Operations Analysis Patents (Class 235/376)
  • Patent number: 10318781
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for combining preprinted information together with coded sensor information within a two-dimensional barcode. The sensor information may be of an environmental, physical or biological nature, and records a change in status of the environmental or biological condition to which the labeled product has been exposed. A sensor dye chemistry is employed and when a specified condition of the sensed property occurs it causes a change in the color state of sensor dye modules embedded within the sensor-augmented two-dimensional barcode, encoding sensor digital information. Sensor information is recovered utilizing the error-correction feature during barcode reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TEMPTIME CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thaddeus Prusik, Mohannad Abdo, Clive Hohberger
  • Patent number: 10304260
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for providing an automated verification and analysis of vehicle inspection reports to a vehicle management system. Among other features, the vehicle management system can determine the type of vehicle to be inspected during a vehicle inspection report, provide customized reports associated with the identified vehicle, and provide automatic analysis and verification that the vehicle inspection report was completed in accordance with the defined parameters of the vehicle inspection report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard Jelinek, Ralph James Mason
  • Patent number: 10248963
    Abstract: There is provided a method of generating on a computer a prioritized listing of customers. The method includes establishing a data communications link to a database including financial payment information related to a financial transaction of an existing vehicle of each customer. The method includes retrieving an existing payment amount based upon the financial payment information. The method includes calculating a new payment amount. The method further includes deriving a payment difference score based upon a difference between the existing payment amount and the new payment amount. The method includes determining a behavior factor. The method includes deriving on a computer a behavior score based upon the behavior factor. The method includes determining a purchase behavior prediction score based upon the payment difference score and the behavior score. The method further includes ranking each customer based upon the determined purchase behavior prediction score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOMOTIVEMASTERMIND, INC.
    Inventors: Marco G Schnabl, Johannes Gnauck
  • Patent number: 10212826
    Abstract: After a reel of a Moisture Sensitive Device is dispatched from a component keeping area and setup to a tape feeder is performed in an external setup area, exposure time for which the Moisture Sensitive Device is in an atmospheric exposure state is timed in a reel unit, and the exposure time is compared with exposure limit time set for the Moisture Sensitive Device and stored in a storage part. An electronic component mounting apparatus equipped with the reel of the Moisture Sensitive Device whose exposure time exceeds the exposure limit time is specified, and work by the apparatus is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norihisa Yamasaki, Yasuhiro Maenishi, Yuji Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10185922
    Abstract: A method and system for managing a recycling entity is included. The method includes obtaining entity data associated with at least one entity. The at least one entity is operable to recycle a quantifiable measure of recyclable material. The method also includes obtaining resource data associated with resources associated with carrying out recycling, applying the entity data and the resource data to a model for determining an allocation of the resources so as to form at least one record, and generating, as a function of the at least one record, reports for allocating the resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: RECYCLEBANK LLC
    Inventor: Ron Gonen
  • Patent number: 10133888
    Abstract: A data reader can read data regardless of the position of a radio IC tag. The data reader reads data at a separate position from a radio IC tag provided with a storage unit storing data and a communicating antenna for transmitting the data stored in the storage unit, and includes a reader/writer for generating a modulated signal by modulating a carrier wave and a plurality of antenna units for transmitting radio waves for a read for communicating data with a storage medium by radiating the modulated signal into the air. The reader/writer includes a phase adjustment circuit for changing the phase of a carrier wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshimi Koyama, Nobuyuki Nonaka, Norio Kotera
  • Patent number: 10095404
    Abstract: To provide a server device with which the burden of processing can be reduced during generation of relationship information among multiple terminal devices. The server device can include a communication unit for communicating with a first terminal device having a first touch panel, and with a second terminal device having a second touch panel; and a controller for determining whether an interval of time that is identified on the basis of first operation information received from the first terminal device via the communication unit and corresponding to a first swipe operation performed on the first touch panel, and second operation information received from the second terminal device via the communication unit and corresponding to a second swipe operation performed on the second touch panel, falls within a prescribed range, and for generating prescribed relationship information on the basis of the result of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Narita, Kazuki Morishita
  • Patent number: 10062231
    Abstract: Method and its enabling device for remote wireless micro-latching for security purposes, comprising at least one user or controller, one mobile communication device, and one secured device, whereas said user is enabled to open or close a micro-latch in said a secured device, for instant a safe box or a medical cabinet, allowing access to secured content, including money, ID card, checks, as well as medicine. Also disclosed is a multiplicity of said devices and their preprogrammed remote control by computer or mobile app. The micro-latching can be amplified to macro-latching, for instance by a micro-solenoid switching a high power electrical switch bank or relay, which in turn initiates industrial processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Smart Armor Protected, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Zastrow, Ira Hayes, William Birgen
  • Patent number: 10037532
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for detecting potentially fraudulent cardholder transactions is implemented by a fraud detection computer system in communication with a memory. The method includes identifying a first home location for a first cardholder, identifying an expected range of travel relative to the first home location for the first cardholder when making a typical financial transaction in at least one merchant category, receiving transaction data associated with a first financial transaction, retrieving the first home location based on the cardholder data and a merchant location for the first merchant based on the merchant data, calculating a distance of travel between the first merchant location and the cardholder home location, comparing the calculated distance of travel to the expected range of travel, and flagging the first financial transaction as potentially fraudulent upon determining that the calculated distance of travel exceeds the expected range of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Andrey Birukov, Jean-Pierre Gerard
  • Patent number: 9996783
    Abstract: A quality management system for products including a multiplicity of barcoded quality indicators, a barcode indicator reader and a product type responsive indication interpreter, each of the barcoded quality indicators including a first barcode including at least one first colorable area, the first barcode being machine-readable before exceedance of the at least one time and temperature threshold, at least a second barcode including at least one second colorable area, the second barcode not being machine-readable before exceedance of the at least one time and temperature threshold, a coloring agent located at a first location on the indicator and a coloring agent pathway operative to allow the coloring agent to move, from the first location to the first and second colorable areas simultaneously thereby causing the first barcode to become unreadable and at the same time causing the second barcode to become machine-readable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Nemet, Ephraim Brand, Ahmed M. Tafesh
  • Patent number: 9939793
    Abstract: A plant control monitoring system that can reduce communication traffic between a client and server to improve processing speed, and that includes: a server-side storage section provided in a server to store operation right processing information for a machine group on a client operation monitoring screen; client-side storage sections provided in clients to store duplicates of the operation right processing information of the server-side storage section; and operation right processing sections provided in the clients to correspond to each of the operation monitoring screens and that perform operation right processing based on the operation right processing information of the client-side storage sections. Operation right processing information for each client is stored in a global variable storage section of the client-side storage section, and operation right processing information for each operation screen is stored in a local variable storage section of the client-side storage section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MITSUBISHI-ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yun Wang, Akira Nojima, Hiroyuki Fujieda
  • Patent number: 9898654
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for assisting a user performing a procedure. The method includes capturing, by a camera, images of user activity while the user is performing the procedure. The method further includes converting, by computer processing system, the images of user activity into a text representation of user activity. The method also includes comparing, by the computer processing system, the textual representation of user activity to procedure documentation. The method additionally includes at least one of visually and audibly indicating, by a display and a speaker, a corrective action to the user responsive to a mismatch result from said comparing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vittorio Castelli, Georgiana Dinu, Radu Florian, Gourab Kundu, Taesun Moon, Avirup Sil
  • Patent number: 9894207
    Abstract: The stages of an interaction between a potential customer (the user) and a sales representative (the agent) during a sales interaction are identified to understand the interaction factors that drive sales and, by doing so, to serve the customer better and thus increase sales. Initially, a user makes contact with an agent via a communications network. During the interaction, a dropping point is reached, i.e. the point in the interaction at which either the user or the agent ends the interaction. The dropping point and other interaction factors is analyzed. Based upon such analysis, various recommendations are made to the agents to improve the user's sales experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: 24/7 CUSTOMER, INC.
    Inventors: R. Mathangi Sri, Prashant V. Ullegaddi, Vaibhav Srivastava
  • Patent number: 9880549
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to statistical and mathematical optimization techniques to predict completion time of parts and subassemblies in one production line. A real-time visibility of products and work-in-process is produced. Optimization techniques are utilized to allow for dynamic modification of a transportation schedule and/or batch size, thereby reducing transportation costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Faisal Aqlan, Kevin F. Becker, Jason McAllister, Anthony G. Tiano
  • Patent number: 9842209
    Abstract: A collection of techniques allow for the detection of covert malware that attempts to hide its existence on a system by leveraging both trusted hardware event counters and the particular memory addresses (as well as the sequences of such addresses) of the instructions that are generating the suspected malicious activity. By monitoring the address distribution's specific patterns over time, one can build a behavioral model (i.e., “fingerprint”) of a particular process—and later attempt to match suspected malicious processes to the stored behavioral models. Whenever the actual measured behavior of a suspected malicious process fails to match said stored behavioral models, the system or system administrator may attempt to perform rehabilitative actions on the computer system to locate and remove the malware hiding on the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: McAfee, LLC
    Inventors: Eliezer Tamir, Andreas Kleen, Alex Nayshtut, Vadim Sukhomlinov, Igor Muttik, Eliel Louzoun
  • Patent number: 9836678
    Abstract: A quality management system for products including a multiplicity of bar coded quality indicators each operative to provide a machine-readable indication of exceedance of at least one threshold by at least one product quality affecting parameter, a barcode indicator reader operative to read the barcoded quality indicators and to provide output indications, the barcoded quality indicators being readable by the barcode indicator reader at all times after first becoming readable, including times prior to, during and immediately following exceedance of the at least one threshold by the at least one product quality affecting parameter, and a product type responsive indication interpreter operative to receive the output indications and to provide human sensible, product quality status outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Nemet, Ephraim Brand
  • Patent number: 9821965
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking/controlling access to transported articles, includes a computing module in signal communication with sending and receiving stations. A first input device at the sending station receives identifying information identifying a carrier (“carrier ID”) and an item (“item ID”) placed within the locked carrier. The carrier ID and the item ID are transmitted to the computing module. A second input device at the receiving station receives the carrier ID for a carrier received at the receiving station and identifying information for an individual (“user ID”) at the receiving station provided access to the locked carrier. The carrier ID and the user ID are transmitted to the computing module, which unlocks the carrier and allows access to the item inside, and records the user ID of the individual provided access and the associated carrier ID and/or item ID to provide chain of custody information for the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: CAROLINA LOGISTICS SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: David G. Wolfe, Spencer W. Allen
  • Patent number: 9805384
    Abstract: A method for discounting a payment transaction include: storing, in a memory, transaction data for a payment transaction, wherein the transaction data includes at least a transaction amount; receiving, by a receiving device, payment data associated with a payment account, wherein the payment data includes at least a payment account number; receiving, by the receiving device, offer data, wherein the offer data includes an offer identifier associated with the payment account and a transaction modifier; encrypting, using a predetermined encryption key, at least a portion of the payment account number to obtain an encrypted account number; and updating, in the memory, the transaction amount included in the transaction data based on the transaction modifier if the encrypted account number corresponds to the offer identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Rohit Chauhan
  • Patent number: 9805083
    Abstract: The functionality of a networked physical product is defined as an abstraction, or a virtual product, in such a way that the product functionality can be interpreted and managed by a business enterprise system. A software application and data model spans isolated databases to store and maintain the functional data and contextual information of a networked physical product and the associated business data needed to manage the product. The functional and contextual data is managed by a purpose-built and optimized heterogeneous database environment, and the associated business data is managed separately in another purpose-built and optimized database environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Devicify, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher S. Johnson, Jason S. Geiger
  • Patent number: 9747286
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for managing hardware components in a cloud computing environment. A mobile device captures an image of a bar code placed on a rack that is associated with an identifier that references an Internet resource of the management software that manages the rack. The mobile device transmits a request to the management software for information regarding a component in the rack, where the request includes a unique identifier (e.g., serial number) associated with the component. The management software uses the unique identifier to identify the component of interest and transmits information regarding the component of interest to the mobile device. In this manner, the client device can conveniently access the management software as well as conveniently acquire information dynamically from the management software about specific hardware components in these racks while the user is on the floor of the data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rohith K. Ashok, Wei L. Chan, Hugh E. Hockett, Shu C. Wan
  • Patent number: 9734520
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for giving prompt, detailed ratings feedback (e.g., as a purchase is being made or a user is shopping or dining with a merchant) that can be subjected to a controlled delay in sending the actual feedback to merchants. “Merchant” is used in a general sense to include both providers of goods and providers of services, such as dining (e.g., restaurants, coffee shops), car maintenance, carpet cleaning, home remodeling, and plumbing, for example). The feedback may be provided from a consumer mobile device. Embodiments may provide information useable in real time (e.g., as the user is considering the ratings to be given) from the merchant back to the consumer for improving the ratings feedback or that the consumer can use, for example, for making purchasing decisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: German Scipioni
  • Patent number: 9668327
    Abstract: A system (100, 102) for remotely controlling a controllable device (110), the controllable device comprising a receiver (112) configured to receive a digital command, the controllable device being configured to modify an aspect of the controllable device in response to receiving the digital command, a mobile controller (120), the mobile controller comprising a tag reader (122) configured to connect directly to an electronic tag over a first wireless channel (152) and to receive information from the tag identifying the controllable device (110), and a sender (124) configured to wirelessly send the digital command to the controllable device over a second wireless channel (154) using the information identifying the controllable device, and an access control module (130) configured to selectively allow or block the mobile controller to control the controllable device through the digital command, the access control module being configured to allow the mobile controller to control the controllable device within a c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Iulia Dobai, Jan Hendrik Poesse
  • Patent number: 9646237
    Abstract: A barcoded indicator operative to provide a machine-readable indication of exceedance of at least one threshold by at least one product quality affecting parameter, the barcoded indicator including at least a first barcode and at least a second barcode, the at least a second barcode being in a second barcode unreadable state prior to exceedance of the at least one threshold and upon exceedance of the at least one threshold the at least a first barcode becoming unreadable and generally simultaneously the at least a second barcode becoming readable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Nemet, Ephraim Brand
  • Patent number: 9626610
    Abstract: A quality management system for products including a multiplicity of barcoded quality indicators, a barcode indicator reader and a product type responsive indication interpreter, each of the barcoded quality indicators including a first barcode including at least one first colorable area, the first barcode being machine-readable before exceedance of the at least one time and temperature threshold, at least a second barcode including at least one second colorable area, the second barcode not being machine-readable before exceedance of the at least one time and temperature threshold, a coloring agent located at a first location on the indicator and a coloring agent pathway operative to allow the coloring agent to move, from the first location to the first and second colorable areas simultaneously thereby causing the first barcode to become unreadable and at the same time causing the second barcode to become machine-readable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Nemet, Ephraim Brand, Ahmed M. Tafesh
  • Patent number: 9626682
    Abstract: Methods and systems relating to a reseller analysis tool are described. In some embodiments, electronic commerce transaction information associated with a plurality of electronic commerce transactions occurring using an electronic commerce system is received at the electronic commerce system. A set of resale transactions from the plurality of electronic commerce transactions is identified using the electronic commerce transaction information, including identifying the set of resale transactions based on resale criteria capable of indicating a sale of an item by an entity that previously purchased the item using the electronic commerce transaction system. A set of rules associated with resale transactions is generated, including generating the set of rules based on the electronic commerce transaction information associated with the set of resale transactions. Based on the set of rules, user transaction information relevant to a transaction associated with a user is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Neelakantan Sundaresan, Zeqian Shen, Yuchen Zhao
  • Patent number: 9619706
    Abstract: Systems and methods use an origin pattern to verify the authenticity of a host object. The origin pattern includes a text-based serial number and a computer-graphics based surface-texture component. The serial number includes a public manufacturer identifier and an object identifier sequence that is based on a hash of a private manufacturer identifier and a private object identifier. The surface-texture component includes a two dimensional texture mapped onto a three dimensional surface, the generation of the surface being based on the hash. In response to an authentication request for an origin pair, the system may verify the serial number component exists in a data store and generate a challenge surface-texture component based on data in the data store. If the challenge surface-texture component matches, the system may use a time-location stamp to determine an authenticity probability and provide an indication of authenticity in response to the verification request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Enceladus IP Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Wallace Penn Scott
  • Patent number: 9613358
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program are provided for capturing a unique identifier for a merchant used in purchase transaction approval requests. A merchant is able to register with a payment card system via a merchant interface. A payment card number is associated with and provided to the merchant via the interface with instructions to perform a purchase transaction with the payment card number. The system receives requests for approval of payment card transactions, where each request includes a payment card number and a unique identifier for a merchant. For each request, the system determines whether the payment card number includes an indicator that the payment card number is for the purpose of capturing a unique identifier for a merchant. In response to receiving a request with a payment card number that includes the indicator, a unique identifier accompanying the request is automatically associated with the registering merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Marqeta, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason M. Gardner
  • Patent number: 9609601
    Abstract: A method for managing power in a mobile terminal is provided. The method includes determining whether residual power indicative of residual battery power of the mobile terminal is less than or equal to predetermined reference power, if a power management mode is run; generating guide data to be provided to a user based on the residual power, if the residual power is less than or equal to the reference power; and displaying the guide data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Sang-Ho Kim, Seok-Weon Seo, Jung-Hee Cho
  • Patent number: 9600816
    Abstract: In a general aspect, a method can include establishing a contactless communication channel with a contactless transaction terminal and receiving a command from the contactless transaction terminal. The command can include an identifier of an application. The method can also include selecting, in a table in response to the command, an instance identifier corresponding with an instance of the application from a plurality of instance identifiers corresponding, respectively, with different instances of the application. Each instance identifier can be associated with a state indicator, and the state indicator associated with the selected instance identifier can specify that the corresponding instance of the application is in a selectable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Inside Secure
    Inventor: Vincent Alimi
  • Patent number: 9600477
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for managing hardware components in a cloud computing environment. A mobile device captures an image of a bar code placed on a rack that is associated with an identifier that references an Internet resource of the management software that manages the rack. The mobile device transmits a request to the management software for information regarding a component in the rack, where the request includes a unique identifier (e.g., serial number) associated with the component. The management software uses the unique identifier to identify the component of interest and transmits information regarding the component of interest to the mobile device. In this manner, the client device can conveniently access the management software as well as conveniently acquire information dynamically from the management software about specific hardware components in these racks while the user is on the floor of the data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rohith K. Ashok, Wei L. Chan, Hugh E. Hockett, Shu C. Wan
  • Patent number: 9558490
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, an acquiring party prediction platform may receive transaction information about a plurality of transactions associated with a merchant, and different transactions may be associated with different acquiring parties. The transaction information may be analyzed to generate a prediction that a particular acquiring party may be associated with a transaction volume below a threshold volume in the future. An indication associated with the prediction may then be transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: MasterCard International Incorporated
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Gerard, Po Hu
  • Patent number: 9558439
    Abstract: A quality management system for products including a multiplicity of bar coded quality indicators each operative to provide a machine-readable indication of exceedance of at least one threshold by at least one product quality affecting parameter, a barcode indicator reader operative to read the barcoded quality indicators and to provide output indications, the barcoded quality indicators being readable by the barcode indicator reader at all times after first becoming readable, including times prior to, during and immediately following exceedance of the at least one threshold by the at least one product quality affecting parameter, and a product type responsive indication interpreter operative to receive the output indications and to provide human sensible, product quality status outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Nemet, Ephraim Brand
  • Patent number: 9449289
    Abstract: A method, a computer program product, a mobile terminal, and system are provided. For example, the method includes receiving a work plan comprising at least one work item with a mobile terminal, wherein the work item includes an initial location of at least one identification device. The method also includes reading identification information contained on the identification device with the mobile terminal and identifying a deployed location of the identification device. Moreover, the method includes providing the identification information and the deployed location such that the work plan can be updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Vringo Infrastructure Inc.
    Inventors: Saku A. Sulander, Mikko Haikonen, Jouni Soitinaho, Jari Kulkki, Peng Zhang, Jani Niittukari
  • Patent number: 9424588
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for collecting data at a merchant's point of return for use in processing a merchandise return transaction that is being requested by a customer. In various embodiments, the data may be collected using a wide variety of data collection technologies and may be used in conjunction with stored data, including data collected from other merchants, by a return authorization system to make a determination whether to accept or deny the requested merchandise return and whether to provide a coupon to the customer. The data may additionally or alternatively be used to determine whether to issue a warning to the customer about limitations on future return transactions presented by the customer. Examples of data categories that may be collected include, but are not limited to, information about: the merchant, the customer, the requested transaction, the merchandise being returned, one or more receipts, a clerk processing the transaction, and other general applicable information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: The Retail Equation, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Hammond, Mark R. Hilinski, David B. Speights, Kenny C. Vu, James D. Holland, Peter L. Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 9406180
    Abstract: A wireless access control system is provided including an electronic lock, a wireless transport device configured for wireless communication with a network and with the electronic lock and having access privilege to the electronic lock, and wherein the wireless transport device is configured to wirelessly receive data from the network, to wirelessly deliver the data to the electronic lock, and to verify to the network that the data has been successfully transferred to the electronic lock. In one embodiment, the wireless transport device is a cellular phone. A method is also provided including transporting data wirelessly from a network to a plurality of cellular phones having access privileges to an electronic lock, and delivering the data to the electronic lock wirelessly using at least one of the cellular phones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Eberwine, Jeffrey Scott Neafsey
  • Patent number: 9406184
    Abstract: There are provided a system and a method for analyzing and/or estimating a state of a banknote processing apparatus. The system includes an information detector configured to detect use information of the banknote processing apparatus in real time, a state estimating apparatus configured to produce statistical information based on the detected use information and produce state estimation information on a state of the banknote processing apparatus and/or an operating environment of the banknote processing apparatus using the statistical information, and a database configured to store one or more of the use information, the statistical information, and the state estimation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Kisan Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Shik Chae, Insoo Ko, Sang Hwan Jang
  • Patent number: 9396423
    Abstract: A quality management system for products including a multiplicity of barcoded quality indicators, a barcode indicator reader and a product type responsive indication interpreter, each of the barcoded quality indicators including a first barcode including at least one first colorable area, the first barcode being machine-readable before exceedance of the at least one time and temperature threshold, at least a second barcode including at least one second colorable area, the second barcode not being machine-readable before exceedance of the at least one time and temperature threshold, a coloring agent located at a first location on the indicator and a coloring agent pathway operative to allow the coloring agent to move, from the first location to the first and second colorable areas simultaneously thereby causing the first barcode to become unreadable and at the same time causing the second barcode to become machine-readable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Nemet, Ephraim Brand, Ahmed M. Tafesh
  • Patent number: 9384435
    Abstract: A barcoded indicator operative to provide a machine-readable indication of exceedance of at least one threshold by at least one product quality affecting parameter, the barcoded indicator including at least a first barcode and at least a second barcode, the at least a second barcode being in a second barcode unreadable state prior to exceedance of the at least one threshold and upon exceedance of the at least one threshold the at least a first barcode becoming unreadable and generally simultaneously the at least a second barcode becoming readable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Varcode Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Nemet, Ephraim Brand
  • Patent number: 9240000
    Abstract: The application discloses systems and methods for physically sharing a hard copy of a document. The systems and methods include presenting to a user a graphical user interface having printing options for printing the document, where the graphical user interface has an input for receiving an indication by the user that the user is willing to share the hard copy of the document; presenting to the user options for defining characteristics of the hard copy of the document in response to receiving the indication; and publishing at least one of the defined characteristics within a profile page of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Shourya Roy
  • Patent number: 9224130
    Abstract: A system and method for example method for displaying enterprise data via a user interface display. An example method includes providing a first user option to select enterprise data to be displayed, yielding selected data in response thereto; employing a capsule to present a visualization or infographic characterizing at least a portion of the selected data; and providing a second user option to flip or rotate the capsule, thereby displaying additional enterprise data that is related to or representative of the selected data or portion thereof. In a specific embodiment, the first user option includes a slider bar that enables a user to specify a time frame to filter the enterprise data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Klaus, Mary E. G. Bear, Chau Ha Leung, Michael Lin, Kristine Lois Van der Ploeg, Kathi Lynn Chenoweth
  • Patent number: 9038914
    Abstract: Reference equipment including a reference card and a reference reader is provided for testing electronic payment devices such as cards and card readers. The reference equipment includes reference cards and reference readers that respectively can be used to verify compliance of product cards and product readers with product specifications The product specifications may, for example, be the ISO 14443 Standard specifications which are commonly accepted in the electronic payment industry The reference equipment is designed to enhance interoperability of product payment devices whose functional behaviors may vary because of vendor customization of device specifications or due to manufacturing tolerances In some embodiments, the reference equipment includes a reference card for testing card readers The exemplary reference card can comprise a current mirror to permit an electronically adjustable variable load using an external controller The reference card electronic circuit can exhibit variable load conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: MasterCard International Corporation
    Inventors: Patrik Smets, Eddy Lodewijk Hortensia Van De Velde, Duncan Garrett, David Anthony Roberts
  • Patent number: 9033220
    Abstract: There is provided a production management method for steel tubes and pipes produced through a plurality of production processes, including: a step of machining a matrix code, which encodes tube or pipe information, in a tube or pipe end by a laser beam so that the central angle of width of the matrix code in a circumferential direction of the tube or pipe is 30° or smaller; and a step of reading the matrix code automatically by using a linear sensor type camera, wherein through reading the matrix code, the production history is managed by identifying and recording the production information and quality information corresponding to each steel tube or pipe for each tube or pipe number, and the tube or pipe information is retrievable as necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigetoshi Hyodo, Satoshi Tsuyuguchi, Kazuto Kubota
  • Patent number: 9035773
    Abstract: A tag includes an integrated circuit thereon, including memory, antenna means for RF transmission of data acquired by the integrated circuit, a sensor sensing environmental conditions to which the sensor is subjected, the sensor providing signals based on the environmental conditions to the integrated circuit, a thermistor device of increasing the accuracy of the tag by confining on-board calculation data to a resistance domain and leaving conversion of the data to a temperature domain for an external device once the data is retrieved from the tag's memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ADVANCED ELECTRONIC TRACKING
    Inventors: Michael Petersen, Alan Wilson, Dean Brotzel
  • Patent number: 9030299
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of operating a RFID system comprising at least one reader (1) and a plurality of wireless data carriers (2), each of which comprise at least one data processing element with slow response (5), wherein the method controls the at least one reader (1) to continuously communicate with one of the plurality of wireless data carriers (2), while at least another one of the plurality of wireless data carriers (2) is processing data with its at least one slow response element (5). The invention further relates to a RFID system comprising at least one reader (1) and a plurality of wireless data carriers (2), each of which comprises at least one slow response element (5), wherein the system is capable to continuously communicate with at least one of the plurality of wireless data carriers (2), while at least another one of the plurality of wireless data carriers (2) is processing data with its at least one slow response element (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Christian Scherabon, Bernhard Gruber
  • Publication number: 20150115026
    Abstract: A fluid movement tracking system, enabling tracking of fluids moved between a pickup location and a disposal location by tank truck, utilizes identifiers, typically Quick Response or “QR” codes, mounted on fluid containers (commonly tanks) to provide information about fluid type, container capacity and location, etc. The QR codes are scanned by an optical reader on a handheld portable computing device, for example a tablet device, using a wireless mobile operating system such as the Android system. In addition to the QR code information, other information including but not limited to the fluid type, fluid volume, tank truck, the tank truck driver, are all entered. The information is received by a data process, CPU or computer via a wireless data transmission network, either by Wifi or cellular network, via appropriate software, and enters same into spreadsheets for tracking, billing, and other purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Gladulich
  • Patent number: 9010653
    Abstract: The Erasable Barcode prevents the sale of products by invalidating the barcode. The invalidation can be based on shelf life, or improper temperature maintenance. The invalidation is also visible to humans so that the consumer knows if the exposure occurs after purchase. Activation brings liquid from the first reservoir in contact with the migration medium. The liquid progressively produces a change in color over time in the migration medium. When the liquid has crossed the migration medium, it will come in contact with the absorptive medium. The absorptive medium will then rapidly change color. The absorptive layer is the substrate for a machine readable barcode such that the color change renders the barcode unreadable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Ananya Rajagopal, Peter Hendrik Glaubitz, Jacob Karl Hoylman, Lucienne Marie Paradis, Nathan Thomas Sears, Abhimanyu Rajiv Singhal, Edwin Bettinger Glaubitz, Arjun Kumar, Rahul Mal, David Runze Feng
  • Patent number: 9007183
    Abstract: Provided are a terminal having a radio frequency identification (RFID) function and a method of processing information of the terminal for allowing intuitive interaction between a screen manipulation and an RFID manipulation with respect to using an RFID related service. The method of processing the information of the terminal including a screen and an RFID recognition unit, includes detecting a screen area corresponding to a position of the RFID recognition unit disposed at a predetermined position of the screen; displaying an RFID icon at a position of the detected screen area; recording information in an RFID tag based on the RFID tag contacting the RFID icon, and recognizing the information from the RFID tag the RFID tag contacting the RFID icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-jun Han, Dae-Hyun Kim, Bo-mi Kim, Bo-hyun Kyung, Myoung-soon Choi, Kuk-hyun Han, Pil-seung Yang, Hark-joon Kim
  • Patent number: 8991692
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems for managing various component information during component lifecycles. The information may be collected and made available starting with fabrication of a component and throughout various operations that the component may be a part of. A component may be associated with an identifier, such as a barcode or a radio frequency identifier (RFID) tag, containing identifier information. The identifier information may be used to retrieve additional component information, such as fabrication information, assembly information, installation information, maintenance information, spare part number availability, ordering/expedite systems, digital geometry files, drawings, service history, interdependencies, warranty information, available upgrades or alerts, required regulatory actions or notices for presenting on a user interface of the reader. The component information may be available in the on-board memory of the reader and/or retrieved by the reader from a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Anil Kumar, Steven Bates, Kevin Y. Ung
  • Patent number: 8985442
    Abstract: Provided are computer implemented methods and systems for messaging, calling, and one-touch payments via mobile and wearable devices. An exemplary system comprises a processor and a database in communication with the processor. The processor is configured to provide an integrated interface for selection of an activity mode. The activity mode includes a messaging mode, a calling mode, and a one-touch payment mode. The processor is further configured to receive the selection of the activity mode via the integrated interface from a user. If the messaging mode is selected, a message from the user is received and sent to a recipient via a data network. If the calling mode is selected, a data network call is initiated on a call request of the user. If the one-touch payment mode is selected, a payment request is transmitted to a financial organization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Tiger T G Zhou, Dylan T X Zhou, Andrew H B Zhou
  • Patent number: 8981907
    Abstract: A system to multiplex antennas for radio-frequency communication uses one or more antenna shorting circuits to selectively enable RF communication via one of a plurality of antenna matching networks. The system is cost-efficient compared to alternatives. The RF communication includes read and/or read/write communication with, e.g., radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven David Lavache