Patents by Inventor Thomas J. Koziol

Thomas J. Koziol 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: 7552863
    Abstract: A method of operating an indicia reader comprising the steps of: requesting upgrade software from a remote server; the remote server sending in response to the request an information bearing indicia (IBI) to a device local to the indicia reader; providing the IBI on a readable medium; reading the IBI; recognizing in the indicia the presence of indicia upgrade information regarding retrieval of the upgrade software; and, retrieving upgrade software from the remote server in response to the indicia upgrade information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Koziol, James W. Stewart
  • Patent number: 7546954
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bar code reading device for reading 1D or 2D bar code symbols. The bar code reading device, in one embodiment, can receive a command to disable symbology reading. In another embodiment, a bar code reading device can have a timercount and an image memory. In one embodiment, a bar code reading device can be configured to read bar code symbols of more than one bar code symbology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Longacre, Jr., Robert M. Hussey, Thomas J. Koziol, Michael A. Ehrhart
  • Publication number: 20090039167
    Abstract: There is provided in one embodiment an indicia reading terminal that can execute a spatial measurement mode of operation in which the indicia reading terminal can determine a dimension of an article in a field of view of the indicia reading terminal and/or determine other spatial information. In determining a dimension of an article, an indicia reading terminal can utilize setup data determined in a setup mode of operation and/or data determined utilizing the setup data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: HAND-HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Ynjiun P. Wang, Kevin Ahearn, Stephen P. Deloge, Michael A. Ehrhart, William H. Havens, Robert M. Hussey, Thomas J. Koziol, Jianhua Li, Jingquan Li, James Montoro, Sven M. A. Powilleit
  • Publication number: 20090044003
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for modifying the feature set of data collection devices are disclosed. Requests are receiving at a computer system different from the data collection device for a new configuration of the data collection device, the request including an identifier for the data collection device, identification of one or more features, and for each identified feature, an indication to modify the operation of a feature. The identifier may comprise an identifier that is unique for a particular data collection device or an indication of a group of devices. e.g. a model number. Prior to authorizing the new configuration, a determination may be made as to whether the identified data collection device(s) are suitable for the new configuration by consulting a configuration database. To implement the new configuration, an encoded authorization file is generated based on the requested configuration and the identifier of the data collection device(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Guy H. Berthiaume, Aldo M. Caballero, James A. Cairns, William H. Havens, Thomas J. Koziol, James W. Stewart, Ynjiun P. Wang, Daniel D. Yeakley
  • Publication number: 20080209411
    Abstract: A method of operating an indicia reader comprising the steps of: requesting upgrade software from a remote server; the remote server sending in response to the request an information bearing indicia (IBI) to a device local to the indicia reader; providing the IBI on a readable medium; reading the IBI; recognizing in the indicia the presence of indicia upgrade information regarding retrieval of the upgrade software; and, retrieving upgrade software from the remote server in response to the indicia upgrade information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas J. Koziol, James W. Stewart
  • Patent number: 7387253
    Abstract: In an optical reading system comprising an optical reader and a host processor, the host processor may be configured to transmit a component control instruction in response to a user input command input by a user of the host processor to remotely control the reader. The optical reader subsequently receives the transmitted component control instruction and executes the component control instruction substantially on receipt thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Parker, Jeffrey Pine, Thomas J. Koziol, Michael A. Ehrhart, Andrew Longacre, Jr., Robert M. Hussey, George S. Smith
  • Patent number: 7383998
    Abstract: There is provided an optical reader system that can include an optical reader and a host processor which may be in communication via a communication link. In one embodiment a communication link between an optical reader and a host processor can be a wireless communication link. The optical reader in one embodiment can receive from the host processor a trigger instruction. In another embodiment the optical reader can receive from the host processor a single frame instruction. The optical reader in another embodiment can receive from the host processor an image upload instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Parker, Jeffrey Pine, Thomas J. Koziol, Michael A. Ehrhart, Andrew Longacre, Jr., Robert M. Hussey, George S. Smith, II
  • Patent number: 7124948
    Abstract: A reading apparatus is provided for reading indicia. In one embodiment a reading apparatus can include a menuing program and an input/output device. A data source external to the apparatus having a menuing program and an input/output device can transmit reprogram requests and program data through the input/output device. In another embodiment a reading apparatus can have a trigger and first and second operating modes that can be selected by a user. The apparatus having the first and second operating modes can be configured so that a number of image representations that the apparatus stores within a certain time period after a trigger is actuated can be changed from a fixed to variable number when the apparatus is switched from the first to the second operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Longacre, Jr., Michael A. Ehrhart, Thomas J. Koziol, Robert M. Hussey, James A. Parker
  • Patent number: 7104456
    Abstract: A programmable optical reader in one embodiment can include a program loading component and a program execution component operative to execute an externally generated program, whereby executing the externally generated program includes replacing a portion of the optical reader program. A programmable optical reader in another embodiment can include a two-dimensional image sensor, an image frame memory storing two-dimensional electronic images, and can be configured to be reprogrammed by any one of receipt of reprogramming data from a local host processor or receipt of programming data from an external remote off-site processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Parker, Jeffrey Pine, Thomas J. Koziol, Michael A. Ehrhart, Andrew Longacre Jr., Robert M. Hussey, George S. Smith
  • Patent number: 7086596
    Abstract: The invention relates to a microprocessor-based decoder board for an optical reader having in one embodiment a plurality of imaging modules that provide frames of image data having a plurality of formats. In one method for operating the decoder board of the invention, and a multiple imaging module reader comprising the decoder board, a frame of image data captured by a selected imaging module is decoded. The decoder board determines the format of the frame of image data from information about which of the plurality of imaging modules provided the frame of image data or from information about the frame of image data, activates as necessary a command to prepare the decoder board to decode the frame of image data according to the format provided by the imaging module, and performs the decoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Meier, Robert C. Gardiner, Jeffrey D. Harper, John Izzo, Thomas J. Koziol, Andrew Longacre, Jr., John Pettinelli
  • Patent number: 7080786
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for programming bar code reading devices. A method in one embodiment includes encoding a bar code symbol, displaying a bar code symbol, and reading the displayed bar code symbol. A system and method in another embodiment includes a first bar code reading device configured to initiate a command to print a bar code symbol which when read by a second bar code reading device can cause the second bar code reading device to operate in the manner of the first bar code reading device. A bar code reading device in another embodiment includes reprogramming circuitry enabling the bar code reading device to be reprogrammed either by way of receipt of programming data over a radio frequency communication line or by way of processing memory stored image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Longacre, Jr., Michael A. Ehrhart, Thomas J. Koziol, Robert M. Hussey, James A. Parker
  • Patent number: 7077321
    Abstract: An optical reader is provided that can be reprogrammed. In one method a plurality of commands are encoded into a plurality of optical symbols, at least one of the optical symbols is displayed on a display, and the at least one displayed optical symbol is read to reprogram an optical reader. In another method an optical reader is coupled to a computer having a plurality of computer programs. The computer can receive an identifier from the optical reader to determine reader compatibility, and select a compatible optical reader program. In another method, a plurality of parameters are encoded into at least one bar code symbol. The at least one bar code symbol can be output in such form that an optical reader can read the at least one bar code symbol, and the at least one barr code symbol can be read to download the plurality of parameters to an optical reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Longacre, Jr., Michael A. Ehrhart, Thomas J. Koziol, Robert M. Hussey, James A. Parker
  • Patent number: 7077317
    Abstract: There is provided a bar code reading apparatus having a one-dimensional image sensor. The bar code reading apparatus can include a one-dimensional image sensor comprising a certain number of pexels, an analog-to-digital converter coupled to the sensor, and a processor coupled to the analog-to-digital converter. The analog-to-digital converter in one embodiment can be configured to convert the analog intensity value for each pixel into a digital value represented by an N-bit value, where N is an integer greater than 1. The processor in one embodiment can be configured to extract information encoded in a bar code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Longacre, Jr., Robert M. Hussey, Thomas J. Koziol, Michael A. Ehrhart
  • Patent number: 7059525
    Abstract: An apparatus is described for use in reading bar code symbols. The apparatus can acquire two dimensional image representations. In one embodiment the apparatus can include an image sensor and can be configured to have an adjustable frame rate. The apparatus in another embodiment can include an image sensor and can have decoding circuitry processing two dimensional image representations having a number of picture elements different from the number of picture elements of the image sensor. In another embodiment an apparatus can calculate a rate of change of a plurality of image data element. An apparatus in another embodiment can be used to determine whether a candidate symbol region is present utilizing gray scale image data elements. In another embodiment an apparatus can be used to determine whether a finder pattern is represented in an image representation and select a finder pattern in accordance with an identified finder pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Longacre, Robert M. Hussey, Thomas J. Koziol, Michael A. Ehrhart
  • Publication number: 20040262392
    Abstract: A bar code reading device processing two-dimensional electronic representations in the decoding of bar code symbols, which can automatically discriminate between code symbologies such as PDF 417 code symbology and UPC code symbology. The bar code reading device may further have improved reprogramming features and improved menuing features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventors: Andrew Longacre, Michael A. Ehrhart, Thomas J. Koziol, Robert M. Hussey, James A. Parker
  • Publication number: 20040262399
    Abstract: A bar code reading device processing electronic representations in the decoding of bar code symbols, which includes an illumination assembly and a solid state image sensor. The bar code reading device may have improved reprogramming features and improved menuing features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventors: Andrew Longacre, Michael A. Ehrhart, Thomas J. Koziol, Robert M. Hussey, James A. Parker
  • Publication number: 20040262394
    Abstract: A bar code reading device processing two-dimensional electronic representations in the decoding of bar code symbols, which can automatically discriminate between code symbologies such as PDF 417 code symbology and UPC code symbology. The bar code reading device may further have improved reprogramming features and improved menuing features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventors: Andrew Longacre, Michael A. Ehrhart, Thomas J. Koziol, Robert M. Hussey, James A. Parker
  • Publication number: 20040262395
    Abstract: A bar code reading device processing two-dimensional electronic representations in the decoding of bar code symbols, which can automatically discriminate between code symbologies such as PDF 417 code symbology and UPC code symbology. The bar code reading device may further have improved reprogramming features and improved menuing features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventors: Andrew Longacre, Michael A. Ehrhart, Thomas J. Koziol, Robert M. Hussey, James A. Parker
  • Publication number: 20040256464
    Abstract: A bar code reading device processing two-dimensional electronic representations in the decoding of bar code symbols, which can automatically discriminate between code types such as PDF 417 code and UPC. The bar code reading device may further have improved reprogramming features and improved menuing features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Inventors: Andrew Longacre, Michael A. Ehrhart, Thomas J. Koziol, Robert M. Hussey, James A. Parker
  • Publication number: 20040206821
    Abstract: A bar code reading device processing two-dimensional electronic representations in the decoding of bar code symbols, which can automatically discriminate between code symbologies such as PDF 417 code symbology and UPC code symbology. The bar code reading device may further have improved reprogramming features and improved menuing features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Inventors: Andrew Longacre, Michael A. Ehrhart, Thomas J. Koziol, Robert M. Hussey, James A. Parker