Patents by Inventor Charles J. Stimson

Charles J. Stimson 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).

  • Patent number: 6502745
    Abstract: A pre-paid card system enables customers to make purchases, calls, and to participate in a survey using an authorized card. The system includes four main functional components: a plurality of cards, a host computer, a plurality of on-site activation terminals and a main processor. Each of the cards having a security number associated therewith. The card is typically formed of cardboard, paper or plastic and may include the security number in cleartext under a suitable blackout. The main management and processing of the system is effected by the host computer. The host includes a database for storing security numbers associated with authorized cards. The data terminals are remote from the host computer and connectable thereto for transmitting data between the terminals and the host computer. The processor is controlled by the host computer for enabling customer purchases using the authorized cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Call Processing, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Stimson, Brady S. Beshear
  • Patent number: 5721768
    Abstract: A pre-paid card system enables customers to make purchases using an authorized card. The system includes four main functional components: a plurality of cards, a host computer, a plurality of on-site activation terminals and a main processor. Each of the cards having a security number associated therewith. The card is typically formed of cardboard, paper or plastic and may include the security number in cleartext under a suitable blackout. The main management and processing of the system is effected by the host computer. The host includes a database for storing security numbers associated with authorized cards. The data terminals are remote from the host computer and connectible thereto for transmitting data between the terminals and the host computer. The processor is controlled by the host computer for enabling customer purchases using the authorized cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Assignee: Call Processing, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Stimson, Brady S. Beshear
  • Patent number: 5577109
    Abstract: A pre-paid card system enables customers to make purchases using an authorized card. The system includes four main functional components: a plurality of cards, a host computer, a plurality of on-site activation terminals and a main processor. Each of the cards having a security number associated therewith. The card is typically formed of cardboard, paper or plastic and may include the security number in cleartext under a suitable blackout. The main management and processing of the system is effected by the host computer. The host includes a database for storing security numbers associated with authorized cards. The data terminals are remote from the host computer and connectible thereto for transmitting data between the terminals and the host computer. The processor is controlled by the host computer for enabling customer purchases using the authorized cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: Call Processing, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Stimson, Brady S. Beshear
  • Patent number: 5511114
    Abstract: A pre-paid calling card system enables customers to access a telephone network and obtain long distance telephone service. The system includes four main functional components: a plurality of calling cards, a host computer, a plurality of on-site activation terminals and a call processor. Each of the calling cards preferably includes a body portion and a read-only memory stripe having stored therein a security number. The card is typically formed of cardboard or plastic and may include the security number in cleartext under a suitable blackout. The main management and processing of the system is effected by the host computer, which is connectable to the telephone network. The host includes a database for storing security numbers associated with authorized calling cards. The data terminals are remote from the host computer and connectable thereto for transmitting data between the terminals and the host computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Assignee: Call Processing, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Stimson, Brady S. Beshear