Patents by Inventor John William Wesner, Jr.

John William Wesner, Jr. 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: 4004136
    Abstract: A credit verification terminal for use in several credit systems includes a dual purpose mechanism for sequentially propelling a user's credit card past a reading head, and for storing merchant identifying and other data that can be read by the head. In one embodiment, the mechanism comprises an axially movable drum containing coaxial bands of encoded data. As the drum is rotated, a selected band containing merchant data is read; further drum rotational propels a credit card past the head, so that the user data contained thereon is read. In another embodiment, a planar card carrier includes a movable table containing parallel stripes or rows of encoded merchant and other data on one surface thereof. The user's credit card placed on the carrier is propelled past the head in one direction, and the data recorded is read; with the card removed, the merchant data is read when the carrier is moved past the head to its initial position. Apparatus for changing the stored merchant information is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1975
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1977
    Assignee: Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated
    Inventors: Gabor Peter Torok, John William Wesner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 3938090
    Abstract: A business transaction terminal for a credit authorization system or the like includes a microprocessor for receiving data from a magnetic card reader and a keyboard, automatically processing such data and transmitting it to a central data base for authorization of a proposed business transaction. The terminal receives back a response from the central data base which directs subsequent actions by the terminal user. Options are provided for receiving the response in a number of ways such as audible response, visual indicators and numeric displays. Options also permit the terminal to be operated in a hands free mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1975
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1976
    Assignee: Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated
    Inventors: Victor Scott Borison, Hans George Mattes, Colonel Blake McDowell, III, George William Schramm, Gerald Steven Soloway, John William Wesner, Jr.
  • Patent number: D246584
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1975
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1977
    Assignee: Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated
    Inventors: Ghanshyam Ambaram Bhat, Donald Michael Genaro, Gordon Elliot Sylvester, Edwin Watkinson, John William Wesner, Jr.