, Gary T. Mazoki
  • Patent number: 6028518
    Abstract: An electronic system verifies that an article has been tagged with an electronic article surveillance marker. The marker includes a resonant circuit for use in detecting the presence of the article by receiving an interrogation signal and returning a response signal. In the system, the physical presence of an article is detected using an article presence detector which outputs an article presence signal upon physical detection thereof. An interrogation zone is monitored with an interrogator for disturbances in the form of a response signal caused by the presence of a marker within the interrogation zone. The interrogator outputs an interrogator output signal when a marker is detected in the interrogation zone. The article presence signals and the interrogator output signals are received in a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Rankin, Anthony F. Piccoli
  • Patent number: 5841350
    Abstract: A resonant tag circuit useful as an electronic security device includes a layered planar structure having a dielectric substrate, a resonant circuit carried on both sides of the dielectric substrate and a semiconductive material having an ionizable salt dissolved therein. The semiconductor material provides a sermiconductive bridge across an activation or deactivation point in the circuit and connects the conductive circuit on both sides of the activation or deactivation point. The resonant tag circuit of this invention is stabilized against premature operation of the activation or deactivation point from electrostatic discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Appalucci, John H. Bowers, Gary T. Mazoki, Thomas J. McKeown, Anthony F. Piccoli, Mark J. Rankin, Stanley Tocker
  • Patent number: 5708419
    Abstract: A method of electrically connecting an integrated circuit (IC) to at least one electrical conductor on a flexible substrate. A flexible dielectric substrate has an IC attachment area and at least one resonant circuit formed thereon. The resonant circuit is formed with a first conductive pattern disposed on a first principal surface of the flexible substrate and a second conductive pattern disposed on a second, opposite principle surface of the flexible substrate. The first conductive pattern is electrically connected to the second conductive pattern such that the first and second conductive patterns form an inductor and a capacitor, with the inductor also functioning as an antenna. The IC attachment area of the flexible substrate is cleaned and the flexible substrate is secured in a fixed position in a plenum to prevent substantial movement thereof. The IC is secured to the IC attachment area of the flexible substrate to minimize movement of the IC relative to the flexible substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark R. Isaacson, Anthony F. Piccoli, Michael Holloway
  • Patent number: 5276431
    Abstract: A security tag for use with an electronic security system is used for attachment to an article having an inherent capacitance such as meat. The security system includes a transmitter for transmitting into a surveilled area electromagnetic energy having a center frequency within a predetermined detection frequency range and a receiver for detecting within the surveilled area the presence of a security tag resonating at a frequency within the detection frequency range in response to the electromagnetic energy. The tag includes a generally planar dielectric substrate having a first side and a second side. Circuitry on the substrate establishes a resonant circuit having a resonant frequency which is initially a predetermined frequency interval above the center frequency of the detection frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony F. Piccoli, Gary T. Mazoki
  • Patent number: 5103210
    Abstract: A security tag is disclosed for use with an electronic security system for a controlled area. The tag comprises circuitry for initially establishing a resonant circuit having a first resonating frequency within a first frequency range which is outside of the range of the detection frequency of the electronic security system. The tag is activated by changing the resonating frequency of the resonant circuit to a second frequency within the detection frequency range by exposing the resonant circuit to electromagnetic energy within the first frequency range at the predetermined minimum power level to short-circuit a first circuit component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: France Rode, Anthony F. Piccoli
  • Patent number: 5081445
    Abstract: Electronic article surveillance (EAS) tags are attached to articles of merchandise, not at the stores using EAS equipment, but in conjunction with the manufacture of these articles. At that stage, the tags are not detectable by the EAS equipment. They are made detectable upon receipt by an EAS-using store. For swept frequency RF EAS equipment, the tags are initially provided with two capacitors which make the tags resonant at a first frequency not detectable by the store's EAS equipment. To activate them, one capacitor is disabled, thereby making the tags resonant at a different frequency which is detectable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter L. Gill, Anthony F. Piccoli
  • Patent number: 5081446
    Abstract: A security tag for a compact disc container holding a compact disc is comprised of a generally flat substrate which includes circuitry for establishing a resonant circuit. The substrate is positioned within the compact disc storage container such that a first portion of the substrate extends beyond the periphery of the compact disc and a second portion of the substrate overlaps at least a portion of the compact disc. A part of the circuitry is located on each of the first and second portions of the substrate so that the frequency of the resonant circuit is established at least in part by interaction between the circuitry and the compact disc. The security tag is used in an electronic security system for a surveilled area, including a transmitter for transmitting electromagnetic energy into the surveilled area at a predetermined detection frequency and a receiver for detecting the presence of a security tag resonating at a detection frequency within the surveilled area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter L. Gill, Anthony F. Piccoli