Patents by Inventor Peter J. Cerra

Peter J. Cerra 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: 6546373
    Abstract: A system for recovering refundable taxes such as value-added taxes (VAT) uses a transaction card, such as a credit or debit or electronic cash card, to record purchases made by a traveler that are subject to VAT in a foreign country. The traveler loads the transaction card with a software application that is able to record the purchases subject to VAT. The traveler uses the card to make purchases in the foreign country, and the card calculates and accumulates the VAT subject to refund. When leaving the foreign country, the traveler inserts the card into a terminal, the software application reads the VAT subject to refund, and the traveler selects whether to receive the refunded VAT in cash in local currency or in the currency of the country in which the traveler resides (“home currency”), as cash value on the card (if a cash or debit card), as a credit on the card (if a credit card), or by check in local or home currency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: MasterCard International Incorporated
    Inventor: Peter J. Cerra