Patents by Inventor Grace Huey Chen

Grace Huey Chen 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: 10217110
    Abstract: Techniques and arrangements for providing payment protection to merchants who utilize point-of-sale (POS) devices that are configured to conduct transactions in both online and offline modes. In an offline mode, a POS device of a merchant stores information regarding a payment instrument used in a transaction between the merchant and a customer, for later sending of the information to a payment service for authorization of the payment instrument when the POS device is in the online mode. The described techniques protect the merchant in a situation where a payment instrument used in an offline transaction is later declined, by providing payment to the merchant for at least a portion of the cost associated with the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Grace Huey Chen, Christopher Lang Mocko, Michael Wells White
  • Publication number: 20180357627
    Abstract: Techniques and arrangements for transitioning point-of-sale (POS) devices between online and offline modes. In some instances, the techniques instruct a POS device to transition from an online mode to an offline mode based on a volume of transactions on the POS device within a certain time period, based on an increase in the rate of transactions occurring on the POS device, or based on anticipating a rise in the number of transactions on the POS device for other reasons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Grace Huey Chen, Christopher Lang Mocko, Michael Wells White
  • Patent number: 10068550
    Abstract: A point-of-sale system includes a computing device, such as a mobile phone or tablet, and a payment object reader communicatively coupled to the computing device that is used to acquire data from a payment object reader. The payment object reader includes an optical output device. The brightness of the optical output device is controlled by the payment object reader depending on the brightness of the computing device coupled to the payment object reader. The brightness level of the optical output device of the payment object reader, which can be a near field communication (NFC) signal strength indicator having four light-emitting-diodes (LEDs), is coordinated to the brightness level of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventor: Grace Huey Chen
  • Patent number: 10055722
    Abstract: Techniques and arrangements for transitioning point-of-sale (POS) devices between online and offline modes. In some instances, the techniques instruct a POS device to transition from an online mode to an offline mode based on a volume of transactions on the POS device within a certain time period, based on an increase in the rate of transactions occurring on the POS device, or based on anticipating a rise in the number of transactions on the POS device for other reasons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Grace Huey Chen, Christopher Lang Mocko, Michael Wells White
  • Patent number: 9852410
    Abstract: Techniques and arrangements for dynamically modifying an order of a cardholder verification method (CVM) implemented at a point-of-sale (POS) device. In some instances, the techniques instruct a POS device to determine a card network or other attributed associated with a received payment instrument and determine, based on this information, whether to implement a default order of a CVM or whether to modify the order of the CVM such that the POS device requests different verification information than if the POS device did not modify the order of the CVM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Grace Huey Chen, Tanya Khakbaz
  • Patent number: 9721251
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques for intelligent payment capture in mixed fulfillment transactions. For example, the techniques described herein may include generating a purchase ticket associated with multiple items in a mixed fulfillment transaction. The purchase ticket may facilitate conducting a mixed fulfillment transaction in which a payment instrument is authorized for the cost of the multiple items in the mixed fulfillment transaction, with partial payment captures being made as items are fulfilled without requiring additional authorizations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Jen, Benjamin Hartard, Gillian May Lian Wee, Taylor Caswell Cascino, Grace Huey Chen