Electrical Contact Patents (Class 235/441)
  • Patent number: 11538017
    Abstract: Detachable payment devices capable of performing payment transactions associated with a mobile wallet of a mobile device are described. The payment device may be implemented in a variety of shapes and sizes such as, the shape of a typical payment card or a stylus/electronic pen. In order to communicate with the mobile device, the mobile wallet of the mobile device, and a POS terminal, the detachable payment device may use short range contactless transmissions. While in a docked mode, the payment device may receive payment card data from a mobile wallet of the mobile device. Additionally, while docked, the payment device may transmit payment card data to a POS terminal's receiver, thereby acting as an integrated mobile payment unit with the mobile device. When in an undocked mode, the payment device may complete contactless payment transactions without assistance from the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: George Wallner
  • Patent number: 11507762
    Abstract: A payment terminal evaluator includes a contact structure and a card structure. The contact structure intersects a rectangular space such that part of the contact structure is within the rectangular space and part of the contact structure is outside of the rectangular space. The card structure extends from the contact structure and is positioned entirely within the rectangular space. The card structure includes a top surface, a bottom surface, a first side surface between the top surface and the bottom surface, a second side surface between the top surface and the bottom surface, a first tab defined in part by the top surface, the bottom surface and the first side surface, a second tab defined in part by the top surface, the bottom surface and the second side surface, and an opening between the first tab and the second tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Terrence Arnold Woodman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11463571
    Abstract: A subscriber identity module (SIM) card includes a housing, a printed circuit board contained within the housing, and a plurality of metallic contact pads on a surface of the printed circuit board. At least one contact pad of the plurality of metallic contact pads comprises an enclosed, interior portion. The SIM card further includes a corrosive chemical agent contained within the interior portion. The corrosive chemical agent reacts chemically with the at least one metallic contact pad, in the presence of oxygen, to cause the at least one metallic contact pad to corrode over a period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: DISH Wireless, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kevin Yao
  • Patent number: 11425817
    Abstract: A memory card includes a memory card body dimensioned to house at least one integrated circuit die package. The memory card body, in certain embodiments, includes a first surface spaced apart from a second surface and a plurality of side surfaces connecting the first surface to the second surface. The memory card also includes a contact pad disposed on at least one side surface of the plurality of side surfaces. The contact pad includes a first conductive layer, a second conductive layer, and an insulating layer disposed between the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: WESTERN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Shineng Ma, Xuyi Yang, Chih-Chin Liao, Chin-Tien Chiu, Jinxiang Huang
  • Patent number: 11416923
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for exchanging value using a smart card in a financial transaction is disclosed. The system includes a smart card having a contact interface and a contactless interface interactive with a closed purse application and an open purse application controlled by a microprocessor. The closed purse application contains application-specific value, while the open purse contains general value. The application-specific value and general value are each compatible within the system of the invention to perform and settle the financial transaction. The financial transaction may include the smart card communicating with a load terminal or a transaction terminal to add or change the amount of value on the smart card. Further, the present invention include auto-load functionality for adding an amount of value to the smart card. Finally, applications such as a transportation application and a loyalty application are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: CITICORP CREDIT SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Kawan, Ramiro Munoz, Mark Kogen
  • Patent number: 11414980
    Abstract: A method includes utilizing a charging and communication interface and a sensor system to gather downhole measurements. The method further includes charging and activating the sensor system using the charging and communication interface, installing the sensor system into a nozzle of a drill bit, running the drill bit into a wellbore, conducting measurements using the sensor system, pulling the drill bit out of the wellbore, and contacting the charging and communication interface with the sensor system to retrieve the measurements from the sensor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Bodong Li, Abrar Alshaikh, Chinthaka Pasan Gooneratne, Guodong Zhan, Timothy Eric Moellendick
  • Patent number: 11308380
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus are provided for a removable non-volatile storage device. An exemplary embodiment may provide an apparatus that may comprise a package that may have a first and a second sets of contact pins. The package may have a dimension and the first set of contact pins may be arranged according to a specification of a first type of storage device. The second set of contact pins may be configured to conduct a subset of electrical signals for a second type of storage device. The package may further comprise a controller inside the package and configured to function as the first type of storage device when the first set of contact pins are electrically connected to a host and as the second type of storage device when both the first set and the second set of contact pins are electrically connected to the host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: INNOGRIT TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Abhilash Mathew, Yanwen Bai, Gang Zhao, Shiann-Ming Liou, Lin Chen
  • Patent number: 11308379
    Abstract: RFID tags are provided for incorporation into the packaging of a microwavable food item, with the RFID tag being configured to be safely microwaved. The RFID tag includes an antenna defining a gap and configured to operate at a first frequency. An RFID chip is electrically coupled to the antenna across the gap. A shielding structure is electrically coupled to the antenna across the gap and overlays the RFID chip. The shielding structure includes a shield conductor and a shield dielectric at least partially positioned between the shield conductor and the RFID chip. The shielding structure is configured to limit the voltage across the gap when the antenna is exposed to a second frequency that is greater than first frequency. In additional embodiments, RFID tags are provided for incorporation into the packaging of a microwavable food item, with the RFID tag being configured to be safely microwaved. The RFID tag includes an RFID chip and an antenna electrically coupled to the RFID chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Retail Information Services LLC
    Inventors: Ian J. Forster, Norman Howard, Brad Cumby, James Orlowski, Brian Strohmeier, Hu Duan, Cameron Higgins, John Feltz
  • Patent number: 11240926
    Abstract: A tray inserted in an electronic device, and housing a card removable from the electronic device, the tray includes: a first interior wall partially defining a housing space housing the card; a second interior wall facing the first interior wall, and partially defining the housing space; and an elastic member provided to the second interior wall, wherein the elastic member is formed of rubber, and configured to change in shape in conformity with a shape of the card while the card is housed in the tray, and to apply to the card elastic force toward the first interior wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuta Ito, Kenzoh Daimon
  • Patent number: 11239587
    Abstract: Configurable smart object systems with grid or frame-based connectors are provided. Example systems implement machine learning based on neural networks that draw low power for use in smart phones, watches, drones, automobiles, and medical devices, for example. Example assemblies can be configured from pluggable, interchangeable modules that have compatible ports with magnetic electrical contacts for interconnecting and integrating functionally dissimilar sensor systems. An example system has a clip attachable to a substrate for securing a smart object module to the substrate, and a housing of the clip with a geometry for aligning electrical contacts of the smart object module with electrical contacts of the substrate. The clip may have a compliant layer to provide spring, resilience, or pressure to securing the smart object module to the substrate. The clip may also integrate features of a secure digital (SD) port and a universal serial bus (USB) port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Xcelsis Corporation
    Inventors: Belgacem Haba, Ilyas Mohammed, Gabriel Z. Guevara, Min Tao
  • Patent number: 11209543
    Abstract: A sonar transducer assembly is provided including a transducer configured to transmit one or more sonar beams into an underwater environment, a housing that holds the transducer, at least one electrical cable that enables electrical signals to be transmitted between the transducer and a computing device, and a conductive enclosure disposed around at least a portion of the transducer and electrically connected to a ground line of the electrical cable to create a shielded volume. The conductive enclosure reduces an electromagnetic field within the shielded volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: NAVICO HOLDING AS
    Inventors: Jeremiah Clark, Alan Islas Cital, Wei Sun
  • Patent number: 11165342
    Abstract: A power conversion device such that heat dissipation of an electromagnetic induction instrument can be increased, and inductance value durability and vibration resistance of the electromagnetic induction instrument is high, is provided. Also, a power conversion device reduced in size and weight is provided. A power conversion device includes an electromagnetic induction instrument wherein an upper core and a lower core having magnetism are electromagnetically coupled across a coil body, a frame body on which the electromagnetic induction instrument is mounted, a potting resin member with which a space between the frame body and the electromagnetic induction instrument is filled, and a fixing member, disposed above the electromagnetic induction instrument so as to cover the upper core, of which an end portion is attached to the frame body, wherein the electromagnetic induction instrument is fixed to the frame body by the fixing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Yuta Uryu
  • Patent number: 11128743
    Abstract: A slide structure and an electronic device can affect a relative sliding movement between a first structure and a second structure of the electronic device. The slide structure includes a first cover and a second cover; a fixed member fixed to the second cover on a surface facing the first cover, where first receiving spaces are formed between the fixed member and the surface of the second cover and extend along a relative sliding direction of the electronic device; a fitting member including cover portions extending along the relative sliding direction, one part of the cover portions extending into the first receiving spaces and the other part fixed to the first cover on a surface facing the second cover, so that the fixed member is slidable along the second receiving spaces formed between the cover portions and the surface of the first cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xinwei Si
  • Patent number: 11088093
    Abstract: A micro-component comprises a component substrate having a first side and an opposing second side. Fenders project from the first and second sides of the component substrate and include first-side fenders extending from the first side and a second-side fender extending from the second side of the component substrate. At least two of the first-side fenders have a non-conductive surface and are disposed closer to a corner of the component substrate than to a center of the component substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: X-Celeprint Limited
    Inventors: António José Marques Trindade, Ronald S. Cok
  • Patent number: 11062105
    Abstract: A mobile device housing defines a battery compartment with a wall extending from an open rear to a closed front. A first latch stop extends from the wall between the rear and the front. A second latch stop extends from the wall between the first stop and the rear. A battery receivable in the compartment includes a latch that: extends to engage the first stop and maintain the battery fully inserted, and to engage the second stop and prevent ejection of the battery from an intermediate position; and retracts to disengage from the first stop, unlocking the battery for travel to the intermediate position, and to disengage from the second stop for ejection of the battery from the intermediate position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Edward M. Voli
  • Patent number: 11056184
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an SRAM cell circuit and an SRAM array circuit. The cell circuit includes a data storage module, a write operation module, and a read operation module. The data storage module consists of the component with the current-voltage hysteresis characteristic and is configured to store data with the current-voltage hysteresis characteristic. The data storage module includes a write operation port and a read operation port, and the data information stored in the data storage module may change without external energy input. The write operation module is coupled to the write operation port and is configured to perform write operation on the stored information. The write operation module ensures the stored information unchanged by continuously controlling the write operation port while not changing the stored information. The read operation module is coupled to the read operation port and configured to perform read operation on the stored information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Xueqing Li, Hongtao Zhong, Huazhong Yang
  • Patent number: 11010652
    Abstract: Various embodiments are generally directed to techniques to provide an orientationless transaction card. Embodiments include a transaction card having a substrate comprising one or more laminated layers and a chip comprising processing circuitry, and memory, the chip embedded within the substrate. The transaction card may also include a first contact pad coupled with the chip, the first contact pad embedded on a first side of the substrate at a first location and a second contact pad embedded on the first side of the substrate at a second location. Further, the transaction card includes an antenna embedded within the substrate, the antenna to couple the chip with the second contact pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Maiman, Stephen Schneider, Daniel Herrington
  • Patent number: 10997836
    Abstract: A security device and a security system are provided. The security system includes the security device. The security device includes a first I/O module and a processing unit. The first I/O module is configured to detect an identification within a detection coverage. The processing unit is configured to: determine that the identification is registered with the security device; set the security device as an unalarmed mode when the identification is enabled within the detection coverage of the first I/O module; and set the security device as an alarmed mode when the identification is disabled within the detection coverage of the first I/O module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Che Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 10944221
    Abstract: At least one example embodiment is directed to a device including a first section having a connector that enables communication according to a first protocol. The device may further include a second section engageable with the first section. The second section may include a cavity that houses the connector when the second section is engaged with the first section, and an antenna that enables wireless communication according to a second protocol when the second section is engaged with the first section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventors: Joseph Lemoine, Ahmed Amara, Florent Vibert
  • Patent number: 10930277
    Abstract: A voice interaction architecture has a hands-free, electronic voice controlled assistant that permits users to verbally request information from cloud services. Since the assistant relies primarily, if not exclusively, on voice interactions, configuring the assistant for the first time may pose a challenge, particularly to a novice user who is unfamiliar with network settings (such as wife access keys). The architecture supports several approaches to configuring the voice controlled assistant that may be accomplished without much or any user input, thereby promoting a positive out-of-box experience for the user. More particularly, these approaches involve use of audible or optical signals to configure the voice controlled assistant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony David, Parag Garg
  • Patent number: 10910704
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing an antenna includes a first stamping station, a pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) alignment station, a bonding station, a second stamping station, and a ferrite shield station. The first stamping station receives a sheet of metallic material and stamps the sheet to form an antenna including traces, contacts, a carrier connected to the traces, and a tie-bar connected between the traces. The PSA alignment station receives the stamped antenna and aligns a PSA area of a pad with the traces, the PSA area being substantially the same shape as the traces. The bonding station bonds the PSA area to the traces after it has been aligned with the traces. The second stamping station performs a second stamping of the antenna and the PSA area to remove the carrier and the tie-bar. The ferrite shield station bonds a ferrite shield to the antenna stamped for a second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: A.K. Stamping Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Kurz, Mark Andrews
  • Patent number: 10868583
    Abstract: A communication device includes a first processing unit that sends a first command to start an activation processing. The communication device also includes a second processing unit that receives the first command from the first processing unit. In addition, the communication device includes an interface between the first processing unit and the second processing unit. The first processing unit activates the interface at a predetermined interface level from among a plurality of interface levels. The second processing unit starts an application in accordance with the activated interface level. The first processing unit and the second processing unit exchange data by the activated application. The first processing unit and the second processing unit perform a deactivation processing of the activated interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Teruyama
  • Patent number: 10855031
    Abstract: Apparatuses for securing a memory card. One example apparatus can include a slot coupled to a printed circuit board (PCB), wherein the slot is configured to receive a memory card to provide electrical connection between the PCB and the memory card and a cover coupled to the PCB and configured to enclose the memory card when in a closed position and maintain electrical connection between the memory card and the PCB when in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Alberto Troia
  • Patent number: 10854049
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for improvements in point of sale terminals and payment processing at remote event spaces. The system and apparatuses disclosed herein facilitate the transaction processing of credit cards and other payment vehicles in often remote locations where network connections may be intermittent and suffer from frequent disconnects or interruptions of service. The embodiments disclosed are hardened against the elements that occur in remote environments along with adaptations to improve functionality accordingly. The system and apparatuses are further equipped to facilitate the event environment and are adapted to execute instructions to facilitate the financial transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: FESTIVAL CONTROL SYSTEMS PROCESSING, LLC
    Inventor: Jeff Waughtal
  • Patent number: 10810476
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electronic circuit for interconnecting a smartcard chip with a peripheral device, comprising: —a dedicated communication interface adapted to communicate with a smartcard chip; —a configurable communication interface adapted to communicate with a peripheral device; —a configuration module adapted to receive on said dedicated communication interface a request for configuring the configurable communication interface, adapted to configure the communication protocol of the configurable communication interface with the peripheral device based on the received request; —a bridging module adapted for converting data exchanged between the peripheral device and the smartcard chip through the dedicated communication interface and the configurable communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: THALES DIS FRANCE SA
    Inventors: Michel Thill, Alain Pomet
  • Patent number: 10779403
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a substrate, a first conductive pad and a second conductive pad, both disposed on the substrate, an electrically conductive trace, and a fusible alloy layer. The electrically conductive trace is laid out between the first and second pads, and is configured to conduct electrical current between the first and second pads, and has a serpentine pattern having multiple bends. The fusible alloy layer is disposed on the first pad and over a portion of the trace including no more than a predefined number of the bends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Masahito Morita, Steven Webster
  • Patent number: 10748052
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for making an antenna for a radio-frequency identification device uses a forming device that rotates around an axis and includes shaping elements movable in a direction parallel to the rotation axis. A guiding device including a guiding element is movable in a direction substantially perpendicular to the rotation axis relative to the shaping elements of the forming device go guide a flexible wire or braided wires around the shaping elements to shape the wire in the form of an antenna. At least one gripper on the forming device immobilizes a free end of the wire. The antenna is laid on and connected with the upper surface of a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Fabele-S.r.L.
    Inventors: Claudio Lolli, Silvio Lolli, Marcello Lolli
  • Patent number: 10686480
    Abstract: A mobile terminal further comprises: a case having an opening formed therethrough so as to communicate with the inside thereof; and a card tray inserted in the opening, wherein the card tray further comprises a cover part for covering the opening; a support part positioned inside the opening and comprising a seating part on which a card is stably placed; and a flexible part connecting the support part and the cover part and fitted/coupled to the circumference of the opening. The mobile terminal wherein the relative position of the cover part to the support part changes with morphological changing of the flexible part allows the positions of the cover part and the support part in the card tray to be flexibly variable. Therefore, even when positions of the opening and a card socket are mismatched, a card can be mounted in the mobile terminal, thus reducing an initial detective rate and an operationally detective rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Youngdo Cha
  • Patent number: 10592904
    Abstract: A shim detection device is selectively interfaced to a portion of a chip card reader that is integrated into a terminal. The shim detection device is configured to detect when a shimmer is inserted into the chip card reader during a card transaction at the terminal and take an automated action in response thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Weston Lee Hecker
  • Patent number: 10529187
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to electronically dispense a plurality of Electronic Instant Tickets (EITs) from a gaming microprocessor that is electronically programmed by a game service provider with a set of predetermined EITs. An Instant Ticket Vending Machine (ITVM) communicates with the gaming microprocessor to receive the EITs and display the results dictated by the EITs. The EITs allow the ITVM to operate independently of network communications with the game service provider and without providing predetermined outcomes embodied in a paper medium. Paper embodiments of the EITs associated with the gaming session and which are displayed on the display during the gaming session are printed. The dispensed printed paper embodiments of the EITs did not exist prior to the gaming session and are only printed upon game play of an EIT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Tapcentive, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Irwin, Jr., David Wentker
  • Patent number: 10528771
    Abstract: A card reader may include a card passage where a card passed; a contact block including IC contact springs; a card insertion detection mechanism; a lock member; a lock member drive mechanism that moves the lock member between a pulling-out prevention position and a pulling-out feasible position; a lock member detection mechanism; and a control unit structured to control the card reader. The lock member may include a pulling-out prevention part. A distance between the front end of the IC card and the pulling-out prevention part may be shorter than a length of the IC card in the moving direction of the IC card. The control unit detects that insertion of the IC card has been completed the IC card has been inserted to the contact position and the lock member is located at the pulling-out prevention position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Negishi, Tsutomu Orii
  • Patent number: 10509925
    Abstract: A data card enclosure method and system comprising data card connectors and host interface connectors on a data card housed in the data card enclosure. The data card enclosure method and system provided for connecting the data card connectors and host interface connectors to external communications ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: LDA TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Sergey Sardaryan, Mariya Sukiasyan, Vahan Sardaryan
  • Patent number: 10460138
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for decoding matrixed bar codes, such as Quick Response (“QR”) codes. In one implementation, system for decoding an intrinsic matrixed bar code may include an image-receiving device; at least one processor configured to execute instructions; and at least one memory storing the instructions. The instructions may be to perform operations including receiving an image using the image-receiving device; determining a grid for the image, the grid having a plurality of cells; selecting at least one cell of the grid as a candidate cell for containing an intrinsic matrixed bar code; extracting at least one intrinsic matrixed bar code located within the candidate cell; determining that the at least one extracted matrixed bar code is degraded; and repairing the at least one extracted matrixed bar code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventor: Eric Barnum
  • Patent number: 10452589
    Abstract: New techniques for establishing communications connections for computer systems are provided. In some aspects, a new technique for rapidly establishing a uniform, secure wireless peripheral device network is provided. In some embodiments of the invention, the secure peripheral device network is activated by physical docking and/or interlocking, without any use of a wired network connection, based on precise proximity and location information. In other embodiments, a secure, encrypted peripheral device network is established by a system in response to terminating a wired network connection, easing the transition from wired to wireless connection status, and easing the creation of wireless networks. The resulting wireless networks may also be more secure than other forms of wireless networks, using a new form of physically-isolated negotiation for encryption keys, based on physical features and limits of a peripheral device interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Patent number: 10438028
    Abstract: The invention relates to a switch spring arrangement in a card reader, comprising a contact carrier which is integrated into the card reader and includes a plurality of pockets, open on one side, for accommodating holding elements of a spring contact element, and a spring contact element that has two mounting arms to be secured in the contact carrier as well as a spring arm which can be actuated by a card and is placed between the mounting arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Amphenol-Tuchel Electronics GmbH
    Inventor: Pascal Wolffle
  • Patent number: 10402705
    Abstract: A card reader may include a card holder and a card ejection mechanism for moving the card holder. The card ejection mechanism includes a connection arm connecting the main body frame with the card holder, a solenoid for bending the connection arm, and an arm urging member urging the connection arm. When the solenoid is switched to a non-energized state, the solenoid pushes the connection arm and the connection arm is changed from an extended posture to a bent posture. The connection arm in the extended posture is restricted from bending to an opposite side to the bent posture side and, in a state that the connection arm is in the extended posture, the arm urging member applies an urging force to the connection arm so that the connection arm is bent to an opposite side to the side of the bent posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mamoru Mizawa, Kazunori Takahashi, Toshio Tatai
  • Patent number: 10397852
    Abstract: Embodiments provide apparatuses, methods and a computer programs for a base station transceiver and a mobile transceiver. An apparatus for a base station transceiver of a communication system comprises a transceiver module operable to communicate radio signals with a plurality of mobile transceivers using a plurality of radio resources. The apparatus further comprises a control module operable to control the transceiver module, and operable to receive access messages from a first subgroup of one or more mobile transceivers from the plurality of mobile transceivers using a first subgroup of the plurality of radio resources. The control module is further operable to receive access messages from a second subgroup of one or more mobile transceivers from the plurality of mobile transceivers using a second subgroup of the plurality of radio resources. An apparatus for a mobile transceiver of a communication system is also provided as well as methods associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Dietrich Karl Zeller, Uwe Doetsch
  • Patent number: 10366256
    Abstract: A metallurgical vessel (2) having an outer surface (2a) and an identification tag (1, 1?, 1?) on the outer surface (2a). The tag has a carrier matrix (11) formed of an electrically and thermally insulating material. At least two passive transponders (3, 3a, 3b) are embedded in the carrier matrix (11). Within a metallurgical plant, a reading station (4) for tracking the path of the metallurgical vessel (2) is arranged at a tracking position. An antenna (5) of the reading station (4) initiates activation of the passive transponders (3, 3a, 3b), provided that the metallurgical vessel (2) is in a sensing range of the reading station (4). A reading unit (6) of the reading station (4) reads out the activated passive transponders (3, 3a, 3b) and transmits the result to an evaluating unit (7) of the reading station (4). The evaluating unit (7) determines which and/or how many of the passive transponders (3, 3a, 3b) were actually activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRIA GMBH
    Inventors: Franz Hartl, Thomas Kuehas, Andreas Rohrhofer
  • Patent number: 10305479
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to a circuit, including: a first secure circuit configured to receive an input and to produce a first output; a first delay circuit configured to receive the first output and to produce a first delayed output delayed by a time N; a second delay circuit configured to receive the input and to produce a delayed input delayed by a time N; a second secure circuit configured to receive the delayed input and to produce a second delayed output; and a comparator configured to compare the first delayed output to the second delayed output and to produce a result, wherein the result is one of the first delayed output or second delayed output when the first delayed output matches the second delayed output and the result is an error value when the first delayed output does not match the second delayed output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Stefan Doll, Markus Regner, Sandeep Jain
  • Patent number: 10284081
    Abstract: A regulated charge pump circuit and method of operation are described. A charge pump is configured to supply an output voltage to a load, and includes at least one charge pump stage, a charge pump driver arranged to drive the charge pump stages and a controllable current source connected between a supply voltage and the charge pump driver. An analog regulation loop includes a measurement circuit arranged to output an analog regulation signal indicative of a difference between a current value of the output voltage and a target value of the output voltage. A signal path is connected to the charge pump to supply the analog regulation signal to the controllable current source to operate the controllable current source to modulate the supply voltage that can be provided to the charge pump driver to regulate the output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Ivan Jesus Rebollo Pimentel
  • Patent number: 10277722
    Abstract: Electronic devices are provided with ejectable component assemblies that can be substantially flush with the external surfaces of the housings of the devices, despite variations in their manufacture. The ejectable component assemblies may include connectors coupled to circuit boards of the devices, and trays that can be loaded with removable modules, inserted through openings in the housings of the devices, and into the connectors for functionally aligning the removable modules with the circuit boards. The ejectable component assemblies may also include ejectors coupled to the housings of the devices for ejecting the trays from the connectors and, thus, from the devices themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Erik L. Wang, Robert Sean Murphy, Tang Yew Tan, Jeffrey Eugene Neaves, Lawrence E. Davis, Sung Kim
  • Patent number: 10262245
    Abstract: Electronic devices are provided with ejectable component assemblies. Each ejectable component assembly may include a tray that can be loaded with one or more types of removable module, such as a mini-SIM card and a micro-SIM card, and inserted into the device. Each assembly may also include a base coupled to a circuit board for electrically coupling with the removable module, a cage for biasing the module down against the base, and a guide for retaining the module at a functional insertion position within the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jason Sloey, Michelle Yu
  • Patent number: 10251293
    Abstract: A system and method for data storage are disclosed. In a first aspect, the system comprises a printed circuit board, a central processing unit (CPU) coupled to the printed circuit board, an USB connector coupled to the CPU, and an USB receptacle connector coupled to the CPU. In a second aspect, the system is a smart USB device that includes a smart USB module and a USB drive coupled to the smart USB module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Kingston Digital, Inc.
    Inventors: Choon-Tak Tang, Ke-Chun Chou
  • Patent number: 10244089
    Abstract: A mobile device can include electronic circuitry and a chassis shell adapted to protect the electronic circuitry. The chassis shell includes an opening exposing a tray inside the mobile device. The tray can include an external card slot and a patterned wall. The tray can be disposed within a cavity of a support structure of the mobile device. An input/output (I/O) component, such as a speaker, and a card reader can also be disposed within the cavity. The I/O component can communicate via at least a hole in the patterned wall (e.g., a speaker grill).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao
  • Patent number: 10244090
    Abstract: A mobile device can include electronic circuitry and a chassis shell adapted to protect the electronic circuitry. The chassis shell includes an opening exposing a tray inside the mobile device. The tray can include an external card slot and a patterned wall. The tray can be disposed within a cavity of a support structure of the mobile device. An input/output (I/O) component, such as a speaker, and a card reader can also be disposed within the cavity. The I/O component can communicate via at least a hole in the patterned wall (e.g., a speaker grill).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao
  • Patent number: 10242357
    Abstract: In some examples, disclosed methods and systems may configure using a proxy payment object a payment object reader to accept one or more payment objects. The method includes receiving, as an input from a merchant and in a specific manner, at least one object into a payment object reader communicatively coupled to a point-of-sale (POS) terminal. A portion of read-data is compared to a proxy payment object syntax. In response to obtaining a match between the read-data and the proxy payment object syntax with the read-data, the received object is determined to be a proxy payment object. A configuration component then generates a set of configuration instructions which when executed on the payment object reader and/or the POS terminal configures the payment object reader to accept one or more payment objects towards a payment transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Dorogusker, Thomas B Templeton, Eric Manago
  • Patent number: 10241558
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus operates in a normal mode and a power-saving mode. A smaller amount of electricity is consumed in the power-saving mode than in the normal mode. The electronic apparatus includes a control section and a connection interface to which a reader that reads information from an external storage medium is connectable. When the electronic apparatus transits from the normal mode to the power-saving mode, if the reader is connected to the connection interface, the control section transits to a first power-saving mode in which both the connection interface and the reader are operable, or if the reader is not connected to the connection interface, the control section transits to a second power-saving mode in which a lower amount of electricity is consumed than in the first power-saving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinobu Tsukui
  • Patent number: 10198601
    Abstract: Card readers with adaptive magnetic head assemblies are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a card reader may include chassis comprising a card slot that receives a portion of a magnetic stripe card; a card guiding element positioned in a card path defined by the card slot and that interacts with a datum edge of the magnetic stripe card, at least a portion of the card guiding element being rotatable relative to the card path; and a magnetic reading head provided on the card guiding element that reads a magnetic stripe on the magnetic stripe card. The card guiding element and the magnetic reading head rotate relative to the card path in response to the datum edge of the magnetic stripe card applying a force to the card guiding element, thereby substantially maintaining an alignment between the magnetic stripe and the magnetic reading head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: VeriFone, Inc.
    Inventors: Eng Joo Yap, Yang Hock Jeffrey Loh
  • Patent number: 10198602
    Abstract: A card processing device with which a user operates a card by hand may include a card-inserting section at which the card is inserted; a card-storing section structured to store the card while a rear end portion of the inserted card is exposed from the card-inserting section; a reading section structured to read recorded information on the card stored in the card-storing section; a first detecting section structured to detect that the card is inserted to the card-storing section from the card-inserting section; a second detecting section, arranged on the farther side than the first detecting section in the inserting direction of the card, structured to detect that the card is inserted; and a status-monitoring section structured to detect fraud from the relation of the detections of the card at the first detecting section and the second detecting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsutomu Orii
  • Patent number: 10185847
    Abstract: A secure smartcard reader including a smartcard connector and a flexible printed circuit board wrapped around and at least partially surrounding the smartcard connector and at least partially defining a security volume enclosing the smartcard connector, the wrapped flexible printed circuit board defining on an outer-facing surface thereof a plurality of keypad contacts, the wrapped flexible printed circuit board defining electrical conductors connecting the plurality of keypad contacts to connector pads and the wrapped flexible printed circuit board defining a protective anti-tamper mesh protecting the electrical conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: VeriFone, Inc.
    Inventors: Igal Yosef Yanko, Scott William McKibben, John Henry Barrowman