Patents by Inventor Kevin Zhu

Kevin Zhu 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: 20190136258
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for controlling pests are provided. The methods involve transforming organisms with a nucleic acid sequence encoding an insecticidal protein. In particular, the nucleic acid sequences are useful for preparing plants and microorganisms that possess insecticidal activity. Thus, transformed bacteria, plants, plant cells, plant tissues and seeds are provided. Compositions are insecticidal nucleic acids and proteins of bacterial species. The sequences find use in the construction of expression vectors for subsequent transformation into organisms of interest including plants, as probes for the isolation of other homologous (or partially homologous) genes. The pesticidal proteins find use in controlling, inhibiting growth or killing Lepidopteran, Coleopteran, Dipteran, fungal, Hemipteran and nematode pest populations and for producing compositions with insecticidal activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicants: E. I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY, PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: JENNIFER KARA BARRY, CHRISTIAN BARTHOLOMAY, LOUISA D'LIMA, JAMES J. ENGLISH, KEVIN ROBERT HAYES, LU LIU, AMY LUM, BRAD POLAND, ERIC JUDE SCHEPERS, WEIPING XIE, NASSER YALPANI, GENHAI ZHU
  • Patent number: 9985735
    Abstract: A broadcasting system having a transmitter that broadcasts a one-way signal is provided. The one-way signal is embedded with data that is transmitted to a device that is enabled with near field communication (NFC) technology. The NFC-enabled device may then transfer at least a portion of the transmitted embedded data to another NFC-enabled device by bringing the NFC-enabled devices into close proximity to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SPRINT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Bierbaum, Robin D. Katzer, Todd N. Koellner, Kevin Zhu
  • Patent number: 9978053
    Abstract: A portable electronic device is provided comprising a processor, a memory, a first radio transceiver, a second radio transceiver, and an application stored in the memory that, when executed by the processor, receives a first rule associated with a first commercial promotion via the first radio transceiver. The application also determines, based on the first rule and information specific to the device, that the device is qualified to exercise a right associated with the first commercial promotion. The application also transmits to a server via the first radio transceiver a message indicating that the device has qualified to exercise the right associated with the first commercial promotion and associating a code with the first commercial promotion. The application also completes a payment transaction for one of a product or a service via the second radio transceiver, wherein the payment transaction comprises transmitting the code associated with the first commercial promotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Kevin Zhu
  • Publication number: 20180137552
    Abstract: In one aspect, there is provided a method for preference learning. The method may include: determining whether existing data associated with a user is available, wherein the existing data includes preference weights assigned to user clusters; when existing data associated with the user is unavailable: selecting, based on a ranking of the user clusters, a user cluster; providing, based on a selected user cluster, recommendations to the user; and assigning, based on a response of the user to the recommendations, a preference weight to each of the selected user cluster and/or another user cluster; and when existing data associated with the user is available, determining whether to exploit the existing data or to explore new preferences for the user, wherein exploiting comprises providing the recommendations based on the existing data, and wherein exploring comprises providing the recommendations by selecting a user cluster not assigned a preference weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Kevin Zhu, Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 9940644
    Abstract: A multimedia product placement marketplace is provided. A media player presents primary media content received over a first channel. A media component presents auxiliary media content received over a second channel, and selects a portion of an auxiliary media content related to the primary media content, which may have been presented by the media player during a previous time period. If the selected portion of the auxiliary media content is associated with at least one item of information, the media component receives the information over a second channel, and displays the received information via a user interface on the handset. The received information includes a link to a commerce server that provides a commercially available product and/or a commercially available service related to the selected portion of the auxiliary media content to enable a transaction. The link may be based on a highest value bid within a period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Kevin Zhu
  • Patent number: 9883381
    Abstract: A method is provided for secure access to a smart card application. An alert is received related to a mobile device having the smart card application. Access by the mobile device to the smart card application is restricted responsive to receiving the alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SPRINT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY L.P.
    Inventors: Robin Dale Katzer, Todd N. Koellner, Kevin Zhu
  • Patent number: 9552584
    Abstract: A mobile device having a time controlled electronic wallet is disclosed. The mobile device comprises a processor and an electronic wallet application that executes on the processor. The electronic wallet application enters a ready-to-pay mode, initiates a ready-to-pay timer when entering the ready-to-pay mode, transmits the confidential information when in the ready-to-pay mode based on receiving contactless communication, and leaves the ready-to-pay mode when the ready-to-pay timer expires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Bierbaum, Allison A. DiMartino, Robert H. Miller, Elizabeth Roche, Jason Whitney, Kevin Zhu
  • Patent number: 9208293
    Abstract: A method of authenticating a content reference that is related to a public information display to reduce third party interference with the content reference is provided. The method comprises reading information from a tag, the information including a content reference, wirelessly transmitting the information, and comparing the information with authentication information associated with the content reference. The content reference identifies a content. The method also comprises sending an authentication result, wherein the authentication result is based on the comparing, and requesting the content when the authentication result is positive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Kevin Zhu
  • Patent number: 9064246
    Abstract: A mobile payment services integration system is provided. The system comprises a computer system and an application, that when executed on the computer system, maintains a list of payment options associated with a portable electronic device. The system also authenticates an identity of the portable electronic device in connection with a first online purchase transaction with a first online merchant. The system also orders payment using one of the payment options to the first online merchant. The system also authenticates the identity of the portable electronic device in connection with a second online purchase transaction with a second online merchant, where the first online merchant is unaffiliated with the second online merchant. The system also orders payment using one of the payment options to the second online merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Keith Anderson, Christopher J. Bierbaum, Allison A. DiMartino, Kevin Zhu
  • Patent number: 9003331
    Abstract: A computer based method is provided. The computer based method comprises a first electronic device launching an application and, in response to launching the application, the first electronic device receiving a first message from a second electronic device. The first message comprises a first link. The computer based method further comprises the first electronic device configuring a graphical user interface of the application to couple a dynamic selector of the graphical user interface to the first link and presenting a first screen of the graphical user interface, the first screen comprising the dynamic selector and a plurality of static selectors, wherein selecting the dynamic selector activates the first link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Keith Anderson, Christopher J. Bierbaum, Kevin Zhu
  • Patent number: 8990104
    Abstract: A multimedia product placement marketplace is provided. A media player presents primary media content received over a first channel. A media component presents auxiliary media content received over a second channel, and selects a portion of an auxiliary media content related to the primary media content, which may have been presented by the media player during a previous time period. If the selected portion of the auxiliary media content is associated with at least one item of information, the media component receives the information over a second channel, and displays the received information via a user interface on the handset. The received information includes a link to a commerce server that provides a commercially available product and/or a commercially available service related to the selected portion of the auxiliary media content to enable a transaction. The link may be based on a highest value bid within a period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Kevin Zhu
  • Patent number: 8942992
    Abstract: A portable electronic device is provided comprising a processor, a memory, a first radio transceiver, a second radio transceiver, and an application stored in the memory that, when executed by the processor, receives a first rule associated with a first commercial promotion via the first radio transceiver. The application also determines, based on the first rule and information specific to the device, that the device is qualified to exercise a right associated with the first commercial promotion. The application also transmits to a server via the first radio transceiver a message indicating that the device has qualified to exercise the right associated with the first commercial promotion and associating a code with the first commercial promotion. The application also completes a payment transaction for one of a product or a service via the second radio transceiver, wherein the payment transaction comprises transmitting the code associated with the first commercial promotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Kevin Zhu
  • Publication number: 20140351057
    Abstract: A system and method for issuing a mobile VAS is provided. The method for issuing the mobile VAS generates a mobile VAS based on a user attribute grasped from user information of a mobile terminal, and issues the mobile VAS. Accordingly, a customized VAS can be issued effectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: SK C&C CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong Sung Kwon, Kevin Zhu
  • Publication number: 20140344899
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling access to an applet is provided. According to the applet access control method, when an application requests a management program for access to an applet stored in an SE, the management program controls access of the application to the requested applet. Accordingly, since an application that has no access right is prohibited from accessing an applet, security for information stored in the applets can be increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: SK C&C CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong Sung Kwon, Kevin Zhu
  • Patent number: 8831012
    Abstract: According to particular embodiments, determining paths in a network with asymmetric switches includes receiving a graph representing the network. Each asymmetric switch has defined degree connectivity between one or more pairs of degrees of the asymmetric switch. The graph is transformed to yield a transformed graph that accounts for the asymmetric switches. A routing process is applied to the transformed graph to yield one or more paths through the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Min He, Kevin Zhu, Srinivas Vobilisetti, Takao Naito, Paparao Palacharla, Xi Wang, Qiong Zhang
  • Patent number: 8768845
    Abstract: A system for removing an electronic wallet application from a mobile electronic device is provided. The system comprises a first server executing an authentication, authorization, and accounting application and a second server executing a trusted service manager application. The first server grants data network access to the mobile electronic device when a special pass has been provisioned to the first server, wherein the special pass is associated with the mobile electronic device. The second server sends the special pass associated with the mobile electronic device to the first server in response to a triggering event, establishes a data communication session with the mobile electronic device, and sends instructions to the mobile electronic device to remove the electronic wallet application from the mobile electronic device, wherein the establishment of the data communication session is mediated by the authentication, authorization, and accounting application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Sarah A. V. Persson, Kevin Zhu, Lei Zhu
  • Patent number: 8719102
    Abstract: A point-of-sale terminal comprises a contactless communication transceiver configured to receive an emission containing confidential information from a portable electronic device, and an enclosure having an aperture to promote at least partial insertion of the portable electronic device. The enclosure is constructed to promote substantially confining the emission within the enclosure to reduce eavesdropping on the confidential information while promoting the transceiver receiving the emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Allison DiMartino, Ryan Dreiling, Elizabeth Roche, Kevin Zhu
  • Patent number: 8706588
    Abstract: A method of provisioning confidential information to a target device is provided. The method comprises a mobile device wirelessly transmitting using a public land mobile network a message to request confidential information, wherein the confidential information is associated with at least one of a credit card, a transit card, a transit token, an electronic coupon, a loyalty program access code, an access badge, and an access code. The method also comprises the mobile device wirelessly receiving the confidential information from the public land mobile network and transmitting the confidential information using near field communication technology to the target device. The method also comprises the target device receiving the confidential information using near field communication technology and storing the confidential information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Kevin Zhu
  • Patent number: 8667541
    Abstract: A system is provided for intelligent handset remote control. The system includes a processor on a handset and a remote control component. When executed by the processor, the remote control component stores a list of media network providers, determines a location associated with the handset, retrieves an index associated with a media presentation device based on the location, and maps each of the media network providers in the list with at most one entry in the index. The remote control component also presents the list of media network providers to a user interface for the handset as a list of selectable inputs, receives a selection of one of the list of selectable inputs via the user interface, and transmits a command to the media presentation device to present media based on an entry in the index that corresponds to the selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Kevin Zhu
  • Patent number: 8655310
    Abstract: A method of preventing identity theft is provided. The method comprises reading confidential information from a mobile terminal that is not in communication with the public wireless communication network and determining if the mobile terminal has been reported lost. When the mobile terminal is determined to have been reported lost, the release of the confidential information by the mobile terminal is disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Robin D. Katzer, Sei Y. Ng, M. Jeffrey Stone, Kevin Zhu