Patents by Inventor Phillip W. Neal

Phillip W. Neal 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: 20080110981
    Abstract: Methods and systems for preventing fraudulent acquisition of private transaction information associated with customer input at a fuel dispenser are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a fuel dispenser includes a hose and nozzle combination that receives fuel to dispense to the customer's vehicle. The fuel dispenser includes a user interface having a display and a virtual keypad that is adapted to receive customer input associated with a transaction at the fuel dispenser. The fuel dispenser also includes a control system coupled to the user interface and adapted to determine when customer input is required for the transaction, activate the virtual keypad to facilitate entry of the customer input, receive the customer input from the virtual keypad, deactivate the virtual keypad after the customer input is received, and process the transaction based upon the received customer input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Applicant: GILBARCO INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan DeLine, Leon B. Smith, Jack F. Bartlett, Phillip W. Neal, Roger W. Stout, Andrew Hawley, Darrell L. Harmon, Chris Whitley
  • Patent number: 6546882
    Abstract: An automated payment system for use in a service station. The system includes at least one fuel dispenser for dispensing fuel and having a user interface for directing how payment for the fuel is to be processed. The system also includes a payment terminal positioned in proximity to the fuel dispenser for receiving the payments. The terminal has rigid outer walls forming an enclosed interior section for housing the payments. In one embodiment, the terminal has rigid outer walls forming a substantially H-shape with two indents positioned on the exterior of the payment terminal. A pair of support posts are firmly mounted within the indents for securing the payment terminal in position. Mounting mechanisms may attach the payment terminal to the support post and be positioned such that they are contained within the terminal and post to restrict access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Gromatzky, Joseph D. Long, Phillip W. Neal