Patents by Inventor Edwin Turner

Edwin Turner 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: 6862576
    Abstract: A locker system which permits secure delivery, or collection, of goods at a location and that can be associated with a single household or disposed centrally with respect to a plurality of households. A set of lockers, which may be of different sizes, capable of being in different states, e.g. ambient, chilled, frozen, and which are lockable separately, is disposed at the location. In-residence IT systems including computer means, such as servers, permit householders to place on-line orders with retailers/service providers, such as over the Internet. Prior to order placement, an appropriate locker for the size and state of the goods is reserved, such as by the household server contacting a management server via an Intranet. An access code required for unlocking the reserved locker is supplied to the household server, and forwarded to the retailer/service provider over the Internet together with the order and reserved locker location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Fujitsu Services Limited
    Inventors: Edwin Turner, Adrian Paul West
  • Patent number: 6549119
    Abstract: An identification system, e.g. for tagging goods in a retail store, has at least one interrogator and a number of transponders for attaching to goods. Each transponder responds to an interrogation signal from the interrogator by returning a response signal containing information stored in the transponder. The transponder can be switched, by means of a mode switching signal from the interrogator, into a reduced power mode in which the power level of the response signal is reduced from its normal level. The reduced power mode may for example be selected when the goods have been paid for, to ensure that the transponder does not trigger an anti-theft gate, which can detect only the normal power level. The transponder can, however, still be read by an interrogator capable of detecting the reduced power level, e.g. at a customer services desk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: International Computers Limited
    Inventor: Edwin Turner
  • Patent number: 6438696
    Abstract: An electronic point-of-sale (PoS) system comprises a network with a number of PoS terminals and a PoS server computer attached to it. The PoS terminals and the PoS server interact over the network to perform conventional PoS transactions. Additionally, each of the PoS terminals monitors its own operation for predetermined security-related events (such as refunds or voids). Upon detection of such an event, the PoS terminal sends an alert message and data over the network to a control computer (which may be the PoS server computer, or may be a separate computer). The control computer responds to the alert message by activating a video camera and recorder to record a view of the PoS terminal, along with the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: International Computers Limited
    Inventors: Uri Baran, Edwin Turner
  • Patent number: 5844123
    Abstract: A gas sensing system is provided for the detection of gas concentrations in a flowable medium. The gas sensing system has a gas permeable membrane structure to separate the flowable medium from a chamber where a gas sensor is positioned for detecting the gas concentration in the chamber. The sensor has predetermined environmental operating ranges and the system has a heat drain with a heat sink to maintain the temperature of gas in the chamber within the operating ranges, together with gas nozzles leading into the chamber to purge gas in the chamber and to maintain the gas concentration from exceeding the sensor operating range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Inventors: Robert Anthony Marsh, Rodney Edward Smith, Roger Kevin Starnes, John Wilfred Scarott, Colin Edwin Turner
  • Patent number: 5751223
    Abstract: An electronic identification system e.g. for identifying goods in a retail store, comprises an interrogator and a number of transponders. Each transponder includes a number of data registers, and a counter for selecting the registers one at a time in sequence. When the transponder receives an interrogation signal from the interrogator, it returns a response signal containing data from the currently selected register. When the transponder receives a switch signal from the interrogator, it steps the counter on to select the next register in the sequence. One of the bits in the selected register may be used as a mode switching bit, for switching the response signal between a normal power level and a reduced power level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: International Computers Limited
    Inventor: Edwin Turner
  • Patent number: 4677043
    Abstract: The step-on-wafer process, also known as the step-and-repeat alignment process, for the production of very large scale integration (VLSI) microcircuitry with multi-layer interconnects, is greatly facilitated by incorporating, into at least the first layer of photoresist, a dyestuff which meets certain criteria the chief of which is that it be transparent to radiation to which the photoresist system is sensitive and that it absorb radiation of a wavelength to which the photoresist system is not sensitive. The use of photoresist systems in association with such dyestuffs has additional advantages. For example, the thickness of the photoresist layer deposited on a substrate can be checked prior to imaging without activating the photoresist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Assignee: MacDermid, Incorporated
    Inventors: William F. Cordes, III, Edwin Turner