With Printing Patents (Class 235/432)
  • Patent number: 10663497
    Abstract: A system, method and device for automated association of a device and a power meter. For example, the method includes determining a power profile for a power meter, determining device-specific power information for each of a plurality of devices, comparing the device-specific power information for each of the plurality of devices against the power profile for the power meter, determining, based upon the comparing, which of the plurality of devices is associated with the power meter, and recording the power meter and its associated device in a network management record. The techniques may be extended to include associating multiple multifunction print devices to one of a plurality of power meters based upon power log and job arrival information for the print devices as compared to power profile information from the power meters, thereby providing for automated associated of the devices and the power meters without unnecessary human interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Fritz Francis Ebner, Shu Chang
  • Patent number: 10394755
    Abstract: An information presentation method and apparatus. The method comprises: monitoring a designated operation for a DOI; and when it is detected that the designated operation is executed for the DOI, presenting profile information corresponding to the DOI. In the method, when a DOI is presented in an interface, a user only needs to perform a designated operation for the DOI, and profile information corresponding to the DOI is displayed on the interface; and the profile information corresponding to the DOI is generated based on all information contained in the DOI itself, and can accurately reflect the information in the DOI, so that the user can intuitively learn the information contained in the DOI without using other devices to scan and decode the DOI, thereby effectively improving the identification degree of the DOI and simplifying the operation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED
    Inventor: Yanyan Zhu
  • Patent number: 10395075
    Abstract: An RFID apparatus for communicating with at least one RFID transponder is provided that has an RFID transceiver for radiating and receiving RFID signals and a control unit that is configured to encode RFID information into the RFID signal in accordance with an RFID protocol or to read it from the RFID signal and in which a singulation process is implemented to give a command to only one respective RFID transponder. The singulation process in this respect checks a communication parameter of the RFID signal itself that is independent of RFID information encoded in the RFID signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventor: Olaf Pilzner
  • Patent number: 10339429
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention relate to methods for automatically configuring a printer, such as a RFID printer with minimal effort from the user. According to one embodiment of the present invention, a user is able to automatically configure one or more of the following non-exhaustive list of printer settings by entering only an inlay designator and an inlay offset: a first TID position, an encode zone, a TID singulate, a read power, a write power, an encode while the web is moving flag, a stop to encode position and a maximum speed to encode while the web is moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: AVERY DENNISON RETAIL INFORMATION SERVICES LLC
    Inventor: Jeanne F. Duckett
  • Patent number: 10325194
    Abstract: An encoding module and related systems and components are provided. The encoding module includes a plurality of encoding elements arranged in an array of columns and rows and one or more switching elements configured to selectively connect the encoding elements to a reader. The connection of the encoding elements may be based on the location of a targeted transponder disposed among multiple adjacent transponders to ensure the selective communication with the targeted transponder only. The module is configured for various types and locations transponders to be used within a system, such as a printer-encoder. Each encoding element may include a loaded conductive strip comprising a loop shape portion and a shield that corresponds to the loop shape portion. In another embodiment, an access control system having an encoding module with the plurality of couplers and an access card having a plurality of transponders corresponding to the couplers is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Boris Y. Tsirline, Robert S. Gawelczyk, Steven R. Kovanko, Anthony Brown, Mao Tian, Karl Torchalski, Michael K. Fein, Christopher Aiello
  • Patent number: 10189285
    Abstract: A self-strip media module in a printer is provided. The self-strip media module includes a peel bar having a length at least as great as the length of a platen roller and being rotatably engaged at the ends of the platen roller. The media includes a series of labels adhered to a liner. The media is fed over the peel bar and between the platen roller and a mid-chassis. The peel bar may be rotated towards the discharge side of the platen roller, pulling the media over the platen roller and over itself. A thermal print head is lowered onto the media over the platen roller and to print on the labels. The printer advances the media over the peel bar. The labels are stripped from the liner when the media advances around the peel bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: DATAMAX-O'NEIL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chin Young Wong, Sébastien Michel Marie Joseph d'Armancourt, Ching Hong Chua, Yaw Horng Yap
  • Patent number: 10157232
    Abstract: A method for personalizing deep search results using subscription data includes receiving usage data of one or more applications installed on a user device, and receiving a search query. The method further includes identifying one or more application states of the one or more installed applications based on the search query and the usage data, and generating personalized search results including one or more application access mechanisms of the identified one or more application states. Each application access mechanism has a reference to a corresponding installed application on the user device and indicates a performable operation for the corresponding installed application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xueying Dai, Eric J. Glover
  • Patent number: 10013224
    Abstract: There is disclosed methods, computing devices, and computer-readable media for printing and encoding RFID (radio frequency identification) labels. An RFID label document conforming to the Portable Document Format (PDF) is retrieved, the RFID label document including printable content and RFID encoding data embedded as metadata. The RFID encoding data is extracted from the RFID label document. Printable content of the RFID label document is displayed in a PDF viewer application. A print driver called by the PDF viewer application converts the printable content of the RFID label document into printer control language. The previously extracted RFID encoding data is incorporated into the printer control language, and the printer control language with incorporated RFID encoding data is transmitted to an RFID label printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mitchell G. Marks, Chaminda Weerasinghe, David L. Geering
  • Patent number: 9733117
    Abstract: Automatic parcel sizing device (10) comprising: a trihedral parcel support (12) having three panels (12A, 12B, 12C) for receiving a parcel (18) to be sized, each panel of which being disposed orthogonal to the other two panels and defining a vertex (20) at an intersection point of said three panels, an optical sensor (14) for obtaining an image of the parcel, and a processor unit (16) in signal communication with said optical sensor for determining from said image of the parcel the respective dimensions of three parcel edges (18A, 18B, 18C) which have a common vertex (18D), wherein said vertex of the trihedral parcel support is disposed upside down such that, thanks to the gravity, the parcel is always correctly placed regarding the trihedral parcel support and said optical sensor is placed below and at a fixed distance from said vertex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventors: Philippe Boulanger, Samira Bouzit-Benbernou, Frédéric Trescazes
  • Patent number: 9652736
    Abstract: A portable radio-frequency identifier (RFID) reading terminal can comprise a microprocessor, a memory, an RFID reading device, and a display. The portable RFID reading terminal can be configured to display a scan trace provided by a line comprising a plurality of time varying points. Each point can be defined by a projection of a radio frequency (RF) signal coverage shape of the RFID reading device onto a chosen plane at a given moment in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Vargas, Tom Plocher, Ynjiun Paul Wang, Sriharsha Putrevu, Philip Zumsteg
  • Patent number: 9627128
    Abstract: A communication device that, when incorporated in an electronic device, can reduce the size and the thickness of a housing of the electronic device while maintaining communication characteristics. The communication device includes an antenna coil that is arranged on a peripheral part of a housing surface facing a reader-writer of a mobile phone, a magnetic sheet that attracts the magnetic filed transmitted from the reader-writer to the antenna coil, and a communication processing unit that is driven by a current flowing through the antenna coil and communicates with the reader-writer. The magnetic sheet is arranged to be closer to reader-writer than the antenna coil in the central part, and the antenna coil is arranged to be closer to the reader-writer on the outer periphery side, and at least a part of the conductive line of the antenna coil is superimposed in a direction orthogonal to a circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: DEXERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norio Saito, Katsuhisa Orihara, Yoshito Ikeda, Satoru Sugita
  • Patent number: 9538325
    Abstract: A method for determining a location of a wireless tag, the method may include generating or receiving, by a tagged mobile device, an estimated location of another tag that communicates with the tagged mobile device; receiving or generating, by the tagged mobile device, multiple distance measurements that are obtained during different points of time; wherein the multiple distance measurements are obtained during a rotational movement of the tagged mobile device and represent distances between the tagged mobile device and the other tag; finding a certain angle of rotation of the mobile device that corresponds to a minimal distance measurement of the multiple distance measurements; and amending the estimated location of the other tag based upon the certain angle of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: PIXIE TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Ofer Friedman, Noam Lavi
  • Patent number: 9501679
    Abstract: A binary bit-string is encoded in a circular image. The circular image encodes substrings of the bit-string in sectors of the circular image and includes redundant bits, error correcting codes, and metadata pertaining to the encoding scheme. To encode the bit-strings, a circular image is generated that includes a center ring and a first ring. Outward from the first ring, additional rings represent bits in the bit-string according to the width of each ring. The exterior of the image includes an outer boundary ring. The width of the boundary rings is used to define the widths representing the value of each ring. To extract a bit-string from an image, the center of the circular image is identified and a direction is selected to evaluate the image outward, determining the boundaries of each ring. The boundaries are analyzed to determine the width of each ring and the encoded bit values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Minkasu, Inc.
    Inventors: Naveen Doraiswamy, Subramanian Lakshmanan, Anbarasan P. Gounder
  • Patent number: 9477917
    Abstract: An electronic device. The device comprises a rewritable radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag to store an identification number and to transmit the identification number via a radio transmitter, an RFID writer, configured to write an identification number into the RFID tag based on selection by a controller, and a memory storing identification selection rules and a list of identities of RFID interrogators. The device further comprises a controller, configured to read the identity of the RFID interrogator from the RFID reader, analyze the identification selection rules and the list of identities of the RFID interrogators in the memory, select an identification number for the RFID tag based on the list of identities of the RFID interrogators, the identification selection rules stored in the memory, and the identity of the RFID interrogator, and command the RFID writer to write the selected identification number into the RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Koch, Gary D. Koller, Mark D. Peden, Raymond E. Reeves
  • Patent number: 9454685
    Abstract: A portable radio-frequency identifier (RFID) reading terminal can comprise a microprocessor, a memory, an RFID reading device, and a display. The portable RFID reading terminal can be configured to display a scan trace provided by a line comprising a plurality of time varying points. Each point can be defined by a projection of a radio frequency (RF) signal coverage shape of the RFID reading device onto a chosen plane at a given moment in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Vargas, Tom Plocher, Ynjiun Paul Wang, Sriharsha Putrevu, Philip Zumsteg
  • Patent number: 9393805
    Abstract: A printing apparatus comprises a conveyance mechanism configured to convey a printing medium along a conveyance surface and a page turning mechanism. The page turning mechanism comprising: a swing guide which has a flat section substantially on the same plane with the conveyance surface at a preset rotation position and rotates around a shaft to incline the flat section with respect to the conveyance surface to bend the booklet on the flat section; a page turning roller configured to turn pages of the booklet; and a swing guide control section configured to enable the swing guide to rotate before the printing medium passes through the gap between the flat section and the page turning roller until the one of the ends of the flat section is above the arrangement surface of the conveyance surface and the other end is below the arrangement surface of the conveyance surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Inaba
  • Patent number: 9124739
    Abstract: A page image displaying device includes a display control portion configured to keep displaying, when a designated region is set, and when a touch-sensitive panel detects a touch action of giving a command to changes pages to be displayed from one to another, a page image of a first page in a region other than the designated region of a page display region in which the page image is displayed, and, to change partly what is displayed in the page display region in a manner to display a part of a page image of a second page of the document in the designated region, said part corresponding to a part in position in the designated region of the page image of the first page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Masao Hosono, Kaoru Fukuoka, Hiroki Ueda, Tomoyuki Atsumi, Takashi Oikawa, Tatsuya Kitaguchi
  • Patent number: 8953187
    Abstract: Systems and methods consistent with some embodiments presented provide methods for print resource management. In some embodiments of methods for print resource management print data comprising PDL data may be parsed to identify reusable resources in the print data. The reusable resources may be converted to a common internal format and stored. In some embodiments, reusable resources may be rendered to obtain a rendered version of the reusable resource, which may be stored. In some embodiments, the stored rendered version or a rendered form of the stored formatted version of the reusable resource may be used in a bitmap image for a page whenever the reusable resource is referenced during the creation of the bitmap image for the page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Laboratory U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Darrell Eugene Bellert, Eduard G. Bauboeck
  • Patent number: 8878652
    Abstract: An encoding module and related systems and components are provided. The encoding module includes a plurality of encoding elements arranged in an array of columns and rows and one or more switching elements configured to selectively connect the encoding elements to a reader. The connection of the encoding elements may be based on the location of a targeted transponder disposed among multiple adjacent transponders to ensure the selective communication with the targeted transponder only. The module is configured for various types and locations transponders to be used within a system, such as a printer-encoder. Each encoding element may include a loaded conductive strip comprising a loop shape portion and a shield that corresponds to the loop shape portion. In another embodiment, an access control system having an encoding module with the plurality of couplers and an access card having a plurality of transponders corresponding to the couplers is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Boris Y. Tsirline, Robert S. Gawelczyk, Steven R. Kovanko, Anthony Brown, Mao Tian, Karl Torchalski, Michael Fein, Christopher Aiello
  • Patent number: 8791874
    Abstract: A near-field coupling device that may facilitate communications with a transponder is provided. The near-field coupling device may include a ground plane, a dielectric substrate, one or more conductive strips and a terminating load. The conductive strips together with the ground planes form coupling elements. The near-field coupling device further includes one or more switching elements for selectively connecting and disconnecting the coupling elements with a transceiver. The connected coupling elements define a total characteristic impedance. Using the switching element, the ratio between the total characteristic impedance of the connected coupling elements and the terminating load may be changed in order to adjust the distribution of an electromagnetic field along the coupling elements according to the type and position of the transponder to be processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Boris Y. Tsirline, Mao Tian, Karl Torchalski
  • Publication number: 20140071020
    Abstract: A near-field coupling device that may facilitate communications with a transponder is provided. The near-field coupling device may include a ground plane, a dielectric substrate, one or more conductive strips and a terminating load. The conductive strips together with the ground planes form coupling elements. The near-field coupling device further includes one or more switching elements for selectively connecting and disconnecting the coupling elements with a transceiver. The connected coupling elements define a total characteristic impedance. Using the switching element, the ratio between the total characteristic impedance of the connected coupling elements and the terminating load may be changed in order to adjust the distribution of an electromagnetic field along the coupling elements according to the type and position of the transponder to be processed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Boris Y. Tsirline, Mao Tian, Karl Torchalski
  • Patent number: 8596532
    Abstract: A system having a UHF RFID transceiver is adapted to communicate exclusively with a single electro-magnetically coupled transponder located in a predetermined confined transponder operating region. The system includes a near field coupling device comprising a plurality of lines connected in parallel with an unmatched load. The near field coupling device may be formed, for example on a printed circuit board with a plurality of electrically interconnected traces and a ground plane. The system establishes, at predetermined transceiver power levels, a mutual electromagnetic coupling which is selective exclusively for a single transponder located in a defined transponder operating region. Also included are methods for selective communication with the transponder in an apparatus such as a printer-encoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Karl Torchalski, Daniel F. Donato
  • Patent number: 8573488
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for card customization including a centralized issuer hub providing a single point of website integration for applicants in different countries or affiliations, the system comprising a centralized issuer hub comprising a server that coordinates data exchange among a plurality of country- or affiliate-specific websites, a card customization services for processing applicant requests, and an image administrator for customizing applicant submitted images. In operation, a local issuer country website provides a browser-based user interface for an applicant. Card customization services includes a website that recognizes an issuer country or affiliation of the applicant and launches a dedicated country- or affiliate-specific website for the applicant based upon on a country of origin or affiliation of the local issuer country website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Mastercard International Incorporated
    Inventors: Tom Ferrara, Billy Wu, Anna Whelan, Peter Weinberger
  • Patent number: 8479986
    Abstract: An RFID-based book return apparatus has dual touch screen and operation interface that conforms to a standard for barrier-free design. It has the following features: automatically detecting RFID tags attached on the identification cards of borrowers and attached to books to be returned, and enabling a panel covering a book-return gate to open; adopting a high-density optical sensor array to prevent the borrower's hand from being clamped accidentally by the cover panel of the book-return gate; enabling an access panel of the book return apparatus to open/close automatically according to the RFID tag detection book return apparatus, facilitating the maintenance and repair of the book return apparatus; preventing any components, papers and books in the book return apparatus from wet damage due to rainfall or moisture by installing a waterproof device on the RFID-based book return apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: ClarIDy Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Horng-Ji Chen, Yu-Chyang Cheng, Chia-Lin Kuo
  • Patent number: 8400279
    Abstract: A wireless communication tag according to the present invention includes a first antenna 8 previously set with predetermined identification information, and for wirelessly communicating various types of data with a reader/writer 6; a controller (IC chip 14) for controlling the data communicated through the first antenna; a second antenna 10 for receiving an electromotive radio wave 4e for causing electric power by a radio wave; and a charging unit (rectifying circuit 16 and a capacitor 18) for causing electric power by the electromotive radio wave received from the second antenna as well as for storing the caused electric power. With use of the electric power stored in the charging unit, the first antenna supplies data relating to the identification information to the reader/writer. The second antenna also can provide the reader/writer with the identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventors: Toshimi Koyama, Jun Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 8402308
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide apparatus and method for failure management of a RFID middleware management system for providing optimum failure detection and restoring technologies to the RFID middleware management system for supporting more exquisite and faster failure detection and restoration. The apparatus for failure management of a RFID middleware management system includes a plurality of readers each for sensing and reading in a tag data, a plurality of RFID middlewares each for processing the tag data from the readers through processing steps of collection, classification, and transferring a result of the processing to an application in a fixed format, and an MMS (middleware management system) for detecting a failure taken place at the RFID middlewares, and performing at least one of re-starting and work shifting to restore the RFID middleware from the failure detected thus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Pusan National University Industry-University Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Heung-Seok Chae, Kwang-Su Lee, Hyun-Suk Baek
  • Patent number: 8306474
    Abstract: An RFID communication system comprising a near field coupler that is capable of selectively communicating with a targeted transponder positioned among a group of multiple adjacent transponders. The coupler is configured to receive communication signals from a transceiver and transmit the signals to a targeted transponder in a transponder operating region. The coupler includes a number of radiating elements spaced apart and a switching element. The switching element selectively couples one or more of the radiating elements to the transceiver. The coupled elements transmit the signals into the transponder operating region by emanating a near field effect. The pattern of the near field effect may be adjusted by changing the combination of the coupled radiating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Yevgeniy Borisov, Karl Torchalski, Daniel F. Donato
  • Patent number: 8272566
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for card customization including a centralized issuer hub providing a single point of website integration for applicants in different countries or affiliations, the system comprising a centralized issuer hub comprising a server that coordinates data exchange among a plurality of country- or affiliate-specific websites, a card customization services for processing applicant requests, and an image administrator for customizing applicant submitted images. In operation, a local issuer country website provides a browser-based user interface for an applicant. Card customization services includes a website that recognizes an issuer country or affiliation of the applicant and launches a dedicated country- or affiliate-specific website for the applicant based upon on a country of origin or affiliation of the local issuer country website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: MasterCard International Incorporated
    Inventors: Tom Ferrara, Billy Wu, Anna Whelan, Peter Weinberger
  • Patent number: 8258929
    Abstract: A system and method for encoding and printing RFID record members with a continuous moving web is provided. In particular, a printer such as a RFID printer is capable of encoding an inlay or multiple inlays within a record member while the web is continuously moving. While a record member is being encoded on a moving web, the record member may be printed upon when a leading edge of a record member reaches the print position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Richard D. Wirrig, Jeanne F. Duckett, Lance D. Neuhard, John F. Feltz
  • Patent number: 8254833
    Abstract: A near-field coupling device that may facilitate communications with a transponder is provided. The near-field coupling device may include a ground plane, a dielectric substrate, one or more conductive strips and a terminating load. The conductive strips together with the ground planes form coupling elements. The near-field coupling device further includes one or more switching elements for selectively connecting and disconnecting the coupling elements with a transceiver. The connected coupling elements define a total characteristic impedance. Using the switching element, the ratio between the total characteristic impedance of the connected coupling elements and the terminating load may be changed in order to adjust the distribution of an electromagnetic field along the coupling elements according to the type and position of the transponder to be processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Mao Tian, Karl Torchalski, Boris Y. Tsirline
  • Patent number: 8194254
    Abstract: Various embodiments relating to preconditioning of a print device are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Gary G. Lutnesky, Sang O. Bradley, Raymon Dale Burrows, Dennis T. So, Kevin E. Swier
  • Patent number: 8157176
    Abstract: Various embodiments relating to a modular marking apparatus and method are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory J. May, Anthony D. Studer, Gary G. Lutnesky, Kevin E. Swier
  • Patent number: 8130951
    Abstract: A network device includes a content processing module that is configured to perform intelligent document content processing, such as confidential information processing, content optimization and workflow optimization. The network device authenticates a user and determines electronic document data that is to be processed. The electronic document data may be created at the network device, e.g., by a scanning module on the network device, or at a client device, e.g., by a word processing application executing on the client device. The content processing module retrieves particular user preference data based upon the user authentication. The particular user preference data may specify confidential information preferences, content optimization preferences and/or workflow preferences. The content processing module performs intelligent document content processing on the electronic document data based upon the particular user preference data and generates processed electronic document data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Lifen Tian
  • Patent number: 8094341
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a printing unit, a positional information reader, and a first controller. The printing unit performs printing on a recording sheet based on print information. The positional information reader reads positional information with regard to a first storing medium from a second storing medium. The first and the second medium are provided to the recording sheet. The first controller controls the printing unit based on the positional information, read by the positional information reader, so as to print an image, corresponding to the print information, in a position on a recording sheet according to the positional information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuji Miyata
  • Patent number: 8078103
    Abstract: An RFID communication system comprising a near field coupler that is capable of selectively communicating with a targeted transponder positioned among a group of multiple adjacent transponders. The coupler is configured to receive communication signals from a transceiver and transmit the signals to a targeted transponder in a transponder operating region. The coupler includes a number of radiating elements spaced apart and a switching element. The switching element selectively couples one or more of the radiating elements to the transceiver. The coupled elements transmit the signals into the transponder operating region by emanating a near field effect. The pattern of the near field effect may be adjusted by changing the combination of the coupled radiating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Yevgeniy Borisov, Karl Torchalski, Daniel F. Donato
  • Patent number: 8063783
    Abstract: To realize smooth manufacturing of tag tape and RFID labels. The RFID tag label producing apparatus 1 comprises a tag inserter 26 for inserting at predetermined intervals RFID tags Tg between an adhesive layer 200Aa of a first tape 200A fed out from a first tape roll 211 and an adhesive layer 200Ba of a second tape 200B fed out from a second tape roll 213, and a base tape roll 215 for taking up a base tape 210 produced by bonding of the first tape 200A and the second tape 200B and attachment of the RFID tags Tg by the tag inserter 226, and making this a tag tape roll. The REID tag comprises RFID circuit elements To provided with an IC circuit part 151 for storing information and an tag antenna 152 connected to the IC circuit part 151 for performing transmission and reception of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Miyashita, Kazunari Taki, Yasuo Kimura, Masao Ito
  • Patent number: 7999676
    Abstract: This invention presents an apparatus and system and its accompanying method for automatically placing of RFID antennas and a method for obtaining a readable region for passive RFID Tags are disclosed. The apparatus and system include a Portable and Adjustable Mounting Framework (PAMF) with built in chain belt for holding the RFID antennas, an Antenna Position Controller (APC) and Antenna Position Holders (APH) for control the movement of the antennas, a Moveable Object Platform (MOP) for carrying a number of RFID tags and a Computer Integrated System (CIS) with Readable Region Analysis (RRA) software to capture the transmitted and received RF signal from/to the RFID readers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Shing Chi Cheung, Lionel Ming Shuan Ni
  • Patent number: 7967194
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for card customization including a centralized issuer hub providing a single point of website integration for applicants in different countries or affiliations, the system comprising a centralized issuer hub comprising a server that coordinates data exchange among a plurality of country- or affiliate-specific websites, a card customization services for processing applicant requests, and an image administrator for customizing applicant submitted images. In operation, a local issuer country website provides a browser-based user interface for an applicant. Card customization services includes a website that recognizes an issuer country or affiliation of the applicant and launches a dedicated country- or affiliate-specific website for the applicant based upon on a country of origin or affiliation of the local issuer country website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Mastercard International Incorporated
    Inventors: Tom Ferrara, Billy Wu, Anna Whelan, Peter Weinberger
  • Patent number: 7898417
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates utilizing an RFID printer within a radio frequency identification (RFID) network. A radio frequency identification (RFID) network can include at least one RFID printer. A standardized print component can abstract a model-specific implementation of the RFID printer to enable uniform and standard exposure of a printing feature of the RFID printer independent of the RFID printer model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Krishnan Gopalan, Abhishek Agarwal, Jayaraman Kalyana Sundaram, Bhuvanesh N. Jain
  • Patent number: 7878414
    Abstract: A graphic representation of symbols encoding data, the graphic representation including a reference symbol having a top and a bottom, the reference symbol top and bottom defining opposing limits of a code line, at least one graphic symbol, representing encoded information regarding a static road condition for processing by a vehicle moving along the road, disposed between the opposing limits of the code line, wherein the information is represented by a ratio of a height of each graphic symbol to the height of the reference symbol and by each symbol's position relative to the opposing limits of the code line, and wherein the reference symbol indicates a beginning of encoded information and a direction for decoding the encoded information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: Yonatan Yulevich
  • Patent number: 7855805
    Abstract: A system for printing a competition entry form on a print medium, the system comprising: a mobile telecommunications device which comprises: a printer module to print the competition entry form on the print medium; and, a sensor module to sense a print media identifier of the print medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Kia Silverbrook, Paul Lapstun, Simon Robert Walmsley
  • Patent number: 7843344
    Abstract: A shielded antenna system is provided for reading from and/or writing to an RFID transponder wherein the RF energy radiated from the antenna system has a narrow beam width so that only one RFID transponder in a record member along a web of record members is read from and/or written to without affecting or being affected by any other RFID transponder along the web. It is preferred to provide shielding that enables more energy to be radiated in the upstream direction from the antenna than in the downstream direction from the antenna to provide for earlier reading and/or writing to the transponder in the moving web. The shielding is selectively configured and/or positionable to narrow or broaden the RF energy field of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: John F. Feltz, Jim A. McCurdy, Lance D. Neuhard
  • Patent number: 7830261
    Abstract: A shielded antenna system is provided for reading from and/or writing to an RFID transponder wherein the energy radiated from the antenna system has a narrow beam width so that only one RFID transponder in a record member along a web of record members, each having an RFID transponder, is read from and/or written to without affecting or being affected by any other RFID transponder along the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Retail Information Services, LLC
    Inventors: John F. Feltz, Jim A. McCurdy, Lance D. Neuhard
  • Patent number: 7774705
    Abstract: Techniques for an iterative design process of determining a visual representation for an input media object are provided. One or more visual representations are determined from the input media object based on a set of encoding parameters. An output media object is created from the visual representation(s) based on a set of decoding parameters. The visual representation(s) and/or the second media object may be displayed to a user. An indication indicating whether the visual representation(s) and/or the second media object are acceptable or unacceptable is received. If the visual representation(s) and/or the second media object are not acceptable, then at least one parameter in at least one of the set of encoding parameters and the set of decoding parameters may be changed. The process described above is repeated until the visual representation(s) and the second media object are determined to be acceptable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Berna Erol, Jonathan J. Hull, Jamey Graham, Dar-Shyang Lee, Peter E. Hart
  • Patent number: 7717339
    Abstract: A passbook printing apparatus prints a color face image and private information of the owner of a passbook in the passbook with a built-in IC chip including a passbook number recorded previously. In this time, the passbook printing apparatus first reads the passbook number from the IC chip built in the passbook, creates private information including the read passbook number, face image of the owner and printing information, and prints the printing information reflecting the passbook number read from the IC chip on a printing page of the passbook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Shigeru Ito
  • Patent number: 7637436
    Abstract: An application for generating a printable barcode object representing data from within a software application includes converting the data into a symbol string based on a barcode standard and assembling a plurality of block code characters from a font into the printable barcode object. The block code characters representing the symbol string are any two or more Unicode characters selected from the group consisting of 960010, 960410, 960810, 961210, 961610, 961710 and 3210.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Inventor: Brant Anderson
  • Patent number: 7623038
    Abstract: A shielded antenna system is provided for reading from and/or writing to an RFID transponder wherein the energy radiated from the antenna system has a narrow beam width so that only one RFID transponder in a record member along a web of record members, each having an RFID transponder, is read from and/or written to without affecting or being affected by any other RFID transponder along the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Retail Information Services LLC
    Inventor: Lances D. Neuhard
  • Patent number: 7609406
    Abstract: A hand-held portable printer includes a number of input devices mounted in or on a printer housing including a barcode scanner, keypad, communication interface in a receive mode and an RFID read/writer in a read mode. The hand-held portable printer also includes a number of output devices including a printing system, the communication interface in a transmit mode and the RFID read/writer in a write mode for writing to an external RFID chip. A processor selects received data from one or more of the input devices manipulates the data and/or combines it with other data for an output device wherein the data selected for one output device may be different then the data selected for another output device. The hand-held portable printer may utilize both an internal antenna and external antenna. Applying different energy levels to the antennas may determine whether the hand-held portable printer reads from and/or writes to a single RFID chip or a plurality of RFID chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Retail Information Services, LLC
    Inventors: Mark W. Roth, Donald A. Morrison
  • Patent number: 7600684
    Abstract: A direct thermal barcode printer including a print assembly is provided. The print assembly is movably positioned relative to a print media for adjusting printing characteristics of an attached print head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Datamax Corporation
    Inventors: Dwayne Tobin, William M. Bouverie, Kenneth Colonel, Paul Plasschaert, Kim Wilson
  • Patent number: 7586410
    Abstract: A stripline coupler for a RFID system is provided. The coupler is configured to communicate with a targeted transponder from among a group of multiple adjacent transponders. The coupler may include a conductive strip, a terminating load, a dielectric material, a first ground plane, and a second ground plane. The conductive strip extends between the first and second ground planes and the dielectric material from an input end connected to a transceiver to a loaded end connected to the terminating load. The conductive strip may be configured to propagate electromagnetic fields concentrated in a near field region of the conductive strip in a direction generally perpendicular to the conductive strip to couple with a targeted transponder. The coupler may include an enclosure for directing the electromagnetic fields. The conductive strip may have a tapered or non-linear profile such as a modified bow-tie profile, an exponential profile, or a Klopfenstein profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Boris Y. Tsirline, Karl Torchalski, Martin Andreas Karl Schwan