Patents by Inventor Simon Blythe

Simon Blythe 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: 20210025937
    Abstract: When Integrated Circuit Cards (ICC's) such as chip cards are configured to initiate electronic transactions, such as financial transactions, lapses in security can have severe consequences. Although global standardization means a high degree of interoperability, it also means that ICC's may be manufactured anywhere in the world. A frequent problem is that ICC's with older generation IC's remain in circulation, and/or some manufacturers of ICC's may use older technologies in new cards. Both of these policies may increase the security risks. In addition, ICC's can be cloned, and may be difficult to distinguish from genuine ICC's. By providing a card reader with a signal generator for providing a circuit test signal, and a signal detector, for detecting a circuit response signal, the response signal may be compared with an expected response signal to determine a degree of electrical correspondence and whether the ICC passes or fails the hardware integrity control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventor: Simon Blythe
  • Publication number: 20200394639
    Abstract: A device and method for waveform transmission of transaction card data to a merchant point-of-sale device are provided. The device includes a memory device for storing data, a processor, and a transmitter. The device is programmed to receive transaction card data that mimics data stored within a magnetic stripe associated with a transaction card, convert the transaction card data to a first data file for storage within the memory device, transmit the first data file to the transmitter, and transmit a first waveform from the transmitter to the POS device, wherein the first waveform includes changes in a magnetic field that represent the transaction card data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventors: David C. Brown, Simon Blythe, Deborah M. Kimberg, Mostafa Hussein Sabet
  • Patent number: 10762491
    Abstract: A device and method for waveform transmission of transaction card data to a merchant point-of-sale device are provided. The device includes a memory device for storing data, a processor, and a transmitter. The device is programmed to receive transaction card data that mimics data stored within a magnetic stripe associated with a transaction card, convert the transaction card data to a first data file for storage within the memory device, transmit the first data file to the transmitter, and transmit a first waveform from the transmitter to the POS device, wherein the first waveform includes changes in a magnetic field that represent the transaction card data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: David C. Brown, Simon Blythe, Deborah M. Kimberg, Mostafa Hussein Sabet
  • Publication number: 20200185339
    Abstract: An integrated circuit is disclosed. The integrated circuit comprises: a processing region configured to run one instruction from a plurality of instructions; a first temperature measuring region configured to measure a first temperature within the integrated circuit in response to the processing region running the one instruction; the processing region being configured to compare the measured first temperature with a predefined temperature at the first temperature measuring region when the processing region runs the one instruction and to trigger an event when the measured first temperature exceeds the predefined temperature by a threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Simon Blythe
  • Publication number: 20190080311
    Abstract: A device and method for waveform transmission of transaction card data to a merchant point-of-sale device are provided. The device includes a memory device for storing data, a processor, and a transmitter. The device is programmed to receive transaction card data that mimics data stored within a magnetic stripe associated with a transaction card, convert the transaction card data to a first data file for storage within the memory device, transmit the first data file to the transmitter, and transmit a first waveform from the transmitter to the POS device, wherein the first waveform includes changes in a magnetic field that represent the transaction card data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: David C. Brown, Simon Blythe, Deborah M. Kimberg, Mostafa Hussein Sabet
  • Patent number: 10127543
    Abstract: A device and method for waveform transmission of transaction card data to a merchant point-of-sale device are provided. The device includes a memory device for storing data, a processor, and a transmitter. The device is programmed to receive transaction card data that mimics data stored within a magnetic stripe associated with a transaction card, convert the transaction card data to a first data file for storage within the memory device, transmit the first data file to the transmitter, and transmit a first waveform from the transmitter to the POS device, wherein the first waveform includes changes in a magnetic field that represent the transaction card data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: David C. Brown, Simon Blythe, Deborah M. Kimberg, Mostafa Hussein Sabet
  • Patent number: 9953257
    Abstract: An integrated circuit card (200) is described. The integrated circuit card comprises a card body (204, 306) and two components located in the card body (204), wherein a first component (214) of the two components includes an integrated circuit, and wherein the two components are in communication with a common electrical contact (208).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Simon Blythe
  • Publication number: 20170308886
    Abstract: A device and method for waveform transmission of transaction card data to a merchant point-of-sale device are provided. The device includes a memory device for storing data, a processor, and a transmitter. The device is programmed to receive transaction card data that mimics data stored within a magnetic stripe associated with a transaction card, convert the transaction card data to a first data file for storage within the memory device, transmit the first data file to the transmitter, and transmit a first waveform from the transmitter to the POS device, wherein the first waveform includes changes in a magnetic field that represent the transaction card data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: David C. Brown, Simon Blythe, Deborah M. Kimberg, Mostafa Hussein Sabet
  • Patent number: 9767446
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a touch screen for contactless payments are described. In an embodiment, a process includes detecting the presence of multiple proximity payment devices in contact with a touchable surface of a touch screen, displaying a payment option menu for multiple consumers associated with the proximity payment devices, and detecting selection of payment amounts. The process includes reading payment account data from the multiple proximity payment devices, providing the payment account data to a processor, and transmitting the payment account data and the payment amounts associated with the multiple proximity payment devices to a payment server computer. The process may also include receiving one or more payment authorization messages associated with the proximity payment devices, and displaying the payment authorization message(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: MasterCard International Incorporated
    Inventors: Alan Cooke, Stephen Elder, Simon Blythe
  • Patent number: 9760825
    Abstract: An integrated circuit card (200) is described. The integrated circuit card comprises a card body having an opening (310) extending through the thickness of the card body (306); and two components located in the card body (204) opening (310), wherein a first component (214) of the two components includes an integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Simon Blythe
  • Patent number: 9727855
    Abstract: A device and method for waveform transmission of transaction card data to a merchant point-of-sale device are provided. The device includes a memory device for storing data, a processor, and a transmitter. The device is programmed to receive transaction card data that mimics data stored within a magnetic stripe associated with a transaction card, convert the transaction card data to a first data file for storage within the memory device, transmit the first data file to the transmitter, and transmit a first waveform from the transmitter to the POS device, wherein the first waveform includes changes in a magnetic field that represent the transaction card data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Mastercard International Incorporated
    Inventors: David C. Brown, Simon Blythe, Deborah M. Kimberg, Mostafa Hussein Sabet
  • Publication number: 20170132506
    Abstract: An integrated circuit card (200) is described. The integrated circuit card comprises a card body (204, 306) and two components located in the card body (204), wherein a first component (214) of the two components includes an integrated circuit, and wherein the two components are in communication with a common electrical contact (208).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventor: Simon Blythe
  • Publication number: 20170132507
    Abstract: An integrated circuit card (200) is described. The integrated circuit card comprises a card body having an opening (310) extending through the thickness of the card body (306); and two components located in the card body (204) opening (310), wherein a first component (214) of the two components includes an integrated circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventor: Simon Blythe
  • Publication number: 20160189130
    Abstract: A device and method for waveform transmission of transaction card data to a merchant point-of-sale device are provided. The device includes a memory device for storing data, a processor, and a transmitter. The device is programmed to receive transaction card data that mimics data stored within a magnetic stripe associated with a transaction card, convert the transaction card data to a first data file for storage within the memory device, transmit the first data file to the transmitter, and transmit a first waveform from the transmitter to the POS device, wherein the first waveform includes changes in a magnetic field that represent the transaction card data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: David C. Brown, Simon Blythe, Deborah M. Kimberg, Mostafa Hussein Sabet
  • Patent number: 9305294
    Abstract: A device and method for waveform transmission of transaction card data to a merchant point-of-sale device are provided. The device includes a memory device for storing data, a processor, and a transmitter. The device is programmed to receive transaction card data that mimics data stored within a magnetic stripe associated with a transaction card, convert the transaction card data to a first data file for storage within the memory device, transmit the first data file to the transmitter, and transmit a first waveform from the transmitter to the POS device, wherein the first waveform includes changes in a magnetic field that represent the transaction card data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: MasterCard International Incorporated
    Inventors: David C. Brown, Simon Blythe, Deborah M. Kimberg, Mostafa Hussein Sabet
  • Patent number: 9165293
    Abstract: A device and method for waveform transmission of transaction card data to a merchant point-of-sale device are provided. The device includes a memory device for storing data, a processor, and a transmitter. The device is programmed to receive transaction card data that mimics data stored within a magnetic stripe associated with a transaction card, convert the transaction card data to a first data file for storage within the memory device, transmit the first data file to the transmitter, and transmit a first waveform from the transmitter to the POS device, wherein the first waveform includes changes in a magnetic field that represent the transaction card data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: MasterCard International Incorporated
    Inventors: David C. Brown, Simon Blythe, Deborah M. Kimberg, Mostafa Hussein Sabet
  • Publication number: 20150248655
    Abstract: A device and method for waveform transmission of transaction card data to a merchant point-of-sale device are provided. The device includes a memory device for storing data, a processor, and a transmitter. The device is programmed to receive transaction card data that mimics data stored within a magnetic stripe associated with a transaction card, convert the transaction card data to a first data file for storage within the memory device, transmit the first data file to the transmitter, and transmit a first waveform from the transmitter to the POS device, wherein the first waveform includes changes in a magnetic field that represent the transaction card data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Publication date: September 3, 2015
    Inventors: David C. Brown, Simon Blythe, Deborah M. Kimberg, Mostafa Hussein Sabet
  • Publication number: 20150095224
    Abstract: A method of customised interaction with computer equipment is described. The computer equipment comprises a processor, a display, a memory and a user input means. A local connection is established between mobile computing apparatus and the computer equipment. Customised interaction code is then provided from the mobile computing apparatus for storage in the memory of the computer equipment. The processor of the computer equipment then runs the customised interaction code to provide a customised user interface using the display and the user input means during the local connection between the mobile computing apparatus and the computer equipment. Suitable mobile computing apparatus is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Simon Blythe
  • Publication number: 20150046323
    Abstract: A method of evaluating a software status of computer equipment comprises the following steps. Firstly, a local data connection is initiated between a mobile computing device and the computing equipment to be evaluated. Following this, a transaction is performed between the mobile computing device and the computing equipment. During this transaction, information is exchanged between the mobile computing device and the computing equipment relating to a current software status of the computing equipment or a preferred software status. This allows the current software status of the computing equipment can be evaluated. Suitable mobile computing devices and computing equipment are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Simon BLYTHE
  • Publication number: 20150006378
    Abstract: A user device for use in a transaction is provided. The user device includes a communicator configured to allow communication, between the user device and a reader device, for executing the transaction, a sensor configured to detect a movement of the user device, and a trigger element configured to, on detection of the movement of the user device, initiate a process for the transaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Simon Blythe