Patents by Inventor James F. Price

James F. Price 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: 7413120
    Abstract: Transaction card assemblies, systems and methods of making are provided. One such assembly includes a card carrier having a card integrally formed within. The card peripherally engages the card carrier and is adapted to be removed from the card carrier. An encodable strip is disposed on the card. The strip has first and second encodable tracks. The first encodable track is positioned to be read by a point-of-sale device when the card is engaged with the card carrier, and the second encodable track is positioned to be read by the point-of-sale device after the card is separated from the carrier. In this manner, the card can be read using the same point-of-sale device whether or not the card has been separated from the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventors: Cynthia M. Lewis, Ken Algiene, James F. Price, John R. Duesenberg
  • Patent number: 7367504
    Abstract: Transaction card assemblies, systems and methods of making are provided. One such assembly includes a card carrier having a card integrally formed within. The card peripherally engages the card carrier and is adapted to be removed from the card carrier. An encodable strip is disposed on the card. The strip has first and second encodable tracks. The first encodable track is positioned to be read by a point-of-sale device when the card is engaged with the card carrier, and the second encodable track is positioned to be read by the point-of-sale device after the card is separated from the carrier. In this manner, the card can be read using the same point-of-sale device whether or not the card has been separated from the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventors: Cynthia M. Lewis, Kenneth Algiene, James F. Price, John R. Duesenberg
  • Patent number: 7080776
    Abstract: Transaction card assemblies, systems and methods of making are provided. One such assembly includes a card carrier having a card integrally formed within. The card peripherally engages the card carrier and is adapted to be removed from the card carrier. An encodable strip is disposed on the card. The strip has first and second encodable tracks. The first encodable track is positioned to be read by a point-of-sale device when the card is engaged with the card carrier, and the second encodable track is positioned to be read by the point-of-sale device after the card is separated from the carrier. In this manner, the card can be read using the same point-of-sale device whether or not the card has been separated from the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventors: Cynthia M. Lewis, Kenneth Algiene, James F. Price, John R. Duesenberg
  • Patent number: 6951174
    Abstract: Keyless inking and dampening systems and methods are disclosed which employ application, subtractive and dampening roller systems to control the ink/dampening fluid film on the form roller. A clean-up roller removes residual ink from non-image areas on the printing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Inventors: James F. Price, Robert L. Goodman, Max W. Dahlgren
  • Patent number: 6895861
    Abstract: Keyless inking systems and methods are disclosed which employs a main form roller and a smaller clean-up roller, both in contact with a rotating printing plate. Separate application and subtractive roller systems control the ink film on the form roller. The clean-up roller removes residual ink from non-image areas on the printing plate. The clean-up roller is in ink communication with the main form roller through a vibrating roller. Mechanisms are provided to selectively engage and disengage the various rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventors: James F. Price, Robert L. Goodman, Max W. Dahlgren
  • Patent number: 6883427
    Abstract: In a printing system where ink from an applicator roller is applied to a form roller in rotational contact with a plate cylinder, methods of washing up after printing in which methods the form roller is disengaged from the plate cylinder and a subtractive roller system removes a mixture of residual ink and ink solvent from the form roller and applicator roller. In preferred embodiments, the press drive is stopped during wash-up and the form roller is independently driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventors: James F. Price, Robert L. Goodman, William A. Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20040103803
    Abstract: A printing system is disclosed including an inking system with a single form roller for applying ink to a printing cylinder. Ink is applied to the form roller by an applicator roller having a surface with an array of interconnected wells and a variable speed drive. The form roller and plate cylinder are rotated at the same rpm while the speed of the applicator roller is varied to vary the amount of ink applied to the plate. A variable speed subtractive roller system removes excess ink from the form roller and returns the ink to a common reservoir. For wash-up, the press drive and form roller are disengaged and the inking system is rotated by an inker roller drive while wash-up fluid is applied to the inking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Inventors: James F. Price, Robert L. Goodman, William A. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 6672211
    Abstract: A printing system is disclosed including an inking system with a single form roller for applying ink to a printing cylinder. Ink is applied to the form roller by an applicator roller having a surface with an array of interconnected wells and a variable speed drive. The form roller and plate cylinder are rotated at the same rpm while the speed of the applicator roller is varied to vary the amount of ink applied to the plate. A variable speed subtractive roller system removes excess ink from the form roller and returns the ink to a common reservoir. For wash-up, the press drive and form roller are disengaged and the inking system is rotated by an inker roller drive while wash-up fluid is applied to the inking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Inventors: James F. Price, Robert L. Goodman, William A. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 6571710
    Abstract: A printing press having a keyless inking system. The inking system includes a single form roller for applying ink to a printing plate, and a transfer roller adjacent the form roller for removing excess ink from the form roller. A subtractive roller adjacent the transfer roller removes excess ink from the transfer roller, and a scraper blade adjacent the subtractive roller scrapes excess ink from said subtractive roller. An ink reservoir adjacent the scraper blade receives ink scraped from the subtractive roller, and supplies ink for application onto the form roller. An applicator roller adjacent the ink reservoir receives ink from the ink reservoir, and applies the ink to the form roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: James F. Price
  • Publication number: 20010032559
    Abstract: A printing system is disclosed including an inking system with a single form roller for applying ink to a printing cylinder. Ink is applied to the form roller by an applicator roller having a surface with an array of interconnected wells and a variable speed drive. The form roller and plate cylinder are rotated at the same rpm while the speed of the applicator roller is varied to vary the amount of ink applied to the plate. A variable speed subtractive roller system removes excess ink from the form roller and returns the ink to a common reservoir. For wash-up, the press drive and form roller are disengaged and the inking system is rotated by an inker roller drive while wash-up fluid is applied to the inking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2001
    Publication date: October 25, 2001
    Inventors: James F. Price, Robert L. Goodman, William A. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 5561282
    Abstract: A portable signature capture pad operative for gathering signature data associated with customer transactions includes a digitizer, microprocessor, and a pad cradle that facilitates a wireless data link between the portable signature capture pad and a point-of-sale (POS) terminal, such as an electronic cash register. Subsequent to receiving a ready signal from the POS terminal, the portable signature capture pad is removed, temporarily disconnecting the pad from communication with the pad cradle and thus the POS terminal. A transaction receipt is printed at the POS terminal and placed on the portable signature capture pad. The portable signature capture pad and receipt are presented to a customer for signature capture. Data signals corresponding to the customer's signature are captured by the digitizer and stored in a memory in the pad. The pad is then returned to the cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Assignee: MicroBilt Corporation
    Inventors: James F. Price, James M. Widdel
  • Patent number: 5559315
    Abstract: A low cost, compact embossed card reader for reading embossed characters on credit or debit cards and for integration into a combined magnetic character/magnetic stripe terminal. A low-profile housing forms a card path and provides a surface for mounting a removable read head. The housing includes an integrated card guide for guiding the embossed characters along a linear path adjacent the read head. The read head includes a plurality of pins mounted orthogonally to the card, and aligned so as to scan each of the embossed characters in parallel paths as the card moves relative to the read head. The pins move upwardly as they encounter an embossed character and open a normally closed switch formed by a printed circuit board and a plurality of leaf spring fingers. Improved data acquisition and decode methods for sampling the embossed character data and decoding the data to form an account number. The data acquisition method samples the embossed characters at a predetermined rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: MicroBilt Corporation
    Inventors: Parameswaran B. Nair, John C. Evans, James F. Price
  • Patent number: 5479530
    Abstract: A data card terminal, such as a credit card transaction terminal, is disclosed. The terminal includes a transaction terminal comprising an embossed character reader and magnetic stripe reader, with a separate signature capture printer. The transaction terminal is operative for detecting the physical presence of a data card during a card transaction. The embossed character reader employs a tactile imager and pattern recognition for detecting the embossed characters on the data card. A signature capturing printer prints a paper receipt, which is signed by a cardholder at a signature capturing window on the printer. A signature capturing system digitizes and compresses signals corresponding to the signature of the card holder. Transaction data including compressed signature signals and signals indicative of the presence of the card are transmitted to the host computer system of a transaction processor, who guarantees the transaction as chargeback-protected under certain circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1995
    Assignee: Microbilt Corporation
    Inventors: Parameswaran B. Nair, Kumar S. Choudhuri, Murray A. Morton, Holly B. Krahe, John C. Evans, Mark Brady, Edward G. Kligfeld, Thomas J. Liney, Paul W. Noblett, Jr., Laura J. Turner, Diane T. Vogt, James F. Price
  • Patent number: 5448047
    Abstract: A method of obtaining and providing card identifying information from a data card presented in connection with a financial transaction, the data card having a magnetic stripe and an embossed region containing identifying information, the method being carried out in a data card terminal. The data card terminal is operative for gathering credit card or check information required for customer transactions at a point of sale. The method comprises providing a transaction risk parameter selectively indicative of a first or second level of transaction security to be provided for the data card terminal. In response to the transaction risk parameter indicating the first level of security, verified card identifying information is provided if either the first data record region or the second data region contains valid card identifying information. In response to the transaction risk parameter indicating the second level of security, a second level security check is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Assignee: MicroBilt Corporation
    Inventors: Parameswaran B. Nair, John C. Evans, James F. Price, Kumar S. Choudhuri, James T. Stills, Victor V. Goulding
  • Patent number: 5448044
    Abstract: A signature capture pad (or signature capture/PIN pad) operative for gathering signature data associated with customer transactions includes a digitizer, microprocessor, and a plurality of serial ports, and may be connected to a point-of-sale (POS) terminal, such as an electronic cash register. The signature capture pad provides compressed or uncompressed signature signals in response to commands received from the POS terminal. Uncompressed signature data may be used to provide a facsimile signature on a display or printer at the POS terminal, whereby the signature may be approved by the operator. A signature capture cycle is terminated upon receipt of a command from the POS terminal, or upon the expiration of an optional timer. The maximum size of the compressed signature data is selectable by the POS terminal. Compressed signature data exceeding the prescribed size may be post-processed at a lower resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Assignee: MicroBilt Corporation
    Inventors: James F. Price, John C. Evans
  • Patent number: 5444616
    Abstract: A multi-reader terminal including a magnetic stripe reader, an embossed character reader, and a magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) check reader, in an integrated stand-alone unit. The terminal is operative for gathering credit card or check information required for customer transactions at the point of sale. The terminal provides a single card passageway for receiving a credit card having a magnetic stripe and embossed characters. The magnetic stripe reader and embossed character reader read the credit card as it travels in the passageway. The embossed character reader may be selectively retracted from the card passageway. The terminal includes a plurality of serial communications ports that allow the terminal to be connected in series between a host computer and an electronic cash register. The serial ports allow connection of a signature capture pad, a personal identification number (PIN) pad, and other serial devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Assignee: MicroBilt Corporation
    Inventors: Parameswaran B. Nair, James F. Price, Victor V. Goulding
  • Patent number: 5438186
    Abstract: A multi-reader terminal including a magnetic stripe reader, an embossed character reader, and a magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) check reader, in an integrated stand-alone unit. The terminal is operative for gathering credit card or check information required for customer transactions at the point of sale. The terminal provides a single card passageway for receiving a credit card having a magnetic stripe and embossed characters. The magnetic stripe reader and embossed character reader read the credit card as it travels in the passageway. The embossed character reader may be selectively retracted from the card passageway. The terminal includes a plurality of serial communications ports that allow the terminal to be connected in series between a host computer and an electronic cash register. The serial ports allow connection of a signature capture pad, a personal identification number (PIN) pad, and other serial devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Assignee: MicroBilt Corporation
    Inventors: Parameswaran B. Nair, John C. Evans, James F. Price, Kumar S. Choudhuri, James T. Stills, Victor V. Goulding
  • Patent number: 5432327
    Abstract: A low cost, compact embossed card reader for reading embossed characters on credit or debit cards and for integration into a combined magnetic character/magnetic stripe terminal. A low-profile housing defines a card path and provides a surface for mounting a removable read head. The housing includes an integrated card guide for guiding the embossed characters along a linear path adjacent the read head. The read head includes a plurality of pins mounted orthogonally to the card, and aligned so as to scan each of the embossed characters in parallel paths as the card moves relative to the read head. The pins move upwardly as they encounter an embossed character and open a normally-closed switch formed by a printed circuit board and a plurality of leaf spring fingers. The read head is operative to float relative to the surface of the card and relative to the embossing on the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Assignee: Microbilt Corporation
    Inventor: James F. Price
  • Patent number: 5432326
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a data card terminal, such as a credit card transaction terminal, for providing chargeback protection services for the benefit of merchants are disclosed. The terminal includes a transaction terminal comprising an embossed character reader and magnetic stripe reader, with a separate signature capture printer. The transaction terminal is operative for detecting the physical presence of a data card during a card transaction. The embossed character reader employs a tactile imager and pattern recognition for detecting the embossed characters on the data card. A signature capturing printer prints a paper receipt, which is signed by a cardholder at a signature capturing window on the printer. A signature capturing system digitizes and compresses signals corresponding to the signature of the card holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Assignee: National Bancard Corporation
    Inventors: Paul W. Noblett, Jr., Mark Brady, Peter R. Cavicchi, Kumar S. Choudhuri, Timothy W. Depew, John C. Evans, Shelley K. Friedman, James H. Hamilton, Edward G. Kligfeld, Holly B. Krahe, Thomas J. Liney, Murray A. Morton, Parameswaran B. Nair, Gregory A. Philmon, James F. Price, James T. Stills, Laura J. Turner, Diane T. Vogt
  • Patent number: D359951
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: MicroBilt Corporation
    Inventors: Parameswaran B. Nair, Kumar S. Choudhuri, John C. Evans, James L. Hanna, James F. Price