Patents by Inventor William B. Cole

William B. Cole 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: 5933812
    Abstract: Portable transaction terminal apparatus adapted for use in eating and drinking establishments. A terminal housing has a generally rectangular shape and a size slightly larger in length and width to corresponding dimensions of a restaurant guest check. A folio-type cover is mounted to a left side portion of the terminal housing by a hinge arrangement and thereby adapted to swing between open and closed cover positions, the cover corresponding in length and width to the terminal housing so as to completely cover a top face of the terminal housing in the closed cover position and to lie flat against a surface in the open cover position. A data entry keypad and an alphanumeric display are carried on the top face of the terminal housing. A card reader module is mounted in the terminal housing for accepting and reading a transaction data card selected for use by a guest of the establishment for payment of the amount of the guest check.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Verifone Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Meyer, James D. Fuller, David C. Hanley, Willie Yuen Fong, Gary L. Specht, Michael Fischer, Paul A. Serotta, William B. Cole
  • Patent number: 4656358
    Abstract: An optical system and associated electronic processing for measuring 0.5-micron and larger dimensions on sample wafers by transversely moving the sample under a stationary microspot provided by a tightly-focused ultraviolet ("UV") laser beam and detecting the interaction of the laser microspot with the sample. The optical system includes a high numerical aperture objective close to the sample surface, a first UV optical train, a second UV optical train, and a UV detector. The first train transports the laser beam to the objective for focusing at the sample surface. The second train communicates UV light emanating from the surface and passing through the objective to the UV detector. The second optical train preferably includes a pinhole which provides added spatial resolution, both laterally and vertically. Light emanating from scattering centers laterally away from the spot or from deeper layers within the wafer focus at different points and are blocked by the edges of the pinhole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1987
    Assignee: Optoscan Corporation
    Inventors: William G. Divens, William B. Cole, Michael W. Leitner, David A. Blau