Patents by Inventor Gary Mark Shafer

Gary Mark Shafer 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: 20160239794
    Abstract: According to some example embodiments, systems, apparatus, methods and computer program products are provided for monitoring articles, such as in a commercial environment. In one aspect, the invention can be a system comprising: a monitoring device configured for attachment to the article, the monitoring device including a display configured to display a price of the article; a server; and a router configured to maintain a wireless communications connection between the monitoring device and the server; wherein the monitoring device is configured to: receive a communication including a price change message; and modify a stored price in response to receiving the price change message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Inventors: Gary Mark SHAFER, Michael MERCIER, Lee H. ECKERT, James Gordon WYATT
  • Patent number: 9171439
    Abstract: A security apparatus and method for protecting merchandise items is presented. In the preferred embodiment, a merchandise security device includes a housing with an access door that has an open position and a closed position, a primary power source, a secondary power source and alarm system. The alarm system determines when a voltage of the primary power source drops below a threshold value. When the voltage drops below the threshold value, the alarm system switches to the secondary power source for its power. When the alarm system is in a standby mode, it will not generate alarms when operating on the secondary power source. However, when the alarm system has not been placed into a standby mode, the alarm system will generate alarms when operating on the secondary power source and the access door is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence R. Yeager, Lee H. Eckert, Gary Mark Shafer
  • Patent number: 8941471
    Abstract: A radiofrequency identification (RFID) multiplexer, which may be in a network, interprets an RF signal from an RFED reader as RFE) tag interrogation data. A single cable directs an RF signal from the RFID reader and RF control signals and/or RF power through the multiplexer. An RF sampler may be coupled to the cable; and an RF detector detects the RF signal from the cable via the RF sampler. A data decoder decodes and interprets the RF signal as the RFID tag interrogation data and forwards the RFID tag interrogation data to a control logic circuit as a MUX channel-change command. The logic circuit and decoder may be combined in a microcontroller, and an RF backscatter modulator coupled to the cable enables reverse communication with the RFID reader to determine whether another RFID multiplexer is coupled to the RFID multiplexer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventor: Gary Mark Shafer
  • Publication number: 20140351098
    Abstract: According to some example embodiments, systems, apparatus, methods and computer program products are provided for monitoring articles, such as in a commercial environment. In one aspect, the invention can be a system comprising: a monitoring device configured for attachment to the article, the monitoring device including a display configured to display a price of the article; a server; and a router configured to maintain a wireless communications connection between the monitoring device and the server; wherein the monitoring device is configured to: receive a communication including a price change message; and modify a stored price in response to receiving the price change message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Gary Mark SHAFER, Michael MERCIER, Lee H. ECKERT, James Gordon WYATT
  • Patent number: 8508367
    Abstract: Provided are embodiments of configurable monitoring devices, methods, systems, computer readable storage media and other means for dynamically transitioning the functionality, roles and/or modes of operation of networked devices. In some examples, the dynamic configuration of the configurable monitoring device may be accomplished wirelessly and used to monitor and track the location of retail products as well as thwart theft of the retail products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Gary Mark Shafer
  • Patent number: 8452868
    Abstract: According to some example embodiments, systems, apparatus, methods and computer program products are provided for monitoring articles, such as in a commercial environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventors: Gary Mark Shafer, Michael Mercier, Lee H. Eckert, James Gordon Wyatt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8378823
    Abstract: An anti-theft security system that utilizes an electronic article surveillance (EAS) beacon that emits an electromagnetic field that a corresponding security tag transponder detects in determining whether to set off onboard transponder alarms or to remain dormant. The EAS beacon is a self-contained beacon that can be easily installed at any desired location and can utilize local utility power or revert to battery power. Among other things, this avoids the large installation, calibration and maintenance costs and tasks of conventional EAS pedestals. The EAS beacon includes coil panels that are secured to an elongated housing that can be flexed to avoid or minimize damage should something or someone come into contact with the panels. An audible/visible alarm is activated when such flexing or tampering occurs. A passive infrared detector is provided to reduce power consumption when the EAS beacon is operating on battery power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Eckert, Brian Vincent Conti, Gary Mark Shafer, Brian Wiese
  • Patent number: 8378826
    Abstract: Exemplary systems, methods and other means for providing a key device that may be used with a monitoring system are discussed herein. The key device may be configured to communicate with one or more other devices, silence an alarm, commission a tag, decommission a tag, unlock a tag from an item, among other things. The key device may include rules that permit particular functionality based on, for example, time and/or location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Mercier, James Gordon Wyatt, Jr., Lee H. Eckert, Gary Mark Shafer
  • Publication number: 20130009770
    Abstract: A security apparatus and method for protecting merchandise items is presented. In the preferred embodiment, a merchandise security device includes a housing with an access door that has an open position and a closed position, a primary power source, a secondary power source and alarm system. The alarm system determines when a voltage of the primary power source drops below a threshold value. When the voltage drops below the threshold value, the alarm system switches to the secondary power source for its power. When the alarm system is in a standby mode, it will not generate alarms when operating on the secondary power source. However, when the alarm system has not been placed into a standby mode, the alarm system will generate alarms when operating on the secondary power source and the access door is in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Lawrence R. Yeager, Lee H. Eckert, Gary Mark Shafer
  • Patent number: 8344884
    Abstract: According to some example embodiments, systems, apparatus, methods and computer program products are provided for triggering an alarm. In this regard, one example apparatus includes means for receiving an instruction to alarm a security gate device, and means for tuning a security resonator at a location such that a field generated by the security gate device interacts with the security resonator to cause the security gate device to trigger an alarm in response to at least receiving the instruction to alarm the security gate device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Mercier, Gary Mark Shafer, Lee H. Eckert
  • Publication number: 20120210755
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a yoke device for use in combination with a security device. The security device includes a housing and a cable having a first end and a second end, whereby the second end is secured to the housing. The yoke device includes a first leg, a second leg, and a base portion extending therebetween. An eyelet or loop extends from each leg portion to define an opening therein. Each opening is sized to allow the first end of the cable to pass therethrough to facilitate forming a loop around an article of goods, while simultaneously securing the yoke device to the security device such that a first portion and a second portion of the article cannot be separated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: CHECKPOINT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Gary Mark Shafer
  • Patent number: 8120462
    Abstract: A method and system for determining the absence and presence of items in an RFID interrogation zone. At least one RFID reader transmits interrogation signals in an interrogation zone. Each RFID reader transmits interrogation signals having a forward amount of RF energy and receives response signals from the items in the interrogation zone having a reflected amount of RF energy. A detection circuit determines the presence and absence of items within the interrogation zone based at least in part on the reflected amount of RF energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Sensomatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventor: Gary Mark Shafer
  • Publication number: 20120001756
    Abstract: According to some example embodiments, systems, apparatus, methods and computer program products are provided for triggering an alarm. In this regard, one example apparatus includes means for receiving an instruction to alarm a security gate device, and means for tuning a security resonator at a location such that a field generated by the security gate device interacts with the security resonator to cause the security gate device to trigger an alarm in response to at least receiving the instruction to alarm the security gate device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventors: Michael Mercier, Gary Mark Shafer, Lee H. Eckert
  • Patent number: 8009044
    Abstract: A detector, system including a detector and method for sensing motion within a detection region. The detector has a detection element and a focusing element aiming received energy corresponding to a presence within the detection region toward the detection element. The focusing element has a plurality of sections in which each of the plurality of sections establishes a corresponding detection zone within the detection region. The plurality of sections are arranged to allow a motion vector to be determined for an object passing through the detection region. The system includes a detector that generates pulses each time presence in a detector zone is detected as well as a central alarm panel. The central alarm panel receives the pulses and has processor that evaluates the timing between electrical pulses to determine the motion vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Mark Shafer, Alfred Yarbrough
  • Patent number: 7994911
    Abstract: According to some example embodiments, systems, apparatus, methods and computer program products are provided for triggering an alarm. In this regard, one example apparatus includes means for receiving an instruction to alarm a security gate device, and means for tuning a security resonator at a location such that a field generated by the security gate device interacts with the security resonator to cause the security gate device to trigger an alarm in response to at least receiving the instruction to alarm the security gate device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Mercier, Gary Mark Shafer, Lee H. Eckert
  • Publication number: 20110084840
    Abstract: Exemplary systems, methods and other means for providing a key device that may be used with a monitoring system are discussed herein. The key device may be configured to communicate with one or more other devices, silence an alarm, commission a tag, decommission a tag, unlock a tag from an item, among other things. The key device may include rules that permit particular functionality based on, for example, time and/or location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Mercier, James Gordon Wyatt, JR., Lee H. Eckert, Gary Mark Shafer
  • Publication number: 20110074580
    Abstract: According to some example embodiments, systems, apparatus, methods and computer program products are provided for triggering an alarm. In this regard, one example apparatus includes means for receiving an instruction to alarm a security gate device, and means for tuning a security resonator at a location such that a field generated by the security gate device interacts with the security resonator to cause the security gate device to trigger an alarm in response to at least receiving the instruction to alarm the security gate device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Mercier, Gary Mark Shafer, Lee H. Eckert
  • Publication number: 20110068906
    Abstract: Provided are embodiments of configurable monitoring devices, methods, systems, computer readable storage media and other means for locating devices. In some examples, the devices are attached to a retail or other type of article. The devices can be dynamically configurable and communicate wirelessly with other network entities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Mark Shafer, Michael Mercier
  • Publication number: 20110068921
    Abstract: Provided are embodiments of configurable monitoring devices, methods, systems, computer readable storage media and other means for dynamically transitioning the functionality, roles and/or modes of operation of networked devices. In some examples, the dynamic configuration of the configurable monitoring device may be accomplished wirelessly and used to monitor and track the location of retail products as well as thwart theft of the retail products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Mark Shafer
  • Patent number: D678794
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee H. Eckert, Brian Vincent Conti, Gary Mark Shafer, Brian Wiese, David P. Christianson