Patents by Inventor Christopher J. Rigatti

Christopher J. Rigatti 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: 9619741
    Abstract: A processor of a card may detect variations (e.g., position, velocity, acceleration and direction) of a read head in relation to the card. Based on certain parameters (e.g., card length, initially detected read head position, and read head velocity) a processor of a card may adjust synchronization bit patterns that may synchronize communications between the card and a read head of a magnetic stripe reader. A processor of a card may generate a number of leading synchronization bits that is different than a number of trailing synchronization bits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: DYNAMICS INC.
    Inventor: Christopher J. Rigatti
  • Patent number: 9064255
    Abstract: A payment card is provided with a display. A card may be provided to a user with a number of inactivated products. The products may be assigned to the user at card issuance. A user may then activate these products online or via phone. Accordingly, a user may be provided with a cross-selling platform for new products. Discounts, fee waivers, and/or value may be added to an account when an inactivated product is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: DYNAMICS INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Mullen, Philip W. Yen, Christopher J. Rigatti
  • Patent number: 8757483
    Abstract: A payment card is provided with a display. A card may be provided to a user with a number of inactivated products. The products may be assigned to the user at card issuance. A user may then activate these products online or via phone. Accordingly, a user may be provided with a cross-selling platform for new products. Discounts, fee waivers, and/or value may be added to an account when an inactivated product is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Dynamics Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Mullen, Philip W. Yen, Christopher J. Rigatti
  • Patent number: 8393545
    Abstract: A payment card is provided with a display. A card may be provided to a user with a number of inactivated products. The products may be assigned to the user at card issuance. A user may then activate these products online or via phone. Accordingly, a user may be provided with a cross-selling platform for new products. Discounts, fee waivers, and/or value may be added to an account when an inactivated product is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Dynamics Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Mullen, Philip W. Yen, Christopher J. Rigatti
  • Patent number: 8368307
    Abstract: The invention regards a system and method for using a handheld programming device to configure a lighting control system wirelessly. In one embodiment, at least one device configured with a processing section is installed in the lighting control system. A communications receiver that is operable to receive a signal from the handheld programming device is also installed in the lighting control system, wherein the signal includes an instruction for configuring the lighting control system. Further, the signal is wirelessly sent from the handheld programming device to the communications receiver, and the instruction is transmitted from the communications receiver to a device in the system. The instruction functions to configure the lighting control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Audwin W. Cash, Christopher J. Rigatti, Dragan Veskovic
  • Publication number: 20120286936
    Abstract: A card may be formed using two or more printed circuit boards. Each printed circuit board may include one or more RFID antennas, RFID chips and a processor. A processor on a board may transfer data to one or more RFID chips on the same board. Alternately, a processor on a board may transfer data to one or more RFID chips on a different board via conductive terminals between boards. Data stored in one or more RFID chips may be erased after being communicated to an RFID device via an RFID antenna or after a configurable timeout period elapses. A card and a mobile device may include more than one RFID antenna to increase efficiency, reliability, and/or a number of data channels that may be communicated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Mullen, Christopher J. Rigatti, Michael T. Wallace
  • Publication number: 20120286928
    Abstract: A mobile device may receive security credentials from a contactless device via a contactless communication channel to authorize functions that may be performed by the mobile device. For example, purchase transactions may be authorized to be completed by a mobile device after payment information communicated from a physical payment card to the mobile device is confirmed to match at least a portion of payment information stored within a memory of the mobile device. A mobile device may forward the security credentials to a network entity for remote authorization of a requested function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Mullen, Christopher J. Rigatti, Michael T. Wallace
  • Publication number: 20120290472
    Abstract: A mobile device may provide payment acceptance for purchases, payments and/or money transfers by accepting payment information from a powered, or a non-powered, card using a contactless communication channel formed between the card and the mobile device. The payment information may be communicated by the mobile device to network entities that may be used to settle such purchase, payment and/or money transfer transactions. The mobile device may, for example, accept more than one payment account to split a purchase among several payment accounts. A user of a mobile device may, for example, store payment information within the mobile device for future purchases. A user of a mobile device may, for example, request checkout options using the mobile device, such as customizing receipt delivery, annotating receipts with comments and categorizing purchases for customized accounting reports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. MULLEN, Christopher J. RIGATTI, Michael T. WALLACE
  • Publication number: 20120290449
    Abstract: Physical cards may be presented to a mobile device to establish a contactless communication channel between the physical card and the mobile device. Information communicated by the physical card may be received, stored, and used by the mobile device to generate a mobile wallet of virtual cards. Each virtual card in a mobile wallet may, for example, look just like its physical counterpart card and may provide equivalent functionality as its physical counterpart card when selected for use by the mobile device. Virtual cards may be sorted within the mobile wallet based on card category (e.g., payment, identification, or gift card category), card attributes (associations with other virtual cards), card variables (e.g., credit limit or credit available), and user attributes and variables (e.g., the user's current location). Information related to a virtual card (e.g., receipts) may be viewed from a display of the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Mullen, Christopher J. Rigatti, Michael T. Wallace
  • Patent number: 8228163
    Abstract: The invention regards a system and method for using a handheld programming device to configure a lighting control system wirelessly. In one embodiment, at least one device configured with a processing section is installed in the lighting control system. A communications receiver that is operable to receive a signal from the handheld programming device is also installed in the lighting control system, wherein the signal includes an instruction for configuring the lighting control system. Further, the signal is wirelessly sent from the handheld programming device to the communications receiver, and the instruction is transmitted from the communications receiver to a device in the system. The instruction functions to configure the lighting control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Audwin W. Cash, Rishi Raj Kumar, Christopher J. Rigatti, Dragan Veskovic, John C. Hewson
  • Publication number: 20120028702
    Abstract: Payment cards and devices are provided that allow a user to select an action associated with a video game. Such a video game may be, for example, a video game operated on a remote server and operable to be accessed by multiple players such as a multiplayer game accessed via a social networking website. Accordingly, a user may, when the user is away from his/her computer, perform an in-game option by making a payment. Particularly, a user may select on a payment card a button associated with a particular game action, game action data may be routed to a game server such that the user's action is performed in a game associated with the user, and payment data may be authorized via a payment authorization service. In doing so, a user may perform actions in a game while the user is shopping. Game actions made with a payment device may be unique from game actions performed on non-payment devices (e.g., the user's laptop).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Mullen, Philip W. Yen, Christopher J. Rigatti
  • Publication number: 20110284640
    Abstract: A card is provided with a light sensor operable to receive information via light emitted from a display screen or another source of light. Accordingly, a mobile telephonic device or portable computer (e.g., tablet computer) may communicate information to a card via light pulses. Information communicated via light may include, for example, points balances, credit balances, debit balances, transaction history, software updates, coupons, promotions, advertisements or any other type of information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Mullen, David J. Hartwick, Christopher J. Rigatti, Philip W. Yen
  • Publication number: 20110115293
    Abstract: The invention regards a system and method for using a handheld programming device to configure a lighting control system wirelessly. In one embodiment, at least one device configured with a processing section is installed in the lighting control system. A communications receiver that is operable to receive a signal from the handheld programming device is also installed in the lighting control system, wherein the signal includes an instruction for configuring the lighting control system. Further, the signal is wirelessly sent from the handheld programming device to the communications receiver, and the instruction is transmitted from the communications receiver to a device in the system. The instruction functions to configure the lighting control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventors: Audwin W. Cash, Christopher J. Rigatti, Dragan Veskovic
  • Patent number: 7936281
    Abstract: The invention regards a system and method for using a handheld programming device to configure a lighting control system wirelessly. In one embodiment, at least one device configured with a processing section is installed in the lighting control system. A communications receiver that is operable to receive a signal from the handheld programming device is also installed in the lighting control system, wherein the signal includes an instruction for configuring the lighting control system. Further, the signal is wirelessly sent from the handheld programming device to the communications receiver, and the instruction is transmitted from the communications receiver to a device in the system. The instruction functions to configure the lighting control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Audwin W. Cash, Christopher J. Rigatti, Dragan Veskovic
  • Patent number: 7764162
    Abstract: The invention regards a system and method for using a handheld programming device to configure a lighting control system wirelessly. In one embodiment, at least one device configured with a processing section is installed in the lighting control system. A communications receiver that is operable to receive a signal from the handheld programming device is also installed in the lighting control system, wherein the signal includes an instruction for configuring the lighting control system. Further, the signal is wirelessly sent from the handheld programming device to the communications receiver, and the instruction is transmitted from the communications receiver to a device in the system. The instruction functions to configure the lighting control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Audwin W. Cash, Rishi Raj Kumar, Christopher J. Rigatti, Dragan Veskovic, John C. Hewson
  • Publication number: 20100117620
    Abstract: A method of determining a setpoint of a load control device for controlling the amount of power delivered to an electrical load located in a space, the method comprising the steps of initially setting the value of the setpoint equal to a desired level; limiting the value of the setpoint to an occupied high-end trim if the space is occupied; limiting the value of the setpoint to a daylighting high-end trim determined by a daylighting procedure; and subsequently reducing the value of the setpoint in response to a load shed parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventors: Dragan Veskovic, Audwin Cash, Christopher J. Rigatti
  • Publication number: 20100117621
    Abstract: A method of determining a setpoint of a load control device for controlling the amount of power delivered to an electrical load located in a space, the method comprising the steps of initially setting the value of the setpoint equal to a desired level; limiting the value of the setpoint to an occupied high-end trim if the space is occupied; limiting the value of the setpoint to a daylighting high-end trim determined by a daylighting procedure; and subsequently reducing the value of the setpoint in response to a load shed parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventors: Dragan Veskovic, Audwin Cash, Christopher J. Rigatti
  • Publication number: 20090273433
    Abstract: A method for replacing a previously-installed lighting control device with a newly-installed lighting control device in a lighting control system provides for automatic programming of the newly-installed device if there is only one newly-installed device in the system. The system comprises a controller interconnected to the newly-installed device by a communication link. The controller stores a short address and configuration information of the previously-installed device in memory and assigns the short address of the previously-installed device to the newly-installed device. The controller is operable to transmit the configuration information associated with the previously-installed device to the newly-installed device in response to determining that there is only one newly-installed device in the system. The controller is operable to undo the completed address assignment by unassigning the short address from the newly-installed device if there is more than one newly-installed device in the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventors: Christopher J. Rigatti, Frank H. Benetz
  • Patent number: 7391297
    Abstract: The invention regards a system and method for using a handheld programming device to configure a lighting control system wirelessly. In one embodiment, at least one device configured with a processing section is installed in the lighting control system. A communications receiver that is operable to receive a signal from the handheld programming device is also installed in the lighting control system, wherein the signal includes an instruction for configuring the lighting control system. Further, the signal is wirelessly sent from the handheld programming device to the communications receiver, and the instruction is transmitted from the communications receiver to a device in the system. The instruction functions to configure the lighting control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Audwin W. Cash, Rishi Raj Kumar, Christopher J. Rigatti, Dragan Veskovic, John Hewson
  • Publication number: 20080092075
    Abstract: A lighting control system is operable to control the amount of power delivered to a plurality of electrical loads. The lighting control system includes load control devices (such as digital electronic dimming ballasts), motorized window treatments, controllers, lighting hubs, and personal computers. The personal computer is preferably executing a graphical user interface (GUI) software, which allows a user to configure and monitor the operation of the lighting control system. The personal computer is operable to automatically discover the control devices of the lighting control system and to build a programming database for use in the GUI software. The personal computer is further operable to update portions of the programming information in the control devices of the lighting control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventors: Joe Suresh Jacob, Audwin W. Cash, Christopher J. Rigatti